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DRUG ABUSE: 26-yr-old Fake Codeine Manufacturer Nabbed in Bauchi

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. Read More

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FALSE PRETENSE: EFCC Arraigns Man for Obtaining Property by False Pretence

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. Read More

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KIDNAPPING: Gunmen Abduct Priest in Edo

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. Read More

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Police Burst Child Trafficking Syndicate in Anambra

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. Read More

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DRUG TRAFFICKING: NDLEA Arraigns 2 For Alleged Drug Trafficking

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. Read More

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CYBERCRIME: 3 Nigerians, 4 Others Arrested For Hacking Into 2,000 Accounts in India

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. Read More

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RAPE AND CULTISM: Pastor, Undergraduate, Others Arrested for Rape, Cultism in Cross River

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. Read More

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RAPE: Man Rapes Mother in Imo, Blames Alcohol

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. Read More

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CULTISM AND ROBBERY: LAUTECH Student, 15 Others Arrested for Alleged Robbery, Cultism

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. Read More

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RAPE: Teenager, 3 Others Remanded for Impregnating 15-year-old Orphan

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. Read More

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REPORT: Nigeria, Haemorrhaging From Organised Illicit Financial Flows

Nigeria and indeed Africa is haemorrhaging in an organised crime, which is aided by the elites, multinational companies and modern technologies. Though blessed with huge resources, the management of these natural endowments has become the leading cause of the challenge confronting the nation, and the continent.
While the continent has found it difficult to add value to most of its resources by processing them before export, a large chunk of the earnings from crude resources sadly still find their way into private pockets through these illicit financial flows.
IFFs are regarded as illegal movements of money or capital from one country to another. This move classifies this movement as an illicit flow when funds are illegally earned, transferred, and/or utilised across an international border. Africa’s current loses to IFFs reportedly outweigh the continent’s aid and foreign direct investment as the prevailing development is further worsened by trade underpricing, mis-invoicing, oil theft and smuggling, weak regulations and enforcement.
In Nigeria, a report released earlier this year by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) and Trust Africa indicated that Nigeria loses between $15b billion and $18b yearly to illicit financial flow, and over 92 per cent of the crime is reportedly committed in the oil and gas sector. Read More

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CYBERCRIME: Cybercrime Generates $1.5trn Annually

A report “Into The Web of Profit: An in-depth study of cybercrime, criminals and money” researched and written by Dr. Mike McGuire, says illicit and illegal online markets are now the most lucrative cybercriminal form of revenue generation, constitution over 50 per cent of total revenues of cybercrime. According to the report, Internet crime economy seems to be booming as cybercrime activities generate at least $1.5 trillion annually as only four percent of the proceeds laundered through cryptocurrencies.
According to the report, illicit and illegal online markets generate an estimated $860 billion annually while theft of trade secrets and other IP generate approximately $500 billion, constituting around 35 per cent of cybercrime revenues.
The report said “evidence suggests that cybercriminals have become increasingly adept at deploying traditional methods of laundering, such as: illicit uses of the legitimate banking system, money mules, shell companies, and wire transfers. Complementing (and sometime used in conjunction with) these are innovative, more digitally-focused methods of laundering, such as the use of online payment systems like PayPal; cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin; or even online gaming currencies. But the use of cryptocurrencies for laundering purposes has quickly acquired a reputation that far. Read More

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MONEY LAUNDERING: EFCC arrests Zamfara SSG’s brother with N60m cash

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday arrested a man with N60 million cash stashed in four bags popularly known as ‘Ghana-Must-Go.

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday arrested a man with N60 million cash The anti-graft agency in a statement by its acting Spokesman, Tiny Orilade, said the cash was made up of one thousand Naira notes arranged in N15 million in each of the bags. Read More

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DRUG ABUSE: NDLEA Arrests Drug Dealer in Anambra, seizes N45m Tramadol in Kaduna

The Anambra State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a suspected notorious drug dealer, Chimezie Okoye, in Awka, the state capital. This information was made known in a statement issued by the spokesman of the NDLEA in the state, Charles Odigie Efosa.

Efosa said Okoye, known as Don, operated around the “5” Decking area in Ifite Awka. He said the suspect was arrested on May 25, with 6.5 grammes of methamphetamine and 3.3 kg of Cannabis Sativa (skunk) at his God of Grace Lodge “5” Decking in Awka. Read More

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ASSET RECOVERY: EFCC Commends World Bank For Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has commended the efforts of the Stolen Asset Recovery (STAR) Initiative of the World Bank and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) while asking that it does more in recovering of assets. The commendation was made by Head, Legal Department of the EFCC Kabir Latona at the multilateral meeting with some independent evaluators from the United States of America during the 10th Session of the Implementation Review Group, IRG and 13th Open-ended Inter-governmental Working Group on Asset Recovery and 8th Expert meeting on Read More

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BUNKERING: Army Nabs 22 for Bunkering

The 6 Division of the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt has arrested 22 suspects in anti-oil bunkering and sea piracy operations conducted between April 16 and May 26. The army disclosed this in a statement issued by its spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa, on Tuesday.

He said the operation covered Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta states. Musa said that during the period, 46 illegal oil refining sites were located in Bayelsa and destroyed, along with 85 sacks/cellophane bags, 10 drums and four Cotonou boats, all containing illegally refined products. Read More

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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

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