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EFCC arrests 29 suspected cyber criminals in Ibadan

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EFCC arrests 29 suspected cyber criminals in Ibadan

Sola Adeyemo, Ibadan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan zonal office, on Wednesday arrested 29 men suspected to be involved in internet-related fraud.

The suspects were arrested at Akoto Estate, Elebu area in Ibadan during an early morning raid carried out by operatives of the Commission.

Earlier, the team had conducted a series of surveillance sweeps of the area, working on strings of intelligence gathered on the activities of the suspected ‘Yahoo Boys’. The preliminary investigation was found to be credible, leading to the sting operation.

Among the items recovered from the suspects were eight exotic cars, many costly phones and laptops, as well as, documents suspected to be used for their illicit dealings.

The Commission said that the suspects will be charged to court, as soon as, investigations were concluded.

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Ebonyi: Woman to die by hanging for burning co-wife, seven children

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An Ebonyi State High Court, sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, yesterday, sentenced a woman, Mrs. Agnes Nwefuru, to death by hanging for burning her co-wife and seven children to death.

In a suit Number HAW/13C/2017, Agnes was accused of setting ablaze the house of her co-wife, Felicia Nwefuru, which took her life and the lives of her seven children.

She was also accused of burning her own house during the evil act as a camouflage. The state government, a plaintiff in the matter, contended that the accused person removed all her belongings and those of her children and then took them to a safe place outside the house before committing the act.

Delivering the judgment on the matter, the presiding judge, Justice Uwabunkonye Onwosi, declared that the plaintiff proved that the defendant was guilty of the murder charge preferred against her.

“Nwefuru Agnes is found guilty of murder and is hereby convicted. The term of her sentence is that she be hanged by neck until she is dead,” ruled the judge.

It would be recalled that in 2017, eight members of a family were burnt to death following a mysterious fire that engulfed their residential house around 3: am at Ogboji community, Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

Two persons survived the inferno; the husband, Mr. Sylvanus Nwefuru and Miss Ukamaka Nwefuru, one of Felicia’s daughters. The fire razed the two houses in the compound.

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One dead,19 rescued in Lagos boat mishap

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One dead,19 rescued in Lagos boat mishap

Muritala Ayinla

At least a passenger has lost his life while 19 passengers have been rescued in a boat mishap that occurred around Ebute-ojo terminal in Lagos on Monday.

It was learnt that the tragic incident occurred around 7:30pm when a fully loaded 20-capacity passengers boat going from Liverpool jetty to Ebute-ojo terminal capsized due to strong waves.

New Telegraph learnt that local community members rescued 19 passengers with one of them in critical condition who was rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead while the others were reunited with their families.

Confirming the incident, the General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr Damilola Emannuel, said that the Marine Police have since arrested the captain of the boat and ongoing investigations are being carried out by LASWA and other relevant emergency agencies.

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Police dismantle kidnappers’ camps, arrest suspect

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Police dismantle kidnappers’ camps, arrest suspect

The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory on Monday said it has dismantled kidnappers’ camps and arrested a suspect along Kwali-Kwaita axis of the territory.
The Deputy Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT, ASP Mariam Yusuf disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.
She said the camps were dismantled during Counter-Kidnapping Operations in the FCT, particularly those located along Kwali-Kwaita axis.
Yusuf said the operation, using overt/covert means dismantled the camps and dislodged the kidnappers prompting them to seek refuge.
“The fleeing kidnappers while scampering for safety entered the highway, shot at an oncoming vehicle and killed four persons along that axis.
“The swift intervention of police operatives led to the immediate arrest of one of the suspected kidnappers while efforts are on to apprehend his cohorts,” she said.
She said the command commiserates with the families of the deceased and pledged to provide maximum security in the territory to ensure hitch-free Yuletide, reports the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN).

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Hit-and-run driver kills nursing student in Anambra, colleagues protest

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Hit-and-run driver kills nursing student in Anambra, colleagues protest

A hit-and-run driver on Monday reportedly killed a second-year nursing student, Emmanuel Aniagudo, of Iyienu Mission hospital, Anambra State.
The incident, which occurred in Ogidi in the Idemili North Local Government Area of the state, promptly triggered protest amongst students of the school.
An eyewitness said: “Aniagudo was crossing a road near the hospital when he was knocked down by the speeding car.
“The driver sped off, leaving the deceased in the pool of blood in a gutter.”
The protesting students carried placards, barricading the major road and making a bonfire with used tyres.
Some of the placards read, “Enough of these killings”, “we need check-points”, there should be bumps inside the hospital premises and on the major road where our colleague was hit”, “hospital management should compensate the family.”
Reacting, the Hospital Administrator, Rev. Tochukwu Okwuchukwu, described the incident as unfortunate, assuring them of the immediate installation of speed breakers on the road leading to the school.
“I’ve appealed to the students to calm down and to leave the major road leading to the hospital compound to avoid miscreants cashing in on the situation to cause more havoc.
“We will build the speed breakers on the hospital roads as they demanded. In fact, we are starting off immediately,” the administrator stated.

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Ebonyi: Woman to die by hanging for burning co-wife, seven children  to ashes

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A state High Court sitting in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, on Monday  sentenced a woman, Mrs Agnes Nwefuru, to death by hanging for burning her co-wife and seven children to ashes.
In a suit no.HAW/13C/2017  Nwefuru was accused  of setting ablaze the house of her co-wife, Felicia Nwefuru, which took her life and the lives of her seven children.
She was also accused of burning  her own house during the evil act as a camouflage.
The state government which is  plaintiff  to the matter, contended that the accused removed all her belongings and that of her children and took them to a safe place outside the house before committing the
act.
Delivering the judgment on the matter, the presiding judge, Justice Uwabunkonye Onwosi, declared that the plaintiff proved that the defendant was guilty of the murder charge preferred against her.

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Serial rapist given 33 life sentences for attacks on 11 women, children

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Serial rapist given 33 life sentences for attacks on 11 women, children

Britain’s worst rapist Joseph McCann has been sentenced to life behind bars after carrying out a series of brutal sex attacks on 11 women and children.
McCann, 34, refused to show up to the Old Bailey on Monday afternoon to hear his sentencing by Mr Justice Edis because he claimed he had a ‘bad back’.
He also chose not to appear via video-link. During a two-week cocaine and vodka-fuelled rampage, the predator abducted and raped his victims, aged 11 to 71, at knife-point in London, Watford and the North West, reports.
McCann, who had addresses in Aylesbury and Harrow, was eventually caught up a tree after being chased by police officers who interrupted his attempt to rape two 14-year-old girls.
Mr Justice Edis branded McCann a ‘classic psychopath’, ‘a coward, violent bully and paedophile’, as he sentenced him to 33 life sentences with a minimum term of 30 years.
On Friday, a jury deliberated for five hours to find him guilty of 37 charges relating to 11 victims, including eight rapes, false imprisonment and kidnap.
McCann was also not present for his trial.
The convicted burglar and one of the UK’s first ASBO teens, had been freed by mistake just two months before he set out on his campaign of terror, between April 21 and May 5, this year.
McCann should have been recalled to prison indefinitely after he committed a burglary while on licence for a offence he committed in 2008, after threatening to stab a pensioner as he raided his home. Instead, he was handed a new fixed prison sentence and released automatically half way through, without Parole Board involvement, in February 2019.

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Ibadan zone EFCC convicts 171, freezes 1,044 accounts, impounds 14 houses of criminals

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Ibadan zone EFCC convicts 171, freezes 1,044 accounts, impounds 14 houses of criminals

In commemoration of the 2019 International Anti-corruption Day in the country, the Head of the Ibadan Zone of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Friday Ebelo, has reeled out the commission’s achievements since January 2019, declaring that it secured 171 convictions out of the 268 cases it had prosecuted.
While addressing journalists at the zonal office, Iyaganku, Ibadan, Monday, Ebelo also disclosed that 1,044 accounts were temporarily frozen during the year while 56 automobiles and 14 houses were impounded from suspects and convicted individuals.
In his words: “The zone received 691 petitions. 213 of these were returned unapproved as issues raised therein did not fall under the purview of our mandate. In the course of investigations, the zone arrested 878 persons. Out of the 268 prosecuted, 171 have been convicted. Our investigations also led to temporary freezing of 1,044 bank accounts, while 56 automobiles and 14 houses were impounded. We equally have several laptops android phones and many other electronic devices confiscated in compliance with court orders.”
According to Ebelo, the zone also recovered on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria huge sum of money in naira, amounting to N211,134,927.26.
Also recovered in foreign currencies, according to the commission were $136,289; €2000 and £765.
The anti-corruption boss then advised Nigerians to personalise the fight against corruption to make Nigeria a place worth living in.

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Lyon promises to restore hope among Bayelsa youth

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Lyon promises to restore hope among Bayelsa youth

*Donates N750,000 to chess championship winner

Bayelsa State Governor-elect,  David Lyon  on Monday said his administration will use sport to restore hope among the youth in the state.
The Governor-elect  was represented by Prince Ebitimi Amgbare at the presentation  N750,000 to  Miss Deborah Quickpen
Quickpen,  who is only seven years old, will represent Nigeria at the African Youth Chess Championship coming up in Namibia later this month.
According  to Hon. Lyon: “It is for this reason that our incoming administration intends to use sport as a veritable tool for development, with  the understanding that sport can serve as an impetus for social transformation and change as the state moves to the next of rapid socio-economic development.”
He noted that sport can also serve as a tool for crime prevention, conflict resolution and promote inclusive good governance,  with a view to creating a peaceful environment for meaningful development.
While appreciating the good gesture of the Governor-elect, recipient of his monetary gift, Miss Deborah Quickpen thanked the Governor-elect for coming to her aid to enable her represent Nigeria at the forthcoming African Youth Chess Championship in Namibia,  assuring that she will not disappoint the country at the continental competition.

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Alleged arrest: Northeners in Lagos now live in fear- Yerima

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Alleged arrest: Northeners in Lagos now live in fear- Yerima

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has accused the task force in Lagos of humiliating and harassing northerners in the state describing it as totally unacceptable.
In a statement issued on Monday, the AYCF led by its National President, Shetimma Yerima, accused the task force of going to residential areas at odd hours to harass and arrest northerners in the state.
While demanding an explanation from the Lagos State government, the group called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently intervene to forestall any likely consequence of extreme provocation.
Many of the residents affected are said to be owners of motorcycles, most of which are operated on commercial bases, but Yerima argues that Lagos never banned their operation. The laws of the state only restrict them to certain roads.
The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to an ongoing brigandage  in Lagos against innocent Northerners who are in Lagos to earn their living legitimately.
“We reliably gathered that, using a gestapo style the Lagos Task Force officials have been invading homes of Northerners in Lagos in ungodly hours of the night and carting away motorcycles while forcefully abducting the occupants and hauling them into detention.
“We dare say we have not seen this kind of Impunity against Northerners in recent years. It is even strange that this is coming from the Southwest, a region that expects the North to hand over the 2023 Presidency to its own. We have reason to now wonder if the Southwest truly expects the North to make it a successor in 2023.”

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‘How we caused Isheri-Olofin pipeline explosion in Lagos’

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‘How we caused Isheri-Olofin pipeline explosion in Lagos’

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27-year-old father of five, Smart Adeyemi, has told detectives attached to the Lagos State Police Command, how he and his partners in crime caused the rupture of a pipeline of the Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) at the Isheri-Olofin area of the metropolis, leading to Thursday explosion that killed three people.

 

 

According to the suspect, he came all the way from Balyesa State to participate in syphoning of fuel from the vandalised pipelines.

 

 

Adeyemi, who said that they were 10 men that embarked on the deadly mission, further confessed that his sole aim was to make quick money from the operation, so as to take care of his wife, who had just put to bed.

 

 

The suspect, who spoke with our correspondent at the weekend, said: “It was because I needed money to take care of my wife and new baby that I called Love my friend to assist me with some money. Love refused to assist me with the money, instead he asked me to come to Lagos and join him in oil bunkering business. I initially told him I wouldn’t be able to do it, but because of my wife, I had to go. I was desperate and I decided to join him. My role was to bring out gallons of fuel out of the creek and arrange them inside our operational bus. Love sent me N12, 000 for my fare to Lagos. He also gave me directions on how to move from Balyesa to Ikorodu in Lagos, where I met him in a creek. We later moved to Idimu area of Lagos State, where the bunkering took place. When we got to Idimu, we slept in a shantty, close to the pipeline. We started operation on Wednesday night.”

 

 

Adeyemi further narrated: “It was only four of the gang leaders that went to siphon the fuel, including Love. Four of us were told to stay back in order to load the gallons into the bus. We also put some of the fuel in sacks. It was when I was receiving a phone call from my wife that the explosion occurred. My escape from the scene was nothing short of a miracle. I don’t even know what happened to those siphoning the fuel with us. I didn’t know where I was running to; I started wandering about in the creek until some policemen arrested me. I would have escaped, but I didn’t know the terrain. I knew what I did was dangerous, but I had to do something to survive. I was formerly into timber business, but the income was poor, so I had to go into oil bunkering. The oil bunkering was actually supposed to be trial run, but the explosion ruined everything.”

 

 

Meanwhile, a Celestial Church of Christ Pastor, Prophet Clement Oni and three others were also arrested in connection with the explosion. Oni was said to be using his church as the storage house for stolen fuel. Police found gallons of fuel buried within the church premises of the prophet.

 

 

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, while confirming the arrest of the suspects, said they were apprehended by detectives from the state command. 

 

 

Elkana added: “Three of the suspects were arrested at Ijora area with 14 sacks of fuel, while the pastor was also arrested in his hideout. Some of the recovered gallons of fuel were discovered buried in his church. The suspects would be charged to court after completion of investigation. We’re still hunting others at large. They will soon be arrested.”

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