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Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday arraigned one Adejare Sonde, a former banker before Justice A. A. Akinyemi of the State High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State on a twelve-count charge bordering on stealing, forgery and uttering. The defendant however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.

In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, Cosmos Ugwu prayed the court for a trial date and urged the court to remand the defendant in prison custody. However, counsel to the defendant, E. E. Jacob informed the court of a bail application already filed before the court. He thereafter prayed the court to allow the defendant remain in the EFCC’s custody pending the hearing of the bail application.

Justice Akinyemi, while adjourning the case to Friday February 16, 2018 for trial and hearing of bail application, granted the defense prayer and ordered that the defendant be remanded in EFCC’s custody pending hearing of bail application. Adeyemi was arraigned following a petition from a Regional Compliance Head and Compliance Officer of one of the new generation banks (name withheld) alleging that the defendant, Sonde whilst still a staff of the bank and also an account office of a Microfinance bank (name withheld) suppressed and diverted the sum of 124,000,000.00. (One Hundred and Twenty Four Million Naira) property of the Microfinance bank.

The petitioner explained that Adejare, as account officer of the customer, allegedly collected cash from the Microfinance Bank on several occasions totaling N124Million which were not credited into the customer’s account. Further investigations revealed that the defendant allegedly doctored emails which he sent to the microfinance bank as monthly statements of account without any remittance to the account.

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Osun Guber: Don’t Kill Yourselves Over Who Becomes Governor, Only God Gives Power — Ooni Of Ife

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has warned youths against political violence before, during and after the Osun gubernatorial election coming up on Saturday.

Oba Ogunwusi gave the warning during the courtesy visit of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Iyiola Omisore to his Palace, on Thursday, in Ile-Ife.

He said: “It is only Almighty Allah that has the power to elevate whoever He wants to the post. For He is in Heaven doing what pleases Him”.

According to him, people don’t need to fight each other over getting to a post, but should rather allow God’s will to come into perfection.

The royal father, therefore, appealed to all and sundry to maintain peaceful coexistence in the forthcoming election, saying there is no gain in blood shedding.

Earlier, Omisore lauded the Ooni for his fatherly role and for supporting his aspirations to rule the state.

Omisore also thanked Ife and Osun indigenes, for rallying around him in his campaign and appealed to all and sundry to support him by casting their votes for him during the election.

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Nigerian Army In Frantic Search For Missing General

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The Nigeria Army is evacuating water from a mining pond at Dura, Du District, Jos South Local Government of Plateau State in search of Idris Alkali, a missing retired Major General.

The immediate past Chief of Administration, Army Headquarters, Abuja was declared missing on September 3.

He was on his way to Bauchi after leaving Abuja in the morning.

Brigadier General Ibrahim Mohammed, Garrison Commander, 3 Division Garrison, Nigeria Army, Rukuba, Jos, addressed newsmen on Thursday shortly after the commencement of the evacuation.

Mohammed, who is the commander of the search and rescue operation, said after thorough search and investigation, the army stumbled on some intelligence that made it necessary to search the water body.

He said: “In carrying out a directive from the Army headquarters, a thorough search was conducted, hospitals were visited, we searched everywhere.

“Based on credible intelligence, we had to come to this place and we have been here for the last one week.

“We are trying to find three things – an officer, Major General Alkali (rtd), who is still missing, his vehicle, a black Toyota Corrolla, and also ascertain whether Alkali is alive or not.

“We have credible information that some vehicles were pushed into this river and we have been here for the last three days trying to see if we can salvage something from the river.

“The river is a mining site and therefore very deep.

“We have used all options but as a last resort, we will evacuate the water from the pond to see what is in it.”

Meanwhile, some women, numbering about 500 and clad in black, have stormed the river to protest the evacuation of the water.

Mary Yakubu, leader of the protesters, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the water had been part of the community over time, adding that it had “a huge cultural significance”.

Yakubu said: “If the water is evacuated, it could lead to the death of our sons and husbands.”

But Mohammed, in a reaction, said nothing would stop the army from evacuating the water.

“The only thing that can stop us is a directive from the Army Headquarters,” he declared.

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18-Year-Old Paraded For Raping Seven University Students

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A suspect, Chidi Okoye Christian, has been paraded for allegedly raping female students of the Ekiti State University.

The 18-year-old, who was paraded on Thursday, had been on the wanted list of the university.

The EKSU Security Unit for some time following attacks on students living off campus.

Christian, who is not a student of the university, was arrested and paraded with his accomplice, Odunmbaku Kayode.

Items recovered from Okoye included smartphones, ATM cards, a Raleigh bicycle, a cutlass and a pistol.

Speaking at Iworoko Police Divisional Headquarters, the Chief Security Officer of EKSU Captain Tunde Ajayi (retd), said seven students had been raped by the suspect in the last three months.

Ajayi, who was with the Investigating Officer, said most of the victims live in nearby Iworoko.

He said the suspect usually carries a pistol with which he threatens his victims.

Ajayi said: “With a good knowledge of the neighbourhood where Okoye himself resides, it was easy for him to unleash terror in the middle of the night and return to his room, which he shared with an accomplice, Kayode Odunmbaku.”

Okoye confessed to the crime.

He was identified by his father, who told the police that the suspect “has been a wayward boy who ran away from home.”

The duo will be charged to court as soon as police conclude the investigation.

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