Archive: Jan 2016

Dasukigate: EFCC arrests own operative for extortion

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An operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrahman Mohammed Biu, a deputy detective superintendent, has been arrested for offences bordering on extortion, influence peddling and impersonation, the commission said in a statement Friday.

The officer was arrested on Monday following intelligence report alleging that he extorted $150,000 from some military officers on the pretext that he would help give them a soft landing in the ongoing investigation into the arms deal scandal.

Upon his arrest, a search was executed on his residence in Abuja where the following items were recovered: $20,000 cash, N500, 000 cash, two police uniforms bearing his name with the ranks of Deputy Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, Police warrant card No: 27/2014 with the rank of DSP allegedly obtained from Kano Constabulary office, documents relating to military arms investigation and account information of several senior military officers.

A search of his car parked in the premises yielded the following items: unbranded pistol with a magazine and ten live ammunitions.

This was disclosed by a statement signed by Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC’s spokesperson.

EFCC said Mr. Biu’s modus operandi includes dropping the names of ranking officers of the commission, claiming he was acting on their behalf. A paper containing seven of such names was recovered in his house.

The suspect has made useful statement, while investigation continues.

 

Culled from Premium Times

Am keeping up with Rob, Blac Chyna reveals as she is arrested for being drunk

 

Blac Chyna confirmed she is dating Rob Kardashian. She made this known to TMZ and she also claims she’s keeping him on a diet.

She confirmed her relationship with Rob, while also admitting that ‘of course’ she cared what his sisters and mother thought of them.

‘I love all them,’ she shared, before giving a glimpse at the healthy changes she had helped Rob make to his diet.

‘Mushrooms, spinach, chicken, no red meat,’ Blac listed, as she discussed the pair’s healthy eating plan, later giving two thumbs up to confirm that there were ‘real good feelings’ between her and Rob.

She dressed comfortably for the trip, sporting a black and white patterned sweatshirt, worn with the hood pulled up over her long, silver tresses.

But the relationship has triggered a war with members of the Kardashian family strongly against it and also forcing Khloe to kick his brother Rob out of her house, now Rob has moved his things to Chyna’s place forcing Kris, Rob’s mother to talk some sense into him.

 Kris Jenner was spotted visiting Blac’s house, reportedly set to talk to her son as the family is upset with him getting involved with sister Kylie Jenner’s love rival – Kylie currently dates Blac’s ex-fiance Tyga.

Talking it out: And on Friday Rob's mother Kris Jenner

As the drama continued after her arrival to Austin -Bergstrom International Airport on Friday she was arrested for ‘drunk and disorderly’ conduct aboard a flight and possession of a controlled possession.

'Arrested': Blac Chyna

TMZ quoted an eyewitness who said that Chyna was ‘fighting’ with a member of the flight crew and seemed ‘heavily intoxicated.’

Law enforcement also told the gossip site that she had stormed the gate then screamed ‘nasty a** b****’ at a flight attendant after boarding the plane.

Chyna was behaving ‘like a drunken fool,’ the eyewitness told TMZ

The drama continues

Inside the Jail home of Iranian women awaiting death row

 

Women especially below the age of 18 years in Iran are going through death row for crimes ranging from murder, drug trafficking and armed robbery.

Some of the female inmates are not given a fair hearing and in Iran,which is  the second-biggest user of capital punishment in the world, has seen young women  hanged for crimes, following unfair trials, including those based on forced confessions extracted through torture and other ill-treatment.

According to a report made available to Daily Mail and covered by Sadegh Souri who took shots of some powerful images from behind the prison.

And just last year  2015 there was a disturbing escalation in the use of the death penalty in Iran, with at least 830 people executed between 1 January and 1 November 2015. There were reports that at least four of these were juvenile offenders.

Dozens of juvenile offenders – some of whom are just nine years old – are languishing on death row for crimes such as murder, drug trafficking and armed robbery.

Award-winning photographer Sadegh Souri, who lives in Tehran, has given an insight to the harsh conditions young people face in these grimy institutions as they anticipate their fate.

Mr Souri, documentary winner at the 2015 Lens Culture visual storytelling awards, shot 17-year-old Mahsa.

She was imprisoned after killing her father with a kitchen knife in a dispute over her future husband. Her brothers have requested the death penalty or lex-talionis – an ‘eye for an eye’ – for her.

Mahsa is 17.

The girls are photographed waiting in the queue for food.

There is a clergy (cleric) who goes to the correction centre every day for the congregational prayer. After prayers, he talks about the correct upbringing methods for girls and prays to God to forgive them

There are so many other cases from women who commited murder to drug peddlers who had opium in their possession some of them aged 15 years.

Mahshid, 15, is charged with having an illegitimate relationship and carrying drugs.

She will be released in eight months after finishing her sentence. Her parents are also in prison for drug offences.

Meanwhile, Khatereh was forced to run away from home because her uncle raped her.

One week after she escaped she was attacked and gang raped by a group of youths in a park.

To save herself the 13-year-old wounded her arm with a knife.

Police officers found her unconscious on the ground, and after treatment, she was transferred to Juvenile Delinquents Correction Centre.

Dozens of juvenile offenders are languishing on death row in Iran, a damning new report by Amnesty International has revealed – despite Iran’s claims to have ‘reformed’ the way it deals with alleged capital crimes by under-18s.

In 2014 Iran is believed to have carried out the highest number of executions anywhere in the world except for China. The Iranian authorities or state-controlled or state-sanctioned media officially announced 289 executions (278 men and 11 women), though reliable sources reported at least 454 more executions in addition to those officially announced, bringing the total number of executions in 2014 to at least 743.

Of those officially announced, 122 involved individuals convicted of drug-related offences and 29 were carried out in public.

The vast majority of executions in Iran are for crimes such as drug-related offences where international law clearly prohibits the death penalty as the offences are not ‘the most serious crimes’.

Khatereh is 13.

Nazanin is 16. She was arrested about six months ago for the possession of 621 grams of cocaine. The judge has not issued a verdict

The female inmates

HarrySong Unvielved as the new face of Gala ( Mr. Gala)

 

Mr Gala Harry Song

Five Star Music group artist Harry Song, has put to paper a mouth watering deal to be UAC food’s Ambassador for Gala, the artiste shared on his page pics dotting the deal worth millions and expressed his delight with the caption ‘I BE MR GALA share the gala #AKAGUM is a sin

KCee also congratulated and made a statement saying

Thank God for a new deal between @fivestarmusicng and UAC foods, as part of the mouth watering deal, @iamharrysong was today unveiled as the face of gala and the first ever gala ambassador aka “MR GALA” share the gala share the groove, in due time yours truly @iam_kcee will also be unveiled as the face of one of your favorites from stables of the UAC foods . We want to use this opportunity to say a very big thank you to you all for the love, support and also criticism both positive and negative. Keep it coming, we love you all and God loves you most. We also want to thank our able CEO @iam_emoney1 for believing in us right from the word go, may your pocket never run dry IJN .(AMEN) special appreciation to the @fivestarmusicng family @sososoberekon @skiibii @mrchidozie @captainbanger #bureaudechanger’

Congrats to Him

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HarrySong Mr Gala

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Oritsefemi Ex-Manager blast loud says ‘He took him out of the slums’

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Oritsefemi’s ex-manager, Danko who has managed him from the beginning before the duo parted ways last year has said he is looking for the right away of addressing the situation and all the lies the artiste has said against him.  According to Danko, Oritsefemi was a nobody and was practically begging him for money before he decided to pick him and manage his career and took him to where he is today, but instead, the artiste turned against him when he took him to his business partners and they signed him with huge amount of money. Hear him;

“Oritsefemi is an artiste that I took from nowhere and made somebody. I took him from Ajegunle and brought him to Ikeja. I took him to the Island and I took him to Lekki as well. I took him to D’banj, I took him to Davido and some A-list artistes he never believed he could work with.”

Danko says that until he took Oritsefemi to Abuja to ink a record deal with his business partner, the goings-on between them was cool.

“It is unfortunate that after I took him to Abuja to sign a record deal with my business partner, Mr. Allen of Avatar, he came up with this strange behaviour trying to disorganise the plans I had for him,” Danko continued. “I guess he was overwhelmed by the prospects and believed that he had finally arrived because he never believed he could make it to the level I took him to.”

According to him, contrary to Oritsefemi’s claims, Double Wahala is a hit today due to his efforts: “I did the promotion of Double Wahala from scratch. I sponsored the promotion because he had nothing. For three months I promoted that song with my own money.”

“It is unfortunate that he came up with those allegations against me just to promote his music and ridicule me. He said I took his Range Rover and stole his N58m for endorsement he got from a brand. I was surprised because I don’t know where he got the endorsement from.

“The Range Rover he is talking about he crashed by himself when he was coming from an event I was not aware of on December 6, 2014. He is going around parading himself as the owner of MSN Gang, my company, which I registered myself. I have everything documented with my lawyers but I will address the press very soon extensively and will expose his lies.”

Danko reveals that the reason he ever agreed to work with Oritsefemi initially was because of the pressure he was piling on him: “We started working in 2013. I used to give him shows and events. At a point he was always calling me for money so I said ‘let me do something for him.’ So I picked him up from Ajegunle.”

See What These Guys Were Caught Doing With Condoms

 

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has intercepted a shipment of Tramadol disguised and packaged as condoms and other illicit drugs at the Tin Can Island Port, Lagos.

The two importers, who claimed to be pharmacists, are also being investigated in connection with the unlawful importation. Tramadol is a prescription drug belonging to the class of opioid. The total weight of the seized drug is 3,078.56kg.

A statement by the NDLEA Head of Public Affairs, Mr. Ofoyeju Mitchell, claimed that the drug was detected during a physical examination at the port by the officials of the agency and others.

The statement quoted the NDLEA Director of Operations and General Investigations, Mr. Olugbenga Mabo, as saying that prosecuting the suspects would address a lack of respect for due process by professionals.

Mabo said, “We have observed an infringement of laws with adverse consequences on the nation. The drugs were imported without permit by the relevant authorities. Prosecuting the suspects will serve as a warning to others. The case has been assigned to the Joint Task Force of the agency for investigation.”

NDLEA Commander at the Tin Can Port, Mr. Nse Inam, gave the names of the suspects as Onuchukwu Owulu (38) of Benow Pharmaceutical Impex Limited based in Lagos and Igboanugo Tochukwu (35) of Vingil Pharmaceuticals Limited, Asaba. According to Inam, the shipment of controlled drugs originated from India.

Owulu allegedly imported 107 cartons of Tramanow, a brand of Tramadol weighing 1,078.56kg while Tochukwu imported 250 cartons of Vingil Tramadol weighing 2,000kgs. Both suspects are being investigated.

Preliminary investigation by the NDLEA Joint Task Force headed by Mr. Olumuyiwa Adeniyi revealed that both pharmaceutical companies did not obtain import permit for the said drug which is contrary to section 11 subsection (a) of the NDLEA Act.

The reports made available by Punch,also gathered that the drugs were imported for illicit distribution as they were disguised in cartons of condoms and other illicit pharmaceutical products. The discovery of the drug was made during an examination of the container prior to delivery at their preferred destination outside the port. In addition, the companies could not produce either import or clearance permit for the said drugs.

Benjamin, in his statement, said he could not obtain an import permit because of the strike embarked upon by staff of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.

He said in his statement, “I registered Benow Pharmaceuticals Impex Limited in 2009 and I started business in 2010 as a qualified pharmacist.

“I began the process of importing this consignment in September 2015 and the goods arrived on December 13, 2015 and my agent informed me of the challenge of obtaining a permit to import and clear the Tramanow.

“The strike by staff of NAFDAC made it difficult for me to secure the necessary permit. I witnessed the search of the container in the presence of NDLEA officers and other security agencies at the port.”

The second suspect, Vincent, also told narcotic investigators that he had not obtained permit to import the said drug.

“I am a qualified pharmacist practicing in Asaba. However, I have not obtained the import and clearance permit for this shipment,” he said.

Both suspects will soon be prosecuted, the statement added.

Culled from the Punch

Oliseh Metuh get bail for N400m by High Court

 

 

 

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday, January 19, granted the national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh bail

 

At his ruling, the judge presiding over the case, Okon Abang said the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

“I have again carefully considered the provision of section 162 ofthe act and the counter affidavit by the respondent,” Abang said.

He also said that the truth of the allegation that Metuh tore his statement while under detention is yet to be ascertained.

Abang continued: “The court of law cannot act on speculation. The allegations against the applicant by the EFCC cannot be used to deny the defendant bail.

Conditions for the bail include: a bail bond of N400 million, two sureties, who must be resident in Abuja and owners of property in Maitama, Abuja with statutory registration of occupancy.

The certificate of occupancy must be verified by the chief judge of the Federal High Court.

Abang also ordered that the EFCC must within 24 hours verify the property in writing to the court.

The sureties must also deposit his three years tax clearance to the court, an affidavit of means and two passport photographs.

Metuh is also expected to deposit his travel passport with the court.

The judge however in his ruling refused to grant bail to Metuh based on self-recognizance.

He said this is an effort by the court to balance arguments by both parties.

At resumption of the matter, the defending counsel, Chris Uche said: “My Lord it may be pertinent to note that the respondent made a very vague allegation that the defendant tore some pages of his statement.

He further noted that the EFCC since making its allegation have failed to produce evidence of the torn statements before the court.

He also said that the EFCC had in paragraph 5 of their pool of evidence noted that investigation into Metuh’s matter has been “substantially concluded”.

Citing Section 162 of the Administrative Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) said a respondent shall file a charge only when the investigation is concluded.

He also said that however, the charge brought before the court by the commission is a bailable offence.

He prayed the court to passionately consider the application.

Uche said: “My lord even court have given bail to Dasuki who is said to be the source of the money and even Dokpesi; people whose money is more than our own.”

He further said his client is a well known Nigerian, being represented by very senior legal representatives and will not jump bail.

He also said that the second prayer of the applicant is a consequential relief backed by the primary relief.

He said the relief is to protect any other made by the court and also avoid any form of ridicule to the orders of the court.

“My lord, the practice these days is when an accused person is brought before the court and granted bail a fresh charge arises and re-arrested,” Uche said.

He urged the court to add a directive that will protect the dignity of the court.

He also decried the state at which Metuh was brought into the court.

“My lord, the accused was brought here in handcuffs. The last time he was not brought in handcuffs, did he run?” Uche asked.

He said the country is not under military rule and thus no need for such actions.

EFCC counsel, Sylvanus Tahir in his objection said the application by the accused person lacks necessary materials.

He said the charges are offences punishable with a minimum of three years imprisonment.

Tahir, citing the section 162 paragraph C of the ACJA asked the court to take into cognizant the tendency that if granted bail, the applicant might jump bail.

He also reiterated that the applicant had torn and tried to chew a statement he had written to the commission before his arraignment.

He said all seven charges against Metuh is based on money laundering and related offences.

Objecting to the applicants prayer for a directive against the commission if court orders are flouted, Tahit said that other offences maybe unearthed during the course of investigation.

He said granting Metuh bail will also amount to interference with ongoing investigation by the anti-graft agency.

Metuh is accused of having collected N400 million from former president Goodluck Jonathan by the EFCC.

The accused having accepted receiving such money from Jonathan has however refused to disclose details of the assignments he did for the former president.

Metuh has been in detention since Tuesday, January 5 and was also reported to have torn and chewed a statement he wrote at the EFCC.