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Aisha Buhari’s ADC, Sani Baba-Inna Released From DSS Detention |RN

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has reportedly released the Aide De Camp (ADC) to Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha.

The First Lady had, last Friday, accused her ADC, Sani Baba-Inna of fraud.

Mrs Buhari said Mr Baba-Inna collected cash gifts totalling N2.5 billion from politicians and businesses over three years but kept it to himself. She asked the police to retrieve the money, and publicly asked persons who may have given money to Mr Baba-Inna to demand same from him.

However, police investigations, according to sources in the police, failed to trace such huge amount to the ADC.

Dissatisfied, Mrs Buhari reportedly asked the DSS to take over the case.

Spokesperson of the service, Peter Afunanya, who confirmed the arrest to PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday said investigation was in progress.

Mr Baba-Inna’s elder brother, Farouq Baba-Inna, told PREMIUM TIMES Thursday afternoon that he has been released.

“He has just been released and I am on my way to see him,” he said.

A call to Mr Afunanya was not answered and is yet to be returned as at press time.      (The Sun)

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BREAKING: Trump’s Ex-campaign Chief, Manafort, Guilty Of Fraud |RN

    Donald Trump’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort

Donald Trump’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort was found guilty of fraud Tuesday, in the first trial resulting from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

While the jury was unable to reach a verdict on 10 counts, prompting the judge to declare a partial mistrial, Manafort was found guilty on the eight remaining counts including tax fraud, bank fraud and failure to declare foreign bank accounts.

(AFP)

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Nigerian Businessman Loses N177.5m To Chinese Fraudster, Sues Bank

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Cash found in a flat in Ikoyi, Lagos, The Republican News

Oladimeji Ramon

A Nigerian businessman, Umegelo Emmanuel, has dragged Zenith Bank Nigeria Plc before the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere after being allegedly swindled out of his N177, 500, 000 by a Chinese, whose name, was given only as Ms Muna.

The businessman is urging the court to compel Zenith Bank to pay him the N177.5m, which he allegedly lost to the Chinese fraudster.

Emmanuel, in his statement of claim before the court, explained that he entered into a business agreement with Muna, who has a business interest in Nigeria, for the Chinese to help him purchase some goods from her country, China.

Emmanuel said because of his long-standing banking relationship with Zenith Bank, he insisted that Muna should provide a Zenith Bank account.

The businessman said, as a result, the Chinese provided him with a Zenith Bank Account No: 1005689704, with an account name, Xian Fang Li.

Emmanuel said he confirmed that the account existed before transferring the N177.5m into it.

“But shortly after the money was paid into the account, Ms Muna refused to deliver the goods and subsequently stopped picking my calls and blocked all my access to her contact.

“I have visited China twice in search of Ms Muna and had even reported the matter to the Chinese police and the Chinese Embassy but all my efforts to locate the said Ms Muna has proved abortive,” the businessman said.

He said an investigation by the police in Nigeria showed that “the utility bills presented in opening the Xiang Fang Li account were fictitious and the signature of one of the purported referees to the Xiang Fang Li account, Mr  Kazeem Lawal, was conclusively found to be forged.”

The businessman contended that the bank did not do its due diligence “to verify the true identity of the account holder, the true identity of the referees supplied during the account opening as well as the validity of the account opening documents.”

He is, therefore, seeking, among other prayers, “a declaration that the defendant is negligent and reckless in her duties to the claimant and the public in general.”

He wants the court to make  an order “mandating the defendant to refund the sum of N177,000,090 to the claimant being the sum lost by the claimant due to the negligence of the defendant.”

He wants the court to award N10m against the bank “as general damages against the defendant for breach of contract.”

Emmanuel wants the money to be paid with 15 per cent interest before judgment and 21 per cent post-judgment.

But the bank has urged the court to dismiss the businessman ’s suit against it.

While absolving itself of complicity in Emmanuel’s loss, Zenith Bank contended that Emmanuel did not contact it for advice on the alleged business transaction he had with Muna before paying the sum of N177.5 into the supplied account.

“The claimant failed to request a bank guarantee of the alleged sum from or requested that the defendant issue a confirmation or a letter of comfort before dealing with both Ms Muna and Xian Fang Li.”

The court has yet to fix a date to hear the suit.  (Punch)

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Woman Runs Away With Lover’s ATM Card After Sex, Withdraws N1m |RN

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Afeez Hanafi

A businessman got more than he bargained for after his lover fled with his Automated Teller Machine card and allegedly withdrew N1m from his bank account.

It was learnt that the woman, Thelma Kimberly, who is based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, visited the man named Olugbenga at his residence on Victoria Island, Lagos State, on May 17, 2018.

Our correspondent learnt that the lovers went round the highbrow area to have fun before they returned home to ‘spice up’ the experience on the bed.

The 45-year-old man reportedly slept off after some rounds of sex and Kimberly, 22, fled with his ATM card and a mobile phone.

She was said to have made withdrawals, transfers and purchases at a supermarket in Lekki using PoS.

Olugbenga reported the case at the Ikoyi Police Division and Kimberly was eventually tracked down this month.

A police source told our correspondent that while the suspect was on the run, an order was sent to a bank she used to place a restriction on her account.

“The man then sent N100,000 to her bank account as bait with a belief that the bank would alert the police as soon as she made attempts to withdraw the money.

“However, she succeeded in withdrawing the N100,000. She even snapped the police order sent to the bank and sent it to the lover on WhatsApp.

“The police had written to the bank querying why the money was paid to her despite the order. Altogether, she made away with N1m,” the source said.

The suspect, in her statement to the police, confessed to the crime but said she returned the phone to the complainant through the manager of a restaurant on Victoria Island.

She said, “I met Olugbenga in 2016 in Port Harcourt when he visited my foster father, who is his friend. On May 17, around 8:00pm, I visited him in his residence on Victoria Island. He took me out and we bought some things. We had sex several times when we came back. He was tired and slept off.

“I left with his phone and ATM card and I made withdrawals of N150,000 at ATM stands in Obalende, Ikeja and VI. I went to a supermarket at Lekki Phase I and spent N363,000. I paid through PoS.

“I also did transfers of N250, 000 to some accounts. I gave some people the money. I was just spending it and can’t calculate how much I spent altogether.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, said the suspect had been arraigned before a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court.    (Punch)

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Elizabeth Holmes, Founder Of Theranos, The World Youngest Billionaire May Spend 10 Years In Jail

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BREAKING: Court Jails Ex-Plateau Gov. Dariye, 14 Years For N1.16bn Fraud

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  Ex-Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye, jailed for 14 years

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The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Gudu, Abuja, on Tuesday sentenced a former Governor of Plateau State and serving senator, Joshua Dariye, to 14 years’ imprisonment on charges of criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of overN1.16bn belonging to the state.

Justice Adebukola Banjoko  ‎in a judgment which took her six and a half hours to read convicted the ex-governor on 15 out the 23 counts preferred against him.

The judge barely a fortnight ago, imposed 14 years’ jail term on ex-Governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame, on similar charges.

On Tuesday she sentenced ‎Dariye to two years imprisonment on each of the five counts bordering on criminal misappropriation and 14 years’ jail term on each of the 11 counts of criminal breach of trust.

The judge, however, ruled that all the sentences would run concurrently, implying that the convict would have to spend 14 years in jail.

The punishments imposed on the ex-governor for the two categories of offences of criminal breach of trust and criminal misappropriation are the maximum as provided under sections 315 and 309 of the Penal Code Act, respectively.

The judge threw out eight of the 23 charges on the grounds of either duplicity or lack of sufficient evidence.

‎Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s lawyer, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), had in opposing the defence lawyer’s plea for mercy, urged the court to impose the maximum sentence to serve as deterrence to others.  (Punch)

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Court Convicts Ex-Governor Of Taraba, Nyame |The Republican News

By Tunde Oyesina Abuja

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An Abuja High Court yesterday convicted a former three-term Governor of Taraba State, Rev. Jolly Nyame of fraud to the tune of N1.64 billion and was consequently sentenced to 14-years imprisonment without an option of fine.
The judgement came about 11 years after the Federal Government docked the former governor.In the 41-count charge dated May 13, 2007, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alleged that the former governor perpetuated the fraud between January 2005 and May 2007, through various bogus contracts.
Nyame had pleaded not guilty to the charge which he insisted was not only incompetent but brought against him in bad faith.

The trial emanated from a petition jointly signed by one Umar Baba and Kelas Obadia, entitled “Taraba State in a mess, the Commissioner of Finance goofed” written on behalf of concerned citizens of the state.

However, delivering judgement in the matter, the trial judge, Justice Adebukola Banjoko, in a 300-page judgement that lasted for over six hours, found the defendant guilty on 27 out of the 41-counts.

The court, in its pronouncement, sentenced Nyame to 14 years for criminal breach of trust, two years for misappropriation, seven years for gratification and five years for obtaining valuable public properties without consideration.
Justice Banjoko held that the sentence would run concurrently.

The court, however, discharged the defendant on 14 counts of the charge.

Before the final judgement was given, Nyame had pleaded for leniency.

The trial court, however, turned down the plea for leniency on the ground that the court was “morally outweighed by facts of the case.”

In her judgement, Justice Banjoko held: “Citizens of Taraba had elected the defendant, a clergyman, in three separate occasions to govern them, which shows a constant level of trust. The expectation must have been so high.

“As a Reverend, he must have been seen as an epitome of morality, piety and everything good. How will Reverend Nyame begin to explain to people of Taraba State his actions and inactions?
“How can he justify causing such a colossal loss to the state?”

The judge further held that the defendant committed “catalogue of crimes” a month before he vacated office “while under intense searchlight from security agencies.”
She added that the court would be failing in its responsibility “if it fails to impose the full sanction.

“The evidence before the court showed that while officials that served under the defendant were returning their loot to the EFCC after they were questioned, the defendant was still busy committing more crime.

“One of such crimes included N100 million the defendant withdrew from the state treasury to host former President Olusegun Obasanjo who paid a one-day visit to Taraba State in 2007.

“After a careful examination of all the evidence, prosecution tendered before the court, it is my opinion that either the defendant entered into office without a corrupt mind and became corrupted, or he was corrupted ab initio.

“There was such a crazy level of corruption in the air in Taraba State Ministry of Finance. It is, however, amazing that none of the officials was arraigned,” Justice Banjoko added.

The court also held that Nyame “behaved like a common thief with unbridled greed,” adding that his sentence would serve as a deterrent to other public office holders.

“With the overwhelming evidence before the court, the court is left with no option than to do justice in this trial. And the justice in this trial is to impose a punishment that will serve as a deterrent to others.

“The defendant is hereby convicted of the charge before the court. He is, therefore, sentenced to 14 years for criminal breach of trust, two years for misappropriation, seven years for gratification and five years for obtaining valuable public properties without consideration.
“The terms are to run concurrently,” the court held.

The court later directed EFCC to return all the funds it recovered in the process of its investigation into the case, to the coffers of Taraba State.

The EFCC had, on November 22, 2016, closed its case after it called 14 witnesses that testified before the court.

Thereafter, the ex-governor testified in defence of himself and called additional three witnesses that attempted to exonerate him of all the allegations against him.

Nyame had, during the pendency of his trial, approached the Supreme Court seeking to quash charges against him.

He was, however, turned down by the apex court on March 5, 2010.

In the charge, he was among other things, accused of diverting N180 million out of N250 million meant for the purchase of stationeries by Taraba State Government between January and February 2005, as a reward for the award of the contract to USAB International (Nig.) Ltd and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 115, 309 and 315 of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 laws of Federation of Nigeria 1990.

Justice Banjoko had earlier noted that there was a nexus between Nyame and the fictitious N250 million contract that was awarded for the bulk purchase of stationaries and office equipment.

The court noted that Nyame had, through his then Commissioner of Finance, Alhaji Abubakar Tutare, approved a memo for that contract which was awarded to a firm, Saman Global Ventures, on January 1, 2005, sidelining key officials of the Ministry of Finance in the process.
“The defendant gave that memo life by giving his approval,” the court held.

The court also noted that N180 million was subsequently diverted from the contract sum and handed to the ex-governor.

Though the court held that the evidence EFCC tendered against the ex-governor in respect of the transaction was “circumstantial” as no other document had his signature apart from the memo, it, however, stressed that the manner funds were approved and released from   the Taraba State treasury, showed that the defendant acted in breach of his oath of office.

“It is disheartening to note that between 2004 to 2005, the Ministry of Finance in Taraba State was especially an enclave, it was a den of criminal activities best illustrated with Ali Baba and the 40 thieves.
“The court finds the defendant guilty as charged.

“The clear purpose of the money was diverted. There was no evidence of purchase of the stationaries,” the court held.

The Judge also held that convict repeatedly approved the release of funds to the firm despite being aware that it neither purchased the stationaries nor executed any contract.

The court held that there was no evidence that Nyame, who had within five weeks, moved over N345 million from the Taraba State coffers for the purchase of stationaries, made any attempt to prosecute the firm or to set up a panel of inquiry when the fraud was brought to his attention.
“The progenitor of this impunity was no one else than the defendant himself. The defendant cannot feign ignorance of this colossal fraud.

“He who approves must be accountable to what he approved. The defendant had the dominion over the state fund and only him could say open-Sesame to the vault of Taraba State.
“The defendant cannot escape responsibility or cling to the thin plank of mere approval,” the court held.

The court also held that the defendant “dishonestly” diverted public funds through the Taraba State Liaison Office, on the guise that it was used for the purchase of rice that was shared with his supporters.

It further held that the defendant committed “criminal breach of trust beyond a reasonable doubt” when he approved N111 million to host guests when the Mambilla Power Project was commissioned, even as it equally found him guilty of receiving gratification to the tune of N80 million.
The court held that it was amazing that Nyame had, in his bid to defend the charge, “provided the entire arsenal for the prosecution.”

Justice Banjoko held that the defendant admitted to certain offences, seeking at the end for a plea bargain.

“He was also very inconsistent, especially regarding the presidential visit and the issue of security votes,” the court said.

Nyame had, after he was found guilty, prayed the court through his counsel, Olalekan Ojo, to temper justice with mercy, insisting he had no previous criminal record.
In his plea, the former governor told the court that he has dependents that rely on him for their subsistence.

Ojo, however, prayed the court to punish the convict by imposing fine rather than imprisonment.

Prosecuting counsel, Oluwaleke Atolagbe, urged the court to impose the maximum sanction to serve as a deterrent to other public office holders.

Aside the former finance commissioner in Taraba State during Nyame’s tenure, Tutare, among those that testified before the court included a compliance officer with one of the banks, Mr. Olubunmi Ogunode, as well as the Permanent Secretary to Taraba State government, Mr. Dennis Okuma Nev.
In his own witness, Nev told the court that he was, at a time, compelled to raise three separate memos for the withdrawal of N100 million, which he said was used by Nyame to host former President Olusegun Obasanjo when he visited the state in 2001.

Similarly, an Accountant with the Rural Electrification Board in Jalingo, Taraba State, Mr. Abdulrahman Mohammed, narrated before the court, how the ex-governor used his name to withdraw N282 million from a bank, using 20 separate cheques.

Mohammed said the illicit transactions took place between 2005 and 2007 when he functioned as an accountant in charge of Taraba State liaison office in Abuja.                (New Telegraph)

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