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EFCC arraigns Cecilia Osipitan for N6bn PHCN insurance benefit fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned the Managing Director of PJO Ventures Limited, Cecilia Osipitan.

She is being tried along with PJO and Insurance Resourcery and Consultancy Services Limited before Justice U. P. Kekemeke of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja.

Osipitan faces a nine-count charge bordering criminal breach of trust, conspiracy and conversion of public funds to the tune of N6billion.

EFCC said the money was meant for the payment of outstanding insurance premiums and claims of deceased and incapacitated staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).

Osipitan’s offence contravened Section 311 of the Panel Code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, (Abuja) 2004 and punishable under Section 312 of the same Act.

The defendant pleaded not guilty when the charges were read.

Justice Kekemeke granted her bail in the sum of N500million with two sureties in like sum.

The sureties must be federal civil servant, a religious leader or a member of the National Assembly residing and own landed properties in Abuja.

Kekemeke adjourned until January 20, 2022 for commencement of trial.

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Yoruba leader, Olufemi Adegoke is dead

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The Chairman of pan-Yoruba intelligentsia group, Voice of Reason (VOR), Dr. Olufemi Adegoke is dead.

The medical veteran hailed from Ondo Town in Ondo West Local Government Area.

Adegoke was the father of a Nigerian-born member of the British Parliament, Olukemi Olufunto Badenoch.

The lawmaker, a Conservative Party member, served in Boris Johnson’s government as Minister of State for Levelling Up Communities and Minister of State for Equalities.

A statement on Friday by Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide described Adegoke as a man of unquestionable character.

Director of Communication, Maxwell Adeleye said he was resolute and committed towards the decommissioning of Nigerian’s 1999 Constitution.

The spokesman recalled that Adegoke spent his last years working for the advancement and liberation of Yorubas.

“He was an unparalleled patriot of the Yoruba people and an intellectual giant whose courage and candour goes beyond the cosmos”, he noted.

The body, led by Professor Banji Akintoye, sympathized with the Adegokes and prayed that God will give them the fortitude to bear the loss.

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I gave up on ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ after Pastor Ibiyeomie’s curses – Church member confesses

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A member of the Salvation Ministry, Ebimina Tamuno, has revealed that she cancelled her dream of becoming an internet fraudster after the founder of the church, Pastor Davide Ibiyeomie, rained curses on ‘Yahoo boys’.

DAILY POST recalls that the popular pastor had, during a sermon in his church, laid curses on Nigerian youths who are into fraudulent activities, saying they will die by accident if they fail to repent.

A few hours after the curses, Ebimina who had concluded plans to engage in cybercrime in a bid to better her life testified that she has given up on the plan.

She said, “My name is Ebimina Tamuno. Yesterday, after Papa’s ministration, I was overwhelmed. I couldn’t sleep all through the night.

“I was just waiting for the Glory Reign to be over and I have gotten all my documents ready to travel out to do ‘Yahoo Yahoo’.

“Because the hardship is too much and I just wanted to have a good life and I feel that was going to make me okay. But I couldn’t sleep all through the night and I had to give it all up for God and I am here to give up. If I perish, I perish”.

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Burkina Faso: Military won’t step down now – Coup leader

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The military in Burkina Faso says they will remain in power until the conditions are right.

Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba, who led the ouster of President Roch Kabore, made the declaration.

In his first speech, the coup leader blamed Kabore for failing to aggressively push back Islamist militants.

“When the conditions are right, according to the deadline that our people will define in all sovereignty, I commit to a return to a normal constitutional order”, he said.

Damiba revealed plans to meet representatives of different sections to agree on a roadmap for reform.

The mutineer added that Burkina Faso needed international partners “more than ever”.

Damiba urged the international community “to support our country so it can exit this crisis as soon as possible”.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) suspended Burkina Faso on Friday.

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo said coup d’etats were violation of democratic tenets.

“It represents a threat to peace, security and stability in West Africa”, Akufo-Addo stressed.

The military takeover in Burkina Faso is the third in the region since August 2020.

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