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How man posed as police commissioner, duped Oshiomole of N12.5m

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The Edo State Police Command, on Thursday, paraded a 41-year-old man, Monday Clement Shola who posed as the state Commissioner of police to extort the sum of N12.5 million from the National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomole.

Edo Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor who paraded the suspect said forty one year old Ishola Clement of Lucky Way Upper Mission Extension Benin city has been posing as commissioner of police Edo state by sending text messages to unsuspecting individuals and extorting from them.

He was arrested on 23rd of February 2020. He uses telephone numbers 9mobile 08177495359 and Glo 08158717400 for his nefarious activities.

Speaking with journalists, Monday said he was was formerly Senior Special Assistant to the state government under Oshiomole regime.

I know it’s a fraud I impersonated the commissioner of police by using one of my SIM cards to call the person to say I am the Commissioner of Police and that a particular person called clement should be given attention for all he has done for him just for me to be recognized and to be called by the person.

“Eventually, the person called me to his office and I explained everything to him, how I was arrested and some stuffs like that. So he now said I should drop my account number.

“I met with the person one on one in Abuja and I came back to Benin. About four days later he credited my account with N2.5 million. I think he sent somebody to go and pay the money into two separate accounts but the person mistakenly paid the two monies into the same account and obviously it was the account I sent to him. Forty minutes later I received alert of another N10 million making N12.5 million,” he said

According to him, since he was in Benin he didn’t know what to do.

“He (Oshiomole) called me to ask if I have seen what he sent, I said I don’t know how much he sent and that I will check and get back to him. Later I called him back to say I have seen it. Then he also used the other line which I used earlier to tell me to give me attention. He called the line to tell the person that he has regarded that person for him to defend his name while he is not in town. So eventually, I never knew that N2.5 million was for me and the N10 million was for another account.

“It was two days after the money was sent that I went to bank and I understand that my account was blocked. The bank said I should return the N10 million that it was mistakenly sent to my account. We did that and we returned the money. I bought a Toyota Camry spider with the money,” he said.

He added that he deceived the National Chairman by telling him lies that the state government arrested him during the fracas at Benin Airport when comrade visited the city for the burial of the mother of a former member of the federal House of Representatives.

I told him that the state government arrested me and it was true, I was arrested for being at the venue of the Airport incident on Saturday between Oshiomole faction and Obaseki faction but the truth was that I wasn’t there I just capitalised on the situation.

“He didn’t know I fraudulently collected the money from him because it was through another number that I impersonated the commissioner of police that he should give me attention because I was arrested,” he said.

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Another executive arrested in Wirecard scandal

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 German prosecutors have arrested another manager in connection with the Wirecard scandal involving 1.9 billion euros ($2.1 billion) in missing assets, authorities said on Monday.

The suspect, who manages the DAX-listed company’s Dubai-based Card systems Middle East subsidiary, returned to Germany to hand himself into investigators, after which he was detained due to an outstanding arrest warrant against him, Munich prosecutors said.

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He is to be arraigned before a judge later in the day.

The arrest warrant is based, among other things, “on a strong suspicion of collaborative fraud, and attempted collaborative fraud, in particular, serious cases and suspicion of complicity in other offenses’’, according to prosecutors.

Wirecard’s former chief executive, Markus Braun, was arrested last week on charges of falsifying Wirecard’s accounts and market manipulation.

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The digital payment services company was left reeling after the massive hole in its accounts emerged last month.

Once a rising star of the German tech sector, the company has since launched insolvency proceedings.

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Hushpuppi: Protesters storm US Embassy, demand Atiku, Dino Melaye’s arrest (Photos)

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Some Protesters on Monday took to the US Embassy, Abuja, demanding an investigation into the link between ex-Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Timi Frank and some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains with Raymond Abbas Igbalode, popularly known as Hushpuppi.

The group, under the aegis of Concerned Citizens Forum (CCF), seen in their numbers held placards calling for the arrest of Atiku, Melaye and other PDP members linked to the fraudster.

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Some inscriptions from the placards read: “Say No to fraud, Interpol act now”, Interpol act and arrest Dino Melaye”, “Show me your friend and I will tell you who you are”, “FBI should investigate Atiku Abubakar,” amongst others.

They also submitted a letter to the US Ambassador and the Federal Bureau of Investigation calling for a thorough probe of Hushpuppi’s political allies in the PDP.

This is coming after the All Progressives Congress (APC) had alleged “criminal conspiracy linking the top PDP members to Hushpuppi.

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The protesters submitted a letter signed by Comrade Adamu Kabir Matazu.

In the letter, Matazu called on the US to investigate the connection between PDP high profile Chieftains and Hushpuppi.

The group claimed that ex-Vice President, Atiku Abubakar’s frequent trips to Dubai prior to 2019 presidential elections may not be unconnected to Hushpuppi.

They asked the US to go after Atiku, Dino Melaye, Timi Frank and other PDP stalwarts who through their associations with Hushpuppi may have helped to launder the proceeds of crime.

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Recall that Bukola Saraki and Atiku over the weekend had denied any connection to Hushpuppi.

Atiku described the allegations as mischievous and an attempt at political blackmail by the APC, adding that the picture with Hushpuppi was not a meeting.

See photos from the protest below:

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Man, 34, arraigned over alleged fraud

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A 34-year-old man, Uchi Enyi, was on Monday brought before an Ogbeson Magistrates’ Court in Benin City for allegedly obtaining N24,000 under false pretences.

The defendant is being tried on two charges of obtaining goods under false pretences and stealing.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Charity Asemota told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometime in December 2019 along the Benin-Agbor Road, Ikpoba-Hill, Benin City.

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Asemota said that the defendant fraudulently obtained N24,000 under false pretences that he would make some doors and windows for Philip Umeh Company Limited, knowing same to be false.

Asemota said that the offences contravened Sections 419 and 390(9) of the Criminal Code Cap. 48 Vol. 11 Law of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976; now applicable in Edo.

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The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the counts.

The Chief Magistrate, Prince Mutairu Oare, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N20,000 with one surety in like sum.

Oare said that the surety must be residing within the jurisdiction of the court and his address must be verified by the court registrar.

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He adjourned the case until July 22 for further hearing.

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