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EFCC Re-opens Probe Into Delta N21.7bn IPP Project

EFCC Re-opens Probe Into Delta N21.7bn IPP Project

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  The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reopened its investigation into a N21.74 billion Independent Power Plant (IPP) project in Oghara, Delta State, New Telegraph is reporting. The contract for the project was awarded by the Delta State Government to an indigenous firm, Davnotch Nigeria Limited, on June 23, 2009 for the supply and installation of two Rolls Royce Trent Gas Turbine Generators to boost power generation and distribution in the state. It had an initial contract term of 60 per cent down payment and completion period of 24 months. On June 24, 2009, Davnotch accepted the offer and promised to complete the contract within the stipulated time frame. A total sum of N1billion was paid into Davnotch’s accounts in three banks on the same day, the
Activist Drags EFCC To Court Over Failure To Prosecute Ex-Gov Oshiomhole

Activist Drags EFCC To Court Over Failure To Prosecute Ex-Gov Oshiomhole

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  A Benin-based activist and anti-corruption crusader, Bishop Osadolor Ochei has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja for an order of mandamus compelling the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to commence criminal proceedings against former Edo state governor, Adams Aliu Oshiomhole on alleged corruption. An ex-parte motion marked FHC/ABJ/CS/628/2018 praying the court to order EFCC to put Oshiomole on trial followed the Bishop’s petition to the EFCC, dated October 28, 2016 ‎against Oshiomhole, who was governor of Edo state from November 2008 to November 11, 2016. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is the first respondent while Oshiomhole who is currently gunning for All Progressive Congress (APC) National Chairmanship position is the second.
Two Nigerian Women Overpower Rapists In Chennai, Hand Them To Police

Two Nigerian Women Overpower Rapists In Chennai, Hand Them To Police

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  Two Nigerian University girls who were target of two rapists on Tuesday overpowered the two India men who wanted to rape them and handed them over to local police. TimesofIndia reports that seeing two women walking by themselves along a dimly-lit stretch at in Vandalur, Chennai, on Tuesday night, two men decided they would be easy targets and tried to grope them. What they didn't bargain for was that the women, Nigerian nationals studying in two city colleges, would turn upon them. The report says the two ladies rained blows on the molesters in a bid to struggle off their grip while they shout for help. The two men, who were later discovered drunk, were later handed over to the police. A police officer said one of the women was a student of Loyola College and t...
Police Launches Manhunt For 200 Minna Jail Breakers

Police Launches Manhunt For 200 Minna Jail Breakers

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  The Police in Niger state have launched a full-scale manhunt for 200 jail breakers who escaped from Minna Medium Security Prison on Sunday. Already, only 19 of the 219 jail breakers have been recaptured. The police, on Monday said it had taken measures to ensure the arrest of the remaining 200 prisoners. Dibal Yakadi, the Commissioner of Police in Niger, said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna that only 19 out of the 219 prisoners that escaped were arrested. Yakadi said: “We are working in collaboration with other security agencies in Niger state to make sure that we re-arrest the runaway inmates. “The police has embarked on stop and search for all vehicles and also engaged personnel on motor and foot patrol to ensure that we apprehend the
Governor Ahmed To Police: I Only ‘ve SMEs For Youths, Women; I Didn’t Fund Any Group Known As “Good Boys”

Governor Ahmed To Police: I Only ‘ve SMEs For Youths, Women; I Didn’t Fund Any Group Known As “Good Boys”

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  Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has told the Nigeria Police Force that his State only run a well known empowerment scheme under the Small And Medium Enterprises platform which is used to move women and youths groups into entrepreneurship. According to him the SMEs doesn't entails arming and funding suspects for political thuggery or for any other activity in Kware state, adding that at no point did the Kwara State government directly provide funds to any group known as "Good Boys" for any purpose that either he or the state government can be held liable for. This denial is coming in response to a Nigeria Police statement accusing him of sponsoring political thugs allegedly linked to the Offa Armed Robbery incident. Alhaji Ahmed described the allegations
Offa Robbery: Saraki Replies Police, Says This Frame-up Will Also Fail

Offa Robbery: Saraki Replies Police, Says This Frame-up Will Also Fail

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  Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has replied the Nigeria Police Force over a statement credited to it, alleging that Offa robbery suspects have confessed his involvement in the much-publicised robbery saga. Saraki, who had earlier raised the alarm of plot by the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris to use cultists to frame him up, said, "Like the earlier one, this frame-up will also fail as I hereby state categorically that I have no link with any band of criminals". Describing his 'linked up' in the robbery incident as "baseless allegation and another ploy by the Police to implicate him by all means", Saraki said that the plot was concocted to embarrass him, maintaining that it is his (IGP) own response after his refusal to honour the invitation by the Na...
JUST IN: Police Invites Senate President, Saraki Over Offa Bank Robbery Incident

JUST IN: Police Invites Senate President, Saraki Over Offa Bank Robbery Incident

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The Nigeria Police Force has invited the Senate President, Bukola Saraki in connection with the robbery which occurred in Offa, Kwara State. According to Channels TV report, this was after the Senate President was mentioned by five of the suspects who confessed to the crime. Five gang leaders indicted Saraki after they made a confession that they were political thugs of both the Senate President and Abdulfatah Ahmed, Governor of Kwara State. The Spokesperson of the Nigerian Police Force, Jimoh Moshood, in a statement on Sunday said the bank robbery led to the death of 33 persons including some pregnant women and good police officers. The police statement read in part; “The Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki is being invited by the Nigeria Police Force to report to the For
APC Accuses Fayose’s Government As Police ‘Arrest Politician Behind Ekiti Shooting’

APC Accuses Fayose’s Government As Police ‘Arrest Politician Behind Ekiti Shooting’

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  The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti is pointing fingers at the state government for being responsible for the shooting of Mr Opeyemi Bamidele, an Ex-Lawmaker of the House of Representatives. Mr Bamidele was shot on Friday at the party’s secretariat during a take-off campaign organised for Dr Kayode Fayemi, the governorship candidate for the July 14 election in Ekiti State. According to TheCable, Taiwo Olatunbosun, Ekiti APC publicity secretary, accused Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti governor, of spearheading the disruption. “It was a smooth ride from Akure Airport to Ikere-Ekiti where thousands of supporters came out to give him a rousing welcome,” the statement read. “Ikere-Ekiti journey to Ado-Ekiti, a distance of about nine kilometres, lasted two hours in a hea
Unity Bank Manager, Assistant Arrested In Warri Over Alleged Diversion Of N2.5m From A Dead Customer Account

Unity Bank Manager, Assistant Arrested In Warri Over Alleged Diversion Of N2.5m From A Dead Customer Account

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The Acting Branch Manager of Unity Bank in Warri, Mr. Mark Chinedu and his assistant have been arrested by the police in connection to alleged diversion of N2.5 million from a dead customer's account with the bank. BigPen Online gathered that the sum was discovered transferred from the customer's account to another bank allegedly by a fraudster in connivance with officials of the bank after his death. Sources revealed that relatives of the deceased customer discovered the fraud at the branch of Unity Bank in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area last week five years after the demised customer, late Chief John Akpile. It was learnt that following the development, the police at the 'B Division' Okumagba Avenue in Warri South Council Area who were intimated of the discovery immedi...
Accidental Discharge: Ex-Lawmaker, Opeyemi Bamidele, A Party Loyalist Shot In Ekiti

Accidental Discharge: Ex-Lawmaker, Opeyemi Bamidele, A Party Loyalist Shot In Ekiti

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  Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, former member House of Representatives and another party loyalist have been shot. The ugly incident occurred as a result of accidental discharge on Friday at the capital of Ekiti State, where they were both hit by bullets during the opening campaign of the All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi. Report by Channels Tv as confirm by the APC Chairman in the state, Mr Jide Awe, confirm the incident. He said that the victims have been taken to the hospital for immediate treatment. Mr Awe, said that the target was Kayode Fayemi, and Bamidele fell victim of the ugly incident. “When he shot at the crowd, I believe sincerely that he (the police) aimed at Dr Kayode Fayemi but narrowly, he (Fayemi) was pushed by somebod