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(JUST IN) Police arrest popular traditional ruler, Iyatsere of Warri

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The Nigerian Police Force has arrested the Iyatsere of Warri and leader of the Itsekiri in Ologbo COmmunity, Ikpoba-Okha LGA of Edo State, Chief Johnson Atseleghe over the mysterious disappearance of one Sunday Etchie.

Reports indicate that Etchie was reportedly whisked away by boys loyal to the Iyatsere and has not been heard from or seen since then.

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Speaking to newsmen on the incident, the Edo state Commissioner of Police, Kokumo Johnson, confirmed the incident adding that the arrest was made on Monday.

“I can confirm to you that one Mr Johnson Atseleghe is in our custody who is being investigated over allegation over an incident that somebody is missing and the persons who were last seen with the missing man were linked to him.’

Etchie, said to be the youth leader of Kolo-Kolo community, was reportedly picked by some persons allegedly associated with Atseleghe over three weeks ago and he is suspected to have been killed.

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It was learnt that the police had cordoned off the area where the missing Etchie is believed to have been last seen and a few minutes later, Atseleghe reportedly submitted himself to the state police command and he was taken to the anti-kidnapping unit of the command for interrogation.

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N50m bribe: Court adjourns EFCC suit against Chinese businessmen

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The Sokoto State Zonal Head of Operations of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdullahi Lawal, at the resumed hearing on a case of bribery against two Chinese, Meng Wei Kun and Xu Kuai, narrated how he coordinated the sting operation, leading to the arrest of the suspects, who offered him a bribe of N50 million naira.

The bribe according to him, was allegedly offered by the duo on behalf of China Zhounghao Nigeria Limited, a construction company, to compromise investigation by the EFCC over contracts it was awarded by the Zamfara State Government, in the sum of over N60, 000,000,000.00 between 2012 and 2019.

Lawal, the 2nd prosecution witness in the matter, was led in evidence by the EFCC counsel, S.H Sa’ad, at the Sokoto High Court, presided over by Justice Muhammad Sifawa

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The EFCC boss told the court:

“On May 8, 2020, while in my office at No. 7 Super Quarters, off Sama Road, Sokoto, the 1st defendant, Mr Meng Wei Kum called me and informed me that he was in Sokoto for the purpose of arranging N100 million for me, and everything will be ready by Monday, being May 11, 2020.

“On Monday, at about 3pm, the 1st defendant called and informed me that the money was ready and that he was only able to raise N50 million due to the lockdown and that a balance of N50million will be given at a later date. I said okay, no problem. He now informed me that I should come for the money in the night, at their office near Sokoto State University, along airport road, Kasarawa Village. I said I didn’t know the office. The 1st defendant said he will wait for me at Sokoto State University gate. Immediately after the discussion, I arranged a group of operatives and kept them on standby.

“Around 9pm, he sent me a text message that they were already there. In order to test how serious he was, I sent him a text message that he should leave it until tomorrow. He replied that I should come that the money was with them in cash and they didn’t want the money to sleep with them overnight for security reasons.

“I called the officers that I arranged for the operation to come and meet me. They came in two vehicles and met me along Airport Road. I told them I will first go, and after 15-20 minutes, they should come and meet me at their office where the money will be given.”

He further told the court how his team arrested the duo with the funds.

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At the hearing, the defence counsel, A.T Hassan, however, did not oppose the proceedings. All the exhibits tendered by the prosecution through Lawal (PW2), were admitted by the court.

While ruling that the money be kept in the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sokoto for safekeeping, Justice Sifawa adjourned continuation of trial on the case to August 10, 11 and 12, 2020.

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Woman, 40, docked over alleged N6m fraud

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A 40-year-old woman, Abosede Popoola, on Thursday appeared before a Magistrates’ Court in Isabo, Abeokuta, for allegedly obtaining the sum of N6 million under false pretence.

Popoola, whose address was not provided, was arraigned on a three count-charge of obtaining money under false pretence, fraudulent conversation and stealing.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Olu-Balogun Lawrence told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometime in 2019 in Abeokuta.

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Lawrence said that she collected N6 million from the complainant, Mr Bakare Adedoyin, who resided in the United States, with an agreement that she would assist him to buy land and build a house in Abeokuta.

“The defendant collected the sum of N6 million from the complainant through her GTB bank account, under the pretence that she would buy land and build a house for the complainant,” he said.

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The prosecutor told the court that the defendant failed to buy the land and build the house as agreed, but converted the money to her personal use.

Lawrence said that the offences contravened Sections 419, 383 and 390(9) of the Criminal Law of Ogun, 2006.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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The Magistrate, Mr Olakunleyin Oke, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Oke said the sureties should be gainfully employed and provide evidence of tax payment to the Ogun Government.

He adjourned the case until July 27, for hearing.

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Cleric arraigned for N5m fraud in Osun

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An Islamic cleric, Sheu Adewoye, on Wednesday, appeared before an Osun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo for fraudulently obtaining the sum of N5m from a bricklayer.

Fifty-five-year-old Adewoye was arraigned on two counts of fraud and stealing.

The prosecutor, Taiwo Adegoke, said the defendant obtained the sum from the victim between December 2018 and April 2020 in Ido-Osun.

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Adegoke said the defendant obtained the sum from one Raheem Ajadi, with a promise to assist him secure building construction contracts in Abuja through one Justice Adeleke.

He said the claim of the defendant later turned out to be false, adding that the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 419 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol. II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.

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Adewoye pleaded not guilty to the two counts pressed against him by the police.

His counsel, Mr John Jones, applied for bail on his behalf with an assurance that the defendant would provide reliable sureties.

Ruling on the application, the presiding magistrate, Mr Opeyemi Badmus, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N1m and two sureties in like sum.

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The magistrate adjourned the matter till August 20, 2020, for hearing.

 

 

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