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26-year-old man rapes neighbour’s teenage daughter in Lagos

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The Lagos Police Command have arrested a 26-year-old man Benjamin Omade for alleged abduction and defilement of a teenage girl.

The victim (names withheld) was said to be the daughter of his next-door neighbour at Bariga.

It was gathered that Omade allegedly eloped with the underage girl since May 17 with no one knowing their whereabouts.

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He was said to have taken her to 61, Odunsi Street, Bariga where the police tracked him to and arrested him on Sunday evening.

Confirming the incident, police spokesman Bala Elkana said detectives tracked the suspect to the location after the girl’s mother reported her abduction.

He said the woman told the police she strongly believed Omade was responsible for her sudden disappearance.

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Elkana said the teenager was rescued from the location, adding that the suspect confessed to the crime.

Elkana said the case was under investigation

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Cleric arraigned for N5m fraud in Osun

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An Islamic cleric, Sheu Adewoye, on Wednesday, appeared before an Osun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo for fraudulently obtaining the sum of N5m from a bricklayer.

Fifty-five-year-old Adewoye was arraigned on two counts of fraud and stealing.

The prosecutor, Taiwo Adegoke, said the defendant obtained the sum from the victim between December 2018 and April 2020 in Ido-Osun.

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Adegoke said the defendant obtained the sum from one Raheem Ajadi, with a promise to assist him secure building construction contracts in Abuja through one Justice Adeleke.

He said the claim of the defendant later turned out to be false, adding that the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 419 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol. II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.

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Adewoye pleaded not guilty to the two counts pressed against him by the police.

His counsel, Mr John Jones, applied for bail on his behalf with an assurance that the defendant would provide reliable sureties.

Ruling on the application, the presiding magistrate, Mr Opeyemi Badmus, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N1m and two sureties in like sum.

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The magistrate adjourned the matter till August 20, 2020, for hearing.

 

 

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Chinese men in trouble for offering N50m bribe to EFCC official

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The Sokoto Zonal Head of Operations of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Abdullahi Lawal, on Wednesday told a Sokoto State High Court that two Chinese men offered him a bribe.

The Chinese men, Meng Wei Kun and Xu Kuai had offered him a bribe of Fifty Million Naira (N50,000.000.00) on behalf of a construction company China Zhonghao Nig. Ltd.

The company is being investigated over contracts it was awarded by the Zamfara State Government, in the sum of over Sixty Billion Naira (N60, 000,000,000.00) between 2012 and 2019. The bribe was allegedly offered to compromise an ongoing investigation by the EFCC.

Lawal told the court presided over by before Justice Muhammad Sa’idu Sifawa, while being led in evidence by the EFCC’ s counsel, S. H Sa’ad, that the defendants actually offered him the bribe. Zhonghao Nig. Ltd is being investigated in a case of conspiracy, embezzlement, money laundering, contract splitting and inflation of contracts.

At the resumed hearing of the matter on Wednesday, the EFCC presented its 2nd prosecution witness, Abdullahi Lawal, who told the court that, “on May 8, 2020, it was a Friday, while I was in my office at No. 7 Super Quarters, off Sama Road, Sokoto, the 1st defendant, Mr Meng Wei Kum called me and informed me that he was in Sokoto for the purpose of arranging N100 million for me, and everything will be ready by Monday, being May 11, 2020. Instantly, I called the EFCC Ag. Executive Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu and told him about what was happening, and that I will arrest the 1st defendant at the time of delivering the money. He gave me the approval”

“On Monday, at about 3pm, the 1st defendant called and informed me that the money was ready and that he was only able to raise N50million due to the lockdown and that a balance of N50million will be given at a later date. I said okay, no problem. He now informed me that I should come for the money in the night, at their office near Sokoto State University, along airport road, Kasarawa Village. I said I didn’t know the office. The 1st defendant said he will wait for me at Sokoto State University gate. Immediately after the discussion, I arranged a group of operatives and kept them on standby”.

“Around 9pm, he sent me a text message that they were already there. In order to test how serious he was, I sent him a text message that he should leave it until tomorrow. He replied that I should come that the money was with them in cash and they didn’t want the money to sleep with them overnight for security reason. He said that they were already at the University gate. I said okay, I will get back to them. I called the officers that I arranged for the operation to come and meet me. They came in two vehicles and met me along airport Road. I told them I will first go, and after 15-20 minutes, they should come and meet me at their office where the money will be given”.

“Upon our arrival at the office premises, Mr Meng (the 1st defendant) asked me to pack behind a truck that was at the front of a building. Meng said the truck was packed so that the people in the other building would not sight what was happening. He brought out keys and open the door and three of us, including the 2nd defendant entered into a parlour and I was given a seat and we all sat down and i was even offered water”.

“Mr Meng welcomed me and introduced Mr. Xu Kuai, the 2nd defendant and asked me when they were going to get a clearance? I asked him which clearance? He replied a clearance certificate showing that they had been cleared by the EFCC. I told him you haven’t finished the job and you were asking of a clearance. He said they will do the job. He now said I should come and see the money”.

“As we entered, I saw cartons of Sona bottled water filled with cash in Naira. The 1st defendant said, “Alhaji this is your money” I asked how much, “He said its N50million” I said bring it out and I observed that there are seven cartons. They brought it out to the parlour and in order to gain time for the arrival of my men, I said the money should be counted to confirm it. I told them to bring out all the money and count it out. The money was counted, it was N50million and then, we returned it inside the cartons and celotaped and sealed by the 2nd defendant. They also offered to move the cartons into my car.”

“I agreed but seeing that my men had not still arrived, I decided to sit them down and discuss something. I asked them when they would give me the balance, how long will it take? Mr Meng said very soon but after the lockdown because there are shortages of cash. He again asked about the clearance. I told him to arrange for the balance first.

At that stage, we heard a knock on the door. The 1st defendant rushed to the door and I followed him and asked who was knocking the door. Mr Meng tried to lock the door, but I pushed him and opened the door. My men came in and arrested the two of them and searched all the rooms and the premises and counted the money under video coverage. During the search, three laptops and documents were recovered . Everything was documented. We now went with the two defendants, N50million and the other items recovered during the search and also a black jeep”

“The N50 million was packed in two denominations of N500 Naira note of N10 million and N1000 naira note of N40 million arranged in seven cartoons of Sona table.”

They were identified and tendered by the prosecution through Lawal (PW2). The proceedings were not opposed by the defence counsel, A. T Hassan.

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The money was tendered and admitted as exhibits by the court.

Justice Sifawa adjourned the case to August, 10, 11 and 12, 2020 for the continuation of trial and that the money be kept in the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sokoto for safekeeping.

 

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Twitter accounts of Apple, Musk, Gates hacked in bitcoin scam, over $10m reportedly stolen

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The official Twitter accounts of Apple, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and others were hijacked by scammers trying to dupe people into sending cryptocurrency bitcoin in the hope of doubling their money.

Twitter posts, which have been deleted, were fired off from an array of high-profile accounts on Wednesday telling people they had 30 minutes to send $1,000 in bitcoin in order to be sent back twice as much.

“This is a SCAM, DO NOT participate!” Gemini cryptocurrency exchange co-founder Cameron Winklevoss warned in a tweet from his official account at Twitter.

“This is the same attack/takeover that other major crypto twitter accounts are experiencing. Be vigilant!”


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Comments and posts at Twitter indicated thousands of dollars in bitcoin may have been sent to the scammers’ digital account.

Twitter said in an email that it was looking into the matter and would issue a statement shortly.

“We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter. We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly,” Twitter said.

Twitter is diagnosing the hacking problem and will share findings “when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened,” CEO Jack Dorsey said.

Scammers grab over $110,000 worth of cryptocurrency

Several accounts of cryptocurrency-focused organisations were also hijacked.

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Biden’s campaign was “in touch” with Twitter, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The person said the company had locked down the Democrat’s account “immediately following the breach and removed the related tweet.”

Tesla and other affected companies were not immediately available for comment.

Publicly available blockchain records show that the apparent scammers have already received more than $110,000 worth of cryptocurrency.

“It is an unprecedented attack,” Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul, a social media analyst, told TRT World.

Greg Evans of National Cyber Security Ventures told TRT World that the Twitter hacking of high-profile celebrities could be an inside job.

‘Worst hack’

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The cause of the breach was not immediately clear, but the unusual scope of the problem suggested that it was not limited to a single account or service.

While account compromises are not unusual, experts were surprised at the sheer scale and coordination of the Wednesday’s incident.

“This appears to be the worst hack of a major social media platform yet,” said Dmitri Alperovitch, who co-founded cybersecurity company CrowdStrike.

Alperovitch, who now chairs the Silverado Policy Accelerator, said that, in a way, the public had dodged a bullet so far.

“We are lucky that given the power of sending out tweets from the accounts of many famous people, the only thing that the hackers have done is scammed about $110,000 in bitcoins from about 300 people,” he said.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies

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