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EFCC Arrests 57 Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Ogun



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Fifty-seven suspected Internet fraudsters have been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan zonal office.

They were arrested on Friday at four separate hotels which they used as hideouts in Ogun State.

Two pump action rifles were recovered from the suspects.

The arrest of the suspects took place at Yewa Frontier Hotel & Resort, Ellysam Hotel & Suits, April Suits and IBD International Hotels, all in Ilaro, Ogun State.

The operation followed actionable intelligence linking them to alleged fraudulent activities, ranging from love scam on numerous dating sites, obtaining money by false pretenses and other cybercrimes.

Four exotic cars, mobile phones, laptops, two rifles and several incriminating documents were also recovered from the suspects.

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The suspects include: Olatunji Opeyemi, Akintunde Michael Oluwashola, Babatunde Gbolahan, Emmanuel Oluwadamliare, Ogundare Adewunmi, Popoola Salmon, Adebayo Toheed Olamilekan, Bakare Kudus, Michael Moyosoro and Olatunji Tosin.

The list include Ishola Wasiu, Ugwu Ekenedelichukwu David, Salaudeen Roqueb, Obafunmilayo David, Jimoh Fatai Abiodun, Idowu Adeola, Oladipupo Nurudeen, Olasoju Mohammed, Onipede Toheed, Bello Abdullahi, Olatunji Abiola, Ogunbayo Peter, Adeyemi Abraham Ismail, Toheed Oluwaseun, Abiola Mutiu, Shoneye Idowu, Badmus Farouk kayode, Ilyas Abubakri Olanrewaju, Oladeji Basit Babatunde and Ijiola Soliu Adewole.

Others are: Odewunmi Samuel Pelumi, Oyeniyi Telslim Olashile, Shogbamu Olatunbosun Lukeman, Adebanji Timilehin Michael, Bangbose Jonathan Olakunle, Ashore Damilare Godwin, Bello Tobiloba Abdullahi, Ogundeji Babaji Ibrahim, Bashir Ayodeji Toheed, Olaleye Biola Farudeen, Sunday Osunaiki Emmanuel, Adebowale Taofeeq Olamilekan, Babajide Oluwapelumi Bolaji, Oluyide Ridwan Olawale, Abdullahi Umar Farouq, Opeloyeru Kehinde Abdulwaheed, Adeola Olusegun Israel, Shittu Ganiyu Olamilekan, Abdullahi Narudeen Owolabi, Ganiyu Kudus Olawale, Biodun Okeowo Sunday, Aiyemidotun Moses Omolade, Alade Hammed Oluwatosin, Oladele Dolapo Temilope, Ogunrinde Gbenga Akanbi, Awobaju Koyinsola Damilare and Bello Uthman Olayithan.

A statement from the EFCC head of Media and publicity, Mr Wilson Uwujare said the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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12-year-old School Pupil Dies After Flogging By Teacher



12-years-old School Pupil Dies After Flogging By Teacher

A Junior Secondary School 2 pupil of Simple Faith Schools, Agbara, Lagos State, Emmanuel Amidu, has died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Surulere.

The victim’s father, Akinola Amidu, claimed that the 12-year-old was flogged by a teacher when he went to school on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

He said his son started vomiting shortly after the beating and was rushed to a hospital, where he gave up the ghost.

The distraught father alleged that the school management was covering up his son’s death and protecting the mathematics teacher, one Steven, who allegedly flogged Emmanuel for not completing his assignment.

He said, “I was at home that Thursday because I was on leave. I recall that Emmanuel asked me for money to buy a new exercise book and I gave him N500 to buy the book and give the remaining change to his sister.

“Later that day, I was called by the management of the school that Emmanuel was vomiting. Meanwhile, this was a boy who left home without any health issue. I had to go to the school and we moved him to a hospital.

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“I later learnt that the whole thing started after their class teacher, Mr Steven, beat the whole of his class for not completing their mathematics assignment.

“Emmanuel was actually using my phone torchlight to do his assignment a day before, but I had to collect the phone from him and his sister because I needed to be in contact with the office. We had issues with our electricity at home.

“It was at LUTH that I lost my son. Meanwhile, the management of the school quickly ran to the Morogbo Police Station at Agbara to report that my son died from vomiting.

“How can somebody just die from vomiting if nothing triggers it? The management of the school is trying to protect the teacher.”

Akinola, 45, demanded the arrest and prosecution of the teacher, as he urged the state government and the police to give the family justice.

Emmanuel’s 13-year-old sister, Rachael, told PUNCH Metro that her brother vomited after he was beaten.

She said, “I was called by our English teacher that my brother was not feeling fine and he did not eat and had been sleeping.

“His friend told me that they were beaten for not doing their sums in mathematics and after that he was just sleeping and vomiting.”

The school Principal, Adetayo Akanji, described the incident as unfortunate.

He said, “I was there when Emannuel died on Friday and it was unfortunate that it happened this way. Yes, Steven flogged the whole class for not doing their sums, but not with the intention to hurt them.

“Some hours after that, he (Emmanuel) placed his head on his desk and he started vomiting, after which water was poured on his head.

“When he started to vomit, the proprietor called me and we took the boy to the hospital. In fact, the father joined us when he was taken to LUTH where he and I were running around to get prescribed drugs for him. But before we came back, he had given up. Our school reported the matter at the Morogbo Police Station.”

The school proprietor was contacted on his telephone number, but his wife, Fola Ashaka, who picked up the call, said PUNCH Metro’s enquires on the matter had been forwarded to the appropriate quarters, she then cut off the call.

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She said, “Your message sent earlier to me has been received and it has been sent to the appropriate quarters.”

Efforts to speak to the teacher involved in the incident were abortive, as neither the principal nor the proprietor’s wife was willing to provide his contact.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, said the incident was not reported.

“I have called the DPO of Morogbo Police Station and he confirmed that no such case was reported there,” he added.

In 2020, a secondary school teacher in Isawo, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos, identified only as Emmanuel, was reported to have beaten a pupil to death over the student’s inability to answer a question in class.

The state police command had said that the matter was also not reported.

A lawyer, Toyin Taiwo, said the Lagos State Government had prohibited flogging of children in schools.

“Children have rights and they must be respected. This is one of the reasons for training programmes organised for teachers, parents and guardians on how to handle children,” she added.

According to the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, all forms of abuse of children are criminal.

She said, “This is evident in the enactment of the Child Rights Law which came into force in 2007 but amended in 2015. Since then, the state has gone on to formulate policies that pertain to safeguarding and protecting children, especially in child centres, institutions and schools. To this end, all forms of child abuse, including physical or sexual, are criminal in nature and the full wrath of the law would be unleashed on anybody found culpable.”



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Suspects Released By Police Threaten To Attack Ilorin Community Resident



Suspects Released By Police Threaten To Attack Ilorin Community Residents

Residents of Alapa area of Ilorin in Kwara state have been gripped with fear over a threat by some suspected hoodlums to cause mayhem in the area.

New Times learnt that the suspects were earlier involved in some violent acts in the community where they inflicted bodily injuries on one Mr Ganiyu Oloduku and another, Mr Abubakre Alabi Idiagbon on the 15th of May, 2022.

The hoodlums were also said to have made a threat to the life of one Mallam Abdulrahim Obamaku, a resident whose lawyer filed a complaint to the police covering the area who made arrest but granted the suspects bail after interrogation.

However, upon their release yesterday from police custody, the hoodlums in company of their sponsors returned to Alapa to celebrate their freedom and made the threat to cause more havoc in the community.

The elders of the community who were not comfortable with the development were said to have reported the matter to the appropriate authorities for further actions.

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The peace in the Alapa area of Ilorin is being threatened at a time when the security architecture in the country is already overwhelmed and any act of violence will only worsen the crisis in the country.


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How Man Sold Wife, Son For N2 Million



How Man Sold Wife, Son For N2 Million

A 36-year-old man has confessed to selling his wife and son for N2 million.

It was learnt that Kingsley Essien sold his wife for N1.4 Million while he received 600,000 for the sale of his son.

The police in Ogun State said the husband had trafficked his wife to Mali for prostitution at the rate of ₦1.4million.

Confirming the incident on Thursday, the Ogun State police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed that Essien’s arrest followed a report lodged at the Agbara division by the wife, Bright Essien.

The woman was said to have reported to the police that her husband had sometime in October 2021, lied that he had secured a job for her in Bamako, Mali, and that he had in the past assisted many to secure a job in Mali.

Not suspecting any foul play, Bright said she agreed to go to Mali, but she got to the African country and discovered that she had been sold to a human trafficking cartel headed by a woman at the rate of N1,400,000.

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“While in Mali, she was forced into prostitution, but she later found her way to the Nigerian embassy in Bamako where she was assisted back to Nigeria,” Oyeyemi said.

He added that as the wife returned to Nigeria, she could not find her son and this prompted her to report at the police station.

“Upon the report, the DPO of Agbara division, SP Abiodun Salau, detailed his detectives to go after the suspect, and he was eventually arrested.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the commission of the crime, he confessed further that he sold the two-year-old son to somebody at the rate of six hundred thousand Naira,” Oyeyemi said.

Meanwhile, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has directed that the man be moved to the Anti-human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the state CIID for investigation, directing police officers to trace and arrest the buyer of the stolen so as to recovered.


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