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Nigeria, Ireland hail software developers

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From Uche Usim, Abuja

Nigerian Ambassador to Ireland, Ijeoma Obiezu, and the Irish government, have applauded Nigerian software developers and first class graduates of various Irish universities for their unrivalled technology skill and resounding academic performance, especially those that bagged first class honours in their various fields of study.

Among them were five young Nigerians who developed an App (QRX) used for medical prescription management, who were also honoured by the Irish government. Also extolled was another Nigerian, Oyinloye Abidemi, who emerged the overall best graduating student of an Irish University, Griffith College Ireland, with a Graduating Point Average (GPA) of over 80 percent.

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    While the Irish government celebrated the feats in the local media, Obiezu recently hosted the young achievers in Dublin and used the occasion to charge them to remain good ambassadors of the country, especially as the nation grapples with various developmental challenges.

   Obiezu assured them of the embassy’s support as her doors remain open to assist those ready to work hard to hoist the nation’s success flag on a foreign soil.

    She said: “I want to personally appreciate these worthy Nigerian ambassadors in Ireland who have worked so hard to distinguish themselves in their various fields of endeavour. I call them ambassadors because they are a positive representation of Nigeria and I want to encourage them not to rest on their oars. One of them is the best student in his University, Griffith College Ireland, by name, Oyinloye Abidemi. He bagged MSc. Procurement and Supply Chain Management with a GPA that is above 80 percent.

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    “We also have those that developed an App for medical prescription management. These are great Nigerians that we need to celebrate. That is why I’m calling on all well-meaning Nigerians to join me in congratulating these great ambassadors of Nigeria. This sort of engagement will be a regular one to encourage Nigerians to always excel. We put this meeting on zoom to have more people connected to it and I can tell you they were all happy.”

    On her plans and programmes to cement the Nigerian-Irish bilateral relations, Obiezu noted that a strategic blueprint has been articulated in that regard, adding that both nations have so many things to benefit from each other if the diplomatic ties were oiled.

“We intend to have many memorandum of understandings signed like in aviation where there is a pending BASA deal. If that is achieved, we will have direct flights between Nigeria and Ireland. We are also looking into agriculture, education, inter-parliamentary relationship, among others.

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“We will be working with ministers, senators, state governments, and private sector players,” she said.

Also speaking at the event, Abidemi said it was electrifying and fulfilling to receive an academic excellence award from the Nigerian ambassador.

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Court orders IGP, others to arrest two Italians over alleged $119m Power Plant fraud

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From Godwin Tsa, Abuja

The Inspector General of Police and other security agencies have been ordered to effect the arrest of two Italian Nationals, Giandomenico Zingali and Davide Anelli over their refusal to attend court to answer criminal charges against them in an alleged $119 million dollars Power Plant fraud.

Justice Okogbule Gbasam who issued the order, invoked section 120 of Rivers State Administration of Criminal Justice ACJA to order the arrest and directed the IGP, CP and other security agents to produce the Italians in court to face trial in respect of the 16-count criminal charge filed against them by the Rivers State government.

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A certified true copy of the order of the Rivers State High Court was obtained on Friday in Abuja by our correspondent through the counsel to Rivers State, Chief Godwin Obla SAN who moved the motion for the issuance of the bench warrant.

Giandomenico Zingali and Davide Anelli are part of the seven defendants billed for arraignment before Justice Gbasam over their alleged complicity in the $119 million dollars power plant scam.

The defendants are Saipem SPA, an Italian Company, Saipem Contracting Nigeria Ltd, Walter Peviani, Kelechi Sinteh Chinakwe, Giandomenico Zingali, Vitto Testaguzza and Davide Anelli who are 1st to 7th defendants respectively.

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Saipem SPA, Saipem Contracting Nigeria Limited, its Managing Director, Walter Peviani and 4 others are accused of conspiracy, fraud, obtaining credit of N7 billion naira by false pretences and cheating.

Details of the charges are: conspiracy contrary to Section 518 (6) and (7) and punishable under Section 518; obtaining credit of $130 million USD by false pretences or other fraud contrary to Section 419A and punishable under Section 419 (A) (1) (b)

The offences are also said to be contrary to sections 518 (6) and (7), 419 (A) (1) (b), section 421 of the Criminal Code Law of Rivers State, Cap 37 Vol. 2 Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria 1999.

Saipem and its top management staff are to be prosecuted based on fiat issued to Chief Godwin Obla SAN, George Adeyemi, Esq and John Eche Okpe, Esq both of OBLA & Co, Abuja by Rivers State government.

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Their arraignment on the 16 count charge marked PHC/3106/CR/2021 has been put off several times by Justice Gbasam due to failure of some of the defendants to be in court.

The enrolled copy of the order reads in part “Upon this matter coming up for plea today before His lordship, Hon. Justice Dr. O. Gbasam, sitting at High Court Port Harcourt; and after hearing the oral application for the activation of the application for the issuance of a bench warrant on the 5th and 7th defendants made by Chief Godwin Obla, SAN, with D.G. Adeyerni, Esq., appearing for the State, on the last adjourned date 14/12/2021 which this court kept In abeyance till today;

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“And after hearing the oral response of the opposing counsel, H. Odeiln Ajumogobia, SAN, with Patrick Osu, Esq., Akinola Akinyoju, Esq., and Shekina Wokoma of counsel for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th defendants, and. A, Akinwole, Esq., with O. Nwogu, Esq., and R.C. Kanu, Esq., for the 4th defendant,

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‘It is hereby ordered that as follows:
*That an order of bench warrant be and is hereby issued by virtue of Section120 of the Rivers State Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2015 directing the Inspector General of Police, the Commissioner of Police and other security agencies to arrest the 5th and 7th defendants – Giandomenico Zingali and Davide Anelli wherever they are and can be found and produce them before this honourable court to face their trial as per the 16-count charge contained in the amended information dated 19/11/2021.

“The charges are summarised as follows: Conspiracy contrary to Section 518(6) & (7) and punishable under Section 518 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol. 2, Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999;

“Obtaining credit by false pretences or other fraud contrary to Section 419(A) and punishable under Section 419 (A) (1)(8) of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol. 2, Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999;

“Attempt to cheat contrary to Section 508 and punishable under Section 509 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol. 2,.Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999;

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“Conspiracy to receive credit by false pretence contrary to S. 518(6) and punishable under S. 518 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol. 2, Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999;

“Cheating contrary to Section 421 and punishable under Section 421 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol. 2, Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999;

“False statements by officials Company contrary to Section 436(B) and punishable under Section 436(B) of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol 2, Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999;

“It is further ordered that the Inspector General of Police, the Commissioner of Police and other security agencies are hereby vested with the legal authority to enter any premises where the 5th and 7th defendants – GiandomeniCo Zingali and Davide Anelli – are and can be found for the purpose of executing this bench warrant;

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Meanwhile, Justice Gbasam has adjourned the matter till February 2, 3, and 4 2022.

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Lagos gets new police commissioner as Odumosu bows out

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The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has appointed Abiodun Alabi as the new Commissioner of Police for Lagos State.

Alabi, the immediate past Commissioner of Police for Bauchi State, would take over from Hakeem Odumosu who was recently promoted to the rank of an Assistant Inspector General of Police.

learnt that Odumosu would formally hand over to Alabi next week.

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