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Ondo lecturer kidnapped by unknown gunmen

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OSUSTECH Ondo Lecturer

A lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Science at the Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH), Okitipupa, Ondo State, Prof. Gideon Okedayo, has reportedly been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

It was gathered that the incident happened around 6.30pm when the victim was travelling to Igara in Kogi State on Thursday. The kidnappers have not contacted the family as of the time of this report.

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The Chairman, Joint Action Committee of Staff Unions in OSUSTECH, Dayo Temola, confirmed the incident on Friday.

The union leader called on the state police command and the Ondo State government to assist in rescuing the victim.

Temola said,

“With utmost shock and disbelief, we received the news of reported kidnapping of Professor Gideon Okedayo. He is a thoroughbred academics who has been and still contributing to the growth of education in Nigerian and beyond.

“We, therefore, think that in all honesty, he deserves no place in this heinous act of man’s inhumanity to man.

“We hereby call on the government and relevant security agencies to fast- track his unconditional release.

“We further add that the security agencies on our road should be proactive and go beyond routine checks and wrangling of innocent citizens but rather become a terror to these ravaging men of the underworld.”

When contacted the Police public relations officer of the state command, Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident but said, “it did not happen within our jurisdiction.”

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Dutch Police bust biggest cocaine lab, arrest 17 suspects

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The police in the Netherlands raided and dismantled a massive cocaine washing plant in the Drenthe village of Nijeveen last week.

“This is the largest cocaine laboratory ever found in the Netherlands,” Andre van Rijn of the police’s dismantling facility LFO said. He estimated that the lab could produce between 150 and 200 kilos of cocaine per day.

“That number of kilos equals a street value of between 4.5 and 6 million euros (uncut).”

The police raided the cocaine washing plant on August 7.

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The lab was set up in a converted horse riding school. In addition to the laboratory, the police also found sleeping quarters and recreation rooms built on the site.

In such a cocaine washing plant, cocaine is extracted from carrier material, such as clothing, and converted into cocaine base. Sheds in Elshout and Apeldoorn were also raided on the same day, as part of the investigation.

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At the lab in Nijeveen, the police found tens of thousands of litres of chemicals and about 100 kilograms of cocaine base. In Apeldoorn, they found about 120 thousand kilograms of carrier material. The drug lab was so large that it took the LFO three days to dismantle it and carefully dispose of the chemical material it contained.

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16 suspects were arrested at the production location in Nijeveen, including the owner of the site. One suspect was arrested in Apeldoorn. Three of the suspects have Dutch nationality, one is Turkish, and the other 13 have Colombian nationality, the police said. They are suspected of producing drugs.

The suspects will be arraigned on Wednesday and Thursday.

More arrests may follow, the police said.

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Ex-banker, civil servants in court for alleged payroll fraud

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Five individuals, four of whom are Federal Government’s employees have been arraigned for allegedly manipulating data in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) in their agencies to defraud the government.

Anthony Ogar (of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja), Joy Write (IPPIS Desk Officer in the ministry), Olanrewaju Babatunde Ladipo (of the Nigeria Space Research and Development Agency – NSRDA), Joshua Ojinimi Omachonu (also of NSRDA) and Samuel Akaolisa Enwerem (an ex-banker and businessman of Suit D1, Summit Villa Hotels and Suites, Life Camp Junction, Abuja) were arraigned on Monday.

They were arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja on an 11-count charge, marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/159/2020, filed on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) by Aminu Alilu of the Federal Ministry of Justice.

The defendants, whose alleged offences are said to be contrary to and punishable under the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act 2015, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to them.

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Alilu, who led the prosecution team, did not object to the defendants’ ball application, following which Justice Ahmed Mohammed granted each of them bail at N10million with one surety in like sum, among other conditions.

Justice Mohammed gave the defence lawyers the option of undertaking to take custody of their clients pending when they are able to meet the bail conditions, failing which they should be remanded in prison until each of them meets the bail conditions.

The judge adjourned till October 20 for trial.

Some of the counts in the charge read:

*That you Anthony Ogar of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja; Olanrewaju Babatunde Ladipo of Nigeria Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja; Samuel Akaolisa Enwerem of Suite D1, Summit Villa Hotels and Suites, Life Camp Junction, Abuja; Joshua Ojinimi Omachonu of Nigeria Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja and Joy Wright (IPPIS) Desk Officer of Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Abuja, did cause the loss of about N140million belonging to the Federal Government of Nigeria by unlawfully inputting, migrating and reactivating several accounts of fictitious employees of the Federal Government of Nigeria in the Integrated Personal Payroll System platform with the intent to unlawfully confer economic benefits on yourselves.

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*That you Anthony Ogar of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja; Olanrewaju Babatunde Ladipo of Nigeria Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja; Samuel Akaolisa Enwerem of Suite D1, Summit Villa Hotels and Suites, Life Camp Junction, Abuja; Joshua Ojinimi Omachonu of Nigeria Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja and Joy Wright (IPPIS) Desk Officer of Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Abuja, did cause the loss of N178, 597.92k, belonging to Juliana Abiola Oyedepo, an employee of the Federal Government by altering her salary Account No.26l2012614 domiciled with the Eco Bank P10 in the IPPIS platform and inputting another account NO. 3133414577 in her name domiciled with the First Bank Plc without her consent for the purpose of conferring economic benefits on yourselves.

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*That you Joy Wright, (IPPIS) Desk Officer of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja and Anthony Ogar of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja, sometimes in 2017 at Abuja, with intent to defraud, did manipulate the salary grade levels of five fictitious or unknown persons under the employment of the Federal Government of Nigeria in the IPPIS platform with intent to overpay them and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 14 (4) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under the same section of the Act.

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Cameroonian arrested with five Nigerian passports

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The Nigeria Immigration border patrol officers at Yala border patrol base in Cross River State have arrested a Cameroonian, Kouaha Dieudonne, attempting to cross into the country.

The Comptroller of Cross River State Command, Okey Ezugwu, who briefed the Comptroller-General of Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, stated that the 42-year-old was apprehended with Cameroonian and Guinea-Bissau passports bearing his name and five Nigerian passports belonging to other persons.

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According to a statement on Monday by the NIS spokesman, DCI Sunday James, the CG has ordered a thorough investigation and report on the arrest, while commending the Comptroller of the Cross River Command and the officers at Yala border for “a job well done and display of professionalism.”

It said,

“The arrested migrant will be prosecuted after necessary charges are established for his prosecution in line with immigration laws.”

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