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21:00

South Africa, Nigeria, others considered as vaccine production hubs – WTO



World Trade Organization Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Monday said Africa is working with the European Union and other partners to help create regional vaccine manufacturing hubs in South Africa, Senegal and Rwanda,


“We have now seen that over-centralization of vaccine production capacity is incompatible with equitable access in a crisis situation,” Okonjo-Iweala said on Monday during a virtual meeting, Reuters reported.


“Regional production hubs, in tandem with open supply chains, offer a more promising path to preparedness.”


In January, the Nigerian government announced the release of N10 billion to support domestic vaccine production.


Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said the funds was released by the Ministry of Finance and would be used to explore “options for licensed production in collaboration with recognised institutions.”


According to Statista.com Nigeria is the fourth country in Africa that has the highest number of vaccinated citizens.


The country has vaccinated 225, 765 people so far. South Africa is sixth on the list.

Earlier on Monday, south African president Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country will hosting a “technology transfer hub” for coronavirus vaccines to scale up production know-how in Africa’s worst-hit nation.


Ramaphosa said French President Emmanuel Macron and World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus would join him at a media briefing to announce the initiative at 1500 GMT.


“The briefing will focus on the establishment of the first messenger RNA technology transfer hub for Covid-19 vaccines, located in South Africa,” the presidency said in a brief statement.


The WHO has previously set up such hubs, which provide know-how and training to local manufacturers, to boost global production of influenza vaccines.


During a visit to South Africa last month, Macron said he was pushing for faster transfer of technology to allow poorer countries to start manufacturing their own Covid-19 jabs.


AFP

20:57

Egypt Court Sentences TikTok Influencers Over ‘Human Trafficking’



An Egyptian court has sentenced two women TikTok influencers to six and 10 years in jail respectively for “human trafficking”, a lawyer representing one of them told AFP on Monday.


The ruling against Haneen Hossam and Mowada al-Adham was handed down late Sunday by the Cairo Criminal Court.


Adham was sentenced to six years, her lawyer Saber Sokkar said, while Hossam given a 10-year sentence, both accused of “human trafficking”.


Other charges include “corrupting family values, inciting debauchery and encouraging young women to practice sexual relations,” Sokkar said.

Adham was present in court for the ruling but Hossam, who is on the run, was sentenced in absentia, the lawyer said.


He said that Hossam was given a higher sentence because she had failed to appear in court at previous hearings.


The women can appeal, the lawyer said.


They were arrested last year and sentenced to two years each in jail for “attacking society’s values” in videos published on TikTok.


In one video Hossam told her 1.3 million subscribers that girls could work for her for money, for which she was also accused last year of “debauchery” and “human trafficking”.


But in January an appeals court acquitted the pair.


The targeting of female influencers has rekindled a heated debate in the deeply conservative Muslim country over what constitutes individual freedoms and social values.


The clampdown is however not unusual in Egypt, where several belly dancers and pop singers have been targeted in recent years over online content deemed too racy or suggestive.


Rights groups say more freedoms have been curtailed in Egypt under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who took office in 2014.


Egypt has in recent years enforced strict internet controls through laws allowing authorities to block websites seen as a threat to national security and to monitor personal social media accounts with over 5,000 followers.


AFP


20:53

Health: WHO says Ebola outbreak in Guinea is officially over




The Ebola outbreak that appeared in the West African nation Guinea back in February is officially over, according to the World Health Organization and the Republic of Guinea Ministry of Health. The outbreak occurred in the N’Zérékoré Prefecture where the previous 2014 to 2016 Ebola outbreak happened. A total of 16 cases resulted from this recent outbreak.


The Guinea outbreak was officially announced on February 14, 2021. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it is believed this outbreak may have resulted from a “persistent infection” that impacted one particular survivor of the 2014 to 2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak.


Officials believe the Ebola infection may have been spread from the survivor, resulting in the fairly short-lived outbreak while underscoring the need to explore these persistent infections and how to better manage these patients. The World Health Organization credits a ‘swift response’ during the early part of the latest outbreak with addressing the infections.


Officials say that surveillance in Guinea for new possible Ebola cases remains and that data learned from previous outbreaks have contributed toward improved responses. Thousands of Ebola vaccine doses were distributed in the region for high-risk individuals, including frontline workers.


The outbreak was declared over on June 19, according to WHO, which reports that the 16 confirmed Ebola cases were joined by another seven ‘probable’ cases with a total of 12 deaths among them. Guinea is now home to a lab dedicated to Ebola, as well as a number of prevention methods to squash any new cases, infrastructure for treating Ebola in the case of a new outbreak, and more. (Slashgear)

20:50

Approved immigrants can now travel to Canada




The Canadian government says foreigners who hold a valid confirmation of permanent residence (COPR) can travel to the country, starting from June 21.


According to a statement issued on Monday, the government said Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is working to revalidate expired COPR to applicants.


The government said applicants were denied travelling to Canada before their COPRs expired, due to the restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19.

It added that a COPR is valid for a year and is issued to those who have been approved by IRCC to immigrate to Canada after meeting its criteria.



“Under the previous rules, foreign nationals who held a valid COPR issued on or before March 18, 2020, were exempt from Canada’s travel restrictions,” the statement reads.


“Those who held a valid COPR issued after March 18, 2020, could only come to Canada if they met another exemption or were coming from the US to settle permanently in Canada.


“A COPR’s validity, which can last for up to one year, is tied to the applicant’s passport and their immigration medical examination.


“However, many applicants were not able to travel to Canada before their COPRs expired due to the travel restrictions or other COVID-19 related considerations.

“Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been working with applicants who were already exempt from the travel restrictions to reissue them a COPR.”


The government said more information will be provided on IRCC’s website on how to obtain a new COPR for those whose documents have expired.


It warned individuals whose documents have expired not to “book flights or attempt to travel to Canada until they receive a new COPR from IRCC”.


According to the statement, those who are eligible to travel must adhere to the COVID-19 protocol, before and after arrival.


“All people travelling to Canada, including those approved for permanent residence, must comply with the COVID-19 health measures and requirements upon arriving in Canada. All travellers must follow the flying to Canada requirements checklist or driving to Canada requirements checklist”, the statement reads.


“By allowing more time for reasonable numbers of new immigrants to settle in Canada and begin their integration, we can better prepare for Canada’s economic future.”


The statement added that “permanent residents are also likely to have supports in place once they arrive here — family members, supportive employers and resettlement agencies for refugees.” TheCableng

20:47

Meet the youngest billionaires in the world on Forbes Under 30




Despite the pandemic, Forbes recorded 493 new billionaires added to the world’s wealthiest list this year. According to Forbes, a new billionaire was minted every 17 hours on average over the past year. Altogether, the world’s wealthiest are $5 trillion richer than a year ago. The list also included billionaires under 30, the youngest being an 18-year-old teenager from Germany.

We will look at the 10 youngest billionaires on Forbes under 30 list 2021.



Alexandra and katharina Andresen ($1.3 billion)


The Andresen sisters, aged 24 and 25 each inherited 42% of Ferd, a Bærum, Norway-based investment company that reels in about $2 billion in annual revenue. Their father, Johan, still runs the business and controls 70% of the votes via a dual-class share structure. The Oslo-based investment company Ferd, has private equity holdings, a real estate portfolio, and participates in the Nordic stock exchange. The sisters are worth $1.3 billion each.


Wang Zelong ($1.5 billion)


Wang Zelong, aged 24, inherited a stake worth more than $1.3 billion in CNNC Hua Yuan Titanium Dioxide Co., a chemical company that trades on the Shenzhen stock exchange. The company produces titanium dioxide pigment, a white pigment that can be used in coatings, plastics, ink, and other materials. He also has stakes in Lomon Billions Group. He is worth $1.5 billion.



Stanley Tang & Andy Fang ($2.2 billion)



DoorDash co-founders Andy Fang and Stanley Tang, aged 28 each own 4.2% of the company with a net worth of $2.2 billion. DoorDash is a technology company that offers on-demand delivery services for grocery and meals through partnerships with restaurants and grocery stores on its app. Door Dash’s last funding round before going public raised $400 million at a $16 billion valuation. The company went public on the New York Stock Exchange at a $72 billion valuation.


Jonathan, aged 29 is the younger son of late property tycoon, Walter Kwok. He is a Director at Empire Group Holdings, overseeing the group’s real estate investments, project developments, and asset management operations. The property development company was founded by Walter Kwok after he was ousted as chairman of Hong Kong’s largest developer, Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP).


Jonathan and his brother inherited from their late father, Walter Kwok, a portion of his stake in Hong Kong property developer Sun Hung Kai Properties. The brothers are also named beneficiaries of one-third of five family trusts held by their grandmother Kwong Siu-Hing, the widow of SHKP co-founder Kwok Tak-Seng. Jonathan has a net worth of $2.4 billion.


Austin Russell ($2.5 billion)


Austin Russel, aged 26 founded Luminar Technologies, a company that makes LIDAR sensors for self-driving cars when he was 17. He dropped out of college in 2012 after receiving a $100,000 Thiel Fellowship, a program funded by billionaire Peter Thiel to nurture entrepreneurs. Following Luminar’s listing on Nasdaq, Russell became a self-made billionaire with a net worth of $2.5 billion.



Kevin David Lehmann ($3.3 billion)


Kevin Lehmann, aged 18 is the youngest billionaire in the world. He inherited his father’s 50% stake in Germany’s leading drugstore chain, dm (drogerie markt), which brings in over $12 billion in annual revenue on his 18th birthday. Today, dm has some 3,700 locations. Kevin’s net worth is $3.3billion.



Gustav Magnar Witzoe ($4.5 billion)


Gustav Witzoe, aged 27 owns nearly half of SalMar ASA, one of the world’s largest salmon producers. His stake was gifted to him in 2013 by his father, Gustav Witzoe, who founded the company in 1991. Witzoe’s fortune nearly doubled in the past year thanks to SalMar’s strong market performance. Witzøe is also a technology startup and property investor. He previously worked for MGM Property and has invested in both Gopi and Keybutler. He is worth $4.5 billion according to Forbes.


Sam Bankman-Fried ($8.7 billion)


Sam Bankman-Fried, aged 29 is the founder of Alameda Research and crypto exchange FTX. He is an MIT grad and former Wall Street ETF trader. He manages $2.5 billion of assets through Alameda Research, the quantitative crypto trading firm he founded in 2017. The vast majority of his wealth is in FTX’s equity and tokens (FTT). He has a net worth of $8.7 billion. (Nairametrics)

20:43

Watford confirm the signing of another Super Eagles star



The Hornets already have three Nigerian players in their ranks, and they’ve added another ahead of the new Premier League season


Watford have reached an agreement with Club Brugge over the transfer of forgotten Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Dennis.


The Hornets announced in a statement on their official website, which read: An agreement with Club Brugges has been reached for the transfer of exciting young forward Emmanuel Dennis, Watford FC is delighted to confirm.


Dennis caught the eye of many after he scored twice against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in a Champions League encounter in 2019.


However, he had a disappointing campaign last season. The 23-year-old played nine times for Club Brugge last in the first half of the campaign and got into trouble on a few occasions.


He was sent out on loan to Cologne in January with the hope he could rediscover the form that saw him score against Madrid and Manchester United in the 2019/2020 season.


But the move did not turn out well for the Nigerian international, playing just nine times in the Bundesliga.


Cologne’s former sporting director even admitted they made a mistake in signing the Super Eagles star.


Nonetheless, a move to Watford offers him another fresh start and Premier League opportunity. The Hornets are back in the English top-flight after suffering relegation in the 2019/2020 campaign.


Dennis latest move means Watford now have four Nigerians in their team. William Troost-Ekong, Tome Dele Bashiru and Isaac Success are the other three Nigerian players already playing for the club. (Soccernet)

20:40

Nigeria govt To Launch Humanitarian Development Peace Framework



The Federal Government has announced the development of a National Humanitarian Development Peace Framework.


The soon to be launched framework is geared towards making humanitarian interventions in Nigeria timely, effective, and coordinated between the government, as well as humanitarian and security agencies.


Sadiya Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, disclosed this on Monday at a virtual briefing to the United Nations Member States on the Humanitarian Situation in Nigeria.


She explained that the National Humanitarian Coordination Technical Working Group, as directed by the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee (NHCC), came up with the initiative aimed at restoring peace and stability in Nigeria.


“The framework is a national and innovative home-grown approach to proactively address critical humanitarian and development challenges at the community, state, and federal levels,” the minister said.


Farouq noted that the framework developed with the support of UNOCHA and other critical international and national humanitarian stakeholders would address root causes of conflict, by coherently addressing socio-economic vulnerabilities, to ensure sustainable peace, stability, and development in the country when launched.


She added, “We will expect that all critical humanitarian, peace, and resilience programmes and plans key into or are derived from the National Humanitarian Development Peace Framework and Strategy”.


The minister, however, lamented that the humanitarian landscape in Nigeria has been impacted by non-state armed groups in the North East, environmental factors, the farmer-herder conflict, banditry, as well as the recent COVID-19 pandemic that has led to displacement, loss of livelihoods, and food insecurity.


She gave an assurance that the Federal Government was determined to keep working with the international humanitarian community to ensure safe and efficient access to humanitarian workers, as agreed by the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee chaired by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.


With Nigeria focused on early recovery of the north-east region, through re-integration and rehabilitation of affected communities, Farouq promised that other regions would be reintegrated with the aim of developing programmes and interventions to positively engage women and youths who were likely targets for radicalisation or criminal recruitment.


She listed the Rural Women’s Cash Grant Programme, National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, and N-Power Programme as some of the initiatives of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.


According to the minister, 70,000 metric tonnes of grains from the National Strategic Grains Reserve and non-food items were distributed through state governments to vulnerable individuals and households across the country, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and the World Food Programme.


She restated the government’s commitment to partnering with stakeholders to ensure food security for all Nigerians, assist Internally Displaced Persons, and return refugees to reintegrate in dignity.


“There is need for urgent and concerted efforts from the government and the humanitarian community to deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance to the vulnerable, with nobody left behind,” Farouq said. ChannelsTv

02:51

Mikel Obi declares support for Gov Yahaya Bello’s political ambition




Mikel Obi, former Super Eagles captain, says he’s in support of any “future political position” pursued by Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state.

Mikel made the pledge when he visited the governor in Abuja on Sunday.
Bello has been hinting at a desire to contest for the seat of presidency in the 2023 general election. 

In May, the governor had said “all Nigerians” were asking him to contest for the top job. 

During the visit, Mikel praised Bello for “all the good things I have heard and read about him”.

He said the governor is the “person to lead the youths”, charging him to help the young generation pull Nigeria towards progress.

“It is an honour for me to finally meet his Excellency personally after all the good things I have heard and read about him from not just the people of Kogi State but from Nigerians,” the former Chelsea midfielder said.

“My main aim is to come here to show my appreciation and to thank him for all the things he has been doing for the people and also to support him in whatever future political positions he wants to go into.

“I would like to be there to support him, to be there by his side through this journey for him to achieve whatever he wants, which is for the betterment of Nigeria.

“What better person to lead the youths than him, because he has been doing all these good works and that is why I am here to see whatever way I can come in.

“To get the youths together to know and see how we can make things better for our country and how we can align to achieve all that.”

Mikel, who retired from national team duty in 2019, represented Nigeria for 15 years and made 89 senior appearances. 

He played for Nigeria in two World Cups and was pivotal in the country’s triumph at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 34-year-old is currently signed with Stoke City on a one-year deal that is expected to be extended before it runs out in July. TheCableng


02:47

Zambian President Slumps At Public Event




Zambian leader Edgar Lungu on Sunday suffered an attack of dizziness that prompted a sudden halt to television coverage of an official ceremony in the southern African nation, the cabinet secretary said.

Lungu, who is campaigning for re-election in August, had been attending a defence forces Commemoration Day event, which was brought to a swift end.

“President of Zambia Edgar Lungu this afternoon experienced sudden dizziness,” said cabinet secretary Simon Miti in a statement

“He recovered immediately and walked to the official car and returned to his residence at State House.”

Miti added that the 64-year-old was well and would continue to discharge his duties.
Lungu has a rare stomach disorder called achalasia and was taken ill in public in 2015 and hospitalised.

He came to power in 2014, initially replacing Michael Sata who died unexpectedly before the end of his term. He then went on to win polls in 2016.

Zambia’s top opposition figure Hakainde Hichilemaon is again set to be his main rival for the presidency.

The landlocked southern African country has enjoyed relative stability since its first multi-party elections in 1991.

Struggling with mounting debt and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Lungu has been scrambling to boost public support ahead of the August 12 polls, which are for parliament as well as the president.

AFP
02:44

Dating a man was the worst decision in my life – Denrele Edun




Popular media personality, Denrele Edun, has revealed that he once dated a man.

Denrele, who recounted his experience in an interview on Sunday, said it was the worst decision in his life.

The 40-year-old who stated that he dated a man because he felt like the ladies didn’t have anything to offer him, added that his relationship with the man was very toxic.

”I have not been in too many relationships which is why I am always very skeptical about getting into them. So one day I said to myself, maybe the girls do not have anything to offer me and then I had quite a bit of male attention, so I said let me just give somebody a chance. That was the worse decision of my life.

“From then on, I have said I am my own sugardaddy. I have a strong masculine side designed to take care of my feminine side because the person I decided to experiment with was the most draining thing I had ever done in my life and I am never going to be caught in that sought of situation.

“I met the most disrespectful, most disregarding, the temper I had not seen. I tried to quell it. I said Okay so God, maybe you sent this man into my life because you wanted me to change this person, maybe you wanted me to fix it’,’ he said
Denrele further disclosed that the toxicity made him leave the relationship. Dailypost
02:42

UN Global Compact Summit 2021: Leaders gather to mark 20yrs of commitment to social impact




25,000 leaders across Business, Government, the UN, and Civil Society are convening this week virtually to mark 20 years of a worldwide commitment to social impact. They are all part of the largest initiative there has ever been to drive social good – the UN Global Compact.

Every organisation forming part of the UN Global Compact works to further its goals of making the world a better, fairer place, which includes NewGlobe, an organization that supports the education of nearly one million children a day across Africa.

As long term signatories, we stand behind the Compact’s recognition that “Investing in education is essential to developing a skilled workforce for the future and improving economic growth. Increasing smart investment in education over the longer term is needed.”

NewGlobe recognises that transformational change in education systems requires more than investment. It also rests on long-sighted and ambitious political and community leadership. Increasingly, such change is being prioritised by political leaders who recognise its overwhelming benefits for their societies; benefits which reach far beyond economic growth.

Across Africa, Governments, societies and communities are being supported by learning leaders like NewGlobe in partnerships with the power to revolutionise educational outcomes for millions of children and help build stable, equitable and prosperous societies.

In Nigeria we are delighted to work with the EKOEXCEL and EdoBEST programmes, programmes which thanks to far-sighted political leadership on behalf of the Governors of Lagos and Edo States are delivering educational system transformation and hugely improved learning outcomes for hundreds of thousands of primary school children.

In Liberia our Bridge Liberia programme supports the Liberian Government to improve teaching and learning in schools, educating tens of thousands of students across the country with dramatically improved outcomes.  In Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria, our Bridge community school network supports underserved communities by delivering superb education since the very first school opened in Nairobi in 2009.

What unites all of these programmes is NewGlobe’s commitment to learning as a science, and the use of education data to improve every aspect of learning. We are learning about learning constantly, and everything we learn is applied to make outcomes for students better.

We are proud of our work. We also recognise far more is needed. Tens of millions of African children remain out of school or are in school but not receiving the high quality education they require to build our shared future.

As Kenya’s President Kenyatta commented recently: “We need to make smart investments in education technology to help close the digital divide and leapfrog infrastructure deficits in schools.” The Covid pandemic which has disrupted education across Africa and the world has made such investment even more urgent. But it has also shown how technology can be harnessed in support of learning.

In Lagos State, nearly half a million mp3 players were distributed to pupils during school lockdown, through the EKOEXCEL programme. They provided grade appropriate pre-recorded lessons – regularly updated – to make learning at home easier and more accessible for children of all households. This was the largest ever eLearning drive in Africa. It shows what can be done with smart investments in education technology.

Local, national and international leaders are focused on ‘building back better’. In education, this means reviewing what is proven to work at a system-wide level in Africa and replicating those approaches.

This week’s UN Global Compact Leaders’ Summit will – in its own words – “Elevate ambition for strategic collective action. Only through multi-stakeholder collaboration, innovative thought leadership, transparent reporting on progress and focused data driven initiatives can we get back on track.”

As leaders in learning and supporters of the urgent need recognised by governments, communities and all UN Global Compact signatories to invest in educational transformation, we could not agree more. Vanguardngr


02:39

Family plans TB Joshua’s burial for 9th of July




The late founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Pastor Temitope Joshua may be buried on July 9, 2021 on the premises of his church in Lagos State.

Joshua died last week in Lagos State at the age of 57.

A member of the family, who spoke on condition of anonymity on Sunday, said the date was fixed after the immediate and extended members of the family of TB Joshua met at the residence of the deceased in Lagos State on Friday.

The family decision is contrary to the expectation of the monarch of Arigidi Akoko, Oba Yisa Olanipekun, and some other traditional rulers in the Akoko area, who wanted the late pastor buried in his hometown, Arigidi Akoko.


The traditional rulers were of the opinion that if the late cleric was taken to his hometown for burial, it would further give the town global recognition as the deceased’s worshippers all over the world would want to visit it to see his tomb and would also make the church to continue the project already embarked upon by the late founder.

But the family member said the wife, Evelyn, and the children of the late cleric prevailed on the other family members over the burial place and date at the meeting.
The source said the burial arrangement would take place between July 5 and July 9, 2021

He said, “The extended family members, his (Joshua) wife and children held a meeting on Friday and it was decided that he should be buried in Lagos and the burial programme will be between July 5 and 9.

“It was on the insistence of the wife and the children that the other family members agree on the place of burial because they said they saw revelations that he should be buried in Lagos. Since they said it was spiritual, the family agreed with them.”

However, one of the community leaders in Akokoland, Chief Ladi Bello, said since the decision had been taken on the burial arrangement of the deceased, the ongoing project left behind in Arigidi Akoko by the late pastor should not be abandoned.
“Now that the burial will take place in Lagos, his legacies must be sustained while his projects in Akokoland should not be abandoned,” Bello urged.

Meanwhile, SCOAN did not hold any of its three services on Sunday as the church remained shut.

Our correspondent who visited the church on Sunday, however, noted that the main gate remained open for pedestrians, church staff and visitors.
Also, residents of the area said business had been poor since the demise of the cleric

A resident, who gave his name as Kunle, added that they expected that it would get worse.

“All hotels will really suffer. People who come from far and wide to visit the prophet lodge there, but things will not be the same again. ” Punch

02:35

EFCC arrests juju scam kingpin over alleged N250m fraud




The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it has arrested the leader of a deadly syndicate of juju scammers, Abayomi Kamaldeen Alaka (a.k.a Awise) over alleged N250million fraud.

The EFCC said the leader and members of his syndicate have been operating from a shrine in Ashipa Town, near Abeokuta in Ogun State.

A statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of the commission, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said the suspected syndicate allegedly tricked a woman to part with the N250million.

The statement said: “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 her search for solutions to her health challenge.

“What drew her to Augustina was the latter’s post under the name, Osunbukola Olamitutu Spriritual Healing Centre.

“Once she contacted Augustina, the latter promised to heal her only if she pays N16million. The victim paid the money through an Access Bank account belonging to Mohammed Sani, who later turned out to be a Bureau De Change Operator.

“After paying the money without receiving healing, Augustina passed the victim on to other members of the syndicate, notably Awise.

“Juliet revealed that she met Awise at his shrines in Ashipa Town and was hypnotised and subsequently transferred various sum through bank accounts and in cash to the suspect and his syndicate members, until she lost N250million to them.

”Despite all the monies collected from her, her health conditions never improved. She consequently petitioned the EFCC.”

The EFCC explained how its operatives intercepted members of the syndicate.
The statement added:” A team from the Foreign Exchange Malpractices Section (FEMS) at EFCC headquarters, on May 21, 2021 arrested both Sani Mohammed and Akinola Bukola Augustina at Egbeda and Abule Egba respectively, in a sting operation Lagos.

“Augustina, who is currently on administrative bail, later led operatives to the Ashipa Town Shrine of Awise but the latter escaped arrest having got wind of the presence of the commission’s operatives. He was later apprehended.

“Following his arrest, the commission has traced and marked a number of assets linked to Awise, believed to be proceeds of his criminal activities.

“The assets include vast land located at Ashipa Town, Abeokuta, Ogun State used as shrine to deceive the complainant to part with her hard-earned resources; a newly renovated filling station named Alaka Oil and Gas located at No.2, Adeneye Street, Oke-Oriya, Ikorodu, Lagos; an uncompleted Event Centre named Alaka Event Centre located at No.2, Adeneye Street, Oke-Oriya, Ikorodu, Lagos; uncompleted blocks of flats located at No.2, Adeneye Street, Oke-Oriya, Ikorodu, Lagos and a newly renovated storey building with boys’ quarters situated at No. 22, PSSDC Road, Magodo Phase 2, Magodo Estate, Lagos.

“The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.” Thenationonlineng


02:32

Supporters flood Abuja streets with APC Tinubu’s posters




SUPPORTERS of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, have flooded streets of the Federal Capital Territory, with his campaign posters.

Several posters bearing colorful images of the former Lagos State governor were seen pasted in strategic locations within Abuja, on Sunday.

Some of the areas include: highbrow Maitama District, Central Business District, as well as areas around the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress.
Some of the posters had inscriptions such as “TinubuNe”, “Happy Democracy Day, Tinubu Advocates Group,” “Jagaban Nigeria” among others.

Although Tinubu is yet to declare any intention to vie for the 2023 Presidency, several support groups have sprung up to drum up support for him.

A group which calls itself Disciples of Jagaban, which said it was determined to drag Tinubu into the 2023 presidential race, said Tinubu was the most suited person to succeed Buhari.

National president of the group, Abdulhakeem Alawuje, who spoke to reporters in Abuja, said, “The peace, love, unity and harmony of this country has never been disturbed like this.

“All this is happening just for those crooked politicians to disorganize us, but unfortunately for them we have gone far ahead of all their evil strategies.
“We are supporting Tinubu and calling on him, begging him, inviting him to contest the 2023 presidential election for the benefit of Nigeria and Nigerians.

“You can believe me that Tinubu has laboured so much for the development of this country. We all know how he laboured to give us President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We need continuity. We need somebody that will continue and consolidate on the achievements President Buhari is making. We need somebody that knows the house, and that is Bola Tinubu.” Punch

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