U.S Court dismisses fraud case against Woodberry | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

A United States Court has dismissed the fraud case levied against Olalekan Jacob Ponle, popularly known as Woodberry.

The Nigerian socialite alongside Raymond Igbalode Abbas commonly known as Hushpuppi were arrested in the United Arab Emirates on accusations of a multi-million dollar wire fraud after a raid by operatives of the Dubai Crime Unit and were subsequently extradited to the United States.

29-year-old Woodberry had been accused of misleading an unnamed Chicago-based company of transferring about $15.3million to him. However, the Attorney to the US government, John Lausch filed a motion on Monday, seeking the dismissal of the case against Ponle without prejudice.

“Without objection, the complaint against defendant Ponle is dismissed without prejudice. Motion presentment hearing set for 7/23/2020 is stricken,” Judge Robert W. Gettleman had ruled.


FG considering November GCE as replacement for 2020 WASSCE

Nigerian students who registered for the May/June West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) may be asked to sit for the November General Certificate Examinations (GCE) since the WASSCE cannot be rescheduled for any reason.

According to the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, who made this known at the bi-weekly Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 meeting on Thursday, “Nigeria is not moving away from it, the option would have been to go to November to take the GCE external exams. Nigeria is carefully studying that if in the event everything fails, we may go to that,” he said.

The Federal Government had declared that no Nigerian school will participate in the WASSCE earlier rescheduled for August 5 to September 5, owing to safety concerns arising from the coronavirus pandemic. The GCE is a private examination which is only offered in November and the results are available by December.


Oyo Government plans N100bn-bond for roads, airport

The Oyo Government has approved an N100bn private bond for priority projects so as to engender the country’s economic development.

State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun disclosed that the fund tagged Oyo Prosperity Bond, would be raised in two portions of N50bn each for the construction of the 50-kilometre Iseyin-Ogbomoso Road, the Ibadan Circular Ring-Road and the upgrade of the Ibadan Airport.

“The fund will also cover the development of Ibadan Dry Port and the rail corridor which would serve as economic hubs of the state. Furthermore, the state is expected to upgrade one government hospital in each of the three senatorial districts of the state,” he added.


Alex Ekubo, Linda Osifo to star in upcoming Nigerian thriller “Son Of Mercy”

Director, Amen Imasuen, younger brother to ace movie producer, Lancelot Imasuen, in collaboration with St Moscomee Limited is bringing a new Nigerian thriller to Nigerian screens titled “Son of Mercy.”

The upcoming movie depicts a unique story about Nigeria and the challenges of the Nigerian youth, featuring star actors like Alex Ekubo, Linda Osifo, Kevin Ikeduba, Gregory Ojefua, Gbadamasi Jonathan, amongst many others.


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