Court Convicts Six For Cyber Crime In Abuja

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has convicted six persons for cyber crime related offences in Abuja.

The convict were: Omonigho Efe Obed; Ifeanyi Godwin, a.k.a Jeff Williams; Igwe Ajoku Clinton, a.k.a Dave Hyatt; Egbekonye Emeka goes by two aliases (a.k.a) Wilson Weber and Robert Kemp; Martins Chika, a.k.a Daniella Alfred and Sunday Ani.

Omonigho, Godwin, Igwe, Egbekonye and Martins Chika were arraigned before Justice Nkeonye Evelyn Maha of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja for crimes bordering on fraudulent inducement, impersonation and obtaining under false pretence while Sunday Ani, doing business with name Beauty Rise Concept, was arraigned for criminal breach of trust before the same judge.

In the amended charges read to Igwe, Omonigho and Godwin, the trio pleaded “guilty”, prompting the prosecution counsel, Maryam Aminu Ahmed, to pray the court to sentence the defendants accordingly.

In a separate rulings, the trial Judge, Justice Maha, sentenced Omonigho to six months in prison with option to pay a sum of N300,000.00 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira) as fine to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Judge also ordered forfeiture of his Infinix phone and Hp laptop to the federal government.

The Judge also ruled that the convict should pay a sum of $300 (Three Hundred Dollars) to his victim, Ruth Hendrickson, as restitution through the American Embassy and in the case that the victim could not be reached after a period of 6 months, the money should then be forfeited to the Federal government.

In same vein, Justice Evelyn Maha sentenced Ifeanyi Godwin a.k.a Jeff William to six months imprisonment with an option of fine to the tune of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira), his Iphone 6plus X be sold and the proceed paid into the treasury single account (TSA) of the federal government and evidence of payment be sent to court. He also ordered the convict to file an affidavit of good behaviour before the court.

Also, the judge sentenced Igwe Ajoku Clinton, a.k.a Dave Hyatt to a six-months non-custodial sentence under the supervision of the prosecution counsel, Maryam Aminu Ahmed. He also ruled that a sum of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) be paid as fine, another sum of 500 Euros and $50 be paid to the victim, Dave Hyatt and Razo by the EFCC through the American embassy, as well as his Gionee F100 be forfeited to the federal government.

On account that the defendant refuse to comply with the prosecution observing the non-custodial sentence, he should be taken back before the court.

In the case involving Egbekonye Emeka, a.k.a Wilson Weber and Robert Kemp, who was charged for impersonation and fraudulently inducing an American, Charllotte to part with a sum of $850 (Eight Hundred and Fifty Dollars), prosecution counsel, Fadila Yusuf, asked the court to convict and sentence the defendant after he pleaded guilty to the two-count charge that was read to him.

The trial judge also convicted and sentenced Emeka to one year imprisonment on counts 1 and 2, which are to run concurrently, with option of fine of N400,000 (Four Hundred Thousand Naira) on each count.

In a related development, Justice Evelyn Maha sentenced Martins Chika to prison for impersonating an American, Daniella Alfred in a bid to fraudulently obtain properties from his unsuspecting victim.

Chika however pleaded guilty to the one count ammended charge preferred against him by the EFCC which prompted the prosecution counsel, Bamidele Akanmode, to pray that the court convict the defendant and sentence him accordingly.

Justice Maha thereafter sentenced Chika to six months imprisonment with an option of N200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) fine.

However the story of Sunday Ani, who operates with a business name, Beauty Rise Concept, was different as he was arraigned for criminal breach of trust.

While operating under the business name, he took possession of sum the of N5,000, 000 (Five Million Naira) from his victim, Oseghale Blessing Nkiruka, for purpose of supplying cosmetic products but converted the money to personal use.

The one count charge reads: “That you Sunday Ani, doing business with the name and style of Beauty Rise Concept on or about the 6th day of July, 2018 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court being entrusted with the sum of N5,000,000 (Five Million Naira) by Mrs. Oseghale Blessing Nkiruka for the purpose of supplying cosmetic products to your customers within Abuja and you dishonestly converted the money to your own use in violation of the discharge of the Saif trust and thereby committed criminal breach of trust contrary to section 311 of the Penal Code and punishable under section 312 of the same Code.”

He pleaded “guilty” to the charge. Bamidele Akanmode, the prosecution counsel prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendant.

Justice Maha who ruled that the defendant is guilty as charged, sentenced him to two months imprisonment with an option of fine to the tune of N100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira).

PHOTOS: Drama At Abuja Train Station Over Alleged Ticket Racketeering

A file photo of passengers at the Idu train station in Abuja on August 9, 2019. Photos: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

There was a rowdy scene at the Idu train station in Abuja over alleged ticket racketeering by railway officials.

Angry passengers overwhelmed security staff at the terminal and forcefully made their way into the station to board the train heading for Rigasa in Kaduna State.

Some of them who claimed they got to the station early enough to purchase tickets blamed the rowdy situation on officials of the station.

READ ALSO: Angry Passengers Overwhelm Security Officials At Abuja Train Station

A staff of the media team of Nigeria Railway Corporation, however, claimed to be very busy when contacted to respond to the allegation.

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Angry Passengers Overwhelm Security Officials At Abuja Train Station

 

Railway security staff have been overwhelmed by angry passengers at the Idu train station in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The incident happened on Friday, just two days to Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

A Channels Television correspondent who witnessed the incident reports that the passengers forcefully made their way into the station to board the train heading for Rigasa in Kaduna State.

Some of the passengers explained that they got to the station early enough to purchase tickets for the trip.

They, however, alleged that some officials of the station were involved in ticket racketeering and hoarding, an act that led to the rowdy situation.

READ ALSO: FG Declares Monday, Tuesday Public Holidays For Eid-El-Kabir

Angry Passengers Overwhelm Security Officials At Abuja Train Station

 

According to one of them, some passengers got there by 11am to purchase tickets for 2.20pm train, only to be told that the tickets have been sold out.

He added that when they made trouble, tickets suddenly showed up and by the time some of them could get the tickets, they had to stand.

A staff of the media team of Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Nafisa Bello, claimed to be ‘very busy’ when contacted to react to the accusations of ticket racketeering and hoarding.

Although it could not be ascertained if the passengers are Muslims travelling for the Sallah celebration, the Federal Government had declared Monday and Tuesday next week for Eid-el-Kabir.

In a statement on Tuesday, the government congratulated the Muslim faithful on the occasion and called on all Nigerians to use the period to embrace the virtues of love, humility, and peace.

It also urged the people to shun any form of disruptive tendencies and join hands with the government to build a peaceful, strong and united Nigeria for the growth and development of the nation.

At Least One Killed In Abuja Flood

A combination of photos showing the flood that hit some parts of Abuja on August 2, 2019. PHOTOS: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

At least one person has died and others injured in a flood at the Galadimawa axis of Abuja.

The flood ensued following a downpour this morning around parts of the nation’s capital.

Worst hit from the flooding this time is the Karu, Lokogoma and Galadimawa.

Galadimawa is 15 minutes away from the city center and the flooding in this area comes as a bit of a disappointment as eyewitnesses say a similar incident was recorded just a week ago.

After hours of rescue efforts, one of the victims was rescued by the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency.

 

 

 

Again, Shiite Protesters Clash With Police In Abuja


Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites have clashed with the officers of the Nigerian Police during a protest in Abuja.

The protesters are calling for the release of their leader El-Zakzaki, who has been in detention since 2015.

Details coming…

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PHOTOS: Shiite Protesters Set Public Properties Ablaze In Abuja

Properties of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Abuja were set ablaze on Monday as Shiites protesters occupy the central area in protest.

The protest also led to a clash between the protesters and police officers who dispersed the crowd.

Several gunshots were also fired during the protest.

The protesters are demanding for the release of their leader El-Zakzaky, who has been in detention since 2015.

 

See photos of the protest below…

Channels TV Reporter Shot As Shiite Protesters Clash With Police In Abuja

 

A Channels Television Reporter has been hit by a stray bullet as members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites clashed with officers of the Nigerian Police on Monday in Abuja.

The protest by the Shiites turned violent on Monday in Abuja, including the environs of the Federal Secretariat.

Policemen who cordoned off the road leading to the National Assembly and the three arms zone disrupted the protest by the Shiites, firing teargas to disperse the crowd.

The police have taken control of the area.

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Police Restrict Protests In Abuja To One Location

Police Restrict Protests In Abuja To One Location
PHOTO: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The police have restricted all forms of protests within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to the Unity Fountain, Central Business District, Abuja.

According to a statement, the Force Public Relations Officer Frank Mba said the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, gave the order on Wednesday.

He explained that the directive was in furtherance of the efforts by the police at ensuring the security of life and property, free flow of traffic, and protection of economic activities.

READ ALSO: Shiites Return To Abuja Streets After Police Clash

Mba added that the Force was committed to ensuring more coordinated handling of peaceful protest in the FCT.

He said, “By this directive, intending protesters are requested to steer-clear of all critical national infrastructure, especially the Three Arms Zone and other sensitive security areas.

“They are, however, at liberty to assemble and conduct peaceful protests within the Unity Fountain (the authorised protest zone).”

“The restriction is sequel to series of protests, such as the one on 30th October 2018 in various parts of Abuja, which brought the Capital City to a standstill, crumbling economic activities and inflicting untold hardship on motorists and the general public,” he said.

The police spokesman noted that a similar protest in the same month led to the setting ablaze of a Police Patrol Vehicle at Banex Plaza in Abuja.

“This year, on the 9th of July, another protest at the National Assembly, Abuja, led to an unprovoked attack on police officers on legitimate national assignment, injuring nine of them and causing massive damage to public and private property,” he noted.

Mba stressed that the police were aware of the African Charter on Human Rights, which the Nigerian State has ratified and the Constitutional provisions relating to the fundamental human rights, particularly freedom of expression, right to peaceful assembly and freedom of movement.

He, however, said these rights were not absolute and were constitutionally moderated by the genuine concerns for public safety, public order and for the purpose of protecting the rights and freedom of other people.

“Needless to state that it is within the prerogative of the police to regulate activities of protesters who have the tendency to cause damage to life and property, particularly to innocent and non-protesting citizens, who also have equal right to exercise their freedom, unmolested by the protesting group,” the Force explained.

Mba added, “It is against this backdrop that the IGP seeks the cooperation and understanding of would-be protesters and the general public.

“He reiterates his call for constructive collaboration between the citizens and the police in enthroning a new culture of protests devoid of violence and damage to public and private property.

Nigerians Protest In Abuja, Write Buhari Over Insecurity

Nigerians Protest In Abuja Over Insecurity

 

 

Nigerians are protesting the high level of insecurity in the country, which has claimed the lives of innocent ones.

The protesting citizens from different ethnic groups also wrote a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, demanding an urgent action to put an end to the killings.

This comes few days after the daughter of the Afenifere’s National Leader, Funke Olakunrin was killed by suspected herdsmen.

The group in their statement said, “The painful and gruesome killing of our dear sister, aunt and mother, Mrs. Funke Olakurin, the daughter of our father and an elderstatesman, Pa Fasonranti by suspected Fulani herdsmen, has in the last couple days brought to the fore, the terrible experience of the ordinary people and local communities in the hands of these herdsmen.

“This is one death too many. May her soul and many others killed by these barbarians continue to rest in peace.

“Several of our farmers have been killed, maimed, assaulted, their wives and daughters raped and brutalized and many have abandoned their farms and lands and become destitute in other places.

READ ALSO: Federal Workers Earning Below N30,000 To Start Getting New Minimum Wage – Presidency

“No one is making up these stories, and we can boldly say they have even been underreported in the media.

“If Nigeria must endure and remain united in peace, development and prosperity, social justice must be enthroned”.

Read Full Statement Below: 

Our Statement

Dear Mr. President,

Is it the time to start singing the nunc dimittis? Our nation is trapped and encircled by forces of anarchy and terror, our people groan in pain and bleed under the terror of marauders, our lands are subjected to evil-capture, while injustice thrives as a rule. What shall we then do? Shall we abide under oppression so that Nigeria’s unity is not negotiated?

Woe betides a nation where truth is forsaken and falsehoods is elevated to statecraft. Our dear nation Nigeria is on the brink of unimaginable catastrophe, except we act to stop the doom. Letters, statements, criticisms and concerns have been expressed by prominent Nigerians and the common man, yet, all of this cannot fully illustrate the weight of the danger that is hovering over country.

Unfortunately, your regime and its poster boys have publicly narrowed down everything to politics and hatred for President Muhammadu Buhari. This is not wisdom. These challenges predate your coming to power in 2015, but they have been terribly aggravated and accentuated in an unprecedented manner by your seeming aloofness and lack of capacity to tackle them.

Security trumps every other consideration for many Nigerians who worked selflessly for your ascension to power in 2015. Even those who did not vote for you had believed that security, is one area where you will do better. But today, even Katsina the home state of Mr. President is under the threats of bandits. In many parts of our country, killer and terrorist herdsmen continue to unleash terror on our lands and make life unbearable for our farmers while the threat of food insecurity looms.

The painful and gruesome killing of our dear sister, aunt and mother, Mrs. Funke Olakurin, the daughter of our father and an elderstatesman, Pa Fasonranti by suspected Fulani herdsmen, has in the last couple days brought to the fore, the terrible experience of the ordinary people and local communities in the hands of these herdsmen. This is one death too many. May her soul and many others killed by these barbarians continue to rest in peace.

Several of our farmers have been killed, maimed, assaulted, their wives and daughters raped and brutalized and many have abandoned their farms and lands and become destitute in other places. No one is making up these stories, and we can boldly say they have even been underreported in the media.

The concerns over ethnic profiling of these herdsmen ravaging our lands as Fulani herdsmen were made worse by the refusal of Mr. President to show the kind of leadership some past leaders demonstrated while in office. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo did not vacillate over OPC, he confronted the threats posed by the group not minding any ethnic affiliation. Late Lady Dora Akunyili battled his brothers in the Southeast over fake drugs.

Late President Musa Yar’Adua did not think religious consideration or concern over Boko Haram when he ordered the 2009 onslaught. President Goodluck Jonathan returned to the creek to discuss with the Niger Delta militants –  a group also profiled, but we cannot remember the Niger Deltans threatening hell over this. Even President Buhari had in the past called them Niger Delta militants.

About two decades ago, Gen. Buhari led a delegation of Fulani elders to Ibadan to defend the interest of Fulani herdsmen. He showed courage and leadership to his people and this group. It is therefore disingenuous to accuse our leaders and people of ethnic profiling for speaking against the menace of herdsmen in our lands. And that is why we have come to visit you today to ask some pertinent questions, but security operatives will not allow us to get to Aso-Rock.

We have come to ask, why are you refusing to act over the abundance of intelligence you have over the gathering storms in our nation?  How can we address these problems and put an end to the killings, terror as well as the ethnic profiling based truth and conscience? We do not intend to profile the ethnic group of our Fulani friends with criminality because we are all humans under God. We do not think any sensible Nigerian derives any joy in doing this. But the locals bearing the pains know their oppressors.

Mr. President, in your hands lie the opportunity to address this problem if you are ready to show leadership. We challenge you to demonstrate courage and call a spade a spade like other leaders. It is time to call Miyetti Allah to order. It is time to act over the herdsmen terrorising our lands. It is time to rule with justice and courage. Aside the security challenges, we also want you to know that open grazing is not sustainable due to rising population explosion and the threat of climate change. Lands are not growing, while food security is threatened. This is the time to ranch and keep the cows heathy, this is the time to properly educate the herders and integrate them and not isolate them inside Ruga.

We also want you to know that the unity of Nigeria is negotiable. Injustice and strife can never water the tree of unity and it can never be forced forever, except we allow justice reign. We therefore want to bring it to your attention that time is fast running out: without restructuring and justice, the union will end in chaos. It is our desire to remain a one, prosperous and united nation under God, but we must work for it. We must restructure Nigeria. Let us do it, Mr. President.

“Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” – James Baldwin. Today is International Day of Justice.  The 2019 theme: If You Want Peace & Development, Work for Social Justice. The United Nations has made it clear that Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. If Nigeria must endure and remain united in peace, development and prosperity, social justice must be enthroned. We are a people and a nation in distress but we can be healed by Justice and truth. This is the time to act and save Nigeria.

Thank You Mr. President.

Ariyo-Dare ATOYE – for Yoruba Collectives, FCT.

Ndi Kato – Middle-Belt Forum

Adebayo Raphael –Right Activist

Iferetofunmi Julius – Human Rights Activist

Chimdi Neliaku – Advocate for Integrity in Leadership

PHOTOS: Shiites Return To Abuja Streets After Police Clash

Shiites Return To Abuja Streets After Police Clash

 

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) returned to the streets of Abuja on Tuesday, days after they clashed with police in the nation’s capital.

According to the spokesperson for the Academic Forum of the group, Abdullahi Musa, the Shiites are more resolved than ever to continue the protest until their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, is granted freedom.


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Last Tuesday, the group clashed with police officers during a protest at the National Assembly complex.

Nine officers were injured while the police arrested dozens of protesters, but the group staged another protest two days later.

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Shiites Protest Again, Demand El-Zakzaky’s Release

Shiites Return To Abuja Streets After Police Clash

PHOTOS: Police Arrest Protesting Shiite Members In Abuja

 

Police at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Thursday arrested some Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) who returned to the streets of Abuja, to protest the continued detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

The police fired tear gas canisters to disperse the mob of Shiites, with some members of the sect arrested along within axis of the Federal secretariat area where the protest took place.

Below are photos from the protest, as captured by Channels Televisions‘s Sodiq Adelakun.

READ ALSO: El-Zakzaky: Police, Shiites Clash Again In Abuja

 

Buhari Returns To Abuja After AU Summit

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President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after attending the 12th extraordinary summit of the African Union in Niamey, Niger Republic.

The president’s aircraft arrived the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja this afternoon.

READ ALSO: Buhari Objects Admission Of Own INEC Bio-Data Before Tribunal

At the opening of the summit in Niamey, the President signed the Africa Continental Free Trade Area(AFCTA) agreement, making Nigeria the 53rd country on the continent to ratify and append its signature after extensive consultations for months with stakeholders assessing its readiness to join the Free Trade Area.

The Africa Continental Free Trade area has a potential market of 1.2 billion people.

On the sidelines of the summit, the President met with the Vice President of the Islamic Development Bank, Dr Mansur Muhtar, soliciting more support to address Nigeria’s development challenges including her infrastructure deficit.