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Blogger who accused Pastor Ebuka Obi of fake miracles remanded in Keffi prison

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A chief magistrate court in Wuse Zone 6, Abuja, has fixed April 12 for ruling on a bail application filed by Chizorom Harrison Ofoegbu, the social media influencer popularly known as Ijele Speaks.

Ijele was arrested by the police after he accused Ebuka Obi, the lead founder of Zion Prayer Movement Outreach, of performing fake miracles.

Ijele claimed that Obi is a criminal and scammer who lives through dubious means.

In the post tagging the police, the influencer also accused the clergyman of being “a fraudster who performs fake miracles”.

The blogger has been in detention for over two weeks.

Arguing a bail application on Monday, Marvin Omorogbe, counsel to Ijele, prayed the court to set aside the remand order granted against his client.

He asked the court to “order his release from the Keffi correctional centre or, in the alternative, admit him to bail”.

Omorogbe alleged that the police suppressed facts before the court to secure a remand order.

He said the police also lied about filing a charge at the Abuja federal high court.

“For the fact that the Police came to court to lie on oath is enough reason to set aside the remand order. They misled the court into granting the remand order against the applicant,” the lawyer said.

Ijele’s counsel said the 14-day period for the applicant to be remanded has expired, adding that there is no application for the renewal of the remand order.

Opposing the bail application, Obiora Ejiofor, the police lawyer, said, there was no evidence placed before the court to warrant granting the applicant bail.

He also insisted that a four-count criminal charge against the applicant has been filed at the federal high court in Abuja.

“We are waiting for a date by the federal high court to arraign the applicant. The police is a very responsible institution of government,” Ejiofor said.

Responding on point of law, Omorogbe told the court that the exhibits attached to the counter affidavit by the police were forged.

“The purported wanted person notice was forged, that was why they made a photocopy of it to confuse the court,” he said.

“The court should not accord any value to the exhibits. The documents do not meet the minimum standard of the Evidence Act.”

He said the police did not exhibit any charge in all the processes filed before the court, saying that, there is no case against the applicant in the face of the law.

After listening to the submissions of all parties in the matter, Emmanuel Iyanna, the chief magistrate, adjourned till April 12 to rule on the application.

The applicant is to remain in Keffi correctional centre pending the ruling.

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EFCC arrests man for spraying naira notes in Gombe

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says its operatives at the Gombe zonal command have arrested one Zachariyya Muhammad for “abuse of the naira”.

In a statement on Wednesday, the EFCC said Muhammad was arrested on May 25 following intelligence linking him with alleged spraying of naira notes at G-Connect in Tunfure, Gombe.

“Upon his arrest, he was shown a video where he was dancing and spraying Naira notes in N200 (Two Hundred Naira) denomination. He admitted to being the one in the video,” the statement reads.

“He will be charged to court upon conclusion of investigations.”

Section 21 of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Act frowns at abuse of the naira in the form of tampering, stepping on, tearing, spraying, and hawking.

Section 21 of the Act states: “(1) A person who tampers with a coin or note issued by the Bank is guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to imprisonment for a term not less than six months or to a fine not less than N50,000 or to both such fine and imprisonment.

“(3) For the avoidance of doubt, spraying of, dancing or matching on the Naira or any note issued by the Bank during social occasions or otherwise howsoever shall constitute an abuse and defacing of the Naira or such note and shall be punishable under Sub-section (1) of this section.”

Recently, the EFCC went after celebrities who allegedly abused the naira.

On April 12, a federal high court in Lagos sentenced Bobrisky, the social media celebrity, to six months in prison for abusing the naira.

On April 16, the EFCC filed a three-count charge against Cubana Chief Priest, the nightlife promoter, for alleged abuse of the Nigerian currency.

Earlier this month, the EFCC said its operatives in Kano have secured the convictions of 31 individuals involved in illegal currency trading and abuse of the naira.

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NDLEA arrests couple for running drug cartel, seizes 50 blocks of cocaine

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says its operatives have arrested Lookman Dauda and Olayinka Toheebat Dauda, a couple, for running a drug cartel.

In a statement on Tuesday, Femi Babafemi, NDLEA spokesperson, said the duo was arrested on May 25 by operatives of a special operations unit, with support from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States.

He said the suspects were arrested at Ibiye, a community near Badagry, while attempting to cross the land border to deliver the consignment in Ghana.

He said at the point of their arrest, 42 blocks of cocaine weighing 47.5 kilogrammes, were found on them.

“A swift follow up operation in their residence at Plot 24/25 OPIC Extension, Petedo road, Agbara, Ogun, led to the recovery of additional eight blocks of the same drug weighing 10kg,” the statement reads.

“This brought the total weight of the cocaine seized from the couple to 57.5 kilograms.”

Babafemi said in a separate raid by the special operations unit, no fewer than 1,100 ampoules of lethal synthetic opioid weighing 6.48kg were recovered.

The NDLEA spokesman said the drugs were recovered from 34-year-old Ikeh Stanley Ifeanyi, a member of a drug trafficking syndicate, at the popular Idumota market in Lagos Island.

He said no less than 790 ampoules of fentanyl weighing 5.273kg were also seized from 48-year-old Chieze Ogechukwu Benjamin, another member of the syndicate, at Idumota market.

“Fentanyl, a lethal synthetic opioid which is 100 times more potent than heroin, is currently responsible for over 70 percent overdose deaths as well as a major contributor to fatal and nonfatal overdoses in the US,” the statement reads.

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We arrested businessman who excreted 111 wraps of cocaine at Abuja airport, says NDLEA

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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested 48-year-old Emmanuel Orjinze, a France-bound businessman, for “ingesting 111 wraps of cocaine”.

In a statement on Sunday, Femi Babafemi, NDLEA spokesperson, said Orjinze claimed to be a Europe-based professional footballer.

He was arrested on May 21 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport during the outward clearance of Airfrance flight 878 from Abuja to Paris.

Babafemi said following a body scan which confirmed he ingested illicit drugs, Orjinze was taken into custody where he excreted 111 pellets of cocaine, over a period of three days, that weighed 1.603 kilogrammes.

“The suspect claimed he does business in the maritime sector while still scouting for any European football club to engage him,” the statement reads.

The statement added that NDLEA officers operating at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos dismantled a drug trafficking syndicate.

“This followed the arrest of four members of the network and the seizure of a total of 8kg of methamphetamine and 7.60kg of Loud, a synthetic strain of cannabis imported from South Africa,” the statement reads.

“The lid was blown off the syndicate when an official within the airport system was intercepted with a backpack and a bag at the departure hall of Terminal 1 of the airport by NDLEA officers with the support of Aviation Security officers on Tuesday 21st May 2024.

“A search of the bags led to the discovery of the illicit substances.

“A swift follow-up operation at Ajao Estate area of Lagos led to the arrest of two other members of the syndicate: Chris Nwadozie and Chinedu Nwaosu.

“Further investigation led to the arrest of another member of the cartel working within the airport system on Saturday 25th May.”

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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.

She has widespread experiences across different professions and skills, which includes experiences in; Marketing, Media, Broadcasting, Brand and Event Management, Administration and Management with prior stints at MTN, NAPIMS-NNPC, GLOBAL FLEET OIL AND GAS, LTV, Silverbird and a host of others

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