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ASUU strike has worsened drug abuse – Gov. Obaseki

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ASUU strike has worsened drug abuse – Gov. Obaseki

… As EFCC arrests 23 suspected internet fraudsters in Ibadan***

Edo’s Gov. Godwin Obaseki on Friday in Benin blamed the increasing rate of drug abuse in the state on the lingering Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.

Reviewing the state’s security situation for the months of February, March and April, Gov. Obaseki said Edo recorded 19 drug abuse cases in February, 34 cases in March and 23 cases in April.

Also read: Strikes: FG, varsity workers may reach agreement next week

“Drug abuse is now the number two issue of concern in our state.

“Our analysis shows that there is a high rate of consumption of drugs in the last few months.

“This is not unconnected with the ASUU strike which has kept many students at home and idle,’’ the governor said.

The review came after a joint security meeting between the state government and representatives of various security agencies in the state.

“I use the opportunity of this meeting to appeal to ASUU and the Federal Government to do all they can to end this strike as soon as possible.

“This is in the interest of the children so that we do not keep them at home and destroy their lives.

“If they are not going to school, as you know the idle mind is a devil’s workshop.

One way we hope that we can reduce the use of drugs is if we take these children back to school.

“Another issue is the accident rate.

We have observed slight reduction because of the rains.

“We use this medium to further appeal to the Federal Government that the major roads leading into Edo be repaired, particularly the Benin-Auchi, Okpekpe-Okene roads,’’ he said.

Obaseki noted that road accidents accounted for a large number of deaths recorded in the state.

He stressed that the state had enjoyed a relative decline in other incidents, which shows that Edo is becoming safer.

In his remarks, the Commissioner of Police in Edo, Mr Abutu Yaro, corroborated the views of the governor on crime reduction, saying that Edo is safer now than earlier.

 

In another development, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal Office has arrested 23 suspected internet fraudsters in Ibadan.

This is contained in a statement signed by the commission’s spokesperson, Mr Wilson Uwujaren and made available to newsmen on Friday in Ibadan.

The newsmen recall that the EFCC had arrested no fewer than 200 internet fraudsters in the zone within the last 12 months.

Uwujaren said the suspects were arrested on Thursday at Apata, Jericho and Ire Akari estate areas of Ibadan,  following intelligence on their alleged computer fraud-related activities.

He said that 16 of the suspects were indicted by forensic analysis carried out on their devices and incriminating documents recovered from them, while seven others were still under investigation.

Uwujaren said in addition, that seven exotic cars, mobile phones and laptops were recovered from the suspects.

The suspects, he added,  would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.

 

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NEMESIS: Kogi Police Officer Detained Over Alleged Robbery, Car Theft– CP

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NEMESIS: Kogi Police Officer Detained Over Alleged Robbery, Car Theft– CP

…Plate number already changed to an Abuja number, and car dealer’s receipt backdated to 2020

 The police in Kogi have confirmed the arrest and detention of a Police Officer, Insp Aminu Mohammed, for alleged robbery and car theft.

The Spokesman, SP Williams Ovye-Aya, confirmed this to newsmen on Tuesday.

”Mohammed, a crime officer with the “C” Division at 200 Unit, Lokoja, is cooling his heels at the A Division of the command.

“Already, the State Commissioner of Police (CP) Bethrand Onuoha, has ordered an investigation into the involvement of the inspector in the crimes labelled against him,” Ovye-Aya said.

A reliable source revealed that Muhammed was in the police net for robberies around his duty station, in the Lokoja metropolis.

“The stolen car was found in the workshop of the policeman’s panel beater, Arome Moses, who was already working on changing the car’s colour at Ochadamu village.

“Those who know the vehicle and were aware of the robbery incident that occurred in the owner’s house on June 14, quickly raised an alarm upon sighting the car.

“An alarm was raised and the panel beater was arrested by policemen of the Quick Response Unit (QRU) attached to the Police Area Command, Idah.

“On interrogation, the panel beater spilt the beans, and the officer was invited and apprehended.

“The car plate number had already been changed to an Abuja number just as a car dealer’s receipt was backdated to 2020 and presented by the officer as evidence that he bought it,” the source said.

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Alleged $6bn Fraud: Court Denies Agunloye’s Request For Medical Trip

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Alleged $6bn Fraud: Court Denies Ex-power Minister’s Request For Medical Trip

… Over 2003 Contract award titled “Construction of 3,960-megawatt Mambilla Power Station” on BOT basis, without any budgetary approval

 A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court on Wednesday refused to grant an application filed by Dr Olu Agunloye, a former minister of power and steel, seeking to travel abroad for medical treatment.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting him over certain infractions regarding the $6 billion Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Station in Taraba.

Agunloye, who served as a minister in the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, is being prosecuted by EFCC, on behalf of the Federal Government, before Justice Jude Onwuegbuzie.

He was charged in the suit, marked FCT/HC/CR/617/22, with a seven-count charge bordering on forgery, disobedience of presidential order and corruption.

He was alleged to have, among others, on May 22, 2003, awarded a contract titled “Construction of 3,960-megawatt Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Station on build, operate and transfer basis to Sunrise Power and Transmission Company Limited without any budgetary provision, approval and cash backing.

The prosecution also alleged that it traced some suspicious payments made by Sunrise Power and Transmission Company Limited to the former minister’s accounts.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Delivering a ruling, Justice Jude Onwuegbuzie, held that the defendant failed to adduce sufficient evidence to show that his ailment could not be treated by a hospital in Nigeria.

He therefore dismissed his application to travel abroad for medical treatment.

The judge subsequently, adjourned until Sept 23 for continuation of trial.

On January 11, Agunloye was arraigned on a seven-count charge bordering on fraudulent award of contract and official corruption.

The court admitted him to bail in the sum of N50 million.

The court also seized his passport as one of the bail conditions.

Agunloye, through his counsel, Adeola Adedipe, SAN, had applied for the release of his passport to enable him to travel.

At the last adjourned date, Adedipe said his client needed urgent medical attention abroad.

Some of the documents tendered by the defence lawyer included medical reports from University College Hospital, Ibadan and the NISA Premier Hospital, Abuja.

The defendant also included a letter from the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and an invitation from a foreign medical analyst requesting him to travel abroad for an urgent medical evaluation.

However, the application was opposed by the EFCC which claimed the former minister was a flight risk, having amply demonstrated unwillingness to present himself for trial until he was declared wanted.

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Francis Ogu, 65-year-old Cleric Docked For Allegedly Defiling 10-year-old Girl

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Francis Ogu, 65-year-old Cleric Docked For Allegedly Defiling 10-year-old Girl

 A 65-year-old cleric, Francis Ogu, was on Wednesday docked in the Children, Sexual and Gender-based Violence Offences Court in Awka, for allegedly defiling a 10-year-old domestic worker.

The police charged Ogu, who resides at Umuike village in Awka, with defilement.

The Prosecution Counsel, Insp Chinyere Okechukwu, told the court that the accused committed the offence on June 27 at his residence.

The police alleged that the accused sexually exploited the minor.

The offence, she said, contravened the provisions of Section 35(2) of the Child Rights Laws of Anambra State, 2004.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In her ruling, Chief Magistrate Genevieve Osakwe admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N500,000 with one surety in like sum.

Osakwe adjourned the case until Aug. 21 for a hearing.

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