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Union Bank staff colludes with others to defraud depositors N1.6bn

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Report reaching us has indicated that there is big trouble in Union Bank of Nigeria Plc as top staff of the bank allegedly colluded with five-man fraud syndicates to defraud the bank almost N2bln depositors’ money.

According to a report in the media, the fraud syndicate, allegedly in connivance with some high ranking staff of the bank were said to be three Lebanese and two Nigerians, who have fled the country.

However, Union Bank is hoping to recover the loot and bring the fraudsters to book.To this end, they have approached the Force Criminal Investigation Department ForceCID, Alagbon-Ikoyi Lagos to report the matter.

The alleged fraudsters are Sunil Kumar Hari Prasad; Voodi Sumaprakash and Dhanuka Sunil Kumar, all Lebanese and the dou of Ningle Kevin and Obiageli Inuwagle, who are Nigerians.Some staff of the bank who approved the loan are said to have been picked up and are currently answering questions from crack detectives of the FCID,Alagbon,Ikoyi,Lagos.

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Meanwhile, the Police has filed a three-count charge against the alleged fraudsters.

In the charge, the police alleged that the fraudsters and others now at large of conspiring among themselves to obtain the sum of N1, 626, 139, 795.12 billion, from Union Bank Plc by false pretence.

The alleged fraudsters were also accused of stealing the said amount from the bank.

The offences according to the police are contrary to and punishable under sections 8(a), 1(a), (c) & 1(2)of the Advance Fee Fraud and other related offences Act, 2006.

And section 390 (a) of the Criminal Code Cap C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

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Nevertheless, no date has been fixed for the arraignment of the alleged fraudsters, as the police told the court that they have fled the country and efforts to get them arrested and brought back to Nigeria is ongoing.

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Diesel tanker catches fire in Edo, destroys houses

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Five houses, two vehicles, four kiosks, and other items were burnt when a diesel tanker travelling through Benin-Akure Road lost control and spilled its content on the road.

According to a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Edo State Police Command, Chidi Nwabuzor, on Saturday, no life was lost.

He also noted that the accident was caused by the recklessness of the tanker driver.

He said,” Today, Saturday 19/11/2022 at about 13:50hrs, the Commissioner Of Police Edo State Command, Mohammed Dankwara, arrived at the scene of motor accident/ fire incident along Benin/ Akure Road by Owan Bridge, Sobe Town in Owan West Local Government Area Of Edo State, to assess the damage caused to houses and other properties by the reckless tanker driver of Automotive Gas Oil also known as diesel, and to sympathise with the victims of the inferno.

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“The CP, who was accompanied by CSP Isah Nasiru Hamisu, the Divisional Police Officer Ekiadolor Division; SP Chidi Nwabuzor, the Police Public Relations Officer; and other officers on arrival met CSP Joshua Esiolee, the Divisional Police Officer Sobe Division, Edo State at the scene of accident.

“The DPO conducted the CP round the areas engulfed by fire.

“During the preliminary investigation, it was revealed that the tanker driver was coming from Benin City heading to the Northern part of the country along Benin/Akure Road by Owan Bridge.

“The vehicle skid off the toad, spilled its content, caught fire, and burnt down five houses, four kiosks one Sienna Car, one Audi Car, one motorcycle and some unestimated items. So far, no life was lost, no one injured, and no one on admission at the hospital.

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“He then sympathised with the victims, informing them that the state government was aware of the unfortunate incident, and something needed to be done.

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“He, however, pray that this incident should not happen again and thanked the Okhomu Oil Company fire fighters for extinguishing the fire, stating that this patriotic act is in line with the community policing philosophy of the Inspector General Of Police, Alkali Baba Usman.”

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Lady cries out after lover kidnaps five-month-old daughter

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A new mum, Chidiebere Ogechukwu, narrates how she hasn’t seen her baby, Chidiebere Chidera Gabriella, for a while because her lover, Ifeanyi Christopher Obiora, took her away.

She said that she met Obiora in the south-east and he proposed marriage to her.

Obiora said he wanted to meet her people which he did and when she said she wanted to meet his people, he agreed but started acting awkward when she told him she was pregnant.

Ogechukwu, who is 25 years old, said Obiora stopped picking her calls, as well as that of her family members afterwards.

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Obiora later showed up after she had the baby. One day, on the pretext of preparing her for the visit of his family members, he took her to a hair salon and took their baby out. Since then, she hasn’t seen her baby.

Ogechukwu is seeking help to get her five-month-old baby back.

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16-year-old boy rapes brother’s wife and nine other ladies in Ondo

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16-year-old boy, simply identified as Precious, has been arrested by men of the Ondo state security outfit, codenamed Amotekun, for allegedly raping his brother’s wife and nine other women in the state.

The teenager is said to have walked into the bedroom of his brother, who was out of town for work, where he saw the wife naked and sleeping, and then took advantage of her.

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Precious, while being paraded before newsmen at the command’s headquarters on Friday, November 11, admitted to committing the crime and confessed to having raped nine other girls at Laosun, a farm settlement in Ondo West local government area.

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“In Laosun, I have raped nine girls. Some of them are 19 or 25 years, in the night, I will go into their rooms and start sleeping with them. I do not use gun or knives to threaten them. Sometimes I would be caught and they would beat me and leave me. I have been arrested before. I was arrested for stealing 25 litres of palm oil. I wanted to gather money to use it to buy phone. I came to the house and saw my brother’s wife sleeping naked. I went into the room and slept with her.” He said.

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