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EFCC Declares Lekki Cybercrime Hotbed, Arrests 402 Suspects In 3 Months

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared the Lekki area of Lagos a cybercrime hotbed.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren in a statement said this followed data from investigation activities of the Lagos Command in the second quarter of 2021.

Between April and June, 2021, the Advance Fee Fraud and Cyber Crime Sections of the Command recorded a total of 402 internet-related fraud arrests.

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The Advance Fee Fraud Section was responsible for 243 arrests while the Cyber Crime Section executed 18 sting operations which resulted in 159 arrests; 13 convictions have been recorded.

The agency confirmed that of 159 suspects arrested by the Cyber Crime Section, 70 were from Lekki, comprising areas such as Ajah, Badore, Victoria Garden City (VGC), Sangotedo and Oniru.

Ajah accounted for 24 suspects, while Oniru and Sangotedo had 14 and 13 suspects respectively. Badore had 8 suspects.

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Neighbouring Ikoyi and Eko Atlantic had 2 and 1 suspect each. Ikorodu and Alagbado on the Lagos Mainland make up the remainder.

The suspects are mostly millennials, with 82 aged between 25-34 years. Individuals arrested are either still in school, recent graduates or university dropouts.

The data from the Cyber Crime Section further shows that the dominant form of internet crime is Dating Scam/Online Dating Scam/Romance Scam.

64% of individuals arrested are involved in romance scam, followed closely by “Middle Man Scam” and “Picking” which account for 8% and 7% respectively of those arrested.

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“The 64% involved in the dating scam benefitted to the tune of N8, 310,000; $349,290 USD; £ 900; €10 and Cryptocurrency 0.17513”, Uwujaren noted.

Other typologies of fraud identified include forgery, possession of fraudulent documents, spamming, credit card fraud, impersonation, rental scam, loan fraud, Business Email Compromise, hacking, stealing, cheque scam, phishing, and money laundering.

Gift cards, at 39%, was detected as the prevalent method employed by the suspects to access their illicit funds. It is followed by bank transfers at 27% and cryptocurrency at 21%.

Also within the second quarter, a total of $12,512 was recovered from the e-wallet accounts of four suspects.

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(DAILY POST)

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61-year-old Pastor Allegedly Deflowers, Impregnates Teenage Girl

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A 61-year-old clergyman has been arrested for having carnal knowledge of a 16-year-old girl in Ondo State.

The Pastor, Ajayi Famakinwa, was said to have deflowered the girl, Oluwatosin Ilesanmi and got her pregnant after the act.

The crime was committed in Ogbese area of Akure North Local Government area of the state where the pastor and the victim were residing.

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Famakinwa, who confessed to have had sex with the girl was accused by the victim of engaging in the act in an open market with her in the community after deflowering her in his house.

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Speaking on the development the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, in the State, DSP Funmi Odunlami stated that the victim claimed that she was lured under the guise of cleansing her spiritually.

The PPRO added that the suspect would be charged to court after the completion of investigation.

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Man Arrested For Allegedly Raping Two Women

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A 23-year-old commercial motorcyclist, Ola Omogunwa, has been arrested by Ondo State Command of the Nigeria police for allegedly raping two women at different locations in the State.

Police Public Relations Officer in the State, DSP Odunlami Funmilayo, disclosed this while parading the suspect along with two others at the police headquarters on Tuesday in Akure.

Funmilayo said the suspect, while transporting the 35-year-old victim along Elebisre road, en-route Karo camp, in Akure North Local Government Area of the state, diverted into the bush, where he allegedly raped his victim.

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She said, “On Oct. 17, at about 1300hrs, Omogunwa (suspect) conveyed a 35-year-old victim at Elebisere road en route Karo camp, Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo state, where he brutalised, raped, robbed and left her to die.

”The suspect along the way, diverted into a bush, attacked and raped the victim, having tied her to a tree and thereafter punctured her eyes with his motorcycle key”.

The PPRO said that the suspect made away with the victim’s N1,800, phone, necklace and other valuables.

She said the suspect was later arrested based on intelligence reports and all the stolen items were recovered from him.

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Funmilayo also stated that the suspect allegedly raped a 45-year-old woman on March 28, along Owobanbo road, before his arrest.

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“The suspect using same modus operandi, before he was arrested, robbed and raped a 45-year-old woman on March 28, along Owobanbo road.

“The suspect after beating the suspect to a coma, raped her, inflicted injuries on her body and also robbed her of N112,000.

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“The suspect has confessed to the crimes and will soon be charged to court,” She said.


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18-year-old Girl Arraigned For Allegedly Circulating Nude Video Of Retired Bayelsa Perm Sec

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The Department of State Services (DSS), on Monday, arraigned a teenage girl before the Federal High Court, Yenagoa, for circulating the nude video of a retired Bayelsa permanent Secretary on social media.

In the one-count charge, prosecuting counsel, Mr Victor Uchendu, said that the accused engaged in cyber-stalking by circulating the retiree’s nude picture on a WhatsApp group.

He disclosed that the teenage girl also circulated the nude pictures of the retired permanent secretary on other social media platforms after an unsuccessful attempt to extort N15 million from the official.

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The prosecutor noted that the accused made and circulated nude pictures of the retired permanent secretary on social media on Sept. 14 in contravention of the Cybercrimes Prohibition Act of 2015.

The teenager, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Her counsel, Andrew Arthur, applied for her bail from DSS custody where she had been kept for 13 days.

Arguing the bail application, Arthur told the court that the defendant had earlier been arraigned for criminal defamation on the same offence and granted bail by a Bayelsa High Court.

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He said that the DSS refused to release the suspect on bail and chose to approach the Federal High Court to institute a fresh charge.

Opposing the bail application, Uchendu said that he was served the bail document in the courtroom and needed room to study it to respond to issues raised therein.

In ruling, Justice I. H. Ndahen, ordered the teenager to be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Service facility in Yenagoa until Oct. 21 to hear the bail application

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