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There was fear in Abuja in the early hours of Friday when gunmen invaded the residence of a man identified as Peter at Gbazango extension, Kubwa, Abuja and kidnapped him with his brother-in-law. According to an eyewitness, the five gang armed men also shot three vigilante members who attempted to disrupt their operation. 

A neighbour of Peter, who identified himself as Desmond, disclosed the gunmen shot for a long time before gaining access to Peter's house. He lamented that the police response to distress calls was slow. Desmond added that police operatives from Byazhin police station showed up long after the kidnappers had taken away their victims.

 While narrating the ordeal, Edmond said: "Our boys (vigilante members) were lucky because they could have been killed. "The kidnappers shot three of them and also took away Peter and his brother in-law. They also went away with two phones. We have been calling Peter's line but the phone was switched off". It was gathered that police officers from Kubwa division have visited the crime scene and also spoke with the residents of the area and the community association members on the incident. 

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, Public Relations Officer, ASP Yusuf Mariam, confirmed the incident. He told The Nation police have launched a rescue operation, adding that the police will not rest on its oars on the incident. The police, Mariam assured, will do everything possible to rescue the victims. She said: "Two people were kidnaped in Kubwa in an isolated area, very close to the rock. 

However we have launched a rescue operation to ensure that they are back. "We are hopeful that we will apprehend the perpetrators and rescue the victims".

 The Nation 

The Founder of Invictus Group Obinwanne Okeke is to restitute about $10.7million which he fraudulently obtained from his victims, court documents have shown.

Mr Okeke, 33, was jailed on February 16 for 10 years in the United States for a computer-based intrusion fraud scheme that caused approximately $11 million in known losses to his victims.

Justice Rebecca Smith of the Eastern District of Virginia, in sentencing him, also ordered the forfeiture of his identified assets to the US government.


Invictus is to forfeit his "white gold emerald cut engagement ring with small accent diamonds", his two cars back home in Nigeria, and N280,555,010 translating into about $700,000 which the Nigerian government had seized from him, reports Premium Times.

Invictus conceded to signed restitution and forfeiture agreements as part of a plea bargain deal he had with US authorities.

Part of the restitution order read: "Pursuant to 18 U.S.C § 3663A(a)(1), the defendant is ordered to pay restitution in the total amount of $10,679,166.54 jointly and severally with any other defendants who are ordered to pay restitution for the same losses."

Some of the Nigerian's victims include Unatrac Holdings LLC in Washington DC, which was duped $5,429,166.54; Orient Insurance PJSC, duped $5million, and QBE European Operations which lost $250,000.

The court ordered that all the payments for the restitution "shall be made to the Clerk of Court who shall distribute the funds to Unatrac first and to the remaining victims on a pro-rata basis."

The document also gave an indication without giving details that Okeke may have assets in the US that could be taken over by the government authorities in executing the monetary judgment of the court.

Okeke, popularly known as Invictus Obi in Nigeria, was arrested in August 2019.

Forbes had listed him as one of the influential young entrepreneurs.

Marriage Dissolution Request
Over six thousand five hundred (6,500) couples have reportedly applied for divorce in Abuja In 2021 alone; most couples that applied for divorce are not more than two years in marriage and majority are young couples.

What is wrong with today's marriage?
It is simply inability of women to accept their position as women in the house, and allow the man to be the head. Where you think is bad, may be the paradise tomorrow for you. The man you are leaving today, how do you know is worst than the one you never meet?

The issue of feminism has really put so many ladies in trouble, we must return to the foundation and principles of marriage

Wisdom is profitable to direct

The police in Nasarawa State command have arrested a suspected armed robber, Muhammed Gidado. The spokesperson of the command, ASP Ramhan Nansel, said the suspect was arrested after the victim reported a robbery incident at the Keffi police division.

"On February 20, 2021, at about 04:20 am, a complaint was lodged at Keffi Divisional Police Headquarters by one Mohammed Mustapha that on the same date at about 03:00 am, armed men numbering about eight invaded his house located adjacent Princess Sarah Suites, Keffi and dispossessed him of a black Toyota Corolla car with registration number RSH 664 BF, phones and a cash sum of N7,800.

"Upon receipt of the complaint, police personnel led by the Keffi Divisional Police Officer launched a manhunt for the criminals."One of the hoodlums, Muhammed Gidado, was traced and arrested close to the Central Bank of Nigeria, Abuja, where the stolen Toyota Corolla and four cutlasses were recovered from him as exhibits," he said. Nansel said the Commissioner of Police, Nasarawa State, CP Bola Longe, has ordered the case to be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia.

Founder of one of the most outstanding and impact-making NGO in Nigeria, Queen Joy Onumajuru, the President and Founder of ASCI Foundation has turned 30. According to AbujaPress, the former Miss Commonwealth Africa and Philanthropist made it public when she released stunning pictures of her herself and her engaging outreach to an orphanage home known as Kubwa Divine Orphanage, located in Kubwa, Abuja. She also spent quality time with her pupils to mark the epoch birthday.

According to our Reporter, the ASCI Team visited the the orphanage home as one of the visionary mandates of the Founder, especially in areas of supporting the poor, caring for underprivileged persons, assisting impoverished households, finding educational scholarships for children and providing succour to orphans.

Hours after the outreach to orphans, Queen Joy hosted friends, family Members, fans, sponsors, employees and her colleagues to a birthday party and hangout. The party was quite colourful and amazing as the Celebrant received myriad of felicitations, expressions, gifts and birthday wishes from loved ones, well wishers and especially her family members. 

Speaking exclusively with one or the guests at the birthday party in honour of Queen Joy Onumajuru's birthday, he noted that it was indeed amazing and filled with so much fun. Over the years, Queen Joy Onumajuru has remained commited in her Advocacy and campaign for better life and support Initiative for vulnerable persons across our community, especially with the Support of her NGO, the ASCI Foundation.

Churchill Real Estate Agency, a subsidiary of Churchill Groups of Company, owned by Famous Nigeria-African Enterpreneur and Billionaire Businessman, Dr. Churchill Olakunle has confirmed and sealed a Real Estate partnership deal with one of Africa's biggest Real Estate Agency, known as Rob Definition. 

According to StatePress, the Partnership between the both agencies was confirmed few hours ago at the head office of Churchill Groups of Company in Cantonment, Accra Ghana. Real Estate Analysts across Africa have hailed the partnership, stressing that the development will help to support housing and infrastructures improvement in Africa, especially in Ghana and Nigeria.

In a reaction from Dr. Churchill Olakunle, he stated that the partnership was in view of projecting prospective developments for the future of Africa, as well as for the duo Agency. He also congratulated the entire team and Members of Staff of Churchill Real Estate agency.

He says, "congratulations to us on this progressive real estate partnership, which debuts with a first of many real estate projects in Accra, with Rob Definition, one of the most renowned real estate agency in Ghana". Over the years, Churchill Groups and especially his Real Estate agency has continue to promote progressive developments in the industry.

Dr. Churchill also recently acquired a mega mansion for his grand Mother whom he grew up with. He has always been attached to the grand ma who trained him from his formative. According to him his act of charity was emulated from her.

Few days ago, the Nigeria Police from Force Headquarters has paid an inspection visit to the recent internationally built standard, multifunctional Garment Factory, for the production and manufacturing of para-military garments in Portharcourt, Rivers State. The inspection exercise was led by CP Olatunji Akingbola and other Personnels of the Nigeria Police.

The delegation was received by the CEO of Jimco Global Concept Limited, Hon. Jim OKolo, a former Member of the Federal House of Representatives and CEO of Jimez Petroleum Resources Limited. Hon. Jim took them around the well-spaced factory with its machineries, technology and human resources of the garment factory.

The CP Olatunji Akingbola (Police Quarter Master General) was accompanied by Mr. Charles Kelly, as they expressed commendations at the standard multifunctional capacity of the Garment Factory established by Jimco Global Concept to build world-class Military Uniforms and wares.

Few months ago the federal Road safety corps.also visited the same facility and appreciated Jimco Global limited for building such a standard factory for the production of of military garments and ware. After the tour round the facility, the CEO, Hon. Jim Okolo appreciated the comments and prospective partnership with his Organization.

The recently constructed Prime Alert Emergency Monitoring Center Facility, designed to provide prompt responses to the emergency needs of FCT Residents, especially during fire outbreaks, was few days ago inspected by Officers of the Federal Fire Service led by Engr. Sani Saidu, the Director FCT Federal Fire Service. 

According to our ABUJAPRESS, the team from Federal Fire Service were shown around the innovative Prime Alert Emergency Monitoring Facility by the Chairman, Hon. Tony Nwulu and other Technical Officials. During the inspection exercise, Hon. Tony Nwulu assured the Federal Fire Service of the capacity of Prime Alert Emergency Monitoring Facility in supplementing the activities of Emergency responses in FCT.

Engr. Sani Saidu and other Officials from the Federal Fire Service commended the efforts and creative abilities of Hon. Tony Nwulu and his team in the proactive construction of Prime Alert Emergency Monitoring Facility, stressing that it is indeed huge support for the agency. Observers who spoke to our reporters encouraged Nigerian Investors to think in such innovative directions for the growth and development of Nigeria.

Prime Alert Fire-out services can be subscribed for with as low as N1500 monthly, with free pre-installation Inspection. The innovative system detects smoke or fire and immediately notifies the 24hours working emergency monitoring center for swift response, so as to ensure that lives and properties are not damaged.

With the recent attacks on the life of Senator Rochas Okoroacha, the Former Governor of Imo State and currently a Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, reports have it that Children and Beneficiaries from across 12 schools built by Rochas Foundation in Sokoto, Bauchi, Jos, Ogboko, Zaria, Ibadan and other communities has held a nationwide protest demanding the safety and security of their Benefactor.


During the protest across several states, the children noted that Rochas Foundation under the leadership of Senator Rochas Okoroacha has done well enough to provide free education for children across Nigeria, creating assured future for Nigerian children, regardless of their background, as they all enjoy free education, scholarship programs and empowerment opportunities designed by his foundation. 


During the protest by Nigeria children across various states who presently enjoys free education through Rochas Foundation, they chanted their demands, to ensure the sustainability of their respective benefits from Senator Rochas Okoroacha. However, it has also been confirmed in a recently released footage that the incessant attacks by hoodlums on Senator Rochas Okoroacha and barricade of his properties where sponsored Imo state Government.


The footage also confirmed that the hoodlums attacks on Sen. Rochas Okoroacha was led by Chinasa Nwaneri and was aided by Imo state Government House Security Agency. The footages showed how they attacked and shot at the convoy of Senator Rochas Okoroacha, which has now led to the peaceful protest by children whose hope and future is in the hands of Rochas Foundation, as they demand the safety of their father.

The leaders said it was surprising that the police were pursuing supposed killers of cows when it had yet to unravel those who killed their traditional ruler, the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Isreal Adeusi.

Leaders of Ifon in the Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State have kicked against the invitation of their elders by the police over the alleged killing of a cow.

The leaders said it was surprising that the police were pursuing supposed killers of cows when it had yet to unravel those who killed their traditional ruler, the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Isreal Adeusi.

They said the leaders invited were among those temporarily holding forth following the death of their Oba.

The late Oba Adeusi was killed by suspected herdsmen around Elegbeka on Ifon-Owo Highway on November 26, 2020.

President of the Ifon Development Union, Chief Femi Awani, who spoke at a briefing in Ifon said the police invitation was based on a petition by one herdsman, Abdullahi, who claimed one of his cows was killed last month.

He mentioned the leaders invited to include Chief Ekon, Chief Olijewu, Hon Saliu Omotoso, Hon Olaniyi Eni-Olotu, and Chief hunter of Ifon.

Awani said another petition by one Alhaji Usman prompted the police to deploy men from the FIB Tactical Command Squad to ensure the invited leaders left for Abuja to answer the petition.

Awani noted that the thrust of the petition to the Force headquarters was not only about the killing of a cow but included alleged criminal conspiracy, a threat to life, and attempted kidnapping.

He said the content of the letter inviting the leaders was at variance with the verbal narration of the policemen from Abuja.

Awani appealed to the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, to investigate the authenticity of the letter which they saw as a ploy to intimidate them and forestall attempts at protecting their land.

He wondered if the petition was not a ploy to release some herders who were arrested for kidnapping around the community.

He said, "Once we are sure the letter is authentic, we will go to Abuja. We are law-abiding citizens. The allegations are weighty. It is a painful thing to us. We would have been protesting but we are a peaceful people."

The Aremo of Ifon, Adegoke Adeusi, said it was shameful that the police could not arrest killers of the Ifon monarch, but were chasing after supposed killers of a cow.
He asked, "Who is to be arrested? Is it the killers of our Oba or those alleged to have killed a cow?

"It is shameful. It is disgraceful. I was shocked when I heard that four of our leaders have been invited to come and answer for the killing of a cow. It is a total injustice.

"An Oba was killed and they are now talking about a cow."

In the same vein, a leader in the community, High Chief Joseph Ayayi, said the place mentioned by the petitioner that the cow was killed belonged to another community.

"Where they killed the cow is not our land. They said we should go to Abuja to explain. We do not know anything about the killing of a cow.

"There was no fight. When they investigated and saw that the place is not our land, they invited our hunters, but the herder could not identify them as those responsible.

"A month later, they invited us and gave us petition forms to fill. Our names were not in the petition, but they gave us forms to fill," he stated

A military flight is reported to have crashed in Abuja, ABUJAPRESS reports.
According to eyewitnesses, the plane was totally burnt.

AbujaPress learnt that eight people are feared dead in the incident as the plane caught fire after crash landing on the runway.

Aviation minister, Hadi Sirika has called for calm as investigation is on-going.

More details to come…

It is with highest displeasure that we, the Parliamentarians of Ndigbo Youth Parliament, condemn the aerial  bombardments that took place in Orlu communities in Imo state. 

On Thursday, a video of the aerial bombardments by the Military fighter jets took over the social media. Aside the videos from the eyewitness sent to us, we received calls of tensions and anxieties from the citizens of the communities in Orlu where the aerial bombardments took place. 

Ndigbo Youth Parliament dares to say that such a military act was "a joke taken too far". How on earth can there be aerial bombardments by the military jets in a zone that is not bedevilled by terrorism nor banditry whereas the zones that have witnessed incessant kidnappings, cattle rustling, banditry and the likes, are spared of such bombardments? Is the military not aware of the recent kidnappings in Niger state and other parts of the Northern region? Why not deploy those fighter jets to all the forests and hideouts of all these bandits and kidnappers operating freely in the North? How do we explain such an "irrational decision" of the military to our teeming Youths who are already suffering from "a mindset that Southeast region is brazenly hated"? 

We wish to ask the Nigerian Military and the Federal government; was that aerial bombardment necessary? Was it the best way to handle the situation at hand? What impression does that create in the minds of the teeming Youths of Southeast? Does it not go a long way to connote the already "perjured conception that the Southeast is being treated as a second class zone"? 

Ndigbo Youth Parliament has been on a cause of building strong relationships between the Youths of the Southeast and those of other ethnic nationalities just to uphold the "sacrosanct dictum of One Nigeria". Unfortunately, some actions from the federal government, such as the act of the aerial bombardments, make our tasks and mission very laborious and tedious.

There are already wounds in the hearts of majority of the Youths from the Southeast, sequel to some acts of marginalization in the past, but we are doing our best to re-orientate them and have those wounds healed as we re-instill the love for this great Nation in their hearts. Thus, any further actions that will add salt to the injury should be eschewed and totally avoided. 

There are other ways of handling issues which will ensure that situations do not get out of hands. Has Federal government tried the medium of "re-orientation of Youths from the Southeast"? Is the Federal government aware that a PEACE CONFAB, geared towards re-orientating the mindsets of majority of  Southeastern Youths, can eradicate some agitations in the hearts of our Youths? It must not be via military force, all the time. The effects of the operation python dance are yet to be effaced, further application of military force in the Southeast will create more tensions and unrest for this great Nation. We are already "sitting on keg of gunpowder", any further application of force can trigger an unexpected explosion. 

On a more serious and disheartening note, Ndigbo Youth Parliament is highly "disappointed in all the Governors of the Southeastern states and in majority of our political elites". If not for the laxity of our governors, Nnamdi Kanu would not have taken laws into his hands by creating and establishing ESN. 

There is no gainsaying in the fact that we need a security outfit, not owned and controlled by the Federal government, in the southeastern states just like the Amotekun of the Southwest and the Hisbah corps of some Northern states. Unfortunately, our governors are playing to the gallery, trying to curry favour from some quarters outside the southeast, for their selfish ambition of 2023 while allowing their states to remain porous and their citizens hindered from their farmlands by the herdsmen. What a selfishness of the highest order!

"It is only a tree that is told that it will be cut down and it still remained at the same spot", says Igbo aphorism. Every being has a defensive instinct and natural defensive mechanism. The scorpions do not sting until one gets to touch them or they get in touch with what they perceive as "an enemy", same happens with the snakes. If these lower animals can activate their defensive mechanisms, then human beings cannot be faulted for doing their best to protect themselves against "invaders, attackers and bloodletting forest marauders". 

Nnamdi Kanu, much as I fault him for taking laws into his hands as he is not a constituted authority, was able to activate defensive mechanisms for Ndigbo since our governors are all in slumber or probably in "mental coma". Had our governors been proactive in the security affairs of our people, there will be no lacuna for Nnamdi Kanu to fill up with his own ESN outfit. Suffice it to say that I blame our governors for whatever happened in Orlu and whatever that is happening in the Southeast. 

I beckon on all well meaning Ndigbo, especially our Youths, to arise and awaken our governors from slumber! It is time to ask them to pragmatically utilize the security votes, which they  receive monthly from the Federal government, in the interest of our people. It is the fundamental prerogative of our governors to protect the lives and properties of our people. Whence they fail in that primary mandate, then a vote of no confidence will be passed on them soon!

Like our people would say, "taa ka bu gboo" (today is still early); let our governors arise and take charge! Our governors should take charge of our region, patriotically! They should borrow a leaf from the below paraphrased  statement of Goodluck Jonathan; "my political ambition is not worth the blood of any citizen of Nigeria." The political ambitions of our governors, come 2023, should not push them to abdicate their primary duty of protecting the lives and properties of our people. Their political ambitions is not worth the blood of any Igbo person. Enough is enough!


Rt. Hon. Rikki Chinedu Nwajiofor. 
Speaker, Ndigbo Youth Parliament (NYP).
20-02-21.

A Former Governorship Aspirant and Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress-APC, Chief Prince Donatus Okonkwo and his delectable Wife have been adorned on the Special Edition of The Screen Magazine; a popular national entertainment, political and cultural print publication, mostly in circulation across the southern region of the country and beyond.

The recent edition was covered by Prince Donatus who recently hosted one of the most colourful golden and silver jubilee celebration in Banana Island, Lagos state. According to reports, the 74paged Informative, entertaining, educative and inciteful publication is already been distributed across states and Communities in Nigeria.

The Screen Magazine has exclusively featured several notable events, reported crucial issues in the political atmosphere and also torchlights some certain areas of cultural engagements, with an intended aim of promoting the beauty of Nigeria's cultural heritage. Most importantly, the Newyear edition did spotlight several of the prospective achievements, visionary engagements and amiable family ties of Prince Donatus Okonkwo, as it features several of his exclusive pictures of himself and his family.

Speaking with the Sub-Editor of The Screen Magazine, AlexReports, He stated that this recent edition was developed by one of the best professionals in the print industry, as it consolidates on crucial areas of excellence, both in reportorial, exclusive contents, pagelayout and network of distribution. He further commended the contributions of the Chief Editor and Publisher, Prince Donatus Okonkwo, who is been featured on the coverpage, stressing that his commitments towards supportive improvements in the Media has remained gainful. The Colourful Magazine is a publication of Zzini Media.

With the numerous achievements of youths who have demonstrated true nationalism and sincere patriotism  across several sectors and industries in the country, the prestigious forthcoming Nigerian Youths Achievers Awards 2021 has therefore released a list of Nominees ahead of the much anticipated award ceremony. The award event will be held at Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island on the 28th of February 2021.

Some of the Award Nominees includes, Hon. Enokela Ogbe, as Youth Icon of the Year, popular Nollywood Actor, Zubby Micheal, as Best Male Actor of the Year,  Nancy Isime, as Actress of the Year, Farida Emerson, as Outstanding Skincare Brand of the Year, Actress Debbie Shokoya, as Yoruba Outstanding Actress of the Year and Ibrahim Yekini Bakare, popularly known as "Itele", as Best Yoruba Actor of the Year.

Other distinguished nominations for the the forthcoming Nigerian Youth Achievers Award 2021 would also be recognising Nedu Wazobia, as Digital Comedian of the Year, Destiny Ebagua, as Entertainment Icon of the Year, Alex Nwankwo, popularly known to be AlexReports, as Public Relations Expert of the Year, Duke Bassey, as Next Rated National Pageant Of The Year, Martini Ogbegbo, as Fast Rising Actor of the Year and others

According to the Organiser, Abraham Lawal, he noted that the nomination of these potential award Nominees was premised on their outstanding achievements and numerous impacts in their various professions, industries and career. It however noted that the occasion will record the reputable presence of notable Personalities, especially young public office holders, vibrant and intellectual high profile Entrepreneurs, celebrities and other public figures across Nigeria.

Ahead of the official launching and Fund Raising Ceremony for Tagwaye Foundation on the 27th of February 2021 at NAF Conference Center, the Founder and President, Amb. Tagwaye had few hours ago met with Prince Munir Nwoko, one of the most renowned Philanthropist, Businessman and Founder of Ned Nwoko Foundation.

During their meeting, the duo shared ideas and came-up positive prospects on how both agencies and form a synergy that will foster massive interventions for underprivileged persons and vulnerable households in Nigeria. In a post by the Founder of Tagwaye Foundation, he expressed appreciation to Prince Ned Nwoko for the reception and partnership they had established.

He further noted that when like-minds meets, the results are always positive. Tagwaye told Newsmen that Tagwaye Foundation and Ned Nwoko Foundation have agreed to team up for the betterment of the entire citizens of Nigeria. He says, "if the well to do in our communities can at least take the immediate needs(not all their needs), of just 10 underprivileged Children, it will go a long way to reduce 60percent of the major issues we are faced with in this country, especially areas of insecurity.

While commending the proactive steps being taken by both foundations, they also assured Nigerians of supporting potential engagements for the sustainability of the Malaria Eradication Project of Ned Nwoko Foundation, as it has become imminent for the growth and progress of Nigeria. However, few day from today Tagwaye Foundation will be holding one of the most anticipated humanitarian Fundraising occasion in Abuja.

The fundraising and official launch of Tagwaye Foundation will be attended by notable and reputable Personalities, Institutions, social groups, political associations and other relevant agencies across Nigeria. The aim is to encourage collaborations amongst NGOs and raise funds to support underprivileged persons across communities in Nigeria.

The loads of promises made by men and young boys towards ensuring one of the most delightful and amazing Valentine's Day experiences, especially with expensive gifts and premium outings for their spouses may have created more problems and challenges. In a 2minutes skit by Famous upcoming Comedian "Washington" and CEO of Peace Ambassador Agency uncovered some of the frivolous excuses made by several men to escape the Valentine's Day promises they had earlier promised.

In the few minutes skit, Comedian Washington acted the character of sick boyfriend who made several impossible Valentine's promises to his girlfriend, but later claimed to be hospitalised, so as to escape the pressure and demand for their Valentine presents. The doctor who admitted him was the character of Amb Kingsley Amafibe, whose efforts to manage the situation exploded when the girlfriend of his allegedly ill patient arrived at the hospital to demand their gifts from Comedian Washington, regardless of his acclaimed illness.

The humourous skit, which was designed to caution the challenges of unimaginable expectations and professed failure of promises has continue to attract loads of reactions both on social media and several responsive online media platforms. Most comments threw abuses to the Character of Comedian Washington, while other threw blames at his girlfriends for expecting so much from a guy, but instead become independent and solely reliant on their male friends or spouse.

According to reports, this is the first skit of Comedian Washington in his Comedy Career, though he performed excellently well and his fans continue to commend him for the step he has taken to make his career better and bigger. The Character of a Doctor on the short comedy skit, Amb. Kingsley Amafibe remains one of the most outstanding entertainment practitioner and showbiz Enterpreneur in Abuja.

Seeks Interpretation of 'Equivalent of An Assistant Commissioner of Police' In Relation To Bawa's Appointment

— As Group Urges Senate Not To Confirm Bawa Over Corruption Allegation

 
The new Chairman-designate of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, who is expected to face Senate screening soon, is beset by a legal hurdle following a controversy surrounding his rank.
 
It was learnt that a lawyer, Osuagwu Ugochukwu, has filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to stop the Senate confirmation of the chairman-designate, The Punch reports.
 
The court document marked FHC/ABJ/CS/196/2021 was received at the Office of the Senate President on Thursday, according to an acknowledgement copy obtained by our correspondent on Friday.

It was learnt that the leadership of the Senate, the Presidency and the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation were holding talks as to how to address the issue in order to avoid a repeat of the last screening exercise where the then nominee, Ibrahim Magu, was rejected twice by the Senate.
Bawa is also believed to be a kinsman of the AGF, Abubakar Malami (SAN). Malami played a major role in the removal of Magu and reportedly recommended Bawa's appointment to the President, Muhammadu Buhari.

The new nominee, who is a member of the pioneer Course 1 of the EFCC Cadet Officers, is a Level 13 officer.

 
However, the EFCC Act states that in appointing a chairman of the commission, such an appointee must be at least an Assistant Commissioner of Police or equivalent.

The EFCC Act, however, may not have envisaged that a member of the core staff of the EFCC would become chairman and does not state what the equivalent of an Assistant Commissioner of Police would be in the EFCC cadre.

Bawa, who joined the EFCC in 2005, has been in service for 15 years and is believed to be a seasoned detective.

However, there has been controversy over what the equivalent of a Level 13 officer in the EFCC would be in the police.

In the originating summons filed by Ugochukwu, it was argued that Section 2 of the EFCC Act states that the EFCC shall have a chairman who shall be the chief executive and accounting officer of the commission; be a serving or retired member of any government security or law enforcement agency "not below the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police or equivalent; and possess not less than 15 years cognate experience."
Ugochukwu asked the court to determine whether a Level 13 officer is the equivalent of an ACP.

The plaintiff subsequently sought two reliefs, including "a declaration that the 2nd defendant (Bawa), who is a Grade Level 13 public service officer and not an Assistant Commissioner of Police or its equivalent is not qualified to be the chairman of the EFCC" and "an order of perpetual injunction restraining the first defendant (Senate) from confirming the appointment of the second defendant (Bawa) as chairman of the EFCC."

Meanwhile, the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership has written a letter to the Senate asking the upper legislative chamber not to confirm Bawa as the EFCC chairman.

This is according to a letter titled 'Don't Confirm Abdulrasheed Bawa's Appointment as EFCC Chair until He Clears His Name of Corruption Allegation; Appeal to the Nigerian Senate,' which was signed by the Executive Director of CACOL, Debo Adeniran.

CACOL said Bawa was alleged to have diverted 224 forfeited trucks while he was the Port Harcourt zonal head of the commission and is also rumoured to be a cousin of the AGF.
The group further argued that Bawa is not up to the level of an ACP and is thus not qualified to be chairman of the EFCC.

"The EFCC law is an Act of the National Assembly, hence the Senate must not overrule itself by breaching a critical provision in the appointment of EFCC Chairman.

"It is against this background that CACOL is appealing to the Senate to please take the pains to dig deep into Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa's record of overall performance, as well as that of corruption allegations levelled against him.

"Howbeit, if the rumour making waves in some quarters, which has also been confirmed by some sections of the media, is anything to go by, we would say Nigerians' hope for a corruption-free society has been dashed with the nomination of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as the chairman of the EFCC," the letter read.

Bawa, who was accused of diverting recovered assets, was, however, absolved of any wrongdoing by the EFCC in a statement signed by its spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, on Tuesday.

The glitz and glamour event of the recently held Couple's Dinner in the Federal Capital Territory was indeed an event like no other, especi.ally for Mrs. Titilayo Eboh, who was honoured and recognised with an Award of Excellence, with emphaisis on her impact and consolidated contributions to humanity, especially vulnerable children and women.

She was honoured at the reputable event of the "Couple's Dinner" as a gold, an epitome of selflessness, a mother, a lover of God in speech and practice, a faith teacher, a passionate wife, a gift of God to the earth and a love in itself as practice or showed. According to reports, Mrs. Titilayo Eboh has remained consistently relevant to supporting progress and development, using her humanitarian Organisation known as Blessed Hope Foundation.

On receiving the Award at the Couple's Dinner event which was hosted by Chuks D General, She expressed appreciation to the organizers for considering her worthy of this reputable recognition. However, Mrs. Titilayo has continue to receive loads of felicitations and congratulatory gestures from friends, colleagues and family members in Nigeria and across the world.

Since the launch of her Organization, the Blessed Hope Foundation has targeted areas of interventions for underprivileged children, orphans and marginalized women. The Foundation has also help in initiating empowerment programs, enrollment of children in quality schools and provision of suitable homes for homeless families.

Amongst the agencies that have benefited from the integrated humanitarian support of Blessed Hope Foundations includes the Nigerian correctional service and orphanages across Nigeria. It's on record that Mrs. Titilayo supported, encouraged and positively influenced more than 100 people both within and outside Nigeria.

She has remained an advocate on women empowerment and independence, as she has supported several of them in starting up businesses and educative campaigns and teachings on building and maintaining good marriages and beautiful homes for elites. Mrs Titilayo Mary Eboh is biological mother to few but a true mummy to all.

New details have emerged about the case against Instagram influencer Ramon Abbas, who wowed the internet with pictures of his clothes, cars, money and lifestyle between 2012 and 2020. In July, Abbas was charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles with conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from "business email compromise" (BEC) frauds and other scams. On Wednesday, the Department of Justice shed more light on one of those scams: working with North Korean hackers to launder funds stolen from a Maltese bank.

According to a statement released by the DoJ, Abbas took part in a "North Korean-perpetrated cyber-enabled heist from a Maltese bank in February 2019." In a July statement, the DoJ referred to the attack as "a $14.7 million cyber-heist from a foreign financial institution." Both the date and amount match that of the attack on Malta's Bank of Valletta in February 2019.

In July Abbas' then lawyer Gal Pissetzky told Forbes that Abbas was not guilty of the charges and described Abbas as "an entrepreneur" who made his money legitimately through "real estate" and his work "promoting brands" as an "Instagram personality."


A representative for Abbas could not be reached for comment on the new developments in the case.

Caught Up
Abbas is a Nigerian influencer with more than 2.5 million followers on Instagram. He has built a global following from posting pictures of his lavish spending on cars, watches, designer clothes and private jets. However, in late June the 38-year-old was arrested in Dubai and arrived in the U.S. on July 3 to face criminal charges over allegations that he made "hundreds of millions of dollars" from business email compromise frauds and other scams.

Uber drivers to be regarded as workers not self-employed - Supreme Court

Uber drivers must be treated as workers rather than self-employed, the UK's Supreme Court has ruled.

The decision could mean that thousands of Uber drivers are entitled to a minimum salary and vacation pay, Daily Times reports.

The ruling could leave a heavy compensation bill facing the ride-hailing app, and have wider implications for the gig economy.

Uber drivers to be regarded as workers not self-employed - Supreme Court
The ruling focused on a small number of drivers, Uber said, and it has since made changes to its business.

In a long-running legal battle, after losing three previous rounds, Uber appealed to the Supreme Court.


In several countries, Uber is being challenged by its drivers over whether they should be classified as workers or self-employed.