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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Lagos, EFCC fight over N4.8 billion fraud case against Ibeto, trial stalled again

The planned arraignment of the Chairman of Ibeto Energy Development Company, Chief Cletus Ibeto, over an alleged N4.8 billion fraud, once again failed to hold on Tuesday at the Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja due to a tussle between the Lagos State Government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to reports, the lawyers to Ibeto, led by Uche Obi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), told Justice Ismail Ijelu that an issue of legal representation had arisen following moves by the office of the Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice to take over the prosecution of the case.

The EFCC through its counsel, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Rotimi Jacobs, described the move as “an attempt to scuttle the trial, which has just been adjourned the fourth time with the defendant failing to show up in court.

Planned takeover of case by Lagos Government

Following the resumption of proceedings, the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Dr Jide Martins, appeared in court on behalf of the state’s Attorney-general, Lawal Pedro (SAN).

Martins informed the court of a petition written by the law firm of another Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Robert Clarke, seeking a review of the case file and the outright takeover of the case by the office of the Attorney-General.

The DPP further told the court that although the Ministry of Justice had written to the EFCC requesting the case file, the AG had yet to decide on the issue.

The defence council, Obi, then urged the court to adjourn the case until the issue of legal representation is resolved.


U.S. Secret Service confiscates Binance account over $2.5 million scam proceed of a Nigerian

The United States Secret Service has taken over the Binance account of 32-year-old male of Nigerian descent, Olamide Shanu, after tracing his account to a $2.5 million wire fraud, money laundering and sextortion scheme, court filings obtained by Peoples Gazette have revealed. 

The allegations mounted against Mr Shanu and the manner the fraud scheme was perpetrated mirrored the operation of internet fraudsters in Nigeria known as Yahoo boys.

Scouting social media platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat for male teenagers and unsuspecting adults to defraud, Mr Shanu posed as a female to obtain the explicit images and videos of his victims after forming a deceptive intimate relationship with them. He then threatened to send the nudes to their friends should they refuse to send the requested sum and more sexual videos.

“Hello Fams this is [(CC-3)] naked pictures and dick he’s [(CC-3’s Username)] on Instagram,” the indictment sheet against Mr Shanu filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho and stamped by clerk Stephen Kenyon on November 14 read.

Saturday, November 18, 2023

National Productivity Centre Partners Premiere Academy On Deepening Productivity, Service Excellence

In the bid to foster improved professionalism, service delivery excellence and greater knowledge output among all tiers of its community, Premiere Academy, in conjunction with the National Productivity Centre, Abuja, has held a one-day transformative workshop themed 'Productivity for Excellence in School'.

The Workshop afforded participants drawn from among students and staff of every cadre to acquire modern productivity techniques that not only enhance academic performance but also nurture life skills that form the foundation of a successful and productive life.

Officials of the National Productivity Centre who conducted the workshop were led by a Director and Head of the Productivity Research Department, Hajia Mamunam Adaji Musa. Others include Mr. Okonkwo Martin, a Deputy Director; Mr. Chris Nweaze, an Assistant Director and Hajia Amina Binta Alhassan, Chief Productivity Research Officer 1.

Friday, November 17, 2023

Court remands Godwin Emefiele in Kuje prison pending ruling on bail

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court Maitama, Abuja has ordered the remand of former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele in Kuje Correctional facility pending a ruling on his bail application.

Justice Hamza Muazu issued the order on Friday following Emefiele’s arraignment and his plea of not guilty to a six-count amended charge brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Video: Why Evang. Ebuka Obi Says Zion Ministry Is Prophecy With Instant Solutions

Last Sunday, November 12, like the Sundays before it, was a huge spectacle at the Zion Prayer Movement Outreach in Okota, Lagos.

Founded by Evangelist Chukwuebuka Anozie Obi, the ministry has become synonymous with stories of mind-boggling miracles of healings and deliverances occurring either at Zion City there or those witnessed in different parts of the world. The testimonies come from people who say they were located  during online prayers by Evangelist Ebuka or were healed after using Seraphic Water and Seraphic Oil blessed by the Spiritual Director of the ministry, Ebuka.

The people who testified to their healing last Sunday included a woman who had breast cancer; a US-based kidney disease patient (Onyedikachi), and Beatrice Obiozor from United Kingdom who had glaucoma for 40 years and was healed after surgery failed to rectify the problem. There was also the story of Pirekina Anyanwu of Isiala Mbano, Imo State, who flew in from Florida, US, to testify to how the Seraphic oil and water healed his spinal chord injury and saved him from a highly risky surgery recommended by doctors.                                                      

Click on the link below to watch the testimonies:

Friday, November 3, 2023

Alleged N4.8bn Fraud: EFCC To Arraign Cletus Ibeto, Companies

The Chairman/CEO of Ibeto Energy Development Company, Cletus Ibeto, will be arraigned on Friday before the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged N4.8 billion fraud.

The EFCC had charged the defendant alongside his companies, Ibeto Energy Development Company and Odoh Holdings Ltd, before the court on a 10-count charge bordering on allegations of conspiracy, fraud, forgery and fraudulent use of documents.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Bishop David Oyedepo's son Isaac dumps Living Faith Church

News making around town has it that Pastor Isaac Oyedepo, second son of Bishop David Oyedepo has dumped his father’s multi-million Dollar Living Faith Church Worldwide to begin his ministry.

Isaac, a former pastor at the Living Faith Church in the United States was appointed as Global Youth Pastor of the Living Faith Church Worldwide aka Winners Chapel before he was asked to return to Nigeria by Oyedepo, as a minister in the Nigerian church. 

Details of his new mission is not clear yet.