Four Nigerians face trial for £10m fraud in UK

Four suspected fraudsters, who are Nigerians, are being prosecuted for allegedly using the identities of civil servants to commit a £10 million scam in the United Kingdom, UK. The accused were said to have stolen personal details from the Civil Service Sports Council, CSSC, to make fraudulent claims over a four-year period. Member lists were stolen from CSSC and used to place orders for tax credit starter packs. 2017_6$large_419948D600000578-0-image-a-24_1498523500532 The gang, which reportedly made about £2,500,000, would have got away with £10,260,525 if staff at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs had not discovered the high rate of claims being made by civil servants. Adedamola Oyebisi, 30, CSSC events manager, was accused of stealing membership lists and passing them on to her brothers-in-law, Oluwatobe Emmanuel Odeyemi, 34, and Oluwagbenga Stephen Odeyemi, 39, who allegedly ran the fraud with Kayode Sanni, 38. It was learned that Sanni denied being involved in the fraud and told Old Bailey jurors ‘my conscience is clear.’   He was convicted of one count of conspiracy to become knowingly concerned in a fraudulent act between March 10, 2009 and June 11, 2013. Emmanuel Odeyemi and Adedamole Oyebode have already pleaded guilty and will be sentenced with Sanni at the Old Bailey on July 6.

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Bedridden ex-gov Suntai dies in US at 56

A former governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai, who was involved in a plane crash in October 2012, is dead. He died in Houston, Florida, in the United States on Wednesday.

Mr. Emmanuel Bello, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Darius Ishaku on Public Affairs, confirmed the incident in a statement on Wednesday. Suntai, 56, has since the plane crash been receiving treatment in hospitals across the world. Bello said information on when the remains of the former governor would be conveyed back to Nigeria would be released later. suntai 2 Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and the  Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, have said they are saddened by Suntai’s death. In a press statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, Dogara prayed the Almighty God to comfort his immediate family. The Speaker also commiserated with the government and people of Taraba State, saying it was particularly painful because the deceased was a dedicated and purpose-driven leader who had the interest of his people at heart and had left indelible footprints on the development landscape of the state. Reacting to the news of the death of the former governor, Ekweremadu, in a statement on Monday by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Uche Anichukwu, said Suntai gave a good account of himself as a politician, public administrator and a party man. He said, “This is an incalculable loss not only to the people of Taraba State, but also to the Peoples Democratic Party family, and the nation in general. We had all prayed for his full recovery following the air mishap of October 2012. “This is a very sad news, for he was a leader that loved his people, for he gave a good account of himself as a politician, public administrator, man of peace, patriot, party a man and nation builder. He will be sorely missed, but like all great men, he is immortalised by his selfless service to God and humanity.”


Evans sues Police, says charge me or free me

Kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans, has dragged the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and three others before the Federal High Court in Lagos over alleged illegal detention.
Joined as respondents in the suit are the Nigeria Police Force, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Lagos State Police Command. In the rights enforcement suit filed on his behalf by a Lagos-based lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, Evans is praying for the order of court to direct the respondents to immediately charge him to court if there is any case against him in accordance with Sections 35 (1) (c) (3) (4) (5) (a) (b) and 36 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In the alternative, he is praying the court to compel the respondents to immediately release him unconditionally in the absence of any offence that will warrant his being charged to court. Evans is further contending in the suit that his continued detention by the respondents since June 10, 2017, without being charged to court or released on bail is an infringement on his fundamental human rights. According to Vanguard, he argued that the respondents ought to have charged him to court in accordance with the provisions of Sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution. It was further argued that the alleged offence committed by the applicant (Evans) are correspondingly intertwined with the constitutional safeguards as provided under Sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution. Evans’ dad deposes to affidavit in son’s support To support Evans’ case, his father, Stephen Onwuamadike personally deposed to a 27-paragraph affidavit in support of the suit. In his affidavit, Evans’ father averred that his son (applicant) has been subjected to media trial without any court order by the respondents. He further averred that the media trial and news orchestrated by the respondents have continued to generate reactions in both print and electronic media without his son being afforded fair hearing and trial before a court of law. He added that since his son’s arrest, all his family members have been denied access to him while media practitioners have been granted unfettered access to him. The matter has not been assigned to any judge and no date has been fixed for the hearing. We have court order to hold him for 3 months — Police Meanwhile, reacting to the suit, spokesman for the Police High Command, Jimoh Moshood said that the Police had obtained a court order from a Federal High Court, Abuja, to detain Evans for three months, in order to allow them carry out proper investigation on the suspect. The investigation, according to the police will take operatives to Ghana, South Africa and many parts of the country before he could be arraigned. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Administration, in the Lagos Command, Dasuki Galandanci had told journalists last Friday that the Police is in the midst of a thorough investigation on Evans. He said: “Evans has been a kidnapper for a long time and has been on the wanted list of the Police in Anambra, Abuja, Enugu, Edo and Lagos States. He also has a criminal gang, some of whom have been arrested in Enugu and Lagos. “But there are still more out there. Therefore, this needs a painstaking investigation. Besides, we need to understudy him as well as debrief him properly. By so doing, we intend to use his tactics to get others. He will eventually be charged to court after investigation is concluded.” ‘He is innocent before the law until proved guilty’ Also, reacting to Evans suit, a lawyer and Don, Gbenga Ojo, said, “It may surprise Nigerians that he had to approach the court, however, in the eyes of the law, he is presumed innocent until pronounced guilty by a competent court. However, as it is, I don’t think any court will grant him bail considering the allegations levelled against him. “It is the same law that gives him fundamental human rights to seek redress in court that provides that no one can kill other persons unlawfully or kidnap and subject victims to unbearable conditions. So, the court will look at all these before considering to do anything. In my opinion, no court will allow such application to fly. “However, if the prosecution is not ready to arraign him now due to their investigation, they should take him to the magistrate court to get a remand order, pending the conclusion of their investigation.”


The first ATM in the world Clocks 50 Years

The world’s first Automated Teller Machine (ATM) on Tuesday June 27, 2017 clocked 50 years.
According to the Metro, the world’s first ATM was unveiled by Barclays at its Enfield branch in North London on June 27 1967.
As  a tribute to the golden anniversary, Barclays transformed the ATM at its Enfield branch into gold, added a commemorative plaque and placed a red carpet in front for its users.
The original one was the brainchild of Scottish inventor Shepherd-Barron, and was commissioned by Barclays to create six cash dispensers, the first of which was installed at Enfield.  English actor Reg Varney, who starred in the British TV comedy show “On The Buses”, was the first person to withdraw cash from the new machine.
Now there are an estimated three million cash machines across the globe with close to 70,000 cash machines in the UK alone which dispensed 175 billion pounds in 2016.

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Chibok schoolgirls meet President Donald Trump

 Joy Bishara , 20, and Lydia Pogu , 19, two of the Chibok schoolgirls who were able to escape from Boko Haram in 2014, met with US President Donald Trump at the White House Wednesday, June 28.

The duo and several other girls who escaped moved to the United States to complete school.
With the help of a Christian nonprofit, others, they were able to attend boarding school in Virginia. Bishara and Pogu transferred their senior year and recently graduated from Canyonville Christian Academy.
They will be attending Southeastern University in Florida in the fall


Insurgency: Cameroon repatriates 887 Nigerian refugees

About 887 Nigerian refugees from Cameroon on Tuesday arrived in Banki, Borno following a request from the Cameroonian government to Nigeria to facilitate their return. Mr Hanson Tamfu, the External Relations Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Nigeria, made known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja. Tamfu said that the request was prompted by fear and suspicions of the Cameroonian authorities that among the refugees might include some elements of Boko Haram. “The returnees arrived in six trucks sent by Nigerian authorities following the meeting with the governor of the far north region of Cameroon on June 19. “During the meeting, Nigeria was requested to cause the return of refugees, which the Cameroonian authority suspects may also compromise some elements of Boko Haram whose activities have increased tremendously in recent times. Furore-IDPs-Camp-in-Yola-Adamawa-State-5-780x400-1 “Consequently, the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on June 26 dispatched the buses to transport the refugees,’’ Tamfu said. Tamfu said that the latest group of returnees comprises 233 females, 187 males, 236 girls, and 231 boys who were living in host communities in Kolofata, a far north region of Cameroon. He said it was reported that most of them do not have much in terms of personal effects but a few items in plastic sacks while some returned completely empty handed. Tamfu said that UNHCR responded immediately by providing wet feeding, adding that it also would contact the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Borno  SEMA to continue with food provision. He said that more returnees had indicated interest to leave Minawowa Camp in Cameroon, adding that they were anxious to return following the media reports about improved security back home. He said they were also eager to return on hearing the government’s decision to distribute food to all the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno.


22-year-old lady survives 10 days in Sahara Desert


The International Organisation for Migration said the woman, with the nickname Adaora, was the only female among the survivors of a rescue mission on May 28. “She left Nigeria in early April, hoping for better future in Europe. There were 50 migrants on the pick-up van when it left Agadez for Libya, but only six are still alive today,” the Niger Chief of Mission for IOM, Giuseppe Loprete, said.
 Recounting her ordeal, Adaora said: “We were in the desert for 10 days. After five days, the driver abandoned us.
“He left with all of our belongings, saying he was going to pick us up in a couple of hours, but he never did,” she recalled. During the next two days, 44 of the migrants died, a situation that persuaded the six survivors to start walking to look for help. “We had to drink our own pee to survive,” said the woman, now in an IOM camp in Niamey, Niger Republic. She had left Nigeria with two close female friends, who both died in the desert. “They were too weak to keep going,” she recalls, sadly. “We buried a few, but there were just too many to be buried and we didn’t have the strength to do it,” Adaora adds. “I couldn’t walk anymore. I wanted to give up,” she recalls. Two other migrants carried her until a truck driver picked them up and took them to local authorities who then alerted IOM staff in Dirkou in the Agadez Region of north-eastern Niger. By the time the six survivors reached IOM’s transit centre in Dirkou, Adaora was unconscious. She received medical assistance, and when she recovered, she gave a detailed account of her experience to both the authorities and IOM staff. Two of the other migrants from the group went back with IOM staff and the authorities to find the bodies and identify the victims. After receiving medical assistance at IOM’s transit centres in both Dirkou and Agadez, Adaora is currently recovering at IOM’s transit centre for migrants in Niamey, awaiting her imminent voluntary return to Nigeria. Adaora says she had no idea what the route was going to be like, otherwise she would have never left Nigeria. She says upon returning to Nigeria, she wants to continue her work as a nurse. The IOM said it rescued no fewer than 600 people since April 2017 through a new search-and-rescue operation that targets migrants stranded in the Sahara Desert. The UN migration agency, however, regretted that 52 migrants, mostly from The Gambia, Nigeria, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire, died over the period, according to its statement on Tuesday. “We are enhancing our capacity to assist vulnerable migrants stranded in Northern Agadez, towards the Niger-Libya border. Saving lives in the desert is becoming more urgent than ever,” IOM says.  


FG fails to implement 18% pension contribution for workers 

Three years after the Pension Reform Act, 2014 mandated public and private sector organisations to increase the minimum pension contribution of both employers and employees to the Retirements Savings Account of workers from 15 per cent of the total monthly emolument to 18 per cent; the Federal Government has yet to comply with the law.

As reported by Punch, the PRA, 2014 states that employers should increase their contributions to the workers’ RSAs to 10 per cent, while the employees’ contribution should rise to eight per cent, from the former 7.5 per cent each. presi
Some operators, who spoke to our correspondent on the development, attributed the non-compliance of the Federal Government to the recession, which had taken its toll on the economy. They, however, stated that the under payment was to the detriment of the workers because they would have less funds in their RSAs and this would affect the amounts they would be receiving as returns on investment on their accounts with their respective Pension Fund Administrators. The President, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, Bobboi Kaigama, said that the labour union had always been on the board of the National Pension Commission and that it was concerned about the under payment into the workers’ RSAs. He, however, expressed worry that the board of PenCom had not been constituted for a long time, a development he noted was dragging back many decisions that should have been taken. Kaigama attributed the failure of the government to fulfil its obligation to the workers to the inability of PenCom to play its role due to the failure to constitute its board. “The board of PenCom should be put constituted as the delay is creating a lot of administrative bottleneck. The moment we get in there, we will find out why those things are not,” he said. The TUC president also said the union was urging the government to make gratuity compulsory for all retirees in the public sector in order to augment the lump sum they were entitled to at retirement. He observed that many workers were retiring and getting little amounts as gratuity and monthly pensions under the Contributory Pension Scheme, a situation he noted was not encouraging. According to him, the government must provide extra funds as gratuity to augment the lump sum that the retirees were getting. Investigation also revealed that many private sector employers were had to comply with the 18 per cent minimum pension savings for workers. The Chairman, Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria, Mr. Eguarehide Longe, said employers must be encouraged to comply with the provisions of the law. He observed that many people were currently grappling with serious economic challenges in the country, and therefore should not be forced into making extra commitments. “Paying the 15 per cent or pension at all is a real challenge for many employers. If we insist on the 18 per cent, we just want to make it more difficult for people who are trying,” he said.

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Africa facing shortfall of 50 million jobs by 2040

A new research from the Tony Blair Institute has revealed that part of Africa could suffer a massive unemployment crisis by 2050.
The report predicted a shortfall of 50 million jobs, which should serve as a “wake-up call” for governments across much of the continent, as well as international donors and agencies.

According to the analysis by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, based on world bank data, the labour force in sub-Saharan Africa will be 823 million by 2040, up from 395 million in 2015. However, total number of jobs is only expected to hit 773 million, it said, leaving 50 million people in Africa unemployed.
The report found that countries with high economic potential - such as Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria and Sierra Leone - were failing to transform and achieve growth.
The governments of the listed countries were advised to pursue 'inclusive growth strategies to achieve growth.
The report also highlighted the progress of Botswana, Ethiopia and Mauritius, which it said had made significant progress in recent decades, due to a political leaders working alongside stakeholders and development partners.
It said Mauritius spent 10 years focussing on textiles and a subsequent 10 years in tourism, while Ethiopia and Botswana focussed on agriculture and services, respectively for 20 years.
The three countries have been able to achieve a bit of growth with the progress they have made so far.

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$400,000 a month Malibu mansion for Beyonce new twins

Since giving birth to her twins, believed to be a boy and a girl, Beyonce and her newborn babies have been in this lavish Malibu hideaway to keep away from prying eyes and also to give them time to rest and get used to their new life.

The luxurious mansion, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, has extensive 6.3 acre grounds and boasts of 14 bathrooms, 10 bedrooms, a 25ft infinity pool and it costs $400,000 a month to rent. It has a rose garden with more than 1,000 flower bushes, a landscaped desert area and a tennis court complete with a viewing deck. Beyonce is renting the La Villa Contenta until the end of August, that is for more than two months, so do the math.
Beyonce moved in on Wednesday after leaving the hospital following the birth of her twins via cesarean section. It is reportedly another reason why she rented the secluded location, she wants a nice, quiet place to recuperate. Her mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, was seen on Sunday arriving at the luxurious house to visit her grand babies. She arrived in a black Porshe SUV. Neighbours at Beyonce's lavish hideaway include Halle Berry (she has a house that sits directly on the sandy beach facing the Pacific), Caitlyn Jenner, Barbra Streisand, Pamela Anderson and Julia Roberts. The La Villa Contenta has been featured in a lot of movies such as, in HBO's True Blood, in CW series Privileged, Funny People, and more.
See more photos of the mansion below...