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  •  Flutterwave s Senior Vice President of Offline Business Dotun Adekunle has stated that innovative and seamless identity management systems open doors of financial services to underserved demographics like youth and women across Nigeria Adekunle said this during the panel discussion at the maiden edition of Nigeria s International Financial Inclusion Conference a Central Bank of Nigeria initiative The conference which spanned 23rd to 24th November 2022 sought innovative ways to make financial services solutions available to rural areas women and young people Other panellists include the Chief Youth Development Officer at the Enterprise Development and Promotion Department of the Ministry of Youths and Sports Development Olasimbo Akinsorotu Executive Director Technical for ARM Pension Managers PFA Limited Abisola Onigbogi and CEO of Grassroot Microfinance Bank Limited Farida Tahir CEO of Shared Agent Network Expansion Facilities SANEF Ronke Kuye moderated the panel discussion which has the theme Winning Strategies for Reaching Youths and Rural Areas Olasimbo said there is about an 11 gap in the financial inclusion of youth between the ages of 18 and 25 Also there is a 24 gap between the rural and the urban areas Mrs Ronke said opening the floor for possible solutions Driving reforms for youth financial inclusion Ms Olasimbo responded requires a thorough examination of the existing regulatory frameworks and public policy initiatives through different dimensions such as data collection national strategies regulatory reforms and non Regulatory private reforms She believes these reforms are necessary to reduce the differences across various units and segments of the population as well as global standards For instance the rate of financial inclusion for youths in rural Nigeria differs from the urban average as well as global standards she added Adekunle appreciated the call for the segmentation of data collected from youths to reflect the difference in generations locations and behaviour He added Identity management can drive financial inclusion for youths and rural dwellers It needs an overhauling to ensure easy access and onboarding for youth and rural dwellers For instance instead of the current practice where NIN or BVN is required after or during the onboarding process what if we go a different route where either of the two becomes the entry factor to access financial services just as a G mail account is the master key to many Google and non Google products Other solutions proffered by Dotun include expanding existing channels to make financial services highly affordable and easily accessible to those who are financially excluded or underserved He also commented on the utilization of Social Media as an effective channel for driving Financial Inclusiveness especially among Youth and Digital Entrepreneurs Farida while reacting to the issue advocated for cultural sensitivity in designing financial solutions for people of the North East and North West We can easily say that the lack of appropriate financial services suitable to the people of the regions explain the below expected rate of financial inclusion This is because people in the regions are predominantly Muslims who require Halal financial products and services that are unavailable despite efforts by stakeholders like the CBN Farida advocated for a concerted effort in increasing the number of Islamic Microfinance Banks currently serving the region She believes that this will play a key role in making financial services like payments loans and insurance available to people of the region Concluding the panel Abisola advocated for education and financial literacy as a catalyst for driving financial inclusion He clarified that education is central to ensuring all initiatives proffered by the panellists are achieved Inline image
    Seamless identity management necessary for financial inclusion in Nigeria, says Flutterwave
     Flutterwave s Senior Vice President of Offline Business Dotun Adekunle has stated that innovative and seamless identity management systems open doors of financial services to underserved demographics like youth and women across Nigeria Adekunle said this during the panel discussion at the maiden edition of Nigeria s International Financial Inclusion Conference a Central Bank of Nigeria initiative The conference which spanned 23rd to 24th November 2022 sought innovative ways to make financial services solutions available to rural areas women and young people Other panellists include the Chief Youth Development Officer at the Enterprise Development and Promotion Department of the Ministry of Youths and Sports Development Olasimbo Akinsorotu Executive Director Technical for ARM Pension Managers PFA Limited Abisola Onigbogi and CEO of Grassroot Microfinance Bank Limited Farida Tahir CEO of Shared Agent Network Expansion Facilities SANEF Ronke Kuye moderated the panel discussion which has the theme Winning Strategies for Reaching Youths and Rural Areas Olasimbo said there is about an 11 gap in the financial inclusion of youth between the ages of 18 and 25 Also there is a 24 gap between the rural and the urban areas Mrs Ronke said opening the floor for possible solutions Driving reforms for youth financial inclusion Ms Olasimbo responded requires a thorough examination of the existing regulatory frameworks and public policy initiatives through different dimensions such as data collection national strategies regulatory reforms and non Regulatory private reforms She believes these reforms are necessary to reduce the differences across various units and segments of the population as well as global standards For instance the rate of financial inclusion for youths in rural Nigeria differs from the urban average as well as global standards she added Adekunle appreciated the call for the segmentation of data collected from youths to reflect the difference in generations locations and behaviour He added Identity management can drive financial inclusion for youths and rural dwellers It needs an overhauling to ensure easy access and onboarding for youth and rural dwellers For instance instead of the current practice where NIN or BVN is required after or during the onboarding process what if we go a different route where either of the two becomes the entry factor to access financial services just as a G mail account is the master key to many Google and non Google products Other solutions proffered by Dotun include expanding existing channels to make financial services highly affordable and easily accessible to those who are financially excluded or underserved He also commented on the utilization of Social Media as an effective channel for driving Financial Inclusiveness especially among Youth and Digital Entrepreneurs Farida while reacting to the issue advocated for cultural sensitivity in designing financial solutions for people of the North East and North West We can easily say that the lack of appropriate financial services suitable to the people of the regions explain the below expected rate of financial inclusion This is because people in the regions are predominantly Muslims who require Halal financial products and services that are unavailable despite efforts by stakeholders like the CBN Farida advocated for a concerted effort in increasing the number of Islamic Microfinance Banks currently serving the region She believes that this will play a key role in making financial services like payments loans and insurance available to people of the region Concluding the panel Abisola advocated for education and financial literacy as a catalyst for driving financial inclusion He clarified that education is central to ensuring all initiatives proffered by the panellists are achieved Inline image
    Seamless identity management necessary for financial inclusion in Nigeria, says Flutterwave
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    Seamless identity management necessary for financial inclusion in Nigeria, says Flutterwave

    Flutterwave’s Senior Vice President of Offline Business, Dotun Adekunle, has stated that innovative and seamless identity management systems open doors of financial services to underserved demographics like youth and women, across Nigeria.

    Adekunle said this during the panel discussion at the maiden edition of Nigeria’s International Financial Inclusion Conference, a Central Bank of Nigeria initiative.

    The conference which spanned 23rd to 24th November 2022 sought innovative ways to make financial services solutions available to rural areas, women and young people.

    Other panellists include the Chief Youth Development Officer at the Enterprise Development and Promotion Department of the Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, Olasimbo Akinsorotu; Executive Director, Technical for ARM Pension Managers (PFA) Limited, Abisola Onigbogi and CEO of Grassroot Microfinance Bank Limited, Farida Tahir.

    CEO of Shared Agent Network Expansion Facilities (SANEF), Ronke Kuye, moderated the panel discussion, which has the theme, Winning Strategies for Reaching Youths and Rural Areas.

    Olasimbo said there is about an 11% gap in the financial inclusion of youth between the ages of 18 and 25.

    Also, there is a 24% gap between the rural and the urban areas.

    ” Mrs Ronke said, opening the floor for possible solutions.

    “Driving reforms for youth financial inclusion,” Ms Olasimbo responded, “requires a thorough examination of the existing regulatory frameworks and public policy initiatives through different dimensions such as data collection, national strategies, regulatory reforms, and non-Regulatory (private) reforms.

    ” She believes these reforms are necessary to reduce the differences across various units and segments of the population as well as global standards.

    “For instance, the rate of financial inclusion for youths in rural Nigeria differs from the urban average as well as global standards,” she added.

    Adekunle appreciated the call for the segmentation of data collected from youths to reflect the difference in generations, locations, and behaviour.

    He added, “Identity management can drive financial inclusion for youths and rural dwellers.

    It needs an overhauling to ensure easy access and onboarding for youth and rural dwellers.

    For instance, instead of the current practice where NIN or BVN is required after or during the onboarding process, what if we go a different route where either of the two becomes the entry factor to access financial services just as a G-mail account is the master key to many Google and non-Google products?

    ”.

    Other solutions proffered by Dotun include expanding existing channels to make financial services highly affordable and easily accessible to those who are financially excluded or underserved.

    He also commented on the utilization of Social Media as an effective channel for driving Financial Inclusiveness, especially among Youth and Digital Entrepreneurs.

    Farida while reacting to the issue advocated for cultural sensitivity in designing financial solutions for people of the North East and North West. “We can easily say that the lack of appropriate financial services suitable to the people of the regions explain the below-expected rate of financial inclusion.

    This is because people in the regions are predominantly Muslims who require Halal (financial) products and services that are unavailable despite efforts by stakeholders like the CBN”.

    Farida advocated for a concerted effort in increasing the number of Islamic Microfinance Banks currently serving the region.

    She believes that this will play a key role in making financial services like payments, loans and insurance available to people of the region.

    Concluding the panel, Abisola, advocated for education and financial literacy as a catalyst for driving financial inclusion.

    He clarified that education is central to ensuring all initiatives proffered by the panellists are achieved.

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  •  A 38 year old man Joshua Akazie was on Friday docked in a Kado Grade I Area Court Abuja for allegedly stealing a computer gamepad Akazie of no fixed address is charged with theft The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charge The Prosecution Counsel Charity Nwosu told the court that on Oct 24 at about 12 40 p m the complainant Ms Loveline Ezugwu of shop 66 Utako Market Abuja reported the matter at Utako Police Station Nwosu alleged that on Oct 21 the defendant formed criminal intension and went to the complainants shop in Utako Market under the pretense of purchasing a PS4 game machine worth N170 000 The prosecution council told the court that on Nov 11 the defendant was seen at GSM village Abuja and was arrested by the police adding that all efforts made to recover the item failed Mr K Nwafor Defence Counsel prayed the court to grant his client bail citing Section 36 5 of the 1999 constitution as amended and 158 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 Nwafor told the court that the accused was still presumed innocent until proven guilty and assured the court that the defendant would not jump bail The prosecution counsel however did not oppose the prayers of the defense counsel further urged the court to use its discretion to grant the defendant bail The Presiding Judge Malam Muhammed Wakili admitted the defendant to bail in the sum N300 000 with one surety each in like sum Wakili ordered that the surety must be reliable with a means of livelihood and must reside within the jurisdiction of the court He added that the surety must also provide a BVN print out recent passport photograph and a valid identification card which must be verified by the court registrar The judge adjourned the matter until Jan 19 2023 for hearing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Man docked for allegedly stealing computer gamepad
     A 38 year old man Joshua Akazie was on Friday docked in a Kado Grade I Area Court Abuja for allegedly stealing a computer gamepad Akazie of no fixed address is charged with theft The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charge The Prosecution Counsel Charity Nwosu told the court that on Oct 24 at about 12 40 p m the complainant Ms Loveline Ezugwu of shop 66 Utako Market Abuja reported the matter at Utako Police Station Nwosu alleged that on Oct 21 the defendant formed criminal intension and went to the complainants shop in Utako Market under the pretense of purchasing a PS4 game machine worth N170 000 The prosecution council told the court that on Nov 11 the defendant was seen at GSM village Abuja and was arrested by the police adding that all efforts made to recover the item failed Mr K Nwafor Defence Counsel prayed the court to grant his client bail citing Section 36 5 of the 1999 constitution as amended and 158 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 Nwafor told the court that the accused was still presumed innocent until proven guilty and assured the court that the defendant would not jump bail The prosecution counsel however did not oppose the prayers of the defense counsel further urged the court to use its discretion to grant the defendant bail The Presiding Judge Malam Muhammed Wakili admitted the defendant to bail in the sum N300 000 with one surety each in like sum Wakili ordered that the surety must be reliable with a means of livelihood and must reside within the jurisdiction of the court He added that the surety must also provide a BVN print out recent passport photograph and a valid identification card which must be verified by the court registrar The judge adjourned the matter until Jan 19 2023 for hearing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Man docked for allegedly stealing computer gamepad
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    Man docked for allegedly stealing computer gamepad

    A 38-year-old man, Joshua Akazie, was on Friday docked in a Kado Grade I Area Court, Abuja for allegedly stealing a computer gamepad.

    Akazie of no fixed address is charged with  theft.

    The defendant however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

    The Prosecution Counsel, Charity Nwosu, told the court that, on Oct.24, at about 12:40 p.

    m, the complainant Ms Loveline Ezugwu of shop 66, Utako Market, Abuja, reported the matter at Utako Police Station.

    Nwosu alleged that, on Oct.21, the defendant formed criminal intension and went to the complainants shop in Utako Market under the pretense of purchasing a PS4 game machine worth  N170, 000. The prosecution council told the court that on Nov.11, the defendant was seen at GSM village, Abuja and was arrested by the police, adding that all efforts made to recover the item failed.

    Mr K.

    Nwafor, Defence Counsel, prayed the court to grant his client bail, citing  Section 36(5) of the 1999 constitution as amended and 158 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015. Nwafor told the court that the accused was still presumed innocent until proven guilty and assured the court that the defendant would not jump bail.

    The prosecution counsel, however, did not oppose the prayers of the defense counsel further urged the court to use its discretion to grant the defendant bail.

    The Presiding Judge, Malam Muhammed Wakili, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum N300, 000 with one surety each in like sum.

    Wakili, ordered that the surety must be reliable with a means of livelihood and must reside within the jurisdiction of the court.

    He added that the surety must also provide a BVN print out, recent passport photograph and a valid identification card, which must be verified by the court registrar.

    The judge adjourned the matter until Jan.19, 2023 for hearing.


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  •  A mechanic Mudasir Alhassan was on Friday docked in a Kado Grade I Area Court Abuja for allegedly attempting to steal a car parked in the mosque The police charged Alhassan with joint act and attempt to commit an offence of theft The Prosecution Counsel Charity Nwosu told the court that on Oct 27 at about 11 30 p m the complainant Ahmed Lawal of Abeokuta reported the matter at the Utako Police Station Nwosu alleged that the defendant and one Adama now at large formed a common criminal intention by opening the complainant s car parked at Jabi mosque with a master key She told the court that the defendant was caught inside the car with the master key at his possession has they attempted to steal the car however the accomplice escaped arrest The prosecution council told the court that during police investigation the defendants could not give a satisfactory account of his actions The prosecution council said the offence contravened sections 79 and 95 of the penal code law The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charge The Defence Counsel Mr K Nwafor applied for bailfor his client in the most liberal terms Nwafor made the application citing sections 36 of the 1999 constitution and sections 158 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act ACJA 2015 promised that the defendants will not jump bail if granted The prosecution counsel however did not object to the bail application made by the defense counsel The Judge Malam Muhammed Wakili admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100 000 and one surety each in like sum Wakili ordered that the surety must provide a BVN print out recent passport photograph and a valid identification card which must be verified by the court registrar The judge adjourned the matter until Jan 19 2023 for hearing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Mechanic docked for alleged attempt to steal vehicle
     A mechanic Mudasir Alhassan was on Friday docked in a Kado Grade I Area Court Abuja for allegedly attempting to steal a car parked in the mosque The police charged Alhassan with joint act and attempt to commit an offence of theft The Prosecution Counsel Charity Nwosu told the court that on Oct 27 at about 11 30 p m the complainant Ahmed Lawal of Abeokuta reported the matter at the Utako Police Station Nwosu alleged that the defendant and one Adama now at large formed a common criminal intention by opening the complainant s car parked at Jabi mosque with a master key She told the court that the defendant was caught inside the car with the master key at his possession has they attempted to steal the car however the accomplice escaped arrest The prosecution council told the court that during police investigation the defendants could not give a satisfactory account of his actions The prosecution council said the offence contravened sections 79 and 95 of the penal code law The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charge The Defence Counsel Mr K Nwafor applied for bailfor his client in the most liberal terms Nwafor made the application citing sections 36 of the 1999 constitution and sections 158 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act ACJA 2015 promised that the defendants will not jump bail if granted The prosecution counsel however did not object to the bail application made by the defense counsel The Judge Malam Muhammed Wakili admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100 000 and one surety each in like sum Wakili ordered that the surety must provide a BVN print out recent passport photograph and a valid identification card which must be verified by the court registrar The judge adjourned the matter until Jan 19 2023 for hearing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Mechanic docked for alleged attempt to steal vehicle
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    Mechanic docked for alleged attempt to steal vehicle

    A mechanic, Mudasir Alhassan, was on Friday docked in a Kado Grade I Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly attempting to steal a car parked in the mosque.

    The police charged Alhassan with joint act and attempt to commit an offence of theft.

    The Prosecution Counsel, Charity Nwosu, told the court that on Oct. 27, at about 11:30 p.

    m, the complainant, Ahmed Lawal of Abeokuta, reported the matter at the Utako Police Station.

    Nwosu alleged that the defendant and one Adama, now at large formed a common criminal intention by opening the complainant’;s car parked at Jabi mosque with a master key.

    She told the court that the defendant was caught inside the car with the master key at his possession, has they attempted to steal the car however, the accomplice escaped arrest.

    The prosecution council told the court that during police investigation the defendants could not give a satisfactory account of his actions.

    The prosecution council said the offence contravened sections 79 and 95 of the penal code law.

    The defendant however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

    The Defence Counsel, Mr K.

    Nwafor, applied for bailfor his client in the most liberal terms.

    Nwafor made the application citing sections 36 of the 1999 constitution and sections 158 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, promised that the defendants will not jump bail if granted.

    The prosecution counsel, however, did not object to the bail application made by the defense counsel.

    The Judge, Malam Muhammed Wakili, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100, 000 and one surety each in like sum.

    Wakili ordered that the surety must provide a BVN print out, recent passport photograph and a valid identification card, which must be verified by the court registrar.

    The judge adjourned the matter until Jan.19, 2023 for hearing.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Two security guards were on Friday docked in a Kado Grade I Area Court Abuja for alleged negligent conduct The police charged John Archibong 47 and Ayodele Alao 30 both securitymen at Arewa Specialist Hospital Jabi Abuja with negligent conduct The Prosecution Counsel Mr Stanley Nwafoaku told the court that on Nov 1 at about 12 15 p m two complainants Mr Mustapha Abdullahi and his spouse Fatima Abubakar reported the matter at Life Camp Police Station Nwafoaku alleged that on Oct 31 at about 2 p m the complainants parked their vehicles a Toyota Corola and Toyota Hilux at the hospital premises He alleged that after the couple returned to their car they realised both cars were burgled by unkown men The counsel told the court that the Toyota Corolla was burgled by the driver s seat and her baby s bag containing diapers water flask clothes and an international passport was stolen He further alleged that the Hilux car was technically opened and a Macban Apple laptop worth N1 million was stolen Nwafoaku told the court that the defendants negligently allowed such crime to be perpetrated while they were on duty to guard all vehicle packed inside the hospital premises The prosecution council said the offence contravene section 196 of the penal code law The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charge The Defence Counsel Charity Nwosu made a bail application for his clients in the most liberal terms Nwosu made the application citing Section 36 of the 1999 constitution and sections 158 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act ACJA 2015 promised that the defendants will not jump bail if granted same The prosecution counsel however did not object to the bail application made by the defense counsel The Judge Malam Muhammed Wakili admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N500 000 and one surety each in like sum Wakili ordered that the surety must provide a BVN print out recent passport photograph and a valid identification card which must be verified by the court registrar The Judge adjourned the matter until Jan 17 for hearing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2 Security guards docked for alleged negligent conduct
     Two security guards were on Friday docked in a Kado Grade I Area Court Abuja for alleged negligent conduct The police charged John Archibong 47 and Ayodele Alao 30 both securitymen at Arewa Specialist Hospital Jabi Abuja with negligent conduct The Prosecution Counsel Mr Stanley Nwafoaku told the court that on Nov 1 at about 12 15 p m two complainants Mr Mustapha Abdullahi and his spouse Fatima Abubakar reported the matter at Life Camp Police Station Nwafoaku alleged that on Oct 31 at about 2 p m the complainants parked their vehicles a Toyota Corola and Toyota Hilux at the hospital premises He alleged that after the couple returned to their car they realised both cars were burgled by unkown men The counsel told the court that the Toyota Corolla was burgled by the driver s seat and her baby s bag containing diapers water flask clothes and an international passport was stolen He further alleged that the Hilux car was technically opened and a Macban Apple laptop worth N1 million was stolen Nwafoaku told the court that the defendants negligently allowed such crime to be perpetrated while they were on duty to guard all vehicle packed inside the hospital premises The prosecution council said the offence contravene section 196 of the penal code law The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charge The Defence Counsel Charity Nwosu made a bail application for his clients in the most liberal terms Nwosu made the application citing Section 36 of the 1999 constitution and sections 158 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act ACJA 2015 promised that the defendants will not jump bail if granted same The prosecution counsel however did not object to the bail application made by the defense counsel The Judge Malam Muhammed Wakili admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N500 000 and one surety each in like sum Wakili ordered that the surety must provide a BVN print out recent passport photograph and a valid identification card which must be verified by the court registrar The Judge adjourned the matter until Jan 17 for hearing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2 Security guards docked for alleged negligent conduct
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    2 Security guards docked for alleged negligent conduct

    Two security guards were on Friday docked in a Kado Grade I Area Court, Abuja, for alleged negligent conduct.

    The police charged John Archibong, 47, and Ayodele Alao, 30, both securitymen at Arewa Specialist Hospital Jabi, Abuja, with negligent conduct.

    The Prosecution Counsel, Mr Stanley Nwafoaku, told the court that on Nov.1, at about 12:15 p.

    m, two complainants, Mr Mustapha Abdullahi and his spouse Fatima Abubakar reported the matter at Life Camp Police Station.

    Nwafoaku alleged that on Oct.31, at about 2 p.

    m the complainants parked their vehicles a Toyota Corola and Toyota Hilux at the hospital premises.

    He alleged that after the couple returned to their car, they realised both cars were burgled by unkown men.

    The counsel told the court that the Toyota Corolla was burgled by the driver’s seat and her baby’s bag containing diapers, water flask, clothes and an international passport was stolen.

    He further alleged that the Hilux car was technically opened and a ”Macban” Apple laptop worth N1 million was stolen.

    Nwafoaku told the court that the defendants negligently allowed such crime to be perpetrated, while they were on duty to guard all vehicle packed inside the hospital premises.

    The prosecution council said the offence contravene section 196 of the penal code law.

    The defendant however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

    The Defence Counsel, Charity Nwosu made a bail application for his clients in the most liberal terms.

    Nwosu made the application citing Section 36 of the 1999 constitution and sections 158 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, promised that the defendants will not jump bail if granted same.

    The prosecution counsel, however, did not object to the bail application made by the defense counsel.

    The Judge, Malam Muhammed Wakili admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N500, 000 and one surety each in like sum.

    Wakili ordered that the surety must provide a BVN print out, recent passport photograph and a valid identification card, which must be verified by the court registrar.

    The Judge adjourned the matter until Jan. 17  for hearing.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Two security guards were on Friday docked in a Kado Grade I Area Court Abuja for alleged negligent conduct The police charged John Archibong 47 and Ayodele Alao 30 both securitymen at Arewa Specialist Hospital Jabi Abuja with negligent conduct The Prosecution Counsel Mr Stanley Nwafoaku told the court that on Nov 1 at about 12 15 p m two complainants Mr Mustapha Abdullahi and his spouse Fatima Abubakar reported the matter at Life Camp Police Station Nwafoaku alleged that on Oct 31 at about 2 p m the complainants parked their vehicles a Toyota Corola and Toyota Hilux at the hospital premises He alleged that after the couple returned to their car they realised both cars were burgled by unkown men The counsel told the court that the Toyota Corolla was burgled by the driver s seat and her baby s bag containing diapers water flask clothes and an international passport was stolen He further alleged that the Hilux car was technically opened and a Macban Apple laptop worth N1 million was stolen Nwafoaku told the court that the defendants negligently allowed such crime to be perpetrated while they were on duty to guard all vehicle packed inside the hospital premises The prosecution council said the offence contravene section 196 of the penal code law The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charge The Defence Counsel Charity Nwosu made a bail application for his clients in the most liberal terms Nwosu made the application citing Section 36 of the 1999 constitution and sections 158 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act ACJA 2015 promised that the defendants will not jump bail if granted same The prosecution counsel however did not object to the bail application made by the defense counsel The Judge Malam Muhammed Wakili admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N500 000 and one surety each in like sum Wakili ordered that the surety must provide a BVN print out recent passport photograph and a valid identification card which must be verified by the court registrar The Judge adjourned the matter until Jan 17 for hearing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2 Security guards docked for alleged negligent conduct
     Two security guards were on Friday docked in a Kado Grade I Area Court Abuja for alleged negligent conduct The police charged John Archibong 47 and Ayodele Alao 30 both securitymen at Arewa Specialist Hospital Jabi Abuja with negligent conduct The Prosecution Counsel Mr Stanley Nwafoaku told the court that on Nov 1 at about 12 15 p m two complainants Mr Mustapha Abdullahi and his spouse Fatima Abubakar reported the matter at Life Camp Police Station Nwafoaku alleged that on Oct 31 at about 2 p m the complainants parked their vehicles a Toyota Corola and Toyota Hilux at the hospital premises He alleged that after the couple returned to their car they realised both cars were burgled by unkown men The counsel told the court that the Toyota Corolla was burgled by the driver s seat and her baby s bag containing diapers water flask clothes and an international passport was stolen He further alleged that the Hilux car was technically opened and a Macban Apple laptop worth N1 million was stolen Nwafoaku told the court that the defendants negligently allowed such crime to be perpetrated while they were on duty to guard all vehicle packed inside the hospital premises The prosecution council said the offence contravene section 196 of the penal code law The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charge The Defence Counsel Charity Nwosu made a bail application for his clients in the most liberal terms Nwosu made the application citing Section 36 of the 1999 constitution and sections 158 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act ACJA 2015 promised that the defendants will not jump bail if granted same The prosecution counsel however did not object to the bail application made by the defense counsel The Judge Malam Muhammed Wakili admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N500 000 and one surety each in like sum Wakili ordered that the surety must provide a BVN print out recent passport photograph and a valid identification card which must be verified by the court registrar The Judge adjourned the matter until Jan 17 for hearing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2 Security guards docked for alleged negligent conduct
    General news4 weeks ago

    2 Security guards docked for alleged negligent conduct

    Two security guards were on Friday docked in a Kado Grade I Area Court, Abuja, for alleged negligent conduct.

    The police charged John Archibong, 47, and Ayodele Alao, 30, both securitymen at Arewa Specialist Hospital Jabi, Abuja, with negligent conduct.

    The Prosecution Counsel, Mr Stanley Nwafoaku, told the court that on Nov.1, at about 12:15 p.

    m, two complainants, Mr Mustapha Abdullahi and his spouse Fatima Abubakar reported the matter at Life Camp Police Station.

    Nwafoaku alleged that on Oct.31, at about 2 p.

    m the complainants parked their vehicles a Toyota Corola and Toyota Hilux at the hospital premises.

    He alleged that after the couple returned to their car, they realised both cars were burgled by unkown men.

    The counsel told the court that the Toyota Corolla was burgled by the driver’s seat and her baby’s bag containing diapers, water flask, clothes and an international passport was stolen.

    He further alleged that the Hilux car was technically opened and a ”Macban” Apple laptop worth N1 million was stolen.

    Nwafoaku told the court that the defendants negligently allowed such crime to be perpetrated, while they were on duty to guard all vehicle packed inside the hospital premises.

    The prosecution council said the offence contravene section 196 of the penal code law.

    The defendant however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

    The Defence Counsel, Charity Nwosu made a bail application for his clients in the most liberal terms.

    Nwosu made the application citing Section 36 of the 1999 constitution and sections 158 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, promised that the defendants will not jump bail if granted same.

    The prosecution counsel, however, did not object to the bail application made by the defense counsel.

    The Judge, Malam Muhammed Wakili admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N500, 000 and one surety each in like sum.

    Wakili ordered that the surety must provide a BVN print out, recent passport photograph and a valid identification card, which must be verified by the court registrar.

    The Judge adjourned the matter until Jan. 17  for hearing.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Two Security guards Joseph Vincent and Yahaya Bello were on Thursday docked in Kado Grade I Area Court Abuja for allegedly stealing iron rods The police charged Vincent 37 and Bello 50 both of Airport road Abuja with criminal conspiracy and theft by servant The Prosecution Counsel Ms Helen Ochai told the court that on Sept 5 at about 9 30 p m the complainant Mr Aliyu Sani of New Dawn Estate Airport road Abuja reported the matter at Life Camp Police Station Ochai alleged that the defendants who were posted to guard a building site at New Dawn Estate Airport road conspired and stole iron rods She alleged that the complainant caught the defendants with the stolen rods and were apprehended when they attempted to escape with the items Ochai told the court that during police investigation the defendants admitted to the offence adding that the offence contravened the provision of sections 79 and 288 of the penal code law The defendants however pleaded not guilty to the charge Charity Nwosu counsel to the defendants prayed the court to grant his clients bail citing Section 36 5 of the 1999 constitution as amended and 158 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 Nwosu told the court that the accused were still presumed innocent until proven guilty and assured the court that the defendants would not jump bail The prosecution counsel however did not oppose the prayers of the defense counsel further urged the court to use its discretion to grant the defendants bail The Presiding Judge Malam Muhammed Wakili admitted the defendants to bail in the sum N500 000 with one surety each in like sum Wakili ordered that the sureties must be reliable with a means of livelihood and must reside within the jurisdiction of the court He added that the sureties must also provide a BVN print out recent passport photograph and a valid identification card which must be verified by the court registrar The Judge adjourned the matter until Jan 10 for hearing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2 security guards docked for allegedly stealing iron rods
     Two Security guards Joseph Vincent and Yahaya Bello were on Thursday docked in Kado Grade I Area Court Abuja for allegedly stealing iron rods The police charged Vincent 37 and Bello 50 both of Airport road Abuja with criminal conspiracy and theft by servant The Prosecution Counsel Ms Helen Ochai told the court that on Sept 5 at about 9 30 p m the complainant Mr Aliyu Sani of New Dawn Estate Airport road Abuja reported the matter at Life Camp Police Station Ochai alleged that the defendants who were posted to guard a building site at New Dawn Estate Airport road conspired and stole iron rods She alleged that the complainant caught the defendants with the stolen rods and were apprehended when they attempted to escape with the items Ochai told the court that during police investigation the defendants admitted to the offence adding that the offence contravened the provision of sections 79 and 288 of the penal code law The defendants however pleaded not guilty to the charge Charity Nwosu counsel to the defendants prayed the court to grant his clients bail citing Section 36 5 of the 1999 constitution as amended and 158 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 Nwosu told the court that the accused were still presumed innocent until proven guilty and assured the court that the defendants would not jump bail The prosecution counsel however did not oppose the prayers of the defense counsel further urged the court to use its discretion to grant the defendants bail The Presiding Judge Malam Muhammed Wakili admitted the defendants to bail in the sum N500 000 with one surety each in like sum Wakili ordered that the sureties must be reliable with a means of livelihood and must reside within the jurisdiction of the court He added that the sureties must also provide a BVN print out recent passport photograph and a valid identification card which must be verified by the court registrar The Judge adjourned the matter until Jan 10 for hearing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2 security guards docked for allegedly stealing iron rods
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    2 security guards docked for allegedly stealing iron rods

    Two Security guards, Joseph Vincent and Yahaya Bello were on Thursday docked in Kado Grade I Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly stealing iron rods.

    The police charged Vincent, 37, and Bello, 50, both of Airport road, Abuja, with criminal conspiracy and theft by servant.

    The Prosecution Counsel, Ms Helen Ochai, told the court that on Sept.5, at about 9:30 p.

    m, the complainant Mr Aliyu Sani of New Dawn Estate, Airport road, Abuja, reported the matter at Life Camp Police Station.

    Ochai, alleged that the defendants who were posted to guard a building site at New Dawn Estate, Airport road, conspired and stole iron rods.

    She alleged that the complainant caught the defendants with the stolen rods and were apprehended when they attempted to escape with the items.

    Ochai told the court that during police investigation the defendants admitted to the offence, adding that the offence contravened the provision of sections 79 and 288 of the penal code law.

    The defendants however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

    Charity Nwosu, counsel to the defendants prayed the court to grant his clients bail, citing Section 36(5) of the 1999 constitution as amended and 158 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015. Nwosu told the court that the accused were still presumed innocent until proven guilty and assured the court that the defendants would not jump bail.

    The prosecution counsel, however, did not oppose the prayers of the defense counsel further urged the court to use its discretion to grant the defendants bail.

    The Presiding Judge, Malam Muhammed Wakili, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum N500, 000 with one surety each in like sum.

    Wakili, ordered that the sureties must be reliable with a means of livelihood and must reside within the jurisdiction of the court.

    He added that the sureties must also provide a BVN print out, recent passport photograph and a valid identification card, which must be verified by the court registrar.

    The Judge adjourned the matter until Jan.10 for hearing.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  One customer of an online money lender had taken to social media to accuse the loan app of declaring him dead and designing and circulating his obituary to family and friends Not long after another customer revealed through a Facebook group how she was a victim of similar treatment from a loan app for defaulting in her repayment plan of the N15 000 which she borrowed The cases cited above are just two out of thousands of similar scenarios involving online money lenders and their clients Perhaps the most popular tactic employed by those lenders popularly known as loan sharks to force repayement of loans is to send caveat SMS to the mobile contacts of their defaulters portraying them as people of questionable characters They also call defaulters contacts who are ignorant of their loan transactions with their friends relations or colleagues in a bid to name and shame them or seek information about their whereabouts Worried by the prevailing abusive and arm twisting practice the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission FCCPC in Nov 2021 led a collaborative effort to address the situation Babatunde Irukera Executive Vice Executive Officer of FCCPC said then that the commission was working closely with the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission ICPC the National Information Technology Development Agency and the Central Bank of Nigeria Continuing complaints about questionable repayment enforcement practices including public shaming and violations of privacy arbitrary unjust unreasonable or exploitative interest rates and or loan balances calculations harassment and failure of consumer feedback mechanisms among others have led to significant and understandable consumer aggravation and dissatisfaction he said In May Irukera confirmed that the FCCPC had taken strong action against loan apps and other firms violating the rights of Nigerian consumers by freezing 50 accounts belonging to illegal loan app operators We have so far frozen 50 accounts We have taken over 12 applications off the Google Play Store and we are in discussions with more than 10 companies right now The rate of defamatory messages has dropped by at least 60 per cent I am not saying they have stopped but they have dropped by at least 60 per cent More than half of the companies that are currently before us have agreed that they will have to modify their behaviour including sacking some employees who sent defamatory messages We are developing a regulatory framework that will involve other regulators and we are prosecuting at least one company right now he said Three months later FCCPC directed payment systems operators telecommunication companies and Mobile Network Operators MNOs to stop providing services that enable the operations of illegal online lenders It also said a Limited Interim Framework and Guidelines for Digital Lending has been developed and adopted by the inter agency Joint Regulatory and Enforcement Task Force to establish a clear regulatory framework for the sector But how did the activities of money sharks become so popular that they blatantly violate consumer privacy fair lending terms and ethical loan recovery practices Experts have identified economic downturn desperation ease of borrowing and greed on the part of customers as some of the prevailing reasons for the proliferation of loan apps Michael Familokun a financial expert said loan apps were unpopular before the Nigerian economy went into a recession in 2016 Before 2016 there were loan apps in operation but cases of default and unethical repayment practices were very uncommon Gradually money sharks started to exploit the hardship faced by the masses by dangling mouth watering quick loan options without collateral at them The situation went from bad to worse with the outbreak of CIVID 19 when many people s sources of livelihood took a big hit especially during lockdown he said Familokun added that as many people no longer had disposable incomes they had to rely on quick loans to deal with emergency situations Mind you emergencies don t notify you that they are going to strike that is why they are called emergencies So with no disposable income and in a terrible economy when somebody s loved one falls sick or there are other exigencies what do they do They can t resist the temptation of opening their phones and downloading an app which has promised instant loan he said Mike Anyanacho an ICT expert based in Lagos said the ease of securing a loan without leaving the comfort zone has added to people falling victim of loan sharks If you want a bank loan conditions attached might discourage you But with online apps you just upload your BVN ATM card number passport photograph and other personal information They don t require salary account neither do they demand collateral security They even don t demand such things as your address and guarantors Anyanacho also said those loan apps feed on their victims greed Some customers just take the loan because they have been promised an upgrade when they settle the previous credit facility I know many people who take quick loans from one loan app to settle another in order to be upgraded he said While commending FCCPC for its clampdown on illegal loan apps which abuse consumer rights he urged the commission to sensitise Nigerians on responsible ways to access loans Indeed those who take loans from illegal loan apps cannot be completely exonerated from culpability However some experts say those money sharks are the real villains for violating extant laws Many of the illegal loan apps have hidden terms and conditions unknown to their customers until they start the repayment process For instance some money sharks hosted on Google Play Store advertise 60 to 90 days repayment plans only for customers to find out upon securing a loan that they have 15 to 30 days to settle Meanwhile a check on Play Store s policy on personal loan app states that We do not allow apps that promote personal loans which require repayment in full within 60 days or less from the date the loan is issued short term personal loans This policy applies to apps which offer loans directly lead generators and those who connect consumers with third party lenders There also have been reported cases of illegal loan apps defrauding victims through access to their BVNs ATM card numbers and other personal information In spite of FCCPC s commendable efforts illegal loan apps still persist in both their operations and dehumanising loan recovery practices This calls for more collaboration between the commission and other relevant stakeholders in stemming the tide of the tyranny of many online money lenders nbsp NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Consumer protection commission and fight against illegal loan apps
     One customer of an online money lender had taken to social media to accuse the loan app of declaring him dead and designing and circulating his obituary to family and friends Not long after another customer revealed through a Facebook group how she was a victim of similar treatment from a loan app for defaulting in her repayment plan of the N15 000 which she borrowed The cases cited above are just two out of thousands of similar scenarios involving online money lenders and their clients Perhaps the most popular tactic employed by those lenders popularly known as loan sharks to force repayement of loans is to send caveat SMS to the mobile contacts of their defaulters portraying them as people of questionable characters They also call defaulters contacts who are ignorant of their loan transactions with their friends relations or colleagues in a bid to name and shame them or seek information about their whereabouts Worried by the prevailing abusive and arm twisting practice the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission FCCPC in Nov 2021 led a collaborative effort to address the situation Babatunde Irukera Executive Vice Executive Officer of FCCPC said then that the commission was working closely with the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission ICPC the National Information Technology Development Agency and the Central Bank of Nigeria Continuing complaints about questionable repayment enforcement practices including public shaming and violations of privacy arbitrary unjust unreasonable or exploitative interest rates and or loan balances calculations harassment and failure of consumer feedback mechanisms among others have led to significant and understandable consumer aggravation and dissatisfaction he said In May Irukera confirmed that the FCCPC had taken strong action against loan apps and other firms violating the rights of Nigerian consumers by freezing 50 accounts belonging to illegal loan app operators We have so far frozen 50 accounts We have taken over 12 applications off the Google Play Store and we are in discussions with more than 10 companies right now The rate of defamatory messages has dropped by at least 60 per cent I am not saying they have stopped but they have dropped by at least 60 per cent More than half of the companies that are currently before us have agreed that they will have to modify their behaviour including sacking some employees who sent defamatory messages We are developing a regulatory framework that will involve other regulators and we are prosecuting at least one company right now he said Three months later FCCPC directed payment systems operators telecommunication companies and Mobile Network Operators MNOs to stop providing services that enable the operations of illegal online lenders It also said a Limited Interim Framework and Guidelines for Digital Lending has been developed and adopted by the inter agency Joint Regulatory and Enforcement Task Force to establish a clear regulatory framework for the sector But how did the activities of money sharks become so popular that they blatantly violate consumer privacy fair lending terms and ethical loan recovery practices Experts have identified economic downturn desperation ease of borrowing and greed on the part of customers as some of the prevailing reasons for the proliferation of loan apps Michael Familokun a financial expert said loan apps were unpopular before the Nigerian economy went into a recession in 2016 Before 2016 there were loan apps in operation but cases of default and unethical repayment practices were very uncommon Gradually money sharks started to exploit the hardship faced by the masses by dangling mouth watering quick loan options without collateral at them The situation went from bad to worse with the outbreak of CIVID 19 when many people s sources of livelihood took a big hit especially during lockdown he said Familokun added that as many people no longer had disposable incomes they had to rely on quick loans to deal with emergency situations Mind you emergencies don t notify you that they are going to strike that is why they are called emergencies So with no disposable income and in a terrible economy when somebody s loved one falls sick or there are other exigencies what do they do They can t resist the temptation of opening their phones and downloading an app which has promised instant loan he said Mike Anyanacho an ICT expert based in Lagos said the ease of securing a loan without leaving the comfort zone has added to people falling victim of loan sharks If you want a bank loan conditions attached might discourage you But with online apps you just upload your BVN ATM card number passport photograph and other personal information They don t require salary account neither do they demand collateral security They even don t demand such things as your address and guarantors Anyanacho also said those loan apps feed on their victims greed Some customers just take the loan because they have been promised an upgrade when they settle the previous credit facility I know many people who take quick loans from one loan app to settle another in order to be upgraded he said While commending FCCPC for its clampdown on illegal loan apps which abuse consumer rights he urged the commission to sensitise Nigerians on responsible ways to access loans Indeed those who take loans from illegal loan apps cannot be completely exonerated from culpability However some experts say those money sharks are the real villains for violating extant laws Many of the illegal loan apps have hidden terms and conditions unknown to their customers until they start the repayment process For instance some money sharks hosted on Google Play Store advertise 60 to 90 days repayment plans only for customers to find out upon securing a loan that they have 15 to 30 days to settle Meanwhile a check on Play Store s policy on personal loan app states that We do not allow apps that promote personal loans which require repayment in full within 60 days or less from the date the loan is issued short term personal loans This policy applies to apps which offer loans directly lead generators and those who connect consumers with third party lenders There also have been reported cases of illegal loan apps defrauding victims through access to their BVNs ATM card numbers and other personal information In spite of FCCPC s commendable efforts illegal loan apps still persist in both their operations and dehumanising loan recovery practices This calls for more collaboration between the commission and other relevant stakeholders in stemming the tide of the tyranny of many online money lenders nbsp NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Consumer protection commission and fight against illegal loan apps
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    Consumer protection commission and fight against illegal loan apps

    One customer of an online money lender had taken to social media to accuse the loan app of declaring him dead, and designing and circulating his obituary to family and friends.Not long after, another customer revealed, through a Facebook group, how she was a victim of similar treatment from a loan app for defaulting in her repayment plan of the N15, 000 which she borrowed.The cases cited above are just two out of thousands of similar scenarios involving online money lenders and their clients.Perhaps the most popular tactic employed by those lenders, popularly known as loan sharks, to force repayement of loans is to send caveat SMS to the mobile contacts of their defaulters portraying them as people of questionable characters.They also call defaulters’ contacts who are ignorant of their loan transactions with their friends, relations or colleagues in a bid to name and shame them or seek information about their whereabouts.Worried by the prevailing abusive and arm-twisting practice, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), in Nov. 2021, led a collaborative effort to address the situation.Babatunde Irukera, Executive Vice Executive Officer of FCCPC, said then that the commission was working closely with the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), the National Information Technology Development Agency and the Central Bank of Nigeria.“Continuing complaints about questionable repayment enforcement practices, including public shaming and violations of privacy, arbitrary, unjust, unreasonable, or exploitative interest rates and or loan balances calculations, harassment, and failure of consumer feedback mechanisms among others have led to significant and understandable consumer aggravation and dissatisfaction,” he said.In May, Irukera confirmed that the FCCPC had taken strong action against loan apps and other firms violating the rights of Nigerian consumers by freezing 50 accounts belonging to illegal loan app operators.“We have so far frozen 50 accounts. We have taken over 12 applications off the Google Play Store and we are in discussions with more than 10 companies right now.“The rate of defamatory messages has dropped by at least 60 per cent. I am not saying they have stopped but they have dropped by at least 60 per cent.“More than half of the companies that are currently before us have agreed that they will have to modify their behaviour, including sacking some employees who sent defamatory messages.“We are developing a regulatory framework that will involve other regulators, and we are prosecuting at least one company right now,” he said.Three months later, FCCPC directed payment systems operators, telecommunication companies and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to stop providing services that enable the operations of illegal online lenders.It also said a Limited Interim Framework and Guidelines for Digital Lending has been developed and adopted by the inter-agency Joint Regulatory and Enforcement Task Force to establish a clear regulatory framework for the sector.But how did the activities of money sharks become so popular that they blatantly violate consumer privacy, fair lending terms and ethical loan recovery practices?Experts have identified economic downturn, desperation, ease of borrowing and greed on the part of customers as some of the prevailing reasons for the proliferation of loan apps.Michael Familokun, a financial expert, said loan apps were unpopular before the Nigerian economy went into a recession in 2016. “Before 2016 there were loan apps in operation but cases of default and unethical repayment practices were very uncommon.“Gradually money sharks started to exploit the hardship faced by the masses by dangling mouth-watering quick loan options without collateral at them.“The situation went from bad to worse with the outbreak of CIVID-19, when many people’s sources of livelihood took a big hit, especially during lockdown,” he said.Familokun added that, as many people no longer had disposable incomes, they had to rely on quick loans to deal with emergency situations.“Mind you, emergencies don’t notify you that they are going to strike; that is why they are called emergencies.“So, with no disposable income and in a terrible economy, when somebody’s loved one falls sick or there are other exigencies, what do they do?“They can’t resist the temptation of opening their phones and downloading an app which has promised instant loan,” he said.Mike Anyanacho, an ICT expert based in Lagos, said the ease of securing a loan without leaving the comfort zone has added to people falling victim of loan sharks.“If you want a bank loan, conditions attached might discourage you.But with online apps, you just upload your BVN, ATM card number, passport photograph and other personal information.“They don’t require salary account neither do they demand collateral security.They even don’t demand such things as your address and guarantors.Anyanacho also said those loan apps feed on their victims’ greed.“Some customers just take the loan because they have been promised an upgrade when they settle the previous credit facility.“I know many people who take quick loans from one loan app to settle another in order to be upgraded,” he said.While commending FCCPC for its clampdown on illegal loan apps which abuse consumer rights, he urged the commission to sensitise Nigerians on responsible ways to access loans.Indeed, those who take loans from illegal loan apps cannot be completely exonerated from culpability.However, some experts say those money sharks are the real villains for violating extant laws.Many of the illegal loan apps have hidden terms and conditions unknown to their customers until they start the repayment process.For instance, some money sharks hosted on Google Play Store advertise 60 to 90 days repayment plans, only for customers to find out, upon securing a loan, that they have 15 to 30 days to settle.Meanwhile, a check on Play Store’s policy on personal loan app states that: “We do not allow apps that promote personal loans which require repayment in full within 60 days or less from the date the loan is issued (short-term personal loans).“This policy applies to apps which offer loans directly, lead generators, and those who connect consumers with third-party lenders.” There also have been reported cases of illegal loan apps defrauding victims through access to their BVNs, ATM card numbers and other personal information.In spite of FCCPC’s commendable efforts, illegal loan apps still persist in both their operations and dehumanising loan recovery practices.This calls for more collaboration between the commission and other relevant stakeholders in stemming the tide of the tyranny of many online money lenders. NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Three friends were on Friday docked before a Grade I Area Court Kado Abuja for allegedly buying stolen goods The police charged Bello Musa Abubakar Bihari both of Pantaker Dawaki area of Abuja and Said Suleiman of Setraco Gwarimpa Abuja with criminal conspiracy and for receiving stolen property The defendants however pleaded not guilty The Prosecution Counsel Stanley Nwafoaku told the court that the complainant Aliyu Sani of New Dawn Estate Airport Road Abuja reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station on Oct 5 Nwafoaku alleged that the defendants were caught buying the iron rods stolen by one Joseph Vincent and Yahaya Bello from Sani s house He said that Vincent and Bello were earlier arrested by the police and would be arraigned for alleged theft before a separate court probably by Oct 31 The prosecutor said that during police investigation the first defendant Musa confessed that it was Vincent that invited them to Sani s house to buy the said iron rods He said the offence contravened provisions of Sections 97 and 317 of the Penal Code The Judge Muhammed Wakili admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N200 000 each and one surety each in like sum Wakili ordered that the sureties who must reside within the court s jurisdiction must provide a print out of their bank s BVN to be verified by a court official He adjourned the matter until Jan 10 2023 for hearing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    3 friends docked for allegedly buying stolen goods
     Three friends were on Friday docked before a Grade I Area Court Kado Abuja for allegedly buying stolen goods The police charged Bello Musa Abubakar Bihari both of Pantaker Dawaki area of Abuja and Said Suleiman of Setraco Gwarimpa Abuja with criminal conspiracy and for receiving stolen property The defendants however pleaded not guilty The Prosecution Counsel Stanley Nwafoaku told the court that the complainant Aliyu Sani of New Dawn Estate Airport Road Abuja reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station on Oct 5 Nwafoaku alleged that the defendants were caught buying the iron rods stolen by one Joseph Vincent and Yahaya Bello from Sani s house He said that Vincent and Bello were earlier arrested by the police and would be arraigned for alleged theft before a separate court probably by Oct 31 The prosecutor said that during police investigation the first defendant Musa confessed that it was Vincent that invited them to Sani s house to buy the said iron rods He said the offence contravened provisions of Sections 97 and 317 of the Penal Code The Judge Muhammed Wakili admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N200 000 each and one surety each in like sum Wakili ordered that the sureties who must reside within the court s jurisdiction must provide a print out of their bank s BVN to be verified by a court official He adjourned the matter until Jan 10 2023 for hearing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    3 friends docked for allegedly buying stolen goods
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    3 friends docked for allegedly buying stolen goods

    Three friends were on Friday docked before a Grade I Area Court, Kado, Abuja, for allegedly buying stolen goods.

    The police charged Bello Musa, Abubakar Bihari, both of Pantaker Dawaki area of Abuja and Said Suleiman of Setraco, Gwarimpa, Abuja with criminal conspiracy and for receiving stolen property.

    The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty.

    The Prosecution Counsel, Stanley Nwafoaku told the court that the complainant, Aliyu Sani of New Dawn Estate, Airport Road, Abuja reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station, on Oct. 5. Nwafoaku alleged that the defendants were caught buying the iron rods stolen by one Joseph Vincent and Yahaya Bello from Sani’s house.

    He said that Vincent and Bello were earlier arrested by the police and would be arraigned for alleged theft before a separate court, probably by Oct. 31. The prosecutor said that during police investigation, the first defendant, Musa confessed that it was Vincent that invited them to Sani’s house to buy the said iron rods.

    He said the offence contravened provisions of Sections 97 and 317 of the Penal Code. The Judge, Muhammed Wakili admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N200,000 each and one surety each in like sum.

    Wakili ordered that the sureties who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, must provide a print out of their bank’s BVN; to be verified by a court official.

    He adjourned the matter until Jan. 10, 2023 for hearing.


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  •  A 24 year old dispatch rider Micheal Apaka was on Wednesday docked in a Kado Grade I Area Court Abuja for allegedly defrauding three logistic companies of their motorcycles The police charged Apaka who lives in Masaka Nasarawa state with criminal breach of trust and cheating The Prosecution Counsel Mr Stanley Nwafoaku told the court that Terhemba Titus of Valley View logistics Wuse Oluwafunke Oluwafemi of Lugbe and Maraia Okoduwa of Gwarinpa all in Abuja were the three complainants Nwafoaku said that on Sept 10 at about 9 35 p m all three complainants reported the matter at Utako Police Division Abuja He alleged that the defendant with criminal intentions visited the three complainant s logistic companies seeking for a job as a dispatch rider The counsel alleged that the defendant was given three motorcycles at different occasions with number plates BWR 201 VH valued at N350 000 KUJ 303 WQ valued at N285 000 and MWK 90191 valued at N281 000 Nwafoaku further told the court that the defendant who was arrested by the police confessed to have sold two of the motorcycles to an unknown person at the rate of N200 000 each He added that during police investigation the motorcycle with number plate BWR 201 VH was recovered from Apaka stating that all effort to recover the remaining two failed The prosecution council said the offence contravene sections 312 and 322 of the penal code law The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charge The Defence Counsel Charity Nwosu made a bail application for her client in the most liberal terms Nwosu made the application citing sections 36 of the 1999 constitution and sections 158 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act ACJA 2015 promised that the defendant will not jump bail if granted same The prosecution counsel however did not object to the bail application made by the defense counsel The Judge Muhammed Wakili admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500 000 and one surety in like sum Wakili ordered that the surety must provide a BVN print out recent passport photograph and a valid identification card which must be verified by the court registrar The Judge adjourned the matter until Jan 12 for hearing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Dispatch rider docked for alleged fraud
     A 24 year old dispatch rider Micheal Apaka was on Wednesday docked in a Kado Grade I Area Court Abuja for allegedly defrauding three logistic companies of their motorcycles The police charged Apaka who lives in Masaka Nasarawa state with criminal breach of trust and cheating The Prosecution Counsel Mr Stanley Nwafoaku told the court that Terhemba Titus of Valley View logistics Wuse Oluwafunke Oluwafemi of Lugbe and Maraia Okoduwa of Gwarinpa all in Abuja were the three complainants Nwafoaku said that on Sept 10 at about 9 35 p m all three complainants reported the matter at Utako Police Division Abuja He alleged that the defendant with criminal intentions visited the three complainant s logistic companies seeking for a job as a dispatch rider The counsel alleged that the defendant was given three motorcycles at different occasions with number plates BWR 201 VH valued at N350 000 KUJ 303 WQ valued at N285 000 and MWK 90191 valued at N281 000 Nwafoaku further told the court that the defendant who was arrested by the police confessed to have sold two of the motorcycles to an unknown person at the rate of N200 000 each He added that during police investigation the motorcycle with number plate BWR 201 VH was recovered from Apaka stating that all effort to recover the remaining two failed The prosecution council said the offence contravene sections 312 and 322 of the penal code law The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charge The Defence Counsel Charity Nwosu made a bail application for her client in the most liberal terms Nwosu made the application citing sections 36 of the 1999 constitution and sections 158 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act ACJA 2015 promised that the defendant will not jump bail if granted same The prosecution counsel however did not object to the bail application made by the defense counsel The Judge Muhammed Wakili admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500 000 and one surety in like sum Wakili ordered that the surety must provide a BVN print out recent passport photograph and a valid identification card which must be verified by the court registrar The Judge adjourned the matter until Jan 12 for hearing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Dispatch rider docked for alleged fraud
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    Dispatch rider docked for alleged fraud

    A 24-year-old dispatch rider Micheal Apaka, was on Wednesday docked in a Kado Grade I Area Court, Abuja for allegedly defrauding three logistic companies of their motorcycles.

    The police charged Apaka who lives in Masaka, Nasarawa state, with criminal breach of trust and cheating.

    The Prosecution Counsel, Mr Stanley Nwafoaku, told the court that Terhemba Titus of Valley View logistics, Wuse, Oluwafunke Oluwafemi of Lugbe and Maraia Okoduwa of Gwarinpa all in Abuja, were the three complainants.

    Nwafoaku said that on Sept. 10, at about 9:35 p.

    m., all three complainants reported the matter at Utako Police Division, Abuja.

    He alleged that, the defendant with criminal intentions visited the three complainant’s logistic companies seeking for a job as a dispatch rider.

    The counsel alleged that, the defendant was given three motorcycles at different occasions with number plates; BWR 201 VH valued at N350, 000, KUJ 303 WQ valued at N285, 000, and MWK 90191 valued at N281, 000. Nwafoaku further told the court that the defendant who was arrested by the police, confessed to have sold two of the motorcycles to an unknown person at the rate of N200, 000 each.

    He added that during police investigation the motorcycle with number plate BWR 201 VH was recovered from Apaka stating that all effort to recover the remaining two failed.

    The prosecution council said the offence contravene sections 312 and 322 of the penal code law.

    The defendant however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

    The Defence Counsel, Charity Nwosu made a bail application for her client in the most liberal terms.

    Nwosu made the application citing sections 36 of the 1999 constitution and sections 158 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, promised that the defendant will not jump bail if granted same.

    The prosecution counsel, however, did not object to the bail application made by the defense counsel.

    The Judge, Muhammed Wakili, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500, 000 and one surety in like sum.

    Wakili ordered that the surety must provide a BVN print out, recent passport photograph and a valid identification card, which must be verified by the court registrar.

    The Judge adjourned the matter until Jan.12 for hearing.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  A 44 year old chef Anthony Umoh was on Friday docked in a Kado Grade I Area Court Abuja for allegedly shielding an offender The police charged Umoh who lives in Apo Abuja is charged with screening of an offender The Prosecution Counsie Me Stanley Nwafoaku alleged that on Oct 5 at about 4 p m the complainant Maureen Okoloji of EFAB Global Estate Abuja reported the matter at Life Camp Police Station Nwafoaku alleged that sometime in November 2021 the defendant brought a house help to the complainants residence to work and after two weeks the boy complained of being sick He told the court that the complainant called the defendant to take the newly employed boy called Saviour for treatment and afterwards they never returned to the house again The prosecution council further alleged that few days after Saviour left the house the complainant noticed that he had stolen her Samsung Galaxy phone worth N130 000 Nwafoaku added that the domestic staff also used the phone to deceive the complainant s customers defrauding them of their money worth N160 000 He said Okoloji on several occasions reached out to the defendant to produce the domestic staff to her residence but all efforts failed until he was arrested on Oct 5 The prosecution council said the offence contravene section 167 of the penal code law The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charge The Defence Counsel Charity Nwosu made a bail application for her client in the most liberal terms Nwosu made the application citing sections 36 of the 1999 constitution and sections 158 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act ACJA 2015 promised that the defendant will not jump bail if granted same The prosecution counsel however did not object to the bail application made by the defense counsel The Judge Muhammed Wakili admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100 000 and one surety in like sum Wakili ordered that the surety must provide a BVN print out recent passport photograph and a valid identification card which must be verified by the court registrar The Judge adjourned the matter until Jan 10 2023 for hearing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Chef docked for allegedly shielding an offender
     A 44 year old chef Anthony Umoh was on Friday docked in a Kado Grade I Area Court Abuja for allegedly shielding an offender The police charged Umoh who lives in Apo Abuja is charged with screening of an offender The Prosecution Counsie Me Stanley Nwafoaku alleged that on Oct 5 at about 4 p m the complainant Maureen Okoloji of EFAB Global Estate Abuja reported the matter at Life Camp Police Station Nwafoaku alleged that sometime in November 2021 the defendant brought a house help to the complainants residence to work and after two weeks the boy complained of being sick He told the court that the complainant called the defendant to take the newly employed boy called Saviour for treatment and afterwards they never returned to the house again The prosecution council further alleged that few days after Saviour left the house the complainant noticed that he had stolen her Samsung Galaxy phone worth N130 000 Nwafoaku added that the domestic staff also used the phone to deceive the complainant s customers defrauding them of their money worth N160 000 He said Okoloji on several occasions reached out to the defendant to produce the domestic staff to her residence but all efforts failed until he was arrested on Oct 5 The prosecution council said the offence contravene section 167 of the penal code law The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charge The Defence Counsel Charity Nwosu made a bail application for her client in the most liberal terms Nwosu made the application citing sections 36 of the 1999 constitution and sections 158 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act ACJA 2015 promised that the defendant will not jump bail if granted same The prosecution counsel however did not object to the bail application made by the defense counsel The Judge Muhammed Wakili admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100 000 and one surety in like sum Wakili ordered that the surety must provide a BVN print out recent passport photograph and a valid identification card which must be verified by the court registrar The Judge adjourned the matter until Jan 10 2023 for hearing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Chef docked for allegedly shielding an offender
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    Chef docked for allegedly shielding an offender

    A 44-year-old chef, Anthony Umoh, was on Friday docked in a Kado Grade I Area Court, Abuja for allegedly shielding an offender.

    The police charged Umoh who lives in Apo, Abuja, is charged with screening of an offender.

    The Prosecution Counsie, Me Stanley Nwafoaku, alleged that on Oct. 5, at about 4 p.

    m., the complainant Maureen Okoloji , of EFAB Global Estate, Abuja,  reported the matter at Life Camp Police Station.

    Nwafoaku alleged that sometime in November 2021, the defendant brought a house help to the complainants residence to work and after two weeks, the boy complained of being sick.

    He told the court that, the complainant called the defendant to take the newly employed boy called Saviour for treatment, and afterwards they never returned to the house again.

    The prosecution council further alleged that few days after Saviour left the house, the complainant noticed that he had stolen her Samsung Galaxy phone worth N130, 000. Nwafoaku added that the domestic staff also used the phone to deceive the complainant’s customers defrauding them of their money worth N160, 000. He said Okoloji on several occasions reached out to the defendant to produce the domestic staff to her residence but all efforts failed until he was arrested on Oct.5. The prosecution council said the offence contravene section 167 of the penal code law.

    The defendant however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

    The Defence Counsel, Charity Nwosu made a bail application for her client in the most liberal terms.

    Nwosu made the application citing sections 36 of the 1999 constitution and sections 158 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, promised that the defendant will not jump bail if granted same.

    The prosecution counsel, however, did not object to the bail application made by the defense counsel.

    The Judge, Muhammed Wakili admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100, 000 and one surety in like sum.

    Wakili ordered that the surety must provide a BVN print out, recent passport photograph and a valid identification card, which must be verified by the court registrar.

    The Judge adjourned the matter until Jan.10, 2023 for hearing.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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