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EFCC arrests five undergraduates, 12 others for alleged internet fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC], on Monday, arrested 17 suspected internet fraudsters among whom were five who claimed to be students of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti.

The suspects were arrested in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, following meticulous consideration of intelligence reports detailing their alleged involvement in internet fraud and other related offenses.

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Before the arrest, operatives of the Commission in the zone had conducted preliminary investigations to ascertain the merits of the allegations against them.

After establishing substantive facts, the EFCC sprang into action and effected the arrest on Monday.

While five of the suspects claimed to be students of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, others said they were into various vocations.

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Some items used in perpetrating the crime were recovered from them and registered as exhibits to be tendered in court.

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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In six months Lagos records 32 cases of rape, sodomy – Police

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The Lagos Police Command says no fewer than 32 separate cases of defilement, rape, incest and sodomy have been reported by residents of the state in the last six months.

Speaking exclusively with PUNCH HealthWise, Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana applauded Lagos state for establishing a strong bond between hospitals and the police, adding that such link has ensured they are abreast of developments on rape cases

He disclosed that between January and June, the state recorded 32 cases of defilement, rape, incest and sodomy.

“We have arrested 39 suspects in connection with the 32 rape cases. Also, we have charged 29 of those suspects to court with three persons remaining in custody because their case just came in some days ago. They will also be prosecuted before the end of this week,” he said.

The deputy superintendent of police explained that rape cases are always easier to resolve when victims present themselves early for medical examinations and forensic evidence.

“This is where non-government organisations like Mirabel Centre has proved useful. They have a team of counsellors and medical experts who attend to victims and help secure pieces of evidence like a bloodstain, sperms and pubic hair (in some cases).

“Some of these rape cases are not all about girls and women. It also involves boys who had been sodomised and sustained injuries. The important thing is for the victims to protect and present themselves early for treatment and further investigation,” he urged

Nigeria has been enmeshed with sad tales of young girls and women being sexually assaulted in open and obscure places. Recent victims included Vera Omozuwa and Barakat Bello, both killed in the process.

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Another recent victim was a 12-year-old girl who was gang-raped by four masked men last week in Ajah area, Lagos.

The United Nations Children’s Fund reported in 2015 that one in every four girls and one in every ten boys had experienced sexual violence before the age of 18 years.

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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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