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EFCC arrests 18 suspected fraudsters in Lagos [Fll List]

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] has arrested 18 suspected internet fraudsters in Lagos.

The suspects are

  1. Abass Mukhtar,
  2. Enitan Adekunle,
  3. Olakunle Araoyinbo,
  4. Korede Adetule,
  5. Christmas Gabriel,
  6. Christmas Yole,
  7. Christmas Emmanuel
  8. Harrison Obayogbono,
  9. Victor Kenneth,
  10. Adewale Musibau,
  11. Oluwajuwon Shofuyi,
  12. Idris Abdulazeez,
  13. Oyeku Adeoye,
  14. Omilana Adeleke,
  15. Okeke Chucks,
  16. Peters Olamide,
  17. Abayomi Jones and
  18. Usman Olalekan.
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The suspects were arrested at three different locations in the Alagbado area of the state, following intelligence reports received by the Commission from concerned members of the public about their alleged involvement in the criminal activities.

During the raid, about five of the suspects attempted to escape arrest by taking refuge inside the ceiling of their apartments. They were, however, immediately apprehended by operatives of the EFCC.

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Items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest include charms, phones, laptops and five cars-Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry 2004 model, Toyota Camry 2007 model, Toyota Camry 1999 model and Honda Pilot.

The suspects will soon be charged to court, the commission said.

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Gunmen attack Ekiti community, kidnap three persons

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Unknown gunmen on Friday evening attacked Isinbode Ekiti in the Ekiti East Local Government Area of Ekiti State and whisked away three persons.

Sources said that the gunmen, who numbered about 10 attacked a sawmill located along Isinbode – Ode Road and dispossessed the workers of their personal belongings before abducting two persons at the scene.

One of the sources said that the gunmen after leaving the sawmill also attacked a Hilux van along the road with gunshots and in the process also took away one of the occupants of the vehicle believed to be a government official.

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The source said;

“The hoodlums stormed a sawmill in the area where they dispossessed traders and workers of their money and valuables while two persons, a man, and a woman were abducted.

“While the criminals were fleeing the community, a Hilux van conveying a senior officer of a government agency was attacked.

“The driver of the Hilux was hit by bullets forcing him to wait on the highway. In the process, they took away one person believed to be a top government functionary from the vehicle.”

The Ekiti State Police Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the incident, said that one of the victims had escaped from the abductors, thus leaving two persons with the abductors including a senior civil servant.

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Abutu, who said that the police were on the trail of the criminals, said that the captives would be freed unhurt.

The police spokesperson said that the shot driver of the attacked Hilux van was at present receiving medical treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

 

 

 

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Amotekun arrests Chinese nationals for illegal mining

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Not less than three Chinese nationals, suspected to be illegal miners in Osun have been apprehended by the Western Nigeria Security Network, code-named: ‘Amotekun Corps.’

20 locals were also arrested by the Corps during a sting operation led by its Director-General, Amitolu Shittu, who stormed Ido-oko, an agrarian community in the Ilesa axis.

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It was also gathered that the sting operation was a follow-up on an intelligence report, which indicated that illegal mining activities were being carried out within the community.

Those Nigerians rounded up at the site include 16 northerners and four southerners, as a serving senator in the state, Francis Fadahaunsi was allegedly fingered in the sabotage, through an Abuja-based businessman, popularly known as Eng. Paul.

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The Amotekun boss later handed over the three Chinese Nationals to Commissioner of Police, Undie Adie, late Thursday night.

Newsmen learned that the Chinese Nationals were later moved to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) in the Command.

Meanwhile, as at the time of filing this report, the Chinese Nationals were yet to produce their working permit and other documents requested by the Police.

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Speaking with the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Yemisi Opalola, she said the case has been forwarded to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), adding that investigation has earnestly commenced.

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Police killed five suspects, shot three others in my presence, alleges man arrested over Offa robbery

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A suspected armed robber, Salawudeen Azeez, on Friday narrated how policemen allegedly shot dead six suspects in his presence to coerce him into admitting he participated in the 5 April 2018 robbery incident in Kwara State.

Azeez also told the State High Court in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara state, that the police shot three others in the legs ad threatened similar fate awaited him if he did not role in the robbery incident that left 18 people, including policemen, dead.

He dismissed his confessional statement has extracted from him under duress and with threats to his life while under interrogation.

All the accused persons, Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salahudeen Azeez and Niyi Ogundiran, were present in court.

Azeez, the fourth defendant, had said earlier during cross-examination in the trial within trial:

“That same day, Inspector Hassan directed Officer Vincent to go and bring five people from somewhere. They asked me to watch what they would do to the five persons and that they would do the same to me if I didn’t cooperate with them.

“They killed the five persons in my presence. They also shot Akinnibosun, Adeola and Ogunleye in the legs in my presence. They threatened to kill me but I started begging that I didn’t do anything wrong.

“They said Ogunleye and I robbed in Offa and I denied this, but they insisted. They beat me mercilessly inside a generator house otherwise called theatre.

“It is a lie that they interrogated me in a conducive environment.

“On the second day, I was brought out again from the cell. They showed a man to me and asked me whether I knew him. The man is Michael Adikwu. I said I didn’t know him.

“They also asked him whether he knows me but he said no. They killed him in my presence.

“I pleaded with them not to kill me because my children are still young.

“They tied me down and hung me again. I then asked them what they wanted from me when the torture became unbearable.”

Salawu further claimed that he was forced to thumbprint a statement already prepared by the police against his consent.

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This was even as defence counsel, Mathias Emeribe, prayed the court to order the exhumation of the corpse of a principal suspect in the robbery, Michael Adikwu, who allegedly died in police custody in Abuja.

This, he said, was necessary to determine whether the cause of Adikwu’s death was natural or otherwise.

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He said that attempts by the prosecution to impress it on the court that there are only five suspects in the case amount to suppression of facts.

He recalled that when the case first came up in October 2018, six suspects were listed on the charge sheet, including Michael Adikwu, who the police later claimed to have died in their custody.

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Mr. Emeribe, therefore, urged the court not to rely on the confessional statements of the suspects.

He added that the contradictions in the evidence of prosecution “are not witnesses of truth,” urging “the court to hold that the prosecution is lying.”

But prosecution counsel, Prof Abdulwahab Egbewole (SAN), said that contradictions in the dates when the suspects claimed they were interrogated and the police records showed that they were only cooking up stories about their alleged torture and coercion.

He, therefore, urged the court not to admit the confessional statements by the suspects.

The presiding judge, Justice Haleema Salman, adjourned the case to July 22.

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