The Police in Lagos have arrested Asabor Joel, pictured above, for impersonating Senator Andy Uba with the aim of defrauding unsuspecting victims on Facebook.

Police sources said the suspect had smartly opened a facebook account with the Senator’s photograph and entered into chats with unsuspecting job seekers where he allegedly asked them to pay certain amount of money to be able to secure employment in one of the oil companies.

It was gathered that the arrest which was effected on Monday, June 18, 2018 at Oghara, Delta State by crack detectives attached to ‘Area D’ Command Headquarters Mushin after one Charles Asugha on behalf of one Chinelo Nnedimma petitioned the police.

Joel successfully milked the complainant of the sum of N300,000.00. He directed her to contact another  law maker named ‘Nkiruka’ for further discussion with a view to getting more money from her adding that it was based on a developing twists and turns in the whole deal that raised the suspicion of  the victim.

''The petitioner alleged that sometime in December 2017, one Andy Uba who presented himself as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, informed via facebook assured and promised her a Direct reference as the Sales Manager of NNPC so that she can obtain the requisition form of NNPC recruiting form. He also sent a reference code via Facebook RB344/SV55700, promising the complainant that one Honorably Nkiru with telephone number 08118689670 will call her and assist her with the process of registration in securing the job. He also promised a recommendation letter to the office of the Honorable Nkiru so as to secure a job for the complainant by virtue of his recommendation as a Senator, instructing her to make sure she remitted every necessary details and information through Honorably Nkiru. He advised the complainant to purchase the NNPC recruitment scheme form sold for N35,350 together with the processing and a three-month training the complainant needs to undergo, after which she would be paid at the end of the training and thereafter , start work at NNPC with a monthly pay of N850,000. The complainant in the petition stated that the supposed Honorable Nkiru , contacted her with the telephone number given by ‘Senator Andy Uba’ and allegedly collected N300,000 from her. A breakdown of the amount collected according to her included : N38,850 paid for the form, N28,500 paid as acceptance fee, N45,850 for insurance and N220,000 for international passport. However , she stated that she became suspicious when she was told to pay additional N45,000 payment for visa'' a police source said

Confirming his arrest, the Lagos State Police public relations officer, CSP Chike Oti, said the suspect would be charged to court after investigation have been concluded. 

The Federal Government is reportedly making plans to disburse $322 million fund repatriated from the accounts of former Head of State, late General Sani Abacha in Switzerland to Nigerians.

DailyTrust reports that the National Coordinator of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), Nigeria and Special Assistant to the President on Justice Reforms, Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu disclosed this recently in an interactive session with newsmen.

Ibekeaku-Nwagwu said under a MoU with Switzerland, the funds would be paid directly into the accounts of the poorest Nigerians through their various accounts for two years and identification numbers to be made available on the website being developed by the National Social Investment office and the World Bank. She pleaded with Nigerians to be patient as the agency is working on the modalities and would brief the public on June 28th. Ibeakwu-Nwagwu added that the process for the payment will be transparent for civil society and the media to monitor.

She said despite oppositions against the MoU from within and outside government, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN) and his team have pursued President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda of ensuring that the $322m was returned for deployment in the social safety nets project, which would make targeted transfers to the poor and vulnerable households.

“The poorest members of the community will be registered online, and before you make any payment, they must have an ID number so that every payment would be tracked. No amount will be paid out without a joint signature between Nigeria and the World Bank and without identification of individuals,” she said.

Ibekeaku-Nwagwu said President Buhari’s commitment to the Open Government Partnership during the London Summit in 2016 has enhanced transparency and accountability in government budgeting and contracting, adding that “If there is anything we have achieved its about getting Nigerian citizens to become conscious about what is happening with their money.”

Leke Adeboye, one of the sons of Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, advised Nigerians in a video to go back to farming to meet their needs and stop asking the church for financial assistance.

Leke said in the video that Nigerians have gone out of recession but now face famine and to combat this problem, he asked Nigerians to go back to farming and the era of trade by barter. Whatever they are able to produce on their farms, he asked them to use those farm produce in exchange for those things they need but don't have.

He also warned against people writing letters to the church begging for financial assistance when they could have saved to avoid lack.

In reply, Freeze reminded him that charity begins at home and asked him why his father's church hasn't started collecting tithes and offering in grains and cattle like it was originally intended in the Bible.

Freeze wrote:

@lekeadeboye, how are you and how is your daddy? Tell him I send my utmost regards and kind considerations.
You are making a lot of sense with this trade by batter suggestion, but let me ask you this, does your dad pay his private jet pilots with cassava or rice? Does he exchange garri for aviation fuel?
Charity they say begins at home, why not start by collecting tithes and offering in grains and cattle like it was originally intended in the Bible?
The ‘jokers’ you mentioned so respectfully, could go to one of the numerous redeemed schools littered across Nigeria, can’t they? This shouldn’t be rocket science.
You speak of money ‘saved’. I ask from where precisely? Through what means was this money ‘earned’?
Do accept my kind regards to yourself and Pastor E. A. Adeboye, your father.
? Matthew 23:23 ?
King James Bible
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law....
? Leviticus 27:32 ?
New International Version
Every tithe of the herd and flock--every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd's rod--will be holy to the LORD.
? Deuteronomy 14:22 ?
New Living Translation
"You must set aside a tithe of your crops--one-tenth of all the crops you harvest each year.

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A human resources manager, Kamil Mahmud, has alleged being threatened by some operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

The 26-year-old claimed that the men threatened to drink his blood for allegedly disrespecting them.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Mahmud had driven behind his brother’s car to the Ikeja area for an interview on a radio station on Thursday.

They were returning on Friday when three policemen allegedly accosted them at the Agidingbi area of Ikeja.

Speaking with our correspondent on Sunday, Mahmud said he was about parking by the roadside when the operatives cocked their guns and threatened to shoot.

He said, “I waved my hand to tell them that I was not running away and I just wanted to find somewhere to park. I was thinking it was going to be a normal civilian-police conversation. But I realised the situation was getting more aggressive even before I got down from the car.

“One of the policemen asked me to come down from the car and told my friends and my brothers, who were driving behind me, to stay back.

“I came down and he said he wanted to search the car. I told him to go ahead. But before he even tried to search, he had started manhandling me.

“I told him that he had not even asked for my name or who owned the car I was driving and what I did for a living.

He, however, searched me and the car without finding anything incriminating.

“I don’t drive with my shoes on; so, when I got down, I was barefooted. I told the three officers more than five times that I wanted to get my shoes, but they looked at me with no response.

“The moment I tried to get my shoes, the policemen went berserk and started slapping and hitting me. One of them was shouting that he drank blood and he was ready to drink my blood. He pulled my shirt and trousers and threw me into their vehicle, a Sienna, without a number plate.”

According to Mahmud, a passerby who wanted to intervene was threatened with a cutlass.

He added that he had attempted to beg the officers when one of them further beat him with a cutlass.

The Edo State indigene said, “As I sat on the back seat of their car, one of them put handcuffs in my hands. They never told me what I did wrong.

“The one who assaulted me with the cutlass started the car and drove to Ikeja GRA. On getting to the Area F Police Commad, the officers refused to enter the premises and I told them that they should take me inside the station and file a report because I really wanted to know what my offence was. They shouted at me that I still had the mouth to talk.

“The officer driving had a bottle of gin in front of the car; he was drinking and driving. They later negotiated with my brothers and demanded N15,000.

“My brothers went to use the ATM at Conoil Filling Station, but the ATM did not dispense cash. Then one of the policemen got angry and started driving towards Oba Akran Road. When we got there, he parked and waited for my brothers.

“My brothers came and told them that they were able to get N8,000. They collected it, removed the handcuffs from my hand and told me to get out of their car.”

Mahmud demanded the arrest and prosecution of the policemen, adding that he was robbed by the law enforcement agents.

He said the cops wore the F-SARS jackets and had guns with police tags.

The Lagos State Police Public Relation Officer, CSP Chike Oti, said, “They are not SARS officials because SARS officials in Lagos State have uniforms that have code numbers with which they can be identified easily and SARS officials in Lagos State are under the instruction of the Commissioner of Police not to conduct stop and search in Lagos State.

“However, the complainant should come forward to give us vital information about the officers, so that we can arrest whoever the people might be; but I know that they are not SARS officials.”

A gang of suspected armed robbers has raped an unnamed member of the National Youth Service Corps in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

It was learnt that the hoodlums, during a house-to-house robbery at Yenizue- Gene, a suburb of Yenagoa, attacked the corps member’s apartment located in the area on Sunday.

The armed robbers, said to be three, reportedly stormed the area around 3am and fired several gunshots into the air to scare away members of a vigilance group, who used sticks and cutlasses as weapons.

The hoodlums were said to have robbed the victim of her mobile phones, cash and later raped her.

A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the armed robbers took turns to rape the victim in spite of her plea for mercy.

“She has been taken to a hospital for treatment,” the source added.

It was said that the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company had, since November 2017, thrown the entire state into darkness with electricity restored once in a while.

The development reportedly led to an upsurge in criminal activities, particularly cult-related killings and armed robberies.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Police Command, Mr Asinim Butswat, confirmed the robbery.
Butswat, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said, “The traumatised corps member reported the matter to the police station, including the way the hoodlums took turns to rape her.
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