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British-Nigerian man pleads guilty in New York to bank hacking crimes


NEW YORK, Nov 28 – A British-Nigerian national has pleaded guilty in New York to involvement in a more than seven-year scheme to hack into banks’ and brokerages’ computer servers, causing more than $6 million of losses for customers.

Idris Dayo Mustapha, 33, pleaded guilty to access device fraud, conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and securities fraud, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen in Brooklyn.

Mustapha, a native of Lagos, Nigeria, had been arrested in the United Kingdom in August 2021, and was extradited to the United States in August.

He faces up to 20 years in prison at his scheduled April 3, 2024 sentencing but would likely receive much less time.

A lawyer for Mustapha was not immediately available for comment.

Mustapha and his accomplices allegedly used phishing and other means to obtain user names and passwords and access online accounts from January 2011 to March 2018.

Prosecutors said the conspirators transferred victims’ money and securities to their own accounts, and made unauthorized stock trades in hacked accounts while simultaneously making profitable trades in the same stocks in their own accounts.

The case is U.S. v. Mustapha, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, No. 23-cr-00440.

Boko Haram Beheads 11 Loggers In Borno Community

November 28, 2023.

Azonuchechi Chukwu.

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents group of loggers and killed eleven of them in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno state.

The terrorists attacked the loggers while working at their charcoal site on Monday, November 27.

It was gathered that six loggers were killed instantly while the additional five bodies were recovered on Tuesday, November 28.

According to local vigilante sources, the bodies of the victims were recovered at the scene around 5 pm.

“Yes, six persons were recovered from the scene yesterday’s (Monday) evening and they were dismembered. They were found in a pool of blood because all parts of their bodies were cut into pieces.

“We have buried them this evening according to the Islamic rites. Although five people were missing. We don’t know if they escaped or were abducted,” a vigilante source said.

Another top member of the vigilante group disclosed that the loggers were working at their charcoal site when they were suddenly rounded up by the outlawed group, adding that six persons were killed instantly.

The source said, “They came on camels and surrounded us, they were like 15. I ran very fast and they ran after me. Fortunately, I am familiar with the terrain; that was how I escaped.

“Later, we mobilised and went to the scene. Behold, six bodies were on the site but we didn’t hear from the other five persons.

“This morning, additional five bodies were recovered so we have a total of 11 corpses. So far the soldiers and vigilantes are currently in the area,” he said.(www.naija247news.com).

“Phyna and I are no longer on speaking terms” -Groovy

November 28, 2023.

Azonuchechi Chukwu.

Big Brother Naija reality star Groovy has disclosed that he is no longer on speaking terms with his ex-lover, Phyna.

Recall that it was reported that Groovy broke up with Phyna over the consistent drinking habit of his ex-lover.

Phyna who was adamant about the noticeable changes in her love interest ended up leaving Groovy after he made a decision and asked for space.

Fast forward, Groovy has opened up on his current relationsiop with Phyna. According to him, they broke up over an unreconcilable differences.

He denied breaking up with Phyna over having interest in other ladies and also denied that Phyna cheated on him. According to Groovy, the relationship didn’t work out.(www.naija247news.com).

Four Feared Dead In Anambra Community As Gunmen Attack Security Operatives

November 28, 2023.

Azonuchechi Chukwu.

At least four persons were reportedly killed in a gun battle between gunmen and Vigilante operatives in the Aguluzigbo community in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The gun duel, which occurred in the early hours of of Tuesday, November 28, raged on until the arrival of reinforcement of combined police operatives who repelled the attackers.

Although the casualty figure was yet to be ascertained, a trending video showed that no fewer than four security operatives lost their lives in the fire exchange.

When contacted, the Anambra State Police command spokesperson, Ikenga Tochukwu, who confirmed the attack, said the CP quickly ordered a deployment of a sophisticated team made up of the PMF and regular police to the scene.

Ikenga, a deputy superintendent of police said their men have returned normalcy in the area and are also in pursuit of the hoodlums.(www.naija247news.com).

President Tinubu Orders Rehabiliation Of Federal Roads Nationwide

Nov 28,2023.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved the rehabilitation of dilapidated federal roads across the country.

In a statement on Monday in Abuja, the Minister of Works, Senator Dave Umahi, said the President is aware of the state of the Nigerian road infrastructure, which he inherited from the Muhammadu Buhari government,

Umahi said the President has directed that rehabilitation work commence immediately on the roads for more accessible and smoother movement of men and goods to save quality man-hours lost due to the poor state.

He stated that despite inheriting an N6 trillion deficit in road infrastructure, President Tinubu is not complaining but is determined to confront the challenge headlong.

Umahi said President Tinubu has approved a 2023 Supplementary budget of ₦300b for the Ministry of Works comprising ₦100b for immediate palliative works in 36 States and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and ₦200b for continuation of most of the inherited ongoing projects and very few critical road projects.

Some of the roads include the Makurdi-Nsukka 9th Mile Road, East-West Road, Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Benin bypass road, collapsed bridges of Enugu- Port Harcourt road, collapsed bridges of Shandam-Plateau State, Abuja-Kaduna- Zaria-Kano road and Gombe- Bauchi among several others.

He said the President has not only given specific directives to the Ministry on how to accomplish the execution of the project within the given time frame, but he has also encouraged the public to perform their civic responsibility by following their money through supervision of the projects with appropriate feedback to the government.He said:

Without prejudice to all the good efforts of the past administration on road infrastructure development, which they tackled within the limit of their resources, the work to be done to change the ugly state of our roads is quite enormous.

“Mr. President is not complaining of the challenges he inherited in nearly all sectors of the economy, especially as it concerns our road infrastructure, but he is quite courageous as he had promised to tackle the problems head-on, which he has started to do not minding the debt burden inherited especially the funding gap of over ₦6 trillion from most of the inherited ongoing road projects.

“Mr. President has since reeled out plans of commitment, consistency, and innovations towards actualizing a sustainable road infrastructure development throughout the country.

“He has just approved a 2023 Supplementary budget of ₦300B for the Ministry of Works comprising of ₦100B for immediate palliative works in 36 States and FCT and ₦200B for the continuation of most of the inherited ongoing projects and very few new but critical road projects.

“Mr. President has directed that work in those palliative projects must commence before 1st December 2023 while observing all due process.

“On the sections being frequently complained of by the public in all regions of the North and South of the country, Mr President has equally isolated them and directed immediate actions on them and indeed, work has started on all such roads”.

Umahi, therefore, called on Nigerians to actively participate in supervising projects and providing constructive feedback to the government.(www.naija247news.com)

Alleged procurement fraud: EFCC calls 3 witnesses in trial of Emefiele

Abuja, Nov.28,2023 .

The trial of suspended fCentral Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele on Tuesday began in an FCT high court, with the EFCC calling three witnesses.

The EFCC charged Emefiele with six counts bordering on alleged breach of procurement procedure in the award of the contract to April1616 Investment Limited.

The anti-graft agency had in August, first charged Emefiele and one Mrs Sa’adatu Yaro and a company, April 1616 Investment Limited, purported to belong to Mrs Yaro, on alleged breach of the procurement Act in respect of the purchase of some vehicles.

However, the arraignment could not go on because of the reported ill health of Yaro.

However, when the matter was called on Friday, EFCC’s lawyer, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN, drew the attention of the court to an amended charge dated Nov. 8, 2023.

In the new charge Emefiele was the sole defendant and the charge reduced from 20 to six, to which Emefiele pleaded not guilty.

At the resumed trial, the first prosecution witness (PW 1) Shamsudeen Abulili testified

The witness, an officer of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) gave evidence on how the company April 1616 Investment Limited was incorporated on August 1, 2016 with RC : 1350837and tendered several documents on how the company was floated.

He read out before the Court names of the shareholders of the Company which comprised Aminu Idris Yaro, with 500,000 shares, Maryam Aliyu Abdullahi, 350,000 and Saadatu Yaro , 150, 000.

He said the total share of 1 million at N1 each.

Led in evidence by EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo , SAN the witness said that Emefiele’s name was not in anyway connected with the company.

The witness explained that although CAC was responsible for incorporation of the company, it however has no roles in the day to day running of affairs of the entity.

The second witness, Remigious Ugwu, a Compliance Officer with Zenith Bank told the court on how various sums of money in millions of naira were paid by the CBN into the April1616 Investment Limited.

Specifically, he told the court how on Oct.19, 2020, a sum of N39, 060, 465. another N421, 953, 488 on Nov. 6, 2020 and the third one N304, 883, 720 was paid on Nov. 23, 2020 to the same company by CBN.

Similarly, he said that N304, 883, 720 was paid on January 1, 2021 and another N304, 883, 720 paid the same company on March 23, 2021 by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

He admitted that non of the payments has any link with Emefiele’s name while also that he did not know the purpose of the payments.

The witness who tendered various documents on behalf of the bank said that the former CBN governor was not a signatory to the bank account of the company.

The third witness, Oluwole Owoeye, a Deputy Director, Banking Services with CBN and former Secretary to Major Contract Tendering Committee MCTC of the CBN said that his body was responsible for ensuring of compliance with Procurement Act told the court by CBN in the award of contracts.

When cross examined by Emefiele ‘s counsel, Matthew Burkaa, SAN, Owoeye informed the court that his committee was not involved in the vetting of bidding for the award of contracts that led to prosecution of Emefiele.

The witness explained that another committee handled the bidding because it was above the thresholds of his own Committee

” My Lord, all I know is through our records is that contracts for award of vehicle supplies were awarded to April1616 but I cannot say whether the contracts were executed or paid for because my Committee played no role”

He admitted that MCTC and Procurement Department were fully functional while Emefiele held sway as CBN governor.

After listening to these testimonies , Justice Hamza Muazu adjourned until Jan.18 and Jan.19 2023.

The suspended CBN governor was accused of conferring corrupt advantages on a staff of CBN, Yaro through awards of vehicle supply contracts worth over N1.2 bn contrary to section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act 2000.. (www.naija247news.com)

Saudi Arabia Govt deports 177 Nigerians With Criminal Records


The Nigerian government has revealed that 18 of the 177 passengers who were turned back by Saudi authorities on landing in Jeddah were outrightly banned from Saudi Arabia for various offences committed in the past.

The government however said the reason for withdrawing visas from 159 others is yet unknown.

The latest revelation was contained in a signed statement on Tuesday by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs Francisca Omayuli.

The statement read: “The attention of the Federal Government has been drawn to media reports on the cancellation of the visas and subsequent deportation of passengers airlifted from Nigeria on Sunday, 12th November, 2023 to Saudi Arabia.

“According to reports received from the Nigerian Consulate in Jeddah, Air Peace Flight No. P4-752 airlifted two hundred and sixty four (264) passengers from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos and the Aminu Kano International Airport and landed at the King Abdulaziz International Airport – Hajj Terminal Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Monday, 13th November, 2023.

“It was on arrival at the Hajj Terminal that the Saudi Immigration authorities informed the passengers that their visas had been cancelled. Conseqently, one hundred and seventy seven (177) passengers were made to return on the same flight back to Nigeria. While eighty seven (87) passengers were cleared by immigration and allowed entry into Jeddah.

“The Saudi authorities are yet to give reasons for the cancellation of the visas, except for eighteen (18) of the passengers who were outrightly banned from Saudi Arabia for various offences committed in the past.

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“Notwithstanding the fact that it is the prerogative of a sovereign nation to determine who is permitted entry into its territory, Nigeria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are traditional and strategic partners, who are willing to guard against a reoccurrence of this unfortunate incident. In this regard, investigation is ongoing in both Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. The affected passengers are therefore, implored to keep calm, while the matter is being resolved.”

Zenith Bank signs MOU with French govt to establish a presence in France


Zenith Bank Plc has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the French Government to establish a subsidiary of Zenith Bank Plc in France.

The MoU, which was signed by the Founder and Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Jim Ovia, CFR, and the French Minister for Trade, Attractiveness and French Nationals Abroad, Mr. Olivier Becht on Friday, November 24, 2023, will enable Zenith Bank, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Zenith Bank (UK) Limited, to seek and secure the requisite regulatory approval from the Autorite’ de Controle Prudentiel et de Resolution (ACPR) to establish a strategic presence in France.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, the Founder and Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Jim Ovia, CFR, said, “It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Nigeria and Zenith Bank.

I am indeed very delighted about the signing of this MoU with France. For me, it is an honour to do this on behalf of the bank, and we look forward to securing the licence and starting operations in early 2024”.

He thanked the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Emmanuelle Blatmann and her colleagues at the French Embassy in Nigeria for their efforts towards improving French-Nigerian business relations.

Also speaking during the ceremony, the French Minister for Trade, Attractiveness and French Nationals Abroad, Mr. Olivier Becht, said: “I want to thank you very much for your decision to open a branch of Zenith Bank in Paris.

We are thrilled to welcome in France Zenith Bank’s first office inside the European Union.

For us, that’s a very good signal, and it is undoubtedly a demonstration of mutual confidence. No doubt also that your vision on international finance guided you to decide to open this branch and this decision in many respects can also be regarded as a milestone in French-Nigerian economic relations and an illustration of our friendship”.

He noted that the government of President Macron had adopted a pro-business agenda in order to make France more attractive by undertaking several reforms in labour law, simplifying a lot of procedures and cutting business taxes, corporate taxes and production taxes by more than 25 billion Euros, adding that “we hope that the opening of the branch of Zenith Bank in France will also be an occasion to boost the French-Nigerian business in order to have more French companies investing in Nigeria and also to have more Nigerian companies investing in France”.
Zenith Bank has continued to distinguish itself in the Nigerian financial services industry through superior service offerings, unique customer experience and sound financial indices.

The bank remains a clear leader in the digital space, with several firsts in deploying innovative products and solutions and an assortment of alternative channels that ensure convenience, speed, and safety of transactions. Zenith Bank also has subsidiaries in Ghana, Zenith Bank (Ghana) Limited; Sierra Leone, Zenith Bank (Sierra Leone) Limited; The Gambia, Zenith Bank (Gambia) Limited. The Bank also has a Representative Office in The People’s Republic of China.

UNILORIN approves 14-day paternity leave for male staff


November 28, 2023.

Azonuchechi Chukwu.

The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Kwara State has approved a 14-day paternity leave for its male staff.

The decision was made following the recent amendment to the university’s Conditions of Service as part of a broader effort to enhance working conditions and attract and retain top talent.

The university’s Registrar, Mr Mansur Alfanla, disclosed this while addressing newsmen on Monday, November 27, 2023.

He noted that the development followed the just amended Conditions of Service of the varsity as part of the ways to improve the varsity’s working conditions.

According to Alfanla, the leave lasts for 14 working days for male officers whose partner delivers a baby.

“The introduction of paternity leave is a significant step towards enhancing the well-being of our male staff and fostering a more family-friendly work environment,” he said.

“Paternity leave is for serving male officers whose spouse delivers a baby. The period of the leave shall be 14 working days. Where the family of a male officer adopts a child under four months old, the officer will similarly enjoy paternity leave for a period of 14 working days.” (www.naija247news.com).

Ekiti govt sues Chef Dammy’s pastor, demands N10 million damages

November 28, 2023.

Azonuchechi Chukwu.

The Directorate of Citizens Rights (DCR) from the Ministry of Justice in Ekiti State has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Ekiti-born Chef Damilola Adeparusi, popularly known as Chef Dammy against Pastor Jeremiah Adegoke and the Ekiti State Police Command for alleged infringement of the chef’s rights.

The DCR is also seeking compensation of N10 million for damages on behalf of chef Dammy who rose to fame after her unsuccessful cook-a-thon challenge to break the Guinness World Record in June this year.

Adegoke who is the head pastor of Spirit Word Global Mission, an Ekiti-based church reportedly sponsored Chef Dammy’s attempt to break Hilda Baci’s cook-a-thon record. The controversy between Chef Dammy and her pastor started in October, after the 24-year-old raised alarm over alleged relentless threats and intimidation from individuals whom she tagged “people of God” and her pastor. Last week, the 300-level Mass Communication student of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) was invited by the police following a petition filed against her by Adegoke. The exact bone of contention between the chef and her once-supportive pastor is still vague and their dispute appears to have been a fallout of the failed cook-a-thon.

Following Chef Dammy’s public outcry, Adegoke, in a letter signed by his lawyers, Bisayo Sule & Co legal practitioners, dated 23 October 2023, demanded a retraction of the alleged defamatory statement on social media, an apology on two widely read national dailies and payment of a sum of N22 million for damages. He gave Chef Dammy seven days to comply with the demands or risk being sued.

However, in the suit filed by DCR on November 24, Chef Dammy was named as the applicant, while Adegoke and Ajewole Samuel, the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, and the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 17 Akure, were named respondents.

The lawsuit seeks a declaration that the continued harassment, molestation, threat of arrest, and intimidation by the pastor, and the Nigerian police, infringes on Chef Dammy’s fundamental human rights.(www.naija247news.com).

Fire guts gas station in Rivers

November 28, 2023.

Azonuchechi Chukwu.

A gas station went up in flames early today, Nov. 28, causing panic in the area.

The gas station owned by Hydropet Oil Services Limited in the Rumukurusi axis of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, started burning around 5am.

Residents and shop owners feared the fire would spread to their buildings so they called the fire service.

When the fire service arrived at the scene, they allegedly ran out of water.

The Shell fire service eventually stepped in to extinguish the fire which lasted for about four hours.(www.naija247news.com).

Police Arrest 18 Over Killing of DPO, Inspector In Imo State


November 28, 2023.

Azonuchechi Chukwu.

The Imo State Police Command revealed that they have arrested 18 hoodlums suspected to be members of the IPOB/ESN over the killing of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Ahiazu Mbaise and an Inspector of Police at BOEK Petroleum Filling Station, Ahiara Junction, in Ahiazu, Mbaise council area of Imo State.

This was made known through a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Henry Okoye.

According to the release, the policemen were fueling their operational vehicle at the said filling station when hoodlums suspected to be members of the IPOB/ESN, dressed in military camouflage and black and red regalia, swooped on them with three vehicles and motorcycles and started firing sporadically.

The PPRO highlighted that the police operatives fought gallantly but, unfortunately, the DPO and an Inspector of Police paid the supreme price in the gun duel that ensued while two police officers survived the attack.

“No stone will be left unturned in ensuring that the perpetrators of the dastardly act are made to face the full wrath of the law. Police operatives led by CP Aboki Danjuma on a confidence-building patrol in Ahiazu Mbaise responded immediately and gave the hoodlums a hot chase, which forced them to flee with various degrees of gunshot injuries, abandoning some of their operational motorcycles.

“The operatives were swiftly reinforced by the military, led by the Brigade Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade Obinze. Intense combing of the area is ongoing.

“Meanwhile, a total of 18 suspects have been arrested and are currently undergoing investigation.”

The statement reiterates the Imo State Police Command’s commitment to collaborating with other sister security agencies to provide adequate security. It further encouraged citizens, particularly residents of Ahiazu Mbaise, to report any person seen with or treating gunshot injuries within their vicinity by calling the emergency lines, 08034773600 and 08098880197.(www.naija247news.com).

Man, 41 in court for alleged reckless driving, causing death

lagos, Nov. 28, 2023.

A 41-year-old man, Stephen Ihyom, has appeared before an Ojo Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, over alleged reckless driving and causing death.
The defendant is standing trial before magistrate L. K. J. Layeni, on a three-count charge bordering on dangerous driving on a restricted highway and causing death.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The prosecutor, Dr Simon Uche, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Nov. 1 on the Lagos-Badagry Express way.
He alleged that the defendant who was the driver of a TVS motorcycle, drove same on restricted highway, in a dangerous manner and without due adherence to traffic rules.
The prosecution alleged that the reckless driving by the defendant, consequently, caused the death of a 72-year-old man, one Paulinus Ibeh.
He said that the offence contravened the provisions of schedule one section 19, of the Law of Lagos State, 2015.
He said that it also contravened the provisions of Section 20 of the Traffic Law of Lagos State 2015.
The court granted the defendant bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case until Dec. 11 for legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecution. (www.naija247news.com)

Date Fixed For President Tinubu to Present 2024 Budget of N27.5 Trillion

Nov 28,2023.

President Bola Tinubu will on Wednesday, November 29, present the 2024 budget to the National Assembly.

The Federal Executive Council earlier today November 27 approved the 2024 budget of N27.5 trillion.

This followed the review of the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework earlier passed by the National Assembly which benchmarked the exchange rate at N700 to $1 and crude oil price at $73.96 cent per barrel.

Briefing State House Correspondents shortly after the Federal Executive Council meeting at the Presidential Villa, the Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Abubakar Bagudu, said it revised the MTEF and the Fiscal Policy to use an exchange rate of N750 to $1 and also a benchmark crude oil reference price of $77.96 per barrel.

According to Bagudu, the FEC also approved an Appropriation Bill for 2024 with an aggregate expenditure of N27.5 trillion, an increase of over N1.5 trillion from the previously estimated.

He also noted that using the old reference prices, the forecast revenue is now N18.2 trillion which is higher than the 2023 revenue, including that provided in the two supplementary budgets, in which the deficit is lower than that of 2023.(www.naija247news.com)

Wanted Rivers Cult Kingpin, 2Baba Speaks From Hiding

November 28, 2023.

Azonuchechi Chukwu.

Notorious cult kingpin, Gift David Okpara, alias 2 Baba who was declared wanted by the Rivers government and the Police for killing and dismembering Ahoada Divisional Police Officer of the state, DPO, SP Bako Angbashim, has spoken from hiding denying any involvement in the murder of the police officer.

Speaking through a voice note he released exclusively to a Port Harcourt-based radio station, Nigeria info FM, 2baba, revealed that he spoke to the late DPO hours before his death but did not have hands in his death.

“I want to inform the Rivers State government that I bear no responsibility for the death of the DPO,” he said.

“I have chosen to remain silent about this matter until now, but I am addressing it today in response to the concerns raised by the public.

“I am surprised and have decided to let my people know that I was not involved in any harm to the DPO.

“Coincidentally, the incident occurred on a road within my community, and on the day it happened, I had a discussion with the late DPO. I wasn’t even present when the incident occurred; I was just shocked when I heard about it.”

2baba also claimed in the voice that he is a freedom fighter who picked up arms alongside members of his gang after cultists in the state were granted amnesty by the last administration because rival cult groups refused to surrender their arms, and were killing members of his own gang.

In his claims: “We turned in all the rifles we had to the government, while our opposition refused to surrender theirs.(www.naija247news.com).

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