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11 die in Nasarawa auto crash

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Nasarawa State says an accident which occurred along Akwanga-Lafia highway involving three vehicles claimed the lives of 11 persons while four others sustained injuries.

The Sector Commander, Ismaila Maiwada-Kugu, confirmed the accident to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia, the state on Monday.

Maiwada-Kugu said the accident took place at a place popularly known as ‘Many have gone’ in Wowyen village on the outskirts of Akwanga Local Government area of the state around 10.25 am on Monday.

“Three vehicles and 15 people were also involved in the accident. Four persons were injured while 11 persons were killed. The vehicles are, one ‘Boxer’, one ‘Sharon’, one motorcycle and one heavy duty trailer,” he said.

Maiwada-Kugu said FRSC officials on learning of the incident swiftly moved to the scene to attend and evacuate those affected to the nearest hospital.

“Our officers and men have gone there and attended to those affected. Information I received is that the trailer landed on one of the vehicles preventing occupants from coming out of the vehicle as they were trapped inside,” he said.

Maiwada-Kugu appealed to drivers to always be cautious especially when on high speed or about to overtake other vehicles ahead of them so as to prevent unfortunate accidents.

(NAN)

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EFCC docks man for alleged N22.2m money laundering

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, has arraigned Olalegbin Christopher alongside his firms, Pentview Luxury Real Estate Management Limited and Gelbin Technology Limited over alleged N22, 239,869.79 money laundering.

Suspects were arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

TIMELY POST gathered it was an offence contrary to Section 332(1) of the CriminalLaw of Lagos State, 2015.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren said this in a statement in Abuja.

He explained, “The defendant was arrested during a collaborative operation by the EFCC and the Federal Bureau ofInvestigation, FBI, for his alleged involvement in illegal internet activities.

“The defendant also allegedly used his companies to receive and conceal the proceeds of his criminal activities.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Olalegbin Christopher, Olatunji Olalegbin Mary (at large), Pentview Luxury Real Estate Management Limited, Gelbin Technology Limited and others still at large, between 2015 and 2019 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired to collaborate in the concealing and disguising the genuine nature and ownership of the aggregate sum of N22, 239, 869.79k (Twenty Two Million, Two Hundred and Thirty-nine Thousand, Eight Hundred and Sixty-nine Naira, Seventy-nine Kobo only)being money received and derived from your illegal internet activities.”

But the defendant reportedly pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

It was on this premise that the prosecution counsel, M.K. Bashir, asked the court for a trial date and also prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison custody pending the determination of the case.

But counsel to the defendant, Abimbola Akeredolu,SAN, informed the court that a bail application had been filed and served on prosecution.

Akeredolu also told the court the prosecution had responded to the affidavit. She, therefore, urged the court to grant her client bail in the most liberal terms.

In his response, the prosecution counsel, Bashir, told the court that a counter-affidavit had been filed and served on the defence, where he opposed the prayer of the defendant.

Further, Bashir described the defendant as a flight-risk, adding that “The defendant, while making statement in the EFCC office, tried to move money from his Zenith Bank account through his phone and also wiped all the information on his phone.”

The prosecutor also informed the court that the defendant’s mum, who aided him in perpetrating the crime, could not be found. “My Lord, the defendant too may also abscond like his mum.

In his words, “He is 26 years old and has never worked anywhere; yet,he acquired a 2019 model Porche car worth N120million and a 2015 model Merzedes Benz car worth N75million”.

The prosecution counsel, therefore, urged the court not to grant the defendant bail.

Justice Taiwo, after listening to both parties, said “the offence is a
bailable one.”

The Judge, therefore, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N5 million, with two sureties in like sum.

One of the sureties, the trial Judge said, must be a level 16 officer with the Lagos State government, while the other must be a relation of the defendant resident in Lagos.

He also directed that the addresses of the sureties must be verified by the EFCC, while evidence of identification of the sureties must be provided to the court.

Justice Taiwo adjourned the case to October 18 and 23, for commencement of trial and also ordered the defendant to be remanded in Kirikiri prison pending the perfection of his bail conditions.

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NDLEA nabs 26 over alleged drug abuse

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Thursday said that it had arrested 26 persons for alleged drug abuse in Kwara State.

Kwara State NDLEA’s Commander, Ambrose Umoru, who made the disclosure in Ilorin, said that the arrests were made within two months of his assumption of office.

Umoru said that those arrested included seven dealers of cannabis (marijuana) and a 54-year-old man, Chukwuemeka Odeh, who had a warehouse for cannabis, NAN reports.

He said that Odeh, popularly known as ‘Chucks’, had been arrested by the command in 1994 and 2017, during which about 396 bags of cannabis weighing 4,356 kg were recovered from him.

The commander said that Chucks was declared wanted by the command since 2017, adding that he had been on the command’s watch list until he was recently apprehended.

According to him, others arrested are Osuolale Gabriel, 45, Jamiu Isiaka, 24, Akeem Salawu 32, Yusuf Ibrahim 52, and Ekene Chukwuma.

Umoru said that 14 University of Ilorin students were also apprehended while smoking cannabis and using tramadol tablets, but were later counselled and released.

“A total of 19 people who use drug were arrested during the on going “Operation Keep Drug Free” activities, but have been counselled and released to their families

“Seven people who use drugs are currently undergoing care, treatment, counselling and rehabilitation at the state command headquarters with a view to reintegrating them to the society,” he said.

Umoru said that the command also discovered drug joints along Ilofa road,GRA, Ajikobi area, Adewole Estate, Maraba motor park, Oko Olowo area, Omupo, Malete and Tanke axis.

Umoru said that the command had also evolved a programme tagged ‘Know your Child’s Drug Status’, targeted at identifying people who use drugs.

The commander appealed to parents, guardians, schools, organisations and the public to take advantage of the anti-drug abuse sensitisation programme.

“Routine anti-drug abuse sensitization activities are currently ongoing in schools across the state. All hands must be on deck for us to sanitise this state of this drug scourge,” he said.

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Man, 43, arrested for allegedly raping neighbour’s teenaged daughter

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Ogun State Police have arrested a 43-year-old man, Oluwole Bamidele, for allegedly raping a six-year-old daughter of his neighbour.

Police spokesperson in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, on Thursday said Bamidele was arrested after the case was reported at Agbado police station.

He said the complainant, Ikechukwu Orji reported that while his wife went out to see her tailor at about 12:45 p.m on that day, the co-tenant lured his daughter into his room and raped her.

Orji said the girl informed her mother of the incident as soon as she returned.

“On the strength of the report, the DPO Agbado division, Aloko Amodu, detailed detectives to the scene of the alleged crime at Kayode Street, Agoro area of Agbado where the suspect was arrested,” Oyeyemi said

He said on interrogation, the suspect denied committing the crime but when the victim was taken to the hospital for medical examination, the medical report confirmed that the victim has been defiled. He said Mr Bamidele later confessed to the crime.

The Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, has ordered the suspect transferred to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for proper investigation and prosecution.

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