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Fraud: Ezekwesili submits evidence against Omojuwa to IGP, demands prosecution

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A former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, has written a petition to the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, demanding the prosecution of blogger and social media influencer, Japheth Omojuwa, for alleged fraud,

According to the PUNCH, the  petition titled, ‘Petition Against Mr Japheth Omojuwa for Forgery, Fraudulent Misrepresentation and Fraudulent Use of the Name, Identity and Particulars of Mrs.

Obiageli Ezekwesili as a Director of Alpha Reach Limited RC No: 1066507’ is dated April 14, 2021, but was received at the Force Headquarters on April 15.

In the petition, signed by Marshal Abubakar of Falana and Falana chambers, Ezekwesili said Omojuwa fraudulently listed her name as a director in his firm, Alpha Reach Company Limited without her permission, adding that she only got to know of the infraction when she was contacted by American news outlet, Buzzfeed, over a story on Alpha Reach.

Buzzfeed had reported that Alpha Reach ran a social media campaign for the release of alleged fraudster, Alex Saab, who is wanted in the United States. The news medium further reported that Ezekwesili’s name was listed as a director in company documents filed at the Corporate Affairs Commission.

Ezekwesili, who was a co-founder of Transparency International, said when she was informed of the development, she quickly called Omojuwa to confirm if she was ever listed as a director at Alpha Reach but he said she was not.

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The former minister subsequently attached as evidence, communications between herself and Omojuwa wherein the blogger allegedly stated that he never listed her as a director in the company.

Incidentally, Omojuwa had in an open letter addressed to Ezekwesili on Tuesday said he obtained her permission before listing her as a director.

The petition read in part, “It is our brief that our client promptly contacted Japheth Omojuwa to confirm whether he forged her signature and other incorporation documents and processes but he informed her that the Alpha Reach Company Limited is his company and that she is not involved in it at all.

“Please find attached the referenced communication between our client and Mr. Japheth Omojuwa.”

Ezekwesili further stated that she requested for the incorporation documents from Omojuwa and he promised to make them available to her within the week but he never did.

The petition further read, “Japheth Omojuwa never sought for her consent and /or participation in incorporating any company whatsoever and for any purpose whatsoever. The said Japheth Omojuwa neither sought for nor obtained requisite incorporation documents and information the CAC would require in processing the registration i.e the particulars of directors, share numbers, signature of directors, means of identification of directors and address etc.

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“Our client reiterates for emphasis that she never filled or signed the statutory consent of first directors of Alpha Reach Company Limited in 2012 and or at anytime whatsoever.”

The former minister told the IG that throughout the time she was fraudulently made a director in the company, no notice of meetings, annual returns, accounts or board resolutions were issued to her.

She noted that her name was eventually removed in 2017 but no special notice of proposed removal was ever issued or served on her.

The petition further read, “We submit that the foregoing infractions amount to forgery, fraudulent misrepresentation and egregious breach of extant provisions of the Penal Code Law, the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 and the Companies and Allied Matters Act deserving of investigation and prosecution.”

Omojuwa had in a letter on Tuesday claimed he duly obtained Ezekwesili’s permission before making her a director, adding that Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, was also a director at the firm.

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Terror bandits slaughter 11 villagers to revenge informant’s death

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On the 8 of May 2021, terror bandits on a reprisal attack reportedly killed 11 villagers and injured others when they attacked Tsatskiya community in Safana local government area of Katsina State.

According to Dailypost, the attack by the terror bandits was to avenge the death of one of their informant from Hakon Kartakawa village who was killed by an angry mob last week.

Scores of villagers from Tsatskiya and other neighbouring villages in Safana LGA were reported to have escaped to Dutsima town to seek refuge following the attack.

The suspected bandits reportedly stormed the community around 12noon on Saturday, shooting sporadically into the air and eventually killing 11 persons.

Another source told DAILY POST that it has become a risky venture to expose informants of the notorious bandits for fear of reprisal attack.

“Anytime an informant is either exposed, arrested or killed the bandits always try to rescue them or avenge them by killing more people.”

However, while confirming the attack, the spokesman Katsina Police, Gambo Isa, reportedly said only three people were killed in the reprisal attack

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Top bandits’ commanders, 48 members killed; main leader escaped: Army

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The Nigerian Army says the troops of 8 Division operating in Zamfara and adjoining states have killed many bandits’ commanders and more than 48 members of their gangs in the North-West.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Mr Yerima said the troops had earlier launched ‘Operation Tsare Mutane’ following the directives of the Chief of Army Staf, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru.

He added that the army chief had directed the troops to stabilise the security situation in the zone to facilitate the return of socio-economic activities.

According to him, the General Officer Commanding the division, Maj.

-Gen. Usman Yusuf, launched the first phase of the operation that lasted from March 23 to April 2 in the Maradun local government area of Zamfara.

“The troops successfully cleared many bandits’ camps in Jaya, Kadaya, and Bayan Ruwa amongst several others.

“The troops successfully neutralised 48 bandits while the bandits’ leader in the area known as Jummo sustained a gunshot wound to his leg.

“The troops rescued 18 kidnap victims from the bandits’ enclave and recovered eight AK-47 rifles, one G3 rifle, one PKT, and a machine gun from the bandits,” he said.

Mr Yerima also disclosed that the troops sacked several other bandits’ camps around Gabiya, Bozaya, and Mereri and the adjoining forests in Maru local government area during the second phase of the operation.

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According to him, the second phase took place from April 19 to May 3, adding that the areas heavily occupied by bandits were successfully cleared by the troops.

He explained that top bandits’ leaders, including Yellow Mai-Bille, Sani Meli, Dan-Katsina, and Sama’ila Bakajin Bari, were killed while the main leader, Nasanda, narrowly escaped with “fatal injuries.”

The army revealed that one Isan Heshi, a close ally of a notorious bandit called Nagala, was also killed during the operation.

According to him, items recovered in the attack include 4,600 rounds of ammunition, two AK-103 rifles, eight AK-47 magazines, 1,628 rounds of AK-47 ammunition, 54 rounds of PKM, one motorcycle, and five Techno mobile phones.

“The COAS has congratulated the GOC and troops of 8 Division for the gains made so far and urged them to sustain their offensive operations until Zamfara, and neighbouring states are stabilised.

“He further assured the GOC of his continuous support in achieving the overall objective of keeping the North West and the entire country free of terrorism, banditry, and other violent crimes,” the army statement noted.

(NAN)

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Breaking: Bandits abduct 40 Muslim worshippers observing Tahajjud in Katsina

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No fewer than 40 Muslim worshippers were abducted by armed bandits while observing Tahajjud, a kind of midnight prayer observed during the Holy Month of Ramadan, at a mosque in Jibiya town of Katsina State, OBSERVERS TIMES report.

Residents of the town confirmed that dozens of gunmen struck at the mosque around 2am on Monday and took away the worshippers.

 

The sources said the kidnappers initially picked 47 congregants, including women and children, but seven later returned.

So far we established 40 people missing after the attack,” said a resident who preferred not to be named.

Another resident who volunteered statement to DailyNigerian , Lawal Jibiya, said neighboring villagers alerted them about the impending attack, after sighting the movements of the bandits heading towards the town.

He said hundreds of youth and local vigilante group in the town were on alert and ready to confront the bandits, but the assailants changed their route and entered the town from the western entry point.

“We were expecting them from the eastern entry point through Daddara, Kukar Babangida or Magama but this time they proceeded beyond the town and camped at Jibawa.

From Jibawa they then went round to the western entry point near Yunusa Dantauri Hospital and attacked a mosque on the outskirt of the town,” the witness said.

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According to him, the bandits did not fire a single shot until they finished the operation.

Jibiya, a Nigeria-Niger border town, is one of the major targets of kidnapping and banditry activities.

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