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Man gets five years jail for $1.6m cryptocurrency fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, said it has secured the conviction and sentencing of one Benjamin Ikaa before Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

EFCC said he was sentenced to five years imprisonment for his involvement in $1.6 million cryptocurrency fraud.

In a post on its X handle, the anti-graft agency stated that Ikaa pleaded guilty to one-count amended charge involving a fraud of $120,000.00 in a fictitious cryptocurrency investment website.

According to the statement, the prosecuting counsel, Aso Larrys Peter, in his plea prayed the court to convict him as charged.

However, defence counsel, Abel Adaji, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy, stating that the convict has become remorseful and was a first-time offender.

But delivering his judgement, Justice Nwite convicted and sentenced him to five years imprisonment with an option of a fine of N5 million.

He also forfeited an iPhone 13, a 2013 Toyota Avalon car to the Federal Government, while the $11,000 recovered from him would be returned to his victims.

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Security agencies go after Homosexuals, as they flee country

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The Security Forces in Nigeria have intensified their operations to clamp down on homosexuals in the country.

The homosexuals are resorting to leave Nigeria as soon as possible to avoid arrest and strict prosecutions.

The PRO of the intelligence department in a statement issued to the press emphasised the institution’s position and commitment at sanitising the entire country by getting rid of all groups, clubs, and persons found to be involved in or perpetuating any forms of homosexuality in the country

He further stated categorically that the LGBT law is still very much active.

He said the release of the statement became necessary in view of the recent cases of lesbianism and gay being currently treated by various security institutions in the country and which is not receiving enough media attention for the public to see.

He recalled the story reported by a major news medium online of a teenager, a boy named Stephen who was caught in erotic acts with a neighbor of his named Cosmas. In a swift move to save both families from further public disgrace and agony, Cosmas had to be flown abroad and Stephen was jettisoned by his forlorn mother and family and had to fend for himself in the slums somewhere in Lagos.

The institution in the release also referenced a case of one Mrs Omorilewa Omolasho Kafayat who is said to still be at large more than a year down the line after being caught in erotic adventures with her long time friend and secondary school mate in her matrimonial apartment.

Mrs Omorilewa omolasho was said to be the proprietor of Glorious kiddies nursery and primary school when the sad incident happened on the 29th of January 2023.

The case, according to the release, was said to have been reported by the community association where Omorilewa had lived peacefully with her husband and family.

Angry youths, as a testament to the pious virtues of the Yorubas -the tribe of OmorilewaKafayat – and in stiff opposition to the barbaric and shameful acts was said to have vandalised the Omorilewas apartment at 12, Solotan Williams street Asero estate, Abeokuta Ogun State.

In conclusion, the institution advised the general public to feel free to approach any or all the security outfits in the country to report any case of homosexuality in and within their neighborhood with enough good and genuine evidence to prove  their case(s) in the court of law beyond reasonable doubts.

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Don’t take luggage you don’t know its content, NDLEA warns travellers

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has warned travellers against taking any luggage that they don’t know its content from anyone while travelling.

The agency’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, shared this information via his X account on Sunday.

Justifying his advice, he disclosed that two students, including a PhD student, ran into trouble when bottles of codeine syrup were discovered in luggage they were carrying for a female friend studying abroad.

The statement read, “A PhD student and another student studying abroad got into custody because bottles of codeine syrup were found in the luggage they picked for their female friend abroad.

“They would have been jailed if #ndlea_nigeria had not worked hard to ensure the owner was put on the next flight home….

“Reason why we warn you not to take any luggage you don’t know its content from anyone.

“Video shows how bags of opioids were concealed among spare parts coming from Onitsha heading to Mubi in Adamawa.”

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8 nabbed for allegedly vandalising railway sleepers, petroleum pipeline in Bauchi

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Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (), Bauchi Command, has arrested eight suspects for allegedly vandalising railway slippers, petroleum pipelines in the state.

NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Ileboye Olajide, who disclosed this while parading the suspects on Thursday in Bauchi, said that the suspects were also arrested for allegedly being in possession of fake currency notes.

Olajide said that the suspects were of three categories of offenders apprehended in one week.

“We got information from our people on the field that some people were vandalising railway sleepers at Dangubi village, along Gombe road.

“We immediately moved to the area and caught them with the 33 already removed sleepers. The suspects involved were actually four; two were arrested while two are at large,” he said.

The NSCDC commandant said five of the suspects were involved in vandalism of a petroleum pipeline at Kangere village on Gombe road in Bauchi Local Government Area, saying that they were handed over to the command by the Nigerian Army artillery unit.

He listed the items recovered from them to include: four motorcycles, various 25-litre cans of petrol and about 10 empty cans.

Olajide said that the suspects were caught while siphoning petroleum products, adding that they had confessed to the act.

The commandant added that another suspect was arrested for being in possession of fake 2,000 dollars in his house.

“Information provided by a woman he previously gave fake 100 dollars led to his arrest,” he said.
According to him, all the suspects will be handed over to relevant agencies after the conclusion of investigation for possible prosecution.

Olajide, however, warned that those nursing the idea of vandalising national infrastructure in the state to think twice, as they would not go scot free under his watch.

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