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N1.1bn Fraud: Ex-Customs Boss Lawyer Jailed Seven Years



The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has secured the conviction of Umar Hussaini, a lawyer to a former Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, late Abdullahi Dikko, over N1.1 billion fraud.

The convict was sentenced seven years.

The ICPC, in a Charge No: FHC/ABJ/CR/74/2020, had arraigned Hussaini before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

He was arraigned over his complicity in inducing the Managing Director of Cambial Limited, Mr Yemi Obadeyi, who was the complainant, to pay N1.1bn into the account of Capital Law Office on March 6, 2010, as refundable “completion security deposit” for the procurement of 120 units of houses as residential accommodation for officers of the NCS.

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The spokesperson for the ICPC, Mrs Azuka Ogugua, revealed this in a statement Thursday night obtained by our correspondent.

Ogugua noted that when the matter was filed for trial, the convict deployed a lot of delay tactics to stall the trial including filing a “No Case Submission” before the court, arguing that the said sum paid into the account of Capital Law Office was induced by the deceased former Comptroller-General and a former Deputy Comptroller General, Garba Makarfi who instructed Mr Obadeyi to pay the money, and that set the tune for a long legal tussle.

However, the prosecution team was able to sufficiently link the defendant to the alleged offences with prima facie evidence.

Ogugua said, “The court was also informed of how the convict pretended to be an external solicitor to the NCS when he knew that he was not – a false pretence  – which induced the complainants to deposit the funds into the account of his private law firm because the complainant believed that he was acting on behalf of the NCS.

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“Justice Ojukwu thereafter found Hussaini guilty on two counts of obtaining by false pretense, contrary to and punishable under the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006.”

Ogugua noted that the trial Judge then sentenced him to seven years prison term on each count with an option of fine of N100million. The sentences are to run concurrently.

He was also ordered to pay the sum of N100million as compensation to the complainant, Yemi Obadeyi, and the company, Cambial Limited.

The Judge further ruled that the convict be remanded in prison custody pending the fulfillment of the terms of fine.



Police Declare Man Wanted Over Homos*xual Act



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



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.


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



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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