EFCC recovers N156bn, secures 3,175 convictions in a year

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

 

The executive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ola Olukoyede, has secured 3,175 convictions and recovered N156, 276,691,242.30 between May 29, 2023 when President Bola Tinubu assumed office and May 29, 2024.

He made this known in Abuja on Wednesday at the launch of Zero Tolerance Club at the University Abuja (UniAbuja), Gwagwalada campus, Abuja.

EFCC spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, in a statement on Wednesday night, said Olukoyede, who spoke through the secretary to the commission, Mohammed Hammajoda, said the EFCC also recovered $43,835,214.24, £25,365.00, €186,947.10, ₹51,360.00, C$3,750.00, A$740.00, ¥74,754.00, R35,000.00, 42,390.00 UAE Dirhams, 247.00 Riyals and 21,580, 867631 Crypto Currency.

Speaking further, the chairman stated that, though the EFCC put up impressive performance within the year, involvement of youths in internet fraud continued to pose serious concerns to every stakeholder in the anti-graft war.

“In spite of this commendable performance, the commission is deeply worried about the increasing involvement of young people, including students, in cybercrime, popularly called yahoo yahoo. Hundreds of suspects are arrested monthly, with many of them ending up in jail,” he said.

He called on students of the university to stay away from internet fraud, stressing that conviction for fraud “is a burden that will leave a life-long scar on the fortunes of these youths.”

He further stated that there was no justification for cybercrime anywhere.

“There is no justification that will make yahoo yahoo acceptable. Contrary to the impression in some quarters, being a fraudster is not synonymous with creativity or being smart. As students, you are expected to channel your creative energies into useful engagements and not get entangled in cheating others of their resources,” he stated.

Nigerians living in Nigeria and diaspora can now earn US Dollars legitimately, you can earn as much as $17,000(25millon naira)

Association of Cooperate Online Editors extend Excos tenure, make some appointments 

By Favour Nnabugwu 
Association of Cooperate Online Editors (ACOE) at its maiden post incorporation Congress has approved the extension of the tenure of its acting executives for another fifteen months with effect from May 16, 2024 with a mandate to midwife the election of a substantive executive within the window.
The Congress which held in Abuja yesterday May 16, 2024 also approved the appointment of both ‘Seun Ibukun-Oni (Daily Courier News) and Alabidun Abdulrahman (Intercontinental News 247), as Publicity Secretary and Assistant Secretary respectively, expanding the executive members of the Association. While Ibeneme Ebelechukwu (Chronicles Online ) was appointed to replace the Treasurer. In addition, the Congress constituted two ad-hoc committees to lay an enduring foundation for the Association.
Hence, the updated roll call of ACOE acting executives include: Chairman, Martins Odiete; Vice-Chairman, Ignatius Ushie; Secretary, Shola Akingboye; Financial Secretary, Khadijat ; Treasurer, Ibeneme Ebelechukwu; Publicity Secretary, ‘Seun Ibukun-Oni and Assistant Secretary, Alabidun Abdulrahman.
The extension of the Martins Odiete led executive’s  tenure is in recognition and appreciation of the impact their leadership has had since conception of the Association to its current incorporation status. During the incubation phase , the executives focused on steadying the Association which was reeling from the effects of minimal trust in online platforms and repeated registration denials.
These efforts metamorphosed into this nascent but burgeoning media Association with the primary aim of promoting ethical journalism across the various online genres.
Within the period, the executive have been saddle with the task of conducting the inaugural investiture of the pioneer members of the Association in February 2025.
As part of its commitment to ethical journalism, the Association has set up an Accreditation Committee chaired by Onyebuchi Nze (Investigators News), with the task of setting admission criteria, vetting and screening potential members. The Association is convinced that the experienced committee members will add the bakers dozen to help position the Association as a professional, ethical and pragmatic media Associate.
Other members of the Accreditation Committee include:  Fred Idehai, (CNA); Joy Odor, (Report Circle Online);  ‘Seun Ibukun Oni, (Daily Courier); and
Queen Kunde, (Ziti Online News).
The near completion of the Association’s website was greeted with oviations by the Congress. The website, when activated will serve as the repository of all ACOE’s engagements and initiatives. It will serve as an authenticator for all members to separate the wheat from the chaff in the largely uncensored online journalism space.
In our bid to factually interrogate and demand accountability in the public sector, the Association has set in motion plans to host Quarterly physical/online High-level Policy Dialogue (For head of MDAs at the state and federal level, which will include the legislature, judiciary and the highest level of executive).
To educate the citizenry and to sustain public enlightenment, ACOE by the leave of Congress will facilitate a Monthly Twitter/Facebook live engagement for members and public enlightenment.
A media committee chaired by the Publicity Secretary, ‘Seun Ibukun-Oni was immediately set up for the tasks. The other members are: Moses Okorie,  (Nations Pride); Nnamdi Okosieme, (News Allround); Ameh Gabriel, (The Sightnews); Queen Kunde, (Ziti Online News); Samuel Ahmadu (Savid News) and Raymond Nyatit Enoch,  (Paradigm  Online News) to develop and implement comprehensive media strategies for the Association. The committee will be required to coordinate media coverage for events, programs, and organizational milestones.
The Congress stressed the need to collaborate and identify opportunities for partnerships, exposures and professional development for all members.
ACOE, a  professional body of news editors who publish online newspapers in Nigeria since inception has operated with its high ideals to promote ethical journalism as a prerequisite tool for online media practitioners; to uphold tenets of the profession, promote corporate values and the welfare of its members, and to maintain associations’ set standard in line with global best practices.
Betty Chinatu Ola-Olaitan, nee Nnabugwu passes away, to be buried in the US tomorrow

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Late Mrs Betty Chinatu Ola-Olaitan, Nee Nnabugwu passes on April 13, 2024 in the US.

 

 

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

 

The death has been announced of Mrs Betty Chinatu Olaitan who passed away at the age of 45 years on April 13, 2024 in the United States of America.

Announcing the death to the maiden family of the wife, is her husband of 19 years, Mr Olayiwola Olaitan.

Tragically, Betty Chinatu Nnabugwu passed away on April 13, 2024, after a courageous battle with Cancer, at Methodist Hospital, Sugarland, Texas, United States of America.

Chinatu, was the sixth child of eight children of four men and four women, was born to Late Mr. & Mrs Nicholas and Mercy Obianuju Nnabugwu, who both hailed from Olokoro in Umuahia South Local government area of Abia State of the South East region of Nigeria, in West Africa on December 12th, 1978.

Her educational journey began at Ajao Estate Primary School, Ajao Estate, Oshodi Isolo, Lagos State, where she obtained her First School Leaving Certificate in 1989. She continued her education at Ajao Estate Grammar School, graduating in 1995 with her WAEC Certificate, where she distinguished herself as the Senior Prefect Girl.Betty pursued tertiary education at Kaduna State Polytechnic, Zaria, graduating with honors, earning both OND & HND Diplomas in Mathematics and Statistics between 1996 and 2002.

Later, she furthered her education with a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) and an MBA from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) in 2013.

Her professional journey began at Heritage Bank in Nigeria, where she held various roles as a teller, customer service officer, and Fund Transfer officer from 2003 to 2017.

Betty was loving and lovable. She had zero tolerance for mediocrity. She was hard working and very supportive of family, friends and colleagues.

She was kind and calm to a fault and avoided confrontation as much as she could. She was peaceful and loved making peace.

Bettty Chinatu Olaitan died after a protracted illness in the United States of America.

She was a member of the Chapel of Transfiguration Church back in Nigeria

She got married to her husband, Mr Olayiwola Olaitan from Iwo town, Osun State in 2005 .

And together, they ventured into the United States in 2018.In the US, Betty embarked on a new career path as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), working diligently at different healthcare facilities in California and Texas, where she touched the lives of many with her compassionate care.

All arrangements for the burial have been concluded for tomorrow, Thursday, April 24, 2024 as her body will leave Clay’s Mortuary & Cremations for Clay’s Chapel and her body will be laid to rest at Brookshire Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Texas, US.

She left behind her loving husband, a son, two daughters, and seven siblings, leaving a legacy of kindness, resilience, and dedication to her family and community

Davido makes surprised appearance at Tunde Onakoya 58hr chess marathon in New York

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Guinness World Record: Davido makes a surprise appearance at Times Square in New York to support Tunde Onakoya during his ongoing 58-hour chess marathon.

 

By Favour Nnabugwu 

 

GWR: Last day of Kunle Onakoya’s Game Time

Popular chess master, Tunde Onakoya, has begun his attempt to surpass the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon.

Onakoya announced the commencement via his X account with the caption, “Game time.”

The event, which is underway at New York City’s iconic Times Square, started at 10am on Wednesday, April 17, and is scheduled to end at 8pm on April 19.

Nigerians abroad have trooped to the venue to support Onakoya in his quest.

Among those out cheering Onakoya is Nigerian singer, Adekunle Kosoko, popularly known as Adekunle Gold.

Onakoya is set to engage in an intense chess marathon, aiming to play for 58 hours without a single defeat.

Onakoya had said he was embarking on the challenge “for the dreams of millions of children across Africa without access to education.”

The current Guinness World Record, set by Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad of Norway on November 11, 2018, stands at 56 hours, 9 minutes, and 37 second.

NUJ FCT Correspondents Chapel mourns member, Ude Ejikeme

By Favour Nnabugwu 

 

 

The Nigeria Union of Journalists ( NUJ ) FCT Correspondents’ Chapel received with shock the demise of one of our members, Mr. Ude Ejikeme who died in the early hours of Tuesday April 16th 2024 after a brief illness at Garki Hospital Abuja.

In a statement jointly signed by Comrade Jide Oyekunle and Raphael Oni the Chairman and Secretary of the Chapel respectively on Wednesday described the untimely death of the veteran journalist as a rude shock as its happening when the union is trying to recover from a similar incident.

From God we came and to Him we shall all return, the Correspondents Chapel to this end is announcing with heavy heart the death of a professional colleague, committed and dedicated to his work, Mr. Ude Ejikeme of the Dawn Newspaper. Who died on Tuesday 16th April 2024 after a brief illness.

We console the immediate family of the deceased, Management of the Dawn Newspaper, friends and professional colleagues and pray that God Almighty comfort those he left behind by giving them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Late Ejikeme is a committed unionist and has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the union and journalism general.

We are going to miss his courageous attributes and mentorship. He was one of the pillars of the union who served the union meritoriously in different capacities with his wealth of experience and aura of intelligence.

Ejikeme is leaving behind a legacy of humility, excellence, professionalism and will forever be remembered by those he has inspired as a role model in the profession. His death has left a huge vacuum that would not be easily filled.

The statement also task all members to pray and seek God’s divine intervention in putting an end to the recurrence of this unfortunate incident in the union.

We are also using this opportunity to call on all our members to give priority to their health irrespective of the prevailing economic hardship in the country because ‘health they say is wealth.

Ejikeme hails from Mgowo, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State and he was the former news Editor of The Dawn Newspaper and Abuja Bureau Chief of Daily Star Newspaper and a civilian Commissioner of Police.

President Tinubu appeals for peace in Africa, trouble spots around the Globe

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

 

 

President Bola Tinubu has made a strong appeal for global peace and stability, particularly in Africa and trouble spots around the world.

Addressing members of the Diplomatic Corps and Heads of International Organizations during Iftar at the State House, President Tinubu urged the ambassadors to convey the message of peace and stability to their respective countries.

“t is an honour for me to speak to you collectively and share with you the diverse culture that Nigeria embodies. Sharing this moment with you is a privilege for us,” the Nigerian leader said.

Reflecting on the essence of Ramadan, President Tinubu emphasized the values of tolerance and perseverance, noting their importance in fostering peace and stability worldwide. “Ramadan is a period of self-denial, sharing, tolerance, and perseverance.It is a time for us to bring peace and stability to the world.l appreciate your coming and sharing of peace with us,” the President said.

President Tinubu appealed to members of the Diplomatic Corps to extend their care and support to the needy and the vulnerable, noting the collective responsibility to promote peace and stability globally.

“Let us in our hearts care for the needy and those who have nothing. Together, we can promote peace and stability in the world. Itis what you need to convey to your various countries, that stability and peace are attainable. We should al come together to promote peace in the World.

“There will be no economic stability without peace in the world,” the President stated. Ambassador Salaheddine Abbas Ibrahim, High Commissioner of Cameroon and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, expressed gratitude for the generous invitation to share Iftar with President Tinubu.

He prayed the blessings of the last days of Ramadan upon Nigeria and wished President Tinubu fruitful stewardship for peace and prosperity in the country. Commending the President for bringing renewed hope to Nigerians, High Commissioner Ibrahim assured him that Nigeria can rely on the international community as veritable partner.

Earlier at the State House mosque, President Tinubu joined other Muslim faithful to participate in the closing of the Ramadan Tafsir. He urged the Muslim faithful to uphold the lessons of the Holy month beyond

The fasting season by living in peace and harmony with one another. “Iwant to thank God Almighty that we started this Ramadan with the opening knowledge of Tafsir. I thank the Imams for their dedication, love, and commitment to the faith.

My appeal is for them to continue to preach the sermon of goodwill,” President Tinubu concluded..

Dr Ugochi Nwizu glows as UNN best graduating student 

By Favour Nnabugwu 
A woman from Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area, Anambra State, Dr Ugochi Nwizu came out as the 2023 best Graduating Doctor University of Nigeria Nsukka.
Dr. Nwizu Ugochi.E. (BDS, Nig)  Graduating Medical school with a total of 8 Distinctions, as the best student in Medicine & Surgery, Physiology with eight distinctions in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Oral Biology, Pathology, Pharmacology, maxillofacial Surgery. She was awarded the best-graduating student in her faculty.

This outstanding accomplishment places Miss Ugochi Nwizu in the spotlight, reflecting her dedication, hard work, and academic excellence throughout her educational journey at UNN. Her achievement is a testament to her commitment to medical education and serves as an inspiration to aspiring medical professionals.

In her LinkedIn, Nwizu said, “I am a young professional, with unwavering commitment and passion for healthcare, health technology and research. I graduated with eight distinctions and achieved the title of 2023 Best Graduating Student in the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Nigeria College of Medicine.

“My leadership extended beyond academics, including my role as the Editor-in-chief of MASCELLA Journal, the official publication of University of Nigeria Dental Students Association (UNDESA) and as the Vice President of Federation of Catholic Medical and Dental Students (FECAMDS).

“I actively contributed to multiple professional associations. I have received numerous awards for my academic excellence and dedication to various organizations. Community engagement is paramount to me, with volunteer work for organizations like HopeForAfricanChildren, The Uzunma Happy Teeth Initiative (TUHTI) and various dental outreach programs.

“My dedication and expertise make me a sought-after collaborator in the field of dentistry, healthcare, research and community development.

Nigeria’s Tade Omotosho to partake in Polish elections April 7

By Favour Nnabugwu 
A Nigerian by name Dr Tade Daniel Omotosho will partake in Polish elections come April 7, 2024, says his decision to contest the elections is informed by his quest for impact.
“I’m thrilled to announce my candidacy for the position of Wolomin county councillor in the upcoming Polish district and local government elections,” Dr Tade Daniel Omotosho said in a press release.
Wołomin County, whose administrative seat Wolomin lies 22 kilometres north-east of Warsaw, has a population of 247,288.
Omotosho, an academic who is the current Director for MBA programs at Coventry University UK (Poland Campus).
“A few weeks back, my tenure as the Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Poland was completed. However, my journey for impact continues,” he said.
“This historic step does not only represent me but also countless Africans residing in Poland,” he added
Omotosho, who is also the founder of the Centre for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Poland (cdei.pl), hopes to inspire both the Polish-African youth and the entire Polish-African community by his candidacy.
“I shall continue to lead by example as a proud Nigerian citizen embodying resilience and service,” he vowed.
There are about 5,400 Africans in the country, most of whom came to the country as students. In addition, there are naturalised Black citizens as well as a young generation of Polish-born Blacks.
As small as the community is, it has recorded successes in Polish politics, as two Africans have been elected to the Polish national parliament at different times, Omotosho noted. This is an inspiration to the young generation, which has become more assertive, to participate in politics and society.
Faces at the Burial of The Ewe of Okpe Kingdom, Chief Daniel Walker Enamiriewan in Jeddo

The burial ceremony of the Ewe of Okpe Kingdom, Chief Daniel Walker Emiriewan who died at the age of 96 on December 18, 2023 and was laid to rest from March 5th to March 10th, 2024 in Jeddo, Delta State

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L- Erumu Enamiriewan, Omoriode Aruna. Omomerere Enaimiriewan, Betty Daniels, Gladys Areago and Obaye Enaimiriewan, all children of the deceased during the ceremony

The Chiefs in Okpe Kingdom who come to grace the occasion

L- A cousin of the children of the Enaimiriewan, ,Mrs Elizabeth Osumah, Mrs Gladys Areago, Betty Daniels and ,Otomewo Enamiriewan

L- Mrs Omoriode Aruna, Ms Betty Daniels, Omomerere Enaimiriewan and Mrs Gladys Areago, all of the children of late Chief Enamiriewan at the occasion

Betty Daniels and Mrs Gladys Areago both children of the diseased

 

 

IWD 2024: Increased need for investment in women, girls to accelerate gender equality, social change

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

 

As Nigeria joins the global movement in commemorating International Women’s Day 2024, under the theme “Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress, we believe the Day serves as a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggle for gender equality and the imperative to prioritize the rights and well-being of women and girls worldwide.

This year’s theme underscores the urgent need to invest in women as catalysts for progress in all spheres of society.

This 2024 IWD coincides with the successful conclusion and continuation of efforts to advance childbirth spacing/family planning and inclusive programming supported by The Challenge Initiative (TCI) Nigeria supported training for journalists in eight states across Nigeria, on this 2024 International Women’s Day. These trainings, were aimed to equip journalists with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively report on issues related to family planning, reproductive health, and other related women’s rights issues across the country.

The concluded trainings in eight states have expanded TCI media advocacy support from 13 to 21 states, to further amplify the voices of women and girls and drive positive social change.  This is in addition to efforts on public understanding of science and public health issues across Africa and past efforts built on the concluded Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI).

Dr. Taiwo Johnson, the Chief of Party of TCI Nigeria, says “access to comprehensive family planning services and inclusive health research is essential for women to make informed decisions about their bodies, health, and futures. By increasing investments in these areas, we can empower women to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives and contribute to sustainable development.These need to be championed locally from local, state and national levels.”

As we commemorate International Women’s Day 2024, DevComs Network calls on governments, policymakers, civil society organizations, stakeholders and individuals in the eight states (Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Borno, Jigawa, Kwara, Osun, Sokoto and Yobe) to prioritize investments in women and girls, with a specific focus on family planning and inclusive health research.

By doing so, we can accelerate progress towards achieving gender equality and building a more equitable world for all Nigerians. State-based media organizations in the 8 states and the other mediums in 13 other states will commemorate series of public awareness activities to mark this year’s IWD.