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We’ll Jail More People In 2019, EFCC Tells Nigerians

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The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu, says the EFCC is committed to ensuring that more corrupt persons are jailed in 2019.

The EFCC boss was quoted as saying this in a statement signed by its spokesman, Mr Tony Orilade, on Thursday.

Magu said the anti-graft agency secured the conviction of 312 persons in 2018 and the agency was targeting double of this figure (624) in 2019.

He said the commission was committed to intensifying its efforts in order to ensure that it secured more convictions in 2019.

“With 312 convictions in 2018, we are strategising to redouble our efforts in 2019, as part of our concerted efforts aimed at ensuring that the negative narrative of pervasive corruption in the system is changed for the better, and the perception that some persons are above the law, remains altered,” he said.

Magu, who was speaking to officers while on a working tour to the Lagos office of the commission, on January 3, 2019, noted that the EFCC had already secured three convictions in 2019, which he described as a good start.

“The commission shall continue to rid the country of economic and financial crimes and effectively coordinate the domestic efforts of the global fight against money laundering and terrorism financing,” he added.

Magu stressed that the EFCC remained committed to carrying out its duties “in conformity to best international practices within the ambit of the law.”

While commending the exemplary leadership of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, for the success recorded in the past year, the EFCC boss stressed that the judiciary was key to winning the corruption fight.

He said, “Let us have it at the back of our minds that we are only prosecutors; without the support of the Judiciary, led by the CJN and other heads of courts across jurisdictions, we could not have been able to achieve the much we did in 2018. Therefore, to be able to double that feat in 2019, let us know that we cannot do without the judiciary.”

He further called for the unalloyed collaboration of other stakeholders, urging Nigerians to be “more dedicated and determined in reducing corruption to the barest minimum.”

“Those who stole our commonwealth should know that there is no hiding place for them. A high tension searchlight is being beamed on them, it is in their interest to surrender because the game is up,” he said.

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BREAKING: Court Adjourns El-Zakzaky’s Trial Indefinitely

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The Kaduna State High Court has adjourned the trial of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, indefinitely.

El-Zakzaky’s trial was due to continue on Monday.

However, the court explained that the adjournment followed the appointment of the trial judge, Justice Gideon Kurada, as a member of the Election Petition Tribunal in Yobe State.

The IMN leader is currently facing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace, among other charges.

He had been denied bail by the presiding judge, Justice Kurada, during the last sitting on January 22, 2018.

In the application for bail filed by El-Zakzaky’s lawyer, Femi Falana, on his behalf at the last sitting, the legal practitioner prayed the court to give a mandatory order for his client and his wife to be flown abroad.

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Pastor In Police Net For Aborting Teenager’s Pregnancy [PHOTO]

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A 38 years old pastor with one of the Pentecostal churches in Benin, Pastor Ekene Samuel, has been arrested by the police in Edo state for allegedly getting Miracle Nwabueze, (17) to the hospital for abortion after getting her pregnant.

The pastor was among the 102 suspected criminals paraded by the Edo state police commissioner, DanMallam Muhammed, for their alleged involvement in various crimes in the state.

The Pastor was assisted by one of his church member, Mrs. Happy Johnson, who was paraded alongside the Pastor.

The commissioner said the command received a complaint from one Henry Aikhuamen that one Miracle Nwabueze, 17 years old was missing.

“Operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad through a Hi-Tech intelligence located Miss Miracle Nwabueze on a sick bed at Graceville Medical Centre, Ewa Road, Benin.

“On enquiry, the doctor informed the police that one Deaconess Happy Johnson brought her for treatment. She was arrested and confessed that one Pastor Ekene Samuel asked her to assist him bring Miracle Nwabueze to the hospital for abortion.

“The victim confessed that she was impregnated by Pastor Ekene Samuel, who charmed and had sex with her five times in December, 2018. Pastor Ekene Samuel was arrested and charms were recovered from him in his house,” he said.

Speaking with journalists, the Pastor said he had extra marital affair with a lady, but quit the relationship August last year due to her behaviour.

“But January this year, she said she was pregnant and I sent one of my member to take her to the hospital when she complained of pains not knowing that she was already talking drugs to terminate the pregnancy”.

He said, “When they got to the hospital, they discovered that she had ruptured appendicitis but the doctor referred us to another hospital where the operation was done successfully and they charged N380,000 and I am still paying the bill now”.

According to him, few days after the operation, his wife went to give her some items and she was arrested by the police because someone had complained about the matter

“When she was arrested, I went to the station and I was arrested because she knows nothing about it. After my arrest, the police went to my church and packed items given to me by those I prayed for as the charm I am using in church.

“I don’t go to Babalawos or native doctors; these items were returned by the people I prayed for and they got deliverance through prayers. Nobody is above mistake and temptation can come at anytime,” he added.

On her part, Mrs Happy Johnson, told journalists that she was not aware that the lady was pregnant and that she was carrying out abortion.

She said she was preparing for church when the pastor called her to take the girl to the hospital saying she was not well.

“When we got to the hospital, they said they should carry out an ultrasound; when I asked her what the problem was, she said it is appendicitis. They then referred us to another hospital for the operation.

She added, “I signed for her when they want to do the operation but I did not know it was about abortion”.

She explained, “I was arrested with the pastor’s wife when she came to give clothes to the lady at the hospital. I was arrested for signing the paper and carrying her to the hospital. I only got to know at the police station that it was an abortion.”

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Alleged Serial Killer, Tiny, 4 Others Arrested In Lagos

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Policemen of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested an alleged serial killer, Ibrahim Abdullahi a.k.a Tiny and four others shortly after midnight at his Ijegun-Egba area hideout.

The Lagos Police PRO, DSP Bala Elkana, in a statement said the suspect whose name sends shivers down the spine of residents of Satellite-Town, Lagos, was arrested during an operation led by the Divisional Police Officer of Satellite-Town Division, CSP Chike Oti, to rid the community of the violent activities of criminals.

It would be recalled that the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu, had earlier in the week changed Area Commanders, DPOs and Tactical Unit Commanders in the state, to clamp down on members of unlawful societies and raid identified criminal enclaves.

”Based on this directive and credible intelligence received about Ibrahim Abdullahi aka Tiny, who had been on the run since he was linked to the murder of three residents of the community, Satelite division, swung into action.

”They said Tiny was arrested alongside one of his accomplices, Obinna Kelvin Okey, 23.

”During a preliminary interrogation, they confessed to belonging to a cult group called the Aro-Bagger aka Vickings.

”Other cultists arrested during the operation include: Ismaila Adebayo; 21, Bode Akodo; 21 and Abdulwahab; 25, all of Eiye Confraternity.

”CP Zubairu Muazu directed the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, to take over the case involving the said Ibrahim Abdullahi which has to do with an ongoing investigation on the three murder incidents linked to him.

”The other suspects were transferred to the Command’s Anti Cultism Squad for further investigation,” he said.

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