A Federal High Court in Maitama, Abuja, has sent Ali Bello, a nephew of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, to prison for alleged 10 billion naira fraud.
Ali Bello and his alleged accomplice, Dauda Sulaiman, are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Also charged along with them is Abdulsalami Hudu, a cashier at the Kogi State House, who is currently on the run.
The presiding judge, Justice James Kolawole Omotosho ordered that the duo should be remanded in prison until they fulfil their bail conditions.
The trio faces a 10-count charge of misappropriation and money laundering purportedly committed between January and December 2021.
Bello and Sulaiman are accused of the fraudulent withdrawal of a total of N10,270,556,800 from the State treasury.
They reportedly delivered the money to a Bureau de Change operator, Rabiu Tafada, in Abuja to change to foreign currencies “for personal gains”, contrary to sections 18 (c), 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended. The crime is punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.
Both defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges, following which the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN), requested the court to fix a date for the commencement of the trial.
However, the counsel to the second and third defendants, Abdulwahab Mohammed (SAN) told the court of his bail application.
Justice Omotosho admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N1 billion each. They must also present two sureties with a bond of N2 billion each. The sureties must have landed property worth N500 million which must be registered with the court. In addition, the sureties must submit bank statements, international passports, an affidavit of means, and evidence of tax clearance for 3 years to the court.
The defendants are to remain in Kuje Prison in Abuja until the bail conditions are fulfilled. Hearing on the case resumes on February 6, 2023.
Zenith Bank Refunds N3.23m To Angry Customer Chiamaka Agim
A leading Nigerian commercial bank, Zenith Bank has returned N3.23 million to Chiamaka Agim, a Lagos State resident whose N4.039 million was erroneously deducted on January 9.
According to reports, Zenith Bank had previously informed Agim that she would only receive N800,500 of the N4,039,900 that had been debited.
But on Monday, January 16, in the evening, the bank sent back N3,239,400.
Recently, the Zenith Bank client shared a post about the refund on her Twitter page.
Agim reported that on that Monday, the bank contacted her to provide an update on the refunded money.
“After the event, they had to put my account on pause, so I didn’t get any alerts,” the user said. I was told to visit the bank the next day,” she recalled.
“They had credited my account with N3,239,400 around 7.30 pm on Monday,” the customer said. “My account statement was printed when I got to the bank.”
She claimed to have discovered that Access, one of the two banks to which the funds were transferred, still held the remaining N800,500.
Zenith Bank stated that Access Bank is now withholding the funds and that it is not their fault at this time. They said Access Bank stated that the funds would not be released without a court order.
Primate Ayodele Begins 17 Days Of Appreciation & Philanthropic Impacts, Visits Sick People
The Leader Of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has kicked-off a 17-day appreciation and philanthropic impact on Sunday, 29th Of January till Tuesday, 14th Of February, 2023.
Many of his church members had a first-hand experience of the prophet’s philanthropic impact yesterday, Sunday, which marked the beginning of the programme. A good number of youths in the church choir were empowered, surgery fee was paid for 25 people, accommodation fee was paid for 20 people and every member of the congregation were given food items.
Today, Monday, which is the second day, Primate Ayodele visited old and sick people in Lagos communities with money, food items, clothing materials, and many more. He also prayed with them and settled some of their needs.
The old people couldn’t hold their joy as they passionately hugged the prophet and showered prayers on him for his rare philanthropic act. The very jovial prophet was also seen cracking jokes and playing with some of them just to lighten up their moods.
Till February 14, Primate Ayodele will be visiting several places, institutions, organizations to show gratitude and impact people with cash gifts, prayers, words of encouragement, food items, to mention but a few.
This is not the first time Primate Ayodele will be engaging in such philanthropic acts; every 14th of February is a day dedicated for his annual thanksgiving and it has been his culture to engage in massive philanthropic acts on days preceding the D-day.
Every February 14 for Primate Ayodele is always the mother of all empowerment. In recent years, the man of God has given out cars, tricycles, thousands of GCE/JAMB forms, scholarships, accommodation fees, school fees, sewing machines, beds, food items, among a host of many others.
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