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Lagos EndSARS Panel Illegal, Can’t Probe Military, Police – Keyamo

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The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has described the Lagos State EndSARS panel as “illegal”.

Keyamo also claimed it was not within their jurisdiction to investigate Federal Government institutions and officers of the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Army.

The minister stated this while appearing on Sunday Politics on Channels Television.

The panel had stated in its report that at least nine persons were killed on October 20, 2020, when soldiers and policemen stormed the Lekki tollgate to disperse #EndSARS protesters and described the incident as a “massacre in context.”

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However, Keyamo was asked why the President Muhammadu Buhari called for constitution of panels across the states to investigate cases of human rights abuses while the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, would later dismiss the report by the Lagos panel.

He said, “I will not answer this question as a sitting minister. I will answer this question as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria – a member of the Inner Bar, and so I am entitled to my opinion. This is not the Federal Government’s position. From me, that panel was an illegal panel. It was totally illegal.

“All lawyers who are listening to me should go back and read the Tribunals of Enquiry Act of Lagos State. It says that the governor will have the powers to inquire into the conduct of any person – underline any person – and chieftaincy matters and any other matter that will promote the good of the public.

“However, ‘any person’ there was defined in Section 21 to mean public officers of the state. It is defined to mean somebody within the public service of Lagos State or of the local government as the case may be.

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“Then, the phrase was used at the end of Section 1 that says ‘any matter’…that they can inquire into any matter. People now think that to inquire into any matter, it means that you can just be at large.

“However, if you look at Section 21 again, it says that it has to be within the legislative competence of Lagos State. In other words, it is only people over whom the Lagos State has control that they can inquire into their conduct. If you don’t have control over me, you cannot inquire into my conduct.

“Policemen, the Armed Forces, military; they are not under or officers of Lagos State, they are officers of the Federal Government. By virtue of the Constitution, it is only the Federal Government that can control the conduct of policemen and the military. Lagos State cannot be in control; they cannot legislate too, regarding police and military matters; they are on the Exclusive Legislative List.”

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N525m Fr@ud: Court Jails ‘Yahoo Boy’ For 235 Years In Uyo

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Justice Agatha Okeke of the Federal High Court, Uyo has jailed a notorious ‘yahoo boy’ identified as Scales Olatunji to 235years imprisonment for internet fraud and money laundering.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwajeren, released a statement revealing that Olatunji was arraigned on July 2, 2019 on 45-count charges bordering on identity theft, money laundering and conspiracy.

One of the counts reads:

“That you, Scales Olatunji Ishola “M”, Meraiyebu Charles “M”(at large), Gabriel Adeyemi Olugbenga “M”(at large), Ojomo Oluwatobi Ayodele “M”(at large) and Adekola Oluwatoyin “M”(at large), between January 2017 to October 2018, in Nigeria, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired amongst yourselves to convert the total sum of N525,172,580.00 (Five Hundred and Twenty Five Million, One Hundred and Seventy-two Thousand, Five Hundred and Eighty Naira) only, which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of proceeds of unlawful activities to wit: fraud (Business E-mail Compromise and Identity Theft), and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act”

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Another count reads:

“That you, Scales Olatunji Ishola “M” on or about the 15th day of May 2018, in Nigeria, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud did send electronic messages (email) using emailoffice01@aol.com to one Monica Goulmoen of the Charity Association for providing girls and boys in Kobane with a football pitch, while impersonating a certain Per Ravn Omdal, a former Norwegian Football Association President, demanding the sum of €64,000.00 (Sixty-Four Thousand Euros) to be transferred to you via IBAN GB74HBUK40062132722119 which was paid and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (3)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (4) of the same Act”.

Delivering judgment on Monday, June 27, Justice Okeke convicted Olatunji on all the 45- counts preferred against him by the EFCC. Justice Okeke said that, “the evidence of the prosecution witnesses are consistent and the prosecution established the guilt of the defendant in the case of money laundering as it relates to count one to five of the charges. The prosecution also established the guilt of the defendant in the offence of cybercrime as it relates to count six to forty five of the charges. The prosecution, on the totality of evidence before this court, proved the charges against the defendant.”

The judge sentenced Olatunji to seven (7) years imprisonment on counts one to five, and five (5) years imprisonment on counts six to forty-five. The sentence, shall, however, run concurrently with effect from the date of arrest.

The convict met his waterloo when operatives of the EFCC arrested him on March 20, 2019 at his Ikota , Lekki’s residence based on a petition from the Oslo Police District in Norway, requesting the assistance of the EFCC in investigating a network of Nigerians that had defrauded Norwegian citizens for years.

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President Buhari’s Granddaughter Graduates From College (Photos)

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It’s a proud moment for Hajia Hadiza Bello, President Buhari’s second daughter, as her daughter, Amal, graduates from college.

Amal, the granddaughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, graduated from Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (NTIC).

Her mother, Hajia Hadiza Bello, and aunt, Halima Sheriff, were present at the graduation ceremony, which was held in Abuja on Tuesday, June 28.

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See adorable photos from the event that were shared online.

In other news, some students from Zamfara state who are currently on scholarship at the Cyprus International University have called out the state government for abandoning them in a foreign country.

A video that found its way to the internet on Tuesday, June 29, shows some of the students – both male and female – sleeping on mats in an open space at night.

One of the students who spoke in the video said they were kicked out of their dormitories by the school management because of unpaid fees and debts.

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He said some of them took refuge in a nearby mosque while others left to God-knows-where however, the mosque was shut down recently and now they’ve been forced to sleep on the streets without shelter.

He said,

“We have been in so much debt to the extent that the school says they can no longer take it.

They have sent us out of the dormitory. For seven days now, we have been living out of our dormitories.

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Some of us have been living in the mosque while some of us are nowhere to be found.”

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Church Members ‘Manifest’ After Drinking Water From Their Pastor’s ‘Anointed’ Taps

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Some members of a church in Zimbabwe were pictured ‘manifesting’ after drinking from ‘anointed’ taps installed by their pastor.

The rather bizarre event took place at the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries in Waterfalls, Harare, Zimbabwe.

According to the founder of the church, Prophet Walter Magaya, who took to Facebook to share the pictures, the taps are anointed and carry different types of anointing.

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He also disclosed that the taps are part of the installations of his new walk through altar.

He wrote on Facebook;

“There are four taps and all are anointed. You should drink from all four for they carry a different anointing and they are commissioned differently. You are welcome to drink and have your own encounter.”

At the opening service, members of his church were seen queuing to drink water from the anointed taps and afterwards, some of them were carried away in the spirit and started ‘manifesting’ in abnormal ways.

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In other news, some students from Zamfara state who are currently on scholarship at the Cyprus International University have called out the state government for abandoning them in a foreign country.

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A video that found its way to the internet on Tuesday, June 29, shows some of the students – both male and female – sleeping on mats in an open space at night.

One of the students who spoke in the video said they were kicked out of their dormitories by the school management because of unpaid fees and debts.

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Lady Who Raised False Kidnap Alarm On Twitter Arraigned In Court

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Amirah Safiyanu, the young lady who raised a false kidnap alarm on Twitter, has been arraigned at the Zone 2 Magistrate Court today, June 29.

Amira had, in a series of tweets on Tuesday, June 14, alleged that she and 17 other victims were abducted at gunpoint from different parts of Abuja by men in uniform and driven off in a van and later separated into two groups.

She also tweeted the locations of the alleged kidnappers, claiming they were unaware that she was on the phone.

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The police swung into action to rescue the alleged victims, but later disclosed in a statement that they had found Amirah and debunked the alleged kidnapping.

Amirah Safiyanu later apologized for misleading the public and the Nigerian police force. She claimed she had intentionally taken herself out of her house to those locations and starved herself for four days.

In her words,

“I intentionally took myself out of our house, went to these locations, entered bushes and dehydrated and starved myself for four days just like that, there was no kidnapping, nothing at all, I truly apologize and please pray for me. I Need it.”

Safiyanu was arrested and arraigned at the magistrate’s court in Zone 2 Abuja today, Wednesday, June 29.

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The presiding judge, however, granted Safiyanu bail over mental health issues.

A video showing the moment she arrived in court has been shared online.

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