FRESH FM TOP NEWS THIS WEEK
Written by MaryGift Sunday on February 20, 2021
The hottest and most trending news articles for this week in all categories captured in one shot. Find articles ranging from News to Sports, to Politics, to Entertainment, to Economy, to Metro plus, and many other categories. See below the top news for the week:
- Kidnapping: We Will Install CCTV Cameras On All Major Highways – Minister Of Police Affairs
The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi says efforts are on to install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras on all major highways across the country to curb the rising cases of kidnapping. Dingyadi who disclosed this in an interview on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari has given the approval for the project and the Federal Government has entered into an agreement with NPS Technology Company to re-fix the abandoned CCTV project.
When asked if the CCTV will be in only major cities like Abuja, the Minister said, “The CCTV is going to be on all the major highways in all the states of the Federation. He said the company in charge of the CCTV project is already purchasing the needed equipment for the project, and that the project will be accomplished based on public and private partnerships.
- ‘Go And Make Us Proud’: Atiku, Okowa Congratulate Okonjo-Iweala On WTO Job
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, have congratulated Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her emergence as the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Atiku and Okowa in their separate congratulatory messages on Monday believe the Delta-born former Minister of Finance is the right person for the job, assuring her of the country’s support in her new role.
“On behalf of all Deltans, I join all Nigerians in congratulating one of our most renowned citizens, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, on her emergence as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation,” the governor tweeted also. “Over the years, we have all followed your growth and celebrated your noteworthy achievements. This is why, as you begin your new role at the helm of the WTO, I want you to know that you have the unwavering support of both your home state and your country!”
- Ibadan Crisis: Governors’ Forum Pledges to Help Rebuild Shasha Market
The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), has pledged to help rebuild the Shasha Market in Ibadan, Oyo State after it was burnt down in the wake of a crisis. A delegation of the NGF led by the Governor of Kebbi State, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, delivered the promise after a tour of the troubled spot on Tuesday.
Governor Makinde, who led Governors Atiku Bagudu, Kebbi; Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Kano; Bello Muhammad Matawalle, Zamfara; and Abubakar Sanni Bello, Niger, to Shasha community, said that his government would continue to look for avenues to restore peaceful co-existence. He declared that the unity of Nigeria and the need to restore peace were weightier than political divides, adding that his administration was ready to ensure peaceful co-existence among the residents of Shasha community in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state.
- We Are Totally Opposed To Ethnic Profiling Of Crimes – NGF
The Nigeria Governors Forum in reaction to rising insecurity in parts of the country says they are totally opposed to ethnic profiling of crimes. Chairman of the Forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi said this after the Wednesday night emergency meeting held at the State House in Abuja.
The governors also vowed to provide financial support to victims of the security crises in affected states, as they commit to greater protection of the lives of citizens. They also underscored that they have unanimously rejected the traditional approach to grazing, hence the urgent need to crystallise the national livestock transformation plan to stem the recurring farmers/ herders clash.
- Defence minister to Nigerians: don’t be cowards, confront bandits
Defence Minister Maj- Gen. Bashir Magashi, on Wednesday sent out a message to Nigerians on how to stop kidnappers and other criminals elements in the country: “stand and face them.” He said it was a thing of surprise to him that Nigerians often took to their heels on hearing gunshots fired by bandits who sometimes strike with only three rounds of ammunition. He said security is not the responsibility of the military alone.
As he spoke on the sidelines of the screening of Service Chiefs by the House of Representatives, the Senate called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on the insecurity in the nation. Also, opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) advised the Federal Government to drop its rhetoric on ending insecurity and act proactively.
- Fani-Kayode visits Igboho, canvasses Nigerians be permitted to carry guns
A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has said Nigerians should be licensed to carry sophisticated arms like AK-47 if Fulani herdsmen are permitted to secure themselves with the same type of weapon. He said this on Thursday when he visited Yoruba activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, who is popularly known as Sunday Igboho, at his residence in Ibadan.
Fani-Kayode said the best strategy to tackle the insecurity facing the nation was for the government to rise up to its responsibility to defend the people. He, however, said another option to reduce mindless killings of law-abiding Nigerians was for the government to permit individuals to bear arms. Fani-Kayode described Igboho as a freedom fighter, who was ready to collaborate with anyone who wants the region to be at peace.
- Insecurity: Give Us State Police, Decentralise Judiciary Now – El-Rufai
Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has joined his voice with national analysts calling for devolution of power between the Federal Government and 36 states in the country. The governor who was one of the speakers at a programme called ‘Radio Now’s Urgent Conversation’ said state police and devolution of the judiciary is important to save Nigeria from the brink of collapse.
He dwelled on three issues saying Federal government should: Give us state police now, vest all minerals in the state now, and decentralised our judiciary now, not tomorrow, not later.” El-Rufai also stressed that banditry is a national problem and it is the responsibility of relevant stakeholders to calm nerves through their utterances and not fan the embers of division. According to the governor, the country requires elite consensus to take the poison out of identity politics.
- Inflation Hits 16.47%, Highest Since April 2017
The National Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday revealed that Consumer Price Index which measures inflation has increased by 16.47% in January 2021. This is the highest since April 2017. The report also shows that food prices, food inflation also rose to 20.57 per cent in January while core inflation, which excludes the price of volatile agricultural produce stood at 11.85%.
The NBS added that the upward movement in food inflation was caused by increases in the prices of bread, cereals, potatoes, yam and other tubers, meat, fruits, oils and fats, vegetables, and fish. Core inflation, which excludes the prices of agricultural items, stood at 11.85 percent in January 2021, up by 0.48 percentage points when compared with 11.37 percent recorded in December 2020.
- IMF backs CBN on cryptocurrency ban
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has confirmed that some crypto currencies were being used for money laundering and drug trafficking. This confirmation from the IMF thus corroborates what the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been saying about cryptocurrency transactions in the country.
The IMF Resident Representative for Nigeria, Mr. Ari Aisen, made this known on Wednesday during a virtual briefing on the recently published 2020 Article IV IMF Staff Report for Nigeria. According to Aisen, many central banks around the world, have taken similar policy decisions as the CBN.
- Yahaya Bello presidential campaign posters flood Plateau
Campaign posters of Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello for 2023 presidency flooded the streets of Jos, the Plateau capital in the early hours of Wednesday. The posters were spotted in some areas of Jos with residents completely looking stunned.
The posters, which have no logo of any political party, bear the picture of the Governor with the inscription “Yahaya Bello for President 2023.” The posters also indicated “Yahaya Bello for generational change’, taking over strategic locations in the capital. The posters appeared from British America’s junction to Ahmadu Bello way, Terminus Market and down Town Tafawa Balewa Road to Polo field roundabout, conspicuously getting the attention of residents and passersby.
- Omisore defects to APC
The former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore on Monday defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Omisore had earlier arrived his polling Unit at Ward 6 in Ile-Ife to officially defect to the ruling party and subsequently pick his membership card.
Omisore contested 2018 governorship poll on the platform of the Social Democratic Party, but went into coalition with the APC before the September 28 rerun.
- PDP Leaders Meet With Goodluck Jonathan In Abuja
Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Reconciliation Committee, led by former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, met with former President Goodluck Jonathan at his residence in Maitama Abuja. Former governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo, former Secretary to the Federal Government, Senator Pius Ayim, former governor of Cross River, Senator Liyel Imoke, former House leader Mulukat Adeola-Akande and former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema were all in attendance.
Held behind closed doors, the meeting’s purpose was unknown as of Tuesday morning, but it may not be unconnected to the 2023 elections. The PDP recently lost a prominent member to the ruling party when the governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi defected to the APC. Since then, there have been several claims by the ruling party that more governors from the PDP are on their way to join them, claims that the PDP National Working Committee has refuted.
- Gbenga Daniel Officially Joins APC
A former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has officially been admitted into the All Progressives Congress after being registered as a member of the party in the ongoing registration and revalidation exercise.
The former governor said his decision to join the party was well-thought-out and he called on fellow Nigerians to join hands with the Federal Government and rebuild the socio-economic fortunes of the country.
- PDP Lifts Suspension On Ndudi Elumelu, Toby Okechukwu, Others
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lifted the suspension placed on seven of its members in the House of Representatives. The members are Honourable Ndudi Elumelu, Honourable Wole Oke, Honourable Lynda Ikpeazu, Honourable Anayo Edwin, Honourable Gideon Gwani, Honourable Toby Okechukwu and Honourable Adekoya Addul-majid. This was disclosed in a statement signed on Thursday by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan.
The statement said further that the National Working Committee (NWC) lifted the suspension based on the recommendations of the various committee set on issues relating to the suspension. The party also directed the Harmonization Committee led by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal to further meet with our members in the House of Representatives with a view to ensuring harmonious relationships among them.
- WAEC begins e-registration March
The West African Examinations Council, Nigeria, has said that the e-registration for the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination for school candidates will begin from March 16 to March 31. It said the offline registration started on February 15 and would end on March 15. Head of the Nigeria National Office, WAEC, Mr Patrick Areghan, said this at a briefing organised to announce the release of the results of the WASSCE Private Candidates, 2020.
Areghan also explained that 61,509 candidates sat for the examination, adding that 9.02 per cent of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination, were being withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice. While giving an analysis of the performance of candidates, Areghan said 51.62 per cent obtained credit and above in a minimum of five subjects.
- Poly Ibadan workers suspend 38-day strike
The aggrieved staff of The Polytechnic Ibadan (academic and non-academic staff) said on Thursday that it suspended its industrial action over the non-implementation of the new national minimum wage by the Oyo State Government. The workers embarked on an indefinite industrial action since January 11 following the resolution of a special congress of the unions.
It was gathered that the strike was suspended for 21days in honour of Governor Seyi Makinde and the Governing Council of the institution. The unions appealed to the stakeholders in the education sector in Oyo State and the general public to prevail on the Oyo State Government to accede to its requests and save the state and the institution from avoidable embarrassment.
- COVID-19: NAFDAC Receives Dossiers For Chinese Vaccine, Others For Evaluation – Minister
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has received dossiers for Chinese vaccine and three others for evaluation amid the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, addressed reporters in Abuja on Monday during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19. He identified the COVID-19 vaccines as Sinopharm Vaccine of China, Sputnik V vaccine of Russia, Covishield or Astra Zeneca manufactured under license by Serum Institute of India and Covaxin by Bharat vaccines of India.
The Minister also announced the donation of 100,000 AstraZeneca or covishield vaccine doses by the Indian government. Speaking on the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Ehanire said the Ministry of Health is closely monitoring the situation and other disease of public health concern. He explained that “Nigeria’s Port Health Services have been put on alert on land, sea and Air borders and all major hospitals have also been put on notice to alert health workers to have a keen index of suspicion and to check patient travel history, especially at Outpatient departments, and report concerns to infectious disease focal persons and the State epidemiologists without hesitation.”
- NAFDAC Approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine For Use In Nigeria
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has approved the use of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr. Mojisola Adeyeye made the announcement during a live briefing on Thursday.
According to the DG, there are three additional vaccines undergoing evaluation, but the evaluation on Astrazeneca shows that the vaccine is effective against the UK variant of the virus which has been reported in Nigeria. Dr Adeyeye disclosed that the South African variant has not been reported in Nigeria, adding that the agency has over 30 herbal medicine undergoing review for listing.
- Ebola virus is now in some African countries, Boss Mustapha raises alarm
The federal government has raised the alarm over re-emergence of the dreaded Ebola virus in some West African neighbouring countries, calling on all Nigerians to be more cautious. Boss Mustapha, the chairman Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), made this known on Monday, February 15, during the task force’s media in Abuja.
He said that the PTF had decided to make the surveillance against Ebola a priority in order not to compound the current dangerous position the COVID-19 outbreak had placed the country. Mustapha urged all citizens to be part of the national defence against the disease, adding that the fight is not a responsibility of only government.
- UN warns Myanmar military severe consequences as generals defend power grab
The United Nations has warned the Myanmar military of “severe consequences” if it responds harshly to the protests that have taken place across the country following the February 1 coup, as the junta leaders justified anew on Tuesday the seizure of power from civilian control.
“Ms Schraner Burgener has reinforced that the right of peaceful assembly must fully be respected and that demonstrators are not subjected to reprisals,” UN spokesman Farhan Haq said in New York, referring to the UN special envoy who spoke to the deputy head of the junta. “She has conveyed to the Myanmar military that the world is watching closely, and any form of heavy-handed response is likely to have severe consequences.”
Despite the UN warning, the spokesman of the coup leaders later said the military’s action to takeover power was justified because fraud in a November election was not addressed, adding that it would hand back power after a new election.
- China Overtakes US As EU’s Biggest Trading Partner
China last year overtook the United States as the EU’s biggest trading partner, the EU statistics agency Eurostat said on Monday. Britain meanwhile, which is no longer part of the European Union, was the third-largest trading partner for the bloc, behind China and the United States, the agency said. The dethroning of the US comes as the EU and China are seeking to ratify a long-negotiated investment deal that would give European companies better access to the Chinese market.
The supremacy of China came after it suffered from the coronavirus pandemic during the first quarter but recovered vigorously with consumption even exceeding its level of a year ago at the end of 2020. This helped drive sales of European products, particularly in the automobile and luxury goods sectors, while China’s exports to Europe benefited from strong demand for medical equipment and electronics.
- Georgian PM Giorgi Gakharia Resigns From Office
Georgia’s prime minister resigned on Thursday over plans to arrest a top opposition leader, saying it risked escalating a political crisis in the ex-Soviet nation. Giorgi Gakharia said he was stepping down because of disagreement in the government over enforcing the court order to arrest opposition leader Nika Melia. A court in Georgia on Wednesday ruled to place Melia in pre-trial detention.
Melia, who faces up to nine years behind bars if found guilty of “organising mass violence” during anti-government protests in 2019, has rejected the charges as politically motivated. The move to arrest Melia — chairman of the country’s main opposition force, the United National Movement (UNM) — raised the stakes in a political crisis that has gripped Georgia since parliamentary elections in October. The opposition denounced the polls as rigged after the ruling Georgian Dream party claimed victory.
- NASA Confirms Perseverance Rover Has Landed On Mars
NASA said Thursday that the Perseverance rover has touched down on the surface of Mars after successfully overcoming a risky landing phase known as the “seven minutes of terror.” “Touchdown confirmed,” said operations lead Swati Mohan at around 3:55 pm Eastern Time (2055 GMT) as mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory headquarters erupted in cheers.
The autonomously-guided procedure was completed more than 11 minutes earlier, which is how long it takes for radio signals to return to Earth. The rover is only the fifth ever to set its wheels down on Mars. The feat was first accomplished in 1997 and all so far have been American. About the size of an SUV, it weighs a ton, is equipped with a seven foot (two meter) long robotic arm, has 19 cameras, two microphones, and a suite of cutting-edge instruments to assist in its scientific goals.
- Iran Renews Call To US To Lift All Sanctions Imposed By Trump
Iran on Friday renewed its call for the US to lift all sanctions imposed by former President Donald Trump, after an offer for talks from new President Joe Biden’s administration. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that Iran would “immediately reverse” its retaliatory measures if the US “unconditionally & effectively” lifts “all sanctions imposed, re-imposed or re-labeled by Trump”.
The Biden administration on Thursday offered talks with Iran led by European allies and reversed two largely symbolic steps against Tehran imposed by Trump, as it sought to salvage a nuclear deal on the brink of collapse. Biden has insisted he will not remove Trump’s sanctions until Iran returns to compliance — but the administration Thursday undid two symbolic steps by the last administration.
- UK’s Prince Harry To Lose All Honorary Titles
Britain’s Prince Harry will relinquish his honorary military appointments and patronages after confirming to Queen Elizabeth II that he and his wife Meghan Markle will not return as working royals, Buckingham Palace announced on Friday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as they are formally known, rocked the British monarchy when they quit frontline royal duties a year ago. They have since embarked on a new life involving several commercial ventures in the United States, and now live in California.
Under the initial terms of their departure thrashed out at an emergency summit with the queen in early 2020, Harry had agreed to review the decision a year on.
Prince Harry, a former soldier, holds several honorary military titles, as well as Commonwealth appointments and some other patronages. Meghan was also handed several honorary roles after she wed Harry in a fairytale ceremony at Windsor Castle in May, 2018.
- Kim Kardashian West files for divorce from Kanye West
Kim Kardashian West has filed for divorce from Kanye West, a court clerk for Los Angeles Superior Court confirmed to CNN on Friday. Christy Welder, a representative for Kardashian West, confirmed the divorce filing but said Kardashian West had no additional comment. CNN has reached out to West for comment.
The filing cites irreconcilable differences and Kardashian West seeks joint custody of the couple’s four children. It also cites a prenuptial agreement regarding their assets. The two, who married in a lavish wedding in Italy in 2014, have been living apart for some time. West has reportedly been living at their home in Wyoming, while Kardashian West has stayed in California with their children.
- TIME Magazine names Davido among world most influential people
The Nigerian superstar, Davido hit another milestone as he was named one of the next 100 most influential people in the world for 2021 by Time Magazine. Davido in his reaction wrote on his social media platforms: ‘Proud to be included in the inaugural #TIME100Next list”.
More and more artists, from Nicki Minaj to Young Thug, want to work with him. Davido’s song ‘IF’ which recently sold 500,000 copies in the U.S, has been certified gold. Other Nigerians on the list include like Odun Eweniyi, FK Abudu and Dami Odufuwa.
- Viral ‘Lori Iro’ preacher joins social media, appreciates Nigerians
The man who inspired the now-viral ‘lori iro’ video, Gbadamosi Ismail, has joined social media. The Oyo-based evangelist has continued to make the headlines since a viral video of him preaching about ‘common sugar-coated lies’ used in relationships surfaced online.
The video, which came days before Valentine’s Day, has elicited a flurry of hilarious reactions from Nigerians. ‘Lori iro’ is a Yoruba phrase that means “on top lies” in English. Checks revealed he has garnered over 8,000 followers on Instagram while over 1000 users followed him on Twitter a few days after opening his accounts.
“I am Evangelist Gbadamosi Ismail, I preach the gospel with all that I have and all that I am! Hence the many nicknames e.g. Baba Lie Lie, Evang. lro po etc,” his bio on Twitter reads. The evangelist described his sudden rise to fame as a dream while appreciating his fans. “It’s still like a dream, but this is the best dream anyone can have!
- Nicki Minaj’s father killed in a hit and run accident
American superstar rapper Nicki Minaj has lost her dad Robert Maraj in a hit and run accident in New York. Mr Maraj was said to be walking on the road between Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue when he was hit by a vehicle heading Northbound. Cops said the driver then fled the scene without meaningful description from the witness.
He was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to the critical injuries he sustained and passed away over the weekend, according to TMZ online. An investigation has started by the Homicide Squad is investigating the case and is seeking help from the public in identifying those who are responsible. Mr Marah died at the age of 64.
- Canadian Singer Raymond Levesque Dies at 92 After Contracting COVID-19
Canadian singer-songwriter Raymond Levesque, whose 1956 classic “Quand les hommes vivront d’amour” was an international hit, has died at the age of 92 after contracting Covid-19, Canadian media reported Monday. Poet, novelist, playwright and actor, Levesque composed hundreds of songs that became part of the fabric of Quebec’s cultural life.
His best-known work remains the pacifist hymn “Quand les hommes vivront d’amour” (“When Men Live by Love”), which was written partly in reaction to the Algerian war that France was waging at the time, and which has been covered by a variety of Canadian and French singers including Celine Dion and Eddie Constantine. After going deaf in the mid-1980s, he devoted himself to writing, particularly poetry and theater. He was hospitalized in Montreal after contracting Covid-19 and died Monday, according to his family, quoted by the media.
- Japan’s Osaka Dominates Brady To Win Australian Open
Japan’s Naomi Osaka dismissed Jennifer Brady in straight sets to win the Australian Open and underline her growing hold on women’s tennis on Saturday.
Osaka edged a tight first set but controlled the second to win 6-4, 6-3 in 77 minutes in front of 7,381 fans at Rod Laver Arena. Third seed Osaka preserves her 100 percent record in Grand Slam finals after winning the 2018 and 2020 US Opens and the 2019 title in Melbourne.
The reigning US Open champion, who beat her idol, Serena Williams, in the Melbourne semi-finals, has now won two of the last three Grand Slams as her status and reputation soars. Osaka, 23, is only the third player after Monica Seles and Roger Federer to win their first four major finals, and will now rise to second in the world rankings
- ‘I’m Done’: Serena Williams Walks Out In Tears After Semi-Final Defeat
Serena Williams broke down in tears and cut short her post-match press conference after another failed bid to equal Margaret Court’s record Grand Slam haul, calling her defeat to Naomi Osaka “a big error day”. Williams, 39, broke early for a 2-0 lead before Osaka reeled off five straight games to leave her shellshocked.
“The difference today was errors. I made so many errors,” said the 23-time Grand Slam champion. “Honestly, it was opportunities where I could have won. I could have been up 5-0. It was a big error day for me.” Pressed on what caused her to make so many mistakes, tears began to flow as she told reporters: “I don’t know. I’m done,” before walking out.
Williams has lost four Slam finals since and as she walked off court put her hand over her heart, almost as if saying farewell. Asked about it afterwards, she suggested the gesture was more about acknowledging the crowd, who were allowed back into Rod Laver Arena after a five-day snap lockdown and gave the American a rousing send-off. “I don’t know. If I ever say farewell, I wouldn’t tell anyone,” she said.
- Osaka Hails Hashimoto Appointment As Boost For Equality
Japanese tennis superstar Naomi Osaka Thursday welcomed the resignation of gaffe-prone Tokyo Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori and his replacement by a woman as a big boost in the drive for equality. Mori, 83, quit last week over widely condemned sexist remarks after saying that women “have difficulty” speaking concisely, “which is annoying”.
It sparked a chorus of criticism from sports stars and politicians, including three-time Grand Slam winner Osaka who condemned the remarks as “ignorant”.
Japan’s Olympic minister Seiko Hashimoto was named as his replacement Thursday, barely five months before the virus-postponed Games, with public opinion in Japan still largely against holding the massive event. Osaka, a leading face of the Games in her home nation, said the appointment of the seven-time Olympian, who was also minister for gender equality and women’s empowerment, was a positive move.
- 19-Year-Old Mason Greenwood Signs New Four-Year Deal With Manchester United
Mason Greenwood committed himself to Manchester United till 2025 on Tuesday with the club’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying it is his responsibility to ensure the winger “reaches his phenomenal potential”. The 19-year-old’s new and improved deal which includes a one-year extension option comes after a series of impressive performances since he broke into the first team.
Greenwood has been with the club since the age of seven and gone on to make 82 first-team appearances and earning himself one England cap. Solskjaer handed Greenwood his debut against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League in March 2019 and has been delighted with his progress.
- Farrell Calls On Ireland Backs To Show Their ‘X-factor’
Ireland coach Andy Farrell has urged his backs to show the ‘X-factor’ quality he believes they possess during the remainder of a 2021 Six Nations Championship that has started so badly for his side. Even with a lion’s share of possession, Ireland have struggled to make inroads into opposing defences during recent defeats by Wales and France.
Ireland, partly as a result of that blunt cutting edge, now head to Italy in a fortnight having lost the opening two matches of a Six Nations campaign for the first time in their history.
- Couple Bags 40 Years Jail Term For N53m Fraud
A couple, Ebiesuwa Abayomi Fredrick and his wife, Tinuola Idayat Oyegunle, have been sentenced to 40 years imprisonment each. Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State today, February 15, 2021, found them guilty on all four counts of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretense brought against them by the Ibadan Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The couple, in a classic advance fee fraud scheme, fleeced one Dunni Olateru Olagbegi N53, 713, 260.00 (Fifty-Three Million, Seven Hundred and Thirteen Thousand, Two Hundred and Sixty Naira) in cash and bank transfer through a spiritual cleansing gambit in order to avoid the calamitous consequence of mysterious sudden death having heard conversation by a syndicate about a Ghana- Must –Go bag stuffed with United States Dollar bills in the boot of a car. She was also tricked into bringing funds to cleanse supposed USD bills.
The victim had sometimes in May 2013, boarded a taxi cab with three other passengers who, unknown to her, were members of a syndicate of fraudsters.
- Oyo ex-deputy chief registrar gets three years jail term over dud cheque
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal Office, said it had secured the conviction of a former Deputy Chief Registrar of Oyo State High Court, Mrs. Mutiat Omobola Adio. She was convicted after pleading guilty to a fresh charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and issuance of dishonoured cheque. In a statement by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, Adio was alleged to have obtained a 2000 model Toyota Pathfinder SUV valued at N1.5 million from one Fabunmi Samuel of Fatai Olanrewaju Motors by telling to him that it would be paid once the cheque is presented to her bank.
Upon arraignment on January 30, 2018, the defendant had initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but later changed her plea to ‘guilty’, after a plea-bargain agreement leading to the amendment of the charge. Justice Owolabi thereafter pronounced the defendant guilty of the offence and sentenced her to three years in prison. The court also ordered her to restitute to her victim N500,000 in addition to the N1 million she had previously paid in restitution to the victim.
- $11m Fraud: U.S. Court Sentences Invictus Obi To 10 Years Imprisonment
A U.S. court has sentenced Obinwanne Okeke also known as Invictus Obi to 10 years in prison. Okeke was sentenced for his involvement in a computer-based intrusion fraud scheme that caused approximately $11 million in known losses to his victims.
According to court documents, the 33-year-old operated a group of companies known as the Invictus Group based in Nigeria and elsewhere.
The Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Raj Parekh while sentencing him on Tuesday said, “Through subterfuge and impersonation, Obinwanne Okeke engaged in a multi-year global business email and computer hacking scheme that caused a staggering $11 million in losses to his victims.”