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Fake loverboy sentenced to one month jail term for $15,000 online fraud

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Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, April 12, 2019, secured the conviction of Ohiaeri Stanley Chukwudi for love scam.

Chukwudi while posing as William Robert, residing in Texas, United States of America, lured Olivia, Jesse Marie and Kristiana into a romantic relationship. He conned them of a total sum of $15,000 (Fifteen Thousand Dollars).

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He was brought before Justice Sylvanus Oriji of a Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court, Apo, on one-count of cheating.

The count reads:

“That you, Ohiaeri Stanley Chukwudi, alias Williams Robert, sometimes in February 2019 at Abuja, within the judicial division of this honourable court while acting as William Robert resident in Texas, United States of America, did cheat by fraudulently inducing Olivia, Jesse Marie and Christiana to deliver to you the total sum of $15,000 (Fifteen Thousand Dollars) under the guise of being in a romantic relationship with them and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code, Laws of the Federation (Abuja) 1990.”

He pleaded “guilty” to the charge.

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In view of his plea, Justice Oriji convicted and sentenced him to one month in prison with an option of N150,000 as fine.

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Lebanon blast kills over 25 people, leaves scores injured

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A massive explosion ripped through central Beirut on Tuesday, injuring thousands of people and blowing out windows in buildings across the city.

The blast near the port in the Lebanese capital sent up a huge mushroom cloud-shaped shockwave, flipping cars and damaging distant buildings.

It was felt as far as Cyprus, hundreds of miles away.

At least 25 people were killed in the blast and over 2,500 people have been wounded, Health Minister Hamad Hassan told reporters.

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Footage from the scene captured the injured staggering through streets in the capital; and ambulances, cars and military vehicles packed with the wounded.

One eyewitness described the scenes as “like an apocalypse.”

There were conflicting reports on what caused the explosion, which was initially blamed on a major fire at a warehouse for firecrackers near the port, according to NNA.

The director of the general security directorate later said the blast was caused by confiscated “high explosive materials,” but did not provide further details.

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A red cloud hung over the city in the wake of the explosion as firefighting teams rushed to the scene to try to put out the fire.

At least 10 firefighters were missing, according to the city’s governor Marwan Abboud, who said the scene reminded him of “Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

“In my life I haven’t seen destruction on this scale,” Abboud said.

“This is a national catastrophe.”

The blast comes at a tense time in Lebanon.

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On Friday a UN-backed panel is expected to issue a verdict on the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri, a move many fear will stoke sectarian tensions.

The country is also in the midst of an economic meltdown, with ballooning unemployment, a tanking currency and poverty rates soaring above 50%.

 

 

 

 

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Bayelsa LG chairman’s father regains freedom

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Eighty-year-old Pa Napoleon Alale, the father of the Sagbama Local Government Chairman, Mr. Embeleakpo Alale, has regained freedom after spending about two months in the den of his alleged kidnappers.

The octogenarian was whisked away from his residence at Agbere, Sagbama, on Friday, May 8, 2020, by unidentified gunmen.

Embeleakpo in a statement on Tuesday by his Press Secretary, Dr. Nikade Anderson, confirmed the release of Pa Alale.

The council chairman revealed that the kidnappers dropped his father at Otuokpoti riverside in Ogbia LGA of Bayelsa at about 1am on Tuesday, after making series of contacts with the family towards securing his release.

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Embeleakpo did not however disclose if the family paid any ransom before securing the release of the aged man.

The council boss, while noting that his father was receiving medical attention to ascertain his health status, expressed appreciation to God over the safe return of his father.

He also expressed gratitude to Governor Douye Diri and his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, for their intervention and moral support while the harrowing experience lasted.

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He also appreciated associates, members of the public, security operatives, and the media for the overwhelming display of solidarity during the trying period.

Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Police Command says it has arrested one ‘Commander’ Mummy Reuben, the alleged mastermind of Pa. Napoleon Alali.

A spokesman for the command, SP Asinim Butswat, said in a statement after the release of the octogenarian that combined efforts by security agencies led to the arrest of the mastermind.

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He said the suspect had confessed to how he conspired with others to carry out the kidnap.

Butswat said: “Consequently, the kidnappers released the victim, Pa. Napoleon Alale, aged 80, on Tuesday, August 4, at about 0100hours at Otuokpoti, Ogbia LGA of Bayelsa.

“The Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, Mike Okoli, has rejigged the security strategy of the command to reduce crime to the barest minimum in Bayelsa.

“Investigation is ongoing to arrest other fleeing suspects.”

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Australian woman smashes police officer’s head into concrete when told to wear face mask

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A woman in Australia reportedly smashed a police officer’s head onto a concrete slab after being asked why she wasn’t wearing a face mask.

As per Melbourne police, two female police officers approached a 38-year-old woman, who was not wearing a face covering, near a shopping centre in Frankston on Monday evening.

On being asked the question, the woman lashed out at the two female cops, pushed one officer and struck the other in the head. Some of the policewoman’s hair was also ripped out during the incident.

“After a confrontation and being assaulted by that woman, those police officers went to ground and there was a scuffle.

During that scuffle, this 38-year-old woman smashed the head of the policewoman several times into a concrete area on the ground,” Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said in a press conference on Tuesday, as reported by The Age.

“That behaviour is just totally unacceptable. That’s someone who thinks they’re above the law,” he further said.

 

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The 26-year-old female Victoria Police officer suffered significant head injuries and was treated at Frankston Hospital before being released. She is currently recovering at home after suffering a concussion.

Police have charged the alleged attacker with nine offences, including two counts of assaulting an emergency worker and one count of recklessly causing injury.

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The woman was also fined $200 for breaching coronavirus restrictions by not wearing a face mask or covering.

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