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Saturday, 24 February 2018

Revealed How FSMLT Provost, Etukudo, Mismanaged N359m

Revealed How FSMLT Provost, Etukudo, Mismanaged N359m

The trial of the Provost of Federal School of Medical Laboratory Technology, FSMLT, Jos, Plateau State, Dr. Nkereuwem Sunday Etukudo and four others over their alleged complicity in the diversion of funds to the tune of N359million continued on Thursday, February 22, 2018 before Justice D.D.Longi of the Plateau State High Court, Jos.

Others are Yusuf Samuel, Accountant, FSMLT; Ernest Demtoe, Secretary of Tenders Board, FSMLT; Goodluck Echewa, and Esio Udoh, both contractors of FSML.

Etukudo and his co accused are standing trial on a 15-count charge of conspiracy, diversion of funds and official corruption preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The matter, had on December 12, 2017, been adjourned to 21 and 22 February, 2018 for  trial to commence de novo, following the re-arraignment of the defendants upon  the appointment of former trial judge, Justice Y. G. Dakwak, as the state's Chief Justice.

However, proceedings were stalled on February 21, after Justice Longi disallowed  the witnesses subpoenaed by the prosecution to testify owing to the absence of their names  in the proof of evidence.

At resumed proceedings on Thursday February 22, the prosecution presented its first witness, Mrs Ethel Ekam, former staff of the FSMLT.
Led in evidence by Samuel Okeleke, Ekam who testified as PW1, narrated to the court her knowledge of the matter before it.

"I was posted to FSMLT, Jos in November 2006 and transferred out in March 2014. My main duties were: lecturer, head of department, parasitology, project supervisor, project coordinator, practical coordinator and exam supervisor. My ad hoc duties were: hostel supervisor, student affairs officer, secretary, academic board, secretary, senior staff committee, secretary, scientist association, secretary to some organizing committees.

"I was invited by the EFCC to their office in Abuja sometime in March 2014. On reaching there, I was shown a petition written by some concerned staff of the school against the provost (the first defendant). I agreed with the petition and adopted it because it was the situation of things in the school at that time."

Ekam narrated to the court how a 7-member committee had been nominated by the school for foreign trainings in the United Kingdom and Ethiopia, but was not informed or mobilized accordingly, despite the funds being allegedly disbursed to some other persons.

"I was the sixth person on the list of nominated committee members to travel to Ethiopia for professional conference and to travel to the UK for professional training. I am here to say that I did not travel for any professional training. I was never paid any duty tour allowance or estacode for journeying abroad in respect of that training”.

Thereafter, cross examination by the counsel representing the first, third, fourth and fifth defendants commenced.

However, attempts by the defence counsel to pose questions to the witness relating to a document was objected to by the prosecution as the document referred to was not in an admissible form.

Justice Longi, thereafter adjourned the matter to April 19-20, 2018 for continuation of cross examination and trial.
Female Hairstylist Dies In Church In Zimbabwe After Giving Testimony

Female Hairstylist Dies In Church In Zimbabwe After Giving Testimony

A hairdresser died in the church immediately after giving testimonies before the congregation at Universal Church of God. The deceased, simply identified as Mpofu attended a church service at Bulawayo area of Zimbabwe where she gave a testimony thanking God for the wonders He had done in her life.

According to reports, Mpofu slumped immediately after sharing her testimony and died in the church. A close relative who asked for anonymity told the media that they were very disappointed and confused as they were not sure if the testimony was the reason behind Mpofu's death. "It is very sad that our family member died this way. She was someone who was a dedicated church member which now turns to be a surprise that she died in the house which she thought was the safest” said the relative.

"What is more surprising is when all this happened the church did not notify us that she had collapsed choosing to keep her for six hours. We do not know why they kept her in church when they were aware that her condition was critical, that is why we are suspecting foul play," he continued.

The deceased's husband left mourners in shock when he asked all church members to leave the funeral. It was clear that he wanted nothing to do with Universal Church members and their pastors. A pastor who declined to be named said they did not bother attending the funeral as they were not on good terms with Mpofu's family. Mpofu was buried on Monday.

Efforts to get a comment from the church on the incident involving their deceased member were fruitless as a pastor that invited B Metro over for a comment asked for written questions that he said would be sent to their lawyers for a response.
Boy Hires Assassin To Kill Parent So As To Inherit Properties

Boy Hires Assassin To Kill Parent So As To Inherit Properties

A 22 year old man has been tricked by police into thinking that a hitman he hired had killed his family so that he could inherit their wealth. Detectives discovered a plot to kill his mother, father and 10 year old sister in Sochi, Russia. He detailed how and where his family should be murdered, drawing up a floor plan that showed where the cameras were placed and how to avoid guard dogs.

But the hit man he was giving all the details to and agreed a fee with was actually an undercover police officer. His parents were said to be devastated by their son's plan but took part in a police mock up using fake blood with blood coming out of fatal knife wounds. The assassin arranged a meeting in a Mercedes and showed the photographs of his slain parents to the man. No pictures were released of the man's sister and it is unclear if she took part in the police set up.

After seeing the pictures, the man expressed delight and agreed to pay the promised £38,000 fee to the man he believed was a contract killer as soon as he had collected his inheritance. Instead, the son who has not been named was immediately detained by armed police as a police video shows. He immediately confessed, according to police in Krasnodar region, who revealed that the evil son had twice plotted to kill them previously.

"Before looking for a killer, he tried to get rid of his relatives twice. He checked the internet to find out how to carry out the murders. "The criminal wanted to put pills in the kettle to poison his parents, but his father found out something was wrong. "Then the son planned to break a thermometer in his parents car so that they were poisoned with mercury vapours. But he got cold feet”

During interrogation, the young man said: "I had been planning it for several months. I’m so done with them, they didn't understand me, so I found a contract killer" His parents cannot believe he could do this, said police. His father runs a major education institution in Sochi. The family have a large house and car as well as savings which would have gone to their son. The man faces 15 years in jail if convicted of preparing the contract killings of his family.

Rivers State Pastor Strangles Pregnant Lover, Kill Three Others To Cover Up Sexual Affair

Rivers State Pastor Strangles Pregnant Lover, Kill Three Others To Cover Up Sexual Affair

In a bid to hide his alleged amorous relationship with a 25 year old member of his church, a pastor, Chidiebere Okoroafor, has allegedly murdered three persons and an unborn child in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The 32 year old pastor and preacher at Altar of Solution Church based in Oyigbo area of the city was recently arrested by men of the Rivers State Police Command for the alleged crime, which also led to the death of a nine month old baby. Those allegedly killed by the cleric are Concilia Ezeawa and Uluoma Onweagba, who was carrying a five month old pregnancy before her death.
While the cleric strangled Ezeawa in an uncompleted building, the pregnant Onweagba was killed in a bush during the serial murder that happened on December 11, 2017. The nine month old baby, Christabel Joseph, was strapped to the back of the pregnant Onweagba even though Ezeawa was the actual mother. It was learnt that the baby hit her head on the ground and died when the pastor allegedly pushed Onweagba to the ground. Pastor Okoroafor, who hails from Arochukwu in Abia State, was said to have committed the offence in his desperate attempt to hide the fact the he had impregnated 25 year old Onweagba.
It was also gathered that the Rivers State Police Command began to direct its searchlight at the pastor when it got information from one of the neighbours of the deceased that they (Ezeawa and Onweagba ) had been missing since they said that they were going to see him (pastor) to sort out a matter bordering on pregnancy. Speaking with journalists on Friday at the State Police Command in Port Harcourt, the Deputy State Commissioner of Police, in charge of Administration, Cyril Okoro, said, "The case started unfolding on December 11,2017. At about 11am, the whereabouts of Concilia Ezeawa, Christabel Joseph and Uluoma Onweagba (all female) became unknown to their families.
"This resulted in the lodging of a formal complaint on their disappearance at the Afam Divisional Headquarters. After a preliminary investigation by the police, coupled with a diligent search by members of the community, the decomposing corpse of Uluoma Onweagba and Christabel Joseph (baby) were discovered in a bush along the Afam Igberu Road on December 13,2017. "Their corpses were immediately evacuated and deposited at the mortuary pending further investigation. On December 18, 2017, the decomposing corpse of the real mother of the baby, Concilia Ezeawa, was recovered in an uncompleted building in Izuoma community in Oyigbo Local Government Area.
The corpse, which was at an advanced stage of decomposition, was evacuated and deposited at the mortuary pending further police investigation. "The pastor, who was said to have been involved in an amorous relationship with one of the deceased, Onweagba, was invited, interviewed and interrogated about the murders of the victims. "He was subsequently detained as his explanations were not convincing, particularly compared to the information at the disposal of investigators that the deceased persons had on December 11, 2017, informed close neighbours that they were going to see the pastor over a pregnancy issue involving Onweagba".
DCP Okoro said the pastor later confessed to the crime after being faced with overwhelming evidence and facts linking him to the murder of the deceased persons. Okoroafor allegedly took advantage of the trust the two members of his church had in him to lure them to an uncompleted building and inside the bush before killing them. The pastor, according to Okoro, first lured Ezeawa to an uncompleted building, telling the other person (pregnant Onweagba) to wait some distance away. He added that unknown to the pregnant lady, the pastor had killed her neighbour. He said after strangling Ezeawa in the uncompleted building, he (pastor) joined Onweagba along Afam Road, where they both took a commercial tricycle to Afam Roundabout.
Okoro said, "They again took a commercial motorcycle to an isolated farm on Igberu Road where he took her through a track road and gruesomely murdered her in the bush, with the baby strapped to her back. "She (pregnant Onweagba) was suffocated with the wrapper she used in strapping the baby to her back. The baby was also found dead.”Okoro, however, explained that the suspect's confessional statements took detectives to the various scenes and gave the story of how he snuffed the lives out of the victims. The police officer also said that an autopsy had since been carried out on the victims. "The murders were premeditated, callous and devoid of human sympathy" Okoro said, adding that the pastor would soon be charged to court.
However, when confronted with the allegations against him, the pastor told journalists that his action was not intentional. The suspect pleaded with the police to help appeal to the families of those he killed to forgive him. He also told journalists that he had a vision that he would be taken to court soon. "I want the family of Uluoma and Mr. Joseph (father of the nine month old baby, Christabel) to forgive me. I want the police to help me to apologise to the families of those I killed . It was not intentional” he said. Meanwhile, Punch gathered that the Altar of Solution Church had been shut down as members of the church, who heard about the incident, had since dissociated themselves from the church.
EFCC Recovers N102m For Agric Bank

EFCC Recovers N102m For Agric Bank

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Kaduna Zonal Office,  has recovered over N100 million for the Bank of Agriculture, being part of funds diverted by beneficiaries of the Anchor Borrowers Programme of the Bank in Kebbi State.

Presenting the draft for the sum of N102, 295, 900 to representative of the Managing Director of BOA Mohammed A. Babangida, Head of Operations EFCC Kaduna Zonal Office, Ibrahim Bappa assured the bank that the EFCC will continue to assist it in the discharge of its statutory duties.

He however decried the worrisome trend in which beneficiaries of the scheme divert the funds and urged the BOA to ensure proper orientation before loans are disbursed.
While appreciating efforts of the EFCC in the recovery of the loans, Babangida said the action of the EFCC has restored confidence in the bank.

Investigations into the matter began in 2017 following a complaint regarding how part of the Twelve Billion Naira disbursed to some Rice farmers through the Bank of Agriculture in which Kebbi State acted as uptakes for the purchase of paddy rice, was diverted.

In the course of Investigations, it was revealed that some Rice Mills in Kebbi State collected bags of rice but failed to remit total agreed sum.

So far, the EFCC Kaduna Zonal Office has been able recover the sum of Two Hundred and Ninety Seven Million, Nine Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira in favour of BOA's Anchor Borrowers Programme in Kaduna and Kebbi States.
Parents Release Names Of 105 Missing Dapchi School Girls

Parents Release Names Of 105 Missing Dapchi School Girls

One hundred and five girls are still missing after Boko Haram terrorist group on Monday attacked the Government Girls Secondary School in Dapchi, Bursari Local Government Area of Yobe State. The girls were said to have run into the bush after the attack. But with many girls failing to return home, parents have expressed fears that the girls might have been kidnapped.

Some of the girls parents told the Agence France Presse that they had set up a support group after the attack, bringing to memory a similar situation which occurred when the insurgent group kidnapped 214 Chibok schoolgirls on April 14, 2014. The chairman of the newly created group, Bashir Manzo, said, "Our first step was to compile a comprehensive list of all the missing girls. So far, we have compiled the names of 105”

Manzo, whose 16 year old daughter, Fatima, is among the missing, said the schoolgirls mothers and fathers would seek a meeting with the Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam. He said, "We believe he Gaidam was misinformed (about the rescue of 48 of the girls). The school authorities from the beginning denied and kept denying that our daughters were taken.

"We will see the governor and seek his help , as well as anyone who matters that can in one way or another assist in ensuring the freedom of our girls.” President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said he was sorry that the attack which led to the abduction of the students from the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, happened. He described the incident as a national disaster.

EFCC Sweeps On Suspected Wonder Banks Operators

EFCC Sweeps On Suspected Wonder Banks Operators

In a bid to rid the nation of the infamous activities of the Wonder Banks Operators, popularly known as the Ponzi scheme, the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested twenty-seven suspected operators of illegal financial institutions.

The suspects who were raided and arrested from different locations within Ibadan, Oyo State includes Olayeni Oladokun Samuel, Managing Director of Unlimited Grace Investment Limited and ten members of his staff, Chris N. Igbinake of Grooming Centre and four of his staff and Akanbi Oluwakemi of Grace & Mercy Households Improvement Initiative and four of her staff.

Others include staffers of Sobic Financial & Investment Consultant. They are Awokunle Olukemi, Sikiru Obadara, Olasunkanmi Michael, Adeoti Adegboyega, Oyewusi Esther and Ojekunle Victor Olukayode. The suspects have volunteered useful information to the operatives of the Commission in their quest to unravel the extent of their illegal activities.

Investigations however have revealed that none of the arrested illegal financial institutions allegedly registered with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) before embarking on financial transactions with the members of the public.

They allegedly give loans to innocent and unsuspecting members of the public who register with them after 10% deposit of the total loans sum and charge 15% to 20% interest on all the loans granted to them.

It was also gathered that these companies have branches in and outside Oyo State with thousands of customers spread across Oyo, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Kwara States respectively and many more.

At the point of arrest, several copies of hand flyers for advertisement of their activities and laptops were recovered from them. They would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded prima facie case is established against them.