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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Wanted French couple arrested in Abidjan after 23 years on the run (Photo)

Frenchman Jean-Claude Lacote, wanted since 1996 for murdering a British businessman has been arrested in Abidjan, after 23-years on the run.

The fugitive even reportedly hosted a reality TV crime programme and staged an audacious prison break. Lacote, 53, and his wife Hilde Van Acker, 56, were each sentenced to life in their absence for the killing of businessman Marcus Mitchell who was shot twice in the head in Belgium in 1996.

The pair, listed on Europol’s most wanted list, fled Belgium in the aftermath of the murder only to resurface two decades later in Ivory Coast.

“The two were arrested in Abidjan. Lacote on Wednesday night and Mrs Van Acker on Thursday morning,” Brussels prosecutors spokesman Celine D’Have told AFP.

Belgian prosecutors will ask for the couple to be extradited from the Ivory Coast. After fleeing Europe, initially for Brazil, Lacote landed up in South Africa where he launched a TV career, hosting ten episodes of a reality crime programme Duty Calls, according to a 2016 report in Britain’s Independent daily.

The programme highlighted how the police “dealt with violent criminals and dangerous crime scenes”. After finding himself in prison awaiting trial on a string of frauds, he also escaped when his then girlfriend Van Acker posed along with others as police officers with fake paperwork, the report added.

I’ll sack customs officers living above their earnings – Hameed Ali

The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) has vowed to sack any officer who cannot live within his or her remuneration and involve in illicit ways to acquire wealth.

Ali gave the warning while decorating some newly promoted officers of the service in Abuja on Friday, November 23rd. The service recently promoted 2,508 officers to various ranks and appointed three as members of its management.

The customs boss warned that no officer in the service should live above his or her earnings if they desire to remain in service. According to him, every officer could survive within the remuneration package of the service, if well managed.

“I will show the way out to any officer who thinks he can not survive with his remuneration but involve in illicit ways to acquire wealth. I know the service gives you enough that you can survive with, it is just a question of prudence.

“You can never have everything you that you desire to acquire. You must prioritise your needs and by the time you do that, you will meet your needs,” he advised.

Ali charged the newly promoted officers to be more committed and dedicated to their duties. He advised them to take their jobs seriously, be fair and firm in ther decisions and actions. Ali enjoined the promoted officers to uphold the change mantra in the service and be part of the reform being carried out.

David Chikan, Deputy Comptroller-General who spoke on behalf of the promoted officers thanked the management for their elevations. Chikan assured that they would justify the confidence reposed in them.

All money transfers went through the Central Bank Of Nigeria - Airpeace Boss, Allen Onyema denies US fraud allegations

AirPeace CEO Allen Onyema, has denied all fraud allegations by the USA, stating that they are false and are in no way in line with his character as a person and as a business man whose only aim has been to build Nigeria and improve wellbeing.

Read his press statement below.

“ These are indictment that only contains charges. I am innocent of all charges and the US government will find no dirt on me because I have never conducted business with any illegalities.

“Be rest assured that I also have my lawyers on this and these mere allegations will be refuted. I never laundered money in my life, neither have I committed bank fraud anywhere in the world. Every Kobo I transferred to the US for aircraft purchase went through the Central Bank of Nigeria LC regime and all were used for the same purpose.

“The American companies that received the funds are still in business. I never took a penny from any US bank or Nigerian bank. I am willing to defend my innocence in the US courts,” Onyema stated.

The US Attorneys office in Georgia had alleged that the Chairman, CEO, and founder of Air Peace, a Nigerian airline, has been involved with bank fraud and money laundering for moving more than $20 million from Nigeria through United States bank accounts in a scheme allegedly involving false documents based on the purchase of airplanes.

Actor Justin Hartley files for divorce from wife Chrishell Stause after 2 years of marriage

American actor, Justin Hartley and his wife, actress Chrishell Stause are heading for a divorce after two years of marriage.

According to court documents filed by Justin and obtained by TMZ, the This Is Us star, cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their split. The court documents also listed their date of separation as July 8, 2019.

News of their divorce comes as a total shock to their fans because they were spotted out and about in Los Angeles last week, looking happy with no sign of trouble between them.

Justin and Chrishell who began dating in 2014, got engaged in 2016, and married in 2017.


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