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World Anti-Corruption Day: EFCC Recovers N217,268,238m, Convicts 84 in Edo, Delta, Ondo States.

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In its bid to make the country corruption free, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), says it recovered not less than N217,268,238m, while property including houses and vessels were forfeited to the government in the year 2019 in Edo, Delta and Ondo states.

The Commission also successfully secured the conviction of 84 persons involved in financial, cyber crimes and other forms of corruptions in the states under Benin zone.

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World Anti-Corruption Day: EFCC, Religion Bodies And Civil Society Organisations In A Walk Against Corruption In Benin City On Monday

Muhtar Bello, Head, Benin zonal office, while disclosing this to journalists shortly after a road-walk to mark this year’s World Anti-Corruption Day, called on stakeholders support and cooperation in the fight against corruption.

According to him, to make meaningful progress in restoring transparency, accountability and due process in public governance, support and cooperation from stakeholders is need, adding that the EFCC alone cannot fight corruption.

Muhtar noted that corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development of any nation, hence including religion leaders in this year’s anti-corruption day inorder to spread the measage.

World Anti-Corruption Day: The EFCC and other stakeholders in a road-walk against corruption in Benin City on Monday

According to the Benin zonal head, the EFCC under the acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, had between 2015 and 2019 secured a total of 1,636 convictions, including that of three former governors, Joshua Dariye of Plateau State, Jolly Nyame, Taraba, and Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, Abia state.

Chief Imam of Benin, Sheik Abdulfatai Enabulele, who was part the road-walk, noted that all hands must be on deck in the fight against corruption, stressing that corruption is a draw back to the nation.

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He further noted, ” We need to support the acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu for the good work he is doing. We must purge ourselves, be more patrotic, committed and sincere because the stealing is too much and if we did not kill corruption, it will kill us.”

Also speaking, a representative of the Christian Association Of Nigeria (CAN), and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Phil Arojie, said the christians have to join forces with the EFCC to stamp out all forms of corruption in the country.

The youth wing chairman of CAN, noted “We must join hands with EFCC to fight corruption, it is a fight that we must support ti continue and  win”

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R. Kelly Taken Off Suicide Watch In Jail

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R.Kelly has been taken off suicide watch following a face-off with federal authorities in the US.

The singer had filed the lawsuit against the prison he was kept in after being convicted for sex crimes.

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Kelly claimed he was being subjected to “cruel and unusual punishment” which violates his 8th Amendment rights, after he was put on suicide watch at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center.

He insisted that he wasn’t even thinking of killing himself and claimed he was placed in these harsh conditions because he is a celebrity.

However, the Metropolitan Detention Center Warden Heriberto H. Tellez, who was named as one of the defendants in the lawsuit, told TMZ that he has taken a decision to remove Kelly from suicide watch following a “clinical assessment.”

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READ ALSO: Sex Crimes: Singer R. Kelly Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison

No further details on the assessment were provided.

Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison last Wednesday following his conviction last year on federal racketeering and sex trafficking charges.

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‘I Escaped After Two Weeks In jail’ – Convicted Serial Killer, Cultist [Photos]

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Oluwatosin Ikuhemeyin, a notorious cultist who terrorized the Igbokoda community and escaped from jail in Owo in March 2022 was on Monday recaptured by operatives of the Ondo State Police Command.

The convict was said to have broken out of jail just after arriving at the facility within two weeks.

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Speaking while parading the suspect, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Funmilayo Odunlami, claimed that detectives had been tracking the dreaded cultist known as ‘4G’ due to his shooting prowess.

Odunlami claimed that the arrested cultist, alongside six other inmates who were on the command’s wanted list, escaped from Owo Correctional Centre.

“The suspect, Tosin Ikuhemeyin, a.k.a. 4G, had been on the wanted list of the command over his role in multiple cult battles in the state that have resulted in the death of certain members of another cult organization.

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“He was a member of the Aye cult group and was captured in Igbokoda, where he was hiding out. He will soon be charged in court.”

READ ALSO: Ondo Church: Drama As Indoctrinated Children Refuse To Follow Parents Home

Speaking on his arrest, the 24-year-old cultist stated that “before I was caught and taken to an Owo correctional facility, I was a member of the Aye cult and the group’s head in Igbokoda.

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“After being imprisoned for two weeks, I was detained this morning in Igbokoda, but I managed to escape from Owo Prison with the help of six other inmates.

“I met with some inmates in the prison who had been plotting an escape before I arrived, and they successfully incorporated me into their schemes under the leadership of one Dada.”

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Court Jails UK Ex-convict One Year For Defrauding Hotel

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Justice Mojisola Dada of the Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos, on Friday sentenced a United Kingdom ex-convict, Ahmed Adebola, to one year imprisonment for defrauding Radisson Blu Hotel of N4.4 million.

Justice Dada sentenced the defendant after he pleaded guilty to an amended one count of obtaining by false pretence, offence which contravenes Section 312 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had, on May 30, charged the convict on an amended one count of obtaining by false pretence.

The EFCC counsel, Ahmed Yerima, said that the Radisson Blu Hotel Management wrote a petition against the defendant to the commission, after he defrauded the hotel of the sum of N4.4million.

The prosecution submitted that the EFCC received a report from the hotel sometime in December 2020 and alleged that the defendant, who had lodged in their facility, off and on, made payments through credit cards and American Express in favour of the hotel and the payments were recalled by the unified payment system.

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Yerima said, “Based on the information gotten between December 15 and 16, 2020, the defendant checked into the hotel again and was arrested based on the earlier allegations against him.

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“A search was conducted on him and nine different credit cards, bearing different names, were recovered from him in which six out of the nine were American Express.

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“Two United Kingdom driver licences were recovered from him at the point of arrest, all of which contained the same information, including the picture of the defendant and the only difference was the name.

“The defendant said that the cards were given to him by one Jim Collins, whom he met in the UK and he was aware that the credit cards were not legally issued and that he did not know the owners of the card.”

The prosecution further said that an investigation was extended to the National Crimes Agency in the United Kingdom to confirm the authenticity of the cards, the driver licences and the criminal record of the defendant, if any existed.

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“The team received a response from the NCA stating that the driver licences were forged documents, including the credit card.

“The NCA also said that the defendant was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment in the UK for offences bordering on fraudulent bank card, motoring offences and others which later resulted in his deportation,” the prosecution said.

Delivering judgement, Justice Dada sentenced the defendant to one year imprisonment.

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Dada said, “The defendant is hereby sentenced to one year jail term, having been on bail till now or pay an option of fine of N2 million.

“All the items recovered from him is hereby forfeited to the Federal Government and must write an understatement never to go back to the same crime again.”

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