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She owns a farm in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Precariously, she was introduced to the suspect one Sylvester Ehiarinmian ‘m’, 43, as capable of providing her with security to and from the farm.     
 
Sylvester made love advances to her despite being married with children and promised marrying her. Naively, the lady swayed into the fraudulent Sylvester’s net and was defrauded. 
 
When the veil was blown off her face, the lady forwarded a petition to the office of the *AIG* who instructed the Zonal Tactical/Monitoring Unit  to go after the suspect, from whom  Four (4) Toyota Sienna Space buses, One (1) Toyota Highlander SUV and landed properties, comprising a storey building with an undeveloped plot of land, both in Apo area of Abuja and another two plots in Wasa area of Abuja, all belonging to the victim, were recovered from the suspect. 
 
Yet to be recovered from him are: One (1) Mikano Generating set, Two (2) Duplexes in South Africa, sum of $15,000 US Dollars he fraudulently obtained from the petitioner to procure visa for her sister, another $10,000 US Dollars he proposed to purchase carpets for an office they both agreed to operate and N40million for the establishment of a Medical Laboratory.
 
 EXHIBITS RECOVERED
A. Two (2) Toyota Sienna Space buses 2005/2007 models with Reg. numbers RBC 564 BB and YAB 101 AZ respectively
 
B. Two (2) unregistered Toyota Sienna buses 2005/2007 models
 
C. One (1) Toyota Highlander 2001 model with Reg. No. YAB 768 SD
 
D. Bunch of keys to a storey building consisting 2 Bedroom Flat and 2 Self-Contain apartments, one Bedroom Flat with Boys’ Quarters in Apo Resettlement Abuja.
 
E. Documents of ‘900sqm land located in Wasa District Abuja along with C of O.
 
F. Documents of 900sqm land situated in Angwan Tiv Area of Apo Resettlement Area Abuja.
 
G. One (1) 900kva Generator set.
 
H. Nine (9) copies of Deeds of Assignments belonging to a property in Apo Abuja.
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Nigeria’s leading financial inclusion services provider, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Dr.  Adesola Adeduntan, has been honoured with the Forbes Best of Africa Award. The award presentation was held on Friday, 11 September 2020 at a virtual event by Forbes in conjunction with the Foreign Investment Network (FIN).

The online roundtable discussion themed “Harnessing the financial resources and social capital of philanthropy to making a lasting impact” was supported by the World Philanthropy Network and featured a keynote address by former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (GCFR). The opening remarks was presented by Mrs. Olayinka Fayomi, Chairman, Foreign Investment Network (FIN).

Other award honourees were Captain (Dr.) Idahosa Wells Okunbo, CEO of Ocean Marine Security Ltd; Mahmood Ahmadu (OON), Founder and Executive Chairman of Online Integrated Solutions Ltd. Her Excellency Badria Al Mulla, Chairman, International Emirates Business Group (IEBG) was honoured with the FIN Award.

The discussions at the event were by Baroness Osamor Martha, Incumbent Member of Parliament, UK; H. E. Prince Dapo Abiodun, Executive Governor of Ogun State, Nigeria; Sir. Chief Kessington Adebutu, Chairman, Premier Lotto and H.E Zulfiquar Ghadiyali, Director at the Royal Office of Sheikh Tahnoon Al Nayhan Abu Dhabi; Mrs. Onikepo Akande, former Minister of Trade and Industry, Nigeria, amongst many others. The closing remarks was by Mr. Nick Kochan, Managing Partner Foreign Investment Network (FIN).

Appreciating his award, Dr. Adeduntan said, “I am truly humbled to receive the Forbes Best of Africa Award and I am grateful to the Forbes team for this coveted recognition and award. I owe profound gratitude to our customers; and to the Board, Management and Staff of First Bank of Nigeria Limited and all our Subsidiaries, for their cooperation in delivering the best to our esteemed customers and shareholders, and ensuring that we give back to the society in which we have sustained our business for over 126 years.”

“This Forbes Best of Africa award is an incentive to do more in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability as Africa’s bank of first choice. Therefore, I dedicate this award to my colleagues at FirstBank and its Subsidiaries who are fully committed to our quest to remain truly beyond comparison – a haven of resilience, trust, safety, security, excellent corporate governance, entrepreneurship, professionalism, innovation and customer-centricity,“ he enthused.

According to a statement by Forbes “Adesola Adeduntan believes strongly in the importance of doing well by doing good. In March 2020 he spoke at the Edinburgh School of Business about financial institutions’ role as drivers of financial inclusion.”

“In his leadership role at First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank), Adeduntan is part of a 126-year legacy of sustained development-oriented services. FirstBank is the region’s foremost financial inclusion services provider.”

The Forbes Best of Africa Award is for business personalities with a record of creating and building great global businesses that have made far-reaching contributions to the development of Africa.

Only recently the FirstBank Chief was conferred with The Cranfield Alumnus 2020 Award by Cranfield School of Management Alumni and The African Banking Personality of the Year 2019 by African Leadership Magazine.

About FirstBank

First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank) is the premier Bank in West Africa and the leading financial inclusion services provider in Nigeria for over 125 years.

With over 750 business locations and over 57,000 Banking Agents spread across 99% of the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria, FirstBank provides a comprehensive range of retail and corporate financial services to serve its over 15 million customers. The Bank has international presence through its subsidiaries, FBN Bank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank in the Republic of Congo, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra-Leone and Senegal, as well as a Representative Office in Beijing.

The Bank has been nimble at promoting digital payment in the country and has issued over 10million cards, the first bank to achieve such milestone in the country. FirstBank’s cashless transaction drive extends to having more than 9million people on its USSD Quick Banking service through the nationally renowned *894# Banking code and over 3 million people on FirstMobile platform.

Since its establishment in 1894, FirstBank has consistently built relationships with customers focusing on the fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, optimised risk management and leadership. Over the years, the Bank has led the financing of private investment in infrastructure development in the Nigerian economy by playing key roles in the Federal Government’s privatisation and commercialisation schemes. With its global reach, FirstBank provides prospective investors wishing to explore the vast business opportunities that are available in Nigeria, an internationally competitive world-class brand and a credible financial partner. 

FirstBank has been named “Most Valuable Bank Brand in Nigeria” six times in a row (2011 – 2016) by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group; “Best Retail Bank in Nigeria” for seven consecutive years (2011 – 2017) by the Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards and “Best Bank in Nigeria” by Global Finance for 15 years. Our brand purpose is to always put customers, partners and stakeholders at the heart of our business, even as we standardise customer experience and excellence in financial solutions across sub-Saharan Africa, in consonance with our brand vision “To be the partner of first choice in building your future”. Our brand promise is to always deliver the ultimate “gold standard” of value and excellence. This commitment is anchored on our inherent values of passion, partnership and people, to position You First in every respect.

As the nomination for the National Safety Awards 2020 hots up, Health, Safety, Security and…

Ahead of Edo gubernatorial election, The leader of INRI evangelical spiritual church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has urged the candidate of the people Democratic party, Godwin Obaseki, and the candidate of the All progressive Congress, Osagie Ize-Iyamu to embrace a peaceful election process.

The election which is set to take place tomorrow Friday, 19th of September, 2020 has brought about tension in the political atmosphere of Edo state.

Primate Ayodele stated that instead of a violent election that will further truncate Nigeria's democracy, Peace is a better option.

He further explained that whoever loses in the election should accept His fate and move on.

Also, he urged the independent national electoral commission (INEC) to ensure a free and fair election in the state.

Recall that Primate Elijah Ayodele had said the PDP and its candidate, Godwin Obaseki will emerge winner if the election is void of manipulation by the APC.

In line with the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Muhammed Adamu Npm, mni, directives to mop up arms from criminal elements and gangs across the country, with focus on community policing and strategy, through intelligence led investigation, some criminals gangs were arrested and recovered sophisticated arms and ammunitions from them across Zone 2 comprising Ogun and Lagos States.

(A)

CONSPIRACY, KIDNAPPING AND MURDER

This consists of three different deadly kidnapping syndicates of young men, who have serial records of kidnapping and killings in the Southwest zone. These youngsters recently kidnapped a serving woman police inspector and an operative of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ogun State and collected ransom before setting them free. Receiving information on this marauders, I directed my Monitoring Tactical Unit to ensure they track down the heinous perpetrators, of which six (6) of them who operated in three different groups, were nabbed. It was later discovered that these criminals from the pit of hell mounted a road block on Ayetoro-Abeokuta Road in Yewa area of Ogun State during which the woman inspector ran into them on 4th May, 2020 at about 5:25pm around ayetoro. While they were manhandling her, the driver of a car coming behind attempted to escape their onslaught but had to pay with his dear life. These heartless animals in human skin, targeted the driver and opened fire on him. Sadly, their bullet hit him and he died. Thereafter, the other female occupant of the vehicle was kidnapped alongside the woman inspector, taken into a forest for three days before releasing them, after payment of ransoms by their relatives. 

In the case of the NSCDC official, he kept some cattle in the custody of one of these boys to graze. It was this employer of his that gave him out to the gang. Identified as Are, he was kidnapped on his way to the farm at Eggua in the Yewa north Local Government Area of Ogun State. He was held in captivity for three days in the forest before he regained his freedom on the payment of N3million ransom. Similarly, one Alhaji Oro, a big time cattle rearer, who had his farm in Eggua, was kidnapped on his way to the farm, held for four days. Despite payment of the demanded N4m ransom, these boys shot and killed him. These groups traced another target, identified as Umaru at Awaiye in Oyo State, trekked from Ogun State and were on the road for two weeks. They ambushed him on his way to the farm and successfully seized him. He was in their captivity for two days and were able to meet the kidnappers’ demand of N1m for his release. In another development, these syndicates targeted one Alhaji Adegoke, near Iseyin in Oyo State, during which they made a demand of N25m ransom from his relatives. But while that was on, one of them with AK47 rifle was on his guard while others went out for yet another operation. It was at this point that fate played in the victim’s favour. The man on guard slept off and ALHAJI Adegoke escaped. He cleverly hid himself in the forest to the extent that, on realizing his escape, the raging kidnappers, in their large number, scattered into the forest, shooting sporadically with the intention to have him killed. But, today, the man is hale and hearty while six of the evil perpetrators are here with us, to pay for their longtime evil deeds.

SUSPECTS

ADAMU SALIU AGED 25 YEARS 

IBRAHIM MOHAMMED AGED 33 YEARS 

ABUBAKAR SADIQ AGED 24 YEARS 

TAMBAYE MOHAMMED AGED 25 YEARS 

ADAMU SULAIMAN AGED ADULT

AKANNI MUSA AGED 38 YEARS

ITEMS RECOVERED: FIVE AK47 RIFLES.

(B)

CASE OF OBTAINING BY FALSE PRETENCE AND STEALING

This is a case of a United States-based Nigerian lady, who has a vision of setting up a business back home. She managed to own a farm in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Precariously, she was introduced to this fraudulent man, Sylvester Ehiarinmian, 43, as capable of providing her with security to and from the farm. Lo and behold, Sylvester made a love advance to her, despite being married with children, and promised marrying her. Naively, the lady swung into the fraudulent Sylvesters’s net and was defrauded neatly. When the lid was blown out her eyes, the lady forwarded a petition to my office and I instructed the Zonal Tactical/Monitoring Unit to go after the suspect, from whom four Sienna Space buses, a Toyota Highlander SUV Jeep and landed properties, comprising a storey building, an undeveloped plot of land, both in Apo area of Abuja and another two plots in Wasa area of Abuja, all belonging to the victim, were recovered from the suspect. Yet to be recovered from him are a Mikano Generating set, two duplexes in South Africa, the sum of $15,000 US Dollars he fraudulently obtained from her, to procure visa for the victim’s sister, another $10,000 US Dollars he proposed to purchase carpets for an office they both agreed to operate and N40million for the establishment of a medical laboratory.

SUSPECTS

Miss. Mary Okpe 40 years

Sylvester Ehiarinmian, 43 years

ITEMS RECOVERED

1. (a) Two (2) Toyota Sienna Space bus 05/07 model registered RBC 564 BB and YAB 101 AZ

(b) Two (2) unregistered Toyota Sienna Space bus 05/07 model 

2. One (1) Toyota Highlander 01 model Reg No. YAB 768 SD

3. Bunch of keys of a storey building consisting 2 bedroom flats and 2 self contained, one bedroom flats with boy quarters in Apo Resettlement Abuja.

4. Documents of land ‘900sqm located in Wasa District Abuja along with C of O

5. Documents of 900sqm land situated in Angwan Tiv Area of Apo Resettlement Area Abuja.

6. A Generator set 900kva

7. Nine (9) copies of Deeds of Assignments belonging to a property in Apo Abuja

(C)

ATTEMPTED MURDER, CULTISM AND PALACE INVASION 

Over a period of time, reports reaching my office on the activities of cultists in Isiu near Ikorodu, were quite disturbing. Each time these hoodlums strike, they hold the entire community hostage, during which all socio-economic activities in the community are grounded. Shops, schools and all businesses in and around the town are forced to close down, with people, young and old scampering for safety. Several persons have had to fall victims of circumstances, either killed or maimed, with several properties destroyed each time they go on rampage. I detailed my men from the Monitoring Unit to the troubled community and, they have been on the trail of the hoodlums for a very long time. However, in their usual mode of operation, on ….the hoodlums, numbering over 20 and wielding guns, invaded the palace in Isiu, shooting sporadically, even into the palace. But, while exhibiting their madness, youths in the community resorted to reprisal and successfully apprehended two of the marauders and inflicted serious injuries on them. The quick arrival of officers of the Zonal Monitoring Unit rescued them from mob, who were determined to kill them. The y were rescued and taken to the hospital for treatment.

Suspects:

Items Recovered: One long Dane gun and 2 live cartridges

 

 

Lagos State House of Assembly on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, has proposed the amendment of the State Procurement Agency Law, 2015 with a view to raising the advance payment from 20 to 40 percent.

This was made known during the public hearing on a bill titled, 'The Lagos State Public Procurement Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2020,' which took place at the Lagos House of  Assembly Pavilion.

In his keynote address, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa who was represented by his Deputy, Hon Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun said, "Procurement is very important. It has to do with the delivery of goods and services. We felt we should do what is needed to set the state on the part of progress."

According to him "the idea of public hearing affords the policymakers to hear from the masses. It is meant to build public confidence in the government. Good legislation must not be the yearnings of the populace alone, it must be the aggregated interest of the people."

"We are here to discuss important issues, which is public procurement. Procurement is broad,  encompassing, and covers all aspects of government activities. Lagos State is proud to be one of the states with one of the best procurement policies in Nigeria."

He however stated, "We must never rest on oars towards the provision of better democracy. We can make remarkable progress and improvement through our contributions today."

The Chairman, House Committee on Public Procurement, Hon. Rauf Age-Sulaimon said the purpose of the amendment is "to ensure that the society is regulated. When you are talking about development, procurement is the most important because if, government projects are not properly executed, of course,  you will not see the result."

"We have been talking about the money needed for projects and the economy is not smiling at all and for us to support contractors there is a need on the part of the government to encourage them. The essence of this is to increase from 20% to 40% so that the person involved would be able to do the job effectively."

"We will ensure that the contractors adhere strictly to the terms of the contract. It will benefit the masses because it will not be the winner takes it all. It will not be the survival of the fittest because the fittest might not be capable. It is open to everybody. Once you have the requirement you will be allowed to bid."

While giving the overview of the Bill, the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade said, "the law as it stands today has 83 sections, out of which we are proposing to amend 38 sections. The reason for the amendment is to simplify the narration.

Agunbiade explained, "Amendment of section 63, advance payment of not more than 40 percent of the contract sum may be paid to a supplier or contractor.

"Provided that advance payment above 40 percent shall be subject to the regulation prescribed by the agency.

"Subject to the provisions of subsection (1) of this section, any person, company or authority who accesses  mobilization fee and absconds or does not carry out the services or works commensurate to the fee paid commits an offense and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for two years or a fine equivalent to the fee paid or both "

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The Lagos House of Assembly has passed into law the Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission( Amendment) 2020.

The bill which is an amendment to the Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission Law of 2015 was unanimously passed in to law by all members present at the plenary session of the assembly on Monday, September 14, 2020 after the Third reading. 

The law is to give legal backing and operational modules to the new financial autonomy granted State Legislatures and Judiciary in the Section 121(3) of the 4th Alteration of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,which Mr President issued Executive Order upon in May 22,2020 for its immediate implementation. 

The newly amended law which is now waiting for Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu's assent consists of 12 amendments and seven new sections.

Among the new amendments is Section 4 which deals with the tenure of the Chairman and members of the commission.

According to the amended Section 4, "The Chairman and members of the Commission shall hold office for a term of five(5) years and may be eligible for re-appointment for a further term of five (5) years only".

Section 21 deals with the tenure of the Clerk of the House.  

Section 21 states inter alia; " The Clerk shall hold office for a period of four years and may be eligible for re-appointment for a further term of four (4) years only".

Section 22 creates five Deputy Clerk positions They are as listed below:

1. Deputy Clerk(Legislative Matters)

2. Deputy Clerk( Legislative Drafting and Legal Services)

3. Deputy Clerk(Publication)

4. Deputy Clerk( Administration and Human Resources)

5. Deputy Clerk( Finance and Accounts.

Among the newly created sections of the law are Sections 24 and 29 which deal with fund of the commission and payment of salaries, pensions, other remuneration and allowances payable to members, and staff of the House of Assembly respectively.

The two items are now domiciled in the budget of the House of Assembly.

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