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CBN Mandates Deposit Banks To Obtain Customers’ Social Media Handles For Identification


The CBN mandated financial institutions to obtain the social media handles of customers for the purpose of identification.

The directive is contained in a new CBN customer regulation, which is aimed at further strengthening the identification process in the banking system.

The bankers’ bank also in the diligence regulations mandated deposit money banks to obtain e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, and residential addresses, among other things, from customers.

Titled: “Central Bank of Nigeria (Customer Due Diligence) Regulations, 2023,” published on its website on Friday, the apex bank revealed that the new regulation was designed to provide additional customer due diligence measures for financial institutions under its regulatory purview.

The objective of the new regulations according to CBN includes, “To provide additional customer due diligence measures for financial institutions under the regulatory purview of the Central Bank of Nigeria to further their compliance with relevant provisions of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act (MLPPA), 2022, Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act (TPPA), 2022, Central Bank of Nigeria (Anti-Money Laundering, Combating the Financing of Terrorism and Countering Proliferation Financing of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Financial Institutions) Regulations, 2022 (CBN AML, CFT and CPF Regulations) and international best practices.

“And enable the CBN to enforce compliance with customer due diligence measures in line with the CBN AML, CFT and CPF Regulations.”

The apex bank, under its customer identification column, said financial institutions must identify their customers (whether permanent or occasional, and whether natural or legal persons or legal arrangements) and obtain the following information:

“For Individuals — legal name and any other names used (such as maiden name), permanent address (full physical address), residential address (where the customer can be located), telephone number, e-mail address, and social media handle; date and place of birth, Bank Verification number; Tax Identification number; nationality; occupation; public position held; and name of employer.”

It also noted that an individual must have “an official personal identification number or other unique identifier contained in an unexpired document issued by a government agency that bears the name, photograph, and signature of the customer, such as a passport, national identification card, residence permit, social security records, or drivers’ license.”

Part of the requirement includes “Type of account and nature of the banking relationship, and signature, and politically exposed person status.”

The financial regulator, maintained financial institutions shall not establish or keep anonymous accounts, numbered accounts, or accounts in fictitious names.

These regulations shall apply to all financial institutions under the purview of the CBN, the apex Bank maintained in the document.

JAMB will examine using individual devices for UTME — Oloyede


…… JAMB will examine using individual devices for UTME

By Funmilayo Adeyemi

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB ) says it is contemplating a new policy to allow the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates write the examinations with their personal phones and other devices.

The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede disclosed this in Abuja on Saturday at the 2023 Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions.

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He said this proposed policy was based on the rising cost of logistics in taking the UTME nationwide.

According to him, it cost the JAMB over N1.2billion to equip a Computer Based Test (CBT) centre in Kaduna state, particularly in procuring computers which candidates use to take the examination.

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”The policy which falls under the “Bring Your Own Device” may require candidates wishing to take UTME in the future to bring their own devices to the examination hall,” he said.

At the policy meeting, the registrar expressed concern over the crave for university education among candidates at the detriment of polytechnics and colleges of education.

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While condemning the wide disparity in admission quotas in the country, he advised aspiring candidates to explore other options within the tertiary education sector for admission. (NAN)




Let me begin by appreciating the leadership of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors for extending this invitation to us, before now, this association was  called the licensed surveyors Association, led by the Nationalist, late Herbert Macaulay in 1934 such pioneer leadership speaks good of the foundation of the Association. It remains one of the best institutions with a quality foundational base.

After Nigeria gained independence in 1960, the government continued to develop the surveying profession. The Nigerian Institution of Surveyors was established (between 1961 to 1966) to regulate and promote the surveying profession in the country.

Today, the Nigerian Bar Association stand before this August gathering to shed light on a group of professionals whose significance often goes unnoticed. These individuals are known as Surveyors, with their indispensable skills and unwavering dedication, have played a critical role in shaping the development of societies throughout history. As a Christian and a bible scholar, surveyor (s) may not have been noticed in the holy books as it ought to be but we must understand that in Proverbs 22:28, which says, “Do not move the ancient boundary which your fathers have set.” This verse emphasizes the importance of maintaining established boundaries and not moving them without proper authority.

Another verse that relates to measurement and accuracy is Proverbs 11:1, which says, “A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight.”

In Surah Al-Isra verse 35, which says, “And give full measure when you measure, and weigh with an even balance. That is the best [way] and best in result.” This verse  emphasizes the importance of accuracy and honesty in measurements, which are essential components of surveying.

The Quran mentions land ownership and property rights in several verses, such as Surah Al-Anfal verse 29 and Surah Al-Nisa verse 29. These verses highlight the importance of respecting boundaries and property rights, which are key aspects of surveying.

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Both the bible and Quran verses cited above emphasizes the importance of honesty and accuracy in measuring and weighing things.

In addition, the construction of the tabernacle in the Old Testament required precise measurements and dimensions, which may be seen as a form of surveying. Exodus 25:8-9 says, “Let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.” This highlights the importance of following specific measurements and instructions to construct something correctly.

From the insights given by the bible and Quran, we can jointly conclude today the historical importance, these unsung heroes known as surveyors.

Surveyors have always been the silent architects of progress. From the earliest civilizations, they have been the key figures in mapping and measuring the world around us. In ancient times, surveyors were responsible for establishing boundaries, measuring land, and creating maps that guided the growth and expansion of empires. They provided the crucial information needed for planning and building cities, roads, and infrastructure.

In the context of Nigeria, surveyors have played an indispensable role in the nation’s development. From the pre-colonial era to the present day, their expertise has been instrumental in delineating territories, resolving land disputes, and facilitating urban and rural development. Their contributions are deeply interwoven into the fabric of our nation’s progress.

During the colonial period, surveyors in Nigeria faced enormous challenges. They navigated difficult terrain, battled harsh weather conditions, and overcame cultural and language barriers to accurately survey the vast and diverse landscapes of the country. Their efforts formed the foundation for infrastructure development, town planning, and land management we enjoy today.

In this 57th Annual General Meeting/ Conference with the theme; INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF EARTH RESOURCES, DIGITAL ECONOMY AND NATIONAL SECURITY may not have come less a better time than now with the sui generis kind of leadership of the 19th President of the institution,  Surv. (Chief) Sir  Benard  Omoegbele Akhigbe which the NBA community is proud to say we lent to the Nigerian institute of Surveyors with post call age of over 30 years on a temporary basis which his transfer fees will elapse this year and NBA shall be glad to welcome him home as one of us.

Based on the theme of the conference, surveyors have been at the forefront of the technological revolution that has transformed their profession. The advent of advanced surveying equipment, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and remote sensing technologies has revolutionized their ability to collect, analyze, and present spatial data. This has greatly enhanced their capacity to provide accurate and reliable information for decision-making, planning, and development.

The field of surveying has undergone significant advancements in technology over the past few decades. Some of the latest technologies used in surveying are:

1. LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging): This technology involves using lasers to create detailed 3D models of the surveyed area. LiDAR technology is widely used in creating maps, measuring topography, and surveying large areas, making it an important tool in construction and infrastructure development.

2. GPS (Global Positioning System): GPS is commonly used in surveying for measuring land boundaries, creating maps, and determining accurate positions. GPS technology has become more advanced in recent years, with high-precision GPS systems capable of providing centimetre-level accuracy.

3. Drones: Drones are increasingly being used in surveying due to their ability to capture high-resolution aerial images and create accurate maps. Drones can be particularly useful in surveying hard-to-reach areas or sites that are difficult to access on foot.

4. GIS (Geographic Information System): GIS technology is used in surveying for mapping, analysis, and management of geographic data. This technology enables surveyors to create detailed maps and identify patterns or trends in the data they collect.

5. Total Stations: A total station is a surveying instrument that combines the use of a theodolite and EDM (Electronic Distance Meter) to measure angles and distances. This technology is commonly used in construction, land surveying, and mapping.

After Nigeria gained independence in 1960, the government continued to develop the surveying profession. The Nigerian Institution of Surveyors regulates and promotes the surveying profession in the country.

The use of modern technology such as GPS and GIS has revolutionized the profession in Nigeria, making it more accurate, efficient, and effective. Today, surveyors play an important role in various industries, including land development, infrastructure, and natural resources management.

As Nigeria continues to evolve and face new challenges, the role of surveyors’ remains as vital as ever. Rapid urbanization, population growth, and the need for sustainable development demand their expertise in urban planning, infrastructure development, and environmental management. Additionally, surveyors contribute to disaster management, ensuring preparedness and response in the face of natural calamities.

In conclusion, surveyors hold a position of critical importance in the development of every society, and Nigeria is no exception. Their historical contributions in mapping the Nigerian landscape, resolving land disputes, and facilitating development have shaped our nation’s progress. Today, their skills, knowledge, and dedication continue to play a pivotal role in addressing contemporary challenges and shaping a brighter future for Nigeria. The modern tools can identify potential crimes before it occurs, enhancing border security architecture as well preventing and having early warning of natural disaster.

IT IS NOT OUT OF PLACE to recognize and appreciate the surveyors who have devoted their lives to serving our nation in area of land boundaries clarification, Promoting of infrastructural development, increase in property, boosting of Economic development, and facilitating Urban planning etc . It is very important to support their endeavours and ensure that their profession receives the recognition and resources it deserves. Nigerians, and most importantly, leadership of this great country should appreciate and celebrate the critical importance of surveyors and acknowledge the profound impact they have on the development of our society hence I advocate the surveyors’ inclusion in every critical decision making in Nigeria for their painstaking role of showing every Nigerian the ROAD.

THANK YOU, for your time.

Clement Chukwuemeka Ugo

2nd Vice President, NBA


Buhari’s Legacy Puts Tinubu in Tight Spot, By Azu Ishiekwene

Ishiekwene is Editor-In-Chief of LEADERSHIP

…..Buhari’s Legacy Puts Tinubu in Tight Spot

Those familiar with road travel before fancy luxury buses and jeeps displaced wooden-back Bedford light trucks, famously called mammy wagons, might remember this ubiquitous message in cursive, bright colours scrawled on the rear and sometimes on the sides of trucks plying highways in Nigeria’s South-East: “No condition is permanent.”

I’m not quite sure what the motivation was. My guess is that it was a message of comfort to the despairing and a warning to those who take life too seriously: No condition is permanent.

True in life as in politics, that message rang again this week with wide-sweeping changes announced by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu that could affect top appointees in up to 567 parastatals, government departments and agencies.

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You would be forgiven to think it was not a transition from one All Progressives Congress (APC) government to another. The scope, speed and extent of the changes from Tinubu’s inauguration on May 29, make it look like a hostile takeover, the sort of thing one might have expected if the opposition had won the presidential election.

No one is exactly sure of the number of persons that may have been affected by the changes announced this week. But even if allowance is made for a few parastatals whose CEOs may remain in place and will now report directly to the President, instead of the boards which have now been dissolved, we may be looking at over 3,000. That is, assuming that each of the roughly 570 affected establishments has a board of at least six members. Often, the figure is higher.

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Regardless, every job loss is different in its own way, both in how it affects those directly involved and those who depend on them. Each political appointee has a personal story not conveyed in the usual press headlines of how many have been beheaded, politically, and how many more heads may roll. Like sharks, the press loves the smell of blood, as long as it is not their own.

It doesn’t matter how prepared those fired may be, they never seem prepared enough when the hammer eventually falls. It’s human nature. And those who take their place never fully learn the lesson of the message on the back of those South-East bound trucks until they, too, become victims.

Imagine, for example, the response of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, when six years ago he was told of a statement by the Presidency announcing that he had been removed as he emerged from a meeting in the Presidential Villa.

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“Who is the Presidency?”, Lawal asked State House reporters in a voice full of blessed self-assurance.

Well, that was his last question as SGF. He found, to his shock and surprise, that no condition is permanent. He had indeed been removed “with immediate effect,” with barely enough time to gather his files.

He should have learned from the public encounter of the great Nnamdi Azikiwe with Dr. Ukpabi Asika, who had been seconded by the military from the University of Ibadan to be civilian administrator of the East-Central State. Azikiwe had criticised Asika’s administration and the administrator didn’t like it at all.

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He replied mocking Azikiwe as “ex-this, ex-that, and ex-everything else,” adding that Azikiwe was just a politician craving relevance.

Azikiwe, who had the gift of asking his adversaries to go to hell and still make them look forward to the trip, replied Asika that one day, he too, would be ex-administrator of the East-Central State, as Asika’s father had also become ex-post master general of the post office in Onitsha, his hometown. The message on the back of the mammy wagon, he told Asika, is the inevitable story of every appointee: No condition is permanent.

Buhari’s Legacy Puts Tinubu in Tight Spot

Leader of the APC and former governor of Osun State, Bisi Akande, among the lucky few who lived to tell his own story recalled in My Participations, how in 1984 after General Muhammadu Buhari’s military coup, “fallen big men of yesterday wept like babies” when soldiers descended on them as was often the case during military rule.

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In the last 24 years of civilian rule, the experience of political appointees has been somewhat different. Perhaps former President Olusegun Obasanjo holds the record of the highest number of federal firings, especially after he retired scores of military officers who had been “politically exposed”, and followed up with public sector reforms that left even scores more out of jobs.

Perhaps because Obasanjo’s successors between 2007 and 2015 were also from his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and also because of his longevity in office, no other PDP president after him retired or sacked as many political appointees as he did.

Sixteen years after Obasanjo left office, Tinubu, a president from a rival party, appears ready to upend a record that once again reminds the public of the message on the back of the mammy wagon.

Even Buhari, who took over the reins of power as president from the opposition and matched Obasanjo’s two-term four-year tenure, did not seem to have the amount of appetite for table-shaking that Tinubu has shown in less than one month in office.

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Apart from retaining the service chiefs he inherited from former President Goodluck Jonathan for nearly three months, for example, Buhari also retained the suspended Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, and a number of heads of MDAs, first appointed by Jonathan.

Of course, Buhari made some changes. But with a few exceptions, he seemed to make changes only at gunpoint. Which was neither necessarily strategic nor carefully thought out.

There were cases where as a result of poor record-keeping, for example, appointees whose tenures were due escaped removal or where the president yielded to political pressure to extend the tenures of persons who had no business staying on.

Buhari’s 30-year absence from power, his nearly zero rigorous public activity after office, his narrow, clerically-biased social circle, and his introverted style were major handicaps after his election as president.

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His poor health in his first term did not help matters also. Yet, not a few close to him said once he made appointments, he had a tendency to abdicate rather than delegate responsibilities, often letting some of his appointees run amok.

That is partly why Tinubu’s actions in the last few weeks, especially the sackings this week, are looking like a hostile takeover.

But they are not. A number of the decisions taken by Tinubu since he assumed office, particularly the removal of petrol subsidy and unification of the exchange rate, were long overdue. Buhari ignored calls to act, even from a few inside his inner circle, choosing instead to bury his head in chaos under a rubble of debt.

As for the dissolution of the boards and the removal of service chiefs, it’s a ritual of every new government. The problem, in Buhari’s case, was a frighteningly bizarre absentmindedness or perhaps indifference, that left vital positions, especially in the Judiciary, unfilled; and overdue retirements unattended or indulged by unwarranted extensions.

On the whole, under Buhari, it seemed, once appointments were made, “all conditions were permanent!”

To be fair, accusations of nepotism against him during his first term were not entirely justified, at least up to December 2018. The data which I obtained from the Presidency at the time showed a distribution of 278 to 289 in the appointments of heads of parastatals and Federal agencies between the South and the North, as a whole.

Contrary to the trope of nepotism at the time, the North Central and South West had 102 and 101 respectively. The story changed in Buhari’s second term. And now, the public is watching to see how Tinubu, who has started the difficult task of correcting the outrageous lopsidedness in Buhari’s second term, manages the process.

Announcement of new policies and personnel changes, however crucial they may be, are only a form of signalling. The more difficult part would be what follows next, especially the institutional changes required to make public offices more responsive, less amenable to the whims of appointees and accountable and service-driven.

For now, I recommend the message on the back of the mammy wagon to both the incoming and outgoing appointees: No condition is permanent.

Ishiekwene is Editor-In-Chief of LEADERSHIP

Photo Of Nigerian Pastor Who Was Nabbed After Allegedly Defrauding Kwara University N19.3m


Temidayo Eseyin, an Ilorin-based associate pastor with the Living Faith Church also known as Winners Chapel, has been dragged to court.

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Wednesday, arraigned the pastor for allegedly defrauding Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State, to the tune of N19.3 million.

Eseyin, a lawyer and former member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ilorin Branch, was docked on a four-count bordering on dishonest misappropriation of funds belonging to the University before Justice Funsho Lawal of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.

In a petition to the EFCC, Eseyin, whilst being a counsel/attorney to Landmark University had access to her properties, title documents and funds.

In the assumed capacity, it was alleged that Eseyin was “cheating, defrauding, misappropriating and shortchanging his client to her utmost dismay”.

Specifically in one of his alleged atrocities, the defendant, between 2014 and 2022 managed a property known as “Old Midland Building” belonging to Landmark University, situated along Emir’s/Obbo Road, Ilorin, which rents Eseyin collected for 8 years and could not produce when asked.

The petitioner also alleged that Eseyin attempted to sell the property without instructions from the university, hence, the petition to the EFCC.

Count three of the charge reads, “That you, Temidayo Eseyin sometime in the year 2021, in Ilorin Kwara State, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court dishonestly misappropriated the sum of Six Million, Sixty Four Thousand Naira Only (6, 064,000) representing payment of rent on property known as Old Midland Building belonging to Landmark University and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Penal Code Law and Punishable under Section 309 of the same Law.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Following his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Rashidat Alao, urged the court to fix a date for trial, while praying the court to remand the defendant in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Centre pending trial.

However, Eseyin’s lawyer, Femi Makinde, moved an application for the bail of the defendant. He prayed the court to admit his client to bail pending trial.

Justice Lawal, while ruling on the application, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N10 million with two sureties in the sum of N5 million each.

The judge ordered that the sureties must have landed property within the jurisdiction of the court.

The judge, while adjourning the case to a date, which would be communicated to the parties, ordered that the defendant should be remanded in the custody of the EFCC pending the perfection of his bail conditions.

NAFDAC Uncovers Warehouse Revalidating G-Man Organic Energy Drink


A warehouse in Aba, Abia state where the G-Man organic energy drink is being revalidated, has been uncovered by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Vanguard reports.

This is coming on the heels of the arrest of six suspected counterfeiters over the importation, distribution and sale of unregistered and expired G-Man organic energy drinks in Delta and Anambra States.

According to NAFDAC investigations, the warehouse was discovered during an investigation by the Investigation and Enforcement Directorate in Asaba, Delta State.

Parading two of the suspects in Lagos during a press conference,  the Director General of NAFDAC,  explained that one Mr Okeke Udeze Francis was arrested with expired G-Man organic energy drink in Onitsha while Mr Uchenna Nwachi was arrested through one Mr Collins in Aba, Abia state.

She said further investigation led to the warehouse in Aba, where evidence of revalidation of the expiry date of the drink was established.

Stating that the case has been transferred to the office of the Director, Investigation and Enforcement Directorate in Lagos, Adeyeye said Mr Okeke had admitted to dealing with the product (G-Man energy drink) and stated that he got the product from one Mr Uchenna Nwachi through one Mr Collins in Aba, Abia state. 

“Following this revelation, the investigation was intensified to get the other suspects arrested.”

She said further investigation revealed that the violative G-Man energy drink was manufactured in Germany and was imported into Nigeria when some of the products were already expired, and some were close to expiry (and later expired after importation).

“The expiry dates on the products when imported were 18/12/2020 and 18/12/2022. The violative products were sent to Nigeria by one Mr Paschal Emeka Udo, who is said to be based in the United Kingdom.

“Mr Wilson John who was an accomplice in the case was later  arrested after we extracted a video recording of him cleaning the original date markings on the products with the intent to affix an extended date marking on the G-Man energy drink.”

The Director General who described the case as a case of food fraud, explained that Mr Uchenna Nwachi, who contracted out the revalidation of the product to Mr Wilson (a staff of the importer) was also arrested and in custody. 

She said two of the suspects including the importer of the products are still at large and efforts are still on to arrest them.

She said the suspects in custody will be charged in court.

Continuing, the Director-General further disclosed that the agency also arrested a notorious drug counterfeiter of medicines and narcotic drugs merchant, Mr Emmanuel Obidike, the Managing Director of Tof match Investment Ltd,  Onitsha.

She said intelligence tracking of a suspected importer of fake Basslox capsules (ampicillin 250mg + cloxacillin 250mg) lead to the arrest of the infamous counterfeit medicines and narcotics drugs importer and distributor, Mr Emmanuel Obidike.

“Painstaking surveillance and investigation on the reported case of Basslox capsules lead to the arrest of one Mr Anayo Okoye who eventually led us to Mr Emmanuel Obidike who is a notorious importer of counterfeit medicines.”

She said Obidike is known in the underworld counterfeit drugs trade as “Emma to-match”,  a fallout of his criminal act of counterfeiting popular brands of drugs.

She said he was caught with some international brands of drugs, packaging materials and security materials that were recovered from the warehouse of Mr Obidike.

She said the Marketing Authorisation Holders of the international brands confirmed that the products recovered from Mr Emmanuel Obidike were not from their company and therefore were fake.

She disclosed that the two suspects have been arraigned at Federal High Court in Awka Anambra state.

Adeyeye further disclosed that the agency has sealed a warehouse housing revalidated and unregistered expired animal feeds in Abuja worth N1.9 billion.

“On the 9th of June 2023, the Investigation and Enforcement Directorate stormed a warehouse belonging to Feed Avenue Limited in the Idu Industrial area of the Federal Capital Territory following an intelligence report.

“The company, belonging to a French national was revalidating the expiry dates of expired animal feeds premix which were not registered by NAFDAC.

“The warehouse manager who was on the ground at the time of the issue gave the total value of the revalidated finished products at one billion and nine hundred million nairas (N1,900,000,000.0) only.”

She said the warehouse was sealed and the warehouse manager was arrested.

I Was Moved By Evil Spirit – Ex-Vice Chairman of Inland Community Who Killed His Lover Confesses


Austin Ejovwo, the arrested ex-Vice Chairman of Okolor Inland community, Udu Local Government Area, Delta state, who murdered his own lover, Felicia Akpomeria, has made a confession.

The man said he was moved by evil spirit to commit the evil act.

This is coming as Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe in a telephone conversation said the Suspect will be charged to court soon.

According to information gathered from family sources, Ejovwo escaped to Ologbo bush to meet a relative after committing the crime.

Felicia was found dead in the lover’s bedroom apartment in her pool of blood from matchet wounds on Friday.

According to Godwin Laya, the victim’s relative. “He admitted the killing of my sister, Felicia, he said it was something that enter his eyes to kill her. He accused his mother of bewitching him.

“I think the killer is diverting attention from his real motives for killing our sister. He did acknowledge at Ovwian Police Division where he was first detained that he was owing our sister.

“For us he wasn’t pushed by any spirit. We hear he had committed an ealier murder. He belongs to the occultic. He either killed our sister for rituals or he killed her to evade refund of the money he was owing her.

“He ran to his sisters place where they produce palm oil and with his behaviour, the sister wanted to bring him back to the village before she was called from the village that her brother killed a woman.

“It was his sister that took him to Ovwain police station after she was informed. If they had called us before taking him to the police station, if he was brought to us, we would have retaliated our sister’s death because we are angry..

“The government should ensure that justice is served on the suspect.

“The man is a suspected ritualist, because our sister was found near a shrine inside the house, though I was not allowed to see the corpse of my sister at the mortuary by the police.”

Tears As AIT Founder, Raymond Dokpesi Is Buried In Edo State (Photos)


Raymond Dokpesi, the late chairman of DAAR Communications, owners of Africa Independent Television (AIT) and RayPower FM has been buried.

He was buried on Thursday in his home town, Agenebode, Edo State amid tears

Family, friends, political associates and well-wishers were all in attendance.

A requiem mass was held before the interment at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Agenebode.

Among those who witnessed the interment were Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke and media entrepreneur, Dele Momodu.

Recall, a service of songs was held at the deceased’s residence in Edo State on Wednesday.

The funeral commenced with a “day of tributes” on Monday at The Ballroom International Conference Centre in Abuja.

Among the dignitaries who attended it were former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate in Kogi State, Dino Melaye; Momodu; and Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki.

As of press time, guests were being hosted after the interment at St Peter’s Grammar School compound in Agenebode

Dokpesi, chairman of DAAR Communications which owns Africa Independent Television (AIT) and RayPower FM, died on May 29 at the age of 71, weeks after reportedly suffering a stroke.

Nigerian Fugitive Extradited From Hungary To U.S To Face Fraud Charges


A Nigerian man, Uchenna Christian Nlemchi, has been extradited from Hungary to the United States to face fraud charges.

Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, made this known in a statement on Thursday, June 22, 2023.

 The 31-year-old who made his initial appearance in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico on June 7 after being extradited from Hungary on an indictment charging him with conspiracy, 13 counts of wire fraud, 12 counts of money laundering, aggravated identity theft, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Nlemchi will remain in custody pending trial, which has not been scheduled.

A federal grand jury indicted Nlemchi on May 24, 2017. According to the indictment, Nlemchi and his co-conspirators registered with online dating websites to initiate romantic relationships with victims for the purpose of tricking those individuals into transferring money to them by way of false and fraudulent pretenses, representations and promises.

Simultaneously, the co-conspirators used phishing emails and malware to collect other victims’ email account names and passwords. They used this information to spy on email correspondence to identify upcoming financial transactions in order to divert and steal said funds and transfer them to bank accounts controlled by Nlemchi.

Nlemchi was arrested on these charges in June of 2017 and released on conditions pending trial. In Oct. of 2017, Nlemchi violated the conditions of his release, and an arrest warrant was issued.

At that time, Nlemchi fled the country and was believed to have returned to his native Nigeria.

The FBI pursued Nlemchi for five years before locating him in Hungary.

He was extradited to the United States and arrested on June 6, 2023.

The Albuquerque Division of the FBI investigated the case with assistance from the Albuquerque Police Department during the extradition process. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy Peña is prosecuting the case.

Traditional ruler advises men against ”indiscrimate” marriages


Alhaji Sani Umar-Jabbi, the District Head of Gagi in Sokoto South Local Government Area of Sokoto State, has advised men against what he called ”indiscriminate” marriages and giving birth to children they cannot cater for.

Umar-Jabbi gave the adviceat a five-day training programme organised by Global Rights, an international human rights capacity-building non-governmental organisation

The training is  with theme:” Gender Action Learning System (GALS) ” aimed at strengthening harmonious living relationship among households.

He commended the NGO for organising the soulmate training exercise.

”This programme is timely and relevant. Majority of men in the rural areas have been migrating to the urban centres, leaving thier family.

”It is sad to see women and children roaming the streets in the urban centres like Sokoto, a situation that will push some of them to engage in social vices just to have what they can feed their families with.

”My advice is that men should not engage in indiscriminate marriages, produce children that they cannot properly cater for,” he said. 

Earlier, Mr Edosa Oviawe, the Programme Officer of the NGO said the family is nucleus of civilisation

Oviawe said the NGO is training 20 couples on best family relationship practices and gender justice in Sokoto communities.

He said the training will enhance inclusiveness of women in the family system and decision-making process in the communities. 

Participants, he said,  were drawn from different communities.

”The training will be expanded to cover more couples in the rural areas to enhance the capacity of family members on best living practices,” he said. 

Also speaking, Mr Atta Barkindo from the Kukah Centre, described the programme as booster to correct misconceptions and enhance perceptions of households. 

Barkindo who was represented by a Gender Officer, Ms Amina Jatau, urged stakeholders to enhance proper understanding of gender justice and importance of dialogue within family system and community at large. 

Some partners, Malam Abubakar Gagi and his wife Fatima, expressed appreciation to the NGO over the efforts to strengthen the family system.

The couple said they were able to open up on some challenges they faced during the training. (NAN)