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EFCC secures conviction of man parading himself as Facebook COO
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EFCC secures conviction of man parading himself as Facebook COO

The EFCC has secured the conviction of a Nigerian man, Shitu Labeeb Adebowale, accused of parading himself as Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook to swindle unsuspecting victims. Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin found Adebowale guilty of the two-count charge preferred against him by the EFCC and sentenced him to six months imprisonment. Also tendered was a manager’s cheque of N205,705 which he raised as restitution to his victims. Mbachie, thereafter urged the court to consider the plea of guilt entered by the defendant, the plea bargain agreement signed by both parties, the extra-judicial statements of the defendant and the unchallenged testimonies of the prosecution witness to convict the defendant as charged. Justice Akinpelu...
Ex-bank manager bags 18-years in prison for stealing customer’s N219m
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Ex-bank manager bags 18-years in prison for stealing customer’s N219m

A former manager with Sterling Bank and Account Relationship Officer of OHHA Microfinance Bank has been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment, for forgery and stealing to the tune of N219million. Mr. Oliver Anidiobi was sentenced on Tuesday, November 2, by Justice C. O. Ajah of the Enugu State High Court in Enugu, after a 32-count charge prosecution. The defendant used his position to convince the microfinance bank to deposit the said sum through him. He proceeded to fix the money in a fixed deposit account and forged a deposit certificate to deceive the microfinance bank, while he diverted the funds for personal use. With the money, he built a block of 5 flats, acquired several plots of land along the Enugu Port-Harcourt Expressway, an uncompleted four-bedroom bungalow at Centenar...
Lagos resident bags 18 years imprisonment for stabbing man
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Lagos resident bags 18 years imprisonment for stabbing man

A 32-year-old man, Saheed Sanni, has been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment by a Lagos State High Court sitting at TBS for stabbing one Jide Felix to death. Saheed was arrested in December 2015 for stabbing Felix in the neck with a broken bottle during an argument at LUTH Junction in the Agege Motor Road area of Mushin. Sanni, who had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charge when he was first arraigned on January 18, 2021, later pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter. The prosecution counsel, Olayemi Shofolu, informed the court that the convict applied for a plea bargain to change his plea, adding that the prosecution had amended the charge. Subsequently, the presiding judge, Justice Yetunde Adesanya, asked Sanni about his awareness of the amended charge as well...
Man bags six months jail term for $100 Love Scam in Kaduna
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Man bags six months jail term for $100 Love Scam in Kaduna

Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna, on Wedneday, October 20, sentenced of one Mesheal Luka to six months imprisonment following his conviction on a two count amended charge of cybercrime and other internet-related fraud brought against him by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The defendant variously posed as an American citizen and induced his victims to send him money while pretending to be in romantic relationship with them. Count one of the charge reads: |”that you, Mesheal Luka, (M) between January and August, 2021 in Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did pretend to be one Mesheal ( a woman) based in America when you knew you were not and in such assumed character cheated one Samuel of...
Sex attacker, Ali Husseini has sentence increased
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Sex attacker, Ali Husseini has sentence increased

A man who was jailed for a series of sex attacks on women in Tower Hamlets in London has had his sentence increased from six years and nine months' imprisonment to nine years. Ali Husseini, 27, sexually assaulted three women in separate attacks while they were walking along a pedestrian underpass. During his trial at the Old Bailey, the court heard how Husseini would follow lone women into the subway underneath the A12 in the Poplar area. In August 2020, he followed a 32-year-old woman as she returned home from nearby shops, before grabbing her neck and sexually assaulting her. The victim was able to bite Husseini's arm before running away. A few weeks later, Husseini targeted a heavily pregnant woman as she walked along the same underpass on her way back to work. The victim ...
Indian man gets double life term for killing his wife using cobra
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Indian man gets double life term for killing his wife using cobra

The Kollam Additional Sessions Court in Kerala, India on Wednesday, imposed a double life sentence on Sooraj S Kumar for killing his wife using a cobra. Sooraj had killed his 25-year-old wife, Uthra on May 7, 2020, by letting a cobra bite her in her sleep. The crime became known widely known as the 'Uthra murder case' and garnered international attention. In a case described by the prosecution as ‘rarest of the rare’, the convict was awarded life sentences on charges of Sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) as well as 10 years rigorous imprisonment under Section 328 (causing harm using poison) and seven years imprisonment under Section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of the IPC along with a fine of Rs 5 lakh. The trial court stopped short of awarding...
Liberia deports Nigerians convicted for ​$208,000 bank heist
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Liberia deports Nigerians convicted for ​$208,000 bank heist

The Government of Liberia has deported four Nigerians convicted for bank robbery. They are Onuegbu Frank Chidozie (40), Francis Ezeji (32), Chukwu Ago (44) and Kingsley Okoro (40). They were tried under Section 14.32 and 50.5 of the Penal Law of the Republic of Liberia at the 13th Judicial Circuit Court. The court sentenced the gang members to 10 imprisonment on December 14, 2010. The gang had attacked an Ecobank branch in Kakata, Margibi County, stealing valuables and cash worth $207,799. Justice Minister, Frank Musa Dean described the quartet as “undesirable aliens”. Dean directed Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) Commisoner-General, Robert Budy to remove them. The convicts were flown to Nigeria via Air Cote D’Ivoire.
Ilorin alfa jailed for defrauding South Korean using Buhari aide’s name
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Ilorin alfa jailed for defrauding South Korean using Buhari aide’s name

Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin, on Thursday, September 30, sentenced an Ilorin-based Alfa Jamiu Isiaka to 28 years imprisonment for an oil contract scam. The cleric was arraigned for fraud and obtaining by false pretence. The offences were contrary to Section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006. The judge held that the prosecution tendered enough evidence to prove that Jamiu was guilty of the allegations. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on June 14, 2019 arraigned the convict on four counts. He pleaded “not guilty”. Jamiu presented himself as President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, and ex-Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NN...
Man sentenced to 28 years imprisonment for killing female lawyer in Lagos hotel room
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Man sentenced to 28 years imprisonment for killing female lawyer in Lagos hotel room

An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Tuesday, September 21, sentenced a 23-year-old chef, Joshua Usulor, to 28 years imprisonment for killing a lawyer, Mrs Feyisayo Obot. Usulor brutally murdered the 34-year-old mother of two on January 26, 2019, at the Citiheights Hotel, Opebi, Lagos State, where both of them lodged in different rooms. Obot, an employee of an Abuja-based non-governmental organisation, Save the Children, was in Lagos to write a project management examination. The prosecution, led by Mrs O.A. Bajulaiye-Bishi, had said that Usulor, a resident of Number 30, Fadiya Street, Ketu, Lagos, sneaked into the deceased's hotel room to steal her money and her phones in order to offset his outstanding hotel bill. The deceased struggled with him but was overpowered. He then...
Son of Governor Tambuwal’s aide bags 4-year jail term for circulating nude video of bride-to-be
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Son of Governor Tambuwal’s aide bags 4-year jail term for circulating nude video of bride-to-be

The Sokoto Chief Magistrate’s Court has sentenced three teenagers, Aminu Hayatu Tafida, Umar Abubakar and Mas’ud Abubakar Gidado, to four years imprisonment for circulating the nude video of a bride to be. One of the convicts, Aminu is the son of the Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on Social Investment, Hayatu Tafida. DailyTrust reports that the three suspects were convicted on charges ranging from abetment, indecent act, sale and printing of obscene book and circulation of an 18 seconds nude video. Delivering judgement on the case, the chief Magistrate, Shu’aibu Ahmad, noted that the defendants were first time offenders who have just realised the consequences of their action. They were given an option of N400,000 fine. “I consider the passionate pleas of ea...
Man sentenced in South Africa for calling his colleagues “uneducated baboons”
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Man sentenced in South Africa for calling his colleagues “uneducated baboons”

A Phalaborwa Magistrate’s Court in South Africa has sentenced a 57-year-old man, Nicco Adolph Kallerman, pictured above, for calling his colleagues and other patrons uneducated baboons. Kallerman was convicted of crimen injuria and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment or twenty thousand rands (R20, 000) fine on Thursday, 26 August 2021. Limpopo Police said that half of the sentence was suspended for five years on condition that the accused does not commit similar offences. The sentence comes after an incident that occurred on Thursday, 07 May 2020, in which Kallerman, who was on duty at Foskor mine argued with the Labour Union Representatives. "The argument escalated to a level where he called them uneducated baboons. Police were notif...
Retired matron bags 10 year Jail term for Buying Baby boy for N50,000 and selling him for N200,000
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Retired matron bags 10 year Jail term for Buying Baby boy for N50,000 and selling him for N200,000

Justice Okon Okon of an Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Uyo has sentenced a 47-year-old retired matron, Gertrude Akpan, to 10 years imprisonment for trafficking  children. Prosecutors told the court that one Ubong Ekwere on May 12, 2018, abducted the six-year-old boy in the custody of his grandmother and sold him to Akpan for N50,000.  Akpan who is a mother of three then sold the child to one Kate Ogbonna in Owerri for N200,000 in Imo state. Delivering judgment in the case on Wednesday, August 25, Justice Okon found Akpan guilty of the unlawful removal and transfer of the boy from Akwa Ibom to Imo state and jailed her without an option of a fine. “Apart from the confession of the convict, the evidence of the prosecution witness that she assisted the police in the recovery ...
20-year-old who defrauded American of $500 on Facebook Jailed for one year in Kwara
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20-year-old who defrauded American of $500 on Facebook Jailed for one year in Kwara

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin has sentenced 20-year-old Udoh Sunday Okon to one-year imprisonment for defrauding an American, Kimberly, to the tune of $500 on Facebook. The Ilorin Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday, August 25, secured the conviction of Udoh for offenses bordering on Facebook lottery scam. Udoh, an undergraduate who hails from Akwa Ibom, was prosecuted on a one-count charge, to which he pleaded guilty. The charge reads   “That you, Udoh Sunday Okon (Christopher Wray), sometime in March 2021 at Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did cheat by personation when you pretended to be one Christopher Wray a white male with +18315088635...
Fake Surety: Headmaster Convicted for giving False Information in Kano
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Fake Surety: Headmaster Convicted for giving False Information in Kano

Umar Hassan, an Assistant Headmaster at Goron Dutse Primary School, in Dala Local Government Area of Kano State and a surety in the case of one Abdulkadir Mohammed Sani, was today, August 20, sentenced to six months imprisonment by Justice Zuwaira Yusuf of the Kano State High Court for presenting false information to mislead operatives of the Kano Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, into granting bail to a suspect in a criminal case being investigated by the agency. The Court had on August 12, 2021 convicted the defendant after he pleaded guilty to a one count charge of false information but reserved sentencing till August 20, 2021. The charge read "that you Umar Hassan on or about 13th December, 2017, at Kano, within the Ju...
Family jailed for 18 years after selling sick and dying puppies kept in nail filled, urine infested cages to people
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Family jailed for 18 years after selling sick and dying puppies kept in nail filled, urine infested cages to people

A family 'gang' has been jailed for a combined 18 years for selling puppies they treated so badly by starving and keeping in unhealthy cages that some died before they reached their new homes. The Cawley family from Ireland ran a puppy farming ring that tricked people into buying pets that they treated so badly, only for the new owners to face alarming veterinary bills and death of the puppies. Police found that the family had been keeping many of their puppies in dark, cold pens which smelt of urine a sign they had not been cleaned for a long time. One of the dog pens had nails sticking out and sharp metal mesh wires hanging down, authorities found. Animal protection and rights agency,, RSPCA believe the d...
Ex-banker, wife and mother-in-law bag 60 years jailterm for stealing depositors’ fund
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Ex-banker, wife and mother-in-law bag 60 years jailterm for stealing depositors’ fund

  A former bank cashier, Ebenezer Adeolu Alonge alongside his wife, Isakunle Olamide Oyinlola and his mother-in-law, Isakunle Eunice Moradeke were on Friday, July 23, convicted and sentenced to Sixty (60) years imprisonment by Justice Adekanye Ogunmoye of Ekiti State High Court, Ado Ekiti on a 12-count charge of conspiracy and stealing contrary to section 390(9) of the Criminal Code Laws Cap 16 Laws of Ekiti State, 2012 brought against them by the Ibadan Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Justice Ogunmoye, in his judgment, ruled that the prosecution team led by Abdulrasheed Lanre Suleiman proved their case beyond reasonable doubt and that the convicts had failed to extricate themselves from the self-evidenced proofs before the court. EFCC,...
Fake Customs Officer Sentenced to 20 years Imprisonment for Employment Scam in Kwara
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Fake Customs Officer Sentenced to 20 years Imprisonment for Employment Scam in Kwara

Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Thursday, July 22, sentenced a self-styled customs officer, Yakubu Azeez Afolayan, to twenty years imprisonment having found him guilty of offences bordering on impersonation and job scam. The convict, posing as a Customs Officer, allegedly swindled a number of unsuspecting job seekers under the guise of helping them secure employment into the Nigeria Custom service, NCS, before the long arm of law caught up with him. The 34 year-old Yakubu from Share in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State was arraigned on March 14, 2019 on a four-count charge by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. One of the counts reads: “That you, Yakubu Azeez Afolayan, between the mo...
Serial fraudster bags 15-years for N4m Fraud
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Serial fraudster bags 15-years for N4m Fraud

Justice Umaru Fadawu of the Borno State High Court sitting in Maiduguri, on July 16, 2021, sentenced a serial fraudster, Alen Abel to fifteen years imprisonment for obtaining N4, 065, 000.00 (Four Million, Sixty-five Thousand Naira), under false pretence. The offence is contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act. The convict was arraigned on July 14, 2021, by the EFCC on two separate one-count charge. One of the charge reads: ‘‘That you Alen Abel, sometimes in May 2020 at Maiduguri, within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud did obtained One Hundred (100) bags of rice worth N900, 000.00 (Nine Hundred Thousand Naira ) only from Saaqndo Orseer Emmanue...
Ekiti FA crisis: Football stakeholders urges warring parties to embrace peace
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Ekiti FA crisis: Football stakeholders urges warring parties to embrace peace

  Football stakeholders in Ekiti State have urged warring parties in the state Football Association to embrace peace for the sake of development of the game in the state. The group under the auspices of the Ekiti State Football Stakeholders also called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to constitute a caretaker committee to run the affairs of FA in the state. The group which said development can only be achieved in the atmosphere of peace, equity and justice was reacting to the Thursday’s judgment of an Ado Ekiti magistrate court, which sentenced the state FA chairman, Mr Bayo Lanlege and five others to a 14-day imprisonment for contempt of court. Speaking with newsmen in Ado Ekiti, the chairman of the Prince Gabriel Adetule said efforts made to resolve the issu...
Court sentences couple to 3 years imprisonment for starving and confining 12-year-old niece in fridge for eight months in Sokoto
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Court sentences couple to 3 years imprisonment for starving and confining 12-year-old niece in fridge for eight months in Sokoto

Court sentences couple to 3 years imprisonment for starving and confining 12-year-old niece in fridge for eight months in Sokoto The Sokoto Magistrate Court has sentenced one Emmanuel Bassey and his wife, Esther to three years imprisonment with N275,000 fine for starving and confining their 12-year-old niece in an unused fridge for eight months. The State Police Command had rescued the victim, Joy Emmanuel, at her guardians' home in the Sokoto Cinema area of Sokoto North Local Government Area. The couple said she was locked up because of her unstable mental condition, a claim which was later proved to be false by the police. Delivering his judgement on Wednesday, Chief Magistrate Shu’aibu Ahmad fined the couple N25,000 or six months jail term for criminal conspiracy. He ...
Senate Approves 20-year Jail term for Persons Caught Snatching ballot Materials
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Senate Approves 20-year Jail term for Persons Caught Snatching ballot Materials

The Nigerian Senate has prescribed a 20-year jail term for anyone caught snatching ballot materials during elections. The lawmakers gave the approval for such punishment while passing the bill establishing the Electoral Offences Commission. The function of the commission includes investigating electoral offenses, prosecution of electoral offenders, and maintaining records of all persons investigated and prosecuted. Amongst the prescribed punishments for any offender include -Five years jail term or N10m fine for party officials who engage in electoral fraud The senate in Clause 12 of the bill approved at least five years imprisonment or a fine of at least N10 million naira or both, for any officer or executives of any association or political party that engages in electoral...
Fake Priest Jailed in Abuja
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Fake Priest Jailed in Abuja

One Jacob Samuel has been convicted by an Abuja high court after being arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja Zonal Office on an amended one-count charge of cheating. Samuel pleaded guilty after being arraigned before Justice J.O. Onwuegbuzie for falsely representing himself as a genuine priest or spiritualist and inducing one Rebecca into delivering to him the sum of N103, 000 (One Hundred and Three Thousand Naira). Based on his plea, the prosecution asked the court to convict him accordingly. But his counsel, M.K Agbontien urged the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendant was a first-time offender and had returned the proceeds of crime. The court convicted and sentenced the defendant to six months imprisonment with an option of N50, ...
Smiling Yahoo Boys Bag Jail Sentences
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Smiling Yahoo Boys Bag Jail Sentences

Two internet fraudsters popularly known as yahoo boys who were smiling in their mugshot, have bagged jail sentences after being arraigned in court. John Padre Akor and Aondoaver Aondoseer were handed the jail sentence on Thursday July 8 after being arraigned before Justice Abdu Dogo of the Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, Benue State by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission( EFCC) on one-count separate charge bordering on criminal impersonation and obtaining money from foreign nationals under false pretence. Justice Dogo convicted and sentenced the defendants accordingly after they pleaded guilty to the charge. Akor was sentenced to three (3) years imprisonment with an option of fine of N1.5million. A 2015 model GLK 350 4matic Mercedes Benz and a Phone recover...
Court sentences Kogi Poly student to 8 years imprisonment for illegal possession of firearms
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Court sentences Kogi Poly student to 8 years imprisonment for illegal possession of firearms

A Magistrate Court sitting in Lokoja has sentenced a student of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja to 8 years imprisonment for illegal possession of firearms and unlawful association.   Shehu Tenimu Mohammed, an ND II student of the Department of Public Administration, was nabbed with a locally fabricated revolver pistol and five rounds of live ammunition while making his way through the main entrance of the Polytechnic on Friday, April 9, 2021. Delivering his Judgement on Tuesday, July 6, the trial judge, Justice Mohammed convicted the suspect on the three-count charge having pleaded guilty to the offences in the charge sheet, and also fined him the sum of Eight thousand Naira.   Barr. Samuel Ikutanwa, the prosecuting counsel at the hearing had demanded the charge...
Man to serve 9 years in prison after he tried fleeing from court when he was convicted for abandoning woman he impregnated
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Man to serve 9 years in prison after he tried fleeing from court when he was convicted for abandoning woman he impregnated

A man has been sentenced to 9 years in prison after he attempted to escape from a chief magistrate’s court after the court sentenced him to two years’ imprisonment for abandoning a woman he impregnated. 31-year-old Mallam Zakaria, an indigene of Pariya village in the Fufore Local Government Area of Adamawa State, was earlier charged with deserting one Maryam Usman, of Anguwan Yungur, whom he impregnated in Adamawa state. Maryam Usman lodged a complaint on June 16, 2021, at the Divisional Police Headquarters in Girei that Zakaria impregnated her and started avoiding her and also stopped taking her calls after she broke the news to him, Maryam also claimed that Zakaria conspired with the operator of a pharmacy, Sunday Assoga, to terminate her pregnancy, with the chemist unsuccessf...
Ekiti prophet sentenced to life imprisonment for death of woman seeking spiritual help
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Ekiti prophet sentenced to life imprisonment for death of woman seeking spiritual help

An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, July 1, sentenced a cleric, prophet Olakanye Oni, to life imprisonment over the death of a woman.   Oni of Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Palace of Mercy, Olokuta, Ado-Ekiti, was accused of killing one Mrs Gbadamosi Omowale, who came to his church to seek help over her inability to conceive after seven years of marriage.     Mrs Omowale took ill and her health deteriorated after the cleric carried out a “spiritual cleansing” on her. On December 13, 2017, she died.   The Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Adeyemo Adejugbe and his council of chiefs banished the cleric following the death of the woman.   According to the prosecution team led by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Ministry o...
Ghana to deport another batch of Nigerians over illegal stay
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Ghana to deport another batch of Nigerians over illegal stay

At least forty-four Nigerians will be deported for various offences, including illegally staying in Ghana.   The deportees were reportedly sentenced to 99 days imprisonment and will be deported after serving their sentence. Those in prison are 43 males and one female   Sources told Ghana news outlet Joy News that a team of escort officers, comprising Immigration officers, would lead the deportees from Tamale to Accra to receive their deportation letters before escorting them out of the country.   According to the source, arrangements have been made to ensure a smooth exercise for the deportation.   The news outlet also noted that this is the first time the Immigration Service is deporting a large group of people from the area.   It com...
South African court jails ex-President Jacob Zuma for 15 months for Contempt
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South African court jails ex-President Jacob Zuma for 15 months for Contempt

Former South African president, Jacob Zuma has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after being found guilty for defying a court order to appear before an inquiry probing wide-ranging allegations of corruption during his tenure from 2009 to 2018.   This is the first time in South Africa’s history that a former president has been sentenced to prison.   Zuma, who wasn’t present for the ruling on Tuesday, June 29, was ordered to hand himself over within five days to a police station in his hometown of Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal province or in Johannesburg.   Back in January, the Constitutional Court ruled that Zuma had to respond to questions from a judicial commission headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. But the 79-year-old former intelligence operati...
Man Sentenced to 12 years Imprisonment for Raping two Children aged 5 and 7 in Cross River
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Man Sentenced to 12 years Imprisonment for Raping two Children aged 5 and 7 in Cross River

The Family Court sitting in Calabar, Court in Cross River State has sentenced one Godswill Idongesit Brownson to 12 years imprisonment for raping two children aged 5 and 7. Idongesit was convicted on Wednesday, June 23, by the Chief Judge of Cross River State, Honourable Justice Akon Ikpeme. His conviction was secured courtesy of the Basic Rights Counsel Initiative (BRCI) team. Head of BRCI, Barr. James Ibor, who confirmed the development thanked the Commissioner of Police, the Honourable Attorney General and the BRCI team for their effort in securing justice for the victims. "The Honourable Chief Judge of Cross River State, Honourable Justice Akon Ikpeme has convicted Godswill Idongesit Brownson for the rape of two children aged 5 and 7. He has been sentenced to 12 years i...
Fiancée of UK Millionaire who was Shot Dead by his Ex-lover Claims his Business rival ordered the Shooting and Fears she’s ‘next’
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Fiancée of UK Millionaire who was Shot Dead by his Ex-lover Claims his Business rival ordered the Shooting and Fears she’s ‘next’

The fiancée of a British millionaire shot dead by his ex-girlfriend has come out to claim that a business rival ordered his killing and fears she may be the next target. Maria Korotaeva, 27, said husband-to-be, Andrew Bush, had received death threats in the weeks leading up to his murder. She alleged a business rival of her husband to be who was into jewelleries could have ordered the killing. The businessman's former lover, Mayka Kukucova, 31, waited in his bed at his Spanish villa before fatally shooting him three times in 2014. She escaped to her home country, Slovakia but was caught and then jailed for 15 years in May 2016 which was later reduced to 13 years' imprisonment. But Maria, who was set to wed the businessman before his death, now claims she thinks K...
Abaribe should be in prison for not producing Kanu – Deputy Speaker
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Abaribe should be in prison for not producing Kanu – Deputy Speaker

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase (APC, Plateau) has said that the Minority Leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia) should be in prison for failing to produce leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu who he stood as a surety for in court.   Wase said this while responding to a Point of Order raised by Sada Soli (APC, Katsina) during plenary on Thursday May 6.   He backed his claim with the imprisonment of Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) by Justice Okon Abang for failing to produce Abdulrasheed Maina, former head of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT) whom he had stood for as surety.   The Deputy Speaker said;    “Ordinarily, for failing to produce Kanu Nnamdi, he (Sen Abaribe) should be in...
Two Students, 20 and 21, Sentenced to Life Imprisonement for Murdering Italian Policeman in Drug Deal Gone Wrong
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Two Students, 20 and 21, Sentenced to Life Imprisonement for Murdering Italian Policeman in Drug Deal Gone Wrong

A jury in Rome on Wednesday, May 5, delivered verdicts against Finnegan Lee Elder, 21, and Gabriel Natale-Hjorth, 20, handing them life imprisonement for the murder of Vice Brigadier Mario Cerciello Rega, 35. Elder and Natale-Hjorth, who became friends while attending Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California, were found guilty on all charges of homicide, attempted extortion, assault, resisting a public official and carrying an attack-style knife without just cause. Prosecutors alleged that Elder stabbed Rega 11 times with a knife that he brought with him on his trip to Europe from California and that Natale-Hjorth helped him hide the knife in their hotel room. The stabbing occured on July 26, 2019, after Natale-Hjorth and Elder tried to buy cocaine with 80 euro...
Josh Duggar of ’19 Kids and Counting’ Pleads not Guilty to Child Pornography Charge
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Josh Duggar of ’19 Kids and Counting’ Pleads not Guilty to Child Pornography Charge

Former American reality TV star, Joshua Duggar has pleaded not guilty to receipt and possession of child pornography one day following his arrest. The hearing was held virtually over Zoom in the Western District of Arkansas on Friday, April 30. Duggar, who wore a black and white jumpsuit, appeared from jail and was seen smiling before his hearing kicked off. He was represented by Arkansas attorney Travis W. Story. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Arkansas confirmed the 33-year-old former "19 Kids and Counting" star has been charged with receiving and possessing material depicting the sexual abuse of children. Duggar is accused of allegedly using "the internet to download child sexual abuse material. Duggar allegedly possessed this material, so...
Nigerian man Sentenced to 20 Years Imprisonment in South Africa for Conning Women out of Over N26m in Online Dating Scam
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Nigerian man Sentenced to 20 Years Imprisonment in South Africa for Conning Women out of Over N26m in Online Dating Scam

The Bellville Commercial Crimes Court Cape Town, has sentenced a Nigerian fraudster Chinonso Pascal Eze, who ran an online dating scam in which he duped unsuspecting women out of over R1 035 030 (N26m) Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Eric Ntabazalila said in a statement that Eze, 36, was on Thursday, April 29, sentenced to 20 years imprisonment after being convicted on 23 counts of fraud and nine counts of money laundering. Eze entered into a plea and sentencing agreement with the State on Thursday and confessed to being part of a syndicate which operated an online dating scam. He told the court the ultimate goal was to secure large sums of money from “unsuspecting victims”. The court heard that Eze and members of the syndicate reached out to v...
Former TV Gladiator, Shadow, looks unrecognizable in mugshot photo after he got hooked on drugs and admits role in blackmail plot
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Former TV Gladiator, Shadow, looks unrecognizable in mugshot photo after he got hooked on drugs and admits role in blackmail plot

Police has released the shocking mugshot of ex-TV Gladiator, Shadow, and he looks unrecognisable. The image of Shadow was issued by cops on Wednesday, April 14, after the former bodybuilder, whose real name is Jefferson King, admitted taking part in a drug-fuelled blackmail plot. The photo shows him hollow-cheeked and dead-eyed, while hooked on drugs. King, 59, had demanded £1,000 last year from a mum for the safe return of her son who was allegedly being held hostage by a gang. He is currently in custody awaiting sentencing at the conclusion of a crown court trial of other alleged blackmailers. Jurors were told that King was "known as Shadow in Gladiators", though he is now barely recognisable from his 1990s heyday after years of drug abuse. Born in London, King ...
Court Convicts 11 Internet fraudsters in Port Harcourt
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Court Convicts 11 Internet fraudsters in Port Harcourt

Justice Adamu Turaki Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Friday, April 9, convicted and sentenced 11 internet fraudsters to various prison terms, for fraud. Those convicted are Anhwo Samson, Harry Omo-egbekun Hamilton, Odiase Martins, Okuson Godspower, Destiny Ighalo, Andrew Onoyoa, Omebu Happy, Enofe Michael, Adelakun Abdulkareem, Akpowowo Favour, and Imaah Joseph. The convicts were prosecuted by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for offences bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretence. The charge reads: “that you Anhwo Samson (aka Anhwo Samcity), Adelakun Abdulkareem (aka Terry Walker), Omebu Happy (aka Christ David), Imaah Joseph (aka Pietro Jones) Enofe Michael (aka Charlotte Crypto B.T.C...
Olympics Champion Nathan Baggaley and his Brother Found Guilty in $152 Million Cocaine plot
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Olympics Champion Nathan Baggaley and his Brother Found Guilty in $152 Million Cocaine plot

Australian Olympic champion, Nathan Baggaley and his brother Dru have been found guilty of trying to smuggle hundreds of kilograms of cocaine valued at more than $150 million into the country in 2018. According to Nine News,  Nathan Baggaley, who won two silver medals at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens for kayaking, and his brother had pleaded not guilty but an Australian jury in Brisbane jury found both men guilty following a two-week trial. Back in 2018 Dru Baggaley and another man were arrested after law enforcement intercepted their boat Authorities seized more than 500 kilograms of cocaine, according to court documents. The boat had met a larger foreign vessel off the coast of New South Wales and was subsequently intercepted, according to the prosecution's case as ...
Convicted Fraudster Bags 70 Years Jail Term in Sokoto
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Convicted Fraudster Bags 70 Years Jail Term in Sokoto

Justice Bello Duwale of the Sokoto State High Court, sitting in Sokoto on Thursday, April 1, 2021, convicted and sentenced a fraudster, Hamzat Muhammad Bashar, to seventy years imprisonment without an option of fine. Justice Duwale pronounced his verdict on Bashar after he was found guilty of obtaining Twenty Nine Million Eight Hundred and Sixty-Five Thousand Naira (N29,865,000.00) by false pretense. He was arraigned, by the Sokoto Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on November 7, 2019, on a 12-count amended charge, bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretense. Count one of the charge reads: “That you Hamzat Bashar Muhammad, Hindatu Bashar (Now at Large) and Hamga Investment Resources Limited sometimes within the months of Jun...
14 Years Imprisonment For Not Having NIN – Pantami Says He Was Misquoted
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14 Years Imprisonment For Not Having NIN – Pantami Says He Was Misquoted

Isa Pantami, Minister for Communication and Digital Economy, has denied saying that Nigerians without National Identification Number (NIN) risk up to 14 years in jail. He was quoted earlier in a report warning that failure to obtain the NIN could lead to as much as 14 years imprisonment. ....registration for NIN is not optional, but a mandate by law, warning that failure to enroll precludes defaulting citizens and residents from operating certain functions like using banks and communication services. He also warned that failure to obtain the NIN could lead to between seven or 14 years imprisonment as stipulated by the Nigerian Constitution, no one should enjoy government services without the number. He has now offered clarifications. This has been quoted out of context. Pa...
Failure To Register For NIN Attracts 14 Years Imprisonment – Pantami
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Failure To Register For NIN Attracts 14 Years Imprisonment – Pantami

More than 51million Nigerians have now been enrolled for the National Identity Number (NIN). This was disclosed on Thursday by the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami, during the weekly ministerial briefing organized by the Presidential Media Team, at the presidential villa, Abuja. He said registration for NIN is not optional, but a mandate by law, warning that failure to enroll precludes defaulting citizens and residents from operating certain functions like using banks and communication services. He also warned that failure to obtain the NIN could lead to between seven or 14 years imprisonment as stipulated by the Nigerian Constitution, no one should enjoy government services without the number. He said rather than population census that can ...
Man Bags Three Months Imprisonment for Fraud
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Man Bags Three Months Imprisonment for Fraud

Justice Peter Affen of the FCT High Court, Maitama on Tuesday, March 25, sentenced one Ogbelegba Emmanuel Abel to three months imprisonment for offences bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and internet fraud. The convict was arrested on February 25, 2020, in his apartment in Maitama, Abuja following reports received by the Commission on his suspicious activities and questionable lifestyle. Upon conclusion of the investigation, the convict was arraigned in Court on one count charge of obtaining by false pretense. He pleaded ‘guilty’ to the charge preferred against him. Consequently, the court convicted and sentenced him to 3 months imprisonment with an option of fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira. The Court also ordered the convict to restitute his victim the s...
Man Jailed over Dud Cheque In Akure, Two Others Convicted In Abeokuta
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Man Jailed over Dud Cheque In Akure, Two Others Convicted In Abeokuta

A 49-year-old man, Gabriel Akinsanmi, has been sentenced to four years imprisonment for issuance of dud cheque, contrary to Section 1(1)(b) of the Dishonoured Cheques (Offences) Act, Cap D11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under Section 1(1)(b)(i) of the same Act. He was convicted on Friday, March 26, 2021 by Justice O. A. Adegbehingbe of the Ondo State High Court, sitting in Akure on two counts of a four-count charge of stealing and issuance of dud cheque brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office. His journey to prison started when the Commission received a petition dated June 8, 2017, from one Adebayo Alabi alleging that he (the complainant) paid the sum of N105,000,000 (One Hundred and Five Million Na...
Court Convicts Nigerien, Five Others Over Fake $570,000
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Court Convicts Nigerien, Five Others Over Fake $570,000

Justice M.S. Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna has convicted and sentenced members of a notorious syndicate of fraudsters comprising a Nigerien and five Nigerians. The Nigerien, Magaji Musa (a.k.a Maishayi) and five Nigerians: Salisu Rabiu, (a.k.a Mai Magani); Ibrahim Idris, (a.k.a Dankano); Haruna Abdullahi,(a.k.a Balogun), Haruna Usman (a.k.a Maiturare) and Abubakar Umar (a.k.a Fulani), were handed fourteen years imprisonment following their prosecution by the Kaduna Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The convicts were prosecuted on four counts of conspiracy, attempt to obtain money by false pretence and possession of counterfeit currencies, contrary to Section 8A, 1A, 8B of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offence...
Man Jailed for Fraud After Promising To Use His ‘Spiritual Powers’ To Double N9M
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Man Jailed for Fraud After Promising To Use His ‘Spiritual Powers’ To Double N9M

Justice A .A. Demi-Ajayi of the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State, today March 24, 2021 sentenced Ogungbemi Taiwo to Eight months imprisonment for fraud. Taiwo who was prosecuted by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had in August 2020 defrauded one Alkairu Sani of the sum of Nine Million, Two Hundred and Twenty Five Thousand Naira (N9,225,000) by representing himself as possessing the power of increasing and doubling the said sum through sacrifices and invocation. The charge reads: "that you Ogungbemi Taiwo on or about the month of August 2018 in Benin, Edo State within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria did with intent to defraud induced one Alkairu Sani to pay the aggregate sum of Nine Million, Two...
Kano High Court Sentences Man to Two Years Imprisonment for Trafficking 30 women to Libya
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Kano High Court Sentences Man to Two Years Imprisonment for Trafficking 30 women to Libya

A Federal High Court sitting in Kano has sentenced a 28-year-old man, Abubakar Suleiman, to two years imprisonment without an option of fine for trafficking 30 women to Libya. In her ruling on Thursday, March 25, the presiding judge, Justice Sa’adatu Ibrahim-Mark, also ordered the convict to pay an additional N250,000, adding that he will serve additional three months in the correctional centre should he fail to pay the said amount. The National Agency for the Prohibition In Persons (NAPTIP) had charged Suleiman, a resident of Kadawa Miltara Quarters in Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano, with one count of trafficking in persons. The Prosecution Counsel, Barrister Abdullahi Babale, told the court that the defendant on February 10 conspired with one Salele (a Nigerien) no...
Twin Brothers Jailed for Fraud in Kwara
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Twin Brothers Jailed for Fraud in Kwara

Twin brothers, Taiye and Kehinde Adebayo have been handed a jail sentence after being convicted over offences bordering on internet fraud. The twin brothers who were prosecuted by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, were arraigned on a seven count charge to which they pleaded guilty. The charge against Taiye read in part; "That you, Taiye Adebayo, sometime in January, 2020, at Ilorin, within the judicial division of the Kwara State High Court, did cheat one Gary Brenton who you met on TWOO dating site, of the sum of $490 (Four Hundred and Ninety Dollars) received vide gift cards when you pretended to be female and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 322 of the same Penal Code." ...
Two Nigerians Jailed in the UK for fraudulently claiming £500k loan meant for businesses affected by Covid-19
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Two Nigerians Jailed in the UK for fraudulently claiming £500k loan meant for businesses affected by Covid-19

Two Nigerians who exploited the UK Government's Coronavirus Bounce Back loan scheme by using the identities of eight innocent people to fraudulently obtain £489,000 have been jailed. Timilehin Yvette Olasemo, 39, of Bedale Road, Romford, appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday, March 17, and was sentenced to three years and two months’ imprisonment for conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation. Olasemo pleaded guilty to the offence on 12 November 2020 at Southwark Crown Court. Co-defendant, Olufumi David Akinneye, 33, of Cowthorpe Road, Lambeth, was sentenced to a total of five years and six months’ imprisonment for conspiracy to money launder and conspiracy to commit fraud after pleading guilty to those offences on 12 November 2020 at Southwark Crown Court. ...
Man Who Escaped Prison During EndSARS Protest Gets 14 Years Imprisonment
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Man Who Escaped Prison During EndSARS Protest Gets 14 Years Imprisonment

A 23-year-old man, Precious Azulule, who escaped from the Warri Custodial Centre, Delta State, during the #EndSARS protest, has been sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment. The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, disclosed this on Tuesday. He said, “Precious Azubule, who escaped from the Warri Correctional Centre during #EndSARS protest on October 22, 2020, was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment. “Azubulu was arrested by operatives on patrol and arraigned in Magistrate’s Court 4 with charge No. 46/c/2021 on two counts of conspiracy and escape from lawful custody. He was sentenced to seven years on each count, totalling 14 years’ imprisonment.” Edafe, in a statement, said the police also arrested 31 criminal suspects, including a female cultist. The PPR...
Man Sentenced to 10 Years Imprisonment for Raping 5-year-old girl to Death in Bayelsa
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Man Sentenced to 10 Years Imprisonment for Raping 5-year-old girl to Death in Bayelsa

A Bayelsa State High Court sitting in Sagbama, Yenagoa has sentenced a 21-year-old man, Timiondu Jephtath, to 10 years imprisonment for raping a five-year-old girl to death. The accused raped the girl to death at Akede community in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state in 2016. It was gathered that Jephtath, who was 16 at the time, dumped her lifeless body in an abandoned fish pond close to his residence. A lawyer and Gender Advocate, Deme Pamosoo, who acted as the counsel to the victim’s parents ensured that the victim’s body was recovered, an autopsy conducted by the Police and a watertight case file, presented to the State Ministry of Justice for the Director of Public Prosecution recommendation for trial. The Presiding Judge, Justice E.G Omukoro in his ruling in th...
South African Man Confesses to Killing his Girlfriend 20 Years ago, Says her Spirit has been Haunting him
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South African Man Confesses to Killing his Girlfriend 20 Years ago, Says her Spirit has been Haunting him

A South African man who claimed to have been haunted by the spirit of his girlfriend he murdered more than 20 years ago has been sentenced to life imprisonment. Collins Lucky Maduane, now aged 52, was sentenced at the high court in Pretoria this week. He was 31 years old when he strangled Florah Mahlo to death at his Soshanguve home. She was 25. On the night of September 3 1999, neighbours had heard Mahlo’s screams coming from Maduane’s home. The next morning when they asked about Mahlo’s whereabouts, he claimed she was away, visiting relatives in Johannesburg. In the year 2000, while Maduane was detained in Bavianspoort Maximum Prison serving a 12-year sentence for attempted murder in another case, he was haunted by Mahlo’s spirit. He then called his sister and confessed, ...

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