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The All Progressives Congress (APC), National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomohle on Tuesday insisted that there would be no going back over a plan to impeach Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki after his defection to Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).

This is coming just as Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara was conspicuously missing at the meeting of the National Assembly caucus of the ruling APC with the leadership of the party, where plans on how to impeach Senate President was reportedly perfected.

While addressing the lawmakers before they entered into a closed-door meeting, APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomohle, insisted that the Senate President Saraki, who is now in a minority party cannot continue to preside over the majority, the APC members.

According to him, Saraki’s move to approach the court to stop his impeachment will be an exercise in futility because it is the Senate that would determine who would lead them.

Oshiomohle said: “In all of these, one thing is clear, the Senate president cannot change the real narrative in the Senate. The minority can have their say, and the majority will have their way at the Senate.

“If they have only 49, and the APC have 56, they will tell us anywhere in the world, where the minority will produce the leaders of the House. We cannot be subjected to a minority rule in Nigeria. Whether Senator Saraki likes it or not he can only take the part of honour by allowing the APC to take its rightful leader of the Senate. If not he would be impeached lawfully and democratically.

“As the governing party, we are committed to leading with example. In everything we do we ensure it is in the provisions of the law, Including the impeachment of Senator Saraki.

“We have very important issues which require the NASS to deliberate on before the presiding officers hurriedly adjourned the Assembly.

“The issue of obtaining foreign loans, without which the government cannot perform, the virement and the Presidents request for the approval of N242bn for INEC. You must act to actualize these so that the democracy would not shut down as expected by Saraki. These issues require your serious attention to ensure that government gets the required assistance to provide the dividends of democracy to Nigerians,” he stated.

Oshiomohle also assured the APC lawmakers that the party will reward the loyal members.

Also speaking, the Senate Majority Leader, Ahmed Lawan, insisted that the National Assembly must be reconvened before next week Sallah holiday.

“We are insisting that the National Assembly must be reconvened quickly so that we settle the issues of INEC budget, foreign loans and 2018 budget virement. To do otherwise means sabotaged. If we fail to pass the budget, it will serve the PDP very well, but it could spark a serious constitutional crisis. The country would be shut down.

“I am sure this a season of regrets because those who have left APC are full of regrets. They are not finding it easy with their new parties.

“Every member here has faced one issue or the other, especially with their state governors. We urge you to intervene very quickly and reconcile all the issues before we go into primary elections.

“We really appreciate your moves so far, and we urge you to carry it to the last. Your word of promise to reward our loyalty to the party. We need ourselves to be together. So we all must accommodate each other.”

For the Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun and the House Leader Femi Gbajabiamila thanked the APC National Chairman for the word of assurance that the party will reward their loyalty.

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‘The Worst Is Yet To Come’ As COVID-19 Cases Exceed 10 Million Worldwide —– WHO

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Six months into the coronavirus pandemic, over 10 million people have been infected and more than 500,000 have died, data from worldometers.info has revealed.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) head, Tedros Ghebreyesus, said the worst is yet to come, noting that the virus would infect many more people if governments did not start to implement the right policies.

“Six months ago, none of us could have imagined how our world – and our lives – would be thrown into turmoil by this new virus”, Mr Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing on Monday, the BBC reported.

“We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is this is not even close to being over,” he said. “Although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is actually speeding up.”

The WHO chief noted that “we’re all in this for the long haul.”

“We will need even greater stores of resilience, patience, humility, and generosity in the months ahead,” he said. “We have already lost so much — but we cannot lose hope.”

In an atmosphere of global political division and fractures on a national level, “the worst is yet to come. I’m sorry to say that,” he said.

“With this kind of environment and condition, we fear the worst.”

The latest grim milestone came on Tuesday, nearly four months after the WHO declared the coronavirus a pandemic on March 11, when there were 118,000 confirmed cases and 4,000 had died.

The first 41 cases were confirmed in Wuhan, China, on January 10. But the contagion has since spread to the world’s six continents and over 200 countries.

For most of its victims, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks after a combination of treatment therapy, leading to the recovery of almost six million sufferers.

But the contagion is far more deadly for especially older adults and people with existing health problems. It can cause severe pneumonia that can make breathing almost impossible for the victim.

This has made ventilators, a piece of automated equipment that pumps air in and out of the lungs of patients unable to breathe on their own, very scare and high in demand.

As the virus continues to spread, life, as it was, is no longer the same with billions across the world trying to recover from the economic downturn of the lockdown measures. Hospitals are under strain as confirmed infections pile up.

There is no vaccine yet for coronavirus and the pathogen has been mutating in its pattern of spread. A study found that deadly disease can spread through the air and remains contagious for hours.

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As of the time of filing this report, there are 10,590,953 confirmed cases across the globe, data from worldometers.info, an online dashboard that tracks the global number of confirmed coronavirus cases showed.

Some severely affected countries including the U.S., Brazil, Russia, India, Italy, France, and Spain.

However, the four worst-hit countries – U.S., Brazil, Russia, and India – have a combined figure of over five million infections, more than half of the global total.

There are 4,277,962 active cases as of the time of reporting. Of that number, about 4,220,122 (99 percent) are in mild conditions while only 57,840 (1 percent) cases are in serious or critical conditions.

Meanwhile, about 5,798,970 people have recovered after treatment so far worldwide.

As of the time of reporting, about 514,021 people have succumbed to coronavirus, data from worldometers.info showed.

The United States which already has the highest number of reported infections in the world – 2,727,853 – is also the country with the highest death toll of more than 130, 000.

Europe, however, remains the worst-affected region with the combined death toll in Italy, Spain, France, Russia, and the U.K exceeding 150,000, showing the high price nations can pay if the virus outstrips the capacity of a country’s health care system.

Some experts believe the death toll could be higher as many people suspected of the disease die without being tested.

Countries have continued to report inadequate testing kits for potential patients of the virus.

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Hushpuppi, Woodberry Planning $435m Cyber Heist Before Arrest —- Dubai Criminal Investigation Department

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Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, Director of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Dubai Police said Hushpuppi and his gang were planning a $435 million cyber fraud on a global scale before they were busted.

Al Jallaf told Gulf Today, that the simultaneous raids of Hushpuppi and his gang yielded incriminating documents, which have since been confiscated.

Both Gulf Today and UAE National published salacious details of the arrests of the 12-man gang of fraudsters, led by Raymond Igbalode Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi.

Also arrested with him was Olalekan Jacob Ponle aka “Woodberry”, along with ten other cybercriminals in a special operation.

Here is the story as published by Golf Today:

Dubbed “Fox Hunt 2”, the operation took down the suspects for committing crimes outside the UAE, including money-laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, criminal impersonating, scamming individuals, banking fraud, and identity theft.

Lt. General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, the Commander-in-chief of Dubai Police, said the arrest of ‘Hushpuppi’, ‘Woodberry’ and ten gang members involved in money laundering and cyber fraud activities, is another achievement added to the proud record of Dubai police in ensuring the emirate’s security and safety as well as preserving people’s money and property.

“Similar to operation ‘Fox Hunt 1’ that took down an African gang of nine online scammers last February, Op ‘Fox Hunt 2’ is another painful hit to cybercriminals who try to mess with the world’s security and safety,” he said.

Al-Marri further reaffirmed the force’s commitment to foiling cyber fraud and online scams using the latest technology.

“As criminals constantly change their criminal methods, Dubai Police work tirelessly to qualify elites of officers and employees specialized in facilitating the latest technologies to tackle emerging and transnational organized crime,” he said.

The commander-in-chief of Dubai Police also praised the tremendous efforts made by the force’s teams who arrested the suspects and mastered the use of modern technologies.

The director of Dubai CID said the raid resulted in confiscating incriminating documents of a planned fraud on a global scale worth AED 1.6 billion ($ 435 million).

“The team also seized more than Dhs150 million ($40.9 million) in cash, 13 luxury cars with an estimated value of Dhs25 million ($6.8 million) obtained from fraud crimes, and confiscated 21 computer devices, 47 smartphones, 15 memory sticks, five hard disks containing 119,580 fraud files as well as addresses of 1,926,400 victims”, he said.

After conducting further investigations and analyzing confiscated electronic devices, Dubai Police investigators uncovered sensitive information mined by the suspects on individuals and companies overseas including bank accounts and fake credit cards as well as documents and files condemning the gangs’ illegal activities.

Synchronized Raids

According to Expert Major General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs, the suspects were caught in a series of synchronized raids by six SWAT teams from Dubai Police.

“The operation was carried out in a highly professional manner in terms of planning and execution as well as setting a zero hour to take down all gang members at the same time,” Al Mansouri said.

Al Mansouri said the operation foiled the gang’s bid to deceive many people from around the world and steal their money.

He also lauded the efforts of the task force assigned to the case.

“The investigation teams at Dubai Police have done a great job in utilizing AI-based technologies, including the Criminal Data Analysis Centre at Dubai Police, to track down the cyber fraudsters,” Al Mansouri said.

Revealing the operation’s details, Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, Director of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Dubai Police, said that upon receiving the security intel about an African gang involved in money-laundering and cyber fraud, an investigation team was formed to track down the suspects, make the arrest and put an end to the gang’s illegal activities that have been badly affecting individuals and companies overseas and targeting their bank accounts and credit cards.

“After verifying available information, the team has started to track the gang including “Hushpuppi”, who celebrated his wealth via social media platform, under a businessman façade, in an attempt to lure victims from all over the world,” Al Jallaf said.

Al Jallaf said the anti-cybercrime task force was able to track the gang members and detect their criminal activities including creating fake accounts on social media websites with fake nicknames, hacking corporate emails to deceive clients into making money transfers to the gang’s bank accounts.

“The suspects also targeted victims overseas by creating fake websites for well-known companies and banks in a bid to steal victims’ credit card information and then launder the stolen money,” Al Jallaf continued.

The director of Dubai CID said the raid resulted in confiscating incriminating documents of a planned fraud on a global scale worth AED 1.6 billion ($ 435 million).

“The team also seized more than Dhs150 million ($40.9 million) in cash, 13 luxury cars with an estimated value of Dhs25 million ($6.8 million) obtained from fraud crimes, and confiscated 21 computer devices, 47 smartphones, 15 memory sticks, five hard disks containing 119,580 fraud files as well as addresses of 1,926,400 victims”, he said.

After conducting further investigations and analyzing confiscated electronic devices, Dubai Police investigators uncovered sensitive information mined by the suspects on individuals and companies overseas including bank accounts and fake credit cards as well as documents and files condemning the gangs’ illegal activities.

Fox Hunt 1

Last February, Dubai Police arrested an African gang of nine fraudsters specialized in cyber scams after they had run 81 fake businesses across 18 countries around the world.

Dubbed “Fox Hunt 1” the operation revealed a hidden online fraud network that deceived victims into transferring money in return of job opportunities. The gang used multiple bank accounts to make money transfers and deposits totaling more than Dhs32 million ($8.7 million)

The operation prevented the gang from abusing 800,000 email addresses and foiled their bid to steal Dhs4 billion ($1.08 billion).

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Going To Prison Is Honour For Politician, Gbajabiamila Tells Orji Kalu

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House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila has said prison experience for any politician is a “badge of honour”.

The Speaker, who was represented by Deputy Speaker Ahmed Idris Wase, spoke when he led Principal Officers of the House on a visit to Senate Chief Whip Orji Uzor Kalu, who was recently released from the Nigeria Correctional Centre in Kuje, Abuja.

Wase said the leadership of the House was in Kalu’s home to sympathize with him over his incarceration.

The Deputy Speaker urged the former Abia State governor to take his experience as a life’s lesson and put everything before God.

He said: “We are here to sympathize with you on what happened and your incarceration. As a politician, I want you to take it as one of those things.

“First, we congratulate you and urge you to put everything before God and believe it is part of destiny.

“My Leader, the late Chief Solomon Lar, told me not to fear, as a politician, to go to prison. He told me that going to prison is a badge of honour.

“If you are a good politician, you should be willing to taste prison experience because it will come to you in very many dimensions.

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“That happened to us sometime in the past when we were being chased and humiliated, and he asked us to be resolute and face the issues as they were.

“He reminded us of how he was sentenced to over 90 to 150 years in prison. He told us that as leaders, there is always a judgment that could be passed.

“As our leader, we want you to appreciate what God has done for you; use it for the positive development of our country’s judicial system; use it in the interest of humanity.”

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