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DRUG ABUSE: NDLEA Nabs 2 with 149kg of Cannabis in Niger

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Niger Command, has arrested one Fidelis Eshobi, 47, and Chika Onu, 38, with 149 kg of dried weeds suspected to be Indian hemp. The Commander of the agency in the state, Mrs Sylvia Egwunwoke, yesterday said the suspects were arrested on November 9 in Kontagora Local Government Area of the state in a Mercedes Benz marked DV 865 RSH. Egwunwoke said that the two suspects would be charged to court after the agency completes its investigation.-
She appealed to the public to always report any suspicious activity or individuals to relevant authorities to enable the agency to rid the state of drug trafficking and its attendant crimes. We have reached out to stakeholders, especially traditional and religious leaders, to mobilise residents to volunteer information on those engaging in illegal drug business in their neighbourhood for prompt action,” the commander said. (NAN) Read More

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KIDNAPPING: Police Arrest Ex-Soldier over Kidnap, Murder of Victim in Lafia

The police in Nasarawa State have arrested an ex-soldier, Olu Isaac, for allegedly kidnapping and killing his victim. The Officer in Charge of Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad, (FSARS) in the state, Anuforo Cletus, said the suspect was part of a gang that robbed and abducted a sachet water producer, Mr. Osondu Nwachukwu, in Lafia on October 30. He said the gang, which earlier demanded a ransom of N20 million later agreed to accept N40,000 that was offered, but killed the victim after collecting the money.
Cletus said, some Fulani men living in a nearby farm informed the police who arrested the suspect when he was moving the corpse of the victim in a wheelbarrow. The arrested suspect said he became involved in the crime when he was asked to assist in pushing the wheelbarrow from the farm to dispose the corpse. He said that was when he was arrested while the others escaped.
Wife of the deceased Nnenna Nwachukwu said her late husband was a quiet person. In his reaction, the state Commissioner of Police, Bolo Longe said, the police are on high alert to ensure security in the state. He called on the people to go about their normal businesses and be law abiding. Read More

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FRAUD: Port Harcourt Lawyer Docked by EFCC for N200 Million Fraud

A Port Harcourt based lawyer, Nwabufo Richard Obienu, along with his company, Forric Nigeria Limited, has been docked by the EFCC at a Rivers State High Court for conspiracy to commit felony and stealing by conversion of N200million. Obienu is facing trial before Justice B.G Diepri . One of the charges reads, “that you, Barrister Nwabufor Richard Obienu while being Managing Director of African Pioneer Company Limited, sometime in the year 2010 at Port Harcourt within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Rivers State, with intent to defraud, fraudulently converted to your personal use the sum of N68,871,197.57 out of the N200,000,000 being property of African Pioneer Company Limited paid to her as compensation and thereby committed an offence.
The offence is contrary to Section 388 of the Criminal Code Law, CAP 37 Vol.II Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria 1999 and punishable under Section 390(9) of the same Law. The defendant pleaded “not guilty” when the charge was read to him. In view of his plea, the defence counsel, Ifeoma Adara moved a motion that her client be granted bail on liberal terms because he had recently undergone a brain surgery.
The defendant was granted bail in the sum of N100, 000, 000.00(One Hundred Million Naira) and a surety in like sum. The surety is to swear to an affidavit of means and must also deposit four passport photographs with the court. The defendant was remanded in EFCC custody pending the perfection of his bail terms. Read More

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FRAUD: How an American Defrauded me of $145,000 – Nigerian Businessman

A Nigerian businessman, Olukayode Sodimu, on Friday told an Ikeja Special Offences Court about how an American and alleged serial conman, Marco Ramirez, defrauded him of 145,000 dollars in a green card scam. Newsmen report that Ramirez is accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of defrauding five Lagos-based Nigerians of $1.5 million. Ramirez faces two separate criminal suits at the Special Offences Court.
He is standing trial alongside his companies – USA Now LLC, Eagle Ford Instalodge Group LP and USA Now Capital Group. In the first suit, the American is accused of allegedly defrauding two Nigerians – Gabriel Edeoghon and Oludare Talabi of $388,838. In the second suit, he allegedly defrauded three Nigerians- Amb. Godson Echejue, Abubakar Umar and Sodimu of $1.2 million. While being led in evidence by M. F. Owede, the EFCC’s Prosecuting Counsel, Sodimu told the court that he first got to know Ramirez and his company in 2013 through an advertisement in the Guardian Newspapers for an Employment-based Fifth Preference (EB-5) American Investment programme. The advert in the paper said that USA Now LLC, is the regional centre for the EB-5 Investment Programme and that one can invest $500,000 in the investment. It stated that by investing $500,000, the investor and his children under 21-years of age will be issued a U.S. Green Card, which implies permanent residency in the U.S.
Sodimu told the court that after seeing the advert, he verified the authenticity of the programme and that he found out online that such programme exists and that he attended a seminar which was advertised in the newspapers to be holding in Eko Hotels. He presented Umar who is the second Prosecution Witness (PW2) in this case as someone who had paid his $500,000 and Umar’s process had gotten to the final stage and he was about to do his medicals. I believed him and I chose to participate. I met him several times after that day to verify his claims and make inquiries. He gave me a brochure that had some explanations and stated that had he had American Government backing for the programme. He gave me a pre-qualification questionnaire. I filled it and he took it back to the United States. I got an email from a lady he told me was his personal assistant. Based on the responses on the questionnaire I was given sets of forms and requirements I had to meet, he said. Read More

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RAPE: Man, 35, Allegedly Defiles 5-Year-Old Girl

The police in Lagos have arrested a 35-year-old man, Bunmi Adeyemi, for allegedly defiling a five-year-old girl. The Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said the suspect allegedly committed the offence at the weekend when the parents of the girl were not at home. He said the suspect who resides at No. 8, Alhaji Alake Street, Bariga, allegedly lured the little girl into his room where he had carnal knowledge of her. Read More

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RAPE: Barber Jailed 20 Years for Defiling 12-Year-Old Neighbour

An Ikeja Special Offences Court has sentenced a 38-year-old barber, Jobi Kayode, to 20 years in prison for defiling his 12-year-old neighbour. Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo sentenced Kayode on Friday after finding him guilty of a charge of defilement due to the strength of the complainant’s testimony and the medical evidence. The instances of rape have become prevalent in our society and it is almost becoming an epidemic. The defilement of a 12-year-old neighbour, who trusted him as her neighbour, is heinous. Read More

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LAND FRAUD: Court Remands Kwara TV Chief over Land Fraud

The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday 6th of November 2019 arraigned the General Manager of Kwara State Television Authority, Alhaji Abdulfatai Adewale Adebowale on a six count charge bordering on practices. Adebowale was arraigned before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin. His trouble started when some staff of Kwara Television wrote a petition to the EFCC, alleging that the Station’s General Manager sold the ten plots of land allocated to Workers by the State Government and converted it to his personal use. Read More

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CHILD TRAFFICKING: 3-year-Old Girl Rescued from Traffickers in Anambra

The Anambra State Police Command on Wednesday said it rescued a three-year-girl from human traffickers in the state. The command’s spokesman, SP Haruna Muhammed, in a statement said the girl was allegedly trafficked in Ukpor but rescued in Osumeyi, Nnewi South LGA of Anambra State on November 5.

Anyone  with useful information about the child should report at the nearest police station or contact the PPRO Anambra State Police Command headquarters Awka through GSM no 08060970639″, the statement said. Read More

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KIDNAPPING: Police Arrest University Student, 30 Others Over Kidnapping in Abuja

The FCT Police Command has paraded a university student and 30 other suspected kidnappers including 26 of them said to be operating along Kuje, Rubochi, Kwali and Abaji axis. The axis has recorded several cases of kidnapping in recent times leading the command to create new divisions in the areas and also launch a Special Joint Counter Kidnapping Operation with other security agencies. Parading the suspects yesterday, the Commissioner of Police for FCT, Bala Ciroma, said exhibits recovered from the 26 suspects, who are members of different kidnap syndicates, included four locally fabricated firearms, one Dane gun with 10-round cylinder loader, four cartridges, three cutlasses, three face masks and 24 wraps of dried leaves suspected to be marijuana. Read More

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DRUG ABUSE: Police Arraign 77-Year-Old Blind Man over Possession of Indian Hemp

The Osun State Police Command has arraigned a 77-year-old blind man, Kareem Adebayo, at a magistrate court in Osogbo, the state capital, for allegedly possessing Indian hemp. The police prosecutor, Rachael Idowu, told the court yesterday that Adebayo, whom she described as an ex-convict, was arrested on Tuesday with a bag of dried leaf suspected to be Indian hemp. The accused person pleaded not guilty to the offence. Read More

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FRAUD: 2 Men Charged With N9.4m Fraud, Get N10m Bail

An FCT High Court in Apo has granted bail in the sum of N10 million to two men charged with money laundering to the tune of N9.4 million. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned the duo of Abdullahi Adebayo Gold and Danazumi Abdulwaheed Ayinde before Justice S.C. Oriji on a 10-count charge bordering on alleged conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and money laundering. Read More

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KIDNAPPING: Kidnappers Kill 2 Friends After Collecting N2.1m Ransom

Suspected kidnappers have killed two friends in Kaduna after collecting N2.1 million ransom from their families. It was gathered that residents of Hayin Banki in Kaduna metropolis were thrown into confusion yesterday when they found out that the victims, Alhaji Abdullahi Kabiru and his friend, Alhaji Sanusi Dabai, have been killed. Read More

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MONEY LAUNDERING: EFCC Arrests Ex-Banker, Wife Over $1.49m Fraud, Money Laundering

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday said its Lagos office has arrested an ex-banker and his wife for alleged involvement in email compromise and money laundering. The couple, Rowly Isioro, a former assistant general manager with one of the first generation banks and his wife, Ovuomarhoni Naomi Isioro, a businesswoman, are being held for allegedly laundering $1.49 million through Ovuomarhoni Naomi’s bank account in Nigeria, a statement from EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said. Read More

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SMUGGLING: 6 Suspected Rice Smugglers Nabbed in Katsina

Six suspected rice smugglers have been arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Katsina State. Two of the suspects are said to be from Katsina while the other four are from Kebbi State. The commander in charge of NCS’s Drill 4 comprising of Katsina, Kebbi and Sokoto, Assistant Comptroller General, Bashir Abubakar, said the suspects were being drilled to track their sponsors. Read More

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KIDNAPPING: Police Demolish Kidnappers’ den, Arrest 4 Suspects

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested four suspected kidnappers said to be terrorising Eket Local Government Area and its environs. Spokesman for the command SP Odiko MacDon said the suspects were arrested on October 30 at Ikot Ubo in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area of the state, but one escaped with gunshot wounds as a result of a gun battle with the police. He said though the victim, one Mrs Glory Samuel was rescued unhurt, she was being attended to at hospital in Eket. Read More

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RAPE: Gunmen Rape 3 Women, Shoot other in Kuje Community

Gunmen suspected to be robbers raped two house wives and a spinster at Agwe community in Kuje Area Council of the FCT. A resident of the community, simply identified as Ibrahim, said the incident happened in the early hours of last Thursday around 2:00 am when the three gunmen invaded the community. He said the gunmen who forced themselves into many houses, first entered into the house of a man whom they demanded money from and when he said he did not have, they led him into his wife’s bedroom and raped her in his presence. Read More

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CHILD TRAFFICKING: NAPTIP Urges FCTA to Revoke C/O of Buildings Used for Child Trafficking

The Director General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah, has advised the FCT minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, to revoke the Certificate of Occupancy of buildings used for trafficking in persons, prostitution and other similar crimes in the territory. Okah gave the advice when she paid a courtesy call on the minister in his office last Friday in Abuja. She solicited the minister’s support in tackling trafficking, stressing that NAPTIP had recorded successes so far and would need the support of the FCT administration to achieve more. Read More

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EMPLOYMENT SCAM: Court Remands Offa Polytechnic Lecturer in Prison Over Employment Scam

Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Tuesday remanded a lecturer with the Federal Polytechnic Offa, Ilyas AbdulWasiu for alleged employment scam. Ilorin zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) also arraigned the lecturer for alleged offence of obtaining money under false pretence. Mustapha, who is a lecturer in the department of Accounting in the Polytechnic was dragged before the court on a-nine count charge. EFCC argued that the lecturer had at different times in 2019 defrauded many job seekers, majorly couples under a false pretence of helping them to secure employment at the institution. Read More

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VANDALISM: NSCDC Nabs Suspected Vandal, Recovers Cables in Ogun

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Ogun Command, yesterday arrested a 27-year-old suspected vandal. The suspect, Ahmed Hassan, was arrested at Ijumo-Ologboni village in Ewekoro-North Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Ogun State.

The State Commandant of NSCDC, Hammed Abodunrin, disclosed on Tuesday that the suspect was arrested on October 12 following a tip-off from members of the community. He said the two other members of the team fled at the sight of the NSCDC officials who invaded the area but Hassan who hid inside a swampy water in the area with the vandalised cables valued at over N1 million was later arrested. Read More

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DRUG ABUSE: Why I Ingested 60 Wraps of Cocaine – 54-Year-Old Widow

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) has arrested no fewer than 24 drug suspects. Among the suspects were a 54-year-old woman, Sulaimon Kudirat Aduni and Adindu Obinna Hyacinth, 45, who excreted 121 wraps of hard drugs.

The woman, who said she is a widow, has so far excreted 28 wraps out of 60 she was suspected to have swallowed while the first suspect excreted 93 wraps. This happened barely two months after a 55-year-old man was arrested for swallowing 80 wraps of Methamphetamine. Aduni had allegedly attempted to traffic the cocaine to London, United Kingdom, aboard Virgin Atlantic Airways before she was apprehended at the airport last Friday. Read More

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