Every Nigerian celebrity seem to have a lot to say about this issue of Tiwa Savage and her husband, Teebliz but they are being very careful about it in order not to burn their fingers in the process or attract the wrath of others.
In what seems like a reaction to the news that went viral yesterday that her darling husband, 2face idibia was amongst those listed to as Tiwa Savage’s alleged bed partners, Annie Idibia, shared a very deep and touching meme on her Instagram page hitting on ‘Royalty’.
The young Peckham man was shot and stabbed by two unknown men while cycling near his home in April last year
Ola Raji, photo distributed by Metropolitan Police
Detectives are trying to piece together what
happened in the last fifteen minutes of a Peckham man’s life before he
was shot and stabbed to death.
Twenty-one-year-old Ola Raji was murdered as he cycled past the
Damilola Taylor Centre in East Surrey Grove, on the night of April 21,
Detectives believe Ola was confronted by two people and made a fresh
appeal for evidence on the one-year anniversary of the day he was
A £20,000 reward has also been re-advertised, in return for information that could lead to an arrest or prosecution.
Detective Chief Inspector William Reynolds told the News: “This is an important anniversary and it’s an important day.
“What we do know is he was shot dead at 10.30pm. So we have a
fifteen-minute period where I need to know where Ola was and what he was
“I don’t know whether he meant to meet anyone or if anyone saw him on
his bike. The most important think now is I need to know why he left
his house, where he was going, and did anyone see him. Then I will be
able to fully account for his movements.”
On the fateful night, Ola left his house at 10.15pm without telling his parents where he was going.
Police believe he cycled to East Surrey Grove, usually only two
minutes away by bike. The two men launched their assault on Ola at
10.30pm. He was shot at three times with what was believed to be a
Two shots hit the former Sacred Heart Roman Catholic School pupil as
he cycled past, one hitting him in the chest, which proved fatal.
Detective Reynolds said he believes Ola fell to the ground, “tried to
get up”, and then collapsed between two parked cars. His attackers then
rounded on Ola by stabbing him in the back with a bladed weapon.
The detective said. “One question is: were they waiting for him? Or were they waiting for someone else; was he shot by mistake?”
Two suspects caught on CCTV. Photo distributed by Metropolitan Police
Ola’s body was found by a group of young women at 10.30pm. They held
his body as he lay between two parked cars until an ambulance arrived.
A staff of the National Assembly, Suleiman Bello was stabbed to death
by an unknown motorcyclists popularly known as Okoda riders at Kubwa,
Abuja yesterday April 28th. According to eyewitnesses, Bello who was
First lady of Edo state, Iara Oshiomole received members of the Nigeria Security
and Civil Defense Corps NSCDC at the state government house this week.
She also received members of the Sisters to Sisters Ministry. See more
photos after the cut...
Obinna James has been arrested and charged before Apapa Magistrate’s court for allegedly brutalizing his wife, Ebere over sex overture to have more children in their home in Apapa, Lagos State Western Nigeria.
Wizkid, who is on concert tour in Sierra Leone got an extra dose of fan love when a girl who was called on stage during his performance couldn’t hold her self as she bowed and cried after coming face to face with her icon.
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday arraigned the trio of Patience Owerema, Nwakoba Francisca and Okafor Kingsley before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja for fraud. The accused were arraigned on a four-count charge of conspiracy, abuse of office, forgery, impersonation and diversion of funds to the tune of N3.7 million.
They allegedly conspired to divert the money, which was the terminal benefit of the late Udemba Clement, a former employee of NITEL/MTEL and father to the petitioner, Udemba Emmanuel. Following the death of his father, the petitioner had made efforts to collect the final entitlement\terminal benefits of his father to no avail. The petitioner, however, found out that the money had been paid into a certain account opened by the accused persons in the name of his deceased father.
One of the charge reads: ‘‘That you , Patience Owerema ,Nwokobia N. Francisca, Okafor Kingsley and Adegoke Adeniyi (now at large) on or about 8th April, 2011 at Abuja ,within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did convert the sum of N 3,766,160.00 (Three Million, Seven Hundred and Sixty- Naira) which sum you knew represented the proceeds of crime transferred from Zenith Bank Plc account into the account of one purported “Udemba Clement” domiciled at Oceanic Bank Plc (now Ecobank) with account No. 3120001011636 with the aim of disguising the origin of the money and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) of Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to them. In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, Sadiq Hussaini, asked the court for a trial date. Counsels to the defendants prayed the court to grant their clients bail, but were refused.
However, Justice Nyako granted the second defendant, Francisca, a nursing mother, bail on compassionate grounds and ordered her counsel to file her bail application within one week. Both the first and third accused persons were, however, ordered to be remanded in Kuje and Suleja Prisons, respectively.
The case was adjourned till June 14 for commencement of trial.
Amsterdam King’s Day, formerly Known As Queen’s Day is the annual Dutch national holiday in honour of King Willem-Alexander and as always, this year’s celebration had in attendance hundreds of thousands of people in the Netherlands who came from far and near to be part of the celebration of the festival which is held every year on the 27th of April.
Several Nollywood stars were also in attendance and they include actor and producer, Kunle Afolayan as well as ace actress Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, Ufuoma McDermott, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Ifeoma Fafunwa, Elvina Ibru, Ayo Animashaun, Dakore Akande and more who were spotted at the fun-filled festival while dressed in Orange- the colour of the day.
According to Kunle Afolayan, who documented the trip on social media,
“It’s was an eventful day yesterday in Amsterdam. The Netherland yesterday witnessed the best of Nigerian entertainment industry as we were invited and hosted by KLM Nigeria to be part of the Kings Day celebration. It’s was so so fun to have a blend of Dutch and NIGERIAN music, food, dance and general culture.”
The Ondo State Command of the Nigeria
Security and Civil Defence Corps has arrested a pastor of the Christ
Apostolic Church, Moses Abiodun, for allegedly burying fetish items
inside his church in Ikota, in the Ifedore Local Government Area of the
The 34-year-old suspect was arrested on
Wednesday following information that the cleric allegedly performed
rituals in the church.
The state Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr.
Fasiu Adeyinka, said the suspect was the founder of the C.A.C. Dagunro
and he was alleged to have buried some substances inside his church.
The NSCDC boss explained that his men quickly swung into action and went to the church where some fetish items were exhumed.
Adeyinka said, “ He was asked to dig
some spots inside the church where various items such as a cow and
pigeon head, big clay pot, white clothes and other charms were exhumed
at the entrance and inside the church.”
The commandant said the command had
started investigation into the matter, adding that the pastor was still
in the NSCDC’s custody.
He enjoined the people of the state to be very vigilant and always give useful information to the corps.
A younger brother of abducted Senator
Iyabo Anisulowo, Kola Popoola, says the abductors of her sister have yet
to contact the family members or demand ransom.
Anisulowo, a former Minister of State
for Education, was kidnapped on Wednesday while returning from her farm
at Sawonjo, Igbogila, in the Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun
She was said to have been kidnapped
alongside her driver, Wasiu Afonja; security aide, Damola Akinwande;
and an unidentified cleaner at about 6.30pm.
Afonja, Akinwande and the cleaner were later freed.
Popoola told our correspondent on the
telephone on Thursday at 3.30pm, that Anisulowo had yet to be released,
adding that the abductors had not contacted the family members for
He said, “The kidnappers have yet to
contact family members 24 hours after she was kidnapped. I am on my way
to the Aiyetoro Police Station to know the progress the police have made
The state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, led
some members of the state executive council to Anisulowo’s farm at
Sawonjo on Thursday, where he declared that the state was safe and would
not be a haven for kidnappers.
Amosun said, “Ogun State is safe and
secured notwithstanding what has happened. I can assure you that
everybody is involved in the rescue operation – the army, police, SSS,
farmers, hunters – everybody has been involved since it happened.
“We will rescue her alive and bring her back safely. In a matter of hours, we will have cause to thank God over this incident.
“We are ready for the abductors and they
will regret what they have done. Ogun State will never be a comfort
zone for criminals.”
The victim’s husband, Aderemi, expressed satisfaction at “the timely response” of the state government over the incident.
Senator Anisulowo’s driver, Afonja, said the kidnappers waylaid them about a kilometre from the farm.
He said, “They ordered the three of us who were with Mama Anisulowo to lie down. They collected our phones and beat us with cutlasses.
“The men spoke both English and Yoruba languages. Mama kept asking them what they wanted but they didn’t answer.
The governorship candidates of Peoples
Democratic Party and the Unity Party of Nigeria in Ogun State in the
2015 elections, Gboyega Isiaka and Prince Rotimi Paseda, also condemned
They called on the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, to ensure her release and the arrest of her captors.
The police in Lagos State have arrested a
16-year-old suspected cultist, Rilwan Okegbenro, for allegedly killing a
man, Olawale Adebayo, who resided in Imosun in the Ikorodu area of the
PUNCH Metro gathered that
Okegbenro, who confessed to being a cultist and gave no fixed address,
was apprehended on Wednesday by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery
Squad during a raid in the area.
Our correspondent gathered that the raid
was jointly carried out by the policemen and some local vigilance group
members on black spots in the Sabo, Odogunyan and Igbogbo areas of
It was learnt that 18 suspects were arrested during the exercise.
Okegbenro told the police in his
statement that he and two other gang members participated in the killing
of 22-year-old Adebayo.
He said, “Two others, who are on the
run, and I attacked the man behind a bank on Sagamu Road in the Ikorodu
area. It was a Wednesday. We trailed him and my gang killed him. The man
used to live at Imosun Close, Ikorodu.”
Our correspondent learnt that the
brother of the deceased, identified as Ismaila Balogun, had also come to
the police and identified Okegbenro as one of his brother’s attackers
on that day.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP
Dolapo Badmos, confirmed Okegbenro’s arrest. She added that the police
had launched a manhunt for the suspect’s fleeing gang members.
She said, “The raid was carried out on
black spots in the Ikorodu area. In the process, Okegbenro, of no fixed
address, was arrested. He has confessed to being a cult member and to
have also participated in the killing of one Olawale Adebayo.
“The command has launched a manhunt for
his fleeing accomplices – Ahmed and Taoreed. Investigation is still
ongoing. The state command will continue to clamp down on criminals to
make the state a safe place.”
Meanwhile, the police have also arrested
a fake army sergeant, Ganiyu Tijani, at the Agric bus stop in the
Ikorodu area of the state.
It was learnt that Tijani, who hails
from Kaduna State, allegedly stood at the bus stop to collect illegal
fees from motorists and motorcyclists in the area.
Our correspondent gathered that the fake
soldier was arrested on Wednesday during a raid on the area by
policemen attached to the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and
Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit.
According to the police, 32 miscreants were also arrested, some of who engaged the officials in a fracas at the bus stop.
The Public Affairs Officer of the task force, Adebayo Taofiq, confirmed Tijani’s arrest.
He said, “The fake soldier is to be
charged to court for impersonation, collection of illegal levies and
touting. We also impounded 54 motorcycles at the bus stop.
“We warn motorcyclists plying Ikorodu,
Ketu and other restricted routes across the state, and vehicles causing
obstructions on roads to comply with the Lagos State Road Traffic Law of
2012 or they would have their motorcycles and vehicles impounded by the
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Adams
Oshiomhole, on Thursday accused former President Goodluck Jonathan of
favouring state governors elected on the platform of his party, the
Peoples Democratic Party, during his regime.
He specifically accused the former
President of doling out N2bn from the Ecological Fund to each of the PDP
governors without considering giving same to governors of the All
Oshiomhole made the allegation while
speaking with State House correspondents after a meeting state governors
had with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The state governors had approached
Buhari on the need for the Federal Government to assist state
governments to cushion the effects of the economic downturn.
Oshiomhole said they were lucky to have at this time a President they could approach on such issues.
He said it would have been impossible
for them to approach Jonathan to seek support without being given
lectures on fiscal responsibility.
The governor said despite Jonathan’s posture, wastage was more at the Federal Government level during his tenure.
He said Buhari was showing the
difference the APC promised by accommodating their governors
irrespective of their party affiliations.
He said, “We are very lucky to have
President Buhari at this time. I have been here now for seven-and-half
years and I have had the opportunity to work with three Presidents, that
is the truth.
“Under the last President, it would have
been impossible for us to approach Abuja to give us support because we
have personal challenges.
“We would have been given lectures on
fiscal responsibility and all those kind of talks, even though the
wastage was more here (federal level) than any other place at that time.
“We now have a President who recognises
that he is not just President of the Federal Government, he is the
President of the federation of which the states are part and regardless
of our political affiliations.
“This is very important. Everybody is
able to ask this President to give him support and he is giving, whereas
in the recent past, some PDP governors got N2bn from the Ecological
Fund. We the APC governors were not given but we promised to be
different and I am happy this President is showing that difference.”
When asked for his view on the proposed
new minimum wage by workers, Oshiomhole who is a former labour leader,
said, “I have not seen the document proposing a new minimum wage but
believing in your judgment that it is a proposal, from my own experience
there is always a difference between a proposal and a final agreement.
“Man proposes, God disposes and in
the real world, nobody gets what he wants, you get what you negotiate.
Any day any time, wake me up, I believe in a living wage.”
President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration is bent on
recovering the funds stolen from the public purse by some corrupt public
office holders to rehabilitate the collapsed economy of the nation.
The president said this in his address read at the
swearing-in-ceremony of 2016 Batch ‘A’ members of the National Youth
Service Corps on Friday at the NYSC Orientation Camp in Ede, Osun State.
The address was read on behalf of the President by the Permanent
Secretary, Osun State Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Youth
Engagement, Dr. Isaac Aluko.
The President lamented the high rate of youth unemployment in the
country but said his administration would do everything possible to
rebuild the economy and create jobs for the youths to contribute their
quotas to the development of their fatherland.
Buhari, who said the NYSC had continued to be attractive to young
graduates across the country despite the temporary challenge of
insecurity said there were inadequate infrastructure at various
orientation camps. He, however, promised to invest in youth
He said, ” The collapse of industries and the eventual over bearing
pressure to grab public jobs has put the nation in a sorry economic
state of unemployment.
“Thousands of gradutes from the higher institutions of learning get
frustrated daily, as they search for non-existing jobs. That is why
this administration is anxious to recover illicit wealth to channel them
into enduring economic rehabilitation. Very soon, the gloomy situation
would be reversed to put smiles on the faces of our young people
“In the interim, I urge you to embrace the prevailing palliative
strategies put in place by public and private institutions. The effort
of the NYSC which can be seen in several steps initiated toward
arresting this ugly development must be commended.”
The president advised the youths to channel their energy towards
productive ventures and shun vices such as kidnapping, robbery and
The NYSC Coordinator in Osun State, Mrs. Regina Iluebbey, said the
the scheme registered 1,620 corps members for the batch while lauding
Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has
criticized President Muhammadu Buhari for his reaction to increasing
attacks and killings by herdsmen in several states in the country.
Soyinka in an address to the National Conference on Culture and Tourism on Wednesday said he was shocked by the President’s claim that the attacks would soon be over.
He added that comments made by the
President and the government fell short of expectation and did not
provide any reassurance for Nigerians.
He said, “When I read a short while ago,
the Presidential assurance to this nation that the current homicidal
escalation between the cattle prowlers and farming communities would
soon be over, I felt mortified.
“He had the solution, he said. Cattle
ranches were being set up, and in another 18 months, rustlings,
destruction of livelihood and killings from herdsmen would be ‘a thing
of the past’. Eighteen months, he assured the nation. I believe his
Minister of Agriculture echoed that later, but with a less dispiriting
“Neither, however, could be considered a
message of solace and reassurance for the ordinary Nigerian farmer and
the lengthening cast of victims, much less to an intending tourist to
the Forest Retreat of Tinana in the Rivers, the Ikogosi Springs or the
Moslem architectural heritage of the ancient city of Kano. In any case,
the external tourists have less hazardous options.”
The Nobel laureate, who said the signs
were already clear and the rampage of impunity was already manifesting a
cultic intensity of alarming proportions almost a year ago, noted that
the current violence and killings by the herdsmen would among other
things hurt tourism in the country.
Despite the warning signs, he said the
government failed to react with his attempt to utilise the Open Forum
platform of the Centre for Culture and International Understanding,
Oshogbo, to launch a national debate on the topic – ‘Sacred cows or
sacred rights’ almost a year ago also failing to take place.
The plan had been to invite Buhari to give a keynote address at the event.
The failure to react to the warning signs allowed the situation to degenerate beyond arbitrary violence, according to Soyinka.
He said, “It is not merely arbitrary
violence that reigns across the nation but total, undisputed impunity.
Impunity evolves and becomes integrated in conduct when crime occurs and
no legal, logical and moral response is offered. I have yet to hear
this government articulate a firm policy of non-tolerance for the serial
massacres have become the nation’s identification stamp.
“I have not heard an order given that
any cattle herders caught with sophisticated firearms be instantly
disarmed, arrested, placed on trial, and his cattle confiscated.
“The nation is treated to an
eighteen-month optimistic plan which, to make matters worse, smacks of
abject appeasement and encouragement of violence on innocents.
“Let me repeat, and of course I only ask
to be corrected if wrong: I have yet to encounter a terse, rigorous,
soldierly and uncompromising language from this leadership, one that
threatens a response to this unconscionable blood-letting that would
make even Boko Haram repudiate its founding clerics.”
Soyinka, who said herdsmen were perhaps
humanity’s earliest known tourists, said they must be thought about the
culture of settlement and “learn to seek accommodation with settled
hosts wherever encountered”.
“The leadership of any society cannot
stand idly and offer solutions that implicitly deem the massacres of
innocents mere incidents on the way to that learning school,” he warned.
“For every crime, there is a punishment,
for every violation, there must be restitution. The nomads of the world
cannot place themselves above the law of settled humanity.”
The federal government said it had designed mass housing estates
which would be built in the six geo-political zones in the country,
adding that the project would commence as soon as the 2016 budget was
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who
disclosed this at the 9th Architects Colloquium conference in Abuja,
explained that the designs of the estates took cognizance of the
different environmental factors of each region.
The minister, who was represented by Mr. Sani Gidado, stated that in
the past, mass housing estates were built uniformly without
consideration for the peculiarity of the environment and the location of
He said for over 16 years, the government had stopped financing
housing projects directly, but the present government has reversed the
trend and is bent on financing mass housing across the six geo-political
Fashola said, “Over the last 16 years, the government has
deliberately stopped financing housing projects, but that has been found
to have created problems, especially for the low and medium income
groups. For that reason, the present government intends to provide
adequate funding for provision of houses projects directly. That is not
to say the private-public partnership would be discouraged, no.”
The President, Architects Registration Council of Nigeria, Umaru
Aliyu, called on the Federal Government to stop deploying architects on
national service in secondary and primary schools, saying this was
affecting the years of pupillage the young professionals were supposed
to have in order to sit for the professional competency examination.
A 26yrs old man, Oluwaseyi Babatola, burnt his ex lover, her mother, kids and uncle because she died him s*x. He revealed that he is now been haunted by the spirits of the children he murdered.
Speaking to Punch in Abuja, he stated that he was disturbed by the thoughts of the two children that died along with their grandmother, mother and uncle, when he set their apartment on fire on April 15, 2015, at Sabongari, Bwari, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The fire consumed the building, including the apartment of the Babatolas, and also injured the suspect.
Babatola, who is being detained by the FCT Special Anti-Robbery Squad, identified his victims as Janet Isuawa; her sons, Samuel and Osaze; her cousin, Taphael; and Janet’s mother.
Babatola, a phone technician, stated that he had wanted to commit suicide after setting the family on fire, but was dissuaded by his younger brother, James, who asked him to report the incident to the police.
Explaining what led to the tragedy, the suspect said he started dating Janet, a divorcee, sometime ago, adding that he supported her and the children financially.
According to him, the relationship developed problems after he demanded s*x, noting that each time he asked for s*x, Janet would turn him down and taunt him.
Babatola said matters came to a head on April 12 when Janet informed him that his mother had told her that he suffered from hernia and therefore could not date him.
He said, “Janet said my mother told her that I suffer from hernia, and that she could not date me; she called me a ‘mugu’ (fool), and said she had chopped my money. So, I went to where she was charging the phone I bought for her and took it.
“She attacked me and bit my chest, and as I struggled to free myself from her grip, her cousin, Taphael, came in and pushed me down and held me there while she beat me with her fists. After I left the house, Janet’s younger sister called me on the telephone and abused me, saying they would deal with me if I come to the house again.”
Babatola stated that he moved to an area called Arab Road in Bwari, where he stayed with a friend, adding that he kept getting telephone calls from Janet’s sister, who said he would be dealt with if he went back to the house.
“On the night of April 15, around 11pm, I went to the house and found that the gate was locked. I scaled the fence into the compound. I went towards Janet’s room and saw her sleeping, as the window was opened because there was no power supply. I went to the bathroom, where she kept a gallon of fuel and poured it into the room through the window; the room caught fire from a lighted lantern,” he said.
He further explained that he headed for the nearby bush to kill himself after coming to his senses.
“I headed for the bush to hang myself, but my phone suddenly rang and my brother told me that our house just got burnt; I told him I did it and that I was about to commit suicide. He said I should not, and persuaded me to report to the police,” Babatola added.
The technician said every night, he remembered how he used to relate with Janet’s two sons, noting that he had not been able to erase their memories from his mind.
“I can’t get them off my mind, they haunt me every time; I thought it was only Janet that was in the room, I didn’t know the children were there. I thought they had gone for a vigil with their grandmother who attended vigil every Thursday,” he said.
A senior police officer said Babatola did not know that he had killed all the family members, until he saw their charred corpses the next morning.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is set to arrest more officials of INEC and election monitors that received various bribes in the N23bn funds from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke to rig the presidential election for Goodluck Jonathan.
The EFCC had arrested the MD and Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Bank, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, for handling $115m for Diezani in the build-up to the presidential election.
Okonkwo was alleged to have helped in converting the money to Naira (N23bn) which was then disbursed to INEC officials and election monitors under the instruction of Diezani’s son, Ugonna, for the electoral chiefs to manipulate the elections results.
A reliable source at the EFCC told Punch that, “Ugonna prepared a list of beneficiaries that would get the money and it was distributed about a day or two before the elections. We have started tracing those who collected money and our aim is to recover the funds.
“All the electoral officers, who betrayed public trust would be arrested. All EFCC zonal offices have been given the directive to investigate in their respective areas of jurisdictions.”
The EFCC had, two weeks ago, arrested the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the 2015 election in Rivers State, Mrs. Gesila Khan, for allegedly collecting N185.8m while one Fidelia Omoile who was the INEC electoral officer in the Isoko-South Local Government Area of Delta State, allegedly got N112.4m.
Apart from tracing over N112m to her, the commission also recovered some sensitive electoral materials during a search on her apartments in Edo and Delta states.
The commission also arrested one Oluchi Brown, who was the INEC administrative secretary in Delta State. She allegedly received over N111m.
Further investigations by detectives revealed that Brown had about $75,857 in an account in the US.
The anti-graft agency also arrested one Edem Effanga, who is a retired INEC official.
He was arrested alongside his alleged accomplice, Immaculata Asuquo, who is the Head, Voter Education, INEC, Akwa Ibom State.
He was alleged to have received over N241.1m, which he allegedly shared among INEC ad hoc workers during the last election.
Meanwhile, the commission has intensified its search for Diezani’s son.
According to sources at the EFCC, Ugonna is the key to arresting all those involved in the case.
EFCC officials had stated that Diezani’s son served as a middleman between the ex-minister and the bank MD.
Ugonna is the Head of Business Development and Commercial Marketing at Radam Maritime Services Limited, a firm, which is headed by his father, Alison Madueke, a former Chief of naval Staff, who is also under investigation by the EFCC for alleged money laundering.
He is said to have business interests in the United States and the United Kingdom.
A senior official, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said, “We have launched a manhunt for Ugonna, who the suspects said was the one who drew up a list of individuals, who should be given the N23bn ($115m).
“We don’t know exactly where he is but we will get him. He needs to explain his role in the sharing of the money because the bank officials have been mentioning his name since they were brought in.”
Ugonna, who is an engineer, burst into the limelight in 2012 when photos showing his ostentatious lifestyle went viral on the Internet.
In one of such pictures, the graduate of University of Maryland College Park in the US, was seen flying in a private jet and later drinking champagne in a limousine. He has also been seen displaying wads of dollar notes on social media.
Sources at the EFCC said they would arrest more employees of Fidelity Bank, who allegedly participated in the sharing of the $115m.
A detective said there were others in the bank, especially at the Head Office, who would have been aware of the bazaar but failed to alert the appropriate authorities.
“Currently, we have the MD as well as the Head of Operations, Mr. Martins Izuogbe. However, we have reason to believe that they are not the only two that were involved in the bazaar. In the coming days, we will arrest more.”
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a resident of Shobowale Street in the Alagbado area of the state, Victoria Alaba, for allegedly killing the wife of her landlord during a scuffle.
The deceased, Mrs. Amosa Ogunyemi, had ordered Alaba and other tenants not to wash dirty clothes at one section on the premises because the compound was being messed up.
It was said that the woman ignored the order and was washing on the premises on Saturday when Mrs Ogunyemi approached her and told her to vacate the spot.
According to Punch, Alaba declined the directive, causing an altercation between the two.
A source close to the family told Punch that Alaba, in her 30s, pounced on the deceased and beat her up, but another resident said they engaged in a scuffle during which Ogunyemi gave up the ghost.
It was learnt that the landlord’s wife, who was said to be in her late 50s, was rushed to a hospital in the area, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
The source, who declined to mention his name, said, “The landlord’s wife had warned on several occasions that tenants should stop washing clothes at the spot, but Victoria (Alaba) did not listen. On Saturday, she chose to wash her dirty clothes at the spot again. The landlord’s wife walked up to her and told her to leave the spot. She refused and they started exchanging words.
“She pounced on Amosa (Ogunyemi) and pushed her to the ground. The woman became unconscious and was rushed to a nearby hospital, but she died. The tenant has been arrested by policemen from the Alagbado division.”
However, a resident of the area, who identified himself simply as Adamu, said the argument between the two women led to a fight.
“I was not there, but I was told that it was a fight and the woman (Ogunyemi) was overpowered by the tenant. She died in the process,” he added.
Other residents approached by our correspondent, who visited the neighbourhood on Wednesday, refused to speak on the issue.
In the deceased’s residence, a one storeyed-building, some sympathisers gathered under a tent outside, while others were with the husband of the late woman in a living room.
The distraught widower and a relative said the matter had been amicably resolved and called one of the deceased’s children, identified as Kazeem, to speak to our correspondent.
The son told Punch that the family members were not interested in taking any legal action against the suspect, adding that his mother had been buried according to Islamic rites.
He said, “We have resolved the matter and the police have released her corpse to us. We don’t have any comment on how the incident happened. All we are going to say is that everything is settled. Thank you.”
Lagos Police PRO, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident in a text message, adding that the suspect was transferred to the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba, for further investigation.
She said, “The Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has ordered the case to be transferred to the SDCI for discreet investigation..."