Police Parade Woman, Husband For Staging Kidnap In Niger

The suspects – Sadiya Ibrahim Umar Mohammed and her husband, Mohammed Mohammed being paraded in Niger State over alleged self-kidnap on July 23, 2021.

 

The police in Niger State have paraded Sadiya Ibrahim Umar Mohammed, a school teacher abducted last week Thursday along with her husband, Mohammed Mohammed over alleged self-kidnap in Minna.

Channels Television had reported that the abductee was kidnapped eight days ago at Maitunbi on her way home from work and the following day, the purported Kidnappers called her family demanding a ransom of N5 million

It was gathered, however, that the sum of N1m was eventually paid to secure her freedom on Wednesday.

Parading the suspects before journalists, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Wasiu Abiodun said the police operatives attached to SCID Minna arrested two suspects; a husband and wife – Mohammed Mohammed and Sadiya Ibrahim Umar Mohammed – both of Limawa area of Minna.

“It would be recalled that on 15/07/2021 at about 1200hrs, the said Sadiya was reported to have been kidnapped by unknown person(s) having boarded a tricycle at Challenge junction Maitumbi going to Old Airport road Minna after closing from work at Umar Bn Khattab International School Maitumbi,” he said.

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Abiodun explained that a day after her abduction, the father was contacted by an unknown caller demanding for N5million ransom which was later reduced to N1million.

According to him, the ransom was dropped at a location in Rafin-Yashi, Minna for the anonymous caller, who picked the money.

The police spokesman revealed that the same day (Wednesday), Mrs. Sadiya returned home, she was invited by the command for investigations and there, she claimed that she faked her kidnap at the instance of her husband.

The husband confessed to have collected the wife’s phone and handed it over to one Abdullahi, his friend who negotiated and collected the ransom on his behalf.

The police spokesman added, “The case is under investigation while effort is ongoing to arrest the said Abdullahi. Suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.”

He advised members of the public to be calm and not panic at every reported case of crime especially kidnapping, noting that some of the crimes especially kidnapping are faked and done with the connivance of family members or close associates for monetary gains.

Sunday Igboho Arrested In Benin Republic

Mr Sunday Adeyemi Igboho addressed reporters on January 26, 2021.
Igboho had risen to fame following his quit notice to criminal herders in Oyo State.

 

Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, has been arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

Although security agents in the country are yet to confirm the arrest, renowned historian and leader of the Umbrella Body of Yoruba Self-Determination Groups, Professor Banji Akintoye, in a statement on Monday, confirmed the incident.

“I received last night the troubling information that Chief Sunday Adeyemo fondly called Igboho had been arrested at the Cotonou Airport,” Akintoye said.

According to The Punch, Igboho was arrested at an airport in Cotonou on Monday night by the security forces in Benin Republic while trying to flee to Germany.

“He was arrested in Cotonou while he tried to travel out on Monday night. His destination was Germany. The security forces in Benin Republic should repatriate him to Nigeria on Tuesday,” the source said.

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The Department of State Services (DSS) had earlier asked Igboho to turn himself to security officials as the agency confirmed it has launched a manhunt for the Yoruba nation agitation.

This was after the security agents raided his residence in Ibadan, Oyo state capital.

They also declared him wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms, an allegation he has since denied.

South Africa’s Top Court To Review Zuma Jail Term

In this file photo taken on July 27, 2018, former South African president Jacob Zuma stands in the dock of the High Court of Pietermaritzburg during his hearing over 16 corruption charges. Former South African president Jacob Zuma must pay back state funds and cover his own costs, a court ruled on December 13, 2018, leaving him facing massive legal bills as he fights graft charges.
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South African ex-president Jacob Zuma will on Monday ask the nation’s top court to let him out of jail by rescinding its 15-month sentence for snubbing anti-graft investigators.

The Constitutional Court on June 29 slapped Zuma with the prison stretch for refusing to appear before a probe into the corruption that mired his nine years in power.

Zuma is seeking to have that ruling set aside on the grounds that it was made in his absence.

Should the bid fail, Zuma’s team will seek to convince the judges that jail time is not the appropriate punishment for this instance of contempt, due to reasons including the implications for Zuma’s health, according to an information handout for media from the court on Saturday.

Zuma, 79, is also asking to be released from the Estcourt prison in eastern KwaZulu-Natal province on the grounds of his age and ailing health, adding that the ongoing pandemic means he is not a flight risk.

The man once dubbed the “Teflon president”, spent his first night in jail on Thursday after handing himself in to authorities following hours of drama and suspense.

His lawyers had also petitioned the Pietermaritzburg High Court in KwaZulu-Natal to stave off imprisonment. But on Friday it rejected the case, saying it lacked jurisdiction over the matter and Zuma’s claims about his health were “not supported by any evidence.”

The former president testified to the commission once in July 2019, but then swiftly withdrew his cooperation, saying he was offended by being treated as an “accused” and not as a witness.

He returned in November 2020, without uttering a word, and missed several subsequent appointments by evading his summonses on various grounds, including medical reasons, lack of funds and his request to have the chairman of the commission, then-deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, recuse himself.

If Zuma is to serve the full term, he could still see himself back home long before year-end as he would be eligible for parole in less than four months.

Meanwhile, sporadic violence has erupted in the country, with dozens arrested after looting in KwaZulu-Natal and in the economic capital Johannesburg.

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EFCC Arrests Nightclub Owners For Alleged Internet Fraud In Lagos

File photo

 

Two owners of a nightclub have been arrested for alleged internet fraud in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial hub.

The suspects – Boniface Odenigbo Amandianeze and Olasunmbo Olawale Winfunke – were nabbed by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren confirmed this to Channels Television via a statement issued on Monday.

He said their recent arrest on Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island area of the state followed credible intelligence about their alleged involvement in romance scam, business email compromise, benefit scam, credit card fraud and money laundering.

“Upon their arrest, four exotic cars, mobile devices, laptop computers, jewelry and wristwatches worth hundreds of millions were recovered from them,” the statement partly read.

“Further investigations have also established nexus with other associates who are suspected to be into computer-related fraud.”

The anti-graft agency also assured that the suspects would be charged to court upon the conclusion of the investigation.

School Leaver, Graduate Arrested With Drugs At Abuja, Kano Airports

The suspect being paraded by the NDLEA on June 1, 2021.

 

A 23-year-old secondary school leaver, Iwuyi Princewill Chukwuka has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), authorities confirmed on Tuesday.

NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi said Chukwuka was arrested alongside a Europe-based Nigerian, Peter Mkwo for attempting to export nine kilograms of skunk and methamphetamine through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to Turkey and Belgium respectively.

Mkwo, 37, was apprehended on May 28 while trying to board an Ethiopian Airline 910 en route Abuja-Addis Ababa-Brussels, Belgium with 3kg of methamphetamine stuffed in the lining of a false bottom of his luggage.

“Under interrogation, Peter claimed he has lived in Belgium for 15 years and worked as a forklift driver in an automobile company, where he earned One Thousand Seven Hundred (1,700) Euro per month. He said he came into Nigeria on 26th April, for the burial of his father who died in August 2019 but buried on 30th April in Awka, Anambra State,” the statement partly read.

“He said after spending two weeks in Awka, he traveled to Uyo for another week to see his sister and later to Lagos to see his girlfriend. He claimed he Lodged in a hotel at Amuwo Odofin in Lagos where he met two men while hanging at the bar by the hotel’s swimming pool where they made a proposal to him to carry the drug for onward delivery to Belgium.

“He said the bag containing the drug was brought to him in the hotel by the two men on Friday 28th May before he took off to Abuja where he was to take his flight to Brussels.  He said he was promised Three Thousand (3,000) Euro on successful delivery to one Ishmael, in Belgium. He claimed he accepted the offer to deliver the drug to raise some fund to pay back the money he borrowed from friends during the burial of his father.”

The anti-narcotics agency said the school leaver was arrested with 6.3kg skunk concealed in cray fish and stuffed inside Golden Morn packs during an outward clearance of Turkish airline flight at the departure hall of the Abuja airport.

During interrogation, he claimed he was travelling for a Diploma study in Tourism and Hotel Management at University of Mediterranean, Karpasia, North Cyprus.

Elsewhere in Kano State, a 27-year-old graduate of Accountancy, Bayero University, Kano (BUK), Zakaru Baba was also apprehended at the local wing of the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport with 6kg of cannabis sativa.

The consignment was flown from Lagos to Kano on May 29 via Max Air.

NDLEA explained that the suspect confessed ownership of the exhibit, adding that it is the first time the Command has apprehended a suspect via the domestic wing of the Airport, as most arrests and seizures are usually made at the international wing.

Reacting to the arrests, NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the NAIA Commander, Kabir Sani Tsakuwa, and his MAKIA counterpart, Mohammed Ajiya, as well as the officers and men of the two Commands for their vigilance and commitment to the task of ridding the country of illicit substances.

He charged them not to rest on their oars as the Agency intensifies the war against drug abuse and trafficking in Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

Police Kill Suspected Armed Robber, Arrest Cultist In Nasarawa

The Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa State, Bola Longe.

 

The police authorities in Nasarawa State have killed a suspected armed robber and arrested a wanted cultist and serial killer in the state.

According to a statement issued on Sunday by the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ramhan Nansel, the suspected cultist, Oodo Moro alias Papa Shokey is said to be the leader of Black Axe confraternity in Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State.

Having relocated to Karu local government area of Nasarawa State, the police spokesman said the suspect was seen recruiting and initiating youths into his criminal cult group in preparation for a reprisal attack on a rival cult group in Benue state.

“In reaction to this unsavoury development, the Commissioner of Police, CP Bola Longe psc (+) ordered a full-scale manhunt to catch him and arrest the tide of this unwholesome scenario,” the suspect partly read.

“It is heart-warming to note however that, this manhunt paid off on 28/5/2021 at about 0945hrs when Police operatives attached to New Karu Division busted the notorious cultist and serial killer (Oodo Moro alias Papa Shokey) in his hideout at unity garden, Karu LGA of Nasarawa State.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that, the suspect has been on the wanted list of the Benue State Police Command and the IGP Intelligence Response Team over several cases of armed robbery, culpable homicide and cultism.”

The suspect was said to have confessed to the killing of over eight persons and participated in numerous armed robbery activities in Nasarawa and Benue states respectively before he was arrested.

Reacting, the Commissioner of Police directed that, the case should be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia for extensive investigation.

In another development, a distress call was received by the personnel of Police Mobile Force of the Nasarawa State Command on special duty at Kadarko, Keana LGA that, armed robbers had blocked Lafia-Makurdi road and unsuspecting travellers are being dispossessed of their personal belongings.

Upon receipt of the information, the police operatives swiftly mobilised to the scene where a gun duel ensued and, in the process, one yet to be identified suspected armed robber was fatally wounded and one locally fabricated gun was recovered from him; he was rushed to Odumu hospital where he died while receiving treatment.

The police boss commended the operatives of the State Police Command for their doggedness and urged them to sustain the tempo, until the state is rid of criminals.

Nine Suspected Cultists Nabbed During Supremacy Battle In Ogun

The suspects being paraded by the Ogun State Police Command on May 26, 2021. Credit: Police

 

 

Nine suspected cultists have been arrested during what the police say was a supremacy battle in the Ajegunle area of Ibogun, Ogun State.

The clash was between members of the Eiye and Alaro confraternities, according to the Spokesperson of the Ogun State Police Command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi.

“While the clash was going on, a distress call was made to the Police Divisional Headquarters in Ibogun, and the DPO, CSP Samuel Oladele, quickly led his men to the scene,” a statement by the Oyeyemi read in part.

“On sighting policemen, the cultists, who had already inflicted serious injuries on the chest of one member of Alora group, ran away with their injured colleagues, while police successfully apprehended the nine suspects.”

Those arrested are Sodiq Olabisi, Oluwatosin Andrew, Oladimeji Oyedele, Wasiu Raheem, Oyedokun Lekan, Yusuf Ajetunmobi, Busari Taoreed, Bolaji Raphael and Salami Toheeb.

A cutlass, five knives, two axes, five phone batteries and N4,000 were among items the police said they seized from the suspects.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Cultists Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for investigation.

He also ordered a manhunt for the fleeing members of the group.

Four Arrested For Hijacking Trailer Load Of Flour

The four suspected robbers arrested by the Ogun State Police Command. Credit: Ogun Police

 

Four suspected armed robbers have been arrested for hijacking a trailer load of Golden Penny flour long Shagamu-Ijebu Ode Expressway of Ogun State.

The suspects who carted away the items on April 16 were arrested by operatives of the Ogun State Police Command on May 5, police authorities confirmed to Channels Television on Monday.

According to a statement issued by the spokesman of the State Police Command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects were identified as Eze Anthony Sopruchuckwu, Eze Chijoke Edeh, Olalekan Ayodele Muritala and Samuel Johnson.

Oyeyemi said they were apprehended following a “report lodged at Ikenne Divisional Headquarters, that a trailer, with registration number ANG 57 LG, loaded with 600 bags of Golden Penny flour and driven by one Ahmed Tiamiyu was hijacked along the expressway.”

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The police spokesman explained that the trailer driver and his motor boy were taken to the bush, where their hands were tied to their backs and their mouths cellotaped, before taken away the truck and the flours.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, was said to have directed that the case be transferred to Special Enquiry Bureau at State Headquarters Eleweran for discreet investigation.

“The DSP Ade Akiti led squad swung into action and embarked on technical and intelligence-based investigation.

“Their efforts paid off, when one of the suspects was traced to Ikorodu in Lagos State and promptly arrested.

“His arrest led to the arrest of three others, while 175 bags of Golden Penny flours were recovered from the warehouse of the gang leader, Eze Anthony,” the police spokesman stated.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, who commended the painstaking investigation done by the team, has ordered that the remaining members of the gang must be hunted for and brought to book.

Dapo Abiodun’s Aide, Abidemi Rufai Arrested In US Over $350,000 Fraud

Abidemi Rufai, the Senior Special Assistant to Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun

 

Abidemi Rufai, the Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties to Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has been arrested in the United States of America over $350,000 employment fraud.

Rufai was quizzed by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday evening at the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York following a criminal complaint.

He was subsequently charged with defrauding the Washington State Employment Security Department of over $350,000.

The suspect was said to have used the stolen identities of more than 100 Washington residents to file fraudulent claims with ESD for pandemic-related unemployment benefits.

Rufai was accused of using variations of a single e-mail address in a manner intended to evade automatic detection by fraud systems.

US law enforcement agents said more than $288,000 was deposited into an American bank account controlled by Rufai between March and August 2020.

“Since the first fraud reports to our office in April 2020, we have worked diligently with a federal law enforcement team to track down the criminals who stole funds designated for pandemic relief,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Gorman.

“This is the first, but will not be the last, significant arrest in our ongoing investigation of ESD fraud.”

See the statement issued by the Washington Department of Justice below:

Nigerian citizen charged with defrauding Washington State Employment Security Department of over $350,000

Arrested at NY airport on a criminal complaint

Seattle – A Nigerian citizen was arrested Friday evening at JFK Airport in New York on a criminal complaint charging him with wire fraud for his scheme to steal over $350,000 in unemployment benefits from the Washington State Employment Security Department, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman.  Abidemi Rufai, aka Sandy Tang, 42, of Lekki, Nigeria, made his initial appearance Saturday, May 15, 2021, in New York.  He is scheduled for a detention hearing Wednesday.

“Since the first fraud reports to our office in April 2020, we have worked diligently with a federal law enforcement team to track down the criminals who stole funds designated for pandemic relief,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Gorman.  “This is the first, but will not be the last, significant arrest in our ongoing investigation of ESD fraud.”

The criminal complaint alleges that Rufai used the stolen identities of more than 100 Washington residents to file fraudulent claims with ESD for pandemic-related unemployment benefits.  Rufai also filed fraudulent unemployment claims with Hawaii, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, and Pennsylvania.  Rufai used variations of a single e-mail address in a manner intended to evade automatic detection by fraud systems.  By using this practice, Rufai made it appear that each claim was connected with a different email account.

Rufai caused the fraud proceeds to be paid out to online payment accounts such as ‘Green Dot’ accounts, or wired to bank accounts controlled by “money mules.”  Some of the proceeds were then mailed to the Jamaica, New York address of Rufai’s relative.  Law enforcement determined more than $288,000 was deposited into an American bank account controlled by Rufai between March and August 2020.

“Greed is a powerful motivator.  Unfortunately, the greed alleged to this defendant affects all taxpayers,” said Donald Voiret, Special Agent in Charge FBI Seattle. “The FBI and our partners will not stand idly by while individuals attempt to defraud programs meant to assist American workers and families suffering the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Wire fraud is punishable by up to thirty years in prison when it relates to benefits paid in connection with a presidentially-declared disaster or emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

The charges contained in the complaint are only allegations.  A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by the FBI, with assistance from the Department of Labor Office of Inspector General (DOL-OIG).  The fraud on ESD is being investigated cooperatively by the FBI, DOL-OIG, Social Security Office of Inspector General, U.S. Secret Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations.  The Washington Employment Security Department is cooperating in the investigation.

The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Seth Wilkinson, Cindy Chang, and Benjamin Diggs of the Western District of Washington, and Trial Attorney Jane Lee of DOJ’s Cyber Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS).

Police Rearrest Imo Fleeing Inmate In Owerri

The inmate rearrested by operatives of the Imo State Police Command.

 

The police authorities have rearrested an inmate who recently escaped from the prison in Imo State, South-East Nigeria.

Some 1,844 prisoners were freed when gunmen attacked the prison headquarters in Owerri on April 5. The police headquarters in the state was similarly attacked by gunmen.

Francis Enobore, the spokesperson of the correctional centre, said the gunmen used explosives to blast their way through the centre’s administrative block before gaining entrance into the prisons yard.

In a statement issued on Monday, the police spokesperson in Imo State, Ikeokwu Godson Orlando, identified the rearrested inmate as Eze Obinna, from Amaimo, Ikeduru Local Government Area of the state, adding that he was in series of kidnap incidents lately.

“The operatives while acting on the directives of the Commissioner of Police, CP ABUTU YARO, fdc to rid Imo state of crime and criminality to take the war against violent crime to the den of the hoodlums,  as well as rearrest the escapee inmates of the Correctional services stormed Obinze, Owerri West LGA, Imo State, arrested the said Eze Obinna whom has since his escape from the prison,  formed another deadly kidnap gang and have been terrorising Owerri and environs,” he said.

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According to the police, the suspect was arrest in December 2020 by the operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, for kidnapping a victim, where he personally transferred the sum of five million naira from the victim’s Bank account to his own account.

He was said to have and later collected the sum of four million Naira cash, as ransom from the same victim, while the victims Toyota Venza car is yet to be recovered.

Three AK-47 rifles with a large number of ammunition were also recovered from him and his accomplices then.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police has ordered the arrest of all his gang members, as well as mopping up their operational arms, noting that the investigation is ongoing.

Suspected Bandit Arrested In Imo

The suspected bandit arrested by operatives of the Imo State Police Command.

 

Operatives of the Imo State Police Command have arrested a suspected bandit, Micheal Osundu in the state.

The suspect, according to police authorities, is suspected to be part of the hoodlums that attacked the Nigeria Correctional Services and the Police headquarters on April 5.

According to the police spokesman in the state, Ikeokwu Orlando, the arrest followed the mandate and directive of the Inspector General of Police, Alkali Usman to restore peace and tranquillity in Imo state.

“He was arrested in connection with criminal activities in the state, and he is reasonably suspected to be part of the hoodlums that attacked the Nigeria Correctional Services and the Police headquarters on 5/04/21,” the police spokesman said via a statement issued on Monday.

Items recovered from the suspect include one English-made Pump action rifle and 26 live cartridges, and a pair of police uniform with the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) hidden in his tinted Toyota Escalade vehicle.

Upon interrogation, police operatives said the suspect claimed to be a spy trained at the Police Training School, Ikeja.

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Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, has ordered a full-scale investigation into the matter, with a view of discovering his level of culpability and possibly arresting other suspects.

He also asked other persons that participated in the attacks on Police and Correctional facilities, as well as the escapee inmates/suspects to turn themselves in, or else, will be made to face the full wrath of the law if caught.

The police boss also appealed to members of the public to partner with the Command by volunteering credible information to the Police, which may lead to arresting criminal elements in and around the state.

 

 

Police Arrest Suspected Armed Robber After Gun Battle In Ogun

A file photo of policemen.

 

Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested one suspected armed robber in the Sango area of the state.

The arrest followed a gun battle between men of the State Police Command and dare devil armed robbers who operated at the Ipamesan area in the early hours of Saturday.

According to a statement issued on Sunday by the police spokesman in the state DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Divisional Police Officer of Sango Ota received a distress call that the armed men were burgling a warehouse in the area.

Following the distress call, the DPO, Godwin Idehai, quickly mobilised his patrol team, and moved to the scene.

“On sighting the policemen, the robbers,who had snatched two vehicles from different locations, took to flight, but were hotly chased by the policemen,” the statement partly read.

“On getting to Joju area, and realising the determination of the patrol team to subdue them,  they decided to engage the policemen in a gun battle.”

Oyeyemi explained that the gunmen abandoned the two robbed vehicles snatched from one Ibrahim Lateef, and took to their heels. They were however pursued by the police operatives.

The police spokesman identified the suspected armed robber as Henry Obe, adding that efforts were ongoing to apprehend his accomplices.

He added, “It was later discovered, that the hoodlums have shot a guard attached to a warehouse own by one Yinka Oduwale before broken into the said warehouse and looted it. The guard was rushed to the hospital, where he was confirmed dead.”

Items recovered from them are one long gun, 41 laptops, 2DVD players, two phones, three tablets gadgets, one Lexus RS 330 with registration number FKJ 691 FW and Toyota Matrix with registration number MUS 835 FW.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

He also directed the crack detectives, to go after the remaining members of the gang, with the view to bring them to justice within the shortest possible period.