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Orezi Drops Cooking Pot

Nigeria’s entertainment artiste Orezi aka Mr Raggamofin with his history of lined up hits again drops audio and visual for new song “Cooking Pot”. He comes out addressing social vices like Alcoholism, Rape, and Domestic Violence then makes a stand for Consensual Sex.

The Adasa Cookey directed video was shot in a Lagos location with Orezi paying homage to Afrobeat Legend Fela and also kicking off protest for consensual sex as he makes a stand by using his song to pass his message effectively.

The Afrobeat song produced by TymG and Mixed by Ex-O shows a very conscious and serious side of Orezi as he looks to tackle some menace facing the society and using his art of music as a tool.

Published in Entertainment

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has assured Nigerians that ailing President Muhammadu Buhari is fast recovering from his illness in the United Kingdom (UK).

The APC chief gave the assurance in Abuja while speaking with newsmen at the end of a meeting between the National Working Committee (NWC) and state Governors elected on the party’s platform held at the Imo Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja.

Apparently faulting Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose’s claim that Buhari had been on life support for the past three weeks, Odigie-Oyegun noted: “We are glad to inform you that Buhari is recovering in a very robust manner. We hope he takes it easy and when he comes back, I have no doubt at all that we will have a new and active period of activities.”

Acknowledging that only the President’s doctors abroad could decide when he would be fit to return to the country, he, however, refused to respond to Fayose’s comment, saying he would do that at an appropriate time.

“If I respond, I will be dignifying him. At the appropriate time, people will answer him. At the appropriate level, at the appropriate time. He is in a different world altogether,” Odigie-Oyegun stated, while reiterating the party’s confidence in the Buhari-led administration.

On the parley with the governors, he said it provided an avenue to x-ray the nation, ongoing agitation for its restructuring and inciting statements emanating from different parts of the country.

Odigie-Oyegun stressed that such incisive and divisive statements are not good for the country’s health and have to be stopped, just as he reiterated his earlier position on the restructuring of the country as clearly stated in its manifesto.

He assured that the party’s leadership would do all it could at all times to ensure that the unity of the country was preserved.

Published in Business and Economy

*Couple flee to Nigeria, manhunt launched for them 

A group of Nigerian fraudsters who are facing trial in the United Kingdom for theft of over £10 million will be jailed next week Thursday in Britain.

Two of the six-member gang were said to have fled to Nigeria in order to escape justice. One of them will be jailed in absentia.

Commissioner of Police in charge of Interpol in Nigeria, Mr Shola Subair told Saturday Tribune on Friday in Abuja that his office regularly received many requests from the UK and would need time to confirm if the request for the arrest and extradition of the two fleeing gang members who were said to be husband and wife had been received. He asked our reporter to come on Monday for confirmation.

The gang, according to the Daily Mail of UK stole personal details of members of the British Parliament, judges and police officers from the Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC), to make fraudulent claims over a four-year period.

Simon York, Director of Fraud Investigation Service at UK’s Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), was quoted as saying: ‘We have dismantled an organised criminal attack on the tax credits system. HMRC officers and our counter-fraud checks identified the attack, and our investigators uncovered those behind the fraud, preventing £8 million of false claims being paid to the criminals. A further £2.4 million in tax credits claimed by the fraudsters was paid before we could stop the crime group and prevent further fraud.

‘Tax Credits are paid to some of the most vulnerable people in our society. We have to strike a balance between making it easy for people to receive what is due, and having procedures in place to identify and stop fraudulent claims. Our investigation was made more difficult as the criminals had hijacked real identity details to make the fraudulent claims.’

Member lists were ‘stolen to order’ from CSSC and used to place orders for tax credit starter packs used in fraudulent claims over a four year period.

The gang managed to get away with nearly £2,500,000 before staff at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs spotted the ‘extraordinarily high rate’ of claims being made by civil servants.

If the scam had not been stopped it could have reaped more than £10,260,525.

The fraudsters are facing jail for for using the identities of MPs, judges and police officers during a £10million scam.

The crew stole personal details from the Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC), to make fraudulent claims over a four-year period.

Member lists were ‘stolen to order’ from CSSC and used to place orders for tax credit starter packs used in fraudulent claims over a four year period.

The gang managed to get away with nearly £2,500,000 before staff at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs spotted the ‘extraordinarily high rate’ of claims being made by civil servants.

If the scam had not been stopped it could have reaped more than £10,260,525.

CSSC events manager Adedamola Oyebode, 30, stole membership lists and passed them on to her brothers-in-law Oluwatobe Emmanuel Odeyemi, 34, and Oluwagbenga Stephen Odeyemi, 39, who ran the fraud with Kayode Sanni, 38.

Sanni, an illegal immigrant, denied being involved in the fraud and told Old Bailey jurors ‘my conscience is clear’ as he stood trial alone.

But he was convicted of one count of conspiracy to become knowingly concerned in a fraudulent act between 10 March 2009 and 11 June 2013.

Judge Michael Topolski QC remanded him in custody and said: ‘I’m quite satisfied at this stage that there is a significant risk that if he were released on bail he would fail to attend.

‘In my judgement the situation has changed drastically.

‘He chose to contest this matter against what I considered to be overwhelming evidence.

‘His incentive to stay in this country has now diminished.’

Emmanuel Odeyemi, Gumbs and Adedamole Oyebode have already pleaded guilty and will be sentenced with Sanni at the Old Bailey on 6 July.

Prosecutors have dropped charges against Emmanuel’s wife Oluwatosin Oyebode.

Prosecutor Allison Hunter QC said: ‘These defendants went to exceptionally complex and sophisticated lengths in their orchestration of this fraud.

‘They themselves operate under a number of fluid pseudonyms and false identities, operate a multiplicity of email address, have access to a number of mobile phone numbers and have spread the conduct of this fraud over computers and electronic storage devices sufficient to stock a small warehouse.’

Ms Hunter said the investigators began by identifying one of the multiple false tax credit claimants as Chantelle Gumbs, who has admitted her part in the scam.

The source of the stolen identity was traced to the CSSC in Chadwick Street, Westminster, where six staff had password protected access to members’ details.

Adedamole Oyebode, who worked for the CSSC between August 2008 and August 2010, has since admitted supplying lists of members and their details in return for payment.

She also made calls to the tax credit helpline to obtain application packs.

Further investigation revealed the fraudsters had used the details to create false identities, buy online insurance and open false bank accounts to receive the cash.

The profits of the scam were then transferred out into either their own accounts or through Western Union facilities set up by Sanni and Emmanuel Odeyemi.

Jurors were told that two of the gang, Stephen Odeyemi and his wife Oluwatumininu Banjo, 40, have fled to Nigeria and are wanted abroad.

Ms Hunter said: ‘These individuals conspired together to obtain in excess of £10,260,525.33 in fraudulent tax credits using the identities of 10,300 police officers, MPs, members of the judiciary, and civil servants for example, whose personal data and information was stolen from the Civil Service Sports Council.

‘The CSSC provides leisure events and activities together with sporting and fitness facilities to approximately 120,000 Public Sector employees or pensioners, including civil servants, local government employees, the NHS, teachers, police officers, fire fighters and HM Armed Forces personnel.’

Sanni, from Leeds, denied but conspiracy to become knowingly concerned in a fraudulent act – but was convicted of the crime.

Adedamola Oyebode, from Bellingham, southeast London, Stephen Odeyimi from Dagenham, Ess3x and Chantelle Gumbs, will be sentenced alongside him for fraud charges on 6 July at the Old Bailey.

Oluwatumininu Banjo, also from Dagenham, and Emmanuel Odeyemi, from Gravesend, Kent, are believed to be on the run in Nigeria.

Simon York, Director of Fraud Investigation Service at HMRC, said: ‘We have dismantled an organised criminal attack on the tax credits system. HMRC officers and our counter-fraud checks identified the attack, and our investigators uncovered those behind the fraud, preventing £8 million of false claims being paid to the criminals. A further £2.4 million in tax credits claimed by the fraudsters was paid before we could stop the crime group and prevent further fraud.

‘Tax Credits are paid to some of the most vulnerable people in our society. We have to strike a balance between making it easy for people to receive what is due, and having procedures in place to identify and stop fraudulent claims. Our investigation was made more difficult as the criminals had hijacked real identity details to make the fraudulent claims.’

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