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EFCC parades Kolade Phillip, Mompha’s second accomplice in internet scam trial

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A second associate of Ismaila Mustapha, a k.a Mompha made a surprise appearance in court on Monday, November 25 alongside the more well-known Hamza Koudeih who was arrested in a high brow apartment in Banana Island, weeks ago.  

Their trial could however not kick off, unlike Mompha’s own, who was charged separately and who pleaded not guilty to a charge of N33 billion money laundering and running a foreign exchange business without the authorisation of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Mompha has been remanded in prison custody.    

Justice Muslim S. Hassan of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi adjourned the arraignment of Mompha’s accomplices till November, 28, 2019. The EFCC did not indicate when the bespectacled Phillip was arrested and where. When the matter was called today, Koudieh’s counsel, Abdulhamid Mohammed told the court that he was only informed of the arraignment earlier in the day and didn’t have a copy of the charge.

He pleaded with the court for a short adjournment to enable him study the charge and prepare his client before the plea is taken. “I am not adequately prepared for the plea to be taken in respect of the 2nd defendant and I humbly urge the court to adjourn this matter to the earliest possible date”. 

The prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo opposed the application, arguing that the plea relevant to jurisdiction of court was not that of the counsel. Rotimi relying on S271(2&3) of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act, stated that the defendant had been served with the charge and he knows what to do with it.

He therefore urged the court to discountenance the prayers of the defence and allow his plea to be taken. Justice Hassan however adjourned the matter until Thursday November 28 for arraignment. Phillip and Hamza, both accomplices of Ismaila Mustapha (aka Mompha) will be tried on a 24- count charge bordering on conspiracy and money laundering.

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Give me a Quran and I will mess it up in 2 seconds – Etinosa says after using a Bible as an ashtray

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Etinosa has lashed out at her critics following the backlash that trailed report of her saying that Proverbs 22vs6 is a scam as she smoked and used the Bible as an ashtray. 

The Nollywood actress who was dared to try same act on a Quran, asked to be given the Islamic holy book which she claimed she will mess up in 2 seconds. 

She wrote via her Instastory; 

Give me a Quran and I will mess it up in 2 seconds - Etinosa says after using a Bible as an ashtray

In another Instagram post, Etinosa wondered how one can effect change by living in denial. She also urged those she claimed are worse than her to retrace their step and stop hiding behind a religion they know nothing about. 

She wrote “How do you effect change when u are living in denial? You are worse than me. Be honest and slowly retrace your steps. stop hiding behind religion you know nothing about. I poured out my heart all through last night pondering on the words of this song and asking God DEEP questions. Questions bring answers. Answers bring truth. The truth brings Freedom. I feel much better. @daddyfreeze I appreciate you but everybody should keep my name from their mouth. This race is Per Head. As for @tundeednut #EyanLegbegbe don’t worry yourself, I will call @oyemykke for you”

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Meet the 25-year-old engineer who manufactured Nigeria’s first ‘carbon fibre’ sports car

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Jerry Mallo, a 25-year-old fabrication engineer and chief executive officer (CEO) of Bennie Technologies LTD, has manufactured Nigeria’s first ‘carbon fibre’ sports car called ‘Bennie Purrie’.

The car was launched on Thursday at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

Speaking during the event, the Plateau-born engineer disclosed that the sports car is the first of many more innovative products he will be manufacturing.

He also appeared on ‘Driving Local Innovation,’ a segment on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday, where he explained that the love for luxury vehicles in Nigeria and Africa informed his drive to manufacture such car.

“In Europe, we learnt that making the car is just half of the challenge, and selling it is the other half; Africa is usually is the target place to sell these vehicles, so I feel there’s a big market for it here,” he said.

He added that the availability of the resources for fabricating the car also facilitated such innovation.

Giving the specifications of the car, he said fibre was used in producing the Bennie Purrie so as to enable it withstand shocks in case of an accident.

He added that lack of shock absorbers in aluminium made ones often account for deaths of people whenever a crash occurs.

The car has since been drawing commendations from several quarters, with many using it as a reference to push for made in Nigeria products.

The Plateau state government, who sponsored the unveiling of the innovation at Abuja, also took to his social media handle to commend Mallo, with a picture of Governor Simon Lalong posing inside the car.

“Plateau ingenuity and innovation on the rise as Governor Lalong’s support for young entrepreneurs yield more results. Gov. Lalong unveiled the BENNIE PURRIE, a sports car manufactured by Jerry Mallo of Bennie Agro & Automobile Technology Ltd,” it wrote.

Mallo, however, disclosed that those willing to purchase the sports car will have to wait for two more years when the fabricator will be ready to create one fit for public use.

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FUTA expels 6 students who ganged up to beat a 100 level female student

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The management of the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) has expelled six students involved in the bullying and gang-beating of a 100 level female student.

The incident happened in one of the off-campus hostels on Saturday, November 16, 2019. 

FUTA authorities disclosed that the six students were found culpable in the physical bullying of their fellow school mate which is in line with the position of Page 48 of the 2019/2020 Students Handbook which prescribes expulsion for University for Students who engage in, ” Physical assault or battery on another student outside the university premises”.

The students expelled are: Popoola Olaniyi Agboola IDD/ (300L), Oluwadare Faith Tobiloba FST ( 200L), Nandi Yohanna Jessica IPE/ ( 200L), Ajuwon Tolani Emmanuella FAT/ (100L), Emmanuel Funmilayo Taiwo FAT/ (100L) and Alao Olabimpe Cecilia CSP/ (100 L). 

The full statement reads; 

The Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA has expelled six students over the bullying of a fellow student. The expulsion is sequel to the recommendation of the University Disciplinary Panel which probed the incident that took place in an off-campus hostel on Saturday, November 16, 2019, and adjudged them culpable of gross misconduct and breach of the University Matriculation Oath.

The Expelled students are: 1. Popoola Olaniyi Agboola IDD/ (300L) 2. Oluwadare Faith Tobiloba FST ( 200L) 3. Nandi Yohanna Jessica IPE/ ( 200L) 4. Ajuwon Tolani Emmanuella FAT/ (100L) 5. Emmanuel Funmilayo Taiwo FAT/ (100L)and 6. Alao Olabimpe Cecilia CSP/ (100 L)

The expulsion is in line with the position of Page 48 of the 2019/2020 Students Handbook which prescribes expulsion from the University for Students who engage in, ” Physical assault or battery on another student outside the university premises”. As a consequence of their expulsion their studentship of FUTA ceases forthwith with all its rights and privileges.

The punishment meted out to the affected students is not to pander to the justifiable public outcry that greeted their odious act but in tandem with the rules and regulations as contained in the Students Code of Conduct as stipulated in the University Handbook and oath of Matriculation which all students are made to sign and subscribe to.

FUTA WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY FORM OF INDISCIPLINE OR BREACH OF UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS

Update: FUTA expels 6 students who ganged up to beat a 100 level female student?
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