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Court orders EFCC to detain Maina, Son in custody

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A Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Bwari, has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to detain Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina and his son, Faisal in its custody, pending the conclusion of ongoing investigation.

Maina, former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team and his son were arrested at an Abuja hotel, ROYAL NEWS reports.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured an order of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Bwari, to detain Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina and his son, Faisal in its custody, pending the conclusion of ongoing investigation.

Maina, former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team and his son were arrested at an Abuja hotel by the Department of State Services (DSS) following a request by the Commission.

Faisal, are to remain in EFCC custody, pending the conclusion of ongoing investigation, following an order which was given on October 7, 2019, Thisday reports.

The exparte application by the anti-graft agency, empowers the Commission to remand the defendants in its custody for an initial period of 14 days.

The court however noted that the order is “subject to be reviewed if necessary”, the Commission said in a statement.

Maina and his son were subsequently handed to the EFCC for further investigation and prosecution on  allegations of fraud and money laundering.

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Call these numbers incase anybody attempts suicide beside you

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The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has called on the Federal Government to decriminalise suicide in the country.

The Deputy Chairman, Kwara NMA, Prof. Baba Issa, made the appeal at a news conference on Monday in Ilorin.

He said that anyone who attempted suicide obviously needed help, which was not gotten.

Issa was speaking in commemoration of the 2019 Physician’s week holding from Oct. 12 to Oct. 19.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Care of the Unknown Patient: Policy Overview and Review”.

The event has other sub-themes like: “Curbing the Increasing Trend of Suicide in Nigeria: The Role of the NMA’’ and “The Doctor as an Entrepreneur”.

Issa noted that suicide was now the second leading cause of death among those in the age bracket of between 15 and 29 years with many unreported cases.
“And too bad, people are being jailed in Nigeria for attempting suicide.

“Any person who attempted suicide in the first place needed urgent help and would probably not have resulted to suicide if help was gotten.

“Also, government should regulate the distribution and availability of organophosphate chemicals that have recently become a cheap means of committing suicide,” Issa said.

He however said that parents and the media also have roles to play in curbing the increased trend.

“Responsible reportage of suicide is important to avoid copycat suicide as media should avoid sensationalising cases of suicide.

“The media should avoid details of methods and location and emphasising the negative consequences and impact on people left behind.

“And for the parents, they should avoid stigmatisation of suicide, instead encourage people to always seek help and support.

“Let us sacrifice time to know more about our children and wards, and learn to know their strength and weaknesses.

“We should also teach them self esteem and vocation, and always take helpful cues from their non-verbal communication,” Issa said.

He further said that a person contemplating suicide should never be left alone at any point in time as the next few seconds without help might be too late.

Issa said there were organisations that help persons contemplating suicide with the following help lines: 09080217555, 09034400009, 08111909909, 07013811143, and Hausa – 08142241007.

Issa also listed Kwara State Health line challenges as 07062961307, 07030659980, 08033559293, 08035307683, 08165353198, 07032589606, 08034340230 and 08037211707.

The NMA deputy chairman said that other activities to mark the week were scientific sessions on Oct. 15, Visit to Olomu of Omu-Aran on Oct. 16, Breast cancer screening on Oct. 17, Jumaat Service on Oct. 18 and Young Doctors’ Engagement on Oct. 19.

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EFCC arraigns emirate secretary over alleged N12m fraud

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The accountant of Ringim Emirate Council, Jigawa State, Mansur Mahmoud, has been arraigned before Justice Ado Kudu of Jigawa State High Court, sitting in Hadejia, on one count bordering on cheating.

He allegedly obtained N12.430 million from a petitioner ostensibly as loan for the payment of the emirate staff salary and running costs but refused to refund the money after the council had received its allocation.

The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, that the accused person pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, Zarami Muhammad asked the court for a date for commencement of trial and also prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison custody.

Justice Kudu, however, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N10m with two sureties in like sum. Both the defendant and his sureties are to deposit their international passports with the court.

The case was adjourned to October 23, 2019 for trial.

In a related development, the Port Harcourt Zonal office of the commission has arraigned one Diaso Isreal before Justice I.M Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on five counts bordering on impersonation, possession of scam documents and obtaining money by false pretence.

He allegedly defrauded an Indian, Promilla Lama of $5,000 in November 2018, in a phoney online marriage proposal.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges and the prosecuting counsel, N. A. Dodo, urged the court to fix a date for trial.

Justice Sani ordered that the defendant be remanded in EFCC custody while the matter was adjourned to October 17, 2019 for the hearing of bail application.

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INEC Fraud: EFCC parades 4 officials

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Four officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) in Zamfara office have been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) over alleged breach of trust and criminal diversion of ad hoc staff allowance to the tune of N84,696,000.

The arrest was made by the EFCC Sokoto Zonal Office, ROYAL NEWS reports.

The arrested persons are: Administrative Secretary, Hassan Sidi Aliyu; Head of Operations, Hussain Jafar; State Accountant; Abdullahi Yusuf Abubakar; and Abdulmumin Usman.

The EFCC made this known via its website.

It said that one Abdullahi Nasiru had written a petition to the EFCC on behalf of all presiding officers that worked for INEC during the 2019 presidential and governorship elections in Zamfara State.

The petitioner alleged that the ad hoc staff were each denied payment of their N6,000 movement allowance for the two elections.

He further alleged that what INEC paid to them was different from what other states paid their ad hoc staff.

INEC allegedly paid its staff the sum of N9,000 in Zamfara, while INEC in other states such as Sokoto paid N12,000.

“Investigation by the EFCC revealed that none of the 10,500 presiding officers who participated in the elections were paid their entitlements put at N84,696,000 (eighty four million, six hundred and ninety six thousand Naira).

“Efforts are being made by EFCC to recover the money criminally diverted by the three INEC heads of department and Electoral Officers of the 14 local governments in Zamfara State, namely, Abdullahi Sambawa, Zurmi LGA; Aliyu Jafaru Goronyo, Maradun LGA; Balarabe Ahmed S Gobir, Gummi LGA; Amadu Ibrahim, Gusau LGA; Mohammed Bashir Musa, Kaura Namoda LGA; Dalhatu Usman Musa,Birnin Magaji LGA; Abdulmumin Usman, Maru LGA.

“Others are, Muhammad Nasir Saidu,Talatu Mafara LGA; Abdullahi A. Ukashatu, Tsafe LGA; Tukur Garba Kaita, Bungudu LGA; Salihu Musa Abdullahi, Bukuyun LGA; Sadiq Abdullahi, Fari Anka LGA; Lawali Muhammed, Argungu Bakura LGA; Jafaru Gide, Shinkafi LGA; Tanimu Muhammad, Shinkafi LGA; Hassan Abdullahi,Shinkafi LGA.”

“The suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is completed,” EFCC said.

 

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