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Operate POS Based On Laid Down Guidelines, EFCC Tells Banks

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has advised banks to operate their Point Of Sales (POS) services based on laid down rules and regulations.

In a statement released in Makurdi and signed by the Head, Public Affairs, Nwanyinma Okeanu, the agency said the EFCC was concerned over what it describes as “the arrant use of POS machines in the country.”

Asking banks to withdraw their POS from persons of questionable character, the Zonal Head in the state, Johnson Babalola who represented the Acting Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu, warned banks to ensure proper monitoring and strict compliance by those they give POS machines to operate on it’s behalf.

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According to him, “the EFCC was having serious challenges with the banks giving POS machines to individuals with questionable characters and without proper documentation.”

The EFCC boss also noted that the withdrawal of POS machines from such persons would assist the EFCC in it’s work.

He further observed that, “On the issue of Post-No-Debit (temporary freezing of account), the EFCC has observed that some banks refused to follow the PND order and still pay out money from such accounts.”

The EFCC further pointed out that some bank staff were in the habit of notifying customers whose accounts were placed on Post-No-Debit, adding that the development was aiding and abetting crime and obstructing justice, instead of assisting the Commission as stipulated by law.

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Magu therefore warned that the Commission would no longer tolerate the flaunting of it’s directives, “as culprits will be made liable” for such offences.

He however urged banks to always respond on time to the letters of investigations sent to them by the Commission as their response helps in speedy dispensation of cases.

 

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Court Sentence Maryam Sanda To Death By Hanging

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Maryam Sanda who killed her husband Bilyaminu Bello has been sentenced to death by hanging by an FCT High Court.

The deceased, a nephew of former chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Haliru Bello, was killed on November 18, 2017.

Justice Yusuf Halilu on Monday convicted Sanda on circumstantial evidence.

According to the Police, the killing was premeditated. The police also accused Maimuna Aliyu, Sanda’s mother; Aliyu, her brother; and Sadiya Aminu, her housemaid; of tampering with evidence by cleaning the blood and other proofs from the crime scene, but charges were later dropped.

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Sanda, the mother of two, her mother and her other relatives broke down in tears immediately the judge pronounced her guilty.

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Group Pledges Educational Support For  Ota Youths

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***Promises Befitting Apartment For Chief Imam After Fire Incident
It was an undiluted joy and jubilation at the Palace of Olota of Ota, Oba Abdulkabir Adeyemi Obalanlege when about 25 pupils from different Goverment Secondary Schools across Ado/Ota Local Government Area, received an educational sponsorship letters from a non-governmental group known as OTA GRAVITY GROUP.
The schools were: Iganmode Grammar School, Ansarudeen College, Anglican Grammar School, Sango-Ota High School, and Lafenwa High School, Ota.
It was gathered that the group, Ota Gravity Group (OGG), also visited the Chief Imam of Ota, Sheik Buhari, who recently lost his house and other valuable properties to a fire incident and they pledged to be part of rebuilding efforts of the edifice. To this effect, architectural design and perimeter fencing have commenced to give the Chief Imam a befitting apartment.
It was further learnt that OGG has also pledged to support the Kabiyesi Olota’s pet project & initiative, FECODIN with N1,000,000 as a contribution to the indigenous empowerment programme at the just concluded Iganmode Cultural Festival.
The two-in-one programme was used to officially introduced the group to the monarch and Ota council of chiefs.
It was gathered that the OGG obtained Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) forms, paid for the exam’s tutorials and vowed to grant all successful pupils scholarship throughout their university levels through the University Education Intervention Project (UEIP) established by the group for the purpose of sponsoring youths education in Ota, the ancient city of Aworiland.
The group, comprises of political office holders, business mogues and captain of industries.
Speaking at the event, the Group’s President, Aare Dele Bankole said the group’s primary objective is to contribute their quotas to the development of Ota, Ogun State and Nigeria as a whole.
He said they are the people of likeminds, ready to contribute out of their treasure and talents to render humanitarian service to the less-priviledged young ones in Aworiland through empowering them both on education and skills acquisitions.
Aare Dele Bankole further said sponsoring Ota Awori youths’ education would see to continually improve and prepare the indigenes’ competency to withstand & compete favourably among other communities in the state & Nigeria as a whole. Acquisition of higher education, he continued, would help reduce considerably the high level of marginalisation of Aworis from higher political and governments positions.
The President reiterated the group’s readiness to sponsor less-priviledged youths’ education throughout their choices of  tertiary institutions. Stressing that the group would also partner Olota in all developmental programme or activities that would improve the living condition of Ota indigenes & residents in the community.
The Group’s Public Relations Officer, Hon Nurudeen Aina said the group fostered her core objective on youths’ education & empowerment to complement the government efforts of rebuilding deteriorating quality of education generally.
He said youths are the leaders of tomorrow and it will be highly impossible to become good leaders if they lack quality educational background. Appealing to the youths especially the beneficiaries to put more efforts in pursuing academic excellence at all times and the skies would not be a limit.
The Ogun State Head of Service, Mrs Amope Choker (Née Bankole) who was the special guest of honour at the event urged the youths especially the ladies to avoid unnecessary distraction including irresponsible sexual behavior, cultism  and other vices that may impede their educational pursuits. She implored the beneficiaries to be study hard for the UMTE examinations, and other excel in the examinations, adding that, this would encourage the sponsorers to do more.
The Olota of Ota and other council of chiefs thanked the group for all these gestures and efforts of making life bearable for the less-priviledged.
The Kabiyesi enjoined all Awori indigenes to always encourage others in diaspora to come back home to participate in the development of Aworiland.
He appealed to the sons and daughters to dig deep in establishing social groups that will encourage the diasporas to come back home and contribute quota to the development of the ancient city of Aworis.
The Kabiyesi noted that the expectation of Ota in Council is to be seeing their sons and daughters in diaspora participating in all activities of the town, this will go a long way in the development of the city, he said.
The Monarch prayed that the Almighty God continue to favour all the group’s members, saying they’ve done wonderfully well and worthy of emulation.
He prayed that God will touch the hearts of wealthy people in Nigeria to participate in  humanitarian services to support the down trodden.
He said like a popular saying: “Think of what you can do for your country not what your country can do for you, all Aworis are expected to think how they can rebuild their community. We have every potential to lead and be the shinning light for others to emulate.
“We are next door Neighbour to Lagos State. We have so many educated elites from Ota. We are one of the most educated groups in Nigeria”, the Kabiyesi concluded.
Members  of the group in attendance include: The Chief Press Secretary to His Excellency,Governor Dapo Abiodun, Mr Kunle Somorin; Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to Ogun State Government, Hon Kola Salako; President of the association, Aare Dele Bankole, Hon Aina Akinpelu, former member of Ogun State House of Assembly; Mr Semiu Abiodun Adeniran, ACP Lateef Ahmed, Hon Segun Ojolowo Ojuko, Lady Folake Abiola, Oluwo Itoki of Ota Awori Land, Chief Ganiyu Dada Obanisiro; Seriki of Ota Land, High Chief Lanre Balogun and Chairman ,
Ado-Odo/Ota Local Goverment, Hon Wasiu Lawal.
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ABULE-EGBA EXPLOSION: SANWO-OLU VISITS VICTIMS AT RELIEF CAMP

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 …Says State Government To Meet NNPC On Compensation For Displaced Persons

Lagos State Government will be meeting with the management of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to discuss on issues of compensation for victims of the January 19 pipeline fire in Abule Egba, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said on Saturday.

Sanwo-Olu said the Government would also be discussing with the corporation on measures to be taken in finding a lasting solution to incidents of pipeline vandalism in the State.

The Governor disclosed this while sympathising with over 300 displaced victims of the inferno resettled in Igando Emergency Relief Camp in Alimosho by the State Government.

It would be recalled that Sanwo-Olu was on a week-long working visit to the United Kingdom (UK) when the incident occurred. However, his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, led cabinet members and top Government officials on a visit to the scene of the fire last Tuesday.

The Governor said the compensation plan would be extended to those whose properties were razed in the inferno, adding that some of the victims who rented homes in the area would also be supported to re-adjust back to their normal lives.

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He said: “As a responsible Government, we need to go back and have a thorough discussion with NNPC on what kind of lasting solution we are expecting and compensation we can make available for the victims, so that we can resettle them back into their community. We will also be looking at various forms of affordable accommodation for some of them, who rent homes in the community.

“We have taken enumeration and we know the status of each of the displaced families that are clustered in this relief camp. We will work with the records for the compensation and everyone of them will be reintegrated back to their community.”

Sanwo-Olu described the incident as a “regrettable disaster”, saying the Government felt the pain of the innocent victims who bore the losses of the pipeline vandalism.

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The Governor said the State took the step to resettle the victims at the Igando relief camp to ensure they were not left to their fate and in deplorable conditions in their moments of despair.

“For the period the victims will be in settled in the relief camp, we will ensure our responsibility both medically and nutrition-wise; we will take care of them until the coast is cleared for them to return to their community,” the Governor promised.

The excited victims appreciated the State Government for looking after their welfare in the aftermath of the disaster, describing the relief programme as an “unexpected gesture”. They said the State Government’s effort had been helping them to cope and keep up with life.

The Igando relief camp is equipped with various amenities, including primary healthcare centre, constant water and electricity.

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