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  1. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, 20 March, 2018, arraigned Leeroy Egebe, (alias Amedeo Dante William, Alhassan Davide) before Justice E. A. Obile of the Federal High Court, sitting in Warri, Delta State on an 8-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of $18,023.96 (Eigteen Thousand, Twenty- Three Hundred Dollars, Ninety- Six Cent. Egebe’s troubles began when one Vivian Varotto-Guigoz, a citizen of Switzerland, petitoned the EFCC alleging that she met one Amedeo William Dante (the defendant) who claimed to be an Italian living in the United Kingdom on a social dating site called “Badoo”. They became lovers, exchanging emotions and later cash. She alleged that on several occasions, between 12 May and 14 October, 2015, she wired a total sum of CHF 196,701,44 and EUR 15, 957.43 to different individuals in the United Kingdom, Canada and Nigeria at the request of Dante, for sundry reasons which she later discovered to be fraudulent. The payments were allegedly made in five installments: two into British accounts belonging to Amedeo William Dante and Dittimi Tamara-Finide while three were made into Nigerian accounts belonging to Alhassan Davide and Edin Obaro. The petitioner also alleged that the defendant was reaching her through some English, Canadian and Nigerian telephone numbers. The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to him. In view of his pleas, the prosecution counsel, M. T. Iko asked the court to fix a date for the commencement of trial. However, counsel to the defendant, K. D Alufe, made an 0ral application for bail for his client. He argued that the alleged offences were bailable and that the defendant did not jump an earlier administrative bail by the prosecution.. In his ruling, Justice Obile granted the defendant bail in the sum of N3, 000,000.00 (Three Million Naira), one surety in like sum. The surety must be a public servant in the service of Federal or Delta state government on grade level 12 and above. The defendant and the surety must depose to an affidavit of means amog other conditions. The matter was adjourned to 10 May, 2018 for trial, while the defendant was remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of his bail conditions.
  2. Troops of Mobile Strike Team II deployed in Kaduna arrested a notorious gun runner and recovered 2 AK 47 assault rifles with 38 rounds of 7.62mm special while on clearance operation at suspected armed bandits hideout in Rigachikun general area of Kaduna State on 19 March 2018. Due to criminal activities taking place at the Rigachikun forest and environ the Army placed high surveillance in the general area to deny criminal freedom of operation. The success recorded so far is a proactive measures taking by the Army to dominate the general area and fish out criminals that are carrying out kidnapping, armed robbery and cattle rustling.
  3. Nigeria secret police, the Department of State Services (DSS) has announced the arrest of one Jonah Abbey aka Jonah IDI which it described as a notorious gunrunner alongside his driver, Agyo Saviour aka Dan-Wase. . DSSS, in a statement released on Sunday, said ABBEY has been on its wanted list for the last 10 years over arms and ammunition trade before his arrest on March 13, 2018 in Wukari town in Wukari LGA, Taraba State. . The Service said the gunrunner have been supplying weapons to criminal groups in Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Rivers, Imo, Anambra, Plateau, Nasarawa, and Benue/Taraba axis, including the notorious criminal syndicate led by Terwase AKWAZA aka Ghana in Benue State. DSS added that recent intelligence indicated that Abbey moved arms and ammunition from Konduga in Borno State into Taraba State through his driver, SAVIOUR.. “It may be noted that subject has entrenched his criminal activities in different parts of the country. Indications are that he sources arms from the Republic of Cameroon and parts of the North-East of Nigeria,” DSS said.
  4. Two Men Arrested After Stealing From God The Police Command in Cross River has paraded two male suspected armed robbers for stealing a 500 KVA generator and a Yamaha keyboard from a Pentecostal Church in Calabar. Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, the Commissioner of Police in the state, explained that they broke into the church on Feb. 22 at 165 Parliamentary Road in Calabar to steal the items. Inuwa alleged that the suspects, Francis Boniface and Godwin Effiong also stole other valuables from the church.
  5. Nigerian Suspect Finally Arrested In Ghana

    Delta State big boy wanted for robbery in Ghana, arrested The Ghanaian police arrested Kesiena Blessing Kagi, alias KessBillions, 21, at his hideout at Community 20 in Tema on Friday, March 9, 2018. KessBillions, as he was popularly known among his fellow criminals, was on the police wanted list for the robbery of a forex bureau at Teshie on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. KessBillions was also said to have led a gang of robbers to attack a company at Community Nine Light Industrial Area, Tema. The IGP said other suspects in the forex bureaux robbery gang — Prince Wanganga, Gift Wanganga, alias Festus; John Ani, Prince Yfuah, and Okoro Amulley — had been arrested earlier. He said KessBillions and the other five suspects were all Nigerians. He said a check on KessBillions’s passport, number A07598838, revealed that he was a native of Warri. KessBillions frequently comes to Ghana, with his last being on January 19, 2018, with a 90-day stay permit.
  6. A suspected rapist was arrested by security operatives on Friday, March 9th, while trying to R@pe a schoolgirl. The suspect was immediately descended upon as he was mobbed and beaten mercilessly by the people around before the police intervened. The incident happened in Lundi, Masvingo area of Zimbabwe. One of the passersby who were present during the arrest – was spotted enjoying the ‘view’ of the suspect’s joystick before he was taken away by the police.
  7. A singer, Barbie Jay and his lover were arrested after they were caught having Sex in the middle of the night by police officers. According to reports, the police operatives spotted the pair having $ex after seeing the movement of the vehicle which there were in. They were both arrested and taken in custody. The incident reportedly happened yesterday night in Uganda. According to reports, the singer who is married – just welcomed a new baby with his wife last week. Online users have reacted to this – with many saying the police were wrong in arresting the man and his lover because they are both adults and can do whatever they like..
  8. Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) yesterday arrested a Chinese, Mr. Li Chaomin, in connection with pangolin scales with a duty paid value (DPV) of N1.73 billion. The banned items, which were packed in 329 sacks, were impounded at Opebi area of Ikeja in Lagos. However, Chaomin said that he got approval from the Chinese government to export the banned goods from Nigeria. According to him, after several efforts to obtain permission from the Ministry of Environment to export the animal scales failed, he contacted his country. Speaking with journalists, the Chinese said he had been trading in Nigeria since 2015 on China candles, power bank and lighters. He said: “Some business people approached me a few months ago that China market needed pangolin which they used in producing medicines. “When I went to China, I found that the Chinese use it to produce medicines to cure various diseases. “I applied for permit in Nigeria but I was not able to get the permit… All the documents are in my email address. “I bought the pangolin plates and put them in my warehouse because I thought I was operating with legal documents.’’ According to Chaomin, he usually goes to Cameroon to get the pangolin plates for export. This latest seizure was the second within a month. Last month over 55 sacks of the same pangolin and 218 pieces of elephant tusks were handed over to the Nigeria Environmental Standards and Regulatory Enforcement Agency (NESREA). It was learned that the NCS’ Warehouse Operations Team (WOT) led by Assistant Comptroller, Mutalib Sule, acting on intelligence, searched an apartment at No. 64, Opebi Road, off Toyin Street, Ikeja in Lagos and evacuated the banned items. According to the Controller of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Ikeja, Comptroller Mohammed Uba, the act is against the international convention law which prevents some species of animals from going extinct through human activity. He noted that the seizure was in line with the provisions of Section 147 of Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap 45, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004. Uba noted that the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES 1973), entails that Customs Administration all over the world must protect wildlife by intercepting illegal trade on such animals.
  9. A middle-aged woman identified as Mrs Funke Ojo was found dead inside a well at the premises of a Cherubim and Seraphim church located at Ayedun Quarters in Akure, Ondo State, on Sunday. Residents said no one could say what led to the incident. A source who spoke to Punch on condition of anonymity narrated that the deceased left her mother’s house for a programme in the church, but no one was aware of her arrival at the church or when she allegedly plunged into the well. The source said, “On Saturday night, she complained to her mother that she had a slight malaria fever. She later told her mother that she wanted to go to the church. The mother asked her to take a rest, but she insisted on going to the church. “Nobody knows how she got into the well. It was someone who wanted to draw water from the well this morning (Sunday) that saw her body inside the well and raised the alarm.” It was gathered that some youths in the area evacuated the corpse from the well and took her away for burial. Following the incident, the pastor of the church, Segun Oriade, was said to have been arrested by police for interrogation. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident but said the Command was yet to know why and how the incident happened. He confirmed the arrest of the pastor of the church, saying, “he will be helping us in our investigation.” He said, “It happened early this morning (Sunday), the deceased was sick and her mother took her to the church for prayer and later she (the deceased) went home and came back to the church late in the evening of Saturday. “But they found her body inside the well on Sunday morning. Nobody can say anything about it for now, but we have commenced an investigation into the matter.”
  10. The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Edo State command have confirmed the arrest of a self-confessed Boko Haram suspect. According to the Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Makinde Ayinla, the suspect who gave his name as Sani was arrested in the early hours of Saturday. Ayinla said "Our men deployed to guard the premises of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), arrested suspect after he was spotted twice loitering between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. "Nobody knew how he gained entry into the premises." Ayinla further said that upon interrogation, Sani claimed to be a member of the Boko Haram group. He also confessed to being in a group that specialises in robbery, kidnapping, murder and selling of human parts. The commandant said that Sani confessed that his group operate with sophisticated weapons adding that when asked if Sani can lead men of the corps to his group's hideout, he said: " only God can lead any person there." Ayinla, however, said the suspect has been handed over to the State Command of the Department of State Services, DSS.
  11. The Oyo State Police Command on February 8th paraded four suspects, who were nabbed with human parts in the Ayegun area of Ibadan. The suspects include an Islamic cleric, (Alfa) Sulaiman Hamed, 35, Tope Akinyele, 45, who claimed to be the pastor of a church in Ojagbo, in the Oranyan area of Ibadan and two other accomplices, Olapade Saheed, 32, and Olatunji Abiodun, 26. While briefing newsmen at the Command headquarters, the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, stated that the Alfa, participated in the Fidau prayers for a dead man but later paid Saheed and Abiodun N2,500, to exhume the corpse because he needed the body parts for making money charm for his clients. Saheed and Abiodun were later caught with the deceased's head and other body parts, leading to the arrest of Hamed and Akinyele. Saheed admitted that the Alfa paid them N1,500 to do the job and that he took them to the grave of the deceased.
  12. A man identified as Seun Ajayi Hicks has been arrested by Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives for allegedly stealing mobile phone in a church. The man who claimed to be a first timer at the church in Lagos allegedly stole a member’s Samsung Grand Prime phone on Sunday 4th December 2017 and ran away. According to reports, the suspect removed the owner’s sim on the evening of the same day and inserted his own as his number was immediately transmitted to the phone’s back up. The suspect was arrested this morning after weeks of a manhunt.
  13. A man identified as Mbiti Munyao in Kangundo constituency, Machakos area of Kenya was arrested for allegedly raping two goats to death. According to the area assistant Chief Mary Mulwa, Munyao was seen pulling the two goats from a bush where the animals had been tied on Saturday, January 13. The two goats were said to have taken their last breath after Munyao was done with them. The accused spent a night in police custody before he was charged and bailed for sh100, 000( N349,515.00) after he pleaded not guilty to the accusation. He was charged with an unnatural offense and unlawful killing of goats. The images of the two dead goats and the man in the police station have sparked outrage among Kenyans with most of them condemning the inhumane act.
  14. The suspected bomb markers who arrested by police operatives in Edo State have been paraded. This comes after a suspected bomb factory was uncovered in Iddo, Okpella, in Estako East local government area of Edo State after an explosion in the area. One of the suspected bomb makers was killed in the explosion while another person’s leg was also chopped off by the blast, the Nation reports. The building where the suspected bombs were manufactured is a three- bedroom apartment which the villagers said was occupied by some men from Kogi State. Eyewitnesses said they ran for safety when they heard the explosion on Monday evening. One of the occupants, who reportedly escaped with a car loaded with prepared explosives, arms and ammunition, abandoned the vehicle along a bush path and fled.
  15. The Imo State Police Command has arrested a six-woman-child-trafficking gang who specialize in stealing children from churches and selling to prospective clients. Suspects arrested include Ijeoma Eboka, Irene Ogbuehi, Chinyere Mark, Perpetua Dike, Lilian Asoluka, Grace Ogueri and Edith Ejiaga, as it was gathered that leader of the gang, 32-year-old Nnenna Njoku uses her 10-year-old daughter, Chinecherem Onyejiaka, to lure children out of churches and homes. Speaking to Punch correspondent, the State’s Police PRO, Andrew Enwerem, said the number of children missing in the prime suspect’s area of operation was nine. “The prime suspect confessed to stealing three children. The other suspects were arrested and they made confessional statements, which led to the recovery of three children – Ezinne Nwosu (4), Chimjindum Felix (3),and Rejoice Ezirim (3). It is worthy of note that one Chimaobi Duru (4), was earlier recovered from the prime suspect, Nnenna Njoku.” The leader of the gang, Nnenna Njoku who confessed to being a divorcee and mother of five children, revealed that she made N380,000 from the sale of the three children to Eboka, an indigene of Delta state, who she met at different meeting points in Anambra State, who sold them to waiting buyers. The second buyer, Ogbueri (45) from Orlu in Imo State,confessed that she bought two children from Eboka for N600,000 each, while she sold them at N750,000 to Dike (60), and another buyer who was at large.
  16. A top Nigerian scammer known in the black community as “Starboy” was arrested yesterday along with five friends all from the west African country. Antonio Joscarlos, along with a Thai woman called Sukanya, had used a fake Facebook profile to con middle aged Thai men looking for love. They used a picture of a beautiful female US soldier and pretended to be her – they were chatting to 38 men at the time of their arrest at JP Smart Condominium in Pak Kret. Victims were persuaded in the “romance scam” to send money to their accounts. Taken into evidence were a computer notebook, ten phones, bankbooks, cash and other valuables. Also arrested yesterday were five friends of “Starboy” – all Nigerians – running investment scams tricking Thai couples. Three million baht in funds was found as part of this subsequent investigation. The crime led to connections in Senegal. Leading the crackdown ordered by prime minister Prayut Chan-ocha and deputy Prawit Wongsuwan is acting tourism police chief Surachet Hakpan who said that romance scams and bogus investment schemes were causing a lot of trouble for the country. The former relied on those looking for love while the latter relied on people’s greed. All those arrested have been initially detained on fraud and false pretenses charges though Daily News reported that false imprisonment and assault may be added to the rap sheet for some of them. The crackdown is targeting mostly those in the African community using tourism as a cover for illegal activities.

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