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Zone 2 Police Nab Money Counterfeiting Syndicate in Lagos, Read Riot Act to Criminals

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Operatives of the Zone 2 Police Department, comprising Lagos and Ogun states, have arrested a 4-man syndicate of money counterfeiters, who specialize in remodeling naira, pound, dollar and CFA notes.

Parading the suspects of three men and a woman before the media on Friday at the Zonal headquarters in Onikan, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Zone, Olatoye Durosinmi, revealed the members of the gang were nabbed after a team of operatives, led by DSP Adeyemi Akeem, acting on credible information, investigated and swooped on the hideout of one Adeniyi Quadri, a 35-year-old male, who specializes in counterfeiting different currencies and supplying same to his allies, spread at different locations, including Cameroon, at No. 11 Alof street, Lagos Island.

The arrest of Quadri, according to the AIG, led to the arrest of the others including Oludare Olamilekan, 50, his wife, Oludare Oluwayemisi, 46, and Ilelabayo Johnson, who is 62 years, and recovery of exhibits including one currency printing machine, one hundred and eighty million Cameroun CFA, suspected to be counterfeit, fake nine million Naira in one thousand naira denominations and other currencies worth millions, and also suspected to be counterfeited.

Speaking to the media, Quadri, who was filled with remorse, confessed to have been in the business of currency counterfeiting for over three years. While Quadri’s confession led to the arrest the couple, the couple’s confession led to the arrest of Ilelabayo Johnson, an ex-military personnel who resides at No.3 Ilelabayo close, Isoto via Ajasa Compound, Lagos State.

The AIG revealed that during his arrest, his house and premises were searched and some suspected counterfeit local and foreign currencies were recovered in his possession. All the arrested suspects confessed to various roles in the process of committing this offence.

He informed that efforts are being intensified to apprehend other fleeing members of the syndicate, and warned criminals to desist from crime because they will be caught.

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AI Ignite Africa Hosts Groundbreaking Summit in Lagos

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The AI & the Content, Marketing & Communications Revolution in Africa Summit is set to take place on July 26, 2024, at The Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos by 11 AM.

This groundbreaking event hosted by AI Africa in collaboration with Global Tech Africa will bring together industry leaders, marketing technology experts, and innovative content creators to explore the transformative power of AI in marketing, communications, and content creation across the African continent.

The summit will feature insightful panel discussions including “The Future of Customer Engagement: AI Applications in Marketing,” which will delve into how AI reshapes customer engagement strategies and drives innovation in the marketing sector. Moderated by Ifeoma ‘Oma Areh, Principal Consultant/Founder WildFlower PR, the panel will include esteemed panelists such as Oye Akideinde, GM of Digital Innovations at Airtel; Chuka Obi, Director of Innovations at Glo; Rukevwe Toka, Marketing Manager for West Africa; and Fred Akinmuyisitan, Head of Portfolio Strategy at The Heineken Company.

The second panel, “AI for Content Creation: Productivity, Revenue, and Ethics,” will explore the impact of AI on content creation, highlighting how AI tools enhance productivity and generate revenue while addressing ethical considerations. This discussion will be moderated by David I. Adeleke, Africa Editor at Rest of World, and will feature prominent stakeholders in the content creation and management space such as Abuch Ugwu, CEO of Chocolate City/Humanz, acclaimed tech content creator Tobi Ayeni, also known as Ms. Techy; and communications leader, Adedoyin Jaiyesimi, Co-Founder of The Comms Avenue.

In addition to the panel discussions, the summit will unveil and showcase AI-driven products designed to revolutionize marketing, influencer marketing, and PR workflows. The summit will highlight AI-powered tools like Maxxiti and Palet. This product showcases promise to offer attendees a first-hand look at innovative solutions that can significantly enhance their marketing and content strategies.

“AI isn’t just a buzzword in marketing, content, and communications in Africa; it’s a catalyst for innovation and growth. The AI Ignite Africa Summit is where we ignite that spark, bringing together visionaries and changemakers to harness AI’s power for a brighter future.” – Ifeoma ‘Oma Areh, Organizer, AI Ignite Africa Summit. We’re not just discussing the future; we’re shaping it with AI. This is where Africa’s brightest minds converge to unlock AI’s revolutionary potential for marketing, content creation, and beyond,” she added.

The first AI Ignite Africa is organized in partnership with the prestigious Global Tech Africa; a collaborative platform where key players in the African and international tech scene come together to drive growth opportunities and build a thriving tech landscape across the continent. Register for the summit here.

“We are excited to collaborate with AI Ignite Africa,” explains founder Dr Inya Lawal. “Our collaboration underscores the vital role of AI in driving innovation and transformation across sectors. This summit will serve as a platform for industry leaders and experts to share insights and explore new frontiers in customer engagement, marketing strategies, and content creation. We are excited to see the impact of these discussions on the future of AI in Africa,” she added.

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Ondo Man Attacks, Stabs Lawyer for Helping Wife Divorce Him

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A 40-year-old lawyer, Abayomi Oladire, was reportedly attacked and stabbed by the husband of his client in Ondo town, headquarters of the Ondo West local government area of the state, for handling the legal duty of the suspect’s wife.

The suspect, Kunle Kuteyi, was said to have used a broken bottle to stab the lawyer after beating him to stupor, alleging the lawyer was holding brief for his wife in a divorced suit.

It was gathered that the incident happened around 4 pm in Ondo town when the suspect met the lawyer on the road and stopped him, accusing the lawyer of having an affair with his wife and taking up her divorce suit against him.

The development led to an argument between the suspect and the victim when the suspect rained beating on the lawyer before breaking a bottle and stabbed Oladire severally before he was rescued and rushed to a private hospital

According to an eyewitness, the suspect ran away immediately after stabbing the lawyer and said, “We saw the two standing together, and later the suspect hugged the victim and pushed him away.

“The next thing we saw was the suspect bringing out a broken bottle and started to stab the victim.

The victim, while speaking on the ordeal, said, “The wife of the suspect brought a judgement to me and said her husband was ordered to pay N2 million by the court to a complainant in a case instituted against them.

“On checking the judgement, I saw that both the husband and wife were asked to pay N2 million each, and I explained this to her.

“She went to the complainant’s lawyer and paid the said amount. Then, she later asked me to prepare divorce papers because her husband had lied to her about the case.

“I prepared the divorce papers, but she later came back to me, saying she was no longer interested because her husband’s family had begged her to forgive him.

“I told her that I would inform the judge on the next adjournment date. On the day of the incident, I was going to my sister’s baby naming ceremony when I saw the suspect. He said he had been looking for me because I prepared divorce papers for his wife.

“He accused me of dating her and of preparing a divorce letter for her. But I explained to him that his wife had told me she was no longer interested in the divorce and that we were going to withdraw the case on the next adjournment date.

“The suspect hugged me and bit me on the jaw, then brought out a broken bottle and started stabbing me. All I could do was guard myself to prevent him from stabbing me in the neck or other dangerous parts of my body.

“In the course of performing my legal duty by preparing a divorce for his wife, the suspect attempted to kill me by stabbing me viciously.

“He is now walking freely in the town, and all the police stations in Ondo can’t arrest him.”

Confirming the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Funmi Odunlami, said the command has been after the suspect and needed more enforcement to arrest him.

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Two Friends Die in Fight over One Woman in Delta

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Two friends have reportedly died tragically following a violent altercation over an alleged affair with one girl. The incident happend in Ogume community, Ndokwa West Local Government Area, Delta State on Tuesday, leaving the community in shock.

One of the deceased, identified as Igala, was reportedly stabbed to death by his friend Pedro. Pedro was subsequently killed by a mob in reprisal attack.

The Delta State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Bright Edafe, confirmed the killings on Wednesday, July 17.

According to sources, the deceased were from the Ogbe-Ogume and Igbe Ogume quarters of the community and worked as commercial motorcyclists, commonly known as Okada riders.

“The two boys are friends and they are commercial motorcyclists. Pedro had problems with his girlfriend, and Igala tried to resolve the issues. In the process of doing that, Pedro suspected that Igala had started having an affair with the girl, which led to a confrontation,” a local source told Vanguard

He continued; “The confrontation escalated, resulting in Pedro stabbing Igala to death. Following Igala’s death, a mob retaliated, killing Pedro in a violent reprisal attack.”

The incident has heightened tensions in the community, with residents mourning the loss of the two young men. Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding the clash to prevent further violence.

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