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FRAUD: Mama Boko Haram Arraigned for ‘N66 Million Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday arraigned Aisha Wakil, (aka Mama Boko Haram), before a Maiduguri High Court for alleged financial fraud to the tune of N66 million. Wakil, a lawyer, and wife to a Borno high court judge, was arraigned alongside Tahiru Daura.
Wakil and Daura were accused of using their non-governmental organisation, known as Complete Care and Aid Foundation, to execute the alleged crime by defrauding a supply company, AMTMAT Global Ventures, of N66 million. According to the charge sheet, Wakil, being the CEO/MD Total Care and Aid Foundation, and Dauda, her programme manager, were said to have “criminally” obtained processed bags grains worth N51 million from Ali Tijjani, the owner of AMTMAT Global Ventures and then refused to pay him for the service. Read More

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FRAUD: N7.6 Billion Fraud: Senator Kalu Knows Fate December 5

A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court will on December 5 deliver judgement in a N7.6 billion money-laundering suit involving Orji Kalu, the senator representing Abia North in the National Assembly. Kalu, who was Abia governor between 1999 and 2007, was re-arraigned in July last year on a 39-count amended charge by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Read More

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FRAUD: EFCC Arraigns Former Vice Chancellor Over N70 Million Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Makurdi zonal office, on Tuesday, arraigned a former Vice Chancellor of University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Emmanuel Kucha, over alleged N70 million fraud. Mr Kucha, a professor, is facing a four-count charge of conspiracy, misappropriation of public funds, abuse of office and gratification before a Federal High Court, Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
He said the money was paid into Kucha’s Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) Account No: 0124395144 as a bribe for performing his official duties. Mr Tarfa said the offences contravened Section 18(c) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Act, 2000.
The Defence Counsel, Timothy Dim, urged the court to grant his client bail on liberal terms, and also remand him in EFCC custody, pending the perfection of the bail condition.Justice A. Olajuwon granted the defendant bail in the sum of N10 million, with one surety in like sum.
Mr Olajuwon ordered that the surety must be a public servant with the federal or Benue State Government on Grade Level 17. He said the court must confirm the authenticity of the documents of the surety. Read More

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CYBERCRIME: EFCC Storms Yahoo-boys Den, Arrest Kingpin, 26 others

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan zonal office, on Wednesday, busted a Lagos hotel believed to be a hideout for internet fraudsters. It was gathered that the target of the raid was one Rasaq Balogun, a suspected internet fraud kingpin, whose alleged illicit activities dominated intelligence gathered from suspects recently arrested during a raid in Abeokuta, Ogun state. Read More

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KIDNAPPING: How 2 Suspected Kidnappers Were Set Ablaze in Bayelsa – Police

The Police Command in Bayelsa State on Wednesday confirmed the burning of two suspected kidnappers in Otuagala Community in Ogbia Local Government Area by a mob. The suspected criminals were allegedly involved in the kidnap of three students of the College of Health and Technology, Otuogidi. The police spokesman in the state, SP Asinim Butswat, said the two kidnappers were arrested on Tuesday evening with two wooden carved guns that resemble AK 47 rifles.
He said shortly after men of the command arrested the criminals, a mob from the community overpowered the security operatives and burned the kidnappers to death. Following a tip-off, on December 3, at about 1625 hours, a combined team of policemen and the vigilante group, combed Otuagala forest, in Ogbia Local Government Area. The team rescued the three students of College of Health and Technology Otuogidi, who were kidnapped by unknown gunmen on the December 2.
The victims were in good condition. Meanwhile, two kidnappers were arrested and two wooden carved guns that resemble AK 47 rifles were recovered from them. “However, angry mob from the Community overpowered the security operatives and burned the kidnappers to death. Read More

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DRUG ABUSE: NDLEA Nabs Suspect with 1,072 kg of Indian Hemp in Niger

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Niger Command, has arrested one suspect with 1,072 kg of substances suspected to be marijuana in Mokwa Local Government Area of the state. The NDLEA’s Commander in the state, Mrs Sylvia Egwunwoke, made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Saturday.
Egwunwoke said the 56-year-old suspect is from Bangi village in Mariga Local Government Area. Egwunwoke disclosed that the suspect, who had just finished his jailed term on October 8 for similar offence, was arrested following through intelligence report that the suspect was transporting the prohibited weeds to Sokoto state. The suspects was arrested by the command last year along Kontagora with 64kg of Indian Hemp and was convicted by a court and served one year jail term, she said.
She appealed to members of the public to always report any suspicious activity of drugs peddlers to relevant authorities, to rid the state of drug trafficking and its attendant crises. We have since reached out to traditional and religious leaders to mobilize residents to give relevant information on those in the illegal business in their midst. Read More

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VANDALISM: Police Arrest 3 Vandals in Ogun

Operatives of Ogun Police Command have arrested three members of a syndicate that allegedly specialise in vandalising telecommunications companies mast in Ibafo area of the state. The suspects – Adeola Oyesanya, Bashiru Mohammed and Musa Mohammed were arrested following a report by a security guard attached to an MTN mast in Papa Ibafo area. The security guard reportedly said a group of thieves had invaded the site, vandalised and carted away 12 batteries valued at about N1.8 million.
A statement by the command’s Spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said following receipt of the report, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) at Ibafo, Abiodun Ayinde quickly mobilized his anti-robbery men and moved to the scene. According to the statement, the suspects upon sighting the policemen, abandoned their loot and escaped to the nearby bush. He said the area was subsequently cordoned off by the policemen and the bush was combed, leading to the arrest of the first suspect Adeola Oyesanya. Read More

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KIDNAPPING: Kidnapped Traditional Ruler Freed After Payment of N6.5m Ransom

The kidnapped traditional ruler of Rubochi in Kuje Area Council of Abuja, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim Pada, has been freed after the payment of N6.5 million to the kidnappers. A member of the victim’s family who preferred anonymity said the chief was released around 12noon on Saturday. He said the kidnappers, collected the ransom, in cash, before they freed the traditional ruler at a forest in a Gbawodi village in Toto Local Government Area, Nasarawa State.
Actually, they initially demanded N30 million but after intensive negotiations, they accepted N6.5 million. He said the chiefdom was quite happy that the chief was released unhurt by his abductors after being held captive for four days. Members of the traditional council of the chiefdom, village/district heads elders visited the palace to sympathise with the traditional ruler. Read More

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RAPE AND KIDNAPPING: 2 Policemen, Clergy, Arrested over Kidnapping, Rape

The Enugu State Police Command yesterday paraded 36 suspects including two policemen and a clergy allegedly involved in various crimes in the state. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Ahmad Abdurrahman, who paraded the suspects before newsmen in Enugu, said the achievement was made by police operatives of Operation Puff Adder and intelligence-led community-policing strategy. He said the command also recovered six arms and three live cartridges as well as seven inverter batteries, one tricycle, one lorry and one hand set.
He explained that the crimes the suspects committed included armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism, vandalism, rape, money ritual and others. The CP said the command also arrested three suspected kidnappers, who operate in the state but live outside the state. Abdurrahman said: “Inspector Maaling Peter, 35, of Rijana Police Station, Kaduna State; Sergeant Ojudu Tiny, 34, of 64 Police Mobile Force, Ikorodu, Lagos State and Iheanachor Osuji of Ogui, Enugu State, were arrested over kidnapping.
The three suspects are still under investigation. The police boss added that the command on November 9, arrested one Pastor Sunday Egbo, 26, of Christ Mercy Ministry, Ajuona Obukpa in Nsukka Local Government Area for violence and forceful rape of one Miss Blessing Ukwueze. He said the command was prepared for the forthcoming yuletide and there would be no chance or breathing space for criminals in the state. Read More

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CYBERCRIME: 5 Internet Fraudsters Bag 6-Months Imprisonment in Kwara

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ilorin Zonal Office on Tuesday secured the convictions of five persons prosecuted for their involvements in offences bordering on internet fraud and other fraud related offences. The five convicts were sentenced to six months imprisonment each in their separate charges brought against them before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye and Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.
The convicts are, Olamide Ijisesan, Ogundowole Tolulope, Abdullahi Abubakar, Chilaka Dickson and Olayiwola Azeez. They had pleaded guilty to their separate charges levelled against them by the anti-graft body. Prosecuting counsel, Blessing Akinsola told the court that the defendants approached the Commission for plea bargain agreements and urged the court to convict them according to the agreement. The sentences were without options of fine. Read More

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KIDNAPPING: Police Kill 3 Kidnappers, Rescue Abducted Doctor in Benue

The Police in Benue State have confirmed the killing of three suspected kidnappers and the rescue of a medical doctor in Gboko area of the state. Spokesperson of the police in the state, DSP Catherine Anene, told newsmen at the command headquarter in Makurdi, that a special security squad known as Operation Zenda, rescued the medical doctor after a fierce gun battle with the suspected kidnappers.
Anene explained that the said medical doctor, Emmanuel Orhember, of Baiki hospital was found and rescued from the kidnappers den in Mbayior forest in an operation led by SP Justin Gberindyer, who engaged the suspected abductors in a gun duel which resulted in the killing of three of the kidnappers while others fled with bullet wounds. She said the kidnap of the medical doctor last week drew the attention of the command which quickly sent operatives to fish out the culprits.
She added that the police were already on the trail of the fleeing kidnappers while the medical practitioner has since reunited with his family. Anene listed items recovered from the suspected abductors’ den to include, charms, arms and ammunition, phones and sim cards. Meanwhile, the rescued doctor while narrating his ordeal to newsmen, recalled that some gunmen stormed his house and took him away blindfolded. He added that for three days, he laid on the ground and was beaten with his head bruised while his ankle and leg were shot at by one of the abductors who asked him to provide an amount of money that he never possessed. Read More

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FRAUD: Kaduna Councillor Remanded over N11 Million Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Kaduna Zonal Office has arraigned a Councillor, Theophilus Madami, on a two-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and obtaining by false pretence before Justice Mohammed Tukur of the State high court in Kaduna State.
The defendant, a Councillor, representing Kakuri Hausa Ward, Kaduna South Local Government, Kaduna State, was investigated when the Kaduna Office of the Commission received a petition against him. The petition was forwarded to the EFCC by Ibrahim Ringim Haruna of Pyramid Supplied Services Limited that he defrauded the company to the tune of N11, 080, 000. Read More

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DRUG ABUSE: NDLEA Arrests Woman, 3 Others over Drugs Peddling

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Anambra State Command, has arrested one female and three male suspected drugs peddlers in the state. A statement by NDLEA spokesman for the command, Odigie Charles Efosa, said the suspects were arrested at different locations across the state with various substances suspected to be Indian hemp.
The suspects include one Mrs Blessing Ibe, arrested in Okija, Inhiala Local Government Area allegedly with Indian hemp, weighing 513 grammes. Others are: China Okpara arrested in Nibo, Awka South LGA with Indian hemp weighing 600 grams; Sunday Igilije arrested in Amawbia Awka South LGA with the weed weighing 45 grammes and Uche Mmadu arrested in Ekwulobia, Aguata LGA with the weed weighing 100 grams.
The spokesman said the raid would be a continuous one in the state to reduce cases of drug abuse. He urged members of the public to provide necessary information to the agency to assist in curbing the menace of drugs. Read More

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SMUGGLING: 9 Suspected Smugglers Nabbed in Katsina

Nine suspected smugglers have been arrested in Katsina State while allegedly attempting to smuggle various contraband items into the country. The Katsina/Kaduna Customs Comptroller, Abdullahi Kirawa, revealed this while parading some of the items seized from the smugglers on Monday, adding that the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seized items was about N62m. I want to call on people to assist the Customs with useful information that will be used in confidence to check smugglers and smuggling activities that are bent on destroying the nation’s economy.
He listed the items recovered to include, 1,367 bags of rice, 295 petrol jerry cans, 297 bales of second-hand clothes, 75 new wrappers, 295 jerry can of 25 litres of vegetable oil, 53 bags of foreign sugar, 14 cartons of battery, 15 motorcycles and nine cars. Read More

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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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