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Police dock union leader, Antai over alleged N810m land fraud

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Immediate past President of the Joint Staff Cooperative Thrift and Loan Society (JSCTLS), of the Defence Ministry in Abuja, Mr Sunny Antai, has been arraigned before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Jabi, Abuja for allegedly defrauding members of the union to the tune of N810,622,546.56k.

Antai, a retired official of the Federal Ministry of Defence, was charged with Emenogu Ruth Nwachi (who was then the group’s Treasurer) in a three-count charge filed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

They were alleged to have, while in office between 2002 and 2012, fraudulently obtained N810,622,546.56K from members of the JSCTLS on the false pretence to acquire land for them to build their individual houses.

The duo was also alleged to have, between 2016 and 2017 long after their tenure, “dishonestly and fraudulently, under false pretence, signed and delivered a letter to Unity Bank of Nigeria Plc with the intention to cause the management of the bank to believe that they were still signatory to the group’s account domicile with the bank.”

They were also alleged to have, between 2011 and 2017, “under false pretence and with intention to defraud, impersonated to be the President and Treasurer respectively of the JSCTLS long after you have left office.”

Although Antai and Nwachi were named as defendants in the charge marked: CR/487/2019, only Antai took his plea, as the prosecuting lawyer, Blessing Ezeala said the second defendant was still at large.

In a ruling on November 19, Justice Hassan Babangida of the High Court of the FCT in Jabi, granted bail to Antai at N100m, with one surety in like sum.

Justice Babangida ordered that the surety must among others, be a resident of the FCT, a civil servant in the service of the Federal Government, who must show evidence of employment as a federal civil servant.

The judge adjourned till February 28 next year for the commencement of trial.

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Bayelsa: Gunmen kill 3, abduct 7 oil workers in fresh attack

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Gunmen suspected to be sea pirates, in the early hours of Sunday attacked two oil installations, killing three and abducting seven oil workers in Bayelsa.

The News Agency of Nigeria (ANAN) learnt that the pirates ambushed their unsuspecting victims in Okoroma and Ogbokiri-Akassa communities of Nembe and Brass Local Government areas of Bayelsa.

Sources close to the affected oilfields said the gunmen reportedly shot dead two staff of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company and a personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The driver of their boat, an indigene of Okoroma community, is still missing, according to the local sources who witnessed the incident and narrated same to a NAN Correspondent.

According to the sources, in the ambush that occurred at Ogbokiri-Akassa in Brass Local Government area, six oil workers allegedly doing maintenance jobs close to their platform were kidnapped and whisked away.

It was further gathered that the Agip oil workers and their security personnel came under attack at about 6am while working close to a manifold in the deep swamp.

Spokesman of the NSCDC, Bayelsa command, Mr Ogbere Solomon, confirmed the incident on Sunday evening.

Solomon said one personnel of the command died in the ambush, while two others who were missing have been found and are currently receiving treatment at a medical facility in Yenagoa.

“Yes, our officers were ambushed and attacked by some unknown pirates while on their lawful duty of providing protection to some Agip oil workers close to Obama manifold in Okoroma community of Nembe Local Government.

“One personnel was killed while the other two that were missing have been found and are responding to treatment,” he said.

Mr Tarinyu Joseph, the Youth President of the Okoroma Clan, said indigenes of the area recovered the corpses of those killed.

He added that those injured were taken to the hospital while the boat driver, identified as his brother, is still missing.–

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BREAKING: Gunmen attacking Jos Custodial Centre trapped

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Unknown gunmen who invaded a Medium Security Custodial Centre in Jos the Plateau State capital have been trapped by security operatives who are currently at the prison premises.

DAILY POST had reported that some criminal elements suspected to be bandits have stormed the facility on Sunday evening with sophisticated weapons and were shooting sporadically at the premises.

A statement by the spokesman of the Nigeria Correctional Service NCoS, CC Francis Enobore, said the gunmen have been trapped following a heavy fire power of security operatives who immediately cordoned the yard.

The statement reads; “The Medium Security Custodial Centre in Jos, Plateau State came under attack by gunmen who reportedly stormed the facility in large number with sophisticated weapons.

“The invaders were said to have arrived at the Custodial Center at about 1720hrs and immediately made for the main gate where they engaged the armed squad personnel in a gun battle before breaking into the yard.

“Although they gained entrance to the yard, they are however trapped within as men from sister security services were immediately mobilised to assist the armed guards to cordon the perimeter wall and the entire area.

“Reinforcement from the response squad of the Service has also been mobilised to the center.

“The situation is presently under control as the attackers firing power is being subdued by superior fire from a combined team of security agencies. Update will be made available as event unfolds”, he added.

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EPL: I don’t think it was penalty – Carrick reacts to Man Utd’s draw with Chelsea

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Manchester United caretaker manager, Michael Carrick, has reacted to his side’s Premier League 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

Carrack claimed that the penalty awarded to Chelsea against Man United during the encounter was not a penalty.

Jadon Sancho had opened the scoring for Man United in the second half before Jorginho equalized for Chelsea from the spot a few minutes later.

Wan-Bissaka had caught Thiago Silva with an outstretched leg and kicked the Brazilian on the ankle. The referee immediately points to the spot-kick.

Speaking after the game, Carrick said at his post-match press conference, “I don’t think it was a penalty, that was disappointing.

“It’s been a tough, tough week, and I am immensely proud of the effort the players put in.”

Man United’s next game is against Arsenal next month.

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