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Ramadan: Lookout for crescent, Sultan tells Muslims

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By Lukman Olabiyi

Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto,  Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has enjoined Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan immediately after sunset today. 

A statement issued by the director of administration of NSCIA, Zubairu Usman-Ugwu on his behalf said:  “If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, then His Eminence would declare Saturday, 2nd April 2022 as the first day of Ramadan 1443 AH. If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Sunday, 3rd April 2022, automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1443 AH.”

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The council also enjoined  Muslims  to report credible and positive sighting of the crescent of Ramadan 1443 AH to the appropriate authority, especially, members of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC)

The council prayed that Allah would spares the lives of every Muslim to participate in the ibaadah exercise and to maximise the benefits therein.

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NYCN passes vote of confidence on its president Isah Abubakar

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The Northern Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has passed a vote of confidence on its President, Comrade Isah Abubakar, Secretary-General of the group, Comrade Michael Musa Shekarau said in a statement sent to The Sun newspapers.

This was coming hours after his purported suspension by a splinter faction led by the Director-General, Media and Publicity of the group, Mock Kure, Shekarau added.

The statement read in part, “we have accessed the situation that led to the purported suspension which is suspected to be politically sponsored.

“It is our considered view that there was nothing the President did that amounted to a betrayal of trust rather a stand for social justice and speaking truth to power. He followed all the group’s internal decision-making mechanisms before heading to the press.

“It is left for the affected government agencies to either act or do otherwise with the information at their disposal in respect of the concerned Niger State gubernatorial aspirant, Alhaji Liman Isah Kantigi.

“To this end, the public is hereby notified that Comrade Isah Abubakar was never suspended from the activities of the group and remains our National President.

“The suspension only exists in the figment of the imagination of those who masterminded its publicity”.

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17 jailed for using cloned Facebook accounts for fraud in Enugu

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has secured the conviction of 17 internet who cloned 20 different Facebook accounts of different individuals and them used them to defraud other individuals in Enugu State.

Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court 1, Enugu, Enugu State convicted the internet fraudsters who were all arraigned on one- count charge bordering on cyber crimes.

The convicts are: Aguoha Ujunwa, Samson Ebuzoeme, Iwuji Kelechi John Kennedy, Onyeanu Kinsley, Emmanuel Udo, Mmesoma Emmanuel, Prosper Chizaram Ugochukwu, Chima Chibuike Kingsley, Nzeadi Chika Camillus, Nwaugu Nzubechi Bethel.

Others are Opara Ikenna Christopher, Chindorom Gideoan Ehimere, Okoroafor Samuel and Obaa Emeka Ama, Osinachi Goodness Nwokore, Smart Clinton Onyinyoma, Iheanacho Ikenna, Chinonso Henry Ogu and Anyanwu Foxby.

The one-count charge read:“That you Prosper Chizaram Ugochukwu sometime in 2022 at Enugu, Enugu State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently cloned 20 different Facebook accounts of various unsuspecting individuals without their consent then used same accounts with intent to defraud other individuals and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(2) (b) (ii) of the Cybercrime (Prevention, Prohibition, etc.) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22(2) (b) (iv) of the same Act.”

17 of the nineteen 19 suspects pleaded guilty to the charges preferred against them, and were subsequently sentenced to one year imprisonment each, with an option of fine of N1,000, 000( One Million Naira) each, except for Nzeadi Chika Camillus who was given a fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira because he had forfeited a Lexus RX350 car, a proceed of the crime worth N4700,000 (Four Million Seven Hundred Thousand Naira).

The convicts are also to forfeit the gadgets used in committing the crime to the Federal Government.

However, two other suspects Aguoha Ujunwa and Smart Clinton Onyinyoma pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them, prompting the Judge to set their bail term at N5,000,000( Five Million Naira) each with two sureties in like sum.

Justice Buba adjourned the matter to May 25, 2022 for full trial of the two defendants.

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