EFCC arraigns man for obtaining property by false pretences

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan zonal office, on Monday arraigned one Paul Afolabi before Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan Judicial Division, on four counts bordering on obtaining property under false pretences.

Afolabi, who allegedly operated under the name, William Sharon, was arrested in Ibadan by EFCC operatives after receiving an intelligence report dated May 10, 2018, alleging that he and other suspects were members of a syndicate formed to dupe people on the Internet.

The petitioner had accused Afolabi and his accomplices of using fake information to obtain Itune GiftCard and Amazon cards from foreigners.

The offences, according to the EFCC, run contrary to Section 1(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Related Offences Act, 2006, and are punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.

Afolabi pleaded not guilty to the charges as they were read to him.

Following his plea, the EFCC counsel, Lanre Abdulrasheed, prayed the court for a trial date and an order to remand the defendant in prison custody.

The defence counsel, Ololade Animasahun, however, filed a bail application on behalf of his client, which the EFCC lawyer did not oppose.

The presiding judge adjourned the matter till July 3 for a ruling on the bail application and fixed the commencement of trial for September 30.

He also ordered that the accused be remanded in prison till the court would decide on his bail application

Source: Punchng.

Cabinet: Appoint Separate Ministers for Power, Works, Group Tells Buhari

The Vanguard for Transparent Leadership and Democracy has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to unbundle some ministries and appoint separate ministers for them as he prepares to constitute his second-term cabinet.

The group’s National President, Igbini Emmanuel, made the call in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Monday.

Emmanuel listed some of the ministries that should he unbundled for maximum efficiency as the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing; Ministry of Youths and Sports; Ministry of Information and Culture; Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; and Ministry of Education, among others.

He also advised the President to allow the Nigerian Bar Association to nominate the next attorney-general and minister of justice.

This, he said, would engender the confidence of lawyers in the minister.

He said, “Mistakes were made by President Buhari in the merger of some critical ministries which led to the failure of the ministries to deliver services to meet the expectations of Nigerians.

“The merger of power, works and housing ministries was a fatal mistake that should be corrected in the next Federal Executive Council.

“The three ministries should be independent and headed by three substantive ministers not ministers of state.”

He added, “Also, the Ministry of Youths and Sports should be made independent and headed by two substantive ministers in view of the critical roles youths and sports independently play in the development of Nigeria.”

He added, “The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism should be unbundled into ministry of information and ministry of culture and tourism. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development should also be separated and made independent. Ministry of orientation should be established to be headed by a minister.

“There should also be established separate ministries for tertiary and secondary/primary education.

“Ministers should be appointed into ministries where they have adequate educational training, professional competence and experience. Doing so will obviously help such ministers to hit the ground running immediately after their inauguration rather than spend almost four years learning about their ministries.”

The group advised that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, being a very critical ministry in the dispensation of justice and enthronement of rule of law in a democracy, should be nominated by the Nigerian Bar Association.

“This will engender the confidence of legal practitioners in the attorney-general and minister of justice,” the group said.

Emmanuel also advised that each state of the federation should produce a substantive minister and not minister of state.

He claimed that the President had been acting in breach of the Constitution by denying some states their rights to produce ministers.

He argued that there was no constitutional recognition for the position of ministers of state, describing such appointments as “illegal, null and void.”

“There must be at least 36 ministries with each ministry headed by a minister from each of the 36 states of Nigeria in conformity with the provision of Section 147 of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution, as amended,” he said.

Emmanuel also urged the President to name his ministers in time in order to give the Senate adequate time to screen them for confirmation.

Source: punchng

CIBN, Others to Brainstorm on Nigeria’s Infrastructure Devt

In a statement, the institute said it would assemble erudite scholars and core professionals from banks and other institutions at a public forum in Lagos, to examine some critical issues that would further improve the state of infrastructure in the country.

It stated that the forum would be organised by the CIBN during its 2019 annual lecture in Lagos in June.

According to the statement, the theme of this year’s edition was, ‘Infrastructure development and growth in Nigeria: Prospects and challenges,’ and would be addressed by Prof Melvin Ayogu, of  Mapungubwe Institute of Strategic Reflection, South Africa; while the Group Chief Executive Officer/Partner, South Bridge Group,  Mr Andrew Alli, HCIB, would chair the occasion.

In a bid to ensure that Nigerians from all walks of life are carried along on critical policies of government as well as benefit from the knowledge-based issues’ forum, the institute said it had consistently made the programme free of charge for all of participants.

“The annual lecture series, therefore, is a public enlightenment programme aimed at keeping members of the public constantly abreast of topical economic issues and policies, it stated.

It stated that it was expected that this year’s lecture would not only attract chieftains of the banking and finance industry, top public officials,  diplomats, the academia, non-financial institutions and professional bodies, top executives of the organised private sector as well as other stakeholders in the Nigerian economy, but also bring immense value which ultimately would revolutionalise the infrastructure decay in Nigeria.

Source: punchng

NiMet makes Monday’s weather predictions for Abuja, Kano, Lagos, others

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy weather conditions with chances of rainfall and thunderstorm activities over most parts of the country on Monday. In its Weather Outlook on Sunday in Abuja, the agency predicted partly cloudy morning over the central states with day and night temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius to 34 degrees Celsius and 20 degrees Celsius to 24 degrees Celsius.

It also predicted chances of thunderstorms over Bauchi, Kaduna, Plateau, Abuja, Benue, Taraba and Adamawa axis during afternoon and evening. The agency predicted that northern states would experience partly cloudy morning and chances of thunderstorms over Kano and Katsina in the afternoon and evening.

It added that the cities would have day and night temperatures of 33 degrees Celsius to 38 degrees Celsius and 23 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius. NiMet also said that Southern states will experience cloudy conditions with chances of light rains over Calabar, Eket and Port Harcourt during the morning hours. “Down scaled weather activities are expected over the country, thou there are chances of thunderstorms in some places within the next 24 hours,” it predicted.

Source: (NAN)

SGF warns Nigerians over fake Buhari cabinet recruitment

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Gida Mustapha, has urged Nigerians to disregard false information on the social media and through text messages, urging members of the public to submit their Curriculum Vitae at a fee, to a non-existing desk at his office, to facilitate their selection as Cabinet members. In a statement on Sunday, the Permanent Secretary, General Services Office (OSGF), Olusegun Adekunle, said:

“The public, is by this notice, advised to disregard such information as the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation has no such mandate and has never requested for such information.  “The SGF, Boss Mustapha, uses this opportunity to warn originators of such fraudulent request to desist forthwith from using the name of the SGF in their dubious and nefarious plan to fleece unsuspecting members of the public

Source: Daily Trust

AfDB Expresses Optimism Nigeria will Sign CFTA Soon

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has depressed optimism  that Nigeria, the largest country on the continent will soon ratify the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) agreement.

The Director, Industrial and Trade Development of AfDB, Dr Abdu Mukhtar, said this in an interview with newsmen on Sunday. The CFTA was adopted on March 21, 2018 and has presently been ratified by 22 countries.

AfDB It seeks to create a single market for goods and services and movement of persons to deepen economic integration of the continent among others.

Nigeria, a lie to maximise British returns(Opens in a new browser tab)   According to Mukhtar, Nigeria is an important country for the CFTA and for the agreement to be effective useful and really worthwhile, Nigeria has to be part of it.

He said:“From what we are hearing, I think Nigeria is finalising their discussions with key stakeholders. “I understand the Nigeria government has been making consultations with the private sector, manufacturers association and so on.

“I have been talking to some of these people in Nigeria and I think the reason why they have been skeptical is that they don’t understand what is in it for them.

“So, what we could also do as a bank to provide that support to the Nigerian private sector is to organise a session for them. “We did that two weeks ago in Abidjan as a test case, brought all the business people in Cote d’Ivoire and neighbouring countries and basically explained to them what the CFTA is.

“The private sector is the engine of growth in any country, so it is natural that they are apprehensive about what it means for them. “They are apprehensive of whether it will benefit them  or whether their market  will be swollen by companies from other countries.

“So, I think that is the issue, but we are very confident that the Nigerian government will conclude on this consultation very soon and officially join.’’ Mukhtar, however said that the AfDB  was working at ensuring the success of the CFTA and had gotten approval from its Board of Directors to support submission of the CFTA secretariat.

He said the location for the secretariat was still being deliberated upon by the African Union adding that the AfDB had already secured the finances to support the secretariat where ever it was situated. The director said the African Union was aware that establishing the secretariat as soon as possible was very important while expressing optimism that it would be concluded by this year.

On integrating the continent through trade, Mukhtar said it was important to ensure the right policies were put in place. He said the bank was working on that and also providing a lot of advisory services to countries in their trade policy agenda.

He said integration also required adequate infrastructure, building the right roads and so on and also custom reforms. Mukhtar said AfDB had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Korean Customs Service to work with a number of countries to help them orgarnise their customs services.

He said the bank was looking at selecting six countries in the first phase, adding that he would be in South Korea soon to finalise the discussion on the countries that would benefit from this. On the bank’s project in the aviation sector, Mukhtar said it was still ongoing as the bank would not relent in its effort to support the expansion of airlines.

He said “The project is still ongoing, we have supported air links , we are doing it in two ways , one is to establish the basic infrastructure, supporting airport that will act as house in various regions. “And secondly, working with airlines that will connect effectively across the continent and one good example is the Ethiopian airlines.

“The bank has actually supported the expansion of Ethiopian airlines, we have recently supported air Cote d’ Ivoire which is also expanding its routes, the linkages  to various places across the continent. “We are playing and will continue to play a great role in this because for the bank, integration is really important.’’

He urged business owners and entrepreneurs on the continent to ensure they trade within the continent to increase our rate of trade to meet up with the Europeans and Latin Americans. On AfDB’s involvement with Nigeria, Mukhtar said the bank was doing a lot of projects in Nigeria, adding that Nigeria was an important member of the bank.

He said the bank was positive about Nigeria and its entrepreneurs and urged it to take advantage of the bank when necessary. “Nigeria should see it as their own bank, come to us whenever they have good projects that they want financing, especially on the private sector side.

“People think the AFDB only work with government but the key message I will like you to pass on is that we do a lot of private sector business as well . “And we will like to work more with the private sector business and support their expansion.’’

Source: vanguardngr

How to get millions of Nigerians out of poverty – Elumelu

The Chairman, United Bank for Africa, who is also the founder of Elumelu Foundation, Mr. Tony Elumelu, has urged the federal government to create conducive and enabling environment for small scale businesses to thrive, so as to pave way for the realization of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term dream of lifting millions of Nigerians out of poverty in the next four years. He made the call in Kano during the 35th convocation ceremony of the Bayero University in which he was conferred a honourary doctorate degree in business administration over his laudable efforts in human capital development across the African continent.

Elumelu expressed optimism that Buhari could achieve the feat if the government could create more opportunities for young entrepreneurs to transform their ideas into businesses that employ labour. He said: “There are variety of ways to lift hundred of citizens out of poverty but two clearly stand out and two are very dear to me.

One is increasing the number of jobs in the economy and two is creating more opportunities for our young entrepreneurs to transform their ideas into more businesses that employ labour.

“The federal government must play its leadership role by creating the enabling environment and conducive infrastructure that enables the creation of jobs and economic opportunities for our youth fold. He urged the government to abolish multiple taxations for small businesses and make business to become easier by prioritising SMEs trainings and capacity development. He said the exigencies of the moment had underscored the need for quick action, saying: “Our population growth rate is faster than our economic growth rate, so we know what will happen if we do not bridge that gap.”

Source: Dailytrust

You’ll spend 7 years in jail if you buy stolen phone – Police

In an effort to combat stealing and other forms of criminality in Lagos, the police command in the state has announced a serious punishment for whoever is caught with a stolen handset The spokesperson of the command in Lagos, DSP Bala Elkana on Saturday, June 15, warned the public to avoid buying stolen handsets.

Elkana said: “Under our laws, it is quite a serious offence for one to buy stolen phones.

The law even regards the buyer to be more culpable than even the thief. The punishment is more for the buyer than the thief. “The wisdom behind that is to discourage people from stealing because if there is no market where they would sell those stolen things, they would not steal them but because they have a ready market, they easily steal. “This is why the law makes the punishment stiffer for the buyer.

The person who steals may get three years punishment, while the buyer could get seven years imprisonment and at the end, he will lose the property once we trace it to him.

“For a person to avoid buying stolen property, it is advisable that he buys things in the open market and not on the street or people who are just passing and not dealing in such wares.” “The most important thing when we charge a buyer to court is to look at whether he has knowledge that that thing he bought was a stolen property.

How do we test the knowledge? What is the market value and how much did he buy it? “If the market value is N100 and you buy it N10, automatically, you will know that you are buying a stolen property.

Secondly, we would check where he bought it. Was it in a regular market where such items are sold or he just bought it on the road from somebody? “That is enough for him to know that he is not buying something that is genuine. Thirdly, we would check the time of the day that he bought the phone.

These are important things we look at when we are investigating to check whether the person has knowledge that the phone was stolen or not.“If you look at the security arrangements in banks, it is such that apart from internal bank security officers who are well trained, we also have our personnel working closely with them in even in the banking halls.

We also hold regular meetings of bank security chiefs on a regular basis to review the security of banks.” With respect to hacking and other cybercrimes, Elkana said: “Hacking is a cybercrime and the law will definitely catch up with them. We are also building intelligence and monitoring their activities. We have sent quite a number of them to jail.”

Source: legit

Warri Collapsed Building: Owner was Using Substandard Materials- Neighbours

The building which was few metres away from the Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Warri Correspondents Chapel, crumbled around 1:10 p.m., according to an eyewitness.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no life was lost in the incident.

Mr Olusegun Awodiyi, Chairman, Marine Quarters, who spoke on behalf of the residents, said they had warned the owner of the building that the foundation was not strong enough to carry a two-storey building.

According to Awoniyi who claimed that the building materials used were substandard, the owner of the building whose name was not given, rebuffed them and said he was a certified engineer.

He said,“The workers have not been around for some days, so we thank God that no life was lost.

“The Delta Government should come and take a critical look at another house belonging to the same owner of the collapsed building to avoid another one collapsing and possibly leading to death.”

Mr Samuel Owoputi, who owns a building besides the collapsed structure, said two of his children who were sleeping in his room narrowly escaped death as the incident also affected the room.

According to him, the collapsed building had been giving signs since Wednesday.

Mrs Divine Iniovosa, the Vice Chairman of the Local Government Area who visited the scene, said the owner of the building would be invited to the council secretariat for questioning.

Iniovosa claimed that from all indications, the materials used for the building were substandard, adding that it was built without the service of a qualified engineer.

“We thank God that no life was lost. From what I am seeing, it shows that the materials used were poor and the owner did not engage a qualified engineer to do the job.

“As a council, we are going to invite the owner to come and tell us what happened; but for now, I will report to the council chairman what I have seen.

“My people from the Town Planning Departments have drawn our attention to this building and they told the man to stop the building. I am not surprised that this has happened.

“The owner of this house probably did not want to live in it, otherwise, he would not use these poor materials to build this house,” she said.

Iniovosa advised prospective builders to engage the services of qualified engineers and also use standard materials for their buildings.

“People should engage the services of engineers before starting their building. They should also use quality building materials so that their house will stand the test of time,” she said.

(NAN)

Three Children, Two Others Rescued from Collapsed Building in Kano

Kano State Fire Service on Friday rescued three children and two adults trapped in a building, which collapsed at Dandago Babban Baki in Gwale Local Government Area of the state.

Alhaji Saidu Mohammed, spokesman of the service, who said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Kano said that the house was one storey building.

Mohammed disclosed that a three-year-old boy was among those rescued.

“We received a distress call on Friday from one Malam Hamza Idris at about 3:19 p.m. that a building has collapsed.

“Upon receiving the information, we quickly dispatched firemen to the scene at about 3:27 p.m.,’’ he said.

Mohammed gave the names of the victims as Abduljabbar Murtala, 7, Walid Inusa, 10, Hanif Murtala, 3, Akailu Alkassim, 22 and Nasir Ibrahim, 35.

He said that the victims who sustained injuries were taken to the Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital, Kano, for treatment.

(NAN)

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