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Monday, January 25, 2021

January 25, 2021

EFCC Nabs 16 Alleged Internet Fraudsters in Lagos


The Lagos Zonal Office of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has effected the arrest of 16 young men in Lekki, a cosmopolitan area in the state, for allegedly engaging in internet fraud, popularly known as yahoo yahoo

The suspected internet fraudsters are: Habeeb Adebayo, Marcus Wisdom, Caleb Triumphant Ezikiel, Akinduro Henry, Osarobo Osasere, and Oyelami Olatunji.

Others are: Pelumi Glory, Ehibor Joseph, Emmanuel Timileyin, Jefta Akpan, Okirhie Rukewe, Oxford Robbinson, Onyeka Odika, Uzoma Gideon, Adebayo Oluwatobi, and Isreal Ugochukwu.

They were rounded-up on January 21, 2021 at the Ziroc Residence Hotel, Lekki, Lagos by operatives who have been tracking their activities. 

Upon interrogation, they all confessed to engaging in different forms of computer-related fraud, including romance and love scam.

A further analysis of their mobile devices and computers, also confirmed their involvement in internet fraud. 

They will soon be arraigned in court as investigations have already been concluded.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

December 24, 2020

Cross River State Green Sheriff Arrests Kidnap Syndicate In Calabar

The alleged kidnappers


Operatives of Cross River Green Sheriff has arrested a  syndicate of  criminal gang of  kidnappers.

The kidnappers were arrested at Marian Hill and Mary Slessor in Calabar, by men of the green Sherrif and handed over to NSCDC (operation Akpakwu.

Earlier intelligent report revealed that the syndicate gang were  fraudsters notorious for duping people in the state, but further investigation by the NSCDC disclosed that they are a gang of kidnappers terrorising the state.

This arrest is a huge boost to the commendable efforts of the Governor Ben Ayade led administration in curbing the increasing incident of kidnapping and other criminal activities in the state.

Friday, October 9, 2020

October 09, 2020

Court Jails Two Music Producers, Two Others over Cyber Crimes in Calabar

The Uyo zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, on Thursday, October 8, 2020 secured the conviction of two music producers and two others, on cyber crime charges, before Justice Simon Amobeda of the Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River state.

The convicted music producers are Obot John Aniedi and Odok Valentine Metun, while the others are Williams Peter Obinna and Okoro Edwin Chigozie.

While Obot and Odok were arrested on September 11, 2020 at their residentce located at 3 Ring Road, Shelter Afrique, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Williams and Okoro were nabbed on September 8, 2020, at their apartment located at "Sight and Services" within "World Bank" in Ugwuma town, Owerri, Imo State.

The quartet was arrested based on intelligence received in the zone, concerning their involvement in various cyber crimes. Investigation reveals that while some of them set up various fictitious accounts on Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB), an Asian-American dating website, others impersonated American military personnel , to defraud their victims. They all admitted to the crimes.

One of the separate count charge for which they were convicted reads: "That you Okoro Edwin Chigozie (aka Afando Stevens) on or about the 8th day of September, 2020 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to obtain property and gain advantage for yourself, did fraudulently impersonate and presented yourself to Eloisa Vasquez as Afando Stevens (a supposed American military officer) on social media platform (Facebook) and obtained the sum of One hundred and fifty American Dollars ($150) and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (3) (a) & (b) of the Cyber Crime (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (b) (iv) of the same Act".

They pleaded guilty to the charges preferred against them by the EFCC.

In view of their pleas, Joshua Abolarin, counsel to the EFCC, informed the court of the plea bargain agreements entered between them and the prosecution, and urged the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Counsel to the defendants, Innocent Eze, Arit Robert, C. O. Ijom and Friday Solomon informed the court that the convicts were first-time offenders and prayed for leniency.

Delivering judgement, Justice Amobeda convicted and sentenced them as follows; Okoro, Odok and Obot were sentenced to 3 months imprisonment each with an option of fine of N200,000 (two hundred thousand naira), while Williams was sentenced to 6months imprisonment with an option of fine of N200,000 ( two hundred thousand naira).

He ordered that their mobile phones and laptops be forfeited to the Federal Government.


October 09, 2020

We'll No Longer Tolerate Any Attack On Our Men - IGP Sends Warning To EndSars Protesters

The Inspector General of Police, M. A. Adamu has reacted to the death of a police officer, Corporal Etaga Stanley, attached to the 'A' Division, Ughelli, Delta, who was allegedly killed by the #EndSars protesters on Thursday, August 8th, GRASSROOT REPORTERS reports

The IGP, who described the incident as "cruel and unwarranted", warned that henceforth, the Police authority will not tolerate any attack on its personnel or any member of the law enforcement community by any person under any guise.

The police alleged that one Seargent Patrick Okuone sustained serious gunshot injury allegedly fired by the protesters. It also claimed that the protesters carted away an AK47 service rifle with 25 rounds of ammunition.

While condoling with the family and friends of the deceased officer, the IGP commended the officers of the Delta Police Command for "exercising restraint in the face of immoral and unjustified provocation".

He However ordered investigation into the matter.

October 09, 2020

We Are Investigating Some Politicians In Cross River For High Profile Corruption - EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it is investigation some high profile cases involving some politicians and ranking officials Cross River State government.

The EFCC, Uyo Zonal Head, Edeh Uchenna, made the disclosure in Calabar, Cross River State, adding that “we cannot disclose their names for now in order not to hamper the ongoing investigations”

Uchenna who was flanked by other officials from the zonal office of the commission was at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre, Calabar to solicit media support for their work by way of constant volunteering of useful information.

He said although the EFCC receives fewer petitions from Cross River, the agency is, however, working behind the scene, making arrests and prosecutions.

Reeling out the achievements of the commisson in the zone, Uchenna said the commission has convicted 18 cybercriminals at the Federal High Court Calabar, forfeited hefty proceeds from the crimes and also recovered several exotic cars.

He solicited the support of journalists to volunteer information about financial crimes and assured that of confidentiality of such information, saying it was the only avenue to get back at corrupt persons and politicians.

“Our values have dwindled. No nation attains greatness with corruption permeating all facets of its fabric. Everything possible must be done to eradicate the virus. We want a partnership with the media to ensure the misnomer doesn’t become the order of the day. Without collaborative efforts, the fight won’t be effective,” he said.


Friday, August 14, 2020

August 14, 2020

REVEALED: Atrocities Allegedly Committed By Warlord/Cannibal, Asuquo Okon & His Gang

Warlord, Asuquo Okon (Right)
and his second in command
The name Okon Asuquo, popularly called Akon sends shivers down the spine of many residents of Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State, especially residents of Okoyong, Okurikang. Eki, Obodio, Ikot Offiong, Inua Akpa etc.

For years, Asuquo and his gang have been alleged to be war mercenaries, prosecuting the many wars involving different communities in Odukpani Local Government. An indigene of Mbiabo in Odukpani and a relative to a powerful politician in Odukpani who is nursing governorship ambition, Asuquo and his gang were also alleged to be easy hires for politicians to settle political scores. They were also alleged to be involved in many disputes, siding whoever is ready to hire them for a price, to intimidate or kill their perceived opponents.

His group were the most dreaded gang in Okurikang-Obomitiat-Ekpene-Inua Akpa axis of the LGA. A source from Okurikang told GRASSROOT REPORTERS that until the arrest of Asuquo and his second in command who was seen standing beside him while being paraded by the Police on Thursday, the group operated unchallenged by security operatives. The source also said Asuquo, a member of Klans cult group, have also been fingered in cult-related killings and clashes in Odukpani and its environs. Sources said  the alleged 'warlord' has been petitioned severally, prior to his arrest, but was never arrested due to the powerful persons backing him.

A source also alleged that his group was responsible for the recent killing of about 10 persons from Ekpene Eki, including one woman, who were said to have gone to escort market women who went to Okurikang market. Two of their victims were captured alive and butchered, as seen in a video that have gone viral.

Many who spoke with GRASSROOT REPORTERS said residents of these war-turn areas were afraid to challenge him, for fear of being killed, as he was thought to possess powerful 'bulletproof' charms. Sources also said his group was responsible for the snatching of a service rifle from a military officer at Itu bridge. The rifle was later returned to the Cross River  State Security Adviser (South), Ani Esin, who in turn, handed the rifle to the police. He is alleged to have beaten up the youth leader of Okurikang community for allegedly informing the police of their activities.

On Thursday, Asuquo, alongside his second in command, was paraded by the Commissioner of Police, Cross River State Command, CP Abdulkadir Jimoh, at the State Police Command Headquarters, Calabar. According to reports, the suspect expressed shock when shown the viral video of him and his gang butchering 2 men, saying he didn't know someone was recording him while carrying out the dastardly act.

Monday, August 10, 2020

August 10, 2020

25-Year-Old Man Shot Dead By His Father In Cross River For Refusing To Buy Him Drinks

The deceased
A man has shot dead his son for refusing to buy him drinks and for insulting him.

The incident happened on Friday, August 7, at Odoh-Owambe II Community in Beebo Clan, Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State.

The deceased, identified as Agbor Henry, was the youth leader of the community before his tragic demise.

It was gathered that, Henry was a son the hunter bore out of wedlock with his late girlfriend, a police woman who died in a road accident in Calabar some years back.

After his mother passed on, Henry returned to the village to his father, whom he always claimed never carried out his responsibilities.

According to an eye witness, trouble started when the Hunter had met his son (Henry) drinking at a beer parlour and asked him to buy him some drinks. Henry had replied him saying; “Is it now you remember I’m your son?” The statement caused a serious quarrel to the extent, they almost fought.

We gathered that Henry was later held and tied up by youths in the community, who demanded he paid a fine for attempting to fight with his father. It was also learnt that the father went to plead with the youths to let him go, which they did, thinking everything has been settled.

However, the quarrel between father and son heated up when they got home and with no one to broker peace between them, Henry reached out for a gun.

Seeing that, the father hurried into his room to grab his gun too. As Henry approached his father’s room to attack him, he was stopped by a bullet from his father’s gun.

After realizing that he has killed his son, he ran into the forest, to escape punishment but was finally intercepted by youths, who later handed him over to the Police.

Sources revealed that the hunter, suffered another tragedy, as his last son who was also shot by armed robbers, was brought to the village that same day to be buried.

Reports say he is currently at the Police Station in Bateriko, Boki Local Government Area, Cross River State.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

July 30, 2020

Pastor Who Kidnaps To Expand His Church, 'Give To Charity' Arrested

The Nigeria Police have arrested a 52-year old pastor, who is the Founder and General Overseer of New Life Ministry, Lukosi, in Shagamu Area.

of Ogun State and his gang members, namely; Chidozie Williams, 22 years, a native of Umuahia North in Abia State, Ugoji Linus, 30 years, a native of Ezinifite in Imo State and Emmanuel Chris Ani, 27 years, a native of Aniri in Enugu State; for the kidnap for ransom of one Jonathan Ekpo from Benue State.

The pastor told the police that he got involved in the crime to expand his church and give to charity.

The victim who is an employee of a logistic company was kidnapped on 17th July, 2020 while on official duty to deliver goods in Shagamu, Ogun State.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, the victim was kept in an underground cabin inside the pastor's church building in Ogijo Town, Ogun State by the pastor and his gang. The alleged kidnappers demanded for the payment of N20 Million as condition for his release but the victim was subsequently rescued by the police unhurt nine days after and reunited with his family.

Friday, July 24, 2020

July 24, 2020

6 Nigerians, 3 Foreigners In Court For Hijacking A Vessel, Kidnapping And Conveying Victims To Calabar

The Federal Government on Thursday arraigned three foreign nationals and six Nigerians for their alleged roles in the hijack of Equatorial Guinean Vessel, MV Elobey VI. The suspects who were employees of Pilgrim Africa Limited were arrested by the Nigerian Navy in Port Harcourt following allegations that they conspired and paid 200,000 dollars to a gang of pirates who abducted three sailors. 

They were accused of facilitating to pay the ransom to the pirates for the release of two Moroccan nationals, Abaamrane Hamid and Chalabi Abdelaziz, and an Equatorial Guinean, Santos Ndong. The defendants were also accused of conveying the hostages to Calabar, Cross River, for onward hand over to the Equatorial Guinean Consul after payment was confirmed by the pirates. 

They are facing a seven-count charge of conspiracy, kidnapping, terrorism as well as illegal possession of firearms and ammunition before Muhammed Sani, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt. 

The accused are Binaebi Johnson, Daniel Lemmer, Ghane Gordon, Hassan Hakeem, Gregory Smith, Ofem Uket, John Mark, Chidi Amadi and Eze Amadi. The prosecution counsel, Magaji Laraban, said the offences committed violated Sections 5, 8, 11, 17 (1) and 18 of Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) Act, 2013 and Section 27 of Firearms Act, 2004. 

Laraban urged the court to commence the trial and remand the suspects in a correctional facility pending the determination of the matter or the bail application filed by the defendants. “Kidnapping and terrorism-related offences are an organised crime that is done by syndicates. “Some people take part in the piracy and kidnap, others negotiate for the ransom while another engages in the retrieval and recovery of victims in exchange for benefits,” he said. The nine suspects, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge brought against them. On her part, the defence counsel, Abimbola Akeredolu (SAN), prayed the court to grant bail to the defendants on liberal grounds. Akeredolu promised the court that the applicants would be available in court till the conclusion of the matter. 

“My clients have been kept in solitary confinement since May. This is sad because there is really no charge here. “The people who paid the ransom contracted my clients to take the victims of kidnapping from where they were released to their embassy. ”After doing that, my clients were arrested,” she said. 

The judge, who promised speedy hearing of the matter, adjourned the case till August 10, 11 and 12, for ruling on the bail application and commencement of trial. Sani remanded the defendants in Port Harcourt Correctional Centre and ordered that all COVID-19 protocols be maintained by the centre before admitting the suspects. 

MV Elobey VI was attacked and hijacked by pirates in the early hours of March 21 at about 22 nautical miles off Port Gentil, Gabon. The pirates forced the crew to sail to Nigerian waters, but fled when MV Elobey VI was approached by Nigerian Navy warship. The three abducted sailors were later released on payment of ransom. 


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

July 21, 2020

About 10 Market Women, Children Killed While Returning From The Market In Odukpani , Cross River State

By Akpan David (APEX News Exclusive)
No fewer than ten women who were returning from a local market alongside their children have been killed in Cross River State in the evening of Tuesday July 21, 2020.
According to reports monitored over local radio stations where callers who are natives of Okurikang in Odukpani Local Government Area sought for help, they alleged that neighbouring communities of Ikot Offiong, Ekpene Obio, Mbiabo who are are at daggers drawn were behind the mayhem.
The women allegedly were waylaid and killed as they returned.
One Mr Effiong Effiom who called during a phone in evening programme on Sparkling FM said his wife was amongst the women who were allegedly killed.
He also said that natives of Okurikang have been warned not to sleep at home as more violence including arson have been threatened.
Cross River Police Public Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo said the report has not been lodged but that she was grateful for the information.
“I am going to alert the relevant DPOs now to deploy men…,” she assured.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

July 18, 2020

Wife Of Appeal Court Judge Released After About N4.8M Was Allegedly Paid

The wife of an Appeal Court Judge, Mrs Ignatius Agube who was kidnapped about three weeks ago in Calabar has been released.
She was released on Saturday morning following the payment of a heavy ransom, sources say.
Mrs. Agube was kidnapped at her shop in Ekorinim area of Calabar.
Her personal assistant, Glory Akpama who tried to prevent the abduction was shot dead by the kidnappers.
Reports say about N4.8million was paid for her release and was done at the creeks of Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State.

Friday, July 17, 2020

July 17, 2020

PHOTOS: Army Rescues 32 Kidnap Victims Held For More Than 1 Month, Arrests Suspects

Suspected Kidnappers

The Nigerian Army under the 'Operation Whirl Stroke' says it has arrested 2 suspected kidnappers and rescued 32  kidnapped victims in a raid at Tomayin village in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State on Thursday, July 16.

According to the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, the notorious syndicate operated in the general area of Igbom village, Nenzev council ward of Logo LGA.

He said the troops had contact with the bandits which led to exchange of fire as the troops closed in on them. The army's superior fire forced the bandits to flee into the bushes. The troops engaged them in hot pursuit, leading to the killing of one Zwa Ikyegh who was identified as the ring leader of the gang while others escaped with gunshot injuries.
Rescued kidnap victims

Major Enenche said the troops successful rescued 32 kidnapped victims who have been in captivity for more than one month, and that all the victims have been reunited with their families while the kidnap camps have been destroyed.

He added that the troops recovered 1 AK47 rifle, 1 AK47 magazine, 6 locally made rifle, one locally made pistol and a magazine, 22 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunitions, 2 cartridges, 2 motorcycles and some charms.

In another development, troops of sector 2 deployed at Gbise in Katsina Ala LGA and Zaki Biam in Ukum LGA of Benue State responded to a distress call of a kidnapping attempt at Austoma in Mabnema Council ward of Ukum LGA, and arrested 2 suspects; namely: Sealemum and Ordeum both of whom are linked to late Terugwa Igbagwa Aka Orjondu. The suspects are currently undergoing interrogation.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

July 09, 2020

Seven Arrested For Multiple Bank Robberies

Police Operatives attached to the Special Tactical Squad have arrested a 7-man criminal gang that attacked and robbed three comm​ercial banks in the South-West States of Ondo and Ekiti between 2019 and 2020, killed innocent citizens including six (6) policemen and carted away several millions of naira. 

Investigation reveals that the dare-devil armed robbers - Tunbosun Ojo ‘m’ 42years, Ismaila Ojo ‘m’ 25years, Victor Oyeyemi ‘m’ 36years, Dele Ariyo ‘m’ 44years, Shola Oladimeji ‘m’ 50years, Olubodun Folayemi ‘m’ 44years and Adeniyi John ‘m’ 42 years – carried out the robbery of a commercial bank in Ile-oluji, Ondo State on 7th February, 2020 where four (4) policemen were killed. Similarly they were also involved in the robbery of a Microfinance Bank in Idanre, Ondo State in December, 2019 and a commercial bank at Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State where two policemen lost their lives.

Efforts are being intensified to arrest other members of the gang still at large and to recover other sophisticated weapons used in the operations.

In a similar vein, twenty-three (23) other suspects were also arrested by the Police operatives for their involvement in various crimes including armed robbery, kidnapping, illegal possession of prohibited firearms, car snatching at gun point, amongst other offences.

The following were recovered from the suspects: One (1) AK49 rifle, One (1) AK47 rifle, two (2) pump action guns, five (5) locally made guns, nineteen (19) locally made short guns, one hundred and twenty-five (125) cartridges, one hundred and forty-five (145) AK47 ammunition, locally fabricated explosives and a Toyota Corolla vehicle with Reg. No. LSR 490 GC. 

The suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of investigations.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

July 08, 2020

3 Suspected Kidnappers Wearing Covid-19 Facemask Arrested In Calabar While Attempting To Kidnap A Businessman

One of the suspected kidnappers

Three suspected kidnappers wearing covid-19 facemask were last night nabbed in Calabar by men of the Anticultism and Kidnapping Unit of the Nigeria n Police, reports GRASSROOT REPORTERS.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent in Calabar, George Odok, the three kidnappers were arrested while attempting to kidnap a victim who is a businessman that owns a shop at Efio-Ete Junction, Marian Road.

The police officers who were assisted by the State security Adviser South, Mr. Ani Esin quickly swung into action immediately they got wind of the operation and got all three arrested.

According to reports, the kidnappers used the same Audi car suspected to have been used in the kidnap of the wife of the Appeal Court Judge, Hon. Justice Ignatius Agube, Ekwele. It was gathered that during the incident, Ekwele’s personal assistant, Glory Mpama, collapsed and later died in a Calabar hospital.

learned that guns and charms were recovered from the kidnappers.

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

July 05, 2020

A Must Read: How Hushpuppi Scammed Foreign Banks, English Premier League Club And American Law Firms

Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, who went by the name Ray Hushpuppi, made no secret of his extraordinary wealth.
On an Instagram account with 2.3 million followers, he posted photos of himself dripping in high-end watches, wearing robes with his name emblazoned on the back, and driving a $300,000 Mercedes or a white Rolls Royce Cullinan with the hashtag #AllMine.
He took private jets to Paris, shopped at Gucci and Louis Vuitton, and indulged in cakes depicting himself surrounded by Fendi bags. His address was 1706 Palazzo Versace in Dubai.
On Snapchat, under the username “hushpuppi5,” he called himself “The Billionaire Gucci Master!!!”

Ray Hushpuppi had a penchant for personalized robes.
Abbas claimed to be a real estate developer. But his wealth was instead the result of running elaborate email scams and hacking schemes, U.S. federal prosecutors argue—a rare example of a Nigerian email scam that actually fooled major companies into handing over millions.
“The FBI’s investigation has revealed that Abbas finances this opulent lifestyle through crime,” FBI Special Agent Andrew Innocenti wrote in a lengthy arrest affidavit, filed in the District Court for the Central District of California on Thursday.
Abbas, 37, was arrested when he arrived in Chicago from Dubai on Thursday night. He faces criminal charges for being the leader of a transnational network that allegedly conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars through email scams and other schemes, some of which targeted a New York law firm, a foreign bank and an English Premier League soccer club.
Abbas and a small group of co-conspirators allegedly had a network of “money mules” that they used to carry out the email scams and then launder money through a slew of foreign bank accounts. The group would usually hack into a business’ email account and either block or redirect emails, according to the FBI. They would then use the hacked email account to trick a victim or a company into sending money to them, often changing bank transfer information by just one or two numbers.
However, when one member was arrested in October, 2019, shortly after a New York law firm was duped into wiring almost $1 million, investigators obtained a search warrant to go through his iPhone and found messages that blew open the inner workings of the group.
Abbas had allegedly tricked one of the law firm’s paralegals into wiring $922,857, intended for a client’s real estate refinancing, to a Chase Bank account controlled by Abbas. The paralegal emailed a Citizens Bank email address to verify instructions for the wire transfer but it was a spoof email address set up by Abbas.
About half the amount was instantly wired to a Canadian bank account and images of the wire transfer were shared between the group.
“Did the big hit?” one group member texted, according to excerpts in the affidavit. “Yessir,” another replied.
In another instance, a foreign bank was defrauded $14.7 million in Feb. 2019 when the group gained access to the bank’s computer network and sent fake SWIFT messages—utilizing software used by financial institutions to sends payment orders to each other.
One co-conspirator texted Abbas to ask if he had any bank accounts that could take large amounts of the stolen money. Abbas responded with the details for Romanian, Bulgarian and U.S. bank accounts.
In one text message, the co-conspirator wrote: “my guy also deleted history logs at the bank so they won’t even c the transaction.”
But the following day, the cyber-heist hit the news and the transfers didn’t reach Abbas’ Romanian account.
“Today they noticed and pressed a recall on it , it might show and block or never show,” the co-conspirator texted Abbas. “Look it hit the news.”
Abbas replied: “damn.”
The pair appeared undeterred. “Next one is in few weeks will let U know when it’s ready. to bad they caught on or it would been a nice payout,” he wrote to Abbas.
In March, the group discussed how they could launder £100 million (about $124 million) from an unnamed English Premier League Club but it’s not clear what happened to the money.
At one point, the group were making $1 million to $5 million through a scam once or twice a week.
“This was a challenging case, one that spanned international boundaries, traditional financial systems and the digital sphere,” said Jesse Baker, a Secret Service agent in the Los Angles Field Office.
Abbas was expelled from the United Arab Emirates, for reasons that were unclear, and is expected to be transferred from Chicago to Los Angeles in the coming weeks. He did not yet have a lawyer appointed.

Source: DailyBeast


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Friday, July 3, 2020

July 03, 2020

Hushpuppi Attempted To Dupe An English Premier League Club Of £100m (N48.4b) - FBI

Alleged internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas aka Ray Hushpuppi, on Friday made his first court appearance in an American court where the Federal Bureau of Investigation alleged that he attempted to dupe an English Premier League football club of £100m (N48.4bn).

The allegation is contained in an affidavit deposed to by FBI Special Agent, Andre Innocenti, who is assigned to the Los Angeles Filed Office High-tech Organise Crime Squad.

According to the FBI, the suspect is facing charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering among others.

The affidavit read in part, “Abbas and others further conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from other fraudulent schemes and computer intrusions, including one scheme to steal £100 million (approximately $124 million) from an English Premier League soccer club.”
The FBI further stated that should Hushpuppi be convicted, he risks spending 20 years in jail.
“If convicted of conspiracy to engage in money laundering, Abbas would face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison,” the FBI said.
The affidavit alleges that Hushpuppi and others committed a Business Email Comprise scam that defrauded a client of a New York-based law firm out of approximately $922,857 (N350.6m) in October 2019.
The suspect and co-conspirators allegedly tricked one of the law firm’s paralegals into wiring money intended for the client’s real estate refinancing to a bank account that was controlled by Hushpuppi and the co-conspirators.
American authorities also alleged that Hushpuppi conspired to launder funds stolen in a $14.7m (N5.5bn) cyber-heist from a foreign financial institution in February 2019, in which the stolen money was sent to bank accounts around the world.
Abbas allegedly provided a co-conspirator with two bank accounts in Europe that Abbas anticipated each would receive €5m (N2.1bn) of the fraudulently obtained funds.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

June 27, 2020

Man Stabs Wife To Death, Kills Self Over Paternity Of His Second Child

Chris and Olamide
A Nigerian man identified as Chris Ndukwe (39 years old) who resided at Victory Park Estate in Lekki, Lagos, has killed himself after stabbing his wife, Olamide Alli (25 years old), to death on Sunday, June 21.

According to residents of the estate, the couple moved into the estate three weeks ago with their two young children. They have a seven-year-old son and then had a second son, three years ago. However, trouble started when Chris began to doubt the paternity of their second child, insisting the child isn't his.

However, the residents said not much was known about the couple until Saturday night, a day before the murder-suicide, when they were spotted jogging together.

The man reportedly began to question the paternity of their second child after a mandatory DNA test they took for their Canadian visa showed that he was not the father of the child.
He then questioned his wife,
which led to him stabbing her to death, and then taking his own life.
Femi allegedly tied her hands and taped her mouth, then began to uproot her braids with pliers.

He then allegedly stabbed her viciously in the eyes, then about 11 times all over her body.
Following the horrendous murder, he is said to have drank sniper in an act of suicide.


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Friday, June 26, 2020

June 26, 2020

We Arrested 146 Drug Suspects In C'River - NDLEA

The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has arrested 146 drug suspects in Cross River in the last 12 months.

The NDLEA Commander in the state, Mrs Anthonia Edeh, disclosed this on Friday in Calabar to mark the 2020 United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Edeh said that within the period under review, the command also secured 15 convictions in respect to drug related offenses at the Federal High Court Calabar.
“In addition, in our Drug Demand Reduction activities, 114 drug dependent persons were counseled and rehabilitated back to their families,” said the commander.

She added that following the arrests, the command seized 205.314kgs of hard drugs comprising 196.23kgs of cannabis sativa; 163.521gms of cocaine; 187.2gms of heroin; and 9.036kgs of psychotropic substances.

According to her, the command carried out drug enlightenment programmes with the view to educating the general public on the inherent dangers of drug abuse.

Edeh described drug substance abuse and illicit trafficking of drugs as an “evil in our society” and disorientation among majority of the youths.
“It is an industry working generally in a vicious cycle of manufactured demand and supply,” she said.
The commander said that, in line with the 2020 theme: “Better Knowledge for Better Care”, there was need for all stakeholders to join hands to reduce the menace.

According to her, drug abuse and Illicit trafficking is a major challenge across the world, especially in developing countries like Nigeria.



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