A 26-year-old man, Mr. Victor Oguwa, a fake drugs manufacturer, has been arrested by the Police in Bauchi.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Kamal Datti, disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Bauchi, weekend. He said the Police acting on credible intelligence, raided a black sport at Gwallameji area on June 13, and arrested the suspect.
According to Datti, the Police recovered 71 bottles of locally-produced codeine, 30 bottles of tutolin, one carton of ORS used for codeine production and one pot of codeine ready for refilling. Others, he said, included 100 empty scavenged bottles, 60 cover of bottles and 120 product name tags.
The case is under investigation after which the suspect will be charged to court,” he said. The Police spokesman assured that the Command would not relent in its efforts to rid the state of crimes and criminality. Speaking with Vanguard, one of the suspected ‘drug manufacturer,’ Victor Achunam, said he was a ‘victim of setup,’ saying he had paid N140,000 for the supply of genuine drugs, but fake drugs were sent to him which led to his arrest.
He said: I don’t manufacture drugs, these drugs were sent to me. I think I am a victim of setup because I paid N140,000 two weeks ago for the consignment, only for these things to be sent to me. “The drugs came to me in uncorked bottles. But when I called to find out why it was so, the supplier denied that they were fake drugs. Although I am aware that it may be harmful, I wanted to sell the drugs to recover my money. I beg for amnesty; I won’t do it again because I am wiser now.
A 26-year-old man, Mr. Victor Oguwa, a fake drugs manufacturer, has been arrested by the Police in Bauchi.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan zonal office, on Monday arraigned one Paul Afolabi before Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan Judicial Division, on four counts bordering on obtaining property under false pretences.
Afolabi, who allegedly operated under the name, William Sharon, was arrested in Ibadan by EFCC operatives after receiving an intelligence report dated May 10, 2018, alleging that he and other suspects were members of a syndicate formed to dupe people on the Internet.
The petitioner had accused Afolabi and his accomplices of using fake information to obtain Itune GiftCard and Amazon cards from foreigners. The offences, according to the EFCC, run contrary to Section 1(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Related Offences Act, 2006, and are punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
Afolabi pleaded not guilty to the charges as they were read to him.
Following his plea, the EFCC counsel, Lanre Abdulrasheed, prayed the court for a trial date and an order to remand the defendant in prison custody. The defence counsel, Ololade Animasahun, however, filed a bail application on behalf of his client, which the EFCC lawyer did not oppose.
He also ordered that the accused be remanded in prison till the court would decide on his bail application.
An Ikeja Chief Magistrate Court, on Monday, ordered that a 33-year-old man, Sunday Nwokolo, who allegedly defiled his neighbour’s 12-year-old daughter be remanded in prison, pending legal advice. The chief magistrate, Mrs Olufunke Sule-Amzat, who did not take the plea of the defendant, ordered that he should be remanded in Kirikiri Prisons.
Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted a Catholic priest, Rev. Father Isaac Agubi, in charge of Holy Name Catholic Church, Ikpeshi, in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State. It was gathered that the priest was kidnapped on Sunday along Auchi-Igarra road at about 5.00pm while on his way back to the parish from Auchi.
The Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has said it is set to commence tracking of its first phase of constituency projects in 12 states. This was contained in a brief signed by the commission’s Public Relations Officer, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa in Abuja yesterday.
Child harvesting refers to the systematic sale of human children, typically for adoption, but sometimes for other purposes, including trafficking. Hospital managements are advised to put in place internal mechanism to guarantee the security of patients including newborn babies. There must be sensitisation to the public especially our mothers and wives to be watchful and be their own securities while in the hospital. Adequate security should also be provided to forestall stealing of newborn babies in hospitals.
Almost on a daily basis we hear a barrage of news of young Nigerians who are arrested while attempting to traffic hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin both within and outside the country. The most commonly trafficked drugs are cocaine, heroin, morphine, cannabis sativa (Indian hemp) and crystal methamphetamine. Individuals who become dependent on or addicted to trafficked substances could suffer from social, psychological and psychiatric complications with resultant untoward effects on themselves, their families, work, communities and the nation at large. CCFA is committed to raising awareness and train children and youths to desist from drug or substance abuse.
The Federal Government has given orders for new and sophisticated scanners to be procured and installed at international airports across the country. This is part of efforts to curtail the rising cases of drug trafficking through the nation’s international airports. Some scanners had been donated by the British government and would be mounted at airports to replace the old ones as soon as possible. The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency had raised the alarm over the increase in drug trafficking in recent times, and how creative traffickers had become in concealing such illicit products when travelling.
Cybercrime is a criminal activity that involves a computer network device or a network. While most cybercrimes are carried out in order to generate profit for cybercriminals. It is very glaring that criminals and fraudsters leverage the anonymity provided by the Internet to defraud unsuspecting victims. The fraudsters are fond of impersonating others and stealing their identities to perpetrate their acts, and take undue advantage to swindle their victims. cybercrimes are of different categories. They range from Yahoo boys and their 419 Internet frauds; hacking; software piracy; credit card or ATM fraud; denial of service attack; virus dissemination; phishing; cyberplagiarism; cyberstalking; cyberdefamation . Cybercrimes cannot be easily eliminated, but they can be minimised. The collaborative efforts of all stakeholders and government can help to nip the scourge in the bud.
The Cross River State Police Command has paraded the pastor in charge of the Gate of Testimony Church, Hosanna Okoi, for allegedly raping a lady and threatening to kill her with a gun if she revealed what transpired between them.
Also paraded on Thursday after he was arrested with arms and a soldier’s uniform was a 400-level student of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Calabar, Nnamdi Ikezue.
Ikezue confessed that he was a cultist and was using a locally-made pistol to protect himself.
Twenty-three other suspects were arrested for various crimes.
Out of the number, nine were arrested for alleged involvement in robbery attacks in various locations across the state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Austin Agbonlahor, said Okoi, who claimed that his church was located in Sierra Leone, was arrested after a lady reported to the police that a pastor, who was supposed to pray for her, allegedly raped her and threatened her with a gun not to report the incident.
Okoi, however, said he only took the lady, whom he claimed was unknown to him, to a wedding and later to a pub.
He stated, I am a Nigerian, but I am the pastor of the Gate of Testimony Church based in Sierra Leone. I came to Nigeria and I met the lady, who said she was going to a wedding.
I did not know her from Adam, but I offered to take her there and gave her N500 to drink water. Later, we met at a pub and we drank and that was all that happened. I did not take her anywhere and I don’t know why she decided to frame me up.
Ikezue, on his part, said, I am having the army uniform because I was at the Nigerian Military School, Zaria, before I got admission into the University of Calabar to study Medicine and Surgery in 2014. I am a cultist and I still use the military uniform and my gun, which I acquired to protect myself.”
He blamed the devil for his ordeal, saying, At the level, I am now, I am not supposed to be in the cult. Agbonlahor appealed to parents to monitor their children, saying the police would do everything to ensure that the society was rid of criminals.
A Cameroonian businesswoman, Mary Senge, has been arraigned before Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Jabi, Abuja, for visa fraud.
Senge was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on four counts bordering on forgery and obtaining money by false pretences.
The charges read in part, That you, Mary Senge, on or about the 27th day of July, 2018, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud, did obtain the sum of N2,765,751 from one John Abila when you falsely represented yourself as able to procure a Canadian visa for his brother, Lekeaka Gilbert, a pretence you knew to be false, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) a of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006, and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Following her plea, the prosecution counsel, Best Ojukwu, prayed the court for a trial date, arguing that the defendant should be remanded in prison custody.
But the defence counsel, Evi Ofou, made an oral bail application for Senge, explaining that he did not have sufficient time to file a bail application as a result of the fact that the Federal High Court, Maitama, was not open as well as the fact that he got the charge sheet on Tuesday, while the following day was a public holiday.
He promised that his client would always be available in court for the trial.
The defence counsel, however, opposed the bail application, stating that the defendant is a Cameroonian citizen and will likely jump bail and return to her country.
The judge admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N5m with two sureties in like sum, adding that the sureties must live within the jurisdiction of the court and must be senior civil servants, who own landed properties and have three years evidence of tax payment certified by the Federal Inland Revenue Service.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned one Tijani Adamu before Justice Mohammed Muazu of the Kaduna State High Court on seven counts bordering on forgery and giving false information.
Tijani had offered to stand surety for one Ibrahim Adamu, who was arrested for alleged fraud and was to be granted bail pending the conclusion of an investigation into the case.
Tijani was said to have presented documents to the EFCC claiming to be an employee of the Universal Basic Education Commission.
However, when the documents were sent to the UBEC for verification, the feedback was that his appointment with the agency was terminated in 2004.
Tijani was consequently arrested.
In his statement to the EFCC, the suspect confessed that he was approached by his friend, one Alhaji Shuaibu, to stand surety for Adamu.
He also confessed that he forged the documents, which included a letter of introduction from UBEC as a level 16 officer, alongside others.
The counts preferred against him read in part, “That you, Alhaji Tijani Adamu, sometime in January 2019 in Kaduna, within the judicial division of this honorable court, did pretend to be a Deputy Director, Internal Audit on salary grade level 16/5 of the National Primary Education Commission/ Universal Basic Education Commission, which you knew to be false and in that assumed character, stood as surety for one Ibrahim Adamu with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 96 of the Penal Code Law of Kaduna State, 2017.”
He pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to him on Thursday, according to a statement by the acting EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade.
A victim, who was allegedly gang-raped by the son of a Lagos hotelier, Don-Chima George, and his friend, Olusegun Rasak, has sought to withdraw the case from court.
George, the son of the owner of the Dallankester Hotels, and Rasak were arrested by men of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly drugging and raping the victim in the Lekki Phase 1 area of the state.
The suspects had allegedly laced the victim’s drink with a substance that made her weak and took her to the hotel, where she was said to have been repeatedly raped, while the escapade was recorded.
At Thursday’s proceedings, the victim in a letter dated June 3, 2019, and titled ‘Letter of Withdrawal’, addressed to the Director of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions in Lagos State, requested the discontinuation of the defendants’ prosecution.
In the letter, which was read in court by Justice Abiola Soladoye, the victim stated that she was withdrawing the case because of family members’ intervention and for her integrity.
However, the prosecutor, Akin George, opposed the complainant’s request.
He said, we do not have a directive from the office of the attorney-general and my Lord, the attorney-general is the complainant in this case.
In every criminal matter, the victims are natural witnesses and as we speak, there is no AG in office due to the change in power and we are also aware of the rule of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, which states that even the Court of Appeal cannot stay an ongoing proceeding.
Our office initiated this action in court and there has to be a closure one way or the other. My Lord, we have submitted issues for the respective decisions of this court and we will bring the witness to state her position before the court, while we continue proceedings and await directives from the AG’s office.
The unfortunate thing is that the defendants have been in prison ever since. The complainant, who is the witness, has developed cold feet for one reason or the other; this development is replete in the letter by the complainant and to meet the end of justice, I apply that your lordship should consider releasing the defendants on bail.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Imo State Command, has arrested one Paul Ihuaku for allegedly raping his mother.
45-year-old Ihuaku hails from Umueke Ezagbogu in the Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State.
Briefing journalists on Thursday, the state Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Raji Ibrahim, said the suspect was arrested by the operatives of the corps following a tip-off. It was gathered that after the incident, the mother reported the suspect to the youth in the area, who apprehended him and alerted men of the corps.
The men of the command later proceeded to the residence of the suspect and arrested him, he added. Fielding questions from journalists, the suspect confessed to the crime, adding that he was under the influence of alcohol.
After drinking on that fateful evening, there was a heavy downpour and I could not resist the urge for sex; so, I had to use a local pistol to threaten my mother to submission and I later raped her,” Ihuaku stated.
Asked if he was married, the suspect said he did not have the means yet, as he was not doing anything tangible. I was not bewitched. I was under the influence of alcohol,” he added.
It was also gathered that the incident took place in the village house the suspect is living in with his mother. The mother (name withheld) confessed that the incident was the second time.
She said, I was in the kitchen and saw him (Ihuaku) with a pistol. He used it to threaten me. He told me that he would kill me. I could not do anything other than to beg him to drop the gun.
It was in the process that he threw me on the ground and it (rape) happened. I had to call on the youth the next morning, as the incident happened when it was already dark and damp. The youth later went to the NSCDC headquarters in Itu to report him, hence his arrest.
The police in Oyo State, on Thursday, said they have arrested 16 suspects, including an accounting student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, over alleged armed robbery, cultism and conspiracy. The commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Shina Olukolu, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on activities of the command at the police headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan.
An Ikeja magistrate court has ordered that four men, including a teenager be remanded after they allegedly raped a 15- year-old girl thereby impregnating her. The magistrate, Mrs B.O Osunsanmi, ordered that Stephen Godwin, 33, Henry Obo, 25, Stanley Igen, 33, be remanded in Kirikiri Prison.
Osunsanmi, who did not take the pleas of the defendants, ordered the police to send the case file to the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). She ordered that the fourth defendant, being a teenager, be remanded at the Correctional Homes, Adigbe, Abeokuta, pending advice from the DPP.
Visa fraud is the sale, provision, or transfer of otherwise legitimate visas, misrepresentation of reasons for traveling and forgery or alteration of a visa.
Most applicants unfortunately fall victim to such scams, and pay large sums of money to the fraudsters in the hope of receiving their visa/immigration papers.
You can usually detect a scam; When you receive emails with job offers or immigration promises from fabricated email IDs via personal email accounts (Gmail, Yahoo, .co.in, etc.), when advance payments to personal bank accounts are demanded with the threat of visa application rejection or deportation. Beware of visa fraud.
About 24.9 million people are illegally trafficked yearly and live in conditions of modern slavery. Human trafficking creates misery for millions and helps fund criminal gangs and terrorism. We all can contribute to the fight against this abhorrent trade in people’s lives and collectively tackle the scourge of human trafficking. CCFA is committed to raising awareness and train children and youths to recognise the signs of trafficking, and also putting in place, reporting systems to alert the concerned authorities.
This social vice is eating up the educational and moral standard of students. Innocent ones are being lured into the vice and other social vices such as drug abuse, armed robbery and murder. The CCFA team wage against cultism through sensitization in schools to enlighten the students on the dangers of cultism.
Smuggling can destroy our health through the importation of expired, fake, and other drugs. It paralyses our local industries. Smuggling encourages acts of criminality that can lead to armed robbery and other heinous crimes. It is also an unpatriotic act that can lead you into jail. Avoid smuggling and expose smugglers.