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EFCC partners with CYMS on vote buying, cyber crimes, corruption



EFCC partners CYMS on vote buying, cyber crimes, corruption

The EFCC Chairman with CYMS delegates during the visit to the EFCC headquarters in Abuja.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has agreed to partner with the Committee of Youth on Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS), to curb the menace of vote buying during elections.

This is to orientate Nigerian youths against vote buying, cyber crimes and other systemic corruption degrading the integrity of the nation.

Also read: EFCC arrests 2 clerics, 5 others for alleged cybercrime

This is contained in a statement by the Director, contacts and mobilisation, Mr Kelechi Ugwumba made available to Journalists on Thursday in Abuja.

Ugwumba said that the partnership was agreed on when the CYMS delegation led by its Director-General, Mr Obinna Nwaka, paid a courtesy visit to the EFCC headquarters in Abuja.

He said that the meeting was part of efforts to sanitise society and rid it from crimes and other related vices.

Speaking, the Executive Chairman, EFCC, Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, commended the organisation for its interest in complementing the agency’s efforts in ridding the country of corruption.

Bawa said the youths constituted a higher proportion of the country’s population and were major determinants of the development of any country and as such should be patriotic citizens.

He emphasised the need for sensitisation of youths in the country, saying, ”out of the 2,210 cyber crimes related cases the agency had prosecuted as at Aug. 5, 70% of those convicted were youths.”

He reiterated that sensitising young people would go a long way in focusing their attention to the right direction, as well as redeem the image of the country among the comity of nations.

The EFCC boss urged the CYMS to engage volunteers and deploy them to all polling units across the country to monitor and report suspected cases to the commission.

Bawa also granted the request of CYMS in appointing a Senior Officer from the commission to serve as a liaison officer to the organisation.

Speaking earlier, Nwaka commended Bawa for his achievements in the fight against corruption.

Nwaka recalled how CYMS strove to ensure that Abdulrasheed Bawa’s nomination as the substantive chairman of the EFCC was confirmed by the National Assembly.

He said the CYMS was committed to working with the EFCC in ensuring that the commission achieves its mandate.

The EFCC Chairman, presented a complimentary plaque to the DG, CYMS during the visit in Abuja

The DG also said the commission of CYMS proposed lined up activities and its efforts towards the launching of the Youth Against Corruption (YAC) programme.

This, he said, was aimed at reawakening the consciousness of the public, especially the youths to shun corrupt practices and support the fight against corruption.

“Other programmes include stakeholders conferences to sensitise people at various states on the policy thrust and mandate of the commission.

“Monitoring of vote buying to ensure credible people emerge from the polls and to curtail the mobilisation of money to the polling Units for financial inducement during voting among others.

“This is also a motive to identify persons who have passed the Integrity test using Mrs Dorcas Arekhamhe, a Deputy Director, SERVICOM at the Federal Ministry of Water Resources who won the Best Nodal Officer in the MDAs.

“Also, Mrs Eunice Onuegbusi from Anambra,  who rejected 5,000 vote buying during Governorship election, would be used as shining example, ” he said.

The newsmen report that the EFCC presented a complimentary plaque to CYMS in appreciation of it’s unflinching support to the commission.



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



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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Man, 27, Docked For Allegedly Stealing Pot Of Soup In Ibadan



Man, 27, Docked For Allegedly Stealing Pot Of Soup In Ibadan

…As 3 arraigned over alleged stealing, housebreaking

The growing hunger in the country may have attained a new dimension as One Adewale Ogundeji, 27, was on Wednesday, dragged before an Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan, charged with stealing a pot of soup and other valuables.

Ogundeji, whose address was not provided, was charged with housebreaking and stealing, to which he pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, ASP Anthony Igori told the court that the defendant committed the offences on July 6, at about 1.30 p.m., at Balogun Road, Oke Ibadan, near Oje market.

Igori said that the defendant allegedly broke into the house of one Mrs Tobiyat Yusuf and stole her pot of soup, N20,000 cash, MP3 player and memory card, among other items.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 411 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The Magistrate, Mr Olaolu Olanipekun granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 and one surety in like sum.

He adjourned the case until July 25 for a hearing. 

In another development, the police on Wednesday arraigned three suspects: Sadare Idowu, 46, David Terdoo, 24 and Chinedu Emmanuel, 42, before an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan over an alleged stealing and housebreaking.

The defendants, whose house addresses were not provided, are facing charges bordering on alleged stealing and housebreaking.

The prosecutor, Insp. Akeem Akinloye told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Nov. 27, 2023, in Apata area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

Akinloye said the defendants allegedly broke into the house of one Mr Ademola Adebowale and stole his valuables worth N3.22 million.

The valuables, he said included: clothes, jewellery, a generator, a television, Closed-Circuit Television gadgets and a phone, among others.

He said the offences contravened Sections 411 and 390(9) of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Olabisi Ogunkanmi, granted each of the defendants bail in the sum of N750,000 with two reliable sureties in like sum.

She adjourned the case until Oct. 28, for hearing. 

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Chinese Customs Catches Man With Over 100 Live Snakes In His Trousers



Chinese Customs Catch Man With Over 100 Live Snakes In His Trousers

…The snakes include 5 different species, including corn snakes and triangle snakes

Chinese Customs have detained a man trying to smuggle more than 100 live snakes into mainland China in his trouser pockets.

The man was recently caught by officials at Futian Harbour on the border between the Chinese Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong and the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, authorities said.

During an inspection, customs officials found six taped-up cloth bags containing numerous colourful snakes hidden in the traveller’s lower clothing.

According to a statement by the customs, it was revealed that the man was carrying 104 snakes of five different species, including corn snakes and triangle snakes.

Neither of which are found in China, but in North and Central America.

A video released by the customs office showed the man trying to pass through the undeclared goods corridor.

It also showed customs officers examining six large plastic bags into which the squirming reptiles appeared to have been later placed.

China’s laws prohibit the import of non-native animals.

Anyone who violates this will be held accountable, the customs report continued, without specifying what penalties the man would face. 

– dpa

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