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Internet Crime: EFCC Arrests Another FBI Suspect Over 120 Million Naira

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By Idris Ahmed, Ilorin

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) Ilorin Zonal office has arrested a thirty eight year old Nigerian, Festus Akinyemi Abiona, allegedly indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) of the United States over his involvements in internet fraud.

Abiona had been on the wanted list of the Commission for more than eight months over the alleged fraud case before luck ran out of him and was finally arrested from his hideout.

The Anti Graft body was able to fish him out last week, Wednesday, 6th of February 2020 in his beautifully built duplex in Arepo Ogun State despite his refusal to step out of his house since he got wind of the EFCC/FBI case for the past five months for fear of being arrested but as the slogan of the EFCC says that ‘Wherever you are, EFCC will get you’

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In the petition dated 10th of July 2019, the Federal Bureau of Investigations alleged that the suspect was involved in business email comprises (BEC) and other computer enabled fraud.

The petition stated further that ” In may 2016, the FBI received information that an actor or actors bypassed online security to steal money from retirement accounts held by an insurance company for Public Workers in the United States,  which resulted in the loss of approximately $2,500, 000″

Investigation into the case by the Commission revealed that the person behind the business email compromise is Festus Akinyemi Abiona and his syndicate of which millions of naira have been traced to his bank accounts and some of the emails used in perpetrating the fraud have been taken over from the suspect.

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The petition explained further that ” The accounts contained numerous communications between Abiona and other criminals co-conspirators seeking to commit business email compromise ( BEC), Tax Refund Fraud,  and other Computer enabled fraud ”

It was gathered that the Suspect on sighting the operatives of the EFCC flushed all his sim cards into the toilet and destroyed all his Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) cards in order to destroy evidence

Even though the suspect has refused to make statements since his arrest,  the anti graft body is making efforts to arraign him in court.

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Ebira Builders Association, Ganaja Junction Seek Support For their Well-being

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Ebira Builders Association has called for more support for his Excellency, Gov. Bello’s Adminstration towards giving the dividends of democracy to the people.

The people who made this call while receiving The former SSA to the Governor on Alternative Medicine, Hon. Mustapha Onoruoyiza, stated that since the inception of this present Adminstration of Gov. Bello, they have been working tirelessly in ensuring conducive atmosphere and proper conduct in an orderly way, hence their existence so far in Lokoja reflect where they came from, which is the more reason why it should be guided with positivity.

While speaking, the elder stateman of the Association, Elder. Ibrahim Bello prayed for Gov. Bello, calling on all the sundry to usher in their support for the new direction Government.

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The Secretary of the association, AbdulKareem Ibrahim Omeiza, on behalf of the group congratulated his Excellency over his supreme court Victory in the last gubernatorial election, he further stated their role in the last election, and immeasurable contributions to the victory recorded in the November 16 Gubernatorial election.

Speaking further, he highlighted some challenges being faced while striving to get their daily bread, despite their active participation in the last election, according to him, there are graduates from different higher institute of learning, skilled labourers, unskilled ones, as well as other workers under building and construction.

In reaction, The former SSA to Governor Bello on Alternative Medicine, Hon. Mustapha Onoruoyiza, thanked them for their support, patience and resilience, which has so far been demonstrated , he also assured the people of government’s readiness to put total stop to their suffering.

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” The Government has measures which set aside to empower you with a benefiting and standard equipment to ease the stress, as you all know that, His Excellency’s victory has just been affirmed and I can promise you that your welfare is part of his second term administration agenda” he concluded

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FG Commences Free CAC Business Registration For 250,000 MSMES Nationwide, Follow Guidelines

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FG has commenced Free CAC Business Registration For 250,000 MSMES Nationwide. Follow the guideline below to apply and share to help others benefit

The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb Mariam Katagum,  in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) disclosed that the federal government of Nigeria Have begun the application for free business registration for 250,000 MSMEs nationwide. This is in line with the recently announced specific programmes aimed at cushioning the impact of COVID-19 on MSME businesses.

According to her, “We have got the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to register 250,000 businesses free of charge.

MSMEs That Qualify For Free 250,000 FG-CAC Business Names Registration for MSMEs

MSMEs that have a minimum of three and maximum of 50 Staff on their payroll to qualify for it.

hospitality industry

private schools

factory owners

law firms

hospitals, among others

Recently Launched Federal Government Programs That Requires Business Registration

 

the N75 billion-MSME Survival Fund and Guaranteed Off-take Schemes which is borne out of the Federal Government’s commitment to helping cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

CBN Nigeria Youth Investment Fund which is an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and funded by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which would be spread over 3 years to cater to youth-owned businesses and investment needs

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Documents needed to register your business

Two (2) Passport sized photographs

Valid Means of Identification

Phone Number/Email address

Application start Date:

The fee registrations started on the 19th October 2020.

Application Closing Date:

Unspecified

How To Apply For Free 250,000 FG-CAC Business Names Registration for MSMEs

Aggregators have been appointed to receive applications from interested persons in line with CAC requirements. The names and  contact details of the aggregators are provided below

LIST OF AGGREGATORS AND STATE FOCAL PERSONS FOR
THE FREE 250,000 FG/CAC BUSINESS NAMES REGISTRATION
FOR MSMEs

SN CONTACT PERSONS OF THE AGGREGATORS
1. YOBE STATE
MOHAMMED SAJE JAJERE
08034243245
mohammedsjajere@gmail.com
2. BORNO STATE
ALKALI MOHAMMED UMAR
No.1, NHIS Building, Damboa Road,
Maiduguri, Borno State
07032807091
mualkas58@gmail.com
3. RIVERS STATE
OJIAKOR NDIDIAMAKA
No.10, Ipic/Green Village Estate,
Akpajo Port Harcourt,
Rivers State
08035515095
4. IMO STATE
EMEKA GEOFFREY NWOKORIE
Plot 41, Chief Solomon Close,
New Owerri, Beside Ojukwu Library,
Owerri,
Imo State
08033461826
5. ZAMFARA STATE
SHEHU JARI ABUBAKAR
Yarima Quarters,
Kaura Namoda,
Zamfara State
07066572766
6. GOMBE STATE
MUHAMMAD MUSA BABA
Sakin Bolari Street,
Gombe, Gombe State
08138400118
muhammademir2@gmail.com
muhdemir01@yahoo.com
7. NASARAWA STATE
MOHD INUWA YAHAYA
Ta’al Model E-Library,
Nasarawa State
07037625935
8. NIGER STATE
HON. DANJUMA MANI

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Na Muye Transport Service,
Opposite Newsline Tunga,
Minna,
08036002690
9. EDO STATE
UZIEWE NELSON ENAKENO
6 Ero Drive, Off Maho Street,
Off Ekewan Road,
Benin City
08035353587
10. BAYELSA STATE
EKWOMMA HARRISON
Okutukutu By Damis Junction,

Yenagoa,
07034552814
11. TARABA STATE
ABDULRAZAQ MOHAMMED NUHU
No.13, Hammaruwa Way,
Brothers Filling Station,
Adjacent MTN Head Office,
Jalingo,
08038772005
abdulmaiharka@gmail.com
12. KADUNA STATE
iBase Technologies LTD
Suite 1 2nd Floor,
Imam House,
Ahmadu Bello Way,
Kaduna State
08032846128
13. SOKOTO STATE
MUSTAPHA ABUBAKAR ALKALI
Sokoto North Senatorial District, ,
Garba Duba Road,
08025327960
14. KEBBI STATE
KAMA’AIKI COMPUTERS
Go Slow Road, Nasarawa,
Birnin Kebbi,
08037133071
15. ADAMAWA STATE
IBRAHIM MOHAMMED
Mohammed Mustapha Way,
Near Capital School,
Jimeta, Adamawa State
08069747512
16. KOGI STATE
HAJIYA FATIMA MUSA
Behind Former Federal Pay Office,
New Layout, Kogi State
08036018707
Fmusa6003@gmail.com
17. AKWA IBOM STATE
BRIGHT LAW CONSULT
42, Sanni Ogun Road,
Ikot Ekpene,
Akwa Ibom State

08039113913
18. OYO STATE
ABIDEMI OSENI ODUNTAN
(CORE EQUITY LIMITED)
Suite 58, Adebayo Shopping Complex,
Adex Bus Stop,
Along Monatan Iwo Road,
Ibadan,
08099990741
coreequity@gmail.com
19. ENUGU STATE
CHIEMEZIE OKONYIA
(CORE EQUITY LIMITED)

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No.2, Cemetery Road,
G.R.A,
Enugu,
Enugu state
08134069965
coreequity@gmail.com
20. CROSS RIVER STATE
OGBECHE McDON KENNETH
SHOP RITE PLAZA ANNEX,
28, MCC ROAD,
CALABAR,
07031525265
iconmcdon@gmail.com
21. KANO STATE
MUSTAPHA NASIR
NO. 8 GIDAN BABAN GWOGGO,
UNITY ROAD, KANO
08035686398
22. ABIA STATE
NESOCHI ALFRED-IGBOKWE
`08123010407
23. BENUE STATE
MONE NYAKAN
08138413403
24. EKITI STATE
IPAYE TITILOLA
08164248733
25. ONDO STATE
ADEGBOYEGA OLUFUNMILOLA SEUN
08138584754
26. OSUN STATE
OLUWAFUNMI OLUSEGUN AKANKI
07058027905
27. LAGOS STATE
TIMOTHY ASOBELE EMMANUEL DARE
07087759674
28. EBONYI STATE
FLORA OCHADU
08122544224
29. EBONYI STATE
FLORA OCHADU

08122544224
30. KWARA STATE
MUBARAK OPEYEMI
08148600902
31. OGUN STATE
OPEYEMI OLATINWO
07058027905
32.
ABUJA-FCT
ADESHINNA AGOI
07036657855
Abuja-FCT
33. ANAMBRA STATE
NASME
THEO NNOROM
08033152061
34. DELTA STATE
NASME

FRANK OBIORA
08033885200
35. JIGAWA STATE
SMEDAN
AMINU SALEH
08032982133
36. KATSINA STATE
SMEDAN
ISAH MIQDAD
07064607578
37. BAUCHI STATE
ITF
MR. RICHARD BABA AUDU
08035769191
INDUSTRIAL TRAINING FUND,
Bauchi Area Office,
Murtala Mohammed Way,
Off Central Bank Round About,
Federal Low-cost Housing Estate,
Bauchi State
38. PLATEAU STATE
ITF
HAJIYA KHADIJA MUDI
08034526707
INDUSTRIAL TRAINING FUND,
Jos Area Office,
No.1, Kufang Miango Road,
Opposite Maranatha Bible Church,
Kufang, Jos, Plateau State

 

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Distributes More Transformers To Rural Communities To Boost Power Supply, Nasaarawa Assembly Urges NAePA.

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The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Works, has urged the state Electricity Power Agency ( NAePA) to distribute more transformers to communities across the state in order to boost power supply in the state.

This, the committee said if done would boost the socio-economic activities, improve revenue base and the standard of living of the people of the state.

Hon Abdulaziz Suleiman Danladi, the Chairman of the committee made the call on Wednesday in Lafia when the agency appeared before the committee for the assessment of its 2020 budget performance.

Suleiman Danladi ( APC- Keffi East) said that the importance of power supply to the development of any society could not be overemphasised, hence the need of the committee call in that direction.

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” You are urged to carry out area evaluation across the state and connect them with national grid.

” As this will go a long way in boosting the socio-economic activities of our people and improve on their standard of living considering the importance of electricity to societal development.

” I also call on you to distribute more transformers across the state in order to boost power supply and for the overall development of the state,” he said.

The chairman has assured the agency of the committee’s support to succeed.

Hon Abdulaziz Suleiman Danladi

He has also assured of effective collaboration with the state government in order to boost power supply in the state.

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Earlier, Mr Abubakar Danjuma Ango, the Managing Director of the Agency said that the agency need N2.4billion to connect the entire state with national grid.

He appreciated the committee for supporting the activities of the agency.

The managing director, however, identified the challenges facing the Agency to include office accomodation, under-staffing, mobility,take off grant among others.

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