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EFCC Arrests ‘Pilot’ For N1bn Fraud In Kaduna

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Kaduna State Zonal Command, have arrested one Nuhu Haruna for an alleged fraudulent transaction to the tune of N1bn.

The anti-graft agency, in a tweet on Wednesday via its X handle, stated that Haruna’s arrest followed a petition by an unnamed person in December 2023, who “was introduced to the suspect for the purpose of a foreign exchange transaction involving N1,020,000.00,”

The EFCC noted that the petitioner “allegedly” paid the said amount into Haruna’s account for its dollar equivalent.

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However, the petitioner “explained that the suspect furnished him with evidence of payments made which turned out to be false as he never received the dollar equivalent.”

The statement added that “preliminary investigation showed that Haruna, who claimed to be an airline captain, allegedly diverted the money for his personal use by buying property and vehicles which he intended to use for the start-up of his alleged airline company, Air Unity Aviation Services.

“A landed property purchased at N155,000 and another purchased at N350,000, three 18-seater Toyota Hiace buses imprinted with the logo of Air Unity Aviation Services and four exotic cars were traced to the suspect.”

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He would be charged to court after investigations, the EFCC stated.

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However, the immediate-past governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfattah Ahmed, has spent a second night in the custody of the EFCC, which is grilling him over alleged N10bn misappropriation.

Ahmed reported on Monday morning at the Ilorin zonal office of the EFCC and was not allowed to return home.

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Inquiries by The PUNCH on Tuesday indicated that the anti-graft agency did not release him on Tuesday.

The anti-graft agency also arrested six persons in Lago State over alleged involvement in currency racketeering and the sale of new naira notes for commercial purposes, according to its spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

 

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Many Feared Dead As Hoodlums Go On The Rampage In Niger

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Suspected hoodlums in Niger State have reportedly raided shops, killed and maimed residents in the Maitumbi area of Minna, the state capital.

Eyewitnesses said the rampage started on Friday and continued for the next two days, forcing a reign of terror in the area.

A tricyclist, Ifeanyi Nwosu, narrated how he narrowly escaped death when some of the hoodlums attacked him while he was carrying some passengers.

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As I was riding my tricycle through the Maitumbi area, I had three passengers when about four of the hoodlums attacked us. They were brandishing their knives and daggers, threatening to use them on us. They collected all the mobile phones of the passengers.

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“What saved me was that I was swinging the tricycle, preventing the hoodlums from overpowering me. One of them even used his dagger to try to stab me, but in the process, he destroyed the tricycle’s windscreen. I only managed to escape from them. I would have been a dead man by now,” he narrated.

Another eyewitness, Musa Mohammed, narrated how the hoodlums who were said to be acting under the influence of dangerous drugs beheaded a middle-aged man and his young son, who they caught at the centre of the fracas.

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According to Mohammed, police operatives who were invited to arrest the situation were also attacked by the hoodlums.

“Before my very eyes, the hoodlums beheaded a middle-aged man and his young son. They also attacked policemen who came to quell the crisis.

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“They even vandalised their vehicle, but the policemen fired teargas at the hoodlums to disperse them, but they refused to calm down,” he added.

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According to The PUNCH, several residents of the Maitumbi area could not get home on the night of the incident as they had to find alternative places to sleep for fear of the attacks.

The hoodlums reportedly broke into shops, raiding wares and attacking those who attempted to resist.

Over eight residents were allegedly killed while many others were injured in the rampage.

The spokesman for the Niger State Police Command, Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the attack to newsmen but could not ascertain the number of victims killed.

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“There were street fights, but the men of the state command were able to bring the situation under control. Five ring leaders of the fight were arrested,” he said.

Abiodun said details of the incident were still emerging, so he could not confirm the number of deaths or injuries.

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Police Intercept Stolen Truck With Over N30m Goods, Arrest Suspect In Bauchi

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Operatives of the Bauchi State Police Command have arrested a suspected robber who stole a trailer truck loaded with 35 tons of groundnut oil worth N30m.

Spokesperson of the command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, April 14, 2024, said the truck was coming from Umuahia in Abia State heading to Kano State when it was stolen at Maraban Jos trailer park in Kaduna State.

According to the PPRO, preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the truck had stopped around the park to take his bath only to return later and discover that the trailer was missing from where it was parked.

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On the 12th of April, 2024, the Toro Divisional Police headquarters received a distress call reporting the theft of a trailer truck parked at the Maraban Jos trailer park area of Kaduna state,” the statement read.

“The stolen truck contained 35 tons of groundnut oil worth about thirty million Naira (30,000,000) and was en route from Umuahia to Kano state with a DAF CF 85 model. The Divisional Police Officer immediately led operatives to track down the truck, which was intercepted while heading towards Bauchi state.

“A preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the truck had made a detour around the Maraban Jos trailer park to take a bath. Upon returning, the driver discovered that the trailer was missing from where it was parked.

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“However, the operatives were able to recover the significant amount of goods that had been transported, including the trailer truck.

“The suspect responsible for the theft has been arrested and is currently being held for questioning. The Commissioner of Police Bauchi State Command CP Auwal Musa Muhammad, psc, directed that a discreet investigation be carried out by the state criminal investigation department, after which the suspect will be charged to court upon completion of the investigation.”

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‘Side Chick’, Family Members Allegedly Attack Lover’s Wife

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A side chick identified as Falamata Mai Mele and her family members allegedly attacked her lover’s wife after she caught them on their matrimonial bed in Gubio Local Government Area of Borno State.

Security analyst and counter-insurgency expert, Zagazola Makama, who confirmed the incident on Saturday, April 13, 2024, said it happened during the month of Ramadan.

Side chick and her family members allegedly attack lover

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According to the housewife, Aisha Bukar Gambo, she went to confront the side chick in her house which resulted in an altercation with some members of the suspect’s family.

During the altercation, the side chick, Falamata Mai Mele allegedly stabbed Aisha with a screwdriver on the side of her left breast, leaving her in the pool of her blood.

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Zagazola Makama wrote: “In the most-irritating audacity, the side chick, Falamata Mai Mele stabbed Aisha with a screwdriver on the side of her left breast and left her in the pool of her blood.

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“How else could one describe a situation where a wife catches her husband on her matrimonial bed committing adultery with another woman, but instead of the adulterers to most-passionately seek her forgiveness, and also plead with her to conceal the matter from public knowledge, they punished her severely for taking actions she deemed appropriate?,’

“The entire drama unfolded in, and stinked of the most nauseating audacity, most especially as it was staged during the Holy month of Ramadan, and the nauseating act was committed by Muslims who should have, instead of committing one of the gravest sins, strove for the spiritual purification and rebirth the Ramadan fast offers.

“A wife called Aisha Bukar Gambo, in Gubio town, Gubio LGA, Borno State, on a day during the just-ended month of Ramadan, caught her husband pestle in the mortar with another woman on her matrimonial bed.

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“Devastated Aisha immediately reported the matter to her father who pleaded with her to conceal the matter from public knowledge, and urged her to return to her matrimonial home. As an obedient daughter, she did.

“However, again on the 27th day of Ramadan, which is the night every fasting Muslim expects to achieve the peak of blessings from Allah, Aisha caught him in a nauseating act with another woman.

“She then, most startlingly, called neighbors and passers-by to witness the act, before she, again, reported the matter to her father. Aisha was further urged to return to her husband and, once again, conceal it from the public and let peace reign.

“Normally, Aisha would expect her husband and the woman to seek her forgiveness, and even placate her with whatever they could afford to ensure she concealed the matter.

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“But in sharp contrast to that, however, the adulterous woman and her husband’s relatives mobilized and challenged her for exposing her husband to the point of calling witnesses.

“Tired of what was going on, Aisha Bukar Gambo, confronted the side chick, Yakolo Babagana in her family house which resulted in some altercation with some members of Mai Mele’s Family in gubio.

“In the most-irritating audacity, the side chick, Falamata Mai Mele stabbed Aisha with a screwdriver on the side of her left breast and left her in the pool of her blood, perhaps intent on killing her.

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“Aisha’s father, Bukar Gambi, rushed to the police to come to the aid of his daughter after the side chick’s family brought more dangerous weapons.”

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The Police Divisional Officer of Gubio, who confirmed the incident, said the suspects have been arrested.

“On 11/04/2024 at about 2000hrs, one Bukar Gambi of Education Department in Gubio LGA came to police came to police and reported that on the same date at about 1930 hourz, his daughter Aisha Bukar Gambo had some altercation with some members of Mai Mele’s Family in Gubio that during the fracas one Falamata Mai Mele stabbed Aisha with a screwdriver on the side of her left breast,” the officer stated.

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“During arrest members of the Mai Mele’s family were brandishing knives and cutlasses until the support of the military was sought, which led to the arrest and detention of some of the suspects, as well as the principal suspects Yakolo Babagana Mai Mele.

“Two cutlasses were recovered as exhibits while the victim was admitted at the Primary Health Care Center Gubio for Medical Attention while investigation is ongoing.”

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