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N3.1bn fraud: Court adjourns ex-Gov. Suswam’s trial to May 24

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Justice A.R Mohammed of the Federal High Court Abuja, has adjourned the trial of a former Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam and the Commissioner of Finance in his administration, Omadachi Okolobia, till May 24, 2023 (today) for continuation of trial.

The defendants are facing trial on an amended 11-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N3.1 billion.

At a resumed hearing yesterday, prosecution counsel O.A Atolagbi who held the brief of Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, informed the court that the matter was slated for continuation of trial and cross-examination of the 5th prosecution witness, PW5.

  1. B. Daudu, SAN and Paul Erokoro, SAN appeared for the 1st and 2nd defendants.

In cross-examining the witness, Mrs. Mshelia Clara-Whyte, an investment banker working with Investment Partners, Daudu SAN, asked her whether the company she worked for was registered with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. She answered, no, but told the court that it was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

On his part, Erokoro asked the witness whether her firm normally reports suspicious transactions to relevant agencies.

“We are bound by rules of the financial market to report any transaction whether suspicious or not that is above five million naira to NFIU and SEC, and we send the report every Friday.

“But on this particular transaction, we did not report it as suspicious but rather, as an activity,” she stated.

Justice Mohammed adjourned the trial till tomorrow, May 24, 2023 for continuation of trial.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is accusing the duo of allegedly diverting the money which was said to be part of the proceeds of the sale of shares of Benue State in a company to their personal use.

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Navy acquires 12 UAVs to improve fight against maritime crime

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The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla, on Friday,  said that the Nigerian Navy had acquired 12 Comstrac System Ovation Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to improve the fight against maritime crime.

Ogalla made this known at the commissioning ceremony of the UAVs and the adoption of the revised Local Operating Procedure and Local Training Order, held at the Naval Air Base, Ojo, Lagos.

The CNS was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Rear Adm. Zakariyyah Muhammed.

Ogalla said that the surveillance UAVs would complement the already existing air assets of the Nigerian Navy, while supporting the surface ships and maritime domain awareness platforms.

“In an era where the nature of warfare is evolving rapidly, embracing cutting-edge technologies becomes imperative for enhancing our national security.

“These UAVs, with their advanced capabilities and versatility, will undoubtedly enhance our naval surveillance for furtherance of strategic capabilities.

“I have no doubt that this will rejig the Nigerian Navy towards better service delivery in the maritime domain of our dear country,” he said.

The CNS added that the Navy was expecting five more helicopters within the forst quarter of 2024 which would enhance its maritime capabilities.

“This will make safer waters for both local and international maritime trade,” he said.

Ogalla commended the Western Naval Command for innovative and dogged efforts toward maintaining credible maritime presence and curtailing criminalities in its area of operations.

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Gov. Radda suspends school principal for alledged sexual scandal

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Gov. Dikko Radda of Katsina State has directed for immediate suspension of a staff of Ministry of Education in the state for alleged sexual harassment of a female student.
The directive is contained in a statement issued by the Director Press, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Abdullahi Aliyu-Yar’adua, and made available to newsmen on Friday in Katsina.
The statement said, “Gov Dikko Radda has received a report of alleged sexual harassment against one Lawal Ibrahim, now a staff of the Ministry of Education.
It said Ibrahim was the then Principal of Government Day Secondary School, Dantankari, Dandume Local Government area.
“In consequence therefore, the governor directed the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary School Education to immediately suspend Lawal Ibrahim and investigate the allegation with dispatch.
“Take appropriate action and report back to the governor.”
The statement further directed the Commissioner of Police to investigate the allegation.
“The Commissioner of Police should investigate the allegation, and to also investigate the Divisional Police Officer, Dandume, for compromise on the matter, and report back to the governor,” the statement said.
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Ogun Govt. places N50m bounty on killers of Oyekanmi, Finance Director

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The Ogun Government has announced a reward of N50 million for any information that could lead to the arrest of the killers of Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) attached to Gov. Dapo Abiodun’s office, Mr. Taiwo Oyekanmi .

Mr Tokunbo Talabi, the Secretary to the State Government, announced the reward in a statement in Abeokuta on Friday.

According to the statement, Information provided would be treated with utmost confidentiality.

” Such information can be sent to the underlisted telephone numbers:
08037441955
08033074371
08081775020
08034062773
08032136765. ”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that suspected armed robbers on Nov. 29 shot dead Oyekanmi, and carted away government funds.

Oyekanmi had cashed an undisclosed amount of money from a branch of Fidelity bank in Abeokuta, and was heading back to the office when he was waylaid by the gunmen.

According to source, the gunmen, about five of them, shot the accountant dead at Kuto bridge in Abeokuta and went away with the government’s money.

It was gathered that Oyekanmi and other aides who sustained gunshot injuries during the attacks, were rushed to the State General Hospital, Ijaye, where the accountant later died.

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