EFCC on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, secured the conviction and sentencing of an Internet fraudster, Oluwatobiloba Badejo, before Justice O.A. Williams of the State High court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.
The convict was arraigned on May 25, 2018 on a two- count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and possession of fraudulent documents to the tune of N124, 937.53( One Hundred and Twenty- four Thousand, Nine Hundred and Thirty-seven Naira, Fifty-three Kobo).
Count one reads: “That you, Oluwatobiloba Badejo (aka Lynda Andrew) on or about the 20thof March, 2016, at Lagos within the Ikeja judicial Division, by false pretence and with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N52, 937.53( Fifty-two Thousand, Nine Hundred and Thirty-seven Naira, Fifty- three Kobo) from one Manuel Alberto Rama Carracedo by falsely representing to him that you are a woman with the name Lynda Andre , which pretence you knew to be false.”
Count two reads: “That you, Oluwatobiloba Badejo ( aka Lynda Andrew) on or about the 13thof June, 2016 at Lagos, within the Ikeja judicial Division by false pretence and with intent to defraud , obtained the sum of N72, 000( Seventy- two Thousand Naira) from one Manuel Alberto Rama Carracedo by falsely representing to him that you are a woman with the name Lynda Andrew, which pretence you knew to be false.”
He pleaded guilty to charge preferred against him after initially entering a plea bargain with the Commission to refund the sum of N124, 937.53 obtained from the victims and also forfeit to the Federal Government a Dell laptop computer, which he used “as the instrumentality of fraud.”
The judge, after hearing the terms of agreement reached by both the prosecution and counsel to the defendant, O. Odubela, SAN, had deferred judgment till today (May 30.) Delivering his judgment, Justice Williams found the defendant guilty on both counts and sentenced him to one-year imprisonment.
After Meeting NGF Chairman, Akpabio Apologies To state Governors Over N30bn Claim
The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has finally apologised to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) under the leadership of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State over his comment on the N30bn allowance allegedly given to them to cushion the effect of inflation in food prices.
This was coming after the Senate President held a meeting with the NGF Chairman and some of his counterparts in Abuja yesterday.
Akpabio had, at a plenary sitting last Tuesday, said an “unverified report” indicated that state governors received N30bn each from the Federation Account to cushion the effect of inflation and the high cost of food prices.
The statement has generated controversies in the public space, with some commentators asking governors to come clean about the money they did not collect.
However, on Monday, Akpabio in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Eseme Eyiboh, retracted the statement, saying the SP held the governors in high esteem.
The statement reads below:
“During the session, the President of the Senate commented on the payment of an unverified cumulative sum of about N30bn to the sub-national governments by the Federal Government for various interventions to ameliorate the food situation of our citizens at the sub-national governments.
“The unfortunate conjectures to take away the kernel in the material facts of FAAC payment are rather regretted. In considering the well-intended motive of urging state governments to collaborate with the Federal government of President Bola Tinubu to facilitate strategic interventions to mitigate the prevailing economic situation in the country remains the underpinning motivation in the comment.
“The President of the Senate is not oblivious to the fact that state governments are functional partners in all the efforts of the current administration of President Bola Tinubu and are also valuable stakeholders’ in the various legislative engagements of the legislature in creating the nexus between the legislature and the people.”
Eyiboh added that Akpabio has always demonstrated commitment to team building and shall not do less in the circumstance.
He, therefore, urged the sub-national governments not to be distracted by any misunderstanding of the context and true meaning of the statement.
He added, “The President of the Senate recognises and appreciates the current efforts of the governors at ameliorating the adverse effects of the current inclement socio-economic environment and therefore invites more hands on the plow to complement the renewed hope agenda.”
Police arrest wanted Abuja kidnapper, Dahiru after Wike’s N20m Bounty
Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command have arrested a wanted notorious kidnapper, Saidu Abdulkadir, popularly known as Dahiru Adamu.
This comes barely three days after the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike placed a N20m bounty on the suspect and one other wanted kidnapper, Abu Ibrahim.
PHOTOS: FG welcomes Super Eagles with breakfast
The Super Eagles have arrived in the Federal Capital Territory after their second-place finish at the just concluded African Cup of Nations final.
Players including Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa, Victor Osimhen, Ola Aina, Frank Onyeka, Calvin Bassey, Ademola Lookman, Kenneth Omeruo, Joe Aribo and Williams Troost-Ekong were at the welcome breakfast at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.
Members of the coaching crew are also at the breakfast.
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