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Six Internet Fraudsters Jailed In Lagos

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, has secured the conviction of Osibajo Oluwamuyiwa, Jimoh Damilola Qudus and Salaudeen Ismail for offences bordering on internet fraud.
They were arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.
Our correspondent learnt that Osibajo and Salaudeen were arraigned on a separate three-count charge, while Jimoh was arraigned on a separate one-count charge all for being in “possession of fraudulent documents.”
Acting EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade said this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.
One of the charges reads: “That you, Osibajo David Oluwamuyiwa (aka Michael Morris) on or about 11th day of February, 2020 in Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud had in your possession a document with email addressmsharley059@gmail.com  wherein you represented yourself as a female with name as Michael Morris, and sent messages online to unsuspecting persons desirous of having a female friend, which documents you knew or ought to have known having regard to the circumstances of the case, contains false pretence.”
However, they pleaded guilty to the charges preferred against them by the EFCC.
Based on this, counsel for the EFCC, Ahmed Yerima reviewed the facts of the cases.
Further, Yerima told the court that the convicts were arrested following an intelligence report about their fraudulent activities.
Also, he told the court to convict and sentence the defendants as charged by the EFCC.
Justice Taiwo, convicted as charged and sentenced them to six months imprisonment each.
She, however, gave an “option of fine” of N300,000 each to Osibajo and Salaudeen, while N100,000 fine was given to Qudus.

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Rainstorm Destroys Radio Bayelsa

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A late night rainstorm on Monday destroyed property worth millions of naira in Bayelsa State including the state broadcasting corporation, Radio Bayelsa and crippled its operations.
The administrative building, the general manager’s office and the make-shift live studio were not spared by the rainstorm.
The havoc caused by the rainstorm brought down the mast of the station which also plays host to the transmitters of Radio Nigeria’s Creek FM and the Nigeria Television Authority thereby crippling their operations too.
Though some parts of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital were affected by the rainstorm
The worse hit was Radio Bayelsa, NTA Yenagoa and Radio Nigeria, Creek FM.
The acting General Manager of the station, Mrs. Pere Obobo described the incident as a monumental loss.
Also, Creek FM General Manger, Mr Sunday Udosen lamented the huge loss the rainstorm had caused the station
The Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief Benson Agadaga who was among the early visitors to the station, gave an assurance that government would work towards fixing the damage at Radio Bayelsa.
Radio Bayelsa had earlier this year on February 14 experienced large scale destruction by irate youths protesting the Supreme Court judgement which dislodged the All Progressives Congress candidate in the November 16, 2019 governorship election, David Lyon as elected governor, resulting in the swearing in of the People’s Democratic Party candidate, Senator Douye Diri as governor.
On July 2 last year, a fire outbreak also destroyed equipment and parts of Radio Bayelsa.
The rainstorm equally wreaked havoc on roofs, electrical poles and wires, billboards and buildings in parts of the State capital.

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COVID-19: Lagos Police Receive N3m Preventive Materials

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Lagos State Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) has donated COVID-19 preventive materials worth N 3 million to the State Police Command.
Some of the preventive materials donated to the command includes Infrared thermometer, washing hand kits, hand sanitisers, gloves and masks.
The items were meant for all the area commands and divisions in the state.
Presenting the materials, Chairman of PCRC, Apostle Kehinde Showemimo, said the gesture was part of PCRC effort to support the police, noting that association is concerned about the safety of police officers while carrying out their duties.
He disclosed that the gesture would also be replicated by the PCRC in all the police commands and divisions across the country.
Showemimo said that the PCRC in Lagos State embarked on the project both as part of its welfare obligations for the officers and to forestall any untoward circumstances as recently experienced by the State of New York in the US where over 230 police officers were infected with coronavirus in the course of their duties.
He urged all Lagos residents to be vigilant, cooperate and support efforts and measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Apostle Showemimo appealed to other well-meaning organisations and good-spirited individuals to support the Nigeria Police and other security agencies in their bid to ensure a safer and crime-free society, especially during this period.

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Lockdown: Lagos CJ Suspends All Court Activities

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All court activities have been suspended in the five judicial divisions of the Lagos state Judiciary, the Chief Judge, Justice Kazeem Alogba has said.
Justice Alogba issued the order following the lockdown announced by President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State to combat the Coronavirus pandemic in the state.
The order was contained in a circular titled: “Entry Into Court Premises Guidelines No. 2” dated March 30, 2020 and signed on his behalf by the Chief Registrar, Mrs Taiwo Olatokun.
It notified members of the public of the suspension of all court activities effective Tuesday, March 31 until further notice.
The chief Judge directed Administrative Magistrates in the seven Magistrative Districts to sit only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and only to take between hours of 10.00 a.m. and 1. 00 p.m. and take only remand and bail applications on offences such as terrorism, armed robbery, homicide and other non-bailable offences.
It listed the seven Magisterial Districts to include Ikeja, Lagos, Yaba, Ikorodu, Apapa, Badagry and Epe.
It directed the Assistant Chief Registrars (Administrative) in each of the districts to serve as registrars for such sittings of the magistrate courts.

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