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Dismissed Soldier Nabbed For Internet Fraud In Ondo

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A dismissed soldier, Ayobami Onigbinde, who was laid off for using fake credentials to get an appointment into the military has been arrested in Ondo State for defrauding unsuspecting businessmen through internet banking to the tune of over N600,000 within a month.
The dismissed soldier was paraded alongside an accomplice, Aroyeun Oladayo, and 15 other suspected criminals terrorising the people of the state.
Also paraded were two notorious cult members including an ex-convict who reportedly abducted two young girls, locked them in the house of one of their members and gang-raped them for two days.
The rapists include Tunde Akinwumi 20, and Tunde Akinboyewa, 25, said to be an ex-convict.
Suspects paraded were alleged to have been involved in armed robberies, serial raping of under aged girls, cult activities, kidnapping and stealing of motorcycles at gun point.
The dismissed soldiers, according to the state police commissioner, Udie Adie, usually pose to their victims as soldiers who just returned from the Boko Haram zone in Maiduguri, Borno State and were stranded.
Parading the suspected internet fraudsters, the state police commissioner said the suspects do complain of not having cash to their victims and they collect goods and generate fake electronic money transfer alert on their own phones. This, according to him, is shown to the victims as proof that they have paid for what they collected.
In an interview, the dismissed soldier, Ayobami said: “I was dismissed from the military because I used fake credentials to get an appointment into the military”.
“It was when I wanted to do my passing out parade that the military intelligence caught me. They detected that I used a fake state of origin. I was born in Kwara State. But my state of origin is Osun State.
“I got the apps of the bank. I usually tell the people that I am a soldier from Maiduguri fighting Boko Haram and that I wanted to do a bank transfer.
“I use any bank apps. I will send a bank alert to the person. It was one of the persons I sent fake bank alert to that tracked my number and I was arrested. I made N600.000 in one month of doing the business.
However, the commissioner of police said: “a team of detectives from the anti-cultism squad, Akure acting on a tipoff, arrested one Ayobami, 28 and Oladayo, 22.
“In perpetrating their act, the duo will present themselves as army officers and proceed to obtain either goods or money from their unsuspecting victims and generate fake electronic money transfer alert on their own phones which they show to the victims as proof that they have paid for what they collected.
“The victims are then deceived to believe that they will soon receive their credit alert as delays are often due to network problems. Upon interrogation, they confessed to have so defrauded one Eze Patrick and 18 others.

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Banigo Felicitates With Justice Wike On Her Birthday

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Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Mrs. Ipalibo Harry Banigo has felicitated with the wife of the State Chief Executive Hon. Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom Wike as she celebrates her birthday on Saturday, 23rd May, 2020.

 

In a statement from the Government House in Port Harcourt on Friday, 23rd May 2020, Dr. Banigo described Hon. Justice Wike as a humane and God fearing woman who is a great pillar of strength to our amiable Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.

 

While wishing her many happy returns the Deputy Governor prayed the Almighty God to continue to protect and bless Hon. Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom Wike.

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Former Nigeria President Jonathan Loses Foster Dad.

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The family of former Nigerian President,Goodluck Jonathan and the Otuoke community of Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa state has been thrown into mourning as the News of the sudden demise of Chief Nitabai Inegite,the former president’s foster father reached them.

Though no official reports have reached us as to the cause of his death,The Tide learnt that the septuagenerian has been briefly ill shortly before his demise.
The former President, who visited the residence of his late foster father the early hours of Wednesday has not made any official statement regarding funeral arrangement.
Chief Inegite,popularly called ‘holy’ by his admirers and friends was initially reported to have been responding to treatment in an undisclosed health facility where his health later deteriorated before finally giving up  the ghost  at about 11:00 pm,Tuesday 19th day of May,2020.
You would recall that the late Chief Nitabai Inegite was twice reported to have been kidnapped some time between 2014 and 2016 respectively.
The late former president’s foster father was survived by his wife,biological children,grand children and numerous relatives.
By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.
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Nigerian Senate Considers Bill For Ensure Food Security

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…seeks establishment of Food Reserve Agency
The Nigerian Senate, in a seemingly proactive stop to forestall anticipated food shortfall  in the country ,  on Tuesday, commenced legislative work on a critical bill to ensure food security in Nigeria through  the establishment of  Food Reserve Agency to plan and implement policies for adequate food production and storage.
The bill  sponsored  by Senator Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa West), scaled second reading at plenary , on Tuesday.
Leading debate on the bill, Senator Adamu noted that Nigeria as a nation needs to develop its Agricultural sector to ensure not only alternate economy but also food security .
He further emphasised that this requires  an vibral  agency to drive all attending policies for the growth and sustainability of the sector.
According to the lawmaker, the Food Reserve agency when established, would be responsible for storing food grains and other food commodities for strategic purposes.
His words “Agriculture plays a pivotal role in the development and growth of every nation. Any country seeking to diversify its economy, alleviate poverty, create jobs and ensure food security should prioritize agriculture.
“Nigeria recognizing the important role Agriculture plays has made efforts to place the sector at the fore by introducing different intervention programmes and policies backed by enabling laws.
“A further step to be taken to ensure food security in our country at all times is to formulate enabling laws that will address food insecurity,”
“The agency will implement the overall National Food Reserve Policy to ensure a reliable supply of designated commodities in the country.”
The lawmaker recalled that, “the recent mandate of the President during the COVID-19 pandemic to distribute 70,000 metric tons of grains from the Grains Reserves shows clearly how important it is for a country to have a Food Reserve Agency.”
 Stressing the importance of food security ,he linked the current Covid 19 situation and its Nigeria’s readiness to  ensure the nation don’t wind up in food crises as well.
According to Senator Adamu, with the Agency in place, Nigeria will be taking the right step in the right direction as replicated in other African countries such as Zambia and Tanzania.
“With the existence of the Agency, emergency food crises will be taken care of especially in the period of a pandemic.
“There will also be a reduction in post-harvest losses as silos, warehouses, equipment, ancillary facilities and other suitable storage facilities will be installed and maintained.”  the Senator explained.
After the debate, the President of  the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan referred the bill to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development chaired by the sponsor of the bill Adsmu Abdullahi.
The Committee  is given four weeks  to report back to the Senate.
Nneka Amaechi-Nnadi.
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