The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] on Monday arrested six suspected internet fraudsters, who specializes in hacking into Facebook accounts and defrauding innocent persons on the contact list of such accounts.
The suspects were arrested in a two-bedroom apartment, located on 54 Church Road, off Calabar Itu Express Way, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, following an intelligence report.
The suspects, all males within the ages of 22 and 29, are Lawrence Nnamdi-Mba Ebesike, Prince E. Udeh, Chijioke Victor, Promise Odimba, Ugbor Ifeanyi and Prince Anthony.
According to the antigraft agency, the suspects said the apartment they occupied was rented by the kingpin, Ebesike, for the purpose of training facebook hackers.
The suspects also admitted to having made over $4,000 through cyber fraud.
Ebesike, who claimed to be a musician with the stage name ‘Lawre Blue’, confessed to the crime and gave a detailed account of how they carried out their operations on Facebook, EFCC said.
“I am into internet fraud. Part of how I operate is, I edit Facebook accounts, go to google and search for pictures of United State military personnel. I download some of these pictures and put them on the newly created facebook accounts.
After doing that, I target foreigners, mostly old white women who are in need of men. I stay online all day trying to befriend them. After convincing them, I will make them apply for my leave so that I can see them”, Ebesike confessed.
According to Ebesike, they have a pick-up person in the US by name Benjamin Best, whom he said provides them with the pick-up account where their victims make payments into.
“After convincing my victims, Benjamin will provide an account for me to give them to pay the money into. He usually takes his commission before sending mine to me via my First bank account” he said.
Another suspect, Ifeanyi who is an undergraduate of Abia State University, said he was introduced to Ebesike by one of the suspects, Udeh. Ifeanyi also narrated his own procedure which was quite similar to that of the kingpin.
“After hacking a facebook account, I edit it to a white military man’s account and start adding many white women and gradually make them fall in love with me.After two weeks, I tell them to apply for a vacation for me so I can leave the camp and visit them. I also make them send me money. I have hacked one Abdullahi Harifat’s account and impersonated one Tochi Jesus” he said.
Prince E. Udeh, Chijioke Victor, Promise Odimba and Prince Anthony equally gave similar stories and how they were also trained by Ebesike to hack facebook accounts.
At the time of their arrest, one of the suspects, Ugbor Ifeanyi, was caught hiding in a wardrobe with his laptop, while Anthony was equally caught trying to hide his laptop in the water cistern of their toilet.
Items recovered from them are; 6 laptops, 12 sophisticated mobile phones, 1 International Passport, 4 Airtel Sim Packs, 3 MTN Sim Packs, 2 Glo Sim Packs, a Smile Router and 2 browsing modems.
They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
India police arrest Pigeon on suspicion of being a Pakistan spy
The India police have arrested a pigeon on suspicion that it is a trained spy for Pakistan.
Indian officials said that the pink painted bird carrying a “coded message,” attached to its foot was alleged to have flown from across the border that separates Indian and Pakistan-controlled parts of Kashmir, according to reports.
Villagers living close to the border in Manyari turned the pigeon over to authorities after catching it along the border, Sky News reported.
Geeta Devi, a resident of the Kathua district of Indian-administered Kashmir, reported that the bird flew into her home Sunday night. Police logged the animal as a “Pak Suspected Spy” and launched an investigation to decipher the message, the outlet reported.
“We don’t know where the bird has come from. Locals on our side captured it near our fence,” Kathua police’s senior superintendent Shailendra Mishra told the Times of India.
“The pigeon, suspected to be trained in Pakistan for spying, has a ring with letters and numbers written on it,” a police source said.
“Though birds have no boundaries and many fly across international borders during migration, a coded ring tagged to the captured pigeon’s body is a cause of concern as migratory birds have no such rings,” the source added.
However, in an update, a Pakistani villager has urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to return his pigeon, currently being held in India on charges of spying.
The man identified as Habibullah, who lives just 4km (2.5 miles) from the border, said he flew his pigeons to celebrate Eid festival.
This is not the first time birds have reportedly been used for espionage in the disputed territory in the past.
In 2016, the Indian police arrested a pigeon that was found carrying a warning note to Prime Minister Narendra Modi near the nation’s heavily militarized border with Pakistan.
In 2013, Indian security forces found a dead falcon fitted with a small camera, and in 2010 another pigeon was detained over spying fears.
Police arraign man, 26, over alleged fraud
The police on Friday arraigned a 26-year-old man, Ilesanmi Ojo, before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged fraud.
The defendant of no fixed address is standing trial on a count charge of the alleged fraud.
The prosecutor, Insp. Oriyomi Akinwale told the court that the defendant committed the offense sometimes in the month of Dec. 2019 at Onala area in Ado-Ekiti.
He alleged that the defendant, a mechanic, fraudulently obtained the sum of N155,000 from one Pastor Olusegun Olufowose to repair his Sienna vehicle.
Akinwale also alleged that the defendant duplicated the key of a Nissan Pathfinder Jeep with Reg. No. WWW 852 AE, belonging to the complainant without his consent.
He said the offenses contravened Sections 421 and 508 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
The prosecutor asked the court for an adjournment to enable him to study the case file and assemble his witnesses.
The defendant pleaded not guilty.
His counsel, Mr. Olarewaju Oluwasola, urged the court to grant his client bail, with a promise that he would not jump bail.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Olanike Adegoke, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
She adjourned the case until June 24 for hearing.
You have case to answer, court tells mechanic accused of manslaughter
An Ikeja High Court on Friday told a mechanic, Taiwo Adeyemi, accused of killing a colleague during a physical scuffle, that he had to defend the manslaughter charge filed against him by the Lagos State Government.
Justice Hakeem Oshodi, delivering a ruling on a no-case submission filed by defence counsel, Mr Adetokunbo Agoro, said the prosecution for the state had presented sufficient evidence before the court to warrant Adeyemi putting up a defence.
According to reports the ruling on the no-case submission was originally slated to have been delivered on May 4 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Delivering the ruling online, Justice Oshodi said: “From the evidence laid before the court by the prosecution, there has been no evidence that has been discredited by the defence.
“There is, however, ample evidence on the face of the court’s record which is legally admissible, that links the defendant to the deceased.
“There cannot be any dispute that death occurred after a fight. The defendant is said to be the other party of the fight.
“From the written submission of the defence counsel, he believes that there is no documentary and prima facie case laid out by the prosecution and that the evidence of the first and second prosecution witnesses are hearsay.
“To the court, the prosecution has made out a prima facie case for the defendant to face. Accordingly, the defendant is now called upon to open his defence.”
Following the ruling, the judge adjourned the case until July 27 for defence.
Reports have it that Adeyemi is charged with manslaughter contrary to Section 227 of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2011.
He was arraigned at the High Court on June 5, 2017.
According to the prosecution led by Mr M.T. Adewoye, the defendant committed the offence at 1.00 p.m. on April 4, 2014, at a mechanic’s shed, located at Ashade Market, Mangoro, Agege, Lagos.
“The defendant had an argument with the deceased, Sikiru Oladeinde; during the scuffle, he hit the deceased with a plank that had nails attached to it.
“Oladeinde sustained some injuries and passed away some days later in hospital,” the prosecutor said.
During the trial, three witnesses testified on behalf of the prosecution — a welder and co-worker of the deceased, Mr Olujimi Ogunleye; the brother of the deceased, Mr Kehinde Oladeinde; and the Investigating Police Officer (IPO), Sgt. Felix Osunbu.
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