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The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has told members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria that they are angry with President Muhammadu Buhari because he has blocked avenues for stolen tithes to churches and mosques.

Bello said this on Friday in reaction to the position of members of the CBCN, led by their President and Catholic Bishop of Jos, Bishop Ignatius Kaigama, that the Buhari Administration had not lived up to expectations and the people were hungry and angry.

Bello, who spoke after observing Ju’mat prayer at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on the position of the Bishops that Nigerians are angry, said: “Yes. I followed it keenly and one of the key statements there was that Nigerians are angry.

“Yes, it is true that Nigerians are angry, but the question is: who are these categories of Nigerians who are angry?

“The category of Nigerians that are angry are those who used private jets to cart away Nigeria’s money in dollars out of the country to South Africa.

“I’m sure you are aware that our money is still locked down there.

“Such money, if you bring it into the economy, a lot of youths that are unemployed will surely be employed.

“And of course, those that have looted the country dry and normally go to the church and mosque to pay tithes are no longer doing so.

“Of course, these are the category of people who are angry.

“If you look at it critically, the farmers, those with real jobs, are happy because the economy is improving.

“In no time, we have come out of recession, our foreign reserve is increasing, no more bombing in Sambisa, no more bombing in the country, no more bombing in Emab Plaza even as close as Abuja, no more bombing in Suleja and all over the country.

“I think those that are benefiting from these crimes and criminality will be angry and they are Nigerians.

“So, it is important to define the category of the people who are angry.

“I want to urge Nigerians to continue to appreciate Mr. President, pray for him so that the good work he has started he will complete it so that Nigeria will be not of the woods.”

Bello threw his weight behind the National Assembly in its rearrangement of the order of election, saying it would deny “bad” legislators the chance to be re-elected hiding under the cover of the “Buhari Tsunami” as was the case in 2015.

While expressing confidence that Buhari would be re-elected in a landslide, he added: “I so much appreciate this.

“I think if you observe critically what happened in the last election where Mr. President was elected along with other members of National Assembly, then we called it Buhari tsunami, where the good, the bad and the ugly were all put together and elected, it is either going to be in their interest that the Buhari tsunami will return them or everybody will be on his or her own.

“Let Buhari return and let Nigerians select the good ones out of the bad ones to return to the National Assembly.

“Whichever order it comes, in the upcoming general elections, I can assure you that Mr. President will win a landslide and the good ones will return to the National Assembly.”

Asked if he believed that the lawmakers would lose out under the reordering, he argued: “They have the choice to make and they have made their choice that the goodwill of Mr. President should not rob on the bad ones.

“Surely, the good ones on their own account will return to the National Assembly at the appropriate time.”

The governor also supported the appointment by President Buhari of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to lead the reconciliation process within the ruling All Progressives Congress, saying that he supported any move made by the president.

He said: “Of course. Whatever Mr President believes in, his judgement and his wisdom I believe in him.

“And I believe in his ability to bring all party members together.”

The governor insisted on selling off state assets which he said were not adding value to the state.

Bello said Kogi State people who were against the move were ignorant Abuja-based politicians.

He said: “You see, this is politics playing, but we will not be deterred by some uninformed so-called elites that are here in Abuja making noise.”

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I’ll Reward Hardworking, Loyal Supporters In 2019 —- Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday assured his supporters that their handwork and loyalty would be adequately rewarded in 2019.

Buhari gave the assurance in Abuja in his speech at the inauguration of his support group: “Together Nigeria.”

The event was organised by the Buhari Support Organisation.

Buhari, who expressed gratitude to the organisation, said: “Some individuals and organisations might be feeling disappointed because we have not been able to please everyone.

“I would like to assure you that this time, handwork and loyalty will be rewarded adequately.”

According to the President, the event reminds him of the political struggle and support he has been enjoying from the group over the years.

He, therefore, endorsed the plan put in place by the Buhari Support Organisation to reposition the organisation and strategise towards success in the next election and beyond.

“This once again gives me further encouragement, hope and optimism in our political journey,” Buhari said.

While acknowledging the overwhelming nationwide support he has been enjoying over the years, Buhari said his administration was already celebrating the landmark achievements so far recorded.

He expressed gratitude to the group for sensitising Nigerians to the successes recorded by the governing All Progressives Congress.

He also expressed appreciation to Nigerian celebrities for their contributions to the growth of the country’s entertainment industry as well as projecting the good image of Nigeria abroad.

“I would like to thank our celebrities for projecting the image of Nigeria globally and your contributions to our entertainment industry,” he said.

Together Nigeria, which is made up of Nigerian celebrities, is an advocacy group supporting the re-election of President Buhari in 2019.

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Cashier, Wife, Mother-In-Law Docked For Stealing Customers N2.4million

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A bank Cashier, Ebenezer Adeolu Alonge, his wife, Isakunle Olamide Oyinlola and his mother-in-law, Isakunle Eunice Moradeke have been charged with fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The trio were docked today before Hon. Justice Lekan Ogunmoye of the High Court of Ekiti State, Ado-Ekiti division.

They were arraigned on an 12-count charge of conspiracy and stealing contrary to section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code Laws Cap 16 Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

The defendants however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.

In view of their plea, counsel to the EFCC, Adeola Elumaro, applied for a date for trial. However, the defense counsel, Fasina A. Olayemi filed applications praying the court to admit the defendants to bail.

Justice Ogunmoye granted the defendants bail in the sum of Two Million Naira each and two sureties in like sum.

One of the sureties shall be a government official not below grade level 12 while the other surety must be resident within jurisdiction.

The case has been adjourned till February 5, 2019 for trial.

One of the Counts reads: That you Ebenezer Adeolu Alonge ‘M’ , Isakunle Olamide Oyinlola ‘F’ and Isakunle Eunice Moradeke ‘F’ between the month of January 2017 and March 2017, at the premises of Sterling Bank PLC Ado-Ekiti branch, did steal the sum of N2,400,800.00 (Two Million, Four Hundred Thousand and Eight Hundred Naira) only property of Sterling Bank, by diverting same to the personal account of Isakunle Olamide Oyinlola with account number, 0047750660 and the personal account of Isakunle Eunice Moradeke with account number 0064222881, all with the Sterling Bank, Ado-Ekiti branch, being money for Ekiti State Primary and Secondary Education Development levy, and thereby committed an offence”.

The journey to the dock started when the illicit activities of Ebenezer got exposed through a petition to the EFCC from one of the new generation banks (name withheld) alleging that one of her staff by name Ebenezer Adeolu Alonge was involved in fraudulent activities.

It was alleged that sometimes in February, 2018 the bank received a complaint bothering on the financial impropriety of the sum of N62, 400.00 in respect of a customer’s account.

According to the petitioner, sometimes in February 15, 2017 a customer lodged the said sum into her account but the transaction could not be traced to the customer’s account even after the customer presented a copy of the slip signed by Ebenezer.

The incident was however, investigated and the said transaction was allegedly traced to Ebenezer Alonge’s wife account. Further investigation however, revealed that there was a turnover of over N21, 000,000.00 (Twenty One Million Naira) as deposit from other customers in his wife’s account. Also, it was alleged that other sums were traced to his mother-in-law’s account, who were also beneficiaries of the fraud.

(NAN)

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EFCC Arraigns 24 OOU ‘Yahoo Boys’, Releases Names

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan office, on Wednesday arraigned twenty four students of Olabisi Onabanjo University and the National Open University of Nigeria who were arrested for alleged involvement in various cyber crimes.

Ten of the defendants: Agboola Taiwo, Adetayo Tade Ademiluyi, Rabiu Daniel, Sokoya Oluwaseyi, Fredrick Shaibu, Oshikoya Gbolahan, Adegbola Kazeem Aina, Ademosun Opeyemi, Tosin Awobona and Babarinde Jacob were arraigned before Hon. Justice Ibrahim Watilat of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Fourteen others, comprising of Adeleke Oluwamayowa, Banjo Femi, Towolawi Olanrewaju, Tijani Babatunde, Sarafadeen Abibullahi, Adebowale Abimbola, Osunkoya Korede, Mufutau Yusuf Akorede, Salisu Ajibola, Olamikan Oluwasiji, Oduwole Gbenga, Damilare Adelaja, Bakare Azeez Adebola and Edward Ayodeji were arraigned before Hon. Justice M. S. Abubakar of the Federal High Court 1 sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The defendants were all arraigned on separate charges bordering on obtaining money by false pretences, impersonation and possession of fraudulent documents.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.

One of the counts against one of the accused persons reads: “That you, Rabiu Daniel (a.K.a. Agent Howard Hall) on 23rd June, 2018 at Abeokuta within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud, knowingly had in your possession documents containing false pretences to wit: an e-mail address, howardhall900@gmail.com wherein you represented yourself as; Agent Howard Hall, working for the Government/Facebook Compensation Bonus and Poverty Eradication, and other false pretences, thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 6, and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006”.

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