Bribery Controversy: Abba Kyari Denies Receiving Money From Hushpuppi

A photo collage of Abba Kyari and Hushpuppi

 

A deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari has denied receiving money from Ramon Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi.

This was after the police chief was mentioned as a beneficiary in an international fraud case of $1.1million involving Hushpuppi and his crime syndicate.

Hushpuppi had earlier told U.S. prosecutors that he gave Mr Kyari part of the proceeds of the crime.

He said he also got Mr Kyari to arrest one of the Nigerian accomplices when they had a disagreement.

This was disclosed in a plea agreement document on Wednesday.

“Court documents outline a dispute among members of the conspiracy, which allegedly prompted Vincent to contact the victim and claim that Abbas and Juma were engaged in fraud.

“After this contact, Abbas allegedly arranged to have Vincent jailed in Nigeria by Abba Alhaji Kyari, 46, of Nigeria. According to the affidavit, Kyari is a highly decorated deputy commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force who is alleged to have arranged for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas’ behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest. Kyari also allegedly sent Abbas bank account details for an account into which Abbas could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment,” the plea agreement document read in part.

Refuting the claims by Hushpuppi, Kyari on Thursday took to his official Facebook page and said no money was paid to him.

According to him, Hushpuppi, two years ago, alleged that the life of his family members was threatened by one Vincent who was arrested but later released after it was realised that nobody’s life was threatened.

“Abbas who we later came to know as Hushpuppi called our office about 2years ago that somebody in Nigeria Seriously threatened to kill his Family here in Nigeria and he sent the person’s Phone number and pleaded we take action before the Person attacks his family.

“We traced and arrested the Suspect and after investigations, we discovered there wasn’t an actual threat to anyone’s life and they are long-time friends who have money issues between them hence we released the Suspect on bail to go and he was not taken to any jail.

“Nobody demanded a kobo from Abbas Hushpuppi. Our focus was to save people’s lives that were purported to have been threatened,” Kyari said.

The police boss also claimed that Hushpuppi once admired some of his outfits and sent N300,000 to his tailor to design the same outfit for him.

He stressed that the money was paid directly to his tailor and not him.

“He saw some of my Native Clothes and Caps on my social media page and he said he likes them and he was connected to the person selling the clothes and he sent about N300k directly to the person’s account. The Native Clothes and Caps (5 sets) were brought to our office and He sent somebody to Collect them in our office.

“Nobody demanded any money from Abbas Hushpuppi and nobody collected any money from him. We responded to a distress call he made on the threat to his family and released the Suspect when we discovered there was no life threat from the Suspect. This is the true story. Vincent is alive, he can be contacted.”

Kyari said further that his hands are clean and he has nothing to do with the “fictitious Big Money,” fraud that Hushpuppi was involved in.

Twitter Tests E-commerce Product Called ‘Shopping Module’

Twitter is also having issues with the Nigerian government.

Twitter on Wednesday began testing a feature allowing businesses sell goods from their profile pages at the one-to-many messaging platform.

A “Shopping Module” being tried by a few brands in the US marked a move into e-commerce that comes as potential competition for rivals including online bulletin board Pinterest.

“Though we are in very early explorations, we’re excited about the potential of shopping on Twitter and eager to learn more as we go,” Goldbird product lead Bruce Falck said in a blog post.

San Francisco-based Twitter first dabbled with the idea of incorporating shopping into the service more than five years, but shifted its attention to other features, according to Falck.

“We’re back and putting more energy into testing out the potential for shopping on Twitter,” Falck said.

The goal of the Shop Module is to give Twitter users a way from going from tweeting about products to purchasing them, according to Falck.

Businesses taking part in the pilot program will have space atop their Twitter profiles where they can showcase products available to buy without leaving the app.

“Fundamentally, it’ll give us the chance to keep learning about which shopping experiences people prefer on Twitter,” Falck said.

“We’re starting small with a handful of brands in the United States.”

People in the United States with English language versions of the Twitter app tailored for Apple mobile devices will be able to see Shop Module, according to the San Francisco-based company.

According to research firm eMarketer, Facebook is leading the fast-growing market of “social commerce” that is expected to be worth some $36 billion in the United States this year

AFP

Hushpuppi Bribed Abba Kyari To Arrest Member Of His Crime Syndicate – US Court Document

File photo: Abba Kyari

 

A popular Nigerian Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari has been accused of benefitting from an international fraud case involving Ramon Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi.

According to a US court document, Hushpuppi bribed Kyari, to arrest and jail Chibuzo Vincent, an estranged ‘co-conspirator,’ in a $1.1million fraud case.

The document also revealed that Hushpuppi pleaded guilty to the multi-million dollar fraud charges filed against him by the United States government and explained how the proceeds from the crime were spent.

READ ALSO: Money Laundering: Hushpuppi Pleads Guilty, Risks 20 Years’ Imprisonment

 “The proceeds of the fraud allegedly were laundered in several ways. According to the indictment, Abbas was assisted in laundering the proceeds of the fraud by Rukayat Motunraya Fashola, a.k.a. “Morayo,” 28, of Valley Stream, New York, and Bolatito Tawakalitu Agbabiaka, a.k.a. “Bolamide,” 34, of Linden, New Jersey. These two defendants also were arrested on July 22 by FBI agents.

“Approximately $230,000 of the stolen funds allegedly were used to purchase a Richard Mille RM11-03 watch, which was hand-delivered to Abbas in Dubai and subsequently appeared in Hushpuppi’s social media posts. Other illicit proceeds from the scheme were allegedly converted into cashier’s checks, including $50,000 in checks that were used by Abbas and a co-conspirator to fraudulently acquire a St. Christopher and Nevis citizenship, as well as a passport for Abbas obtained by creating a false marriage certificate and then bribing a government official in St. Kitts.

“Court documents outline a dispute among members of the conspiracy, which allegedly prompted Vincent to contact the victim and claim that Abbas and Juma were engaged in fraud. After this contact, Abbas allegedly arranged to have Vincent jailed in Nigeria by Abba Alhaji Kyari, 46, of Nigeria. According to the affidavit, Kyari is a highly decorated deputy commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force who is alleged to have arranged for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas’ behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest. Kyari also allegedly sent Abbas bank account details for an account into which Abbas could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment,” the US court document read in part.

Hushpuppi, before his arrest, is popular for flaunting his luxury lifestyle, appearing in private jets, luxury cars, wearing designer outfits, and expensive wristwatches.

Money Laundering: Hushpuppi Pleads Guilty, Risks 20 Years’ Imprisonment

Ramoni Igbalode aka Hushpuppi, was arrested by Dubai Police in June for fraud, among other crimes.
FILE PHOTO: Ramoni Abbas aka Hushpuppi, was arrested by Dubai Police in June for fraud, among other crimes.

 

An alleged international fraudster, Ramon Abbas who is popularly known as Hushpuppi, has pleaded guilty to multi-million dollar fraud charges filed against him by the United States government.

In a plea agreement document, Hushpuppi agreed to plead guilty as charged.

The document was signed by Hushpuppi; his lawyer, Loius Shapiro; acting United States attorney, Tracy Wilkison, amongst others.

This was contained in a statement released on Wednesday by the court titled, ‘Six Indicted in International Scheme to Defraud Qatari School Founder and then Launder over $1 Million in Illicit Proceeds’.

His plea agreement stated further that he will now be pleading guilty to Count Two which is “Conspiracy to Engage in Money Laundering,” an offence that attracts a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment among other punishments including full restitution.

The document partly read, “defendant (Hushpuppi) admits that defendant is, in fact, guilty of the offence to which defendant is agreeing to plead guilty.

Arrested in Dubai, the United Arab Emirate (UAE) in June 2020, and subsequently extradited to the U.S. where most of the victims of his alleged fraudulent activities are based, Mr Abass has spent the last one year in custody maintaining his innocence.

A date is to be fixed for him to change his previous “not guilty” plea to “guilty” and will be followed by a sentencing hearing for the judge to determine how long he will spend in jail.

 

Read the full statement from the US Department of Justice:

Six Indicted in International Scheme to Defraud Qatari School Founder and then Launder over $1 Million in Illicit Proceeds

Nigerian National Known as ‘Hushpuppi’ Admits Money Laundering in School Financing Scam and Additional Cyber and Business Email Compromise Schemes

            LOS ANGELES – A federal grand jury indictment unsealed this week alleges an elaborate scheme to steal more than $1.1 million from a businessperson attempting to finance the construction of a school for children in Qatar – and the subsequent laundering of illicit proceeds through bank accounts around the world.

The three-count indictment returned on April 29 and unsealed Monday charges three U.S.-based defendants who were arrested last week – as well as three defendants believed to be in Africa – with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to engage in money laundering, and aggravated identity theft.

The criminal complaint that initiated the prosecution in February was also unsealed Monday, revealing that Ramon Olorunwa Abbas – also known by his social media handle of “Ray Hushpuppi” – was initially charged in this case. Court documents ordered unsealed today show that Abbas, a 37-year-old Nigerian national, pleaded guilty on April 20. A version of Abbas’ plea agreement filed late Tuesday outlines his role in the school-finance scheme, as well as several other cyber and business email compromise schemes that cumulatively caused more than $24 million in losses.

“The defendants allegedly faked the financing of a Qatari school by playing the roles of bank officials and creating a bogus website in a scheme that also bribed a foreign official to keep the elaborate pretense going after the victim was tipped off,” said Acting United States Attorney Tracy L. Wilkison. “Mr. Abbas, who played a significant role in the scheme, funded his luxurious lifestyle by laundering illicit proceeds generated by con artists who use increasingly sophisticated means. In conjunction with our law enforcement partners, we will identify and prosecute perpetrators of business email compromise scams, which is a massive and growing international crime problem.”

“Mr. Abbas, among the most high-profile money launderers in the world, has admitted to his significant role in perpetrating global BEC fraud, a scheme currently plaguing Americans,” said Kristi K. Johnson, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. “His celebrity status and ability to make connections seeped into legitimate organizations and led to several spin-off schemes in the U.S. and abroad. Today’s announcement deals a crucial blow to this international network and hopefully serves as a warning to potential victims targeted with this type of theft.”

According to the indictment, Abbas allegedly conspired with Abdulrahman Imraan Juma, a.k.a. “Abdul,” 28, of Kenya, and Kelly Chibuzo Vincent, 40, of Nigeria, to defraud the Qatari businessperson by claiming to be consultants and bankers who could facilitate a loan to finance construction of the planned school. Juma allegedly posed as a facilitator and consultant for the illusory bank loans, while Abbas played the role of “Malik,” a Wells Fargo banker in New York, according to court documents. Vincent, in turn, allegedly provided support for the false narratives fed to the victim by, among other things, creating bogus documents and arranging for the creation of a fake bank website and phone banking line.

Yusuf Adekinka Anifowoshe, a.k.a. “AJ,” 26, of Brooklyn, New York, allegedly played a role in the fraud, assisting Abbas with a call to the victim posing as “Malik.” Special agents with the FBI arrested Anifowoshe in New York on July 22.

The conspirators allegedly defrauded the victim out of more than $1.1 million.

The proceeds of the fraud allegedly were laundered in several ways. According to the indictment, Abbas was assisted in laundering the proceeds of the fraud by Rukayat Motunraya Fashola, a.k.a. “Morayo,” 28, of Valley Stream, New York, and Bolatito Tawakalitu Agbabiaka, a.k.a. “Bolamide,” 34, of Linden, New Jersey. These two defendants also were arrested on July 22 by FBI agents.

Approximately $230,000 of the stolen funds allegedly were used to purchase a Richard Mille RM11-03 watch, which was hand delivered to Abbas in Dubai and subsequently appeared in Hushpuppi’s social media posts. Other illicit proceeds from the scheme were allegedly converted into cashier’s checks, including $50,000 in checks that were used by Abbas and a co-conspirator to fraudulently acquire a St. Christopher and Nevis citizenship, as well as a passport for Abbas obtained by creating a false marriage certificate and then bribing a government official in St. Kitts.

Court documents outline a dispute among members of the conspiracy, which allegedly prompted Vincent to contact the victim and claim that Abbas and Juma were engaged in fraud. After this contact, Abbas allegedly arranged to have Vincent jailed in Nigeria by Abba Alhaji Kyari, 46, of Nigeria. According to the affidavit, Kyari is a highly decorated deputy commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force who is alleged to have arranged for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas’ behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest. Kyari also allegedly sent Abbas bank account details for an account into which Abbas could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment.

Anifowoshe, Fashola and Agbabiaka were arrested in New York and New Jersey on July 22, and they are expected to be arraigned in Los Angeles in August. All three are currently free on bond.

A criminal complaint and an indictment contain allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Both conspiracy counts alleged in the indictment carry a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. Aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory two-year prison term.

The FBI is investigating this matter as part of Operation Top Dog. The FBI thanks the government of the United Arab Emirates and the Dubai Police Department for their substantial assistance in this matter. The FBI also thanks the Kenyan Office of Attorney General, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, and Directorate of Criminal Investigations for their substantial assistance.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Khaldoun Shobaki of the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section. The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs provided substantial assistance in this matter.

Supreme Court Upholds Akeredolu’s Election

FILE PHOTO: Akeredolu won on the back of a campaign in which he promised to provide composed and focused leadership. Credit: Rotimi Akeredolu/Facebook

 

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the re-election of Rotimi Akeredolu as Governor of Ondo State.

Akeredolu’s victory was affirmed after four of the seven justices of the Supreme Court that heard the case upheld his candidacy in the October 10, 2020 election in the state.

Three other justices disagreed with the majority judgement, insisting that Akeredolu’s candidacy in that election is a nullity.

The minority judgement held the view that the appeal has merit and ought not to be struck out by the appeal court.

Akeredolu was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the October 10, 2020, governorship election in Ondo State.

The PDP and its candidate, Eyitayo Jegede had earlier approached the appeal court to challenge the candidacy of Akeredolu, insisting that his nomination form was signed by a sitting Governor Mai Buni who doubles as the Acting National Chairman of the party.

The appeal was based on the constitutional provision which forbids sitting Governors from holding executive positions outside their statutory position as governors.

They prayed the court to nullify Akeredolu’s candidacy, but the Court of Appeal in Akure, Ondo State capital, on June 16, struck out the appeal for lack of merit.

At the Supreme Court, the outcome was the same for the PDP as the majority judgement backed the decision of the appeal court.

 

Victory Again

 

Governor Akeredolu, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, was re-elected on the back of a campaign in which he promised to provide composed and focused leadership marked by economic growth and improved security for people in the state.

He polled 292,830 votes – winning 15 of the 18 local governments – to defeat Jegede who scored 195,791 votes, and Agboola Ajayi of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) who came third in the election with 69,127 votes.

It was the second time the governor would defeat his PDP rival candidate.

Akeredolu, who had Ajayi as his running mate when he first contested for the office, beat Jegede to win his first term as governor in 2016 before the ZLP candidate chose to go against his boss and join the governorship race in 2020.

The poll, the second major election to be conducted since the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, was preceded by a dramatic campaign featuring 17 political parties and their candidates before about 11 of them pulled out of the race in favour of other candidates.

How Nigeria-Cameroon $36m Border Bridge Will Facilitate Free Trade – Fashola

Mr Fashola addressing journalists during the inspection of the bridge project at the Ajassor border community in Etung Local Government Area of Cross River State.

 

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has explained that the $36 million border bridge project linking Nigeria with the Republic of Cameroon will smoothen the free trade relationship under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA) signed by both countries.

Fashola disclosed this on Tuesday while inspecting the bridge project at the Ajassor border community in Etung Local Government Area of Cross River State.

He added that the project which has attained 99.9 percent completion would advance the actualization of the objective of the agreement.

Speaking at the inspection, Fashola added that the current administration plans to renew and expand old infrastructure that would take the two countries to the future for many more decades and strengthen the relationship between them.

“This is the first shoot of the harvest of completed projects proposed as the administration enters the second phase of the second term on its way out,” he said.

“We have had a strong relationship with the Republic of Cameroon in terms of trade and business.

“If you go to Aba, Enugu, and Abakaliki for example, I can tell you that they are on the route that facilitates trade in agro-produce, merchandise, and manufactured goods from Aba in Abia state.

“You can only expect that this will improve joint border patrol, ensure security, more efficiency which you see from the first buildings formed out of the integration of ECOWAS and sister nations of what the continent should look like.

“Nigeria is now a signatory to the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement. So this is an infrastructure that positions both nations to take the benefit of the trade that the agreement holds,” Fashola said.

The Minister described the bridge as a social asset that would bring happiness and prosperity for Nigerians.

The two-lane 1.5 kilometer project was awarded to CGCOG Group in the total sum of $35,836,552.38 paid equally by Nigeria and the Republic of Cameroon with a loan facility sourced from the African Development Bank (AfDB).

18 Killed, Several Injured As Truck Rams Into Bus In India

PHOTO USED TO ILLUSTRATE STORY: File photo of deserted Indian Gate. PHOTO:Emmanuel Oshobajo.

 

Eighteen migrant labourers sleeping on a highway in northern India after their bus broke down died when a truck rammed into the vehicle, police said Wednesday.

At least 19 others were injured in the accident in Uttar Pradesh state, a senior police officer told reporters.

Most of the passengers were returning home to the eastern state of Bihar after working in the states of Punjab or Haryana.

The passengers got off the bus after its axle shaft broke and were sleeping next to it when a truck crashed into it from behind.

Rescue workers retrieved some of the bodies from under the mangled double-decker bus.

“The district administration and the police have launched a probe and we are ensuring that the wounded receive the best medical treatment that’s available,” said police officer Satya Narayan Sabat.

India’s vast network of roads is poorly maintained and notoriously dangerous.

About 150,000 people are killed each year in traffic accidents in India, according to the government.

Among the main factors contributing to the high number of fatalities are excessive speeding and people not using seatbelts or wearing crash helmets.

AFP

BBNaija: Fani Kayode Endorses Jackie B, Senator Bent’s Daughter

Jackie B during her entry to the BBNaija House. PHOTO: @ken.yousuff/BBNaija

 

Housemates in the fresh Season of Big Brother Naija are beginning to gain fans with some popular Nigerians announcing their favourites.

One of such is the former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode who has announced his endorsement for Jackie B.

Fani-Kayode said he is choosing Jackie B because she is the daughter of former senator, Grace Bent who he described as a friend and sister.

“I fully endorse Jackie B who is the daughter of my dearest sister and friend Senator Grace Bent! Please vote for her!” Fani-Kayode posted on his verified social media handle.

READ ALSO: BBNaija First Twist: Who Are The Wildcards?

Jackie B is a proud single mum who shares funny and interesting Tiktok videos created with her 10-year-old son.

During her entry into the Big Brother’s House on Sunday, she described herself as a hard worker with a passion for life.

The 29-year-old loves having fun and spending time with the people she loves.

Since her entry into the house, there have been speculations from Nigerians among fans of the show if Jackie B was the daughter of a former senator. Fani-Kayode’s endorsement, however, confirmed the claims.

Grace Folashade Bent is the former senator representing Adamawa South constituency.

Bent was elected in April 2007 on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform in the Adamawa South constituency.

After 21 years in the PDP, the politician recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, noting she had had enough of the umbrella party.

US Tells Vaccinated People In High COVID-19 Risk Areas To Mask Again

People wait after receiving their first dose of the Sputnik-V vaccine against COVID-19 in Mexico City, on July 27, 2021. PHOTO: ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP

 

People vaccinated against COVID-19 in high-risk parts of the United States should resume wearing masks indoors, the top health authority said Tuesday, a major reversal in guidance that underscored the country’s struggle to suppress the Delta variant.

President Joe Biden said the announcement showed that America needs to “do better” on vaccinations, adding that a vaccine mandate for the country’s more than two million federal workers was now “under consideration.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky cited new data that shows rare breakthrough cases involving Delta have an increased risk of onward transmission.

READ ALSO: Man Who Ridiculed COVID-19 Vaccines Dies Of Virus 

“In areas with substantial and high transmission, CDC recommends fully vaccinated people wear masks in public indoor settings,” she said.

As recently as last week, the CDC had defended its surprise decision in May that vaccinated people did not have to wear masks indoors in most circumstances.

In another setback, the White House on Tuesday also ordered all its staff to mask up again due to local transmission rates in Washington.

According to the latest CDC data, 63 percent of the country’s more than 3,200 counties are experiencing substantial or high transmission.

Substantial is defined as being between 50 and 100 daily cases per 100,000 people over seven days, while high is defined as more than 100 daily cases per 100,000 over seven days.

Biden said he would lay out new steps on Thursday to overcome the lag in vaccinations after the country’s strong start to its program.

 

– Viral load –

In a separate address to the US intelligence community, when asked about a possible vaccine mandate for US federal workers, Biden replied: “That’s under consideration right now.”

Los Angeles announced on Tuesday that it would require city officials to provide proof of a coronavirus vaccination or a weekly negative test.

“The fourth wave is here, and the choice for Angelenos couldn’t be clearer — get vaccinated or get Covid-19,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

“If you’re a city employee, we’re now going to require you to either show that you’re vaccinated or take a weekly test, and we’re committed to pursuing a full vaccine mandate.”

On Monday, the Veterans Affairs department said it would require its frontline health workers, some 115,000 people, to get the shot, becoming the first federal agency to institute the requirement.

Walensky stressed that so-called “breakthrough” cases among people who are vaccinated remain rare — shots reduce the risk of symptomatic disease seven-fold, and hospitalizations and deaths by a factor of 20.

However, new CDC research showed that when a vaccinated person does become infected, their viral load is similar to an unvaccinated person.

“That leads us to believe that the breakthrough infections, rare as they are, have the potential to forward transmit at the same capacity of an unvaccinated person,” she said.

To stem the spread of the Delta variant, the CDC will recommend schools adopt universal masking, including teachers, staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, when they reopen in fall, she added.

Former president Donald Trump, widely accused of mishandling the virus while in office, slammed the latest recommendations.

“We won’t go back. We won’t mask our children,” he said in a statement. “Brave Americans learned how to safely and responsibly live and fight back.”

Infection numbers in the United States are now swelling, thanks to the Delta variant, which accounts for around 90 percent of cases.

The latest seven-day average of daily cases is more than 56,000, similar to levels last seen in April.

 

– Huge death toll –

In total, more than 610,000 people have died of Covid-19 in the United States.

Forty-nine percent of the US population is fully vaccinated, but the vaccination rate is heavily skewed towards politically liberal parts of the country.

Walensky stressed she saw masks as a “temporary” measure, adding: “What we really need to do to drive down these transmissions in areas of high transmission is to get more and more people vaccinated.”

According to a recent paper in the journal Virological, the amount of virus found in the first tests of patients with the Delta variant was 1,000 times higher than patients in the first wave of the virus in 2020, greatly increasing its contagiousness.

AFP

Sunday Igboho Denies Gun Running, Gets Access To Medical Care

File photo: Sunday Igboho

 

The embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, widely known as Sunday Igboho, has denied claims by the Nigerian Government that he was trafficking arms and inciting violence in Nigeria.

His lead counsel, Ibrahim Salami disclosed this to journalists on Tuesday after the court proceedings in Benin Republic.

He added that his client told the judge that the Nigerian Government rather put him on a watchlist for resisting killer herdsmen.

“Igboho said he never had any criminal record in Nigeria. He told the judge that the Nigerian government was after him because he was defending the Yoruba race against killer Fulani herdsmen.

“He said that he ran away from Nigeria because the government was after his life,” the lawyer explained.

Igboho is now being tried by the Benin court on fresh charges bordering on illegal migration, dubious connivance with immigration officers, and an attempt to cause civil unrest.

However, the court has granted him access to medical care and ordered that he be transferred to another detention facility.

Igboho and his wife had been arrested in Cotonou on July 19, while they tried to catch a flight to Germany. The court, on Thursday, ordered his wife’s release and returned him to police custody.

Tight Security As El-Zakzaky’s Trial Continues In Kaduna

 

There’s heavy security presence at the Kaduna State High Court on Wednesday as the court prepares to deliver judgement on the no-case submission filed by the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.

Ahead of the court ruling, security is beefed up within Kaduna metropolis and environs,  while all roads leading to the High Court complex have been barricaded by security operatives.

The case is presided over by Justice Gideon Kurada.

El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenah Ibrahim are standing trial in the court for the past four years on an eight-count of alleged culpable homicide, disruption of public peace and unlawful Assembly among others levelled against them by the Kaduna state government.

They were brought to court on Wednesday morning by officials of the Nigerian Correctional service amidst tight security.

Heavy security presence at Kaduna metropolis during El-Zakzaky’s trial on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

 

During the sitting, the court is expected to rule on the no-case-submission prayer presented by the lead counsel to El-Zakzaky, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, who argued that all the 15 witnesses presented by the prosecution counsel were unable to establish any connection between the alleged crimes and El-Zakzaky.

READ ALSO: Alleged Sexual Assault: Victim Testifies Behind Closed Doors Against Baba Ijesha

Falana had in the last sitting on July 1st, 2021, prayed the court to rule in favour of his clients and dismissed the charges levelled against them as there was no criminal case that has been established against them so far by the Kaduna State Government.

So far, the prosecuting counsel, Daris Bayero has presented 15 witnesses who testified against the defendants.

Among them are two army officers, a retired director of State Security service, police officers and a medical doctor.

El-Zakzaky and his wife have been in detention since December 2015 following a bloody clash between his followers and soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna State.

Ahead of the court ruling, security has been beefed up within Kaduna metropolis and environs, while all roads leading to the high court complex have been barricaded by Security operatives.  This is to forestall any breakdown of law and order before, during and after the court session.

BBNaija First Twist: Who Are The Wildcards?

 

The first twist introduced by Biggie in the fresh Season 6 of BBNaija reality show has got fans and followers wondering, ‘Who are the Wildcards?’

The Shine Ya Eye housemates were informed of the twist on Sunday night, the second launch show.

Biggie instructed the housemates that their first task is to find out the Wild Cards (the fake housemates) among them.

So, the task is for the 22 housemates to fish out the two wildcards among them, by next week Sunday,  in order to get them evicted from the show.

If they correctly identify the wildcards, the fake housemates will be evicted, if not, the fake housemates remain in the show and compete for the N90m prize.

Just like the fans, the housemates do not know the wildcards.

With this, the fans are left to keep guessing who the wildcards might be.

This is just the first twist of the show and fans are already anticipating what the next twist might be.

Responding to a poll on its official Instagram handle @bigbrothernaija, fans are already taking a wild guess.

Some think the wildcards are WhiteMoney and Maria; others think Pere and Maria while some think Yousef and Tega are the fake housemates.

Who do you think are the fake housemates?