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Youth Corper Docked Over Alleged £12.5m Internet Fraud, Remanded In Prison Custody

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The Enugu Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday arraigned Ogbonna Victor Chibuzor, a serving member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), before Justice A.M. Liman of the Federal High Court, Enugu, on a five-count charge bordering on intent to defraud, and possession of fraudulent documents contrary to Section 6 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.

Ogbonna’s arrest was sequel to series of raids carried out by operatives over the past one week in which several suspected fraudsters in their early 20s, alleged to be engaging in online fraud, were arrested having been found to be living a flamboyant lifestyle not commensurate to the means of livelihood.

Analysis carried out on the computer of the suspected fraudster revealed certain incriminating documents intended to be used in swindling gullible Nigerians and foreigners alike.

Further investigations disclosed that Ogbonna uses his e-mail address [email protected] to send unsolicited emails to his victims using fake or stolen identity to legitimise his nefarious activities.

One of the documents was addressed to one Alan Christopher of BG Group Plc, Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6, Berkshire, United Kingdom, with a rider “Your attention is needed” and a second paragraph talking about a £12,500,000 (Twelve Million Five Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling) unclaimed contract fund.

Another document found with the accused was a purported “Contract Award Certificate” to one Michael Morgan of 101 Brooklyn, New York, United State of America, on “Directing and Fixing of Oil Spillage” in the Niger Delta signed by the Chairman, Contract Tender Board and Chairman, Legal Department of Chevron Nigeria.

He pleaded “not guilty” to the charges preferred against him occasioning his counsel E.O. Isiwu to move a motion for bail, which was opposed by prosecuting counsel, Innocent Mbachie.

The presiding judge, however, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N500,000 and one surety in like sum. The surety, he ruled, “must have a landed property in Enugu which must be verified by the Commissioner of Lands”. Ogbonna is to be remanded in prison custody until he fulfils his bail conditions.

The case has been adjourned to January 30, 2019.

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Jungle Justice: Angry Mob Ignore Law, Set Man Ablaze For Killing Wife In Abia

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Tragedy struck Tuesday at Etitiama Nkporo community in Ohafia council area of Abia state when a man, identified as Kalu Ilum, shot his wife dead while the natives of the community meted instant justice by arresting and setting him ablaze.

It was gathered that Ilum, with no known means of livelihood, had been having marital problems with his wife, simply known as Chichi, a food vendor.

A resident of the community told journalists that Chichi had sought a divorce, believing that it was the only solution to the incessant problems with her husband.

“The couple has long unresolved marital issues, leading to the late wife, Chichi who sells food in the community to seek for divorce,” the resident said.

However, things were said to have gone out of hand at about 7am Tuesday when Ilum in a fit of anger, invaded his wife’s shop and shot her dead.

Ilum was reported to have fled after committing the heinous act and hid inside water well in an attempt to escape justice. The natives of the community who were hell-bent on getting the man to account for his misdeed, went searching for him, all to no avail.

They later engaged the services of a native doctor, who was said to have used his diabolical powers to smoke out the killer husband from the well. As soon as he came out from well, he was beaten to death and later set ablaze by an angry mob.

It was gathered that irate youths of the area marched to his residence and set it ablaze.

Contacted, spokesman of the Abia State Police Command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, said he was yet be briefed on the incident.

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Fire Guts Popular Sabo Market In Ogun

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The popular Sabo market in Sagamu, Ogun State has reportedly been engulfed in a fire.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained as many shops and properties are affected.

As of the time this report, the fire is yet to be put out.

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JUST IN: Court Reduces Maina’s Bail Conditions To N500m, One Surety

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A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday varied the conditions attached to the bail granted former Chairman, Pension Reform Task Force, Abdulrasheed Maina.

Justice Okon Abang, before who Maina is being tried on charges of money laundering, granted him conditional bail on November 25, 2015.

Among the bail conditions were that Maina endorses a bond of N1billion and produce two sureties, who must be serving Senators, and who must attend court at every subsequent proceeding.

Maina later returned to the court with a prayer for variation, on the grounds that the conditions were too stringent.

In a ruling on Monday, Justice Abang reduced the bail bond to N500million for Main, who he said, should now produce a single surety, who must be a serving Senator.

Justice Abang ordered that the Senator, who must own property in any of the high brow areas of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), must attend court at every adjourned date to sign at the court’s registry.

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