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APRNEWS : Alleged $5.6m Fraud-Court Remands Oil Magnate, Akintoye Akindele, in Kuje Prison Pending Bail Perfection

APRNEWS - Akindele, will remain in custody till March 20, when the court will consider documents confirming the perfection of the bail granted him earlier.

The court had on March 1, admitted him to bail in the sum of N750 million with two sureties in like sum, shortly after he was arraigned on allegations bordering on fraud to the tune of $5.6 million.


APRNEWS : Office of Japan's LDP faction member searched amid funds scandal

APRNEWS - Yoshitaka Ikeda, a House of Representatives lawmaker, is suspected of having received more than 40 million yen (about 280,000 U.S. dollars) over five years through 2022, for which the statute of limitations has not expired under the political funds control law, Kyodo News reported, citing sources close to the matter.


APRNEWS : Thiam elected leader of Ivory Coast opposition

APRNEWS - Thiam, a former boss of banking giant Credit Suisse, won very comfortably with 96.5 percent of the vote against 3.2 percent for his rival Jean-Marc Yace, the mayor of a commune in the economic hub Abidjan, according to the results announced late Friday.

"It is with great humility that I accept the responsibility that you have decided to entrust to me," Thiam said.


APRNEWS : Outed on TikTok in Ethiopia - 'How a dance nearly cost me my life'

APRNEWS - The pair were unaware they were being filmed. The videos were initially posted to Instagram where someone took a screenshot of them to make a TikTok post that went viral.

"I didn't want to come out [as gay], but social media pulled me out," Arnold, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, tells the BBC.

"Now everybody knows who I am, and my sexual identity," the 20-year-old Ethiopian student says.


APRNEWS : British-Nigerian hacker pleads guilty to $6m fraud in US court

APRNEWS - Idris Dayo Mustapha, 33, was part of a hacking ring that infiltrated email and brokerage accounts of US firms between 2011 and 2018, causing losses worth $6m (£4.7m), officials said.

A dual national of the UK and Nigeria, Mustapha was extradited from the UK in August, two years after his arrest. 

His crimes carry a jail term of up to 20 years. 

He has not yet been sentenced. 


APRNEWS : Liberia’s leader Weah is facing a tight runoff vote for a second term against challenger Boakai

APRNEWS - The former international soccer star easily defeated Joseph Boakai in the 2017 runoff, but results from the first round of balloting last month showed the two neck and neck. Weah took 43.83% while Boakai brought in 43.44% of the total.

“We are going to an election where nobody has a competitive edge with a wide margin,” said Ibrahim Nyei, executive director at the Ducor Institute for Social and Economic Research.



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