Bank PHB’s former MD, Atuche jailed for N25.7bn fraud, wife acquitted

Mr. Francis Atuche, the former Managing Director of Bank PHB who is standing trial for stealing the sum of N25.7 billion belonging to the bank, was found guilty of theft and sentenced to six years imprisonment on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. His former Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Ugo Anyanwu, was also sentenced to four years imprisonment by Justice Lateefat Okunnu of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja. Atuche’s wife, Elizabeth, also standing trial with him, was however discharge of the cases of conspiracy and stealing brought against them in…

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MTN says it can’t guarantee uninterrupted services due to insecurity in Nigeria

Telecommunications giant, MTN says it cannot avoid possible disruption to its services due to insecurity in Nigeria. This is because, the country is currently facing insecurity across the country — ranging from mass abductions at schools, kidnappings for ransom, armed conflict between herdsmen and farmers, armed robberies and various insurgencies, therby affecting growth and job creation. In a statement it wrote to customers via Reuters, the company(MTN) said: “Sadly, we must inform you that with the rising insecurity in different parts of Nigeria, service delivery to your organisation may be…

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You are to secure citizens, not just to obtain loans, Wike tells Buhari

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike says President Muhammadu Buhari should be more effective in securing the lives and property of Nigerians. He added that, Buhari should be more concerned about the security of the nation because, it seems the president is more interested in obtaining loans more, rather than insecurity that is disturbing the country. Commenting on the widespread insecurity in the country, Wike accused Buhari of attempting to shift his constitutional powers of securing lives and property to governors. The governor spoke at the commissioning of the 21-kilometre Odufor-Akpoku-Umuoye…

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Access Bank’s South African division begins operation, guarantees customers’ satisfaction

Access Bank South Africa Limited officially opened for business, on Monday, with a promise to help customers achieve their aspirations. While speaking at the event, Access Bank CEO, Herbert Wigwe, said the SADC region represents the strongest economy on the African continent. “This means Access Bank SA is firmly seated in one of the principal geographical areas apart from Nigeria, in terms of the size of the economy, and unlocks the gateway to the entire Southern African region,” he said. Wigwe highlighted Access Bank’s solid presence in Zambia too, saying…

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Stepping on Kwankwaso’s poster was not deliberate -Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, broke his silence on a viral photo on social media where he was captured marching on the image of his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso. Clarifying that the act was unintentional and unpremeditated, he said, his respect for Kwankwaso and other political leaders remained undaunted. In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, the governor declared that no matter his political differences with opposition politicians, it had never been in his character to belittle any political leader. Ganduje was caught in the…

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Two dead as masquerade festival turns bloody in Ibadan

An ongoing masquerade festival at Oja Igbo area of Ibadan, Oyo State, is believed to have been hijacked by hoodlums, killing and maiming innocent people. According to the National President of Soludero Hunters Association, Oba Nureni Ajijola Anabi, he said, “When the Egungun festival began, these hoodlums killed one man at Oja Igbo and Ita Ege areas of Ibadan. They killed many people. Oba Anabi narrated that: “They killed a man four days ago, because the man challenged them on why they wanted to set his family house on fire.…

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Teenage girl reports father to Police for allegedly defiling her

A 45year-old man, Kayode Adeyanju has been transferred to the Gender Unit of the Lagos State Police Command, after his 14year-old daughter reported at the Ipakodo police division, that her father alleged defiled her. The teenager alleged that her father, had been having carnal knowledge of her for some time, with a stern warning to her never to tell anyone. The young lady, however picked up courage, and reportedly stormed the police station demanding to speak with a police woman. When she was granted audience, she opened up on the…

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EFCC Arrests fake Juju priest for defrauding sick woman of N250m

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have arrested Abayomi Kamaldeen Alaka (a.k.a Awise), leader of a deadly syndicate of juju scammers that operates from a shrine at Ashipa Town, near Abeokuta Ogun State. Awise’s arrest followed a petition by a victim, Bright Juliet who lost N250m to the syndicate after she was tricked to provide money for sacrifices and invocations to heal her of an ailment. She was introduced to Alaka by Akinola Bukola Augustina (a.ka. Iya Osun) whom she met on Facebook in the course of…

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Bandits kidnap eight family members in Kaduna

Bandits have abducted no fewer than eight family members in a new residential area at Kofar Gayan/Kofar Kona axis of Zaria in Kaduna State on Saturday night. It was gathered that on Sunday the hoodlums released their parents while the six children are still under captivity. Narrating the incident, the daughter of the abductees, Hafsat Habib Kusfa, said 7 bandits holding guns and machetes broke into their home around 12 am on Sunday morning. According to her, immediately they entered their house they were moving from one room asking occupants…

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Middle Belt Forum to Buhari: “You brought hardship, ruined economy”

The Middle Belt Forum, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of ruining Nigeria’s economy and plunging the people into hardship due to his bad policies. The group, also advised the president to be humble enough to apologize to Nigerians for his maladministration. National President of MBF, Dr. Bitrus Pogu who made the call Sunday in Makurdi while reacting to President Buhari’s democracy day speech lamented that the president was still being deceived by the people shielding him from feeling and seeing the reality of what Nigerians were going through as a…

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