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EFCC Arraigns Three Ex-bankers, One Other For N15.9m Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Enugu State Zonal Command, has arraigned Ogbu Ibekwem, Nwagbara Chidimma, Uwaezuoke Raymond, and Chidubem Mgbeke before Justice Mohammed Garba of the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu State.

This was disclosed in a post via the commission’s X handle on Monday.

According to the post, on February 22, 2023, Access Bank plc turned over Ibekwem, Chidimma, and Raymond, three former employees of the Nottidge branch of the bank in Onitsha, Anambra State, to the agency for embezzling N15,944,100.00.

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It added that they were arraigned on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy and stealing.

One of the counts reads, “That you, Ogbu Kingsley Ibekwe and Chidubem Angela Mgbeke, sometimes in January 2023 in Onitsha, Anambra State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired among yourselves to commit felony to wit, retaining the sum of N7,996,800.00 meant for evacuation to the Central Bank of Nigeria and property of Access Bank Plc Nottidge Branch, Onitsha, which you knew or ought to have known to be proceeds of an unlawful act and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 21(a) of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 2022 and punishable under Section 20(b)”.

Upon hearing the charges, they pleaded not guilty.

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The EFCC’s attorney, Ahmad Abdullahi, asked the court to set a trial date and remand the defendants to the Enugu State Correctional Facility in light of their pleas.

The accused were placed under EFCC custody on remand until the bail application hearing.

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PAP Admin Head Visits Edo/Delta Liaison Office, Harps On Commitment

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Members of staff of the Delta/Edo Liaison Office of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, have been charged to be more committed to the discharge of their statutory duties.

The head of administration, PAP, Mr. Zorab Monday gave the charge when he paid an official visit to the liaison officer in Warri recently.

The head of administration who emphasized the need for the members of staff the liaison office to work in unison, also urged them to establish a mutual working relationship with one another,which, according to him would move the office forward.

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He stressed on the significance of learning from one another, which he said would further enhance the overall productivity and workplace harmony amongst members of staff.

Earlier, the manager of the liaison office, Captain Presley Prebo, while using the opportunity of the visit to appeal to the head of administration for the provision of a larger office space, said due to the increasing number of employees.

He also used the visit to inform the head of administration some of the needs of the liaison office.

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Why We Accepted Tinubu’s New Minimum Wage – Labour

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The leaders of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) announced that they have accepted the N70,000 minimum wage approved for Nigerian workers by President Bola Tinubu.

A statement by Bayo Onanuga, the Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, indicated that President Tinubu also pledged to find ways to help the private sector and sub-national entities meet the minimum wage requirement.

Following the meeting, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Joe Ajaero, briefed the media and confirmed that the unions had accepted the offer.

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Ajaero, accompanied by Comrade Festus Usifo, President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and other representatives of Nigerian workers, stated that the unions had accepted the offer because there were other incentives attached.

He said that the president’s pledge of a review every three years, as opposed to what had previously been received, was another factor in his decision to accept the offer.

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BREAKING: Tinubu Approves New Minimum Wage

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President Tinubu has finally approved a N70,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers with a promise to review the national minimum wage law every three years.

The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) are at the Presidential Villa, Abuja for a scheduled meeting with President Bola Tinubu.

A statement by Bayo Onanuga, the Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, said: “President Tinubu also promised to find ways to assist the private sector and the sub-nationals to pay the minimum wage.

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“President Tinubu announced the decisions at the meeting held with leaders of TUC and NLC on Thursday in Abuja, the second time the parties met in 7 days.

“The Labour leaders applauded President Tinubu for the fatherly gesture as the President also promised to use his discretionary powers meet the demands of university unions demanding unpaid 4 months salaries.”

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