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Police confirm killing of Igbinedion University lecturer – CP

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Edo Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed DanMallam, on Sunday confirmed the killing of a lecturer with the Igbinedion University, Okada, near Benin, by suspected kidnappers.

DanMallam said the lecturer, Kelvin Izevbekhai, was killed in an attempted escape bid when the victims were being marched into the forest by the kidnappers.

The gunmen were said to be operating near Okada junction along the Benin-Lagos highway.

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It was learned that the gunmen abducted Izevbekhai and other passengers on the bus they were traveling in.

“The driver of the minibus was said to have fled into the bush along with four other passengers.

“Unfortunately, one of the passengers who tried to escape during the abduction was killed by the gunmen.

“The police went after the kidnappers in the bush and succeeded in rescuing the victims.”

He said the police were working on a new strategy which entails taking the war to the kidnappers’ den in the jungle, adding that it is the best way to tackle the scourge.

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Spokesman for the university, Mr. Jide Ilugbo, who confirmed the killing described it as “barbaric.”

İlugbo said late Izevbekhai was a First Class graduate and was employed in the university in 2016.

He said it was now dangerous to travel on the Benin-Lagos highway due to frequent attacks by armed robbers and kidnappers.

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The official said it was unfortunate he ran into hoodlums, saying that the trailer parked before Okada junction is a hideout for criminals.

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Another executive arrested in Wirecard scandal

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 German prosecutors have arrested another manager in connection with the Wirecard scandal involving 1.9 billion euros ($2.1 billion) in missing assets, authorities said on Monday.

The suspect, who manages the DAX-listed company’s Dubai-based Card systems Middle East subsidiary, returned to Germany to hand himself into investigators, after which he was detained due to an outstanding arrest warrant against him, Munich prosecutors said.

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He is to be arraigned before a judge later in the day.

The arrest warrant is based, among other things, “on a strong suspicion of collaborative fraud, and attempted collaborative fraud, in particular, serious cases and suspicion of complicity in other offenses’’, according to prosecutors.

Wirecard’s former chief executive, Markus Braun, was arrested last week on charges of falsifying Wirecard’s accounts and market manipulation.

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The digital payment services company was left reeling after the massive hole in its accounts emerged last month.

Once a rising star of the German tech sector, the company has since launched insolvency proceedings.

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Hushpuppi: Protesters storm US Embassy, demand Atiku, Dino Melaye’s arrest (Photos)

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Some Protesters on Monday took to the US Embassy, Abuja, demanding an investigation into the link between ex-Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Timi Frank and some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains with Raymond Abbas Igbalode, popularly known as Hushpuppi.

The group, under the aegis of Concerned Citizens Forum (CCF), seen in their numbers held placards calling for the arrest of Atiku, Melaye and other PDP members linked to the fraudster.

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Some inscriptions from the placards read: “Say No to fraud, Interpol act now”, Interpol act and arrest Dino Melaye”, “Show me your friend and I will tell you who you are”, “FBI should investigate Atiku Abubakar,” amongst others.

They also submitted a letter to the US Ambassador and the Federal Bureau of Investigation calling for a thorough probe of Hushpuppi’s political allies in the PDP.

This is coming after the All Progressives Congress (APC) had alleged “criminal conspiracy linking the top PDP members to Hushpuppi.

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The protesters submitted a letter signed by Comrade Adamu Kabir Matazu.

In the letter, Matazu called on the US to investigate the connection between PDP high profile Chieftains and Hushpuppi.

The group claimed that ex-Vice President, Atiku Abubakar’s frequent trips to Dubai prior to 2019 presidential elections may not be unconnected to Hushpuppi.

They asked the US to go after Atiku, Dino Melaye, Timi Frank and other PDP stalwarts who through their associations with Hushpuppi may have helped to launder the proceeds of crime.

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Recall that Bukola Saraki and Atiku over the weekend had denied any connection to Hushpuppi.

Atiku described the allegations as mischievous and an attempt at political blackmail by the APC, adding that the picture with Hushpuppi was not a meeting.

See photos from the protest below:

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Man, 34, arraigned over alleged fraud

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A 34-year-old man, Uchi Enyi, was on Monday brought before an Ogbeson Magistrates’ Court in Benin City for allegedly obtaining N24,000 under false pretences.

The defendant is being tried on two charges of obtaining goods under false pretences and stealing.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Charity Asemota told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometime in December 2019 along the Benin-Agbor Road, Ikpoba-Hill, Benin City.

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Asemota said that the defendant fraudulently obtained N24,000 under false pretences that he would make some doors and windows for Philip Umeh Company Limited, knowing same to be false.

Asemota said that the offences contravened Sections 419 and 390(9) of the Criminal Code Cap. 48 Vol. 11 Law of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976; now applicable in Edo.

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

The Chief Magistrate, Prince Mutairu Oare, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N20,000 with one surety in like sum.

Oare said that the surety must be residing within the jurisdiction of the court and his address must be verified by the court registrar.

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He adjourned the case until July 22 for further hearing.

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