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How fake Army captain, others assaulted, defrauded victims in Lagos

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A 59-year-old man, Isidore Atunisha, who allegedly paraded himself as an army captain and tried to defraud the Olatunji Ruling House of Badagry, has been docked at an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

Atunisha was arraigned on Wednesday, alongside two others – Thomas Agosu, 47, and Alfred Awhanmienu, 46 – on an 11-count charge bordering on conspiracy, assault, forgery, threat to life and impersonation.

The trio, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sgt. Friday Mameh, told the court that the defendants committed the offences between 2012 and 2015, in lragbo community in Badagry.

Mameh said that the defendants forged documents on a forged letterhead belonging to the Olatunji ruling house and executed a deed of assignment for it to be acted upon as genuine documents.

“In 2012, the defendants conspired and forged a letterhead of the Olatunji Ruling House dated 20th September, 2012.

“They also forged and executed a Deed of Assignment dated 3rd November, 2008 between Madam Rafatu Olatunji (assignor) and Captain Isidore Atunisha (assignee).

“In 2015, the defendants threatened to kill one Monday Olatunji, Joseph Okoya and other famliy members of the Olatunji Ruling House,” Mameh said.

He further said that the defendants later unlawfully assaulted Olatunji and Okoya “by beating them up and causing them bodily harm.”

Mameh said the defendants unlawfully “damaged building structures valued at N5 million and cash crops valued at N50 million, belonging to the ruling house.

“They also damaged a Volkswagen Golf car with Registration No. BDG 289 AX valued at N170,000, property of one Emmanuel Olatunji,” he added.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravenes Sections 173, 232, 350, 365, 370, 380 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011 as amended.

The Magistrate, Mrs M. O. Ope-Agbe, granted each of the defendants N10 million bail with two sureties in like sum, among other conditions.

She adjourned the case until July 17 for trial, NAN reports.

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Boko Haram Kills Aid Worker In Borno, Three Others Missing

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Boko Haram militants have killed a member of the Action Against Hunger, Grace Taku, as well as a driver while three health workers are missing.

The incident happened when a convoy of the aid agency was heading to Damasak in Borno State.

The attack is coming a day after an army commander, colonel and some soldiers were ambushed in Yobe State by Boko Haram terrorists.

A statement by Action Against Hunger reads, “One of the drivers was killed, while one Action Against Hunger staff member, two of the drivers and three health workers are missing.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident as these are colleagues dedicated to providing life-saving assistance to individuals and families affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the northeast of Nigeria. We are very concerned and want to ensure that they are safe and can be reunited with their families.

“Action Against Hunger strives to ensure that millions of people in need of humanitarian assistance in northeast Nigeria receive the essential services required for their survival, especially women and children.”

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Nigerian Passport Scam: EFCC Arrests Immigration Officer, 14 Others

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Lagos Zonal office, has arrested a Nigeria Immigration Service officer, Mr Adebimpe Kehinde, for his alleged involvement in passport racketeering.

Mr Tony Orilade, EFCC acting spokesperson, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday. Orilade said that Mr Kehinde is an immigration assistant.

According to Orilade, Kehinde was arrested alongside 14 other suspected passport racketeers following intelligence reports received by the commission.

The suspects are Nnadika Timothy, Oyeyiga Samuel, Sunday Adekunle, Lola Kadoso, Adebayo Damilola, Adeola Oluwafikayomi Ajiboshin, Abubakri Adebayo.


Others are Uka Ifeanyi, Raph Emeka Ibuaku, Henry Onyebuchi, Christy Odey, Aba-Peter Blessing, Ogunmefun Oluwanishola and Busayo Balogun.

Orilade stated that the suspects conspired to extort money from unsuspecting members of the public applying for international passports.

According to him, items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest include five laptops, mobile telephones and “official documents”.

“They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded,” he stated.

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Police Have 21 Days To Fish Out Killers Of Fasoranti’s Daughter -OPC

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The Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), the New Era faction, has issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies in the country to fish out the killers of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa. Reuben Fasoranti.

Mrs Olakunrin was killed last Friday by masked gunmen along the Ore-Sagamu road.

However, in a statement issued by its spokesman, Adeshina Akinpelu, the OPC New Era said failure to find the killers after the ultimatum, its members will embark on an operation to drive out all the criminals amongst Fulani herdsmen, their accomplices among Yoruba and other tribes who are perpetrating all manner of evils in all Yoruba-speaking states.

Akinpelu said, “Time has come for us to act now. We will no longer fold our hands and allow herdsmen to continue to kill us like cows. We cannot continue to use the blood of our people to keep Nigeria’s unity. We are giving the police and other security agencies 21-day ultimatum to fish out the killers of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin.

“Failure to fish out the killers, we will have no option than to take the destiny of our people in our hands and drive out all criminally-minded Fulani herdsmen, their accomplices among the Yoruba and other tribes perpetrating crimes in Yoruba land,” Akinpelu threatened.

The group, while accusing Fulani oligarchy of alleged plan to re-capture Yorubaland after failing in previous attempts in the past, stated that it would resist any attempt to cajole and silence Yoruba leaders for voicing their opinion on insecurity in the country.

“We are aware that this is part of the grand conspiracy of the Fulani oligarchy to re-capture Yoruba land after failing in previous attempts in the past.

“These Fulani were responsible for the fall of first and second Oyo empires through cunning methods. Their third attempt which was real war was met with stiff resistance from the Yoruba people who drove them back after they reached Osogbo.

“The killing of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin is a part of a grand conspiracy of the Fulani oligarchy to silence some of our leaders from speaking the truth and making critical appraisal of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government,” he said.

Akinpelu, however, stated further that the OPC was not in any way surprised by the Miyetti Allah’s call for the arrest of Obasanjo, disclosing that they have a great supporter in President Buhari.

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