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EFCC Arraigns Former Lagos AG On New Money Laundering Charge

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, docked a former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State, Olasupo Shasore, SAN, before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Fidel Info The former Lagos AG was arraigned alongside his company, Middlesex Investment Limited,on a 14-count charge that bordered on his alleged complicity in money laundering to the tune of about N109.8million.

EFCC accused the defendant of failing to report a single lodgment of another N48.8m into the same account, in breach of extant money laundering laws.

The charge sheet further indicated that Shasore had in November 2017, committed same offence by transferring $300, 000 single lodgment into his company account where he is a sole signatory.

The defendant was alleged to have failed to establish an anti-money laundering desk or to designate a Compliance Officer in his company as required by law.

Meanwhile, after the charge was read to him, the defendant pleaded not guilty to all the allegations against him.

EFCC’s counsel, Mr. Bala Sanga, said he was not opposed to his release on bail.

Consequently, trial Justice Inyang Ekwo allowed the defendant to go home on the of administrative bail that was earlier granted to him by the EFCC.

The matter was later adjourned till March 13 for the commencement of trial.

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Breaking: ICPC Detains D’banj Over Alleged Diversion Of N-Power Funds

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Oladapo Oyebanji, better known by his stage name D’banj, has been detained by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over the alleged misappropriation of N-Power budget.

Fidel Info reports that the musician was apprehended and held Tuesday when ICPC agents closed in on him and forced him to present himself at the agency’s Abuja headquarters.

D’banj allegedly avoided summons for weeks by claiming to be abroad for scheduled concerts each time he was asked to appear for questioning over fraud allegations.

The pop musician, a famous and wealthy Nigerian, is charged with defrauding the Nigerian government out of hundreds of naira intended for the N-Power project, an empowerment initiative launched by the Nigerian government in 2016 to combat youth unemployment and advance social development.

Investigators contend that D’banj conspired with some tainted government representatives to add fictitious beneficiaries to the scheme’s payroll. Then, the recipients get payments into accounts that are now purportedly connected to the pop star.

After the musician failed to show up for interrogation despite multiple invitations, the ICPC moved to arrest him, forcing him to show up at the commission’s office on Tuesday.

Sources say, on arrival, D’banj was subjected to a prolonged interrogation session after which he was detained. His plea for administrative bail was rejected by officials who said the musician could not be trusted to attend his trial if released on bail.

Sources state that the ICPC might approach the court on Wednesday for an extended remand order to enable the agency complete its investigation before charging the musician to court.

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Police Arrests Suspects And Recover Weapons After Rampage In Osun

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The Osun State Police Command on Monday disclosed that it has arrested ten persons in connection with the disruption of law and order in Osogbo while trying to take control of motor parks.

Fidel Info reports that Hoodlums, earlier in the day, were on a rampage across Osogbo, Osun state capital shooting sporadically into the air and attacking members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, across major parks in the town.

However, the police, in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, SP Yemisi Opalola, said the security outfit arrested ten suspects and recovered various weapons.

The statement reads partly, “This is to inform the general public that the Osun State Police Command is aware and frowns at the crises that erupted within the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state.”

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Faleye Olaleye, swiftly charged the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, and Tactical Commanders to ensure the situation is brought under control and arrest culprits.”

“Consequently, the Police operatives tactical operation led to the arrest of Ten (10) Suspects and recovery of One (1) Barretta pistol, Two (2) Pump Action, Two (2) Barrel guns, Nine (9) live and Four (4) expended cartridges, Five (5) cutlasses and charms.”

“The Commissioner of Police wishes to assure the general public that the Police Command is fully on top of the situation as Mobile/Conventional/Tactical/Patrol teams have been deployed to curtail the crises and advice members of the public to go about their lawful businesses/work without fear of insecurity or attacks.”

“He, therefore, sternly warned that anyone found culpable in these unwarranted violence/attacks will face the full wrath of the law.”

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Police Deny Arresting The Twitter User Who Insulted Aisha Buhari

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According to the Jigawa State Police Command, it had nothing to do with the arrest of a Federal University, Dutse, 500-level student.

Fidel Info reports that Aminu Muhammad, a student, was detained for sending a tweet that appeared to make fun of Aisha Buhari, the first lady of Nigeria.

The tweet which was written in Hausa and accompanied by a photo of the first lady, read in English, “Mama has eaten poor people’s money and is now full.”

Shortly after the post, Muhammad was purportedly detained by DSS agents, which sparked a social media reaction from Nigerians against the DSS and the first lady.

Inibehe Effiong, a lawyer, was one of many who criticized the DSS over Muhammad’s alleged arrest.

He tweeted, “You are defending Aisha Buhari because she’s someone’s mother. This argument is preposterous.”

“Thousands have lost their mothers to the incompetence and cruelty of the Buhari regime. Thousands have been orphaned by the corruption in management of funds meant to combat terrorism.”

On her part, activist Aisha Yesufu said, “Who is Aisha Buhari that an aggrieved citizen cannot talk about? Those of you talking about her so-called powers need to ask yourselves whether you are citizens or slaves.Duniya budurwar wawa!”

Also condemning the reported arrest, a social media influencer, Daniel Regha, said it was an abuse of power.

He tweeted, “Patience Jonathan was unfairly mocked everyday when she was the First Lady, no one got detained, but the SSS went ahead to arrest a Tweep (Adamu Muhammed) for criticising Aisha Buhari. Is that the job of the SSS? Why not charge the guy to court? This is an abuse of power.”

While the DSS was still getting criticised over Muhammad’s arrest, more reports stated that the student was arrested by the police.

The Police Public Relations Officer for the command, DSP Lawan Shiisu, said he was not aware of the arrest.

“We didn’t make the arrest. An arrest cannot be made in my area without me being informed,” he said.

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