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₦2 Million Compensation for Information on the Abducted Brother of Bauchi Governor

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₦2 Million Compensation for Information on the Abducted Brother of Bauchi Governor

Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed offers ₦2 million as compensation for information that will lead to safe return of his abducted brother.

 Recall, unknown gunmen kidnapped the governor’s elder brother, Adamu Mohammed around 7pm at Kobi street in Bauchi metropolis last Wednesday.

Also Read: THE ABDUCTION OF THE BAUCHI STATE GOVERNOR’S ELDER BROTHER CONFIRMED

Now, Gov. Bala Mohammed offers a handsome reward for any information that will lead to the elder brother’s safe return.

This was announced in a press statement in Bauchi State on Sunday by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Mukhtar Gidado.

The statement reads:

 “The family wishes to offer the sum of two million Naira (₦ 2 million) to whoever is willing to provide information leading to his safe return.”

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Osinbajo Refutes Receiving N4Billion from Magu

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Osinbajo Refutes Recieving N4Billion from Magu

Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo refutes having dealings with the EFCC’s Ex-Boss ‘Ibrahim Magu’.

He has described the Statement by one Jackson Ude that he received money from the embattled chairman of the anti-graft agency as “false and baseless fabrications”.

Mr. Magu is currently appearing before a presidential panel set up to probe allegations of stealing recovered funds by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

Many Nigerians including Femi Odekunle, a member of the presidential advisory committee against corruption, have described Mr Magu’s ordeal as power play between him and Mr Malami.

Mr Magu has been in detention since Monday while he continues to appear before the panel. Mr. Ude’s allegation against the vice president, which was published by some online media, has now been refuted by Mr. Osinbajo in a statement by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande.

Also Read: Presidency Suspends EFCC Boss ‘Ibrahim Magu’

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Read the full statement by Mr. Akande below;

“The attention of the Office of the Vice President has been drawn to a series of tweets and online publications by PointBlank News and Newsreel.com.ng today 8th July 2020, credited to the same person, one Jackson Ude.

“In essence, Ude’s story is that “embattled former Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, allegedly embezzled over N39 billion and gave Vice President Yemi Osinabjo (sic) N4 billion, after the VP gave instructions to him to release some of the recovered loots…” The same Jackson Ude has also been circulating a video on YouTube with a female commentator, peddling the same lies.

“With all emphasis at our disposal, let it be firmly stated that these are totally false and baseless fabrications purporting to reflect goings-on at the Probe Panel investigating Mr. Ibrahim Magu. They are indeed completely absurd in every respect.

“Sadly, such mindless, vicious and reckless publications have now become the preferred tool of unscrupulous and reprobate elements in our society who are procured with monetary inducement to peddle blatant falsehood, tarnish the image of upright public officials and mislead unsuspecting Nigerians.

“Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, will of course not be distracted by these obvious campaigns of lies and calumny. The online publications, being criminally defamatory in nature, have been referred to the relevant law enforcement agencies for investigation and necessary action.

Laolu Akande
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity
Office of the Vice President

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Facebook Blocks All Accounts Linked to Brazil President ‘Roger Stone’

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Facebook Blocks Accounts Linked to Brazil President ‘Roger Stone’

Facebook has blocked all accounts linked to Roger Stone, the president of Brazil who a longtime ally of US president Donald Trump.

 They declared this on Wednesday after an investigation uncovered links to a network involved in deceptive activity dating back to the 2016 US election.

Stone’s personal accounts at Facebook and Instagram were among those removed in a crackdown on “inauthentic coordinated behavior” in various parts of the world, the social networking giant said.

Facebook separately targeted fake accounts tied to Brazil’s President ‘Jair Bolsonaro’ and networks in Canada, Ecuador and Ukraine which disguised their true origins.

The Stone network was uncovered with the help of information unearthed by the Robert Mueller investigation, according to Facebook head of security policy Nathaniel Gleicher.

 Stone, who has been convicted on charges of lying and witness tampering in a federal investigation, was linked to more than 50 Facebook and Instagram accounts, and dozens of pages involved in the actions before and after the 2016 election.

 “We want to make sure these assets, most of which are dormant, can’t be reactivated and used in the upcoming election,” Gleicher said.

 While the activity dates back several years, Facebook uncovered the network as a result of the public release of search warrants from special counsel Mueller’s investigation.

The fake accounts posted about local politics in Florida; hacked materials released by Wikileaks ahead of the US 2016 election; candidates in the 2016 primaries and general election, as well as Stone himself and his trial, according to Facebook.

 However, it was discovered that almost all of the Facebook accounts were fake, many displaying bogus profile photos taken from elsewhere online, and were used to establish pages and make them seem more popular than they were, according to a study for Facebook by the digital forensics firm Graphika.

“Much of the network’s content focused on Roger Stone, praising his political acumen, defending him against criminal charges, and demanding that he be pardoned,” Graphika said in a report.

 The network operated across platforms, with some related assets on Twitter and YouTube; at least two petitions on change.org, and comments on news articles, according to Graphika.

The bulk of the activity on the network was in around and immediately after the 2016 presidential election, but parts of it were active this year posting about Stone’s court case and judgement, Graphika said.

 Facebook also disrupted a deceptive campaign in Brazil that it linked to the Social Liberal Party and employees of the offices Bolsonaro and his allies. The network in Brazil relied fictitious personae posing as reporters masquerading as news outlets, Facebook determined.

Bogus accounts in Brazil posted about elections; political memes; political opposition, journalists, and most recently they posted about the coronavirus pandemic, according to the leading social network. Gleicher credited press reports and congressional testimony in Brazil with leading Facebook to uncover the network there.

The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Research Lab, working with Facebook, found “duplicate and fake accounts that promoted Bolsonaro and his allies in various Facebook groups, as well as pages with hundreds of thousand followers that published pro-Bolsonaro memes and other content disparaging his critics,” according to a post by researchers.

“While the pages did not openly state that they were connected to Bolsonaro and his allies, several were linked to staffers of pro-Bolsonaro politicians.”

A separate network originating in Canada and Ecuador was focused on El Salvador, Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Chile, according to Facebook.

This network posted about news in the countries it targeted, with topics including politics, activism, praise and criticism of political candidates, Gleicher said.

Also, a Facebook investigation found links to political consultants and former government employees in Ecuador and Estraterra, a Canada-based PR firm.

Estraterra is now banned from Facebook platforms, according to Gleicher. A network disrupted in the Ukraine was particularly active during the 2019 presidential election in that country, posting political memes, satire and other content including about Crimea, NATO, economic policies in Ukraine, domestic politics, elections, criticism and support of various candidates, Facebook said.

 Facebook linked the activity to Postmen DA, an advertising agency in Ukraine.

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Presidency Suspends EFCC Boss ‘Ibrahim Magu’

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Presidency Suspends EFCC boss ‘Ibrahim Magu’

The Presidency has suspended the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

According to Sahara Reporters, Magu was arrested on Monday by a combined team of Department of State Services personnel and policemen at the Wuse II office of the EFCC to face an inter-agency committee investigating corruption allegations against him.

On the orders of the committee, Monday night, he was detained at the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCID), in Area 10, Abuja for questioning in the morning, Tuesday 7th.

A source in the Presidency allegedly confirmed to Sahara Reporters that Magu has now been suspended pending when a decision will be taken on him.

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