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Explosions: Three fuel tankers up in flames on Lagos-Ibadan expressway

Two tankers went up in flames, affecting another tanker and a trailer.

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Following the multiple explosions caused by the collision of fuel tankers at Kara bridge on Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Sunday morning, passengers and motorists have been stranded for hours.

It was gathered that two tankers ladened with petroleum products were involved in an accident in the early hours of today.

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The two tankers, which went up in flames, affected another tanker and a trailer.

While the men of the Federal Fire Service have started rescue operations, officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps have started controlling traffic which has affected movement inward Lagos.

In a statement issued, the FRSC Sector Commander, Lagos State Command, Olusegun Ogungbemide, advised motorists to seek alternative routes.

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“The FRSC is admonishing motorists who have reasons to use the road should seek an alternative, for now, to allow the personnel of Fire Service on the ground to extinguish the fire.

“Alternative routes recommended for those moving out of Lagos this morning can use the Victoria Island by Ajah to Ijebu Ode to continue their journey.

“The Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway to the Sagamu Interchange is another alternative that motorists can use at the moment,” Ogungbemide stated.

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St Kitts and Nevis addresses Hushpuppi’s citizenship

Ms. Chapman married Hushpuppi in October 2018 granting him access to their citizenship.

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Hushpuppi obtained our citizenship through marriage not investment- St Kitts and Nevis

The government of the St. Kitts and Nevis announced in a statement that Nigerian alleged fraudster did not obtain his citizenship through investment program but by virtue of marriage to a Shawana Nakesia Chapman.

“The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has become aware of reports and rumors concerning the Federation’s citizenship of a Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, allegedly a person of interest to the United States FBI”

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“We note that the Nigeria-born Mr. Abbas, 37, was granted a St. Kitts and Nevis passport in February 2020 by virtue of his marriage to Shawana Nakesia Chapman, 32, a citizen of St. Kitts and Nevis by birth and the United States of America,” they announced.

They said Ms. Chapman married Hushpuppi in October 2018 granting him access to their citizenship and is also a resident of North Carolina, USA, and revealed that its citizenship by investment programme includes “rigorous background checks”.

READ MORE: FBI seeks help finding 6 Nigerians accused of fraud totaling over $6 million

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The St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment and second passport program in 1984 is the oldest fast-track citizenship program. It grants Visa-free access to 141 countries including the United States, UK , and all Schengen States. It also is ranked as the 32nd strongest passport in the world.

The program costs $150,000 to the St. Kitts Sustainable Growth Fund for a single individual and $195,000 for a family of 4 or an investment of $400,000 in real estate.

The FBI accuses Hushpuppi of being the leader to a transnational network that “facilitates computer intrusions, fraudulent schemes (including BEC schemes), and money laundering, targeting victims around the world in schemes designed to steal hundreds of millions of dollars.”

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Hushpuppi conspired to steal £100 million from English Premier League club

Hushpuppi is accused of stealing $922,857 in October last year through another BEC scheme. 

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Hushpuppi conspired to steal £100 million from English Premier League club

A few days after he was extradited to the United States from Dubai, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, a.k.a Hushpuppi, made his first court appearance where he was charged with accusations ranging from money laundering to participating in business email compromise (BEC) schemes targeting a US law firm, an English Premier League side, and a foreign bank.

In a report released by the U.S Attorney’s Office, Central District of California, Hushpuppi is accused of conspiring “to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from other fraudulent schemes and computer intrusions, including one scheme to steal £100 million (approximately $124 million) from an English Premier League soccer club.”

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As written in the affidavit report, “The FBI’s investigation has revealed that Abbas finances this opulent lifestyle through crime, and that he is one of the leaders of a transnational network that facilitates computer intrusions, fraudulent schemes (including BEC schemes), and money laundering, targeting victims around the world in schemes designed to steal hundreds of millions of dollars.”

READ ALSO: U.S. publishes names of 6 Nigerians charged with internet fraud against Americans

Jesse Baker, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Los Angles Field Office, described the hunt for Hushpuppi as “a challenging case, one that spanned international boundaries, traditional financial systems and the digital sphere,” and its success depended on partnerships between the Department of Justice and other federal law enforcement agents.

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Hushpuppi is accused of stealing $922,857 in October last year from a client of a New York-based law firm through another BEC scheme.

“Abbas and co-conspirators allegedly tricked one of the law firm’s paralegals into wiring money intended for the client’s real estate refinancing to a bank account that was controlled by Abbas and the co-conspirators,” the report stated.

READ AlSO: Caught in the buzz: The economics of Nigeria’s “Yahoo Yahoo”

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He is also accused of conspiracy to launder funds stolen in a $14.7 Million cyber-heist from a foreign financial services firm in February 2019. Hushpuppi allegedly provided the co-conspirators with 2 bank accounts in Europe, anticipating to receive €5 million each.

If he is found guilty of money laundering and other related crimes, he faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in a federal prison.

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UPDATED: FG declares June 12 public holiday

Federal Government has declared Friday, June 12, 2020, as a public holiday to celebrate 2020 Democracy Day.

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June 12 public holiday, COVID-19: President imposes lockdown on three states, Africa day 2020: Buhari urges economic groups, CSOs and private sectors to drive peace for economic development

Federal Government has declared Friday, June 12, 2020, as a public holiday to celebrate 2020 Democracy Day.

This was disclosed by the Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, via his Twitter handle on Monday.

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Also, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, congratulated Nigerians for the entrenchment of democratic rule in the country.

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The minister also called on “Nigerians to continue to cherish the selfless efforts made to attain democracy”.

He reassured “Nigerians of the Federal Government’s commitment to battling the scourge of COVID-19 with the cooperation of all Nigerians”.

READ ALSO: Nigeria’s revenue burden to ease off as DPR announces bids for marginal oilfields

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He emphasised the need for all Nigerians to stay safe by observing physical and social distancing, personal and respiratory hygiene, as well as other regulations issued by relevant authorities.

He said, “All Nigerians should continue to cherish these selfless efforts and collaborate with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration to ensure the realization of the democratic ideals which these Patriots fought for, even at the cost of their lives.”

The Minister who reassured Nigerians of the Federal Government’s commitment to battling the scourge of COVID-19 with the cooperation of all Nigerians, advised them further, to take responsibility for stopping the spread of the virus.

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READ ALSO: Presidency denies canceling memos, appointments approved by Abba Kyari

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