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EFCC Benin Zonal Office Recovers $7,000, Secures 88 Convictions

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Benin Zonal Office, says it has recovered three hundred and three million, eight hundred and twenty eight thousand, six hundred and forty one naira (303,828,641.00) and seven thousand US dollars ($7000) within the last 12 months.

The zonal office, which comprises Edo, Delta and Ondo states added that, under the same year, it also secured 88 convictions out of 125 cases after proper and deligent investigations.

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Dr. A.H. Danmusa, Head, Benin Zonal Office of the EFCC, while making this revelations, said out of the recovered amount, the sum of N274,507,723.00 has been returned to the victims, adding that the Commission also secured the final forfeiture of a 4-bedroom bungalow at Ughelli and a Petroleum Filling Station at Udu, all in Delta State.

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“In the period under review, the Benin Zonal Office which has jurisdiction over Edo, Delta and Ondo States received 1246 petitions out of which 788 were found worthy and approved for investigation. A total of 132 cases were forwarded to the Nigerian Police Force and other sister agencies as the matters raised in the cases were not within our jurisdiction.

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“We are glad to inform you that within the period under review, a total of 125 cases were filled in court. And Due to our diligent investigation and prosecution, we secured 88 convictions while the zone recovered the sum of three hundred and three million, eight hundred and twenty eight thousand, six hundred and forty naira one naira (303,828,641.00)”, the Zonal Head added.

While adding that the Zonal Office also secured the final forfeiture of 14 exotic cars which were consequently shown to newsmen, Danmusa noted that as part of strategic plans to nip corruption in the bud and ensure a corruption free nation, the Commission embarked on “aggressive sensitisation and enlightenment campaign to school.”

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He continues, “As part of our strategic plans to nip corruption in the bud and ensure a corrupt free nation in the nearest future, we embarked on aggressive sensitisation and elightenment campaign to secondary schools and tertiary institutions across the three states within our coverage area.

“We also collaborated with members of the NYSC anti-corruption groups to take the anti-corruption message to market women and men”, he added.

Danmusa urged members of the public to be more vigilant and circumspect so as not to fall victim of misguided elements who are “bent on reaping where they do not sow.”

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He further warned members of the public to do away with any investment proposal with very attractive and outlandish returns, adding that such are fraud.

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FG Extends Kaduna-Abuja Train Resumption

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The Ministry of Transportation, on Sunday, in Kaduna, extended the resumption date for the Kaduna-Abuja train Service

Recall that the train service was suspended in March 2022, after bandits attacked its passengers, killed 25, wounded several others and Kidnapped over 50 passengers.

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However, early this month, the federal government had promised that the Kaduna-Abuja train service would resume before the end of November.

But the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, while on inspection tour to examine its readiness for operation before the commencement of operations, said certain things needed to be in place before resumption.

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He said the FG has introduced a new system of purchasing tickets, which he said is the beginning of security checks that would assist the government to know who boards the train at every point in time.

Although he declined speaking on the actual resumption date, but assured the public that it wouldn’t be far from now.

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Dangote Plans Fresh 300,000 Jobs For Nigerians

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Africa’s foremost industrialist, Aliko Dangote, is optimistic that the new multibillion naira investment in the sugar sub-sector would help provide no fewer than 300,000 jobs in Nigeria.

A statement from the Corporate Communication Department of the company quoted the Group’s President Aliko Dangote as saying that the company was providing fresh funds and thus expanding its operations in the sugar sub-sector.

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Mr Dangote, who was speaking at the Flagg off Ceremony of the 2022/2023 Crushing Season and Outgrower Scheme Awards in Numan, Adamawa State, said the opportunities would include both direct and indirect jobs.

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Dangote, who is Africa’s top philanthropist, expressed optimism that the massive investment will create over 300,000 jobs for Nigerians.

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He said, “We are making a massive investment in Adamawa State through expansion of DSR Numan’s sugar refining capacity from 3000tcd to 6000tcd, 9800tcd, and to 15,000tcd. DSR will be able to create about three hundred thousand jobs, direct and indirect, with positive multiplier effects on the economy nationwide.”

The Dangote Group is the biggest employer of labour in Nigeria outside the government.

Dangote was appointed Chairman, National Job Creation Committee in 2010 to assist the Federal Government in providing more employment opportunities for Nigerians.

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The Dangote President had also announced that his company was doubling its spending on CSR schemes in host communities in Adamawa State, the location of its 32,000 hectares integrated sugar complex.

Speaking in Numan, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, described the Dangote Sugar Refinery as the biggest contributor to the development of the sugar development effort of the Federal Government.

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The Minister also commended Mr Dangote for the massive support through his Corporate Social Responsibility scheme.

In the same vein, the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals is expected to create some 250,000 job opportunities when completed next year.

Already, Dangote Cement Plc is one of Africa’s biggest job providers in the manufacturing sector.

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Igbos Inaugurate Biafra House In US, Give Reasons

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Igbos residing in the United States, US, have inaugurated the Biafra House in Oxon Hill in Maryland, Washington DC.

It was gathered that the Biafra House was inaugurated to serve people who believe in Biafra and friends of the nation.

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This was authoritatively disclosed to DAILY POST by a source.

The source, who pleaded anonymity, said: “The Biafra House is officially opened for business to the public, including Government Administrative Matters, Diplomatic Protocol, International Relations, and Security, amongst others.”

The Biafra House was formed to help Igbos in the US and Diaspora interact with the international community.

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According to the source: “The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.

“Biafra House is where Biafrans in the United States and the World can seek Diplomatic and Consular services, as it’s open for five business days a week and within the New York time zone.”

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“Again, The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the Fulani government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.”

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