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EFCC Arraigns Staff of AIICO Capital Ltd Over N1.4billion Fraud Allegations

Three staff of AIICO Capital Ltd have being arraign before an Ikeja Special Offences Court by EFCC for allegedly defrauding their employer N1.4billion.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned three staff of AIICO Capital Ltd before an Ikeja Special Offences Court, for allegedly defrauding their employer, the sum of N1.4billion.

The staff, Harriet Onome, Olajumoke Akano and Olabode Ogunlere were charged with four counts of conspiracy and stealing.

They however denied the charges.

According to the EFCC prosecutor, Miss Chinenye Okezie, the defendants had sometime in 2020 in Lagos, committed the offences alongside one Olanrewaju Fabunmi who is now at large.

“Onome sometime between November to December 2020 converted to her own use the aggregate sum of N419.9million.

“Akano within the same period, dishonestly converted to her own use the aggregate sum of N167million.

“Between October to November 2020, Ogunlere fraudulently converted the aggregate sum of N65million to his personal use.

“The said sums are property of AIICO Capital Ltd,” she said.

According to the anti-graft agency, the offences contravene Sections 287(8) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

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Following their arraignment, Mr Tayo Oyetibo (SAN) (Onome’s defence counsel) and Mr Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN) (Akano and Ogunlere’s defence counsel), applied for the defendants bail to be granted in liberal terms.

Ms Okezie however opposed the bail applications. She noted that Onome is a flight risk who has a two-year valid visa to the United Kingdom.

“If the court should consider granting the defendants bail it should be on stiff conditions that will ensure the defendants attendance in court,” she said.

Responding, Oyetibo told the court that Onome was not a flight risk because her international passport is with the EFCC and applied that her international passport be deposited with the registrar of the court.

Olumide-Fusika in his submission said that Akano is a nursing mother and had never jumped the bail which was granted to her by the EFCC when she was being investigated.

He also noted that though Ogunlere was initially detained by the EFCC for five-days over the alleged fraud, he always honoured the anti-graft agency’s invitation after he was granted bail.

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Delivering a ruling on the bail applications, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo granted each of the sureties N50million bail with two sureties in like sum.

“One of the sureties must be a land owner and the Registrar of Titles shall verify the location of the land.

“The other surety shall be a close relative who must be resident in Lagos. The identities of the sureties a must be verified by the court,” she said.

The case was adjourned until Oct. 12 for trial.

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Alleged Killers Deny Role In The Killing of Minor

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The alleged killers of a 7-year-old Kazeem Rafiu have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and murder.

This followed the arraignment of the two suspects, four years after they allegedly committed the offence.

Adedoyin Oyekanmi and Erinmole Adetokunbo denied killing the boy on Monday at their arraignment before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court in Ikeja.

In 2017, 26-year-old, Erinmole and Adedoyin were remanded in prison custody in connection with the death of Kazeem Rafiu.

When the matter was called, the court registrar read charges: “That you, Adedoyin Oyekanmi and Erinmole Adetokunbo, on June 7, 2017, at about 2pm on Oke-Oniburokun Street, Odokekere, Ikorodu, Lagos, in the Ikeja jurisdiction, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony, to wit: murder, thereby committing an offence.

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“That you, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned jurisdiction, did kill one Kazeem Rafiu, aged seven, by cutting off his head with a cutlass, thereby committing an offence.

“That you, without lawful justification or excuse, dismembered the remains of one Kazeem Rafiu, aged seven.”

Erinmole and Adedoyin was said to have lured the boy from his parents’ house on Sotunyo Street to the church’s premises on Oke-Oniburokun Street, Odo-kekere, Ikorodu where he was said to have been killed.

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Also the defendants were said to have beheaded him and buried the head around the church’s altar, while the body was kept in a canal.

Erinmole was later apprehended by residents. He was said to have confessed to to the crime with Adedoyin.

Upon denying the allegations against them, the judge fixed November 6, 2021 for commencement of trial

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Businessman Land In Court Over Insulting Policemen

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Justice Anas Isa, of Karu Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, has granted a businessman, Lekan Sebanjo, five hundred thousand naira bail with two sureties.

The judge granted him bail after his arraignment for allegedly insulting police officers on duty.

According to Police, Sebanjo who resides at Jikowi, on the outskirts of Abuja, obstructed police team in the discharge of their functions.

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“A team of policemen led by ASP Bukar Mohammed intercepted an offender and his vehicle.

From nowhere, Sebanjo came out and began to rain insults on the police operatives thereby obstructing them from discharging their functions,’’ Adeyanju told the court.

The prosecutor, Ayotunde Adeyanju, told the court that the offence contravened provisions of the Penal Code.

Sebanjo denied the allegation.

After entertaining submission of Counsel, the judge granted him bail and adjourned the case to October 6 for hearing

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Fanatic Group, White Rabbits Leader Sentence To 53yrs Imprisonment

Fanatic Group, White Rabbits Leader, Emily Claire Hari Sentence To 53yrs Imprisonment for bombing a Minnesota mosque in 2017.

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A transgender woman who led a militia called The White Rabbits has been sentenced to 53 years in prison for bombing a Minnesota mosque in 2017, the Justice Department announced.

Emily Claire Hari, 50, was convicted last year on five counts including the bombing, destruction of religious property and using force to obstruct worship, the department said in a statement late Monday.

It said that Hari who at the time identified as a man, Michael Hari organised a “terrorist militia group” named The White Rabbits in Clarence, Illinois.

Hari recruited two men, Michael McWhorter and Joe Morris, into the group, and on August 5, they attacked the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center (DAF) in Bloomington, Minnesota, around 500 miles (800 kilometres) away.

In the early morning hours, as some people were gathering at the mosque for prayers, they broke a window and threw containers of volatile fuel and a pipe bomb inside, which exploded, causing heavy damage.

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“Hari targeted DAF specifically to terrorize Muslims into believing they are not welcome in the United States and should leave the country,” the department said.

In January 2019, McWhorter and Morris pleaded guilty to the bombing, while Hari fought the case at trial.

Hari’s two accomplices have not yet been sentenced.

“Hari sought to terrorize an entire faith community. Today’s sentence makes clear that such acts of hate-fueled terror will not be tolerated,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco in a statement.

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