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EFCC Arrests 8 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Ilorin

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ilorin Zonal Office have arrested eight suspected internet fraudsters, following a tip-off and surveillance carried out around Irewolede, Ilorin, Kwara State.

The suspects, who were rounded up at about 9.35pm on February 11, 2019 include, Chimezie Paul, 19; Oluwakayode Adebayo, 25; Mustapha Akeem, 19; Ezedigboo Paschal, 19; Mustapha Suleiman, 21; Mohammed Umar Faruk, 25; Abolarin Samuel Sunday, 23, and Anolarin Ridwan Gbolahan, 25

Among items recovered from them were laptop computers and mobile phones.
They will soon be charged to court.

EFCC war on Internet fraud in Nigeria continues. I wish them luck.

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EFCC Arraigns Woman for N21.4mEmployment Scam

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Reposted from @officialefcc – EFCC Arraigns Woman for N21.4mEmployment Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on February 11, 2019 arraigned one Lilian Bisi Kadiri before Justice Adebukola Banjoko of aFederal Capital Territory, FCT High Court, Maitama, on a one-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence.

Lilian was alleged to have at various times collected a total sum of N21,450,000 from her victim in the guise that she was going to help secure jobs for his relatives. She, however, failed to help secure any jobs, and did not refund the money collected.

The count reads in part: “That you, Lilian Bisi Kadiri, between May 2014 and March 2015 within the Abuja judicial division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory obtained the sum of N21,450,000 (Twenty One Million Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) from one Christopher Aneke, which was paid into your Skye Bank account under the false pretence that you are capable of securing employment for his relatives, which pretence you knew to be false, and you hereby commited an offence contrary to Section(1)(a)of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act (2006) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act 2006.”

She pleaded “not guilty” to the charge.

In view of her plea, prosecuting counsel, Yetunde Alabi, prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison and to fix a date for the commencement of trial.

Justice Banjoko, thereafter, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N20 million and two sureties in like sum. The sureties must be resident in Abuja with landed properties, and must show proof of employment in Abuja and three years tax clearance.

The case has been adjourned to March 25, 2019 for trial, and the defendant remanded in Kuje Prison pending fulfilment of the bail conditions.

#ObtainingByFalsePretence #Crime #Fraud #EFCC #TheFightAgainstCorruption #FightingForYou

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Internet fraudster raid in Osogbo Not By us — EFCC

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@officialefcc – Osogbo Raid Not By EFCC  The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has been drawn to a video trending on the social media on a raid purportedly carried out by operatives of the Commission against suspected internet fraudsters, popularly called “Yahoo-Yahoo boys” in Osogbo, Osun State recently.

We need to state that much as we have avowed, pursuant to our mandate to root out cyber criminals in the nation’s space, we clarify that the operatives depicted in the video are not those of the Commission.

We disclaim the video and in same breath, wish to inform the public that EFCC operatives stick to a standard procedure in their operations, which conforms with global best practices for intelligence officers.

Our operatives would by no means embrace theatre or open attraction of public attention pursuant to their duties.

Members of the public are therefore, advised to look elsewhere for the source and actors in the video because the fingerprints of that operation do not belong to us.

Perhaps we also need to add that while the EFCC does not have an office in Osogbo yet, the Ibadan zonal office which covers Oyo, Osun and Ekiti states has no knowledge of this said raid.

We restate that we are committed to making every shade of financial and economic crime unattractive to criminal elements among us. We will not rest on our oars in this resolve.

#crime #corruption #efcc #fightingcorruption #towardsabetternigeria #pressrelease

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11 beautiful yahoo boys and girls arrested in Ilorin

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Operatives of EFCC, Ilorin Zonal Office have arrested 11 suspected internet fraudsters, following a tip-off and surveillance carried out around Agric Estate, Ilorin, Kwara State.

The suspects, who were rounded up at about 11pm on February 4, 2019 include, Oluyomi Kadri, Adeseye Ogundele, Olasoji Alabi, Abdullahi Saliu, Abdullahi Ibrahim and Abolarin Kayode.

Also arrested during the raid, were five ladies, Momoh Aminat, Momoh Nimota, Kelvin Blessing, Sunday Ruth and Oyinlola Awokunle. Among items recovered from them were land purchase documents, three exotic cars, laptops, internet modem, mobile phones and ATM cards.

Some of them have already confessed to their involvement in various forms of internet fraud. They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

Via: Instablog

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Business man Bags 7 Years for N4.4m Fraud — EFCC

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Reposted from @officialefcc – Bizman Bags 7 Years for N4.4m Fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal Office has secured the conviction of a businessman, Nicholas Emenike for advance fee fraud.

Emenike was on March 27, 2017 arraigned along with his company, Raso Construction Company Limited, at an Enugu State High Court, on a two-count charge of obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N4,467,500.

His ordeal began in 2015 when he was reported to the EFCC by a complainant who alleged that Emenike deceived him into supply rods for the execution of a multi-million naira building contract he claimed to have won.

After supplying the rods, Emenike issued a post-dated cheque, which was returned unpaid.

Investigation by the EFCC, however, revealed that Emenike was never awarded any contract, as there was no document to support his claim. It was further established that he sold the rods and diverted the proceeds to his personal use.

He had pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.

The prosecution team led by Ani Ikechukwu Michael opened its case by calling two witnesses and tendering nine exhibits.

Delivering judgement on January 4, 2019, Justice C.C. Ani found him guilty on count one bordering on obtaining by false pretence, and discharged him on count two, bordering on issuance of dud cheque, and sentenced him to seven years in prison.

 

#crime #corruption #efcc #fightingcorruption #towardsabetternigeria – #regrann

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Three Men have been Arraigned by EFCC For a N34m Fraud

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EFCC Arraigns Three For N34m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, on Monday, February 4, 2019, arraigned Kasumu Ademola, Salau Mikailu and Ganiyu Isola before Justice C.J. Aneke of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on an eight-count charge bordering on money laundering, conversion and retaining of proceeds to the tune of N34, 000, 000 (Thirty Four Million naira) only.

They were arraigned alongside a stock brokerage firm, CSL Stock Brokers, following a complaint received by the Commission from the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE.

Investigation revealed that the defendants fraudulently carried out transaction on the shares of people who had died, and also cleared their dividend warrants.

Items found on the suspects at the point of arrest included dividend warrants and share certificates.

They pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.
In view of their pleas, the prosecuting counsel, Nnemeka Omewa, prayed the court for a trial date and also urged the court to remand the defendants in prison.

However, counsels to the defendants told the court about pending applications for bail on behalf of their clients and pleaded with the court to grant them bail in the most liberal terms.

Consequently, Justice Aneke adjourned the case to February 8, 2019 for hearing of the bail applications and commencement of trial.

Justice Aneke ordered that the defendants be remanded in prison pending the determination of their bail applications.

Full story on our website: www.efccnigeria.org and our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/officialefcc
#corruption #crime #efcc #fightingcorruption #towardsabetternigeria #Moneylaundering

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A Corps member among others in Plateau get arrested with 477 sachets of illicit drugs 

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Military Commander, Operation Safe Haven, Major General Austin Agundu, has publicly paraded ten criminal suspects, including militia kingpin, Timothy Zakka, for crimes ranging from cattle rustling and terrorizing residents of Plateau and other North Central states since 2001.

One of the suspects, Isa Abubakar, a serving member of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), assigned to Ancha Community School in Isukwaito LGA of Abia State, was arrested in possession of 477 sachets of illicit drugs.

Gen. Agundu noted that Isa Abubakar, the drug-peddling Corps member, was arrested in a commercial vehicle en route to Jos, in possession of 477 sachets of flunitrazepam.

He explained that the arrest of Abubakar led to the arrest of Chinedu Egbubuike with 146 sachets of same substance at Saint Murumba in Jos.

📷: Instablog9ja

My Opinion 

The fact that they have been on this for almost 20 Years now, is incredibly chilling.  They have basically turned it into a career.

And a corper was definitely newly recruited, cos he was anot infant as of 2001.

They literally have proven the  saying that 99 days for the thieves and one day for the owner.

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Blac Chyna and kid Buu reportedly end their relationship after their Hawaii vacation fight.

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from @celebgossipjunkies – Blac Chyna’s Hawaiian holiday went to hell fast, after paramedics and cops showed up at her hotel because of a physical fight between Chyna and her new boyfriend … TMZ has learned.
We’re told at around 5 AM, Chyna and Kid Buu were in their hotel room at the Four Seasons in Honolulu when they got in a heated argument. We’re told Chyna accused Kid Buu of cheating, and just before 7 AM it turned violent

We’re told Chyna scratched Kid Buu, and our sources say he then slammed her against the wall several times and choked her. Someone called 911, and cops and paramedics arrived on scene. Chyna was not taken to the hospital and as far as we know no one was seriously hurt.

As for Kid Buu, he left the hotel and posted in Spanish … translation — “Don’t f**k with me, I’m a grown man.” He followed it up with a homophobic slur. TMZ .

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Elderly New Jersey man gets arrested after using his own ice to fake a slip and fall.

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According to ABC7, this New Jersey man was arrested after allegedly throwing ice on the ground and faking a slip and fall (📹abc7ny).

On the video from a CCTV Camera , the elderly man who weirdly didnt notice the presence of a camera,  was seen with a bag pack walking into the shop, he had his bagpack  hanging from one of his shoulders, as he carefully walked toward the ice dispencer.

He threw  the cup of ice to the floor, and walked few steps further away from it .  After getting to the other end of the counter,  he walk right  back to the spot where he had poured the ice away,  and took alittle time to think about the best possible way to fall without actually hurting himself.

While using his bagpack as a cushion for his fall, he went down meticulously and eventually faked the funny  fall.

He has since been arrested for such a poorly exhibition crime in a country as criminally advanced as America.  He is a disgrace to the People and crime of the USA.

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Ondo Senator gets beaten up by youths during Osinbajo’s visit

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The senator representing the Ondo South Senatorial District,  Yele Omogunwa was on Thursday assaulted by the residents of the Okitipupa, the headquarters of Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State during the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to the palace of the monarch of Idepe town, Oba Michael Adetoye.

Similarly, a member of the House of Representatives, representing the Idanre/ Ifedore Federal Constituency, Mr. Bamidele Baderinwa too was beaten blue black by some youths in Idanre on Wednesday during the Osinbajo’s visit to the traditional ruler Idanre town.

It took the intervention of the security details of the Vice President, who took the lawmaker away from the scene, to save him.

Senator Omogunwa, who is the senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the forthcoming general election, was said to be in the company of the Vice  President when the incident happened.

It was gathered that the angry youths carried out the attack on the senator following his alleged woeful performance and poor representation of the district.

One of the youths of the town, speaking on the condition of anonymity said, “He ( senator) was beaten because he neglected us in the senatorial district,  he carried out no constituency projects in the past three years we have elected him”

“He does not have any constituency office in this town, he was not accessible, we couldn’t reach him for over three years, so what does he want here?  Election is coming now, so he wants to cajole us again, that will not be possible” he added.

Meanwhile, the Vice President, in the last three days, had visited the traditional rulers and market women in Akure, Ondo, Okitipupa, Idanre,  Ile Oluji and  Akoko area of the state.

During Osinbajo’s visit to the Osemawe of Ondo, Oba Victor Kiladejo appealed to the VP to expedite action on the process of upgrading the Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo to a university of education.

The traditional ruler also urged Osinbajo, that if the current administration wins the next election, he should influence the dualization of Akure-Ondo-Ore road project.

In his response, Osinbajo said all the requests of the traditional ruler would be looked into, promising that something would be done.

He said, “All your requests will be looked into, the ACE deserves a university status and it would be done. The dualisation will be done. We are investing in infrastructure.

“We have put a substantial amount of money on Lagos-Kano railway project and the first phase of the project has been completed and will be inaugurated in a few days from now.”

Via : Punchnews

MY OPINION 

I have been opportune to pass through the state in particular , and someone sitting beside me right there  said they think the elders of  that state are highly diabolical to have their state be in such bad situation, like being in a ruin.

Well, I am just now  seeing that the youths are non longer pleased with the state of affairs,  and they must have very well been talking about it to the right authority,  and they still didn’t do anything to help the situation,so the youth resulted to violence.

At one point this people will be forced to do things out of abject poverty that the people they have trusted and elected into office,  have now failed them by enriching  themselves, while the people die in panury and poverty.

To think  that they were coaxed into coming out for election campaign,  when they have such disturbing complain to make, and no listens.

Dear reader, travel to Ondo,or even just pass the state in a car,to sender for yourself the state of affairs in that state.

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The Cold Hands of justice finally grips a grass cutter Babachir, Oke, wife

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In what will look like the best news for Nigerians who have been yearning for justice  for years now on embezzlement done by Babachir in the area of grass cutting saga,

and a character revamp/vindication for President Buhari,  a good way to “practise  what you preach” for President Buhari of Nigeria, in the eyes of his Citzens who have accused him of selective discipline on Corrupt politicians,

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had yesterday filed fraud charges against the said  immediate-past Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and a former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayodele Oke, and his wife, Mrs. Folashade Oke.

According to PUNCHnews,  the anti-graft agency on Wednesday 30th January 2019,  filed 10 counts charge against Lawal and five others, including his company, Rholavision Engieneering Ltd, before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja.

It filed four counts against Oke and his wife, Folashade, before the Federal High Court, in Lagos.
President Muhammadu Buhari had, in October 2017, sacked Lawal and Oke following a report of investigations by a panel headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, into allegations of fraud leveled against them.
 The charges against the duo are coming over 15 months after they were sanctioned by the President.
And while Nigerians have been impatient with the result, they accused the president of holding back on Babachirand other members of his cabinet, not knowing that the conclusion on the case was all they required.
Many have said Buhari isn’t exactly the clear handed man he claims,  after he stopped himself from taking Nigerian money, but allows his friends, relatives and cabinet men to go free after they had  done theirs.
 We are indeed proud of the fact that this charges eventually  came to happen.  This shows  that no one will be going free of disciplinary  act, after robbing the Country dry.
Good action from our leaders.
VIA: PUNCHNEWS
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Nigerian footballers and their brother jailed for NGO fraud in the UK

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Former professional footballers Efe and Stephen Sodje, along with brother Bright, were given prison sentences for fraud last year in the U.K.

The three brothers were found to have siphoned off more than £60,000 given to the Sodje Sports Foundation (SSF).

They were jailed in September – Efe Sodje for 18 months, Bright Sodje for 21 months, and Stephen Sodje for two years and six months – at the Central Criminal Court in relation to the fraud.

Efe Sodje appeared for Nigeria in the 2000 African Cup of Nations and the 2002 World Cup, while Bright Sodje played professional rugby league and union in the 1980s and 1990s.

Efe, Bright and Stephen Sodje set up SSF in 2009 with the stated aim of helping poor children in the Niger delta.

The three brothers used their connections within professional football and business communities to secure support for their foundation and to give it an appearance of legitimacy.

Between 2011 and 2014 they defrauded donors of at least £63,000. NCA officers who investigated the SSF’s activities, found donations usually ended up in personal bank accounts of family members.

Events over the three years, including charity football matches, raised funds but nothing reached any under-privileged or sick children

NCA deputy director Chris Farrimond said: “Bright, Efe and Stephen Sodje promoted themselves as generous, community-minded, figures when they were knowingly defrauding people who thought they were helping deprived children in Nigeria.”

Their brother, Akpo, 37, is still wanted in connection with the fraud. He fled the UK during the investigation and an European Arrest Warrant has now been issued.

Two other men were convicted in connection with the same offences in January 2018. .

Emmanuel Noel Oziegbi Ehikhamen was given a 12 month suspended sentence, while Andrew Yulbrynner Oruma was jailed for four years in his absence after absconding from bail during the trial. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. – via: Instablog

My Opinion 

Talk about switching  career at an old age.

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I only raped one and fingered the other – Teacher arrested for defiling 2 students

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A 33-year-old private school teacher, Akinsoku Love Olomi, has been arrested for defiling two pupils aged 6 and 7, after luring them with biscuits in Ogun State.

The mother of one of the girls, Jenifer Mustapha, said the suspect, who resides at Baba Esther area in Iyesi-Ota, took advantage of the innocent kids.

She explained that her daughter told her that the man saw she and her friend playing within the premises of the school and called them into one of the classrooms.

Jenifer said: “the man gave money to one of children to go and buy biscuit and before the arrival of that one, he had defiled the other girl with him.

He then sent the one he had already defiled to go and buy another biscuit and he used that opportunity to defile the second one as well.”

The woman said she noticed change in her daughter’s countenance, which made her to question the girl. Upon the interogation, she revealed that it was Uncle Love that tampered with her private part. .

DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) Ogun State Police Command, confirmed the incident.
According to him, “Upon interrogation, Love admitted that he defiled one of the girls. The suspect claimed that he only fingered the second girl.”

Via: Instablog9ja

My Opinion 

I am becoming a bit confused with these disturbing descriptions. Could it be that the police ask these guys for the reenactment of their evil acts,that makes it acceptable for these guys to have the guts to tell them world that they did it once and did something else, or just boldly saying how many of this disturbing things they have ended up doing. Why do they describe it though? Make it stop.

 

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Nigerian man arrested in Australia over $400k scam

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Kelechi Cosmos Emeh, a 32-year-old Nigerian man living in Queensland, Australia, has been charged after allegedly posing as a U.S soldier and forming a romantic relationship with a woman who sent him $370,000.

Kelechi appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday where it was revealed he had also been accused of trying to get the victim to send him a further $170,000 before officers swooped and arrested him at his Durack home on Thursday.

The suspect, who is in the country on a student visa, allegedly received the money over the course of three months from the 34-year-old Brisbane woman, who later contacted police and sparked the investigation.

According to his defence lawyer, the accused has been in Australia for two years. He had rented a Durack home with his partner, a permanent citizen, since entering the country.

The woman became involved with him on a social media platform in October 2018, while he was claiming to be a US soldier in Syria.

Prior to his court appearance, police issued a public warning after uncovering a “disturbing element” within the alleged scam. They claimed Kelechi- acting as an agent for the soldier he was allegedly impersonating – travelled to the victim’s home to collect another $105,000.

“Usually the offender’s interaction with the victim is all online so this further step of travelling to the victim’s home is certainly something we need the public to hear and be warned of today,” detective Terry Lawrence said.

Detective Inspector Vince Byrnes, of the same squad, said these were the first allegations he knew of that a scammer had met with their victim in person to collect money.

“In this case, the disturbing development is a person attending the address … the nature of this scam makes it different,” he said.

Via: Instablog9ja

My Opinion 

This is just another side of the same story in this country of ours. They definitely have this happening every single time. But they are getting them caught and we are happier.

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DSS arrests fake first lady of Nigeria ‘Aisha Buhari’ for defrauding man of N150m over FG property

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Officer at the Department of State Services on Monday  paraded a middle-aged woman it accused of impersonating Aisha Buhari and using her name and office to defraud a businessman to the tune of N150 million over a federal government landed property in Lagos Nigeria. The Public Relations Officer of the DSS, Peter Afunanya, who read a text of the offence allegedly committed by the woman, also known as Amina Mohammed, Justina Oluoha and Amina Villa, could hardly finish his briefing when the suspect screamed on top of her voice, claiming that she was not alone and that the claim against her was false.

According to her, a former secretary to the government of the federation, an unnamed sister to the wife of the president and many other top officials of the Presidency, particularly directors under the Presidential Implementation Committee on Lease of Federal Government Property in Lagos, were also involved in the offence for which she was paraded by the DSS.

“It is a lie. I am not alone in this matter. Babachir is involved; Aisha’s sister is also in the game as well as many directors. Chicarson is also involved because he has been buying federal government houses in Lagos and these people know him very well in the business,” the suspect kept shouting to the discomfort of DSS operatives, who tried to caution her.

But the DSS in a prepared text read by Afunanya, accused the woman of having an unauthorised access to the Presidential Villa and using the office of the First Lady, Aisha Buhari and engaging in fraudulent act.

According to the DSS Spokesman, the woman had previously used her false identities to defraud many unsuspecting persons until she was discovered on November 22, 2018, when she paraded herself as the First Lady of Kogi State and gained access to the Villa.

Afunanya said: “The suspect used her false identity to evade protocol and scrutiny thus gaining unauthorised access into the Villa and particularly, the residence of the First Lady and Wife of the President, Hajia Aisha Buhari. She took advantage of the fact that personalities such as first ladies, ministers and certain categories of officials are not taken through rigorous protocols and security checks at the Villa Posts.

“What may even surprise you is that Amina, whose phone number is registered as Amina Villa, had on the same day invited one Dr. Alexander Chika Okafor (aka Chicason) into the Villa wherein she made him believe the invitation was at the instance of the First Lady. Investigation reveals that the First Lady was away on a Lesser Hajj and not in the Villa during the period.

“Dr. Okafor complained that he was fleeced of over N150 million in respect of a Court of Appeal property in Lagos, which Amina had promised to help him buy through the First Lady. The property was said to have been part of those under the Presidential Implementation Committee on Lease of the Federal Government Properties.

“Investigation has shown that this unholy enterprise is not to the knowledge of the First Lady. What Amina simply did was to use the First Lady’s name and office as a bait to lure and defraud her victims,” Afunanya explained.

It was unclear as at Monday if the woman was part of the suspects, who allegedly plunged Mrs. Buhari’s Aide-de-Camp into trouble, leading to his arrest and detention by the police over claims by the woman that he had collected billions of Naira from persons using her name and office.

Via: Vanguard

My Opinion 

To be honest that is one smart hausa woman. She has gone as far as coordinating her deceit to the great extent of getting such whooping sum from it? I’m impressed to be honest.  It is a Good thing she was caught, otherwise she would get too good to be caught. Poverty is in the land, and people are making a living the best  way they can.

 

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To create awareness, Nigerian Man narrates his experience in the hands of connected and advanced Phone thieves in Lagos.

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*_COPIED_*

*A true story. Read and be warned*

I meant to publish this story earlier to warn people about the new strategy phone thieves are using now in Lagos (I don’t know if it is obtainable elsewhere). It’s better late than never though.

Let me start by warning that, if your phone is stolen, don’t just assume that they are interested in your phone. No, it’s your sim card that is their target.

My phone had finger print and pattern code so I was confident that the thief who stole my phone couldn’t unlock it to access my details, so I was relaxed that that night. It was stolen around 7pm at mile 2 on Thursday, 19th July, 2018.

By 11pm, as I was checking my email from my pc at home, I saw several alerts of 1k mtn air time purchase. That was when I knew they were operating on my sim. I tried to use Google to track the phone but it was last seen at Mile 2 and around the time it was stolen so I knew it was not on. When I tried my number, it would tell me “the airtel number you are trying to reach is switched off…”, this worried me because my number was mtn not airtel. Initially I assumed they ported my line to airtel, but I reasoned that the process of porting wasn’t so easy and not something that is done within a few hours.

I called diamond bank that night since it was from my diamond bank account that the money was exiting. I even got email alerts showing that a USSD code was used to query my 3 Diamond bank accounts and their balance. I realized that this was a cartel and possibly some bankers were involved (personally, I didn’t know how to use USSD to query such details).

When I called diamond bank, I reported the incident and told them to impose restriction on all USSD transactions on my account. They asked if I would like to block the entire account but I said no. I had my ATM with me and I would need to get some money in d morning, moreover since it was only USSD that they had access to, let the bank block USSD and mobile transactions. They confirmed it was done. Around 12 midnight I checked my mail again and saw more airtime purchases. I called diamond bank again and they confirmed they had effected the restrictions and suggested the alerts I was getting may have been from transactions. Done before the restrictions were imposed. I tried my number again, same message about airtel no being switched off.

By morning, I was in a hurry to go to MTN to retrieve my line. I did that and was asked to insert my sim card after about an hour.

Around 11am I checked my mail. What I saw made my temperature rise a bit! I saw a debit alert of N93,799! I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had to rub my hands over my eyes severally to be sure I was seeing correctly.

I immediately called diamond bank. They still confirmed that the restrictions were in place and suggested that the transaction must have been carried out earlier, possibly the alert came late. At that point I just told them to block the entire accounts.

I inserted my new sim and discovered the swap didn’t work, so I rushed back to mtn center at Opebi to report. The guy that attended to me earlier confirmed he did the swap and in my presence he re-tried it and it failed. Then he told me the guys with my sim were blocking his attempts. “How?”, I asked. He explained to me that since they had access to my number and were monitoring it, when he initiates a sim swap, a message would be sent to the number requesting a yes or no answer to accept or reject. Once they chose “no”, the swap would fail. The mtn agent had to block the sim completely before he could finally get the swap to work and I regained access to my no.

Also, the reason why I was getting a message saying that this airtel line was switched off, so I was because they had diverted all incoming calls on my line to an airtel line which is switched off, such that when u call the line and it tells you this line is switched off, u would assume the no was off, not knowing they were operating on it.

The next was my battle with Diamond bank. They confirmed the transaction on my account was a direct debit (DD) which apparently meant payment for something bought possibly online. They claimed they would investigate to trace it, but *they did nothing*. Some days later I had to call a church member who was was highly placed in the bank. She immediately followed it up with their contact center and not long after that they called to apologise and said they were investigating and would give me feedback. Later they confirmed the purchase was from Jumia. I suggested they should immediately contact Jumia since it takes up to 3 working days for Jumia to ship an item. The theft happened Thursday night (19th July 2018), this was Saturday, two days after. It was possible to not only get Jumia to stop the transaction, but to even track them as they attempt to pick the delivery. Unfortunately, Diamond Bank failed me. I kept calling them and each time they would say that the investigation was on and they would contact me, but they never did. I would be the one to call. Along the line, I got a refund of N42,348.52 from Jumia, no explanations whatsoever, just a credit alert. I only knew it was Jumia because the source of the credit was *HELLOPAY AFRICA* , which jumia uses to refund. I called diamond bank to find out what information they could give me regarding the alert, but they sounded as unsure as I was about it and said again that they were investigating. After several weeks, I had to ask them to just remove all restrictions from my account. They did that, but somehow, till date I cannot even make any USSD transactions using my line, not to buy airtime as I used to, not even to other banks associated with same phone no. Each time I tried, I would get a message saying I had been barred from this service and should contact my bank. I tried all the codes I knew, even codes of other banks. I went severally to the bank but they claimed it was from mtn. My question was why would d message ask me to contact my bank if it was from mtn? I went to mtn, they referred me back to my bank saying from their end there was no restrictions.

Eventually, I had to change the phone number associated with my accounts to another number to be able to do USSD transactions. I also got angry with Diamond bank and asked them to close all my accounts with them.

*Points to note:*
1. The hoodlums who steal the phone have some techie guys at the back end who know virtually everything about mobile banking and know virtually all the codes to do whatever.
2. I suspect they also have bank insiders, especially Diamond bank. Why do I think so? My phone number was also linked to my Fidelity and Zenith accounts, but all they queries and transactions they did were on the three Diamond bank accounts. Similarly, a friend of mine had his phone stolen just last week and before he knew it, they had taken 20k from hi diamond bank account. Fortunately for him he didn’t have much in the account. This is why I believe they have a diamond bank insider.
3. When they steal the phone, if it is a phone with password, they remove the sim card into another phone then divert all calls to a line that is switched off. (it also happened to my friend. His line was diverted to an airtel line that was switched off).
4. As long as they have access to your number and it is linked to your account, so they immediately go into action to take as much as they could. In my case, I got to learn that there was a cap of about 100k for USSD purchases daily. So if I had wasted time in blocking USSD transactions then by morning they would have taken another 100k from my account for the second day.
5. Immediately you observe your phone has been stolen, use any available phone and call your bank’s contact center and request your account to be blocked pending when you retrieve your number.
6. To reduce the risk of thieves using USSD code to steal from you, activate USSD transfer on your line. When you do that, you create a secure pin. It becomes difficult for the hoodlums because they would be required to provide that pin or answer to a secret question. However if you had not activated USSD transfers (like me), it makes it easy for them. All they need do is activate it for themselves. The default password would be sent to the no which is with them, they create the secret question and all and they have direct access to your account to to make USSD transactions.

I hope this information helps someone to avoid the loss I went through.

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