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Abducted Army Captain, two others regain freedom

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An army officer, Captain D. Gana, and two others who were abducted two days ago by some unknown gunmen in Ondo State have been released on Thursday morning.

The military man and other travellers were kidnapped along Auga Akoko- Kabba expressway, in the Akoko North-East Local Government Area of the state on their way from Abuja and dragged into the bush to an unknown destination.

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Shortly after, the hoodlums were said to have contacted the families of the victims, demanding a sum of N5million each before they could be released.

However, it was gathered that they ( the victims) were rescued by a team of security men who combed the forest but no arrest was made.

The spokesman of the Nigerian Army 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure, Captain Ayorinde Omojokun, who confirmed the development said the team of security men went into the bush and made the rescue of the officer and two other victims.

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He noted that there was no ransom paid before the victims were rescued.

He said:

“Our men went into the bush in the night to rescue the people, the officer was rescued and two other victims met there were also rescued.”

It was also gathered that the kidnappers escaped from the den during the operation.

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Welder on the run after allegedly raping SS2 student in Ile Ife

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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INTERPOL arrest three Nigerians for fraud, money laundering

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Interpol arrests three Nigerians in Edo over suspected Covid-19 protective mask fraud

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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.

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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.

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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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