Monday, 21 June 2021

London Housing Fraud: Nigerian Adejoke in Trouble!

A woman who unlawfully let a housing association-owned home has been ordered to pay more than £155,000 in one of the largest cases of its kind.

Adejoke Patience Ologe, 56, let out her two-bedroom flat in Camberwell, London, despite renting the flat from Riverside housing association.

The unlawful sublet was discovered by Oxford City Council’s counter-fraud team, which works in partnership with Riverside to investigate tenancy fraud.

Ms Ologe had not lived in the flat since at least 2008 and was renting it to two women and their children when the fraud was discovered.

At Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court on 3 June, a judge granted Riverside possession of the property.

The judge also made an Unlawful Profit Order in the sum of £145,178 together with a demand that Ms Ologe repay £3,000 of rent arrears and £9,955 of legal costs.

Oxford City Council said it believed the Unlawful Profit Order is the second largest of its kind ever issued in the UK.

The amount was based on the belief that Ms Ologe had received £216,000 over the 12-year period.

Patrick New, executive director of customer service at Riverside, said: “This was a blatant, dishonest fraud. With social housing in huge demand, it’s vital we pursue such cases in order to make properties available to families and individuals who will act honestly and deserve them. This sends a clear message – we can and will take action.”

Scott Warner, counter-fraud manager at Oxford City Council, said: “This is a landmark case that really demonstrates the value of our partnership working approach with Riverside.

“Social housing fraud is often seen as a hidden crime but the effect is felt far and wide. With the demand for social housing, unlawfully subletting a property means a deserving family are unable to occupy a home and may need to reside in expensive, unsuitable temporary accommodation for longer than is necessary.”

Emirates Reinstates Travel Ban On Nigeria

Less than 48 hours after it was speculated that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has lifted a travel ban on Nigeria, India and South Africa, that country has once again banned flights to and from this West African country.

The ban takes official effect from Monday, 21st June 2021 until further notice.

An update retrieved by THEWILL from on Monday stated that, “In line with government directives, passengers flights to and from Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) are suspended with immediate effect from 21 June, 2021 until further notice.

“Customers travelling to and from Lagos and Abuja will not be accepted to travel. Customers who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days are not permitted to board from any other point to the UAE.

“We regret the inconveniences caused, and affected customers should contact their booking agents or Emirates call centres for rebooking. Emirates remains committed to Nigeria, and we look forward to resuming passenger services when conditions allow.”

THEWILL recalls that Emirates Airlines had on February 1, 2021 directed that Nigerian travellers at the Lagos and Abuja airports must conduct rapid COVID-19 tests before departure.

Consequently, the Nigerian government also banned Emirates flights into Nigeria.

The ban was however, lifted after the airline agreed to stop the rapid antigen tests.

Monday, 14 June 2021

Mum Furious After M&S Refuses To Write Sperm On Birthday Cake

A MUM has blasted Marks & Spencer for refusing to print a cheeky message on her daughter’s 18th birthday cake.

Donna Patrick wanted the jokey words: “I’m glad you were the strongest sperm.”

Days after ordering the £35 sponge cake, the 39-year-old hospitality worker got a call telling her that was against “rules and regulations”.

Donna, from Pulborough, West Sussex, said daughter Elice would have found it hilarious.

She added: “M&S have lost their sense of humour.

Donna had to change the message to the mundane: “Happy 18th birthday.”

After posting on social media, Donna received more than 100 comments including one hailing her “spunky attitude”.

M&S was contacted for comment.