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Man Rescued As He Attempts Suicide Over Inability To Pay Back N50,000 Loan

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A middle age man, Abiodun Onipede, on Saturday attempted to kill himself over his inability to refund a loan of N50, 000.

He was, however, prevented by the anti-vandalization team of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Ogun State command.

He was said to have been prevented as he attempted to hang himself by a member of the team who wanted to urinate in the bush.

Onipede, a commercial tricyclist, was reported to have secured the loan from a micro-finance arrangement known as ‘Lapo.’

He was said to have tied a rope to a tree and was about hanging himself when a member of the NSCDC team saw him.

The man, a 34-year old father of five, later told journalists that he worked with Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency, TRACE, in Ogun State but was sacked.

He explained that his inability to perform his responsibility as the head of the family led him to attempt suicide.

He added that his failure to pay the ‘loan from LAPO, a private micro-credit lending organisation, forced him to take the decision to take his life.

“I am a 200-level drop-out of Federal College of Education, Osiele, I dropped out because I could not get financial assistance to continue,” he said.

“Due to the health problem of my child in 2008, I had to drop out so that I could have some money to take care of my sick child.

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“But, we later lost the child in 2009 because we were unable to pay some hospital bills after people had helped us in raising money for the surgery.

“I was duped by some people and they even threatened me which made me to leave Abeokuta for Akwa-Ibom state.

‘’It was when I came back after a year that I discovered I had been sacked from TRACE.

“I am frustrated because am owing a lot of people ranging from house bill to electricity bill and some other bills.

‘’I am ashamed of myself because am not a responsible man, I cannot cater for my family as a head

“The LAPO officials have used OPC (Odua Peoples Congress) to arrest my wife because of the money, if not for the help of my pastor.

” Am just frustrated because I have to pay N3,000 every Friday and I am presently jobless. And I still have like N24,000 to balance.

“What added to my conclusion to commit suicide was due to my inability to refund the ‘LAPO’ loan I collected when I wanted to start my tricycle business.

” The officials of the LAPO have been giving my family tough times for sometimes now because, I cannot afford to be repaying N3,000 every Friday,” he said.

He, however, said he regretted his action and wanted a second chance in life.

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“I wish to go back to school; I want the government to help me with a job that can cater for my family and other things that are important,” the man said.

Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of NSCDC, Ogbonnaya Dyke, described it as a crime against the state for someone to try to take his life.

Mr. Dyke added that the suspect would be handed over to the police, after the NSCDC Intelligence Unit had concluded its work.

“Since the matter is under our Crisis Management Team, we have to swing into action to address the situation.

“Necessary actions will be taken by the Corps in addressing the situation. He is going to be handed over to the police after our intelligence Unit has done its work,” he said.

(NAN)

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EFCC boss, Magu charges youth to stand against corruption

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Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, on Friday challenged the Nigerian youth to always raise their voices against corruption, adding that the nation banks on them for a prosperous tomorrow.

The EFCC boss stated this in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital during the 10-million-man march against corruption held in conjunction with the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, in all the state capitals across the country.

Magu, who was represented in Ibadan by the acting Zonal Head of the Commission Ibadan office, Bright Igeleke, urged the youth to always stand for what is right to ensure a better days for the country.

Themed “Nigerian Youths Walk Against Corruption”, the exercise had as participants thousands of corps members and officials of the state NYSC led by the State Coordinator, Mrs. Eniola Ambekemo; State Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Mrs. Josephine Ruth Obi; State Director of National Orientation Agency, NOA, Mrs. Dolapo Dosumu; Labour leaders members of the Civil Society Organisation; Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Nigeria Police Force, State Security Service, among may other stakeholders.

Ambekemo advised the youth to always stay away from crime and corruption tendencies, urging them to be good ambassadors of the nation and their respective communities.

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Internet Fraud: EFCC nabs two brothers, 13 others in Ibadan

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Ibadan zonal office on Thursday, arrested two siblings – Olanrewaju Olatunji (19) and Femi Olatunji (29) – and thirteen others for alleged involvement in internet-related fraud.

The suspects were apprehended at Alafara area of Ibadan, Oyo State, following intelligence earlier received on their alleged illegal activities.

The thirteen others, whose ages range between 16 and 48 years, include: Abiodun Ojo, Lawal Ahmed, Adedeji Olatunbosun, Adeniyi Ramon, and Oladipupo Oluwatobilola.

Others are: Ayomide Olawale, Elegbede Wale, Victor Adaramoye, Timileyin Adeniran, Kunmi Joshua, Tawfeeq Ibrahim, Funmbi Samuel and Adeyemo Yinka.

At the point of their arrest, three exotic cars, phones, laptops, international passports, Point of Sale (POS) machine, and some incriminating documents were recovered from the suspects.

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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Why EFCC Galvanizes Youth For Its 10m-Man-March –  Magu Gives Reason

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The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has identified the youth population as the most critical in effort to rescue Nigeria from the depressive effect of corruption.

Magu made the assertion in Ibadan on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 during a visit to the Chairman and proprietor of the popular Ibadan-based Splash FM, Chief Adebayo Akande.

The EFCC boss, who was represented by the head of the Commission’s Ibadan zonal office, Friday Ebelo, explained that the EFCC’s recognition of the importance of the youth demography to the development of the country informed its decision to centre the forthcoming 10-million-man-march against corruption around the youth.

The event which was slated for February 14 has the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, and many youth-based organisations across the country as partners.

“Ours is a growing demography with more than 50 percent of youth population. We realized that if we can harness and attune their energy to positive use, our country’s desire to be a virile nation will be easily achieved.

“We also realise that the youth are mostly both the victims and perpetrators of the type of crimes our agency fights. We believe that if we enlist them and get them fully involved in the fight, the problems around the economic and financial crimes will be solve to a reasonable level.

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“Once the youth take the leadership of the fight and apply their strength in its propagation, we are confident that the bulk of the Nigerian population will key into it and our country will be the ultimate beneficiary,” he said.

Ebeleo had early on Tuesday, February 4, appeared on Diamond 101.1 FM to feature on the Commission’s weekly enlightenment programme, EFCC Eagle Alert, to mobilise members of the University of Ibadan community and its environs for the march.
While responding to EFCC’s visit, Chief Akande pledged continued support of Splash FM and its sister stations – Lagelu FM, Ibadan and Splash FM, Abeokuta – in promoting the activities of the commission.

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