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Bet9ja N5.6m woes: Court convicts mother, son for false information

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The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has secured a conviction of one Oluwayemisi Samuel and her Son, Joshua Samuel, before Justice A.A Bello of the Kaduna State High Court on separate one count charge each bordering on false information.

Oluwayemisi and Joshua squandered the sum of N5,600,000 on sport betting  and caused a false petition to be sent to the EFCC, alleging that the money was fraudulently withdrawn from their Opay account to a sport betting account without their authorisation by an unknown individual.

The separate counts read, “That you, Oluwayemisi Samuel (F) and Hezekiah Samuel (now at large) sometime in March, 2023 in Kaduna State within the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court, committed an offence to wit; wilfully gave false information to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which information was used to carry out investigation on your complaint to the Commission, which information you knew to false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 16(1) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004 and punishable under Section 16(2) of the same Act.

“That you, Joshua Samuel (M) and Hezekiah Samuel (now at large) sometime in March, 2023 in Kaduna State within the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court, committed an offence to wit; wilfully gave false information to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which information was used to carry out investigation on your complaint to the Commission, which information you knew to false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 16(1) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004 and punishable under Section 16(2) of the same Act.”

They pleaded guilty to the charges. In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel N. Salele urged the court to convict them accordingly.

Justice Bello however convicted and sentenced both defendants to 7 years imprisonment each with an option of N150,000 fine.

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Lagos police rescue abducted Fouani brothers

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The Lagos Police Command has successfully rescued the three Fouani brothers, Abbas, Youssef, and Amtal, who were kidnapped on June 14 while returning from their factory by boat.

The brothers, who are associated with Fouani Nigeria Ltd, a major electronics company, were released late Monday night in Orugbo Iddo, along with their boat driver and assistant.

According to police spokesperson Benjamin Hundeyin, the successful rescue was made possible by the combined efforts of the Lagos Marine Police and the Nigerian Navy.

“They were rescued late last night in Orugbo Iddo. Our marine police, with the support of the Nigerian Navy, brought them to shore,” Hundeyin stated. “Thereafter, our tactical team in the area took them home on Banana Island in the early hours of today. Five of them were rescued: three Lebanese, the boat captain, and his assistant.”

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Police arrest three, recover firearms, ammunition, motor batteries in Enugu

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The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested three suspected criminals and recovered firearms, ammunition and 15 motor batteries within Enugu metropolis.

The command’s Spokesman, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, made the disclosure in a statement on Monday in Enugu.

Ndukwe said that police operatives serving in Emene Division, in concert with law-abiding citizens, recovered a Beretta pistol with 36 rounds of 0.9mm calibre ammunition on June 16, around 7 p.m.

Ndukwe said that the firearms and ammunition were recovered from a small bush where they had been abandoned around Airport Corner, by Old Abakaliki Road, Emene in Enugu.

“The exhibits were suspected to have been abandoned by criminal elements on the hot trail of the police operatives for allegations of armed robberies,” he said.

The spokesman said that in another operation, three suspects were arrested by police operatives serving in the Awkunanaw Division in Enugu on June 7, around 2 p.m.

He said that their arrest followed the conduct of a covert operation by the operatives upon the receipt of complaints about the theft of several motor vehicle batteries at a construction site in Awkunanaw axis of Enugu.

Ndukwe said that the suspects, who were initially arrested during the act, had confessed, upon interrogation, to having stolen many batteries and sold them to another suspect who was later arrested.

“15 batteries, including those of articulated and other motor vehicles and tricycles, were recovered from them,” he said.

Ndukwe said that the suspects would be arraigned and prosecuted upon conclusion of investigations.

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Anambra police intercept alleged gun runner, recover 375 live cartridges

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The Police Command in Anambra says it has arrested 48-year-old Felix Owaya, in possession of 375 live cartridges.

SP Tochukwu Ikenga, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Onitsha on Monday.

Ikenga stated that the suspect hailed from Ika South Local Government Area of Delta.

He also stated that the police operatives attached to Fegge Division made the arrest, while on patrol along Niger Street, Onitsha on Saturday.

He added that during interrogation, the suspect confessed that he was sent by one Mr Charles Ogboma to a yet-to-be-identified man to collect the ammunition.

He explained that investigation on the matter was still ongoing.

According to him, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Nnaghe Itam, commended the operatives for their vigilance and tenacity of purpose.

Itam was quoted to have directed all the personnel in the command to sustain the tempo of crime prevention and detection in service of the people and state.

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