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I took no part in Kwara agency fraud, says ex- First Lady

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A former First Lady of Kwara State has denied a media report she took part in the N2bn fraud in the Kwara State Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Directorate (SMED) fund.

The Nation had reported on Tuesday she may be arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for diverting part of the loot to her foundation.

The anti-graft commission also alleged she declined an invitation for investigation over the case, accusing her of feigning an undisclosed illness.

But the former First Lady declared the EFCC’s position was an attempt to align her, stating the foundation merely took a loan of N16milllion from SMED for which it has started repayment.

A statement by Executive Director Leah Group, Lanre Bello maintained the innocence of the former First Lady.

The foundation said: “Our attention has been drawn to a publication in The Nation Newspaper of 13th August 2019 in respect of the N2 billion Kwara State Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Directorate (SMED) fund where it was insinuated that our founder received part of the money.

“The insinuation suggested in the write up is absolutely untrue and a brazen attempt to malign our founder.

“While neither our organisation nor our founder was directly mentioned, the publication contained innuendo fully suggesting that our Founder was being targeted as reference was made to our mission statement.

“Our position is that in our quest to continue to serve the good people of Kwara State in pursuit of our mission to provide intervention in the Health sector, particularly the fight against breast and cervical cancers that is daily killing women, we approached the Kwara State SMED for a N16 million loan to develop a medical facility.

“The application was duly processed and approved. So far, the organisation has repaid N3 million and is currently working on paying the balance.

“At no time was any money paid into the accounts of our founder by the SMED neither has she received any cash from the scheme.

“Therefore, the insinuation that our founder has been evading EFCC invitation or is on the run is totally false. No invitation has been extended to her.

“For the records, we state emphatically that the insinuation that our founder directly received the money is not true.”

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How I killed my mother-in-law, two others – suspect narrates

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Omorogbe Edoghogho Happy who killed his mother-in-law, a lady and an eight-month-old baby in Iguadolor community, Ovia North East local government area of Edo State has confessed to the police that he killed them because he could no longer bear the insult meted on him.

The suspect said since he could no longer contain the continuous harassment and beating been inflicted on him by hired thugs of deceased, he took the laws into his hands.

Narrating the ordeal, the 44-year-old Edoghogho said his mother-in-law, now late, was always attacking him with thugs at different occasions, inflicting various degrees of injuries on him owing to the fact that he was always having issues with his wife.

According to him, “She always attacks me with thugs, not ones, not twice so I made up my mind that, I was going to pay her back in a horrible way that will be two much for her to bear.

“What I did was to take a cutlass since I’m a farmer. I went to their house around 8 pm. When I got there, I pushed the entrance door with my leg, then I proceeded to where the woman was sleeping. After killing her, I headed to where the other lady was (the younger sister to my wife) I killed her as well but I never knew it will affect the eight month-old-baby.

“It affected the three of them, frankly speaking, I never knew it affected the newborn baby, ‘but the woman too beat me one day. They beat me, bound my hands and put me inside a car from Ogheghe junction to Iguadolor. I almost died but God saved me,” he confessed.

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Port Harcourt hotel serial killer finally arrested

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The notorious serial killer linked to the deaths of over 15 girls in some hotels in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has been arrested after a CCTV footage of his last operation went viral. 

The suspect was arrested on Thursday September 19, by officers attached to the Rivers State Police Command. The 26-year old former militant from Buguma LGA of Rivers State, who is also a member of the Degbam cult group was arrested along East-West Road enroute to Uyo from Port Harcourt.

The Nigerian police in its tweet confirming his arrest, said an investigation to uncover motives of the killings is ongoing. Read the tweets below; 

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Lagos state police to arraign singer, Dammy Krane in court on Monday September 16th

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Dammy Krane will on Monday September 16th, be arraigned before the Igbosere High Court in Lagos by the Lagos state police command.

Punch reports that DammyKrane will be arraigned on a three-count charge bothering on threat to life, defamation and conduct likely to cause breach of peace.

According to a petition filed at the command’s headquarters, the singer was accused of threatening the lives of staff members of betting company Merrybet Gold Limited on July 25th 2019 and also released a song in which he accused the firm of breach of contract. The act is said to be in contravention of sections 301, 412 and 168 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.

He was also accused of conspiring with others at large of conducting himself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace and threat to life in contravention of Section 412 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015. Dammy Krane was also said to have threatened public peace when he posted an audio and video message on radio in contravention of Section 168(d) of the state’s criminal law.

The charges read in part,

“That you, Johnson Hunga Oyindamola and others at large on the 29th day of July, 2019 at Cool FM in the Lagos magisterial district did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit: conduct likely to cause breach of peace and threat to life and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 412 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.”

Another charge reads

“That you, Johnson Hunga Oyindamola and others at large on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district did threaten the life of the staff of Merrybet Gold Limited and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 301 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.”

Section 301 of the state’s criminal law states that any person who, with intent to extort or gain anything from any person; accuses or threatens to accuse any person of committing any felony or misdemeanour, or of offering or making any solicitation or threat to any person as an inducement to commit or permit the commission of any felony or misdemeanour is guilty of a felony, and liable to imprisonment for three years.

It was learnt that the musician got into trouble after Merrybet Gold Limited wrote a petition to the police accusing the musician of threats and cyberbullying.

In a petition titled, ‘Petition against Oyindamola Johnson Emmanuel aka Dammy Krane for false and libellous statement against Merrybet Gold Limited and signed by its lawyer, Nwabueze Anachebe, the betting firm said the musician perpetrated cyberbullying and criminal defamation.

The musician was said to have attended a game show sponsored by the betting company but lost.

However, Dammy Krane was said to have demanded some money for appearing on the show but the firm disagreed, insisting that the sum is only given to winners.

The embittered musician subsequently went on the radio where he accused the betting firm of owing him money and breaching a contractual agreement.

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