Seventeen of the 29 Nigerians arrested last month at Ho-Area 52 for their alleged complicity in cyber fraud activities have been deported by the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS). The reputation for criminality has made it hard for Nigerians to be “accepted” abroad. Many Nigerians are serving jail terms in countries across the globe for various illegal acts. This definitely does not speak well of the country and her citizens. And the sooner we imbibe the habit of decent, lawful behavior both within and outside the nation, the better for us as individuals and as a country. Concerted efforts should be made by all well-meaning Nigerians both home and abroad to project a good image for the country which will counter the bad one created by the unscrupulous, criminal-minded few.
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The Edo Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said that no fewer than 362 suspects were arrested for illicit drugs use and trafficking between June 2018 and May 2019. The state Commander, Mr Buba Wakawa, disclosed this on Wednesday in Benin at the ceremony marking the 2019 United Nations Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Wakawa said that the figure comprised 229 males and 133 females, adding that 42,122.43 kilogrammes of illicit drugs were seized by the command within the period under review. The menace of drug abuse is multi-faceted and as such requires aggressive public enlightenment campaign, complimented by other measures to exterminate the trend. Center for Counter Fraud Awareness (CCFA) is committed to raising awareness through its Preventive Programme for Schools Initiative where schools are visited and children and youths are exposed to the dangers associated with drug abuse.
An Abuja-based pastor, Apostle Basil Princewill, who raped and procured abortion for a 14-year-old girl in 2011, has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment. In sentencing the convict, the trial judge, Justice Husseini Baba-Yusuf of the FCT High Court in Maitama, held that the commission of rape was bad enough, but it became more worrisome when the convict was someone looked upon as a man next to God.
He held that the convict’s action was a desecration of the house of God and an act capable of destroying the life of the victim. The judge added that he hoped the convict would use the four walls of the prison to become a born again.
The police have denied reports allegedly credited to Ace of Spade Consult Nigeria Limited that members of the public would from July 1, have opportunity to sign up and acquire police background check number.
The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Frank Mba, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, said the report that a dedicated website would be launched by the police to acquire the number was false.
The 17-year-old student of the University of Ilorin said she had asked her lecturer for help on two occasions. The first time, she requested assistance with signing her course form after she became frustrated with the official responsible for authenticating the document. Later, she spoke to him about her inability to pay for a matriculation gown at a crowded campus bank.
The Arts Education teacher, introduced by a graduate friend to help keep an eye on her academic progress, never asked for a romantic relationship nor propositioned her, the 200 level student said. Then, one day in February this year, the man locked his office while she was still inside, pushed her to a table and raped her. The man covered her mouth to stifle screams and later left her alone in the office after the encounter.
The accused staff, Solomon Olowookere, a senior lecturer, denied the allegations. He said he had helped the student multiple times but denied there was any possibility of a sexual incident between them. Mr Olowookere said the story was made-up. But multiple interviews with senior university officials, including the head of Department of Arts Education, the dean of Faculty of Education and the dean of Students’ Affairs, confirmed the attack occurred.
The officials said Mr Olowookere had admitted to them he assaulted the girl and had pleaded for help, but later changed his testimony. They said in committing the act, the lecturer abused his position further by increasing the student’s test score as compensation.
The interviews, conducted by a panel set up by the university to review the case, formed the basis for a recommendation the lecturer be dismissed. Two months after the report, seen by PREMIUM TIMES, was submitted to the authorities, the university is yet to act, either by adopting or rejecting it. The lecturer has also remained in the employment of the institution.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has announced it will be focusing more on drug prevention, sensitisation and education of the citizenry as a new strategy for the prevention of drug trafficking and abuse.
The NDLEA said this at a pre-event press briefing at Abuja to flag-off the commemoration of 2019 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking with the theme ‘Health for Justice: Justice for Health.’
The Chairman/Chief Executive, NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, represented by his Chief of Staff Femi Amos Oloruntoba, said the NDLEA had realised it must do more to curb and prevent drug abuse in the country. Rather than just hosting a grand finale where all talks and goodwill messages are given, the agency this year will carry out all-inclusive education and sensitization programmes in Abuja and at lower scale in our state commands across the country, he stated.
One other objective of our new approach is to improve our outreach to the vulnerable groups.
Therefore, we shall be carrying out drug prevention, education and sensitization targeted at the following identified groups of our population. The theme for this year’s commemoration of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking addresses three broad issues:
Drug dependent persons having access to the treatment they need, connecting drug prevention, social inclusion and protection, and building knowledge for justice and health. The NDLEA is in partnership with MTN through MTN Foundation to accomplish the sensitization programs among the identified groups of the population.
The targeted groups include secondary and tertiary schools, market people, farmers and hunters, members of IDP camps, and people at motor parks spanning from Wuse to Abaji from June 20th to the 26th.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, Thursday arrested 27 suspected internet fraudsters suspected to be Yahoo boys in Osogbo when the operatives of the Commission swept on their hideouts. The early morning raid led to the arrest of 27 men and four ladies suspected to be girlfriends of some of the arrested suspects.
The NSA disclosed this during a joint press briefing on the outcome of the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting presided by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House, Abuja.The federal government is considering proscribing the Almajiri system to address the rising insecurity in the country, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, has said. Monguno briefed journalists alongside the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Adamawa Governor, Ahmadu Fintri, Anambra, Willie Obiano and Ondo Rotimi Akeredolu.
The female National Youth Service Corp member abducted by Boko Haram in Borno State has been rescued from the insurgents. Halima Uwani Musa, who hails from Gwoza, Borno State, was abducted by the insurgents between Gwoza and Maiduguri early this January. She is doing her youth service with the Borno State Ministry of Finance.
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, are not relentless in the fight against corruption. As individuals we also have roles to play in the fight against cybercrime and other vices. Center for Counter Fraud Awareness (CCFA) is committed to raising awareness through its Preventive Programme for Schools Initiative where schools are visited and children and youths are exposed to the dangers associated with cybercrime and other crimes.
The reputation for criminality has made it hard for Nigerians to be “accepted” abroad. Many Nigerians are serving jail terms in countries across the globe for various illegal acts. This definitely does not speak well of the country and her citizens. And the sooner we imbibe the habit of decent, lawful behaviour both within and outside the nation, the better for us as individuals and as a country. It is high time concerted efforts were made by all well-meaning Nigerians both home and abroad to project a good image for the country which will counter the bad one created by the unscrupulous, criminal-minded few.
According to the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Nigeria losses about N127 billion to cybercrime as a result of the country’s inability to properly secure her information system. This is caused in part by our inability to adequately secure our Information Systems. The Director-General also added that the global IT industry is expected to hit $5 trillion by the end of 2019. This was made known yesterday in Abuja during the stakeholders’ engagement for the review of the guidelines for information system audit and software testing.
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.
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.
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.
The Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has said it is set to commence tracking of its first phase of constituency projects in 12 states. This was contained in a brief signed by the commission’s Public Relations Officer, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa in Abuja yesterday.
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.
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.
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.
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.