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Kidnappers receive $11m as ransom in 50 months, SBM Intelligence says in new report

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Kidnappers in Nigeria received about $11m as ransoms in 50 months, a new report by SBM Intelligence has shown.

According to the report entitled: “Nigeria’s Kidnap Problem: The Economics of the Kidnap Industry in Nigeria” friends and family of kidnap victims paid the amount between January 2016 and March 2020.

The report further showed that $18.34 million were paid as ransoms between June 2011 and March 31, 2020.

According to the report,

“Between June 2011 and end of March 2020, What we have found shows that between June 2011 and the end of March 2020, at least $18.34 million has been paid to kidnappers as ransom.

“Even more frightening is that the larger proportion of that figure ( just below $11 million), was paid out between January 2016 and March 2020, indicating that kidnapping is becoming more lucrative.”

The report said four of the top 10 states with the highest number of reported kidnap incidents are in the south-south region with three of them (Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers) being a part of the Niger Delta.

“Kaduna – the state with the second-highest number of incidents – also has a significant history of violence, especially along its connecting road to Abuja,” the report read.

“While it is not in the top 10, Abuja has the 11th highest number of kidnap incidents over the last decade, and there is anecdotal evidence that some of the perpetrators responsible for Kaduna’s high rate of kidnap attempts have extended their operations into the federal capital.”

Analysing deaths and fatalities in kidnap incidents, 18 states were reported to have fewer deaths per kidnap attempt.

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The states are Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Borno, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Kano, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, Rivers, Taraba and Yobe.

States in the northern region, which have existing ongoing violence from other sources, were reported to have the highest fatalities.

“It would appear that such existing violence has made the kidnaps much deadlier in these places,” the report said.

“Our conclusion is that where existing violence and/or historic violent norms have devalued human lives, crimes such as kidnapping tend to result in more fatalities.”

According to the report, Bayelsa is the only state to have witnessed a decline in incidents compared to the 2011-2015 period while Kaduna, Rivers, Katsina, Zamfara and Taraba, have witnessed the sharpest rises.

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See the report below:

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Alleged $8.5m scam: EFCC arraigns social media big boy, Nwata Anayo Eze

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arraigned social media big boy, ‘Nwata Anayo Eze’ over alleged $8.5 million scam.

The EFCC made the announcement via their official social media pages yesterday, July 1, 2020.

According to EFCC, Nwata Anayo Eze whose real name is Onwuzuruike Ikenna Kingsley known by his friends as Jeff Sikora was picked up for a suspected case of internet fraud.

Recall that men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal Office arrested Nwata Anayo Eze back in February for alleged fraud, but he was almost immediately released.

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Yesterday, Nwata Anayo Eze was arraigned for conspiracy, impersonation, forgery, possession of proceeds and obtaining money by false pretence.

The social media big boy is known for displaying his wealth on Facebook.

Recently, he took to his Facebook page to reveal in a video that his enemies are making efforts to pull him down.

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He is the self-acclaimed President/Chief Executive Officer of United States-based Prime Trust Credit Union Bank and several Oil/Gas and Real Estate businesses across the Southeastern part of Nigeria.

Read EFCC’s report below;

EFCC Arraigns Alleged Internet Fraud Kingpin For $8.5m Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Port Harcourt’s zonal office on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 arraigned one Onwuzuruike Ikenna Kingsley (aka Jeff Sikora), a self-styled President/ Chief Executive Officer of United States-based Prime Trust Credit Union Bank before Justice A.T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on an eight-count charge bordering on conspiracy, impersonation, forgery, possession of proceeds and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of Eight Million, Five Hundred and Two Thousand Dollars ($8,502,000.00).

The offence contravenes Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.”

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One more witness to testify against Mompha

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Wednesday directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to, on July 10, present its remaining witnesses in the trial of social media personality, Ismaila Mustapha.

Justice Mohammed Liman gave the directive following the EFCC’s prayer for an adjournment.

Mompha’s counsel, Mr Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), had informed the court that an adjournment was “unwarranted”, as the agency had previously promised to field all its witness yesterday.

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Mustapha, alias Mompha, is accused of cyber fraud and laundering N33billion.

He and his firm, Ismalob Global Investment Ltd, were on March 4, 2020 re-arraigned before Justice Liman on 22 counts.

The Commission alleged that Mompha is a major figure in an organised transnational cyber fraud network, adding that he used Ismalob Investment to launder the funds, part of which he used in acquiring properties in Dubai.

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Mompha pleaded not guilty to all the counts.

Led by EFCC counsel Mr S. I. Suleiman, Mr Abiodun Audu, an accountant, testifying for the prosecution, said he never met Mompha in the course of filing Ismalob Global Investment Ltd’s tax return.

He told the judge that it was one Alhaji Hamodu, a director in Mompha’s firm, that contacted him to file the tax returns for the company.

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Hamodu, he said, required him to input July 2016 to June 2017, in the tax return to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

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EFCC detains Instagram big boy Nwata Anayo Eze for $8.5m scam

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arraigned social media big boy, “Nwata Anayo Eze” over alleged $8.5 million scam.

The EFCC made the announcement via their official Instagram page today July 1, 2020.

According to EFCC, Nwata Anayo Eze whose real name is Onwuzuruike Ikenna Kingsley known by his friends as Jeff Sikora was picked up for suspected case of internet fraud.

He was also arraigned for conspiracy, impersonation, forgery, possession of proceeds and obtaining money by false pretence.

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The social media big boy is known for displaying his wealth on Facebook.

Recently, he took to his Facebook page to reveal in a video that his enemies are making efforts to pull him down.

He is the self-acclaimed President/Chief Executive Officer of United States-based Prime Trust Credit Union Bank and several Oil/Gas and Real Estate businesses across the Southeastern part of Nigeria.

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Read EFCC’s report below;

“EFCC Arraigns Alleged Internet Fraud Kingpin For $8.5m Scam

“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Port Harcourt’s zonal office on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 arraigned one Onwuzuruike Ikenna Kingsley (aka Jeff Sikora), a self-styled President/ Chief Executive Officer of United States-based Prime Trust Credit Union Bank before Justice A.T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on an eight-count charge bordering on conspiracy, impersonation, forgery, possession of proceeds and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of Eight Million, Five Hundred and Two Thousand Dollars ($8,502,000.00).

“The offence contravenes Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.”

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