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CYBER CRIME: EFCC Nabs another Nigerian Wire Fraud Suspect on FBI List, Five Others in Sokoto

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, Sokoto Zonal Office in collaboration with the FBI, recorded a major breakthrough with the arrest of one Emmanuel Adedeji Oluwatosin, who is on the wanted list of the FBI.

The EFCC Zonal Head, Abdullahi Lawal, while parading the suspect in Sokoto, explained that the suspect was arrested in Kaduna. Items recovered from the residence include two cars; Mercedes Benz E550, Mercedes Benz C450, an iPhone, laptops, modem and SIM cards. Read More


KIDNAPPING: Man Fakes own Abduction

The police in Abuja have apprehended a 35-year-old man, Hamza Abdullahi, for allegedly faking his own abduction to defraud his father. After arranging his kidnap, the suspect alongside his friend, Awalu Shuaibu, demanded N500,000 ransom from his father.

Speaking in Abuja on Thursday on how the suspect was apprehended, the Deputy Commissioner in charge of operations, DCP Sunday Babaji, said Abdullahi  was nabbed in Katampe while receiving the ransom. Read More


CYBER CRIME: Five Suspected Internet Fraudsters in EFCC Net

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested five persons for allegedly engaging in Internet fraud and other related offences. A statement issued by the Head of Media and Publicity, EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, on Thursday, gave the names of the suspects as Stephen Odanye, Kayode Abolarin, Babatunde Muhammad, Tomiwa Adepoju and Femi Akinbamidel Read More


KIDNAPPING: Gunmen Kill Baptist Pastor in Kaduna – CAN claims

The Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna State on Wednesday claimed that gunmen killed one of its pastors in Asso, in the Jema’a Local Government Area of the state. The CAN Chairman in the state, Rev. Joseph Hayab, identified the deceased as Rev. Alhamdu Mandadus of the Baptist Church, Asso.

According to him, the military men deployed in the area took the corpse of the cleric to an unknown destination. The CAN leader said, “Gunmen killed Rev. Alhamdu Mangadus of Baptist Church, Asso, today (Wednesday). He was shot dead on his farm and the attackers injured another fellow from Tanda. He called on the government to secure the lives and property of the citizens. As of the time of filing this report, the police had yet to confirm the killing of the cleric. Read More


KIDNAPPING: We Bought Okrika Military Uniform for N15,000 –Kidnap Gang

Suspected kidnap gang members arrested in connection with the abduction of three Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, students have said they bought the military uniform used during the operation for N15,000 from Second-hand clothes traders, popularly known as Okrika sellers. The men, who were among the 58 suspects paraded by the police in Abuja on Wednesday, said they were also responsible for the abduction of a House of Representatives member from Sokoto State. Read More


FRAUD: Zamfara Fake Police Commissioner Defrauds Senator of N1.8m

The Zamfara State Police Command has arrested a fraudster who allegedly impersonated a commissioner of police. Briefing newsmen in Gusau, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, said, “One Ibrahim Mohammed of Moriki town in Zamfara State has been parading himself as CP Usman Nagogo in charge of Zamfara. Read More


KIDNAPPING: Gunmen Kidnap Kogi Miners’ Chairman

Gunmen have abducted the Chairman of the Kogi State Miners Association, Yunusa Oruma, from his residence at Ankpa Local Government Area of the state. A brother of the victim, Prince Oruma, told Daily Trust yesterday that the incident occurred on Sunday night. According to him, his brother was relaxing in his house when gunmen numbering eight invaded the place at about 8pm and began shooting sporadically. Read More


CYBERCRIME: Court Convicts ‘Yahoo Boy’, Orders Forfeiture of $1,980 to FG

The Federal High Court yesterday convicted one Chidera Ozirigbo, an internet fraudster and ordered him to forfeit $1,980 recovered during investigation to the federal government. Ozirigbo was convicted after a plea bargain agreement applied on July 23 and filed on July 24.

Justice Nkeonye Maha sentenced the convict to six months imprisonment with an option of N200,000 to be paid to the federal government. She ordered that Ozirigbo’s Samsung Galaxy S8 and Hp laptop he used to perpetuate the crime, be sold and proceeds remitted to the federal government. Justice Maha also ordered the convict to swear to an affidavit to be of good behaviour as failure to comply will attract judicial sanction to defaulting party. The EFCC alleged that Ozirigbo, sometime in May fraudulently impersonated an American, one Anthony Bennet, to obtain $1,300 from Ms Evelyn Oker. Read More


CYBERCRIME: Man, 30, in EFCC’s Net over Alleged $4m Internet Fraud

The Lagos zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said yesterday that it arrested a 30-year-old man, John  Chukwuebuka, over USD4 million internet fraud. A statement posted on the EFCC website on Wednesday said that Chukwuebuka, a graduate, was arrested on Aug. 5 around the Jakande-Lekki area of Lagos. The statement said that the suspect was arrested during a collaborative operation by the EFCC and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Read More


FRAUD: EFCC Arrest 48 for Internet Fraud in Three States

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has arrested 48 suspects for alleged internet fraud in Benue, Taraba and Plateau states in nine months. EFCC Zonal Head of Operations, Makurdi, Dr Johnson Babalola, who disclosed this on Thursday in Makurdi, also said that 13 suspects were already under prosecution. Read More


KIDNAPPING: 42-year-old Imo Kidnap, Robbery Suspect in SARS Net

The Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Imo State Police Command has arrested a 42-year-old suspected kidnapper and armed robber, Emma Maduabuchi. The state Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Ladodo, said SARS led by its Commander, Godfrey Victor, arrested the suspect following intelligent information.

Ladodo said a locally-made pistol with one expended and two unexpended cartridges were recovered from the suspect, who was said to be operating in West African countries. The CP stated, on August 15, at the Tipper Park, New Market, Amakohia, Owerri, SARS personnel led by their Commander, Godfrey Victor, arrested one Maduabuchi Nnam Emma, 42, from Amuri-Omenze, Umuaka in the Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State. Read More


KIDNAPPING: Children’s School Fees Drove me into Kidnapping — Suspect

A 30-year-old suspected kidnapper, Samaila Abdullahi, has told officers of the Niger State Police Command and journalists that he became a kidnapper to raise money to pay the school fees of his five children. The suspect, who is a herdsman, said his cattle herding business had not yielded the required returns to enable him meet his financial obligations. Read More


CULTISM AND ROBBERY: Police Parade 33 Robbery, Cultism Suspects in Enugu

The Enugu State Police Command on Monday paraded 13 armed robbery suspects and 20 suspected cultists arrested in the state within five days. The Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmed Abdurrahman, who paraded the suspects before newsmen in Enugu, said he assumed office a week ago, adding that the new strategy he deployed was yielding positive results. Read More


KIDNAPPING: 5 Kidnapped Persons Freed in Katsina, Says Masari

Kidnapping is a global problem that affects countries all over the world. Governments are working hard to address this problem and ensure that the perpetrators are captured and brought to justice.

The facts show that the rate of kidnapping in this country is indeed high.

The present penalty for kidnapping ranges from one to 20 years in prison, with the possibility of life imprisonment for extreme cases involving, for instance, murder. Read More


CYBERCRIME: EFCC Arrests 113 Fraudsters, Recures 53 Convictions in Benin Zone

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with the United State’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have arrested a suspected female cyber fraudster who had worked with her American counterpart in the so-called “dark web”.

The Zonal Head of the office, Muhtar Bello, who announced this on Monday while briefing reporters in Benin City, said that the suspect was involved in stealing people’s identification information, which she forward to her American collaborator. Read More


CYBERCRIME: EFCC Arrests 48 Internet Fraudsters in Benue

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Thursday, said it had arrested 48 persons for involvement in Internet fraud and other financial crimes from January this year to date.

It stated that out of the number, 13 were facing prosecution, while three had already been convicted. The Head of Operations, Makurdi Zonal Office, EFCC, Johnson Babalola, revealed these at a news conference in the state capital. Read More


RAPE: Man, 48, Defiles Neighbour’s 5-yr-Old Daughter

A chief magistrate court in Kaduna State yesterday ordered that a 48-year-old man, Nuhu Abdu, who allegedly defiled his neighbour’s five-year-old daughter, be remanded in correction centre, pending legal advice.

Magistrate Hajara Dauda, who refused to take the plea of the defendant, ordered the police to send a copy of the case to the State Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice. Read More


DRUG ABUSE: Man, 55, Swallows 80 Pellets of Drugs

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), yesterday, said a 55-year-old man, Kouassi Jean Paul, also known as Eze Ikechukwu, had swallowed 80 wraps of methamphetamine. He was among 64 drug suspects arrested by the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) command of the agency.

The NDLEA commander, Mr. Garba Ahmadu, who briefed newsmen at MMIA, yesterday, disclosed that Paul was arrested on June 10 during the outward clearance of passengers for an Ethiopian Airline flight to Jakarta, Indonesia. Read More


HUMAN TRAFFICKING: NAPTIP Restates Commitment to Effective Fight Against Human Trafficking

Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, the Director-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), has restated the agency’s commitment to fight human trafficking. According to her, the NAPTIP policy is not to keep victims of human trafficking for longer than necessary.

The DG was reacting to the recent comments by the Human Rights Watchdog, accusing it of deliberately prolonging the stay of victims of human trafficking in its shelters. She stated that victims’ period of stay in NAPTIP’s shelters depended on their conditions, saying, individuals are treated on their merit, case files, as what works for one person may not work for another. Read More

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