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EFCC nabs 18 for alleged cybercrime in Lokoja, as NEMA receives 13 Nigerians from Sudan



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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ilorin Zonal Command, has arrested 18 people over alleged cybercrime in Lokoja.

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC Spokesman, on Tuesday in Ilorin.

Also read: EFCC nabs 3 suspects over internet fraud at Ilorin International Airport

The suspects are Bala Caleb Abdulkarim, Ayuba Bala, Adebayo Olubunmi, Yusuf Salawu, Victor Yakubu, Victor Udeh, Abutu Francis, Moses Akeji, Aiyegbe ThankGod and Eniola Adeniji.

Others are Abraham Ayodele, Julius Omowale, Samuel Onojah, Saka Usman Ojo, Isaac Emmanuel, Yusuf Mohammed, Ibrahim Musa and Omaonu Ojochenemi Victor.

Uwujaren said that the arrest was part of efforts to curb the rising internet-related fraud otherwise known as ‘Yahoo-Yahoo’.

He said that the EFCC zonal command had extended its dragnet to Kogi, leading to the arrest of 18 suspected ‘Yahoo-Yahoo Boys’ in Lokoja, the state capital.

“This is the second of such operation in the state within the last two months.

”Recall that operatives of the Ilorin zonal command, which covers Kwara, Ekiti and Kogi States, had in June arrested 19 suspected fraudsters at different locations in Lokoja.

“The latest arrest, which was made on Wednesday, August 3, followed actionable intelligence and hours of surveillance by the anti-graft operatives to smoke out the suspected fraudsters off their hideouts,” he said.

The spokesperson said that preliminary investigations had shown that the suspects operated as syndicates to scam unsuspecting victims.

According to him, the suspects have incriminating items in their possession including five different brands of exotic cars, phones and laptops.

He however said that the suspects had volunteered useful statements to the commission and would be charged to court upon conclusion of the ongoing investigations.

In the meantime, Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi, Coordinator, Kano Territorial Office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said that the agency received 13 Nigerians from Khartoum, Sudan.

Abdullahi disclosed this while receiving the returnees in Kano on Tuesday.

The returnees arrived at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport at about 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday on an Ethiopian Airline Aircraft, with flight number ET343.

Abdullahi noted that the returnees were returned to Nigeria by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) initiative on migrant protection and re-integration and European Union, under the Assisted Voluntary Returnees Programme.

“The returnees were brought back through a voluntary programme for the distressed, who had left the country to seek for greener pastures in various European countries and could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated.

“The returnees included five female adults and eight children (three female and five male) from Jigawa and Kano.

According to him, the returnees will be trained for four days to be self-reliant and will be given grants to enable them to meet expenses of initial settling down.

The newsmen report that the returnees were given food, toiletries, blankets, mosquito nets, pampers and clothes each.

Abdullahi advised Nigerians to avoid endangering their lives by travelling to seek for greener pastures in other countries, adding that no country was better than Nigeria.

He further explained that the agency, between May and July, had received 367 stranded Nigerians from Agadez (Niger Republic) and trained them on various skills acquisition.

A returnee, Amina Ibrahim, 60, from Kano State, and a mother of four, said she travelled to Sudan to search for greener pastures.

” I was a business woman before I left Nigeria with people’s N8 million debt with me.

“I went to Sudan to seek for greener pasture, thinking that I will be able to get enough money to pay them back and continue with my business.

“In Sudan you have to beg before you can get money to eat. I really suffered,” Ibrahim said.

Newsmen report that the returnees were received by NEMA, with other sister security agencies including Nigerian Red Cross, SEMA, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs and DSS.



Francis Ogu, 65-year-old Cleric Docked For Allegedly Defiling 10-year-old Girl



Francis Ogu, 65-year-old Cleric Docked For Allegedly Defiling 10-year-old Girl

 A 65-year-old cleric, Francis Ogu, was on Wednesday docked in the Children, Sexual and Gender-based Violence Offences Court in Awka, for allegedly defiling a 10-year-old domestic worker.

The police charged Ogu, who resides at Umuike village in Awka, with defilement.

The Prosecution Counsel, Insp Chinyere Okechukwu, told the court that the accused committed the offence on June 27 at his residence.

The police alleged that the accused sexually exploited the minor.

The offence, she said, contravened the provisions of Section 35(2) of the Child Rights Laws of Anambra State, 2004.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In her ruling, Chief Magistrate Genevieve Osakwe admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N500,000 with one surety in like sum.

Osakwe adjourned the case until Aug. 21 for a hearing.

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Man, 27, Docked For Allegedly Stealing Pot Of Soup In Ibadan



Man, 27, Docked For Allegedly Stealing Pot Of Soup In Ibadan

…As 3 arraigned over alleged stealing, housebreaking

The growing hunger in the country may have attained a new dimension as One Adewale Ogundeji, 27, was on Wednesday, dragged before an Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan, charged with stealing a pot of soup and other valuables.

Ogundeji, whose address was not provided, was charged with housebreaking and stealing, to which he pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, ASP Anthony Igori told the court that the defendant committed the offences on July 6, at about 1.30 p.m., at Balogun Road, Oke Ibadan, near Oje market.

Igori said that the defendant allegedly broke into the house of one Mrs Tobiyat Yusuf and stole her pot of soup, N20,000 cash, MP3 player and memory card, among other items.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 411 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The Magistrate, Mr Olaolu Olanipekun granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 and one surety in like sum.

He adjourned the case until July 25 for a hearing. 

In another development, the police on Wednesday arraigned three suspects: Sadare Idowu, 46, David Terdoo, 24 and Chinedu Emmanuel, 42, before an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan over an alleged stealing and housebreaking.

The defendants, whose house addresses were not provided, are facing charges bordering on alleged stealing and housebreaking.

The prosecutor, Insp. Akeem Akinloye told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Nov. 27, 2023, in Apata area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

Akinloye said the defendants allegedly broke into the house of one Mr Ademola Adebowale and stole his valuables worth N3.22 million.

The valuables, he said included: clothes, jewellery, a generator, a television, Closed-Circuit Television gadgets and a phone, among others.

He said the offences contravened Sections 411 and 390(9) of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Olabisi Ogunkanmi, granted each of the defendants bail in the sum of N750,000 with two reliable sureties in like sum.

She adjourned the case until Oct. 28, for hearing. 

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Chinese Customs Catches Man With Over 100 Live Snakes In His Trousers



Chinese Customs Catch Man With Over 100 Live Snakes In His Trousers

…The snakes include 5 different species, including corn snakes and triangle snakes

Chinese Customs have detained a man trying to smuggle more than 100 live snakes into mainland China in his trouser pockets.

The man was recently caught by officials at Futian Harbour on the border between the Chinese Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong and the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, authorities said.

During an inspection, customs officials found six taped-up cloth bags containing numerous colourful snakes hidden in the traveller’s lower clothing.

According to a statement by the customs, it was revealed that the man was carrying 104 snakes of five different species, including corn snakes and triangle snakes.

Neither of which are found in China, but in North and Central America.

A video released by the customs office showed the man trying to pass through the undeclared goods corridor.

It also showed customs officers examining six large plastic bags into which the squirming reptiles appeared to have been later placed.

China’s laws prohibit the import of non-native animals.

Anyone who violates this will be held accountable, the customs report continued, without specifying what penalties the man would face. 

– dpa

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