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65 Years Old Man Sent To Life Imprisonment For Defiling Minor

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Igwe Ambrose, 65 years old paedophile has been sentenced to life imprisonment for defiling two minors, aged seven and 11 years, who are daughters of his tenant.
It was gathered that the accused was said to have inserted his fingers into the private parts of the minors. Justice Abiola Soladoye of an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, on Monday, November 20, sentenced the convict to double life imprisonment on the four-count charge bordering on sexual assault by penetration and indecent treatment of a child, brought against him by Lagos state.

The offences were committed between January and June 2021 at Shagari Estate, Ipaja, Lagos. Justice Soladoye held that the prosecution had proved the charges against the convict beyond reasonable doubt. Soladoye described the convict as a dirty old man who fingered and touched the breasts of the survivors under the pretext of helping them with their school homework. She said that the defendant was identified and that the evidence of the survivors exposed him as a bare-faced liar.
She said his defence was untruthful and lacking in merit.

Justice Soladoye noted that the survivors decided to open up to their mother, who then informed her husband. She noted that the father thereafter confronted the defendant and the matter was reported to a police station. The trial judge noted that the police visited the scene and invited the convict to the police station for interrogation. The court noted that the convict denied the allegations against him.

Justice Soladoye in her judgement however held that the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses, including that of the survivors, were credible. She said: “The defendant was identified as the assailant and their evidence was corroborated by their mother and the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) who visited the crime scene and a clear account of the assault and indecent treatment was confirmed.”The judge, thereafter, convicted the defendant of the four-count charge levelled against him, contrary to Sections 135 and 261 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

Justice Soladoye sentenced the convict to life imprisonment on counts one and two and three years each on counts three and four. The trial judge also ordered that the name of the convict be entered in the Sexual Offences Register maintained by the Lagos State Government. During the trial, the state counsel, Mrs Olufunke Adegoke, called four witnesses, including the two survivors, their mother the survivors, and IPO through whom five exhibits were tendered.

The convict testified for himself.

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Abuja Based Man Arrested In Bauchi After Stealing Car From Kaduna Mosque

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Men of the Nigeria Police Force in Bauchi state command have arrested Ibrahim Mohammed, a 25-year-old indigene of Kano State, for stealing a car at a mosque in Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Mohammed, who hails from Unguwan Gyadi-Gyadi in Kano State but resides in Gwarinpa, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, was arrested by operatives attached to the Tilden Fulani Police Divisional Headquarters after he stole the vehicle and fled with it.

In a statement released and signed by Bauchi State Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil, d on Wednesday, the owner of the vehicle, a Toyota Vibe, parked it to observe the sunset prayers in a mosque but Mohammed stole it and was intercepted by the police after they received a signal on the incident from Kaduna.

“On November 28, 2023, at about 0841hrs, credible intelligence available at the division’s disposal that a motor vehicle Toyota Vibe brand, red in colour with number plate MRR 227 AA was reported to have been stolen from a mosque on November 24, 2023, in Zaria local government area of Kaduna state.


“The vehicle was stolen when the owner parked at the mosque to observe sunset prayer. Upon receiving the report, operatives attached to the division led by the Divisional Police Officer intensified stop-and-search on the highway linking Bauchi and Plateau states.

“As luck ran out of the suspect, the vehicle alongside the suspect was intercepted along the highway. Thus, the suspect is identified as Ibrahim Mohammed (25), male, of Unguwan Gyadi-Gyadi Kano State but residing in Gwarinpa, FCT Abuja.

“During the preliminary investigation, the suspect confessed to have stolen the said vehicle at the mosque premises in Zaria Kaduna state. The vehicle was thoroughly searched and a document of the vehicle was equally recovered,” the statement read.

According to him, the Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, Auwal Mohammed, directed that the suspect be transferred to Kaduna state for further investigation and prosecution

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EFCC Issues Warning on Rising ATM Swap Fraud

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In a recent statement issued on Tuesday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has sounded an alarm over the surge in ATM switch scams, cautioning Nigerians to exercise heightened awareness to protect themselves from falling victim to this nefarious activity.

Mr. Dele Oyewale, the Head of Media and Publicity for the EFCC, conveyed the urgent recommendation in response to a rising tide of complaints related to this type of financial crime. The EFCC’s investigations have unveiled a concerning trend where unauthorized withdrawals are traced back to ATM Debit Card switching or fraud.

The perpetrators employ a cunning method, as outlined by Oyewale. They seize the opportunity when a bank customer appears confused or in need of assistance at an ATM. In a hurried and inconspicuous manner, the fraudsters swap the customer’s debit card with another from the same bank. Simultaneously, they memorize the PIN used during the transaction.

“The cards get stuck in the machine due to a wrong pin, and the fraudster quickly abandons the victim, advising him/her to report to the bank while making away with the victim’s card to make immediate withdrawals from the account,” explained Oyewale.

This deceptive card-swapping tactic is not limited to ATMs alone; it can occur at various service delivery points, including Point of Sale (POS) terminals. The EFCC’s warning serves as a crucial reminder for individuals to remain vigilant during their financial transactions and to report any suspicious activity promptly.

As technology continues to advance, so do the methods employed by criminals. The EFCC encourages the public to adopt additional safeguards, such as regularly checking bank statements, reporting lost or stolen cards promptly, and being cautious of any unsolicited assistance at ATMs. By raising awareness about the risks associated with ATM switch fraud, the EFCC aims to empower Nigerians in safeguarding their financial well-being.

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Customs Hands Over Seized Drugs to NDLEA in Joint Anti-Trafficking Effort

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The Nigeria Customs Service intercepted drug cartels operating within the nation’s coastal waters and land borders, handing over substances suspected to be Cannabis Sativa and Tramadol to the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). The handover ceremony took place on Thursday, November 23, 2023, at the Customs Warehouse in Karu, Abuja.

During a joint press briefing, Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, disclosed that the illicit substances were seized in operations conducted by the Western Marine Command, FOU Zone ‘A,’ and Zone ‘B’ formations, with notable contributions from the Ogun 1 Area Command and Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘C.’

Emphasizing the commitment to combat drug trafficking, the CGC mentioned that the Nigeria Customs Service and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) strengthened their collaboration by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on April 4, 2023.

CGC Adeniyi stressed on  the significance of community support in the battle against drug trafficking, stating, “This is a battle for every citizen.” He detailed the seized items, including 13,567 parcels of Cannabis Sativa from Zone ‘A,’ 1,511 parcels and 292 bags of Indian Hemp from Zone ‘B,’ and 3,213 parcels and blocks, along with 935 sacks of Cannabis Sativa from Zone ‘C’.

From Ogun I Command, 2,223 wraps and 144 sacks of Cannabis Sativa, weighing a total of 3,312.7kg, were seized. Additionally, the Western Marine Command contributed with 2,205 parcels weighing 624kg.

The Director of Narcotics, Samuel Gazama, representing the Chairman and Chief Executive of NDLEA, commended the Nigeria Customs Service for its pivotal role in cleansing the country of illicit drugs. He stressed the severe societal threat posed by Cannabis Sativa and affirmed the NDLEA’s unwavering commitment to collaboration with the NCS in the relentless fight against drug trafficking. Gazama concluded, “We will not relent until our battles on drug trafficking are achieved.”

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