Lagos Pastor docked for visa fraud

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Pastor Nwusulor Emmanuel of House of Liberation Assembly located at Canal Estate, Isolo, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, is now cooling his heels at Kirikiri prison after he was arraigned before Isolo Magistrate’s Court, Lagos for his alleged involvement in visa fraud.

The 30-year old pastor was alleged to have defrauded Joseph Ojini of the sum of N322,000 under the false pretence of procuring visa en route to Dubai to pursue his football career broad.

The Ebonyi State-born pastor allegedly promised Ojini to secure a visa to enable him pursue his football career abroad through his missionary contact abroad.

He asked the victim to pay the money in question which will cover the visa and introduction of an agent in Dubai who will eventually facilitate his getting a club.

Ojini gladly paid the money and was grateful to Pastor Emmanuel, unknown to him that he had paid for trouble.

Instead of Ojini achieving his dream, he ended up in jail in Dubai because of the fake visa he used to travel.

P.M.NEWS gathered that when he travelled to Dubai, the immigration authority discovered that his visa was fake and was photocopy of another person’s visa.

He was arrested and detained for illegal entering the country. Consequently he was deported back to Nigeria.

When Ojini went to Emmanuel and narrated his experience and demanded all his money, the pastor started dodging him and did not refund the money. When Ojini went to Isolo Police Station and reported the matter, Pastor Emmanuel was arrested and charged to court.

He was charged for obtaining under false pretence and stealing under sections 312 and 279 of the Criminal Code Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011. He pleaded not guilty.

The presiding Magistrate, Mrs. A.K. Kumbeje granted him bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum. He was however remanded in prison custody in Kirikiri pending when he will meet the bail condition. The matter was adlourned till 30 October, 2012 for mention.

Culled From Daily post

JTF On House-to-House Search in Zaria

jtfMen of the Joint Task Force (JTF) early morning yesterday stormed Kwarbai area near the palace of Emir of Zazzau in Zaria city and arrested nine people including a 20-year-old girl.

Investigation by Daily Trust revealed that from Monday to yesterday, the JTF had carried out a number of arrests and also engaged in house to house search.

Yesterday’s operation at a house very close to the Zazzau’s palace and the residence of Wazirin Zazzau, Alhaji Ibrahim Aminu, caused serious panic in the city.

When contacted, the Kaduna State Police Command’s public relations officer, DSP Aminu Lawal, said there was an ongoing operation in the ancient city to fish out all criminal elements.

“I am sure you are aware of the security challenges facing Zaria and its environs. The operations are targeted at sanitizing the city to rid it of all criminal elements. In raids like these, arrests would be made but all those that have no case to answer would be released after investigation,” DSP Lawal said.

However, residents of the city interviewed yesterday said the JTF’s operations are taking unpleasant dimension.

“This morning they arrested nine people at their residence, which is very close to the emir’s palace. Among them is a staff of the Health Unit of the Zaria local government, students and even a 20-year-old girl. Similarly, they carried out such type of operation at Samaru and Hayin Ojo in Sabon Gari local government.

“On Monday, they conducted a house to house search at Fan Wanki quarters at Kofar Kibo in Zaria city. All these, to our understanding, are attempts to deprive the city of the peace it is enjoying. Even the blasts that occurred recently, those who witnessed them confirmed that the security personnel planted them,” resident Sani Bello said.

Also, the Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky-led Islamic Movement yesterday raised alarm over the various arrests that took place in the ancient city of Zaria during the week.

The group, through it spokesperson, Dr. Abdullahi Danladi, said they were concerned as the incessant arrests may be a plot to bounce on some clerics in the city, Zakzaky inclusive.

“Recent happenings in Zaria have stirred questions as to what the Nigerian and US security apparatus are up to. For two consecutive nights, a plane was seen hovering over the residence of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky at about 4am at very low altitude and almost crawling speed, perhaps with the intent of bombing the Sheikh’s residence. Reports reaching us from friendly sources indicate that the diffidence situation being feigned in Zaria is to pave way for an unpropitious plan by the US government via their Nigerian mannequins to do away with the revered Sheikh. The report went ahead to reveal that a house to house search will be conducted in some parts of Zaria to serve as prelude to their final assault on Gellesu area where Sheikh Zakzaky resides. They have already mapped out where Hurras (Muslim brothers keeping vigil) are staying and have planned to eliminate them using silenced guns,” Danladi said.

Culled fro allAfrica

Royal Marines arrested ‘on suspicion of murder’

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Royal Military Police have arrested seven Royal Marines on suspicion of murder. The arrests relate to an incident last year in Afghanistan.

An MoD spokesman said no civilians were involved in the incident in Afghanistan in 2011. It was reported today that the arrested marines are understood to be members of 3 Commando brigade. The incident is believed to have taken place in the Helmand province.

“The incident followed an engagement with an insurgent,” the MoD spokesman said. “There were no civilians involved.

“The investigation will now be taken forward and dealt with by the Service Justice system. These arrests demonstrate the Department and the Armed Forces’ determination to ensure UK personnel act in accordance with their Rules of Engagement and our standards.”

The MOD said it would be “inappropriate” to make any further comment while investigations are ongoing.

An internal review will also be carried out to find out what took place.

Culled From Channel4 NEWS

Osun PDP Denies Involvement in Speaker’s Wife’s Kidnap

new2508-PDP-LogoThe PDP in Osun yesterday dissociated the party from the kidnap of Muibat, the wife of the Speaker of Osun House of Assembly, Mr. Najeem Salam.

Mr. Diran Odeyemi, the state PDP Director of Publicity, Media and Strategy, made the clarification in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Osogbo.

NAN recalls that some hoodlums had kidnapped the Speaker’s wife late on Tuesday while returning home from her shop at Oke-Oyo area of Ejigbo in Osun.

Odeyemi dismissed the insinuations in certain quarters that the abductors might be PDP members hoping to settle a political score with the ACN in Osun.

“It is criminal of any right thinking person to think that way.
“The PDP, as one of the opposition parties in the state, is not violent and more so, we don’t have anything to do with the Speaker.

“As a matter of fact, we in the PDP even sympathise with the Speaker for the kidnap of his wife by suspected kidnappers.

“And it is our wish that she comes back home unhurt,” Odeyemi said.

Also speaking, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, the ACN Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy in Osun, urged the Federal Government to tackle the security challenges in the country.

The ACN spokesman urged the state police command to do everything possible in securing the immediate release of Muibat from her captors.

Culled from Vanguard

$9,200 Online Scam: Undergraduate Bags 18-Year Jail

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Justice Aishat Opesanwo of a Lagos State high court sitting in Ikeja, on Thursday, sentenced a young man, Michael Opaleye, to 18 months imprisonment for perpetrating a $9,200 Internet scam.

Opaleye, who claimed to be a student of the University of Lagos, was tried and convicted for defrauding an American lady, Kathy Lunsford, of $9,200 on the pretext that he would marry her.

When he was arraigned, Opaleye, who said he is a Computer Science undergraduate at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), had pleaded guilty to the charge of obtaining money by pretence and forgery.

He had entered into a plea bargain with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and offered to pay the money to his victim.

Justice Opesanwo, while delivering judgment, said the sentence would take effect from March 15, 2012, when he was first arraigned before the court.

She also ordered Opaleye, after his jail term, to pay N100,000 monthly to the victim through the EFCC until he refunds the total amount involved in the scam.

The convict is also to forfeit the electronic appliances and other items purchased with the proceeds of the crime, which were recovered from his house during the investigation, to the anti-graft agency.

Counsel for EFCC, Mr Anselem Betram Ozioko, said Opaleye had, between 2008 and 2011, swindled Lunsford by making a phoney marriage proposal to her through e-mail communications.

According to him, Lunsford had sent Opaleye the said amount as part of his travelling expenses from the United Kingdom to the United States of America to facilitate their wedding.

Ozioko said the defendant forged a driver licence, which he claimed was issued by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and a bank draft, which he claimed was issued by the Bank of Ireland, Dublin.

The offences, according to him, contravened and were punishable under Sections 419 and 467 of the Criminal Code Laws of Lagos State 2003.

Culled from TRIBUNE

Kwara sues UNILORIN for unremitted N971m taxes-Punch

Kwara stateThe Kwara State Internal Revenue Service on Thursday dragged the authorities of the University of Ilorin to court for allegedly withholding about N971m taxes from the state.

The matter is before an Ilorin High Court presided over by Justice Ayinla Bamgbola.

According to the charge sheet made available to journalists in Ilorin, the plaintiff through its counsel, Funso Lawal, claimed the outstanding/debts arose from alleged unremitted taxes/levies due to the state government from the university.

The period, the statement added, covered between January 2004 and December 2008.

The plaintiff claimed an outstanding Pay As You Earn tax of N579m; outstanding withholding tax of N149m; state development levy of N1.6m; statutory penalty at 10 per cent totaling N72.8m; and statutory interest at 21 per cent (until judgment is given) amounting to N168.5m.

The plaintiff said, “The defendant is a direct employer within jurisdiction and is under the combined provisions of the Personal Tax Act, Board of Internal Revenue Law and other Laws on tax, statutorily responsible for the deduction of PAYE tax on the income of its staff; deduct withholding tax on contracts awarded and to deduct N100 per annum, per employee as development levy.”

Retired Police Officer Shoots And Kills His Son, After Mistaking Him For A Thief

gunnA retired Chicago police officer has shot and killed his son, after mistaking him for a burglar.

Michael Griffin, 48, died of a gunshot wound to the head at his father’s home in the northwest side of Chicago, CBS Local Chicago reports.

It was a tragic case of mistaken identity for Michael’s father, Chicago Police Detective James Griffin, according to another son.

“My brother was staying there, and last I heard they were watching the Jay Leno show and my dad fell asleep,” Stephen Griffin told CBS Local Chicago. According to police, Michael had apparently left the apartment and returned through a back door.

“And I guess he assumed my brother was at home sleeping, and when someone came in the back door, he just naturally assumed it was an intruder,” Stephen said of his father.

“At that time he didn’t know who he shot,” Griffin, 47, told the Chicago Tribune. “Then he called me back and told me the bad news,” said Griffin, whose mother died in 1999. “I’m just glad my mom wasn’t around to see this.”

Griffin said his father, who is 77, was a police officer for more than 40 years, serving as a homicide detective and then retiring in 1998.

He told the Chicago newspaper that his father’s senses “aren’t as sharp as they used to be,” but that he is still healthy enough to play in a local basketball league.

“He’s in pretty good health except for some bumps and bruises from playing basketball,” Griffin told the Tribune. “I don’t know if his age had a lot to do with it.”

This is the second incident in recent weeks in which a father shot and killed a son, mistaking him for an intruder.

Last month, a Connecticut teacher shot and killed a young man wearing a mask in his neighbor’s yard — only to learn later the young man he had killed was his son.

Chicago police have not filed any charges in the Griffin family incident. They are investigating.

“I’m still freaking out about it,” Griffin said about his father’s case to the Tribune. “I have two sons of my own, and I can’t imagine how he must feel.”

Culled from NaiJ

Policeman, 3 Others Remanded For Alleged Robbery

POLICEA policeman in Ilorin, Kwara State, Salami Adesina, who allegedly conspired with three other people to commit armed robbery has been remanded in prison.

An Ilorin Magistrates’ Court on Thursday ordered Mr. Adesina to be remanded in prison along with his three collaborators.

Mr. Adesina, whom the police stationed to Stanbic Bank on Unity Road in Ilorin was issued with a service browning pistol with 10 rounds of live ammunitions for official use.

The policeman decided to use the pistol for criminal activities, the police said. He is alleged to have conspired with three commercial motorcyclists-Raman Musa, Emmanuel Ogbonaya and Abolarin Sunday- to rob his victims of N20 thousand cash and one Nokia cell phone at gun point.

He was arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and armed robbery, which the prosecution said contravened Section 97 of the Penal Code and Section 1(2) of the Armed Robbery and Firearms Act.

According to the charge sheet, the policeman, a corporal serving with Police ‘A’ Division, Ilorin, introduced himself to three people as a police officer. He arrested them without any reason.

The charge sheet stated that Mr. Adesina handcuffed two of his victims with the assistance of the three suspects and took the three victims on motorcycles to a secluded spot around Flower Garden area of the metropolis.

The victims were disposed of the money and handset at gun point.

The police prosecutor, Chris Koregee, told the court that investigation into the case was on-ongoing and urged the court to remand the accused in prison.

In her ruling, the magistrate, Bola Mohammed, ordered the remand of all the accused in a Federal Prison Yard, Ilorin and adjourned the case to October 24 for further mention.

Culled from NaiJ

Channels TV Reporter – Enenche Akogwu, Shot Dead By Boko Haram In Kano

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Enenche Akogwu – Channels TV Reporter shot dead by Boko Haram

By SaharaReporters, New York

Islamist militants operating in Kano have shot dead a reporter- Enenche Akogwu -with Lagos based private television-Channels TV.

The reporter who was recording the location of the multiple bomb attacks in Kano today was shot shortly after arriving at the scene of the Farm center police station attack in Kano.

After the first explosion at the police headquarters, Mr. Enenche reportedly went out to the spot to ask a few people loitering around about the blast thinking they could provide eyewitness accounts. However, they pull a gun and shot and killed him on the spot.

ChannelsTV Release on the killing of Enenche:

“My love for Nigeria has been a compelling impetus charting the course of my life courageous in the face of adversities, hopeful when confronted with despair and delighted when the society makes appreciable progress.”
– Enenche Akogwu

Channels Television officially confirms, with great sadness, the death of our reporter Enenche Akogwu who was killed in the Kano city’s multiple attacks on Friday.

The 31-year-old reporter was shot by unknown gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect, outside the Kano state government house while in the line of duty.

Akogwu graduated Benue State University in 2004 and joined Channels Television as a reporter in the nation’s capital city of Abuja, two years ago. He was later made the station’s correspondent in Kano.

A resourceful and fearless reporter, Enenche Akogwu covered the northern region uncovering breaking stories and events across the troubled northern region.

He was the winner of Channels Television’s 2011 Chairman’s award and was honoured at the station’s end of the year celebration.

Akogwu had only returned to Kano two days ago after spending some time in Lagos. The management is deeply saddened by the death of their courageous reporter.

Source: Sahara Reporters