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Diezani’s ally, Kola Aluko, ordered to forfeit $73m, N350m properties


Kola Aluko with ex petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke

Kola Aluko, an ally of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Allison-Madueke, has been ordered to forfeit three landed properties in Lagos and Abuja.

Justice Mohammed Liman of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos gave the order following an ex parte motion filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo.

The EFCC said first defendant Aluko is the Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Ltd (AEDC) and Atlantic Energy Brass Development Limited (AEBD).

His co-defendant is a firm, District Heights Ltd.

The anti-graft agency said the properties were valued at $73m and N350m.

The properties are Plot 3389 and Plot 3390, House 2, Margaret Thatcher Close, Asokoro Cadastral Zone, Abuja as well as Avenue Towers, Plot 1391, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

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The EFCC said Plot 3389 and Plot 3390 in Abuja were purchased for N350m and $18 million respectively while the Lagos property was bought for $55million.

The EFCC alleged that the funds used to procure the properties were reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities.

Oyedepo told the judge that Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 2016 empowered the court to make such a forfeiture order.

“The properties sought to be attached are reasonably suspected to be proceeds of an unlawful diversion from the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“The respondent’s known and provable lawful income is far less than the properties sought to be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria,” the lawyer said in the application.”

In an attached sworn affidavit, an operative of the EFCC, Sambo Mayana, said the anti-graft agency investigated Aluko after receiving from Debo Adeniran, the Executive Chairman of the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, “a damning intelligence report and a petition alleging fraud, lack of transparency and unethical conduct in the transfer of production rights in the oil mining leases against the respondent and his cronies.

“That there are suspicious financial transactions involving the 1st respondent, KAA and Atlantic Energy Holding Limited based in the British Virgin Island.

“That the company, in the course of three years, received large suspicious transfers from two sister companies, namely: Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Limited and Atlantic Energy Brass Development Limited, based in Nigeria.

“The Respondent and his crony Olajide Jones Omokore are the operators and beneficial owners of the Atlantic Energy companies mentioned above including Atlantic Energy DMCC and Atlantic Energy SA.

“That the first Respondent is close crony of the erstwhile Hon. Minister of Petroleum Resources. Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke.”

After granting the application, Justice Liman directed the EFCC to publish the order in a national newspaper.

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He adjourned till November 12, 2019 for anyone interested in the properties to appear before him to show cause why they should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.


Cemetery workers caught stealing heads from five newly buried corpses in Ondo



Four cemetery workers have been arrested in Akure, the Ondo State capital, for allegedly decapitating five fresh corpses in Ondo.

WuzupNigeria reports that the four suspects – Adewale Abiodun, 40; Akinola Sunday, 69 and Oluwadare Idowu, 67 and Olomofe, 45 – were caught with the heads.

It was gathered that the four were caught red-handed cutting the head of a corpse by family members of the deceased.

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The family members were said to have returned to the cemetery to make arrangements on how to concrete the grave hours after the burial was concluded.

On meeting the culprits, they alerted the state Special Anti-Robbery Squad [SARS] who arrested them.

The SARS operatives discovered that the suspects already had fresh four severed heads and a female human head.

“As they were trying to exhume the corpse, some family members of the deceased came back to the cemetery with some bricklayers to cement the grave and caught them in the act,” an eyewitness said.

“lt was when we caught them in the act which led to their beating that we discovered that they were in possession of a female human head and four other fresh severed heads.

“We immediately contacted men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) who came to pick them up.”


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Teacher who sexually assaulted pupils begs judge for castration, gets 12 years jail term



A former Pensacola teacher who pleaded guilty last year to an array of sex offenses involving students begged the judge on Wednesday to consider castration rather than sentence him to prison.

Mark Lua, 32, made the unusual request to Circuit Court Judge Thomas Dannheisser at his sentencing hearing Wednesday morning.

“My actions were despicable to say the least,” Lua said.

“I do believe that punishment is necessary, and I am requesting chemical castration not only as a punishment but as an act of solidarity to show how sorry I am for everything. If your honour is so inclined, I am even willing to undergo physical castration if that way I can stay home and raise my daughter.”

Dannheisser did not respond to Lua’s request and instead sentenced him to 12 years in state prison, followed by 15 years of probation.

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Lua, a former English teacher at Booker T. Washington High School, accepted a plea bargain in October 2019, pleading guilty to charges of promoting a sexual performance by a child, unlawful sexual activity with minors and two counts of unlawful sexual activity with minors.

“He seemed to seek out girls that came from unstable or troubled homes,” Assistant State Attorney Erin Ambrose said in court Wednesday.

“He manipulated them, and he betrayed them because he was a teacher.”

Lua was arrested three separate times last year after allegations arose that he coerced a student into sending him an inappropriate video, that he had sex with an underage student and that he had sexually assaulted an 18-year-old former student.

The allegations against him resulted in five criminal cases based on the claims of four victims.

“Part of the plea bargain was that he would plead down to the most serious charge related to each victim,” Ambrose told the News Journal.

“Two of the five cases are being dismissed based on evidentiary issues and (one of the victim’s) specific request that the cases not go forward.”

Lua’s first arrest was Jan. 17, 2019, after a school resource officer received a tip that Lua was having inappropriate communications with minors. Lua later admitted to using a fictitious Instagram account to solicit juveniles for sex.

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He was arrested for a second time on Jan. 30, 2019, after a juvenile student told authorities that he had sex with her at his home. His third arrest was Feb. 6, 2019, after an adult former student of Lua’s accused him of sexually assaulting her.

At Wednesday’s sentencing hearing, Lua told the court he suffered from a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis that has caused numerous painful, tumorous growths on his skin since the age of 14. Lua said he was suffering from frequent panic attacks around the time of his crimes because of fears and concerns about the disease.

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“If I’m with my family or when I might sit down and read a book, I think about the tumors, and I think ‘Oh my God, this might be my last day on earth,” he said.

However, Ambrose dismissed that idea in court.

“This condition did not seem to debilitate him while he was trolling the halls, looking for students to have sex with,” the prosecutor said.

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Man snatches car at gunpoint in Ebonyi, gets nabbed in Adamawa



The Police has apprehended a car thief who stole a car at Ebonyi and took it to Adamawa to sell.

A member of a car snatching syndicate who stole a car at gunpoint in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State and took it to Adamawa State to sell has been arrested by men of the Adamawa State Police Command, the command disclosed on Sunday.

The 38-year-old man, Muhammed Sani, according to a statement by the police command’s Public Relations Officer, Sulaimon Nguroje, snatched a Toyota Corolla from the owner, Mr M.S. Adams, in Ebonyi State while pointing a gun at him and after snatching the car, he headed to Adamawa State to sell the car.

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According to the statement,

“the feat was recorded following intelligence report by the command’s intelligence bureau leading to the arrest of the suspect at about 6:30pm on May 21, 2020 and the recovery of a Toyota Corolla 2004 model and 44 sets of new T-shirts, shoes and set of trousers.

“On the 21/5/2020 at about 6:30pm following intelligence report, police operatives attached to the command’s Intelligent Bureau arrested one Muhammed Sani, 38 years and recovered one snatched Toyota Corolla, 2004 Model with 44 sets of new T-shirts, shoes and set of trousers.

“Suspect was caught after robbing one Mr. Adams M S of Abakaliki, Ebonyi State and headed for Adamawa to dispose it.

“Immediately the report got to police, investigation commenced and that led to the arrest of the man and recovery of the Toyota Corolla and other valuables.

“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police Olugbenga Adeyanju, while warning members of the public to desist from buying cars and other valuables from roadside vendors, equally assured that the command under his watch will continue to make Adamawa State unbearable to the criminal elements until they repent or relocate from the state.”

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