…says Nigerian banks too easy to hack
CP: Suspect can shut down banks’ CCTV for 67 minutes
A 28-year-old medical doctor, Michael Williams, yesterday told journalists in Lagos that Nigerian banks must upgrade their systems in order to protect their customers’ funds. Williams, who was arrested by detectives attached to Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Lagos, for allegedly hacking into people’s accounts, said the Nigerian banks were the easiest in the world to hack.
The suspect was arrested after he allegedly generated N28 million bank alert to defraud a car dealer of a Porsche car. He was paraded alongside other suspects at the state Police Command Headquarters by the Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal.
According to Edgal, the suspect has the ability to shut down CCTV cameras for 67 minutes, using software. He said: “On March 23, my office received a complaint that there exists a syndicate that goes to car shops to buy a car and configures a computer programme that would send a fake payment alert to the seller and by so doing, obtains the car under false pretences.
“Such was the case of Abidogun Adewale whose car shop played host to the leader of this syndicate by name Michael Thompson Williams, who bought a Porsche car at a whopping price of N28,000,000. “He thereafter requested for the seller’s bank account number and made it look like he had paid him via the fake alert to his phone using HTTP tunnel. com. “The suspect thereafter, drove the car away unknown to the seller that he had been scammed.
However, based on his complaint, a manhunt was launched for the fleeing suspect. “Immediately I availed the detectives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) all necessary intelligence assets which led to the arrest of the suspect in Lekki area of the state.
“During interrogation the suspect confessed to the police of committing the crime and led the detectives to Asaba in Delta State where the stolen Porsche car was recovered from him. “He also took the detectives to Owerri in Imo State where two other Camry cars he stole in a similar fashion were also recovered.”
Edgal added that the suspect advised him to tell bank operators to get someone to protect their customer’s accounts in Nigeria. According to Williams, most Nigerian bank accounts have less security that is why it is easy for hackers to hack into their accounts. The commissioner said the modus operandi of the suspect who, according to him, has a good mastery of cyber environment, is that he creates a credit card through Cyber Ghost 12.
He said: “When the credit card matures, it is then funded through a hacked Swiss account. Any transaction anybody is doing through Swiss account the suspect manipulates such and wires the fund to his contrived credit card.”
The suspect, who spoke with journalists under strict supervision of the commissioner, said hacking into people’s accounts was easy with the aid of Cyber Ghost App 12, HTTP/ tunnel.azinytv4/vpn (virtual private network).
He said: “Through the credit card, one could buy software he needs to work with and protect his job so that he cannot be traced. Such software is known as vpn and word cyber protector e.g Dare Devil. It also enables someone to do deductions and transactions per dollar from every individual domiciliary account. “It is also easy to shut down CCTV camera on Dare Devil and break 256 codes on CCTV.China.com.northkorea. code untouchable.tracker.com. “This enables me to shut down any working system of my interest on yt.com, Internet sophistication e.g. youtube/facebook to make them unworkable for 67 minutes.
Although I am not a computer scientist, I’m a professional hacker.” The suspect claimed he had worked at Tolu Hospital and Eko Hospital before travelling to Canada. He added: “While in Canada, the building where I was staying was filled up so I had to move in with a man who is from Israel. He was the one who taught me hacking. “When I asked how much he had made through hacking, he replied ‘I get money online not from any individual. It is a free world online. I have no idea how much I have made. I target Hollywood actors like John Travolta who does transactions every week’. “I have intercepted money worth millions of dollars online and diverted them into a credit card which I created. When you are a hacker, you are a bank to yourself.” Edgal, however, said the case was still under investigation.
Gunmen kill Miyetti Allah Chairman in Plateau
Gunmen have killed the chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Sa’adu Musa, in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State.
The victim who doubled as the Ardo of Gindiri was reportedly killed on Tuesday at about 8 p.m. in Mangu town
Nura Abdullahi, state chairman of MACBAN, while disclosing this on Thursday in an interaction with journalists in Jos, said the incident occurred near Mangu police station.
According Abdullahi, the incident occurred soon after the deceased had finished taking tea at a joint, adjacent to Magu police headquarters.
“I have traveled to Mangu and the DPO of Mangu police station has told me he has signalled the state headquarters on the matter. I have equally informed the state police commissioner, DSS, and commander, Operation Safe Haven.
“The body of the victim has been released to us and has since been buried according to Islamic rite,” Abdullahi added.
Isaac Akinmoyede, the state Police Commissioner, confirmed the incident.
He said an investigation into the matter was ongoing and arrests would be made.
Siblings, others confess how they robbed, killed motorcycle mechanic in Ibadan
Oyo State Police Command Thursday paraded two siblings: Yakubu Suara (26), and Lateef Suara (20), as well as, their partners in crime: Job Ogbile (20), Rilwan Suleiman (18), and Azeez Lateef (19) in connection with alleged robbery and murder of a motorcycle mechanic, Oladapo Toheeb (21).
The suspects were paraded at the Eleyele Police Headquarters, Ibadan along with forty other suspects arrested for various unlawful acts.
According to the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olushina Olukolu, the suspected criminals specialized in robbing people of their motorcycles and in some cases killing their innocent victims in the process.
CP Olushina confirmed that the suspects were arrested following a report by one Abideen Oladapo to the SARS office in Dugbe on October 10, 2019, that his son who is a commercial motorcyclist was attacked by unknown hoodlums while carrying out his lawful duty within Ibadan.
His words: “As the incident was reported, a team of SARS Operatives swung into action and after discreet investigations, on 11/10/2019, three suspects who later identified themselves as Yakubu Suara, Job Ogbile and Lateef Suara, were arrested in connection with the crime in their respective hideouts in Lagos, Ogun and Oyo States.
“Subsequently Azeez Lateef and Ridwan Suliaman were later arrested as members of the syndicate who have jointly carried out series of criminals activities within Ibadan metropolis.”
Speaking on how the deceased was murdered by the gang, the CP said in the course of dragging the issue with one of the hoodlums, Job Ogbile, not to go away with his bike, the innocent victim, Oladapo Toheeb, was smashed with a wooden object with the assistance of the others and dispossessed him of his Bajaj motorcycle. They left him in the pool of his blood to die.
Court stops NUJ President, others from holding fresh election in Ogun
The National Industrial Court of Nigeria sitting in Ibadan has stopped the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) from conducting fresh election in the Ogun State Council of the union.
The court restrained the NUJ President, Comrade Chris Isiguzo, the NUJ National Secretary, Comrade Shuaib Leman, and 12 other defendants from holding any election in the state council pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
The presiding judge, Justice J. D. Peters, granted the order on Wednesday in an ex parte application brought before him in suit number NICN/IB/85/2019.
The suit was filed by the Ogun NUJ Chairman, Soji Amosu, and three other claimants, challenging the purported decision of the union’s national leadership to conduct fresh election into the offices occupied by the claimants.
The national leadership had constituted a five-member electoral committee, with Lanre Ogunyinka and Tunde Olayiwola appointed as chairman and secretary respectively, to hold the election on Saturday.
But ruling on the application brought by counsel to the applicants, Deji Enisenyin, the presiding judge ordered the respondents to refrain from conducting any election in the Ogun State Council of NUJ.
He declared that the applicants have right for which the intervention of the court was necessary and sought to be protected from infringement by the respondents.
Family drags uncle’s corpse to insurance company to prove he’s dead
This South African man is definitely not resting in peace.
Outraged family members say they were forced to drag in the corpse of their uncle, Sifiso Justice Mhlongo, after an insurance company demanded proof he was dead. The grieving family members filmed the ghastly scene, and the footage has gone viral, reports the New York Post.
The insurance company, Old Mutual, allegedly refused to pay out on Mhlongo’s death benefits, saying there were problems with the paperwork, the Daily Mail reports.
But the nine-day delay meant that the family had to put off important tribal rites for Mhlongo, and that they were out nearly $2,200 in death benefits.
Fed up, the relatives resorted to bringing in the cold, dead proof. In the video, they’re seen carrying a body bag into the company’s office in KwaZulu-Natal province.
The video made its way to Twitter, where users around the country lamented the family’s desperate measure and called out Old Mutual’s alleged actions. An activist’s original tweet of the video has garnered thousands of retweets, with outraged replies.
“I am traumatised by this. Must have taken a lot for this family to do this with their dead,” wrote @HBMZulu.
Old Mutual responded with a tweet of their own, saying the incident was “isolated but regrettable.”
“This has been most unsettling and we are sympathetic toward the family during this difficult time,” the company tweeted. “We can confirm that the claim was paid. Due to the sensitive nature of this matter, we will continue engaging directly with the family.”
I target mature women for sex, money, says suspect
Asuspected cultist, Chuks Emmanuel, described by police as, ‘most wanted serial rapist in Egbeda’ has been arrested.
Emmanuel was arrested by policemen from Area F Police Command, Ikeja, over allegations of rape, fraud and blackmail.
The suspect had been on Police Wanted List for months and was arrested last week in a hotel. Police sources alleged that Emmanuel used to lure his victims to hotel rooms, where he would then subject them to all sorts of blackmail after having sex with them.
Police said that whenever he was having sex with these women, he would secretly film them, and then later used it to extort money from them.
Emmanuel denied rape and blackmail, stressing that he only outsmarted the women.
He further explained: “I came to Lagos a few months ago and things became too tough. When I could no longer bear the hunger, I thought of how to survive. I thought of getting women to have sex with me and then blackmail them. I thought of the most vulnerable. I discovered that the best targets were matured single ladies. I opened a Facebook account with the name Dr. Chibuzor, MD/ CEO Health Wellbeing Therapy. I started sending friend requests to ladies on the Facebook. My efforts paid off as single and matured ladies started accepting my requests. I sent friend request to those I suspected were lonely. It is usually from chatting that a relationship develops into love and affection.
“When I gain their confidence, I’ll request to meet with them in three choice hotels. To make them think I’m a ‘big boy,’ I would tell them that my boy will come to pick them. I’ll go to pick them, pretending to be an errand boy to the ‘big man’ that invited them.”
Emmanuel explained that before then, he would have paid for a room. Posing as errand boy, he would lead the victim to the room, ask her to relax and wait for his master.
Emmanuel narrated: “After about two and half hours, I will return to the room, to inform her that ‘my master’ suddenly left Lagos on an important assignment. It is at that moment that I would start working on their brains; telling her how I could assist if she agrees to have sex with me. They usually agree, and after sex, I’ll then demand money from them, which they willing give me.
“I think they succumbed to me out of fear and because they needed sex. There was one that surprised me the most. Immediately I touched her breasts, she started screaming that I should not waste time in ‘doing it.’ This woman has been sex starved for long. She is now claiming that I raped her. I did not rape any of my victims. They willingly gave their bodies to me. They also gave me money for reasons best known to them. Maybe, they were afraid I would expose their nude photographs on the internet, but it never crossed my mind.
“I am not saying what I did was right because I lured them to the hotels and used their brains in order to have sex with them. I also collected money from them after sex. The last one that put me in trouble was a lady that paid N55, 000. She told her friend and her friend reported the matter to the police. The police should not accuse me of rape and blackmail. I only used my brains to take advantage of my victims.”
IG’s team hunt for abducted DPO in Adamawa
Operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have started searching and making moves to rescue the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Mubi North Police Station, Ahijo Mujeli, who was abducted on Tuesday night.
The Adamawa State Police Command, yesterday, confirmed the abduction of the DPO. The Nassarawa State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Suleiman Yahaya, disclosed that Mujeli was kidnapped along Mubi-Maraba road on Tuesday night.
Yahaya added: “He was driving in his personal car around 6.30 p.m., along Mubi-Maraba road near the toll-gate when he was abducted. There was sound of shooting around the area. When our men arrived, they met an empty car identified as his.”
Yahaya said that already the anti-kidnapping unit and IRT had swung into action and presently hunting for the kidnappers.
Yahaya said: “We are hoping of positive result and I want to use this opportunity to advise members of the public with relevant security information on criminals to avail the command for necessary action.”
Court re-arraigns five for N466m bank fraud
The EFCC Kaduna zonal office on Tuesday arraigned five men on charges bordering on conspiracy and stealing to the tune of N466 million.
The defendants are Bashir Abdullahi Mohammed,Oche Ogenyi, Adefila Taofile Kayode,Rabiu Aliko Lawal and Mmadu Mathew.
They were arraigned before Justice Z.B Abubakar of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna on a three count amended charge bordering on conspiracy and stealing to the tune of N466 million.
The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said: “The defendants were arrested following a petition by Polaris Bank, alleging that the defendants hacked into the bank’s system and fraudulently increased the credit balance in one of the customer’s account from N781,000 to N466m.”
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the amended charge prompting EFCC counsel, J.Saidi to request the court to fix a date for commencement of trial.
It would be recalled that the defendants were arraigned on the same offence before Justice P.Mallong of the Federal High Court 2.
The matter was transferred to Justice Z.B Abubakar of the Federal High Court 1, at the instance of the defendants.
Counsel to the first defendant A. Ashat pleaded with the court to continue with the earlier bail granted to his client while Valentine Ajibu counsel to Oche Ogenyi, Adefila Taofile Kayode and Mmadu prayed the court to grant bail to his client, saying the defendants were not able to meet the earlier bail granted to them because of the conditions attached.
Justice Abubakar granted bail to the 2nd, 3rd and 5th defendants in the sum of N10million with two sureties each in like sum. The sureties must be public servants not below Grade Level 12, and have landed property within Kaduna metropolis with Certificate of Occupancy, to be verified by the court. The case has been adjourned until February 3, 2020 for hearing.
Customs impounds 2.1m bottles of killer Analgin injection
- Market advances with N18bn gain
Less than five months after the closure of the nation’s borders by the Federal Government, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has raised fresh alarm over the sudden upsurge in the smuggling of contraband products into the country.
The Comptroller, Kayode Olusemire, in charge of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone C of the NCS, yesterday, made the disclosure to journalists.
The zonal controller said his men impounded a container load of 2,127,600 bottles of Analgin injection and 1,920 bags of foreign rice, and other items with a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of over N492 million between October and November this year.
Olusemire, who showed journalists the seizures, also said that the service equally seized 521 bales of second hand clothes and 233 foreign furniture falsely declared as generators and household items.
According to Olusemire, six persons were arrested in connection with the importation of the banned products.
Olusemire expressed concerns that Analgin Injection, which is said to be deadlier than tramadol, and which had been banned by most advanced nations of the world, including Switzerland and America, was still being imported by some Nigerians into the country in their quest to make quick money.
The controller said that the drug was banned in Nigeria by the Federal Government after it was discovered to have caused the death of two students of Delta State University in 2005 and disfigured many others.
Olusemire said: “This is a drug that was banned by Switzerland in 1977 and the USA in 1979. It was banned here in 2005 after it was discovered to be deadly. But, some Nigerians are still in the habit of perpetrating evil. They derive joy in doing things that are untoward and abominable. They brought in 1182 cartons with 18 packets each. Each of these packets contains 100 bottles totalling over two million bottles. They concealed them in a sealed container, supposedly conveying generators, but were intercepted along Port Harcourt/ Owerri road.”
He lamented that despite the border closures and fight against smuggling of foreign rice, some persons were still smuggling banned products into the country.
Olusemire said that in order to evade arrests, most of the smugglers bring in the rice through the creeks and conceal the rice in tippers and cement trucks in the unhealthiest form of conveying edible materials.
Dismissing smuggling of prohibited goods as an act of sabotage, Olusemire advised Nigerians to learn to produce and to consume locally produced goods. He stressed that border closure was an inevitable option by the government to protect and to safeguard the nation’s economy and protect local industries.
Odumosu praised for prompt arrest of five policemen
●Extorted N.7m recovered
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has been commended for his prompt arrest of the five policemen, attached to the Inspector-General of Police Special Tactical Squad (IGP STS), who allegedly collected over N700, 000 via POS from Mr Kareem Damilari Jamiu, an Estate Agent, on Monday.
In a statement yesterday, made available to our reporter, Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC), a nongovernmental organisation, also commended Odumosu for recovering the N700, 000 collected from Jamiu via POS. It was also alleged that the CP further recovered the N5000, which the five policemen collected from the victim.
The statement, signed by the Executive Director of RULAAC, Mr Okechukwu Nwanguma, states: “RULAAC has received with a sense of reassurance and hope in the Nigeria Police the feedback from the Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police, Bala Elkana, that the Command has arrested and taken into custody the rogue police officers who engaged in hostage taking and robbery on Monday at Sagamu, Ogun State.
“RULAAC commends the Lagos State Police Commissioner and the PRO for their prompt response to the petition by the organisation, alerting it of the disgraceful development and calling on the Command to fish out the rogue officers, recover the money from them and subject them to appropriate disciplinary actions in accordance with the law.”
Nwanguma further said: “It is heartwarming that the Lagos State Command has by its prompt response to the complaint, demonstrated its non-tolerance for police corruption and abuse as well as determination to fish out and deal with criminals in the Police who continue to dent the image of the police.”
It would be recalled that RULAAC on Tuesday received information from Jamiu, who lives at NNPC Sagamu that a team of police officers, claiming to have come from the Police Headquarters, Ikeja, came on Monday, arrested him over allegations that he was a, ‘cultist and a Yahoo Yahoo boy.”
The policemen would later demand the sum of N5million from him in order to let him go, but after negotiation, the money was reduced to N100, 000
Jamiu explained that he had to call friends, who assisted him in raising the N100, 000, which was sent to his account. He was taken to a filling station by the policemen, where a lady handling the POS machine gave them cash, while Jamiu remitted money into her account.
The officers then asked him to show them the balance in his account and under pressure, he showed them. When they saw the balance in his account, they got angry and started beating him. He was then made to transfer N200, 000 in three installments before being allowed to leave.
Lady, lover arrested in hotel for possession of arms
Operatives of the Special Anti-cultism Squad, (SARS), Lagos State Police Command have arrested a 22-year-old single mother, Ayomide Adebanjo and her lover, Dare Taiwo, over possession of a gun.
The arrest and detention of the lovers started on Saturday, after police received intelligence report that some hoodlums were hibernating in a hotel, preparing to head out to another hotel located at Alapere area of Ketu, for an operation.
Reacting to the information, police stormed the hotel and recovered a locally made double barrel gun from the hotel room where the lovers had lodged for the night.
Adebanjo said: “On Friday night, my boyfriend and I went out to have fun. Before we knew what was happening, it was late. So we decided to spend the night in Money Mark Hotel at Ketu. We got to the hotel at about 11p.m. and slept till the following day. We woke up when we heard someone banging on our room door. It was policemen.
“The time was about 6:30am; Dare opened the door for them. The policemen said they were from Alapere Police Station. They searched everywhere, but found nothing. Then, they checked the bed; it was my boyfriend that assisted them to raise the mattress. Underneath it, they found a black nylon which contained a gun. When they brought out the gun out, I was very surprised. I don’t know anything about the gun or how it got into that room.”
The woman further said: “I met Dare three months ago at Mile 12. I am an apprentice. I have a son, who is about three years old. I had him after I completed my secondary education. The father of my child abandoned me immediately I got pregnant. It was a church that took care of me till I put to bed. My baby is presently staying with my mother at Alakuko area, but my father is late.”
Taiwo, who works at a car wash centre, denied that the gun belonged to him. He said; “I am surprised they discovered a gun in the hotel room. I have only been to that hotel twice before my arrest. I live with my aunt, which was why I took my girlfriend to a hotel to spend the night. After I paid for the hotel room, we moved into the room. We discovered that there was no television. I went back to the receptionist to complain. In fact, I didn’t want to lodge there again, but because it was very late, I had to reconsider and we went back to the room. If I had known, maybe I would not have lodged there. We don’t know anything about the gun found in our hotel room.”
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