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EFCC arraigns self-styled PA to Oyo state Governor for internet fraud

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The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned one Babawale Daniel Olayinka before Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, on five count charges which borders on cybercrime.

An identity card recovered from the defendant at the point of arrest on February 11, 2022, introduced him as a “Personal Assistant to the Oyo State Governor on Media Matters.”

According to a statement issued and signed by Head of media and publicity of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, Olayinka was arrested alongside 25 others at Soka area of Ibadan.

The charge reads: “That you, Babawale Daniel Olayinka on 23rd of December, 2021, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, not being a Visa Card issuer nor an authorized agent of Visa Card sold four Visa Debit Cards on Tiger Company Group via Telegram to another person who is neither the issuer nor the authorized agent of the issuer of the said card and thereby commit an offence contrary to Section 35 of the Cybercrime, Prohibition, Prevention, etc., Act and punishable under the same Section.

“That you, Babawale Daniel Olayinka between the 11th of February and 21st March, 2022 at Ibadan, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did make false statements to Chinedu Eneanya and his team, who are Officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, about the Identity Card of the Oyo State Government found in your possession, contrary to Section 39 (2) (a) and punishable under Section 39 (2) (b) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Establishment Act, 2004.”

The defendant, however, pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charges filed against him by the EFCC.

Consequent, the prosecution counsel, Abdulrasheed Suleiman, asked the court for a trial date and remand the defendant in the Correctional Centre pending the determination of the case.

Counsel to the defendant, Mukhtar Aderogba and Nurullah Musa informed the court that application for the bail of their client had been filed and served on both the prosecution and the court. They asked that their client be admitted to bail.

Justice Agomoh, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500, 000.00 and two sureties in like sum.

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Troops raid Boko Haram’s camp, arrest suspects taking foodstuffs to insurgents

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Troops of the Nigerian Army have reportedly arrested some women near Maiduguri, the Borno capital, for delivering foodstuffs and petrol to insurgents.

Some of the suspects arrested by troops of 195 battalion of operation Hadin Kai were identified as Hadiza Ali, Kelo Abba, Mariam Aji, Kamsilum Ali, Ngubdo Modu and Abiso Lawan.

According to Zagazola Makama, a publication focused on counter-insurgency operations, an intelligence officer said “large quantities of logistics” meant for insurgents were discovered with the suspects.

“During search, different items including large quantities of fuel, mosquito nets, noodles, among others, were recovered,” the officer was quoted as saying.

“Upon systematic interrogation, the females confessed to being Boko Haram members operating within Muna Garage IDP camp, Mafa, and Dikwa, with their fighters’ camp at Boboshe and Gulumba riverline in Dikwa LGA.

“They revealed that the garri was packed in the gallons in order to beat checkpoints and also to help preserve it against rain, as the garri and other items are buried in the ground at their agreed exchange points, where their fighters collect them.

“They also admitted acquiring, for their fighters, kidnap targets based on valuation of individuals, based on sometimes number of cows owned or size of farms.

“They also informed troops that they were given money ranging from N50,000 to N20,000 for each trip, and went for about two to three trips a day, depending on the activities of soldiers.

“Following this information, troops immediately embarked on a follow-up operation to the Boko Haram camp and contact was made around Gaza where one Boko Haram member was neutralised.”

Five people were also said to have been rescued by the troops.

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Tricycle rider arrested for squandering N3.7 million at night club (Video)

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A man who rides tricycle (keke napep) for living has gotten himself into a hot mess after he reportedly squandered N3.7 million.

It was gathered that he was helping someone keep the money, but he decided to use it to make a loud statement at a nightclub.

A video circulating online shows him spraying bundles of money for fun-seekers at the club.

He continued the money-spraying while leaving the venue and by the end of the night, he had reportedly sprayed it all.

However, when the person who loaned him the money learnt of his reckless adventure, he confronted him and demanded repayment.

The keke driver was unable to pay back the cash he spent lavishly, o the owner of invited police to arrest him.

Footage shows him sitting on the floor and being interrogated after he was arrested by men of the Nigeria Police.

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EFCC arrests 47 internet fraudsters in Rivers, recovers six cars and Apple Wrists-watches

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it arrested 47 suspected internet fraudsters in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

The anti-graft agency announced the development in a statement on Monday.

According to the statement, the suspects were arrested on Thursday during an operation.

“Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested forty seven (47) suspected internet fraudsters (aka Yahoo Boys),” the statement reads.

“They were arrested in the early hours of Thursday, August 4, 2022 in a sting operation at various locations in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

“The suspects include: Onome Omavuebe Stansley, Progress Ikechukwu, Fejiro Oyawiri, Ifeanyi Louis, Joseph Monday, Ikegwuolu Wogbuom, Chimobi Henry, Victory Erebere, Chiwendu Lucky, Jasson Ovesuor, Miracle Harrison, Favour Prosper Iheancho, Emeji Gad Chinedu, Perculia Ikechukwu, Eze Gift, Chiemela Uzodinma, Chidebere Eze, Bright Umoh, Raphael Akuru, Prince Chris, Hillary Ifeanyi Nwosu, and Destiny Ogueri.

“Others are Terri Afori, Daniel Atuzie, Justice Nicholas, Victor Nnemeka, Temitope Ezekiel, Anthony Otuke, Nelson Matthew, Adolphus Iheanyi, Omosakin Akinwale, Royal Nicolas, Henry Anthony, Obi Ezekiel, Gift Kalu, Nichael Emmanuel, Chukwuemeka Emeluwe, ThankGod Emmanuel, Nicholas Chibueze, Azubueke Precious, Eze Promise, Diamond Emesin, Tejiro Napoleon, Temple Alalibo, David Christian, Idonesit Ekpo and Martin John Gospel.

“They were arrested based on an intelligence report on their alleged involvement in internet fraud.

“Six (6) cars, different brands of phones, laptop computers, still cameras and apple wrist watches were among items recovered from the suspects.”

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