Justice I.M. Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has convicted and sentenced Sata Owugha Clinton and Bolounmubofa Blessing Soroh to one year imprisonment for impersonation and using the identity of a petitioner to enrol in the Federal Government of Nigeria’s N-POWER Social Welfare scheme.
The convicts were arraigned by the Port Harcourt’s Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a one-count charge bordering on impersonation under Section 22(3) (a) of the Cybercrimes Prohibition, Prevention Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22(4) of the same Act.
Clinton and Soroh got into trouble when they used the name and identity of Lovedy Chiamaka Uzor to enrol in the welfare scheme and in the process obtained the sum of N360,000 (Three Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira only) from the scheme. They were able to open a bank account in the name of Uzor because she also applied for the scheme, but stopped her application mid-way, fearing that the scheme may be a scam.
The convicts capitalized on this and completed the enrolment processes in the victim’s name. The victim got wind of their fraudulent activities when she contacted her bank and found out that the convicts were already receiving payments from the scheme in her name.
The charge reads: “That you, Sata Owugha Clinton and Bolounmubofa Blessing Soroh on or about the 10th of October, 2017 at Zenith Bank within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did fraudulently impersonate one Loveday Chiamaka Uzor with intent to gain advantage for yourselves thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(3) (a) of the Cybercrimes prohibition, Prevention Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22(4) of the same Act.”
They pleaded “guilty” to the charge. In view of their pleas, prosecuting counsel, Alao Rashidat, prayed the court to sentence the defendants for the offence of impersonation accordingly as contained in the Cybercrimes Prohibition, Prevention Act.
Justice Sani, thereafter, convicted and sentenced them to one year in prison.
Mrs Priscilla Ekwere Eleje has made history by becoming the first woman to have her signature on the 1000 Naira note.
Mrs Ekwere Eleje is the first female Director of Currency Operations at the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. She has also been confirmed as the substantive director of CBN.
Mrs Eleje was reportedly confirmed Substantive Director of CBN on August 30, 2018, and currencies printed from then on will carry her signature.
A recently printed 1000 Naira note was shared online and it shows the signature of Mrs Priscilla Ekwere Eleje.
Singer, Ciara has taken to her Instagram to celebrate her husband, Seattle Seahawks Quarterback, Russell Wilson after he became the highest-paid player in National Football League following a four-year contract worth $140 million that includes a $65 million signing bonus.
Sharing this photo of him, the singer wrote:
‘I watch you put everything on the line every Sunday in pure amazement. Your dedication, consistency, and commitment to the game never wavers. You’re always the first person in, and the last person out. You’re 1 of 1. The hardest working man I know! So proud of you baby! Giving God All the praise. #GoHawks’
Nipsey Hussle’s family is politely shutting down every fundraising efforts being made to financially support his kids.
The family of late Ermias Asghedom are even refusing funds from celebrities for Nipsey’s kids. According to them, Nipsey made sure before he died that his kids would be financially secure.
Sources close to Nipsey’s family told TMZ that the slain rapper made sure his two children, Emani and Kross Asghedom, would never have to rely on other people for money.
NFL star Reggie Bush started a GoFundMe page to raise $100,000 for Nipsey’s kids. Bush personally donated $10,000 to get things started. But that fundraiser has already been scrubbed from the internet.
Nipsey’s family are grateful for the support but say Nipsey’s just wouldn’t want it that way, and since he left his family financially secure, it’s just not necessary.
The anticipated face-off between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the final of this year’s UEFA Champions League will not happen.
While Messi with two goals on Tuesday night helped Barcelona beat Manchester United 3-0, the solitary goal scored by Ronaldo was inadequate as Ajax stunned Juventus 3-1 in Turin. Barca entered Tuesday’s second leg match with a 1-0 advantage earned from the first leg at Old Trafford and it proved to be a comfortable progression to the final four at United’s expense
Aside from Messi, Philippe Coutinho got the other goal that ensured that Barcelona progressed with a 4-0 aggregate scoreline. The Spanish champions, who are on for a treble this season, will face either Liverpool or Porto in the semifinals of the competition. In Turin, Ajax secured a semi-final ticket slot in the Champions League for the first time since 1997 with a 2-1 victory over Juventus, progressing through on a 3-2 aggregate scoreline.
Ronaldo’s fifth knockout-round goal in Juve colours had given the Italians the lead, but Ajax hit back through Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt to deservedly progress through. The Dutch champions have now seen off defending champions Real Madrid and many people’s favourites Juventus to make it to the semis. Ajax will face one of the all-Premier League tie between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur
The famous Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris was on fire and it spread rapidly across the building.
Efforts are being made to tackle the fire which broke out on Monday afternoon, but, so far, the cathedral’s spire and roof have collapsed.
A spokesman for the cathedral said the whole structure was “burning”.
“There will be nothing left,” he said. “It remains to be seen whether the vault, which protects the cathedral, will be affected or not.”
The flame attracted hundreds of spectators who gathered around the 850-year-old building to observe the flames in silence.
French President Emmanuel Macron, who has arrived at the scene, said his thoughts were with “all Catholics and all French people.”
Mr Macron has cancelled his planned speech to the nation following the fire, an Élysée Palace official said.
Historian Camille Pascal told French broadcaster BFMTV the fire was destroying “invaluable heritage.”
He said: “For 800 years the Cathedral has watched over Paris.
“Happy and unfortunate events for centuries have been marked by the bells of Notre Dame.
“We can be only horrified by what we see”.
The cause of the fire is not yet clear, but officials speculate that it could be linked to renovation work.
Nigerian music legend, Majek Fashek recently visited South Africa for the first time ever and according to him, ‘the expereince was really lovely’.
Majek Fashek went on to say, ‘I never knew South Africans love me so much. It was incredible and also I’m grateful to my fantastic host King Babajide the Mayor of Cape Twon who went abpve and beyond to make sure my trip was smooth’.
See more photos from the trip below…