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JUST IN: EFCC Declares Instagram Celebrity, Mompha Wanted

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has declared Nigeria’s popular Instagram celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, aka Mompha, wanted.

It urged Nigerians with information on Mompha’s whereabouts to speak up or contact the nearest police station.

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The anti-graft agency disclosed this via its Twitter handle on Wednesday.

“Wanted by the EFCC: Ismaila Mustapha. Anyone with useful information as to his whereabouts should contact the EFCC or the nearest police station,” EFCC wrote.

The anti-graft agency had arraigned Mompha and his company, Ismalob Global Investment Ltd, for alleged fraud.

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EFCC accused the socialite and his company of N6 billion fraud on January 12.

In a fresh eight-count charge, EFCC accused Mompha of conspiracy to launder funds obtained through unlawful activity and laundering of funds received through illegal activity.

Others are retention of proceeds of criminal conduct, use of property derived from an unlawful act, possession of a document containing false pretense, and failure to disclose assets and properties.

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He was remanded in the custody of the EFCC but later granted a bail of N200 million which he couldn’t fulfill.

On June 10, the commission accused the socialite of flouting a court order and travelling to Dubai with a new passport.

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On June 22, a Lagos court revoked the bail granted to him due to his absence from trial.

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Edo Deputy Gov Blames Govt For Unfavorable Environment For Young Entrepreneurs

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Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu, on Sunday attributed the challenges facing Nigeria to the government’s inability to provide the enabling environment for enterprising Nigerians to thrive.

Speaking at the empowerment programme of Olere Women Empowerment Initiative (OWEI) in Benin City, Shiabu said developed countries have been able to get to the level they are because their governments have been able to provide the needed environment for the private sector to prosper.

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He urged recipients of the empowerment to translate their training into not just earning a living but employing people.

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He said: “We must continually educate ourselves and create awareness that the private sector does things better. God given talents in our young men and women have to be harnessed and in doing that, programmes like this have to be encouraged. For us to get out of the situation we are in now, some of us that God has blessed must emulate the Olere group to get our young ones out there.

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“You must not sell these items because we have had experiences in the past where people will go back and sell their packs to the sellers at half the price.

“Many of us travel out and see that most of the economies of these countries we visit are driven by the private sector. We are not doing well in Nigeria because the government is not providing the enabling environment for people to flourish.”

On her part, the initiator of the programme, Hajia Maryam Abubakar, said the best security that can be provided is engaging youths, women and children.

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“If you don’t look after our people particularly youth, women and children, there will be a problem, and you will not have peace. It is easier to take care of our youths than to hire security to protect us. If I am able to hire security to protect myself, what about my four children, what about my family members so the best security is to provide and take care of these people,” she said.

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One of the guest lecturers at the event, Emmauel Usoh speaking on “Leadership development skills for women and youths” said “Your benefactor has spent so much to put you where you are today but you need to do more to put yourself where you want to be tomorrow.”

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The supervisor of the training and empowerment programma, Mrs Amidat Ilegar Okoh, said 34 people benefited from the empowerment and they were selected from the three senatorial districts in the state and they were trained in various fields like bag making, sewing and other skills.

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There Is Conspiracy To Gag CSOs Activities In Edo State, Rights Activist Alleges

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A Benin-based human rights activist and former Public Relations Officer of the Edo Civil Society Organisation, EDOCSO, Comrade Osazee Edigin, has raised the alarm that there is a conspiracy to gag activities of civil society organisation in Edo State.

The rights activist raised the alarm in Benin on Saturday during the civil society organisation’s general assembly wherein he enlightened members of the CSO on Administration of Criminal Justice Act and petition writing, declaring that petition writing is right of every member of the public.

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His enlightenment followed an alleged statement credited to the Edo State Commissioner of Police, CP Abutu Yaro, that he would only entertain petition from legal practitioners (lawyers) in the state and not any members of the public.

The CP had, however, refuted the allegation in a press statement yesterday, declaring that his office has always been entertaining petitions from individuals and groups in the state and not lawyers alone.

Edigin, who alleged that the State Command has been ‘anti-civil society organisations activities, vowed that any attempt to silence activities of CSOs in the state would be resisted.

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He said: “There is conspiracy to silence activities of civil society organisations in the state, but we are going to resist such act with everything within us.

“The CP has not been friendly to members of the civil society organisations in the state. He sees us as jobless persons, hence he walks some of our members out of his office and make uncalled for statement against our members. But we want to tell the CP that members of civil society organisations in Edo State particularly EDOCSO members are well educated and employers of labour. We are noble persons. We are just committed to upholding human rights.

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“We need to also let the CP know that civil society organisations especially EDOCSO activities had been supported by past CPs in the state. We have enjoyed robust collaboration with past CPs in the state and CP Yaro cannot be a different,” he added.

 

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Save Niger Delta Commission, Group Tells Buhari, Others

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The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees, Sunday, called for the inauguration of the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission.

The General Secretary of the union, Sikiru Wahid, made the call in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday.

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Wahid said the call had become imperative to save the commission from destruction.

He, therefore, appealed to the President Muhammadu Buhari the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan and other stakeholders to take urgent steps to ensure the NDDC delivered on its mandate.

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”As critical stakeholders in the Niger Delta Development Commission, and of the regional development efforts, after taking a critical review and appraisal of all the happenings within and around the NDDC since January, 2019, we have resolved as follows:

”That we, as staff of the NDDC, collectively, under the umbrella of AUPCTRE, cannot fold our hands while different political actors from the region through their actions or inactions undermine the enabling Act of the NDDC, and so threaten the corporate existence of the commission.

”That as a Union, we say to all political heavy weights from the Niger Delta Region, that enough of putting personal interest over and above the development of the region for which the vehicle of the Niger Delta Development Commission was setup,” Wahid stated.

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According to AUPCTRE, however, political gladiators from the region for whatever reasons, ill-advised Buhari to dissolve the board of the commission, and in its place, appointed an Interim Management Committee.

The union said the commission did not fully represent all the NDDC states, a situation that had culminated into anger and lack of support by the aggrieved persons towards successive interim management committees.

”Thus, instead of focusing efforts on driving development of the commission, these committees either fights back or focuses on pacifying the aggrieved stakeholders.

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”And since that January 2019 therefore, it has been one interim administration or the other. We, as members of staff, as a union, are saying enough of all these. Let the right thing be done,” AUPCTRE reiterated.

The union also faulted the forensic audit being carried out on the NDDC’s activities.

”Enough of these unending audits which fritter away the funds of the commission.

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”A forensic audit, meant to take between three to six months to complete, but eventually took almost two years to complete, has been undertaken.

”A forensic audit that could have been carried out without suspension of the inauguration of a board, but for some personal reasons, one or two politicians from the Niger Delta Region ill-advised the President against the inauguration of the board.

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”At the moment, auditors from the office of the Auditor-General for the Federation, have been in the NDDC for about two months auditing the books of the commission, including personnel staff files,” AUPCTRE stated.

PUNCH.

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