Kunle Sodipo Williams
Kevin Kunle Sodipo  Williams, a Nigerian  living in St. Louis, Missouri has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison over  a stolen identity fraud scheme that sought more than $12 million in tax refunds.

A  U.S.  federal judge on Friday  also ordered him to pay roughly $900,000 in restitution to the IRS.
Williams was charged with mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, voter fraud and illegal re-entry to the U.S.

Williams and others used public school employees’ identifications stolen from a payroll company to file more than 2,000 fraudulent federal tax returns. Williams also used fraudulently obtained identification numbers to get refund checks.

Williams was deported in 1995 but returned in 1999. In July, Sodipo had pleaded guilty to the charge in an Alabama court.

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Carrie Costantin for the Eastern District of Missouri, said Sodipo entered the guilty plea in a Federal court in Alabama.

According to documents filed with the court, Kevin Kunlay(Kunle) Williams aka Kunlay Sodipo, 56, and others stole public school employees’ IDs from a payroll company and used them to electronically file more than 2,000 fraudulent federal income tax returns seeking more than $12 million in refunds.

He also stole several return preparer’s Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs) and used them to secure tax-related bank products and services that facilitated the issuance of tax refunds, to include blank check stock and debit cards. Williams used the blank stock to print checks funded by the fraudulent refunds and directed some of the refunds onto debit cards.

Williams now faces a period of supervised release, restitution, forfeiture and deportation.

Claude Makelele tells Mesut Ozil why he must join Manchester UnitedMesut Ozil is yet to register a goal or an assist for Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty)

Jose Mourinho would ensure that Mesut Ozil would be a success at Manchester United, according to former Chelsea star Claude Makelele.

Despite a positive update from his agent a week ago, Ozil appears destined to leave Arsenal, be it in January or at the end of the season when his current deal expires.

Manchester United and Jose Mourinho, his former manager at Real Madrid, have been credited with a strong interest in the Germany international with reports on Thursday claiming he has already told his teammates he is destined for a move to Old Trafford.

After failing to fully justify his £42.5million price tag since his move from the Spanish giants four years ago, Makelele is confident Mourinho is capable of helping Ozil restore is reputation as one of the world’s best playmakers.

‘When you talk about the top players you want them to be in a good team and always putting in a performance the way you want,’ Makelele told beIN Sports.

Claude Makelele tells Mesut Ozil why he must join Manchester United
Mesut Ozil has reportedly told his teammates he is set for a move to Manchester United (Picture: Getty)
‘It would be good for him I think if he were to move. He has been for a long time.
‘I think maybe Jose Mourinho would use him better and would make him a success at Manchester United for sure.’

Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun, also known as Dagrin (21 October 1987 – 22 April 2010), was an award-winning Nigerian rapper from Ogun, Nigeria. A film of his life entitled Ghetto Dreamz was released in April 2011.

Dagrin's home was in Meiran, Alagbado, Lagos. His style of rapping incorporated Yoruba, English and Pidgin English. In 2010 he was nominated for the Nigerian Entertainment Awards for Best Album (C.E.O.), Hottest Single "Pon Pon Pon", Best Rap Act and Best Collaboration with vocals. His album C.E.O. (Chief executive Omota English: Chief Executive Gangster) won the Hip hop World Award 2010 for best rap album. From it came the singles "Pon Pon Pon", and "Kondo". Dagrin worked with other Nigerian artists such as Y.Q, 9ice, M.I, Iceberg Slim,omobaba,terry g,code,MISTAR DOLLAR, TMD entertainment, omowumi, chudy k, Bigiano, and Konga. He associated with music producers like Sossick, Dr Frabz, Sheyman, Frenzy and 02.

He died at the age of 22 on 22 April 2010 after a vehicle accident in Lagos, Nigeria.


Paranoid? Jose Mourinho bites back at Antonio Conte criticism Jose Mourinho has hit back at Antonio Conte (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho bit back at Chelsea manager Antonio Conte last night and admitted he ‘doesn’t speak’ to the Italian.
Conte claimed Mourinho was obsessed with Chelsea after the Portuguese boss appeared to take thinly-veiled dig at the Italian for blaming his side’s results on injury.

The pair clashed in United’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Stamford Bridge in March and Mourinho told Conte he will remain Chelsea’s greatest ever manager until he matches his tally of three league titles with the club.
United face Huddersfield at the John Smith’s stadium today and Mourinho had a message for Conte before the clash.

Paranoid? Jose Mourinho bites back at Antonio Conte criticism
Conte was angered by Mourinho’s comments (Picture: Getty)
‘I don’t speak to him,’ said Mourinho.
‘I don’t know why he speaks to me but that is no problem or maybe it is not his fault and it is the journalists fault when they pass to him the wrong message.

‘There are managers all over the world that by philosophy they prefer to speak about injuries, they prefer to try to find the excuse of a hypothetical failure based on injuries.

‘Since last season we had big injuries and last season you know that without Lukaku, Zlatan was even more important for us and [everyone knows] what Pogba means for us.’

Mourinho claims he never moans about injuries but he did admit to complaining about United’s fixture list.
‘Our philosophy is not to moan, to cry [about injuries]. I moan about other things, I cry about fixtures, [having] no time to rest in between matches,’ said Mourinho.
‘I moan that I don’t understand that we play Saturday after Wednesday when we should play Sunday. I moan about this all the time but not about injuries.’

Professor Oloyede, JAMB registrar
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) would continue to deploy CCTV devices during its examinations, the Registrar, Prof. Is’haq Oloyede, has said.

At the sideline of the two-day International Summit on Examination Malpractice on Friday in Lagos, he said the devices were deployed for the first time during the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

JAMB, he said would further consolidate on its quest for quality, equity and integrity.
The summit, organised by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has as its theme: “Examination Malpractice;the Contemporary Realities and Antidotes”.

“There will be no compromise whatsoever. Without the deployment of the CCTV, one will just be making a mockery of the Computer Based Test (CBT).

“This devise has ensured that even if a cheating candidate was not caught during the examination, such candidate will be caught after the examination.
“We will continue to ensure that with education, one can achieve everything and without it, one can achieve nothing.
“It therefore goes to tell you that each one of us, must strive to achieve what is good, giving the significance of life and living,” he said.

He added that examination malpractice was a general malaise the world over noting that it was a global phenomenon that must be tackled urgently.

“I have statistics with me which shows that what we have here in Nigeria as far as examination malpractice is concerned is a child’s play when compared to what is happening in other climes.
“Today with the aid of technological devices for cheating such as smart watches and others the phenomenon is becoming alarming.

“But in our own case, as these children are getting wiser, we too are getting ahead of them.
“In fact, it is in line with this kind of development that the board has concluded arrangements to create centres for examination malpractice devices for future examinations,” he said.
Oloyede also called for adequate preparations and course ware development in order to stamp out the trend.

LONG term strategic planning is giving the electronic commerce platform, Jumia a heads up against its competition that appears to be shedding weight due to recession. The company’s global chief executive officer (CEO), Jeremy Hodara admitted recently that the company may have not made enough gains in its five years of operating in Nigeria, but because of long term planning, the recession and Forex challenges did not in any way slow down its operations.

According to Hodara, “Nigeria is still where to be. The demand is still here despite the various economic challenges. Agreed, that the Nigerian economy has indeed been very tough in the last 18 months, which has thrown up lots of unpredictable behaviour from the consumers, but we are still ahead and instead of going down, we are recording increasing demands and we are expanding our offerings too.

Despite not being so profitable, we are still investing in the business in various forms. Jumia is a Nigerian company that will be here for another 100 years. We are on the long term. Nigeria is our biggest market. We are not in a hurry to make profit. It took Amazon about 25 years before they could become profitable. But we shall remain consistent, serving the Nigerian economy thoroughly.”

Meanwhile, Hodara also hinted that about 60 of the company’s 15000 vendors across the country would benefit in a soft loan scheme the company was putting in place to boost ecommerce in Nigeria. He disclosed that vendors that have distinguished themselves in terms of professionalism; trust and also have verifiable needs for the loan would be considered so that their businesses will continue to flourish.

He also used the opportunity to intimate on the company’s plans to extend the ‘Black Friday sales to one month instead of the usual two weeks the promotional sales last. He said this was to celebrate Nigerians who have also consistently patronised and kept the company running.

Hodara confessed that Nigeria remained the largest market among the 20 countries Jumia currently has its footprints in Africa. Jumia recorded over eight million customers, who patronized the platform during the ‘Black Friday’ last year, but this year, Jumia is planning to double the figures.

SOURCE: https://brandspurng.com/how-we-survived-recession-in-nigeria-jumia/

Lekki Ikoyi Bridge: Suicide jumper named as Adekunle Oluseyi John from Ondo State
The police have identified the  man who jumped into the lagoon  from the Lekki – Ikoyi link bridge in Lagos on Friday as Adekunle Oluseyi John.
Lagos State Police Command spokesman, ASP Olarinde Famous – Cole, said  the man, said to be about 40 years-old was from Ondo State.

“Report on the suicide was reported at Maroko Division at about 10:15am and police operatives quickly rushed to the scene and alerted rescue unit.

“During a search of the area, his mobile phone was retrieved from the scene. The man is about 40 years of age named Adekunle Oluseyi John from Ondo state.
“Rescue operations by the police and other bodies are ongoing, “ the police spokesman told eporters on Friday in Lagos.
 Reports had it that Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the Marine Police were at the scene in search of the body.
It was unclear what led to the suicide plunge but it was gathered that the man pulled off his clothes and left some belongings, including his phone and ATM card, before jumping into the lagoon
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