VAIDS: Lagos, Osun, Kaduna, FCT Move Against Tax Defaulters

The governments of Lagos, Osun and Kaduna states as well as the Federal Capital Territory administration have promised the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration (VAIDS) office in the Federal Ministry of Finance to provide all transaction data required to identify tax defaulters at the expiration of the first phase of the tax amnesty programme in March 2018. This was disclosed in a statement issued by the VAIDS office.

According to the statement, the VAIDS office expects states that provide all the required information to experience sharp rises in their respective Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), as analyses of the obtained data will lead to considerable recovery of otherwise lost revenues.

Earlier this month, the VAIDS office disclosed that it has begun collection of data on the income and assets of high net-worth individuals and companies in Nigeria. Useful data of all payments and receipts over N100million, according to the VAIDS office, have been obtained from the Nigerian Customs Service.

Also, data on all beneficiaries of payments above N100million have been obtained from the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the Nigeria Export-Import Bank, the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and land registries.  The VAIDS office is equally looking to derive more data from treasury bills, Nigerian Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS), Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and payment platforms such as Remitta.
Source: Vanguard

Crocodile Smile II: Military Arrests 40 Suspects In Lagos, Ogun

The Nigerian Army says it has arrested more than 40 suspects for various offences within Lagos and Ogun states in a bid to curb crimes in the araes.

Recently, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai launched its code-named operation known as Crocodile Smile II covering Lagos and Ogun.

According to a statement by the 81 Division Spokesperson, Lt. Col. Olaolu Dauda stated that, ‘so far, the troops have been carrying out routine activities associated with the exercise seamlessly along with other sisters services, security and paramilitary agencies.

“Some suspected criminals have been arrested. Drug peddlers, cultists, car snatchers and other criminal elements have been denied freedom of action through patrols, raids, roadblocks and checkpoints.

“On Oct. 4, based on credible information on activities of pipeline vandals at Ronik Hotel Agbule Egba area of Lagos state, troops of 149 Battalion, 81 Division Nigerian Army were immediately dispatched for a Cordon and Search Operation.

“The troops arrested the suspected pipeline vandals and items found within the hotel premises include 16 loaded kegs of premium motor spirit (PMS), 5 cars and 2 tankers loaded with PMS,” he said.

He said the suspects have been interrogated, profiled and handed over to NSCDC.

“In a related development, on Oct. 11, troops of 174 Battalion, 81 Division Nigerian Army while on a stop and search operation arrested a car robber who snatched a Toyota Venza with reg no. FST 762 CV along Ikorodu – Sagamu road.

“The suspect who was fleeing with the stolen vehicle rammed into other vehicles and pedestrians in a bid to escape and was arrested by troops.

“The suspect and the recovered vehicle have been handed over to Owutu Divisional Police Headquarters,” he said.

He also said that five drug peddlers were apprehended with gallons of unidentified chemical substances and Indian hemp on Oct. 14 by troops of Sector 5, 243 Battalion at Agbara area of Lagos State in conjunction with men of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

“Arrested suspects and items have been handed over to the NDLEA for further investigation.

“Similarly, raid and clearance operations were carried out on Oct. 14, by troops of 65 Battalion Sector 1 of Exercise CROCODILE SMILE 2 at Ajah general area.

“Nine suspects were arrested with bags containing Indian hemp.

“Two of the suspects were alleged to have snatched a female purse containing Samsung Galaxy and Itel phones, Bible, house keys and N1,200 which were also recovered,” he said.

The spokesman also said another raid operation was carried out by troops of 9 Brigade Garrison Sector 4 at Ipodo, Ikeja general area where five suspects were arrested.

“Five suspected fraudsters were arrested and items recovered include 4 generators, 4 laptops, a scanning machine, colour printer, 3 stabilizers, 10 ups, 3 car chargers and 16 handsets stand.

“The suspects and exhibits have been handed over to Lagos State Special Taskforce, Oshodi.

“On Oct. 15, the Commander Sector 3 of Exercise CROCODILE SMILE 2 handed over 36 suspects arrested by troops of the Sector during a raid operation at criminal hideouts and notorious drug dens in Ikorodu general area.

“The handover was carried out at Odogunyan barracks in Ikorodu, while the suspects were received by the Area Commander, Nigeria Police Ijede in Ikorodu,” he said.

Daudu also disclosed that four suspected cult members were arrested around Badagry area on Oct. 15.

“At about 11.59 pm, gunmen suspected to be cultists attacked Rolex Hotel in Ajara area of Badagry.

“Following a distress call to troops of 243 Battalion Sector 5 on Exercise CROCODILE SMILE 2 on activities of suspected cultists, troops responded immediately and arrested 4 suspected cultists.

“Also a follow up to suspected cultists attack, two suspects were arrested in connection with previous attacks at Rolex Hotel.

“The arrested suspects were detained and a preliminary investigation is in progress while suspects would be handed over to relevant security agencies for further investigation and prosecution,” he said.

The spokesperson reassured the public that the Division is poised to maintain peace and security in the entire Lagos and Ogun States.

Daudu enjoined members of the public to cooperate with security agencies by remaining law-abiding and giving credible information to the nearest security checkpoint.

According to him, members of the public can also call 193 and the various telephone numbers that were earlier released



Source: NAN

Ex-Perm Sec, Clement Onubuogo Docked Over N14.1m Fraud

A former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr. Clement Illoh Onubuogo has been arraigned before Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere over an alleged fraud.

The Ex-Perm Sec was charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 3-count bordering on stealing by conversion and conversion of property to the tune of N14,176,000.00 (Fourteen Million, One Hundred and Seventy- six Thousand Naira) on Monday.

Onubuogo, who was responsible for supervising numerous programs such as the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), allegedly awarded fictitious contracts to himself, using his personal company and friends.

One of the counts reads, “That you, Clement Illoh, a.k.a Clement & Bob Associate, on or about 28th January, 2015 at Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court whilst still a Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, dishonestly converted to your own use the sum of N14,176,000.00(Fourteen Million, One Hundred and Seventy- six Thousand Naira ) from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA), and you hereby committed an offense contrary to Section 279(1)(b) & 285(6) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State No,11,2011.”

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.

The prosecution counsel, Nnaemeka Omewa, asked the court for a trial date and to remand the accused in prison.

The counsel to the accused, Bolaji Ayorinde, SAN, told the court about a pending application for bail on behalf of the defendant.

Ayorinde also pleaded with the court to remand his client in the EFCC custody pending the hearing of the bail application.

Justice Taiwo adjourned the case to October 19, 2017 for hearing of the bail application and commencement of trial.

The accused was ordered to be remanded in the EFCC custody pending the determination of his application for bail.


220 Suspected Criminals Arrested In Lagos

On the order of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, the Lagos Police Command with the operatives of the Lagos State Task Force and other security outfits have arrested 220 suspected criminals on Lagos Island, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

The joint mid-night enforcement operations tagged ‘Mother of all Raids’ was led by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Area ‘A’ Command (Lion Building), ACP Olushola Akinyede with the operatives of the Lagos State Task Force, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and all Divisional Police Officers under Area ‘A’ Command, Lagos Island.

SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, chairman of the Lagos State Task Force disclosed that 214 male and 6 female suspected criminals were arrested during the joint mid-night operations carried out around Obalende, Sura, Adeniji-Adele, Oke-suna, Sangros, Falomo, Agarawu, Bishop-Oluwole, Tokunbo, Idumota and Apogbon area of Lagos Island.

He said Edgal has directed that all arrested 220 suspected notorious criminals be thoroughly screened before being charge to court for prosecutions.

Ibrahim Oluwole one of the suspected criminal said he was arrested under the Obalende fly-over at mid-night.

He confessed to have belonged to a criminal gang that dispossess innocent members of the public of their valuables such as phones, wallets and jewelleries at night around Obalende.

Oluwole, 27 who hailed from Shagamu area of Ogun State, however, appealed for leniency from the government as he promised to change.

Army Launches Operation Crocodile Smile II In Lagos [PHOTOS]

The Nigerian Army on Friday launched a special operation in Lagos state with code-named Operation ‘Crocodile Smile II’.

Over a thousand military personnel including special boat services of the Nigerian Navy are currently stationed at the Tarkwa bay axis of Lagos state

Chief of Army State, Lt. General Tukur Buratai was on hand to flag off the ceremony which is expected to cover Ogun and Lagos states.

Recall the Operation Python Dance II was launch few weeks ago in the South-East region of the country to curb activities of now proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra,  IPOB .

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PSC To IGP: Disregard Letter Demoting Ag Lagos CP, Edgal Imohini

In a swift reaction to the trending demotion of the Acting Lagos State Police Commissioner, Mr. Edgal Imohimi, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Dr. Mike Okiro, has disassociated the commission from the purported letter signed by the commission’s Permanent Secretary.

Okiro said he was not privy to such letter and therefore cannot be said to be official position of the commission.

PSC’s Permanent Secretary, Musa Istifanus, had written to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, about the demotion of Imohimi to his former rank of DCP.

The letter had generated confusion and consternation within the leadership of the police, as well as stakeholders.

Okiro explained that he had told the IG to ignore the letter written by the commission’s Permanent Secretary, Musa Istifanus, about the demotion.

“The letter was not authorised by the commission; Istifanus did not write on my behalf. I read the letter too like everybody and I have told the IG to ignore it. The letter was not authorised at all. I will meet with Istifanus about it and find out how the letter came about,” Okiro said.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, also stated that Imohimi remains the Acting Lagos CP.

“The PSC has the power to appoint, promote and discipline officers, but it does not have the power to demote. It can only demote an officer after the Force Disciplinary Committee has looked into what the officer has done and then recommend him for a disciplinary action, PSC can only authenticate what the police take to it.

“In this case, Acting CP Imohimi has not committed any disciplinary offence and the Force Disciplinary Committee has not recommended him for demotion,” he said.

Banker Arraigned For Allegedly Stealing N25m Depositors’ Money

A former banker James Oke, arrested on board a flight out of Nigeria after allegedly stealing N25,466,330 million from the bank has been arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate’s Court sitting at Igbosere.


Oke 28, alongside his accomplice Moyosore Shofowora 27, also a banker, were docked before Chief Magistrate B. A Snouga.


They are standing trial on two-count charge of conspiracy and theft.


The prosecutor, Inspector Abbass Abayomi, told the court that the defendants committed the alleged offences between September 22, 2016 and July 28, 2017, at Ogba Branch of the Bank.


He claimed they conspired among themselves and stole N25, 466,330, property of the bank.


According to him, the offences committed by the duo is punishable under Sections 411 and 287 (7) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015.


However the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge against them.


Their counsel Mr O Gani and Mr U.N Ezeokeke urged the court to grant the defendants bail in liberal term, as they were still presumed innocent until proven guilty.


But the prosecutor objected to the application to grant them bail in liberal term.


After listening to the submissions of the defendants counsel and the prosecutor, Magistrate Sonuga granted the defendants N5million bail each, with two sureties each in like sum, who must be bank managers of two separate banks.

LASG: Automobile Technicians To Embrace ICT

The Lagos State Ministry of Transportation has urged members of the National Automobile Technicians Association ( NATA ) in Lagos to embrace the use of information technology in their workshops.

Mr Akinola Johnson, the Director, Transport Operations, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen on the sidelines of the election of new executives of NATA in Lagos.

Johnson said it was necessary for technicians to ensure that their workshops and garages were operating according to the standard set by the ministry.

“We have advised them that roadworthiness in Lagos is going automation, so they have to move with time.

“The technicians’ workshops must move with time and be computerized to be able to diagnose the fault in the vehicles brought to them.

“As you know, most of the testing centers in Lagos State will need their services when cars develop a fault.

“We advise the public to patronize them, that is why we expect them to have a computerized vision of where the state is moving to,’’ the director said.

He said though, the ministry does not interfere with the activities of the association, it controls their activities and plays a fatherly role to them.

Earlier, Mr Abdulahi Sulaiman, the Secretary, National Electoral Committee of the association, said that the automobile technicians were set to create more jobs.

Sulaiman advised the newly elected officers to work together and move the association forward so as to contribute their quotas in moving Lagos forward.

Meanwhile, the newly elected chairman of NATA, Mr Jacob Fayeun, promised to embark on the training of his members, and work toward providing the permanent secretariat for the association.

Shrine Owner Arrested Over The Murder Of 4 Year-Old Girl In Lagos

Three months ago, Juliana Taiye had gone to a mosque with her siblings on the 24th of July, 2017, before she was declared missing. Her body was later around 8:00p.m. of the same day, with the neck slashed, at an Ogun shrine in her parents abode at No. 54, Owoduni Street.

Latest updates which came through the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Edgal Imohimi, told newsmen the owner of the shrine where the kidnapped four-year-old girl was allegedly used as sacrifice in Iwaya, Yaba area of Lagos, three months ago, has been arrested.

Briefing newsmen on his arrest yesterday, Imohini said “after an extensive investigation into the incident, one Olalekan Olatise, mastermind of the heinous crime, who resides in Ikorodu, was arrested. He confessed to the crime and also mentioned his sister and one other in connection with the incident. Efforts at arresting the two other fleeing suspects are ongoing. They would all be charged to court at the completion of investigation.”

When approached, the 35-year-old suspect admitted to be the custodian of the shrine. He however denied having anything to do with the slain girl.He said:  “I do not have a hand in the killing. On the day in question, I was in a Cherubim and Seraphim church where I had gone for prayers because I was sick. It was when I came home to pick some clothes that I was told what happened.

“My father was the custodian of the shrine. After his demise, the oracle chose me as the next custodian. At first, I refused because I was a Christian. I was forced to accept out of fear, because they threatened that I would go mad if I refused.

“I have never done sacrifice on the shrine since I took over. Rather, a man named Kazeem has been doing it. Besides, they do not use human beings to sacrifice to the god of Ogun. They use dogs, goats, cola nut and bitter cola for the sacrifice all over.

“When the incident happened, I went to Ikorodu to stay. I was initially staying in my mother’s compound where the shrine is before I moved to Ikorodu. I was arrested because I did not show up when the police came.

“I am using this opportunity to call on all Ifa priests across the country to come to my aid by consulting the oracle on my behalf  to know who killed the little girl.

“I have cried to a traditional ruler in Ikorodu, but he rebuffed me and told me plainly that there was nothing he could do since I was not worshipping the god of the shrine since it was handed over to me.”

Asked how it was possible for anyone to access the shrine without his consent, the Ogun state – born suspect said: “ any worshipper could go to the shrine without my knowledge as long as Kazeem who knows how to perform the ties is there.”

Aregbesola Commiserates With Lagos People Over Chief Imam’s Death

The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has described the death of the ‎Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Garba Akinola as a big loss to the entire Muslim community in Lagos and Nigeria.

In a condolence message by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr. Sola Fasure, Aregbesola described Akinola as a foremost Islamic Scholar, who was not only well versed in the Quran and the Hadith, but lived all his life as a good Muslim and worthy leader of the faith.

He added: “The death of Sheikh Akinola is a big loss to the Muslim Ummah in Lagos as well as the entire state because he preached peace and unity while alive. His preaching at home and his gospel of Islamic scholarship will be missed.”

“I received the news of the death of the Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Garba Akinola, which occurred on Sunday at Lagos State Teaching Hospital, with shock but submission to the will of Allah.
“He was a man of peace who built bridges and reached out to people of other faiths.
Imam Akinola was a honest man who built a reputation for integrity and high service.

“He served humanity and the Muslim Ummah well. His passage is a great loss which has left a huge void that will be hard to fill”.

While praying for the repose of the soul of the late cleric, Aregbesola urged members of various Muslim societies to continue the good works Sheik Akinola started, adding “this is the only way to immortalise this pride of Lagos in particular and Nigeria as a whole.

“This is a sad moment for the Muslim Ummah in Lagos, we are however grateful to God that he led a profoundly peaceful life.‎

“He was no doubt a scholar of higher integrity who touched the lives of many Muslims positively.

“I commiserate with the government and the people of Lagos, particularly the Muslim Ummah and the family of the Imam. I pray that Allah will grant them the fortitude to bear the loss”. Aregbesola stated.

ASUU Chairman, Others’ Dismissal Has Nothing With Politics – LASU VC

The Lagos State University (LASU) on Monday rationalised the dismissal of the institution’s Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), his deputy and 13 other staff members, saying it was not politically motivated.

“The dismissal is not politically motivated but to sanitise the system,” Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, LASU’s Vice-Chancellor, told a media briefing in Lagos.

He said the dismissal of the 15 staff members, most of who are Phd holders, followed a “thorough investigation of specific documented allegations of misconduct levelled against them.”.

Fagbohun said he inherited the petition as part of the handover note by the immediate past Vice-Chancellor , Prof. John Obafunwa, to the council, insisting that he “had no personal interest in the case.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that LASU Governing Council had on Sept.8 dismissed 15 academic staff members, two non-academic staff members and demoted two others.

Those dismissed include ASUU Chairman , Dr Isaac Oyewunmi, and his deputy, Dr Adebowale Adeyemi-Suenu , among others.

A statement by the university said the Governing Council took the decision at its meeting of Sept. 7.

The university said it was established that Oyewunmi demanded the sum of N50, 000 from 2003 modular year students of Political Science Education on sandwich programme to process their results.

It also alleged that Adeyemi-Suenu unilaterally altered the results of 12 students already advised to withdraw by Senate in the Department of History and International Studies in the 2015/2016 academic session.

While others were accused of defaulting on conditions of their training such as leave bond and abandonment of duty. Fagbohun said the cases of Oyewunmi and Adeyemi-Suenu and others had nothing to do with their roles in the union’s activities.

“The university sees the frantic efforts being made by some individuals to make these cases a union issue as a deliberate ploy to distract and hoodwink members of the public.

“The university acted strictly in conformity with her rules and regulations , the petition pursuant to which Oyewunmi was investigated for same dated Oct. 6,2016 was copied the Governor.

“Also, Deputy Governor , Honourable Speaker , Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice , the Special Adviser on Education , the Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor were also copied, the VC said.

Fagbohun said he wrote the three members of staff who were mentioned in the petition and they all responded that Oyewunmi indeed demanded money.

He said it was premised on this that a fact finding panel headed by Prof. Michael Ikhariale was set up and the panel also recommended that Dr Oyewunmi had a case to answer and the fact-finding panel called witnesses to testify against Oyewunmi.

On Adeyemi-Suenu’s case, he said the management had directed that a forensic audit should be carried out on the alleged alteration of results perpetrated by him.

In his reaction, ASUU Secretary in the institution, Dr Tony Dansu, disagreed that the vice-chancellor inherited the case as claimed.

Dansu questioned why the case was not followed from 2012 until 2016 if there was no wrong motive behind it and described the allegations as spurious.