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



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.

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.

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”



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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