EFCC Raids Osogbo Nightclub, Arrests 94 Suspected Cyber Fraudsters

 

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan zonal office, on Sunday, raided a nightclub in Osogbo, the Osun State capital and arrested cyber fraudsters numbering 94.

The anti-graft agency in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said the nightclub popularly known as ‘Club Secret Underground’ is notorious for hosting parties for suspected internet fraudsters.

Uwujaren in the statement added that the nightclub is located on the Ibadan-Iwo Expressway of the Osun State capital.

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“The raid led to the arrest of 94 suspects and confiscation of 19 exotic cars, laptops, scores of sophisticated mobile phones and other items.

“The wee-hour operation was sequel to an intelligence report hinting that the suspected internet fraudsters were organising a night party for Sunday, October 13 during which some of them intended to celebrate their loots.

“A discreet operation on the club had earlier been carried out to ascertain the authenticity of the intelligence,” he explained.

The suspects are currently undergoing further interrogation, and those indicted would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

Banker Sentenced To One-Year-Jail Term For Fraud In Osogbo

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A 51 year-old female banker, Yetunde Iyabo Adewunmi, has been sentenced to one year imprisonment for conspiracy, aiding and abating fraud.

A statement signed by the Head, Media & Publicity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Wilson Uwujaren, Adewunmi confirmed that the sentence was given on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.

She was convicted of one-count instituted against her by the EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, before Justice Peter Lifu of the Federal High Court 2, sitting in Osogbo, Osun State.

Investigation conducted by officials of the Commission had revealed that the Adewunmi used her position as a staffer of a new generation bank in Ile-Ife, Osun State to forge two identity cards for one Abayomi Samuel Onalaja, an internet fraudster, to enable him cash two Western Union transactions received from his foreign victims.

She was said to have benefited N236,736 from the illegal dealings.

Owing to the findings, the Commission earlier filed against her a five-count charge bordering on money laundering, but later amended it to one-count after agreeing to a plea bargain option with her.

The amended charge professed her guilty of an offence contrary to Section 27(2) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015.

She pleaded guilty to the charge and was accordingly convicted.

The prosecution counsel Shamusuddeen Bashir, had earlier prayed the court to accept the conditions of the plea bargain which included restitution of the proceeds of the crime, and as well confirmed that the Commission had indeed received the sum.

EFCC Arrests Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Ibadan, Denies Osogbo Raid

EFCC Arrests Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Ibadan, Denies Osogbo Raid

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested eight suspected internet fraudsters in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

According to a statement from the anti-graft agency on Saturday, the suspects were apprehended by operatives of EFCC Ibadan Zonal Office at the Elebu-Oja area of the town.

Those arrested are Ojo Ayobami, Ojo Ayotunde, Ibidapo Ileriayo, Ibidapo Kolade, Dayo Adedokun, Adeniyi Gbenga, Aluko Idowu, and Adeusi Olatunji.

The EFCC said they were rounded up on Friday following action on a series of intelligence reports.

The suspects were alleged to be involved in fraudulent activities ranging from love scam and other forms of internet fraud, through which they reportedly obtain money from unsuspecting victims.

Three different models of cars, laptops, phones, international passports, and several incriminating documents were recovered from them.

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The statement disclosed that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as the agency concludes its investigation.

The EFCC, however, distanced itself from a raid of suspected internet fraudsters in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, shown in a video trending on the social media.

“We need to state that much as we have avowed, pursuant to our mandate to root out cybercriminals in the nation’s space, we clarify that the operatives depicted in the video are not those of the Commission,” the agency said in another statement.

“We disclaim the video and in the same breath, wish to inform the public that EFCC operatives stick to a standard procedure in their operations, which conforms with global best practices for intelligence officers.”

The agency stressed that its operatives would by no means embrace theatre or open attraction of public attention pursuant to their duties.

It, thereafter, advised its critics to look elsewhere for the source and actors in the video, insisting that the fingerprints of the operation do not belong to it.

The EFCC revealed that it does not have an office in Osogbo yet, and the Ibadan zonal office which covers Oyo, Osun and Ekiti states has no knowledge of the purported raid.

“We restate that we are committed to making every shade of financial and economic crime unattractive to criminal elements among us. We will not rest on our oars in this resolve,” the statement added.

[UPDATED] Osun Rerun: Voters Scamper For Safety As Gunshots Are Fired In Osogbo

 

The Osun State governorship rerun witnessed a set back as voters were forced to flee a polling unit in Osogbo, as gunshots were being fired.

Calm was, however, restored as security officials immediately swung into action.

Prior to the shooting, security operatives had arrested three men for allegedly carrying charms and banned substances also in Osogbo.

Another man, a resident of the street where the polling units are situated, was dragged and teargassed.

He was allegedly taking pictures from his balcony.

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The police also arrested another man perceived to be obstructing the voting process at another polling unit also in Osogbo.

Earlier, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) also expressed concern over reports that some observers and journalists were being arrested and prevented from operating in some polling units in the Osun State governorship supplementary election.

The commission said this in a tweet, adding, however, that the issue was being taken up with the security agencies.

Ile-Ife Crisis: Arraignment Of Suspects Stalled

Woman Charged With Murder Of Three Year OldThe arraignment of the suspects arrested in connection with the Ile-Ife ethnic clash that occurred on March 8, 2017 in Osun state, could not hold on Tuesday as scheduled.

The Police had brought in five suspects to the Osun State High Court, Osogbo for arraignment amidst heavy security, while lawyers were also seated in court 5 hoping that the suspects would be arraigned.

Up until some minutes past nine in the morning, when news filtered in that they would no longer be arraigned, the suspects were kept in a vehicle outside the court premises.

The Police, however, refused to comment on the matter.

‎The clash between the Ile-Ife community and the Arewa community had left many dead, several others injured and homeless as property worth millions were destroyed.

[Updated]: Tears, Anger As Senator Isiaka Adeleke Is Buried

It has been an atmosphere of tears and anger in parts of Osun State as Senator Isiaka Adeleke, who died in the early hours of Sunday, April 23, 2017, at a private hospital in Osogbo, was laid to rest on Monday.

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Mr Adeleke was the first civilian governor of Osun state and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who later defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Angry supporters of the late Senator, trooped out to express their grief, following the sudden death of the politician by barricading the Osogbo-Gbogan expressway and making bonfires on the very busy road.

While their actions had led to a gridlock, and motorists were forced to use alternative routes, armed policemen, however, moved to the scene and cleared the barricade.

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Power Supply: FG Tasks Stakeholders On Efficiency

Power Supply: Babatunde Fashola Tasks Stakeholders On EfficiencyThe Federal Government has called on concerned parties in the power sector to remain committed to their various roles in supplying and distributing power, to ensure that the sector functions effectively.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who made the call, also warned that anyone who tries to sabotage government efforts in ensuring that citizens access reliable power supply will be dealt with accordingly.

The Minister gave the warning at the 14th Monthly Power Sector Operators’ Meeting, held at the National Control Centre in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

He noted that the time has come for stakeholders in the sector, including the consumers to live up to the responsibilities of having steady power supply in Nigeria.

“After 60 years of electricity experience, nobody would believe that it is going to be ‘you work in the park, you make the change’. Mr President (Muhammadu Buhari) and the present government are determined to make the change, and it requires everybody to play their roles honestly, accountable and efficiently.

“Government is determined to enforce the law in the sector, including on itself; government is not above the law. The daily loses in the power sector are avoidable and they must be avoided. Every loss must be accounted for, or paid for whether by cash, by sanctions, or combination of both and law.

Burden Of Compliance

“This is a business and I have cause to say that in every business that is formally run, when loses occur, those who run the business pay for it either by losing their job, making refund or by resigning.

“We are heading in that direction, whether in the government or in the private sector. We will enforce every law and we will apportion it in every sector. We expect every stakeholders in the sector to work in accordance with the law.

“Let me say that the large part of the power sector is now in private hands. It is important to emphasise that the burden of compliance will shift to their side. Every complaint from customers must be addressed, you must be responsible to your customers, you must put yourself out there, you must show that you own the business and you are ready to serve.

“You have to be explaining to the public what the problems are, how long it will take and what to do. The consumers deserve the right to know what is happening, even when you are fixing the problem; it is comforting, inspiring and builds trust in service. I urge you to brace up.

“We all know the terms and conditions under which you acquire the business, you know what you contracted to do and what the consequences of failing to do it are. The regulators have stated it clearly that they have issued orders and placed emphases on compliance.

“If anyone is in doubt about the rights and obligations under the privatisation programme, I urge that person to seek proficient professional advice as soon as possible. We will enforce the contractual terms on the privatisation of the power sector,” Mr Fashola stated.

Energy Theft Is A Serious Offence

He also urged consumers to support the effort of the Federal Government in achieving stable power supply in the country.

“Consumers who demand service are also expected to change their ways, they must be prepared to pay for what they use. They must understand that energy theft is a serious offence and they will be punished. They must also stop assaulting the service providers.

“We have reports of consumers and customers going to vandalise assets and facilities of service providers, all of these must stop. They are matters of criminality and we will enforce the laws on them.

“Those who damage power assets are economic saboteurs and government will not relent in its commitment in using the law to checkmate that. Government will have no reservation at all in applying the whole sanctions. This why we are regulators and we will ensure service,” the Minister said.

On his part, the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, acknowledged the improvement in power supply and commended the Federal Government’s move to address the challenges in the sector.

Deputy Speaker, Lasun Empowers 150 Youths In ICT Training

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Yusuf Sulaimon Lasun,

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Yusuf Sulaimon Lasun, has distributed about 150 laptops and printers to people of his constituency in Osogbo. 

The items are for those who graduated from the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training programme, to help enhance their skills in ICT.

He affirmed that without productive engagement of about 45million Nigerians, the country’s economy will remain stagnant .

The programme tagged: “ICT Training Programme on Desktop Publishing, National Information Technology and Development Agency”, was held for youths of Olorunda, Osogbo and Orolu Federal Constituency.

Hon. Yusuf presenting certificate to one of the ICT graduating student.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the lawmaker, “Development of any nation largely predicates on the level of growth in its ICT.

“With nature of composition of the Nigerian nation-state, which is heterogeneous in content, more Nigerians need to acquire more skills and be productively engaged.

“Development encompasses growth in ICT, we need a knowledge based society to make our economy strong and viably sustainable.

“An individual who is educated with skills has the hope of a better future, and at the long run contributes immensely to the economy.

“I put up the programme to make every participant create an independent national economy, not in theory but in practical.

“By the scientific education acquired through the training, they would be able to contribute successfully to the construction of an independent national economy by the shortest possible route.

“With acquisition of this knowledge, I believe this has opened the way for the development of our national economy and set as the central task, the preparation of material and technical conditions to equip all sectors of the people’s economy with modern techniques.

“Knowledge is what is lacking in Nigeria, that makes life so difficult for many Nigerians, and you know, acquisition of knowledge is not limited to the four walls of classroom, you learn squarely”, Hon. Yusuf said.

The lawmaker who described ICT knowledge in any given society as inevitable, argued that any society that lacks it would be in perpetual retrogression in terms of self-reliance.

The Deputy Speaker, however, charged all and sundry not to regard learning of computer as something mysterious but master it to transform their immediate environments.

He stated that everyone must be brought up to be computer literate so they could become wizards and grow into invincible revolutionaries to overcome every difficulty and break through every bottleneck, fearing nothing technologically.

The lawmaker, therefore, charged youths in the country to be dynamic and computer literate, to be able to fit in to the current technological world of rapid development.

EFCC Arraigns Contractor Over Alleged Diversion Of N0.3bn TETFUND

EFCC Arraigns Contractor Over Alleged Diversion Of N0.3bn TETFUNDThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned one John Ojekorede Ojemuyiwa alongside his company, Digitpro Engineering Technology Ltd. before Justice A.O. Oladimeji of the Osun State High Court sitting in Ede.

The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Commission arraigned Mr Ojemuyiwa on Monday, April 3, on a two-count charge bordering on stealing and giving of gratification to public officers.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Ojemuyiwa’s journey to the dock followed a petition to the EFCC sometimes in April 2016 by the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun, alleging a fraudulent conversion and diversion of 0.3 billion Naira TETFUND approved for sundry projects at the Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Oluwatoyin Owodunni, asked the court for a trial date while the defence counsel, Banjo Akinwande, approached the court with an oral application for bail which was opposed by the prosecution counsel.

Justice Oladimeji ordered that the defence counsel presents a formal application to help the court exercise its discretion on the bail application, in view of the antecedents of failure of the accused person to honour the EFCC’s invitation twice.

One of the counts read: “That you John Ojekorede Ojemuyiwa and Digitpro Technology Ltd., sometimes in February 2014 at Ila Orangun within the Osogbo judicial division, stole the sum of 53,837,574.08 Naira (fifty three million, eight hundred and thirty-seven thousand, five hundred and seventy-four Naira, eight Kobo) only, from the sum of 112,810,952.20 Naira (one hundred and twelve million, eight hundred and ten thousand, nine hundred and fifty-two Naira, twenty Kobo) advance payment to you as mobilisation fee for the construction of an amphitheatre by the Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun, Osun State”.

The second count also read: “That you John Ojekorede Ojemuyiwa and Digitpro Technology Ltd., sometime in February 2014 at Ila Orangun within the Osogbo judicial division, corruptly gave the sum of 43,093,694.36 Naira (forty-three million, ninety-three thousand, six hundred and ninety-four Naira, thirty-six Kobo) to members of the Governing Council, Osun State College of Education, Ila Orogun, through one David Olayinka Olojede of De Capstone Ltd. on account of the award of a contract worth 228,298,302.00 Naira (two hundred and twenty-eight million, two hundred and ninety-eight thousand, three hundred and two Naira) and the over payment of mobilisation fee to you by the Governing Council and the Management of Osun State College of Education”.

The matter was adjourned till Tuesday, May 2, 2017 for hearing of the bail application and commencement of trial.

The accused is to be remanded at the Federal Prison, Ilesha in Osun State, South-west Nigeria.

ANTP Crisis: Baba Wande Sues For Peace Among Stakeholders

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Veteran Yoruba movie actor, Mr Kareem Adepoju, has called for peace among members of the Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP), after a court judgement on the crisis rocking the national body of the association.

Adepoju, who is popularly known as Baba Wande, said the judgement of the High Court sitting in Ejigbo, Osun State on March 28, 2017 that Mr Victor Asaolu should remain in office as the President of ANTP till February 2018, was not a solution to the crisis bedevilling the association.

He called on all stakeholders including the governors and royal fathers in Nigeria’s South-West region to intervene in the matter and save the ANTP, lauding the efforts of the Olowu of Owu kingdom, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, in resolving the crisis.

Speaking during an interview with Channels Television at his residence in Osogbo, Baba Wande appealed to all Yoruba film actors and actresses to come together and speak in one voice to develop the industry.

“Some of us feel that the tenure of the President of ANTP, Mr Victor Ashaolu has expired, but the man insisted that he has not finished his tenure and he took the matter to court instead of leaving the office.

“The man has been in the office as the ANTP President since 2010, whereas he was supposed to spend four years. The matter was brought to a court in Osun here and after several years of litigation, the court eventually ruled that Ashaolu’s tenure will end in February next year.

“As law abiding citizens of this country, we must respect the court and obey the judgement, unless anyone is interested in appealing the judgement in the higher court and that cannot be a solution to the problem we are battling with.

“I want to appeal to all Yoruba film-makers, actors and actresses to unite and speak in one voice in the best interest of all of us. This current crisis in the ANTP will not benefit anyone of us and the society.

“I also want to call on all stakeholders, especially the Governors of Osun, Mr Rauf Aregbesola; Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; Lagos State, Mr Akinwumi Ambode; Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose and Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu to intervene in the ANTP leadership crisis.

“I’m also appealing to our traditional rulers in Yoruba land, especially the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, and the Awujale of Ijebu Land, Oba Sikiru Adetona, to wade in and help us settle the dispute so that we can be together.

“We are grateful to the Olowu of Owu kingdom, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, who has been making frantic efforts to resolve the crisis. We appreciate his efforts so far and we also want him to intensify efforts so that the crisis would be resolved while we unite to make our association great again,” the Yoruba actor said.

Recalled that leading members of the ANTP pulled out from the association and form a parallel association christened Theatre Arts and Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN).

Mr Adebayo Salami, also known as ‘Oga Bello’, Prince Jide Kosoko and Mr Dele Odule, who had a running battle with Mr Ashaolu over the leadership tussle in ANTP, formed TAMPAN in Lagos State.

Aregbesola Promises Improved Water Supply With $65m Loan

Rauf Aregbesola, Osun, BudgetThe Governor of Osun state, Rauf Aregbesola, on Wednesday disclosed that his government has secured a loan of $65 million from the Islamic Development Bank, with a view to improving provision of water to the people of the state.

He made this known during the World Water Day celebration held at White Plain Hotel and Suites, Osogbo, the Osun state capital.

Aregbesola, who was represented by the Senior Consultant on Water Resources, Mrs Tawakalitu Williams, stated that the step was in line with the six-point Integral Action Programme of his administration.

While appealing to the people of the state to ensure efficient utilisation of water, Aregbesola disclosed that his government has concluded plans to boost agriculture through irrigation.

“Healthy living cannot be achieved without adequate access to potable water supply. It is in recognition of this that my administration embarked on the rehabilitation of Water and Sanitation Facilities in urban, small towns and rural areas of the state.

“The state has secured a loan of $65 million from Islamic Development Bank for the construction of the treatment plant, 17 kilometres transmission line from Kajola to Ilesa, Booster pumping station and three water reservoirs on the hill.

“The state will provide a counterpart fund of about $40 million for the construction of water distribution system and sanitation. The scheme will by the grace of Almighty God, be commissioned by my administration before the end of 2018.

“This year’s theme: “Water and Wastewater” is also in line with the mandate of the six-point integral Action Plan of my administration to improve agricultural production to ensure food security in the state.”

Also speaking, the team leader of the European Union, Adebayo Alao, appreciated the support of Governor Aregbesola, appealing to him to speed up action for the commencement and implementation of the State Water Sector Law that was assented to by the Governor in October 2015.

“Osun state was only second to Anambra in providing the counterpart funds needed for this programme out of 14 states that the European Union is supporting,” he added.

A guest lecturer, Professor M. K. Shridah, also advocated the need to use good water for healthy living and commended the governor’s efforts towards providing potable water for the people of the state.

Shridah who is a lecturer in the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, observed that many diseases come from water and therefore urged people to ensure that they make proper use of clean water to avoid contracting diseases.

One Feared Dead As Kano-Bound Train Derails In Osogbo

One Feared Dead As Kano-Bound Train Derails In OsogboOne person has been feared dead as a Lagos train en route Kano, derailed on Saturday morning in Osogbo, the Osun state capital.

The corpse was found on the rail track few metres away from the scene of the accident.

The accident also led to the destruction of goods worth millions of Naira.

According to an eye witness account, the mishap occurred at about 1:30 am, close to the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Osogbo terminal.

Meanwhile, some hoodlums had purportedly taken advantage of the accident to cart away the remaining goods left in the coaches.

Channels television also gathered that the Cargo part of the train missed the track, while other coaches conveying passengers continued the journey.

Meanwhile, men of the Engineering Department of the railway corporation at the Osogbo terminus, have since evacuated the coaches on the road to allow free flow of vehicular movement.

The case has since been reported to the police and evacuation of the corpse is expected to take place soon.