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Another 34-year-old Nigerian woman rescued from Lebanon slavemasters 

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The National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons [NAPTIP] has rescued another Nigerian lady, Mrs Kikelomo Olayide, from Lebanon.

The 34-year-old was allegedly deceived to Lebanon for employment.

The Lagos State Commander of NAPTIP, Mr Daniel Atokolo, said this at a news conference organised by the agency in Lagos on Tuesday.

This is coming weeks after Omolola Ajayi, a Kwara-based 23-year-old single mother who was trafficked to Lebanon on the pretext of becoming an English teacher, was rescued by the government.

Olayide returned to Nigeria at 4:pm, on February 2 and she is presently in the agency’s care.

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The commander said the victim was allegedly trafficked by a 54–year-old Lebanese (name withheld) in October 2019.

“NAPTIP responded to Olayide’s husband complaints on January 30, when she was apprehended by the Lebanese, who is resident in Lagos.

“NAPTIP immediately mandated the suspect to release Olayide in Lebanon to be moved back to Nigeria.

“Olayide is a mother of two and an indigene of Kwara,” Atokolo said.

Atokolo presenting the fact of the case said that the suspect trafficked the victim under the pretence of employing her as a caregiver to his aged mother in Lebanon.

“However, on the victim’s arrival at Lebanon, she was received by an agent, who also handed her over to a family, where she was exploited as a domestic servant.

“The victim also reported that she was sexually harassed while working for the said family,” the NAPTIP Lagos Commander said.

According to Atokolo, when Olayide’s husband approached the suspect to return his wife, he was threatened.

“The suspect demanded that the victim would only be returned if the victim’s family provides another person to replace her. This is so sad,” the state commander said.

Atokolo said the agency is currently investigating the suspect’s activities to ascertain his possible involvement in trafficking Nigerians to his home country for exploitation.

“The recently celebrated return of Omolola Ajayi is also not far from our thoughts; NAPTIP, therefore urged Nigerian youths not to assess job offers made by these foreign benefactors.

“NAPTIP implores Nigerian youths to do a personal assessment of their qualifications to employments offered by foreign benefactors,” Atokolo said.

(NAN)

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Nigerian Law School audit uncovers N32m annual payment to unnamed cleaner, N36m dressing allowance to staff

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The Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation has uncovered financial infractions in the records of the Nigerian Law School.

The 2015 Auditor-General’s report submitted to the Senate Committee on Public Account, indicted the apex legal academic institution.

The infractions ranged from outright misappropriation to spending without approval and diversion of pension.

The 2015 Financial Report of the office is currently being scrutinised by the Senate Public Accounts Committee for investigation.

Nine queries were issued by the Office of the Auditor-General of Federation to the management of Nigerian Law School in 2015, according to the report.

The report said the management of the Nigerian Law School illegally paid N32m to the account of an unnamed cleaner over a period of 12 months.

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The Auditor-General report also queried the payment of N36m as dressing allowance of 52 workers to the account of a single member of staff in violation of Nigeria’s Financial Act.

The report reads in part:

“The examination of payment records revealed that the Nigerian law school several times paid N36 million to staff as dressing allowance in 2013 alone.

“The Management could not substantiate these payments with any approval from Salaries and Wages Commission to enable the audit team to determine the genuineness of these payments to staff. No appropriation in this request.”

The queries also said that N34.3 million was paid for the training of staff without approval from the federal government.

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The Auditor-General’s report further revealed from the examination of payment voucher that the Law School, at various intervals, made use of the pension funds to offset expenses not related to payment of pension, contrary to extant Financial Regulation.

The management of the institution, led by its Director-General, Prof. Isa Chiroma, appeared before the Senate panel on Thursday, July 2, to defend queries.

Prof. Isa Chiroma, while responding to the queries, said that he was not the Director-General of the institution during the period under review, but agreed that “government is a continuum.”

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On payment of N36 million as dressing allowance, the Director-General said:

“I can’t imagine the Law School paying N36 million into one account on behalf of others.”

His defence was, however, not strong enough for the Senate panel to vacate the query.

Members of the committee established that Chiroma was not the DG of the Law School when the financial impropriety took place. The panel, nevertheless, asked him to recover the money involved and return it into the school’s account.

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Bank guard, two others arrested for ATM fraud

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A bank guard and two others have been arrested for allegedly defrauding bank customers through Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) in Benue State.

The three suspects were apprehended by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Dele Oyewale, the Head, Media & Publicity of the Commission’s Makurdi office said yesterday.

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The suspects were arrested on the premises of a bank in the North Bank area of Makurdi, the state capital, Oyewale said.

He said the suspects allegedly perpetrated the fraud by obtaining details of customers who sought help to withdraw cash from ATMs.

He said they operate by hanging around ATMs to help those who want to withdraw money.

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The official said that in the process they swap the figures and other details, such as password, in the customer’s ATM card and clone it to defraud the unsuspecting customer.

He said that the commission recovered 31 ATM cards of different banks bearing different names, many smartphones, two laptops, 16 SIM cards, one Glo modem, one flash drive and fake currency notes from the suspects.

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12 youths renounce cult membership in Delta

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No fewer than 12 cultists of four different cult groups have renounced membership of their cult groups in Delta, an official has said.

CSP Ebere Amaraizu, the National Coordinator of Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV), said this in a statement made available to the Newsmen on Friday in Enugu.

Amaraizu said that the renunciation was done at Ughoton Community near Orerokpe in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta on Thursday.

He said that the repentant cultists were members of Aye, Vikings, Eiye and Ozuola cult groups.

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The POCACOV national coordinator said that they embraced peace by renouncing their membership and offering to work for the growth and development of the society.

Amaraizu said that the event was witnessed by some heads of security agencies, dignitaries in the area, and Ambassador Austyne Emu of the Anti-Cult Volunteer Corps and a POCACOV Ambassador in the state.

“The Anti-Cult Volunteer Corps in partnership with POCACOV and other relevant bodies in Delta State like the State Anti-Cult Unit (SACU) will keep working together and ensuring that the society is rid off of cultism and other vices.

“POCACOV will continue to use advocacy, awareness creation, sensitization, and re-orientation in line with tenets of community-oriented policing to reach out to misguided youths,’’ he said.

Reacting, one of the repentant cultists, Mr. Godday Monday, thanked the Inspector General of Police for the opportunity given them through POCACOV.

“We have promised not to go back to cultism. It is clear to us that cultism is darkness in action,’’ Monday, who spoke on behalf of other repentant cultists, said.

According to reports, POCACOV is an initiative of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, meant to prevent youths from joining cultism.

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The initiative offered an olive branch to repentant ones with a view of re-orienting them and making them better citizens.

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