The Department of State Services (DSS) has said that it did not arrest Mr Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The Service’s Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, said this in a statement on Monday.
He added that the DSS has since been inundated with inquiries over the reported arrest of Magu, stressing that the Service has no connection with the incident.
Afunanya issued the statement after reports emerged that the acting chairman of the anti-graft agency had been arrested by DSS officials in Abuja.
When contacted, Magu’s S.A. on Media, Tony Amokeodo, told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) that his boss was not arrested but only invited to answer questions regarding some allegations against the agency.
Amokeodo explained that Magu was invited to appear before a Federal Government panel set up to investigate the allegations of corruption levelled against him.
According to him, the panel is sitting at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Police said Thursday they had arrested more than 800 people across Europe after shutting down an encrypted phone network used by organised crime groups to plot murders and drug deals.
French and Dutch police said they hacked into the EncroChat network so they could read millions of messages “over the shoulders” of suspects as they communicated with custom-made devices.
Britain said it had arrested 746 people as a result of the operation in what it called a “massive breakthrough” against organised crime, while there were also arrests in countries including Norway, Spain, and Sweden.
EncroChat sent a message to its estimated 60,000 users in June warning them to throw away their 1,000-euro devices as its servers had been “seized illegally by government entities”. It has now been shut down.
The hack allowed police “an unprecedented look into the heart” of organised crime groups, Wil van Gemert, Deputy Executive Director of the EU police agency Europol, told a press conference in The Hague.
Police then foiled crimes including “violent attacks, corruption, attempted murders and large-scale drug transports,” Europol and the EU judicial agency Eurojust added in a joint statement.
“Certain messages indicated plans to commit imminent violent crimes and triggered immediate action.”
‘So worrying’ Some of the encrypted messages “were so worrying that it went far beyond our imagination,” said Jannine van den Berg, Chief Constable of the Dutch police’s central unit.
“It was as if though we were sitting at the table where criminals were chatting,” she told the press conference.
French authorities launched the investigation in 2017 after finding that EncroChat phones were “regularly” found in operations against criminal groups and that the company was operating from servers in France.
They then “put a technical device in place to go beyond the encryption technique and have access to the users’ correspondence,” the statement said.
Between 90 and 100 percent of EncroChat clients were linked to organised crime, according judicial sources, with between 50,000 to 60,000 of the phones in circulation.
Dutch police then became involved based on information shared by French police.
A joint Dutch-Franco investigation team unearthed a “colossal number of encrypted data,” Carole Etienne, the public prosecutor for the French city of Lille, said.
Law officials were then able to “intercept, share and analyse millions of messages that were exchanged between criminals to plan serious crimes” later shared with police including in Britain, Sweden and Norway.
‘Power off’ “We’ve been able to see what’s happening in real-time with these criminals,” Andy Kraag, head of Dutch police’s central investigations division told the press conference.
Dutch police had busted 19 meth labs, seized 10 tonnes of cocaine and thousands of kilos of crystal meth and arrested more than 100 people, Kraag said.
In Britain, police arrested 746 suspects, recovered more than 54 million pounds (59.8 million euros, $67.5 million) as well as 77 guns including an AK-47 assault rifle and 1,800 rounds of ammunition.
“This is the broadest and deepest ever UK operation into serious organised crime,” Britain’s National Crime Agency director of investigations Nikki Holland said in a statement.
The French and Dutch authorities said the decision to hack into the encrypted phone network was justified.
“The platform targeted in this operation catered specifically to the needs of criminals,” said Europol’s Van Gemert.
EncroChat sent what it called an “emergency” text to its users on June 13 saying it had been compromised.
“Today we had our domain seized by government entities,” said the message. “You are advised to power off and physically dispose of your device immediately.”
Eighteen inmates of Kirikiri Medium Security Custodial Centre were on Tuesday June 30, granted freedom by Lagos Chief Judge Kazeem Alogba.
The inmates who have been in custody of the centre since 2016 for offences such as stealing, burglary and fraudulent conversion were released following directives from President Muhammadu Buhari and Chief of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad to heads of courts.
Heads of court were told to decongest the prisons to curtail spread of coronavirus(COVID-19) amongst inmates.
The inmates were released under the power vested on the Chief Judge under Section 1 (1) Criminal Justice Release from Custody ) (Special Provisions) Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2007. This was done at an event tagged “Correctional Centres Decongestion Exercise”, and held at J.I.C. Taylor Court House in Igbosere.
Nigerians on Twitter and other social media platforms are currently reacting to the unconfirmed arrest of Dubai-based flamboyant Nigerian, Ray Hushpuppi, a suspected ‘Yahoo Yahoo Big boy’ who claims to be a real estate developer.
Reports say Hushpuppi and his colleagues were arrested in Dubai by International Police (Interpol) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over alleged fraud.
They were allegedly involved in fraud and money laundering of over $100million which was supposed to be given to Native Americans during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
NRM has contacted Interpol UAE for confirmation of the arrest. It is still awaiting a response.
The young socialite and Instagram big boy had late last year changed his Instagram profile from the famous ‘the Billionaire Gucci master’ to ‘real estate developer’, following the arrest of fellow Instagram and Dubai based big boy, Mompha, by officials of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission.
However, Nigerians have started reacting to the news with some Nigerians saying Hushpuppi’s arrest will not come as a surprise with the way he was spending money lavishly and showing off, with source of income questionable.
Barcelona football legend, Ronaldinho has opened up on his house arrest in Paraguay for allegedly using a fake passport to enter South American country.
The 40-year-old and his brother Roberto were arrested in March after police found passports bearing their names with Paraguayan nationality despite having their Brazilian passports confiscated in 2018.
They spent 32 days in prison before they were released from jail in April and then transferred to a luxury hotel where they kept them under house arrest.
Ronaldinho, who reportedly paid a £1.3million bond for himself and his brother to be released says he is ‘very calm’ and is doing ‘anything to pass time in the most pleasant way possible’.
He told Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo: ‘It has been sixty long days.’
Comparing his house arrest to those who have been isolating in their homes during lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, he said: ‘People in their homes must imagine what it must be like not being able to do what you are used to.
‘I think that is something that will remain with us all forever after living in this complicated experience.
‘I hope that soon everything will return to normal and we can return to our homes. Hopefully, everything will be as before.’
The Brazilian legend is staying in the four-star Hotel Palmaroga, which is one of a number of hotels owned by Barcelona.
Definitely, Barcelona and I are united forever. It will always be my second city,’ he added.
‘Barcelona always treats me with a lot of love and respect. I thank you with all my heart for the messages and your love.
‘It is the most incredible club and the fans live deep in my heart. I thank you with all my heart.’
The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Katsina, has said it seized goods worth N3.2 billion and arrested eight suspects from January 2020 to date.
Aliyu Mohammed, the sector coordinator, Border Drill Operation Sector 4, Katsina, covering the North West Zone, said within the period it made 801 seizures and arrested eight smuggling suspects.
Giving a breakdown of the total seizures on Tuesday, he said, “a total of 1,713 bales of new textile and 5,400 bags of parboiled rice of 25kg concealed in a local bag were seized.
“Others include 9,735 bags of foreign fertiliser 15-15 NPk without address and expiring date, 1.4m litters of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) and Diesel.’’
He added that 385 pack of Indian hemp, 290 bales of used-clothes and also pharmaceutical drugs and injunction was also seized.
He, however, said that the collaboration with various sister agencies had yielded positive result by helping them in the successful discharge of their responsibility.
According to him, training and retraining of officers and an increase in their welfare package also helped a lot.
He also said that with the COVID-19 pandemic, the zone had continued to ensure that officers comply with the NCDC guidelines while discharging their duties.
He disclosed that the service was also strategising on its operations to avoid casualty while calling on the general public to continue to assist with useful information on smuggling activities within their communities.
The Founder and General Overseer of Victory Revival Fasting and Prayer Ministry in Warri, Delta state, Bishop Elijah Orhonigbe, has been arrested and arraigned in court for allegedly raping a 19-year-old girl, name withheld, within his church hall on Wednesday, May 20.
While taking the suspect to court, the commandant of the Warri Area Command, ACP Mohammed Garba, said the evidence so far collected has proven a case of rape. He said the clergyman invited the victim and her mum to church for deliverance, claiming that he saw a vision of the spirit of death hovering around their family. It was during the deliverance session that he allegedly drugged the victim and then raped her.
Garba said the clergyman went into hiding after he committed the crime but was arrested last Friday, June 5.
“She said the pastor had a dream that death is hovering in their house and for peace to reign, she should bring her daughter for prayers. And the woman took the lady to the church. I think what really happened is that the pastor drugged that lady and raped her. I personally took the lady to the hospital because she was in coma for two days.
We looked for this pastor for the past two weeks. Later on, I used my detectives to trace where he hid. I got him arrested and I am charging him to Court now.
We have evidence to prove rape and we have established that this pastor has raped that girl. We have the pictures. We have examined her. I took her to the doctor. He has examined her private parts and we have everything to charge this man to Court” Garba said, NRM learnt
He dismissed claims made by the clergyman that the police were asking him for bribe so they can drop the charges against him.
The victim on her part, said the clergyman had told her mum, Mrs Taye Edema who attends his church, to bring her for deliverance as he saw a vision that she slept with an internet fraudster, who cleaned her up with a handkerchief, with the intention to use her for ritual.
The victim said it was during the deliverance session that the accused pastor gave her olive oil to drink and some to apply on her private part before asking her to strip naked and lie down on a mat in the church.
“He started making love to me from the back. That was all I could remember. There was sperm all over my body. I shouted. He even said I should come again. I want to be the last he will do this to,” she said
The accused however denied the allegation, insisting he did not rape her
”She came to church on that fateful day, May 20. The mother brought her to the church for deliverance and I prayed for her in front of the altar in the presence of three persons. Immediately after the prayer, she left the church around 12. She came back 5 o’ clock with policemen and crowd saying ‘this is the man’. If not, I did not rape her,” he said
Commenting on the incident, the state Commissioner for Police, CP Mohammed Hafiz Inuwa, said the law must be made to take its course on the matter.
“ It’s a case of rape in which the bishop drugged the girl in the pretext of deliverance, when he thereafter, raped her. All efforts to make the Police compromise on the case hit a brick wall because the law of this country is not a respecter of anyone. We remain resolute to be just in our investigation,” he said
The Police in Niger state have apprehended Ezekiel Yunana, 25, for raping an 85-year-old grandmother in Rafi local government area in the state.
The victim who reported the case at the Kagara police division, said she was inside her house sleeping when the suspect broke into her room through the window and then raped her. She explained that Ezekiel had threatened to kidnap her, asking her to pay a large sum of money, which she told him she didn’t have.
Upon interrogation, Ezekiel confessed to committing the crime. He said he decided to rape the old woman since she did not have any money to give him.
Spokesperson of the state police command, ASP Abiodun Wasiu, while confirming the said the suspect has confessed to committing the crime and that he will be arraigned in court soon.
On Monday, Ondo State Police Command confirmed the arrest of four men, who were allegedly caught with human heads, NobleReporters
The suspects, who were said to be workers at the Akure South Local Government Council’s cemetery, are Adewale Abiodun, 40; Akinola Sunday, 69; Oluwadare Idowu, 67; and one Olomofe, 45.
NobleReporters gathered that the suspects were apprehended while severing the head of a newly-buried corpse at the cemetery on Saturday.
A source said a few hours after the corpse was buried, the family of the deceased returned to the cemetery to make arrangements on how to cover the grave in concrete.
The source stated, “On getting to the grave, the family members met the suspects digging the grave with the intention of exhuming the corpse.
“It was at that point that it was discovered that the suspects had four severed male heads and a female head.
“They immediately invited men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, who arrested the suspects.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Tee-Leo Ikoro, said investigation had commenced into the case, adding that other members of the syndicate would soon be apprehended.
“The ongoing investigation will reveal everything, particularly other members of the gang. From what we have found out, that was not their first time. It is something they have been doing; it is a routine thing,” the PPRO stated.
The Police Command in Lagos has arrested 1,872 people in the last two weeks.
The were picked up for violating the COVID-19 lockdown order.
Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.
He said the suspects were charged to mobile court by the command’s legal team at the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Yaba.
1,833 accused persons pleaded guilty to the one count charge brought against them and were convicted.
“The remaining 39 accused persons pleaded not guilty and were remanded in police custody until the next adjourned date for hearing,” he said.
The spokesman added that 483 vehicles were impounded.
Out the the number 398 were private vehicles, while 85 commercial vehicles.
“Twenty out of the commercial vehicles impounded were intercepted along the boundary communities on non-essential interstate travel with 152 passengers who were equally arrested and charged to court,” he said.
Elkana said 704 commercial motorcycles were impounded for violation of the suspension order on their operation issued by the state governor.
Additionally, 73 tricycles were impounded for violating the curfew.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said it has secured a bench warrant to arrest two nationals of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for their failure to appear in court to take their plea in a criminal matter.
ICPC Spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa who disclosed this in a statement yesterday in Abuja said the warrant was issued by Hon. Justice O. O. Goodluck of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court 4, sitting in Maitama, Abuja.
According to Okoduwa, the two Sri Lankans, Messrs Saththiyaraj Kantharasa and Vinith Ukantharasa and a Nigerian national Anthony Adetokunboh who are the 1st, 2nd 3rd accused persons respectively, were scheduled to appear before the court on allegations bordering on forgery of travel documents and criminal conspiracy.
The Spokesperson added that Kantharasa and Ukantharasa were accused of forging the passports, national identity card and driving license of the Republic of Malaysia.
She continued: “However, when the case was mentioned for arraignment, only the 3rd defendant announced his appearance in court, while the 1st and 2nd defendants were conspicuously absent”
“Their lawyer, Nonso Nzedebe, informed the court that his clients were fully aware of the rescheduled date for their arraignment which is today Wednesday, May 13th 2020, saying that he was not informed of any reason for their absence in court”
“The prosecution counsel, Eniekan Ekong, had earlier prayed the court to grant the Commission a bench warrant for their arrest to compel them to attend their trial.”
In granting the warrant, Okoduwa noted that the trial judge expressed disappointment in the two foreign nationals that despite their knowledge of the rescheduled date for their arraignment, they chose to abscond without any reason.
Adding that Justice Goodluck also ruled that a bench warrant be issued against their surety, Mr. Olanrewaju Olayiwola Olusola, a Deputy Director with the Federal Ministry of Finance, as to why he should not be remanded in prison custody pending the time the suspects are found.
The Kaduna State Police Command on Wednesday confirmed the arrest of Mubarak Bala.
Spokesman to Kaduna State police Mohammed Jalige in a phone conversation with our correspondent said, “I can confirm to you that he has been arrested and he is in police custody.”
“I cannot tell you about where he is (whether Kaduna or Kano State custody) but he has been arrested.”
Bala, the president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, was arrested by the police on Wednesday afternoon at his residence in Kaduna State, Jalige disclosed.
Although Jalige did not speak about the reason of the arrest, it is not unconnected to Bala’s recent outburst against Islamic Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in a Facebook post.
On Monday, April 27, Mubarak compared popular Lagos pastor and president of Synagogue Church of Nations Prophet TB Joshua to Prophet Mohammed.
“There’s no difference between prophet TB Joshua (S.A.W) of Lagos and Muhammadu (A.S.) of Saudi Arabia, it is better for our Nigeria to be terrorism,” Bala said.
In another post, Bala said, “Whoever believes religion has been duped – If you cant take blasphemy against Islam, criticizism of its doctrines, this page is not for you. I have not even started ooo.”
His post was greeted with threats of arrest for blasphemy in the comment section. Unrepentant of his stance against Islam, Bala said the threat was from ‘morons’ who should know better.
Days later, a group of lawyers petitioned the Kano State Police command to prosecute Bala for insulting Prophet Muhammad.
Bala is not new to issues around blasphemy by government and private citizens. In June 2014, he was held at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital by government officials who claimed he was a psychiatric patient against his wish.
In a post on International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) website said he was detained at the hospital on the grounds of a “personality change” because he had become an atheist despite being raised in a Muslim family.
A former lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, has arrived the Federal High Court, Abuja, in solidarity with rights activist and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, who is standing trial for treason.
Sani walked into the courtroom shortly after the commencement of proceedings for the day.
During the trial in February, Sani together with Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka and Prof Chidi Odinkalu all made appearances to support Sowore.
He said: “People never celebrate good news when it happen to someone they know. Wait till something bad happens or any bad gist, You will see them happy and gossiping.”
Bobrisky, who described himself as one of the strongest people on earth, said he does not care about haters, adding that nothing can bring him down.
The male barbie said: “I am a special soul from God made to be totally different from everybody.”
Bobrisky claimed that his party of over N20 million was cancelled unexpectedly because haters could not stand his progress.
He said: “So what else can break me if I can let go 20 million just like that? They are looking for broke and jobless partners. Not me and you.”
We previously reported that popular crossdresser Bobrisky was arrested again, but this time around it was not for his gender or transformation reason.
The internet sensation was picked up by men of the Nigeria Police Force over a failed business transaction. He was said to have been arrested on the night of Friday, March 6.
Bobrisky was arrested by the Lagos police division over his business transaction with Mrs Rosemary who is said to be the original owner of Bob Wing eyelashes which he claimed to be his own when it was launched.
Mrs Rosemary before now had dragged the cross-dresser to court, for allegedly not remitting the revenues generated from the joint venture.
A fake soldier and fake police corporal identified as Sodiq Abiodun and Oluwaseun Ogunjebe respectively, have been arrested by the Oyo State Police Command.
The fake soldier was arrested for impersonation and rape of a 17-year-old girl Alimot Ismail, while the police corporal was arrested for failing to stop for police personnel routine stop and search patrol along Ibadan/Ife Road Toll Gate, Ibadan.
They were paraded alongside 43 others arrested for crimes ranging from cultism, armed robbery, murder, rape, kidnapping, impersonation, receipt of stolen goods, and threat to life among others.
Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu who paraded the suspects before newsmen said;
“The hoodlum attacked the said Alimot Ismail, dispossessed her of her cell phone and abducted her to his hide-out at Papa Eleye, Olomi area, Ibadan, where his syndicate member was waiting for him. The victim was held hostage and later raped serially until the next day.
“As soon as the incident was reported at SARS office, a team of SARS operatives swung into action and the two hoodlums, who later identified themselves as Sodiq Abiodun and Lekan Adesokan, 31, were arrested in connection with the crime. A complete set of Nigerian Army camouflage uniform, which he normally wore to carry-out his criminal activities was recovered from him.
“The Swift Response Squad (SRS) along Ibadan/Ife Road Toll Gate intercepted one Oluwaseun Ogunjebe aged 48, of No. 1A Olanrewaju Street Agege Dopemu, Lagos, who claimed to be a Police Corporal serving at Force Headquarters Annex Lagos with one Blue Nissan Primera Car with registration number SMK 981 EQ and found with a fake Police I.D. card.
“The suspects upon sighting the SRS failed to stop for Personnel Routine Stop and Search, but later got arrested. He was arrested with fake police Corporal I.D. card, with a Blue Nissan Primera Car with registration number SMK 981 EQ.”
The suspects who have reportedly confessed to the crime, will soon be charged to court for proper trial.
Kenneth Petty, husband to Nicki Minaj, Trinidad-born rapper, has been arrested for failing to register as sex offender, despite being earlier indicted for the offence.
Petty turned himself into federal custody on Wednesday, following the indictment, and was subsequently arrested.
He was said to have failed to register as a sex offender in California, after relocating from New York.
Petty was in 1995 convicted for first-degree attempted rape and spent four years behind bars at the New York state prison.
Following his release, he was expected to register as a sex offender but he did not. Petty moved into California in July 2019 but was arrested in November in the same year for not registering yet as a sex offender.
He was consequently arrested and would later be released on a $20,000 bond.
But following his release, Petty still failed to register as expected of him, prompting another arrest. He faces up to 10 years in prison again if convicted on the federal charge.
According to the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) a sex offender is “required to update their registration in each jurisdiction they reside, are employed, or attend school.”
Failure to register is considered a federal crime.
It is believed that he pleaded not guilty to the recent charge while his lawyer will be posting a $100,000 bond later on Thursday.
Petty is expected to have a status conference on March 23, to determine the next steps in the trial, which will take place on April 28.
Minaj had last year confirmed her marriage to Petty, her childhood boyfriend, after flaunting their relationship on social media on numerous occasions.