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Federal Government Partners Nigerian Breweries On Maltina Teacher Of The Year Awards





Determined to give its annual Maltina Teacher of the Year Award more value and to make it more relevant to teachers in different parts of Nigeria, Nigerian Breweries Plc has formalized its partnership with the Federal Ministry of Education as they plan to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on how the scheme could be more beneficial to target audience.

This was agreed when a delegation from Nigerian Breweries Plc paid a courtesy visit on Prof. Anthony Anwukah, Minister of State for Education; in Abuja last week.

Victor Famuyibo, Human Resources Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc; who led the NB delegation said that the concept of Maltina Teacher of the Year Award was conceived with a view to giving back to the society as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility through the NB/Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund.

He explained that the MoU was necessary to put in perspective the cordial relationship existing NB and the Ministry. Famuyibo disclosed that since the NB/Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund was inaugurated, NB has assisted over 20,000 students, built over 250 classrooms and 22 libraries in both primary and secondary schools across 49 communities in the country.

Famuyibo stated that NB Plc was impressed with the quantity and quality of entries Teachers usually turn in for the Maltina Teacher of the Year awards.

According to him, submission of entries for the 2016 competition had been concluded, while the grand finale would hold on October 20, 2016.

NB had earlier announced that each state champion will get N500,000 while the top 10 teachers would be recognised before the final winners are announced. His words: “The Maltina Teacher of the Year 2016 winner will get an additional N1 million instantly apart from the N1 million every year for the next five years; a development training opportunity abroad and a block of classrooms will be built at the school where he/she teaches. We have been in business in this country for 70 years and we know that a business that does not give back to society is not a successful business.”

Responding, Anwukah commended NB Plc for its support for the education sector as the Maltina Teacher of the Year award is a commendable way of motivating teachers.

The minister therefore promised that the government would reciprocate the good gesture of the NB. Anwukah consequently directed the relevant departments to quickly work out the MoU in order to have a defined platform for collaboration.

The Maltina Teacher of the Year initiative is aimed at recognising and celebrating exceptional teachers in Nigeria.

The initiative is opened to teachers in all secondary schools across the country.

Champions from each state of the federation and the FCT will compete at the grand finale, where the overall winner will emerge.


JUST IN: Ebonyi Governor Tests Positive For COVID-19




Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease.

This was contained in a statement personally signed by him on Saturday.

Details later…

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Heritage Bank Shuts Branch For Disinfection Over Suspected Coronavirus Case

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Heritage Bank Plc said it has closed down an Experience Centre- EC (branch) at Allen Avenue; Ikeja over the “unconfirmed case” of Coronavirus for deep hygiene clean up after an employee took ill last week.

The bank in a statement made available to the press and customers noted: “in line with our emergency response plan and following regulatory practices, we have taken immediate steps to close down Allen Avenue, Ikeja Experience Centers- EC (branch) for thorough disinfection of the affected location.”

Contrary to rumour, the bank disclosed that whilst the suspected staff awaits her medical test from the Covid-19 Test Centre in Yaba, she had not exhibited any symptoms related to the virus.

“Neither of the suspected person or others in the EC had exhibited any symptoms,” the bank said in the statement.

Specifically, the bank stated that staff were advised to self-isolate for 14days forthwith which was in consonance with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The bank stated that the EC will undergo “thorough disinfection,” further affirmed, “Customers and staff safety remains paramount; hence we will recommence business with a new set of relief employees, as the current staff self-isolate.”

In the interim, the bank advised customers, “please visit other ECs or branches in Ikeja where you can conduct your daily transactions. Otherwise, you can use our alternate e-channels for seamless service deliveries.

“Heritage Bank remains resolute to continually serve you seamlessly despite prohibitions imposed on physical contact through our bouquet of electronic products which have been made available on notable mobile stores and our website (”

The bank noted that it would continue to intensify ongoing efforts via its intranet and other channels to keep staff and customers up-to-date with the latest COVID-19 information and provide clear direction and guidance expected of workers and customers.

“We have set up a COVID-19 Support Centre to offer COVID-19 safety tips to all our customers during this period, in support of the efforts of the Government and relevant bodies. Please send any information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic via these channels: E-mail: [email protected] and contact number: 01-2369099,” the bank stated.

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Hushpuppi Conspired To Defraud Premier League Club Of $124 Million




United States authorities on Friday said an English Premier League club was among the victims the suspected Nigerian fraudster Igbalode Ramoni Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, conspired to defraud.

US Department of Justice said Hushpuppi will face criminal charges, alleging he conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from business email compromise (BEC) frauds and other scams, including schemes targeting a U.S. law firm, a foreign bank and an unnamed English Premier League soccer club.

“Abbas and others further conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from other fraudulent schemes and computer intrusions, including one scheme to steal £100 million (approximately $124 million) from an English Premier League soccer club, the complaint alleges,” the Department of Justice said in a statement on Friday.

Abbas, popularly known as Huspuppi was arrested earlier in June along with Olalekan Jacob Ponle, also known as Woodberry and 10 others.

The 12 suspects were arrested in six simultaneous raids carried out by the e-police unit of the Dubai Police.

The gang was responsible for Dh1.6 billion (about N169 billion) fraud involving over 1.9 million victims. Items worth N15.845 billion (Dh 150 million) were also seized.

13 luxury cars worth N2. 640 billion (Dh 25 million), 21 laptops, 47 smartphones, 15 memory storage devices, 5 external hard drives, and 800, 000 emails of potential victims were also recovered from the gang.

Their arrest in an operation codenamed Fox Hunt 2 came after about four months of painstaking investigations into their activities., during which their social media activities were monitored by the highly trained police unit.

The video posted by the Dubai Media Office said their police were able to track the locations of the suspected fraudsters using their social media activities.

The Dubai Police said the Hushpuppi and his gang specialized in hacking corporate emails and then send fictitious messages to the clients of the companies whose email accounts they have hacked to redirect financial transactions and bank details to their own accounts.

“This was a challenging case, one that spanned international boundaries, traditional financial systems and the digital sphere,” said Jesse Baker, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Los Angles Field Office.

The DoJ affidavit alleges that Abbas and others committed a BEC scheme that defrauded a client of a New York-based law firm out of approximately $922,857 in October 2019.

DoJ said Abbas and co-conspirators allegedly tricked one of the law firm’s paralegals into wiring money intended for the client’s real estate refinancing to a bank account that was controlled by Abbas and the co-conspirators.

The Dubai Police said he and Woodberry were extradited to the United States this week to face charges of money laundering. If convicted, Hushpuppi would face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.

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