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Few days ago in Jos Plateau State, the Most anticipated Mr. and Mrs. Unity Nigeria was held with emergence of Ms. Grace Yakubu as Miss Unity and Mr. James Gyang as Mr. Unity. The both Winners of the 2021 Pageant Contest were crowned by famous Nigeria Beauty Queen, Her Majesty Queen Jennifer Ephraim, who was a Chief judge at Mr. and Miss Unity grande finale crowning event.

Speaking during the grande finale which was held at Stefans Hotels in Rayfield, the Chief Judge, Queen Jennifer Ephraim noted that the Competition was indeed transparent, as she congratulated Grace Yakubu and James Gyang, who emerged Winners. She also appreciated the efforts of other Contestants, as she encouraged them to remain focused and undeterred in the career of pageantry and Modelling.

According the Winners, who received amazing prizes of brand new cars each, they had both expressed appreciation to the Organisers of Mr. And Miss Unity Plateau. They also thanked the Judges for considering them worthy of the Crown, as they promise to be proactive models in promoting unity across Nigeria and especially in Plateau state. 

The 2021 pageant contest was organise by finine global concepts, with the aim of promoting unity across the diverse ethnic groups and tribes in Nigeria, thereby forestalling peace and sustainable development in. Plateau state and across Nigeria. The organisers have also announced that the next edition will be held in Abuja.

However, the Winners, Ms. Grace Yakubu as Miss Unity and Mr. James Gyang have continue to receive loads of congratulatory gestures from friends, family members and fans. The event of Mr. And Miss Unity Plateau was supported by Access bank and other development partners, which made the occasion a huge success.

A renowned Nigerian Businessman and Philanthropist, who doubles as the CEO of Churchill Group and Founder of Churchill Foundation, has been honoured and decorated with a Chieftaincy title in the Southeast region of Nigeria. He was Coronated as "Nwanne Di Namba", by His Royal Highness, Igwe Gerald Obunadike Mabamalu, known as Eze Photo III in Anambra State.

Dr. Churchill Olakunle was recognised with the Chieftaincy Title few days ago for his outstanding and significant contributions towards the support and development of humanity, especially with his Foundation, which has touched several lives, even in the southeast region of Nigeria. He therefore noted that the title will encourage him to source for more funds to continue initiating Innovations and creativity in areas of promoting development in the ICT industry, in Nigeria, Ghana and across West Africa

He was given the title after he was invited by the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chico Group, Chief Chinedu Benson Madubuko (Chinechendo Ezeani na Adazi-Ani )to commission roads in Anambra alongside top dignitaries. During the moments when he was Coronated, Dr. Churchill Olakunle expressed appreciation to HRH Igwe Gerald and the Kingdom of Ojoto as well aspeople of Anambra State for considering him worthy of the prestigious Title. However, he has continue to receive congratulatory messages from friends, family Members, fans and partners from across the world.

According to Dr. Churchill, he further noted that his recent coronation will continue to inspire and motivate him in areas of extensive contributions to further improve the welfare and development of humanity especially in Anambra state and cross other states in the region. Dr. Churchill is know globally as Philanthropist and Humanitarian, whose impact is yet indelible in the sands of time.

In same vein, Nwanne'di'namba of Ojoto Kingdom has arrived in Ghana to give 50 Young Ghanaian Entrepreneurs Capitals in the second quarter of 2021 to assist their creativity in areas of promoting development in Ghana.

In northern Nigeria, several individuals, Institutions and associations have made adept efforts to forestall peace, especially in communities that are severely challenged by crisis and bandits attack. In this regard, the Peace Ambassador Agency worldwide has announced the forthcoming Northern Nigeria Peace Awards, which will honour the outstanding performance of notable persons who have stooped to conquer in the challenges of unrest in northern Nigeria.

According to a statement released by the Principal Executive Organiser, Amb Kingsley Amafibe, he announced the Awards Nominees for the April 12th Award event, holding in Abuja. The Nominees include first lady Sokoto state, Hajiya Dr Mariya Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Sen. Haliru Dauda Jika, Wife of Kogi State Governor, Rashida Bello, Hon Bashir Muhammed Dala, Alh Yarima Shatima, leader of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Umar Sanda Abdullahi, Yakubu Mohammed, Mal shehu Ahmad Isah, Emir of Daura, HRH Alhaji Umar Faruq Umar and others.

Others include, Hajiya Rukkaya Ibrahim, Dr. Auwal Mohammed Abdullahi, Prof. Amina Umar Ganduje, Hajiya farida Umar Faruq, Hajiya Halima Idris, Layla Ali Ali Othman, Salihu Tanko Yakasai, Gov. Yahaya Bello, Hon Bashir Wada,Amb Kingsley Azonobi, Prince UC Ingawa, Engr Jerry Ameh, Hon Auwal Aranfosu and Alhaji Muktar Bello Maigona. 

Amb. Kingsley however noted that the Nigeria Northern Peace Award has been organised to encourage those who are earnestly making indelible contributions towards the advancement of peace in the northern region of the country. He further stated that the awards is strictly based on merit, with emphasis on testimonies by beneficiaries of the intervention-programs initiated by Nominees to torpedo the unimaginable challenges faced in the north.

Okosisi Orumba, Dr. Godwin Maduka, a leading governorship aspirant in the forthcoming Anambra State gubernatorial election under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has submitted his form amidst glitz and hopes.

Maduka who made a historic entrant at the office of PDP Secretariat in Abuja in company of large number of supporters from the State disclosed that with the recent submission of his form at the Party Headquarters in Abuja, it has become imminent that his visionary mandates will lead him through victory at the forthcoming Governorship Elections in Anambra State holding on the 26th of November in the state.

In what seem like a carnival and mini campaign approach, an eye witness account stated that Maduka supporters crowded the PDP Secretariat, chanting their undying support for their next Governor.

The source also disclosed that supporters are of the opinion that Dr. Godwin Maduka has the capacity, exposure and most receptive mandates to takeover Anambra State with the extensive political structure of PDP in the State if given the ticket.

Recall that in recent time, Maduka has made himself massively visible at most social functions and launch of developmental projects in Anambra State where he reiterates his burning ambition and passion to put Anambra in a new picture of developments.

Fielding questions from journalists, Maduka assured the people of Anambra State of his advanced developmental visions in education, job opportunities through integrated exploration of technology, improved welfarism for Public service workers and amongst other prospective strategies to ensure that Anambra State becomes better and greater.

In a review on his profile, especially as a grassroot mobilizer, philanthropist and particularly a triple Professor of Medicine, Maduka stands out, and has made several outstanding feats that include building and refurbishing of school buildings, religions centers, medical center, establishment of a foundation which initiated support for widows, empowerment programs for youths and other initiatives for entrepreneurs in the state.

However, sampled opinions from the people of Anambra State indicate that they have resolved, with several decisions being taken by a myriad of socio-political groups that it's time for the People's Democratic Party to takeover leadership for sustainable development and responsive governance in Anambra state.

They also stated that it is time for the people of Anambra State to weigh their options, whether their lives have improved in the previous years, economy or security has improved, including health system, educational system among other things.

They resolved that having weighed the options it is an obvious yearning of the electorates to have a good government under PDP with Dr. Godwin Maduka as the flag bearer.

In Nigeria, one of the fast rising Brand Influencer and PR expert, Ms Jennifer Etito has narrated an inspiring life experience, with regards to how she conquered failure, thereby exploring the challenging situation that shaped her life to become a better person and a successful social media Enterpreneur.

In an exclusive chat with StatePress Correspondent, Jennifer Etito told us how failure had shaped her life to become a better version of herself. She described how it all started, especially during the most difficult times of her life, when she experienced a failed marriage and was left the Hobson's choice of nursing her new born child in critical depression and emptiness. 

She explained how she had to stay awake most times and all night crying and blaming God for the critical condition which she was enmeshed in, until she discovered the path to a new life through Social media influencing and digital Marketing. At that point she enrolled for online courses and acquired certifications in the skill of social media influencing and Marketing.

She then designed and established her personal brand which she called Naija Brand Influencer. She developed this new brand with the zeal and envisioned goal of transforming start up brands to mega brand. Ms. Jennifer Etito noted emphatically that her biggest motivation was the the thoughts of the challenging situations which she had earlier been faced with and made her pushed harder.

Few years later her Organization started growing with exceptional considerations on the successes and sales which her promotional strategies attracted for her Clients. Few months ago she recognised as Africa Royalty Brand Influencer of the Year. Today She is on the fast on the path of success, because she remained unequivocally inspired by the challenges which was faced with in the past.

Today, Ms. Jennifer Etito has adviced the Nigerians to be sometimes appreciative of failures, as it may be God's way of pushing them towards their actual purpose. She says, " Right now I look back and thank God for everything and me this far, because my pain was the sacrifice to my success. She therefore concluded by advising the younger generation to never loose hope in whatever situation they find their self.

The recently constructed 11kilometers road Project in Adazi Ani Community in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra state by Chief Ezeani Chinechendo has been was commissioned few days ago. The Commissioning witnessed the distinguished presence of Nigeria-African renowned Enterpreneur and Philanthropist, Dr. Olakunle Churchill, amongst other notable Personalities in Anambra State.

The Ceremony for the Commissioning also recorded the amazing presence of Anambra Bigwigs, King Makers and several notable individuals, groups and associations within the state. According to our Reporter,  the likes of Chief Clestus Ibeto, famously known as "Omekannia", Senator Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, popularly referred as "Ebubechukwuzo" and HRH Igwe Robert N. Nwankwo, the Igwe Adazi-Ani.

Other notable Personalities include, Dr. Godwin Maduka, a PDP Governorship hopeful, Most Rev. Dr. Paulinus Alexandra Ibezi, Senator Uche Ekwunife, Chief Johnbosco Onunkwo and many other where present at the Commissioning Ceremony of the 11km road project constructed by Chief Chinese Benson Madubuko (Ezeani Chinechendo).

Speaking during the Commissioning Ceremony with Dr. Olakunle Churchill, who had earlier arrived Anambra State for a courtesy visit to Dr. Godwin Maduka, hailed Chief Ezeani Chinechendo for contributing such an earnest and sustainable project to the Adazi Ani Community in Anaocha LGA in Anambra state.

He however encouraged other leaders and successful persons from the state to emulate the steps of Chief Ezeani Chinechendo by engaging proactive development approaches, targeted at making life easier and better for people living in Anambra state and across other states in Nigeria.

"specimens of this size usually fetched around $160,000 each on the black market,  and its total value was more than $1.15 billion"

The Chinese customs operatives have made the world's biggest seizure of human organs in history as a total of 7221 penises of African origin hidden in a refrigerated freight container.

Acting on information from an anonymous informer, Chinese officers found the organs in 36 boxes labelled as plantains (cooking bananas) inside a refrigerated container on a ship harboured in the Shanghai Port.

Chinese General Administration of Customs spokesman, Li Wu, says an increasingly large number of armed groups in Africa use organ trafficking to finance themselves, making such seizures predictable.

"These organs are common commodities now, but they were certainly harvested in unsanitary conditions or contaminated at some point, so we can't let them out on the Chinese market."

Mr. Li says the organs were shipped from Lagos in Nigeria but may have only transited through that country and could possibly originate from elsewhere in Africa.

"We know that penises from Lybia and Sudan fetch a higher price than those from other African war zones, but can't presume of their origin before the end of the investigation."

The Chinese General Administration of Customs says similar seizures may become more common over the next few years as armed groups in Africa turn to organ trafficking to finance their military operations.

Human penises were seized in nine cases since 2002, but today's find represents more than four times the amount seized by customs officers over the past 18 years.

Describing the organ's value as high as illegal drugs, he said that "specimens of this size" usually fetched around $160,000 each on the black market,  and its total value was more than $1.15 billion.

The ship's crew, four Nigerians, two Malians and two Cameronese are being detained for interrogation, but no charges have yet been filed against them.

– As President Names Usman Alkali Baba Acting IGP

President Muhammadu Buhari has replaced Mohammed Adamu as the Inspector-General of Police. The IGP was replaced with Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba.

Baba will take over from Adamu, whose tenure was extended for three months by President Muhammadu Buhari after attaining the statutory 35 years of retirement in February.

The recent escalation of insecurity in the South East may have prompted President Buhari to replace Adamu as IGP before expiration of the three months tenure elongation he received on February 4.

The new IGP's appointment was announced by the Minister Of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigadi Dingyadi, while briefing State House journalists on Tuesday.

Dingyadi said the appointment was with immediate effect.

Until his appointment, Baba was the DIG in charge of Criminal Investigation Department of the Force Headquarters.

Born in 1963 in Yobe State, DIG Baba is an alumnus of Bayero University, Kano, and the University of Maiduguri, UNIMAID.

He joined the force as Assistant Superintendent of Police in March 1988.

The acting IGP, who was promoted to the rank of DIG in November 2020 from his previous rank as Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), holds a Master's in Public Administration (MPA) and a BA (ED) in Political Science.

He is a fellow of the National Defence College and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

DIG Baba has attended several professional courses/workshops and has held several strategic positions in the past, including Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone-5 Benin, Zone-4 Makurdi, Zone-7 Abuja, Commissioner of Police FCT and Delta Commands amongst

The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN) has argued that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is not eligible under the constitution to contest for President.

The AGF argued that, having not been born a Nigerian or by Nigerian parents, and having not met the provisions of Sections 25(1) &(2) and 131(a) of the constitution, Atiku would be violating Section 118(1)(k) of the Electoral Act should he put himself forward as candidate.

These form part of the AGF's arguments in support of the suit filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja by the Incorporated Trustees of Egalitarian Mission for Africa (EMA).
 
The EMA is challenging Atiku's eligibility to contest for President and praying the court to hold among others, that considering the provisions of sections 25(1) &(2) and 131(a) of the constitution and the circumstances surrounding his birth, the former vice president cannot contest for the top office

MIn Rivers State and particularly in Portharcourt, the recently built world-class, multifunctional Garment Factory, has received in person, the Controller General of Nigeria Federal Fire Service, Dr. Liman Ibrahim and the DCG Procurement of FFS, DCG Agu Calistus.

The delegation from Federal Fire Service and the CEO Hon. Jim Okolo was later said to have visited the Executive Governor of Rivers State, H.E Nyesome Wike, who applauded the creative innovation of such an equipped military garment factory. Speaking during the inspection visit, the CG of FFS expressed impressiveness at the well-spaced factory, with emphasis on its machineries, technology and human resources.

The CG and his retinues were received by the CEO of Jimco Global Concepts and other Members of Staff of his recently built Garment Factory in Portharcourt. According to reports, the inspection visit by the CG of Federal Fire Service(FFR), was targeted at engaging the Organization with the massive production of its military garments, boots and other relevant materials produced in factory.

Before now, several paramilitary agencies have continue to visit Jim Okolo's Garment Factory. However, Jim Okolo's Garment Factory remains one of the most standard garment factories in Nigeria and is well equipped to provided all the necessary military garments required by all the indigenous paramilitary agencies in Nigeria.

Persons have continue to advice and encourage military Institutions in Nigeria to patronage the creative innovation of Jimco Global Concepts, which is  the mother agency of the newly birthed Garment Factory in Rivers State. According to FFS, the inspection exercise was indeed necessary as it is now assured the of the capacity and ability of Jim Okolo's Garment Factory.

With the ongoing marginalisation, killings, crisis and religiously driven unrest facing Nigeria, the National President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Alh. Dr. Bello Abdullah Bodego has met with Most Reverend Amb. Ugokwe Prince, Senior Pastor Yoke Breakers Prophetic Ministry, Abuja, ahead of the Fulani National Peace Summit holding soon in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

According to reports, the forthcoming Fulani National Peace Summit is spare-headed by Most Reverend Amb Ugokwe Prince and Dr. Bello Abdullah Bodego, alongside other religious leaders and stakeholders of National unity in Nigeria. The meeting which was held few hours ago was in-view of deliberations on the national benefits of Fulani National Peace Summit, with emphaisis on the necessities for the forthcoming initiative, which is powered by Much Love Foundation and will be attended by stakeholders in Christendom, the Fulani Empire and well meaning Nigerians.


Amongst the outline of the proposed Fulani National Peace Summit includes the Genuine Patriotic Nigerians Award (GPNA) which will be recognising Peace Crusaders that have played significant roles to keep Nigeria united and peaceful. However the duo organising personalities have made significant efforts in several ways to ensure sustainable peace for development in Nigeria, this includes the coordinated commitments of the National President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Alh. Dr. Bello Abdullah Bodego in short-changing the incessant killings by bandits and herdsmen across Nigeria.

On the other hand Reverend Amb Ugokwe Prince is optimistic that the Fulani National Peace Summit will be an initiative to support farmers and herders especially by forestalling peace amongst them, thereby reducing the loss of lives as a result of clashes, so as to enable peaceful farming and herding across Nigeria.

Basically the key objective of Fulani National Peace Summit is geared at enlightenment of the Fulani ethnic communities, providing supports for herders who are marginalized, creating a platform to educate herders on the benefits of peacekeeping, create an avenue for reconciliation, ensure a platform for herders to voice-out their challenges, notify the world on the potentialities and contributions of the Fulani nation in areas of peace and development as well as ensure an interactive ambience for peace and conflict resolutions between the Fulani ethnic communities and other tribes across Nigeria.

Najeebat Sule, a former Nigerian beauty queen has been shot dead in the United States of America.

The doctorate student in Philadelphia was murdered while sitting in her car in front of her home, Daily Mail reports.

The shooter, a man, walked up to the vehicle and shot her several times. The police have not found a motive and have made no arrests.

The life of the 24-year-old, fondly called Najee, was cut just steps away from the family's residence in the 8800 block of Frankford Avenue. She was texting with a pal.

"I can't think of anything that would make anyone want to kill her", Habibat Magaji, the friend, told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

In 2019, Najeebat emergedsecond runner-up at Miss Nigeria International. She recently earned a Master's degree in Public Health from West Chester University.

The father, Adewale Sule, recalled that he heard the gunfire and rushed out from the house towards the scene.

"I saw the guy shooting my daughter. He shot the last round and I pursued him. He ran back to his car."

The mother, Tawakalitu Sule, said she spoke with Najeebat less than two hours before the shooting.

The bereaved women disclosed her daughter's siblings – two girls – cry everyday because of their big sister whom they really miss.

The family currently lives at an undisclosed location due to safety concerns. The Sules immigrated to Philadelphia from Nigeria in the early 2000s.

Gunmen, a while ago, attacked the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Charles Soludo, killing three policemen guarding him.

The incident took place in his community, Isuofia, in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State during a meeting with the youths of the community.

Eyewitnesses at the event told Daily Sun that Soludo was safe but his whereabouts was unknown. Unconfirmed reports have it that the Commissioner for Public Utilities, Emeka Ezenwanne, who was at the event was taken away by the gunmen.

 
Police spokesperson in the state, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed the incident but said that he was still gathering information on the ugly development.

It was indeed a historic and mind-blowing turnout of events for young Queen Syverline Onuoha, popularly known as Nancy Dive on Instagram and other social media handles, as she emerged Winner of the 2021 edition of Miss Africa America Nation. She was crowned Winner of the competitive Contest after several critical screenings and indept reviews on her visionary prospects, especially in areas of promoting feminism through humanitarian activities and campaigns.


According to reports, the newly crowned Miss Africa America Nation 2021, Her Majesty Queen Syverline Onuoha is a Nigerian from Imo state and is known to have made several outstanding impacts in areas of supporting underprivileged children, households and communities in Nigeria, using the Chinancy Helping Hands Foundation, which she founded few years ago.

Speaking with newsmen after she emerged Winner of Miss Africa America Nation 2021, Queen Syverline Onuoha expressed appreciation to her fans, friends, and family Members for the support and encouragements she received from them. She also thanked the Organisers of Miss Africa America Nation 2021 Beauty Contest for the privilege to become more useful in extending her impacts across Africa and America.


From informations garnered about the new Miss Africa America Nation 2021, we realized that the young, ambitious and aspiring beauty Queen is also an Entrepreneur, who was honoured with one of the most reputable Awards as MHA Female Personality of the Year by Mbaise Home and Abroad. As a Humanitarian, she is described as a person who has remained tirelessly committed to helping people in need always. During the festive period , Queen Onuoha gave out over 1000 worth of meals











 

One of the most fast rising kids pageant contest held in the United States of America, popularly known as Miss America Nation has decorated and crowned Princess Kleopatra Vargas as Miss Toddler USA America Nation 2021. The 5years old Mexican-Nigerian-American Kid was born in Chicago, Illinois and speaks Igbo, Spanish and English language fluently.


Speaking to Journalists after she was announced as the new Miss Toddler USA America Nation 2021, Princess Kleopatra Vargas expressed gratitude to the Organisers of the pageant Contest, as she thanked her parents, for the love, guidance and support they extended to her. She also stated that this wasn't the first pageant crown she has received, stressing that she was 10months old when she won Baby Illinois 2016, after beating 20other Kids.

In a reaction from the Mother, she described her daughter as an outstanding kid, with several rare abilities, seldom demonstrated by other kids. She noted that with her new crown as Miss Toddler USA America Nation 2021, there will be more to expect from Princess Kleopatra Vargas.


She was however crowned Winner of Miss Toddler USA America Nation 2021, after scoring highest in her  Evening gown parade, described as elegance with 25%, cultural parade with 25% and community service through individual platform at 50%, ahead of other Kids who participated in the Contest.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has commenced an investigation into the fraud allegation leveled against the Kogi state governor, Governor Yahaya Bello and it's administration In a letter signed by the EFCC's Director of Operations, Abdulkarim Chukkol, the anti-graft agency said it received a petition filed against Mr Bello and some officials of his government. 

A non-governmental organisation, Anti-Corruption Network, on March 1, had filed the petition against the governor, on claims that it uncovered huge financial fraud carried out in the state. In a copy of the petition shared on Twitter by former Kogi senator, Dino Melaye, the organisation detailed the allegations of financial mismanagement and corruption by Mr Bello, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The governor was alleged to have awarded contracts to non-legal persons, even so without due process. According to Mr Melaye, the petition was also submitted to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), U.S. embassy, British High Commission and Transparency International. 

A part of the petition read: "We have meticulously investigated and uncovered huge financial fraud carried out by Kogi State Government, the Governor of Kogi State and his Cohorts from 2016 – 2019, ranging from award of contracts to non-legal persons, award of contracts without due process, circumvention of procurement procedures, suspicious payments made without specific breakdown, money laundering, borrowing from non-capital market, fraudulent loan, and many others." 

The organisation further urged the new EFCC chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, to use his "good office and cause a further investigation on this matter and bring the perpetrators to book."

The EFCC, in the letter dated March 26, summoned the group for an interview on March 31 at its headquarters in Abuja

With the previous crisis which was experienced in communities around Plateau state, several businesses crumbled and Investors took to their heels away from the city in search of better Business environment, but days ago Belsa and Hubby, Ogbuefi, Jos Delight Team and Lord's Nta10ment announced the new prospects, investment opportunities and readiness of the state to do business.


The announcement was made during a social event Organised by proactive showbiz Entrepreneurs, as they created an atmosphere for vendors to make sales, engage productive transactions, encourage prospective networking and most importantly ensured a fun-filled ambience at Jos in Plateau State.


Speaking during the ceremony in Jos, one of the Organizers who spoke with StatePress Reporter noted the vision of the program was to announce to the world that Jos is ready for business. He says, "I believe the past eruptions of crisis really dampen the economy, as investors are scared of investing in Jos, but thank God for people like Belsa and hubby, Mohammed Junior and the Jos Delight team spreading the news that Jos is ready for business."


In a reaction from few prospective investors ready to continue business in Jos Plateau State, especially in the showbiz Industry, they assured event hosts of their readiness to handle events, thereby making it evergreen, with emphasis on the glitz, the glam, the feeling and the breathtaking memories, which will stand the test of time.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested 21 suspected internet fraudsters in Abuja and Niger State.

Eighteen of the suspected internet fraudsters were arrested at a hideout in Gwarimpa and Dawaki Extension, Abuja on March 25, 2021.

The remaining three suspects were nabbed in Niger State.

A statement issued by EFCC's spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, on Monday, said the arrest was sequel to credible intelligence obtained by the Commission on their alleged criminal activities.

Flagrant disregards for Covid-19 prevention guidelines remains conspicuous in some Satelite towns around Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and it's neighboring bother Communities.

The suspects are: Akpotegho Profit, 20; Aseimo Prince, 21; Ekhaguere Favour,19; Ekhaguere Esewi , 25; Kelvin Ekhaguere, 25; Temola Adex,25; Ezuzu Happiness, 21and Ekhiyokwo Emmanuel, 25.

Others are: Mena Ejife Emmanuel, 25; Clement Ifietekhai, 29; Babatunde Ilori, 35; Ejoor Joseph, 22; Okunuwe Frank Durkio, 22; Agbaga Kelvin, 22; Ajayi Kehinde David, 25; Akinwale Taiwo, 30; Joseph Henry Junior, 25 and Agbaje Opeyemi, 31.
 
Items recovered from the suspects include six exotic cars, twenty six mobile phones, eleven laptop computers, Flash and Hardrive, three International passports, and six hand bags.

In a related development, three suspected internet fraudsters were arrested by operatives of the Commission on Friday March 26, 2021 in Niger State.

The suspects are Abubakar Haruna, Nuhu Alfa Katuna and Mohammed Adamu.


Items recovered from them include mobile phones and SIM cards

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The IMAN Special Taskforce at a press briefing held in Abuja, on the 29th March 2021, addressed some pertinent issues, which had plagued its operations, including the recent arrest of some of its officials and members in Lagos.

The Director General of the IMAN Special Taskforce, Amb. Chijioke Okoro noted that indeed there has been an unfortunate misunderstanding between its operatives and officers of the Lagos State Police command.

The DG stated however, that these issues had already attracted the attention of the Inspector General of Police, who has directed proper investigation into the unlawful arrest of IMAN Special Taskforce operatives.

In a recent video made public by the Punch, the Lagos State Police command had paraded some operatives of the IMAN Special Taskforce, who they claimed were illegally operating at the Lagos ports.

Amb. Okoro called for urgent and unhindered investigation into the arrest and unnecessary public ridicule of its men, while insisting that he has written to the office of the Inspector General of Police, and the office of the National Security Adviser, and has gotten due clearance that the issues would be investigated. He further stated too, that the DSS has been notified of the unwarranted intrusion in IMAN’s duties.

The IMAN Special Taskforce was inaugurated by the Pres. Yar’Adua administration and has been operating legally with full backings of Nigeria’s security agencies.

Regarding the arrest of its operatives, the Director General insisted that there was an alleged importation of a banned substance into the country, by an importer, after which its operatives swung into action to intercept the container laden with the banned substances.

Having impounded the container, and while waiting for further security directives, the operatives were surprisingly arrested by men of the Lagos State police command, and paraded before members of the press.

He said that some unscrupulous individuals allegedly influenced the arrest.

Even after the arrest, the IMAN special taskforce approached the courts for bail of its operatives. Having gotten judgment in its favor, the court issued an order for the IMAN Special Taskforce operatives to be given bail, an order that was serially, flagrantly disobeyed by the Lagos State police command. However, the operatives were recently released after the CP Lagos State was charged for contempt of court.

The Director General raised an alarm that the arrest of its members, was a ploy to protect the interest of some illegal importers specialized in the importation of banned and illegal substances into the country. He challenged the Nigeria Customs Service to play its role justly and fairly, without connivance with illegal importers, which they as IMAN Special Taskforce also have a mandate to checkmate.

He further stressed that there is a court order stopping every security agencies from interrupting with their activities, as their role is to support the government to grow the economy by ensuring there members import genuinely.

On his part, the Secretary General of the IMAN special taskforce, Alh. Aliyu Yar’Adua, who also doubles as a BOT member and Founding member, added that unemployment has been the major bane of our country, and so the necessity to move Nigeria to greater heights is indispensable through checkmating importers taking undue advantage of the economy. He insisted that the IMAN Special Taskforce is an institution recognized by the Federal Government of Nigeria, whose ultimate goals are hinged on honesty and transparency. He stated also that their doors are open for everyone to join its fold to ensure that smugglers are brought to book.

Amb Chijioke Okoro, the Director General of the IMAN Special Taskforce, appealed that everyone should support its work. He listed importers as part of the decadence plaguing Nigeria’s security system, through the importation of arms and light weapons. He called for Nigerians to support and encourage the IMAN Special Taskforce.


An unspecified number of passengers travelling from Gwagwalada to Kuje in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers.

The incident took place at Kiyi community in Kuje.

SaharaReporters gathered that an aged man was also killed by the gunmen who robbed the travellers of their possessions after forcibly stopping vehicles at high speed. 

The FCT has been recording high cases of abductions recently.

In February, 2021, a PUNCH journalist, Okechukwu Nnodim, was abducted in his house in the Arab road area of Kubwa, Abuja.

The kidnappers also attacked his neighbours and went away with the two sons of a widow, Mrs Faith Gbeyide.