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Police Deny Arresting Driver Who Allegedly Sold Passengers In Osun

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The police command in Osun has debunked a social media report that it arrested a commercial bus driver, who allegedly sold 18 passengers to kidnappers.

In a statement by its spokesperson, SP Yemisi Opalola, on Wednesday in Osogbo, the command described the report as false and mischievous.

It said that the driver only abandoned the passengers at Efon Alaye in Ekiti, after they stopped to help some accident victims on their way from Abuja to Lagos.

“The attention of Osun State Police Command has been drawn to news making rounds which reads thus: ‘People of Nigeria, if your relative is missing this morning, 19/07/2021, if he was travelling from Abuja to Lagos/lbadan (passing through Kabba/Ekiti), a driver has been arrested this evening at Ilesa/Ibadan Expressway with full loading of luggage but the whole of 18 passengers have been sold to kidnappers along Ita-Ore Road in Ekiti State,” the command said.

According to the command, the social media report claimed that the driver was in police custody at Ijamo Ilesa, Osun State.

It added that the report claimed that the plate number of the bus was KPA116LG.

“The command hereby wishes to debunk the rumour and state emphatically that there was no such case reported at Ijamo nor any other police station in Osun.

“The news is false and mischievous.

“What happened is that a driver abandoned his good samaritan passengers, who offered to rescue some victims at a scene of accident at Efon Alaye on their way from Abuja.

“He left his passengers and went into hiding, with his vehicle at a point near Ilesa,” the command said.

It said that the driver was, however, accosted by police officers from Ijamo Police Station and handed over to a police patrol team led by the Divisional Police Officer of Efon Alaye Division, Ekiti.

“The driver thereafter was taken to Efon Alaye in the neighbouring Ekiti State Command with the vehicle, being the jurisdiction in which the incident occurred.

“Osun State Police Command therefore urges the general public to disregard the news, and wishes to warn against the spread or peddling of fake and unconfirmed stories.

“Spreading false information will not only instill fear in the members of the public, but also create unnecessary panic, tension and commotion in the land,” the command said.

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Governor Dapo Abiodun Loses Father

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Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has lost his father, Dr Emmanuel Adesanya Abiodun, at the ripe age of 89.

The Abiodun family of Iperu-Remo, Ogun State, issued a statement as they revealed that Dr Abiodun was a devout educationist and he died after a brief illness.

The statement read: “Dr Abiodun, a devout Christian, is survived by his wife, Mrs Victoria Abiodun, many children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other family members, amongst them the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, MFR.

“The deceased, an Educationist, worked as a school teacher for many years across the old Western State and was fondly called “Baba Teacher” due to his dedication to duty imparting knowledge and inculcating the right values in his students.”

Meanwhile, Governor Dapo Abiodun has vowed to deal ruthlessly with cultists and their places of association in the state.

According to Abiodun, he won’t spare cultists and their parents in the event that they are arrested. He explained that he cannot sit idle and allow a cultist or a thug to cause chaos and scare investors away from Ogun State.

The governor made the submission during a campaign rally at Remo North Local Government Area of the state.

In his words: “In this local government, I know there are some people behaving like hoodlums; they said they are cultists or so. You see, God blessed us in Ogun State with something – we are the only neighbour Lagos has. So, we are the closest to the biggest airport and the biggest seaport. That is why we are the industrial capital of Nigeria. We cannot allow a cultist or a thug to cause chaos and scare investors away from Ogun State,”

“Any house where a cultist is discovered will be demolished. Parents should warn their children because it is going to be tough.

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ASUU/FG Meeting Ends With Task For Union

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The Federal Government has said that the meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) meant at evaluating the implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MOA) entered into by the parties was successful.

Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, disclosed this while addressing journalists at the end of a closed-door meeting in Abuja on Monday.

Ngige explained that the meeting evaluated seven main issues with both parties expressing satisfaction with the completion stages, adding that “work is in progress”.

According to him, some of the items in the MOA were nearly done 100 percent within the timeline.

The minister said that the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) was instructed to expedite action on the integrity test on the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS).

He said, ”If successful, it will eliminate the challenges posed by the peculiarities of the university system to the current payment platform.”

Ngige said the government had also paid the N30 billion as the University Revitalisation Fund contained in the MOA since January 2021.

He said, “The report has been turned in, deliberated upon and both the Education Ministry and the NUC have promised to write to the Accountant General of the Federation next week for the release of the money to the NEEDS Special Account for onward disbursement to universities shortly.”

The minister added, “On the proliferation of State universities, a bill has been sent to the National Assembly by the NUC to strengthen its arms in terms of delisting universities where funding and other parameters are inadequate.

”ASUU is to go back to its members so that we can have a proper update on the extent of the inconsistencies in payment.

”We expressed our displeasure that these things are happening – amputation of salaries, not-too-clear, foggy things happening over peoples monthly emoluments. So we’ve asked IPPIS and ASUU to work together over this.”

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FBI Probe: EFCC Denies Advising Mompha Amid Hushpuppi’s Trial

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has condemned comments by Ismaila Mustapha, alias Mompha, on the trial of Ramon Abbas a.k.a. Hushpuppi by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Mompha had asserted that the commission advised him to maintain a low profile in the wake of the indictment of his friend, Hushpuppi in a $1.1million fraud.

He told Daddy Freeze in an interview that after deleting Instagram photos in the wake of Hushpuppi’s arrest, EFCC called him “to post my pictures back because it will be as if I am involved”.

Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC Head of Media, in a statement said Mompha did not mention the official who gave the counsel.

Uwujaren noted that his failure to ascribe the claim to anyone meant it was spurious and should be discountenanced.

EFCC insists it is not in the business of guiding suspected internet fraudsters and cannot advise one facing criminal charges in court.

The spokesman said Mompha and his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited, are facing prosecution on a 22-count charge.

These include retention of proceeds of unlawful activities and negotiating foreign exchange without license, contrary to Section 5 and 29 of the Foreign Exchange Monitoring and Miscellaneous (Provisions) Act, 2004.

Mompha is accused of engaging in forex transactions other than through the official market, contrary to provision of Section 11(1) (a) of the National Economic Intelligence Establishment Act to the tune of N32billion.

Noting that the EFCC called 10 witnesses and closed its case, Uwujaren recalled that the suspect filed a no-case submission which was overruled by the court.

Justice A. M. Liman of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, is presiding over the case.

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