Court remands Ecobank manager over N411m fraud

A Federal High Court, Lagos, today, order the remand of a manager with the Ecobank Plc, Ifeanyi Chukwu Azike, for allegedly defrauding the bank’s customers to the tune of N411 million. Azike was brought before the court presided over by Justice Ayotunde Faji, by the men of Zone 2, of Nigeria Police Command, Onikan, Lagos, on a three count-charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretence, false representation and fraud. The Police in the charge marked FHC/L/56c/2019, alleged that the  Ecobank manager between 2016 and 2017, fraudulently obtained the sum…

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Court sentences tailor to 12 months imprisonment for selling Indian Hemp

A 30 year-old tailor, Akeem Alao, has been convicted and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, by a Federal High Court, Lagos, for smoking and selling Indian hemp. Alao was convicted and given the jail terms by Justice Ayotunde Faji, after pleaded guilty to a count charge of unlawful dealing in the banned weed by the National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). Following his guilty plea, the prosecutor, Mr. Jerry Aernan urged the court to convict and sentence him as prescribed by section 11(c) of the NDLEA Act. Cap N30, laws…

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16-year-old Anumudu wins InterswitchSPAK 1.0 National Science Competition

Sixteen year old Akachukwu Anumudu of Apostolic Faith Secondary School, Anthony, Lagos, on Saturday, February 9, 2019, emerged winner of the first edition of the InterswitchSPAK National Science Competition held in Lagos – Nigeria. He beat eight other contestants in an intense quiz session to win the grand prize of N7.5 million worth of tertiary education scholarship spread over five years, a laptop and a monthly stipend during the course of the scholarship. The first runner-up was 16-year-old Henry Umunna of the Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja. Umunna won N4 million…

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Man docked for Importing Codeine worth N167m

National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFADC) has arraigned a businessman, Luke Mbah, before a Federal High Court, Lagos, for allegedly importing drug containing codeine valued N167 million. Mbah was arraigned before Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo’s court, on a four count-charge of unlawful importation of Barcading with codeine cough syrup, Afrodic Diclofenac potassium caplets, Fees fine (cyprohetatine caplets) and De really extra Diclofenac sodium tablets. NAFADAC in the charge marked FHC/L/55c/19, alleged that the defendant, a resident of 9, Ehi Street, Ijesha, Lagos, on December 16, 2018, imported the…

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Court sentences drug exporter to 9 year imprisonment

A Federal High Court, Lagos on Friday convicted and sentenced Nigeria hard drug exporter, Diarra Saidou, to nine year imprisonment for attempting to export 355 grams of cocaine to China. The convict, aged 37, who refused to divulge his Nigeria’s name, was arrested on August 20, 2016, by the men of National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), during an outward clearance of passengers into Ethiopia Airline from Addis-Ababa to Hong Kong, at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos. He was first arraigned before the court sometimes in 2016 and…

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Buhari shows commitment to well-being of Nigerians by paying ex Nigeria Airways staff – Minister

The minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the commitment to the well-being of Nigerians led President Muhammadu Buhari to end the 14 year wait and suffering of the 5996 former staffers of Nigeria Airways who have started receiving payment of their pension arrears and other benefits from the federal government. Alhaji Lai Mohammed who said this in his speech at the rally organised by the ex-workers of Nigerian Airways in Lagos on Friday to support the re-election of President Buhari, noted that since the liquidation of Nigerian…

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Company links to Patience Jonathan urges Court to lift forfeiture orders on N1.04bn

A limited liability company, Magel Resort Limited, linked to the former first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, which its N1.04 billion which was temporary forfeited to the federal Government of Nigeria, has urged the court to release its money  It would be recalled that a Federal High Court, sitting in Kano, presided over by Justice A. Lewis-Allagoa, recently ordered that the said sum  be forfeited in the interim to the federal government of Nigeria, while granting an exparte motion filed before the court by the Economic and financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) In…

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Global passenger traffic results for 2018 rises by 6.5%

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced global passenger traffic results for 2018 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose by a healthy 6.5 percent compared to full-year 2017. Although this represented a slowdown compared to the 2017 annual growth of 8.0percent, it was another year of above-trend growth. Full year 2018 capacity climbed 6.1percent, and load factor edged up 0.3 percentage point to a record 81.9percent , exceeding the previous high set in 2017.  December RPKs rose 5.3 percent against the same month in 2017, the…

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Caverton Crash: ART frowns at VP being flown by foreign pilot

The Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ART) has frowned at the fact that the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo was flown by a foreign pilot on a Helicopter owned and operated by Caverton which crash landed in Kabba, Kogi State last Saturday with twelve (12) passengers on board . The ART in a statement signed on its behalf by Mr Olumide Ohunayo said It is embarrassing to see the Vice President of Nigeria being flown by a foreign pilot whether contracted or chartered in a Nigerian Police helicopter as noticed…

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Lawyer files suit to end trial of suspects in absentia

A Lagos-based lawyer, Gideon Okebu, has filed a suit before a Federal High Court, Lagos, seeking an order expunging a section of the Administration of Criminal Act (ACJA), which provides for the trial of any defendant in absentia. Okebu in a suit marked FHC/L/CS/150/19, listed the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and the National Assembly as the first and second respondents. The lawyer also wants the court to declare that the second ambit of Section 354(4) of ACJA 2015, which provides trial in absentia as a gross violation of his…

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