Friday, 27 November 2015

Oyo Lawmakers Begin Indefinite Strike Over Unpaid Allowances

The 32-member Oyo State House of Assembly has suspended legislative duties until the governor Abiola Ajiimobi of the State pays the accumulated allowances owed the lawmakers.

According to information gathered by Vanguard, the government is owing the lawmakers furniture, car allowances and two months running cost for the legislative arm.

Due to the strike, the sitting that had earlier been scheduled for yesterday was put on hold.


Speaking on condition of anonymity, one of the aggrieved lawmakers said, that despite the cash crunch being experienced in the country, some state governors still manage to settle their lawmakers wondering why they should be the only ones suffering in the whole of the South West.

“We understand that the crash in the price of crude oil has brought the economy to its knees. The consequent drop in revenue affects all the 36 states as well as the Federal Government. But in spite of this dire situation, all other governors have sorted out the allowances of their state houses of assembly. Throughout the country, only those of us who are lawmakers in Oyo State are left languishing.

- Vanguard
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My Husband is Not a Rapist - Audu's Daughter In Law

Zahra, a woman claiming to be the daughter inlaw of Late Prince Abubakar Audu is currently fighting to defend her husband from rape allegations made by twitter user '@sugabelly' .

See Zahra's tweets below:
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NDLEA Arrests Journalist And 5 Other Suspected Drug Traffickers At Lagos Airport

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Friday said it has arrested a Brazil-based freelance journalist (names withheld) and a patent medicine dealer over alleged drug trafficking.

This is contained in a statement by the agency’s spokesman, Mr Mitchel Ofoyeju in Lagos.

The 25-year-old lady and the suspected dealers were arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja.

According to the statement, the suspects were currently being interrogated by the NDLEA’s operatives over the drug trafficking.

“The six suspects were said to have been apprehended at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos with 13.410kg of substances that tested positive for narcotics.

“NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba, gave the names of the suspects as Gabriel Juliet, 25, caught with 2.900kg of cocaine in duty-free bag.

“Anagbogu Okwudili, 48, ingested 47 wraps of cocaine weighing 940g and Enenchi Oguejiefor, 36, concealed 5.500kg of cannabis inside fufu.

“Others are Ani Tochukwu, 32, who packed 21 wraps of Cocaine weighing 350g inside jeans trousers; Eletamuzor Kenechukwu, 28, caught with a kilogramme of ephedrine inside hair attachment and Okpala Arinzechukwu, 35, caught with 2.720kg of cocaine.

“Apart from Kenechukwu and Oguejiefor that attempted to export ephedrine and cannabis to South Africa and Dubai, others were apprehended smuggling drugs into the country.

“The suspects attributed their involvement to the financial rewards offered them and the agency has commenced investigation into the cases.

“The only female suspect, Juliet who resides in Abuja reportedly told narcotic investigators during interrogation that she was given the drug by her boyfriend in the United Arab Emirates,’’ the statement said.

It also quoted the Acting Chairman of the agency, Mrs Roli Bode-George as saying that she had urged members of the public to avoid wrong association.

“The agency has put in place several measures to prevent drug trafficking.

“We are also committed to speedy investigation and trial of offenders.

“Let me call on members of the public to be mindful of the association they keep,” Bode-George said. (NAN)
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Bode George's Wife Rejected as NDLEA Acting Chairman

Senior officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, according to reports have rejected the appointment of Mrs. Roli Bode-George as the new acting Chairman because "she is not an employee of the NDLEA.”

Roli had been appointed acting chairman following Ahmadu Giade’s retirement from the service.

Some of the aggrieved top officers in a petition rejected the appointment of the agency’s erstwhile secretary, Mrs. Roli Bode-George, according to The Nation.

The senior officers say “the appointment of Mrs Roli Bode-George is breeding disaffection in the 25-year old agency.” They appealed to “President Muhammadu Buhari to consider the appointment of one of the directors of NDLEA as the chairman/chief executive.”

“It is interesting to know that both the chairman/chief executive and the secretary of the agency are appointed by the President and Commander-in-Chief in what has been described as two key political appointees on consolidated salary. In view of the end of the tenure of Giade and vociferous clamour for a staff of the agency to take over leadership, it has become necessary to clarify who members of staff of the agency are.”

“It is obvious from the above provisions that the chairman/chief executive and the agency secretary are not staff since their appointments are not in accordance with the terms and conditions of the service of the agency.

“Thus, the clamour for a staff of the agency to take over the top job clearly excludes the secretary of the agency. This is more so, given the fact that Mrs. Roli Bode George, was appointed in October, 2014, as secretary without any law enforcement background,” the petition stated.

They noted that observation from other national agencies showed that the NDLEA secretary was not a suitable replacement for the position of the chairman/chief executive.

The petition added. “When Nuhu Ribadu was removed as the EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, then director of Operations, was appointed as acting chairman.

‘’When Mrs. Farida Waziri was also removed as EFCC chairman, the director of Operation was again made to act as chairman pending appointment of a substantive chairman. On all these occasions, the EFCC also has a secretary.”
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Shocking Photo Of Kano Suicide Bomber

May he rot in hell fire

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PHOTOS: Kaduna State Wins Best Organized State In The 2015 Hajj

The Governor of Kaduna State Malam Nasir El-Rufai  received an award of honour earned by Kaduna State for being the best organized state among the African Non-Arab countries that partook in the 2015 Hajj.

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Official Photos Of President Buhari At The Commonwealth Conference In Malta

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari arriving to participate at the opening of the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta.

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PHOTO: Fatal Accident At Third Mainland Bridge In Lagos

This accident happened  at Iyana Oworo close to Third mainland bridge in Lagos few hours ago. The cause of the accident was not revealed. No death was recorded
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Nigerian doctor accused of causing a woman's death after abortion in London

Dr Adedayo Adedeji, 63, two nurses, Margaret Miller, 55, from Camberley, Surrey, and Gemma Pullen, 32, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, have been accused of manslaughter by gross negligence of a woman who died after an abortion in their hospital.

32-year-old Aisha Chithira died after having a termination at a Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing, west London, on January 21, 2012.
All three appeared at a short hearing at the Old Bailey before Judge Charles Wide today, Friday Nov. 27, and denied killing Ms Chithira.

They were not arraigned on further charges of failing to take reasonable care of the health and safety on the woman contrary to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. A six-week trial is scheduled to start on March 7th 2015. The defendants are on bail.
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PHOTO: The New Commonwealth Secretary-General

Baroness Patricia Janet Scotland has been announced as the new Secretary General of the Commonwealth group of Nations. She was announced the new Sec-Gen this afternoon at the Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting holding in Malta. She will be the first woman to hold the office. Congrats to her.
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Atiku Abubakar Pictured With His Grand Children

Doting granddad!

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PHOTOS: OAU Students Protest Over Lack Of Light And Water For Days

The Students of Obafemi Awolowo University of Nigeria are currently protesting in their school Premises, saying lectures should not hold until they have light and water. They haven't had those in days now they say, Hope their decision will make the people in-charge look into their request.

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President Buhari Appoints 30 New Judges

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of 30 new federal high court judges across Nigeria. According to a press statement by Soji Oye, Acting Director of Information of the Nigeria Judicial Council, President Buhari endorsed the recommendation o of the NJC in appointing the judges. The new judges will be sworn in at 10 am on December 2nd, 2015 by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed.

See full list of newly appointed judges below:

Name of Candidate State Of Origin

Hon. Justice Yellin S. Bogoro - Bauchi State;

Rosemary O. Dugbo Oghoghorie - Delta State;

Taiwo Obayomi Taiwo - Ogun State;

Ibrahim Watila - Borno State;

Mallong Peter Hoommuk - Plateau State;

Isa Hamma Adama Dashen - Adamawa State;

Hassan Dikko - Kebbi State;

Jude Kanyioh Dagat - Kaduna State;

Olayinka Olusegun Tokode - Osun State;

Simon Akpah Amobeda, - Kogi State;

Jane Egienanwan Inyang - Cross River State;

Daniel Emeka Osiagor - Rivers State;

Prof. Chuka Austine Obiozor - Anambra State;

Iniekenimi Nicholas Oweib - Bayelsa State;

Hassan Muslim Sule - Zamfara State;

Hadiza Rabiu Shagari - Sokoto State;

Saleh Kogo Idrissa - Yobe State;

Joyce Obehi Abdulmalik - Edo State;

Hillary Ide Osho Oshomah - Edo State;

Fadima Murtala Aminu - Adamawa State;

Toyin Bolaji Adegoke - Kwara State;

James Kolawole Omotosho - Ogun State;

Nehizena Idemudia Ekunwe - Edo State;

Stephen Daylop Pam - Plateau State;

Akintayo Aluko - Ekiti State;

Dr. Nnamdi O. Dimgba - Abia State;

Emeka Nwite - Ebonyi State;

Abdulazeez M.Z. Anka - Zamfara State;

Abdu Dogo - FCT; and

Adamu Turaki Muhammed - Jigawa State.
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Photos Of Buhari & Queen Elizabeth Discussing In Malta

Our president and the queen of England at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting today. The queen hosted a reception for new Common Heads of government as San Anton Palace. More photos after the cut…

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Naira Depreciates Against The Dollar

The naira on Friday depreciated at the parallel market barely 48 hours after it strengthened against the dollar.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the naira lost N2 to exchange at N242 to the dollar, as against its previous value of N240.

Meanwhile, the official inter-bank rate remained at N197 to the dollar.

Traders at the market said that in spite of the biweekly sale of forex to Bureaux de Change (BDC’s), the currency of the biggest economy in Africa continued to slide.

They attributed the development to the difficulty encountered by some BDC operators in disposing their forex due to the apex banks regulation on forex sales.
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PHOTOS: British Woman Duped Of £1.6m By Nigerian Fraudsters

A lonely heart woman was tricked into handing over £1.6million to a gang of dating site conmen who used a copy of pick-up manual The Game and posed as a wealthy engineer to win her affections.

The woman in her 40s from Hillingdon, north west London, thought she was in an online relationship with a divorcee father-of-one called Christian Anderson.

But little did she know she was actually being tricked by a gang of fraudsters including Ife Ojo, 31, and Olusegun Agbaje, 43, who duped her into 'loaning' them a staggering £1.6million, telling her the money was needed to free up inheritance so they could start a new life together

Detectives believe they were part of a wider romance fraud gang – many of them based overseas – who target lone and vulnerable women on the Internet. On their arrest police found a laptop containing records of conversations between the woman and the man called Anderson and a copy of The Game, a bestselling book on the art of seduction. Detective Chief Inspector Gary Miles, of the Met’s FALCON cyber crime and fraud task force, said:"This is a growing problem, in recent months we have seen an increase in reports of romance fraud.""Within the past year Falcon officers have investigated the loss of more than £4 million in relation to about 100 victims.

These victims were ruthlessly manipulated by men and women pretending to love them."The suspects showered them with compliments and confided their seemingly innermost secrets to them. In many cases suspects were talking to victims online or over the phone for hours every day. In the latest case the woman, from Hillingdon, told police she had met a man called Christian Anderson on a dating website in February last year.

Unusually, they met in person after a couple of weeks when he told her he was an engineer working in the oil industry and was divorced. As the relationship continued he convinced the woman he loved her but said that he needed a loan of £30,000 for equipment for an engineering project in Benin, Africa.

The woman paid the cash and handed over further sums in a series of increasingly elaborate requests by the man who convinced her they would soon be living together. At one stage the victim began house hunting for them and even travelled to Amsterdam to meet an associate. The woman told detectives she often doubted the man’s authenticity but every time she asked for proof he sent convincing but false documentation.

DCI Miles said:"Victims of this fraud must understand they are not foolish and they are not alone. These fraudsters go to great lengths to convince their victim. But these victims are not gullible, the fraudsters are very professional, often they are talking from carefully prepared scripts.

"Police advise that people should never send money abroad to people they have not met or do not know well, question people’s stories and talk to friends about the relationships.

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Sugabelly Speaks Out: 'Surviving Mustapha Audu & His Rape Brigade'

When US based blogger and popular twitter personality @Empress Sugabelly had her private messages to a friend exposed by another twitter user, there was a lot of buzz on social media because not only were the contents of the messages very disturbing in it's graphic description of the continuous sexual violation she was allegedly subjected to by the sons and friends of the late governor of Kogi state, Abubabakar Audu, it also coincided with the death of latter.

There were questions like why didn't she speak up? Why did she keep going back when she knew she what was in store for her in their hands? Why did she have to wait till the former governor of Kogi state passed on before she spoke up? Some were of the opinion that the opposition sponsored her on a smearing campaign.

Today, the lady in the eye of the controversy has come out to speak fully about her ordeal and address some of those questions. In her very descriptive blog post which she titled "Surviving Mustapha Audu and His Rape Brigade", she alleged that Mustapha Audu, who she had begun a sexual relationship with at the age 17 before it degenerated into abuse, had taken compromising photographs of her unclothedness. She was afraid that if she didn't do his bidding, he would circulate the photos.

This is usually the case with revenge porn. Revenge porn is sexually explicit images or video that is distributed without the consent of the subject. The making of sexually explicit images or video may be made by a partner of an intimate relationship with the knowledge and consent of the subject, or it may be made without their knowledge. The possession of the material may be used by the partner to blackmail the subject into performing other sex acts, or to intimidate them from breaking off the relationship. The practice has also been described as a form of psychological abuse and domestic violence.

In the light of this, she alleges that Mustapha Audu used the power he wielded over her through the possession of the sexually explicit images to subject her to all manner degradation ranging from rape, physical abuse, to forced group sex with his brothers, cousins and friends.

She alleges that the physical and pscyhological abuse went on for six months before she moved to the US for her university education. As it is with rape victims, fear and shame did not allow her speak up about her ordeal.

According to NOI statistics, 3 in 10 Nigerians admitted to personally knowing someone who has been a victim of rape; citing stigmatisation as the main reason why many rape cases go unreported, while the reported cases are just a small fraction of the true figures of this crime that happens on an almost basis in the country.

While we wait for the Audus to respond to Empress Sugabelly's allegations, we urge the government to create public awareness against rape, as well as create more Rape Crisis centres that will counsel rape victims, as well as encourage those who are suffering in silence to speak up.
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You Can’t Use And Dump Us – APC Youths Tell Buhari

Youths wing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have come out to warn President Muhammadu Buhari and othet leaders of the party to put and end to the act of used and dumped of the youths, saying the era is over.
The visibly angry youths led by the national youth leader of the party, Hon. Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo, asked the President to avail youths the opportunity to occupy leadership positions in his government

The APC youth leader was speaking on Thursday in Abuja at a workshop organised for the APC youth by his office in collaboration with the International Republican Institute (IRI), with the theme: ”the role of youths in post-election era.”
Jalo said: “There is this saying that the youth are leaders of tomorrow but in Nigeria today, the tomorrow seems endless. After all we are leaders of today not tomorrow because we have waited long enough and this tomorrow remains an elusive business.
”It is my opinion that the young people be given the opportunity to serve in leadership positions especially by this government because of the role they played in ensuring victory during the last election. Yet the young people are clouded, therefore the imbalance needs to be corrected,” he said.

The youth leader said the workshop sought to proffer solutions on how the youth can leave the realm of ”active spectators to active players”.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Solomon Dalong, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, John Pofi, urged the youth to embrace peace and engage in positive criticisms.
Dalong said: ”I urge the youth to maintain peace, be more creative, engage in positive criticisms to ensure the government succeeds.

”Put your hands on deck, contribute your quota instead of engaging in militancy, terrorism and come up with a policy to drive the country forward.”
While delivering his papers, the National Auditor of the party, Chief George Moghalu, admitted that his generation had failed the youth.

”My generation has in many ways failed to do the right thing, we forgot that society is a continuum and the decisions we take each day affect not only those of us living, but generations that come after us.
”For all these and more, I apologise from the bottom of my heart.we say of many things that they cannot be forgiven but it is from forgives that we can forget the sins of the past”.

Moghalu expressed worry that most Nigerian youths were not prepared to take up the leadership positions.
“I must also confess that I am worried about certain things. I am disturbed by the knowledge that as there are many of you here gathered, there are many more others who are at this very moment being subjected to the dangerous manipulations of religious extremists, of mercantile politicians and purposeless agitators.

“I am disturbed by the fact that as eager as many of you are to be agents of positive change and irreversible progress in a tumultuous world, you are also in many ways woefully unprepared for the challenges of leadership, the tests of character that will confront you as you step forward to inherit the mantle of leadership that must inevitably pass from one generation to another”.

Declaring the workshop open, the Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, urged the youth not to act in isolation.
Represented at the event by the party’s Director of Administration, Alhaji Abdullahi Gashua, the chairman said the major thing the youth needed was a change of mindset.

”The role of the youth cannot be in isolation but should be a synergy. It is not about seeking appointments but a change of mindset. How the youth tap from their experience is important.

”Come out with a blueprint with meaningful suggestions, views to reposition the party to maintain, sustain the goodwill the party enjoys,” he said.
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Scores Feared Dead As Suicide Bomber Hits Kano

Scores were feared dead at Dakasoye village, Garun Mallam local goverment area of Kano Friday when a suicide bomber blew himself up among the Shia procession on there way to Zaria witness says.

The incident which occured by 2.00pm was said to have affected mostly women and children.

A local Journalist, Ali Kakaki who was at the scene of the blast told Vanguard that the ugly incident occured shortly after a middle aged man was caught with Improvised Explosive Device.

The suicide bomber on Friday blew himself up among crowds at a Shia Muslim procession outside the City of Kano, in the latest violence to hit the troubled region.

The group, led by Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, said on its website the blast happened at 2:00 pm (1300 GMT) and that “scores” had been killed.

But there was no official indication of casualties and one of the organisers told AFP: “It’s a huge crowd so it’s too early to give a precise figure of casualties.

“We now have the other suspect in custody.”

The organiser, who asked to remain anonymous, said the bomber ran into the crowd before he could be spotted and detonated his explosives.

“He was dressed in black like everyone else. His accomplice was initially arrested and confessed they were sent by Boko Haram,” he added.

“They were part of the young men abducted by Boko Haram in (the Borno state town of) Mubi last year and taken to Sambisa Forest where they were given some military training.

“They were sent to Kano 11 days ago and kept in a house specifically for this attack.”

The bomber detonated his explosives after realising his accomplice had been arrested, the organiser added.
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Abubakar Audu's Sons Raped Me- Lady On Twitter

You guys should really see this

Twitter user @Sugabelly narrates ordeal with late Prince Abubakar Audu's sons/nephew to the TL

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Demon Is Occupying Enugu Government House - Archbishop

The ArchBishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province of the Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, on Friday in Agbani, Enugu State dropped a bombshell as he warned of a powerful demon dwelling at the Enugu State Government House.

DAILY POST reports that the ArchBishop spoke at the burial ceremony of a former First Lady of Enugu State, Nnenna Agnes Nnamani.

Chukwuma, who cautioned the Enugu State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi against moving to the Government House, said plans should be made to demolish the government house or exorcise the demon inhabiting the Government House.

Nnenna is the wife of a former Enugu Governor, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani.
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PHOTOS: Helicopters, Gun Boats & Armoured Carriers Commissioned By Ambode

In a bid to enhance security in the state, the Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode today commissioned some security apparatus worth N4. 765 billion. Among the items commissioned include 100 4-Door Salon Cars, 55 Ford Ranger Pick-Ups, 10 Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-Ups, 15 BMW Power Bikes/Cycles, 100 Power Bikes, Isuzu Trucks, 3 Helicopters , 2 Gun Boats

5 Armoured Personnel Carriers Revolving Lights, Siren and Public Address System, Vehicular Radio Communicators Security Gadgets, including Bullet Proof Vests, Helmets, Handcuffs, etc Uniforms, Kits, etc; and Improved Insurance and Death Benefit Schemes...

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Navy Arrests Boat With 400 Truckload Of Stolen Crude Oil

THE Nigerian Navy in the Delta state has arrested a self propelled barge loaded with estimated 4000metric tonnes, equivalent of 400 truck load of suspected crude oil in what the Central Naval Command, CNC, described as “a big break in the fight against oil theft” in the Niger Delta.

Flag Officer Commanding, FOC, CNC, Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman who briefed the press Friday at the Nigeria Navy Ship, NNS Delta in Warri said the boat, MT Camille, was caught November 15 along with 11 man crew in Forcados waters where Shell operates an oil terminal.

Apochi said, “The crew captain is making serious confessional statement, but this is such a big break that we can’t let the details out now so as not to compromise the investigation. We have informed the oil majors operating in the area too.

“No ordinary person can put a 400 trucks capacity crude oil stealing boats on the river. This is a big break. We will get to the bottom of this and get the kingpins, working with other relevant stakeholders.”

The crew members were paraded by the Commander, NNS Delta, Commodore Raimi Mohammed who said they would be handed to relevant agency for further investigation and prosecution.

The crew captain whose name was withheld claimed they were sailing on a voyage from Thelma, Ghanna to Cameroon, adding that the boat was at the Forcados Rivers to get fuel and food when it was allegedly hijacked by gunmen who deployed them for the oil theft.
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PHOTO: Facebook Hacker Arrested In Rivers After Duping 5 Influential Nigerians

NEMESIS has caught up with a 36 year old cosmetic seller, Daniel Obasi, who also is a serial facebook account hacker after he posed as the Deputy governor of two states in the South West. Before the long hands of the law caught up with him, five influential Nigerians had fallen prey to his rooster and bull stories and were handsomely duped.

•Obasi: Suspected Facebook account hacker

Vanguard gathered that Obasi who hails from Imo State and resides in Port Harcourt, River State hacked into the Facebook accounts of the Ondo and Lagos state deputy governors Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo and Alhaja Oluranti Idiat Adebule respectively and made good money from their unsuspecting friends and acquitances.

The suspect who was paraded alongside other criminals at the state police headquarters confirmed to Vanguard during an interview that he specialises in hacking to the face book account of prominent Nigerians in a bid to dupe their unsuspecting friends.


Obasi said frustration drove him into the illicit business after his cosmetics business nose dived due to paucity of funds and in a bid to survive he ventured into the Internet business. According to him, he succeeded in hacking into the account of the two governors and was working on other deputy governors facebook account when detectives traced him to his residence in River state where he was arrested and subsequently detained.

Speaking on his arrest, Obasi who did not deny the crime said frustration forced him into a life of cyber crime. He said he resorted to using the Facebook accounts of the notable personalities because he was sure his victims will easily fall for his tricks.

“I am Daniel from Imo State but live in Port Harcourt. I opened a separate account of Deputy Governors and I used it to chat with people on the net. I did not hack into their accounts; I only opened new accounts on their behalf. I use it to communicate with people. I have never hacked into their accounts.

“I was doing cosmetic business before. But when my money was stolen inside my shop and there was no money to re-stock my shop, I have no choice than to look for a way to survive that was why I went into cyber crime. I have not been long in this business. I have only clone accounts of Ondo and Lagos States Deputy Governors and they have blocked the accounts now,” he explained.<br />
But Police sources said Obasi did not only clone accounts but would hack into the accounts of the deputy governors using a particular software. The police said large sums of money were paid into his bank accounts.
Vanguard gathered from Police detectives that Obasi has been using the cloned accounts to chat with friends, siblings and political associates of the Deputy Governors telling them of contracts to be given out by their state governments.

“According to him, he would \usually ask the unsuspecting friends of his victim to pay money into a specific accounts to help them facilitate contracts in the offices of the two Deputy governors. Obasi said that he was arrested by detectives from the state command, who pretended to be interested in a contract to be awarded from the office of the deputy governor .

“The detectives presented themselves as representatives of a tailors’ union and they said they are interested in a contract that would soon be awarded by the office of the Deputy governor of Ondo state. “ They however insisted that they want to pay directly into my account to help facilitate the contract. I did not know that they are police detectives that was how I was arrested “

Obasi who told Vanguard that he was pushed into the business after he was frustrated out of business, did not however deny the offence and attributed the crime to the handiwork of the devil and frustration.

“Frustrations led me into this unholy business after the collapse of my business, I never hacked into the Facebook accounts of these deputy governors, but opened a separate account on their behalf to communicate with people on net and used it to dupe only about five or six persons”

Speaking on how the suspect was arrested, the state Commissioner of Police, Mike Ogbodu explained that Obasi had been using various accounts of Deputy governors to dupe some of his unsuspecting victims before he was nabbed. The police Chief said that the suspect has confessed to opening clone Facebook accounts on behalf of notable personalities in the country and using them to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.


Ogbodu listed some of the Face book account being operated by Obasi to include that of the state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Oluboyo and his counterpart in Lagos State,Dr Oluranti Idiat Adebule. According to Ogbodu, the suspect usually attracts his victims with juicy contracts promising to help them facilitate it but not without soliciting for money to be dropped into his account.

The Police Chief confirmed that an unspecified sum of money has been deposited into the account of the internet fraudster. The suspect, according to the Commissioner, of police has made and confessional statement and that detectives are already on the trail of other internet fraudsters. Ogbodu declared that” We will soon track them down. It’s a matter of time and we will arraign them in court.”
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PHOTOS: 3 Youngest Nigerian Billionaires

1. Sijibomi Ogundele Sijibomi:

He is notably the youngest Nigerian man so far to reach a billion in earnings from business investments. The 34 year old entrepreneur who is the CEO of Sujimoto, a real estate business empire, was featured in Forbes Africa as a brave young Entrepreneur, an astute businessman with the capacity to change the Nigerian real-estate industry. Mr. Ogundele boasts of a vast degree of experience as a venture capitalist and investment strategist has provided a solid background in ensuring Sujimoto achieves its mission in the establishment of classy housing units in Nigeria that can compete with its counterparts globally.He was pictured with the King of Dubai in one of his photos.In a previous interview with Punch, Sijubomi revealed his affection for fast cars and antique watches. He got the inspiration for the name Sujimoto from a Japanese university professor he encountered, Dr. Sujimoto Koga who had a profound influence on him. The very articulate Siju loves the luxurious lifestyle and he is not afraid to enjoy the best things in life. At 33, he bought a pricey Patek Phillipe wristwatch that costs $150,000 (N23 million) and when asked, he said he procured it so his grandson can one day use it. The young man who had a very humble beginning in Agege is responsible for the popular Medici Terraces at Milverton Road, Ikoyi. The buildings are architectural masterpieces that would make jaws drop instantly. Mr Ogundele is on the fast lane to unparalleled wealth and he is just a few years away from becoming the next Dangote. His exploits have helped to put Nigeria’s name on the global map especially in the real estate and construction trade.

2. Ladi Delano Ladi Delano:

He earned his first millions by going into the liquor business during his time in China. At the young age of 22, he founded Solidarnosc Asia, a Chinese alcoholic beverage company that made Solid XS, a premium brand of vodka. Delano is now the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bakrie Delano Africa – a $1 billion joint venture with the $15 billion Bakrie Group of Indonesia at the age of 35. Ladi re-invented himself and his brand with Bakrie Delano Africa which is centered on identifying investment opportunities in mining, agriculture and oil & gas and executing them in Nigeria. In one of his photos,he was pictured with former president, Olusegun Obasanjo. He has been featured by Forbes as one of Nigeria’s top earners to watch out for in the nearest future.

3. Igho Sanomi:

The 40-year-old Igho Sanomi is the founder and CEO of Taleveras Group, a Nigerian energy, power and construction conglomerate. He was born in Delta State to a devout catholic father who was a retired Assistant Inspector General of the Nigerian Police. Mr Sanomi’s mother, Mabel Iyabo Sanomi holds a Royal title of Yeye Jemo of Isotun Ijesha Kingdom in Osun State. Taleveras is arguably one of Africa’s largest energy trading companies, trading close to a billion barrels of crude oil and millions of tons of condensates, gasoline, jet fuel and LPG every year. Taleveras also owns substantial stakes in two oil blocks in Nigeria as well as lucrative production sharing contracts (PSCs) in three offshore oil blocks in Ivory Coast. The group Power subsidiary constructs electrical substations in Nigeria and also owns a majority stake in the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company. The towering conglomerate has an annual turnover of several billions of dollars. Igho Sanomi is the controlling shareholder of the group. At 40, Mr Sanomi is arguably one of the youngest kings of oil and gas Nigeria has ever seen.
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