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Vera Uwaila Omozuwa: Melaye reacts to rape, murder inside RCCG church


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Senator Dino Melaye has called on relevant agencies to arrest the perpetrators of the rape and murder of Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level Microbiology student of the University of Benin, UNIBEN.

Uwaila was allegedly raped and killed by some unknown persons while reading in an RCCG, church in Benin City.

He called on the Attorney General of the Federation, Justice Abubakar Malami, the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, and the Director-General of the Department of States Services, DSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, to arrest the demons responsible for the crime.

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Melaye, in a tweet on his official Twitter page on Monday, said he would protest in the street if the perpetrators are not arrested.

Melaye tweeted:

“Law Enforcement Agencies must find perpetrators of Rape and Murder of 22-Year-old Uwa Omozuwa that happened in a Church in Benin city.

“The Attorney General of the Federation, IGP and DG DSS must unravel the demons responsible, or we take to the street. Enough is Enough.”

Meanwhile, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Sunday condemned the terrible incident.

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Adeboye commiserated with the deceased family and called for calm.


Chinese men in trouble for offering N50m bribe to EFCC official



The Sokoto Zonal Head of Operations of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Abdullahi Lawal, on Wednesday told a Sokoto State High Court that two Chinese men offered him a bribe.

The Chinese men, Meng Wei Kun and Xu Kuai had offered him a bribe of Fifty Million Naira (N50,000.000.00) on behalf of a construction company China Zhonghao Nig. Ltd.

The company is being investigated over contracts it was awarded by the Zamfara State Government, in the sum of over Sixty Billion Naira (N60, 000,000,000.00) between 2012 and 2019. The bribe was allegedly offered to compromise an ongoing investigation by the EFCC.

Lawal told the court presided over by before Justice Muhammad Sa’idu Sifawa, while being led in evidence by the EFCC’ s counsel, S. H Sa’ad, that the defendants actually offered him the bribe. Zhonghao Nig. Ltd is being investigated in a case of conspiracy, embezzlement, money laundering, contract splitting and inflation of contracts.

At the resumed hearing of the matter on Wednesday, the EFCC presented its 2nd prosecution witness, Abdullahi Lawal, who told the court that, “on May 8, 2020, it was a Friday, while I was in my office at No. 7 Super Quarters, off Sama Road, Sokoto, the 1st defendant, Mr Meng Wei Kum called me and informed me that he was in Sokoto for the purpose of arranging N100 million for me, and everything will be ready by Monday, being May 11, 2020. Instantly, I called the EFCC Ag. Executive Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu and told him about what was happening, and that I will arrest the 1st defendant at the time of delivering the money. He gave me the approval”

“On Monday, at about 3pm, the 1st defendant called and informed me that the money was ready and that he was only able to raise N50million due to the lockdown and that a balance of N50million will be given at a later date. I said okay, no problem. He now informed me that I should come for the money in the night, at their office near Sokoto State University, along airport road, Kasarawa Village. I said I didn’t know the office. The 1st defendant said he will wait for me at Sokoto State University gate. Immediately after the discussion, I arranged a group of operatives and kept them on standby”.

“Around 9pm, he sent me a text message that they were already there. In order to test how serious he was, I sent him a text message that he should leave it until tomorrow. He replied that I should come that the money was with them in cash and they didn’t want the money to sleep with them overnight for security reason. He said that they were already at the University gate. I said okay, I will get back to them. I called the officers that I arranged for the operation to come and meet me. They came in two vehicles and met me along airport Road. I told them I will first go, and after 15-20 minutes, they should come and meet me at their office where the money will be given”.

“Upon our arrival at the office premises, Mr Meng (the 1st defendant) asked me to pack behind a truck that was at the front of a building. Meng said the truck was packed so that the people in the other building would not sight what was happening. He brought out keys and open the door and three of us, including the 2nd defendant entered into a parlour and I was given a seat and we all sat down and i was even offered water”.

“Mr Meng welcomed me and introduced Mr. Xu Kuai, the 2nd defendant and asked me when they were going to get a clearance? I asked him which clearance? He replied a clearance certificate showing that they had been cleared by the EFCC. I told him you haven’t finished the job and you were asking of a clearance. He said they will do the job. He now said I should come and see the money”.

“As we entered, I saw cartons of Sona bottled water filled with cash in Naira. The 1st defendant said, “Alhaji this is your money” I asked how much, “He said its N50million” I said bring it out and I observed that there are seven cartons. They brought it out to the parlour and in order to gain time for the arrival of my men, I said the money should be counted to confirm it. I told them to bring out all the money and count it out. The money was counted, it was N50million and then, we returned it inside the cartons and celotaped and sealed by the 2nd defendant. They also offered to move the cartons into my car.”

“I agreed but seeing that my men had not still arrived, I decided to sit them down and discuss something. I asked them when they would give me the balance, how long will it take? Mr Meng said very soon but after the lockdown because there are shortages of cash. He again asked about the clearance. I told him to arrange for the balance first.

At that stage, we heard a knock on the door. The 1st defendant rushed to the door and I followed him and asked who was knocking the door. Mr Meng tried to lock the door, but I pushed him and opened the door. My men came in and arrested the two of them and searched all the rooms and the premises and counted the money under video coverage. During the search, three laptops and documents were recovered . Everything was documented. We now went with the two defendants, N50million and the other items recovered during the search and also a black jeep”

“The N50 million was packed in two denominations of N500 Naira note of N10 million and N1000 naira note of N40 million arranged in seven cartoons of Sona table.”

They were identified and tendered by the prosecution through Lawal (PW2). The proceedings were not opposed by the defence counsel, A. T Hassan.

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The money was tendered and admitted as exhibits by the court.

Justice Sifawa adjourned the case to August, 10, 11 and 12, 2020 for the continuation of trial and that the money be kept in the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sokoto for safekeeping.


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Twitter accounts of Apple, Musk, Gates hacked in bitcoin scam, over $10m reportedly stolen



The official Twitter accounts of Apple, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and others were hijacked by scammers trying to dupe people into sending cryptocurrency bitcoin in the hope of doubling their money.

Twitter posts, which have been deleted, were fired off from an array of high-profile accounts on Wednesday telling people they had 30 minutes to send $1,000 in bitcoin in order to be sent back twice as much.

“This is a SCAM, DO NOT participate!” Gemini cryptocurrency exchange co-founder Cameron Winklevoss warned in a tweet from his official account at Twitter.

“This is the same attack/takeover that other major crypto twitter accounts are experiencing. Be vigilant!”

Twitter investigating accounts

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Comments and posts at Twitter indicated thousands of dollars in bitcoin may have been sent to the scammers’ digital account.

Twitter said in an email that it was looking into the matter and would issue a statement shortly.

“We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter. We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly,” Twitter said.

Twitter is diagnosing the hacking problem and will share findings “when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened,” CEO Jack Dorsey said.

Scammers grab over $110,000 worth of cryptocurrency

Several accounts of cryptocurrency-focused organisations were also hijacked.

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Biden’s campaign was “in touch” with Twitter, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The person said the company had locked down the Democrat’s account “immediately following the breach and removed the related tweet.”

Tesla and other affected companies were not immediately available for comment.

Publicly available blockchain records show that the apparent scammers have already received more than $110,000 worth of cryptocurrency.

“It is an unprecedented attack,” Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul, a social media analyst, told TRT World.

Greg Evans of National Cyber Security Ventures told TRT World that the Twitter hacking of high-profile celebrities could be an inside job.

‘Worst hack’

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The cause of the breach was not immediately clear, but the unusual scope of the problem suggested that it was not limited to a single account or service.

While account compromises are not unusual, experts were surprised at the sheer scale and coordination of the Wednesday’s incident.

“This appears to be the worst hack of a major social media platform yet,” said Dmitri Alperovitch, who co-founded cybersecurity company CrowdStrike.

Alperovitch, who now chairs the Silverado Policy Accelerator, said that, in a way, the public had dodged a bullet so far.

“We are lucky that given the power of sending out tweets from the accounts of many famous people, the only thing that the hackers have done is scammed about $110,000 in bitcoins from about 300 people,” he said.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies

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Police brutalise, extort man of N260,000 in Lagos, cause outrage



Public outcry on Wednesday greeted the alleged torture and extortion of a young man, Olumide Bakare by men of the Ogudu Division, Lagos State Police Command.

Bakare had taken to micro-blogging site, Twitter, late on Tuesday to lament his ugly encounter with the policemen who allegedly unlawfully arrested him, tortured and forced a video statement on him before fleecing him of N260,000.

His only offence was being inside a taxi which they flagged down, diverted and proceeded to illegally search his phones, personal items for possible incriminating materials.

Finding nothing except for a phrase “gay men dey pay” in a group chat Bakare had with some friends, the rogue officers then unleashed terror on him, checked his bank account balance and then demanded N500,000 only to settle for N260,000 which they received via Paga.

The Nation reports that Bakare’s experience is sadly, the fate that has befallen many young men in the state and country at large, who some unscrupulous cops usually brand fraudsters just to extort them.

Narrating his ordeal, Bakare said:

“Some members of the Nigerian Police (Ogudu branch), forced a confession, statement and N260,000 out of me on Tuesday. They beat, threatened and made me feel completely powerless. I have not recovered from the harassment, but I need this story to be out there

“They stopped my Uber and asked the driver to drive us straight to Ogudu police station. When we got there, they took us to one small corner in the police station with two wooden rooms.

“They collected my phones, my airpods, ID card. Even as I explained that I was an influencer and work for several brands, they kept on searching my email, IG, Twitter and my WhatsApp for God knows what.

“After asking questions which I gave proper answers to, they saw one text in a group chat I’m in that read “gay men dey pay”. It was a discussion I was having with some friends about closet gay activities we‘d heard rumors about.

“On seeing that, the officer searching my phone said “this one na gay” I was like “Gay????” and I laughed because the whole thing was ridiculous. Next thing he said “you think say I dey follow you laugh?”

“Told me to take off my shirt and started beating me with a pipe. They forced me to write a statement saying I had male clients who paid me to have casual sex with them and even listed name for me. They told me to add amounts to the front of the names too and recorded me confessing (at gun point).

“When they saw my account balance, they demanded for half a million, saying they would send this video to the brands I work for, post it online and they’ll lock me for days so I won’t be able to counter it. They said they could even kill me there.

“After begging and everything, they agreed to collect N260,000. They didn’t colIect transfer, instead, they called someone to come, so I could send via Paga. Afterwards, they told me it’s better to do yahoo than to be gay, because according to them “yahoo go dey pay better.”

“I didn’t want to take any steps. I just wanted to carry on tweeting as though all was well, but it’s not. I have been devastated since yesterday and I don’t know what to do. Please help retweet and tag @segalink and @PoliceNG.”

Bakare’s ordeal generated backlash for the police with the service’s public complaint unit stepping in to investigate.

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Nigerians on social media demanded the arrest and prosecution of the culprits, noting that policemen at Ogudu were very notorious for extortion of innocent residents.

Although the money was later recovered from the cops and handed over to the victim, those who went to the station including data engineer, Tosin Olugbenga, refused attempts by the division to close the case.

“We must put an end to this mess. For records, we are not interested in the refund of the money only. We are interested that such police officers must face the consequences of their actions. If @_VALKlNG didn’t come online to talk, those criminals would continue their evil actions.

“The DPO said the officers are back to work. Can you imagine? People who kidnapped and extorted a young man of N260,000 have returned back to work to continue their evil work? We want to see the officers and put their face here. This evil must stop.

“Nigeria is totally a mess. There are no consequences for people’s actions and that’s why the mess would continue…There are two things for these @PoliceNG criminals: Charged for armed robbery or a convincing orderly room trial. “This mess must not continue. At this critical time, how can you collect N260,000 from someone at gun point, how?

“We are moving to the office of the Area Commander, Area H in Ogudu.

“We have other people from Twitter showing solidarity with this case.

“People must be made to pay for their actions, until then this nation will burn on us.”

Confirming the incident, spokesman Bala Elkana said those involved have been arrested and detained following directives from Commissioner of Police (CP) Hakeem Odumosu.

“As I speak to you, they are on their way to the command. The CP has ordered their arrest and detention. They will definitely face orderly room trial. The command has said it several times that it will never tolerate such conducts,” he said.

The Nation

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