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Suspected cocaine trafficker arrested at Lagos airport

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Suspected cocaine trafficker, Ukaegbu Onyekachi, has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)

According to a senior official of the anti-drug agency, Ahmadu Garba, the suspect was intercepted on Tuesday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

He confirmed that Onyekachi was arrested with 3.30 kilogrammes of the illicit drugs during the inward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airlines at the E-arrival hall of the airport.

Garba, who is the NDLEA commander at the airport, explained that Onyekachi arrived in Nigeria onboard Ethiopian Airways from Sao Paulo in Brazil via Addis Ababa.

He disclosed that the hard drugs were cleverly concealed in t-shirt stickers, but the suspect could not escape the eagle eyes of the NDLEA detectives.

The newly-appointed Chairman of the NDLEA, Buba Marwa, had issued marching orders to commanders in the agency to mop up illicit drugs across the country.

Following the directive by the NDLEA boss, the agency said it had made the biggest single seizure of cocaine from an individual in the last 15 years.

NDLEA detectives seized 26.84 kilogrammes of cocaine at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, on Wednesday last week.

A female suspect, Onyejegbu Jennifer, who had also just returned to Nigeria from Sao Paulo via Addis Ababa was arrested in connection with the offence.

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“A field test was conducted on the recovered substances and proved positive to cocaine and weighed 26.850kilogrammes,” the agency said in a statement released on Saturday last week.

It added, “The suspect who is a hairstylist and based in Brazil was interviewed and she confessed to having agreed to smuggle the hard drug for the sum of two million naira (N2,000,000) only.

“Although she refused to disclose the names of her associates, she mentioned that she was asked to hand over the drugs to another person. The street value of this singular seizure is put at over N21 billion

 

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Oyo: Uber Driver Gets 3 Months Jail Term over Internet Fraud

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Justice M. A. Odegbola of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State on Monday convicted and sentenced one Michael Tosin Lawal, an Uber driver, to three-months in prison.

He was convicted after he pleaded guilty to an amended one count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence, preferred against him by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

 

The lone charge reads, “that you, Michael Tosin Lawal ‘M’ sometimes in the year 2020, in Ibadan Oyo State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, obtained Gift Cards from one Trevor, a white male by falsely representing to him that you are a white female by the name Cyndy Tyler from the United States of America, which pretence you knew to be false”.

Following his plea, Justice Odegbola convicted and sentenced him to three months in prison. He also ordered the convict to restitute the sum of $50 (Fifty United States Dollars) to his victim through the EFCC and forfeit items recovered from him to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

 

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Yahoo Boy Convicted, Nine Others Arrested in Ibadan

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Justice Mohammed Abubakar of the Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, on Thursday, c onvicted and sentenced one Wusu Taiwo Opeyemi to five months imprisonment for criminal impersonation. The offence contravenes section 22(2) (b)(I) and punishable under section 22(2)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc.) Act, 2015.

The 22-year-old undergraduate, who was arrested on October 14, 2020, was prosecuted on a one count amended charge by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, for fraudulently represented himself as one Jenny Smith, an American lady.

The defendant pleaded ‘guilty’ to the charge when it was read to him.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Mabas Mabur, prayed the court to convict him.

Justice Abubakar consequently convicted and sentenced him to five months in prison. He also ordered Wusu to restitute the sum of $500USD (Five Hundred United States Dollars) to his victim, and forfeit his Samsung Galaxy S8 mobile phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

In a related development, the Ibadan Zonal Office today, also arrested nine suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects were picked up at Anjogolo Estate, Oluyole Bashorun and Airport Road, all in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, following series of intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.

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The suspects are: Uthman Dolapo, Amoo Riliwan Babatunde, Olatayo Ojeyina, Oris Kehinde, Cyril Stephen, Odusanya Olusoji, Audu Olusegun, Adigun Martin and Folarin ikeoluwa.

At the point of their arrest, 5 cars, laptops, phones and some incriminating documents were recovered from them.

They are currently undergoing interrogation and would be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.

 

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Photos: Court convicts two fraudsters in Abeokuta, orders forfeiture of luxury cars

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Justice Mohammed Abubakar of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abeokuta, on Wednesday, convicted Komolafe Ololade Olajide and Olaniyi Joshua Omobolaji for fraudulent impersonation.

The offence runs contrary to Section 22(2) (b) (i) and is punishable under Section 22(2) (b) (iv) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015.

They were convicted on separate one count charge of fraudulent impersonation preferred against them by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Komolafe, 30, who claims to be a graduate of computer science from Osun State University was arrested on January 22, 2021. In the course of investigation, a number of incriminating documents were recovered from his email.

Upon arraignment on an amended charge after a plea agreement, he pleaded ‘guilty’.

Justice Abubakar thereafter convicted and sentenced Komolafe to six months imprisonment with an option of N300, 000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira) fine. Apart from his conviction, komolafe was also ordered to restitute a total sum of N1, 319,708.85k (One Million, Three Hundred and Nineteen Thousand, Seven Hundred and Eight Naira Eighty-five kobo).

The Court equally ordered the forfeiture of his iPhone 12, Samsung S5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phones; one MacBook, one Toyota Corolla 2008 model, one Toyota Venza 2013 model, and one Toyota Camry 2013 model cars; and a 4 bedroom bungalow.

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Similarly, Justice Mohammed Abubakar convicted and sentenced Olaniyi to four months imprisonment with an option of N100, 000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) fine. He was equally ordered to forfeit a Samsung A51mobile phone and a Lexus ES 330 car to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

 

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