One Adeniyi Adewunmi who is an herbalist, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly swindling an ailing businessman out of N 190m .
The 43 -year – old reportedly collected the sum from the complainant , one Lawrence Akanbi , in tranches on the pretext that he would help him find cure to his illness .
PUNCH Metro learnt that Adewunmi and Akanbi struck a relationship sometime in February 2016 when the businessman consulted him in the Ajao Estate area of the state , seeking medicines for diabetes , asthma and deliverance from a spiritual attack .
The police alleged that Akanbi paid part of the sum to the herbalist in cash and made several deposits into his bank account.
The suspect was said to have come up with different gimmicks to sustain the alleged fraud each time the victim was suspicious .
It , however, dawned on him that he had been hoodwinked when his illness persisted .
The businessman had invited the herbalist to his house on Ajao Estate early January 2018 to collect another sum of money when he was arrested.
“The complainant is a businessman . He met the herbalist on the road sometime in February 2016 . The herbalist started collecting money from him and gave him medicines . Having paid N 190 m to the herbalist, he discovered that he was a fraudster . He paid in tranches of N 5 m , N 10 m , N 20m , N 50 m and even paid part of the sum into the suspect’s account .
“The suspect had come to the complainant ’s house on Ajao Estate to collect more money from him when he was arrested by the police from the Area D Command, Mushin , ” a police source said .
The source explained that the case was later transferred to the Force Intelligence Bureau , Obalende , for further investigation .
The suspect was arraigned on Monday at the Igbosere Magistrate ’ s Court on four counts of obtaining money under false pretences and stealing .
The police prosecutor , Sergeant Friday Mameh, told the court that the alleged offence contravened sections 287, 314( a ) , 314( 2 ) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria , 2015.
The charges read in part, “That you, Adeniyi Adewunmi, sometime in February 2016, on Ajao Estate , Oshodi , Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District , did commit felony , to wit : obtaining money under false pretences .
“That you, on the same date , time and place , in the aforementioned magisterial district, did obtain the sum of N 190 m from one Lawrence Akanbi , on the pretext that you will use it to cure him of his diabetes , asthma and spiritual attack , a representation you knew to be false.
“That you, on the same date , time and place , in the aforementioned magisterial district , did steal the sum of N 190 m from one Lawrence Akanbi , on the pretext that you will use it to cure him of diabetes and asthma and deliver him from a spiritual attack , but you converted the money to your own use , thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria , 2015.”
The defendant , however, pleaded not guilty and elected summary trial .
The presiding Chief Magistrate , A .F. O . Botoku, admitted him to bail in the sum of N 20m with two sureties each in like sum , adding that one of the sureties should be a level 15 officer in the state civil service .
The case was adjourned till February 12 , 2018 , while the defendant was remanded in prison pending when his bail conditions would be perfected.
GTBank Marks 10 Years of Autism Advocacy, Holds Annual Autism Conference July 27th- 28th
For the past 10 years, Guaranty Trust Bank plc has been at the forefront of the advocacy for people living with autism.
The Bank’s Orange Ribbon Initiative has also become a major rallying point for driving awareness about Autism, campaigning against the social stigma associated with developmental disorders, and helping people with autism live a full and productive life.
This year, as part of its Orange Ribbon Initiative, GTBank will hold its 10th Annual Autism Conference via live stream on Monday, July 27 and Tuesday, July 28, 2020, so that anyone, anywhere can interact and learn from globally renowned medical experts, caregivers and health practitioners about supporting children and adults living with Autism.
Themed, “Autism: Focusing on similarities rather than differences,” the two-day conference will feature keynote presentations, panel discussions and Q&A sessions facilitated by specialists on Autism, such as Dr. Andy Shih, a Senior Vice President at Autism Speaks, Dr. Pamela Dixon, the Director of Clinical Services and Inclusion at Autism Speaks and Dr. Brooke Ingersoll, Associate Professor and Director of the Autism Lab at Michigan State University, USA, amongst others. To participate in the conference, visit www.gtbank.com/autism2020.
Commenting on the 10th Annual Autism Conference, Mr Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said; “This is one of the most important Autism Conferences we have held over the years, not only because it marks the 10th anniversary of our advocacy for people living with autism, but also because it is happening at such a critical time. The Covid-19 pandemic has made life more difficult for people all over the world, and at this year’s Conference, we are bringing together specialists, caregivers, parents and concerned members of the public to share expertise and experience about how we can continue to be there for children and adults living with autism, during this pandemic and beyond.”
Guaranty Trust Bank plc is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world-class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality and innovation. The Bank is also going beyond the traditional understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility as corporate philanthropy by intervening in key economic sectors through non-profit consumer-focused fairs and capacity building initiatives for small businesses.
James Hope College Honored At The Fourth Edition Of British Council Recognition And Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards
This year, to recognize scholarly excellence, James Hope College received multiple prizes including,
- Best in the World Category for English as a Second Language – Two awards
- Best Across Eight Subjects in Nigeria – One award
- Best in Nigeria Category – Eight awards
- High Achievement Category – Two awards
These awards acknowledge exceptional Nigerian-based learners’ achievements in Cambridge examinations taken by students around the world. The primary purpose of these awards is to celebrate and recognize the success of high-performing Cambridge learners and the partner schools that have exemplified Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Child Protection policies.
Elated at this laudable feat, the Founder/Chairman of James Hope College, Mr. Jim Ovia congratulated the awardees and commended the management of the College. According to Mr. Ovia, the College would continually offer “world-class education that would enable our students to compete favourably on a global scale.”
James Hope College is an educational initiative of the Jim Ovia Foundation. Since its inception, the College has consistently maintained an outstanding academic pace within and beyond Nigeria. Some of its accolades include (but not limited to):
- 100% A* – C in all 13 subjects registered for the 2019 November IGCSE Examinations
- The 2019 Cambridge Summer School Scholarship awarded to a James Hope College student
- British Council Awards for Best In Nigeria in Biology, Chemistry and Geography for the 2018 November IGCSE Examinations
- British Council Award for High Achievement in Nigeria in Design and Technology for the 2018 November IGCSE Examinations
- 100% perfect score in the 2018 Cambridge Checkpoint Examination
- Best 2016/2017 BECE result in Delta State
- Overall Best Student for the 2016/2017 BECE in Delta State
The Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards recognizes the exceptional performance of learners around the world in Cambridge examinations. The awards reflect the talent and hard work of learners and acknowledge the dedication and commitment of both teachers and parents.
Indeed, James Hope College is making its mark in the academic landscape within and outside Nigeria.
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