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Police nab ex-banker in Edo over N14.9m fraud




Operatives of the Nigeria police, Edo command, have arrested a 35-year-old ex-banker, Gift Igbinosun, over alleged N14.9 million fraud.

The command’s Spokesperson, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, said the suspected fraudster, allegedly defrauded his victims, Mr John Nnamdi and Mr Obasogie Henry Osagieduwa, of more than N14.9 million.

Briefing newsmen in Benin on Friday, Nwabuzor said the suspect, a woman and ex-staff of Keystone Bank, allegedly defrauded the victims of their monies under the pretense of wanting to help them get new naira notes.

Nwabuzor said the command’s State Intelligence Bureau operatives, on a tip off, arrested the suspected fraudster on July 20.

According to him, the operatives arrested the suspect on allegations of impersonation, conspiracy, advance fee fraud, obtaining money by false pretense, fraudulent conversion and stealing, as contained in the petitioners’ petitions.


Nwabuzor said the suspect allegedly paraded herself as a staff member of the bank and fraudulently obtained the sum of N7,350,000 from Nnamdi.

He said the suspect, in a similar manner, also fraudulently obtained another sum of N7,600,000 from Osagieduwa.

“They gave her the money with the hope that as she is collecting the money, she would replace them with new notes, not knowing that she was no longer working with the bank,” he said.

Nwabuzor noted that investigation into the case had been completed and the suspect would soon appear in court.

Speaking on her involvement, the suspect said she used to give Nnamdi mint currency for a reasonable commission “but I couldn’t meet up any more, so I was owing him.


“The second person, Henry, I have returned N2.5 million to him, leaving the balance of N5.1 million.

“This has been going on for some months now. I was sacked by the bank about two years ago” she said.


We’ll sit with herdsmen to explain why cows cannot graze inside Abuja– Wike



Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, says that the FCT Administration will take a firm decision on open grazing inside the Abuja city centre after consultation with herdsmen.

“Before we take any decision, we will do proper consultation so that nobody will say you never alerted them, you never interacted with them before you took that decision.
We are going to call the cattle people to sit with them. We cannot allow things to go on like this. We didn’t say that there will be no cattle in Abuja, but within the city,” he said. Mr Wike stated this while fielding questions from journalists after inspecting some road projects in Abuja on Saturday.

He said that cows would be allowed to graze in the suburbs but not in the city centre.

On the ban of commercial motorcycles from operating within the city centre, the minister said a firmer decision would be taken after the federal provided buses as alternatives.

“We did not take a firm decision because we have not been able to provide the buses that will be the alternative for the people.
It is within the government’s responsibility to provide the alternative and then ask the motorcycle operators to leave the city centre.
This is so that you don’t ask them to leave, and people will be suffering; no,” he said.


Some of the projects visited are the completion of Roads B6, B12 and Circle Road in Central Area and the rehabilitation of the Federal Secretariat, being handled by Julius Berger.

The minister also inspected the construction of the southern Parkway from Christian Centre (S8/9) to Ring Road 1, being handled by Setraco and the expansion of the outer Southern Expressway being handled by CGC.

The project spanned from Villa Roundabout to OSEX/Ring Road 1 Junction, including four interchanges.

Mr Wike equally inspected the full scope development of Arterial Road N20, from Northern Parkway to ONEX with spurs being handled by Gilmor Engineering.

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Petrol tanker explosion claims 5 lives in Delta – PPRO



The Police Command in Delta says five persons lost their lives in a petrol tanker explosion in the state, police sources said.

The spokesman of the command, DSP Bright Edafe, disclosed this to newsmen on Sunday in Warri, saying the incident occurred on 1 October at Ugbenu in Ethiope West Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

He said that the tanker, laden with petrol, was heading towards Benin City in the morning when the unfortunate incident happened.

“In the early hours of Oct. 1, 2023, at about 0200hrs, the Command recorded a tragic incident where a tanker, laden with petroleum product, being driven towards Benin on the Warri – Benin Road fell at Ugbenu Koko Junction.

“Its content spilled into the nearby swamp and the spillage attracted a couple of youths who took advantage of the incident and started scooping fuel into jerry cans and other containers.


“While they were at it, an explosion erupted and the fire from the explosion engulfed the whole area.

“The fire claimed lives of five persons among the youths who had come to scoop fuel,” Edafe said.

He said that several properties, including eight buses of different makes, two tankers, five trailers, two motorcycles, a Sienna space wagon and a ‘C’ Class Mercedes Benz car were also burnt.

Edafe said that the remains of the victims had been deposited at the Oghara General Hospital’s morgue in Ethiope West.

He added that police operatives attached to the Oghara division, in collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) at Ethiope West, had mobilised to the scene to ensure the free flow of traffic.


Edafe said that the Commissioner of Police, Delta Command, Mr Wale Abass, had expressed his sympathy with the families that lost their loved ones in the incident.

“It is sad that we never learn from past occurrences, since this is not the first time such incident has happened.

“Nonetheless, I appeal that Nigerians should do away with greed and avoid scenes where there is an occurrence of oil spillages.

“It poses a serious threat to their lives and the lives of others,” Edafe warned.

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