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FRAUD: N2 billion fraud Court Revokes Bail, Orders Arrest of Ex-Governor Aliyu

Justice A. B. Aliyu of the Federal High Court in Minna, Niger State on Thursday revoked the bail granted to the former Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu and the former state governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Umar Gado Nasko.
The judge, who was visibly angry over the absence of ex-Governor Aliyu and Nasko in court despite the issuance of hearing notice, also ordered bench warrant against the duo for disrespect to court.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Aliyu and Nasko, following their alleged involvement in about N2 billion money laundering and other financial crimes. The accused persons were formerly arraigned before Justice Bogoro Yelin where they pleaded not guilty to the alleged offence.
But Justice Yelin has been transferred to another jurisdiction while he is presently part of judges handling disputes at the Elections Petitions Tribunals.
The matter was later assigned to Justice Aliyu who is handling the matter de novo (afresh) while the hearing notices were issued to the parties over the fresh arraignment of Babangida Aliyu and Nasko. When the matter came up today, none of the accused persons was present in court just as their lawyers were absent.
Lawyer to one of the accused persons, Mr Osuman Mamma (SAN) was said to have written to the court that he was before an election petitions tribunal. But the senior advocate reportedly refused to send a lawyer to represent him in court.
The development prompted the judge to revoke the bail granted to the defendants and later ordered the warrant of arrest against the accused persons. Read More


RAPE: Court Remands Painter for Raping 17-year-old Girl

A Magistrates’ Court in Minna on Thursday ordered that a painter, Zubairu Apaila, be remanded in prison, for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl.

The police charged Apaila, 23, with three counts unlawful sexual intercourse with a child; exposure of a child to narcotics, and prohibition of a child from attending and remaining in school. Read More


KIDNAPPING: Kidnappers Want N10m for Abducted Kaduna Choristers

The kidnappers of 15 choristers from a church in Kaduna State last Saturday, have allegedly demanded a ransom of N10 million from leaders of the church as well family members of the victims for their release.

Alleged kidnappers are taken away by the police in Maiduguri on May 23, 2019 after having been paraded in front of confiscated goods such as weapons, medicined, phones and other items. Read More


CYBER CRIME: Varsity Student, Nine Others Held for Cybercrime

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested 10 persons for alleged cybercrime, popularly called `Yahoo, Yahoo’, at Ojodu Berger, Lagos. The state NSCDC Commandant, Mr. Tajudeen Balogun, told reporters yesterday that they were arrested following a tip-off. He alleged that the gang leader was a 100-level Accounting student of a private university in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. Balogun said the suspects were between the ages of 19 and 29. He alleged that one Toyota Camry saloon car with number-plate EPE406FN, nine laptops, 16 phones, two debit cards and an Airtel modem were recovered from them. Also recovered from them were one piece of Orange Wi-Fi, 11 laptop chargers, two extension boxes, and substances suspected to be Indian hemp and charms. Balogun said: On May 22, the state command got a piece of information about a case of abduction, assault and cybercrime. This was as a result of a tip-off by a victim, Demini Emmanuel. The victim claimed he was abducted, assaulted and forced to engage in cybercrime by the suspects since January 2019. The command swung into action and arrested 10 suspects at 14b, Animashaun Street, inside Progressive Estate, Ojodu Berger, Lagos. He said the suspects would be prosecuted. Balogun advised parents, landlords and the public to report suspicious activities in their areas to the Corps and other security agencies. The 22-year-old gang leader, said he had been in the business for more than a year, stressing that he made more than N3million between January and April. He said the other suspects were found in his house because they were learning the `job’ from him. The suspect said he did not kidnap them as alleged by the NSCDC officials.

Source (The Nation, Friday, May 24th, 2019.)

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FRAUD: Ex-NIMASA Chief Jailed for N378m Fraud

The Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday convicted a former Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) acting Director-General Calistus Obi for converting the agency’s funds. Justice Mojisola Olatoregun found him guilty of money laundering.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Obi on April 12, 2016, on eight counts of converting N378,810,000 from NIMASA.
Obi, a former NIMASA Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, took over from Dr Patrick Akpobolokemi, who is also facing multiple money laundering and theft charges. Obi was charged with Akpobolokemi’s former aide, Dismass Alu Adoon, Grand Pact Limited and Global Sea Investment Limited.
Justice Olatoregun held that the EFCC proved the case beyond reasonable doubts. She found Obi guilty of counts five, six, seven and eight; she found Adoon guilty of counts two and four.
The judge discharged the defendants on counts one and three, which had to do with conspiracy.
Justice Olatoregun adjourned until May 28 for allocutus (a plea made in criminal trials to mitigate punishment) and sentencing. She ordered that the defendants be remanded in prison custody until then. EFCC closed its case on January 31, 2017.
The defence made a no-case submission, which was dismissed on February 21, 2017.
The prosecution said Obi, Global Seal and Grand Pact allegedly converted N42,755,000.00 on December 24, 2013. EFCC said Obi, on May 2, 2013, converted N25,000,000, as well as N46.3 million, being “proceeds of stealing” between April 1 and December 11, 2014, among others.
Count one of the charge reads: “That you, Calistus Nwabueze Obi and Dismass Alu Adoon, on or about August 5, 2014, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did conspire among yourselves to commit an offence, to wit: conversion of N111,000,000, property of NIMASA, knowing that the said sums were proceeds of stealing, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.” Read More


CHILD ABUSE: Kebbi Hisbah Rescues 2-day-old Baby Buried by Mother

The Hisbah Committee in Kebbi State has rescued a 2-day-old baby girl that was buried alive by its mother. The baby was reportedly found alive two days after she was born at the back of a hotel in Birnin Kebbi.

The mother of the baby and her friend were said to have lodged in a popular hotel, Zinari, for two days and sneaked out and buried the baby at night at the back of the hotel. The Director of Sharia and Religious Affairs Department in the state, Alhaji Abubakar Muhammad Lamne Augie, said it was the cry of the baby that attracted passers-by and the baby was removed from the shallow grave. Read More


KIDNAPPING: Police Parade 25 Over kidnapping, Attack on Fulani

The Kogi State Police Command yesterday paraded 25 suspects arrested over offences bordering on kidnapping, banditry, car snatching and attacks on the Fulani in some parts of the state recently. Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Busari, who paraded the suspects, said the arrests were made possible through the effort of the operatives of “Operation Puff Adder” launched by the Inspector General of Police. Read More

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Arrest 7 Women Over theft, Sale of 2 Children 0

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Arrest 7 Women Over theft, Sale of 2 Children

The Edo State Police Command has arrested seven women for theft and selling of two children. It was gathered that the children, aged two and four, were stolen in Utese Community by one Mary Paul in June, 2018.

Mary reportedly sold them to one Rita Eze in Delta State who in turn sold the four-year-old child to Comfort Dike John who runs an orphanage in Okigwe in Imo State. The suspects are Comfort Dike John, Glory Onuoha (38), Adendu Ifeoma (40), Evangeline Akubor (38), Chinyere Okeke (39), one Ogechi (38) and Anioke Augustina (48). Read More


DRUG ABUSE: NDDC Backs Anti-Drug Abuse, Illicit Trafficking Campaign

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has assured that it will continue to support all efforts to curb drug abuse and illicit trafficking in the Niger Delta region.

The NDDC Acting Managing Director, Professor Nelson Brambaifa, stated this while addressing participants in the Miss Niger Delta Beauty Queens unity walk campaign against drug abuse and illicit trafficking at the Commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt. The NDDC boss observed that drug abuse was destroying the family structure and the social fabrics of the society, noting that when this happens, it imperils the nation and hampers development. Read More


ROBBERY: Police In Enugu Arrest Robbery Suspect, Recover Gun

The Enugu State Police Command has arrested a suspected armed robbery kingpin, Arinze Ugwu, whose armed gang had been terrorising Orba Community and its environs in Udenu Local Government Area of the state.

A small hand bag containing a locally made pistol with 17 live cartridges and a fez cap was recovered from the suspect. The arrest followed information gathered after an incident in which the suspect and his gang members had on May 16, snatched a motorcycle from its owner at gun point and took off to an unknown destination. Read More


CULTISM: Teenager, 1 Other Arraigned Over Cultism, Possession of Firearms

Two men, Lateef Onikoyi and Ahmed Owoseyi, who both reside in the Ikorodu Area of Lagos are facing charges of conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearms and belonging to a secret cult. The suspects appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. The defendants were caught by the police with an unlicensed locally made pistol and a live cartridge. The Prosecutor, Insp. Victor Eruada, Read More


HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Edo Uses Adult Education To Fight Human Trafficking

The Edo State Government has started resuscitating its adult and non-formal education classes across its 18 local government areas as part of measures to improve literacy among the citizenry, especially women. The essence is to encourage those who did not attend or finish school, as well as the unskilled to further their education and obtain certificates free of charge.
Apart from improving literacy, the adult education classes is also part of activities aimed at tackling human trafficking, as well as improving female education. The aim of education, among other things, is the “full development of the human personality and the sense of its dignity” and to “enable all persons to participate effectively in a free society.” This cannot be attained by exclusively sending children to school, thus education should be a lifelong process. Read More


DRUG TRAFFICKING: Man Bags 19 Years Jail Term for Drug Trafficking

Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday convicted and sentenced a 44 year-old man, Slyvanus Onyeuka to a total of 19 years imprisonment for unlawful importation of hard drugs into Nigeria. Justice Oguntoyinbo jailed Onyeuka after he pleaded guilty to a three-count charge of conspiracy and unlawful importation of heroine and cocaine, weighing 6.626 kilograms into the country from Kenya. Read More


KIDNAPPING: One Dies As 2 Kidnapped FRSC Officials Regain Freedom

One of the three officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), who were on Sunday abducted by unknown gunmen has died in the custody of his abductors before two of the officials were released. It was gathered that one of the victims of the dastardly act who could not bear the stress involved in the act died before the others were freed. Though details of their freedom were not immediately known, the FRSC officers were said to have been released Tuesday night and had since reunited with their families. Read More


FRAUD: Malaysian Arraigned for Attempting to Defraud Polaris Bank of €250m

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Wednesday, arraigned a Malaysian, Tan Richard, before a Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja for allegedly attempting to defraud Polaris Bank of €250m.
Richard was arraigned alongside his company, Coastal Asia Investments Limited, on five counts bordering on forgery, intent to defraud and use of false document.
The suspect, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
According to the EFCC counsel, Mohammed Bashir, the defendants and one Dr Sawang Jana (still at large) committed the alleged offences on September 27, 2018, in Lagos.
The offences were said to contravene sections 363 (2), 364 (1) and 409, 5(2) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State No. 11 of 2011.
The anti-graft agency alleged that Richard and Jana, with the intent to defraud, attempted to obtain the sum of €250m from Polaris Bank Plc (formerly Skye Bank Plc) by false pretences. The commission further alleged that Richard forged a Swift Telex Advice dated September 27, 2018, indicating the transfer of the sum of €250m to a Coastal Asia Investment Account number 1771828771 with Polaris Bank, while purporting same to be from HSBC Bank Plc, London, United Kingdom.
The defence counsel, O. A. Onifade, while urging the court to admit to his client to bail, noted that Richard had boils all over his body and needed medical attention.
He said, The defendant was granted administrative bail by the commission and since then, the defendant has been consistently reporting at the EFCC’s office in Abuja.
The defendant was brought to Lagos from Abuja yesterday (Tuesday) while I was just shown the charges right here in court around 9am. The defendant’s passport is still with the EFCC and he has boils all over his body, which require medical attention.
KIDNAPPING: One Dies As 2 Kidnapped FRSC Officials Regain Freedom Read More


CULTISM: Teenager, 1 Other Arraigned Over Cultism, Possession of Firearms

Two men, Lateef Onikoyi and Ahmed Owoseyi, on Wednesday, appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for alleged unlawful possession of firearms and belonging to a secret cult. Onikoyi (28) and Owoseyi (18) who both reside in the Ikorodu Area of Lagos are facing charges of conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearms and belonging to a secret cult. Read More


INTERNET FRAUD: Court Jails Graduate, 3 Others for Internet Fraud

The Federal High Court in Abeokuta, Ogun State, yesterday, jailed a 30-year-old graduate of microbiology from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Tella Ibrahim, and three others for impersonation, forgery, pretense, among other crimes. Ibrahim and Olatunji Samod Oladimeji aka Theresa were separately arraigned before Justice Mohammed Abubakar, while two others: Adekanmbi Abdulazeez and Stephen Ogunmefun, were docked before Justice Ibrahim Watilat of the same court on Wednesday. Read More


RAPE: 2 Men in Police Net For Allegedly Raping Teenagers

Two men identified as Tunde Akinwumi, and Tunde Akinboyewa, allegedly raped an 18-year-old girl and another 14-year-old old in Ondo West local government area, Ondo State.

The suspects were arrested and put behind police bars. Akinwunmi and Akinboyewa, who the police described as cult members and ex-convicts, were alleged to have locked the girls inside a house and raped them through the night. Read More


STEALING: Man Remanded in Prison For Stealing Bibles, N100,000

A 22-year-old man, Seun Ojo has been remanded in Olokuta prison custody for allegedly stealing Bibles and a cash sum of N100,000 . Ojo was dragged before an Akure Chief magistrate court on one-count charge of armed robbery. He was armed with one locally made muzzle loading gun and a cutlass, attacked and robbed one Regina Abraham, of two Holy Bibles, a Techno handset and a sum of #100,000. The alleged offence was said to be contrary to and punishable under section 401 of the criminal code, cap 37, volume 1 laws of Ondo state of Nigeria. Read More


ATTEMPTED RAPE: 20-yr-old Man Reportedly Stabs Nurse In The Neck For Resisting Rape Attempt

The Kano State Police Command has reportedly arrested one Bashir Yahaya for stabbing a nurse, Aisha Kabir in the neck.
The 20-year-old nurse had allegedly resisted Bashir’s attempt to rape her. The incident happened at a clinic in Tal’udu quarters of Gwale Local Government Area of Kano State. The police promptly rushed to the scene and conveyed the victim, Aisha Kabir, who had cuts on her neck, to the Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital, Kano.
The suspect, Bashir Yahaya, was arrested at the scene of the crime and the exhibit of a knife with bloodstain was recovered from him.
Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to have attempted to rape Aisha, adding that she resisted. Read More

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