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Bizman Docked Over Alleged N1.7m Fraud

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A businessman, Taiwo
Akanbi, on Thursday appeared before an Oshodi Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, charged with a N1.7million fraud.
Akanbi, 42, a resident of No. 39, Adejobi St., Agege, Lagos, is standing trial on a two-count charge of fraud and stealing.
The Prosecutor, Cpl. Kehinde Olatunde, told the court that the accused committed the offences sometime in July 2010 at No. 12, Industrial Ave., Ilupeju, Lagos.
He said that Akanbi, the proprietor of Twin Aluminium ProductsLtd., fraudulently collected the sum of N1.7million from one Mr Kolawole Olatunbosun, on the pretext of supplying him aluminium doors and windows.
“The accused was given a contract of N1.7 million to supply and fix aluminium doors and windows in the complainant’s new site in Lekki, Lagos
“Since the accused collected the money, he converted it to his personal use and refused to do the job’’.
Olatunde said that whenever the complainant called the accused on phone, he would not pick his calls.
“But when the complainant used another number to call him, he picked it and would give one excuse or another as to why he had not done the job.
“All efforts made by the complainant since 2010 to recover his money had proved abortive,” he said.
Olatunde said that the offence contravened Sections 285 and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.
Section 312 provides a penalty of 15 years imprisonment for the offence of obtaining by false pretence or fraud, while Section 285 prescribes a three years jail term for stealing.
The Magistrate, Mr Akeem Fashola, granted Akanbi bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties and adjourned the case to August 6 for mention.

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Rivers Community Charges Security Agencies On Kidnapped Victim’s Whereabouts

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Some concerned indigenes of Agwut-Obolo Community in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, have called on security agencies to intensify the search for the whereabouts of Elder Otungban Francis, who was recently kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the community.
It would be recalled that some hoodlums recently stormed the community in two outboard engine boats and whisked away their victim after disposing him and his security aides of their belongings.
An indigene of the community who gave his name simply as Mr Brown, described the incident as one too many, stating that the community is now living in fear due to the activities of kidnappers.
Brown stressed the need for the various security agencies to intensify their efforts in search of the old man with a view to rescuing him alive.
Also speaking, another concerned indigene of the community, Taribo Awaji-Inomida Kacham, who described the incident as barbaric, said that kidnapping is now a regular feature in the community and called on the abductors to release him unconditionally.
She also called on the state government and the security agencies to investigate the incessant kidnap incidents in Andoni, maintaining that those found culpable should be arrested and prosecuted.
Similarly, the president, Andoni Youth Federation, Comrade Mike Amachree also condemned the kidnap of Elder Francis Otungban and assured that he has confidence in the government and security agencies in rescuing him alive without any ransom.
Several phone calls made to the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) on the matter were not answered.

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N32.5m Fraud: Pastors Bag Jail Terms In Delta

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Justice F. N. Azinge of the Delta State High Court sitting in Otor-Udu, has convicted and sentenced one Pastor Glory Okeoghene Aberefa and Reverend Vincent Okpogo to 16 and 10 years imprisonment, respectively.
The duo, alongside their company, Mustard Seed Micro Investment Limited, were prosecuted by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Under the guise of running a finance company, the convicts defrauded dozens of unsuspecting members of the public of millions of naira, through their fraudulent Mustard Seed Micro Investment Limited.
They were arraigned on 16-count charges, bordering on conspiracy to steal and stealing, contrary to Section 516 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Code, CAP 21, Vol 1, Laws of Delta State of Nigeria, 2006.
On June 19, 2017, they pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.
EFCC legal team members, V. O. Agbaje and K. U. Udus had acted on a petition and investigation which fingered them in the stealing of the sum of N32,516,620.
Pastor Aberefa was sentenced to one year imprisonment on each of the 16 counts, while the second defendant, Reverend Okpogo was sentenced to one year imprisonment each on count seven to 16.
The sentences are to run consecutively.
The convicts, already in prison, were earlier jailed 17 years by both the Federal High Court, Asaba and Delta State High Court, Warri.
They would now serve a new sentence, which Justice Azinge said would take effect after completion of the extant 17 years imprisonment.

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Rivers CP Tasks Officers On Dedication …Decorates 19 New SPs

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The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, has charged the 19 newly promoted police officers to consider their promotion as a call for more commitment to duty and hard work.
The 19 decorated officers, who were promoted to the rank of Superintendents of Police (SPs) include the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Nnamdi Omoni.
Decorating the promoted officers, Mukan, encouraged them to be diligent in their duties and assured of his administration’s support to ensure that officers of the command carry out their duties efficiently.
The state commissioner of police used the opportunity to commend the Inspector General of Police for finding the officers worthy of the promotion, just as he charged them to ensure transparency and good sense of judgment in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Responding on behalf of the newly promoted officers, SP Nnamdi Omoni, who is currently the public relations officer of the command, assured that they would do all within their reach to justify the confidence reposed in them.

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