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Man who faked heart attack at 20 restaurants after eating to dodge bills finally arrested

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A 50-year-old man who is notorious for faking a heart attack after eating and drinking at restaurants to dodge paying bills managed to swindle no fewer than 20 eateries before luck eluded him recently.

The unnamed man would move from one restaurant to another to scam them, and the majority of his victims were reportedly in Spain’s Costa Blanca region.

Reports say after eating and drinking, when it is time to pay the bills, he would hold his chest and fall on the ground pretending to faint as a result of a heart attack. He succeeded in getting away with bills until a restaurant owner recently read between the lines and also found photos of him online, with other restaurant owners warning against his tricks.

The Lithuanian man was at El Buen Comer, a restaurant in Alicante, and bought some seafood paella and a few shots of whisky. After the staff of the restaurant brought him the bill for 34.85 euros ($37), he just got up and attempted to leave without paying first.

The waiter then accosted him and he said he was going to his hotel to bring the money, an excuse that was not convincing to the staff. He then started feigning the heart attack again, holding his chest firmly and fainting on the ground dramatically.

“It was very theatrical, he pretended to faint and slumped himself down on the floor. We have sent his photo around to all the restaurants to try and stop him from striking again,” the manager of El Buen Comer is quoted to have said.

When police officers were called to the restaurant, the scammer requested medical assistance. But unfortunately for him, the officers recognized him. He had been reportedly seen in Alicante in November of 2022 carrying out the same trick. He had spent a few days behind bars on some occasions when he was caught.

This time around, all the swindled restaurants are reportedly planning to take a class legal action against the man, which could land him in jail for two years.

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Police uncover fake sachet water company in Lagos

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The Lagos State Police Command has busted a fake sachet water-producing company at Oluwole Market in the Apapa area of the state.

The suspects were said to be fraudulently using another company’s brand name to sell their products.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, who disclosed this in a post on his X.com handle said the perpetrators also duplicated the NAFDAC number of the company.

Hundeyin noted that their activities were discovered after a tip-off by residents in the community.

He wrote, “Thank you, Lagosians, for giving us information and safeguarding the health of others.

“These suspects fraudulently used the brand name and NAFDAC number of another sachet water producing company to produce their sachet water inside Oluwole Market, Apapa.”

In the video attached to the post, one of the suspects caught on duty was seen conducting a team of policemen around the facility where they operated.

The suspect also showed them some of the bags of sachet water stored in the refrigerator, opening about three while the officers inspected.

A heap of other bags of sachet water was also seen stored in a separate room in the facility in the video. The suspect went further to operate the machine used in producing them on the instructions of the officers present.

Meanwhile, Hundeyin who spoke to newsmen on Monday about the discovery said the security operatives invaded the company on Friday, July 19.

According to him, only one worker was found in the building while the owner of the facility absconded.

“The facility was raided on July 9 and only was suspect was arrested in the process. The owner is now at large and efforts are ongoing to apprehend him. The suspect is in our custody and helping with investigations.”

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Police arrests prison escapee behind general’s murder in Kano

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The Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command have arrested one Hashiru Baku – the mastermind behind the murder of late Brigadier General Harold Udokwere.

Udokwere, who was the National Chairman, Retired Members of the Nigerian Armed Forces, was murdered by armed robbers who invaded his residence on June 22, 2024, and took away his gun.

The police arrested and paraded Ibrahim Rabiu, Nafiu Jamil, Aliyu Abdullahi and Mohammed Nuhu in connection with the crime on June 24, 2024.

Addressing journalists on Monday while parading arrested suspects, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bennett Igweh said Baku was arrested in Kano State while trying to run away from the country.

Igweh said the suspect was an escapee from the Kuje Correctional Centre.

He said, “I did show you the four killers, kidnappers, and robbers that went and killed Brigadier-General Uwe Harrod, retired. Today, I will show you the organiser of the killing and the robbery.

“As well as we have recovered the general’s gun that was with him. We have recovered the wristwatch of the general and the wife’s jewellery which they stole from the general’s house.

“The organiser is here and we have arrested him. He is the organiser. He was in prison and during the Kuje Correctional Centre attack, he escaped.”

The police boss added that “instead of him to repent, he continued with more audacity. We arrested him in Kano where he was trying to exit the country.

“We recovered these drugs in his residence. So, that’s what they take and they will continue to be high.”

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NDLEA intercepts 20kg of cannabis at Lagos airport

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has arrested one Abdulwahab Owolabi Alebiosu over possession of illicit drugs.

In a statement on Sunday, Femi Babafemi, NDLEA spokesperson, said the suspect was arrested on July 18 at his Lagos residence.

The NDLEA said 40 parcels of loud — a synthetic strain of cannabis — weighing 20.30kg and belonging to him, were found hidden in packs of chessboards, scrabbles, checkers, and poker set.

Reportedly brought in from Canada on a British Airways flight, the items were intercepted at the SAHCO import shed of the Lagos airport during a joint examination.

“A search of his home also led to the recovery of more exhibits including some drug paraphernalia, such as weighing scale, and cannabis potency test kit, while four vaping machines were recovered from his business premises on Admiralty Way, Lekki,” the statement reads.

“A Mikano black truck with registration number FST 657 HP was also recovered from his house.”

The agency added that it intercepted two jumbo bags containing cocaine.

“In the same vein, NDLEA operatives at the NAHCO export shed of the MMIA on Friday 19th July intercepted two jumbo bags going to Pakistan,” Babafemi added.

“The bags contained dried hibiscus leaves, dried bitter leaves and other food items, which were used to conceal four parcels of cocaine and 14 parcels of Loud, both weighing 1.360kg.

“Further investigations led to the arrest of a businesswoman, Eze Queen Ogechi who claimed she was sending the illicit consignment to Pakistan on the instruction of her brother, Eze Nnamdi Promise based in the South Asia country.

“Also at the Lagos airport, NDLEA operatives attached to Terminal II, Departure Gate of the MMIA, on Thursday 18th July intercepted a male Beninese passenger, Orobi Adoubi Amen, travelling with a bag containing some female native dresses.

“The suspect was going to Dubai via Accra, Ghana on an Air Peace Airline flight and a connecting flight to Dubai, UAE on Emirates Airline.

“A thorough search of the bag revealed eight parcels of Loud weighing 2.10kg were concealed in the ladies’ native wears.

“The suspect claimed he was given the consignment for a fee of N600,000 on successful delivery in Dubai.”

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