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P&ID Paid $9,969 Into Grace Tiaga’s Daughter’s Account Before Agreement Signing

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Mrs Grace Taiga at the FCT High Court in Apo, Abuja, where she was arraigned on charges relating to the P&ID London judgment.

The trial of a former Director, Legal Services of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Grace Taiga, for alleged fraud in the case involving Process and Industrial Development Limited continued on Monday before Justice O. Adeniyi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja.

The fourth prosecution witness, an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s operative, Aminu Lawal, narrated how Taiga received $9,969 bribe through her daughter’s bank account.

The prosecution had presented a 13-count amended charge which was read to the defendant.

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She pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Lawal, led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, Mohammed Abbah, told the court that the team received a petition dated June 28, 2018, signed by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, conveying the directive of the President that investigation surrounding the circumstances of the Gas Supply and Processing Agreement be carried out.

“I came to know the defendant when the investigation commenced. I discovered that she witnessed the GSPA. She also drafted the GSPA when she was at the Ministry of Petroleum Resources as Director Legal,” the witness said, according to a statement by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren.

The witness further told the court that the team discovered discrepancies, including an unsigned agreement between the Ministry of Defence and Khristolm Limited.

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He reportedly said, “We discovered one unsigned agreement between the Ministry of Defence and Khristolm Limited, a company owned and controlled by P&ID Limited and the promoters of P&ID are Michael Quinn, Brendan Cahill, James Nolan and Niel Hitchob.

“We wrote a letter of investigation to the Ministry of Defence to give us the details of the contract awarded to the companies that are related to P&ID. Investigation revealed that Marsh Pearl Limited was given the contract in which the defendant witnessed the agreement between the Ministry of Defence and Marsh Pearl Limited sometime in 2005.”

The statement said, “The prosecution witness further stated that the team discovered that, on December 30, 2019, Taiga received $4,969.50 through her daughter, Vera Taiga.

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“The money was paid by Marsh Pearl Ltd, through her daughter’s account 11 days before the signing of the GSPA. We discovered that on January 30, 2012, the sum of $5,000 was also paid into her daughter’s account at HSBC Bank, London, located at Canada Street.

“The purpose of the payment on the transaction is commission payment. We obtained her statement based on that,” the witness added.

Documents which included search warrant, the response from the Ministry of Defence, details of transactions and Certificate of Compliance were tendered in evidence and admitted by the court.

The case was adjourned till March 8 and 16, 2022, for cross-examination of the witness.

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NSCDC Arrests Serial POS Fraudster In Kwara

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Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Kwara state have arrested a suspected serial POS fraudster and fake alert scammer, Victor Adebayo, 24.

Parading the suspect in Ilorin on Friday January 14, the state commandant of the NSCDC, Makinde Iskil Ayinla, said that the suspect had sometimes posed as a pastor to dupe his victims.

He said that the suspect was arrested by the intelligence unit of the corps after he had defrauded many unsuspected people of the amount of money worth more than N700,000.

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According to the Civil Defence boss, the suspect who claims to be a Lagos based resident usually send alerts to unsuspected POS operators and will now collect cash from them and disappear into thin air.

“On January 13, 2022, operatives of the NSCDC intelligence and investigations department picked up a suspected serial fraudster who has been going around defrauding people of their hard-earned money,” Ayinla stated.

NSCDC Arrests Serial POS Fraudster In Kwara

“The suspect was usually going around in his Toyota Corolla car and very neat appearance and would meet POS operators to give him cash and he will now make a fake transfer which he has programmed on his phone,”

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The suspect, who confessed that he had been doing it for more than two years, had previously posed as a pastor to convince the POS operators or tell them that his wife is in labour in the hospital and needed a certain amount of money.

Meanwhile, some POS operators in the Ilorin metropolis, especially some that might have fallen victim to fake alert fraudsters before, had thronged the Kwara State Command of the NSCDC, trying to identify the suspected serial fraudster.

The state commandant also appealed to the POS operators and the entire people in the state to be wary of fraudulent act of certain criminal elements who he said are going about with intention of defrauding them of their money.

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ISWAP Attacks Nigerian Army University, Biu. Kills Two Employees (Video)

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Iswap Fighters Attack The Nigerian Army University, Killing Two Employees

On monday evening, alleged militants of the Islamic State For West African Province, Iswap, assaulted the Nigerian Army University’s Security And Strategic Studies Campus In Buratai, Biu Local Government Area, Borno State.

The extremists killed two University Personnel, according to news reports.
The terrorists apparently overran the troops defending the University, who reportedly fled to their heels as their guns ran out.
Two employees were murdered in the incident, according to a staff member who spoke to the outlet on the condition of anonymity.

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After Attempts To Prevent The Attack Failed, Troops Guarding The Gate Absconded, He Said.

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Zamfara Housewife, A’isha Ibrahim Arrested Over Plot To Sell Co-Wife’s Son (Pix)

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The Police in Zamfara has arrested one A’isha Ibrahim with a 2-year-old baby boy whom she was planning to sell off at Gusau, the state capital.

Ibrahim was among suspects paraded by Zamfara Police Commissioner, CP Ayuba Elkana at a press in Gusau on Thursday.

She was paraded alongside the two year old boy

While confessing to the crime, Ibrahim said the child she wanted to sell is the son of her co-wife.

She added that she wanted to sell off the boy in retaliation for alleged theft and sale of her own son by the co-wife.

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Elkana said the suspect will be handed over to relevant authorities after investigation for further action.

The Police Commissioner also paraded weapons recovered after a gun duel between police operatives and suspected hoodlums while repelling attack at locations in Gummi, Bukkuyum, and Maru local governments said.

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