A middle age man, Abiodun Onipede, on Saturday attempted to kill himself over his inability to refund a loan of N50, 000.
He was, however, prevented by the anti-vandalization team of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Ogun State command.
He was said to have been prevented as he attempted to hang himself by a member of the team who wanted to urinate in the bush.
Onipede, a commercial tricyclist, was reported to have secured the loan from a micro-finance arrangement known as ‘Lapo.’
He was said to have tied a rope to a tree and was about hanging himself when a member of the NSCDC team saw him.
The man, a 34-year old father of five, later told journalists that he worked with Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency, TRACE, in Ogun State but was sacked.
He explained that his inability to perform his responsibility as the head of the family led him to attempt suicide.
He added that his failure to pay the ‘loan from LAPO, a private micro-credit lending organisation, forced him to take the decision to take his life.
“I am a 200-level drop-out of Federal College of Education, Osiele, I dropped out because I could not get financial assistance to continue,” he said.
“Due to the health problem of my child in 2008, I had to drop out so that I could have some money to take care of my sick child.
“But, we later lost the child in 2009 because we were unable to pay some hospital bills after people had helped us in raising money for the surgery.
“I was duped by some people and they even threatened me which made me to leave Abeokuta for Akwa-Ibom state.
‘’It was when I came back after a year that I discovered I had been sacked from TRACE.
“I am frustrated because am owing a lot of people ranging from house bill to electricity bill and some other bills.
‘’I am ashamed of myself because am not a responsible man, I cannot cater for my family as a head
“The LAPO officials have used OPC (Odua Peoples Congress) to arrest my wife because of the money, if not for the help of my pastor.
” Am just frustrated because I have to pay N3,000 every Friday and I am presently jobless. And I still have like N24,000 to balance.
“What added to my conclusion to commit suicide was due to my inability to refund the ‘LAPO’ loan I collected when I wanted to start my tricycle business.
” The officials of the LAPO have been giving my family tough times for sometimes now because, I cannot afford to be repaying N3,000 every Friday,” he said.
He, however, said he regretted his action and wanted a second chance in life.
“I wish to go back to school; I want the government to help me with a job that can cater for my family and other things that are important,” the man said.
Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of NSCDC, Ogbonnaya Dyke, described it as a crime against the state for someone to try to take his life.
Mr. Dyke added that the suspect would be handed over to the police, after the NSCDC Intelligence Unit had concluded its work.
“Since the matter is under our Crisis Management Team, we have to swing into action to address the situation.
“Necessary actions will be taken by the Corps in addressing the situation. He is going to be handed over to the police after our intelligence Unit has done its work,” he said.
$1.49m: EFCC Nab Ex-Bank Manager, Wife Over Alleged Money Laundering Scheme
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a couple, Rowly Isioro, a former Assistant General Manager with one of the first generation banks and his wife, Ovuomarhoni Naomi Isioro, a businesswoman, for their alleged involvement in Business Email Compromise fraud and money laundering.
The EFCC in a statement informed that their arrest followed a petition received by the Commission from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, through the office of the Legal Attache, United States Consulate, Lagos, about their alleged involvement in computer-based fraud, stealing and money laundering.
The couple allegedly laundered the total sum of $1.49m through Ovuomarhoni’s bank account in Nigeria.
“So far, an investigation revealed that Naomi met one Michael Uziewe (who is still at large) in Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America, sometime in 2016, and introduced her to foreign exchange business.
“Through this encounter, Naomi and her banker husband turned their two registered companies, Marhoni General Services Limited, and Multaid Plus Limited, into a conduit for the dispersal of funds wired by Uziewe, who allegedly owns Global Investment network.”
The Commission further explained that Naomi, in statements volunteered to the Commission, confirmed she had been receiving monies in Dollars, with instructions to pay the naira equivalent into accounts provided by Uziewe.
“Facts have also emerged that each time Naomi receives the Dollar transfers, she makes over the counter withdrawals, in breach of financial regulations that such transactions go through the financial system, and sell them to Bureau de Change operators for Naira equivalents.
“Rowly Isioro, a banker of over 22 years’ experience has also confessed that he was aware that someone his wife met in the United States of America, sends her Dollars, while she pays the naira equivalent to various accounts on the instruction of the US-based partner.
“Rowly was allegedly relieved of his appointment with the bank as a result of his involvement in the money laundering scheme,” the statement concluded.
EFCC Reveals How Mompha, Lebanese Friend Were Arrested After Allegedly Laundering N33bn
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has revealed how suspected internet fraudster and social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha popularly known as Mompha; and his Lebanese accomplice, Hamza Koudeih were arrested after allegedly laundering the sum of N33billion.
In a statement published on the website of the anti-graft agency, Koudeih is a Lebanese, resident in Lagos, Eko Atlantic Pearl Tower.
The statement reads, “he has high net worth allies that include social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha popularly known as (Mompha), whom the Commission picked up on Friday, 18 October 2019 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, while he was on his way to Dubai, United Arab Emirate. Mompha’s arrest laid the path to that of Koudeih,”
EFCC unearthed further that Mompha camouflages as a bureau de change operator and has used his firm-Ismalob Global Investments Limited-to launder about N14 billion while Koudeih through his THK Services Limited and CHK properties Limited has laundered about N19 billion.
“Evidently, the two are kingpins in a criminal web of cybercriminals who through the three firms, laundered a jaw-dropping N33 billion.
“Before the arrest, EFCC added that both men had featured on its and United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) radar as a high valued target in Organised Cyber Syndicate Network (OCSN) and particularly as honchos in a trans-national network of cybercriminals.
“Worrisome is that Mompha was able to successfully operate 51 fraudulent bank accounts, through which the monies were laundered even with the enhanced account tracking and surveillance which the Bank Verification Number (BVN), introduced by the Central Bank of Nigerian in February 2014 provides,” the statement added.
Revealing how Koudeih was arrested in his house in Eko Atlantic Pearl Tower, the commission narrated, “Armed with precision Intel, additionally gathered by the EFCC, its operatives tracked him to his lair in Eko Atlantic Pearl Tower and placed the piece of the real estate, where he has his apartment on a lockdown.
“The lack of cooperation from the Lebanese as well as that from the owners and administrators of Eko Atlantic Pearl Tower left the EFCC with two options-beats a retreat or muscle through. It settled for the latter, reinforcing with men and breaching tools against the armoured door.
“The operatives relentlessly deployed the tools against the door, expending more than three gruelling hours before they overcame.”
Head Cybercrime, EFCC, describing the arrest said “It was very difficult to gain entry. It was almost like a standoff. We had to send for reinforcement of officers and breaching tools from the office. We had to breach the triple-reinforced fire-proof door before we could get in.”
In his reaction, the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, said Koudeih and Mompha’s arrests are landmark achievements for the Commission in its fight against cyber crimes and a red alert to potential fraudsters.
Alleged N4bn Misappropriation: EFCC Free 16 Kwara LG Chairmen
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has freed the 16 Local Government Chairmen of Kwara State earlier invited for questioning into the alleged misappropriation of N4bn loan and ten percent of Internally Generated Revenue.
The EFCC in a statement disclosed that the LG Chairmen were released after volunteering statements to the Commission.
Also, the Commission through its Head, Media & Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren clarified that the invited men were not detained, contrary to reports.
“They were invited over allegations that border on misappropriation of part of the N4bn loan obtained from Sterling Bank for the payment of arrears of salaries and pension of local government employees and teachers through the State Universal Education Board, SUBEB. They also allegedly diverted 10 percent of state internally generated revenue.”
“The Chairmen, after a meeting, decided that N100,000,000.00 (one hundred million Naira) be shared among themselves from the loan.
“All the council chairmen were released after questioning on Friday, November 1, 2019, contrary to reports in mainstream and social media, that they were detained by the Commission. “
EFCC, however stated that investigations are still ongoing.
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