EFCC Arraigns ‘Professor’, 12 Others For Alleged Fraud

 

A sixty-year-old man, Charles Jide-Oni, who claimed to be a professor and lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, has been arraigned before a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said in a statement on Thursday that Jide-Oni was arraigned for allegedly obtaining money under false pretence and engaging in advance fee fraud.

EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said the anti-graft agency’s Ibadan zonal office brought the ‘professor’ and 12 other internet fraud suspects before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, the Federal High Court vacation judge for the south-west zone on Wednesday.

He explained that Jide-Oni’s arraignment was sequel to the EFCC’s findings of the activities of an illegal financial outfit he reportedly floated through which he allegedly swindled his victims of several millions of naira.

Some of the victims had earlier written a petition to the Commission which led to the investigations that indicted the suspect in the alleged fraudulent act, Uwujaren said.

Among the other suspects arraigned include Olaleye Kolapo, Madukife Azuka, Fatanmi Sunday, Adebayo Adeyinka, Adeleke Peter, and Adebowale Fadairo.

Others are Oyewunmi Michael, Bello Arikalam, Owolabi Toluope, Abdullahi Oluwatobi, Temitope Fatolu, and Adesina Adewale.

Uwujaren said Fatolu, however, opted for a plea bargain and pleaded guilty to a one-count amended charge of fraudulent impersonation when he was presented before the court.

He was subsequently sentenced to one-year imprisonment with effect from June 20, 2019, when he was arrested.

Fatolu, according to the EFCC spokesman, was also asked to return $500 through the Nigerian Government, to his victim and to equally forfeit his two smartphones and a laptop computer to the Federal government, being part of the benefit he derived from his fraudulent act.

On the other hand, Justice Oweibo granted Jide-Oni bail to the tune of N10 million and two sureties in like sum after his lawyer filed and argued a bail application on his behalf.

The sureties, the court held, must be of Grade Level 10 in the civil service and must be resident in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

The judge also ordered that the accused person be remanded in Ilesha prison, pending the time he would fulfill his bail conditions while the substantive hearing was adjourned until October 14.

Unlike Fatolu, the other 11 suspects, who were charged with sundry internet-related offences including obtaining money by false pretence, impersonation, being in possession of forged and fraudulent documents to defraud people, pleaded not guilty to the respective charges preferred against them.

Consequent upon their not-guilty plea, EFCC’s counsel, Dr Ben Ubi, urged the court for an order to remand them in prison and fix dates for the hearing of their cases.

Justice Oweibo granted the remand prayer, and also fixed different dates for the hearings.

He fixed October 7 for the hearing of cases involving Fatami, Adeleke, and Fadairo and ordered that they be remanded in the Ilesha prison.

“Olaleye and Azkuka are to be remanded in Ado-Ekiti prison till October 9 when their cases will be opened for hearing,” Uwujaren said.

He added, “For Abdullahi, Oyewunmi and Bello, the hearings would hold on October 14. They are ordered to take shelter in Ilesha prison till then.”

The judge equally fixed October 15 and 21 for hearing of the cases involving Adesina and Owolabi respectively while both men would be remanded in Ilesha prison pending the adjourned date.

Adebayo was, however, returned to the EFCC’s custody.

‘Professor’ Arrested At UTME Centre In Abuja

‘Professor’ Arrested At UTME Centre In Abuja
A file photo of candidates at a UTME centre.

 

One man who claimed to be a professor, Mr Jide Jisus, has been arrested as the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for 2019 commenced across the country.

The spokesman for the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Fabian Benjamin, confirmed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Friday.

Jisus was apprehended over an allegation of examination malpractice by the monitoring team of the JAMB Registrar on Thursday at an institution in Jabi area of Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“His (the suspect) identity was shrouded in dubious tales. He claimed during interrogation that he was one of the professors selected by the Board to oversee the conduct of the 2019 UTME,” the statement said.

Benjamin disclosed further that Jisus claimed that he was awarded a professorial position by Christian University, Isolo, Lagos and that he had two professorial awards from “Becket” University England and Freedom University.

The suspect also claimed to be an employee of “Anchor Polytechnic, Kubwa, Abuja”, an institution JAMB said does not exist.

Similarly, he said he was the president of the United Nigeria Chaplin Institute of Peace Academy.

It was, however, discovered that the suspect had a daughter who was taking the 2019 UTME in the same centre where he was caught.

JAMB insisted that its operational guideline does not allow unauthorised persons into the examination hall.

It added that the said professor was not one of those it selected to monitor the conduct of the examination.

ICPC To Arraign OAU Professor Allegedly Involved In Sex-For-Marks Scandal

OAU Sacks Professor Involved In Sex-For-Marks Scandal
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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) is set to arraign a former lecturer of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Professor Richard Iyiola Akindele, at the Federal High Court, Osogbo.

Mr Akindele was accused of demanding sex from one of his students, Ms. Monica Osagie, in order to upgrade her academic result.

In a statement by the spokesman of the commission, Rasheedat Okoduwa, Professor Akindele will be docked on Monday 19th November 2018, on a 3-count charge having been accused of using his position as a lecturer in the Department of Management and Accounting to demand for sexual benefit from a student and fraudulently upgrade her result in Research Method course which she supposedly failed in 2017.

The Commission says that his actions were contrary to Sections 8 (1) (a) (ii), and 18 (d) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and are punishable under the same sections.

One of the counts reads, “That you, professor Akindele, on or about the 16th day of September, 2017 at Ile-Ife did corruptly ask for sexual benefits for yourself from Ms. Monica Osagie on account of favour to be afterwards shown to her by you in the discharge of your official duties as a lecturer in the Department of Management and Accounting, Obafemi Awolowo University, to wit; altering her academic grades in the course with code MBA 632- Research Method from fail to pass; and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 8(1)(a)(ii) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.”

The 57-year-old professor has asked for plea-bargain having admitted guilt. He also cited ill-health as a factor that may make him unable to stand the rigours of prison life, notifying the Commission through his lawyer, Omotayo Alade-Fawole.

He pleaded that his prayers for plea-bargain be considered, more so as he was already serving punishment for his offence having been sacked by the university.

Ms. Osagie had earlier expressed a lack of confidence in the capacity of ICPC to give her a fair hearing.

According to the commission, the public announcement of the professors impending arraignment is in fulfillment of its promise to the public to avail them of the outcome of the investigation in due time.

Bangladesh Detains Professor Over Facebook Comments On PM

Bangladesh on the map

 

A Bangladeshi university lecturer has been suspended and detained for making allegedly derogatory remarks on Facebook about the prime minister, his lawyer said Wednesday.

A ruling-party activist filed a case against Maidul Islam under Bangladesh’s notorious internet laws, which critics say are aimed at stifling dissent.

The assistant sociology professor at Chittagong University posted the comments last month during massive protests over road safety that enraged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government.

“He was sent to jail on Monday after he surrendered at a court in Chittagong,” his lawyer Vulon Lal Bhowmik told AFP in the southeastern port city.

On Tuesday he was suspended by the state-run university, the lawyer and an official of the school said.

The arrest triggered protests by leftist groups who said they would organise a demonstration on Saturday.

It came weeks after a top Bangladesh photographer and activist, Shahidul Alam, was arrested and denied bail over charges he made false and provocative comments during the protests in August.

Alam had told Al Jazeera that the protests were the result of pent-up anger at corruption and an “unelected government… clinging on by brute force” that had looted banks and gagged the media.

He is also being investigated for allegedly violating Bangladesh’s internet laws, enacted in 2006 and sharpened in 2013 in the country of 165 million people.

Alam — whose work has appeared widely in Western media and who founded the renowned Pathshala South Asian Media Institute — faces a maximum 14 years in jail if convicted, along with others detained during the protests.

Bangladesh’s parliament has since ratified a new digital security law, stipulating harsher punishment, despite widespread criticism by journalists and rights groups.

Human Rights Watch on Tuesday said the law strikes a blow to freedom of speech, retaining the most problematic parts of the internet law and adding more provisions criminalising peaceful speech.

In April, Bangladesh’s most prestigious university suspended a professor for writing a column critical of Hasina’s father and Bangladesh’s first post-independence president, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Morshed Hasan Khan was “suspended until further notice” from Dhaka University after he allegedly defamed Rahman, in an article published in a Bengali daily.

Teachers have been punished in the past for stances critical of the former president.

In August last year, 13 high-school teachers were detained and remanded in custody ahead of a trial after being accused of sedition for remarks about him.

AFP

N177million Fraud: Professor, Two Others Sentenced To 40 Years Imprisonment

A Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan has sentenced a Professor of Agriculture, Benjamin Ogunmodede of the Institute of Agricultural, Research and Training (IART) to 40 years imprisonment over diversion and mismanagement of funds.

The two others involved in the diversion of fund include the Chief Accountant Zackeus Tejumola and a staff of the institution, Adenekan Clement.

Professor Ogunmodede who is also a Reverend of Anglican church is the former Director General of the Institute of Agricultural, Research and Training (IART), Apata Ibadan.

They were charged on 16-count charge bordering on conspiracy, unlawful conversion, and stealing of school subversion and other charges started since 2011.

Justice Ayo Emmanuel sentenced the accused for four years per charge and however said the 40 years will run concurrently, without an option of fine.

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According to the judgment, the accused diverted over N177 million from N600 million received as subversion from the Federal Government to pay salaries of worker and execute certain projects in the institute, adding that they did not follow due process even in some executed projects.

The judgment indicated that the defendants had said they used part of the money to bribe members of House of Representatives and some staff of the Federal Ministry of Finance after they facilitated release of the fund for the institution.

Justice Emannuel said bribe and money laundry are prohibited in the country adding that it is a punishable offense under the law.

“It must be borne in mind that the primary of judicial sentencing is to serve as deterrent for those with such similar criminal tendencies and for rehabilitation of the accused. The two reasons are sociological in nature,” he said.

After the judgment, the leading counsel to the EFCC, Nkereuwem Anana said the judgment was an indication that Nigeria is serious with the anti-corruption crusade. He commended the court for the judgment saying the judgment will serve as deterrent for other public office holders who are embezzling public fund.

The representative of Rotimi Akeredolu who was the leading counsel for Ogunmodede, Mr Tunde Olupona said the judgment was very fair to all the parties adding that the legal team will have a review of the judgment and see the way forward.

Davido, Mafikizolo To Perform At The MAMAs

davido2MTV Base has announced multiple MAMA nominees, Davido and Mafikizolo as the first performers at the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal supported by Absolut & The City of Durban (MAMA).

Popular Omo Baba Olowo crooner, Davido and South African Afro-pop duo, Mafikizolo are both tied with Uhuru as the most nominated artistes in this year’s MAMA, notching up 4 nominations each, and going directly head-to-head in Song of the Year, Artiste of the Year and Best Collaboration. Additionally, Davido is nominated for Best Male, while Mafikozolo leads the contenders in Best Group.

The 2014 awards are set to feature stunning performances from African and international artistes, including the awards’ signature collaborations between artistes of different genres and cultures – a high point of every show.

Nominees from the length and breadth of sub-Saharan Africa are represented in the nominations for this year’s music categories, including 2Face, Burna Boy, Chidinma, Clarence Peters, Danny K, Davido, Diamond, Don Jazzy, Dr Sid, Efya, Fally Ipupa, Flavour, Fuse ODG, Ice Prince, KCEE, Mafikizolo, Olamide, P Square, Professor, Phyno, R2bees, Sarkodie, Tiwa Savage, Uhuru, Wizkid, Zakes Bantwini among many other local and international acts.

In this year’s newly introduced lifestyle award categories, Chimamanda Adiche, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Trevor Noah, Lupita Nyong’o and Yaya Toure are nominated for Personality of the Year. Clarence Peters, Leti Arts, Rasty and Anisa Mpungwe are nominated in Transform Today by Absolut. The nominees for the MTV Base Leadership award and Best International are still to be revealed.

Obasanjo Says Nigeria Not Lucky With Young Leaders

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has accused the younger generation of leaders of failing Nigerians as they have not exhibited integrity, probity and selflessness in their dealings while discussing issues on the integrity of leadership in Africa and sustainable development.

In his keynote address titled “leadership in Africa’s quest for sustainable development “, at a summit in Ibadan organised by the centre for sustainable development, university of Ibadan in collaboration with African sustainable development network, the fomer president said they lack integrity and probity and have failed their people woefully, and that the country may have been cursed with poor and irresponsible leaders.

Listing some younger Nigerians who had been in leadership positions, the former president said Nigeria was not lucky even with them.

He added that if after 53 years of independence, Nigerians have not commended any of their leaders as outstanding, it means in his words “then we are jinxed and cursed; we should all go to hell.”

Also, the Vice Chancellor University of Ibadan, Professor Isaac Adewole in his address, charged universities across Africa to play a leadership role in providing credible platform on national discuss on the future of the continent.

Quality Of Policing Is Determined By Government — Criminologist

A professor of criminology from the University of Jos, Etannibi Alemika has said  that the quality of governance in a country is what determines the quality of police and policing available in a society.

Professor  Alemika who has been a member of one of the police reform committee since 2006 said the police cannot be reformed independently without reforming the polity as the security body is derived from the polity

‘The starting point for us should be, we cannot reform the police independent of the polity because the direction for policing is derived from the polity, and the quality of governance determines the quality of policing and police in the society”

 

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Professor of Agriculture says population is outgrowing food production in Nigeria

A professor of Agricultural in the Federal Univeristy of Agriculture Abeokuta, Bola Okuneye and Wale Oyekoya, the MD/CEO of Bama farms on Friday said Nigeria population is already outgrowing food production.

Misters Okuneye and Oyekoya were our guests on Channels Television’s programme, Business Morning.

Mr Okuneye said the rate of production is so low compared with the rate of population growth which is put at 3.5% because the various governments have not done much to aid the situation.

Budget Implemetation:FG wants more cooperation with legislature – Sylvester Monye

Proper planning and cooperation between the executive and legislative arms of government in Nigeria will result in a higher performance of the nation’s annual budgets.

This is according to the Special Adviser to the President on Performance, Evaluation and Monitoring, Professor Sylvester Monye who appeared on our breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, to defend the Federal Government’s budget implementation strategy.

Education Standard:Govt. needs to improve facilities – Prof.Osarenmen

A former Commissioner for Education in Edo state, Professor Ngozi Osaernmen said on the fallen standard of education that looking at the UTME cut-off mark, it is a disappointment after the lead anchor asked her what the present cut-off mark is for proper clarification.

The Professor said that the way and manner of running things in the education sector is what is encouraging the fallen standard in the sector ranging from Parents to students to education officers in Nigeria.