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In the Eastern District of Texas, a Nigerian man was sentenced to federal prison for fraud offences. Shalom Olumide Ayotunde, 39, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison on Thursday, January 6, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Amos L. Mazzant, III, after pleading guilty on July 1, 2021, to passport fraud, false claim to U.S. citizenship, wire fraud, and false statement to a financial institution. U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston revealed in a Justice Department release that Ayotunde was also sentenced to pay $1,067,000 in restitution. According to court filings, in June 2018, Ayotunde presented false identifying information in his application for a United States passport, fraudulently claiming to be a citizen of the United States. Ayotunde was allegedly involved in fabricating information in connection with multiple Payment Protection Program loan applications, and he ultimately obtained more than $1 million in false PPP loan proceeds. Furthermore, evidence established that Ayotunde was a member of a conspiracy to defraud corporations via business email compromise schemes, and that he functioned as a money mule when he knowingly accepted and transferred proceeds of illicit conduct. Ayotunde received or attempted to obtain more than $800,000 in stolen monies, according to evidence. On November 13, 2020, a federal grand jury delivered an indictment accusing Ayotunde with federal violations. The US Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Camelia Lopez.
100 Bishops, other Christian clerics Announce 3-day prayer at Unity Fountain for Governor Yahaya Bello
No fewer than 100 Christian clergy, chiefly Bishops, have stated their intention to hold a three-day prayer and fasting event in support of Governor Yahaya Bello’s election as president in 2023. The clergy are recruited from each state of the nation and the Federal Capital Territory, according to a statement issued by the convener, Bishop Jonathan Praise, on Tuesday in Abuja. He added that approximately 1,000 religious leaders, along with their pastors, are expected at the Unity Fountain Abuja, the location of the prayers. The objective of their gathering, according to Bishop Jonathan, is to provide a spiritual shield and support for Governor Bello, whom he describes as “God’s anointed candidate to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.” He explained that, like David in the Bible, Governor Bello is a man after God’s heart who must be protected at all costs in order to fulfill his mission. Recalling Bello’s rise to governorship, the Bishop said it was not by chance, but by fate, and that he would once again surprise naysayers at the polls. “There is no ruler in the Bible who was the apple of God’s eye like David. God’s heart had a special affinity for the man whom the Lord subsequently defined as “a man after my heart, who will do all my will” (Acts 13:33) “According to Bishop Jonathan. “David was not without flaws. In many respects, he failed and sinned. So, why did God lavishly adore and bless him? He was chosen by God. Our David is Yahaya Bello. He embodies all of his characteristics. “Bello, like David, is a young man who is driven, dedicated, charismatic, passionate, empathetic, and kind. Give it a name. He is a God-fearing man “.. Bishop Jonathan stated that, aside from the spiritual aspects revealed to him and other clerics, Bello excelled other so-called aspirants. He stated that the governor’s natural leadership characteristics, ideas, and tenacity are just what Nigeria needs at this vital juncture. “Even if we ignore the spiritual side and concentrate solely on the physical, Governor Bello is unrivaled. He is a young man who has shown promise.
On Tuesday, January 4, an attempted prison break at Kosere Correctional Centre in Ile Ife, Osun State, was prevented. Four detainees were slain in an attempted jailbreak during morning sanitation by some of the inmates. During morning sanitation/devotional sessions, inmates attempted to gain access to the prison’s main exit but were thwarted by security personnel. According to a source, “A number of the detainees began to come closer to the departure gate while performing devotional service following a sanitation drill.” “The security operators warned them, but one of them ran towards the gate and was shot by the operatives.” Three more people attempted to flee but were stopped by security operatives’ bullets. “For the time being, the issue is under control, and normalcy has restored to the facility.” Lanre Amoran, the Osun State Comptroller of Corrections, is said to have visited the facility for an on-the-spot assessment. Yemisi Opalola, the Police Public Relations Officer for the Osun command, verified the event but stated that she had yet to collect information. “Have you attempted a jailbreak in Ife?” Opalola asked. It occurred, but the details are not yet accessible. I’ll get back to you as soon as I have more briefings.”
The Rivers state police command has stated that no attempt was made to kidnap singer Teni in the state’s Degema, Asari Toru Local Government Area. While eyewitnesses reported sporadic gunshots forcing people to flee the venue and Teni being taken off the stage, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Iringe Grace Koko, said it was not a kidnapping attempt. According to Koko, some miscreants who had a misunderstanding at the show’s venue caused a scene that prompted security agents to fire some gunshots to deter violence. She went on to say that the miscreants had a “free for all moment,” but that the quick intervention of security agencies saved the situation.
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