Police Arrest Transborder Indian Hemp Dealer In Katsina

The suspect Abdurrazaq Ajibade

 

Police authorities in Katsina State on Friday paraded a 58-year-old suspected Indian Hemp dealer with 180 carefully sealed parcels of dried leaves suspected to be Cannabis Sativa.

The suspect simply identified as Abdurrazaq Ajibade of Kofa community in Kwara State but residing behind Magama Restaurant in Katsina metropolis, was arrested while attempting to smuggle the prohibited items to the Niger Republic.

While parading the suspect at the Command headquarters, Katsina, the police spokesman Gambo Isah revealed that the suspected trafficker was arrested on September 7th, 2022 at about 16:30 hours based on credible intelligence.

Although the remaining members of the syndicate comprising a driver and one other member escaped, the arrested suspect confessed to having been in the deal six consecutive times each of which the sum of N60, 000 is being offered to him as his commission to take care of his family.

Ajibade during the police interrogation also stated that he was arrested at ‘Welcome to Katsina Gate’.

“I am not the dealer of the prohibited items, my own is just to deliver the items to the destination. I am just serving as the middleman,” he said. “It’s one Hambali from Ogbomosho that hired my service.”

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A vehicle was recovered by the police.

 

In the meantime, the police also succeeded in neutralising one suspected armed robber along Koza village in Mai’adua Local Government Area of the state which is sharing a border with the Niger Republic.

The neutralised suspected armed robber is among the three suspects who stole a Toyota jeep from Abuja.

Isah displayed the corpse of the suspected armed robber in a press briefing on Friday at the command headquarters. He recalled that the success was recorded after they received an intelligence report that armed robbers robbed someone in Abuja of his black Toyota Land Cruiser with registration number ABC 165 HP Abuja.

He called on residents to continue to assist the security operatives with useful information that could lead to the arrest of criminal elements to ensure lasting peace and stability in the state.

“Detectives from the Anti Kidnapping Unit gave the hoodlums a hot chase and succeeded in tracking them. They engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel and neutralised one of the armed robbers and recovered the vehicle.

“The armed robbers have gone sophisticated by using a network jammer so that the vehicle tracker and mobile networks cannot work.

“As God would have it, we used the sophisticated methods too and tracked them down,” the spokesman added.

EFCC Arrests Two Owners Of ‘Yahoo Schools’ And Seven Others In Benin

 

Operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 arrested two owners of yahoo schools : Internet Fraud Coaching Centre (a.k.a HK) and seven suspected internet fraudsters in Benin City, Edo State.

The “yahoo school” owners, Osagie Ogiemwonyi and Onukwugho Favour and seven of their “students” were arrested at their centres following actionable intelligence worked upon by the Commission.

The seven others are Destiny Ohikwugbe, Chata Okoro, Ighodaro Omede, Ehigie Idemudia, Lawrence Daniel, Raymond Ogiemwonyi Oghosa and Henry Philip.


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Items recovered from the suspects include a Mercedes Benz GLK, Lexus 350, phones and laptops.

Authorities of the EFCC say investigations are still ongoing and the suspects will be charged to court in due time.

In a similar development, operatives of the Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 22 suspected internet fraudsters within Akwa Ibom State.

They were arrested in a sting operation on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.

The all-male suspects, whose ages range between 18 to 24 years, were arrested at their various hideouts in Uyo and Ikot Ekpene areas of the State, following verified intelligence regarding their nefarious activities.

Items recovered from the suspects include, a silver -coloured Toyota Corolla car, as well as various brands of sophisticated mobile phones and laptops.

According to the EFCC, the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

Police Arrest 18 Suspected Kidnappers In Benue State, Recover Weapons

A file photo of police operatives.

 

Police operatives in Benue State have arrested 18 suspected kidnappers and also recovered some weapons from them. 

The spokesman of the Benue State Police Command, Anene Sewuese Catherine,  confirmed this development on Monday.

“On 21/08/2022 at about 07:30hrs information was received about suspected kidnappers who were trying to bypass police checkpoints at Utonkon road, Ado Local Government Area,” the police image maker added.

“Police officers deployed to the area in collaboration with members of the community were able to intercept and arrest eighteen suspects all male of Ikpayongo, Gwer Local Government Area.

“Items recovered from them include one (1) AK-47 rifle and two (2) magazines loaded with thirty (30) rounds of 6.72mm live ammunition. An investigation is ongoing.”

Police Unit Fighting Illegal Bunkering Gets New CP

A photo of the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the IGP Special Task Force on Petroleum and Illegal Bunkering (IGP-STFPIB), ACP Lot Lantoh Garba.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered tactical and intelligence Commanders of the Force to deploy assets towards tackling perpetrators of illegal bunkering and other economic crimes.

According to the IGP in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters Abuja, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the actions of the perpetrators are responsible for sabotaging and weakening the revenue-generating apparatus of the country.

He also stressed that it has become worrisome due to the huge losses being recorded, hence, all efforts must be deployed to curb their activities.

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The IGP issued the directive on Thursday while charging the newly appointed Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the IGP Special Task Force on Petroleum and Illegal Bunkering (IGP-STFPIB), ACP Lot Lantoh Garba, to improve on the fight against economic crimes.

ACP Lot, a gallant and courageous officer, has served in various operational command positions including as Commanding Officer, Special Protection Unit (SPU) Bases 5 – Benin, 7 – Abuja, and 2 – Lagos.

He was equally a one-time Commander, Police Mobile Force (PMF) 23 Obalende, Lagos.

Upon assumption of office, ACP Lot set the ball rolling with some significant successes such as the breakthrough in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, where operatives on surveillance patrol intercepted a 40-feet Container Truck conveying a large quantity of crude products suspected to be illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) stuffed in sacks.

A photo collage the newly appointed ACP LL Garba and the intercepted truck.

 

The truck with Registration Number JRV 322 XV was driven by one Chukwudi Okafor aged 54 year-old, who has been arrested in connection with the offence.
Preliminary investigations showed that the driver is a member of a high-powered syndicate responsible for illegal bunkering in the area and beyond, and the arrest of the driver has definitely provided a lead to the arrest of other members of the syndicate.

The recovered truck with the accompanying product is currently in police custody at the Refinery Life Camp Division, Eleme, pending the conclusion of investigations.

The Inspector-General of Police, therefore, warned police operatives attached to the Task Force to be focused, committed, and patriotic. He charged them to discharge their duties devoid of corruption, favouritism, and compromise.

The IGP further warned all economic saboteurs to cease their unwholesome activities henceforth else they would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

The Force has also noted that it is deepening synergy with other agencies in internal security, to curtail the trend of these crimes and other forms of crimes and social vices in the country.

Three Dead, 11 Wounded In Philadelphia Street Shooting

This photo shows a police car behind police tape blocking a street leading to the Jacksonville Landing area in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, August 26, 2018, where three people were killed, including the gunman, and 11 others wounded.

 

Three people were killed and 11 others wounded late Saturday in the US city of Philadelphia after multiple shooters opened fire into a crowd on a busy street, police said.

The nighttime barrage marked the latest mass shooting to jolt the United States, a country in the grips of a gun violence epidemic that shows no signs of abating even as lawmakers scramble for ways to reduce the carnage that has already claimed several thousand American lives this year.

Philadelphia Police Inspector D.F. Pace told reporters that two men and a woman were killed, adding that officers responding to the incident “observed several active shooters shooting into the crowd.”

“You can imagine there were hundreds of individuals enjoying South Street, as they do every single weekend, when this shooting broke out,” Pace said.

Numerous officers patrolling the popular nightlife area were already on the scene when the first shots were heard, a police deployment that Pace described as “standard” for the area on summer weekend nights.

A responding officer fired at one of the shooters, who dropped his gun and fled, though it was unclear whether the man was hit, Pace said.

Local media reported that no arrests had been made, and that as of Sunday morning the streets where the chaos erupted remained closed.

Pace said two semi-automatic handguns, one with an extended magazine, were recovered at the scene.

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He added that police would have to wait until morning to review surveillance footage from nearby businesses that were closed on Saturday night.

Pace described the investigation as “fluid,” saying there were still “a lot of unanswered questions.”

The United States has been rocked by a series of high-profile mass shootings in recent weeks, including at a school in Uvalde, Texas, a church in California, a grocery store in New York and a hospital in Oklahoma.

The incidents have collectively left dozens dead.

Bystander Joe Smith, 23, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that his mind had flashed to the recent incidents when he heard the first shots ring out on Saturday.

“Once it started, I didn’t think it was going to stop,” he told the outlet.

“There was guttural screaming,” he added. “I just heard screams.”

Another witness, Eric Walsh, described to the Inquirer scenes of people fleeing the shooting “coming off the street with blood splatters on white sneakers and skinned knees and skinned elbows.”

The Inquirer reported that another person was fatally shot just blocks from the scene about two hours later, but police said that the two incidents were not believed to be linked.

During warmer months, gun violence tends to spike in the United States, where there were an estimated 393 million guns in circulation in 2020, more than the number of people.

US President Joe Biden last week forcefully called for new gun control legislation in response to the recent violence, lamenting the “everyday places that have become killing fields, battlefields here in America.”

Over the last two decades, “more school-age children have died from guns than on-duty police officers and active duty military combined. Think about that,” Biden said.

A bipartisan group of US senators met on Thursday to discuss a package of firearms controls, but Republicans have historically resisted tougher gun laws.

Gun violence in the United States has killed 18,564 so far in 2022, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which tracks shootings nationwide.

Nearly 10,300 of those have been suicides, it reported.

Since the Uvalde massacre on May 24 at least 26 new mass shootings have taken place, according to the archive.

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‘How To Murder Your Husband’ Writer On Trial For Murder Of Husband

A writer who penned a piece titled “How To Murder Your Husband” is on trial in the United States for…killing her husband.

 

 

 

A writer who penned a piece titled “How To Murder Your Husband” is on trial in the United States for…killing her husband.

It is a case that has all the hallmarks of classic detective fiction — a huge insurance payout, an impecunious suspect who claims to have amnesia, a missing weapon, and surveillance footage that seems to have caught the culprit red-handed.

But for novelist Nancy Crampton Brophy, it’s not the plot of her latest book; it’s real life in an Oregon court room.

Crampton Brophy, whose “Wrong Never Felt So Right” series of novels include “The Wrong Husband” and “The Wrong Lover,” stands accused of shooting Daniel Brophy, using a gun whose now-missing barrel she bought on eBay.

Prosecutors say the 71-year-old writer was struggling to make payments on her mortgage, but kept up multiple life assurance policies that would pay out a total of $1.4 million in the event of her husband’s demise.

“I do better with Dan alive financially than I do with Dan dead,” she said as she took the stand in Portland this week, The Oregonian newspaper reported.

“Where is the motivation I would ask you? An editor would laugh and say, ‘I think you need to work harder on this story, you have a big hole in it.’”

Prosecutor Shawn Overstreet said security camera footage had captured Crampton Brophy’s minivan outside the Oregon Culinary Institute on June 2, 2018 at almost exactly the time her chef husband was killed in one of the school’s classrooms.

“You were there at the same time that someone happens to be shooting your husband….with the exact type of gun that you own and which is now mysteriously missing,” he said.

Crampton Brophy told the court she has no memory of being there, though acknowledges she must have been, insisting the CCTV images show her in the area because she was driving around getting inspiration for a story.

“This is not a man I would have shot because I had a memory issue. It seems to me if I had shot him, I would know every detail.”

Daniel Brophy, 63, was found dead that morning by students readying for a class. He had been shot twice.

Investigators say the barrel from the Glock handgun used in the slaying was purchased by the suspect on eBay.

That barrel — which would contain damning forensic clues — has never been recovered, despite an exhaustive police search.

Crampton Brophy admits having bought a Glock pistol, which she says was for her husband to protect himself when he went mushroom hunting in the woods, but says the missing barrel was purchased as part of research for an unfinished novel.

“There was a big separation between what was for writing and what was for protection,” she told the court, The Oregonian reported.

Prosecutors say Crampton Brophy, whose “How To Murder Your Husband” remains accessible online and whose books can be bought on Amazon, was facing financial ruin before her husband’s death, but continued to pay into 10 separate life insurance policies.

The blog on murdering a husband discusses methods and motivations for dispatching an unwanted spouse.

These include financial gain and the use of a firearm, although it notes guns are “loud, messy, require some skill.”

“But the thing I know about murder is that every one of us have it in him/her when pushed far enough,” the essay says.

The trial, which began in early April, is ongoing.

Two Killed As Police Engage Gunmen In Anambra

 

Two persons were killed in the early hours of Monday, following a duel between men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and a yet to be identified group of gunmen in Anambra State.

Police spokesman in the state, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, in a brief statement revealed that the command’s operatives on crime prevention patrol along Umunze, road, Orumba South LGA, engaged armed men who were allegedly enforcing a “sit-at-home order” in the area.

DSP Tochukwu further stated that the operatives neutralized two of the miscreants and recovered a white Toyota Hiace Bus with no registration number.

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DSP Ikenga Tochukwu
Police spokesman, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu says normalcy has been restored in the Orumba South LGA where the gunmen were operating.

According to him, the men were obstructing the movement of innocent road users going about their businesses.

The hoodlums also forcefully collected motorbikes and tricycles, chasing away their rightful owners and setting the vehicles ablaze.

DSP Tochukwu said operatives of the command have intensified patrol within the state, adding that the situation is being monitored.

EFCC Arrests 33 Internet Fraud Suspects

Crime suspects arrested by the EFCC

 

Operatives of the Lagos and Enugu Zonal Commands of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), have arrested 33 internet fraud suspects in separate sting operations.

According to a statement by the EFCC Spokesperson Wilson Uwujaren on Tuesday, 17 of the suspects were arrested in Lagos while 16 others were nabbed at Enugu.

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“The 17 suspects arrested in Lagos are Adefila Ayobami Ezekiel, Anamene Somtochukwu, Nzeako Kosisochukwu Anthony, Afolabi Ayomide Henry, Olatona Ayodeji Ebenezer, Obioho Ikenna Raphael, Famolayo Femi Hammed, Mintah-Joshua Oluwafemi, Martins Victor Onuoha, Babatunde Haruna Oluwaseyi, Taiwo Bolaji Kehinde, Ibeakolam Goodluck, Onaolapo Iyanu Samuel, Jamiu Damilola Lawal, Adeyanju Fawaz, AdejideSamuel and Obioho Obinna,” the statement said.

“They were arrested in an estate around the Ikota axis of Lagos following credible intelligence received by the Commission on the illegal activities of some individuals allegedly involved in computer fraud”.

Upon their arrest, six exotic vehicles, laptops and mobile devices were recovered from them.

The 16 suspected fraudsters arrested in Enugu were apprehended at Premier Layout axis of Enugu.

“The suspects are Ovu Chimezie, Junior Gentle Pepple, Nwoye Paul, Ezeoke Chimelue, Innocent Kenechukwu, Tochukwu Igbonekwu, Chigozie Oguanya,Nwachukwu Daniel and Charles Duru Chibuzor. Others are Anderson D. Ugochukwu , Chinedu Nwasu, Obiora Martin Ugonna, Nwabueze Chidindu, Nwabueze Samuel Nnaemeka, Okechukwu Collins.D and Nwabueze Benjamin Ikenna”.

The EFCC said preliminary investigations linked them with suspected impersonation, possession of fraudulent documents and defrauding unsuspecting foreign nationals.

Items recovered from the suspects include one Lexus ES350 with registration number EPE113 HB, a Mercedes Benz E350 with registration number RSH 201 BP , another Mercedes Benz with registration number UWN 338 MP and one Toyota Camry with registration number JRV 944 KL; and several phones and laptops.

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

Cybercrime: Fake America Contractor Bags Six Months Imprisonment In Kwara

Man Bags 15 Years In Prison For N5.2m Fraud
A court gavel.

 

Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin on Thursday sentenced 24-year-old Taiwo Oluwapelumi Emmanuel from Ibadan, Oyo State, to six months’ imprisonment for a one-count charge bordering on impersonation.

Emmanuel allegedly posed as a citizen of the United States of America to defraud unsuspecting victims.

The defendant was among the suspected internet fraudsters arrested in the Ogbomosho area of Oyo State on October 26, 2021, during a sting operation by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC.

The defendant in his various chats claimed to be a contractor and businessman based in the United States of America, a decoy which he employed to swindle his victims.

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In a similar vein, officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Enugu arrested Kelechi Vitalis Anozie, a suspected fraudster who has been a person of interest to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since 2019.

The EFCC in a statement on Thursday said its operatives arrested Anozie on the 10th of March, following an investigative trail of activities not unconnected to fraud and illegal money laundering.

Anozie, who is a self-professed clergyman and four other suspects: Valentine Iro, Ekene Ekechukwu (alias Ogedi Power), Bright Azubuike (alias Bright Bauer Azubuike), and Ifeanyi Junior, is alleged to have defrauded one F.F, who lives in Illinois, United States, the sum of $135,800 and another $47,000.

The suspect, who is the founder of a church called Praying City Church in Owerri, Imo State, was first placed on a watch list in 2019 when the FBI announced charges against 80 people, most of them Nigerians, in a wide-ranging fraud and money laundering operation that netted millions of dollars from victims of internet con jobs.

EFCC Arrests Eight Internet Fraud Suspects in Ilorin

Some of the cars recovered from the suspects.

 

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested eight (8) persons over their alleged involvement in cyber-fraud, including cheating by personation and love scam.

The suspects include; Abdulrahman Ridwan, David Ayodeji, Gideon Thomas, Yinus Muiz, Yinus Lateef, Jimoh Ahmed, Lawal Farouk Opeyemi, and Oladimeji Ridwan. They were arrested in Basin and Asa-Dam areas of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital following credible intelligence about their alleged criminal activities.

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Items recovered from them include exotic cars, mobile phones, and laptops.
Authorities say they will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is completed.

In a similar vein, the Uyo Zonal Command of the EFCC, on Wednesday, effected the arrest of eleven suspected internet fraudsters in a sting operation at different locations within Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

 

The suspects aged between 18 and 30 years are Caleb Jackson, Inemesit Sunday E, Oputu Samuel Belle aged 20 from Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State and a Civil engineering student of Uniuyo; Chinonso Ozuruigbo, Onyemaechi Chisom, Nzeakor Uchenna, Umana Israel, Victor Bassey, Solomon Utuk, Patrick Ekemini, and Akaninyene Effiong The EFCC said the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations have been concluded.

NANS Warns Against Indiscriminate Arrest Of Students In Ogun

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

The National Association of Nigerian Students (Ogun State) and the National Association of Ogun State Students have warned against the indiscriminate arrest of students in the state.

They gave the warning on Sunday during a press briefing in Abeokuta, pledging to give adequate support to the newly reinvigorated OP-MESA to strengthen security across tertiary institutions in the state.

Towards this, they promised to set up a volunteer group to work in collaboration with the security outfit to give first-hand intelligence information about activities of internet fraudsters and other criminal activities among students.

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“We want to use this medium to give kudos to Governor Dapo Abiodun for listening to the yearnings of millions of residents of this state on the issue of security,” they said.

“The launch of OP-MESA by the governor to tackle armed robbery, cultism, kidnapping, banditry, killer herdsmen, highway robbery and other criminal activities in the state shows that he is indeed concerned and ready to provide topnotch security for over seven million residents of this state so that they can sleep with their two eyes closed.

“We also want to commend our amiable governor for setting the pace by setting up an agency to address issues surrounding financial crimes in our state. We are of the conviction that the time to tame this monster that has brought our societal values to ridicule is now. We want to express our unalloyed support to Mr. Governor on this task.

“As students’ leaders, we are not unaware that some students have the tendency to behave like Judas Iscariot and we will not condone such. We will partner with the Ogun State government and other security agencies to ensure that such persons are tracked, arrested, and prosecuted according to the laws of the land.”

The students also promised to deploy all necessary platforms across tertiary institutions in the state to ensure that the exercise achieves the highest results desirable by the governor.

“We are ready to provide the state government with volunteers from the student constituency who will serve as whistle blowers on our campuses,” they added.

“These volunteers will assist in giving firsthand intelligence to security agencies as regards activities on suspected internet fraudsters on our campuses.”

Woman Arrested For Pouring Hot Water On 11-Year-Old Daughter

 

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Osun State has arrested a woman for pouring hot water on her 11-year-old daughter.

The state Commandant of the corps, Emmanuel Ocheja, disclosed this on Friday while parading the woman and several other crime suspects at the headquarters in Osogbo, the state capital.

 

The 11-year-old girl whose mother was arrested for pouring hot water on her in Osun State.

 

When asked for the reason behind her action, the woman said it was not deliberate as she didn’t know what came over her.

When asked for her account of the story, the girl explained that she was being punished for misplacing a key.

According to the PPRO, investigations are ongoing and the matter will be charged to court soon.

Another suspect, 44-year-old Amos Danbaba Galadima was also paraded for illegal mining in Ita-Obi community in Ilesha, as well as one Abdulrahmon Ibrahim who was arrested in Kano for alleged stealing of a car.