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19-year-old Impersonates American Pilot, Defrauds Woman Of N27m

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A 19-year-old secondary school leaver, Chigemezu Arikibe, has been tracked down by the police after using fake social media accounts to swindle a Cambodian woman to the tune of $75,000 (N27m at N360 to 1$).

To woo his victim identified simply as Sophanmia, Arikibe reportedly paraded himself on Facebook and Instagram as an American pilot working for a British airline.

City Round gathered that after establishing a relationship with the woman, Arikibe offered to send her expensive gift items and $500,000, for investment in real estate business in Cambodia.

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The suspect reportedly told Sophanmia that he would send the parcel to her through a courier in Indonesia and asked her to send $800 for the service.

He was said to have contacted his friend in Indonesia to act as a courier agent and collect the money from his victim.

After sending the money, Arikibe came up with excuses why the parcel could not be delivered and persuaded the woman to send more money accumulating into $75,000.

It was learnt the woman alerted the Nigeria Embassy in Cambodia when she discovered that “the American pilot,” communicating with her was calling from Nigeria and not the United States.

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The embassy was said to have alerted the Nigeria Police and operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team led by DCP Abba Kyari went after Arikibe.

A police source told our correspondent that the suspect was trailed to the Mbaitoli area of Imo State where he is based.

The suspect was arrested with the SIM card and the phone he used in committing the crime and when we went through the phone, we saw chats between him and the woman.

“Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to everything and he also said there was a man in Indonesia who helped him pulled out the money from a USA bank account.  He claimed to be an American and that was why he gave the woman an American bank account. The worst was that the woman went and borrowed the money from the bank,” the source stated.

Arikibe, while confessing to the crime, said he learnt Internet fraud from his friend within one week and he started on his own.

He said, “I attended Community School, in the Eziooha area of Mbaitoli and graduated in October 2018. It was Ugochukwu my friend who taught me how to do Internet fraud. I opened a fake Fakebook account with the name Frank William and on Instagram I was Patrick William.

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“I uploaded the pictures of an American pilot on my fake Fakebook and Instagram pages. The pilot later discovered that I used his pictures and he started complaining. He even said he had been arrested three times by the police.

“My Facebook account was later blocked, then I focused on Instagram, where I met the client (Sophanmia). I followed her and we started chatting. I told her I am a pilot and we started discussing about life.

“I told her I wanted to send expensive clothes, shoes, wrist watches and the sum of $500,000 to her. I told her that the $500,000 would be invested in real estate business.”

The teenager explained that he sent pictures of the purported items and the money to the victim which convinced her to send money for the courier service.

He added, “I told her that I have sent the money through a courier company and she would have to pay customs tax. My friend in Indonesia acted like the courier company and they contacted her.

“She was given the first bill of $800 and she paid. My Indonesian friend called the woman again and told her that the goods had been seized and they told her to pay $2,700.

“She paid the money and they asked her to pay another money which was $6,200. She paid several other monies to have the goods released. She ended up paying $75,000 and I got my share.”

(City Round Via Punch)

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Alhaji Ibrahim Dende Egungbohun: A Philanthropist Par Excellence, Business Magnate

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Alhaji Ibrahim Dende Egungbohun, born on March 3rd, 1970 in Igbo Atan, Ebute Igbooro, Yewa North, is a prominent Nigerian businessman and entrepreneur known for his successful ventures in various sectors. He hails from Ebute-Igbooro in Ogun State, Nigeria.

Early Life and Education:

Alhaji Ibrahim Dende was born and raised in Ebute-Igbooro, located in the Yewa axis of Ogun State. He received his primary education at Saints John Anglican Primary School and later attended Ebute Secondary School. Additionally, he pursued further education by enrolling in various online courses. Notably, he obtained a Master’s Class in Leadership from the Commonwealth University and acquired knowledge in Business Art and Technology from the London Graduate School. Throughout his career, he continuously expanded his expertise by completing several business courses online.

Career:

Alhaji Ibrahim Dende began his career in the field of clearing and forwarding, gradually diversifying his business interests into multiple sectors. He demonstrated exceptional entrepreneurial skills and successfully ventured into hospitality, quarry and mining, automobile sales, and real estate. His company, IBD-Impex, has become one of the fastest-growing privately-owned companies in Nigeria. Under the subsidiary, IBD Hotels, he has established a leading brand in the hospitality industry within Ogun State. Through his business endeavors, Alhaji Ibrahim Dende has made significant contributions to the local economy, generating employment opportunities and actively supporting the communities in Yewa land.

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Personal Life:

In addition to his professional achievements, Alhaji Ibrahim Dende enjoys a fulfilling personal life. He is happily married and blessed with children. Furthermore, he is widely recognized for his selfless philanthropic activities, which reflect his commitment to giving back to society.

Awards and Recognition:

Alhaji Ibrahim Dende has received numerous accolades and honors from prestigious organizations, both locally and internationally. His philanthropic ventures and exceptional contributions to society have garnered recognition and appreciation. Notable among the awards he has received are the Chartered Fellowship Award from the International Association of World Peace Advocates, the Outstanding Award from the Oduduwa Development Initiatives, and the Distinguished Merit Award from the Yewa People Development Council. His dedication to serving humanity and supporting noble causes has also been acknowledged by organizations such as the Lions International Abeokuta Lions Club, the National Community Ethics and Value Environmental Compliance Corps, and the Arewa Gamji Emirate Royal Council.

Alhaji Ibrahim Dende’s commitment to excellence in business, community development, and philanthropy has made him a respected figure and a source of inspiration in Yewa land and beyond. His remarkable achievements and positive impact continue to shape the lives of many, making him a role model for aspiring entrepreneurs and a beacon of hope in his community.

Furthermore, Alhaji Ibrahim Dende is the founder of the IBD Foundation, a charitable organization that has transformed the lives of many individuals. With the support of his wife, Omolara Egungbohun, and the Managing Director of IBD Hotels, the foundation has made a significant difference in the lives of those in need.

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[JUST IN]Attack On Journalists: Edo NUJ Takes Decision On APC

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State council has put on hold the planned boycott of activities of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

This was a decision reached at an emergency congress held by the council in Benin on Tuesday, February 27, 2024.

The decision followed letters of apology and commitment written by the APC and addressed to the state council of the NUJ and national secretariat of the union.

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Recall that during the party governorship primary held on February 17th, some thugs from the party invaded Lushville Hotels, venue for collation of the governorship primary election, attacked some journalists and also damaged their equipment.

The NUJ, Edo State council thereafter gave the APC an ultimatum of seven days to apologize to the council and also to replace all equipment damaged.

The Edo NUJ also threatened that failure to do so would attract a protest from the council, that is, boycott of all activities of the party in the state.

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INFO DAILY reports that the ultimatum expired last Sunday and the council was about taking a decision to boycott the party activities when the letters came.

Addressing members of the council , chairman, Edo NUJ, Comrade Festus Alenkhe said the decision to put the boycott on hold became necessary after the party promised to pay for all equipment on before March 16.

Alenkhe said: “Base on these letters of apology and commitment to replace all damaged items, Congress has therefore today resolved that the decision to boycott all activities of the APC is therefore put on hold.

“And we also agreed that between now and 16th of March 2024, the APC in Edo State has also agreed to replace all equipment belonging to the 10 journalists who were attacked. Failure to do so before this date will make us to convene an emergency congress and take decision on the matter.

“… for now, I want to implore all journalists in Edo State to continue to cover APC activities in Edo State.”

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JUST IN: CBN Begins Sales Of Dollars To BDCs

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has announced its decision to sell foreign exchange worth $20,000 to each eligible Bureau De Change operator across the country.

This is coming more than two years after the suspended former CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, stopped the sales of foreign exchange to BDC operators in that segment of the forex market.

The apex bank disclosed this in a new circular issued and signed by the Director, Trade and Exchange Department, Hassan Mahmud, on Tuesday.

The circular titled, “Sale of Foreign Exchange to Bureau de Change Operators to meet retail demand for eligible invisible transactions” said the move aimed at rectifying the persisting distortions in the retail segment of Nigeria’s foreign exchange market and bridging the widening gap in the exchange rate.

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It said the allocation will be sold at a rate of N1,301/$, reflecting the lower band rate of executed spot transactions at the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market as of the previous trading day, dated February 27, 2024.

The circular read, “Following the ongoing reforms in the foreign exchange market, aimed at achieving an appropriate market-determined exchange rate for the Naira, the Central Bank of Nigeria has observed the continued price distortions at the retail end of the market, which is feeding into the parallel market and further widening the exchange rate premium.

“To this end, the CBN has approved the sale of foreign exchange to eligible Bureau De Change to meet the demand for invisible transactions. The sum of $20,000 is to be sold to each BDC at the rate of N1,301/$- (representing the lower band rate of executed spot transactions at NAFEM for the previous trading day, as of today, 27th February 2024).

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“All BDCs are allowed to sell to end-users at a margin NOT MORE THAN one per cent (1 per cent) above the purchase rate from CBN.”

It further directed eligible BDCs to make Naira payments to the designated CBN Foreign Currency Deposit Naira Accounts and submit confirmation of payment, with other necessary documentation.

All eligible BDCs are directed to make the Naira payment to the designated CBN Foreign Currency Deposit Naira Accounts and submit confirmation of payment, with other necessary documentation, for disbursement at the appropriate CBN Branches ABUJA, AWKA, LAGOS and KANO,” it added.

The CBN in frantic efforts to save the free fall of the naira has made a number of significant reforms towards addressing Naira depreciation, such as probing and clearing FX backlog, limiting forex for foreign education and medical tourism, increasing BDCs’ minimum share capital, and curbing FX speculators, among others.

Details later…

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