Court Remands Three For Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Maiduguri zonal office, on Monday, December 4, 2017 arraigned the trio of Philip Power, Attah Adoga and Christopher Wema before Justice Fadawu Umar of the State High Court, Maiduguri, Borno State on a 2-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence.
The suspects were arrested following a complaint by one Bello Musa alleging that, one Baba Yohanna introduced him to iron scrap business and in the process fraudulently induced him to pay a sum of One Hundred and Fifty Naira (N150,000) for the supply of the iron scrap.

Count One of the charge reads:

“That you, PRINCE PHILIP POWER, ATTAH ADOGA and CHRISTOPHER WEMA sometime in July, 2017 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did agree among yourselves to do an illegal act, to wit: conspiracy to obtain money under the false pretence from one Ali Musa contrary to and punishable under Sections 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 respectively”.‎

Particulars of count read:

“That you, PRINCE PHILIP POWER, ATTAH ADOGA and CHRISTOPHER WEMA sometime in July 2017 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court and with intent to defraud, induced one Ali Musa to deliver to you the sum of One Hundred and Fifty Naira only(N150,000:00) under the false pretence that the said sum would be utilized to service his interest in a business for the supply of iron scrap, facts you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 1(1)(b) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 respectively”.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Upon their pleas, counsel to the EFCC, Khalid Sanusi urged the court to fix a date for trial and to remand the suspects in prison custody.

Justice Fadawu adjourned to December 6, 2017 for trial and ordered the accused persons to be remanded in prison custody.

Jordin Sparks new husband Dana Isaiah is her everything.

Many were shocked when it was revealed that Jordin Sparks was not only but expecting a baby. However, we are all thrilled for the No Air singer. In a post on her page, she shared some beautiful word for her man.

She wrote;

“I saw that you were perfect, and so I loved you. Then I saw that you were not perfect and I loved you even more.”  . I’m so proud to call you mine. I would give anything to keep seeing you smile like this everyday. Little man and I love you so much. 🦋

EFCC Raises Alarm Over Job Scam

Press release below.

It has come to the knowledge of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that some unscrupulous individuals are seeking to exploit the current recruitment exercise in the Commission for private gain by soliciting payment from unsuspecting job seekers in order to facilitate their employment into the Commission

This is a scam and members of the public are warned not to deal with anyone with such proposition as the agency does not collect money from jobseekers. Candidates that participated in the recent aptitude test by the Commission should avoid falling prey to tricksters by shunning any promise of employment for a fee. The employment process in the EFCC is open and transparent and cannot be compromised through bribery.

Members of the public are advised to report any request for money for employment into the Commission at the nearest office of the EFCC or police station.

Apc Stakeholders In Kano Endorse President Buhari, Ganduje For Second Term

Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State on Thursday adopted the President Muhammadu Buhari as their candidate for the 2019 general elections.

The party leaders also expressed their commitment and support to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as their sole candidate for 2019.
President Buhari did not say he accepted, nor did he decline to accept the endorsement in his speech even after the party leaders promised to procure the nomination forms for him and threatened to sue if he declined the said endorsement.

President Buhari merely beamed with smiles and went on to underscore the need for unity in the party and among the diverse peoples of Nigeria.

The APC stakeholders meeting, held on the margins of the President’s state visit to Kano, was attended by Governor Ganduje, his deputy, Professor Hafizu Abubakar, the state Chairman and the members of the state executive committee and members of the national executive committee of the party from Kano State.

Also in attendance were two of the state’s senators; members of the House of Representatives from the state; the Speaker and 34 of the 40 members of the Kano State House of Assembly and the 44 party Chairmen, their deputies and the Local Government Area secretaries of the APC.

Others are Governor Muhammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa and other leaders of the party in the state.

The State Chairman of the APC, Alhaji Inuwa Abbas hinged their endorsement of the President on his achievements in the last two years especially in the fields of security, the war against corruption and the restructuring of the economy.

“Security is important for everyone, not just for Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

‘‘It even more so for us as a commercial and industrial state. We are convinced that you are best for these times when the country has begun to muster energy and resources to develop agriculture, infrastructure and empower the younger citizens,” Abbas said.

Speaking on a humorous note, Governor Ganduje said the party was prepared to drag the President to court to force his acceptance of the second term ticket.

In his response, President Buhari said he understood the clamour by the ordinary people on the streets who raised four fingers on each arm, ”meaning four-plus-four”.

He, however, stressed the need to sanitize party politics by ridding it of vote buying and violence.

“What I saw in the elections in Kogi, Bayelsa and Rivers, the use of money and those headless bodies really upset me. I don’t wish to see that anywhere. I would not have won if money and killing was the modus of operation. That is my view of politics,” the President said.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Adviser to the President
Media & Publicity
December 7, 2017

Femi Adesina’s Impostor Jailed 8Year



A fraudster who impersonated the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, and attempted to fleece a Bayero University don of N300, 000 for a nonexistent appointment in the Presidency has been convicted. Christian Efe Oyovweyho was today December 5 convicted and sentenced to 8years imprisonment by Justice Z.B. Abubakar of the Federal High Court Kano. The convict was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a 2-count charge that borders on conspiracy and attempt to obtain, in contravention of sections 8(a) and (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006. 

The convict’s journey to prison started when the Commission received a petition that he had impersonated Adesina. The petitioner, Professor Dalhatu Mohammed Galadanci of the Bayero University Kano further stated that the convict had attempted to obtain the sum of N300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira Only) from him.

According to Galadanci, sometime in July 2016, the convict sent him a text message claiming to be Femi Adesina, SA to the president on Media and Publicity. The defendant fraudulently claimed to be speaking on behalf of the president and that the name of the professor has been forwarded for appointment in the presidency. The complainant further stated that the defendant claimed to be searching for a better office for him. Subsequently, the defendant asked the professor to make payment of the sum of N300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira Only) in order to facilitate his appointment to one of Nigeria Port Authority, Nigerian Railway Cooperation and Rural Electrification Agency. At that point, the professor got suspicious and reported the matter to the commission.

Upon arraignment on the 16th of March, 2017, the convict pleaded not guilty and the prosecution counsel, Musa Isah proceeded to trial during which two prosecution witnesses gave evidence while the convict stood as the only defense witness.

In her judgment, Justice Abubakar found the convict guilty of the offence he was charged with after she was convinced that the prosecution had proved the case against him beyond reasonable doubt. She subsequently sentenced him to 4 years imprisonment without option of fine on each of the two count charge. The sentence is to run concurrently.

Star actress Joke Silva reveals she was adopted.


Joke Silva  revealed this while Speaking at the August occasion of the Annual Conference of Heritage Adoption Support and Advocacy Group (HASAAG). Read on.

Everybody would be calling me whenever my adopted mum (Dr. Silva)came with cakes and a lot of things during her visit. I went to YWCA Nursery, which was not too far from the Silva’s home in Yaba. I also have memories of moving in with them when they moved to Glover Road in Ikoyi.

I remember reading newspapers to my Dad in our sitting room and pronouncing Brig-General Aguyi Ironsi, the then Nigeria Head Of State, Agolo Iresi! My father could not stop laughing at my hilarious interpretation of the newspaper.


Also I remember making them proud, when performing at St. Saviour School. My parents would be standing and were congratulated by other parent too for my acting skills. My parents were so excited that this child was incredibly talented.

At Holy Child Lagos

I have memories of going to Holy Child College Lagos because my parents insisted on me going to Holy Child because that is where Julie Coker, Pearce Olusola and Ibidun Allison went and they believed with all my performing talent skills, that is the kind of school I should go to too.

Revelation

I remembered going out with my cousin and we met a big cousin She introduced me as ‘my cousin’s daughter and this is Dr Silva’s daughter.’ Then, the older cousin was like, ‘Dr. Silva ke? Se Doctor Silva bimo ni? (meaning does Dr. Silva have a child?) . Did Dr Silva ever has a child?’

I was so confused and when I got home I told my mum, ‘I met this lady that says you never had a child.’ My mum froze and she said, ‘don’t mind them, they are used to rubbish talk.’

But I got to know years later when I wanted to travel and was looking for my passport where my mum kept it. Since she was not around, I opened the box in her absence and I saw my adoption papers. I never discussed it with my mum because I felt it was something that would hurt her, that was why, it was kept secret from me.

Joke’s Mum, Dr Silva

Amazing Parents But I had incredible memories of my amazing parents for allowing me to do my A Level in England and going to one of the best schools in Bournemouth (a seaside resort on the southern coast of England) coming back after my A level with two of them having an argument on what I was going to do because I had failed my A level having done it for the third time then.

I had done it thrice because I changed from science to Arts— I didn’t do well at all.
My father said, ‘Joke, go back and do your A levels again and my Mom said, let this girl go and do the drama.’ They came into middle ground, and as you can see I am still in drama today.

Bringing Olu Jacobs home

Several years later, I brought home the one I wanted to marry and my mum asked my husband, if he knew I was adopted and he answered in affirmation that I had already told him.

Many years later, there was another memory of a very nasty member of our family. My mummy always very supportive of her relatives sat on our balcony and said my aunty would never be supportive of her because in the Yoruba language, ‘won o kuku bimo’ (she never supported her because she didn’t have a child of her own.)

When I heard about it I did what Pastor Rapu called the unchristian thing. (May God forgive me. I dealt with her, till today, she never believed what I did that day to her, but I dealt with her by being so cold towards her. She would never forget it.

Letting my kids know

I then realized that I needed to tell my children about my adoption. I don’t want anybody to tell them in a way it wouldn’t be supportive. I called my children and I told them the ABC of my adoption story.

They now told me that grandma had already told them. It was then I learn that somebody in my son’s school had told him about his mum being adopted. He told grandma and grandma told him everything. Little wonder, my mum and Soji, my son were very close. Till she died, my mum my son remained inseparable.

Olu and I Lost Our Daughter

I have memories of my firstborn Dayo who died at the age of 10 and a half years. She was in coma and my husband would not allowed them removed her from life support until my mom came. He needed my mom’s approval then because grandma was so close to Dayo, they were inseparable.

She gave the go-ahead for her to be removed by saying she was better up there than making her suffer on life support. My mum was the one that saw us through because my dad already had a stroke and couldn’t be of help at all then.

I remember when my mother saw the health of my husband, who was deteriorating over the death of our daughter. She gave my husband a cheque of a hefty sum to go and complete the house we were building then. But because of how arrogant our husbands could be on matters like that, he rejected the offer of his mother-in-law, and quickly gathered himself together to go and complete the house.

Celebrating Late Parents

My mother is the first person who taught me how to pray and she told me, whatever the problem, her own father, Bishop Phillips, taught her to kneel down and pray on any issues bothering her life.

Whenever I go to her, she said, “Joke have you being on your kneels, oya take it to Baba God in prayer. Take it to daddy in prayer.”

In the Silva’s Will

Even in their wills, I was well protected. My Daddy being a lawyer said in his will that all his children, both adopted and biological, should be treated equally. I was not stressed in anyway. We were all well taken care of till my mum died at the age of 89. At 56, I still miss her but I know she has definitely gone back to her father.

On her sick bed I always sang her favorite tunes, she would be imputing the melodious tunes and she died singing to her Lord. She had prepared her family before my coming into her life because I had an incredible big Silva family.
I have a very big family I am the first daughter, I carried the responsibility of a first daughter. Everybody in my family cannot take any decision until sister Joke has come. I can’t call my parents adopted parents. They are my parents.


SOURCE: Kemi Ashefon Love Haven