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Nine People Has Been Detained for fraud over London fire outbreak

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British police on Thursday arrested eight men and one woman for fraudulent claims made in the wake of last year’s Grenfell Tower fire in London, which claimed the lives of 71 people.

“All of the offences police are investigating are linked to people who have fraudulently benefited through housing or allowances, by claiming to be victims of the fire,” said police.

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“The amounts involved range from £20,000 ($26,850, 22,700 euros) to £100,000.”

The arrests were made during a series of dawn raids across London.

“It is completely unacceptable that people would seek to profit from such a human tragedy, and try and attach themselves to a community that they are not part of,” said Detective Superintendent Matt Bonner.

Five people have already been convicted of fraudulent claims over the fire, which engulfed the 24-storey residential west London tower in the early hours of June 14.

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Mohammad Gamoota, 31, was last week sentenced to 18 months behind bars, while serial fraudster Anh Nhu Nguyen, 53, was jailed for 21 months in February after pretending his family was killed in the block to claim relief funds.

Joyce Msokeri, 47, was jailed for four and a half years in April after claiming cash handouts and other donations by pretending to be a grief-stricken victim of the disaster.

Meanwhile, 51-year-old Elaine Douglas and Tommy Brooks, 52 pleaded guilty earlier this week to fraudulently claiming tens of thousands of pounds worth of hotel accommodation and financial support.

They will be sentenced on July 13.

Source: The Punch

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Archbishop – I like Buhari because he fears no one

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The Methodist Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev. Oche Job, says he admires President Muhammadu Buhari because he is a man that fears no one.

The archbishop’s remark was a sequel to the recent signing of four bills into laws by Buhari.

The President had, on June 8, assented to the Constitution Fourth Alteration Bill, which grants financial autonomy to the State Houses of Assembly and the states’ Judiciary nationwide.

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The law is to ensure that the budgetary allocations of the states’ Houses of Assembly and the judiciary will no longer go through the budgeting process of the executive arm at the state level, but will be transferred directly to their accounts.

Buhari also signed into law the Bill No. 16 which stipulates that where a Vice-President succeeds a President or a Deputy Governor succeeds a Governor, he or she can no more contest for that office more than once.

Other bills signed into laws were the Constitution Amendment No. 21, which relates to the determination of pre-election matters and the Bill No. 9 which gives the Independent National Electoral Commission ) sufficient time to conduct bye-elections.

The clergyman, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Sunday, said if Buhari “is a man who fears what people will say, by now, he would have become very nervous.

“For sure, I commend him. You see, Buhari fears no one and that’s why I like him. He makes up his mind and says and does what he thinks is the best for the nation.

“People may not praise him now; but by the time he leaves the seat, and somebody comes in and they begin to do the comparison, they will say if it were in the time of Buhari, oh my God, this thing would have been this.”

The clergyman also said that a good leader must have self-confidence.

“If you must rule and have the blessings of the majority, you need to have what is called self-confidence,” he said.

He noted that though there are cabals in Aso Rock, they are not as pronounced as in the period of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

“There are cabals in Aso Villa till now, but they are no longer well-pronounced like before. At the time of Goodluck Jonathan, every time and then, you hear of cabals.

“But I think because Buhari makes up his mind and he knows where he is going, he doesn’t listen to people.

“That’s why the issue of a cabal is no longer pronounced like in the past,” he said.

Source: NAN

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Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN) – I can’t vouch for those working for Buhari

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The Director, Strategic Communications, Buhari Campaign Organisation, Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), says he can only vouch for President Muhammadu Buhari’s integrity and not those working for him.

Keyamo said this during a chat with ‘The Interview’, a monthly magazine published in Abuja.

The senior advocate was asked to respond to allegations that there was nepotism and backdoor recruitment at the Central Bank of Nigeria and other public institutions.

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He said, “Remember there was a time when there was an outcry that they shortlisted certain people or there were more people from certain parts of the country. Like I said when these things come out and they come to the knowledge of the President, what does he do?

“Do you really expect the President to sit down and compile names of those to employ in MDAs? We cannot vouch for people who work for him. I am saying that openly. I cannot vouch for them. Do you expect the President to sit down, take his pen and begin to shortlist people one by one?

“When the issue of shortlisted candidates was brought to the public knowledge,  that it tilted to some areas, he stopped the process.”

Keyamo also berated those accusing Buhari of appointment of mainly northerners to top positions.

He said even though a large number of the persons running security agencies were from the North, the economy was being run by the South.

The senior advocate, therefore, stated that many southerners were being unnecessarily paranoid.

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He said, “The service chiefs, two are from the South, two are from the North. One is from Ekiti and one, I think is a Calabar man or so. Now, the DSS and the NSA, in some areas when the President concentrates on picking people from some areas, in other areas, he may decide to leave that zone entirely and concentrate on another zone.

“For the northerners complaining that there is no one northerner in the economic team. You have the Vice-President from the south. You have the Minister of Budget, he is from the South; the Minister of Finance, from the South; the Minister of Trade from the South.”

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June 12: Adams Oshiomhole disagree Over PMB’s gesture

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The opposition Peoples Democratic Party and former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole,  have disagreed over the motive behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to declare June 12 Democracy Day and honour the late Chief MKO Abiola.

While PDP insists that Buhari is seeking to use the gesture to claim democratic credentials, Oshiomhole said the President’s gesture is altruistic and shows his strength of character.

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The two spoke at different instances in Abuja, on Sunday.

In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said President Buhari’s gesture of bestowing a posthumous national award on the acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993, the Presidential election and democratic icon, Chief MKO Abiola, had not made him a Democrat.

The PDP said it fully supported any honour done by the nation to the memory of the late Abiola and all that he stood for. It, however, rejected the inclination by President Buhari to use the occasion to posture as a Democrat in a desperate bid to garner votes ahead of 2019 Presidential election.

The PDP said its opposition to Buhari’s posturing is based on the fact that his Presidency had unapologetically violated and was still violating all democratic tenets for which Chief Abiola suffered, died and was being honoured.

The statement read in part “Nigerians still hold that President Buhari has not considered it necessary to apologise for staging the military coup that destroyed democratic governance on December 31, 1983, suspended our 1979 Constitution, foisted siege mentality on Nigerians and set the stage for a long despotic military rule for which Chief Abiola, his dear wife, Kudirat and other democratic martyrs ended up paying the supreme sacrifice to restore.

“Rather than apologizing for his roles in those dark ages, President Buhari recently boasted of violation of human rights during his regime as military head of state including locking up citizens in prison without trial; the same injustice which Chief Abiola later suffered under General Sani Abacha.

Ologbondiyan further said, “While the PDP congratulates the family of late Chief Abiola and other martyrs of democracy, we also remember the roles of the late Senator Abraham Adesanya, Bagauda Khalto, Dan Suleiman, Ralph Obiorah, Alex Ibru, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Pa Ajayi Laniwun and a host of others, as well as the management and staff of the Concord, Guardian, Vanguard, PUNCH and other media houses, who suffered undue hardships for our nation to attain this democracy.”

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However, the leading aspirant for the position of National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, disagreed with the PDP.

He said Buhari deserved commendation across party lines because he had summed the political will to right the wrongs of the past with his decision to honour the late MKO Abiola and declare June 12 as Democracy Day.

Oshiomhole said this in response to questions from newsmen. He spoke soon after inaugurating his campaign organization’s office, in Abuja, on Sunday.

He said, “I want to salute President Muhammadu Buhari for his outstanding statesmanship.

Source: The Punch

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