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EFCC secures conviction against two undergraduates over financial crimes

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, on Friday secured the convictions of two fraudsters before Justice Simon Amobeda of the Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River state.


The convicts; Okanezi David Tamunonengiyeofori and Unuafe Robert Oghenetejiri, were charged by the zonal office of the EFCC and convicted by the Court on a separate one-count charge bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretense.


Their journey to prison started when Oghenetejiri fraudulently obtained the sum of N492, 000.00 (Four hundred and ninety two thousand naira) from one Julius Austin Nkpung after hacking into the electronic identity of his UBA account, while Tamunonengiyeofori was convicted for impersonating one James Ogbonda in order to gain monetary advantage for himself from unsuspecting victims.

The duo pleaded “guilty” to the charges preferred against them.

In view of their guilty pleas, the Prosecuting Counsel, Joshua Abolarin, prayed the court to invoke Section 270 (9) and (10a) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act in convicting the offenders.

The prosecution equally informed the court of the plea agreements dated November 19, 2020, entered by the guilty duo and the prosecution, and adopted same for the prosecution.

The defense counsel, C. N. Nweke raised no objection, but prayed the court to tamper justice with mercy during sentencing, because, according to him, they were first time offenders.

Delivering judgment, the presiding Judge, Justice Amobeda convicted the accused persons and sentenced them in accordance with the provisions of the extant laws.

The Judge stated in parts; “I have considered all the factors, particularly the fact that the convicts are first-time offenders and have exhibited sincere penitence in the circumstance rather than insist on their inalienable rights to trial. They pleaded guilty, thereby saving tax payers resources and the time of this court”.

The court ordered that the convicts forfeit every instrument used in committing the crimes to the Federal Government and further ordered the convicts to make an undertaken to the prosecution to be of good behaviour and never to be involved in any form of crime.

They were both sentenced to 3months imprisonment each. Tamunonengiyeofori was given the option of a fine of N150,000.00 and ordered to restitute N250,000.00 to his victim through the prosecution, while Oghenetejiri was given the option of fine of N200,000.00 and was also ordered to restitute the sum of N492,000.00 to his victim through the prosecution.

The convicts will however be remanded at the EFCC facility in Uyo, pending the fulfillment of their fines and restitutions.

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Supreme court dismisses another Trump election lawsuit in Pennsylvania

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The Supreme court of Pennsylvania has dismissed a Republican party lawsuit aimed at invalidating all mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania, a battleground state where President-elect Joe Biden won Trump by 81,000 votes.

This new dismissal of yet another legal challenge to the election by supporters of President Donald Trump, further reduces Trump’s almost impossible odds of overturning the electoral results and having a second term.

The lawsuit filed by the Republican part on behalf of Trump urged the court to throw out all votes in the election and allow the state’s legislature to decide the winner.
The lawsuit argued that a Pennsylvania law from 2019 allowing universal mail-in voting was unconstitutional. The lawsuit also sought to stop certification of the results claiming voter fraud was at an all time high.

The court dismissed both claims on Saturday, November 28, in a unanimous decision, calling the second one an “extraordinary proposition that the court disenfranchise all 6.9 million Pennsylvanians who voted in the general election”.

The judges stated that the November 21 challenge was filed too late, coming more than a year after it was enacted and with the election results “becoming seemingly apparent”.

Pennsylvania officially certified Biden’s victory on November 24.

Saturday’s decision follows a long line of nationwide Trump lawsuit dismissals challenging the legality of Biden’s win.

Trump has refused to give up on his claims of fraud in the November 3 election despite repeated court defeats, tweeting conspiracy theories and vowing to continue his legal fight.

Remember on Friday Trump tweeted that “Biden can only enter the White House as president if he can prove that his ridiculous ‘80,000,000 votes’ were not fraudulently or illegally obtained.”

Biden, who is to be sworn in on January 20, won 306 votes in the Electoral College to Trump’s 232.

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Man Vows Not To Eat Until Nigeria Gets Better

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A Nigerian man has taken to social media with a placard stating that he will never eat again until Nigeria gets better.


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The young man identified with the username @Iam_Prodigal made known his intention after he took took the reply section of several prominent Nigerian celebrities replying with a photo of him carrying a placard.

Man Vows Not To Eat Until Nigeria Gets Better

On the placard, it was boldly written, “I won’t eat until Nigeria gets better”.

Meanwhile, in another news, popular Nigerian afrobeats singer, Tiwa Savage’s third and recent album, “Celia” has made it to UK Time Magazine’s list of 10 Best Albums of the years 2020. Read full story HERE.

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Blackout As Power Grid Collapses

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Parts of the country were plunged into a total blackout for hours on Sunday after the nation’s power grid collapsed again, The PUNCH reports.

Two of the power distribution companies in the country, Kaduna Electric and Eko Electricity Distribution Company, announced the national grid collapse on Sunday afternoon.

Kaduna Electric, in a message to its customers via its Twitter handle, said, “We regret to inform you that the loss of power supply in our franchise – Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states – is as a result of the collapse of the national grid. The collapse occurred at about 11:26 am this morning.

“Supply shall be restored as soon as the grid is back up. We regret all inconveniences,” the Disco added.

EKEDC, in a text message sent to its customers, said, “Dear customer, there is a system collapse on the national grid. Supply will be restored as soon as the issue is resolved. Apologies for the inconvenience.

The grid, which is being managed by government-owned Transmission Company of Nigeria, has continued to suffer system collapse over the years amid a lack of spinning reserve that is meant to forestall such occurrences.

Spinning reserve is the generation capacity that is online but unloaded and that can respond within 10 minutes to compensate for generation or transmission outages.

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