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Sunday, August 1, 2021

August 01, 2021

Hushpuppi: Police Suspends Abba Kyari, Sets Up Panel To Probe Him


 


By Wale Odunsi 


The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has suspended DCP Abba Kyari, the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).


A statement by Force spokesman, Frank Mba said Kyari will remain out of service of the Nigeria Police Force pending the outcome of investigations.


The IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, dated 31st July, 2021, noted that the suspension is in line with the internal disciplinary processes.


The suspension will help the panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against DCP Abba Kyari without interference.


The Special Investigation Panel (SIP) is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID).


The SIP will undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against Kyari by the United States Government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).


The SIP will obtain detailed representation of Kyari to all the allegations levelled against him and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force leadership on the matter.


The IGP reaffirmed the commitment of the Force to the rule of law and assured the public of the sanctity of the probe as well as the absolute respect for Kyari’s rights and privileges.



Saturday, July 31, 2021

July 31, 2021

Breakdown Of FBI Investigation On Hushpuppi And Abba Kyari


 



1. A certain businessperson was looking for a lender to invest $15m to build a school in Qatar.


2. JUMA, a Kenyan based in Nairobi who works with HUSH tells the businessperson that he would provide the loan.


3.Hush claims to be a Malik that works in a US based bank would facilitate the payment of the loan.


4.Hush and Juma convinced the businessperson to make certain transactions under the guise of taxes among others to expedite the loan.


5.After receiving several amounts in hundreds of USD, Hush contacted CHIBUZOR to design a decoy website to deceive the businessperson that the loan has been secured and he can transfer the funds.


6.Chibuzor at a point felt Hush wasn’t paying well enough and promptly decided to contact the businessperson that Hush and Juma were scammers that he is the one that can help him.


7.Hush found out what Chibuzor has done, contacted our super cop DCP Abba KYARI and tells him how Chibuzor snitched him and stole his job of about $575k which he would have lost if he didn’t quickly intervene.


8.Hush calls Chibuzor and threatens to deal with him for snitching him and Juma. Hush then provides Kyari with Chibuzor’s phone numbers which was used to trace and pick him up.


9.Upon picking and locking Chibuzor up, Kyari sent pictures of Chibuzor in police custody to Hush and Hush confirms the detainee was indeed Chibuzor. Hush then tells Kyari he wants Chibuzor beaten blue black and gone for a very long time. Kyari agreed to Hush wishes.


10.Kyari then provided a Zenith bank account details to Hush where payments for the job and the boys would be made and an estimated N8m was made.


11.Chibuzor’s girlfriend runs around to gather money to secure his release and even contacted Hush to help provide funds to bail Chibuzor from custody. Hush sent her 100k and then contacted Kyari telling him what happened and reiterating… his wishes to Kyari to ensure Chibuzor is not released.


12.After a while in custody, Chibuzor got really sick and seemed to have contacted a disease in the cell was taken to a hospital for treatment, Kyari sent pictures of a sick and diseased Chibuzor to Hush. Hush said he sees Chibuzor is really sick but doesn’t pity him for what he has done. They both ended that conversation and agreed to release Chibuzor.


13.Back to the businessperson, he has noticed some irregularities in his dealings with Juma as Juma was his first contact and who brought Hush into play and realized Juma was scamming him. Hush who is still a supposed Malik a US based banker then contacts the businessperson that he could solve the issues but might have to pay another $180k.


14.The businessperson made this payments in 2 transactions of $100k and $80k. Hush didn’t tell Juma about this dealings with the businessperson.


15.The businessperson eventually realizes he is been defrauded and challenges Hush, alleging Hush and Juma are part of the same team and stopped all comms with Hush.


16.Other people involved in this case mentioned are one BOLATITO and another MORAYO. These people who provided US based bank accounts for the businessperson to transfer to, who then laundered the money to Hush via various means.


17.Among these means include the purchase and delivery of a Richard Mille watch of about $250k which Bolatito received from the seller and delivered to Morayo who then sent it to Hush in Dubai.


18.Hush also used proceeds of his deal to acquire citizenship and passport of St. Kitts. Hush used a fake Nigerian wedding certificate to a St. Kitts citizen and bribed some people to acquire this citizenship.


Source: Thread Reader App


Friday, July 30, 2021

July 30, 2021

Alleged Gunrunner Arrested In Kaduna


 



The Kaduna State Police Command has arrested and recovered weapons from a notorious gunrunner identified as Geoffrey Ayuba of Anguwan Rimi Kafanchan in the Jema'a Local Government Area of the state.

Dressed in a Fulani attire, the suspect was nabbed with one AK-47 rifle and two packs of pump-action cartridges which were hidden in the bonnet of his Opel Vectra car (with registration number KAF 733 MK).

Confirming the arrest in a statement, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Muhammed Jalige, said: “The Operatives of the Kaduna Police Command attached to Kafanchan Divisional Headquarters on July 28, 2021, at about 1600hrs while acting on reliable information from a good samaritan, intercepted an Opel Vectra vehicle with registration number KAF 733 MK driven by one Geoffrey Ayuba ‘m’ of Unguwan Rimi Kafanchan in Jema’a LGA of Kaduna State.”

The statement further said that when a careful search of the said suspicious vehicle was conducted, an AK47 rifle and two packets of 12-gauge shotgun shells that were criminally concealed in the engine compartment of the car were recovered.

“Investigations are ongoing as the suspect has provided useful information to the Police that will facilitate further breakthroughs,” the statement said.




July 30, 2021

Hushpuppi: US Court Orders FBI Orders Arrest, Detain Nigeria’s Supercop, Abba Kyari




The ramifications from the $1.1 million fraud case involving celebrated influencer Hushpuppi continues as a United States’ Court has issued a warrant of arrest for Nigeria’s Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari.


Kayri, according to court documents, was implicated over his role in the fraud perpetrated by serial internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas better known as Ray Hushpuppi.


Federal authorities in the U.S. have been investigating Hushpuppi, 46, and his co-conspirators after their syndicate was busted in Dubai, New York and other top cities in June 2020.


According to the court document shared by Peoples Gazette, Hushpuppi disclosed during interrogation that he paid bribe to Kyari, a deputy police commissioner, to have one of his rival, Kelly Chibuzor Vincent arrested and jailed in Nigeria following a dispute over a $1.1 million scam of a Qatari businessperson.


In the latest development, Otis Wright of United States District Court for Central District of California on Thursday ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to track down Kyari and produce him in the United States.


Revealing the chronology of events that unravelled the investigations, American prosecutors first sought a court warrant to arrest Kyari on February 12, 2021, and another warrant was requested on April 29, 2021.


Judge Wright’s permission for the FBI to arrest Kyari and hold him in U.S. custody was unsealed on July 26.


In a rebuttal on Thursday, Kyari denied allegations of conspiracy with Hushpuppi.


The Federal Government is yet to issue an official statement regarding this turn of events.

 

Thursday, July 29, 2021

July 29, 2021

Hushpuppi Narrates How He Bribed Nigerian Top Cop Abba Kyari In $1.1m Deal






Ramon ‘Hushpuppi’ Abbas, the infamous Nigerian fraudster who recently pleaded guilty in the United States, has narrated how he bribed Nigeria’s celebrated police chief Abba Kyari, court documents seen by Peoples Gazette said.

Federal authorities in the U.S. have been investigating Mr Abbas and his co-conspirators after their syndicate was busted in Dubai, New York and other top cities last June. Officials said in court filings that Mr Abbas disclosed during interrogation that he paid bribes to Mr Kyari, a deputy police commissioner, to have one of his rivals arrested and jailed in Nigeria following a dispute over a $1.1 million dupe of a Qatari businessperson.

Mr Kyari did not immediately return calls and messages seeking his response to Mr Abbas’ claims when reached by The Gazette on Thursday morning.

Mr Abbas asked Mr Kyari to arrest and jail a fellow fraudster Kelly Chibuzor Vincent after both were locked in a dispute presumably over how to share the $1.1 million loot received from the Qatari businessperson. Mr Vincent subsequently contacted the victim and informed them that they were being scammed by a syndicate involving him and Mr Abbas.

This elicited anger from Mr Abbas, who contacted Mr Kyari to arrest and jail his rival over the dispute. Mr Abbas said Mr Kyari sent pictures of Mr Vincent in jail and subsequently sent his bank account number to Mr Abbas to which a wire transfer should be made having done a good job as sent by Mr Abbas.

“Court documents outline a dispute among members of the conspiracy, which allegedly prompted Vincent to contact the victim and claim that Abbas and Juma were engaged in fraud. After this contact, Abbas allegedly arranged to have Vincent jailed in Nigeria by Abba Alhaji Kyari, 46, of Nigeria.

“According to the affidavit, Kyari is a highly decorated deputy commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force who is alleged to have arranged for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas’ behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest. Kyari also allegedly sent Abbas bank account details for an account into which Abbas could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment,” U.S. Justice department said in a statement.

After the $1.1 million fraud was successful, Mr Abbas spent $230,000 on a watch and also bribed officials at St. Kitts and Nevis for his citizenship of that island country.




Monday, July 26, 2021

July 26, 2021

Suspected Killer Of Iniubong Umoren, Akwa Ibom Job Seeker Pleads Guilty


 



Uduak Akpan, the suspected killer of job seeker Iniobong Umoren, on Monday, pleaded guilty to the murder charges leveled against him. Mr Akpan was arraigned at the State High Court in Uyo, alongside his father.

He pleaded guilty to murder but pleaded not guilty to the rape charges, according to Premium Times report.

News of Iniobong Umoren as missing started on Twitter by a friend, with username @UmohUduak1, who had initiated the search for her missing friend on April 29. A few days later, news of Ms Umoren’s death was confirmed by the same user.

At the time, police announced that they had arrested two suspects believed to have played a role in the disappearance of Ms Umoren.

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command further confirmed that it arrested Mr Uduak Akpan, disclosing that the suspect lured the victim to his house in the guise of offering her job.

The command said the suspect raped the victim in his house and killed her, discarding her remains in a shallow grave in his father’s compound.

Mr Akpan had recounted his tale during a press conference in May, narrating how he lured, attempted to rape the deceased and eventually murdered Ms Umoren using blunt trauma force after she had tried to defend herself.

Ms Umoren had announced on Twitter on April 27 that she was in need of a job. She had posted through her Twitter handle, @HinyHumoren.

Ms Umoren was confirmed dead on April 30 and buried on Friday at her hometown, Nung Ita, Ikot Essien in Oruk Anam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

July 22, 2021

Cross River: Man Convicted For Defiling 5-Year-Old

The convict

 

The Family Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State has convicted one Joshua Onoyom, for raping a 5-year-old child.



Onoyom was convicted by Hon. Justice E.E. Ita, the presiding Judge of the Family Court on Thursday, July 22, 2021.



The conviction was secured courtesy of the Basic Rights Counsel Initiative (BRCI)



Confirming the development in a statement, Head of BRCI, Bar. James Ibor, said the convict will be sentenced on Friday, July 23.



"Hon. Justice E.E Ita (of Calabar Family Court Judicial Division) has just convicted Joshua Onoyom for the rape of a 5year old Child. Sentencing is tomorrow 23rd July, 2021. BRCI would like to appreciate the Judiciary, the Hon. Attorney General, the Commissioner of Police, Blessing Egwu, Staff & Volunteers of Basic Rights Counsel Initiative (BRCI) and Child Protection Network for all your help" the statement read.




Tuesday, July 20, 2021

July 20, 2021

Panic As Hoodlums Invade Ayade Industrial Park, Stab Security Officer

Scene from a violent protest

 

 Judex Okoro (Daily Sun)


Hoodlums reportedly invaded Ayade Industrial Park along Goodluck Jonathan By-Pass in Calabar Metropolis and allegedly stabbed a security man on duty.


The incident occurred about 1:00pm on Monday when a criminal gang numbering about 8 invaded the industrial estate through the back of Calachika Factory allegedly to kidnap some of the workers.



 

An eyewitness told Daily Sun that 8 young men armed to the teeth tried to enter the factory through the back, but a security officer on duty quickly saw one of them and accosted him.


The account said immediately one of the hoodlums saw the security man he brought out a sharp knife and stabbed the officer, who defended with one of his hands and consequently one of the fingers was cut off in the process.


The officer, realising that they were armed men, raised the alarm which attracted attention of other officers and workers who in turn made serieis of calls to different security units in the state calling for help.



 

Confirming the incident, the Permanent Secretary in charge of security in Governor’s Office, Dr Alfred Mboto, said the they got a distress call that some criminals have invaded the Industrial Park and he immediately dispatched Operation Akpakwu, the state-owned sscurity outfit, to move in for rescue.


Mboto said Operation Akpakwu has brought the matter under control and are in the trail of the hoodlums, adding that “they had cardoned off the entire area and are combing the swamp to fish them out.”


Also reacting, the Commissioner for Industry, Mr Peter Egba, said: “It is true that some gang of criminals tried to invade the the Indudtrial Park, but luck ran out on them as the plain cloth security men responded promptly. You know that at the back of Calachika Factory is a swampy area. So they came through there not knowing out security men area on ground.


“I can also confirm that one of the security men was stabbed on of his fingers for daring them. But he is in a stable condition as the finger is being stitched at Univeristy of Calabar Teaching Hosptial, UCTH. So no cause to panic”


As at the time of filing this report workers have all ran for their safety while a team of stern-looking security officers have drafted to take over the park.



Monday, July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

Nigerian Man Arrested With Cocaine Worth N18m In India


 

A 44-year-old Nigerian national, Umunna Ndubuisi Williams has been arrested by Anti-Narcotic Cell (ANC) in Mumbai, India.


One hundred and ten grams of cocaine worth Rs 33 lakh (N18,167,990.30) was recovered from him.


According to ANC officials, a police constable with Azad Maidan unit received information of a foreign national coming to South Mumbai to make a drug deal.


ANC officials in swift response laid a trap and caught hold of the accused. The accused was arrested in the wee hours of Thursday, July 15, near pole number FR/ 136, near Loha bhavan bus stop, towards Wadibunder, PD Mello road, Mumbai.


The police said the arrested accused is a cloth trader and resident of sector 27, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.


“We have seized 110 grams of cocaine worth Rs 33 lakh. He allegedly supplied the drugs to peddlers and customers in Mumbai”, said Datta Nalawade, Deputy Commissioner of Police, ANC.


Nalawade said that a case had been registered under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act, 1985. “We are checking the supply chain of Williams”, said the police officer.



July 19, 2021

Six Alleged Cultists Arrest Arrested With Guns In Calabar




By Muhaimin Olowoporoku


The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps has arrested six suspected cultists in a hotel in Calabar, capital of Cross River State.



NSCDC Cross River Commandant, Mr Samuel Fadeyi announced the arrest of the suspects on Monday.

Two locally-made pistols were exhibits recovered from the suspects.



The corps commander who resumed as Commandant of the Corps in the state on June 15, said the suspects would not go scot-free

He noted that they were undergoing profiling and said under his watch, all arrested suspects would be prosecuted.

“Within my first week of arrival, some group of boys lodged in a hotel where I kept my escorts and on the basis of suspicion, we had to raid them.

“After the arrest, we found two locally made pistols with them. We are currently profiling the suspects as we speak,” he said.

He noted that the command would not tolerate any form of vandalism oil theft, transformer theft,and adulteration of petroleum products which most times leads to explosion and health risks.

Fadeyi stated that they are currently undergoing risk-threat assessment of critical infrastructure in the state, starting with Calabar as the state capital.

The new commandant assured of NSCDC’s commitment and collaboration with other security agencies to stop crime in the state.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

July 17, 2021

Policemen, Three Others Sentenced To Death For Kidnapping

Recovered weapons from kidnappers

 

By Chioma Onuegbu


Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting, in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area of the state has sentenced two police officers and three other persons to death for kidnapping in the state. The accused were sentenced to death yesterday for kidnapping an Uyo based cattle dealer one Alh Muhammed Umar Barkindo.



The court presided over by Justice Eno Isangedighi held that the accused were guilty of the offence.


She said:“the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubts and found the accused guilty of conspiracy and kidnapping Alhaji Muhammad Umar Barkindo on November 25, 2011, an offense punishable by death in Section one subsection two of Akwa Ibom State Internal Security and Enforcement Law 2009.”


Justice Isangedighi prayed God to have mercy upon the souls of the condemned kidnappers.”



The condemned police officers are Corporal Friday Udo, a native of Ikot Inyang in Oruk Anam Local Government Area and Corporal Saturday Okorie of Ikot Etenge also in Oruk Anam who have since been dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force.


Others condemned to death were Walter Jack Udo, a native of Iwok Nsit in Nsit Atai, Udo Moses Akpaetuk of Ikot Ada Idem, Ibiono Ibom and Udo Okon Etim from Ikot Asua in Nsit Atai whose house was used for custody of the victim, while demanding N100million ransom.


The judgement laid to rest the 10 years trial of the 8-man squad who were also linked to the kidnap of a medical expert at the University of Uyo, Dr. Ini Enang in August, 2011, a case which the court discharged and acquitted the accused for want of evidence.


Meanwhile, the three other accused persons died in the course of their trial with their names struck out by the court.



Friday, July 16, 2021

July 16, 2021

Man Sentenced To Death By Hanging For Armed Robbery




A High Court in Abeokuta, on Friday sentenced a 44-year-old man, Tosin Shodunke to death by hanging for armed robbery.

Shodunke had pleaded not guilty to the two counts of conspiracy and armed robbery.


Delivering judgment, Oluwabunmi said that the convict conspired with two others, now at large, while armed with a locally-made gun, entered into the Shop of Mr Clement Osinanchi, a trader and robbed him of N113, 000 cash.

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened the provisions of sections 6(b) and 1(2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms (special provisions) Act, Cap Rll, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

(NAN)




Tuesday, July 6, 2021

July 06, 2021

Police Arrest Popular Pastor With Human Skull In Calabar


 

Agency Report



The Police Command in Cross River has arrested the Pastor of United Evangelical Church, Michael Bassey, 45, for unlawful possession of a human skull.



It also apprehended 25 other suspects for various offences committed in the state.

Briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Calabar, Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Sikiru Akande, said that the pastor was arrested upon a complaint from a concerned citizen on the threat to life.

Akande said that the suspect was arrested at No. 56 Uwanse by Asuquo Ekpo Street in Calabar South.

“The suspect was arrested with one human skull tied with the complainant’s picture and carved human image with red clothes.

“Investigation is still ongoing and the suspect will be arraigned in court,” he said.

The CP also paraded one Christian Edem-Eyo, 34, for allegedly killing and beheading one Uduak Okpo, 65, and buried her head and the body separately on June 6.

The Commissioner also said that the suspect would soon be charged to court accordingly.



Bassey, however, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he was not into any diabolical act.

According to him, he has been conducting healing services for his congregation members before his arrest.

“I don’t know anything about this human skull. I am innocent of the charges against me,” he maintained.

On his part, the murder suspect, Edem-Eyo, told NAN that he killed Okpo because she belonged to the spiritual world.

“I killed Uduak Okpo because she belonged to the marine world. She was terrorising me spiritually in the compound,” he said.

The CP said that the Command’s “Operation Restore Peace” in the state had yielded result through the arrest of criminals disturbing the peace of the people.

He said that the command was liaising with traditional rulers, youth groups, stakeholders and community dwellers on ways to restore peace and order in the state.



Tuesday, June 29, 2021

June 29, 2021

Cross River: Lady, Three Others Convicted for Over $2000 Internet Fraud

The convicts

 



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Uyo Zonal Office on Friday, June 25, 2021 secured the conviction of four internet fraudsters, including a woman before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River state.

The convicts; Chibueze Charles Onwuneme (Alias Sa Idu Sani), Murphy Angba Obiabo (a.ka. Kate Shawn), Obua Akwo Promise ( alias Davis Walter) and Happiness Otuedem Mayen were jailed after pleading guilty to charges bordering on criminal impersonation to defraud innocent citizens, following a plea bargain agreement with the prosecution.

Happiness Mayen, the female convict was sentenced to two months imprisonment for obtaining the sum of $118 (One Hundred and Eighteen US Dollars) from one Leon Morawiec while falsely presenting herself as an American Military Personnel. She is also to forfeit her iPhone 6 and iPhone 11 to the Federal Government and restitute the sum of $118 to her victim. She was however given an option of fine of Two Hundred Thousand Naira.

The other convicts, Murphy Angba bagged three months imprisonment for defrauding an American, Linda Polumbo $1000 (One Thousand US Dollars).The court ordered that he forfeits a HP laptop and an IPhone 11, being the instruments used in committing the crime to the Federal Government, and restitute his victim in the sum of $1000.

He was however given the option of one month community service at the Court of Appeal, Calabar and a fine of Three Hundred Thousand Naira (N300, 000. 00).

Onwuneme got three months imprisonment for falsely posing as a foreign military personnel named SA Idu Sank, with intent to defraud. He was ordered to forfeit an Infinix X 625C mobile phone to the Federal Government or pay a fine of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira(N150,000. 00), and observe community service for one month at the Appeal Court, Calabar.

Promise was sentenced to six months imprisonment for obtaining the sum of One Thousand US Dollars ($1000) by false pretence. He was ordered to restitute the said sum to the victim through the Federal Government and also to forfeit one IPhone 7, one Mac book Pro laptop and one Itel phone to the Federal Government.

He was however given the option a fine of Two Hundred Thousand Naira and one month community service at the Appeal Court Calabar.










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.