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N570m FRAUD: OYO-ITA GRANTED N100 BAIL

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Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday granted the former head of service of the federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita bail in the sum of N100 million.

She was accused of fraud in relation to duty tour allowance, estacodes, conference fees and receiving kickbacks on contracts.

Oyo-Ita was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC) on an 18-count charge alongside her special assistant, Ubong Effiok, Frontline Ace Global Services Limited, Asanaya Projects Ltd, Garba Umar and his companies, Slopes International Ltd and Gooddeal Investments Ltd.

The other defendants are U & U Global Services Ltd, belonging to Effiok, and Prince Mega Logistics Ltd.

When the 18 charges were read, the defendants all pleaded not guilty to the offences.

In view of their plea, prosecuting counsel, M.S. Abubakar, told the court that he was aware of the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world and therefore urged the court to place stringent bail terms and conditions that would not undermine the bail system.

But counsel for the defendants, Messrs Paul Erokoro, A.C Ananukwa, Ebuka Nwaeze and Okechukwu Ajunwa, applied for less stringent bail in the light of the scourge.

After listening to the arguments, the judge granted the first defendant bail in the sum of N100 million with two sureties in like sum.

“After due judicial and judicious consideration of the plea of the counsel and the response of the prosecutor, bail is therefore granted to the first defendant in the sum of N100 million and two sureties in like sum,” he declared.

He said one of the sureties must be a civil servant, who shall not be below the grade level of 17 in any federal government ministry, agency or parastatal.

“The sureties shall be resident in Abuja and one of them must be the owner of property worth N100 million in the metropolis of the Federal Capital Territory.

“The sureties must depose to affidavit of means and shall attach their passport to the affidavit.

“The surety that is not a civil servant shall be gainfully employed and he shall aver in his affidavit of means that he would be able to pay N100 million in the event that the first defendant jumps bail.

The judge ordered that Oyo-Ita’s international passport should be deposited with the chief registrar of the court.

For the fourth and seventh defendants, the judge said “bail is granted in the sum of N50 million and two sureties in like sum” adding that the other bail conditions for the fourth and seventh defendants are the same as Oyo-Ita’s.

After reading out the bail conditions for all the defendants, the judge said: “Meanwhile until the bail conditions are met, the defendants are released to their respective counsel, who shall ensure that (the defendants are available) between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12 noon every day for the next seven days when the defendants are expected to have met the bail conditions.”

“The defendants shall report at the office of the EFCC to ensure that they are still in Abuja but yet to perfect their bail conditions. They can only show up at the office of the prosecutor for that purpose only and shall be allowed to go.

“However if the conditions are not met within seven days, the defendants shall be remanded in the facility of the EFCC until they meet the conditions of bail.”

He added: “The court has taken the decision to release the defendants to their respective counsel for seven days only until they perfect their bail terms, because of the coronavirus pandemic. The lives of the defendants should not be put in unnecessary danger.

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Again Fulani Terrorists Attack Omala LGA, Kill 3 in Ajokpachi

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Barely a few weeks after a deadly attack by Fulani herdsmen on the Agojeju-odo Community in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State,  another community has suffered the same fate.

The Dare Devil Fulani Bandits on Tuesday launched a deadly attack on the Ajokpachi Odo Community, a neighbouring Community killing no fewer than three persons, and carting away Motorbikes, foodstuff while scores of people still missing.
The attack was said to have occurred when the Youths in the area on surveillance mission were ambushed and killed  by the Fulani herdsmen terrorists.
According to the locals , the fulani militia who have been engaging in fierce battle with the Agatus in Benue state for over a week now were relocating when they met the   youths who were holding a meeting in Ajokpachi Odo and openedfire on them.,
Among the confirmed dead were Musa Sule from Ajokpachi Odo , one youth from Bagaji Odo and another one from Ajomachi, a border village in Benue state who were attending  the meeting on how to protect their communities.

Victims of the Fulani herdsmen attack on Agojeju-odo

Unconfirmed reports have it that the terrorists have also earmarked other communities in the local government for similar attacks. This has resulted in the desertion of Agbenema, Opada, Ajedegbo and surrounding communities whose inhabitants are moving in droves to Abejukolo the local government headquarters.
SunriseNigeria could not reach the Divisional Police Officer of the local government as his line could not be reached.
However a Community Leader , Nifu Abuka, who spent all night in the bush for fear of his life  as a result of the incident, said since  the heinous attack on  Agojeju Odo, his people have been sleeping with one eye closed.
He added that the porous security situation in the area has made them vulnerable to incessant Fulani attacks and called on relevant government agencies to come to their rescue.
He explained that the age long  feud between Agatu and Fulani in Benue and Nasarawa states have made his community, which share boundary with Agatu in Benue state -susceptible to attack.
In an interview with our correspondent, a prominent indigene of the local government, Dr James Odaudu reiterated the age-long calls by stakeholders for the establishment of a military base,  especially the Navy, in the area,  since the marauders usually cross the River Benue from the neighbouring Nasarawa State to attack the Agatus in Benue state and and communities in Omala LGA in Kogi State.
He called on the Federal and Benue  state Governments to urgently deploy permanent Security outfits to the communities to save them from unwarranted
deaths in the hands of the heavily armed Fulani herdsmen who have taken over their farms and the  deserted  villages.
According to him, the people are tired of the usual condolences by those whose responsibility it is to protect them and said if left unchecked, the bandits will overrun not only the local government, but the whole of Igala Kingdom.
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Submit Yourself to the Law, Tinubu Media Group Tells Yahaya Bello

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The Tinubu Media Support Group, TMSG, has urged the immediate past governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, to heed the advice of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, and submit himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the court of law.

According to the group, it has become necessary for Bello to clear himself of allegations of financial malfeasance while in office.

In a statement issued Sunday and jointly signed by its Chairman, Emeka Nwankpa and Secretary, Dapo Okubanjo, the group described the stand-off between the former governor and the EFCC as unnecessary, saying it is an affront on the sanctity of the law and the integrity of the President’s war against corruption.

The statement said: “We have carefully watched all the drama and subterfuge that continue to trail the invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to Governor Yahaya Bello, a senior member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the curious attempts to politicize the routine matter of the request by the graft fighting agency to ask former Governor Bello to meet with its investigators.

“For us, the intervention of the Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, asking the former Kogi governor to subject himself to EFCC’s scrutiny is a clear signal in this regard, not only on the position of law, but also on the stance of the President Bola Tinubu administration on anti- corruption.

“It should be clear by now to all Nigerians that strict accountability in governance occupies a cardinal place in President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda. To serve this purpose, his government has shown zero tolerance to cases of corruption since assuming office.

According to the statement, the EFCC, by inviting the former governor Yahaya Bello, like it did with past and previous officials of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and others, is in tandem with its policy and character to nurture a culture of probity and accountability in governance.

The group added that as a staunch member of the APC, Bello has no reason to fear.

“We urge him to heed the advice of the Attorney General and make himself available to EFCC’s investigators as required by extant laws.

“We also advise members of the ruling party who have been up in arms against the anti- graft agency to be circumspect in their reaction to the issue,” the group added.

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