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Ex professor charged for allegedly blowing $200K grant on strippers, bars

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A former Philadelphia professor who allegedly blew grant money on strippers has now been charged with theft in connection to the nearly $200,000 used for adult entertainment and other personal expenses, prosecutors said.

Chikaodinaka Nwankpa — the one-time head of Drexel University’s electrical engineering department — was charged last week on felony counts of unlawful taking and theft by deception, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

The 57-year-old former professor allegedly abused grant money from the Navy, the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation over a period of 10 years, prosecutors said.

He squandered around $96,000 in federal grant funds at adult entertainment venues and sports bars between 2010 and 2017, officials allege. He also blew threw another $89,000 on iTunes purchases and meals.

The university revealed the alleged fraud last October, claiming it had only discovered the spending spree during a 2017 audit.

Nwankpa allegedly admitted to the unauthorized expenses when confronted by school officials and resigned from the college. He also gave around $53,00 to the university, which paid $189,000 to resolve potential civil liability in the case.

He was arrested by university police last week and released on $25,000 bail. If convicted, he faces up to 14 years in prison.

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Father Smuggles Hard Drugs for Son in EFCC Custody

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested a 60-year-old fish-farmer, Muyiwa Otuyalo, for attempting to smuggle in substance believed to be hard drug for his son, Damilola Otuyalo, who is currently in the custody of the Commission’s Ibadan zonal office.

The older Otuyalo was at the premises of the EFCC in Ibadan on Monday, February 17, 2020 supposedly to visit his son. But while discussing with the son, an officer noticed that he brought out a sachet of tablets and handed same to him.

The officer subsequently raise alarm which led to the confiscation of the drug. When the in-house nurse was called upon for assessment of the content, it was revealed that the said item was Rohypnol, a tranquilizer used under strict prescription for treatment of severe insomnia and assist in anesthesia.

The drug is said to possess high sedative effect and is rarely used except when prescribed by licensed medical officers. The younger Otuyalo was recently arrested after a criminal case of money laundering detected in the United Kingdom was reported against him.

The case which involved £45,000 was a fragment of a wider one involving about £500,000 for which he has been declared wanted by the London’s Metropolitan Police. He has been on the wanted list of the International Police, Interpol, before the petition was filed at the EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office.

Officers of the Nigerian Interpol were already in contact with the Commission in respect of the said case before the suspect’s father attempted to smuggle in the hard drug for him. Further investigations are ongoing, even as the Commission intends to hand him over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for possible prosecution of the suspected narcotic case. Tony Orilade Acting Head, Media & Publicity

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Assailants kill Aso Rock assistant director in Abuja

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Laetitia Dagan, assistant director of administration at the state house, has been murdered at her Abuja residence.

The presidency confirmed her death via a statement on Tuesday.

Attah Esa, a deputy director of information at the state house, said the deceased was killed around 11pm on Monday.

The statement quoted Jalal Arabi, state house permanent secretary, as describing Dagan’s death as “a painful loss, not only to her immediate family, but also the entire State House.”

“She was a dedicated, hard-working officer, and we all feel pained by her dastardly and untimely death,” Arabi reportedly told her family during a condolence visit.

“We all share in your grief and pains, but be consoled by the fact that she lived a good life and contributed her best to the services of her nation.”

The permanent secretary also expressed confidence that the police will fish out Dagan’s killers and that “the law will take its course.”

The official’s death is the latest of the numerous killings being recorded in various parts of the country, including the federal capital territory.

A recent report by SBM Intelligence indicated that the nation’s capital has suffered 23 attacks which have led to the deaths of 27 persons in the last one year.

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Airport Staff Arrested While Loading Cocaine Into Aircraft At Murtala Mohd Intl Airport

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An airport worker has been arrested and handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for drug trafficking at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The suspect, whose identity has not been made public, was said to have been intercepted by aviation security officials at about 12am on Saturday while attempting to courier the drugs.

The suspect, alleged to be a driver in one of the aviation agencies, was said to have concealed the drugs in a carton loaded inside a vehicle before he was caught at the airside of the airport.

He was later handed over to the NDLEA, where he was said to have confessed to the crime.

According to airport sources, a few other people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

An NDLEA source confirmed the incident, but stated that investigations were still ongoing and the findings would be made public upon completion.

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