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Threat To Kidnap Otedola: Court Orders Arrest Of Canadian Matharoo Sisters
A Yaba Chief Magistrate Court, has issued a warrant of arrest on two Canadian nationals Kiranjot and Tara Matharoo, who are standing trial before it, in a case of threat to kidnap, cyber-stalking and blackmail against Nigeria billionaire and oil mogul, Femi Otedola, socialite Dapo Balogun and one Omoregie Ige, for failure to appear in court.

The court has also ordered the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, to arrest two other persons, Alhaji Waheed Shobulo and Ade Oregbensa, who stood as sureties for the sisters after they were granted bail by the court, in December 2016.
Threat To Kidnap Otedola: Court Orders Arrest Of Canadian Matharoo Sisters
The sisters who fled the country to Canada, immediately after perfecting their bail conditions, were first arrested by police in a five star hotel, located at the Victoria Island Lagos, on December 9, 2016, when Otedola, filed a complaint to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, detailing how the sisters, who had a Nigerian collaborator, were blackmailing him and his daughter using a gossip website known as nijagistlive.com. Otedola had told the police that the Canadian sisters had blackmailed him and threatened to kidnap members of his family, including his wife and children using their gossip website.

They were also said to have blackmailed Dapo Balogun and Omoregie Ige, through their gossip website and demanded the sum of N3.5million from Ige before pulling down the story from their website.

The IGP, was said to have directed his operatives at the Intelligence Response Team, IRT, to investigate the matter. When the Nigerian collaborator was arrested in Festac Town, Lagos, he confessed during interrogation that the did not know the Canadian sisters before then, but was only contracted on his email to design a website.

He added that he wasn’t aware that the website would be used for blackmail and that his fee of N100,000 was paid to him through a taxi driver. Vanguard gathered that the Canadian sisters were trailed to the hotel in Victoria Island where they paid the sum of N178,000 per night through the taxi driver.

A laptop containing information indicating that the sisters operated a syndicate which specialized in blackmailing wealthy Nigerians using the internet was recovered from them. Further investigation revealed that the sisters had blackmailed several billionaire businessmen, politicians, top rate musicians within the country and have extorted hundreds of thousand of dollars from them.

It was gathered that based on these discoveries, the sisters begged for clemency and vowed to shut down the website and turn a new leaf.

They were however docked on December 23, 2016, before Chief Magistrate A.O Ojo, of the Yaba Magistrate Court , on a four count charge of blackmail, threat to kidnap and cyber-stalking while a bail of N500,000 and two sureties in like sum were granted to them and the case was adjourned.

Their passports were also surrendered to the police but the sisters obtained temporary travel documents which enabled them to travel back to their country.

They failed to appear in court on their next adjourned date, prompting the magistrate to issue a bench warrant against them and their sureties. Sources revealed that the Interpol Section of the Nigeria Police Force is making moves to issue an international warrant of arrest against the suspects, which would have them placed on ‘ Red Alert’.

Meantime, VERGE24.com learned at the weekend, that the police have moved the case to the Federal High Court Lagos for trial, and it has been assigned to Justice Olatorungun.

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Liberia’s Ruling Party Expels President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

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Liberia's Ruling Party Expels President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Liberia’s Ruling Party Expels President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

The Liberia’s ruling Unity Party has ousted the country’s outgoing president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, from the party.

President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was voted out of Unity party late Saturday over her decision not to support Vice President Joseph Boakai, the party’s candidate in last year’s presidential poll.

Joseph Boakai, who has been President Johnson Sirleaf’s vice for 12 years, lost the election to former football superstar, George Weah.

George Weah visits Prophet TB Joshua

The one time world best footballer of the year won the presidential runoff by 61.5 percent of the votes casted in 14 of Liberia’s 15 counties.

Prior to the presidential runoff, Weah visited Prophet TB Joshua in Lagos, Nigeria to seek the face of God and prayers.

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This is Why Buhari Could be impeached

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President Buhari reportedly signs Proclamation labelling IPOB as Terrorist Group

This is Why Buhari Could be Impeached

Adesina Ogunlana, the President of Nigeria Bar Association, Ikeja branch has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s silence and inaction on herdsmen killings around the country.

According to Adesina Ogunlana, Buhari’s attitude is enough ground for him to be impeached.

While talking to the press, Adesina said the President is indirectly approving the killing by Fulani herdsmen. In his words:

“We have seen the federal government display its might and concern for security in certain parts of the country, the question and puzzle now is why the government is quiet in the face of the Fulani herdsmen which has led to the massacre of thousands of people and displacement of thousands of people from their normal abode.”

“The baffling silence, indifference and very low key response to the menace of the Fulani herdsmen who have been rated as the fourth deadliest terrorist organization in the world. This has raised grave allegation of partiality against the Federal Government in its clear relation to the menace of the Fulani herdsmen who have become notorious for mass slaughter of Nigeria people.

“We are joining hands and crying against the governor that it has not done enough. The chief reason, responsibility and duty of government is to ensure the security of life in its area. I dare say that the failure of the government to rise to the issue is enough ground for the impeachment of the President.

“Government where it fails to do its duty especially where it appears that indolence and ineptitude is deliberate and contrived, people would come to their own rescue and there would be no sympathy for that kind of a government.”

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Forbes: Aliko Dangote Remains Africa’s Richest Man

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50 Most Influential People; Bloomberg honours Dangote

Forbes: Aliko Dangote Remains Africa’s Richest Man

Billionaire business man Aliko Dangote, has again been named Africa’s richest man with a net worth of $12.2billion.

This is the for the seventh year in a row Dangote is topping the list of Africa’s richest man. He got an increase of $100m from a year earlier.

Only recently he was selected as the only African named in Bloomberg’s world 50 best persons in the year 2017.

Diamond mining heir, Nicky Oppenheimer of South Africa, is named number two on the list of Africa’s richest people with a net worth of $7.7bn. Making a whopping $700m from last year.

A notable change in the Forbes Billionaire List this year is the dropping of some notable Nigerians which includes Globacom Chairman, Mike Adenuga (5th richest man in Africa), with a net worth of $5.8bn, and Folorunsho Alakija (15th Richest in Africa), whose estimated $1.6bn fortune is in oil exploration.

However, two of the 23 listed African billionaires are women (unchanged from 2016) and they are; Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola’s former President, Jose Santos, is worth an estimated $2.7bn, down from $3.2bn in 2016. Her net worth dropped in part due to a lower value for Banco BCI, as its book value plunged in 2016 amid a tough year for the oil-producing country.

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