EFCC Hands Over $22,000 From Convicted Internet Fraudster To FBI

The EFCC in Lagos has delivered $22,000, which was reclaimed from a convicted cybercriminal, Hakeem Ayotunde Olanrewaju, to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

This was made known by the EFCC via its X handle on Saturday, May 18.

It reads: “Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos had, on August 15, 2023, ordered that the money recovered from Olanrewaju, who was sentenced to two years imprisonment for identity theft and impersonation, be restituted to his victim in the United States of America, U.S.A.

“Speaking during the handover ceremony in Lagos, the Acting Director, Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC, Michael T. Wetkas, reaffirmed the Commission’s dedication to combating crimes and restoring sanity to the nation.

“We are delighted to be handing over this proceeds of crime today.

“The EFCC is willing and always ready to do more.”

“Responding, the FBI Legal Attaché, Charles Smith, said: “The EFCC and FBI work collaboratively together, and it is thanks to the EFCC that we can recover funds of this nature, especially from Business email Compromise, BEC.

“This type of crime cripples businesses in the US, and for them to recover the money within one to two years gives hope to the affected companies and brings some level of justice, even if not all subjects have been identified.

“We hope our relationship continues and fosters a more cohesive partnership between the two agencies. If there’s anything the FBI can do to support this investigation, we will do so.

“We appreciate this on behalf of the FBI and thank the EFCC.”


Student Loan to Start With Federal Institutions — Nigerian Govt

The Federal Government has revealed where the student loan scheme will begin.
FG said the student loan scheme would be rolled out in phases, beginning with the federal institutions.

The Managing Director, Nigerian Education Loan Fund, Akintunde Swayerr, who made this disclosure in an interview with Arise Television on Friday said the student loan application portal will be opened on the 24th of May for loan applications.
He further said the government is currently “in the midst of a sensitization campaign to inform Nigerians how the scheme will work.”
Swayerr explained that the loan scheme seeks to bridge the financing gap for students in Nigeria, enabling them to become more resourceful, and eventually aiding the country.
“On the 3rd of April 2024, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu signed into law a monumental act that seeks to bridge the financing gap for applicants who want to get a higher education that is tertiary level.
“…and who wants to get vocational training to get proper qualifications that enables them to be more marketable and useful to the Nigerian society.
“The fund covers 100 percent of all the fees of tertiary institutions. There’s also upkeep for the student,” he said.
Swayerr noted that this plan will be rolled out in schemes, the first being the public institutions because of the large number of students in that sector requiring financial aid.
“We’re going to roll this plan out in phases. The first phase will be with federal institutions then to others. It’s going to be the public sector at the beginning because that’s where we find the bulk of students who perhaps need the financing cover and are most vulnerable.
“We have a system that hopefully makes this have a national spread and some degree of equal opportunities for those who have the desire, capacity, eligibility to engage in this scheme,” he said.

JAMB Releases More 2024 UTME Results

An additional result of 36,540 candidates who sat for the recently concluded 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have been released by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB)

In a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, the JAMB Spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin said the total results released now stand at 1,879,437 after previous results were released.

Benjamin said over 26,000 UTME results are still being withheld and under investigation over alleged examination misconduct.

He said: “Others found to be involved in any examination misconduct are still undergoing investigation as the Board would want to review all the footage of all CCTV cameras placed in all its accredited centres to ascertain the candidate’s culpability or otherwise.

“At the conclusion of this exercise, the Board would publish its findings.

Recall that the examination board had released 1,842,464 results withholding some 64,000 candidates’ results.

The JAMB registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, had explained at the time that 78 of the withheld results are under investigation for alleged examination misconduct, 4,594 for “procedural investigation of candidates, 2,896 “under investigation on verification,” and 57,056 for centre-based investigations.

Oloyede said more than 1.9 million candidates took the computer-based examination to assess candidates who seeking admission into Nigerian tertiary institutions.

He said 1,402,490, representing 76 per cent of candidates who sat the examination, scored below 200 from the maximum of 400 obtainable scores.

The JAMB boss said only 8,401, representing 0.5 per cent of candidates, scored 300 and above in the examination.

He said 77,070, representing 4.2 per cent, scored 250 and above and that 439,974, representing 24 per cent, scored 200 and above.


LAUTECH Student Stabbed To Death In Ogbomoso

Adedokun Olamilekan, an undergraduate student at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso in Oyo State, has died.

The man was stabbed to death by yet-to-be-identified people at the Under G area in the town on Thursday night.

Olamilekan, a 200-level student of the Department of Information Science, was said to be running a business outfit known as Dcrown Unisex Salon at Under G before he was murdered by his assailants during an argument.

He was reportedly stabbed by yet-to-be-identified colleagues and later rushed to a nearby hospital, where he gave up the ghost.

One person who witnessed the incident said, “He was rushed immediately to the nearest hospital where he was confirmed dead.


“The case has been reported to Owode Police Station, Ogbomoso, Oyo state.”

All efforts to get the state Police Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso’s reactions were unsuccessful as his telephone mobile number was not reachable.

Also, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Fadeyi was not reachable as of press time.


Registration Will Soon End – JAMB Warns Prospective DE Candidates

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has urged prospective Direct Entry (DE) candidates to expedite their registration process.

The board made the call on Friday via a post on its official X handle.

It noted that the DE registration was still ongoing but likely to be closed soon.

“Attention 2024 DE Applicants! This is to inform those who are yet to complete their registration that the registration is still ongoing and likely to be closed soon. You are by this notice urged to make hay while the sun shines,” the post read.

Recall that the examination board had postponed the closure of its DE registration indefinitely after saying it would end initially in March 28 and April 25, respectively.

JAMB then stated that the first deadline extension was to allow for more candidates to register for the examination following some challenges posed by the security screening measures put in place to tackle fake A’level results.



JAMB Set To Release Results Of 2024 UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has announced plans to release the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results soon.

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, is scheduled to address the media in Abuja on Monday.

During the press briefing, Oloyede will give updates on the release of the results.

This was contained in a notice circulated to journalists and made available by the Board’s Head of Public Relations, Fabian Benjamin, on Sunday.

There are indications that the 2024 UTME results which would be released on Monday, are for candidates who wrote the exams in the first few days.

Others would be released after “due diligence” is completed.

In the last week, over 1.9 million candidates enrolled for the 2024 UTME across over 700 Computer-Based Test centers nationwide.


2024 UTME Notification Slip Ready For Printing – JAMB

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has asked candidates who registered for the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME, to print their notification slips for examination.

The board disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday by its spokesperson, Dr Fabian Benjamin.

He said the 2024 UTME notification slip, which shows the date, venue and time of their examination, was ready for printing.

“All candidates, who have registered for the 2024 UTME scheduled to start on Friday, April 19, are urged to print their notification slips before the date.

“This is for them to know the date, venue and time of their respective examinations as well as some other vital information.

“To print the slip, candidates are to visit the JAMB website:; click on “2024 UTME Slip Printing”, input their registration number, then click on print.

“The slip can be printed anywhere provided there is an internet-enabled computer,” he said.

He added that to successfully sit for the examination, candidates were advised to print on or before Friday, 19th April.

This he explained was to enable them locate the venue of their centre, to prevent lateness on their scheduled examination date.

Recall that the 2024 UTME is scheduled to start on Friday, April 19 and end on Monday, April 29.

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Binance CEO Tops 2024 Crypto Billionaires List

The founder and former CEO of crypto exchange Binance, Changpeng Zhao is now crypto’s wealthiest person.
He achieved this for the third year running as Forbes unveils crypto bigwigs.
Popularly known as CZ, Zhao is now worth an estimated $33 billion, up from $10.5 billion last year and the 50th-wealthiest person in the world.
Despite pleading guilty to U.S. money laundering charges in November, Forbes reported that CZ who is now the biggest crypto gainer in dollar terms since last year made a bulk of his fortune from his majority stake in Binance, which remains the industry’s largest global trading venue by volume.
Also, the CEO of MicroStrategy, Michael Saylor’s net worth has surged to an estimated $4.4 billion, compared to $760 million the previous year, thanks to MicroStrategy’s heavy investments in Bitcoin.
Similarly, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong’s net worth hit an estimated $11.2bn, up from $2.2 billion, buoyed by the impressive performance of Coinbase’s shares, which have more than quadrupled over the past 12 months.

BREAKING: FG Declares Friday 29, Monday April 1 As Public Holidays for Easter Celebrations

Friday, March 29 and Monday, 1st April have been declared as public holidays.
The federal government declared the holiday to mark the celebrations of 2024 Good Friday and Easter Monday respectively.
The minister of interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, made the declaration on behalf of the federal government.
The minister made the declaration in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Aishetu Ndayako.
He urged Christians and all Nigerians in general to emulate the sacrifice and love displayed by Jesus Christ in dying for the redemption of man.
According to the Minister, Easter, beyond religious significance, promotes values of love, forgiveness and compassion which are essential for social cohesion and harmony.
He called on Christians to imbibe these virtues as they are capable of impacting positively on the socio-economic development in Nigeria by fostering unity, reducing conflicts and encouraging cooperation among Nigerians.
He further urged Nigerians to show acts of charity and generosity to help alleviate the material conditions of the less privileged amongst them.
This, he said, is in tandem with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
While wishing Christians at home and abroad a happy and blissful Easter celebration, the Minister also called on Nigerians to join hands with President Tinubu-led Administration in its determination to bring sustainable development and usher in prosperity for all.

JAMB Extends Direct Entry Registration By Two Weeks

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has decided to extend the ongoing registration for Direct Entry by an additional two weeks to accommodate all prospective candidates in the process.

This is contained in a statement  by JAMB’s Public Communication Advisor (PCA), Fabian Benjamin on Saturday.

The statement reads “The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) would be extending the 2024 Direct Entry (DE) registration by two weeks to enable all candidates desirous of DE registration to do so.

“The Board commenced the 2024 Direct Entry on Wednesday, 28th February, 2024, and was to have concluded it on Thursday, 28th March, 2024, but on subsequent consideration, has now extended the exercise by two weeks from Wednesday, 28th March, 2024, consequently bringing the registration to a close on Thursday, 11th April, 2024.

“This extension became necessary following the challenges faced by candidates in going through some of the security screening measures put in place to arrest the rampant and embarrassing cases of fake A’level certificates being paraded by some DE candidates.

“The Board apologises for the inconveniences caused the prospective DE candidates and pledges that, going forward, the process would be made more user-friendly.

“However, in doing this, the Board will not compromise on its avowed determination to ensure that candidates, whose certificates were dubiously acquired are prevented from benefiting from such certificates.

“It is also to be noted that candidates, whose certificate-issuing institutions are among those on the list of institutions that have not verified their certificates despite repeated requests, would not be allowed to register without doing the needful.”