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Money Laundering: Court Orders Fani-Kayode’s Re-Arraignment

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fani-kayode-apcA Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday ordered the re-arraignment of former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, facing charges of money laundering.

Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, gave the order while ruling on an application of objection filed by Mr. Fani-Kayode’s counsel, Ifedayo Adedipe, challenging the competence of the charges.

The prosecutor, Festus Keyamo, on January 27, filed an amended 40-count charge bothering on money laundering against Mr. Fani-Kayode and urged the court to order him take his plea.

Mr. Fani-Kayode was first arraigned on December 2008 on a 47-count charge of money laundering. He had pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail.

In the charge, the accused was alleged to have transacted funds exceeding N500, 000 without going through due financial process.

The accused was also alleged to have accepted cash payments of about N100 million while he was the Minister of Aviation and that of Culture and Tourism, respectively.

The prosecutor told the court that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 15(1) (a) (b) (c) (d) and 15 (2) (a) (b) of the Money Laundering (prohibition) Act, 2004.

But Mr. Adedipe objected to the amended charge preferred against his client.

He argued that the amended charge was invalid as it did not disclose the identity of the source from whom the accused allegedly obtained the money.

He further submitted that his client was therefore not in a position to take his plea in the matter and described the charge as “incompetent”.

Ruling on the application on Monday, Ms. Ofili-Ajumogobia ordered the accused to take his plea.

She held that it was an abject misconception on the part of the defence counsel to have raised the objection in the first place.

“The charge against the accused is valid and hereby sustained.

“The objection raised by the defence counsel lacks merit and should not have been raised in the first place.

“The accused is hereby directed to plead to the charge”.

The judge also agreed with the prosecution’s submission that the non-disclosure of the identity of the giver or receiver of the money was immaterial and could not affect the validity of the charge.

She, therefore, adjourned the case to March 5 to enable the prosecutor re-arraign the accused on the charge of money laundering.

(NAN)

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Amotekun: Oyo Releases List Of Successful Applicants

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Amotekun: Oyo releases list of successful applicants

Amotekun Operation vehicles

The Oyo State Government has released the list of successful applicants for Amotekun Corps in the State.

The process of documentation for successful applicants is billed to commence on Tuesday at the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education.

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This was contained in a statement made available by the State Commandant of the Amotekun Corps, Colonel Olayinka Olayanju on Saturday.

He indicated that all candidates are to check their names at their various local government headquarters or online through the Oyo State job portal.

 

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Zamfara Governor Commiserates With Victims Of Bandit Attack

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Zamfara Governor Commiserates With Victims Of Bandit Attack
Zamfara Governor Commiserates With Victims Of Bandit Attack

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle has commiserated with families of victims of the attack on citizens of Gidan Goga community by armed bandits.

The Governor assured that what is happening in terms of banditry attacks is not a security lapse but a momentary hiccup that will not be allowed to last.

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He said the attack further exposed the desperation of the bandits who are experiencing heavy pressure from the offensive launched by security operatives in recent times.

“I want to assure our law obedient citizens of Zamfara State that the experience we are undergoing will not last. The bandits are experiencing our sustained pressure which they have reacted through cowardly and desperate attacks on innocent citizens,” Matawalle observed.

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First celebrity Limited Edition Smartphone in Sub Sahara Africa: Davido Special Edition of Infinix NOTE 8

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Over the last few weeks, Infinix has floated its candy before the eyes of tech enthusiast intensifying their craving for the soon to be released device. Through several social media posts, Infinix has hinted on the imminent release of the NOTE 8 and we all can’t wait for the device to hit the shelves.

Although the proposed date for the launch in its initial teaser videos and banners have passed without
any launch, we have reasons to believe that the launch will take place sometimes this month.

However, here’s a more interesting news. Infinix is set to be the first smart phone company in sub Sahara Africa to launch a limited edition device with a celebrity. A special edition of the NOTE 8 will be released alongside the primal version of the NOTE 8 and the NOTE 8i. The special edition is  signed by Infinix’s brand ambassador David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido.

The available stock for the special Davido-signed edition is limited. However, interested shoppers can
get one for themselves at exclusive SLOT outlets nationwide and on their website Here. Exciting free
gifts are also available if you’re among the lucky few to buy this device while stocks last.

The Infinix NOTE 8 is targeted at the mid-to-high-end market segment and it comes with several
interesting features. The device on-boards a super-fast processor – the MediaTek Helio G80
processor, which supports ultra-fast gaming speed, stable graphics in-game, easy multi-tasking as
well as an all-round optimal performance.

The device also sports six cameras in total. It comes with a dual selfie camera which is cut out from its
super-wide 6.95inches screen. On the back, the NOTE 8 crams a 64MP super night shot camera for
amazing night shot photographs and other photography needs.

Many of Infinix loyalists and smartphone enthusiasts are already clearing their carts and lining up in
preparation for the launch of the Infinix NOTE 8. Now that there’s a special Davido edition in sight, the
queue might just be doubling up.

To stay ahead of interested shoppers and ensure that you’re one of the first to get your hands on this
special edition of the NOTE 8, follow Infinix on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @Infinixnigeria.

You can also join their community of young and vibrant fans on XClub via the app on your Infinix
device or click on this link to download the app if you’re a non Infinix user.

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