EFCC Set To Clampdown On Illegal Use Of POS Machines

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said that it will begin to clampdown on the fraudulent use of Point Of Sale (POS)Machines in Nigeria.

This was made known to public by Johnson Babalola, Makurdi Zonal Head of the commission in an interactive session with Regional Bank Managers in Makurdi today.

Babalola charged banks to ensure proper monitoring and strict compliance by those to whom they issue POS machines.

“We are having serious challenges with the banks giving POS machines to individuals with questionable characters and without proper documentation,” he said.

He pointed out that there was a need for some of the POS machines to be withdrawn from such individuals.

He also warned banks to adhere strictly to the Post-No-Debit (temporary freezing of account) order placed on banks found to be involved in suspicious transactions. “Default will not be tolerated,” he said.

He noted that it was unfortunate that some staff of banks were in the habit of giving prior notice to customers whose accounts were being placed on Post-No-Debit, thus aiding and abetting crime and obstruction of justice, instead of assisting the Commission as stipulated by law.

He further urged the banks to respond on time to the letters of investigations sent to them by the Commission stressing that prompt response will help in speedy dispensation of cases.

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We Are All Proud of Your Victory, Buhari Tells Super Falcons

Super Falcons, Photo: BBC

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Nigerian Super Falcons for a 2-0 victory unleashed on Korean Republic in the ongoing Fifa Women world cup in France.

The president commended them saying that he was proud of them on special day for Nigeria.

“I’m pleased I was able to watch the Super Falcons match against South Korea, after the Democracy Day Lunch. Congratulations to the Team and Coaching Crew. A well-deserved win on a very special day for0 Nigeria. We are all proud of your victory.” He said.

Nigeria has today marked 20 years of unbroken democracy since taking over power from Military rule in 1999.

The super in currently taking third position in group A after France the host country and Norway who are yet to play their second game.

Greener World: Aisha Buhari Goes To Farm

In a lead for a greener world, first lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari on Tuesday led many to seed planting at the official launch of the Notore Green School Initiative at Aliyu Mustapha College, Yola, Adamawa State.

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Nigerian Army Kills 9 Boko Haram Online Media Propagandists

The Nigerian Army said that it has killed 9 members of Islamic State West African Province(ISWAP), a splinter group of boko haram terrorist.

According to the Army Headquarters, the terrorist group members are known for their online media propaganda and quest to maintain a virtual caliphate.

“The annihilation of members of its media team further confirms that the NA has decimated the group and they no longer have freedom of action”, the army said.

The army also said that ISWAP had admited to the neutralization of 9 key Media Personalities by men of the Nigerian Army.

Those killed are:

Abu Hurayra al-Barnawi.
Ali al-Ghalam al-Kajiri.
Abu Musab Muhammed Mustafa al-Maiduguri.
Abu Abdullah Ali al-Barnawi
Abu Musa al-Camerooni.
Ahmed al-Muhajir.
Abu Ali al-Bamawi.
Abu Khubayb bin Ahmed al-Barnawi.
Abu al-Qa’qa’ al-Maiduguri.

NBC Suspends AIT/Raypower Licence|Citizen Bloggers

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has suspended the operating licence of Daar Communications PLC, owner of AIT/Raypower broadcast stations for failure to comply with the NBC codes.

This was made known to the public in a press briefing on Thursday by the NBC Director General, Ishaq Modibbo in Abuja.

The NBC said that the shutdown came following monitoring reports and complaints from concerned Nigerians about the broadcast contents of Daar Communications Plc’s AIT/Raypower broadcast stations.
Modibbo said that the NBC have over the last 2 years summoned on several occasions the management of the company to address issues regarding the operations of AIT/Raypower with the company, particularly, Political Platform and Kakaaki aired on AIT.

What is NBC?

NBC stands for National Broadcasting commission, a Parastatal of the federal government of Nigeria established by section 1 of NBC act cap.NII laws of the federation 2004. It is vested with the responsibilities of regulating and controlling broadcast industries in Nigeria.

Read the statement on the shutdown below(long read).

“In one of our meetings, held on 2nd June, 2017, the Commission expressed its disappointment with the way and manner Hate Speech, divisive and inciting comments are applied in discussion of national issues in breach of the provisions of the NBC Act and Broadcast Code.”, Modibbo said.

Again, on 15th August, 2017, it became imperative to invite the company for yet another meeting on almost same issues. Furthermore, while addressing another meeting on 7th February, 2018 we highlighted issues of concern to the Commission which indicated that the company had been breaching the provisions of Sections 3.1.2 and 3.1.3 of the broadcast Code. The company’s delegates in their response promised to abate the breaches and comply with the law.

However, on October 18, 2018, the Commission was disturbed with the manner in which social media issues became part of the mainstream media unedited on AIT/Raypower, and was constrained to issue a generic letter to all broadcast stations on

the need to exercise caution in the use of user generated content from the social media knowing how volatile and misleading the social media has become. The management of Daar Communication Plc thereafter took to the social media to display our official correspondences.

Recently, the Commission’s monitoring reports on AIT/Raypower indicate the use of divisive comments accredited to the segment of “Kakaaki”, tagged, “Kakaaki Social”, where inciting comments like, “Nigeria is cursed, we declare independent state of Niger Delta”, “Nigeria irritates me”, “this country is gradually Islamizing” and other similar slogans are used without editorial control in breach of the broadcast Code. We were therefore constrained to issue Daar Communication letters of warning dated May 27th, 2019.

We also observed from monitoring reports that a documentary on the Presidential Election Tribunal, a pending election petition matter aired on AIT on Wednesday and Thursday, 22nd and 23rd May, 2019 without regard to the provisions of the Broadcast Code. The Commission, in line with its regulatory powers again cautioned AIT in another letter also dated 27th May, 2019.

However, instead of making amends, the management of Daar Communications Plc resorted to the use of media propaganda against the regulator. Even the letters from the NBC were posted on social media platforms.

Needless to state that Daar Communications have over the years turned themselves into a bad example of how a professional broadcast outfit should not be run.

In their relationship with the NBC, Daar Communications carry on, as if it is beyond the regulatory direction of the Commission. They don’t pay their licence fees as and when due.

Its broadcast is patently partisan and one sided and deliberately inciting and heating the polity. The management of the Company has created the habit of using the channel to fight its personal battles contrary to the statutory requirements of the law.

The shut down order

Today the 6th of June, 2019, AIT/Rapower embarked on use of inflammatory, divisive, inciting broadcasts, and media propaganda against the government and, the NBC for performing its statutory functions of regulating the broadcast industry in Nigeria.

Consequently, after several meetings with management of Daar Communications Plc and many letters of warning. The NBC, today 6th June, 2019 took a decision to suspend the licence of Daar Communications Plc for failure to abide by the Commission’s directives, the provisions of the NBC Act Cap N11

What does the NBC Code says concerning this action?

NBC said that the decision to suspend AIT/Raypower is based on the provisions of Section 10 of the Third Schedule of the NBC Act Cap N11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, which states as follows:

(d) where in the opinion of the Commission the station has been used in a manner detrimental to national interest.

(g) where there is wilful or repeated failure to operate
substantially as set forth in the licence

(h), where there is wilful or repeated violation or wilful or repeated failure to observe any provision of this Act or any rule or regulation of the Commission authorised by this Act or by a treaty ratified by the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

(i), where there is violation of or failure to observe any cease and desist order issued by the Commission;

(k), where a provision of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code has been seriously breached.

The shut down order is until further notice.

Buhari Felicitates With Pastor Kumuyi At 78

Buhari and Kumuyi. Photo: The Nation

President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitates with Pastor William Folorunsho Kumuyi, the founder and general overseer of Deeper Life Bible Church as he clocks 78 years today.

President Buhari applauds the divine wisdom, and temperate nature, which Pastor Kumuyi exudes at all times, and prays that God will give him longer life, and greater grace to serve God and humanity.

The President recalls his meeting with the cleric at State House, Abuja, last October, during which the latter shared deep insights about the country, and how he prayed with him, and for the entire country, particularly in respect of the then forthcoming general elections.

Pastor Kumuyi has recently advised his members to refrain from attacking Buhari during a church sermon in Gbadaga Lagos, the church headquarters.

The cleric read from Biblical passage of I Peter 2: 11-25 were he said that Christians lifestyle must reflect Christ in a civil society, saying that government derives their authority from God.

Woman Who Said Snake Swallowed JAMB Money Gets N20m Bail

Justice Peter Affen on Monday, June 3, 2019, granted bail in the sum of N20 million to Philomina Chieshe, a clerical officer of Joint Admission and Matriculations Board, (JAMB), who claimed that the N35, 480, 000 being JAMB proceeds in her custody was swallowed by a snake in Makurdi, Benue State.

Chieshe is facing trial alongside Samuel Sale Umoru for allegedly misappropriating the aforementioned amount.

At the resumed hearing on Monday, counsel to Chieshe, O. Mark, told the court that a motion in notice filed on May 30, 2019 which is for bail application is ready to be moved.

He further told the court that his client is already standing trial at a lower court and has not absconded from investigation. He relied on Sections 158, 162 and 163 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 to move his bail application.

Justice Affen thereafter granted bail to Chieshe to the tune of N20 million with two sureties in like some.

The sureties, the Judge ruled, must show proof of ownership of landed properties of same value within FCT. The defendant must also deposit her international passport with the registrar of the court. He further ordered that Chieshe be remanded in Suleja prison until her bail conditions are fulfilled.

In the case of Samuel Umoru, the trial Judge, while ruling on his bail application moved by his counsel, A. Ihejerika, noted that the counter affidavit filed by the prosecution counsel, Ekele Iheanacho, showed that the defendant stopped reporting to EFCC since 2017 for further investigation until he was arrested in May 2019. According to the judge, the attitude portrayed him as one who could jump bail. He therefore asked Ihejerika to file his response to show why his client should be granted bail.

Ihejerika then prayed the court to grant him a short adjournment so he can file his response properly.

Justice Affen then granted his prayer and adjourned to June 11, 2019 for further hearing on the bail application.

Meanwhile Umoru is to be remanded in Kuje prison till the next adjourned date.

In the same vein, a former Plateau state coordinator of JAMB, Yakubu Jekada, was granted bail by Justice Peter Affen.

Jekada who is standing trial for diverting the sum of N11,000,000 belonging to JAMB to personal use was granted bail to the tune of N10,000,000 and one surety in like some. He also ordered that his international passport be deposited with the court Registrar.

The Judge ruled that the surety must show evidence of ownership of a landed property in FCT while the lead counsel for the defendant, Gyang Zi, must recommend in writing that the surety is of good behaviour.

Pending the fulfilment of his bail, Justice Affen ordered Jekada to be remanded in Kuje prison.

The hearing of suit was then adjourned to September 16, 2019.(EFCC).