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Former Chief of Air Staff, Eduok, dies at 74

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The Akwa Ibom State Government has announced the death of a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Nsikak Eduok (retd.), at the age of 74.

He was said to have died on Wednesday evening at the Ibom Multi-Specialty Hospital, Uyo, in Akwa Ibom State.

Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, said in a statement that he died of end-stage kidney failure.

The statement read in part, “The Government of Akwa Ibom State hereby formally announces the death of a former Chief of Air Staff and former Minister of Aviation, Air Marshall Nsikak Eduok(Rtd). He died yesterday, 6th January, 2021 in Uyo.

“The information from his doctors indicates that he died of end-stage kidney failure.

“The late elder statesman was a very respected Nigerian and Akwa Ibomite who contributed greatly to the development of our country and state.

“The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, is greatly grieved by the news of his death and extends his condolences to the bereaved family.”

Born on July 11, 1947, at Mbak in Akwa Ibom State, the late air force chief enlisted into NAF as a potential pilot on August 1, 1968.

He had his initial military training at the Nigerian Defence Academy after which he went for primary flying training in 1970.

Eduok was appointed as the CAS on August 27, 1993, but the appointment was reversed a week later by the then military government.

He was redeployed as Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command and appointed a member of the Provisional Ruling Council.

He was appointed a member of the Federal Executive Council as Minister of Aviation on March 20, 1995 and was reappointed as the CAS on March 30, 1996.

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19-year-old student arrested for faking cancer to get huge donations

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A 19-year-old has been arrested and charged in Iowa for a charity scam after faking cancer to get donations.

The Eldridge Police Department booked Madison Russo on a first-degree theft charge this week, which carries a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

She was arrested on Jan. 23, but has since bonded out. She is due back in court on March 2.

The 19-year-old lied on TikTok and GoFundMe to get donations that ran into tens of thousands.

Cops allege Russo lied about 3 different diagnoses that she’d publicly been touting for at least a year, including leukemia, pancreatic cancer and a tumor “the size of a football.”

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Throughout much of 2022, Russo had gone viral on TikTok while documenting her health journey, which the authorities are now saying was completely made up,  and which entered criminal territory after she raised upwards of $37k on GoFundMe from 439 donors.

On social media, she was often seen adorned in hospital-like paraphernalia: IV bags, tubes that ran through her nose and medical tape/gauze, suggesting she was undergoing treatment.

However, Eldridge PD said all of that was just an act.

Court documents reportedly lay out what police say they found at Russo’s apartment. In addition to some of the medical supplies listed above, they allege they discovered a wig, pills for nausea in a relative’s name and more.

In addition, Eldridge PD says they subpoenaed Russo’s medical records and allege she’d never been diagnosed with cancer at any nearby hospitals. The cops say she got on their radar after people wrote in saying some of what they saw on social media seemed fishy.

Organisations that Russo had allegedly affiliated with during this time when she was presenting herself as poster child for cancer awareness are now distancing themselves. Lindaikeji

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Pastor remanded for posting own obituary to avoid payment of debt

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Ondo State Magistrate Court has remanded a 43-year-old Pastor, Paul Oyewole, for allegedly publishing his obituary on social media to evade the N3 million debt payment he owed one of his church members.

Oyewole reportedly obtained the sum of N3m from Emmanuel Boyede, alleging that he would pay back the money within seven days.

Police Prosecutor, Moremi Akao, told the court that the accused falsely published and posted his obituary on WhatsApp after sending a fake bank alert to his creditor. And alleged to have threatened the creditor on the phone.’

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”He committed the offence between the 25th of November, 2021, and the 7th of May, 2022, in the Valentino area of Ondo town, punishable under Sections 419, 86, and 125A(1) of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Volume 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006,” Akao said.

The cleric pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him.

The defendant’s counsel, Arokoyo Queen, applied for the cleric bail in the most liberal terms, promising he would not jump bail.

However, the presiding Magistrate Mosunmola Ikujuni granted the defendant N1 million bail with two sureties each in like sum. Stating that one of the sureties must be residing within the jurisdiction, a house owner, attached with the identification card.

Presiding Magistrate, thereafter, adjourned the case till the 13th of February 2023 for hearing.

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False Information: FG files additional evidence against three accused Abuja-based legal practitioners

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The Federal Government has filed additional evidence against three Abuja-based legal practitioners over allegations bordering on impersonation.

The Lawyers are facing trial on a four-count criminal charge bordering on false information with intent to mislead the Court of Appeal into entering a consent judgment of N52 million in their favour.

They are:  Maxwell Opara, Gold Nwankwo and Jubilate Obasikene, who are all practising in the law firm of Maxwell Opara and Associates.

The Federal Government FG, through the prosecution agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had equally filed a list of additional witnesses it shall call in the prosecution of the case.

Upon resumed hearing Wednesday, the EFCC’s counsel, Ibrahim Buba, informed Justice Hamza Muazu of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja about the new development.

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Buba said the list of additional evidence as well as the list of additional witnesses had already been served on the defendants.

Although the lawyer expressed his readiness to proceed with the trial, the defence counsel who confirmed that the documents were served on them, prayed for a short adjournment to enable them study the documents.

Counsel to Maxwell Okpara (1st defendant), K.C Muemeka, told the court that the said documents were just served on them in court.

Responding, Buba, who consented to the request for an adjournment agreed that indeed, the defence team needed more time to study the additional evidence.

Consequently, Justice Muazu adjourned the case to February 13 and 14 for trial.

The charged, marked CR/444/2022, followed a petition by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to the Chairman of the EFCC, accusing the lawyers of fraudulent representation and impersonation.

They were alleged to have fraudulently entered appearances for the CBN and Unity Bank Plc, without the consent and authorisation of the banks in an appeal marked: CA/A/18M/2017 in respect of a garnishee proceedings involving the sum of N52 million at the Court of Appeal, Abuja.

The offence, according to EFCC, is contrary to Sections 96 and 140 of the Penal Code Law of the Northern Nigeria as applicable in the FCT, Abuja. Eagle

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