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Lagos COVID-19 Taskforce Storms Suprise Party; Arrests 60 Guests, Seals Off Venue [PHOTOS]

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The Lagos State Task Force on COVID-19 on Wednesday stormed a surprise party and arrested 60 fun-seeking guests for violating the lockdown orders and not complying with the social distancing pronouncement of the State.

The surprise party which was held at 84 Parks and Gardens, Idi Oparun bus stop opposite Abattoir at Abule Egba, area of Lagos had in attendance at the time of the enforcement over 56 youths who have gathered to celebrate against the directive of the President on lockdown.

The Joint Taskforce of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Lagos State Safety Commission, RRS and Task Force according to the team leader, Mr Kayode Bello, the Director Enforcement and Monitoring LASEPA, the team stormed the party after receiving a tip-off from concern citizen of the state of an ongoing birthday party.

Reacting to the seal off, the GM LASEPA, Dolapo Fasawe, “ it is no longer business as usual in the State, this pandemic has united us all and encourages citizen participation in terms of information sharing. We responded at exactly 3:10 pm after receiving the information and surprisingly met the youth who were shabbily dressed for a birthday party. It shouldn’t be difficult for us to obey simple instructions and adhere strictly to safety precautions, so as to timely flatten the curve so normalcy can return back to the world.

“The facility has been sealed off while the youths were taken away by the police for further investigation and profiling. This is to appeal to parents and guardians to seriously warn their wards and stay away from the unlawful gathering. All hands are on deck to ensure that there is a hidden place for flagrant violators. The war can only be won through the collective efforts of all. We all have a party to play as stakeholders.

We sealed off a night club using a pharmacy to cover up at VGC on Monday as a result of information sharing from concern citizens She expressed

In his own part, The DG safety Commission, Mr Lanre Mojola expressed shock that despite the enlightenment and advocacy of the state on social distancing and staying at home, some people can still devise unholistic means to gather and merry when lives are been lost across the globe. “ its disheartening that the youth who are the future of this great nation are insensitive about their health and if not because of them they should think about those people who are to be affected directly or indirectly by their action or inaction.

He further waned facility owners not to allow themselves to be used in perpetrating evils by occupying the centers for unlawful means under the pretense of social gathering.

The duo maintained that the state won’t hesitate the apply the provision of the law on event facility owners who defy government orders and cut corners without consideration for the implication all because of financial gain. The stakeholders were carried along and sensitize on the zero-tolerance of government to gathering at this crucial period.

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JUST IN: Ebonyi Governor Tests Positive For COVID-19

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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.

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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 (www.hbng.com).”

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

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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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