Charles Nwadiani, a 42-year-old man who allegedly claimed to be a lawyer, was on Monday, August 5, 2019, arraigned before an Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
He is currently facing a six-count charge bordering on impersonation, forgery, obtaining under false pretenses and resisting arrest. The Prosecutor, ASP. Gbemileke Agoi, made it known to the court that the accused committed the offence in 2017 at No. 19, Lajo St., Igbogbo Town in Ikorodu.
Agoi said that the defendant falsely presented himself to Shamsodeen Ali as a lawyer and used such to extort money from unsuspecting members of the public. According to the prosecutor, Nwadiani also presented himself to members of the public as a Special Adviser to former governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola.
The prosecutor further said that the defendant used forged business documents bearing Nwadiani and Co. to operate an illegal law office at Igbogbo. He said that Nwadiani unlawfully collected the sum of N1.45 million from Ali with the pretext of providing him legal services.
Agoi said the offences contravened several sections of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs F.A. Azeez, granted Nwadiani bail of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case until October 22 for mention.
Dad demands sex before paying my school fees, impregnated me thrice — Pastor’s daughter
A 20-year-old lady, Fortune, has narrated her ordeal in the hands of her father, a pastor in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Fortune said her father, the Presiding Pastor of Mount Zion Light House Full Gospel Church, Obio Imo Lane, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Apostle Williams Okon Bassey, started having sex with her when she was 13 years old.
She said without giving in to his demand for sex, he would not pay her school fees. Bassey, whom Fortune said had impregnated her thrice, has been arrested by operatives of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko MacDon, said: “The victim stated that her father started having sexual intercourse with her at the age of 13.
“The continuous sexual assault led her to become pregnant on three different occasions and the pregnancies were aborted by her mother.
“She further revealed that the first time her father defiled her was in the church vestry.
“He threatened to place a curse on her if she dares tell anyone about his escapades.
“He also demands sex before paying her school fees or catering for her needs.” MacDon also said October 31, one Anwanga Essien Udo of 7, Itiam Street, Uyo, aged 33, a Pastor with Restoration Bible Church, was arrested for having unlawful carnal knowledge of his 10-year-old step-daughter(name withheld).
He added: “When she was left alone with him, rather than be a father to her, he opted to turn her to a sex-machine.”
Temitope Ayeni Olaiya Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking and Fraud Schemes
A Nigerian woman pleaded guilty today to leading a conspiracy to import more than five kilograms of cocaine, as well as to her role in a separate bank fraud scheme, and to making false statements relating to fraudulent claims submitted to Medicaid for reimbursement.
“Tammy Olaiya is a ‘triple threat’ of criminality – drug trafficker, a fraudster, and a liar,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Olaiya, a Nigerian immigrant who has spent the last two decades with the privilege of living in the United States as lawful permanent resident, clearly has zero respect for American laws pertaining to our borders, controlled substances, our financial system, or our health care system.”
According to court documents, Temitope Ayoni Olaiya, aka “Tammy”, 40, a Nigerian national residing in Hyattsville, Maryland, recruited men from the greater Washington, D.C. area to act as drug courier; i.e., to travel to foreign countries to obtain drugs to bring back into the United States. Olaiya opened bank accounts in the couriers’ names, assisted them in obtaining passports and visas, and booked their travel arrangements. The couriers that Olaiya recruited traveled primarily to São Paulo, Brazil, where they picked up kilogram quantities of cocaine hidden in the lining of soft-sided briefcases or attaché cases. Altogether, law enforcement seized nearly seven kilograms of cocaine at three different U.S. airports from three separate couriers recruited by Olaiya.
“Every single Medicaid dollar is precious and must be carefully guarded,” said Maureen R. Dixon, Special Agent in Charge for the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Accordingly we will continue working with all our law enforcement partners to preserve these vital funds.”
In addition to the cocaine importation scheme, Olaiya also submitted falsified and fraudulent claims to the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), a health care benefit program funded by Medicaid. Olaiya worked as a personal care aide for various home health agencies in the Washington D.C. area, and in order to receive payment for services rendered, Olaiya was required to submit timesheets signed by her clients documenting the services rendered. Instead of submitting time sheets for time actually worked providing health care services, Olaiya recruited Medicaid recipients to act as her “patients” and to sign her falsified timesheets in return for a small amount of money as a kickback. On at least two occasions, Olaiya billed DHCF for home health services she claimed to have provided while she was out of the country.
Separate and apart from the cocaine importation and the home health services scheme, Olaiya also used her African goods business in Maryland to carry out a bank fraud. Olaiya used accounts with payment platforms Square and Stripe to make fraudulent charges on stolen credit card numbers. Between June and December 2017, Olaiya submitted, or caused to be submitted, $381,500 in fraudulent credit card charges to the Stripe account. Thereafter, Olaiya switched over to Square, and in the course of about two months, racked up more than $100,000 in fraudulent charges. When Square informed Olaiya that the true account holder had challenged the transaction, Olaiya created handwritten, falsified invoices documenting items purportedly purchased by the account holder, and provided the fake invoices to Square.
Olaiya pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import five kilograms or more of cocaine, bank fraud, and making false statements relating to health care matters. She faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison for the cocaine importation charge when sentenced on Feb. 28, 2020. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
This case was prosecuted as part of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation Girl From Ipanema. The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.
U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine E. Rumbaugh is prosecuting the case.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C., and the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the DC Office of Inspector General provided significant assistance with the investigation.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:19-cr-294 and 1:19-cr-323.
Nigerian senate proposes 14 years jail term for sexual predators in Universities
The Sexual Harassment Bill sponsored by the Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege and President Muhammadu Buhari’s Finance Bill sponsored by Senate Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya scaled second reading on the floor of the Senate on Novemeber 6.
Ezrel Tabiowo, Special Assistant (Press) to President of the Senate said in a statement that the proposed legislation titled “A Bill for an Act to Prevent, Prohibit and Redress Sexual Harassment of Students in Tertiary Educational Institutions and for other matters connected therewith 2019” has 27 clauses.
Sexual offences defined in the bill includes; sexual intercourse with a student or demands for sex from a student or a prospective student or intimidating or creating a hostile or offensive environment for the student by soliciting for sex or making sexual advances.
Other forms of sexual harassment identified in the bill are;
grabbing, hugging, kissing, rubbing, stroking, touching, pinching the
breasts or hair or lips or hips or buttocks or any other sensual part of
the body of a student; or sending by hand or courier or electronic or
any other means naked or sexually explicit pictures or videos or sex
related objects to a student, and whistling or winking at a student or
screaming, exclaiming, joking or making sexually complimentary or
uncomplimentary remarks about a student’s physique or stalking a
Senator Omo-Agege who maintained that sexual harassment must be defined in tertiary educational institutions as statutory rape with strict liability for offenders to be prosecuted easily, however said extension of the bill to primary, secondary schools, worship centres and work place will not be necessary because the Criminal and Penal codes already adequately deals with these categories with sufficient clarity.
“The most effective way to deal with the offence of sexual harassment in our tertiary institutions is to penalise the very impropriety of the act, with or without consent” Senator Omo-Agege said in his lead debate.
The bill also prescribes expulsion for students who falsely accuse educators of sexual harassment.
He said, “An educator whose character is maligned is at liberty to sue for defamation under the law of defamation which is well-settled in our jurisprudence and needs no duplication in this bill.”
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