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Court Jails Popular Nigerian Monarch, 1 Other 15 Years Each

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An Ikeja High Court on Tuesday sentenced a dethroned ‘Baale’ (Chief) in Shangisha in Magodo area of Lagos State, Mutiu Ogundare and his brother, Opeyemi Mohammed to 15 years imprisonment each for faking his own kidnap.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the court had on June 15 discharged and acquitted the third defendant, Ogundare’s wife, Abolanle.

Justice Hakeem Oshodi had on June 15 convicted Ogundare and Mohammed on three counts of bordering on conspiracy and fake abduction.

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“I have considered the allocutus of the defence counsel. However, it is in the view of this court that the defendants showed no remorse during trial.”

“In fact, the first defendant tried to buy his way out of the court. A lesson has to be thought to serve as deterrent to others.”

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“The defendants are hereby sentenced to 10 years for count one without an option of fine, one year to count two with an option of N200,000 and 15 years to count three without an option of fine.”

“The sentencing shall run concurrently from the day they were arrested,” Oshodi said.

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Mr Olarewaju Ajanaku who represented the first defence counsel, Dr Muniz Banire, in his allocutus on June 15 prayed the court to temper Justice with mercy.

Ajanaku had prayed the court that the convict had turned a new leaf and he did not think through his action when he committed the offences.

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The second defence counsel, Dr Olayinka Owoeye, also in his allocutus had prayed the court to temper justice with mercy adding that the convict had learnt his lessons.

The state prosecutor, Mr Jubril Kareem, however, urged the court to apply the provisions of law to sentence the convict.

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According to the prosecution, the defendants committed the offence on July 5, 2017.

The prosecution said that Ogundare put himself forward to be kidnapped for the purpose of causing breach of public peace, adding that his brother and wife aided in the crime.

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Former Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos, in July 2017, ordered the removal of Ogundare as the Baale of Shangisha, for staging his own abduction.

The offences contravene Section 7(1) and (2) of Lagos State Kidnapping Prohibition Law of 2017, and Sections 96 (1) (a-d) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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Buhari sacks NIRSAL managing Director O Aliyu Abdulhameed over fraud allegations

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By Francesca Iwambe

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Managing Director of the Nigerian Incentive-based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, Aliyu Abdulhameed, over fraud allegations.

It was gathered that the president removed Abdulhameed on Thursday afternoon and hauled him out of office shortly thereafter, Peoples Gazette reports.

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Abdulhameed had allegedly been siphoning money from the establishment since he was appointed to office in 2015.

It was gathered that the search for his replacement had begun.

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“His exotic official vehicles were all withdrawn from him. He left the office in a small Ford vehicle and was grandstanding that he would soon be back,” a source told the newspaper.

It was reported in June that Abdulhameed siphoned close to N1 billion using the private bank account of the agency’s Head of Finance, Idris Issa Aweda, as a conduit.

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Aweda used three personal bank accounts: FCMB (4986133010), GTB (0245155058), and Stanbic IBTC (0021195810) to receive proceeds of fraud on behalf of Abdulhameed.

Although NIRSAL is not a security agency, Abdulhameed fraudulently ordered payment of money for “advance for security challenge in the North-East on the farms fields”, “security challenge in the North-Central on the farms fields”, “advance for external security issue armoured car” and “advance for security challenge in the South-East on the farms fields”.

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He also summarily “dismissed” the organisation’s Acting Head of Internal Audit, Mr Olalekan Olusanya, in bid to conceal a deep-rooted multi-billion-naira fraud.

Abdulhameed also dismissed another staff member of the organisation, Olusola Omole, in a bid to conceal the corruption taking place under his watch.

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Omole was the head of a technical unit with responsibility across the 36 states of the federation before he was removed.

NIRSAL is a $500 million non-bank financial institution, a creation of the Central Bank of Nigeria mandated to manage agribusiness-related credit risks in Nigeria.

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Abdulhameed’s corrupt practices also forced the Central Bank of Nigeria to suspend funding to NIRSAL last year.

The CBN has been guaranteeing all borrowings disbursed by NIRSAL, which is a parastatal of the government’s banker.

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Another source said Mr Abdulhameed also misappropriated funds earmarked for wheat distributions across the country.

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Breaking: Panic in Ogun state as Wall Gecko wipes out family of six

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Ogun State has been thrown into mourning after a family of six was discovered stone dead in the early hours of Friday.

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The source of death is suspected food poisoning after wall gecko had allegedly walked on food

The victims have been identified as Mr Adeleke John Samuel, a chartered accountant; his wife , two children and two other relatives.

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A source told NaijaBlitzNews.com
that they are believed to have died after eating food on which wall gecko trampled.

The sad event was uncovered when their gateman, Mr Lawal Ojo suspected the unusual quietness in the house at full break of day.

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He alerted the neighbours who broke into the house only to discover the bodies of the victims in different rooms

They were all in the sleeping posture, the source said, indicating that they probably passed on in their sleep.

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According to an eyewitness: Mrs Ifenatuora Ijeoma, the poison might have ingested in the course of the family’s dinner the night before.

She reiterated that, on close inspection of the kitchen utensils, a dead wall gecko was discovered inside a pot of soup by one of the neighbours.

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NaijaBlitzNews.com reports that Wall Gecko, a small slippery house lizard native to South East Asia is now found across the world.

It had, at different times, been associated with lethal food poisoning.

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According to medical practitioner who simply identified himself as Dr Omotosho : a biologist , “Geckos are ordinarily harmless. However, the lizard carries lots of bacteria in the mouth which can cause serious harm when ingested by humans.”

As at the time of filing this report, the police had waded into the matter, even as the source of death still remained a subject of conjecture.

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Atiku to Oshiomhole: Where’s your imported Wife

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The Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Organization apparently peeved by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole outbursts against their flag bearer asked after his imported wife.

Lara Fortes a white lady who married Oshiomhole in 2015 has not been seen around for years around him fueling rumours on the state of the marriage.

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The issue came to fore on Thursday after Oshiomhole in a television interview on on a national tv accused Atiku Abubakar of failing the simple test of being a unifier alleging that the PDP presidential candidate is a serial divorcee.

Oshiomhole, who is Deputy Director-General of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Organization, had, in the interview, labeled Atiku as ‘serial betrayer’ and a ‘serial divorcee,’ unfit to unify Nigeria.

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He said, “You (Atiku) can’t manage your household, you are a serial divorcee and you want to preach unity and family to me?”

Reacting, the Atiku Camp in a statement said:

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“Moreover, Oshiomhole is not in any position to preach about matrimonial competence and sanctimony as he has not explained the whereabouts of his imported foreign wife to Nigerians.

“It is important for Oshiomhole to note that Nigerians have moved beyond Tinubu as they have already attained consensus across the political, ethnic and religious divides to vote in Atiku Abubakar as a pan-Nigerian and unifier that will rescue our nation from the shambolic rule of the divisive, insensitive and corrupt APC.

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“Of course, Nigerian have come to a consensus that our nation needs a visionary leader, like Atiku Abubakar and certainly not a bat with its inadequacies, specie inconsistencies and aversion to light.”

The Atiku’s team said, “…This can only explain why the former APC National Chairman, who was disgraced out of office, continues as a chattering roller coaster and a musical chair politician, who specializes in making unfounded comments and inventing fictitious claims against others just to draw undue attention to himself.

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“Nigerians expect Adams Oshiomhole to note that the presidential campaign addresses serious issues and is not a platform for throwing tantrums and irresponsible commentaries.

“In any case, Nigerians will not be surprised to see Adams Oshiomhole turning around at Atiku Abubakar’s inevitable victory and inauguration on May 29, 2023, to condemn Asiwaju Tinubu and declare his current unsavory comments against Atiku Abubakar as mere political statements.

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“If Oshiomhole has honour or means well for this nation, he ought to have resigned as Deputy Director General of Asiwaju/Shettima Presidential Campaign after series of shameful revelations of reported allegations touching on the integrity of the APC Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“Our campaign holds that contrary to the garments of unity which Oshiomhole is forcing on Tinubu, the Presidential Candidate of the APC lacks antecedents that will showcase him as a believer in a truly united and indivisible Nigeria.”

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