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Alleged $5M, N800M Fraud: Court Adjourns Sennaike Opeoluwa’s Trial Till June 28…



Justice O. A. Okunuga of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, on Thursday, June 8, 2023, adjourned till June 28, 2023 “for hearing” in the alleged fraud trial involving one Sennaike Opeoluwa.

Opeoluwa, alongside his firm, Sennaike Consulting Limited, was arraigned by the Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on May 9, 2023 on a six-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence, forgery and possession of false documents.

The defendants were arraigned for allegedly fraudulently obtaining the sums of $5 million and N800 million from unsuspecting members of the public.

Count one reads: “David Sennaike Opeoluwa and Sennaike Consulting Limited, sometime between the months of January 2021 and March 2022, within the Ikeja Judicial Division of this Honourable Court, deceitfully obtained an aggregate sum of $5,000,000 (Five Million US Dollars) from unsuspecting members of the public, on the understanding that the payment was an investment for the protection and prevention of a developed Cyber-Security Software for onwards delivery to the United States of America.”

Count two reads: “David Sennaike Opeoluwa and Sennaike Consulting Limited, sometime between the months of January 2021 and August 2022 in Lagos, within the Ikeja Judicial Division of this Honourable Court, deceitfully obtained an aggregate sum of N800,000,000 (Eight Hundred Million Naira) from Mr. Olugbenga Ojo, Benson Ogungbamiwa, and several unsuspecting members of the public, on the understanding that the payment was an investment for the protection and prevention of a developed Cyber-Security Software for onwards delivery to the United States of America.”

Count reads: ” David Sennaike Opeoluwa and Sennaike Consulting Limited, on or about the 6th day of October 2022 in Lagos, within the Ikeja Judicial Division of this Honourable Court, with dishonest intention, forged documents printed from your laptop titled “Executive Office Of The President Of The United States”, dated November 22, 2021, and other related documents containing fraudulent conversation allegedly made between Kamala Harris, representative of the Government of the United States of America and Olugbemiga Ojo, President and CEO of Langberg Inc., in order to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.”

He pleaded “not guilty” to all the counts.

During the sitting on May 31, 2023, his counsel, Akeem Akinroye, had moved the application for his bail and also prayed the court to express its discretion in favour of Opeoluwa.

“The defendant does not constitute a flight risk and he won’t abscond,” he said.

The prosecution, however, urged the court to dismiss the application and order accelerated hearing.

Ruling on the application on June 8, after going through all the arguments canvassed by the parties, Justice Okunuga granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N50 million, with two sureties in like sum.

The sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of tax payment in the last three years.

The defendant was also ordered to deposit his passport with the Chief Registrar of the court.

The case was adjourned till June 28, 2023 “for hearing.”

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Perm Sec Denies Sexually Harassing Female Subordinate, Says, She Accused Me Because I Refused To Pay Her Bills.





The permanent secretary of the federal ministry of foreign affairs, Ibrahim Lamuwa, says he is being accused of sexual harassment by Simisola Fajemirokun-Ajayi, an official of the ministry, because he refused her demands.


Recall that the minister of foreign affairs, Yusuf Tugga, had notified Folasade Yemi-Esan, the head of service of the federation (HoS), of the allegation.


In a letter to Yemi-Esan, the minister said it was necessary to communicate the development to her following the “gravity of the matter” after Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer, wrote a petition to him.


However, in response to the allegation, Lamuwa said his failure to pay Ajayi’s bills on an official trip to Davos and refusal to grant her access to policy files and financial records of the ministry were the reasons why she accused him of sexual harassment.


The permanent secretary said he has never sexually harassed her but has maintained a professional relationship with all his subordinates.


“I have served for nine years cumulatively in the State House, in the Office of the Vice President, Chief of Staff to the President, and the exalted Office of the President at various times under Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, Mr. David Edevbie, Amb. Abdullahi Gwary, and lastly, Amb. Lawal Kazaure,” Lamuwa said.


“I received three letters of commendation at various times from the State House for meritorious service.


“On allegations of female directors being harassed, I have never had any incident with any female director in any hotel room, nor have I ever removed any female officers’ names from trips or postings because they refused to comply with any sexual demands.


“No four women or any number could have shared any alleged ordeal with me with her, as no such incidents have happened in the past, and it is untrue that any such common knowledge exists in the Ministry, as there is no basis for it.


“From the foregoing, I believe Mrs. Simisola O. Fajemirokun-Ajayi’s action might not be unconnected with my failure to pay her Davos bills or give her access to the Ministry’s policy files and financial records.


“For example, on 12th January, 2023, while in Davos, on a WhatsApp chat, she tried to know what I and the DFA were doing about the payment of the outstanding Nigerian Mission’s 1st Semester Allocation of about N12,957,103,477, claiming to know the Minister has spoken to the CBN Governor on the issue.


“In my response, I told her that Missions’ funding should not concern her, as it was being handled at the highest level. Her response was ‘Noted Sir. As directed by the Hon. Minister sir, does it concern Me?’. I wrote back to say, ‘I sorted that out with the HMFA yesterday’. And she said ‘thank you’. I knew she was angry with me about that.


“It is clear that there are two issues that have been worrying Mrs. Simisola O. Fajemirokun-Ajayi and were therefore waiting for any opportunity to get back at me.”


The permanent secretary added that they had exchanged jokes on many occasions in

the presence of other people.

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Foreign Affairs Ministry Perm Sec, Lamuwa, Suspended Over Sexual Harassment Scandal





The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Lamuwa has been suspended over allegation of sexually harassing a married female staff of the Ministry.


Recall that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, wrote to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan, over allegation of sexual harassment levelled against the Permanent Secretary.


One of the Minister’s aides, Mrs. Simisola Fajemirokun Ajayi, stated that Lamuwa sexually harrased her.


Lamuwa had served as Nigeria’s ambassador to the Republic of Senegal with concurrent accreditation to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania before his appointment as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


He joined the foreign service in 1993, was born in 1967, and hails from Funakaye Local Government Area of Gombe State.


In a letter dated May 27, Tuggar said he was compelled to write to inform the Head of Service of a formal complaint against Lamuwa on allegations of sexual harassment.


“Bearing in mind the gravity of the matter, I feel it necessary to draw your attention to it and ask that you handle it accordingly.


“Please find attached a copy of the complaint I received via email. May I also assure you that I remain available to provide you with any assistance required in discharging your responsibilities,” Tuggar wrote.


Source squealed that Lamuwa had been asked to step aside by the Office of the Head of Service.


He was given till Friday last week to vacate office and the immediate past Nigerian Ambassador to Cuba, Benaoyagha Okoyen, assumed office on Monda

y in acting capacity.

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Globacom commits to Ojude Oba 2024





Digital solutions provider, Globacom, has declared its sponsorship of the Ojude Oba Festival for this year. The event holds in Ijebu Ode on Tuesday, June 18, 2024.


At the pre-event press conference held on the grounds of the Awujale’s Palace in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, Globacom’s representative, Mr. Kazeem Kaka, stated that the company was dedicated to promoting Nigeria’s rich cultural legacy at all times.


He disclosed at the event that Globacom’s “sponsorship of festivals is aimed at identifying with the cultures and traditions of the Nigerian people, being an indigenous company. By sponsoring Ojude Oba and other Nigerian festivals with huge tourism potentials, such as Ofala of Onitsha Kingdom, Globacom is helping to promote the cause of tourism in the country”.


“Globacom’s collaboration with the custodians of this festival is in order to showcase the company’s interest in the cultural activities, traditions and events that bind the Nigerian people together as one geographic entity,” he stated, adding that Globacom is also showcasing other festivals with the vision of promoting the tourism potentials of Nigeria in that sector.


He stated that the company’s commitment to the nation’s unity is also expressed via the promotion of the customs and cultures of the people.


During the pre-festival press conference yesterday, Chief Olu Okuboyejo, the Chairman of the Ojude Oba Planning Committee, praised Globacom for its constant support of the historic celebration.


The event is mostly sponsored by Globacom, and this year’s edition, with the theme “Unity and Harmony in Ijebuland…The gift of Ojude Oba,” is the 18th. Glo is known for being the largest corporate supporter of traditional and cultural events in the nation.


Ojude Oba, which is celebrated yearly two days after the Islamic Eid El-Kabr celebration, is a social event that serves as a foundation for the promotion of the social, political, and economic growth of the Ijebu area.

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