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EFCC Arrests Seven in Ogbomoso for Alleged Illegal Mining Activities in Ilorin

EFCC Arrests Seven in Ogbomoso for Alleged Illegal Mining Activities in Ilorin


Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have arrested seven suspects for offences bordering on illegal mining activities, and two others for offering N1.2million bribe to compromise the operatives of the Commission.

 

The arrest, which followed credible intelligence and days of surveillance, was carried out on Friday, May 24, 2024 at Ogbomosho, Oyo State. The suspects are Waliyu Abidoye, Abubakar Auwal, Abdulrauf Hakim, Sabiu Usman, Salihu Godwin, Dauda Mohammed and Olalekan Aremu.


At the point of arrest, five truckloads of assorted minerals suspected to be lepidolite, lithium and precious stone among others were recovered from the suspects.


Investigations revealed that the suspects were not licensed miners and did not have requisite authority to purchase and possess the minerals. They were also not paying royalties to the Federal and States Governments, as required by law.


The Commission also arrested two other persons, Faleti Waheed and Noah Olalekan who allegedly offered N1.2million bribe to the operatives in order to secure the release of one of the sized trucks.


The duo of Waheed and Olalekan approached the EFCC operatives at the point of arrest and negotiated to give them money in order to have their seized truck released. The officers played along and got the suspects arrested at the point of delivering the money.


The sum of N995,500 (Nine Hundred and Ninety-Five Thousand, Five Hundred Naira) only was recovered from Waheed who claimed to be a manager at a filling station in Ogbomosho while the sum of N201,000 (Two Hundred and One Thousand Naira) only was recovered from Olalekan who claimed to be a scavenger.


The suspects will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of ongoing investigations.

 

Source: EFCC 


Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have arrested seven suspects for offences bordering on illegal mining activities, and two others for offering N1.2million bribe to compromise the operatives of the Commission.

 

The arrest, which followed credible intelligence and days of surveillance, was carried out on Friday, May 24, 2024 at Ogbomosho, Oyo State. The suspects are Waliyu Abidoye, Abubakar Auwal, Abdulrauf Hakim, Sabiu Usman, Salihu Godwin, Dauda Mohammed and Olalekan Aremu.


At the point of arrest, five truckloads of assorted minerals suspected to be lepidolite, lithium and precious stone among others were recovered from the suspects.


Investigations revealed that the suspects were not licensed miners and did not have requisite authority to purchase and possess the minerals. They were also not paying royalties to the Federal and States Governments, as required by law.


The Commission also arrested two other persons, Faleti Waheed and Noah Olalekan who allegedly offered N1.2million bribe to the operatives in order to secure the release of one of the sized trucks.


The duo of Waheed and Olalekan approached the EFCC operatives at the point of arrest and negotiated to give them money in order to have their seized truck released. The officers played along and got the suspects arrested at the point of delivering the money.


The sum of N995,500 (Nine Hundred and Ninety-Five Thousand, Five Hundred Naira) only was recovered from Waheed who claimed to be a manager at a filling station in Ogbomosho while the sum of N201,000 (Two Hundred and One Thousand Naira) only was recovered from Olalekan who claimed to be a scavenger.


The suspects will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of ongoing investigations.

 

Source: EFCC 

NIGERIAN ARMY 'S 22 ARMOURED BRIGADE TROOPS RESCUE KIDNAP VICTIMS KWARA STATE

NIGERIAN ARMY 'S 22 ARMOURED BRIGADE TROOPS RESCUE KIDNAP VICTIMS KWARA STATE



Troops of 22 Armoured Brigade in Forward Operating Base (FOB) Patigi, while conducting search and rescue operations at Olapade/Olayinka village in Ifelodun LGA of Kwara State rescued 5 kidnapped persons compromising four females and a child on Monday 20 May, 2024. The operation followed an intelligent report from local residents and vigilantee which prompted the troops to swing into action, engaged the kidnappers leading to the rescue of the kidnap victims.  


Lieutenant STEPHEN NWANKWO who is the Acting Assistant Director Army Public Relations for 22 Armoured Brigade in a statement said, thereafter, the Commander, 22 Brigade, Brigadier General, OF Williams formally handed over the rescued persons  to Mr Shonibare, Chairman, Ifelodun Local Government Council at a brief ceremony. 


The victims revealed that they were kidnapped on 15  May 2024 and expressed gratitude to the military for rescuing them from their captors. They urged the Nigerian Army (NA) to sustain efforts in the fight against all forms insecurity in across the country. Adding that troops timely intervention and bravery, saved them from a potentially deadly situation. 


Speaking at the occasion, Brigadier General Williams assured the Chairman, Ifelodun LGA and the all good people of Kwara State that the NA would remain unrelenting in ridding the state of criminals, bandits and kidnappers. He emphasized the brigade’s readiness to continue to do its best and enjoined the people help useful and timely information to help the military and security agencies respond in conducting joint operations, which is in line with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS)’s Command Philosophy.







Source: Nigerian Army



Troops of 22 Armoured Brigade in Forward Operating Base (FOB) Patigi, while conducting search and rescue operations at Olapade/Olayinka village in Ifelodun LGA of Kwara State rescued 5 kidnapped persons compromising four females and a child on Monday 20 May, 2024. The operation followed an intelligent report from local residents and vigilantee which prompted the troops to swing into action, engaged the kidnappers leading to the rescue of the kidnap victims.  


Lieutenant STEPHEN NWANKWO who is the Acting Assistant Director Army Public Relations for 22 Armoured Brigade in a statement said, thereafter, the Commander, 22 Brigade, Brigadier General, OF Williams formally handed over the rescued persons  to Mr Shonibare, Chairman, Ifelodun Local Government Council at a brief ceremony. 


The victims revealed that they were kidnapped on 15  May 2024 and expressed gratitude to the military for rescuing them from their captors. They urged the Nigerian Army (NA) to sustain efforts in the fight against all forms insecurity in across the country. Adding that troops timely intervention and bravery, saved them from a potentially deadly situation. 


Speaking at the occasion, Brigadier General Williams assured the Chairman, Ifelodun LGA and the all good people of Kwara State that the NA would remain unrelenting in ridding the state of criminals, bandits and kidnappers. He emphasized the brigade’s readiness to continue to do its best and enjoined the people help useful and timely information to help the military and security agencies respond in conducting joint operations, which is in line with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS)’s Command Philosophy.







Source: Nigerian Army

"WE WILL WORK TOGETHER TO FIGHT CRIMINALITIES ON THE PLATEAU" - GOC 3 DIVISION TO NEW CP

"WE WILL WORK TOGETHER TO FIGHT CRIMINALITIES ON THE PLATEAU" - GOC 3 DIVISION TO NEW CP


The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division/ Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH), Major General AE Abubakar has noted the significance of  synergy between security agencies in the fight against all forms of criminalities fueling crisis in some volatile areas of Plateau  State. The GOC/Commmander OPSH made this known, when the new Commissioner of Police, CP Emmanuel Olugbemiga Adesina paid him a courtesy visit at Headquarters 3 Division Nigerian Army, Maxwell Khobe Cantonment Jos. 


Major General Abubakar remarked that, the command vision and philosophy of the Chief of  Defence Staff, General CG Musa (OFR) and that of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen TA Lagbaja (NAM), were all clearly hinged on the significance of jointness, synergy and intelligence sharing in the defence of Nigeria. “If we're drawing from their philosophy and vision, we have no option but to work together as no one agency can do it alone. We must leverage on the strength of one another,” He noted. 


He assured the CP of his resolve to continue to strengthen the existing relationship between the Military and the Police on the Plateau, most especially on the speedy prosecution of suspects.The GOC further solicited for seamless and prompt dissemination of information amongst the security agencies, so as to ensure immediate and fast response to emerging security threats. 


While reiterating  the Nigerian Army's zero tolerance for infractions amongst her personnel and other agencies, he emphasized that the job is not a one-man business as all agencies must  work together in unison to enhance security. He further updated the CP on the joint kinetic and non- kinentic approaches such as stakeholders engagements, sensitization seminars and sporting activities as measures the Division and OPSH continually explore to consolidate on the relative peace achieved in the state and environs. 


Earlier in his remarks,  the Commissioner Of Police(CP), Plateau State command, CP Emmanuel Olugbemiga Adesina disclosed that the visit was necessary to familiarise himself with other security agencies and also seek for strengthened collaboration, partnership and robust synergy which he said was key to mitigating crime and ensuring peace on the Plateau. Such a visit he averred will further encourage and also boost the already strong mutual relationship, intelligence and information sharing among security agencies.


The Police Chief commended the GOC/Commander OPSH for his milestone achievements, efforts and giant strides in restoring law and order in troubled areas of the State. He enjoined the GOC/Commander OPSH to sustain and strengthen the security architecture put in place so that the peace achieved would be sustained. 


The visit was concluded with group photographs with the staff officers and Commanders of various units and formations under 3 Division and Plateau State Police Command








Source: NIGERIAN ARMY


The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division/ Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH), Major General AE Abubakar has noted the significance of  synergy between security agencies in the fight against all forms of criminalities fueling crisis in some volatile areas of Plateau  State. The GOC/Commmander OPSH made this known, when the new Commissioner of Police, CP Emmanuel Olugbemiga Adesina paid him a courtesy visit at Headquarters 3 Division Nigerian Army, Maxwell Khobe Cantonment Jos. 


Major General Abubakar remarked that, the command vision and philosophy of the Chief of  Defence Staff, General CG Musa (OFR) and that of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen TA Lagbaja (NAM), were all clearly hinged on the significance of jointness, synergy and intelligence sharing in the defence of Nigeria. “If we're drawing from their philosophy and vision, we have no option but to work together as no one agency can do it alone. We must leverage on the strength of one another,” He noted. 


He assured the CP of his resolve to continue to strengthen the existing relationship between the Military and the Police on the Plateau, most especially on the speedy prosecution of suspects.The GOC further solicited for seamless and prompt dissemination of information amongst the security agencies, so as to ensure immediate and fast response to emerging security threats. 


While reiterating  the Nigerian Army's zero tolerance for infractions amongst her personnel and other agencies, he emphasized that the job is not a one-man business as all agencies must  work together in unison to enhance security. He further updated the CP on the joint kinetic and non- kinentic approaches such as stakeholders engagements, sensitization seminars and sporting activities as measures the Division and OPSH continually explore to consolidate on the relative peace achieved in the state and environs. 


Earlier in his remarks,  the Commissioner Of Police(CP), Plateau State command, CP Emmanuel Olugbemiga Adesina disclosed that the visit was necessary to familiarise himself with other security agencies and also seek for strengthened collaboration, partnership and robust synergy which he said was key to mitigating crime and ensuring peace on the Plateau. Such a visit he averred will further encourage and also boost the already strong mutual relationship, intelligence and information sharing among security agencies.


The Police Chief commended the GOC/Commander OPSH for his milestone achievements, efforts and giant strides in restoring law and order in troubled areas of the State. He enjoined the GOC/Commander OPSH to sustain and strengthen the security architecture put in place so that the peace achieved would be sustained. 


The visit was concluded with group photographs with the staff officers and Commanders of various units and formations under 3 Division and Plateau State Police Command








Source: NIGERIAN ARMY

Absence of Counsel, Defendant Stalls Arraignment in Alleged N178.8m Fraud in Jos

Absence of Counsel, Defendant Stalls Arraignment in Alleged N178.8m Fraud in Jos









The arraignment of Okewole Dayo, Bishop Katung Jonas, Dadin Kowa Microfinance Bank and Mamman Irmiya Jatau before Justice Sharon T. Ishaya of the Federal High Court, Jos, Plateau State was stalled on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 due to absence of counsel to the first defendant, Dayo as well as the absence of the fourth defendant, Jatau.


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC is prosecuting the quartet on 24-count charges that border on conspiracy, obtaining by false pretence and money laundering to the  tune of N178,885,000 (One Hundred and Seventy-eight Million, Eight Hundred and Eighty -five Thousand Naira).


Count two of the charge reads: “That you, OKEWOLE DAYO (Alias OKEWOLE DAVID DAYO)and BISHOP KATUNG JONAS being Secretary and Chairman of Covenant Fadama Cooperative Society, sometime in 2012, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did knowingly transferred the sum of N50,000,000.00 (Fifty Million Naira only) from Covenant Fadama Cooperative Society Account First Bank Account number 2003050001625 into Dadin Kowa Micro Finance Account; First Bank Account number 2016452671 which sum represent proceeds of unlawful act and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) (b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011( As Amended by the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2012) and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act".


Count three reads: "That you DADIN KOWA MICRO FINANCE BANK LTD and MAMMAN IRMIYA JATAU sometime in 2012 in Jos within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, retained the sum of N50, 000,000.00 (Fifty Million Naira only) in your First Bank plc account number 2016452671 owned and operated by you which sum you reasonably ought to have know represents proceeds of unlawful act and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011( As Amended by the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2012) and punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act".


Having noticed the absence of the first defendant’s counsel and the absence of the fourth defendant during the day’s proceeding, prosecution counsel, Ibrahim Buba informed the court that all the defendants were aware of the sitting, having been duly served hearing notices through their respective counsels. He therefore prayed for a bench warrant to be issued against the fourth defendant and a clarification from the first defendant as to who would represent him.


“My Lord, the defendants have been served hearing notice through their counsels, however, the fourth defendant is not in court today. In view of the absence of any formal communication to the court, explaining the absence of the fourth defendant,  we shall be humbly applying for the issuance of bench warrant against the fourth defendant, and also his sureties to be summoned to show cause why they should not forfeit their respective bonds that is before the court," he said.   He asked for a fresh arraignment date in addition.


In respect of the first defendant whose counsel was not in court, Buba prayed the court to find out from him if he intended to represent himself or needed to get another representation to avoid continued delay of the arraignment and subsequent trial.


Responding, G.G Aji, counsel to Jonas, the second defendant informed the court that the fourth defendant was absent in court having passed on. “On the absence of the fourth defendant, my lord, I can confirm to you that he is dead, I know him in person,” the counsel said.


After listening to the counsels, Justice Ishaya adjourned the matter till July 1, 2024 for arraignment and ordered the sureties of the fourth defendant to produce him in court  or  show course why they should not forfeit their bonds. 


The defendants are before the court following claims of some petitioners alleging that they formed a fraudulent cooperative society with which they fleece unsuspecting members of the public in Plateau State and beyond their resources. They were also alleged to have laundered the proceeds of their crime through investments in properties in Jos.



Source: EFCC









The arraignment of Okewole Dayo, Bishop Katung Jonas, Dadin Kowa Microfinance Bank and Mamman Irmiya Jatau before Justice Sharon T. Ishaya of the Federal High Court, Jos, Plateau State was stalled on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 due to absence of counsel to the first defendant, Dayo as well as the absence of the fourth defendant, Jatau.


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC is prosecuting the quartet on 24-count charges that border on conspiracy, obtaining by false pretence and money laundering to the  tune of N178,885,000 (One Hundred and Seventy-eight Million, Eight Hundred and Eighty -five Thousand Naira).


Count two of the charge reads: “That you, OKEWOLE DAYO (Alias OKEWOLE DAVID DAYO)and BISHOP KATUNG JONAS being Secretary and Chairman of Covenant Fadama Cooperative Society, sometime in 2012, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did knowingly transferred the sum of N50,000,000.00 (Fifty Million Naira only) from Covenant Fadama Cooperative Society Account First Bank Account number 2003050001625 into Dadin Kowa Micro Finance Account; First Bank Account number 2016452671 which sum represent proceeds of unlawful act and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) (b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011( As Amended by the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2012) and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act".


Count three reads: "That you DADIN KOWA MICRO FINANCE BANK LTD and MAMMAN IRMIYA JATAU sometime in 2012 in Jos within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, retained the sum of N50, 000,000.00 (Fifty Million Naira only) in your First Bank plc account number 2016452671 owned and operated by you which sum you reasonably ought to have know represents proceeds of unlawful act and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011( As Amended by the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2012) and punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act".


Having noticed the absence of the first defendant’s counsel and the absence of the fourth defendant during the day’s proceeding, prosecution counsel, Ibrahim Buba informed the court that all the defendants were aware of the sitting, having been duly served hearing notices through their respective counsels. He therefore prayed for a bench warrant to be issued against the fourth defendant and a clarification from the first defendant as to who would represent him.


“My Lord, the defendants have been served hearing notice through their counsels, however, the fourth defendant is not in court today. In view of the absence of any formal communication to the court, explaining the absence of the fourth defendant,  we shall be humbly applying for the issuance of bench warrant against the fourth defendant, and also his sureties to be summoned to show cause why they should not forfeit their respective bonds that is before the court," he said.   He asked for a fresh arraignment date in addition.


In respect of the first defendant whose counsel was not in court, Buba prayed the court to find out from him if he intended to represent himself or needed to get another representation to avoid continued delay of the arraignment and subsequent trial.


Responding, G.G Aji, counsel to Jonas, the second defendant informed the court that the fourth defendant was absent in court having passed on. “On the absence of the fourth defendant, my lord, I can confirm to you that he is dead, I know him in person,” the counsel said.


After listening to the counsels, Justice Ishaya adjourned the matter till July 1, 2024 for arraignment and ordered the sureties of the fourth defendant to produce him in court  or  show course why they should not forfeit their bonds. 


The defendants are before the court following claims of some petitioners alleging that they formed a fraudulent cooperative society with which they fleece unsuspecting members of the public in Plateau State and beyond their resources. They were also alleged to have laundered the proceeds of their crime through investments in properties in Jos.



Source: EFCC

NIGERIAN ARMY: TROOPS REPEL KIDNAP ATTEMPT IN BENUE, RESCUE 2 VICTIMS, RECOVER FIRE ARMS

NIGERIAN ARMY: TROOPS REPEL KIDNAP ATTEMPT IN BENUE, RESCUE 2 VICTIMS, RECOVER FIRE ARMS


Troops of Nigerian Army deployed for Counter- terrorism operations in the North Central in conjunction with Volunteer Guards, have successfully repelled a kidnap attempt and rescued 2 kidnap victims in Benue State. 


Responding to a distress call from the enclave of the suspected kidnap gang in Tsede Village, along Road Tor Donga Takum in Katsina Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, troops quickly mobilized to the location where they engaged the kidnappers in a shootout, forcing them to retreat in disarray, abandoning their captives. 


The rescued victims, identified as Chief Sano Kursi and Augustine Sada, were unharmed and have since been reunited with their families. The troops also recovered one FN rifle, One FN rifle magazine, 17 AK-47 rifle magazines, 10 rounds of 7.62 mm (Special) ammunition, 58 rounds of 7.62 mm (NATO) ammunition and 3 ATM cards.


This successful operation demonstrates Nigerian Army's commitment to protecting lives and property in the region and also highlights the importance of collaboration between security forces and local communities in combating crime.


Source: NIGERIAN ARMY


Troops of Nigerian Army deployed for Counter- terrorism operations in the North Central in conjunction with Volunteer Guards, have successfully repelled a kidnap attempt and rescued 2 kidnap victims in Benue State. 


Responding to a distress call from the enclave of the suspected kidnap gang in Tsede Village, along Road Tor Donga Takum in Katsina Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, troops quickly mobilized to the location where they engaged the kidnappers in a shootout, forcing them to retreat in disarray, abandoning their captives. 


The rescued victims, identified as Chief Sano Kursi and Augustine Sada, were unharmed and have since been reunited with their families. The troops also recovered one FN rifle, One FN rifle magazine, 17 AK-47 rifle magazines, 10 rounds of 7.62 mm (Special) ammunition, 58 rounds of 7.62 mm (NATO) ammunition and 3 ATM cards.


This successful operation demonstrates Nigerian Army's commitment to protecting lives and property in the region and also highlights the importance of collaboration between security forces and local communities in combating crime.


Source: NIGERIAN ARMY

EFCC Arraigns Four for Alleged Obstruction of Justice in Kaduna

EFCC Arraigns Four for Alleged Obstruction of Justice in Kaduna


The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Wednesday, April, 24, 2024 arraigned four suspects  before Justice A.A Bello of the Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna.


They were docked for alleged obstruction of lawful duty and assault against officers of the Commission. 

 


The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Wednesday, April, 24, 2024 arraigned four suspects  before Justice A.A Bello of the Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna.


They were docked for alleged obstruction of lawful duty and assault against officers of the Commission. 

 

HOW NIGERIAN ARMY TROOPS NEUTRALIZE ARMED ROBBERS , FOIL KIDNAP ATTEMPT, RECOVER ARMS IN SEPARATE OPERATIONS

HOW NIGERIAN ARMY TROOPS NEUTRALIZE ARMED ROBBERS , FOIL KIDNAP ATTEMPT, RECOVER ARMS IN SEPARATE OPERATIONS


In a series of successful operations, troops deployed for Counter-terrorism operations in North West and North Central regions conducted successful operations on Wednesday 24 April 2024. 


In Sokoto State, troops in response to actionable intelligence ambushed a notorious group of terrorists at a suspected crossing point around Sarma village in Tangaza Local Government Area of Sokoto State. The troops successfully eliminated the group's kingpin in a fire fight and recovered one AK-47 rifle with 2 magazines, 7 rounds of 7.62 mm (Special)  and a motorcycle.


In a related development, troops foiled a kidnapping attempt, while responding to a distress call about kidnapping activities along Kasu village road, Kafanchan District in Jema'a Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The troops arrested two suspected kidnappers and recovered one fabricated rifle, 2 rounds of 7.62 mm (Special), one cartridge, and a motorcycle.


In another successful operation, troops neutralized a suspected armed robber at Kaskara Check Point in response to a distress call about armed robbery activities around UTC (TENTI) Junction in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State. The troops neutralized one of armed robbers. Items recovered from the scene include one locally fabricated gun and other harmful weapons.


The troops have continued to sustain the momentum of ongoing operations across the theatres to ensure security in the country.


We urge members of the public to continue to support the troops with credible information for more effective operations.


Source: NIGERIAN ARMY HOW


In a series of successful operations, troops deployed for Counter-terrorism operations in North West and North Central regions conducted successful operations on Wednesday 24 April 2024. 


In Sokoto State, troops in response to actionable intelligence ambushed a notorious group of terrorists at a suspected crossing point around Sarma village in Tangaza Local Government Area of Sokoto State. The troops successfully eliminated the group's kingpin in a fire fight and recovered one AK-47 rifle with 2 magazines, 7 rounds of 7.62 mm (Special)  and a motorcycle.


In a related development, troops foiled a kidnapping attempt, while responding to a distress call about kidnapping activities along Kasu village road, Kafanchan District in Jema'a Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The troops arrested two suspected kidnappers and recovered one fabricated rifle, 2 rounds of 7.62 mm (Special), one cartridge, and a motorcycle.


In another successful operation, troops neutralized a suspected armed robber at Kaskara Check Point in response to a distress call about armed robbery activities around UTC (TENTI) Junction in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State. The troops neutralized one of armed robbers. Items recovered from the scene include one locally fabricated gun and other harmful weapons.


The troops have continued to sustain the momentum of ongoing operations across the theatres to ensure security in the country.


We urge members of the public to continue to support the troops with credible information for more effective operations.


Source: NIGERIAN ARMY HOW

How Yahaya Bello paid the tuition fee for his children from the 2025 session through the 2031 session

How Yahaya Bello paid the tuition fee for his children from the 2025 session through the 2031 session

Ex Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello paid the tuition fee for his children from the 2025 session through the 2035 session.

Yahaya Bello paid $845,000 for five children to attend the American International School of Abuja. It’s paid in advance until 2035 pic.twitter.com/BfEOP3hTnH

— Senator Dino Melaye. (SDM) (@_dinomelaye) April 26, 2024

Some of the receipts of the $845,000 (Over 1 Billion naira, which he withdrew from Kogi state bank account) school fees paid by Yahaya Bello to American International School of Abuja.


Yahaya Bello signed a contract with the American International School of Abuja to prepay $845,000 in school fees. However, EFCC asked American International School of Abuja to forward the $845,000 school fees paid by Yahaya Bello. They offer to refund £760, 000 of the said amount. 


See the attached documents, all fees settled until the children graduate from the school!







Source: Social media 

Ex Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello paid the tuition fee for his children from the 2025 session through the 2035 session.

Yahaya Bello paid $845,000 for five children to attend the American International School of Abuja. It’s paid in advance until 2035 pic.twitter.com/BfEOP3hTnH

— Senator Dino Melaye. (SDM) (@_dinomelaye) April 26, 2024

Some of the receipts of the $845,000 (Over 1 Billion naira, which he withdrew from Kogi state bank account) school fees paid by Yahaya Bello to American International School of Abuja.


Yahaya Bello signed a contract with the American International School of Abuja to prepay $845,000 in school fees. However, EFCC asked American International School of Abuja to forward the $845,000 school fees paid by Yahaya Bello. They offer to refund £760, 000 of the said amount. 


See the attached documents, all fees settled until the children graduate from the school!







Source: Social media 

Why EFCC Declares Yahaya Bello Wanted

Why EFCC Declares Yahaya Bello Wanted


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, April 18,  2024 declared a former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Adoza Bello wanted in connection with an alleged money laundering ..

 

Alleged N80.2billion Money Laundering

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, April 18, 2024 arraign a former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Adoza Bello before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.


He was arraigned before Justice Emeka Nwite alongside three other suspects, Ali Bello, Dauda Suleiman and Abdulsalam Hudu on 19- count charges bordering on money laundering to the tune of N80, 246, 470, 088.88 (Eighty Billion, Two Hundred and Forty Six Million, Four Hundred and Seventy Thousand and Eight Nine Naira, Eighty Eight Kobo).


Bello’s arraignment is coming on the heels of a warrant of arrest and enrolment order granted the EFCC by the court on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. 


Count one of the charges reads: That you, Yahaya Adoza Bello, Ali Bello, Dauda Suliman, and Abdulsalam Hudu( Still at large), sometime, in February, 2016, in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired amongst yourselves to convert the total sum of N80, 246,470, 088.88 (Eighty Billion, Two Hundred and Forty Six Million, Four Hundred and Seventy Thousand and Eight Nine Naira, Eighty Eight Kobo), which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of your unlawful activity to wit, criminal breach of trust and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) and punishable under Section 15(3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended”.

 

Count 17 of the charges read: “That you Yahaya Bello between 26th July 2021 to 6th April 2022 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court aided E-Traders International Limited to conceal the aggregate sum of N3, 081, 804,654.00 (Three Billion, Eighty One Million Eight Hundred and Four Thousand Six Hundred and Fifty Four Naira) in account number 1451458080 domiciled in Access BankPlc, which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of proceeds of unlawful activity to wit, criminal breach of trust and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a), 15(2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

 

Count 18 of the charges reads: “That you Yahaya Adoza Bello sometime in November 2021 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court indirectly procured E-Traders international Limited to transfer the aggregate sum of $570,330.00 (Five Hundred and Seventy Thousand, Three Hundred and Thirty Dollars) to account number 4266644272 domiciled in TD Bank, United States of America which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of proceeds of unlawful activity to wit, criminal breach of trust and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 15( 3) of the same Act”.

 

The Commission’s attempt to execute the Warrant of Arrest lawfully obtained against Bello met stiff resistance on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. The security cordon around the former governor’s residence in Abuja was breached by the current Governor of Kogi State, Usman Ododo who ensured that the suspect was spirited away in his official vehicle. As a responsible law enforcement agency, the EFCC exercised restraint in the face of the provocation, waiting for his arraignment on Thursday, April 18, 2024.


It is needful to state that Bello is not above the law and would be brought to justice as soon as possible.



 


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, April 18,  2024 declared a former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Adoza Bello wanted in connection with an alleged money laundering ..

 

Alleged N80.2billion Money Laundering

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, April 18, 2024 arraign a former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Adoza Bello before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.


He was arraigned before Justice Emeka Nwite alongside three other suspects, Ali Bello, Dauda Suleiman and Abdulsalam Hudu on 19- count charges bordering on money laundering to the tune of N80, 246, 470, 088.88 (Eighty Billion, Two Hundred and Forty Six Million, Four Hundred and Seventy Thousand and Eight Nine Naira, Eighty Eight Kobo).


Bello’s arraignment is coming on the heels of a warrant of arrest and enrolment order granted the EFCC by the court on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. 


Count one of the charges reads: That you, Yahaya Adoza Bello, Ali Bello, Dauda Suliman, and Abdulsalam Hudu( Still at large), sometime, in February, 2016, in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired amongst yourselves to convert the total sum of N80, 246,470, 088.88 (Eighty Billion, Two Hundred and Forty Six Million, Four Hundred and Seventy Thousand and Eight Nine Naira, Eighty Eight Kobo), which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of your unlawful activity to wit, criminal breach of trust and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) and punishable under Section 15(3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended”.

 

Count 17 of the charges read: “That you Yahaya Bello between 26th July 2021 to 6th April 2022 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court aided E-Traders International Limited to conceal the aggregate sum of N3, 081, 804,654.00 (Three Billion, Eighty One Million Eight Hundred and Four Thousand Six Hundred and Fifty Four Naira) in account number 1451458080 domiciled in Access BankPlc, which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of proceeds of unlawful activity to wit, criminal breach of trust and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a), 15(2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

 

Count 18 of the charges reads: “That you Yahaya Adoza Bello sometime in November 2021 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court indirectly procured E-Traders international Limited to transfer the aggregate sum of $570,330.00 (Five Hundred and Seventy Thousand, Three Hundred and Thirty Dollars) to account number 4266644272 domiciled in TD Bank, United States of America which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of proceeds of unlawful activity to wit, criminal breach of trust and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 15( 3) of the same Act”.

 

The Commission’s attempt to execute the Warrant of Arrest lawfully obtained against Bello met stiff resistance on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. The security cordon around the former governor’s residence in Abuja was breached by the current Governor of Kogi State, Usman Ododo who ensured that the suspect was spirited away in his official vehicle. As a responsible law enforcement agency, the EFCC exercised restraint in the face of the provocation, waiting for his arraignment on Thursday, April 18, 2024.


It is needful to state that Bello is not above the law and would be brought to justice as soon as possible.



 

WAR AGAINST TERRORISM: NIGERIAN ARMY TROOPS INTENSIFY OFFENSIVE, OVERRUN ISWAP/BOKO HARAM STRONGHOLD, RECOVER HEAVY ARTILLERY GUN, GUN TRUCKS

WAR AGAINST TERRORISM: NIGERIAN ARMY TROOPS INTENSIFY OFFENSIVE, OVERRUN ISWAP/BOKO HARAM STRONGHOLD, RECOVER HEAVY ARTILLERY GUN, GUN TRUCKS


In a major victory against terrorism, Nigerian Army troops have successfully overrun a Boko Haram/Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) stronghold in Borno State. The intense offensive is part of Operation Desert Sanity III, involving  a combination of artillery and air bombardments, as well as ground battle along Ngumne, Kawaran, and Mangu Axis in the Sambisa Forest and Timbuktu Triangle. .


Despite facing threats of improvised explosive devices and resistance from the terrorists, troops engaged them with heavy firepower, rooting out the terrorists from their stronghold. As a result of the successful operation, the gallant troops recovered vital armaments and other equipment, including two gun trucks, a 105mm Pack Howitzer, two exploded improvised explosive device cases, and a burnt Rocket-Propelled Grenade tube. The enclaves were also destroyed by the troops.


This audacious operation demonstrates  Nigerian Army's commitment to eradicating terrorism and ensuring the safety and security of the region. The recovery of heavy artillery and Gun trucks marks a significant setback for the terrorists.










Source: NIGERIAN ARMY


In a major victory against terrorism, Nigerian Army troops have successfully overrun a Boko Haram/Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) stronghold in Borno State. The intense offensive is part of Operation Desert Sanity III, involving  a combination of artillery and air bombardments, as well as ground battle along Ngumne, Kawaran, and Mangu Axis in the Sambisa Forest and Timbuktu Triangle. .


Despite facing threats of improvised explosive devices and resistance from the terrorists, troops engaged them with heavy firepower, rooting out the terrorists from their stronghold. As a result of the successful operation, the gallant troops recovered vital armaments and other equipment, including two gun trucks, a 105mm Pack Howitzer, two exploded improvised explosive device cases, and a burnt Rocket-Propelled Grenade tube. The enclaves were also destroyed by the troops.


This audacious operation demonstrates  Nigerian Army's commitment to eradicating terrorism and ensuring the safety and security of the region. The recovery of heavy artillery and Gun trucks marks a significant setback for the terrorists.










Source: NIGERIAN ARMY

HOW NIGERIAN ARMY TROOPS INTERCEPT GUN RUNNER IN TARABA, FOIL KIDNAP ATTEMPT, EXTERMINATE TERRORISTS

HOW NIGERIAN ARMY TROOPS INTERCEPT GUN RUNNER IN TARABA, FOIL KIDNAP ATTEMPT, EXTERMINATE TERRORISTS


In a series of successful operations, Nigerian Army troops deployed for Counter- terrorism Counter- insurgency operations in Taraba and Benue States have made significant strides in disrupting terrorist activities. The operations resulted in the arrest of a gun runner, foiling of a kidnap attempt, and extermination of a terrorist.


According to a statement signed by Major General  In Taraba State, troops, in collaboration with vigilantes, acted on actionable intelligence to apprehend one Mansir Mohammed at Jalingo Motor Park, who has been reportedly involved in gun-running activities with terrorists. His arrest led to the nabbing of other members of his syndicate and the recovery of one Semi Automatic Pump Action gun, one locally fabricated gun, a Peugeot car, 5 mobile phones, and the sum of forty-five thousand Naira (N45,000) only.



In a separate operation, troops on routine patrol at Miyande Village in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State have intercepted two terrorist suspects who concealed a Automatic rifle underneath the seat of a motorbike on which rode. The vigilant troops recovered one AK- 47 Rifle, 5 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and a motorcycle.


In another development, troops responded to a distress call and successfully foiled a kidnap attempt within Zaki-Biam Town in Zaki-Biam Local Government Area of Benue State. During the intervention, troops neutralized one kidnapper in a shootout with the criminals and recovered a Beretta Pistol with 4 rounds of 9 mm ammunition.


These successful operations underscore the Nigerian Army's unwavering commitment to eradicating terrorism and insurgency in its strive to ensure security in the country. We urge members of the public to continue to support our troops as they conduct their operations.


In a series of successful operations, Nigerian Army troops deployed for Counter- terrorism Counter- insurgency operations in Taraba and Benue States have made significant strides in disrupting terrorist activities. The operations resulted in the arrest of a gun runner, foiling of a kidnap attempt, and extermination of a terrorist.


According to a statement signed by Major General  In Taraba State, troops, in collaboration with vigilantes, acted on actionable intelligence to apprehend one Mansir Mohammed at Jalingo Motor Park, who has been reportedly involved in gun-running activities with terrorists. His arrest led to the nabbing of other members of his syndicate and the recovery of one Semi Automatic Pump Action gun, one locally fabricated gun, a Peugeot car, 5 mobile phones, and the sum of forty-five thousand Naira (N45,000) only.



In a separate operation, troops on routine patrol at Miyande Village in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State have intercepted two terrorist suspects who concealed a Automatic rifle underneath the seat of a motorbike on which rode. The vigilant troops recovered one AK- 47 Rifle, 5 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and a motorcycle.


In another development, troops responded to a distress call and successfully foiled a kidnap attempt within Zaki-Biam Town in Zaki-Biam Local Government Area of Benue State. During the intervention, troops neutralized one kidnapper in a shootout with the criminals and recovered a Beretta Pistol with 4 rounds of 9 mm ammunition.


These successful operations underscore the Nigerian Army's unwavering commitment to eradicating terrorism and insurgency in its strive to ensure security in the country. We urge members of the public to continue to support our troops as they conduct their operations.

NIGERIAN ARMY: HOW TROOPS AMBUSH TERRORISTS ON TRANSIT TO CAUSE HAVOC IN KADUNA, NEUTRALIZE 2, RECOVER ARMS

NIGERIAN ARMY: HOW TROOPS AMBUSH TERRORISTS ON TRANSIT TO CAUSE HAVOC IN KADUNA, NEUTRALIZE 2, RECOVER ARMS


Nigerian Army troops deployed for Counter- terrorism  Counter-insurgency operations in the North West on Saturday 13 April 2024 successfully ambushed and neutralized two terrorists transiting with arms in Kaduna. 


The operation, which took place in Rafin Sariki Village of Giwa Local Government Area, was a prompt response to actionable intelligence on the presence of terrorists transiting with a sack containing weapons.


According to a statement signed by Major General Onyema Neachukwu who is the Director Army Public Relations, the troops laid in ambush for the terrorists and engaged them in a gun battle, that neutralized two of the terrorists. The gallant troops also recovered one AK-47 rifle, 52 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, and one locally fabricated revolver frame.


The Nigerian Army remains committed to ensuring the safety  and security of the citizenry and the nation in general. The NA will thus, continue to take decisive actions against terrorists activities in the region.


Nigerian Army troops deployed for Counter- terrorism  Counter-insurgency operations in the North West on Saturday 13 April 2024 successfully ambushed and neutralized two terrorists transiting with arms in Kaduna. 


The operation, which took place in Rafin Sariki Village of Giwa Local Government Area, was a prompt response to actionable intelligence on the presence of terrorists transiting with a sack containing weapons.


According to a statement signed by Major General Onyema Neachukwu who is the Director Army Public Relations, the troops laid in ambush for the terrorists and engaged them in a gun battle, that neutralized two of the terrorists. The gallant troops also recovered one AK-47 rifle, 52 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, and one locally fabricated revolver frame.


The Nigerian Army remains committed to ensuring the safety  and security of the citizenry and the nation in general. The NA will thus, continue to take decisive actions against terrorists activities in the region.

How Gombe Court Jails Three Fraudsters for Employment Fraud

How Gombe Court Jails Three Fraudsters for Employment Fraud


Justice J.A Kereng of the Gombe State High Court sitting in Gombe, on Monday, April 8,2024 convicted and sentenced the duo of Ibrahim Abdullahi and Umar Usman to various jail terms for obtaining the sum of N682,847.00 ( Six Hundred and Eighty- Two Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty-Seven Naira only) under false pretences . He also sentenced Mohammed Sala Soja to six years imprisonment. All the three convicts were jailed for employment fraud. 

 


Abdullahi and Usman were separately arraigned on three count charges of cheating and employment scam by the Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.



The charge against Ibrahim Abdullahi reads: "That you, Ibrahim Abdullahi sometimes in October 2020 and January 2021 in Gombe, Gombe State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, obtained the Polaris ATM Card properties of Aminu Adamu Idris and Muhammed Saidu Jibril, which you claimed was documentation for offer of employment you secured for them in a private liability company at Gombe, but rather used the said ATM to obtain loan to the tune of N682,847(Six hundred and Eighty Two Thousand, Eighty Hundred and Forty Seven Naira only) without their consent and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 322 of the same Law ".

 



The charge reads "that you, umar Usman sometimes in October 2020 and January 2021 in Gombe, Gombe State within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, obtained the Polaris ATM Card properties of Aminu Adamu. Idris and Muhammed Sadu Jibril, which you claimed was documentation for offer of employment you secured for them in a private liability company at Gombe, but rather used the said ATM to obtain loan to the tune of N682,847 (Six Hundred and Eighty Two Thousand, Eighty Hundred and Forty Seven Naira only) without their consent and there by committed an offense contrary to section 320 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 322 of the same Law ".  

 

Upon arraignment, the defendants pleaded guilty to their respective charges when they were read to them.


In view of the defendants' pleas, prosecuting counsel, A.B Kware prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly. However, counsel to the defendants, R.A. Anthony pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy “as the defendants are first- time offenders who are remorseful for their actions.


Justice Kereng convicted and sentenced Abdulahi to one year imprisonment with an option of fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) only and Usman bagged two years imprisonment or a fine of N50,000.

 

The convicts bagged their imprisonment when they allegedly approached their victims in October 2022 about some phony job opportunities in a private liability company in Gombe State. They directed their victims to each open an account with Polaris bank which they did and surrendered the account details as well as their ATM Cards to them. The convicts in return gave their victims the sum of N10,000 each . After a while, the victims had issues with Polaris bank’s transactions and went to the bank to make enquiries only to be confronted with an outstanding loan of N682 ,847. All efforts to distance themselves from the loan proved abortive and reported the case to the EFCC.

 

In a similar development on Monday, 

Justice Kereng also convicted and sentenced one Soja to six months imprisonment. He was arraigned on three count charges of intent to defraud, cheating and employment scam by the Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic and financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.


One of the charge reads "that you, Muhammed Sala Soja sometimes in July 2023, at Gombe, Gombe State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud did make a false document titled "2023 recruitment invitation for marshal's basic course" which knew to be false and thereby committed an offense contrary to section 362 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 364 of the same Law. "


Upon arraignment, he pleaded guilty to the charges, prompting the prosecution counsel, AB Kware to pray the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.  


However, counsel to the defendant, I.S Gada pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy “as the defendant who was remorseful for his actions is the breadwinner of his family and has a medically challenged father to care for”.

 

Justice Kereng then asked Kware if the defendant was a first time- offender and the prosecution counsel responded that though the defendant had made restitution to the victim of crime, he was convicted by same court on February 14 2024 for a similar offence".


 Responding, the judge said, “ based on the plea of the defence counsel coupled with the fact that the defendant has restituted the victim of crime and his father’s medical condition, I will give him a second chance. The defendant is hereby convicted and sentenced to six years imprisonment with an option of fine of N150,000

Soja still has other pending cases with the EFCC .



Source: EFCC


Justice J.A Kereng of the Gombe State High Court sitting in Gombe, on Monday, April 8,2024 convicted and sentenced the duo of Ibrahim Abdullahi and Umar Usman to various jail terms for obtaining the sum of N682,847.00 ( Six Hundred and Eighty- Two Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty-Seven Naira only) under false pretences . He also sentenced Mohammed Sala Soja to six years imprisonment. All the three convicts were jailed for employment fraud. 

 


Abdullahi and Usman were separately arraigned on three count charges of cheating and employment scam by the Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.



The charge against Ibrahim Abdullahi reads: "That you, Ibrahim Abdullahi sometimes in October 2020 and January 2021 in Gombe, Gombe State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, obtained the Polaris ATM Card properties of Aminu Adamu Idris and Muhammed Saidu Jibril, which you claimed was documentation for offer of employment you secured for them in a private liability company at Gombe, but rather used the said ATM to obtain loan to the tune of N682,847(Six hundred and Eighty Two Thousand, Eighty Hundred and Forty Seven Naira only) without their consent and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 322 of the same Law ".

 



The charge reads "that you, umar Usman sometimes in October 2020 and January 2021 in Gombe, Gombe State within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, obtained the Polaris ATM Card properties of Aminu Adamu. Idris and Muhammed Sadu Jibril, which you claimed was documentation for offer of employment you secured for them in a private liability company at Gombe, but rather used the said ATM to obtain loan to the tune of N682,847 (Six Hundred and Eighty Two Thousand, Eighty Hundred and Forty Seven Naira only) without their consent and there by committed an offense contrary to section 320 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 322 of the same Law ".  

 

Upon arraignment, the defendants pleaded guilty to their respective charges when they were read to them.


In view of the defendants' pleas, prosecuting counsel, A.B Kware prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly. However, counsel to the defendants, R.A. Anthony pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy “as the defendants are first- time offenders who are remorseful for their actions.


Justice Kereng convicted and sentenced Abdulahi to one year imprisonment with an option of fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) only and Usman bagged two years imprisonment or a fine of N50,000.

 

The convicts bagged their imprisonment when they allegedly approached their victims in October 2022 about some phony job opportunities in a private liability company in Gombe State. They directed their victims to each open an account with Polaris bank which they did and surrendered the account details as well as their ATM Cards to them. The convicts in return gave their victims the sum of N10,000 each . After a while, the victims had issues with Polaris bank’s transactions and went to the bank to make enquiries only to be confronted with an outstanding loan of N682 ,847. All efforts to distance themselves from the loan proved abortive and reported the case to the EFCC.

 

In a similar development on Monday, 

Justice Kereng also convicted and sentenced one Soja to six months imprisonment. He was arraigned on three count charges of intent to defraud, cheating and employment scam by the Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic and financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.


One of the charge reads "that you, Muhammed Sala Soja sometimes in July 2023, at Gombe, Gombe State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud did make a false document titled "2023 recruitment invitation for marshal's basic course" which knew to be false and thereby committed an offense contrary to section 362 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 364 of the same Law. "


Upon arraignment, he pleaded guilty to the charges, prompting the prosecution counsel, AB Kware to pray the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.  


However, counsel to the defendant, I.S Gada pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy “as the defendant who was remorseful for his actions is the breadwinner of his family and has a medically challenged father to care for”.

 

Justice Kereng then asked Kware if the defendant was a first time- offender and the prosecution counsel responded that though the defendant had made restitution to the victim of crime, he was convicted by same court on February 14 2024 for a similar offence".


 Responding, the judge said, “ based on the plea of the defence counsel coupled with the fact that the defendant has restituted the victim of crime and his father’s medical condition, I will give him a second chance. The defendant is hereby convicted and sentenced to six years imprisonment with an option of fine of N150,000

Soja still has other pending cases with the EFCC .



Source: EFCC

NIGERIAN ARMY TROOPS DESTROY NOTORIOUS TERRORIST'S KINGPIN's DEN IN ZAMFARA, NEUTRALIZE TERRORIST

NIGERIAN ARMY TROOPS DESTROY NOTORIOUS TERRORIST'S KINGPIN's DEN IN ZAMFARA, NEUTRALIZE TERRORIST

Nigerian Army troops deployed  for Counter Terrorism Counter Insurgency operations have raided the den of a notorious terrorist kingpin known as Yellow Janbros at Dangunu Village in Maru Local Government Area  of Zamfara State, resulting in the elimination of a terrorist and recovery of fire arm. Nigerian Army said on its official social media handles.


According to the reports, during the operation on 8 April 2024, troops successfully attacked the den of the notorious terrorists  responsible for kidnappings and other acts of terrorism in parts of North West Nigeria. The troops overpowered and dislodged the terrorists and neutralized one of them. The gallant troops also recovered one AK- 47 Rifle, One AK-47 Magazine, 30 rounds of 7.62 mm Special and one hundred and fifty bags of stolen grains . The terrorists' enclave have been completely destroyed.


The Nigerian Army remains committed mitigating security challenges and will leave no stone unturned to rid the nation of terrorists and insurgents.

Nigerian Army troops deployed  for Counter Terrorism Counter Insurgency operations have raided the den of a notorious terrorist kingpin known as Yellow Janbros at Dangunu Village in Maru Local Government Area  of Zamfara State, resulting in the elimination of a terrorist and recovery of fire arm. Nigerian Army said on its official social media handles.


According to the reports, during the operation on 8 April 2024, troops successfully attacked the den of the notorious terrorists  responsible for kidnappings and other acts of terrorism in parts of North West Nigeria. The troops overpowered and dislodged the terrorists and neutralized one of them. The gallant troops also recovered one AK- 47 Rifle, One AK-47 Magazine, 30 rounds of 7.62 mm Special and one hundred and fifty bags of stolen grains . The terrorists' enclave have been completely destroyed.


The Nigerian Army remains committed mitigating security challenges and will leave no stone unturned to rid the nation of terrorists and insurgents.

NIGERIAN ARMY: TROOPS BURST KIDNAPPERS’ DEN APPREHEND 3 SUSPECTS AND RESCUE VICTIM IN TARABA STATE

NIGERIAN ARMY: TROOPS BURST KIDNAPPERS’ DEN APPREHEND 3 SUSPECTS AND RESCUE VICTIM IN TARABA STATE

 




In a swift and successful operation, the Troops of 6 Brigade Nigerian Army have demolished a kidnappers' den, rescued a victim, and apprehended three suspected kidnappers in Taraba State. The operation, which took place in Kofa Adamu village of Takum Local Government Area, resulted in the safe release of a victim held captive by the criminals.


Acting on credible intelligence regarding the activities and hideout of suspected kidnappers who abducted Mr. Hussein Adamu on March 26, 2024, in Kofa Adamu village and demanded a ransom of 2 million Naira, troops from the 93 Battalion/Sub-Sect 3A OPWS swiftly moved in and cordoned off the area and eventually rescued the victim. Furthermore, three suspected kidnappers involved in the abduction were arrested during the operation.


The rescued victim is currently receiving medical attention at a secured facility, while the apprehended suspects are in military custody undergoing interrogation.


This successful operation highlights the commitment of the 6 Brigade Nigerian Army to combating crime and ensuring the safety of the people of Taraba State. The Commander 6 Brigade/Setor 3 OPWS, Brigadier General KC Uwa commended the troops for their proactive response and urged the public to continue supporting the military by providing timely and credible information on any suspicious movements or activities of criminals within the state.










Source: Nigerian Army Social media page 

 




In a swift and successful operation, the Troops of 6 Brigade Nigerian Army have demolished a kidnappers' den, rescued a victim, and apprehended three suspected kidnappers in Taraba State. The operation, which took place in Kofa Adamu village of Takum Local Government Area, resulted in the safe release of a victim held captive by the criminals.


Acting on credible intelligence regarding the activities and hideout of suspected kidnappers who abducted Mr. Hussein Adamu on March 26, 2024, in Kofa Adamu village and demanded a ransom of 2 million Naira, troops from the 93 Battalion/Sub-Sect 3A OPWS swiftly moved in and cordoned off the area and eventually rescued the victim. Furthermore, three suspected kidnappers involved in the abduction were arrested during the operation.


The rescued victim is currently receiving medical attention at a secured facility, while the apprehended suspects are in military custody undergoing interrogation.


This successful operation highlights the commitment of the 6 Brigade Nigerian Army to combating crime and ensuring the safety of the people of Taraba State. The Commander 6 Brigade/Setor 3 OPWS, Brigadier General KC Uwa commended the troops for their proactive response and urged the public to continue supporting the military by providing timely and credible information on any suspicious movements or activities of criminals within the state.










Source: Nigerian Army Social media page 

NIGERIAN ARMY TROOPS NEUTRALIZE TERRORISTS IN TARABA, THWART KIDNAP ATTEMPT IN KOGI, RESCUE PASSENGERS

NIGERIAN ARMY TROOPS NEUTRALIZE TERRORISTS IN TARABA, THWART KIDNAP ATTEMPT IN KOGI, RESCUE PASSENGERS


Nigerian Army troops have  neutralized 2 terrorists in Taraba State, thwarted a kidnap attempt in Kogi State, where they rescued kidnap victims and successfully carried out an offensive operation in Zamfara State.


Responding to actionable intelligence, on the movement of terrorists in Mayinawa, Garin Daniel and Garbatau axis in Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State, troops swiftly mobilized and made contact with the terrorists, neutralizing 2 of them in an exchange of fire. The terrorists have been reported to frequently terrorize the residents of the communities. 


The troops recovered  2 AK- 47 Rifles, 4 AK- 47 Magazines and 56 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition.


Similarly troops  successfully thwarted a kidnap attempt by criminal elements, who attacked passengers onboard three commercial buses along Akpata – Obajana road in Lokoja Local Government Area of Kogi State. The vigilant troops arrived timely to avert the situation, rescuing the passengers and engaging the criminals in a hot pursuit. Some of the rescued passengers who suffered injuries during the kidnap attempt have been promptly evacuated to a hospital for medical attention.


In a separate operation, troops deployed for Counter Insurgency Operations in the North West, have  conducted a successful raid  operation into a kidnappers' den  in Kuyambana general area, along Road Magawa-Migetso in Zamfara State. The troops made contact with the insurgents neutralized 2 in a gun duel. After a thorough search of their camps, troops recovered one pump action gun, one locally fabricated gun, 2 live cartridges, one locally made pistol, one handset and a  tying chain used to fasten kidnapped victims. The troops have also destroyed the camp.


The Nigerian Army remains resolute in its commitment to sanitizing troubled areas and maintaining peace and stability in the country. We continue to solicit the support and cooperation of the public in the ongoing operations across the country.


ONYEMA NWACHUKWU

Major General

Director Army Public Relations

15 March 2024


Nigerian Army troops have  neutralized 2 terrorists in Taraba State, thwarted a kidnap attempt in Kogi State, where they rescued kidnap victims and successfully carried out an offensive operation in Zamfara State.


Responding to actionable intelligence, on the movement of terrorists in Mayinawa, Garin Daniel and Garbatau axis in Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State, troops swiftly mobilized and made contact with the terrorists, neutralizing 2 of them in an exchange of fire. The terrorists have been reported to frequently terrorize the residents of the communities. 


The troops recovered  2 AK- 47 Rifles, 4 AK- 47 Magazines and 56 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition.


Similarly troops  successfully thwarted a kidnap attempt by criminal elements, who attacked passengers onboard three commercial buses along Akpata – Obajana road in Lokoja Local Government Area of Kogi State. The vigilant troops arrived timely to avert the situation, rescuing the passengers and engaging the criminals in a hot pursuit. Some of the rescued passengers who suffered injuries during the kidnap attempt have been promptly evacuated to a hospital for medical attention.


In a separate operation, troops deployed for Counter Insurgency Operations in the North West, have  conducted a successful raid  operation into a kidnappers' den  in Kuyambana general area, along Road Magawa-Migetso in Zamfara State. The troops made contact with the insurgents neutralized 2 in a gun duel. After a thorough search of their camps, troops recovered one pump action gun, one locally fabricated gun, 2 live cartridges, one locally made pistol, one handset and a  tying chain used to fasten kidnapped victims. The troops have also destroyed the camp.


The Nigerian Army remains resolute in its commitment to sanitizing troubled areas and maintaining peace and stability in the country. We continue to solicit the support and cooperation of the public in the ongoing operations across the country.


ONYEMA NWACHUKWU

Major General

Director Army Public Relations

15 March 2024

EFCC: Makurdi Court Jails Five Internet Fraudsters

EFCC: Makurdi Court Jails Five Internet Fraudsters


Justices M.S.Abubakar and R.J. Egbe of the Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, Benue State have convicted and sentenced five internet fraudsters to various jail terms.


The convicts: Ibi Shedrach Suurshter, Onazi Moses Oche, Innocent Ochola and Teseer Mnenge and Agbo Lawrence were jailed after pleading guilty to one- count separate charges upon their arraignment by the Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.


The charge against Oche reads:  “That you Onazi Moses Oche sometime in 2022 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud used an access device issued to one Solomon Onuwa resulting from an aggregate gain of  N2,345.000.00 to yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under Section 33(2)(c) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015”.


Upon their arrangements,   the convicts pleaded guilty when the charges were read to them.   Consequently the facts of the cases were reviewed and incriminating documents tendered in evidence before the court, following which prosecuting counsel, A.S Idris, prayed the court to sentence them accordingly.

 

After listening to all counsels,  Justice Abubakar convicted and sentenced  Suurshater to one year imprisonment with an option of N400,000.00 (Four Hundred Thousand Naira)  as fine.


Oche was convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment with an option of N600,000.00 ( Six Hundred Thousand Naira) as fine.


Also,  the judge convicted and sentenced Ochola to two  years imprisonment with an option of fine of  N1,000,000,00 ( One Million Naira). Terseer Mnenge was also convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment with an option of N200,000 fine.


The fifth convict,  Agbo was convicted and sentenced by Justice Egbe.


 He bagged one year imprisonment with an option of N200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) as fine.


The two judges further ordered them to forfeit all their phones, being proceeds of crime, to the government.


All the convicts started their journey to the Correctional Centre when they were arrested for internet-related offences.  They were investigated individually and prosecuted.








 

Source: EFCC


Justices M.S.Abubakar and R.J. Egbe of the Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, Benue State have convicted and sentenced five internet fraudsters to various jail terms.


The convicts: Ibi Shedrach Suurshter, Onazi Moses Oche, Innocent Ochola and Teseer Mnenge and Agbo Lawrence were jailed after pleading guilty to one- count separate charges upon their arraignment by the Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.


The charge against Oche reads:  “That you Onazi Moses Oche sometime in 2022 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud used an access device issued to one Solomon Onuwa resulting from an aggregate gain of  N2,345.000.00 to yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under Section 33(2)(c) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015”.


Upon their arrangements,   the convicts pleaded guilty when the charges were read to them.   Consequently the facts of the cases were reviewed and incriminating documents tendered in evidence before the court, following which prosecuting counsel, A.S Idris, prayed the court to sentence them accordingly.

 

After listening to all counsels,  Justice Abubakar convicted and sentenced  Suurshater to one year imprisonment with an option of N400,000.00 (Four Hundred Thousand Naira)  as fine.


Oche was convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment with an option of N600,000.00 ( Six Hundred Thousand Naira) as fine.


Also,  the judge convicted and sentenced Ochola to two  years imprisonment with an option of fine of  N1,000,000,00 ( One Million Naira). Terseer Mnenge was also convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment with an option of N200,000 fine.


The fifth convict,  Agbo was convicted and sentenced by Justice Egbe.


 He bagged one year imprisonment with an option of N200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) as fine.


The two judges further ordered them to forfeit all their phones, being proceeds of crime, to the government.


All the convicts started their journey to the Correctional Centre when they were arrested for internet-related offences.  They were investigated individually and prosecuted.








 

Source: EFCC

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