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.
According to the Sudan Central Doctors’ Committee, more than 50 people have been killed in protests since the coup, including at least two on Sunday. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the coup leader, has defended the October coup, claiming that the army intervened to prevent a civil war from erupting. Sudan, he said, remains committed to the transition to civilian rule, with elections scheduled for July 2023. Sudan’s Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok, has resigned in the face of ongoing mass protests in the capital, Khartoum. Thousands marched in protest of Mr Hamdok’s recent agreement to share power with the army, which staged a coup in October, according to the BBC. Protesters chanted “power to the people” and demanded a return to full civilian rule. However, military forces carried out another violent crackdown, killing two people. Mr. Hamdok’s decision to resign gives the army complete control. It is yet another setback for Sudan’s fragile attempts at democratic transition after a popular uprising in 2019 resulted in the overthrow of Sudan’s long-term authoritarian President Omar al-Bashir. Mr Hamdok said in a televised address that the country was at a “dangerous turning point that threatens its entire survival.” He stated that he had done everything possible to prevent the country from “sliding towards disaster,” but that “despite everything that has been done to reach a consensus… it has not happened.” After the army staged a coup on October 25 and initially placed Prime Minister Hamdok under house arrest, civilian and military leaders reached an uneasy power-sharing agreement. The agreement reached with Mr Hamdok in November called for the reinstated prime minister to lead a cabinet of technocrats until elections could be held. However, it was unclear how much power the new civilian government would have, and protesters stated that they did not trust the military government. On Sunday, thousands of people marched through the streets of Khartoum and Omdurman, chanting and pleading with the military to leave politics alone. According to the Sudan Central Doctors’ Committee, more than 50 people have been killed in protests since the coup, including at least two on Sunday. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the coup leader, has defended the October coup, claiming that the army intervened to prevent a civil war from erupting. Sudan, he said, remains committed to the transition to civilian rule, with elections scheduled for July 2023.
The FCT police command has arrested one of its female officers, simply identified as Ruth, for allegedly inflicting injuries on her 10-year-old niece, Miracle. Ruth allegedly dipped her hand in hot water after catching Miracle stealing a piece of meat from her pot of soup at their Dutse Alhaji residence on Christmas Eve. Neighbors alerted police after hearing the minor’s cries. According to an eyewitness, “On Christmas Eve, she caught the young girl stealing a piece of meat from her pot of soup that she had prepared for the holiday.” “She was furious with her and tied her niece’s two hands with rope and submerged them in hot water.” “Her neighbors overheard her sobbing, and she later fled.” They were taken aback by what they saw. The girl suffered serious injuries to both hands, and one of her neighbors, unable to bear it, called the police. “It was the police who rushed her to Kubwa General Hospital.” The officer is still assigned to the Dutse Alhaji division.” Ruth’s arrest was confirmed by FCT police spokesperson DSP Josephine Adeh, who also revealed that an investigation is ongoing.
‘Nothing showed murder,’ police say of Sylvester’s autopsy report. The findings of the autopsy report on Sylvester Omoroni Jnr, a deceased student at Dowen College in Lagos, have been revealed by the Lagos state police. Hakeem Odumosu, the Lagos state police commissioner, stated that the autopsy report did not show that the 12-year-old student was murdered. Odumosu, on the other hand, stated that the investigation is still ongoing and that a toxicology test on the corpse is still scheduled. “We are not yet at the peak,” he said. However, we completed our investigation and sent the report to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, DPP, for legal advice on those arrested, and the DPP responded. “We went through the medical aspect, which was the post mortem. Post-mortem examinations were performed in Delta and Lagos states. The first one in Delta State was only witnessed by the deceased’s parents. “However, following a meeting with the parties involved and at the request and directive of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and my Inspector-General of Police, IGP Alkali Usman Baba, the second post mortem was conducted in Lagos.” The corpse was transported from Delta State to Lagos, where a post-mortem examination was conducted with all parties involved, including the parents of the deceased, parents of the students accused, the school authority, and the government. These were the four people who were present at the post-mortem. And the outcome is now available. “The Post Mortem report did not pin the blame for murder on anyone.” “Aside from the autopsy results, the court order that we obtained has lapsed, and we have released the house master and others on bail because there was nothing indicting them of murder.” “It’s only a murder case, and it’s not bailable.” Every other offense is a bailable offense. They have been detained for more than twenty days, which violates their fundamental human rights. Because medical and legal reports have not yet indicted them, I believe they should be released because bail is not the end of the case.
Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has compiled a list of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 100 achievements for 2021. Lai Mohammed remarked that the Buhari-led administration has achieved “tremendous” progress in combating insecurity and increasing the economy, claiming that success is evaluated not by the number of issues faced but by how they are addressed. The whole statement is as follows: TEXT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND CULTURE, ALHAJI LAI MOHAMMED, IN LAGOS ON THURSDAY, 30 DEC, 2021 TO SHOWCASE THE ACHIEVEMENTS
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has issued a new warning to Nigerians about herbal concoction hawkers, claiming that they lack proper storage regulations. Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of NAFDAC, issued the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday. According to NAN, the NAFDAC chief stated that any medicine sold on the streets or in buses should be avoided due to the unknown source. “They start producing bacteria in the liquid herbal mixtures after four or five days, especially in the liquid herbal concoctions.” “Even if the herbal concoction has some medical benefits,” she explained, “the bacterium will kill the person who is consuming it first.” Some herbal remedies, according to Adeyeye, function, but users must check that they have passed NAFDAC’s safety and efficacy examinations. “Many of our herbal medications work,” she continued, “but we need to perform a lot more research to explain how they function and at what dosage we should be taking them to avoid toxicity.” Because of the threat that performance-enhancing drugs pose to many naïve males, the DG warned against their usage. “Many men have died as a result of using performance-enhancing drugs,” she claimed, “because if they use them and have heart problems or ‘X’ sort of condition, it may easily kill.” According to Adeyeye, the agency would continue to take a holistic approach.
Fomusoh Ivo Feh, Afuh Nivelle Nfor, and Azah Levis Gob, three Cameroonian students convicted of sharing a Boko Haram joke, have been released. The students were released after serving seven years in prison, according to Amnesty International. The human rights organization also criticized the detention and conviction of the Cameroonian students, claiming that they were exercising their right to free expression. “These three students, who were merely exercising their right to freedom of expression,” Amnesty International stated in a statement, “should never have been arrested in the first place.” “The Cameroonian government must defend human rights and ensure that everyone has the freedom to express themselves without fear of retaliation.” The students were released after the Supreme Court of Cameroon lowered their sentence to five years in prison, according to the organization. The students had been detained since January 2015, but a military court sentenced them to ten years in jail in November 2016. According to the court’s statement, the students were imprisoned for failing to report terrorism-related information. The rights organization, on the other hand, said that the pupils were being punished for defying logic. According to Amnesty International, the joke was passed about as a reflection on the difficulty of finding a good job without being highly qualified. One of the condemned pupils had shared a text message with a friend in 2014. Boko Haram was recruiting young people who had completed at least four exam topics, according to the SMS message. A teacher eventually saw the message and confiscated the student’s phone, which he then gave to the cops.