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Police call for calm as youths protest ‘assault’ during EFCC raid of Ondo clubs

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Police call for calm as youths protest ‘assault’ during EFCC raid of Ondo clubs

The police command in Ondo has urged youths in the state to exercise restraint over their grievances against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The police asked the youths to comport themselves and act within the ambit of the law during their protest against the EFCC.

On Saturday, EFCC operatives raided two clubs simultaneously in Akure, the Ondo state capital, and arrested 127 suspected internet fraudsters.

There have been social media reports online alleging assault and theft by the EFCC operatives during the raid.

There were also allegations that the operatives destroyed the CCTV devices in the clubs.

Reacting to the allegations, the anti-graft agency said the operation was devoid of any incident as the EFCC operatives “conducted themselves professionally”.

”The commission wishes to state that no suspect was assaulted, brutalised or subjected to any dehumanising treatment during the Saturday operation. It is also false that tear gas was fired at the crime scene,” EFCC had said.

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In a statement on Monday, Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, Ondo police spokesperson, urged the youths to channel their complaints to the appropriate authorities for redress.

“The command recognizes the constitutional rights of citizens to peaceful protest but these rights must be exercised without breach of public order and non infringement on the rights of other law abiding citizens,” the statement reads.

“Police owe a duty to protect the rights of all citizens and foreign nationals resident within or transiting through the state at all times.

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“We appeal to the good people of Ondo state especially the youths who claimed to have been adversely affected by the sting operation to act with restraint and comport themselves within the ambits of the laws of the land.”

Currently, residents are on the streets in some parts of Akure to protest against the alleged assault by EFCC operatives.

The protesters are demanding for the unconditional release of the suspects arrested at the clubs.

Source: The cable

 

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Man jailed after removing condom during s3x without permission

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A man has been jailed for four years and three months in a rare conviction for “stealthing” – taking a condom off during sex without consent.

A man has been jailed for four years and three months in a rare conviction for “stealthing” – taking a condom off during sex without consent.

Guy Mukendi, 39, from Brixton, was sentenced on Thursday at inner London crown court for the rape of a woman last year. The woman had consented to sex with Mukendi on the condition a condom was used, but he removed it without her consent.

Nonconsensual condom removal is classified as rape under separate laws applying in the UK nations.

Metropolitan police officers worked with the victim in a “milestone case” to obtain screenshots of messages from Mukendi in which he apologised for taking the condom off, explaining it was because he had not had sex in a long time. He then deleted the messages.

Officers also gathered forensic evidence with the help of the victim. The evidence helped to secure the conviction of Mukendi, who was found guilty by a jury on 2 April.

DC Jack Earl, who led the investigation, said: “Throughout this investigation Mukendi denied any wrongdoing, but our officers built a compelling case against him to leave no doubt in the jury’s mind.

“We were dedicated to securing justice for the victim and will continue to raise awareness that this crime is a form of rape.

“The victim did the right thing to call the police straight away and her bravery should not be overshadowed. If you have been a victim of sexual violence and not yet reported it, please contact your local police service and we will do all that we can to help and bring you justice.”

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The Met said prosecutions for stealthing were “very rare due to under-reporting”.

The first successful conviction in England and Wales was in 2019 when Lee Hogben, from Bournemouth, was jailed for 12 years for the rape of a sex worker. She had given consent beforehand for sexual intercourse on the condition a condom was used, and this condition was also stated on her website.

The first conviction in Scotland occurred last year when Luke Ford was handed a condom in bed by a woman whom he was dating and who had told him he had to use protection. He later told her that he had not used the condom. It was one of 18 offences against women for which Ford was found guilty.

The prevalence of stealthing in the UK is not known but a 2018 survey of patients at a sexual health clinic in Melbourne, Australia, found that a third of women and a fifth of men who had sex with men had experienced stealthing. Only 1% had reported it to the police.

Under the England and Wales Sexual Offences Act 2003, “a person consents if he [or she] agrees by choice, and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice” and consent is not deemed to have been given if “the defendant intentionally deceived the complainant as to the nature or purpose of the relevant act”.

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Security agents foil bank robbery in Abuja, arrest three

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The Lagos State Police Command said it arrested 43 suspects in a raid on criminal hideouts.The State Police Public Relations

Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command and the military have foiled a bank robbery in Abuja.

The robbery attack occurred at First Bank Plc in Abaji on Thursday June 13 around 5: 00 PM.

The security forces engaged robbers in an intense gun duel, forcing them to scamper to safety with various degrees of bullet wounds.

They succeeded in apprehending three suspects, including one Usman reported to be the gang leader.

Other suspects arrested include Nuhu Musa, 41 ‘m’ of Kogi State; and Muhammed Aminu, 25 ‘m’ of Abaji.

A yet-to-be-identified suspect was set ablaze by an irate mob at the scene after security forces neutralised them.

A statement issued on Friday by the FCT Police Public Relations Officers, SP Josephine Adeh said: “In swift response to an armed robbery incident at first bank PLC in Abaji on June 13, 2024, at about 5:00 PM, the FCT police, led by the commissioner of police, CP Benneth C. Igweh, psc, mni, himself, in a combined operation with the military, mobilized to scene and repelled the attack simultaneously carried out on both Abaji Divisional Police headquarters and first bank PLC in Abaji by a group of fifteen armed men who attacked with dynamites in attempt to rob the bank.

“One police operative and the gang leader hit by bullet during the gun duel, were rushed to the hospital, and the doctor on duty confirmed them dead, while others are still receiving treatment.

“While search operation is ongoing to apprehend fleeing suspects with bullet injuries, the commissioner of police FCT, CP Benneth C. Igweh, psc, mni, lauds the effectiveness of the combined operation and reaffirms the command’s unflinching commitment to ensuring that FCT remains inhabitable for criminals, noting that the safety of the residents of FCT is non-negotiable”.

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Lagos bizman loses N21m valuables to robbers

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The Kano State Police Command has arrested eight suspected thugs for attempting to disrupt the inauguration of the four newly appointed

A businessman, Mohammed Abdullahi, has accused policemen of the Zone 2 Command and Lagos State Police Command of mishandling a case of robbery that made him lose his car, money and valuables worth N21m when armed criminals robbed him and his neighbours at their residence in the Awoyaya community, in the Ibeju Lekki area of the state.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Abdullahi, a realtor, in several posts on X.com sometime in May and June 2024, lamented over the loss of his valuables and how the police did nothing meaningful to track down the suspects behind the robbery despite providing overwhelming evidence to them.

In one of the posts, Abdullahi said, “Please Nigerians, help me share this video. these are the guys that robbed me and the police are not ready to do anything about my case.”

Our correspondent, during a recent conversation with the realtor, gathered that he was at home with his friend, Juliet, when three of the five robbers who invaded their building broke down the door of his flat, gained entry into his parlour and room and robbed him and his guest of their valuables at gunpoint.

During the operation around 1 am, the businessman said the armed robbers used a gun to strike his head, adding that after robbing him and other neighbours in the building housing 20 units of flats, the robbers, whose faces were said to be visible during the robbery, locked them up in the toilets and fled.

Abdullahi said, “They were five in number but only three entered my apartment while the remaining were outside monitoring. They were armed with guns and knives. While in my flat, one of them cocked the gun and demanded my car key, which I gave him.

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“They also searched my house and saw a bag containing my passport with a valid visa, driving licence, and dollars that I wanted to use to purchase goods for my real estate business as I was to travel to Turkey in January 2023.

“They also stole my clothes, shoes, laptop, token, ATM card, gold, phone and some other documents for my business. They broke the door of my flat and gained entry, proceeded to my room and knocked down the door. The building is a combination of 20-unit flats and the armed robbers robbed nine residents, including me, on that day.”

During the operation, Abdullahi said one of his neighbours informed the landlady, who notified the police in Area J Command, adding that despite their intervention, no meaningful progress had been made to track down the suspects.

He said, “The armed robbers operated from 1 am to 3 am, locked all of us who were robbed inside the toilet or kitchen and left. It was after they left that the police came and opened the toilet and kitchen doors to set us free. We were later invited to the police station where we wrote statements.

“When we got home, we realised that some of the suspects were using some of the stolen phones to access the UBER app on one of the phones to book a ride and snap pictures using the Snapchat handle of one of my neighbours. They had access to the phone because when they stole it, they collected the password to unlock it and we monitored the social media handle using another phone.

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“The suspects even wore one of my neighbour’s stolen wristwatches and snapped pictures with it. We recognised them because when they robbed us, they did not wear any masks. We took all that evidence to the policemen at Area J and we also paid N90,000 to track the location of the stolen phones.”

According to Abdullahi, they did the tracking and showed us some locations but we didn’t get anything concrete. One of the policemen even demanded N30,000 from me to give someone at Alausa to help me flag my car and didn’t do anything despite paying him.

He added that he was the one who later went to flag the car and to date, he still receives alerts whenever his vehicle was charged for a traffic offence, among others.

Abdullahi said, “I later visited the command headquarters in Ikeja to lodge another complaint and spoke with one CSP Abdulfatai, gave him all the evidence and pictures of the suspects and he promised to arrest them. He called one of his team leaders, Seun, and told me to meet him to write statements.

“Seun demanded N50,000 for the case and I gave him. A month after paying him, I called Seun and he said there was an election and he wouldn’t be able to do anything. After the election, I called CSP Abdulfatai, he said he had retired.

“I called Seun but got nothing meaningful from him. I demanded my money and he returned it. I later went to the Zone 2 Command, met the AIG, wrote a petition and he assigned my case to a team leader. The team leader, after assessing my case, said they didn’t have the server to track the suspects.”

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Abdullahi said the team lead introduced him to someone who demanded N500,000 to handle the case, adding that he paid the person N150,000 but he later returned N70,000, showed him some paperwork and said he couldn’t continue the job.

“It weakened me; despite all the evidence submitted, the police kept demanding money without doing any solid investigation. Last month, I still even received an autoreg and traffic offence alert for my stolen vehicle because I had flagged it.

“The police frustrated the case. They didn’t do anything to track down the suspects; they just kept collecting money and only showed paperwork and nothing more. The police treated me badly.

“The valuables I lost during the robbery were worth around N21m. The incident happened on December 25, 2022, and I still have the pictures of some of the suspects. I have made several reports at the police stations and nothing was done,” he added.

Source: The Punch

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Our ugly experiences with EFCC officials at night club; ‘it was brutal’

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Guests of two nightclubs claim Nigerian authorities randomly rounded up anyone they found inside on Saturday, accused them of internet

Guests of two nightclubs claim Nigerian authorities randomly rounded up anyone they found inside on Saturday, accused them of internet fraud, seized their phones, and beat and humiliated them.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) stated that its operatives had detained 127 internet fraud suspects in the two clubs but asserted that nobody was hurt during the raid and nothing was damaged.

However, as guests shared their experiences online, hundreds of young people took to the streets of Akure on Monday, protesting the brutality of the EFCC operatives against innocent club guests.

Signatures Elixir, one of the two clubs, issued a statement on Tuesday saying that about 40 officers arrived at the club around 1:30 am on Saturday, beat up the security guards at the gate, and after entering the club, terrorized the guests and took away the CCTV system.

“After gaining access to our premises, they rounded everybody up and instructed them to lie down on the floor, using snooker sticks to beat people to comply. Both male and female customers were dealt with mercilessly,” the statement said, adding that the officers used tear gas in the process.

“We were lucky to have adequate first aid materials on the premises, which were used by our staff to rescue some of the customers who had various forms of medical emergencies,” the club added.

The EFCC claimed it had received a tip that the so-called “Yahoo Boys,” a local expression for internet fraudsters, were having a party at those clubs. However, Signatures Elixir denied this claim, stating that nobody had reserved the premises that night.

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Even an international soccer player nicknamed “Tiger” ended up briefly detained despite offering video evidence of his identity, the club said. The man’s car was seized and is still with the police.

A 25-year-old woman who identified herself only by her first name, Chioma, told OCCRP on Thursday that the officers poured ice water on her, stripped her of her clothes, and took her wig and money. She said they made her write a statement but threatened that if she did not write what they dictated, she would never see her phone again.

Chioma was not detained, but after the raid, she returned to her hotel room and could not sleep all night because she was traumatized.

“Having a traffic accident would have been better than that experience,” she said.

Responding to the protest on Monday, the Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer, Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, called for peace to allow relevant authorities to look into the matter and address the complaints and concerns of aggrieved residents.

“The State Government and the Inspector-General of Police have been informed and are taking steps to ensure that all concerns are addressed without prejudice,” the statement said.

Nigeria ranks 5th on Oxford University’s World Cybercrime Index, behind Russia, Ukraine, China, and the United States, but tops the list in online scams.

President Bola Tinubu has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in January to intensify its fight against cybercrime, which has become an embarrassment for the nation.

“Our country is not a nation of fraudsters, and the pejorative reference to internet crimes as the ‘Nigerian scam’ across the world is unfair, untenable, and unacceptable. Cybercrimes are a global phenomenon,” he said, according to the daily newspaper Punch.

-occrp.org

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Police Inspector sentenced to death over killing of phone dealer

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The Delta State High Court in Asaba has found Inspector Ubi Ebri of the Nigeria Police Force guilty of murder and sentenced him to death.

The Delta State High Court in Asaba has found Inspector Ubi Ebri of the Nigeria Police Force guilty of murder and sentenced him to death.

In a ruling on Tuesday, the court, led by Justice C. D. Diai, found Ebri guilty of the crime of the murder of Onyeka Ibeh, a well-known phone dealer in Asaba.

Ibeh, who was a well-liked phone dealer in Asaba, and his wife were reportedly on their way from Ugbolu to Asaba on April 5, 2023, when they were stopped by a police team for a search.

Ibeh was said to have waited for the search to begin, but eventually took off as the delay was too long, prompting the police inspector to fire at the vehicle.

The shot reportedly struck Ibeh in the head. Ibeh’s wife, who was in the front seat, survived the attack.

Naija News understands that the event sparked protests by young people in Asaba and at the police headquarters, calling for justice.

The prosecution, led by a Director in the Ministry of Justice, E.H Edema, speaking to journalists after the judgement, said, “Today’s judgement is a landmark judgement because justice has been served in this case to the deceased and the society at large.”

Also, the older brother of the deceased, Ifeanyi Ibeh, who witnessed the judgement, commended the court for delivering justice to his family.

 

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Bandits release 40 kidnap victims in Niger State

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No fewer than eight vigilante members and two other persons have been killed by bandits in Kakangi and Unguwan Matinja

Bandits have freed 40 out of 150 people they abducted three weeks ago at Kuchi in Munya Local Government Area of Niger State.

The villagers, mostly women and children, were released after the payment of ransoms by the community.

Sources in the community said families and friends of the victims contributed money to buy six Honda motorcycles, valued at N1.2 million each, and add an extra cash of N2 million for the bandits.

A reliable source who spoke from Kuchi to a PREMIUM TIMES correspondent in Minna on the telephone on Tuesday said the bandits are still holding on to 110 villagers for whom ransoms are being negotiated.

The source said the bandits have asked for another set of six motorcycles and N2 million cash for the release of another batch of 40 hostages.

They said negotiations were still ongoing between the bandits and community leaders.

The outlaws had invaded the community three weeks ago, during which they killed seven people, including four security agents, and abducted 150 villagers.

They looted shops, houses and grain barns in a siege the villagers said lasted for over three hours.

Two weeks after the abduction, the bandits demanded an N150million ransom for the release of the victims, angrily rejecting N100,000 offered by the community for each victim.

“We have been negotiating with them (bandits), but finally they agreed to collect six Honda motorcycles and N2 million to release two groups totalling 40.

“They divided the 150 people they abducted into six groups and said we should bring six Honda motorcycles and N2 million cash for each of the groups. This is after they rejected our initial offer of N100,000 for each person. They have released two groups, remaining four groups”, our source said.

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According to our source, since the attack occurred three weeks ago, government officials or security agents have not visited the community.

”Our community is left without security at the moment, and it has been deserted,” the source said.

There has been no official statement from either the government or security agencies over the attack, except the chairperson of the local government, Aminu Najume, who confirmed the abduction on the telephone.

However when contacted on the release of the 40 people, Mr Najume said his council was not involved in the negotiation as it was entirely between the community and the bandits.

Source: Premium Times

 

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