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Man lands in jail after spraying naira notes in Benin

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Osazee Kenneth Imagbenikaro

Man lands in jail after spraying naira notes in Benin

Justice C.A. Obiozor of the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, the Edo State capital, has sentenced one Osazee Kenneth Imagbenikaro to jail for spraying naira notes.

Imagbenikaro was convicted on a two-count charge for an offence bordering on spraying naira notes on Thursday, May 16, contrary to Section 21(3) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (Establishment ) Act 2007 and punishable under Section 21 (1) of the same Act.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) discloses this known in a statement shared on its Facebook page on Friday, May 24.

According to the statement, Imagbenikaro pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him in court.

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The count charge read, “That you Osazee Kenneth Imagbenikoro (m) on or about the 28th day of April 2023 at Ogida Police Barracks, Benin City,  Edo State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did spray N100 notes at a funeral ceremony and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 21 (3) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (Establishment ) Act 2007 and punishable under Section 21 (1) of the same Act.”

Based on Imagbenikaro’s plea, prosecution counsel, Francis Jirbo, prayed the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

However, the defence counsel prayed to the court to temper justice with mercy and that the defendant had become remorseful for his action.

Justice Obiozor convicted and sentenced Imagbenikaro to six months imprisonment on each of the counts or a fine of N100,000 each.

The defendant is to undertake in writing to be of good behavior going forward.

Man lands in jail after spraying naira notes in Benin

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NDLEA bursts snake-guarded shrine used for storing drugs in Edo

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NDLEA bursts snake-guarded shrine used for storing drugs in Edo

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said its operatives, during an operation in Edo State, uncovered a shrine, guarded by a snake, being used for storing illicit drugs.

The NDLEA added that its operatives discovered a specially constructed large hole in a wall, hidden behind wallpapers and fetish objects used for drug storage.

A statement on Sunday by the NDLEA’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, noted that methamphetamine, Loud, Colorado and Arizona, all strong strains of cannabis with a total weight of 8.743kg among others, were recovered from the shrine.

The statement read, “A snake-guarded shrine used to store illicit drugs in Igor community, Benin city, Edo state, has been raided by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, who detected a specially constructed large hole storage in a wall covered with wallpapers and fetish objects.

“Different quantities of illicit substances such as methamphetamine, Loud, Colorado and Arizona, all strong strains of cannabis with a total weight of 8.743kg were pulled out from the deep hole dug in the wall of the shrine building.”

Babafemi said two ladies were arrested and the snake was demobilised.

He said, “At least, two ladies: Sonia Chinonso Ezumezu and Risikatu Tijani were arrested during the intelligence-led operation on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 after the big black snake guarding the shrine was demobilised.”

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In a separate operation in the state, Babafemi said another two suspects were arrested with 209kg of cannabis.

Babafemi stated, “In the same vein, two suspects: Obi Ferguson,45, and Ernest Abanum, 46, were arrested on Saturday, June 22 when NDLEA operatives raided the Usen forest in Ovia South West LGA, Edo state where 209kg cannabis and a motorcycle were recovered.”

In Lagos, Babafemi said NDLEA officers intercepted a carefully packaged consignment of 8.2kg of methamphetamine at a motor park in Mazamaza, Ojo area of the state.

“The highly addictive illicit substance, also called ice or crystal meth, was packed in imported Dunkin’ turtle love chocolate wraps and then concealed in the casing of three loudspeakers.

“A 39-year-old suspect, Michael Odiomume who was sending the consignment to Owerri, Imo state was promptly arrested on Wednesday 19th June at the park,” the statement added.

Babafemi stated that a 76-year-old grandfather, identified as Francis Omofa, was arrested in Abuja in connection with 340.8 kg of cannabis sativa.

He said, “In Abuja, operatives on Tuesday, June 18th intercepted a white Nissan Frontier pickup vehicle with amber lights and fake registration number of a security agency at Kiyi village in Kuje area of the FCT.

“The vehicle was loaded with 454 compressed blocks of cannabis sativa, weighing 340.8kg procured at Uzeba, Edo state.

“A 76-year-old grandfather, Mr Francis Omofa, linked to the consignment, was arrested. He claimed to have been in the illicit drug business for 10 years.”

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VIDEO: Fire engulfs Christ Embassy Church headquarters in Lagos

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VIDEO: Fire engulfs Christ Embassy Church headquarters in Lagos

The incident was revealed in multiple videos from the scene circulated on the social media platform, X.

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Ram: CAN sanctions Iseyin church over attack on Muslim family (+ Video)

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Attack on Muslim family over slaughtering of ram

Ram: CAN sanctions Iseyin church over attack on Muslim family

In response to a violent incident involving members of the Christ Apostolic Church in Iseyin, Oyo State, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has imposed sanctions on the church.

The altercation, which targeted a Muslim family, has sparked widespread condemnation.

The attack took place on Eid day and was documented in a video that quickly circulated online. Both CAN and the Muslim Rights Council (MURIC) have publicly denounced the violence.

Apostle Sunday Ogundairo, CAN chairman for Iseyin Local Government, verified that the church’s pastor, along with some congregants, were implicated in the assault on Mr. Sulaimon AbdulAzeez and his two wives. This information was reported by Oyo Echo, a local newspaper.

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The victims asserted that the pastor had enlisted soldiers to attack them due to their slaughtering of a ram facing the church.

In reaction, CAN has not only sanctioned the pastor but also mandated the relocation of the church. Discussions are ongoing to restore peace in the community.

The incident has incited significant outrage. Prof. Isiaq Akintola, MURIC’s Executive Director, linked the attack to a previous dispute concerning noise pollution, which had been addressed by the local king.

Akintola elaborated that the conflict occurred on June 16, 2024, as the Muslim family was preparing to slaughter their Sallah ram. The church’s pastor objected to the ram facing the church, leading to the involvement of soldiers.

Condemning the soldiers’ actions as “unjust, callous, and inhuman,” Akintola called for an immediate investigation by the army to arrest and discipline those responsible. He emphasized the necessity of swift justice, asserting that any delay would be intolerable.

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