Crime

EFCC arrests suspected juju scam kingpin over alleged N250m fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arrested Abayomi Kamaldeen Alaka (a.k.a Awise), leader of a deadly syndicate of juju scammers that operates from a shrine at Ashipa Town, near Abeokuta Ogun State.

Awise’s arrest followed a petition by a victim, Bright Juliet who lost N250m to the syndicate after she was tricked to provide money for sacrifices and invocations to heal her of an ailment. She was introduced to Alaka by Akinola Bukola Augustina (a.ka. Iya Osun) whom she met on Facebook in the course of her search for solutions to her health challenge. What drew her to Augustina was the latter’s post under the name, Osunbukola Olamitutu Spriritual Healing Centre.

Once she contacted Augustina, the latter promised to heal her only if she pays N16million. The victim paid the money through an Access Bank account belonging to Mohammed Sani, who later turned out to be a Bureau De Change Operator.

After paying the money without receiving healing, Augustina passed the victim on to other members of the syndicate, notably Awise. Juliet revealed that she met Awise at his shrines in Ashipa Town and was hypnotized and subsequently transferred various sum through bank accounts and in cash to the suspect and his syndicate members, until she lost N250 million to them.


Despite all the monies collected from her, her health conditions never improved. She consequently petitioned the EFCC.

A team from the Foreign Exchange Malpractices Section (FEMS) at EFCC headquarters, on May 21, 2021 arrested both Sani Mohammed and Akinola Bukola Augustina at Egbeda and Abule Egba respectively, in a sting operation Lagos.

Augustina who is currently on administrative bail, later led operatives to the Ashipa Town Shrine of Awise, but the latter escaped arrest having gotten wind of the presence of the Commission’s operatives. He was later apprehended.

Following his arrest, the Commission has traced and marked a number of assets linked to Awise, believed to be proceeds of his criminal activities. The assets include vast land located at Ashipa Town, Abeokuta, Ogun State used as shrine to deceive the complainant to part with her hard-earned resources; a newly renovated filling station named Alaka Oil and Gas located at No.2, Adeneye Street, Oke-Oriya, Ikorodu, Lagos; an uncompleted Event Centre named Alaka Event Centre located at No.2, Adeneye Street, Oke-Oriya, Ikorodu, Lagos; uncompleted blocks of flats located at No.2, Adeneye Street, Oke-Oriya, Ikorodu, Lagos and a newly renovated storey building with boys’ quarters situated at No. 22, PSSDC Road, Magodo Phase 2, Magodo Estate, Lagos.

Politics

Governor Ugwuanyi Receives Ooni Of Ife In Enugu

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Saturday received in audience, The Ooni of Ife, Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, at the Government House, Enugu.

The Ooni of Ife, who is Chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), is in Enugu State for the 49th convocation ceremony of the prestigious University, held on Saturday.

Politics

Our Democracy Must Not Be Destroyed – Bola Tinubu.

Tinubu stated this in a congratulatory message to the nation observed by Native Reporters on Friday, in commemoration of the Democracy Day celebration.

With all that they do, they will not succeed. In trying to pluck a democratic and just society from our hands they are as mistaken as they are evil.

Our democracy was not here established to be destroyed by the terrible likes of people such as these. Those who sacrificed their lives for democracy did not give of themselves so that we would be turned back by terrorists or by those who seek to tear the nation asunder just so they might imperially rule over some small part of it.

Despite the troubles we face, and those troubles are serious, we must stand up for democracy lest we shall find ourselves falling to oblivion. Democratic good governance offers the only reasonable solution to the challenges confronting Nigeria.

Thus, we must stand for democracy today. We must stand for it even more tomorrow. Ask this question 10, 20, 100 years from now, the answer must remain the same: the people of Nigeria stand for democracy and stand against that which would chase democracy from our land.

We stand for a better way. We celebrate Democracy Day not only because we have come far but to help give us the social fuel and encouragement to continue onward because we have farther to go and even greater things to achieve as one nation and one people.

Politics

TwitterBan: If They Want To Arrest, Let Them Start With Us -Rep Member

A member of the House of Representatives, Ben Igbakpa, has said that if the Federal Government insists on carrying out its threat to arrest and prosecute those still using Twitter despite its suspension, then it should start with the opposition lawmakers.

Igbakpa was one of the lawmakers who walked out of parliament on Tuesday, after the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila failed to grant their prayers on the #TwitterBan.

Tweeting after the incident, Igbakpa said, “We reached the unfortunate juncture where party politics overtook the sanctity of national interest and objective leadership in @HouseNGR. As representatives of our people, we are disappointed that our privileges are suppressed in favour of executive impunity. We walked out today.

“We have to #KeepitOn. I never stopped using Twitter because I recognized it is a violation of my right as a person. #TwitterbaninNigeria is a demonstration of the height of the shortcoming of the executive.”

In response to a tweet, he added, “If they want to arrest, let them start with us.”

Politics

Politicians Buy More Houses, Get More Wives After Election – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has suggested a way forward on how to solve the malignant problem of corruption in Nigeria.

Mr Buhari who spoke during an interview monitored by Native Reporters on NTA on Friday night said that the country needs ‘special courts’ to fight corruption.

“People are corrupt. People in the house of reps with one wife and house but when they get elected, they have more houses and wives”

It would be recalled that fighting corruption was one of the three major campaign promises of Mr Buhari while campaigning for his first term in 2015.

Entertainment

How I Became Crippled After My NDLEA Encounter – Baba Suwe

Babatunde Omidina, the legendary Nigerian comic actor, fondly called Baba Suwe, has revealed that he is currently unwell at the moment and unable to walk, no thanks to the experience he said was meted out to him by the personnel of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

In 2011, the veteran thespian was arrested by the NDLEA with claims that he was in possession of substances suspected to be cocaine.

In an exclusive chat with The PUNCH, the iconic actor said that he has been rendered crippled due to his experience in the hands of the NDLEA.

He said, “I have not forgotten about my issue with the NDLEA and I will never forget because I am still bearing the pains and suffering from that encounter. I am still affected by the inflictions they meted on me at that time.

“As I speak with you, I cannot walk with both my legs. Just to visit the toilet in my room, I have to be carried there. Even using the toilet is a problem as well.

“Although I travel abroad for medical check-up, my body is still not okay at all. As I said, I cannot walk to my toilet at all without assistance. This development began about a week or two ago. Before then, I hardly walk properly and anyone who sees me would know that I have difficulty walking.”

The veteran actor, while narrating his experience in the hands of the NDLEA personnel, said, “When I was in the custody of the NDLEA, they searched me, injected me, asked me to go to the toilet, but they never found any cocaine inside my system. I defecated there and they did not see anything.

“If my lawyer, Bamidele Aturu, was still alive, I will have got my compensation a long time ago because he is a good lawyer. He is also a compassionate person. The man was nice. When we were in court, he really tried. If he was alive, I would have been compensated.”
Baba Suwe further noted that the state of his health had affected his career. He said, “I have not been able to continue my work as an actor partly because of what I am currently going through. I cannot start work because I am not strong enough.

“I am grateful to one of my younger ones who I introduced to the business, Yomi Fabiyi, for always yielding my calls. He is my son; he stayed with me and learnt from me. Fabiyi is one of those that has promised to get me a means of transportation to aid my movement, especially if I have to be at a location.”

Recently, the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, presented cheques worth N500m to owners of properties demolished for the construction of the ongoing Igbogbo-Igbe Road Expansion Road project.

Baba Suwe got the sum of N3.1m as compensation for his demolished property.

Speaking on the development, Baba Suwe said, “I am very ill and was supposed to see the Governor yesterday, but I could not. We have not yet gone to collect the money the government promised us. It is until we go there and receive the money before I can believe that they have compensated me.

“I am supposed to be where we ought to collect the money today. I ought to take one of my cars there, but since I do not have anyone to drive me there, that is why I have not gone there yet.

“The amount the government wants to compensate me with cannot be compared to how much we spent on the property; ever! After the government is done, when we visit the site, we will be able to determine whether we will rebuild or not. “

Security

Hold Nass Acountable For Buhari”s Failure- Catholic Priest

A priest of the Catholic Diocese of Umuahia and Provost, Madonna College of Health Technology Olokoro, Rev. Father Dr. Christian Anokwuru, has said that members of the National Assembly are to be held accountable for the failures and excesses of President Muhamnadu Buhari.

The priest who stated this while speaking to newsmen in Umuahia on the state of the nation, regretted that the legislature has failed to carry out its constitutional responsibility of checkmating the excesses of the executive.

He argued that the National Assembly is constitutionally empowered to call the President to order if he oversteps his bounds, wondering why the legislature has failed to exercise its oversight over the President on some of his anti-people policies.

Dr. Anokwuru said what Nigeria is suffering from is a complete failure of the political class that is only after its selfish interests.

According to him, Nigerian politicians practise politics without morality, adding that politicking does not mean tribalism and nepotism.

He expressed shock over President Buhari’s genocidal tweet against the Igbo which he said was ” very unpresidential”.

The cleric strongly condemned the abductions and extra judicial killings of Igbo youths by security agents who label them unknown gunmen after arresting them from their homes or on the street.

He described the ugly development as a crime against humanity, and called on Igbo political leaders to speak out against the trend.

” The South East is facing the heat of Nigeria’s volatile security situation.

” While I condemn attacks on security formations, it is not moral to arrest innocent citizens and brand them unknown gunmen.

” The Igbo political class irrespective of their party affiliation should unite and speak in one voice.

The governors should lead this crusade and immediately convene a security summit where the security agents should be made to stop house-to-house arrest of innocent Igbo youths”.

Dr. Anokwuru said security agents should go after the hoodlums attacking them and not hapless citizens who now live in fears of both bandits and security agencies.

He further cautioned the media against reporting the agitation for self determination as if it is peculiar to South East, arguing that different regions including the South West are clamouring for autonomy.

The priest expressed worry over the manner the media report the agitation for self rule in South East saying it is capable of inciting another civil war in the country.

On the review of the 1999 constitution, the Catholic priest and what Nigeria needed was a brand new constitution that would reflect the aspirations of the people and not cosmetic amendments.

He said the fundamental flaws in the Constitution could only be corrected when the various nationalities in the country are part of the process to determine who they would be governed instead of the political class hijacking the process.

The cleric who said that the executive arm of government is vested with too much powers in the extant constitution, advocated slashing of the excess power of the executive in the new constitution.

Crime

Miyetti Allah threatens and beat the drum of war.

We’ll Continue To Avenge Death Of Every Herders Killed In South-West By Sunday Igboho and his people, Miyetti National President Badoje Threatens again.

Bodejo and his imported herders from neighbouring countries has been killing in Benue State with the backing of President Buhari & the Presidency.
It didn’t came as surprise when I saw Bodejo and Ibrahim Saliu ( Seriki Igangan Son) together few weeks ago during a secret meeting held.
Nigeria army cannot deny, or claim they are not aware of the atrocities of Bodejo, Al-hassan across Middle belt, South East and South West.

Security

IGP Announces Immediate Suspension Of Tinted Vehicle Windscreens

The Inspector-General of Police Usman Alkali Baba has announced the immediate suspension of tinted vehicle windscreens in Nigeria.

The IGP announced this on Monday during a meeting with senior police officers including commissioners and DIGs from across the states.

While making the announcement, he reiterated that roadblocks remain prohibited in the country and warned that heads of commands must enforce it and key into the road patrol strategy as an alternative to roadblocks.

The IGP also spoke concerning the arrest of high-profile criminals.

According to him, some of the high-profile suspects in police custody include members of IPOB, kidnappers, and bandits who have confessed to committing some of the most heinous crimes in recent times.

He stressed the need for the senior police officers to ensure discipline in their various commands.

Some of the successes recorded by the Police Force in the last two months include the arrest of over 600 suspects including persons believed to have carried out an attack on Governor Samuel Ortom earlier in March, this year.

The IGP’s meeting is the first of such he was confirmed as the Inspector General of Police.

The Police Council last week confirmed Usman Alkali Baba as the Inspector General of Police (IGP), almost two months after he was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Politics

Baba Suwe, Others Get N500m Compensation From Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu today presented N500 million compensation to popular Nollywood actor, Babatunde Omidina, known as Baba Suwe and several others whose properties were demolished in Ikorodu to pave way for ongoing Igbogbo-Igbe Road expansion project.

Sanwo-Olu presented the cheques to those affected at the official unveiling of the newly upgraded Ijede Road.

The total sum of money paid as compensation by the state government was N500 million.

Baba Suwe got N3. 1 million as compensation for his demolished property while Malok Petrol Station got N100 million, Stir Oil and Gas Petrol got N36 million, Igbe Central Mosque Degolu Junction got N8 million, among others.

The project commissioning was the first phase of upgraded Ijede Road (Itamaga to Ewu Elepe), which was 6. 05km.
Sanwo-Olu, while speaking at the commissioning of the road said it was a promise fulfilled.