The year 2017 was one year with a lot of criminal cases around the world. Nigeria is no different. Several criminal cases Nigeria witnessed were reported in the newspapers throughout the year. Though no statistics have been given for the year, the numbers for the previous year is alarming.
According to the National Bureau of statistics, in the year 2016, a total of 125,790 cases were reported to the police. The offences against property have the highest number of cases reported with 65,397.
Offence against persons recorded 45,554 cases reported while offence against lawful authority and local
acts recorded the least with 12,144 and 2,695 cases recorded respectively.
Lagos State had the highest percentage share of total cases reported with 36.08% and 45,385 cases recorded. FCT Abuja and Delta State followed with 10.48% and 13,181 and 6.25% and 7,867 cases recorded respectively. Katsina State had the lowest percentage share of total cases reported with 0.10% and 120 cases recorded. Abia and Zamfara States followed with 0.29% and 364 and 0.38% and 483 cases recorded respectively.
As we await the official statistics for 2017, here are 10 criminal cases Nigeria saw this year that really shook the country.
1. Evans the kidnapper
In May 2017, the Police announced that it has placed a bounty of N30 million on a kidnapping kingpin. Evans, real name, Chukwudubem Onwuamadike was arrested. The 36-year-old, who dropped out of school at Junior Secondary School 2, confessed to various crimes including collecting $1m ransom from the family of one of his victims. There was jubilation among the police when he was arrested. Evans and his accomplices are currently detained and are undergoing criminal trial.
2. Imo Zenith bank Robbery Wetheral road
A video clip of a robbery of a branch of Zenith Bank along Wetheral Road, Owerri, Imo State, hit the Internet on Thursday, June 8, 2017, three months after the attack. It was like a Hollywood movie. It was later found out that the incident happened on February 22, 2017.
Two policemen eventually died as a result of injuries sustained in the gun battle with the robbers in the video while one of the robbers was killed. The others were later arrested by the police.
3. Ozobulu Church killing
It was as if Satan himself visited the St Philip Catholic Church Ozubulu, Anambra State on Sunday, August 6, 2017, when a gunman killed eight worshippers and injured 18 others in an early morning attack on the Church located in Ekwusigo Local Government Area. It was later revealed that the brutal killing is connected to some drug-related gang wars that started from South Africa. it was also gathered that the gunmen may have been looking for the philanthropist who built the church as he is believed to be connected with the gangs in South Africa. No arrests have been reported on the case.
4. Killing of Jumia deliveryman
In March, news broke that a delivery man with an online marketing store, Jumia, Mr Chukwuma Eleje, has been killed in a house on Ada George Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Eleje was said to be delivering two iPhones to some customers, who had ordered for them through the Internet when he was attacked and killed. His assailants – Sodienye Mbatumukeke, Excel Naabe, and Joy Eluwa – who confessed to the crime after they were arrested dumped his remains in a septic tank in a desperate attempt to cover up the crime.
On Monday, April 11, 2017, Sodienye Mbatumukeke and Excel Naabe were arraigned before a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The presiding magistrate, Amadi-Nna had said that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter as a result of the gravity of the offence. The case was adjourned indefinitely and nothing has been heard about it in the news ever since.
5. Badoo the evasive killers
Starting in the last months of 2016, there were reports about gruesome killings of entire families in the Ikorodu axis of Lagos. In the early months of 2017, it was already established that there was a bloodthirsty cult group in the area called Badoo and that the vicious murders were carried out by members of the group. It was later concluded that the Badoo cult members were killing people for ritual purposes. Among the victims were a 62-year-old widow identified only as Mrs. Ogunleye, and her two children, Seun and Funlola; a couple, Mr. Lucky Ebhodaghe and Mrs. Margaret Ebhodaghe, and their son, Jonathan; a pregnant woman, Rukayat Olusanya, her husband Israel Olusanya, Wale Olusanya and six-year-old Semilore Olusanya; a woman, Beatrice Alaba, and her son, David, at Temu village, in the Agbowa area of the state. among others.
About six people were later arrested in connection with the killing of some of the victims while a few people, including a comedian, were wrongfully lynched to death in connection with the Badoo killings. The police say investigations are still going on on the killings.
6. Turkish school Kidnapping
On January 13, some gunmen invaded the Nigerian Turkish International School (NTIS), Isheri Ogun State, abducting five students and three teachers. The kidnappers demanded a N100 million as ransom to secure the release of the victims. However, after days of investigation, the students and teachers were released.
For people — Philip Kakadu, aka General Kakadu; Romeo Council, aka Raw; Bekewei Agbojule, aka “Prince Yellow” and Totki Okoda were eventually arrested in connection with the kidnapping. A sum of N1.2 million, believed to be part of the ransom they collected was also recovered from the suspected kidnappers.
Residents of Aragbang-Oboso Roundabout in Oboso community in Ogoja LGA, Cross River State were mystified in on Sunday, March 26, after two people died and about 44 people were hospitalised due to food poisoning in the area. the two dead were the owners of a restaurant and a palm wine drinking joint where someone had poisoned the whole food to be served.
The Police Command in the state arrested a 35-year-old man, Paul Nchui as the culprit behind the poisoning. No information about prosecution has been heard thereafter.
8. Igbonla School kidnapping
For 64 days, beginning from May 25, 2017, six students of Igbonla Model School, Epe, Lagos, where held hostage by kidnappers who demanded millions of Naira as ransom. After the payment of N37 million ransom, the six were released in Ajakpa community of Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State on July 28, 2017.
Several months later, on November 28, the militants who kidnapped the were reported to be among some youths who surrendered their arms to embrace the amnesty programme of the Ondo State Government.
In March, the remains of a notorious armed robber/serial killer who is blamed for killing more than 200 people since he began operation and was declared wanted in year 2013 was paraded. The 200 victims of Henry Chibueze, also known as Vampire include his girlfriend and eight of her family members. The police claimed he also confessed to the killing of a Malaysian expatriate and a member of the Imo State House of Assembly at Orji in 2015, including the kidnap and murdered of a traditional rulers’ wife from Mbaise whose corpse has not been found till date.
10 One million boys of Ibadan:
In December 2016, more than 300 hooligans known as ‘One million boys’ stormed the Kudeti community of Ibadan, Oyo State with weapons, including guns. They shot at youths in the area. They also attacked them with knives and cutlasses. A victim, Sikiru Muftau, also known as Alase, had the lower part of one of his hands severed completely and they made away with the part.
But the terror reign of the One million Boys was cut short early in January when many of the gang members including one Moshood Oladokun, aka Ekugbemi, believed to be the gang leader was arrested. He has paraded along with 166 other suspects by the Oyo State Police Command in February.
Welder on the run after allegedly raping SS2 student in Ile Ife
A welder identified as Korede Adewumi has reportedly fled his residence after he was accused of raping a 19-year-old teenager in Ile-Ife, Osun state.
The welder absconded after he was accused of raping an SS2 student while she was hawking ‘aadun’ around Olubuse area of Ile-Ife.
It was gathered that the rape victim started hawking to keep herself busy since schools are closed due to Coronavirus pandemic.
It was learnt that the welder allegedly pretended he wanted to buy her snacks and lured her to his house where he raped her while hawking on Friday, July 3.
According to report, Korede was allegedly sitting in the verandah of his house when he saw her and called her.
Korede reportedly went inside, pretending he was going to get her money, then, he came to his door and asked her to come get her money. As soon as she got to him, he allegedly pulled her hands and forcefully dragged her into his house where he allegedly raped her.
It was also reported that the landlord heard the girl’s screams but by the time he reached out to neighbours for help, Korede was allegedly done with the act.
The victim was taken to a nursing home where some tests were carried out. The case was then reported at Aagun Police station.
According to a report referring the victim to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital written by the Jesuloluwa nursing home and maternity, “the above-named patient came to my facility with the history of forced sexual intercourse. There is bleeding per vagina as confirmed by the clinician in-charge”.
Both the police and family members of Mr Adewumi said they do not know his whereabouts.
Police operatives have visited Korede Adewunmi’s home multiple times, but they haven’t found him. His aged mother also claims she hasn’t seen him.
The police have said they will not give up until they find him.
INTERPOL arrest three Nigerians for fraud, money laundering
The Nigeria Police Cybercrime Unit, INTERPOL National Central Bureau, Abuja, has arrested three suspects: Samson Inegbenesun, 30; Blessed Junior, 32; and Muhammed Zakari, 36; all from Uromi in Edo State, for cybercrime-related offences, including advance fee fraud, money laundering and romance scam.
The suspects were arrested in Uromi following investigations into suspected fraudulent online procurement and supply of COVID-19 protective masks, received through the INTERPOL NCB Wiesbaden, Germany.
According to police investigation, Inegbenosun is an internet fraudster and a member of a Turkey-based online scam syndicate.
The police said he supplied foreign and local bank accounts to receive fraudulent funds and used the same as a conduit to other feeder accounts.
“The police have recovered from him a building apartment worth N20m, a Toyota RAV-4 2015 model worth N6.5m and a Toyota Matrix 2002 model valued at N2m, which he procured with the proceeds of the crime,” the Force spokesman explained in a statement.
The second suspect, Junior, was said to have returned to Nigeria from Italy in February 2020 but maintained contact with his Italian associates.
Police investigations revealed that he had made over N120m from Internet fraud and other cybercrime dealings.
He was found to have also received the sum of €52,000 recently from his criminal associates in Italy, as commission for his alleged involvement in an international cybercrime deal.
He allegedly owned a filling station established with the proceeds of the crime.
The police disclosed that Zakari, an expert in internet fraud, identity theft and impersonation, falsely claimed to be a British citizen and also posed as Kelly Galk on online dating apps, which he used in carrying out romance scams and defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.
“Investigation reveals he has made millions of naira from his illicit cybercrime transactions since he joined the syndicate. All the suspects will be prosecuted in line with the Cybercrime Prevention/Prohibition Act, 2015,” Mba stated.
Interpol arrests three Nigerians in Edo over suspected Covid-19 protective mask fraud
Operatives of the Nigeria Police Cybercrime Unit, INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Abuja have arrested three suspects.
The suspects are Samson Inegbenesun, Blessed Junior and Muhammed Zakari, all male and in their 30s.
According to a statement by the police spokesman, DCP Frank Mba on Sunday, July 12, the suspects were arrested for cyber-related offences including advance fee fraud, money laundering and romance scam.
He said the suspects were arrested in Uromi, their hometown in Edo state following investigations into suspected fraudulent online procurement and supply of COVID-19 protective mask, received through the INTERPOL NCB Wiesbaden, Germany.
“Investigations reveal that Samson Inegbenosun is an internet fraudster and a member of a Turkey-based online scamming syndicate. “He supplies foreign and local bank accounts to receive fraudulent funds and use the same as a conduit to other feeder accounts,” the statement revealed.
Mba said the police recovered a building apartment worth N20million from him, a Toyota RAV-4 2015 model worth N6.6million, and a Toyota Matrix 2002 model valued at N2million.
He said the second suspect, Blessed Junior, returned to Nigeria from Italy in February 2020 but maintains close contacts and illicit dealings with his Italian associates. “Investigations reveal that he has made over N120million from internet fraud and other cybercrime dealings.
“He also received the sum of 52,000 EUROs recently from his criminal associates in Italy as commission for his active involvement in an international cybercrime deal. “He also owns a filling station established with the proceeds of the crime,” DCP Mba said.
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