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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.

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.

“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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Police Officer Caught Collecting Bribe On Camera Demoted

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The Imo State Police Command says its officer, identified as Inspector Isong Osudueh, who was caught on camera collecting bribes from motorists along the Owerri-Onitsha express road, has been demoted.

This was disclosed in a statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Henry Okoye, shared on X on Monday.

The video which went viral on Monday, showed the officer collecting money from drivers plying the road. He could also be seen handing them change whenever the need arises.

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According to the statement, Osudueh, who was attached to the Counter Terrorism Unit, Owerri, has been reduced in rank after facing disciplinary action. At the same time, the supervising officer has been issued an official query for lack of supervision.

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The statement said, “The Imo State Police Command is issuing this statement in response to a viral video making the rounds on social media where a Police officer was seen extorting money from motorists along Owerri-Onitsha express road.

“The erring officer, identified as Inspector Isong Osudueh, attached to the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Owerri, has been recommended for a reduction in rank after the necessary orderly room proceedings, for exhibiting such a shameful and unprofessional act, while the supervisory officer has been issued an official query for lack of supervision.”

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The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, had earlier condemned the officer’s actions as “bad and shameful” and confirmed his arrest and disciplinary action.

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‘This Is Bad And Shameful,’ Force PRO Condemns Viral Extortion Video

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The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, has reacted to a viral video of a police officer caught on camera accepting bribe from commercial bus drivers.

He described the officer’s action as bad and shameful adding that the officer has been arrested and subjected to disciplinary actions.

An X user, SKYPOND who tweets anonymously as Skypond_, shared the video with the caption, “This is why those gunmen waste them easily, they are never cautious of their environment. They throw every single caution into the wind. #Princemoye1, Ire o.”

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Reacting to the video Olumuyiwa wrote, “This is bad and shameful. I hate seeing videos and pictures like this. I have been informed that the policeman has been identified and arrested since a week ago. He has been subjected to disciplinary procedures. The PPRO Imo has been asked to react to this and make the command’s actions known. Thanks.”

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US-based Nigerian Set To Contest US Congress Seat

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A Nigerian-American man, Yomi Faparusi, has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Congress to represent Tennessee’s 5th District in the upcoming elections.

The election is scheduled for November 5, 2024.

Faparusi shared his aspirations during a virtual meeting with reporters over the weekend.

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He said his election victory will inspire future generations and serve as a unifying force for the country.

As a researcher, Faparusi stated that he is running for Congress because America is currently divided and weakened.

He emphasised that his victory would help unite Americans across various divides.

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Highlighting the issue of hyperinflation, he noted the increasing difficulty for people to survive and the disappearing middle class, which threatens the American dream.

He stated, “America is so divided and weakened because politicians now run on divisive and wedge issues. Hence, I decided to run as a unifier, so that things could get done. I also hope my victory in November will inspire the next generation.”

“There is inflation, making it hard to make ends meet; the middle class is disappearing, and the American dream is threatened. I want to tackle inflation. I want to create an environment that is conducive to small businesses, the most important unit of job creation.

“Congress is in stalemate, and nothing is getting done. I will work across the aisle for the common good. Americans are tired of cyclical threats of government shutdowns. Immigration is in total disarray. Open borders are not a policy; it only makes it hard to have a comprehensive plan. Immigration is not only a social issue; it is a financial/economic issue: you don’t have papers; you can’t get a job.

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He continued, “The reality is that most legislators would not entertain any immigration relief package unless the border is secure. Hence, we need to secure the border and get back with a bipartisan comprehensive immigration plan.

“I still have a political ideology. There is something called the advantage of incumbency, but incumbents lose, as I hope in November. The TN 5th district is ideologically diverse and it needs to be represented by someone who understands and appreciates this diversity. I will represent ALL the people, not just a partisan segment.”

He highlighted his experience as a business owner and negotiator, “I am a business owner and I know about job creation. Also, I have had to work with diverse stakeholders, hence I learned how to listen and be humble. These have allowed me to be a good negotiator in any forum. As an immigrant and now an immigration attorney, I know the practicalities of immigration,” he said.

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Speaking on his agenda, he said, “My agenda is ‘I care’. I care about your concerns and I want to go to Washington to serve you. I hope that you will give me a chance to represent you, and I will always be answerable to you, my constituents. I will advocate for your concerns and needs without fear of retribution because I have placed the people above the party. In the end, everything will be okay.”

Born in the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Faparusi’s ancestral hometown is Ode-Ekiti, Gbonyin LGA, in Ekiti State.

He graduated as a medical doctor from the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, where he was active in students’ union politics, serving as the Hall Chairman of Alexander Brown Hall.

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Faparusi is a licensed physician and attorney based in Tennessee, focusing mostly on immigration law. He fled Nigeria during the Abacha regime to escape persecution for his involvement in agitating against military rule.

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