The 2012 Future Awards Young Person Of The Year: And the Nominees Are……

The Central Working Committee (CWC) for The Future Awards, which the World Bank has called “The Nobel Prize for Young Africans”, has again decided to unveil the long list for the biggest award, Young Person of the Year before the full list.

As is the tradition, the nominees for Young Person of the Year have been taken out of the various categories as always and identified as trailblazing role models for young Nigerians – all except for the Science and Technology categories; and that is a deliberate exception to encourage and spotlight more high-impact activity in those sectors.

“All of the Young Person of the Year nominees are winners,” Atafo said. “They are honorees and will yet again all be given plaques. Also, they will not go through the four stages of judging for the awards, only one stage for voting and one stage for judging. These guys inspire us!”

YOUNG PERSON OF THE YEAR HONOUREES 2012

Bankole Wellington [Banky W] (Musician/Entrepreneur/Activist) 31
Known primarily as a musician, Banky W has however transcended that label: emerging not just as one of the nation’s leading talents, but also building an inspiring business with Empire Mates Entertainment that has created superstars like Wizkid. Banky also leads the stage as an activist passionate about Nigeria – proving this with his involvements in everything from the What About Us? Youth Debate to #OccupyNigeria. Banky is not just an entertainment personality. He is a national figure of hope and love of country. He is a leader.

Chinwe Njoku (Engineer) 26

Njoku recently won the The Sir Robert Martin University Prize at the Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, which is the premier award of the University and consists of an award of £1,500 plus a commemorative medal. Beyond that, Njoku stands out for including significant published research that has benefited the wider community. In total she has 12 peer-reviewed publications (10 as 1st author). This includes the IEEE Transactions on Antennas & Propagation Journal (the most prestigious journal in the field) and the IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters (Special Issue on Metamaterials). This groundbreaking research will continue in a major £600,000 major interdisciplinary government grant.

Dapo Oyebanjo [D’banj] (Musician/Entertainment Entrepreneur) 32

D’banj is not just an artiste – he is an idea. Having broken every single boundary in the Nigerian, and African, music industry through Mo’Hits Records, he has became a trailblazer for artistes reaching for an international market, with his exploits with GOOD music and his newly formed D’banj Records. As he told the UK Observer, “I see what I’m doing now as the bridge that we’ve been looking for from Africa to the mainstream world. I want others to see the potential in my country, other than our oil and natural resources.” He’s on his way to achieving that.

Jason Njoku (Media Entrepreneur) 31

Njoku is at the forefront of Nigeria’s digital revolution – he didn’t begin it, he doesn’t own, but for much of the world he impressively represents it. With his sexy Iroko TV brand tagged the ‘Netflix of Africa’, he is the world’s largest distributor of African movies. His company raised $8 million in venture capital from Tiger Global Management, a New York based Private Equity and hedge fund run by billionaire Chase Coleman, has distribution deals with Dailymotion, iTunes, Amazon and Vimeo and has been said to be worth as much as $30 million dollars.

Peter and Paul Okoye [Psquare] (Musician/Entertainment Entrepreneur)  31

This inspiring brothers are easily the #1 in African music. That success is apparent in their high-profile shows/tours across the continent, their endorsements and the mega-launch of their last album in 2011. Their video featuring American super-star Rick Ross continues to be a talking point across the music industry; and in addition to signing with Akon’s Konvict Muzik, they are also signed to the Universal Music Group. Currently, this music duo is the  artiste with the highest YouTube video views of over 25,000,000 in the continent.

Linda Ikeji (Blogger/Media Entrepreneur) 31

She is the most influential Nigerian online – and it is a position she has wielded with flair and a keen sense of history. There are those who see Linda as a blogger peddling soft stories, but she has become much more than that, influencing issues, driving conversations and doing good. Linda’s influence can be seen in her spotlighting #ABSURape, involving a young woman in Abia State, profiling Oke, the young man who almost lost his leg due to complications from diabetes, and taking up the cause of Blessing Effiom. These three issues caught the attention of the nation – and it was because Linda took it seriously. She is a phenomenon.

Idris Akinbajo (Journalist)  30

Starting with NEXT Newspapers and now as Head of the Investigative Desk at Premium Times, he has worked quietly and stealthily to reveal most of the rot in Nigeria’s politics and economy – with exclusive revelations in aviation, campaign finance and more. That work has not gone unnoticed; winning him awards including African Investigative Journalist of the Year, Nigerian Investigative Journalist of the Year, Best Nigerian investigative story in print, and Second best Nigerian investigative story (online). He has now been announced a finalist for the CNN/Multichoice African Journalist 2012. Akinbajo is a journalist’s vision.

Raheem Temitope Bello (Scientist) 19

Bello has two undergraduate degrees – in Astronomy and Physics with Special Honours and is already a doctoral student; all before he turned 19. For most of his undergraduate years, he conducted research in a condensed matter physics lab; refurbishing the thermal conductivity probe and fabricating unique thermocouples of 0.001” in order to measure temperature gradient. During his 2+ years of research, he has presented his work at various conferences and given an oral presentation at the American Physical Society (APS). Presently, he is working on the devolvement of a startup energy utility company, GeoUtill. GeoUtill leverages geothermal energy to supply homes with clean, sustainable, and dependable energy. Since receiving feedback from applying to startup incubator competitions, GeoUtill has refocused on its mission. GeoUtill believes that there is an abundance of energy all around us, which can supply all of the energy demands. We are currently working on the development of a new type of a low cost solar panel, that may be deployed any where in the world without access to an energy grid. And he is still in his teens!

“Note that, due to the adjusted The Future Awards calendar – it was moved from its traditional January to August, the period in review is October 2010 – May 2012,” Atafo added. “Nominees who were still 31 years as at March 2011 (six months into the period in review) are therefore eligible.”

Previous Young Person of the Year winners include malaria scientist Ify Aniebo, award-winning writer Chimamanda Adichie, NASA scholar Tosin Otitoju, amongst others. Last year, agriculture entrepreneur and advocate Nnaemekan Ikegwuonu  beat Genevieve Nnaji, Don Jazzy, Psquare and others to clinch the top prize.

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EFCC Arraigns Lady Over $6,900 Ukraine Admission Scam

Mrs Charity Luba Kumuo Covering her face from the camera.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arraigned one Charity Komuo and her company, Charity Luba Consultancy  before a Delta state High Court sitting in Asaba for obtaining money by false pretence contrary to section 1 (3) and 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offence Act. The accused pleaded not guilty to the 8 count charge when read to her.

Prosecution counsel, Kayode Oni then asked the court to fix a date for trial but counsel to the accused told the court that he has filed an application for bail and that he had served the prosecuting counsel. However, Oni said he was served that morning in court and so needed time to reply. Justice C O Ogisi ordered the accused person to be remanded in prison custody while adjourning to July 26, 2012 for hearing of the bail application.

Komuo’s arrest followed  a petition from one Anthony Afisi that she defrauded them of 6,900 United States dollars with the pretence that she was going to help one Ufuoma Afisi secure admission into a University in the Ukraine, a promise that she failed to keep.

Several other persons were also allegedly defrauded through that process by charity and her company.

 

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Bomb Blast, Sporadic Gunshots Rock Jos, Islamic Primary School Affected


A Bomb has reportedly exploded at an Islamic Primary school in bukuru, Jos South LGA of Plateau state. This was immediately followed by sporadic gunshot.
Details of the incidence are still sketchy, but vehicular movement have been restricted within the area.
Details soon.
Update: A reliable source has confirmed to Abusidiqu.com that “a minor in the primary school is already dead”, while many others are said to be seriously injured, with some on danger list.
The bomb blast and sporadic gunshot was said to have occured behind the First Bank Plc branch in Bukuru, where the Islamic primary school is also located.
A source said residents of the area are living in fear as the gunshot was sporadic all over Bukuru.
As at the time of filling in this report, Abusidiqu.com gathered that Police and JTF personnel have taken over the area, shooting sporadically in the air to scare residents off the streets.

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Fuel Subsidy Suspects Will Be Arraigned Soon – Lamorde

Dr Joe Odumakin and Ibrahim Lamorde

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, on Monday, July 16, 2012, said that investigations into fuel subsidy payments by the Commission would soon be completed and those indicted arraigned in court.
Lamorde made the disclosure when the President of Campaign for Democracy, CD, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, paid him a courtesy visit at the Commission’s headquarters, Abuja.
According to Lamorde, considerable amount of work has been done in the investigation of the fuel subsidy payments. “The EFCC is avoiding media feast. That is why we are conducting the investigations and interrogations quietly, so as to have a smooth outcome. Very soon, some officials will be taken to court”, he said.
While lamenting the delay in the trial of corruption cases, Lamorde recalls the case of a former governor who was arraigned in 2007 but the matter has not progressed beyond the plea stage due to frivolous applications by the defendant. He said such delays are responsible for the clamour for the establishment of special courts to handle corruption cases. He absolved the Commission of blame in such delays as the EFCC has no control over the judicial process.
The EFCC Chairman urged the Campaign for Democracy to help monitor some of the corruption cases in court with a view to facilitating the speedy disposal of such cases.
Earlier in her remark, Dr. Okei-Odumakin said the visit which is the first by her association to any organization in Nigeria in the last six years, was intended to demonstrate the CD’s support for the leadership of the EFCC under Lamorde and to underscore its preparedness to collaborate with the EFCC in the anti-graft campaign.
She disclosed that Lamorde’s assumption of duty was timely, noting that corruption has become the fastest growing industry in Nigeria.
She called on the EFCC to look into several cases of former governors indicted for corruption across the country with no visible progress being made in their trials. She also said that Nigerians are showing enough interest in the outcome of the fuel subsidy investigation.
The Campaign for Democracy President further called on all Nigerians to join in the fight against corruption to rescue the country from the vice grips of the malaise.

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N32.8 Bn Police Pension Fraud: Court Freezes Assets of Six Accused Persons 

Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory, Justice Lawal H. Gumi has granted an interim order to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to attach and take possession of the asset of all the six accused persons who allegedly defrauded the Police Pension Office to the tune of N32.8 billion naira (Thirty Two Billion, Eight Hundred Million Naira).
The Judge further ordered the freezing of the bank accounts of all the accused persons pending the hearing and final determination of the corruption case against them.

2 two storey building belonging to veronica

The six suspects who were arraigned on March 29, 2012, on a 16 criminal charges bordering on conspiracy and criminal breach of trust before Justice Mohammed Talba of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Gudu, Abuja, were Esai Dangabar, Atiku Abubakar Kigo, Ahmed Inuwa Wada, John Yakubu Yusufu, Mrs. Veronica Ulonma Onyegbula and Sani Habila Zira. Kigo was the director of the Police Pension Office, before he was made permanent secretary.
Fifteen of the 45 properties which were ordered forfeited on interim basis, belongs to Dangabar, 11 to Mrs. Onyegbula, six to Wada, five belongs to Kigo and four each to Yusuf and Zira.
According to the order, “all the bank accounts currently being operated and maintained by Inuwa wada at keystone and Zenith Bank, all totalling 11 in number are hereby temporarily frozen until the determination of the charge Number FCT/Cr/64/2012. Similarly, all the bank accounts presently being operated and maintained by Esai Dangabar, Atiku A. Kigo and Veronica Onyegbula in the following banks: EcoBank, FCMB, Access Bank, Sky Bank, Fortis Micro Finance Bank, Aso Savings, GTB, Mainstreet Bank and Wema Bank are herby temporarily frozen pending the hearing and determination of all the said criminal charge No. FCT/64/2012 presently pending before this court”, the Judge ruled.
The 15 properties belonging to Esai are: Block of 3 Bedrooms flats at Gwarinpa (6 units), along EFAB Estate, Life camp; a Block of  3 Bedrooms flats (6 units) at Mabushi District, beside Ministry of Works; Estate of 4 Bedroom Duplexes (16 units) Behind Wuye Modern Market, Abuja; a mini estate at No.19, Ukpabi Asika Street, Asokoro, Abuja; 12 Units of 2 bedroom flats at 1, Waziri Ibrahim Crescent, Gudu District, Abuja; 5 Bedroom Duplexes at 1, Waziri Ibrahim Crescent, Gudu District, Abuja; 4 Bedroom Bungalows at 1, Waziri Ibrahim Crescent, Gudu District, Abuja;  2 Bedroom flat at Zone C, Apo Resettlement, layout. Others are: 5 Blocks of One bedroom flats at Zone C, Apo Resettlement layout, Abuja; Twin duplex of 5 bedroom & 3 rooms, 33, ML Wushishi  BQ 1 Crescent, Utako, Abuja; 2 Blocks of 3 Bedroom flats,  Area 3, Former NYSC Office, Abuja;        2 Bedroom , Area 2, Abuja, Behind Shopping , Complex , 3 Bedroom flats , 2 Goran village, along Adi

water packaging company belonging to veronica

Farms Ltd, Abuja-Keffi road,  180,000 Liters Storage Facility on a Land of about  5,000sqm, with Office Building, Workshop and 20 Loading Bay 1 Suleja,  Niger State.
The 11 properties belonging to Mrs. Onyegbula are: 4 Bedroom Duplex  at No.3, Andorra  Street, Sun City, Galadimawa, Abuja; Building Housing Ulover International Resources Ltd, Kechis Bottling Company, Plot 140 – 142 Ehinmiri Housing  Estate, Umuahia, Abia State; Building (6 Bedroom Duplex), Housing Somadok, 14, Ola Adeshile Street, Ajao Estate, Oshodi-Isolo, Lagos; Large Plot of Land for International Primary & Secondary School, Ehinmiri Housing Estate, Phase 2, Umuahia, Abia State;  A Mansion with a BQ at Umugbalu Village, Oboro, Ikwuano LGA, Abia State. Others are Two Storey Building with shops and flats at No.l03, Ozuitem, Street, Enugu Road Amuziukwu, Umuahia, Abia State; 1, two storey building with shops and flats at No. l04, Ozuitem Street, Enugu Road Amuziukwu, Umuahia, Abia State; two storey building of Six flats at Ukaegbu Street, Aba, Abia State; Student Hostels at Michael Okpara University of Agric, Umudike, Oboro, Ikwuano LGA, Abia
State; 3 Bedroom Duplex at No.1, Tola Adewumi Street, Off. Folarin Hospital, Maryland; 3 bedrooms Duplex at No.2, Tola Adewumi Street, Off Folarin Hospital, Maryland.

1 two storey building belonging to veronica

The six properties belonging to Wada are: 4 Bedroom Duplex  at Block B4, Finance Quarters, Wuye Abuja; A House at Gwale, Kano;  a house at Filling Mushe, Gwale LG, Kano; A Duplex at  Saudauna Crescent, Nassarawa Kano;  a Duplex at Dorayi Karshen Waya, Behind Old BUK, Kano; A House at  Unguwa Uku, Kano.
The five properties belonging to Kigo are a 3 bedroom bungalow at 18 Uruguay Street, Panasonic Estate, Wuse 2; a 4 bedroom duplex at Gudu new layout, Abuja;  a 4 bedroom duplex at 35, Lake Chad Crescent, Maitama, Abuja;  a 4 bedroom duplex at FHA, Gwarinpa new Extension beside COCIN church and  an International Secondary and Primary School (under  construction) at Kuje Abuja.
The four properties belonging to Zira are;Concept College London, Gwarinpa, Close to Eco Bank, Abuja; Block of flats at FCDA Quarters, Phase II, Block J, Flat 1 & 2  Garki, Abuja ; Hotel (aka Habila Hasike’s Hotel) Beside Yasekule Primary School, On the same Street with Michika LG Secretariat, Adamawa State;  A House at No.36, Malamre Wark, Jimeta, Yola, Adamawa State. While Yusuf’s properties in Gombe and Abuja are: Hotel (Under Construction, finishing level) behind Gombe State investment Property Company Housing Estate,       Gombe State; three Bedroom Semi Detached Bungalow at UU1, A&B, Sunny Homes, Dakwo District, Abuja; three Bedroom Semi Detached Bungalow at U20, A&B, Sunny Homes, Dakwo District, Abuja.

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$620,000 Bribery Scandal: Farouk Lawan to Face Prosecution Soon

The bribery allegations between the former Chairman of the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy implementation, Honorable Farouk Lawan and oil business magnate, Mr Femi Otedola may soon assume a legal dimension as the police authority has concluded investigation into the matter

A source disclosed that the STF’s report is now already for the Inspector General of Police and the Attorney General of the Federation for approval and prosecution.

“We took time to conduct this investigation to avoid any strain in the relationship between the House and the police. We succeeded in our operation, without any cold war,” a police source said.

“Therefore, they will face trial any time from now. The report will be presented to Inspector-General of Police Abubakar and Attorney-General of the Federation, Adoke (SAN) this week.
Farouk has admitted collecting money from Mr. Femi Otedola but, according to him, it was to prove that the businessman mounted pressure on him to remove his company’s name from the list of those indicted in the subsidy fund scam.

On his part, Otedola said Farouk is a cheap liar, insisting that he was caught in a sting operation that was supervised by security operatives following pressure on him by Lawan.
Although Farouk has not been able to provide the money, a source said the STF has established a strong case against Farouk and Emenalo, and prosecution will now commence.

 

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Police Recovers Explosive Devices From a Building in Okene

At least forty six Improvised Explosive Devices, (IED) were recovered and a suspect arrested in an overnight operation in a residential building in Okene, Kogi State.

Announcing the discovery in Lokoja, the state capital, the Commissioner of Police Mohammed Katsina said the recovery was made in Okaito area when a man suspected to have detonated the explosives near a church in Okene on Sunday, led the police to the apartment.

CP Katsina described the building as “an intriguing and disgusting deceit’’ and urged urged landlords to be wary of their tenants.

According to him, two of the rooms in the four-bedroom apartment had been converted to a mosque and a church.

Items recovered from the building are copies of the Holy Quran and a Bible, a cross, a bell, a candle receptacle and a portrait of Jesus Christ.

Others are a book entitled: “Islamism and Satanism; Unveiling the Truth” written by one Answarullah, other religious publications and books, Katsina said.

Fifteen capacitors, 15 fuses, one electric detonator with capacity to detonate objects within metres range, five litres of raw acid and roll of firing cables, were also recovered.

Others comprise 250 mm detonating cord, 25 kg of ammonium nitrate, three pieces of handheld phones, a box of nails and 54 ammunitions of 5.56 calibres.

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Africa’s Development Rests on Access to Quality Jobs and Social Services – 2012 MDG Report

The 19th session of the African Union summit ended in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, with a review of the report on the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) implementation which the union says rests on access to quality and social service. Below is a press statement on the MDG Africa report

2012 MDG Report Urges Continent to Adopt Single Position on Post-2015 Agenda

Addis Ababa, 15 July — Sub-Saharan Africa must provide universal access to decent jobs and social services if it is to achieve decisive development progress, according to a newly released report on the continent’s progress on global anti-poverty goals.

The report, Assessing Progress in Africa Towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), is published annually by the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank, the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

This year the report shows that progress has been made in primary school enrolment, gender parity in primary school enrolment, the proportion of seats held by women in national parliament and HIV and AIDS prevalence rates. In spite of this progress, Africa still faces the challenges of addressing pervasive income inequalities, creating decent jobs, access to health and sanitation services.

“The countries of Africa must invest in their greatest asset, its people; in particular it’s growing number of young people, ensuring that tomorrow, they can be the productive, innovative, and engaged citizens which will accelerate MDG progress and establish sustainable human development,” say the authors of the report in the foreword.

The MDGs are eight internationally-agreed targets which aim to reduce poverty, hunger, maternal and child deaths, disease, inadequate shelter, gender inequality and environmental degradation by 2015.

Steady economic growth and improvements in poverty reduction continue to have a positive impact on Sub-Saharan Africa’s progress on the MDGs, the report shows, citing a 56.5 to 47.5 percent decline in the proportion of people living in poverty from 1990 to 2008.

However, these rates mask important inequalities. For instance, vulnerable employment accounts for 70 percent of job growth, and these jobs are mainly held by women. In countries like Burundi and Liberia, more than 85 percent of employed youths are working poor.

The situation is likely to be exacerbated as Africa’s population continues to grow rapidly in the absence of expanding job opportunities.

The report also highlights important gains in the areas of health and education but these are hindered by poor quality and access. For example, while primary school enrolment ratios exceeded 90 percent in most countries in 2010, only six African countries recorded primary completion rates of 90 percent and above in 2009.

In addition, while Africa has made some progress in reducing child mortality, with 50 percent falls between 1990 and 2010 in countries like Eritrea, Liberia, Madagascar and Niger, children in rural and remote areas are at a disadvantage, due to lack of qualified doctors and health infrastructure.

With less than three years to the 2015 deadline, the report urges policymakers to put greater emphasis on improving access to quality jobs, social services and safety nets. Public works programmes, youth employment schemes, insurance and school feeding programmes are among some of the initiatives that have successfully reduced poverty in countries.

While ensuring universal access, emphasis must be placed on protecting the most vulnerable from food price hikes, the effects of climate change and recurring conflicts.

As the international development community begins the process of defining a post-2015 agenda, the report also calls on Africa to articulate a common position that would take emerging challenges into account, including paying more attention to local context, and going beyond social needs by emphasizing the productive sector. It should also focus on equity, creating jobs for youth, food security, addressing resilience, climate change and peace and security.

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Youths Capture Two Boko Haram Members in Kaduna

Youths in Kaduna on sunday captured two Boko Haram members in Mahuta, a surburb of Kaduna metropolis after three of them stormed the compound of the District Head of Afaka, Alhaji Abdulwahab, with the mission to kill him.

The capture of two out of the three gun touting Boko Haram members, aged 17 and 22 was said to have resulted from the reaction of some furious youths after the killing of a 20-year-old innocent boy by the Boko Haram members.

The Boko Haram members were bearing an AK-47 rifle at the time they invaded two neighbouring Rigasa and Mahuta communities on a motorcycle at 9a.m.

According to an eyewitness, “The gunmen came and said they were looking for the ‘Hakimin Mahuta’ (District Head of Mahuta), disguising as members of his subjects. So, when they allowed them into the house, the ‘Hakimin’ was not comfortable with them, so he ran back inside.

“The suspects ran after him and shot at him severally, but their shots missed him, instead a small boy, Nura was hit. When they discovered that the ‘Hakimin’ had escaped through the back exit, they came back outside and picked their bike and trailed him to Mahuta.”

On getting to Mahuta, the three gunmen started shooting sporadically, but the youths dared them. They moved nearer, even as they were firing at them. An elder in the community, who identified himself as Mallam Abdullahi, said “the young gunmen came on a bike and started shooting, but having discovered that our youths were ready for them, they started withdrawing into the bush and the youths were closing in on them with bare hands”.

According to Abdullahi, “at a point, their bullets got finished and they loaded another round of ammunition, but despite that, the youths were able to apprehend two of the three gunmen, while the last one ran away.”

It was gathered that seven of the youths sustained various degrees of gun wounds but none of them died. They are said to be responding to treatment in a Kaduna hospital.

Speaking on the action of the youths, the Mahuta Ward Head, Alhaji Yusuf Muhammed Mahuta, said the community had long resolved to collectively rise up against terrorists and jealously protect every member of the community against hoodlums

 

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EFCC Arraigns Clerics, Couples Over Fraud

The Economic and financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arraigned three clerics before Justice M. S. Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Yola, Adamawa State on  a six count charges bordering on money laundering and obtaining N10million by false pretences.

Alhaji Inuwa Usman and Alhaji Chindo M.D. Bose, both leaders of the Taraba State chapter of the Muslim Council allegedly conspired with Reverend John Simon Jatutu, who was the Special Adviser to the State Government on Religious Matters to divert part of the funds approved to the council by the state government towards the celebration of the country’s Golden Jubilee.
The Taraba State government had in September 2010 approved N42million for the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Muslim Council for purposes of the 50th Independence celebration. Both Faiths shared the money equally with each getting N21million but the three accused persons cornered N10m from the Muslim Council share of the grant and declared only N11million to the council.
However, members of the council later get wind of the actual amount approved for them, which prompted a petition to the EFCC.
When the charges were read to the accused persons, they pleaded not guilty to all charges, prompting the prosecution counsel, Al Qasim Jaafar to request the court to fix a date for the commencement of trial. He opposed the bail application by defence counsel, Ukaegbu Onyi, on the grounds that the accused had jumped administrative bail granted them by the Commission.
However ruling on the bail application, Justice Shuaibu took cognizance of the forthcoming judicial recess and granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N1.5 million each and a surety in like sum.
In a related development, a couple, Dan Fulani and his wife, Gambo Tanimu a.k.a. Happiness were arraigned before Justice Musa Sale Shuaibu of the Federal High Court, Yola, Adamawa State on a six count charge of Conspiracy, Money Laundering and Obtaining by False Pretences.
The couple who are chairman and Treasurer respectively of a Cooperative Society in Jalingo, Taraba State allegedly defrauded one Aihaji Idris Tukur, a businessman, of N11.3million under the guise of selling imported rice to him.
When the charge was read to the accused persons, they pleaded not guilty. Their counsel, P.S. Agabus, immediately urged the court to admit his clients to bail. He told the court that the accused persons are well known in the community and would not jump bail.

They were granted bail in the sum of N1million each and a surety in like sum and the matter adjourned to October 24, 2012 for commencement of trial.

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Bomb Blast Rocks Okene

Reports by Premium Times indicate that a bomb has just gone off in the Obehira area of Okene, a town about an hour drive from Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

The blast occured near the MPC filling station in the town.

The bomb, according to witnesses, was concealed in a parked black Rover car with registration number LKJ 919 AA. The car’s boot is completely damaged.

Although the police in the town could not be reached, a source said two people, believed to be non-natives have been arrested.

The National Emergency Management Agency has confirmed the explosion.

NEMA’s spokesperson, Yushau Shuaibu, said in a statemen that no live was lost. He did not say whether anyone was injured.

He confirmed that two suspects were arrested by security agents before they could escape.

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