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First Bank ex-staff bags 98 years jail term for stealing N49.3m, $368,000

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Oreoluwa Adesakin, a former staff of First Bank, has been handed 98 years jail term by Justice Muniru Olagunju of the Oyo State High Court.

Adesakin was found to have committed against her employers to the tune of N49,320,652, and additional $368,203.

The convict was prosecuted by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission () on 14-count charges, bordering on stealing, forgery and fraudulent accounting

One of the charges read: “That you Oreoluwa Adesakin, sometime between the months of May 2013 and November 2013, at Ibadan within the Ibadan Judicial Division, whilst being a staff of First Bank Plc stole the sum of N25,974,116 from First Bank Plc MoneyGram Payment Naira Account.”

Adesakin pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Prosecution counsel, Usman Murtala, presented vital documents and witnesses which nailed the convict.

Justice Olagunju pronounced Adesakin guilty of all the charges.

The judge sentenced her to seven years in prison without an option of fine on each of the 14 counts, which will run concurrently.

Apart from the jail term, the convict is also to restitute the First Bank, through the EFCC, all the money she stole.

The convict was arraigned April 4, 2014, by the EFCC following investigation on First Bank petition dated December 18, 2013.

The bank said Adesakin, a Money Transfer Operator, saddled with the responsibility of effecting payments through Western Union Money Transfer and Money Gram platforms, manipulated accounting and withdrew a total of N49,320,652 and another $368,203 for herself.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said operatives established that the convict used part of the proceeds to acquire landed properties in different parts of Oyo State.

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Bayelsa Bye-election -election:Three Policemen drown in Boat Mishap

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Police Force begin massive reorganisation approved by President Buhari.

Three police officers have reportedly drowned as the boat they were traveling in capsized on their way to Southern Ijaw Local Government Area for Senatorial bye-election that took place today.

The sad incidence has been confirmed by the Bayelsa State Police Public Relations Officer, Asim Butswat. The police image maker added that the boat capsized on its way to Oporoma, Headquarters of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

He, however, stated that they were yet to ascertain the total number of police officers involved in the incident.

Bye-elections are currently holding in 11 states across the country, covering six senatorial districts and nine state constituencies.

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20-year-old Maria Umar wins BBC competition

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Maryam Umar’s entry “Rai da Cuta” (Life & sickness) has won this year’s BBC Hausa short story contest for women.

The 20 year old author of the story, Ms Umar, is a student of Law at Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto.

Umar’ work “Rai da Cuta,” tells the story of Azima whose husband returns from a trip with the symptoms of Covid-19.

Although his wife is heavily pregnant, he refuses to isolate himself because he is in denial of the disease. Azima locks him in a room but soon finds out she has already contracted Covid-19 from him. This leads to the loss of her baby and a long battle for her life.

Ms Umar told PREMIUM TIMES HAUSA in a recent in Abuja, that this is her third year of entering for the competition.

“I tried two times before now and this is the third time I am trying and luckily for me, this time around I triumphed,” she said.

“I thank Allah for this opportunity by BBC Hausa and I am calling on other female writers to take advantage of this to show their skills in writing.”

The first runner-up in the competition is a story by Surayya Zakari Yahaya titled “Numfashin Siyasata” or “My Political Life.”

It is the story of a young woman who ventures into politics to address the underdevelopment of her village.

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