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Nigerian born Spanish fraudster, HELEN MUKORO IDISI arrested for Scam, Identity Theft, Impersonation posing as UN Women President… handcuffed suspect fired back: ‘United Nations defamed me’ *Call self ‘archduchess’, ‘detective’, ‘politician’, ‘Nigerian aristocrat’ * Detained on pain’s eastern Mediterranean coast, request funds from global bodies and giving interviews to the media as a VIP * “Helen provides online legal courses and solicited funds to carry out different projects related to the institution she claimed to represent”- Spanish police *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief & KALID INUDU/ REPORTER, Spain

Nigerian born Spanish fraudster, HELEN MUKORO IDISI arrested for Scam, Identity Theft, Impersonation posing as UN Women President... handcuffed suspect fired back: ‘United Nations defamed me’ *Call self...

United States Presidential Campaign: Nigerian conman, CHINEDU AMAECHI creates FAKE Social Media Account for Pete Buttigieg…alleges ‘Nigerians support political ambition’, claim ‘big misunderstanding’ to cause confusion *Drops the name of Lis Smith, senior communications adviser for Buttigieg’s campaign *Gives impression that Smith is behind “Pete Buttigieg supporter from Nigeria” * ‘It’s an absurd of conspiracy theory’- Smith * “Nigerian shadow account conspiracy theories are the new rat emojis. Sad but not surprising”-Matt Corridoni, the campaign’s deputy rapid-response communications director * BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief

United States Presidential Campaign: Nigerian conman, CHINEDU AMAECHI creates FAKE Social Media Account for Pete Buttigieg...alleges ‘Nigerians support political ambition’, claim ‘big misunderstanding’ to...

‘FAKE News medium reported Zahra Buhari secured job in PPPRA’-Presidency * ‘Zahra, just like any other Nigerian, can work wherever she secures employment, we hasten to add that the story is false in every material particular’ * “The publication is untrue, malicious, and meant to cast aspersions at the First Family since the tendentious platform claims the job was secured fraudulently’-Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity * BY KENNETH AMAECHI/STAFF WRITER, ABUJA

‘FAKE News medium reported Zahra Buhari secured job in PPPRA’-Presidency * ‘Zahra, just like any other Nigerian, can work wherever she secures employment, we hasten to add that the story is false in...

INSPIRING! Nigerian born American West Point Military Graduate, YINKA FALETI eyes Secretary of State political position in Missouri…former United Way VP, launches campaign * As a prosecutor earlier helped an 11-year-old boy open up and get justice after his teacher had been showing him pornography in the classroom * Served in the U.S. Army in Kuwait twice — before and after the 9/11 terrorist attacks * Raised over $300 million for the St. Louis area as second executive director of Forward Through Ferguson, a nonprofit formed after a police officer fatally shot Michael Brown in 2014 * Faleti, who is running as a Democrat reportedly said: “I’m running to ensure all Missourians, no matter what persuasion they are, have free, fair, and secure access to vote and that our ballot initiative process is protected, and the decisions that come out of it are honored” *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief

INSPIRING! Nigerian born American West Point Military Graduate, YINKA FALETI eyes Secretary of State political position in Missouri…former United Way VP, launches campaign * As a prosecutor earlier helped an...

NO HIDING PLACE: ROCHAS OKOROCHA, former Imo State Governor indicted for STEALING over N6billion funds…fraud perpetuated within state’s Oil Producing Areas Development Commission * Committee investigates ISOPADEC’s activities from May 2011 to May 2019 * ‘Senator-elect’s administration handled funds during eight years tenure with recklessness. Shortfall in revenue that accrued from the Federation Account uncounted for stood at N6, 044, 774, 341. 37’-INVESTIGATION * “The issue here begs for explanation on what happened to the original 40 per cent monthly derivation fund allocated to ISOPADEC and Okorocha should be held responsible for the missing funds. It is painful to note that citizens and some Managing Directors colluded with Okorocha to misappropriate ISOPADEC’s funds with impunity”- Committee Chairman, Romanus Ezeogu present report at Government House, Owerri * Dismissing the allegation, Okorocha’s Media Aide, Sam Onwuemeodo yelled: “I have nothing to say. You are stupid. I said you are very stupid” BY ANAYO AMAECHI/SPECIAL CRIME REPORTER, IMO STATE

NO HIDING PLACE: ROCHAS OKOROCHA, former Imo State Governor indicted for STEALING over N6billion funds…fraud perpetuated within state’s Oil Producing Areas Development Commission * Committee investigates ISOPADEC’s...

DARING: ‘I am ready to BREAK some toes to serve the ordinary people of Oyo State’ -Governor Seyi Makinde …declares during thanksgiving service to mark 52nd birthday * ‘Once we give education to our children, the sky is their starting point’ * ‘My determination to render service to the ordinary people informed my decision to declare free and qualitative education in the state. Education remains the surest way to lift people out of poverty’ * Reveals: “I thought I would join the Army, fight for my country and possibly get killed and that may be the end of the story. So for me, every year I have lived above 30 years is like a bonus” BY TOLANI ABAYOMI/SPECIAL POLITICAL REPORTER, Ibadan

DARING: ‘I am ready to BREAK some toes to serve the ordinary people of Oyo State’ -Governor Seyi Makinde …declares during thanksgiving service to mark 52nd birthday * ‘Once we give education to...

Resolving Xenophobia in Africa: BUHARI Strikes deal in Mandela’s Country…Nigeria, South Africa to issue 10-year Visa to Businessmen, Academics, Frequent Travelers *Agreement reached at 9th Bi-National Commission of South Africa and Nigeria meeting in Pretoria *Decision taken to encourage more people-to-people contacts among citizens of both countries and further strengthen socio-cultural, economic and political relations *During meeting at the Union Buildings, Presidential Palace of South Africa, the two presidents agreed on early warning signals to nip violence in the bud before it escalates BY NOPESA PUNUELL/DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENT, PRETORIA in South Africa

Resolving Xenophobia in Africa: BUHARI Strikes deal in Mandela’s Country…Nigeria, South Africa to issue 10-year Visa to Businessmen, Academics, Frequent Travelers *Agreement reached at 9th Bi-National...

NEW DEVELOPMENT: NIGERIAN Government plans to slam TREASON Charge against OMOYELE SOWORE…Sahara Reporter’s Publisher may face LIFE imprisonment if convicted * ‘We have credible information that Omoyele Sowore is in contact with some foreign actors to destabilize and overthrow the country. He is in our custody’-Nigeria Secret Service * Treason crime by Nigerian Constitution: ‘Any person conspiring with any person, either within or without Nigeria, to levy war against the state with the intent to cause such levying of war as would be treason if committed by a citizen of Nigeria, is guilty of treason and is liable to punishment of death. Whoever commits treason shall be punished with death, and whoever attempts or abets treason shall be punished with imprisonment for life or for any less term or with fine or with both’ * ‘Sowore has been removed as national chairman of the African Action Congress for misappropriation of funds. We have accused him of enjoying inflow of foreign funds into the party and retaining same personally in contravention of section 225, (3) (4) of the 1999 constitution”-Oladele Ade, Acting Director of Communications, AAC * ‘Those those that sacked Sahara Reporter’s publisher from AAC are misguided individuals on suspension”-Sowore’s camp react BY EMMANUEL OGEBE/SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, ABUJA & IJEOMA CLARKSON/POLITICAL WRITER, LAGOS

NEW DEVELOPMENT: NIGERIAN Government plans to slam TREASON Charge against OMOYELE SOWORE…Sahara Reporter’s Publisher may face LIFE imprisonment if convicted * ‘We have credible information that Omoyele Sowore...

2019 ELECTION: I will never mortgage Nigerians’ mandate freely expressed to me for anything-Atiku Abubakar …Sad that 24 EFCC agents arrested my son-in-law *Anti-graft officials stormed his house in two regular vehicles, an 18-seater Toyota bus (registration Abuja CS 522 RSH) and a Hilux van BY GARBA ALIYU/STAFF WRITER, POLITICS

2 2019 ELECTION: I will never mortgage Nigerians’ mandate freely expressed to me for anything-Atiku Abubakar …Sad that 24 EFCC agents arrested my son-in-law *Anti-graft officials stormed his house in two regular...

NEW DEVELOPMENT ON NIGERIA’S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: Foreign Observer foils INEC Rigging plans in 10 states on botched election day February 16…How violence, lawlessness were prevented in 26 states *Why National Electoral Umpire postponed election, set new dates for February 23, March 9 * ‘We have No Confidence or Trust in INEC to manage any credible election’-Afenifere *’INEC plan was to manipulate the smart card readers to substance biometric, accreditation with manual verification of already pre-loaded names, thus paving way for mass rigging and allocation of fictitious votes for President Buhari and APC Candidates during the elections’-Nigeria main opposition party, PDP * “I am deeply disappointed that despite the long notice given and our preparations both locally and internationally, INEC postponed the Presidential and National Assembly elections within hours of its commencement”-President BUHARI * “The commission could not afford to be distracted by baseless allegations. The Commission was not a political party and would not allow itself to be dragged into unnecessary controversies at a time like this”-Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman * ‘The upcoming elections are an opportunity for Nigeria to solidify its place as a democratic leader in Africa’-United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo BY NIKKY IYABODE/DIPLOMATIC REPORTER, CHESTA ILAM, POLITICAL WRITER, RILWANU AHMED, REPORTER, ABUJA & AJANI AIYEOLA/INVESTIGATIVE EDITOR, ABUJA

NEW DEVELOPMENT ON NIGERIA’S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: Foreign Observer foils INEC Rigging plans in 10 states on botched election day February 16…How violence, lawlessness were prevented in 26 states *Why National Electoral Umpire...