The Kwara State Police Command has arrested a middle-aged woman, one Mrs Yemi Samuel, for allegedly faking her own kidnap in Kabba town, Kogi State.
Yemi Samuel was among the nine suspects paraded at the Police headquarter, GRA, Ilorin on Wednesday.
Three other suspects, Jenmo Usman, 27, Iliashu Mohammed, 25, and Maude Umaru, 21 all suspected to be Fulani herdsmen were arrested for alleged kidnapping, criminal intimidation and conspiracy.
The trio allegedly conspired and threatened their employer, one Sarafa Yusuf on telephone that they would kidnap him if he failed to give them two million naira.
Parading the suspects on Wednesday, Kwara state Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun said that Mrs Yemi Samuel who lives in Kabba, Kogi State allegedly went into hiding at her parents’ home in Ilorin claiming that she was kidnapped by an unknown gang while cleaning her compound and taken to an unknown destination.
Egbetokun said that from her hideout, Yemi demanded N5 million ransom which was later reduced to N1 million.
He said that effort was intensified by her husband to gather N500, 000 which was taken to Iluke town in Kabba/Bunu local government in Kogi State.
CP Egbetokun said that before the completion of the transaction, SIB operatives had tracked the suspect to Kulende area in Ilorin, where she was arrested.
“On 15/06/2019 at about 0530 hours, Mrs Yemi Samuel hatched a self-kidnapped scenario. She left her home and went into hiding, claiming she had been kidnapped while cleaning the compound by an unknown gang and taken to an unknown destination and demanded for N5 million ransom for her release.
“She added that her kidnappers weren’t willing to talk to anyone on phone due to fear of their voice being recognised. She later called and said that the money has been reduced to N1 million.”
Egbetokun stated further,
“Effort was intensified and N500,000 cash was arranged by her husband as well as family and well-wishers.
“She directed them to take the money to Iluke town but before the transaction could be effected, SIB Kwara operatives led by O/C SIB, Saka Fagade tracked the suspect to Kulende area, Sango, Ilorin and effected the arrest of Mrs Yemi, who hid herself in her parents’ rented apartment,” he said.
The suspect, Mrs Samuel who said that she was a Mathematics graduate stated that she committed the crime to raise money for her husband whom she said was poor.
She said, “I’m a graduate and I read Mathematics and I live in Kabba town with my husband. Things are hard for us and my husband is not finding life easy, so I decided to raise money for him from members of his family and that is why I went to hide myself thinking that his family would raise money for him to rescue me.”
On the three other suspects who demanded N2 million from their boss so that they would not kidnap him, Egbetokun said,
“on 10/6/2019, one Sarafa Yusuf of Kebe compound, Ilota via Idofian Kwara state reported that on 9/6/2019 at about 1800 hours, he received a phone call on his GSM number demanding N2 million only from him or else, he will be kidnapped and killed.
“Based on this, the complainant made an arrangement with the Police on where to drop the money which was at Iyana Eleja junction via Idofian.
“It was later discovered that one Jenmo Usman, a worker of the complainant was the one that picked the polythene bag at 1130 hrs of the same date at the above-mentioned place where he was immediately arrested by the Police and his arrest led to the arrests of two other suspects namely Iliasu Mohammed and Maude Umaru, who were also workers of the complainant.”
Egbetokun said that all the suspects would soon be charged to court as soon as investigation was concluded on their respective cases.
Dutch Police bust biggest cocaine lab, arrest 17 suspects
The police in the Netherlands raided and dismantled a massive cocaine washing plant in the Drenthe village of Nijeveen last week.
“This is the largest cocaine laboratory ever found in the Netherlands,” Andre van Rijn of the police’s dismantling facility LFO said. He estimated that the lab could produce between 150 and 200 kilos of cocaine per day.
“That number of kilos equals a street value of between 4.5 and 6 million euros (uncut).”
The police raided the cocaine washing plant on August 7.
The lab was set up in a converted horse riding school. In addition to the laboratory, the police also found sleeping quarters and recreation rooms built on the site.
In such a cocaine washing plant, cocaine is extracted from carrier material, such as clothing, and converted into cocaine base. Sheds in Elshout and Apeldoorn were also raided on the same day, as part of the investigation.
At the lab in Nijeveen, the police found tens of thousands of litres of chemicals and about 100 kilograms of cocaine base. In Apeldoorn, they found about 120 thousand kilograms of carrier material. The drug lab was so large that it took the LFO three days to dismantle it and carefully dispose of the chemical material it contained.
16 suspects were arrested at the production location in Nijeveen, including the owner of the site. One suspect was arrested in Apeldoorn. Three of the suspects have Dutch nationality, one is Turkish, and the other 13 have Colombian nationality, the police said. They are suspected of producing drugs.
The suspects will be arraigned on Wednesday and Thursday.
More arrests may follow, the police said.
Ex-banker, civil servants in court for alleged payroll fraud
Five individuals, four of whom are Federal Government’s employees have been arraigned for allegedly manipulating data in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) in their agencies to defraud the government.
Anthony Ogar (of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja), Joy Write (IPPIS Desk Officer in the ministry), Olanrewaju Babatunde Ladipo (of the Nigeria Space Research and Development Agency – NSRDA), Joshua Ojinimi Omachonu (also of NSRDA) and Samuel Akaolisa Enwerem (an ex-banker and businessman of Suit D1, Summit Villa Hotels and Suites, Life Camp Junction, Abuja) were arraigned on Monday.
They were arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja on an 11-count charge, marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/159/2020, filed on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) by Aminu Alilu of the Federal Ministry of Justice.
The defendants, whose alleged offences are said to be contrary to and punishable under the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act 2015, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to them.
Alilu, who led the prosecution team, did not object to the defendants’ ball application, following which Justice Ahmed Mohammed granted each of them bail at N10million with one surety in like sum, among other conditions.
Justice Mohammed gave the defence lawyers the option of undertaking to take custody of their clients pending when they are able to meet the bail conditions, failing which they should be remanded in prison until each of them meets the bail conditions.
The judge adjourned till October 20 for trial.
Some of the counts in the charge read:
*That you Anthony Ogar of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja; Olanrewaju Babatunde Ladipo of Nigeria Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja; Samuel Akaolisa Enwerem of Suite D1, Summit Villa Hotels and Suites, Life Camp Junction, Abuja; Joshua Ojinimi Omachonu of Nigeria Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja and Joy Wright (IPPIS) Desk Officer of Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Abuja, did cause the loss of about N140million belonging to the Federal Government of Nigeria by unlawfully inputting, migrating and reactivating several accounts of fictitious employees of the Federal Government of Nigeria in the Integrated Personal Payroll System platform with the intent to unlawfully confer economic benefits on yourselves.
*That you Anthony Ogar of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja; Olanrewaju Babatunde Ladipo of Nigeria Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja; Samuel Akaolisa Enwerem of Suite D1, Summit Villa Hotels and Suites, Life Camp Junction, Abuja; Joshua Ojinimi Omachonu of Nigeria Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja and Joy Wright (IPPIS) Desk Officer of Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Abuja, did cause the loss of N178, 597.92k, belonging to Juliana Abiola Oyedepo, an employee of the Federal Government by altering her salary Account No.26l2012614 domiciled with the Eco Bank P10 in the IPPIS platform and inputting another account NO. 3133414577 in her name domiciled with the First Bank Plc without her consent for the purpose of conferring economic benefits on yourselves.
*That you Joy Wright, (IPPIS) Desk Officer of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja and Anthony Ogar of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja, sometimes in 2017 at Abuja, with intent to defraud, did manipulate the salary grade levels of five fictitious or unknown persons under the employment of the Federal Government of Nigeria in the IPPIS platform with intent to overpay them and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 14 (4) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
Cameroonian arrested with five Nigerian passports
The Nigeria Immigration border patrol officers at Yala border patrol base in Cross River State have arrested a Cameroonian, Kouaha Dieudonne, attempting to cross into the country.
The Comptroller of Cross River State Command, Okey Ezugwu, who briefed the Comptroller-General of Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, stated that the 42-year-old was apprehended with Cameroonian and Guinea-Bissau passports bearing his name and five Nigerian passports belonging to other persons.
According to a statement on Monday by the NIS spokesman, DCI Sunday James, the CG has ordered a thorough investigation and report on the arrest, while commending the Comptroller of the Cross River Command and the officers at Yala border for “a job well done and display of professionalism.”
“The arrested migrant will be prosecuted after necessary charges are established for his prosecution in line with immigration laws.”
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