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Binance executive arraigned, remanded in Kuje prison

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The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, remanded an executive of Binance Holdings Limited, Tigran Gambaryan, in the Kuje Correctional Centre pending the determination of his bail application.

Justice Emeka Nwite gave the order after Gambaryan pleaded not guilty to the money laundering charges preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday.

The EFCC had accused Binance, Gambaryan, and his fleeing colleague, Nadeem Anjarwalla, of concealing the source of the $35,400, 000 generated as revenue by Binance in Nigeria knowing that the funds constituted proceeds of unlawful activity.

Binance Holdings Limited and Tigran Gambaryan’s arraignment was stalled on April 4  following an objection from Gambaryan’s counsel, Mark Mordi (SAN).

Mordi had insisted that his client could not be arraigned following the failure of the EFCC to perfect the service of the charge sheet on Binance Holdings Limited.

However, counsel for the EFCC, E.E. Iheanacho, noted that the second defendant was a representative of Binance in the country, adding that the charge was served on him on behalf of the company, but it was rejected.

Ruling on the matter, Justice Nwite said the service on Gambaryan on behalf of the company was proper.

He held that Section 478 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act stipulates that service must be effected on a chief agent of a company within the jurisdiction.

Justice Nwite added that all the prosecution needed was to establish that the person being served was an agent of Binance.

The judge held, “Does the second defendant qualify as an agent of Binance? From the above statement, the second defendant is the duly appointed representative of Binance. The second defendant is bound to receive a summons on behalf of Binance.

“The service of the second defendant on behalf of the first defendant is proper. The court should proceed with the arraignment of the defendants.”

Moreover, he noted that in an affidavit deposed to by Gambaryan’s lawyer, he claimed his client and  Anjarwalla travelled to Nigeria to attend a meeting with Nigerian government officials on behalf of Binance.

The charges were then read to Gambaryan, but he pleaded not guilty for himself and Binance.

The prosecution counsel requested a date for the commencement of the trial.

But Gambaryan’s lawyer, Mordi, pleaded with the court to grant his client’s bail application.

Mordi said, “I am happy to go to trial but there is a question of the second defendant’s custody. He has been in custody for 40 days. This is a foreign national. There’s nothing more significant than where he is going after here. We are created by God and the greatest thing anyone can have is freedom.”

However, Iheanacho told the court that: “The proper place to be post-arraignment is a correctional centre. We have Nigerians convicted in the US. His detention was proper. They raised a preliminary objection, which the magistrate court dismissed.”

Mordi, however, urged the court in the alternative to keep his client in the EFCC custody.

The judge subsequently adjourned the matter till April 18 for the ruling on Gambaryan’s bail application and May 2 for commencement of trial.

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Video trends as President Tinubu falls while climbing a parade car for Democracy Day celebration today (Watch)

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is one of the trending conversations online as he falls while climbing a parade car for Democracy Day celebration.

This is coming after the 72-year-old president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria delivered the Democrazy Day speech.

Today, June 12th 2024 is the 25th Democrazy Day celebration of Nigeria, meaning the country is celebrating the silver anniversary of our journey in democracy.

While delivering his Democracy Day speech, Prsident Tinubu said that he was among those who took the risk to midwife the birth of democracy in the country.

He added that he understands the economic difficulties we face as a nation and by extension tells Nigerians to be more positive while promising to move Nigeria forward.

After delivering the Democrazy Day speech, Bola Ahmed Tinubu raises eyebrows online as he falls while climbing a parade car for Democracy Day celebration today.

The security details had to quickly rushed to him after he fell down and tried to raise him up.

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See reactions below;

tufab: Please sir don’t fall. You must finish your 12 years tenure oo. 🙏.

sonita_the_virtuous_girl: If this falling sweet you gather here>>>>😂😂😂.

veevyann: Naso prices of Foodstuffs go take fall this week in Jesus name🤲🏾.

lyric_onyems: Nice one! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂.

nkemakonamu’: We are still standing on your mandate and you are already falling 😞.

castroevans1:He will be flown abroad and billions will be spent for his check-up… meanwhile, the common won’t be able access Healthcare, meanwhile doctors here would be paid a meagre stipend called salary…

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“This is a disrespect” – Police officer loses control as lady seduces him during car inspection on the road (Video)

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A video is making the rounds on social media that shows the moment a police officer loses control as he gets seduced by a lady during a car inspection on the road.

In the clip that has gone viral, the middle-aged lady while driving was asked to stop by the police officer while driving for a quick inspection.

However during this moment, the lady automatically turned on her romantic state as she was seen seducing the police officer and by extension, the police officer who was actively doing his job became the victim.

The police officer asks the lady for her particulars and the lady responds by putting her particulars in her mouth and then moving it in the direction of the officer so that he can take it.

The police officer seems to be left with no choice and he reacted by collecting the particulars by stretching her his hand toward her mouth and collected the particulars from there.

Following that, the lady continues to seduced the police officer as she was seen locking her lips with her teeth together and the duo ended up looking at each other.

The police officer who has lost control while standing was seen staring at the lady inside the car in what could be described as “love is a beautiful thing.”

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laughpillscomedy: This Gen Z plays too much 😂.

ble_ssing_sunday: This Olopa don wet but maintaining maximum composure😂😂😂.

uchenna4712: If they arrest this one now they go day disturb us with justice for her.

attih_soul: Stop doing this. If he thinks you’re flirting and wants to do something with you, what will you do? What if he decides not to understand that it’s not a joke? Don’t tempt the devil to tempt you 🙏🏼.

azapeter_1: his is very wrong You can’t try this outside Nigeria That’s why I don’t like visiting this country.

director_h20: This is 💯 crime. U can’t seduce an officer.

funny_thinker1: See the power of a woman, she made the conStable unStabe 😂.

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JUST IN: Four Nigerian pilgrims arrested for planning to smuggle cocaine to Saudi Arabia

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Four intending hajj pilgrims have been arrested by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) while trying to smuggle cocaine to Saudi Arabia.

The suspects lodged at Emerald Hotel in the Ladipo area of Oshodi, Lagos State, were caught ingesting wraps of cocaine ahead of their flight to the holy land on Wednesday, June 5, 2024.

The four suspects were identified as Usman Kamorudeen, 31; Olasunkanmi Owolabi, 46; Fatai Yekini, 38; and Ayinla Kemi, 34.

“The suspects were lodged in two rooms in the hotel, preparing 200 pellets of cocaine weighing 2.20 kilograms to swallow when NDLEA officers stormed their rooms. One hundred wraps of the Class A substance were recovered from each room, making a total seizure of 200 wraps. Two suspects were set to swallow 100 wraps each,” NDLEA stated.

Brig Gen Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the NDLEA, commended the Commander, officers, and men of the Lagos State Command of the NDLEA for conducting the operation.

He emphasized that the agency will continue to extend its efforts to track, trace, and apprehend criminal elements attempting to use the pilgrimage to carry out illegal activities that could tarnish the country’s image.

The NDLEA chief also stated that the agency would collaborate with their counterparts in Saudi Arabia to ensure that the designated recipients of the seized illicit drug consignments in Saudi Arabia are also traced and dealt with accordingly.

Meanwhile, the Saudi Ministry of Health has approved the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to operate two main clinics for Nigerian pilgrims in Makkah.

The Executive Chairman of NAHCON, Malam Jalal Arabi, made this known in a statement by the commission’s Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Mrs Fatima Sanda-Usara, on Sunday in Abuja.

Arabi said the approval letter was received by Dr Abubakar Isma’eel, NAHCON’s Head of Medical Mission for the 2024 Hajj Season.

“The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) is happy to announce that it has received approval to operate two main clinics in Makkah in the meantime.

“The Saudi Ministry of Health revealed this development through its medical consultants attached to Ithra Alkhair Company, NAHCON’s chosen service providers, otherwise known as Mu’assasa. The two main clinics are those located at Masfala/Kudai and Shari’e Al-Mansour areas. They serve as the medical head offices,” he said.

Arabi also said that approval to start running three other outpost clinics (Triage Outposts 1, 2, and 3) was still awaited.

“Dr A-Isma’eel expressed optimism that within the next 48–72 hours, the three outposts would also receive full approval to operate optimally. The proposed outposts are located at Nasarawa, Ogun/Oyo, and Borno pilgrim houses in Makkah, respectively,” the chairman explained.

He said that the GPS of the outpost locations would be made available to the Nigerian pilgrims within hours of approval.

“It should be noted that the outposts are strategically situated within pilgrims’ hotel clusters to aid accessibility,” he noted.

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