Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of Kwara State High Court, Ilorin, has convicted and sentenced the duo of Akinola Opeyemi and Owolabi Olajide to three months of community service for internet fraud.
The spokesperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Dele Oyewale, who disclosed this in a statement said they are to sweep the Physics Department of the University of Ilorin and the premises of Saint Anthony Secondary School, Ilorin, for three months or pay N50,000 option of fine each.
Delivering his judgment, according to Oyewale, Justice Oyinloye said, “I have carefully considered the evidence before the court, the exhibits tendered and the uncontroverted testimony of the prosecution witness” “This honourable court holds that the prosecution has proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt, the defendants are hereby convicted as charged.” Oyewale noted that in sentencing them to community service, the judge directed the Head of Physics Department, University of Ilorin and the Principal, Saint Anthony Secondary to issue an assessment letter on the convicts’ compliance with the judgment to the chief registrar of the Kwara State High Court, at the completion of their community service. Poor level of compliance, the judge stated, would earn the convicts a direct six months imprisonment. Trouble started for the convicts when in March 2020, the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Commission placed some areas of the city on surveillance, following intelligence on the activities of internet fraudsters in the municipality, and arrested the defendants and others as a result. Analysis of iPhones and laptops recovered from the convicts yielded fraudulent email addresses and messages, which the convicts confessed to being theirs.
Senator Peter Nwaoboshi has challenged the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to go to court over its demand he should refund N2.5 billion being payment for unexecuted projects.
Nwaoboshi, who represents Delta North in the Senate, in a statement by his media aide, Awele Onokwai, said that the Interim Management Committee (IMC) the agency appeared confused. The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to the purported subject matter above, credited to one Peter Claver Okoro, Esq, posing as the Director, Legal Services of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and we make bold to state the following: “That the purported matter is subjudice as it is already before two law courts of competent jurisdiction in Nigeria, wherein, Distinguished Senator Peter Nwaoboshi sued the NDDC, Mr Charles Odili and relevant newspapers for defamation of character. Read Also: Coalition decries NDDC’s slush funds “The purported letter addressed to the Distinguished Senator Peter Nwaoboshi was written on the 5th of July 2020 and as at today, 7th of August 2020, said letter has not reached Senator Peter Nwaoboshi – either in person or Office or by substitution. “The purported letter, unlike any formal letter emanating from a recognized government Ministry, Agency or Department is not signed, therefore, can easily be denied. “Nowhere in the contents of the purported letter was it stated that the contractor is directly linked to Distinguished Senator Peter Nwaoboshi. “Nowhere in the purported letter was it stated that the warehouse, where the plastic chairs were domiciled belongs to Distinguished Senator Peter Nwaoboshi. “The purported letter is absolutely fake as it was not conveyed through the official letter-headed paper of the NDDC – apparently for fear of being sued for divulgence of fake information to the general public. “We are also not ruling out media urchins who may have been recruited by the desperate members of the IMC of NDDC in an attempt to divert public attention from the humongous corruption charges hanging on their necks. “Finally, we have always maintained that the IMC of NDDC are bunch of confused men without vision or direction. “Initially, the alleged figure was pegged at N3.7 billion only for the confused IMC Team to now come up with a totally different figure of N2.5 billion. Nigerians and the entire world could see the charade clearly. Even through the eyes of Steve Wonder! “However, if the IMC of NDDC feels they truly have a genuine case against Senator Peter Nwaoboshi as contained in the purported letter, we are challenging them to go to the law court or make use of every legal procedure available to them.”
Lagos-based Daystar Christian Centre won’t reopen on Sunday despite the go-ahead to that effect by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, its Senior Pastors Sam and Nike Adeyemi have stated.
Rather, it would continue to meet online until physical congregation becomes safe, they added. This was contained in a statement on Friday titled, ‘Update on resumption of physical services’. Sanwo-Olu had given churches the go-ahead to reopen on Sunday after over almost four months of lockdown to checkmate the coronavirus pandemic. Mosques were also allowed to reopen on Friday, August 7 with full observance of COVID-19 protocols, including physical distancing, use of face masks and hand-washing. The Adeyemis, who co-founded the church in 1995, said they would continue to hold online services until it is safe to reopen their expansive auditorium located in the Oregun area of the state. The statement reads: “We are aware of the Lagos State Government’s announcement that churches can resume physical services from 9th August 2020.
“We thank God for the progress made so far by the federal and state governments, the NCDC and our frontline health workers. However, the leadership of Daystar Christian Centre has resolved NOT to open her worship centres for physical gathering on the immediate.
“Daystar Christian Centre will continue to hold her services online exclusively pending further review.
“We look forward to the resumption of physical services in a safe environment. We urge our members and friends to join us on all our online platforms for life-transforming services.
“God’s mercy that has preserved us thus far will cause this plague to pass over our families, nations and planet in Jesus’ name. Amen!”
Election into executive positions in the Enugu State Chapter of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) descended into chaos after thugs allegedly sponsored by a faction of the body invaded the venue of the election.
The much-advertised election was holding at the Michael Okpara square before the thugs stormed the venue with dangerous weapons and upturned the ballot boxes where many members suffered serious injuries.
Among those who sustained injuries was the NMA chairman in the state, Dr Ike Okwesili were thoroughly beaten.
In a viral video, the thugs, numbering over thirty, destroyed chairs, tables, and canopies among other objects being used for the election.
A day after he was fined by a Lagos State Special Offences Court, Popular musician, Azeez Fashola a.k.a Naira Marley, has been handed another fine by a mobile court in Abuja. The musician was fined N200,000 on Friday by Magistrate Idayat Akanni for violating COVID-19 protocols on June 13, 2020.
Fashola pleaded guilty to the four-count charge filed against him by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
He was accused of holding a music concert in Abuja in violation of COVID-19 directives.
The concert, which held at the Jabi Lake Mall attracted public condemnation, with many, who attended breaking protocols at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Edo State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP campaign council has condemned in strong term, President Muhammadu Buhari’s meeting with the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, describing it as ill-advised
The council, in a statement endorsed by Chris Nehikhare, described the meeting as a dent on Buhari’s image as it compromised the integrity of his fight against corruption.
The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Edo State gubernatorial election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
“This meeting is ill-advised and a dent on the image of President Buhari, whose administration is known for the spirited fight against the hydra-headed monster called corruption, which has encumbered the development of our dear country for decades.
“Unknown to President Buhari and his advisers, the APC gubernatorial candidate is desperately in need of an endorsement from someone like the President, to shore up his battered image in Edo State and the larger court of public opinion that have followed Ize-Iyamu’s trial very closely.”
The statement recalled that Ize-Iyamu is currently being tried for money laundering to the tune of N700 million, before Honourable Justice J. M. Umar, of the Federal High Court in Benin City, Edo State, with suit No. FHC/BE21C/ 2016.
“It is our considered view that associating with a man with this corruption baggage (alleged), compromises the integrity of the President’s fight against corruption and sends mixed signals to Nigerians, home and abroad as well as other nationals who have invested enormous faith in the President’s fight against corruption.
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki congratulated Senator Daisy Danjuma as she clocked 68. He described her contribution to development of the state and Nigeria as remarkable. In a statement on Friday in Benin, Obaseki said Sen. Danjuma, who is a Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had excelled exceedingly in numerous endeavours and continued to remain a shining inspiration for many in the state and beyond. “I congratulate Sen. Daisy Danjuma as she marks her 68th birthday.
“A worthy daughter and ambassador of the state, she has made an indelible impact in different spheres of life, championing developmental programmes and ensuring credible representation of Edo people.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday rejoiced with the Labour and Employment Minister, Senator Dr Chris Nwabueze Ngige OON, as he turned 68.
This is contained in the press statement released by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.
It read; ”The President joins the medical community, labour fraternity, the legislature, where the celebrant served as Senator, and people of Anambra State, whom he served as Governor, to salute Dr Ngige for his meritorious stewardship to community, state, country and humanity, wishing him greater health, strength and sound mind.