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Four Nigerians Apprehended In India For Alleged Cyber Fraud

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The suspects allegedly duped several Indians to the tune of crores of rupees through online fraud. 

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The Cyber police in India have arrested four Nigerian nationals and one Indian citizen for allegedly defrauding an ex-army nurse of the sum of Rs 41.70 lakh after befriending her on social media.

The accused identified as Michael Scott Kolain (23), Idu Dollar Okeke (32), Imu Sunday Azubaike (32), Kelvin Neke (29) (all Nigerians) and Sujeet Dilip Tiwari (25) were arrested from Delhi under IPC sections 420 (cheating) 

They were produced before court on Tuesday, October 13 and remanded till October 19.

The Nigerians, posing as cloth traders, were allegedly involved in a racket operating in Mumbai in Maharashtra, Kolkata, Delhi and Nagaland. They had allegedly duped several Indians to the tune of crores of rupees through online fraud.

According to Nagpur cyber crime police, in the latest case, the accused befriended Reena Samsher Singh, 56, on Facebook by using fake profiles and then lured her with a job in Canadian army and offer of lucrative gifts.

One of them claimed to be from the US and told her that he would send her gifts and gold jewelery. The accused asked her to deposit money in various bank accounts for `releasing’ the goods from the customs.

She then received WhatsApp messages, threatening to implicate her in a money laundering case if she failed to pay. She thus ended up depositing Rs 41.70 lakh in accounts in Vijaya Bank, Canara Bank, UCO Bank and HDFC Bank.

Finally, realizing that she was being defrauded by cyber criminals, she approached the police. The cyber police tracked down the accused from CCTV footage of bank branches where she had deposited the money.

The money received from the ex-Army official was diverted into eight different accounts. Most of these accounts were traced to Delhi resident, Sujit Tiwari, who was the first one to be picked up by the city police team.

Cyber cops, under city police chief Amitesh Kumar and additional CP Sunil Phulari, had frozen the eight bank accounts with balance of around Rs18 lakhs, seized 13 mobile phones and 18 different credit cards from the gang. Police are yet to trace out the passport and visas of the Nigerian nationals.

A team of only six persons, comprising senior inspector Raghavendrasingh Khirsagar, Asst PI Vishal Mane, head constable Sanjay Tiwari, constable Ajay Pawar, Deepak Chavan and Bablu Thakur had to strive for several days in Delhi to arrest the Nigerian nationals and their local contact Tiwari. One of the Nigerians had nearly slipped away from the cops but was pinned down by the alert team.

It was Tiwari who helped the racket with his bank accounts, Sim cards and other documents to receive the money from their victims. Police managed to trace and nab Tiwari first, from whom details of the Nigerians were mostly gathered.

The police seized 18 credit cards and dozens of mobile phones from their possession. Further probe is ongoing.

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FG announces zamfara a restricted air space

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FG announces Zamfara a restricted air space, orders huge military deployment.

The Nigerian government has forced a restricted air space in Zamfara as a feature of endeavors to handle the security challenges in the state.

As indicated by The Cable, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno uncovered on Tuesday, March 2, that President Muhammadu Buhari has restricted mining exercises in Zamfara to stop the rising instability.

He said the president had requested the service of protection to convey a huge military and insight resources for reestablish routineness in the state. The Nation detailed that they requested the military to recover all regions heavily influenced by desperados, radicals.

Monguno said:

“We can no longer avoid to lose lives while operating within the legalities. We are not going to blackmailed . The government has the responsibility to assert its will.

“Citizens can reside wherever they want to reside . Anybody who is a criminal should be brought to book.”

The security adviser stated that the president also warned against ethnic profiling.Zamfara state has recorded a few assaults by bandits.The new incident included the grabbing of many young ladies from the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Talatu-Mafara nearby government zone of the state.

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Igboho promises a protest if his accounts are not released

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Self-acclaimed political dissident, Mr. Sunday Adeyemo, otherwise called Sunday Igboho, on Tuesday, blamed the Federal Government for freezing his financial assets, following his assault on the fulani herdsmen in Oyo State.

Igboho, who addressed Vanguard, affirmed that all his financial asset have been frozen by the Federal Government since certain individuals were gathering donations.

Nonetheless, Igboho said he had no hands in the said donations, cautioning that his records should be released to dodge protest by young people across the South-West area.

His words: “They have frozen my bank accounts because I am fighting a just course.

I know Yoruba people are behind me.“I will not relent. I must achieve my aims by putting an end to criminalities in Yorubaland.

“If they refuse to release my accounts, there will be serious protests across the South-West.

“Yes, the Yoruba are living in fear. They are afraid that the killer-herdsmen might attack them.

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IGP adamu retires

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Adamu enrolled in the Police Force on February 2, 1986.

The IGP who will turn 60 on September 17, was appointed IGP in January 2019. He has gone through two years in office.

Three Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs) and 10 Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) are additionally due for retirement with him today.

It is accepted that there is a mission to broaden Adamu’s residency.

However, some have contended against such expansion, since it would negate the arrangements of the Police Act 2020 that fixes the retirement of cops at 60 years old or 35 years of administration.

Section 18(8) of the new Act states: “Every police officer shall, on recruitment or appointment, serve in the Nigeria Police Force for 35 years or until the age of 60 years, whichever is earlier.”

The Act provides for a tenure of four years for the Inspector General of Police.

Section 7, subsection 2 of the Act provides that: “The person to be appointed as Inspector General of Police shall be a senior police officer not below the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police with the requisite academic qualification of not less than a first degree or its equivalent, in addition to professional or management experience.”

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