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ALEX OTTI IN MESS! AS FRESH FRAUD SCANDAL ROCKS DIAMOND BANK ………STAFF ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY!!

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Diamond Bank Plc  is one bank that is synonymous with fraudulent activities in Nigeria. Just when most banks in Nigeria are investing heavily in making their online banking operations very secure ,thereby building customers’ confidence, Diamond Bank seems to be left behind and happy at the hardship its customers are presently languishing in due to the bank’s inefficiencies.

Or  can best explain how some fraudsters transferred the hard-earned money of a customer of the bank who paid the bank for a so-called ‘secure token’, which is an anti-fraud hardware, and Diamond Bank cannot explain how the ‘secure token’ was breached and money moved without its customers consent.

Diamond Bank is now trying to absolve itself from the whole mess?
The bank cannot still explain what happened to the N818, 000 of the said customer or explained the accounts where the money was transferred to. If information at our disposal is anything to go by, then  Diamond Bank’s customers will have to sleep with their two eyes wide open. This because even the bank’s MD, Alex Oti, is not left out in an alleged money laundering scandal.

Findings reveal that  Alex Oti is in a terrible mess as his name has been mentioned in multiple money laundering petitions to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

On the EFCC table is a huge allegation of money laundering against Alex Oti who allegedly helped Nassarawa State Governor launder huge billions of Naira.

In a related development, a senior staff of Diamond Bank, Marilyn-Joan Obiora, was prosecuted by the EFCC at the Federal High Court in Umuahia, Abia State. Obiora’s stunts were exposed in a petition by Stephen Inegbu, the bank’s zonal security supervisor in Port Harcourt.

His petition was inspired by the bank’s inspection unit, which discovered that Obiora, abetted by four other staff of the bank, made fraudulent withdrawals totaling N125.6 million in three installments.

Obiora and colleagues withdrew N26 million, N91.6 million and N8 million.

Like Obiora, the duo of Ebele Okoh and Charles Amadi, also of Diamond Bank, also faced allegations before the Karu Chief Magistrate’s Court, Abuja. Okoh and Amadi of the bank’s Zone 4 branch in Abuja were accused of withdrawing N250,000 from a customer’s account. Police prosecutor, Garba Mohammed, explained that Okoh and Amadi scanned the signatures of some customers, with the intention to use them for withdrawals.

The suspects did not go far in their scheme before they ran out of luck. By then, they had withdrawn N250,000 from the account of one L. A. Mittee through one Amaechi Josiah, who is also being tried for alleged theft in the same court.

Also, a staff of the Item Street branch of the Diamond Bank Plc, Owerri, Daniel Chibueze Meshach is presently cooling his heels in the detention cell of the Imo state Police command for allegedly masterminding an armed robbery operation in the state.

Daniel Meshach, 27, from Isingwu Ofeme-Ohuhu in Umuahia North council area of Abia state and two others were arrested by men of the Ambush Squad of the Imo state police command after a fierce confrontation with the Police as they tried to escape the scene of crime after successfully robbing their victim of cash and valuables at Umurim, Nekede, in Owerri West Council area of Imo state.

Lamenting his fate, the very eloquent banker confessed to the crime. He agreed he planned the operation and picked the victim of the robbery himself, apparently through privileged information. He blamed his involvement in armed robbery on peer pressure and pleaded to be given a second chance.

Also arrested and paraded alongside the banker was one Emmanuel Chisom, a student of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri, who confessed to supplying three firearms for the robbery operation.

Chisom we gathered, denied being the current leader of a dreaded campus cult group as alleged, noting that he was deposed last year, as leader of the Vikings confraternity, after what he termed a ‘mutiny’. It is widely believed that apparent cult involvement may have drawn the banker into crime.

Two locally made pistols were also recovered from them. However, the Imo state Police command has assured that the banker and his gang would soon be charged to court on completion of investigations into the matter.

We will update you the fresh angle of how 3 executive directors are still facing the EFCC in our next  edition as investigation is ongoing.

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Just In: President Tinubu approves N70,000 minimum wage

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President Bola Tinubu has approved N70,000 as the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers with a promise to review the national minimum wage law every three years.

 

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Gov. Zulum Clarifies Son’s Purported Killing Of Chinese National At Indian Nightclub

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The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has denied reports alleging that one of the sons has been arrested and sentenced to prison for the murder of some Indian citizens.

Reports has it that there were unverified rumours, especially on social media platforms, alleging that the first son of the governor, Umar Zulum Umara, killed the Chinese national during a fight at an Indian nightclub.

However, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media, Abdurrahman Ahmed Bundi, dismissed the reports in a statement on Wednesday.

According to him, no son of the governor was arrested or charged with any crime.

The statement read, “attention of the Borno State Governor’s Media Unit has been drawn to rumours circulating that the son of the Borno State Governor has been arrested for the alleged murder of some Indian citizens.

“This misinformation was published in an online blog, Nairaland, titled “Son of Borno State Governor Murders Someone In India—Politics.” The blog claimed that the Governor also travelled to India, attempting to use diplomatic status to resolve the matter.

“It is on record that Governor Babagana Zulum was on a one-month vacation in Saudi Arabia for the 2024 Hajj and later travelled to Egypt to attend the annual ASUWAN forum conference in Cairo.

“The Media Unit would like to clarify and set the record straight that Nairaland and other online blogs have mischievously spread defamatory content without any speck of truth.

“We hereby warned Nairaland and all those who have spread the false information to pull down this misinformation from its website and platforms within the next 24 hours and offer an unreserved apology to Governor Zulum, his son, and the entire family, or risk legal action. The Governor shall also not hesitate to take legal action against any media outlet that continues to publicise this defamatory information on its platform.

“We would like to inform the public that none of Governor’s Zulum’s son was either arrested or charged with any crime, or involved in any unlawful activities anywhere.

“We urge the public to exercise caution when consuming and sharing information, particularly when it comes from unverified sources and blogs instead of credible media outlets.

“We enjoin all media organisations to engage in responsible journalism of truth and factual verification while recognising the potential harm and psychological trauma the spread of false information might have caused to the Governor’s family.”

 

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Over 600,000 Nigerians sought asylum abroad under Buhari – Report

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Over 600,000 Nigerians filed for asylum in other countries between 2016 and 2023, which were years under the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari was President from 2015 to 2023 and handed over to President Bola Tinubu who was sworn in on May 29, 2023, after winning in the general elections the same year.

According to a report released on Wednesday, July 17, 2024, by Statisense, a data collection organisation, of a total of 664,384 in eight years, 355,792 persons sought asylum between 2016 and 2019 while 308,592 sought asylum between 2020 and 2023.

On a year-by-year basis, 66,862 sought asylum in 2016, 91,924 in 2017, 84,624 (2018), 112,382 (2019), 73,233 (2020), 83,105 (2021), 83,402 (2022), and 68,852 in 2023.

The figures indicate a surge from the past years, as Statisense noted that within 12 years – 2004 to 2015 – only 204,791 Nigerians filed for asylum in other countries.

In total, 869,175 Nigerians filed for asylum in the last 20 years, notably from 2004 to 2023.

The report was posted on the organisation’s X.com handle @StatiSense, citing the United Nations Refugee Agency.

In another report shared by the organisation on Wednesday, it was stated that the Republic of Niger topped countries with the most Nigerian refugees in 2023 with about 200,497 Nigerians and a total of 1,268,464 Nigerian refugees between 2015 and 2023.

Niger, a border country, shares proximity with Nigeria’s north, where residents battle a spate of insecurity in the region ranging from banditry, terrorism and herdsmen-farmers crisis.

Another report also revealed that Nigerians topped the list of African countries who sought asylum in Canada in 2023 with about 10,111 asylum seekers followed by Kenya with 1,345.  It stated that 1,345 Nigerians however sought asylum in the United Kingdom and 5,136 in the United States of America.

Source: The Punch

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