Five teenage boys have been detained for raping and assaulting a mentally disabled 18-year-old lady in a park.
The incident took place in the western city of Mülheim, Germany, after the group reportedly lured the victim into a playground in the park.
Reports say they then dragged her into some bushes and filmed a sexual assault on their phones,
However, The Sun reports that German prosecutors admit some of them are too young to stand trial.
Three of them are 14, the earliest age at which offenders can be prosecuted in Germany, but two are only 12, meaning they cannot be arrested or charged.
According to reports, the 18-year-old disabled was “abused in various ways”.
Residents nearby were alerted to the incident after their dogs would not stop barking.
After an hour, a 61-year-old man reportedly came out of his house after an hour and saw the woman and two suspects, who fled the scene immediately.
The man found the injured and traumatised woman on the ground and alerted police.
She was taken to hospital with unspecified injuries.
Reports have said the five teenagers are from a southern Bulgarian town and are partly related to each other.
Five women trading a two-weeks old baby for N1.1m caught by police
No fewer than five women who were trying to sell a two-weeks old baby for the sum of 1.1 million Naira have been apprehended by the Rivers State Police command.
Operatives of the Rivers State Police Command, arrested the five women in Port Harcourt while trying to sell a two-weeks old baby for N1.1 million. The suspects were alleged to have been arrested at Rumuokuta Junction in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area while negotiating the purchase of the baby.
The suspects were alleged to have been arrested at Rumuokuta Junction in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area while negotiating the purchase of the baby.
A senior police officer who hinted newsmen of the development noted that investigation has commenced and that the suspects would be prosecuted upon conclusion. The principal suspect, Roseline Nwokocha, who had cash N1.1million in her bag, said she came with her sister, Chioma, from Umuahia, Abia State, for the illegal business.
“I came from Umuahia. I was arrested at Rumuokuta junction. This my sister, Chi Chi called me that there was a two-week-old baby for sale and asked me to come if I had somebody that will buy the baby.
“I decided to come and check the baby very. She told me the baby was N1m but I decided to come and see the baby first. I came with my sister. This is not the first time I came to buy a baby.
“The time I came to buy the other one, my sister also came with me. I bought the first one at N1.1million. But this one, I also collected N1.1million from the person that wanted the child”.
The suspect told police in her confessional statement that she gave the first baby she bought to a couple in Aba. Another of the suspects, who gave her name simply as Ify said the middle person, Chi-Chi, had told her that someone wanted to sell her baby and they agreed for N950,000. Ify disclosed that Chi-Chi later added N50,000 profit to sell the baby to Nwokocha, who would later hand over the baby to a couple in Aba.
“Somebody called me and said there was a baby available for sale. And I told her I would buy the baby for N950,000. I told Chi Chi who added N50,000 to sell the baby”.
However, the spokesman of the command, DSP. Nnamdi Omoni said the police were investigating the matter and would soon speak on it later.
CP tells criminals in Ebonyi to repent or leave the state
The Commissioner of Police in Ebonyi, Mr Philip Maku, has warned criminals operating in the state to repent from their evil ways or leave the state.
Maku, who gave the warning on Sunday in Abakaliki while interacting with newsmen, stressed that the command, under his supervision, would make the state uncomfortable for criminals to operate.
He also urged the people of the state to support and cooperate with the community policing initiative to curb the state of crime and criminal activities.
“I want to urge people with criminal tendencies and those indulging in different kinds of crimes to think twice and repent or leave the state because we are going to make the state uncomfortable for them.
“We appeal for the people’s cooperation through communities to rid the state of crime, because communities have vital role to play in combating crime.
“The command has put in place all the necessary strategies needed to flush out criminals from their hideouts and our men are battle ready for the task.
“I am calling on criminals and those indulging in different crimes to repent so that they will be integrated back into the society.
“Let me reiterate here that there is no room for criminals in the state and anyone caught perpetrating crime will be made to face the law,” Maku said.
While soliciting for the support of the people, he assured that the safety of their lives and property remained the top priority of the police.
The police commissioner noted that his officers and men had been equipped with necessary equipment, adding that they would make the state hot for criminals.
He further urged members of the public to report to the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) any police personnel who intimidated or assaulted them unlawfully, for appropriate disciplinary action.
Maku stressed that members of the police force were not trained to bully people that they were trained to protect, but to protect them and their property.
Maku further explained that the command would give full backing to the community policing programme, noting that the scheme would enable communities to be fully in charge of policing their areas and assisting the command in combating crime.
According to him, every member of the community has a role to play in the formation by giving vital information that would expose criminals in their areas so that immediate action would be taken.
On the recent inter-communal crisis between Ekoli Edda Afikpo South and Biasie LGA over Erel palm, Maku said that the five missing persons had not been found.
He added that the command was not relenting in its investigation to unravel their disappearances.
“We are on top of the situation and hopeful that we will soon unravel the mystery behind the disappearances of the missing persons.
“We are also relying on those in the Cross River axis for any useful information but we have not seen any of their dead bodies. So we believe they are still alive,” he said.
“The National Boundary Commission should come and do proper demarcation of the disputed area and other disputed areas in the border areas across the state.
“We assure that the police will do everything possible to ensure that the missing persons are reunited with their families and relatives,” he added.
How we nailed Hushpuppi, accomplices – FBI agent
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has revealed the mode of operation through which the suspected Nigerian swindler Ramon Olorunwa Abbas alias Hushpuppi and his gang were tracked until he was arrested in Dubai, United Arabs Emirates (UAE) on June 10.
Special agent Andrew John Innocenti, in an affidavit attached to the charges against Hushpuppi in the US, said the main suspect and others identified only as Coconspirator 1 and Coconspirator 2, used to hack into the computers of their targets and move money from one account to the other across the globe.
They then use the huge money so realised to live large, acquiring expensive properties, designer clothes, expensive watches and luxury cars, and also charter jets.
According to the FBI agent, their Business Email Compromise (BEC) fraud schemes “often involve a computer hacker gaining unauthorised access to a business email account, blocking or redirecting communications to and/or from that email account, and then using the compromised email account or a separate fraudulent email account (sometimes called a “spoofed” email account) to communicate with personnel from a victim company and to attempt to trick them into making an unauthorised wire transfer.
“The fraudster will direct the unsuspecting personnel of the victim company to wire funds to the bank account of a third party (sometimes referred to as a “money mule”), which is often a bank account owned, controlled, and/or used by individuals involved in the scheme based in the United States.
“The money may then be laundered by wiring or transferring it through numerous bank accounts to launder the money, or by quickly withdrawing it as cash, by check, or by cashier’s check.”
Abbas and Coconspirators 1 and 2 allegedly laundered approximately $396,050 while Coconspirator 2 was in Los Angeles, California
Abbas and Coconspirator 1, he said;
“Conspired to launder funds intended to be stolen through fraudulent wire transfers from a foreign financial institution (the “Foreign Financial Institution”), in which fraudulent wire transfers totalling approximately €13 million (approximately USD $14.7 million) were sent to bank accounts around the world in February 2019.
“Coconspirator 1 conspired with the persons who initiated the fraudulent wire transfers and also conspired with a number of others, including ABBAS, to launder the funds that were intended to be stolen.
“ABBAS, specifically, provided Coconspirator 1 with two bank accounts in Europe that ABBAS anticipated would each receive €5 million of the fraudulently obtained funds.”
Continuing, he said that analysis of Coconspirator 1’s iPhone and other online accounts showed that Coconspirator 1 “operated and tasked money mule crews for a number of fraudulent schemes, including BEC schemes and cyber-heists.
“Analysis also showed that Coconspirator 1 communicated with the U.A.E. phone number +971543777711 (“Phone Number 1”) about multiple fraudulent schemes and money laundering.
“Phone Number 1 was one of the phone numbers ABBAS used during 2019 and 2020.
“Based on my review (pursuant to federal search warrants obtained in this District) of data from Coconspirator 1’s iPhone and from an online account connected to that phone (the “Online Account”), other law enforcement personnel’s review of that digital data, and from discussions with United States Secret Service (“USSS”) and FBI personnel, I know the following: a. Coconspirator 1’s iPhone listed Phone Number 1 (+971543777711) with the contact name “Hush.” The phone also contained a contact for Snapchat username “hushpuppi5,” which listed the Snapchat contact name “The Billionaire Gucci Master!!!” b. Searches of Phone Number 1 and the contact name “Hush” inCoconspirator 1’s iPhone revealed messaging conversations between “Hush,” using Phone Number 1, and Coconspirator 1. (For ease of reference, communications with this moniker and Phone Number 1 are referred to as communications with ABBAS in the remainder of this affidavit.)
“In or around December 2019, April 2020, and June 2020, I reviewed the publicly viewable Instagram account of “hushpuppi” at www.instagram.com/hushpuppi.
“Based on information available on the profile page, the user of that account made more than 500 posts and had 2.3 million followers as of June 2020.11.
“This Instagram account included numerous publicly viewable images of a man who appeared to be ABBAS, based on comparisons to photographs of ABBAS in passports and other identification documents referenced below in paragraphs 16.c to 16.c.iv.
“Hundreds of these images on the Instagram account showed ABBAS in designer clothing and shoes, posing on or in luxury vehicles, wearing high-end watches, or possessing other luxury items, indicating substantial wealth.”
Abbas made his initial court appearance in Chicago, USA, on Friday and he is expected to be transferred to Los Angeles in the coming weeks.
He was extradited to the USA from Dubai on Thursday to face charges of conspiracy to launder millions of dollars from business email compromise (BEC) frauds and other scams.
The US Justice Department described Abbas as a “Dubai resident who flaunted his extravagant lifestyle on social media.”
Hushpuppi was arrested along with 11 others in six simultaneous raids carried out by the Dubai Police.
Confiscated from them were 13 luxury cars worth N2. 640 billion (Dh 25 million), 21 laptops, 47 smartphones, 15 memory storage devices, 5 external hard drives and 800, 000 emails of potential victims.
The gang was responsible for Dh1.6 billion (about N169 billion) fraud involving over 1.9 million victims.
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