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500m Theft: Magistrate Remands 2 Shari’a Court Judges

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A Kano Chief Magistrates’ Court has ordered that two State Shari’a Court judges, 16 other financial registrars and a cashier be remanded in a correction centre for an alleged N500m theft.

The police charged Saadatu Umar, Bashir Kurawa, Tijjani Abdullahi, Hussaina Imam, Shamsu Sani and Maryam Jibrin-Garba with five counts of criminal conspiracy, joint act, criminal breach of trust by a public servant, theft and forgery.

Others are Sani Ali Muhammad, Bashir Baffa, Sani Buba-Aliyu, Garzali Wada, Hadi Tijjani Mu’azu, Yusuf Abdullahi, Jafar Ahmad, Alkasim Abdullahi, Mustapha Bala Ibrahim, Adamu Balarabe, Garba Yusuf, Aminu Abdulkadir and Abdullahi Zango.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Zahraddeen Mata told the court that an official complaint was received on Aug. 20, 2021, from the Ministry of Justice by the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission.

He alleged that Imam used her position as a cashier at the State Shari’a Court of Appeal and conspired with four others and one Suleiman, now at large, to forge letterheads of the Sharia Court of Appeal between 2020 and 2021.

”The two signatories to the Stanbic IBTC bank account 0020667440 belonging to the State Sharia Court of Appeal were forged by the defendants and stole N484 million.

”The defendants fraudulently authorised the bank to transfer the amount to various accounts without the consent of the authorised persons. Also from 2018 to 2021, the defendants conspired, breached the trust as public servants, jointly acted and created 15 fake civil servants’ death benefit files and siphoned N96.2 million.

“The N96.2 million was remitted by the State Pension Fund Trustee to the bank accounts of Kano Sharia Court Appeal. And stole the amount through eight Sharia Courts under the State Sharia Court Appeal without the consent of the authorizing authority”, Zahraddeen Mata said.

However, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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The Defence Counsel, Garzali Datti, prayed the court exercises its jurisdiction judiciously and admits the defendants on bail.

According to the Prosecutor, the offence contravened the provision of sections 97, 79, 315, 287 and 363 of the Penal Code.

The Chief Magistrate, Mustapha, however, ordered the remand of the defendants and adjourned the matter until Feb.1, for a hearing.

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Police Declare Man Wanted Over Homos*xual Act

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A 50-years old man, Edo Omusi, has been declared wanted by the police in Benin City, the capital of Edo State, for disappearing after being ‘caught’ in a same s*x act in Ogiso community.

A source close to the police in the state, told our correspondent that the suspect, and one of his male friends, whose name was not given, were sighted at an undisclosed location by some youths as they were comitting the act.

Under Nigerian Laws, any person caught in the gay act is liable to 14 years in prison and if found by the community could be killed.

The duo were said to have been deeply engrossed in the act when they were found but before the person who saw them in the , “sinful and abominable act”, went for back up, they had escaped the location.

The incident which occurred on 25/4/23 at Ogiso area of the town almost threw the community into a turmoil as irate youths welding sticks and cudgels rampaged the community in search of the duo to lynch them.

It was also learnt that worried by the trend the youths in the community had to set up a surveillance team to monitor his movements. It was on one of the surveillance trips that he was reportedly caught on the fateful day, with the unidentified male partner.

It was gathered since the community reported the incident to the police, the whereabouts of the suspect, Edo Omusi has since remained unknown by all and sundry.

Speaking on the development, a top Police official confirmed the matter and explained that the Crime Investigation Department of the command is working round the clock to arrest the suspect, having declared him a wanted person.

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Man, 41, Sent To Prison For Groping Woman’s Breast

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A Badagry Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on Friday, ordered the remand of a 41-year-old man, Ibrahim Lemo, for groping the breast of a woman.

The court heard that Lemo beat up his victim, Zainab Babalola, when she demanded he stopped the unlawful act

Chief Magistrate Fadahunsi Adefioye remanded Lemo after he pleaded guilty to a two count bordering on assault.

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Adefioye ordered that the defendant should be remanded in Awhajigoh Correctional Centre, Badagry.

He adjourned the case until April 14 for facts and sentencing.

Earlier, the prosecutor, ASP. Clément Okuoimose, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on April 6 at 2.30 p.m. at Badagry Roundabout shopping complex, Badagry, Lagos.

Okuoimose said Lemo without lawful excuse pressed the breast of the complainant, Zainab Babalola.

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He said the defendant also hit the complainant on her left eye and caused her harm after she asked him not to touch her again.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 134 and 170 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

(NAN)

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Hushpuppi’s Associate, Woodberry, Pleads Guilty, Forfeits $8m, Assets

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Olalekan Jacob Ponle, known as Mr Woodberry, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

He also agreed to forfeit $8 million in proceeds of wire fraud as well as luxury cars and watches to the foreign government.

Woodberry, a known associate of the now-imprisoned internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas, better known as Hushpuppi, recently in a plea declaration submitted at the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division on April 6, pleaded guilty to count one of the indictments, the Peoples Gazette reports.

According to his plea agreement, he is required to pay back the sum of $8 million he fraudulently received from the seven companies that he scammed.

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“Defendant understands that by pleading guilty, he will subject to forfeiture to the United States all right, title, and interest that he has in any property constituting or derived from proceeds obtained, directly or indirectly, as a result of the offence,” stated the document containing Mr Ponle’s signed plea declaration.

Woodberry was also asked to waive his rights to the luxury cars, and designer watches he had stashed in Dubai.

The high-end automobiles include Rolls Royce Cullinan with vehicle no J9153, Lamborghini Urus (N4973) and Mercedes-Benz G-class (G68816).

Other items seized are four Rolex watches, one Patek Philippe watch, three Audemars Piguet watches, three gold and diamond-studded earrings, and six gold neck chains.

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Last year, he forfeited 151.8 Bitcoin to the American government.

On June 10, 2020, Woodberry was arrested in Dubai alongside Ramon Hushpuppi Abbas, who is currently serving an 11-year sentence for a similar fraud charge.

Prior to his arrest, Woodberry was known for rocking and flaunting expensive designer wear and showing off his illicit wealth to his massive Instagram followers, the majority of whom had no idea his luxury lifestyle was funded by cybercrime.

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