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Man bags three months imprisonment in Gombe over employment scam

Gombe State High Court, Tuesday, sentenced one Sule Raymond to three months imprisonment over N155, 000 employment fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said Raymond committed the offence in the guise that he would help the son of a farmer, Daniel Solomon to gain employment into the Nigerian Army.

EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade said this in a statement in Abuja.

He added, “It was the Gombe zonal office of the anti-graft commission that prosecuted and secured the Raymond conviction on January 8, for a one-count charge bordering on cheating”.

The court was presided over by Justice Sa’ad Muhammad.

The charge reads: “That you, SULE RAYMOND, sometimes in August 2017 at Gombe Local Government Area of Gombe State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did dishonestly induce one Daniel Solomon, a farmer to deliver to you monies, the sum of N155,000 (One Hundred and Fifty-Five Thousand Naira) only in the belief that the said sum was for facilitating employment into the Nigerian Army, thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320 (a) and Punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code Laws, CAP 89, Laws of Northern Nigeria”.

Orilade said, “Raymond’s journey to jail began in August 2017, when after collecting the said money, he deceived Solomon’s son to travel to Kaduna to meet the “officer-in-charge” of the recruitment in Zaria.

“After spending three days at Zaria, the son realized that the phone number given to him by Raymond actually belonged to him and not that of the expected recruitment officer.”

In view of the weight of evidence brought against him, he did not waste the time of the court as he pleaded “guilty” to the charge.

The prosecuting counsel, Ndeh Godspower, urged the court to “convict him and sentence him according to the Law he was charged with”.

Defence counsel, however, pleaded with the court to “temper justice with mercy”.

Justice Muhammad, thereafter, convicted and sentenced him to three months in prison, with an option of N40, 000. The trial judge also ordered that the money in question be recovered from him and returned to his victim”.

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Nigeria decides 2019: Police speak on arrests of suspect with election results

The police command in Abia state has said that it was not aware of the alleged arrest of a man in unlawful possession of election materials, including written result sheets for the botched presidential and National Assembly elections.

The spokesman for the command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia on Saturday that he merely read the report of the arrest in a social media platform.

He said, “From our end here, we do not have such report. I only read the report in the social media.”

He was reacting to the allegation by Mr Benedict Godson, the Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia that a security agency arrested and “are in custody” of a man in possession of more than 500 written results.

Godson said that the suspect was being held by security operatives.

He said that the party was not comfortable with the activities of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Dr. Joseph Iloh.

He accused Illoh of bias and demanded that “he should strive to be neutral and not one-sided.”

He alleged that there was a conspiracy between the REC and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to stop APC impending electoral victory.
“We pray that God will touch the REC’s heart to play the game according to the rule.

“We also appeal to REC and PDP to stop the conspiracy and allow a free, fair and credible election,” Godson said.

He said that APC would not accept any election results that was not signed by the party’s agents for the polls.

He appealed to the police and other security agencies in the state to do the needful to ensure that the elections were peaceful and credible.

Reacting, the Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chief Don Ubani, dismissed the allegation, saying that the party had no plans to rig any elections in the state.
Ubani said that he had earlier issued a statement accusing the REC of withholding the result sheets.

He, therefore, wondered why APC would turn around to allege that the party and PDP were in a conspiracy to rig the polls.

Attempts made to get the reaction of the REC were unsuccessful as he was said to be “very busy” to attend to newsmen on the issue.

He also could not pick phone calls put across to him.

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2019: Police confirm murder of Gov. Okowa’s aide, Ngozi in Delta

The Delta State Police Command has confirmed the death of Lawrence Akpomiemie Ijeh a.k.a Ngozi, an aide to Delta State Governor, Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa.

The Acting Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Orisewejie Chuks, in a telephone chat with our correspondent, said, “Yes, it is confirmed.”

ASP Chuks said he does not know if the killing of the Governor’s aid was political or related to leadership tussle.

While noting that the Police have swung into action, ASP Chuks stressed that the culprits must be brought to justice.

It would be recalled that the late Lawrence Akpomiemie Ijeh was shot dead overnight in his car on his way from an event in Ekpan Community by gunmen.

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BREAKING: Yobe: Buni Yadi under Boko Haram attack

Report just reaching DAILY POST indicates that, Buni Yadi, the headquarters of Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe state is under attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.

Heavy gunshots are heard from different parts of the town, with all residents indoors.

The attackers were said to have entered the town at about 6pm today.

Buni Yadi is about 50km away from Damaturu, and has recently suffered Boko Haram attacks, with their target on military formations.

Details soon………

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