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Alleged $2.1m Fraud: Court Admits More Evidence Against Ex-NHIS Boss

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Justice A. O. Faji of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Thursday, February 21, 2019, admitted a document tendered in evidence by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, against Dr. Martins Oluwafemi Thomas, a former Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

Thomas was re-arraigned alongside one Kabiru Sidi, a Bureau De Change Operator, on June 28, 2017 on an amended six-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of $2,198,900 (Two Million, One Hundred and Ninety Eight Thousand Nine Hundred Dollars)

He was alleged to have conspired with his wife, Femi, to make a cash payment of the sum to one Ibitoye Bamidele at their residence on 20, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos.

The second defendant, Sidi was also said to have lied to an EFCC investigator, Afeez Mustapha that he was the owner of the money that the first defendant and his wife transacted with.

One of the count reads: “That you, Kabiru Sidi, on or about the 15th day of July, 2015, at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s Lagos Zonal office, Ikoyi, before the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, made a false statement to Afeez Mustapha, an investigating officer with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 39 2(b)and punishable under Section 39 (2)(c)of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Establishment Act, 2004.”

At the resumed hearing today, a prosecution witness, Emmanuel Egwu, who is the Director of Finance, NHIS, gave a breakdown of total amounts of the entitlements, salaries and emoluments received by Thomas while he worked at the NHIS between November 2013 and May 2015.

Egwu, the third prosecution witness, PW3, while being led in evidence by counsel for the EFCC, Ekele Iheanacho, revealed that the total money Thomas received in his official capacity was a sum of N62,919,154.75 (Sixty- two Million, Nine Hundred and Nineteen Thousand, One Hundred and Fifty- Four Naira, Seventy-Five Kobo) only.

When Egwu sought to tender the said documents as evidence, there was no objection by counsels for the defendants.

The documents were, thereafter, admitted in evidence as exhibits F1 and F2 respectively.

When counsel to the first defendant, Collins Ogbona, asked the witness, during cross-examination, if he knew the first defendant personally and all his sources of income, the witness said: “I only know the first defendant in his official capacity as well as only his official income.”

Consequently, Justice Faji adjourned the case to March 8, 19 and 20, 2019 for continuation of trial.

 

 

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Raymond Dokpesi arrested at Abuja Airport over N2.1bn Fraud

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The Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Daar communications and African Independent Television(AIT), Chief Raymond Dokpesi, was on Friday, March 22 arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja.

He was said to be returning from a medical trip in Dubai before being arrested.

The Edo born high chief is standing trial for his alleged involvement in the diversion of N2.1 billion security funds by Dasuki Sambo, former National Security Adviser.

 

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Indian based Nigerian Man arrested with 300 gram of heroin

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Police in Khanna, India on Thursday March 22, arrested a Nigerian citizen after they recovered 300 gram of heroin from his possession.

The accused identified as Emeka, 38, presently at Chatarpura Devri Road in Delhi, worked at a hotel.

Khanna SSP Dhruv Dahiya said that as part of police’s special campaign against drug trafficking, a police party was on mobile patrolling from village Bhattian to Samrala Chowk Khanna on Thursday.

On reaching Grain Market GT Road in Khanna, the cops saw a foreigner having a black colour bag in his right hand.

Police officials said that on suspicion, the police party stopped him and asked about his identity. They added that DSP Khanna was also present on the spot during the checking of the accused.

Police said that during checking 300 grams of heroin were recovered from the black bag of the accused.

It added that the accused was booked under sections 21/61/85 of NDPS Act at Khanna City One Police station and he was arrested.

 

 

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Any Pastor that tells You Money is coming your Way & ask You to shout Hallelujah if You believe is lying to You – Reno Omokri

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Reno Omokri has few words of advise for churchgoers, who believe every word from pastor’s mouth. The inspirational writer on Friday morning said, if ‘any pastor tells you that money is coming your way, and then asks you to shout Hallelujah if you believe has lied to you’.

According to him, this is because ‘the only way money is coming to you is if you worked, invested or traded. If all you did is shout hallelujah, money ain’t coming!’

He further said that churchgoers should verify everything a pastor said to them with the Bible, and that they need to stop believing every doctrine and statement that does not have scriptural backing.

“I am sorry to say, any pastor who tells you money is coming your way and ask you to shout hallelujah if you believe it, has lied to you. The only way money is coming to you is if you worked, invested or traded. If all you did is shout hallelujah, money ain’t coming! #RenosNuggets

It‘s actually the fault of many churchgoers that few pastors have transformed from men of God to god of men. How can a pastor tell you something without Scriptural backing and you accept? Such behavior feed pastoral dictatorship! Verify every doctrine from Scripture #RenosNuggets,” he wrote.

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