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N97Million Fraud: Rancco Water boss, Obiageli Anachebe (Odiuko), Partner in Prison, for defrauding business woman of N97m… Yet to meet bail conditions

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Mrs. Obiageli Anachebe alias Odiuko and her alleged fraudster partner and fake spiritualist, Innocent Chukwu, alias Ohamadike were recently re-arraigned at an Ikeja High Court for defrauding a business woman, Chief Vivian Amadife the sum of N97 million and a property worth N35m.

Odiuko and Ohamadike were first arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of the Ikeja High Court, Lagos, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly defrauding their victim of the huge sum of money and property under the guise of performing spiritual cleansing on her and her entire family.

Both suspects were arraigned on five count charge.

Odiuko, whom the prosecution counsel accused of jumping bail, forging and obtaining another international passport, after the EFCC confiscated her first travelling document, was granted bail with the sum of N2.5m.

As at the time of filing this report, Anachebe was still remanded at the female wing of Kirikiri Prisons, for failing to meet her bail conditions.

The court also told Anachebe, the owner of Rancco Water, Enugu to provide two sureties in like sum, who are also resident in Lagos and must show evidence of tax payments in the last three years, before she would be allowed to go home.

Anachebe, who wore a POP on her neck, was brought to the court in a mini Prison bus looking distraught and embattled.

When the matter came up again for second hearing on October 14, Justice Ipaye refused to grant the bail application of Ohamadike, the first accused.

Ohamadike, the notorious founder of Esoteric World Discovery Limited, was remanded at the same Kirikiri Prisons, pending when the case comes up again for full trial on October 28.

Meanwhile, a mild drama ensued in the court premises when the female and another armed male warder attached to Obiageli Anachebe aka Odiuko, refused some journalists covering the case from taking photographs of the suspect.

All efforts to get her picture and that of Ohamadike proved abortive as the tough talking warders threatened to deal decisively with any journalist who dares take their photographs without a written permission from the top echelon of the Nigerian Prison Services.

According to the anti-graft agency, Chukwu, alias Dr. Ohamadike, and Anachebe alias Odiuko, first collected N50million from the businesswoman, Mrs. Vivian Amadife, with the promise that the money would be used to solve all her problems spiritually, a claim the prosecution said the accused knew was false.

The prosecution said the accused committed the offence between October and December 2013, in Lagos.

According to the charge suit number ID/1332c/2015, it stated that the accused conspired to ‘obtain money by false pretences, stealing by fraudulent conversion and concealment of deed.

The offences, according to the Commission, contravened Section 8(a) and 1(3) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006 and Sections 285(9)(c) and 288 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The charge further alleged that Chukwu, on ‘or about February 14, 2014, dishonestly converted another sum of N16.9 million property of Amadife and Pamela Ihediwa of Bluebeam Capital Ltd, Lagos.

He was accused to have ‘obtained the sum by claiming to have for sale, a United States dollar equivalent of the N16.9m which representation he knew to be false and dishonest.

It added that between October and December 2013, Chukwu also fraudulently and dishonestly obtained and concealed the title documents to a building valued at N35 million at No. 4, Nteje Street, New Haven, Enugu, property of Amadife.

The matter was adjourned till October 28, for full trial of the accused to start.

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More Troubles For Dangote Cement As Kogi Govt Demands 10 Per Cent Share, Orders Immediate Seal Off

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However, Dangote Cement is facing allegations of sharp practice from Kogi State government, Kogi Assembly as well as Akwa Ibom State.Already, the Kogi State House of Assembly has ordered stoppage to the activities of the company in two Local Governments in the State while investigations continue.

To make the claim possible, Kogi State House of Assembly ordered the management of Dangote Cement company to provide all necessary documents that have to do with the transfer of Obajana Cement Company owned by Kogi state government to Dangote Cement Company.

The House also directed that the documents signed at the establishment of the Company and relevant receipts of dues it claimed to have paid to Kogi State Government available at the next adjourned sitting date.

The speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Matthew Kolawole, gave the order after interim reports of the ongoing investigative hearing on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) which was submitted by the ad hoc committee led by Hon. Isah Tenimu Umar, Member Representing Lokoja I Constituency and deliberated upon at the plenary on Wednesday.

Kolawole said this has become important in view of the claims and counterclaims between the Chairman of Kogi State Internally Generated Revenue Service (KGIRS) and representatives of Dangote Cement as the acting chairman of KGIRS, Salisu Enehe had earlier accused Dangote Cement Plc Obajana of forging its tax receipt during the investigative hearing by the State House of Assembly.

According to the State Revenue Boss, most of the figures the company claimed to have paid are totally incorrect, urging the company to check its record.

He added that despite the billions of Naira that company is making from the state monthly, it has failed to pay taxes that are due to the state and Lokoja Local Government Area.

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In another development, Following the unrestrained environmental degradation in Ankpa and Olamaboro local government areas, Kogi state House of Assembly on Wednesday, directed the Commissioner of Police and Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence (NSCDC) to seal off operations of Dangote Plc in the affected areas of the State.

The House gave the order during a public hearing on activities of Dangote Group in the state, especially on the the massive exploitation , environmental degradation and non compensation to the affected owners of the land and without revenue accruing to the state government.

The Speaker, Kogi state House of Assembly, Mathew Kolawole, charged the NSCDC commandant to ensure immediate implementation pending when the ad hoc committee on revenue clarifies some grey areas. Kolawole, who lamented the environmental degradation caused by mining activities on Kogi by the Dangote group and its subsidiaries, accused the multi national business concern of making billions in the state but yet fails to give back to it.

Akwa Ibom is also finding it difficult to collect its entitlement from the Dangote Group. According to reports from the place, the Itu Local Government blocked Dangote premises with their trucks because the company has refused to pay tax for more than two years despite pleas and series of warnings.

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Union Bank, WACOT Rice Kick Off Financial Inclusion Drive for Smallholder Farmers in Kebbi

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As part of Union Bank’s commitment to driving financial inclusion in Nigeria, the Bank has partnered with WACOT Rice Limited – a rice processing company, to financially include 6,000 local farmers including youth and women in Kebbi State.
The Kebbi Financial Inclusion Drive (KFID) which will cover four Local Government Areas – Argungu, Augie, Suru, and Dandi – is a critical part of WACOT’s Argungu Outgrower Expansion Project funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) West Africa Trade Hub. This program is set to resolve the overwhelming financial inclusion deficit within rural communities in Kebbi.
The financial inclusion initiative is being implemented with technical support from National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), to help the farmers acquire the relevant documentation and identification required to open bank accounts.
Union Bank will facilitate account opening and expand its agency banking network to cover the areas while supporting its agents on ground with digital banking solutions to enable seamless transacting and account management.
Farouk Gumel, Chairman WACOT and Board Chair, Union Bank was on ground in Kebbi State to kick-off the drive and paid a visit to the Kebbi state Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu to discuss expanding the programme state-wide.
In his recent keynote address at the recently concluded and  Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) Conference, Mr. Gumel said:
 “As we work towards achieving financial inclusion to reach the unbanked, we must commit the same resources and investments to rural-local customers as we have done to urban-global clients to help create the growth that will lift us all to collective prosperity.”
WACOT Rice is a subsidiary of TGI Group. TGI Group, through another of its subsidiary Titan Trust Bank, recently acquired Union Bank in a landmark transaction which was announced in 2021.

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FIRSTBANK PARTNERS VERVE INTERNATIONAL, MAKES CUSTOMERS MILLIONAIRES IN THE FIRSTBANK VERVE CARD PROMO

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In partnership with FirstBank – Nigeria’s premier and leading financial inclusion services provider – Verve International, Africa’s leading payment technology and card business, has launched its third National Consumer promo designed to reward users of FirstBank verve card with exciting gifts and cash prizes to appreciate their patronage and use of the card to carry-out their electronic banking transactions.

The ongoing 2-month promo will end on 30 October 2022 as 20 customers (10 customers per month) with the highest transaction count during the promo will be made millionaires, winning the sum of N1 million each. Also, N20,000 will be won by 25 customers monthly.

On the other hand, 2620 FirstBank verve cardholders that double their transactions every week, stand a chance to enjoy 10% cashback capped at N2,000 per customer.

Speaking on the promo Chuma Ezirim, Group Executive, e-Business & Retail Products, FirstBank said “we appreciate our partnership with Verve Card through the years; a partnership of empowerment and opportunities which include growing the economy, supporting new businesses and preventing unemployment. FirstBank verve card holders are encouraged to keep using their cards as it is a card offering that promotes safe, convenient and rewarding digital banking experience with 20 customers standing a chance to be millionaires at the end of the promo.”

Verve card is a secure debit card that allows cardholders to conveniently meet their daily financial needs such as payment for goods and services, airtime recharge, bill payments, funds transfer, etc. Verve card is accepted across all ATMs, POS, Web and Mobile Platforms in Nigeria.

The promo is also opened to new verve cardholders as non-verve cardholders are encouraged to visit the nearest FirstBank branch today to pick up a Verve card and start getting rewarded!

Only recently, FirstBank – in partnership with Verve – rewarded over 2601 FirstBank verve cardholders with various prizes; including N20,000 cash prize, N10,000 cash prize, N10,000 worth of airtime; power generating sets, refrigerator, cooking gas, smart TV and the grand prize of a brand-new car to a lucky winner.

 

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