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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

April 07, 2021

Ex-Bauchi Accountant General Arraigned for N108m Scam


 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Gombe Zonal office today secured the conviction of Yusuf Ibrahim Gokaru, a former Bauchi State Accountant General, before Justice Muazu Abubakar of the Bauchi State High Court on charges bordering on obtaining money by false pretence, concealment of the source and origin of the money.


His troubles began in August 2019 when the Bauchi State Government, in a petition to the Commission, alleged that the convict abused his office as Accountant General and obtained the sum of One Hundred and Eight Million, Three Hundred and Sixty Three Thousand, Two Hundred Naira Only (N108,363,200) for personal used.


The money was diverted from the World Bank assistance to Bauchi State Government under the State Education Programme Investment Project, SEPIP. The defendant transferred the money from Bauchi State Consolidated Naira Account domiciled at Polaris Bank to a Unity Bank account.


The offence is contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.


In the course of investigation, Thirty One Million Naira (N31m) was recovered from the defendant. However upon arraignment on March 13, 2020 he pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him, setting the stage for trial.


The prosecution counsel, A.Y Muntaka in the course of trial presented witnesses and tendered documents which were admitted in evidence.


When the case come up today, April 7, the defendant changed his plea and pleaded “guilty” as charged.


Consequently, the judge pronounced him guilty and sentenced him to one year imprisonment with an option of fine.


Justice Abubakar also ordered the convict to pay the sum of Seventy-seven Million Naira (N77m) as restitution to Bauchi State Government within one year




Friday, March 12, 2021

March 12, 2021

Serial Rapist Who Drugs Victims Food Arrested In Rivers State


 

The Rivers State Police Command has paraded one Mr Favour Ibama, for allegedly drugging, raping, and robbing over 20 young ladies after luring them on social media with enticing promises.

It was gathered that Ibama is a married man and father of four children.

During the parade five of his alleged female Victims were present, but three agreed snapshot, backing the cameras.

The ladies claimed that the actual number of victims were about 20 who may not want to show up immediately for obvious stigmatization but would testify as the investigation continue.

The Spokesperson of Rivers State Police Command, SP Nnamdi Omoni, on while parading the suspect on Thursday, disclosed that he lures his female victims on social media dating site called “Tinder” and other sites with mouth -watery promises and allegedly drug them after which he will rape and cart away all their belongings.

SP Omoni stated that the suspect was arrested when he was spotted at a popular supermarket at Ada George, Port Harcourt, by one of his recent victims who raised an alarm that attracted passers by who apprehended him and handed him over to the Police.

SP Omoni revealed that his modus of Operandi is the same as the serial killer but only that he does not kill his victims.

Omoni disclosed that the command has deployed technical intelligence to recover the items he carted from the ladies, while the investigation is ongoing.

Some of the victims that spoke to our correspondent explained that after days of chatting with him on social media, he books a date with them in a hotel where he drugs their food, and after they consume the food they will fall asleep only to wake up to discover that he slept with them and made away with all their belongings.

Two of the victims revealed that he transferred N135,000 and 185,000 naira respectively from their phones while they were fast asleep.

Meanwhile, the suspect Mr Ibama denied the allegation in an interview with journalists.

He, however, admitted making love to his victims after enticing them with enticing amounts of money but never fulfilled his promises, blaming his action on the “devil, idleness and cashes on the greed of his victims”.

Mr Ibama admitted chatting one Blessing up on social media and the lady agreed to have sex with him if he pays 20,000 naira.

He disclosed that after they ate and had sex the lady who had allegedly smoked ‘weed’ suspected to be Cannabis Sativa slept off, and he left her without paying her the agreed money.

He denied stealing any of their properties or withdrawing money from their accounts.

The victims claimed that he drugs their drinks and food only to wake up and discover that he had sex with them and abandoned them in the hotel rooms.

He confessed in an interview that his wife just gave birth to in January is already threatening to divorce him because of his randy lifestyle and alleged criminal tendencies.

On why he doesn’t pay his victims as agreed, he said:” You know after sex there’s the tendency to get tired. Like the last girl, I left her in the hotel bed and bolted away while she was fast asleep.”

In the meantime, the Chairperson of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Rivers chapter, Susan Serekara -Nwikhana, has condemned the incident and called for justice on the matter.

The NAWOJ Chairperson, Susan Serekara -Nwikhana advised ladies to scrutinize people they meet on social media before mingling with the person.

Also, a female legal practitioner, Yvonne Aimiegheme, and a representative of the International Federation of Women Lawyers(FIDA) tasked the Police to ensure a thorough investigation and justice on the matter.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

March 10, 2021

Court Jails Medical Doctor, 13 Others In Calabar For Engaging In Yahoo Yahoo

 



The Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, on Monday March 8, 2021, secured the conviction and sentencing of one Mbewu Chijioke Precious, a 28-year old medical practitioner before Justice Simon Amobeda of the Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State.


Precious was jailed alongside eight others: Chikezie Ogochukwu Michael, Victor Chijioke, Johnbosco Chidiebere, Kenneth Williams, Anthony Joshua Tobechukwu, Mmesoma Oparanozie, Nwosu Emmanuel and Uchechukwu Divine.


The convicts were arrested on February 17, 2021 at Umuguma area of 'World Bank, in Owerri, Imo state following a petition by a concerned Nigerian on their illicit activities.


During questioning, the convicts confessed to the crime.


They all pleaded guilty to separate one-count charge bordering on impersonation, obtaining by false pretence and fraud preferred against them by the EFCC.


In view of their pleas, Segun Akinrinlade and Joshua Abolarin, the prosecuting counsel reviewed the facts of the case and urged the court to convict them accordingly.



The defence counsel, Innocent Eze and C. N. Nweke Junior prayed the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendants were first time offenders and had shown remorse.


Justice Amobeda, while condemning the rising incidence of cybercrime amongst youths in the region, convicted and sentenced them as follows; Mbewu, Michael and Joshua were sentenced to 6 months imprisonment each with an option of fine of N50,000.00 each; while Chijioke, Johnbosco and Divine were sentenced to 3 months imprisonment each with an option of fine of N50,000.00 each.  Oparanozie was given 3 months imprisonment with an option of fine of N20,000.00 while Nwosu bagged 6 months imprisonment with an option of fine of N200,000.00. Williams was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment with an option of fine of N10,000.00.


The Court also ordered that the convicts forfeit all instruments used in committing the crime to the Federal Government of Nigeria.


Similarly, on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 the same Court convicted and sentenced five internet fraudsters popularly known as "yahoo boys" on a separate one-count charge bordering on impersonation, obtaining by false pretence and fraud.


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The convicts who were also arrested in Imo state by Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Office of the Commission are, Ibe Chukwuebuka Osmond, Bassey Kingsley, Chukwuebuka Cyprian, Iroadinma Chibuike Michael and Henry Mezie Onwuesi.


They were also arrested in Imo state by Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Office of the Commission.


The Court sentenced them as follows: Ibe, Kingsley and Cyprian were each sentenced to 3 months imprisonment with an option of N50,000.00 fine each; While Iroadinma was sentenced to 3 months imprisonment with an option of N250,000.00 fine.


Onwuesi bagged 3 months imprisonment with an option of fine of N100,000.00.



March 10, 2021

EFCC Arrests 29 Suspected Yahoo Boys In Awka


 


Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal office on Tuesday March 9, 2021 arrested 29 (Twenty Nine) suspected internet fraudsters for various offences bordering on cyber Crimes at a hideout in Awka, Anambra State.


The arrest was sequel to credible intelligence obtained by the Commission on their nefarious activities necessitating an extensive surveillance on them before they were arrested in the early hours of March 9.


The arrested suspects are; Izuchukwu Precious Chinonso, Izuchukwu Chukwuebuka Goodness, Ogu Chukwuebuka Kingsley, Iheagwam Sixtus Chijoke, Igwemadu Kenechukwu Emmanuel, Joseph Igwe, Ilegbukem Justin, Ilegbunem Paschal Onyeka, Paul Okoye, Muolokwu Osita, Okechukwu Ifeanyichukwu, Nnamdi Agbo, Chinyeluba Ifeanyi and  Mbanugo Ifeanyi.


Others include Bernard Femi, Okafor Ekene, Nwabueze Ifeanyi, Edeh Chukwuebuka, Mgbemefulu Henry, Chinecherem Okpara, Kosisochukwu Chukwuemeka Harrison, Okoroafor Elochukwu, Edeh Gerald, Chukwuemeka Emmanuel, Chimezie Ugwu, Aguguom Ifeanyi, Mgbemfulu Collin, Edeh Izuchukwu Dominic and Oputa Ekene.


In the course of the arrest, five exotic cars; a brand new Mercedes Benz GLK with registration number HAL-160-MX,  Lexus IS 250 with registration number UMZ-145-MX, Toyota Avalon XLS with registration number KRD-641-FL,  Lexus ES 350 with registration number GWA-489-KZ, Lexus ES 330 with registration number AAH-25-AE were recovered  from them.


Other incriminating materials recovered from the suspects include various mobile phones and laptops.


They will soon be charged to court as soon as the investigations are concluded.



March 10, 2021

Fake Soldier Arrested In Cross River After 4 Years Of Impersonation


 

By RICHARD NDOMA (Leadership)


Troops attached to Operation Akpakwu,13 brigade Nigerian Army has arrested a fake soldier who have been going about impersonating to be a personnel of Nigerian army in the last four years ago.


Luck ran  out of the  28-year-old Mr Ogbona Paul Chuwudi ( fake soldier ) who is an indigene of Ebonyi State but was caught in Cross River State as he also resides in Cross River State.


Ogbona was arrested by officers of the NSCDC at Igoli, Ogoja and handed over to the 130 Battalion who after preliminary investigation decided to  hand over  the alleged fake soldier to authority of the  13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Calabar.


At the handing over ceremony  of the fake soldier to the authority of the Cross River Police command, which took place at  Headquarters of 13 Brigade Nigerian Army for further investigation and possible prosecution, the Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Mohammed Abdullahi stated that the suspect has been impersonating for the past 4 years until he met his Waterloo and was apprehended by security agent who have working round the clock to ride criminality in the state.


Representing the Brigade Commander, 13 brigade Military Police,  Major Stanley Ikpeme stated that  several items were recovered from the impersonator including charms and photographs where the suspect took with military uniform claiming to be a barracks boy as his late father was a soldier.


In his words, the Brigade commander said, “During the course of investigation, it was revealed that the suspect has been presenting himself as a serving soldier for four years.

“Items recovered from his residence at 7 stadium road, Igoli Ogoja includes camouflage t shirt, some of his pictures on military uniform, fake Military ID card, prescreening certificate of the Nigerian Army among others”, he said.


The brigade commander averred  that the suspect and the exhibits have been handed over to the police for further investigation.

The Brigade commander  called for update from the police authority so that the army can be updated with  outcome of it’s investigation so as to update the record of the army when it has to do with crime in the state.


Receiving the suspect, Assistant Police Public Relations officer, Assistant Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Igiri Ewa, stated that suspect would be investigated and subsequently charged to court for prosecution.


In a brief interaction with suspect Mr. Ogbona Paul who regretted his action stressing that he is aware that he had erred, stressing that wearing the soldier uniform was one thing that excited him stressing that as a soldiers son, who had obtained training in Enugu but was unfortunately disqualified in Zaria where he was to commence full army training.


Tuesday, March 9, 2021

March 09, 2021

16 Armed Hausa Men Intercepted By Amotekun In Oyo






Sixteen armed Hausa men with 18 dane guns were on Monday, arrested in Ori Awo Area of Oyo town in Oyo State by the Oyo State Chapter of the Western Security Network codenamed Amotekun. 

Reports say they were arrested at Atiba town.

The armed men when quizzed by security operatives claimed to have come from Sokoto State and were heading to Igbo Nla Village with their final destination to be the Old Oyo National Park.


The 16 men have since been over to the Atiba Divisional Police Headquarters for more interrogation and investigation.





Saturday, February 27, 2021

February 27, 2021

Married Woman Stabs Man To Death For Telling Her Husband About Her Secret Lover


 

    

A 25-year-old man, Victor Ikegwuonu, has been stabbed to death in Orlu zone, Imo State, for allegedly making a disclosure of lovers’ hot romance to the husband of the lady.

According to a statement by the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Orlando Ikeokwu, Ikegwuono had allegedly told a 52-year-old Chijioke Anyiam that one Emeka Ezurike was in an illicit affair with his wife. This infuriated Emeka, who stabbed Victor to death.


The statement read: “On Tuesday, operatives of the Divisional Police Headquarters, Orlu, arrested one Emeka Ezuruike, a native of Ubommiri, Emuoba, Rivers State, for killing one Victor Ikegwuonu, of Nduichi, Arondizuogu.


“Preliminary investigation revealed that Victor Ikegwuonwu was said to have informed one Pa Chijioke Anyiam that his wife, Patience Anyiam, aged 30, was involved in a hot romance with Emeka Ezuruike, an affair, which he said had been on for a very long time.


“Sequel to that, Emeka went to see Victor ask him about the allegation. During the enquiry, both of them got into a serious fight and in the process, Emeka stabbed Victor with pieces of broken bottles, which led to Victor’s death.


“The suspect has, however, been arrested and taken into custody while the investigation is ongoing. He will be charged to court accordingly.”


This is coming days after a man simply identified as Kadir stabbed his younger brother, Suleiman, to death for confronting his wife in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State.


It was gathered that trouble started on Friday morning, February 19, when Suleiman scolded Kadir’s wife for being rude to their mother.


Kadir, who was not home when the altercation happened, confronted his younger brother for daring to rebuke his wife when he returned. Their mother was said to have intervened and settled the quarrel between the two siblings.


However, not satisfied, Kadir was said to have revisited the issue later in the day and once again, their mother stepped in and calmed the situation.


Suleiman was said to have put the matter behind him and went about his normal business. Kadir later traced him to where he went to late in the evening, stabbed him and fled.


Suleiman was rushed to the hospital on Friday night where he died on Saturday morning from the injury he sustained during the attack.


Friday, February 26, 2021

February 26, 2021

Man Bags 10 Years Imprisonment for N8.1m Fraud in Uyo

 



The Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has secured the conviction and sentencing of one Sandy Witness Udokpo before Justice Okon Okon of the State High Court, sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.


The convict was arraigned on June 21, 2018 on a three count charge bordering on forgery and obtaining by false pretence. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, setting the stage for his trial.


The convict's journey to jail began on February 16, 2018 when the Commission received a petition from one Samuel Godwin Ekanem, the General Manager of Jopen Nigeria Limited who alleged he dispatched 45,000 litres of diesel valued N8,100,000.00 (Eight million, One Hundred Thousand Naira) to the convict who claimed to be a contractor with CCECC Nigeria Limited.


Upon receipt of the said product, the convict disappeared into thin air and all efforts made by the complainant to reach him proved abortive, as the Local Purchase Order, LPO, presented for verification was discovered to be fake.


In the course of trial, the prosecution, through its counsel, Nwandu Ukoha presented witnesses who tendered various documents which were admitted in evidence.


Delivering judgment, the court struck out count 1 and found the convict guilty on counts 2 and 3.


The convict was sentenced to seven years imprisonment without an option of fine for the offence of obtaining by false pretence in count 2 and three years imprisonment for the offence of forgery in count 3, without an option of fine.


One of the counts reads, "You, Witness Sandy Udokpoh "M" sometime in July 2017, at Uyo in Akwa Ibom State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud did induce and fraudulently obtain 45,000 litres of diesel...

EFCC Nigeria valued in the sum of eight million and one hundred thousand naira (N8,100,000.00k) from one Samuel Godwin Ekanem under the pretense that you were sent by CCECC Nigeria Limited as a staff, which pretense you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence".


The offence is contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.



Thursday, February 25, 2021

February 25, 2021

Yahoo Boy Bags Two Years Jail Term


 

Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court sitting in Warri, Delta State has setenced Emeka Roland  to two years imprisonment, having found him guilty of one count charge of  impersonation and attempting to obtain by false pretences brought against him by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.


The charge against the defendant reads:  "That you Emeka Roland (a.k.a James Muth) sometimes in 2020 at Agbor, Delta State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did had in your possession an iPhone 6s plus mobile phone containing some scammed documents with different subjects which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 6 and 8(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3)of same Act”.

EFCC Nigeria.


Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge. His counsel, John Okhuihievbe pleaded with the Court to temper justice with mercy as the defendant was a first time offender and has become remorseful.

EFCC Nigeria.


Justice Nwite convicted and sentenced the defendant to two years imprisonment  with an option of fine of N100,000.


The defendant is also to undertake in writing to be of good behaviour afterwards.


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. 

(NAN)

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

July 21, 2020

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

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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.