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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) have cleared a Nigerian singer, Dapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’banj, of fraud and rape allegations.

Naija News learned that the anti-graft agency and the police cleared D”banj of N-power fraud and rape allegations in different clearance reports upon completion of investigations.

According to The Punch, an affidavit deposed by Toheeb Lawal of an Abuja-based law firm, Law Corridor, before the District Court of Abuja shows that the Nigerian singer is free from any allegation.

The newspaper said in the reports of the Nigeria Police Force Investigation and clearance from the ICPC were marked exhibits A and B, the legal practitioner averred that the police and the ICPC cleared the singer of rape and fraud allegations.

Recall that in 2020, the singer was accused of rape, and then Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, ordered an investigation into the allegation.

In a report dated November 14, 2023, with case number CR:3000/X/FHQ/ABJ/SEB/T.1/VOL 18/284 and signed by ACP YY Abubakar of the Special Enquiry Bureau at the Force Criminal Investigations Department at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, the police said the matter was investigated but there was no evidence to substantiate the claim.

The police report read in part: “The allegation was investigated. The complainant, witnesses, and suspects made their statements.

“The investigation was extended to the Glee Hotel Lagos, where the staff on duty on the date of the alleged incident made their statement.

“The management and staff of the Glee Hotel averred that the first suspect was not seen in the hotel on the date of the alleged incident, nor was he given a spare key to gain access to any room in the hotel where the complainant lodged, and they have only one key to each room, which completely debunked the allegation of the complainant.

“The management of the hotel also held that it had no record to show that the complainant checked into the hotel as a guest on the alleged date, and she did not, at any time, raise the alarm, complain, or report any indecent assault or rape.

“There is no medical report on the victim to ascertain that she was raped. There are no adduced facts or corroborative evidence to substantiate the allegation of rape against the suspect. Prima facie offences of indecent assault, rape, and intimidation are not made out.

“However, the complainant, through her counsel, Ojoge, Omileye & Partners, submitted a letter, dated July 17, 2020, to the DIG Force CID, to withdraw the petition and discontinue the investigation voluntarily.”

Also, in 2022, the ICPC accused D’banj of diverting funds associated with the N-Power Programme of the Federal Government.

However, after its investigation, the ICPC said that D’banj was not guilty of any fraud allegation and cleared D’banj of any infraction on the matter.

The clarification was dated November 29, 2023, with document number ICPC/OPS/SDD/SPT.LG/31/23.

The clearance reads: “The commission investigated issues of fraud in the administration of the N-POWER Scheme, where Mr Daniel Oladapo Oyebanjo’s name came up. However, there was no prima facie case of fraud against him.

“Kindly be advised that Mr Daniel Oladapo Oyebanjo is not under investigation with the Commission for any fraud-related offence.”

D’banj’s lawyer, in his deposition filed before the Chief District Court of the Federal Capital Territory at Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, also averred that the singer was never a government official.

He added that his client never had any access to government funds and that the N-power campaign he supported was free and was never paid a penny by anyone or the government.

At least four persons have lost their lives in Gombe state after resorting to herbal treatment to remedy their HIV positive status.

The Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN) in Gombe State, made this known on Thursday.

Speaking at an event in the north east state to commemorate the 2023 World AIDS Day, the programme officer of the association, Mr Muhammad Ibrahim, disclosed that the deceased died for allegedly using herbal HIV treatment.

Ibrahim said the growing resort to the use of herbal therapy for HIV treatment in the state was troubling due to the spate of patronage of such unorthodox medications by its members.

He underscored the need for the government and stakeholders to regulate and check the circulation of alternative HIV treatment in the state.

According to Ibrahim, a lot of HIV positive patients that are desperately searching for cure are opting for herbal remedy, adding that many have died as a result of wrong medication.

“A lot of our members are subscribing and using herbal medicine based on the information being spread by the hawkers of traditional medicine who are everywhere in Gombe.

“These people are openly advertising and claiming that they have discovered the treatment of HIV, and as a result, a lot of our people are buying the medicine.

“There is no scientific proof that the herbal treatments are real, so we want the government to look into this and do the needful.

“Anybody that claims to have found treatment for HIV should be identified and invited by the government to verify his claims and certify it before public sales and use,” Ibrahim said.

Also commenting, Dr Habu Dahiru, the state’s Commissioner for Health, said there was no scientific proof that herbs could cure the disease.

Dahiru advised NEPWHAN members and all those living with HIV to desist from using herbal medicines to treat the disease, adding that such concoctions damage vital organs.

“We do not have any scientific evidence that herbal medicines are working but anti retroviral drugs are working and when we do the viral load test, you see it reducing, it is scientific.

“Herbal medicines have side effects, especially damage the liver and kidney.

“We have always discouraged the use of a remedy that has not been certified. To use a drug or herbal in treating a certain illness it has to undergo various stages of test and certification before approval.

“We have not heard of any herbal that has been certified for HIV treatment,” he said.

On the fight against the menace, Dahiru said the state had achieved a lot in reducing disease burden.

He said the state achieved 95 per cent of suspected cases tested and placed on medication, adding that 95 per cent of those placed on medication have achieved viral suppression.

Renowned Nigerian actress, Iyabo Ojo, has provided an in-depth update on the lingering DNA test dispute between the late singer Mohbad’s father, Joseph Aloba and wife, Omowunmi Aloba.

Following Mohbad’s demise, uncertainties about the paternity of his sole son, Liam Light, emerged, prompted fervent appeals for a DNA test from fans, social media critics, and Wunmi’s father-in-law.

The DNA test has been dragging on for months, and in a recent conversation with media personality Daddy Freeze, Iyabo Ojo was prompted to spill the beans and provide the latest update on the matter.

Iyabo stressed unequivocally that Wunmi has no objections to the DNA test for her son but insists it must be processed through her legal representation. The actress disclosed an ongoing official discussion between Mohbad’s father’s lawyer and Wunmi’s lawyer in this matter.

According to the actress, Wunmi is steadfast in her stance that Mohbad’s dad should undergo a DNA test first before the examination is carried out on her son, Liam.

Iyabo asserted that Wunmi stipulated a condition for her father-in-law to get a court order, mandating a DNA test on her son across three locations, including the United States. She mentioned that he is expected to cover all expenses for the tests and travel expenses to the USA.

The movie star conveyed that Mohbad’s father is similarly adamant that she bears the expenses for his own DNA test.


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As part of measures to cushion the effect of losses suffered by people of Igbo extraction whose properties were demolished in Lagos, Abuja and other parts of the country, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a pan- Igbo socio-cultural organisation, plans to establish an Ohanaeze Relief Agency to be controlled by top Igbo leaders. President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, at a press conference in Abuja yesterday, said that Ohanaeze, through this agency, would support Igbo citizens in distress. 

“It has been brought to my notice that many families have been thrown into serious difficulty due to the demolitions in Lagos State,” Iwuanyanwu stated. He noted that because of the investment characteristics of Igbo, private properties and investments in Abuja and Lagos are substantially owned by Ndigbo.

The President General disclosed that he had conducted an investigation on what happened in Lagos, and appealed to the Lagos State Government to intervene and ensure that justice is done.

He, however, said the Ohanaeze leadership would not support misconduct from any Igbo man anywhere they lived, and advised Ndigbo to ensure that they comply with all legislations and local regulations to avoid demolition of their properties in Abuja and other parts of Nigeria.

“I don’t have any doubt that there may be some instances where Igbo and perhaps other people whose property was demolished in Lagos did not fully comply with the laws of Lagos State.

“If any developer with impunity and without proper approval proceeds to develop a property anywhere in the world, he is taking a risk and his property stands the risk of being demolished.

“On the other hand if the property is properly purchased, approved from appropriate authority given before development, the individual deserves a happy and peaceful enjoyment of his assets.

“If any government demolishes the property built with approval of the appropriate government department, such government by law must pay appropriate compensation for all the damages incurred to the owner of the building,” he said.

Iwuanyanwu promised to meet with the Lagos State government Babajide Sanwo- Olu, and appealed to him to suspend the demolition of buildings until all the facts are cleared.

The prime suspect in the murder of an Associate Professor, Bio-Chemistry with the Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger state, Funmilola Adefolalu was on Thursday arraigned before a Minna Chief Magistrate Court on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide and armed robbery.

The offences by the 14-year-old Joy Afekafe, according to the prosecutor are contrary to sections 97, 221 and 298 of the penal code law.

It should be recalled that, after her arrest on the 30th of October, 2023, the suspect who worked as a housemaid confessed to having masterminded the murder of the deceased.

The prosecutor told the Chief Magistrate, Fati Hassan Umar that two other suspects in the crime, Wallex and Smart are still at large.

The prosecutor told the court that the trio invaded the residence of the deceased on the 28th of October 2023 where they took a knife into the kitchen and stabbed the deceased all over her body

According to the Prosecutor, “You (Joy) also used a wooden stool and hit her on her head after which you carted away $3000, one laptop computer, one mobile phone, two power banks and a car battery”.

He added that as a result “the victim was taken to the IBB Specialist hospital where she was confirmed dead by medical doctors.

When the charges were read to Afekafe she pleaded not guilty to the crime.

The prosecutor pleaded with the court to remand the accused in the Correctional Centre to enable the Police to forward the case file to the Director of Public Prosecution in the Ministry of Justice for legal advice because it is only the High Court that has jurisdiction to try the case.

Chief Magistrate Umar directed that Afekafe be remanded at the Children Correctional Centre because she is still a juvenile and then adjourned the case to the 11th of December for further mention.

A South African billionaire family popularly known as Oppenheimer has acquired a controlling stake in one of Nigeria’s prominent can makers, GZ.

The acquisition was completed by Jonathan Oppenheimer, one of the sons of the second richest man in Africa,Nicky Oppenheimer, who reportedly secured the full control of GZ Industries Ltd., Nigeria’s prominent beverage can manufacturer, signaling a bet on the potential revitalization of Africa’s largest economy.

According to a report by Bloomberg, the acquisition of the remaining shares in GZ Industries from Affirma Capital (formerly Standard Chartered Private Equity) was completed through their company, Oppenheimer Partners Limited.

Although the financial specifics of the deal remain undisclosed, the private equity firm had held a significant 37.5% stake in GZ Industries, a key supplier of cans to major entities such as Coca-Cola Co.

GZ first began operations in Nigeria in 2019. Ayodeji Adelakun is the Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of the company.

This move is poised to empower Jonathan Oppenheimer to steer the trajectory of GZ Industries’ expansion within sub-Saharan Africa.

The region stands as a pivotal market, with urban, educated adults boasting the world’s highest consumption of sugary drinks, averaging 12.4 servings per week, according to research published by Nature Communications.

The acquisition strategically aligns with tapping into this lucrative consumer base.

Oppenheimer Partners initially entered the GZI venture in 2018, coinciding with the establishment of a GZI factory in South Africa.

Presently, GZI holds a 20% market share in the South African market, engaging in competition with the financially challenged Nampak Ltd., which is in the process of selling assets and restructuring debt.

Affirma Capital’s initial investment in GZI dates back to 2012.

GZ Industries holds significant production capacity, churning out 3 billion aluminium cans annually in Africa. Out of its production figure, 1,800,000,000 of those cans are produced in Nigeria.

An investigator, Dein Whyte, working with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, also the 10th prosecution witness, PW10 in the trial of Nigerian singer, Azeez Fashola, (a.k.a Naira Marley), said tools used to validate credit card credentials were discovered on the singer’s devices.

Whyte also told Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on Thursday how Visa, a card payment platform, flagged one of the credit card details found on a device belonging to Marley due to fraudulent transactions.

He said: “Tools that are used to verify the validity, active state and accuracy of credit card credentials as well as the region of the issuer of that card were discovered on the defendant’s device.

“The analysis further revealed the website that had been accessed on the computer of the defendant through his browser history. The websites include sites where credit card information is illegally traded.”

Naira Marley is standing trial on 11-count charges bordering on conspiracy and credit card fraud brought against him by the EFCC.

Led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Bilikisu Buhari, the PW10 said as part of the findings from the investigation, forensic analysis revealed that malicious programmes are being used to illegally obtain credit card information.

He said they “can be used for card not-present transactions, and were found on the device that was recovered from the defendant upon his arrest.”

Also revealed were malicious tools used to disguise the active location of an internet user when his or her devices are connected to the internet.”

Whyte explained further that the phone and the laptop recovered from the defendant were both registered with his credentials, name and email address.

When asked by the prosecution counsel to state the result of his findings on the credit card details on the defendant’s device, Whyte responded, “With respect to the card details recovered from the device of the defendant, investigations revealed that he also exchanged those details with other persons.

He further stated that one of the cards was reported to have been fraudulently used for a transaction by Visa.

He also said the card details that were in possession of the defendant’s device neither belonged to him nor were issued to him by any financial institution.

Whyte informed the court that a letter of investigation was written to Visa and that it confirmed that the card had been flagged for fraudulent transactions.

He however noted that Visa didn’t link the credit card fraud to the defendant’s device “because the investigation was on the card and not on the device being used for the fraud.”

He also stressed that Visa is a payment platform and not a telecommunication company. Justice Oweibo adjourned the case to March 6 and 7, 2024 for continuation of trial.

The Shepherd-in-charge of the Celestial Church of Christ International Headquarters, Ketu, Olatosho Oshoffa, has condemned the invitation of Fuji musician Pasuma and street-hop artiste Portable, to the praise night of one of the church branches.

There was uproar on social media on Wednesday when an event flyer that revealed that Pasuma and Portable would perform at the church’s praise night in Lagos went viral.

Several Nigerians took to social media to condemn the invitation of the secular music artistes to a religious activity.


Reacting to the poster on his Facebook page, Oshoffa revealed that he had spoken to the cleric in charge of the parish, adding that the said artistes would no longer grace the occasion.


Sharing the poster on his Facebook page, he wrote, “Dear Celestians, I have just spoken to the Shepherd in Charge of the above Parish at length. He has promised to make amendments to the posters.

“He has promised that the said contested artists would NOT come for the Nights. There is No doubt the said poster is very CONDEMNABLE. God bless CCC. Amen.”

A Nigeria Air Force helicopter has crash landed and exploded at the NAF Base, Port Harcourt.

Details and other information surrounding this scenario are still sketchy as at the time of filling this reports

Though what led to the crash could not be immediately ascertained, it was learnt that the incident occurred around 7.50am.

A source said, “I was inside my apartment when I heard this thunderous sound at the NAF Base.

“The next thing I saw was a thick flame. I don’t know if there are casualties because I can’t go close to the scene for now. But I heard a blast twice.”

This is a developing story…

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Senate Committee on Gas Resources Investigating disbursement of N135 billion Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to some companies in the oil and gas turned into a drama of some sorts as the apex bank and the Ministry of Petroleum traded tackles in full glare of the panel members during the hearing on Thursday.

Earlier, the Committee Chairman, Senator Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe had invited 15 companies to appear before the Committee to account for the disbursement which they were unwilling to repay.

At the investigative hearing, representative of the Ministry of Petroleum, Mrs Oluremi Komolafe said though the intervention was the initiative of the Ministry, they were not aware of the disbursement by the Central Bank of Nigeria.


She revealed that 150 applications were received, out of which 69 companies were recommended, while 16 applications were still being processed, adding that the recommended companies were forwarded to the CBN for their action.

“We wish to state that the list was not processed by the Ministry,” she said.

The CBN, which was represented by the acting Director, Project Finance, Alhaji Sahaad exonerated the bank of any blame and said they only provided guidelines for the disbursement of the intervention loan to the beneficiary companies.

According to him, the disbursement was done by commercial banks.

He said: “The primary responsibility is for banks. If we send a proposal to the bank, they have to subject it to due diligence. CBN was never involved in the disbursement.
“What we do is to ensure that they give single digit interest and a fairly long term tenure. The tenure for most of these facilities is 7-10 years.
“Our role is to facilitate the loan. ”
Reacting, Senator Jimoh Ibrahim insisted that the CBN ought to have known about the disbursement and got involved as commercial banks cannot disburse the intervention fund without the guidance of the apex bank, adding that the excuses were unacceptable.

The Chairman of the Committee threatened to alert the anti-graft agencies to recover the money from defaulting beneficiaries.

He cited discrimination in the disbursement of the intervention loan and how some of the disbursements over shot the threshold, particularly Dangote Refinery and Pinnacle Oil and Gas which used the fund to finance their refinery and depot projects, insisting that the funds must be paid back to the Federal Government.

The lawmakers equally established that in violation of the guidelines, companies like Dangote Refinery and Pinnacle Oil and Gas used the fund to finance their refinery and depot projects, respectively.

The Senators declared that the CBN and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources were working at cross purposes and the beneficiary companies were using the opportunity not to pay back the loan.

The 15 companies summoned by the Senate included Nigeria Independent Petroleum Company, Plc, NIPCO, Hyde Engineering and Construction Company, Pinnacle Oil and Gas, Dangote Oil Refinery, Lee Engineering and Construction Company, Nova Gas and nine others.


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