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EFCC Present Its First Witness Against Social Media Influencer , Adeherself

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Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, presented its first prosecution witness, PW1, Samuel Orie, a Compliance Officer with Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, against a self-acclaimed social media influencer, Rukayat Adedamola Adewale, aka Adeherself, who was re-arraigned today for alleged internet fraud before Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja.
Adewale, 20, is being prosecuted on a three -court charge bordering on conspiracy to obtain by false pretence, attempt to obtain by false pretence and retention of proceeds of a criminal conduct.
One of the counts reads: “That you, Adewale Adedamola Rukayat, Lasisi Wasiu Adeleke, ( still at large) Sodiq Adeleke( still at large), between the 17th day of April, 2020 and 24th May, 2020 at Lagos , within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, attempted to obtain the sum of $6,000( Six Thousand Dollars) from Joseph Rumoro on the representation that the sum is meant for procurement of passport, visa and tax, which representation you knew to be false.”
Another charge reads: “That you, Adewale Adedamola Rukayat, between 29th day of April, 2020 and 30th day of April, 2020, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, retained the control of the aggregate sum of N7, 876.000( Seven Million, Eight Hundred and Seventy- six Thousand Naira) in your Guaranty Trust Bank account number 0240818624, which you knew to be proceeds of various internet and cybercrimes.”
She pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to her.
In view of her plea, the prosecution sought to present his first witness, Orie, against the defendant.
Led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, S.O. Daji, the witness told the court that the bank received a letter from the Commission, asking for the statement of account as well as the account opening package of the defendant, which it sent to the Commission.
Consequently, the prosecution counsel sought to tender the documents, which were admitted in evidence by the court.
The case was adjourned to October 26, 2020 for continuation of trial.

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Wike Signs Executive Order Proscribing IPOB, Lifts Curfew

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Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Wike, has signed an executive order to reinforce the ban on Indigenous Peoples Organization of Biafra and its activities in the State .
The governor maintained that while Rivers remains the home to all tribes and ethnic nationalities , the state government is opposed to the presence and activities of the legally proscribed and anarchic IPOB and whatever it stands for in Rivers State .
Governor Wike, in a state broadcast on Wednesday night, said while the Government acknowledges and appreciate the enormous contributions from non-indigenes to the political, social , and economic development of the State , it will neither accept nor allow any individual or group from within and outside to violate the peace , endanger lives and property under any guise in the State .
“ And so, let it be understood that we have nothing against all or any specific tribe and will continue to live in peace with people of all other tribal extractions residing or doing business in Rivers State.
“ But we have everything against the presence and activities of the legally proscribed and anarchic Indigenous People of Biafra ( IPOB ) and whatever that group stands for in Rivers State .
“ This is clearly a terrorist group whose existence, creed, mission and activities are strongly denounced even by the Government and peoples of South- Eastern States of the country. I have therefore signed the executive order to reinforce the total ban on IPOB and its activities in Rivers State or any part thereof and nothing will stop us from enforcing this ban in its entirety ,” he said.
Wike said he has also directed security agencies and the Chairmen of Local Government Areas to fish out and resolutely deal with any member of IPOB found in any community in terms with the executive order and other legal instruments .
With restoration of normalcy in the Diobu area of Port Harcourt , the Governor announced the lifting of existing curfew on Mile 1 , Mile 2 , Iloabuchi , Emenike and Ikokwu areas of Port Harcourt as well as Rumukurushi in Obio/ Akpor Local Government Area of the State .
“ However, the curfew in Oyigbo Local Government Area shall remain in force until further notice while the entire Ikokwu motor spare market shall remain closed , also , until further notice ,” he said.

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Nigeria Air Will Be Delivered Before 2023 – Sirika

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Hadi Sirika, the minister for aviation, says plans are underway to ensure that Nigeria Air, the national carrier, is delivered before the end of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
Sirika was addressing journalists on after appearing before the senate committee on aviation for the 2021 budget defence by the ministry and its agencies on Tuesday.
“We are on it. The transaction adviser has brought in the outline business case. It is being reviewed by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC),”.
“Soon after its completion, it will go to the federal executive council for approved. We will not leave this government without having it in place.”
Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, had unveiled the national carrier project at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow in London.
However, Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, said the project was suspended due to investor apathy.
On the need to site another airport in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital, as an alternate to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, Sirika said: “Lokoja is a cosmopolitan town, it’s a mini Nigeria and it is extremely very important in the growth and development of our country”.
“We have a lot of agricultural activities there. There is fishery, there is perishable item production and so on.
“So siting an airport there is quite apt. For me, it is something we should have done long ago for its importance.”
The minister also explained that the federal government is addressing the issue of dilapidated equipment at some airports across the country one after the other based because there are not enough resources to carry out such all at once.
While addressing the committee, Sirika said 10 new airports will be constructed across the country to boost civil aviation.
“There are airports coming up in Benue, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Lafia, Damaturu, Anambra and so forth. All of these show that civil aviation is growing during this administration,” he said.
“So, we have about 10 new airports coming up; that is almost half the number of airports we used to have in Nigeria. We are adding 50 percent of the number of airports.
“Certainly we are making Ilorin one of the best airports because in the first place it is an alternate for Lagos”
He also noted that Kebbi, Osubi, Dutse, Jigawa airports have been taken over by the federal government and the Gombe state government has also written to the federal authorities, asking it to take over the Gombe Airport.

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#WTO – DG : Okonjo – Iweala Suggested As New WTO Chief , But US Vetoes

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The World Trade Organization’s General Council Chair David Walker said Wednesday that Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had garnered the most support among WTO members to become the next global trade chief, a WTO spokesperson said.
The United States said, however, it could not support the candidacy of Okonjo-Iweala and said it would continue to back the South Korean candidate Yoo Myung-hee.
Walker and his colleagues have finished a long process of consultations, where each member could indicate their preference. Walker told WTO ambassadors Wednesday that Okonjo-Iweala, and not Yoo, was most likely to secure a consensus among the membership, which is needed to select the next chief of the global trade organization.
However, the suggestion of Walker and his colleagues is not the final step of the process as some members can veto their suggestion, which the U.S. now threatened to do.
WTO members must formally decide in their General Council meeting who becomes the next director general. This meeting will happen on November 9. Before then, there will be consultations.

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