2.1bn fraud: Appeal Court upholds Maina’s conviction

Abuja, – The Court of Appeal on Friday in Abuja upheld the judgment of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court which sentenced Abdulrasheed Maina to eight years imprisonment. Maina, who was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), was sentenced following his conviction for laundering pension funds to the tune of N2.1 billion. Delivering judgment on behalf of the three-member panel, Justice Elfreda Daudu-Williams held that an opportunity was given to Maina to defend himself which he failed to use. “There was no denial of fair hearing as opportunity was given to the appellant to defend himself by the lower court. “Given the foregoing, it behooves on the appellant to defend himself in the money laundering allegations.’’ Justice Daudu-Williams said that there was not enough evidence in the defence given by Maina to prove that he did not commit the offence. ´The whole issue is resolved against the appellant and the appeal fails, this is the position of the court,’’ the judge said. Justice Abang had on Nov. 8, 2022 sentenced Maina. the former Chairman of …

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EPL: Absolute disgrace – Neville slams Chelsea stars after latest defeat

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has slammed Chelsea players, describing them as disgusting, shambles, pathetic and a disgrace. This was following their latest woeful 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Tuesday Martin Odegaard (2), and Gabriel Jesus scored in the first half to give the Gunners a comfortable lead. Noni Madueke grabbed a consolation goal for the Blues on the night. It was Chelsea’s sixth consecutive defeat in six games under Lampard. Neville, a former Manchester United defender, was disgusted with Chelsea’s performance at the Emirates Stadium. “Disgusting. It was the best team on paper I’ve ever seen play as badly as that. It was a shambles in the first half. Pathetic,” he told Sky Sports. “There were World Cup winners, internationals, so expensive – I can’t believe it. “What we’ve seen since is nothing short of a disgrace.”

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ECOWAS Strengthens Fight Against Gender-Based Discrimination

Abuja, – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says it is facilitating the empowerment of women and strengthening the fight against gender-based discrimination through policies and programmes. The Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Mr Sidie Mohamed Tunis, said this at the ongoing ECOWAS Female Parliamentarians Association (ECOFEPA) Town Hall meeting in Abuja on Friday. The theme of the meeting is “Rejuvenate Democracy by Giving Voice to the Young People”, organised by the parliament and ECOFEPA. Tunis said the meeting was strategically aligned with the current ECOWAS Vision 2050, which placed more emphasis on women and youths development in the sub-region.  The speaker said it aimed to address some of the issues that had contributed to gender inequalities. He also said the regional economic bloc had recognised the special role of women and youths as actors, agents and beneficiaries of development.  Tunis said that was why the ECOWAS had made concrete commitments and taken tangible actions to ensure the integration of the gender dimension in all planned actions and activities of the parliament. “Significantly, the allocation of a budget line to ECOFEPA and …

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Ganduje: I’m not sure if I’ll hand over to APC or NNPP

Governor Abdullahi Gaduje of Kano State has said only God knows if he will hand over to the All Progressives Congress, APC, or the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP. Ganduje disclosed this at the commissioning of some road projects in Kano. According to Ganduje: “It’s normal for a government to inherit projects. We inherited some and completed them, and as a government, we are leaving some projects for the incoming administration. Only God knows to which government I will transmit power, whether APC or NNPP.” The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared the NNPP’s Abba Yusuf the winner of the 2023 governorship election in the state. But the APC is disputing the results of the governorship election in court.

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Ekweremadu: ”In Nigeria, that boy will be jailed” – Netizens react over sentencing

Some netizens have reacted to the sentencing of former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, his wife, Beatrice, and a medical doctor, Obinna Obeta, to jail by the Old Bailey, London’s Central Criminal Court, on Friday. The court sentenced Ekweremadu to nine years and eight months, while his wife Beatrice and Obinna Obeta got four years and 10 years, respectively. The sentence became the first of its kind under the Modern Slavery Act, following their conviction for organ trafficking in March, which lasted for six weeks. Prior to the sentence, Ekweremadu, Beatrice, and Obeta were convicted of conspiracy to arrange the travel of a young Nigerian man identified as David Nwamini to Britain in order to exploit him for his kidney. The kidney organ was intended for Ekweremadu’s sick daughter, Sonia. Meanwhile, many Nigerians have continued to express their feelings following the sentencing of the Ekweremadus. Here are some of the reactions: @CnC Edozie wrote: “Uk used them to test the law for the first time. No one has been convicted for such crimes before in the UK, it …

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Air France-KLM bounces back after COVID crisis

Air France-KLM on Friday reported increased first-quarter revenue ahead of the crucial summer holiday season and said it was “standing on its own feet” again after repaying all state aid received during the Covid-19 crisis. The Franco-Dutch group reported that strong demand saw group revenues rise 42 percent between January and March this year compared with the same period in 2022, while passenger numbers climbed by 35 percent year-on-year. Chief executive Benjamin Smith said “very encouraging summer ticket sales” were “paving the way for a busy holiday season across our global network”. The company posted heavy annual losses of 7.1 billion euros ($7.8 billion) in 2020 and 3.3 billion euros in 2021, forcing the company into painful cost-cutting that included slashing jobs and getting rid of unprofitable planes. But net profit in 2022 reached 728 million euros — more than double the figure for 2019, the last pre-pandemic year — as the firm bounced back from the crisis. The company posted a smaller loss in the first quarter of 2023 compared with last year’s figures, but the first three months …

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I Was Forced To Marry 3 Boko Haram Terrorists — Rescued Chibok Girl

One of the two girls from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, recently rescued by the military, Hauwa Maltha, on Thursday said that she was forced to marry three terrorists within nine years after their abduction by Boko Haram in 2014. Speaking with newsmen, Hauwa expressed delight with their rescue, explaining that the military rescued them when they went out to fetch water in the forest. When asked if they were forced to get married to three husbands, she said: “Yes, it was Shekau that married us to them. The first husband went away. Unfortunately, he never returned and Shekau said the marriage had collapsed since they chose to be infidels. “We did not do it intentionally. I married three different men. There, I married another fighter at the village, and he died after a fight between the Shekau soldiers. I have two children with him before the last one.” While briefing journalists at the Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri, the Theatre Commander, North-East Joint Operation, Hadin Kai, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Ali, said that Hauwa Maltha and Esther Marcus, both serial numbers …

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Why Osinbajo fought Tinubu for APC’s presidential ticket – Aide, Akande

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo contested for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential ticket in the interest of the public, according to his spokesman, Laolu Akande. Osinbajo eventually lost out to his mentor, Bola Tinubu, who has since emerged as the president-elect. However, his decision to contest attracted criticisms, with some observers insisting it was as a betrayal of Tinubu. Osinbajo was the Lagos state attorney-general when Tinubu was governor of the state. But speaking on Friday in an interview with Channels Television, Akande said: “What is important is that you take the step you want to take in the best interest of the people. Public interest is the overriding factor. “People see him as a representation of a new Nigeria. All of these can’t be in place and he just walks away. “He did what he needed to do and the party made the decision and he just has to move on after doing the right thing.” Osinbajo was conspicuously missing from Tinubu’s campaign trail in the run-up to the elections.

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EFCC Arrests Ex-Convict, 61 Others For Internet Fraud In Ilorin

Ilorin, – The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested no fewer than 62 persons, including an ex- convict, over alleged offences bordering on internet fraud, otherwise known as “yahoo-yahoo boys” in Ilorin. This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC Spokesman,  on Friday in Ilorin. According to the statement, the arrests were carried out in two separate operations at different locations on Thursday and Friday. “The arrest included one Wasiu Babatunde whom the commission arrested last year, prosecuted and got convicted, but went back to his vomit and got arrested again. “The ex-convict was arrested alongside 25 other suspects in an early hour operation carried out on May 4. “The suspects are Yusuf Ahmed, Abdulazeez Ademola, Sulyman Mustapha, Yekeen Ibrahim, Samuel Adebayo, Raheem Moshood, Badmus Yusuf, Nurudeen Abdulmajeed, Abiodun Ayomide, Samuel Anuoluwapo, Ayodele Samuel, Ramadan Tijani, Soyinka Idris, Abdulhameed Junaid, Bashit Ismail, Temidayo Victor, Pelumi Adeboye, Lekan Oyedepo and Kudus Buhari. “Others are Oyedepo Julius, Oyedepo James, Adeboye Pelumi, Akole John, Mustapha Bashir and Solomon Tomiwa,” he said. …

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Joseph Momodu Reacts After He Was suspected to Be the Man in Bobrisky’s Viral Video

Nollywood actor, Joseph Momodu, has released a statement refuting claims that he was the man in a raunchy video with controversial crossdresser, Bobrisky. The video was circulated on social media as part of Bobrisky’s promotion for an aphrodisiac product and many people speculated that the man in the video was Joseph Momodu. Taking to Instagram, Momodu stated that he was not the person in the video and the model used merely bears a resemblance to him. He also expressed displeasure at the vile messages he has been receiving since the video was posted, with some people insulting and cursing him in his DM. The actor firmly stated that he has no romantic involvement with Bobrisky and requested that people stop sending him messages regarding the video. In his words: “My attention is drawn to a disturbing video trending online, about an influencer & a model Advertising a product, while the model used by this influencer shares striking looks with me accidentally, LET IT BE KNOWN THAT IT IS NOT MEEEEE PLEASE, YOU PEOPLE SHOULD STOP INS*LTING ME ALREADY, since morning till …

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Yul Edochie Reacts to The Rumors of Crisis in His Marriage to Judy Austin

Nollywood Actor, Yul Edochie, has seemingly shuts down reports of crisis in his controversial marriage to his 2nd wife, Judy Austin. Recall, Weeks after his first son’s demise, actor Yul Edochie raised eyebrows and questions after deleting Instagram posts of his second wife, Judy Austin and their son before he deleted every other posts on his page hours later. Investigative journalist, Kemi Olunloyo, in April, stirred reactions online after she learned that a DNA revealed that Yul was not the father of Judy’s son. Media personality, Daddy Freeze also caused an unrest following similar revelation about a famous celebrity who found out through a DNA test that he is not the biological father of his son. Amidst the rumors of crisis in Yul’s marriage, the actor recently hailed his wife, Judy, after she took to her official Instagram page to heap words of encouragement and praises on him as he mourned the death of his first son, Kambilichukwu. In Judy’s post, the actress shared a photo of her husband and accompanied it with words of praise as she called him a …

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“The pain I feel now is the greatest pain ever”- Mercy Johnson quizzes God as she loses father

Mercy Johnson Okojie and her family are going through a difficult period following the death of her father, Ametuo Daniel Johnson. In a devastating Instagram post, the mother of four pledged to keep asking God why he stole her father’s life for the rest of her life. She stated that she does not believe she will ever understand why God took him away from her, and that even if He (God) does react, she does not believe she will accept it. Mercy Johnson, who is in pain, described her discomfort as the worst of all. Bading him goodnight, she wrote, “For the rest of my life Daddy, I will keep asking God why? I don’t think I will ever understand why he has taken you from me. And if he responds, I don’t even think I will accept it. They say love saves but my love did not keep you here with us. The great pain I feel now is the greatest pain of all. Rest In Peace my gentle father, NWO Johnson Ametuo Daniel D.A Johnson. God clearly loves you more, …

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FCT police rescue 22 kidnap victims in three days

The anti-kidnapping outfit of the FCT Police Command has rescued at least 22 people who were abducted and taken across the borders of the Federal Capital Territory into neighbouring states. The commissioner of police for the command, CP Haruna G. Garba, disclosed this during a press conference at the command’s headquarters on Friday. He said a village chief who was part of those abducted on April 7 in Chida village, Kwali Area Council, Abuja, was also rescued during the operation conducted on May 3rd. According to the Garba: “The anti-kidnapping outfit of the command, in a clearance-and-rescue operation in and around Kogi and Nasarawa states and FCT borders, successfully rescued 14 persons, including the village chief of the community, who were abducted by armed bandits at Chida village in Kwali Area Council on April 7, 2023. “Ten victims with mild symptoms of illness were taken to the General Hospital in Abaji, treated, and discharged. They have since been reunited with their families. “Similarly, in the same rescue operations, eight persons, namely, Buba Galadima, Sarki Galadima, Audu Galadima, Musa Buba, Mohammed …

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I promise Nigerians that the unity of this country is not negotiable – Tinubu

Nigeria’s President-Elect, Bola Tinubu, has stated that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable, telling all citizens that he will be fair to everyone. Speaking as he commissioned the Magistrates’ Court Complex in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital at the instance of Governor Nyesom Wike on Thursday, May 4, said Nigerians must tolerate one another. https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?gdpr=0&us_privacy=1—&client=ca-pub-2427099653703778&output=html&h=280&adk=3933108779&adf=2316337160&pi=t.aa~a.2909778727~i.4~rp.4&w=778&fwrn=4&fwrnh=100&lmt=1683304464&num_ads=1&rafmt=1&armr=3&sem=mc&pwprc=4779063894&ad_type=text_image&format=778×280&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lindaikejisblog.com%2F2023%2F5%2Fi-promise-nigerians-that-the-unity-of-this-country-is-not-negotiable-tinubu-2.html&fwr=0&pra=3&rh=195&rw=777&rpe=1&resp_fmts=3&wgl=1&fa=27&uach=WyJXaW5kb3dzIiwiMTAuMC4wIiwieDg2IiwiIiwiMTEyLjAuNTYxNS4xMzkiLFtdLGZhbHNlLG51bGwsIjY0IixbWyJDaHJvbWl1bSIsIjExMi4wLjU2MTUuMTM5Il0sWyJHb29nbGUgQ2hyb21lIiwiMTEyLjAuNTYxNS4xMzkiXSxbIk5vdDpBLUJyYW5kIiwiOTkuMC4wLjAiXV0sZmFsc2Vd&dt=1683304464570&bpp=18&bdt=8036&idt=-M&shv=r20230502&mjsv=m202305020101&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3D0bd61fb9652f1050-22420582d9d500df%3AT%3D1663240611%3ART%3D1663240611%3AS%3DALNI_MartM-2SsXH1MvHMWZCpBk1oS24DA&gpic=UID%3D00000ad1ce6d9625%3AT%3D1663240611%3ART%3D1683300256%3AS%3DALNI_MZBZebtinfL2DQnCmpwfMsuni1mvg&prev_fmts=0x0&nras=2&correlator=3498082835172&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1396898702.1663240679&ga_sid=1683304462&ga_hid=2056762775&ga_fc=1&u_tz=-420&u_his=3&u_h=768&u_w=1366&u_ah=728&u_aw=1366&u_cd=24&u_sd=1.1&dmc=2&adx=61&ady=1158&biw=1230&bih=588&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=44759876%2C44759927%2C44773809%2C44759842%2C31071755%2C31074199%2C44788441%2C44789923%2C44789819%2C21065725&oid=2&pvsid=1332290902991735&tmod=2114362480&uas=0&nvt=1&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lindaikejisblog.com%2F&fc=1408&brdim=-6%2C0%2C-6%2C0%2C1366%2C0%2C1386%2C735%2C1245%2C588&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7Cs%7C&abl=NS&fu=128&bc=31&ifi=2&uci=a!2&btvi=1&fsb=1&xpc=ybH72EXDPW&p=https%3A//www.lindaikejisblog.com&dtd=208 Tinubu said him and Wike, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are promoting unity despite not being members of the same political party. He said,  “I will fulfil the promise I made to the people of Rivers State and that is what I intend to do in all policy formations coming up. “I promise Nigerians that the unity of this country is not negotiable. That is what Wike and I are promoting jointly. I promise I will be fair to all.” Tinubu also promised to review the welfare of judges after he is sworn in on May 29, 2023. https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?gdpr=0&us_privacy=1—&client=ca-pub-2427099653703778&output=html&h=280&adk=3933108779&adf=3525600720&pi=t.aa~a.2909778727~i.11~rp.4&w=778&fwrn=4&fwrnh=100&lmt=1683304464&num_ads=1&rafmt=1&armr=3&sem=mc&pwprc=4779063894&ad_type=text_image&format=778×280&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lindaikejisblog.com%2F2023%2F5%2Fi-promise-nigerians-that-the-unity-of-this-country-is-not-negotiable-tinubu-2.html&fwr=0&pra=3&rh=195&rw=777&rpe=1&resp_fmts=3&wgl=1&fa=27&uach=WyJXaW5kb3dzIiwiMTAuMC4wIiwieDg2IiwiIiwiMTEyLjAuNTYxNS4xMzkiLFtdLGZhbHNlLG51bGwsIjY0IixbWyJDaHJvbWl1bSIsIjExMi4wLjU2MTUuMTM5Il0sWyJHb29nbGUgQ2hyb21lIiwiMTEyLjAuNTYxNS4xMzkiXSxbIk5vdDpBLUJyYW5kIiwiOTkuMC4wLjAiXV0sZmFsc2Vd&dt=1683304464570&bpp=10&bdt=8037&idt=11&shv=r20230502&mjsv=m202305020101&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3D0bd61fb9652f1050-22420582d9d500df%3AT%3D1663240611%3ART%3D1663240611%3AS%3DALNI_MartM-2SsXH1MvHMWZCpBk1oS24DA&gpic=UID%3D00000ad1ce6d9625%3AT%3D1663240611%3ART%3D1683300256%3AS%3DALNI_MZBZebtinfL2DQnCmpwfMsuni1mvg&prev_fmts=0x0%2C778x280&nras=3&correlator=3498082835172&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1396898702.1663240679&ga_sid=1683304462&ga_hid=2056762775&ga_fc=1&u_tz=-420&u_his=3&u_h=768&u_w=1366&u_ah=728&u_aw=1366&u_cd=24&u_sd=1.1&dmc=2&adx=61&ady=1800&biw=1230&bih=588&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=44759876%2C44759927%2C44773809%2C44759842%2C31071755%2C31074199%2C44788441%2C44789923%2C44789819%2C21065725&oid=2&pvsid=1332290902991735&tmod=2114362480&uas=0&nvt=1&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lindaikejisblog.com%2F&fc=1408&brdim=-6%2C0%2C-6%2C0%2C1366%2C0%2C1386%2C735%2C1245%2C588&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7Cs%7C&abl=NS&fu=128&bc=31&ifi=3&uci=a!3&btvi=2&fsb=1&xpc=sFaORYDqJ6&p=https%3A//www.lindaikejisblog.com&dtd=295 “The reform is on the way,” he said, addressing legal luminaries at the occasion and tasking them on the culture of maintenance. …

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Police Arrest Son Who Killed Mother In Kano

Ibrahim Musa, the son who allegedly stabbed his 50-year-old mother to death at Rimin Kebe Quarters of Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano State, has been arrested. SP Abdullahi Haruna, Police Public Relations Officer in Kano, announced this  in a statement on Friday. He said the suspect was arrested at a criminal hideout in Dawakin Tofa LGA of the State. He explained that the the suspect, who confessed to the crime, will be charged to court upon completion of investigation. Narrating how the incident happened, the suspect’s elder sister said, “He has spent more than a year without coming to where we are. We just saw him come around 5:30pm. He lives with his father at Kurna after suffering from mental health condition. “The moment he entered he just asked of her, she was not around but he demanded she be called because she was in the neighbourhood. “She came happily welcoming him, I was inside listening to them, the moment she opened the door, I heard her shouting and I quickly came out and saw him with a knife. …

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Why I chose to date Cubna Chief Priest’s In-law, BBNaija’s Maria Chike spills [Video]

Maria Chike, a well-known reality star, cleared up rumors that she had broken up the marriage of her boyfriend, Kelvin. This was covered in a recent interview with media personality Chude by the BBNaija star. It will be remembered that the former air hostess had revealed her lover, Kelvin Anene, who was said to be married. Recall that back in 2021, the reality TV star was accused of snatching Kelvin from his wife by Nigerian socialite, Cubana Chiefpriest, who said the victim is his sister. Maria, however, did not confirm or refute the rumour until July 2022, when she went on a Twitter rage to address the rumour ‘once and for all’. She stated that she did not ruin anybody’s home or snatch anybody’s husband, adding that she choose to remain silent about the rumour for the best interest of those involved. Maria revealed in the most recent interview that when she and her boyfriend first started dating, she was unaware that he was married. She remarked that she couldn’t fathom why some people would believe that she had broken …

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