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Mom, co-tenant sell 18-month-old baby boy in Abakaliki


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The police have arrested two women for conniving to sell an 18-month-old baby boy in Abakaliki, the capital of Ebonyi State.

Onyinyechi Ofoke and Onyinyechi Nworie were arrested following a tip-off by a worried neighbour.

“They are both known in the area for being desperate individuals,” The Punch Newspapers reported quoting a source.

“The child, they could have sold to raise quick cash. But, the mother of the little child is a fool. Even though there is hunger in the land, how could she be so stupid as to have sold her child?”

When contacted, the police spokesperson in the state, Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident on Sunday.

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Odah said,

“The police are aware that on October 31, 2019, a good Samaritan came to the police station and reported a case of child trafficking, where a mother sold her own son, Olisah, who is one and a half years old, in connivance with her co-tenant, to a yet-to-be-identified person.

“The information showed that the mother, one Onyinyechi Ofoke, and her accomplice (a co-tenant), Onyinyechi Nworie, have sold the child. The report says they have been arrested and currently in police custody.”


Bagudu tasks security on fishing out killers of district head in Kebbi



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Gov. Abubakar Bagudu has mandated security agencies to immediately fish out the killers of Alhaji Musa Bahago, the District Head of Bajidda in Fakai Local Government Area.

Alhaji Abubakar Mu’azu-Dakingari, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday.

NAN recalls that the late District Head was brutally killed with a machete on his way from Zuru to Bajidda by unidentified persons on Tuesday.

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Mu’azu-Dakingari said the governor gave the directive in Birnin Kebbi after a condolence visit to the area.

Bagudu, who was represented by his Deputy, Rtd. Col. Sama’ila Yombe-Dabai, expressed sadness over the incident.

“Gov. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and indeed Kebbi state government are equally disturbed about the unfortunate event.

“Consequently, the governor directed security apparatus to be on the offensive to apprehend the culprits and remain proactive against infiltration of bandits into Kebbi from neighbouring states.

“Atiku-Bagudu offers sincere condolences to the family of the late District Head, the people of Fakai Local Government and Zuru Emirate on the demise of Musa Muhammad Bahago,” he said.

He reiterated the commitment of the state government to providing desired logistics and necessary material support to security agencies to operate maximally.

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The delegation on the condolence visit also included; the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Babale Umar-Yauri and the Chief of Staff, Alhaji Sulaiman Muhammad-Argungu.

Others were; Security Adviser to the Governor, Rtd. Maj. Rabiu Garba-Kamba, Permanent Secretary, Careers and Special Services, Safiyanu Garba-Bena, security agencies in the state and other top government functionaries.

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Court sentences internet fraudster to sweep GRA in Kwara



A judge of the Kwara State High Court, Justice Sikiru Oyinloye, on Thursday, sentenced 25-year-old Victor Salawu to sweep and clear the Government Reservation Area, Ilorin, and pay a fine of N50,000 for his involvement in Internet fraud.

The Ilorin zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arraigned Salawu before the court on one count of Internet fraud.

The charge read:

“That you, Victor Salawu, alias James Chris, sometime in the month of February 2019, in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did attempt to cheat by impersonation, by portraying yourself as a white male named James Chris, via your email address, [email protected], to one Seth B. in order to induce him to send you money, a representation you knew to be false.”

The offence, according to the EFCC, was contrary to Section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the Penal Code, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.

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Salawu pleaded guilty to the charge.

At the resumed hearing of the matter on Thursday, the prosecuting counsel, Andrew Akoja, told the court about a charge dated June 18, 2020, and prayed that it should be accepted and allowed to be read to the convict.

Delivering his judgment, Justice Oyinloye said:

“The defendant, in his statement to the commission, did not deny the allegation levelled against him; he also did not offer any explanation to discredit the charge.

“This honourable court holds that the plea of guilt of the defendant and the oral testimony of the sole prosecution witness, one Umeh Kennedy, were not challenged nor contradicted during the proceedings.

“It is the opinion of this honourable court that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and that you, Victor Salawu, is hereby convicted as charged.”

Justice Oyinloye ordered the convict to sweep and clear the Ahmadu Bello Way to the Commissioner of Police’s Quarters in the GRA, Ilorin, and also pay a fine of N50,000.

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The judge also ordered that the two iPhones recovered from Salawu be forfeited to the Federal Government with a right to re-purchase it.

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Hushpuppi to appear before a jury, lawyer says



Gal Pissetzky, the legal representative of alleged Internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, has said he has a good chance of beating the fraud allegations against him.

The lawyer, who spoke to The PUNCH on Thursday, said he planned to put up “vigorous defence to get him out of the case.”

Pissetzky is a top Chicago-based criminal defence attorney and has been involved in many notable cases in the United States of America.

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Hushpuppi was arrested by the Dubai authorities in a sting operation.

Together with his gang, the 37-year-old was alleged to have defrauded 1,926,400 people from different parts of the world and stolen about 1.6bn Dirham (N168bn).

The Dubai police later handed him over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the US, where he was arraigned on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering, among others.

The FBI also alleged that Hushpuppi attempted to defraud an English Premier League football club of £100m (N48.4bn).

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Pissetzky told Forbes that the suspect was not guilty of the crimes.

“Absolutely not guilty of [the] charges they are accusing him of. (Abbas) was running a legitimate business and a very legitimate Instagram account and did not take part in any scam or fraud,” he said.

When contacted, Pissetzky also said that the suspect’s case would go before a jury.

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He said:

“There is always a chance, absolutely. That’s why they hired me and that’s why I am going to put up vigorous defence and defend him. I will give him good representation. He has a chance. In the United States of America, you have a jury system.”

Asked if he would consider a plea bargain with the system to reduce Abbas’ sentence, Pissetzky said it was a discussion between him and his client.



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