The Federal Capital Territory Police Command said it has arrested an elderly suspected serial fraudster who specialized in impersonating legal practitioners and senior law enforcement officers to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), FCT Police Command, DSP Josephine Adeh, made the disclosure in Abuja.
She said, the arrest of the Imposter, identified as Olakunle Adesola, a 61 years old resident of liberty Estate by spring road AMAC Abuja, followed a series of petitions and reports at various formations/ units of the Police Command.
She noted that the rogue elder was apprehended on Sunday, November 20, 2022, by the command’s intelligence asset attached to the Anti-violence Crime section of the State Criminal investigations department (SCID ) at our lady Queen of cathedral church Area III where scores of unsuspecting worshippers have reportedly been defrauded.
She said, “The suspect’s modus operandi is to impersonate a senior Police Officer between the ranks of Commissioner and Assistant Inspector General of Police, top-ranking EFCC officials, and/or a legal practitioner who owns a law firm by the name Dr Kunle Adeshola & Associate has successfully defrauded many to the tone of about Ten Million naira (10,000,000).
The suspects when interviewed confessed to having been a perpetrator of this criminal enterprise as far back as the year 1980.
Upon the arrest, several forged documents, unissued Police gear, Tear gases, and forged academic documents from various learning institutions were recovered in possession of the suspect”.
DSP Adeh, noted that while discrete investigation and effort to apprehend co-perpetrators of this criminal enterprise are ongoing, the Commissioner of Police FCT Command CP Babaji Sunday said the suspect has absolutely no past or present affiliation with the Police in status or otherwise and at any level.
He advised members of the public to be wary of such unscrupulous elements who parade themselves in such manner as the above or any other in other to defraud members of the public.
The CP also reaffirmed the Command’s commitment to bringing crime and criminality in all its forms and expression to the barest minimum.
“While painstaking effort is being deployed to ensure the above, members of the public are therefore urged to maintain vigilance and report suspicious activities to the police.
” She said.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has asked Nigerians to start collecting and verifying their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) early to avoid rushing.
Alhaji Yahaya Bello, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of FCT INEC, made the call Thursday in Abuja at a press conference.
Bello said the main purpose of the press conference was to educate Nigerians on the issue of voter registration viewing.
He said that as of November 12, the INEC will begin to display the registry for the purposes of claims and objections.
“The neighbors could go through the registry in their respective localities and see if there are problems to be able to raise them.
“This is to ensure our record is cleared; this exhibit will begin at 9 am to 3 pm daily in the registration areas or hall levels.
“While from November 19 to 26 it will be held at the area council offices.
"We have concluded the CVR and many people participated, it is clear that we have devised new media that is a departure from the previous election," he said.
Bello said that everyone who participated in the search was being identified and notified via SMS to come collect their PVCs.
He said the response had been excellent, especially INEC's partnership with Yaiga Africa, a CSO that spends its time improving participation in the electoral process.
“Before we started this SMS process, there was a low level of PVCs in all the councils in the area, as low as 15 collections a day, even in AMAC.
“However, it has now risen to almost 150 percent, in some cases even 180 percent.
Bello said the process was to help Nigerians move away from the fire brigade approach of the past.
He said that INEC had developed many technologies to make elections more credible and transparent.
Therefore, he encouraged Nigerians to also follow the example of the INEC PVCs instead of waiting until the 11th hour.
Bello said it was the responsibility of political parties to get involved in voter education to inform people about the use of technology in elections and the changes in them to prevent violence, ballot theft, among others.
He said it would no longer be business as usual because violence would not add value to the electoral process due to the introduction of technology.
"It was done in Ekiti, Osun, Anambra, so political parties have no choice but to focus on issue-based campaigns and courting voters rather than planning to engage in political violence," he said.
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The Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has frowned at the slow pace of work on the Karshi-Ara-Apo Road which was awarded in 2011 to an indigenous company, Katar Civil Engineering Limited.
Sen. Smart Adeyemi, the Chairman of the Committee, said this when he led members of the committee on an oversight visit the project site on Tuesday in Abuja.
“You have betrayed the confidence of the funding.
It is just inexplicable.
“I came here in 2013 you gave us the same promise.
When an indigenous company decides to betray the trust, you will justify why indigenous company should not be patronised,” he said.
He said that delay was going to cost the country more than it should have expended on the road.
“If I were the minster, I will revoke this job.
I will ask them to refund to government.
If you can’t do the job why did you take the job.
Why did you bid for it.
“We don’t have to pretend to ourselves and pretending to speak the truth.
A job that was awarded 2011 and up till now you are still where you are.
“You have been provided the funding.
You have no excuse.
If you have been provided enough funding and you are finding it difficult to recover the money paid to you.
You are a disappointment to indigenous company.
You have failed the nation,” he said.
Adeyemi urged the contractor to appear before the committee on Thursday.
He said that the oversight was aimed at assessing the level of ongoing projects in the territory.
“We will be passing two budgets before the end of the year.
Putting them together will be over N1 trillion.
“It makes sense for us to see the state of development so that by the time we are looking at the budget we have in mind those projects that are vital that will enhance economic growth and infrastructure development of the FCT and the security of the territory,” he said.
On her part, the minster of state for the FCT Mrs Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu also expressed disappointment over the slow pace of work on the project.
“And so long as it continues in that pace, it will always call for variation.
And provided we keep doing that, the question is when will it be put to use.
“So it has to do with the capacity of the contractor as well.
I think I urge the Senate to also invite him for dialogue.
We have paid more than enough to have much more than we are seeing on ground.
“You doing too slowly and with the economic situation, we can’t afford that.
Time is of the essence.
I hope you know democracy and power is transient.
We have few months to go.
“You will give your words to the national assembly.
What else do you require to complete this job within a short time frame even if it means you adding more to your capacity by bringing in some other people,” she said.
Speaking, Mr Robert Arzibola, the Managing Director of the company, said that road was located at the South-Eastern part of the Federal Capital City (FCC).
“It is the access road between Karshi Satellite Town and Ara Settlement in Nasarawa State while Karshi-Apo axis of the road is located within the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC),” he said.
Arzibola, represented by the site engineer Mr Ezekiel Panan said that no administration had funded the project the way the present administration has done.
“We are very grateful.
However, part of the delay was funding.
But when the present minister assumed office, all our liabilities you settled them,” he said.
He also said that the high cost of materials has been the mainnchallenge hindering the progress of the project.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other places visited included the Wasa affordable Housing Site in AMAC, Wasa Resettlement Site and Karshi Treatment Plant.
A South Sudanese Delegation has visited Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) in the Federal Capital Territory to understudy Nigeria’s Federal system of government.
AMAC Chairman Christopher Maikalangu who announced this on Friday said that The delegation had an extensive tutorial on the workings of Nigeria federal system.
Maikalangu said that he explained the three tiers of government to the delegation and pointed out that powers of each tier was determined by the constitution.
He added that the closest tier of government to the people, which is the local governments, needed more resources to be able to provide basic amenities such as pipe-borne water, electricity, road network and primary health care, among others.
The chairman, however, decried that funds from the two sources of revenue generation available to the Council; Federation Account and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), were insufficient to cater for the 250 villages within the council.
The leader of the South Sudanese delegation and Minister of Federal Affairs in South Sudan, Mr Losuba Ludoru, appreciated the chairman and the council for the warm reception.
He said that the team was in Nigeria to understudy its federal system and replicate same in South Sudan.
“The youngest country which obtained her independence 2011 has unfortunately been enmeshed in internal crisis, making the President, Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit to establish the Federal Affairs Ministry as part of efforts to enthrone a federal structure.
“President Kiir specifically recommended Nigeria as a country with an enduring legacy of a federal structure worthy of study and emulation.
“If we have to be a united South Sudan, we need a federal system of government, a permanent constitution, a competent justice system and achieve the return of refugees.
“A federal system of government unite different people without having to continuously fight at the centre,” he stated.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the team also asked questions on revenue generation, revenue sharing and separation of powers, among others.
They also asked questions about recruitment of personnel, budgeting processes, as well as governance of service delivery.
The Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), has warned residents against making cash payments to revenue collectors of the council.
Mr Christopher Maikalangu, Chairman, AMAC, gave the warning while briefing newsmen on the area council’s new revenue regime, on Wednesday, in Abuja.
Maikalangu said that the new policy, which exempted the transport sector, was aimed at blocking financial leakages, sanitising the system and improving revenue generation.
He added that the development was also part of the administrations’ commitment to curb multiple taxation, touting, extortion and diversion of the council’s revenues.
According to him, the council was hesitant to disband the technical partners due to the fact that governance is a continuous process.
“Further revelations about the criminal diversion of revenues into private accounts, touting and fake personnel in the field however, made it expedient for us to heed to widespread public outcry.
“In view of these and many developments, I wish to repeat that the nullification of all forms of MoUs entered into by past regimes is in force.
“Every form of collection except those in the transport sector, must halt forthwith.
“In that regard, we have stopped all forms of cash payments henceforth.
“Prospective clients are advised to proceed to the Chief Revenue Officer’s office in the council secretariat, to obtain payment tellers and new account numbers, and make payment at designated banks,” the AMAC helmsman stated.
Maikalangu further warned that any technical partner, who was found culpable of violating the new law, would be prosecuted.
“The new policy must be respected and statutory staff must strictly abide by it as far as revenue generation is concerned.
“The paying public is hereby enjoined to guard against criminals who, in the bid to shortchange government, collect peanuts with fake receipts,” he said.
The chairman added that the administration was out to ensure that resources available were strictly expended for the purpose for which they were meant.
He also called on the residents to report any suspected case of diversion and extortion, as well as any irregularities to the council, via its call center number 09162410000 or security personnel nearest to them.
Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) has opened bids for no fewer than 40 capital projects within its 2022 financial year.
AMAC Council Secretary, Mr Jafaru Gwagwa, while addressing participants at the bid opening at the council’s secretariat, said the exercise was in line with the administration’s fulfillment of its electoral promises.
Gwagwa, who also doubles as the Chairman, Tenders Board Committee, added that the process was organised to ensure transparency, in compliance with the Public Procurement Act, 2007. “This exercise is also meant to identify the contractors that are reputably qualified and must have long standing pedigree in contracts and effective service delivery.
“I wish to advise all contract bidders, who do not have the financial, managerial and technical capacities, to have a rethink.
“Aside from other contractual terms successful bidders will have to observe, I wish to reiterate that our administration has the penchant for quality, discipline and precision.
“We will not tolerate any contractor who cannot abide by our terms.
Whoever succeeds, our watchwords are: quality, timeliness and trust,” he said.
Also speaking, AMAC’s Head of Procurement, Mrs Esther Ogunleye, said that the Department of Works would deploy better monitoring and evaluation techniques in all the projects.
She stated that all the projects would be executed with the council’s internally-generated revenue (IGR) as well as monthly allocation from the Federal Government.
Ogunleye also called on the successful bidders to adhere to specifications and deliver quality jobs.
Mr Christopher Maikalangu, Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) has assured residents of the area of his administrations’ readiness to deliver more dividends of democracy to them.
Maikalangu gave the assurance following his victory at the FCT Election Appeal Tribunal on Oct. 1. The assurance is contained in a statement signed by Mr Kingsley Madaki, Senior Special Assistant, Media and Public Affairs to the Chairman, on Tuesday in Abuja.
Maikalangu expressed gratitude to the residents, for their support and prayers.
He commended the three-man panel of the appeal tribunal led by Justice Suleiman Belgore, for deciding to stand by the truth.
“The three justices have written their names with gold in the sands of time and posterity will always judge in their favour.
“I also wish to commend the doggedness of the leaders and members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who stood by me in the period of the legal challenges.
“Now that the distractions are over, it is time to work for the people that elected us by ensuring that the residents benefit from the dividends of democracy they have been longing for,” Maikalangu said.
The chairman added that his administration would focus more on rural communities by providing infrastructural facilities such as rural electrification, opening of feeder roads, construction of boreholes, among others.
He called on AMAC residents to continue to support and pray for the success of his administration, while assuring them of his commitment to carry everyone along.
NAN) The Promoters of One-Nigeria Ambassadors Club (PRONIG), an NGO, has donated solar-powered street lights to the Abuja Municipal Area Council Housing Estate police post as a way of giving back to the society.
Dr Tega Edache, the President of PRONIG, while unveiling the project in Abuja on Saturday, said that the project was aimed at adding value to the service of the Nigeria Police and the community.
Edache said that the organisation had earlier provided whiteboards and exercise books to primary school pupils and giving monetary donations to the Kanu Heart Foundation to meet the needs of Nigerians, among others.
He said that lighting had been an issue in the community as the police post, which was an entry point to the community was usually dark at night.
“PRONIG members believe that the Nigeria of our collective dream is realisable.
We don’t only believe it but we endeavour to put our belief to work.
” Recently, we observed that the environment at the entrance of the estate where our policemen are stationed while carrying out their routine checks at night is usually dark as they carry out their duties with the use of a torchlight.
” We reckoned that providing adequate illumination around that area would enable them to do their job better and contribute to their security.
” Consequently, we tasked ourselves and mobilised funds as much as possible to procure materials and labour for the construction of the solar-powered street lights that we have gathered here to unveil.
” Today, unveiling the solar-powered street lights has presented another opportunity for all of us to be proud of ourselves and believe more than ever before that good things can and shall continue to happen to us and Nigeria,” he said.
He, therefore, called on Nigerians to join in the league of those that believe in the future of the country by providing to the community, saying that doing this would trickle down to the larger society.
Edache called on Nigerians to preach peace and unity as the country approached the 2023 elections, saying this was the only way to go to have a violence free elections.
Meanwhile, Hon. Zadna Dantani, Supervising Councillor for Works, Housing, Land and Survey, AMAC, commended the group for the gesture, saying it would help improve the efficiency of the police.
Dantani said that the lighting would expand the business time in the community as well as help to get rid of criminal element in the area.
” This has brought joy to this community and light is very important in human life and this is to make sure this place is safeguarded.
” Government is a responsibility of all and we don’t need to wait for government to do everything.
We are assuring you that we are going to do more than what we are seeing now.
“The local government as a body which is closer to the people will continue to synergise for the betterment of the people in the community,” he said.
He, therefore, urged the police officers attached to the community to take adequate care of the facility provided them so that bigger projects could come from other well-meaning Nigerians.
Mr Mike Ejiofor, the Chairman, AMAC Residence Association called on Nigerians to support the Nigeria Police to carry out their functions in securing the lives and property of the people.
“It takes a good heart to give back to the society from the little we have; if everyone contributes their quota, it will go a long way in developing the country.
”Responding, the Superintendent of Police (SP) Ali Abdul, the Officer-in Charge of the station, accepted the donation on behalf of the Inspector- General of the Police, while thanking the group for the project, saying it was an achievement to the entire police force.
Speaking to one of the residence in the community, Usman Musa, a fruit seller, said that the project would enable him to stay longer hours while selling his goods.
Usman said that it would also prevent ‘petty thieves from attacking people in the community at night.
PRONIG is a, non-partisan and pro-Nigerian association founded by Nigerians from different ethnic, religious and social backgrounds to promote the ideals of a genuinely egalitarian, united and progressive Nigeria.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Friday in Abuja pulled down unauthorized structures to reclaim Zaudna land for infrastructural development.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Zaudna village, which is under Jiwa Chiefdom in Abuja Municipal Area council (AMAC), is one of the districts earmarked for land swap programme by the FCT Administration.
The Director, Department of Development Control, Mr Murktar Galadima, while addressing newsmen after the demolition, said the community was earmarked for land swap programme, where the administration gave out land to investors in exchange for infrastructure.
According to him, the illegal structures were causing obstacles for smooth take off of the exercise, adding that it will not be tolerated by the FCT administration.
He said that prior to the demolition exercise, there was a notice with series of meetings with officials of the development control and the natives.
“Zaudna is one of the districts committed for land swap programme, where FCT administration gives out land and the investor provides infrastructure.
“The demolition exercise is one of the programmes approved by the Federal Executive Council, so our responsibility is to ensure that the investor has no obstacle in providing the infrastructure,” he said.
Earlier, the Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to the Minister of FCT, Mr Ikharo Attah, said that owners of the demolished buildings had no land titles, except an agreement they signed with the natives on ordinary papers.
Attah stated that the FCT had been warning people against buying lands from locals, considering the law that made up the city.
He said that since the relocation of the Federal Capital Territory from Lagos to Abuja, only the Minister of FCT had the right to approve land.
“We are reclaiming the land earmarked for infrastructural development that has been illegally taken over by some persons that said they bought it from the indigenes.
“We came in here and interfaced with the indigenes, and they told us that the areas didn’t concern them,” Attah said.
Also, a victim, Faith Opaluwa said: “I am in tears because I spent a lot of money on this house, if my children return from school now where will they go?
’’ He appealed to the government for consideration, saying that they had spent a lot on the project.
Another victim, Uguachima Lovelt, said that ‘’they had suffered to build this place, but today the whole place has been demolished.
’’ ‘’The indigenes sold it to us.
I have been here for one year but the notice didn’t reach me,” she added.
Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) and the Prefectural Council of Rabat in Morocco, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote local government development at both councils.
Speaking after the signing ceremony in Abuja, Mr Christopher Maikalangu, Chairman, AMAC, said that the MoU would foster rapid development of the area council.
Maikalangu added that the five-year partnership agreement would come up with an action plan to enable it to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the area council.
Mrs Abiodun Essiet, Consultant on Development Partners, AMAC, said that the purpose of the MoU was for Africa Support Fund which “focuses on International decentralised cooperation among local authorities”.
She added that the MoU would focus on specific areas of cooperation.
According to her, both councils will unite their efforts to build capacity of elected officials and executives to enable them deliver effectively to people at the grassroots.
“The MoU would also promote sustainable development and environmental protection as well as planning and regional development.
“It also provides an opportunity to improve the management of public services, promote social development and exchange of knowledge and know-how on local governance.
“It will stimulate institutional strengthening of local authorities, digitalisation and digitisation of local administrations and awareness raising and to promote education for development.
“All these are boiled towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030,” she said.
The objectives of this partnership are to establish a multi-sectoral partnership between the two signatories which focuses on the promotion of local development.
It also aims at elaborating and implementing an action plan focused on institutional support and guidance for the development of innovative local policies and promote joint reflection on themes of common interest, among others.