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FG, Korea To Unveil Phase-2 Of ICT Project

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The Federal Government and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) are concluding arrangements to launch second phase of partnership in ICT that would develop experts and highly skilled labor in information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Nigeria.

This was disclosed yesterday when a delegation from the KOICA office, led by its  Country Director, Sook Hyun Park paid a courtesy visit to the Ministry of Communications, Abuja.

The country Director said that, South Korean government through KOICA has enjoyed a strong partnership with Federal Ministry of Communications in its e-government capacity building project for the past 7 years.

“Our first e-government project which has existed for the past 7 years with a strong partnership with Federal Ministry of Communications would be concluded next year. We shall keep our effort and support to Nigeria. E-government in the 2nd project which  we plan to embark  upon, we are interested in developing human skilled labor in ICT areas hence, the need for the Minister to share his expertise and ideas that would be of good direction to the Federal Government ”, the Director stated.

Sook Hyun stated that KOICA’s visit to the Ministry of Communications was aimed at introducing the agency’s upcoming project (phase 2) being worked towards year 2020 and beyond, following the conclusion of the introductory (first phase) which would be concluded by 2019.

In his contribution, Headquarter Coordinator, An Kwangsoo, said KOICA as an agency was set to move from the introductory part of its partnership project which was focused on e-government capacity building, scholarship for masters and PHD Degrees in Korean Universities for Nigerians to a bigger phase in order to assist Nigeria in achieving the implementation of her e-government master plan.

In his remarks, the Minister of Communications, Dr. Adebayo Shittu thanked KOICA on behalf of the Federal Government, for generously investing so much towards the development of Nigeria, particularly in areas of e-government and capacity building.

The Minister said that, Federal Government cannot take KOICA’s selfless cooperation for granted and urged them to sustain the smooth relationship that is being enjoyed by both parties in service to humanity.

He urged the Agency to meet with the Ministry’s e-government department to work together for a very beneficial launch of the 2nd phase of broader partnership between the federal government and the Republic of Korea via KOICA.

In the new phase, Shittu urged the Agency to make conscientious efforts to ensure at least 100,000 civil servants are trained annually, to improve Nigeria’s system of operations to be more effective and efficient.

He also appealed to them to collaborate with the Nigerian Universities by sending technology gurus from the Korean universities to impart technological ideas and knowledge to students in Nigeria who shall in turn train others.

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EFCC Arrests Babagana for Alleged N7Bn Fraud through Ponzi Scheme

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Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Babagana Dalori, chief executive officer of Galaxy Transportation and Construction Services Limited, for allegedly defrauding Nigerians through a ponzi scheme.

 

The commission said 27,400 Nigerians lost N7 billion through fake promises of high returns on their investment in Dalori’s companies.

 

In a statement, Tony Orilade, EFCC spokesman, said Dalori was discovered to have initially paid investors 200 per cent interest on their deposits in his companies.

 

He said the suspect later reduced the interest to 135 per cent “before the scheme crashed in 2018.”

 

“Dalori, who is currently undergoing interrogation in the Commission, had incorporated the firm in 2012 with one tricycle (Keke NAPEP), which through pool investments by members of the public later boasted of 50 tricycles,” the statement read.

 

“The entrepreneur later diversified into other business ventures while promising mouth-watering returns to investors.

 

“To suck as many unsuspecting victims into his ponzi net, Dalori engaged in massive advertisements on radio and television, including a production of a movie by A-list Nollywood actors, which aimed at convincing members of the public to invest in his companies.”

 

The anti-graft said a victim lamented the frustrations of unsuspecting investors who can no longer get their funds back.

 

According to the victim, “at the moment, he has used the investors money to incorporate different entities without getting their consent. He now has Galaxy Global Energy Concept Ltd, Galaxy Miners Concept Ltd, Galaxy Global Farms, Galaxy Computers, Galaxy Block Making Factory, Galaxy Hospital and Galaxy Hotel.”

 

The commission accused Dalori of committing a criminal act, saying all bank accounts belonging to his company have since been frozen.

 

Last year, EFCC cracked down on a similar ponzi scheme shortly after the shut down of Mavrodi Mondial Movement (MMM).

 

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NAFDAC Raises Alarm over Fake Anti-Hypertensive Drug in Circulation

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National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted the public to the circulation of a fake anti-hypertensive drug.

 

Prof. Moji Adeyeye, director-general NAFDAC, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja said the drug, Hydrochlorothiazide 50mg (containing Glibenclamide) was already on sale in Cameroun.

 

“NAFDAC is alerting the public, especially healthcare providers, to the circulation of confirmed faked Hydrochlorothiazide 50mg tablets in Cameroun.

 

“The faked product has been found to contain Glibenclamide instead of Hydrochlorothiazide.

 

“In March, the World Health Organisation was informed by an NGO in Cameroun that a medicine, presented as Hydrochlorothiazide 50mg tablets, has caused hypoglycaemia (deficiency of glucose in the bloodstream) in patients.

 

“Confirmatory laboratory analysis has established that the product did not contain hydrochlorothiazide, the stated active ingredient; rather, glibenclamide was instead identified,” Adeyeye said.

 

She explained that the genuine version of the drug was for treatment of hypertension, while the falsified medicine poses grave danger to patients.

 

“Hydrochlorothiazide is used as an anti-hypertensive and diuretic medicine, whereas Glibenclamide is an anti-diabetic medicine.

 

“The falsified medicine presents a risk for patients who take hydrochlorothiazide for the treatment of hypertension.

 

“The label on the plastic container of this faked product states Laboratoires Sterop as the manufacturer; however, this company has confirmed to WHO that it did not manufacture or supply the faked product.

 

“The Falsified hydrochlorothiazide 50mg is presented in plastic containers of 1000 tablets each,” she said.

 

The NAFDAC DG further said the drug, which had a batch number of 16G04, also carried 16/2017 as its Manufacture Date and 30/05/2021 as Expiry Date.

 

“The batch number, as well as a number of other features shown on the label of the faked Hydrochlorothiazide 50mg tablets, do not correspond with genuine manufacturing records. The label is in English and French languages.”

 

She advised importers, wholesalers, and retailers to avoid illegal importation and sale of the drug in Nigeria as surveillance had been heightened to prevent such.

 

“Surveillance has been strengthened by NAFDAC at all ports of entry to prevent importation of the faked Hydrochlorothiazide 50mg tablets from Cameroun.

 

“NAFDAC has also heightened surveillance to prevent distribution and sale of the faked product.

 

“Healthcare providers and other members of the public are advised to be vigilant and contact the nearest NAFDAC office with any information on the product,” she said.

 

Adeyeye further advised those already in possession of the drug to submit it to the nearest NAFDAC office.

 

She advised consumers to report any adverse effects related to the use of medicines to the nearest NAFDAC office, citing its toll-free number 20543 on all networks, or via its e-mail pharmacovigilance@nafdac.gov.ng.

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Police Arrests 10 Suspected Sim Swapping Fraudsters

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Oyo State Police Command has arrested 10 suspected fraudsters who specialised in defrauding their victims by swapping their mobile phone SIM cards, through which they would have access to their banking details.

 

Shina Olukolu, commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu said that operatives of the command went into investigation immediately a report was made by Adeniyi Ige,  Security Manager of Airtel Network Limited, to the police that the company had been receiving complaints from customers on the withdrawal of various amounts from their bank accounts through fraudulent SIM swapping.

 

Olukolu, spoke while parading the suspects at the state police command headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan, stated that among the complaints was the withdrawal of N180,000 from the account of  Professor Olapade O. James, who is the Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan.

 

The withdrawal from the professor’s account occurred on February 21, after the loss of signal on his mobile phone line.

 

The police boss stated further that when the network was restored, the professor started receiving notification alerts from his bank via email.

 

“Other complainants included one Godwin Unigbe, whose N3 million was withdrawn from his account using the same modus operandi; while Benjamin Udo Bassey lost N460,000 to the syndicate.

 

“Internal investigation conducted by Airtel Network Limited, however, traced the SIM swapping fraud to ISON BPO, a call centre network service providers, including Airtel Network, located in Ibadan, the state capital, and this led to the arrest of three ISON staff directly involved in the fraudulent acts, namely: Omotayo Azeez, Olufade Abdulgafar and Shiyanbola Harry.

 

“Further investigations led to the arrest of seven others, including Adesina Peter, Odugbesan Gbenga, Efiong Udofia, Arowosegbe Adewale, Adesanlu Kayode, Onasile Abiola, and the only female among them, Temitope Fatai.”

 

Olukolu said the suspects had confessed to the crime and would be charged to court soon.

 

While speaking with the Nigerian Tribune, one of the suspects, Abdulgafar (33), confessed to the crime.

 

He said he got to know about the workings of mobile phone technology while working with ISON BPO, which serves some network service providers.

 

He said all members of the syndicate had their roles in each of the operations carried out.

 

The police also arrested two Fulani men, Danneri Mohammed and Abubakar Woru, who allegedly attacked a businessman, Abduraheem (surname withheld) on the road Ayemojuba village, via Saki, while returning from the market on March 25.

 

The Commissioner of Police said that the suspects chopped-off the businessman’s left hand with a machete and also inflicted machete cuts on his head and face before dispossessing him of N3.1 million.

 

Olukolu stated that the victim was later rescued by some road users while he was writing in his blood, and the incident was reported at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operational base in Saki.

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