Images and a video clip of Nairobi-based South Sudanese man whose video ‘swimming in dollars’ went viral on social media has finally spoken about his wealth and identity.
Speaking during an interview with Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange, Lawrence Lual Malong Yor Jr. says he is a blessed man and his money comes from Jesus Christ.
Yor however dismisses claims that he is the son of former South Sudanese Chief of Army Staff, General Paul Malong Awan who is accused of looting his country dry in a recently released investigative documentary dubbed “The Profiteers.”
“According to our culture, one would be insulting me by claiming that I am General Malong’s step-son, while in real sense, I am not. I am Lawrence Lual Malong Yor senior’s son,” he said in the interview.
“I am Lawrence Lual Malong Yor Jr, which means my father is Lual Malong Yor Snr. General Malong is not my father… we are not related,” said Mr. Yor.
In the documentary, Kenyan journalist John Allan Namu reported that the young man was General Malong’s son. The journalist alleged that General Malong, who was fired by South Sudan President Salva Kiir in 2013, took advantage of war to loot money to the tunes of millions of dollars and stashed them in foreign accounts.
“My money comes from Jesus Christ,” said Yor.
He said he sleeps in a presidential suite at Serena hotel in Nairobi, where he pays $2,500 (Sh250,000) per night on accommodation alone.
“My Lord Jesus Christ blessed me; I fly on private jets… I live in Presidential suites… I am blessed,” said the 30-year old who also bragged about the Rolex watch he wore worth $10,000 (Sh1 million)
A fraudster from Luton, involved in a £1.8 million scam, who skipped bail and fled the UK has been jailed for five years.
Olanrewaju Bolaji Otukoya, 53, of Cresswell Gardens, was sentenced at the Old Bailey, on Friday, October 12, following an operation led by the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU).
One of his associates Anjam Shahshah was jailed in 2016
Otukoya headed up the Luton-based gang that committed £1.8 million of fraud by intercepting cheques in the post that were intended for local businesses. He failed to answer his police bail in July 2014 and absconded to Nigeria. Since then the DCPCU have worked with the Nigerian authorities to trace him and extradite him back to the UK.
The extradition was finally approved by the Nigerian courts in April this year. Otukoya, who has several previous convictions for fraud, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud users of Royal Mail Postal Services.
Another associate Moshin Abbas was jailed in 2016.
Two other members of the gang, Moshin Abbas and Anjam Shah, both from Luton, were recruited by Otukoya to abuse their positions as workers at a Royal Mail sorting office by stealing post containing cheques destined for local companies.
The intercepted cheques, worth over £1.8 million in total, were then paid into business bank accounts that were set up and controlled by Otukoya, using similar names as the target company.
Abbas and Shah were sentenced in 2016 to four years and fives year and three months imprisonment respectively.
Detective Constable Jeremy Boxall, who is currently the lead officer on the case for the DCPCU, said: “Otukoya played a leading role in committing large-scale fraud against local businesses and then tried to escape punishment by fleeing abroad. “Now, thanks to close cooperation between the British and Nigerian authorities, he is facing justice back in the UK.
“This sends a strong message to others considering following a similar path – you will be caught and punished.”
The gang of fraudsters was identified through a joint investigation by the Royal Mail and the DCPCU – the police unit sponsored by the banking industry and made up of officers from the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police Service, bank investigators and support staff from UK Finance.
All the victims of the scam were refunded. Culled from Lutontoday.co.uk
The family of a former finance minister, Nenadi Usman, has sent a petition the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over what it alleges is the cold blood murder of 31-year-old Anita Akapson, the daughter of the former minister.
In a petition signed by the lawyer to the family, Kayode Ajulo, the Usmans allege that the Akapson “was trailed, targeted, intercepted, her vehicle brushed, blocked and shot at close range by a police officer at Katampe District, Abuja.”
The victim, who recently returned to the country after her university education in the United Kingdom, was driving out of her house at Katampe Extension by Gwarimpa Estate in a Honda Accord car when she was intercepted and shot dead by a Superintendent of Police around 11 pm on Saturday.
The officer, whose identity is being witheld by the police was said to have mistaken her for a suspected car thief.
The force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said in a statement in Abuja on Monday, that the IG had ordered that the policemen be detained and also asked the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, to carry out a thorough investigation into the incident.
It is believed that the police team had earlier arrested two suspected car theives around the victim’s neighbourhood.
The thieves had allegedly successfully demobilised the car and were about driving away when policemen arrested them, but one of them reportedly scaled the fence into Akapson’s compound.
The policemen then surrounded the building and were lying in wait for the fleeing suspect when the woman unexpectedly drove out of the compound.
“The SP fired at the car thinking it was the suspect that was driving out and the woman was hit by bullets. She was rushed to Gwarimpa General Hospital where she died,” a senior police officer said.
But the family said Akapson was shot in the stomach after the police blocked her car and punctured the tyres with several bullets.
The lawyer to the family, Ajulo, in the petition demanded a thorough investigation into the killing, stating that Akapson’s murderers were being shielded by the police authorities.
Ajulo hinted that Usman believed that the murder might have been politically motivated because of her position as a member of the leading opposition party in the country.
An excerpt from the petition states, “The circumstances of the trailing, tracking and gruesome murder of the deceased who had a strong affinity with Senator Nenadi Usman, a member of the leading opposition political party in Nigeria, and who is presently facing continuous prosecutions from the state, calls for thorough and comprehensive investigation.”
“Given the level of intimidation of opposition by the instrumentalities of the state, our clients are worried as to the intent or possible calculated assassination of the deceased to further cause anguish to the family.”
A Nigerian scientist was recently awarded the Japan Minister Of Economy, Trade and Industry 2018 Award for contributions to the industry in the area of standardization.
John Ologbosere is the Chairman, Committee of Testing Laboratories (CTL) an organisation responsble for achieving reproducibility of test results and to promote a close collaboration between testing laboratories.
The work of the CTL is carried out through the IECEE (International Electro-technical Commission System for Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electro-technical Equipment and Components).
IECEE is a multilateral certification system based on IEC International Standards. Its Members use the principle of mutual recognition (reciprocal acceptance) of test results to obtain certification or approval at national levels around the world.
The IECEE Schemes address the safety, quality, efficiency and overall performance of components, devices and equipment for homes, offices, workshops, health facilities among others. In all, IECEE covers 23 categories of electrical and electronic equipment and testing services.
The IECEE Schemes, based on IEC International Standards, are truly global in concept and in practice. They help reduce trade barriers caused by different certification criteria in different countries and help industry access new markets. They eliminate the delays and costs of multiple testing, thus allowing companies to market their products faster while reducing overall manufacturing costs.
In his acceptance speech, the Edo State, Nigeria indigene and University of Benin graduate said “My sincere gratitude goes to Japan IECEE Member Body, TUV Rheinland Group and the IECEE CTL community for the nomination and support. I couldn’t have done it without you.”
Doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis products to patients as early as next month, Sajid Javid has announced.
The Home Secretary said they will start handing out the prescriptions from November 1.
The new rules apply to England, Wales and Scotland, and follow several high-profile cases, including that of young epilepsy sufferers Alfie Dingley and Billy Caldwell, whose conditions appeared to be helped by cannabis oil.
Setting out the new regulations regarding cannabis-based products for medicinal use, Mr Javid said: ‘This brings these products explicitly into the existing medicines framework.
‘These regulations are not an end in themselves. The ACMD (Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs) will be conducting a long-term review of cannabis and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has been commissioned to provide advice for clinicians by October next year.
‘The Government will monitor the impact of the policy closely as the evidence base develops and review when the ACMD provides its final advice.’