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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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Army admits to firing live rounds at the Lekki toll gate incident

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The Nigerian armed force has conceded that soldiers took live bullets to the Lekki toll gate.

As indicated by The PUNCH, the Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island, Lagos, Brigadier General Ahmed Taiwo, has clarified that Phase Four of military inner security activity, which was conveyed at the Lekki toll gate on the night October 20, included the utilization of both live and clear ammo.

He said the troopers took live projectiles to the scene with the end goal of self defence .

Taiwo said a segment of the soldiers that worked at the toll gate on that night were to be sure equipped with live shots. He, nonetheless, kept up that lone officers with clear bullets discharged shots into the air. The overall expressed this on Saturday at the continued procedures of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry examining the supposed killing of #EndSARS dissidents at the Lekki toll gate evening of October 20 by soldiers.

Taiwo, who had prior made an introduction before the board with regards to the Nigerian Army on November 14, returned on Saturday for questioning by two guidance for #EndSARS dissenters, Messrs Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN) and Mr Adesina Ogunlana.

When Olumide-Fusika asked Taiwo if soldiers who went to the tollgate carried guns, Taiwo said, “When you are talking of guns, you are talking about high-calibre guns. They were carrying rifles; not guns.”

On further pressing by Olumide-Fusika, Taiwo added, “Definitely, a portion of the Force will carry live bullets, in case they are attacked.

But the soldiers that formed the firing team, who fired, used blank bullets. And that is why you watched the video and saw exactly what happened.” Also, under cross-examination by Ogunlana, Taiwo explained that in Phase Four military internal security operation “soldiers would be given both live and blank bullets.” He said, “In this particular case, we saw that the peaceful protest had been infiltrated by hoodlums.

They were peaceful protesters, no doubt, but there were also hoodlums who sought to take advantage, that was why they were armed with blank bullets in addition with live bullets.”

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APC considering Jonathan as Buhari’s predecessor

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A report claims legislators in the APC are now attempting to find an appropriate official competitor for the 2023 political race.

It was announced that an ongoing visit by APC to ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan was partially political.

The visit by the APC lead representatives has again started with rumors about a Jonathan administration in 2023.

An arising report has asserted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is attempting to persuade a previous president, Goodluck Jonathan, to run for president on its foundation in 2023.

The report which was conveyed by This Day asserted that a few heads of the gathering have been constraining the previous president to think about the offer.

The paper expressed that a source who talked secretly said lead representatives on the foundation of the APC who visited Jonathan to congratulate with him on his 63 birthday commemoration, utilized the event to inconspicuously speak to their official proposition to him.

As indicated by the cases, Buhari’s partners accept that Jonathan would be innocuous to their gathering interest and as such the perfect individual to dominate if control somehow happened to move toward the South.

A source in Buhari’s camp who would not like to be recognized was cited to have stated:

“He handed over power peacefully and nursed no bitterness against anyone and therefore will not be a threat to the interest of the north. In any case, Jonathan has in the past denied any interest in challenging for the administration.

The previous president clarified that he was centered around his foundation.

Then, following the tumults by some geo-political zones to create the following leader of Nigeria, the legislative head of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, has uncovered the characteristics of who might become President Buhari’s replacement.

Bello when speaking Channels TV on Thursday, November 20, said the PDP’s ambition to take back power is a “lofty dream” and ”castles in the air.”

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Obasanjo congratulates Biden on winning the election

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Olusegun Obasanjo congratulated the president elect Joe Biden on his election win .

The previous president said Biden’s triumph additionally had a great impact globally . Obasanjo asked Biden to reestablish the qualities America is known for all around the world Obasanjo in an assertion acquired by Legit.ng on Saturday, November 7 portrayed Biden’s success as a triumph of good over evil.

He said the triumph of the Democratic up-and-comer isn’t only a success for the individuals of America alone, yet in addition a triumph for the vast majority of the world.

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The previous president encouraged the duly elected president to reestablish trust in the part of America as an advertiser of world harmony, security, dependability, and progress.

He said:

I felicitate with Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris as the first female Vice-President of the U.S. We in Africa are proud of her success. The first African-American President of the U.S., Barrack Obama, has Kenyan DNA in him and I am reasonably sure that the first African-American female Vice President-Elect of the U.S. will have some Nigerian DNA in her as most of those taken to the Caribbean from Africa went from Nigeria of today.”

Then, the US president-elect, Joe Biden has vowed to be the president for all Americans if they decided in favor of him.

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