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Police arraign woman for allegedly stealing 7-month-old baby

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The police on Wednesday arraigned a 27-year-old woman, Bridget Haruna in a Karmo Grade I Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly stealing a seven-month-old baby girl.

Haruna, who reside at Jabi Daki Biyu village, Abuja, was arraigned on a one count charge of stealing a baby.

She pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Police prosecutor, Dalhatu Zannah, had informed the court that on April 4, one Vourjack Pam, a resident of Gwarinpa Estate Abuja, reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station.

Zannah said that the complainant reported the matter to the police for proper investigation which led to the arrest of the defendant.

He alleged that on April 3 at about 11 a.m the complainant’s wife, Mrs Godiya Pam took their seven-month baby girl to Gwarinpa general hospital Abuja to visit a patient.

The prosecutor said that while the complainant’s wife was in the hospital, the accused criminally and deceitfully took the baby from the mother and absconded to unknown destination.

The prosecutor said that Haruna was later seen at Jabi Daki–Biyu village with the baby.

He said that the accused lied that she went to buy something for the baby.

Zannah said the offence contravened Section 288 of the Penal Code.

After arraignment, the judge, Mr Abubakar Sadiq, granted Haruna bail in the sum of N50, 000 with a surety in like sum.

Sadiq ordered that the surety must have a reasonable means of livelihood and must reside within the jurisdiction of the court.

The judge also ordered that the surety must present a current utility bill in his name to the court registrar and adjourned the matter till May 9 for hearing.

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Police hand over 3 suspected fraudsters to EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday said it had in its custody three suspected Advance Fee fraudsters arrested in Ilesha, Osun.

The Acting Head, Media and Publicity of the commission, Mr Tony Orilade, stated this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.

He said that the suspects were handed to the commission’s personnel in Ibadan, Oyo state, by Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team (IRT) for further investigation.

Orilade said that the suspects, who were between the ages of 22 years and 29 years were Ebenezer Oluwafemi, Kolade Sogo and Oluwagbenga Ejikunke.

He said that they were arrested on Tuesday following series of intelligence gathered by the security operatives.

“Preliminary investigations further revealed that the suspects allegedly got involved in different romance scam posing as female foreigners to fleece unsuspecting victims on the social media.

“At the point of arrest, varied fetish materials, two laptops and five different brands of cell phones were recovered from them.

“Several documents containing false pretences were also recovered from the suspects,” he said.

The statement said that the Head, Ibadan Office of the commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, said the handing over of the suspects had brought the number of Advance Fee fraudsters arrested in Ibadan to 40 in a couple of weeks.

“The zone is no longer a hiding place for the fraudsters.

“Investigation is still ongoing and the suspects will soo

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Man allegedly kills, buries girlfriend in his room in Port Harcourt

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A middle-aged man, Prince Owabie of Rumueperikom community in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State has been arrested by the police for allegedly killing and burying his pregnant girlfriend in his apartment.

Owabie is believed to have killed the girlfriend identified as Better Nwabueze and buried her inside his one bedroom apartment within Wimpy Junction by Ikweere Road last Sunday.

Owabie, popularly called J-BOY two days after confessed his deed to some of his friends who raised alarm to the police that led to his arrest.

The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the incident.

Spokesman for the Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, told DAILY POST that the suspect has been moved to State Criminal Investigation Department.

DSP Nnamdi added that the Police have been mobilized to scene of the crime to exhume the corpse.

“We have credible information that J-Boy dug a shallow grave in his room where he buried the young girl friend,” he said.

In the meantime, a special squad has been deployed to Rumuepirikom Community to forestall a possible breakdown of order that may arise as a result of the slain girl.

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EFCC arraigns 2 for land scam in Enugu

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Ferdinand Ugwuani and John Ugwu

Ferdinand Ugwuani and John Ugwu


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the South East Zone, Enugu on Wednesday, arraigned the duo of Ferdinand Ugwunwani and John Ugwu before Justice A.M Liman of the Federal High Court, Enugu.

They were docked on a three–count charge bothering on conspiracy and obtaining the sum of N1,780,000 (One Million, Seven Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira only) under false pretences, an offence that is contrary to Section 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.

According to investigation carried out by the Commission, it was allegedly found out that the duo having falsely represented themselves as owners and custodians of some non existent plots of land at Umunwene, Iji Nike, Enugu State, obtained the said sums in two tranches of N1.180,000 and N600,000 as payment for two plots of lands and harmonization fees, respectively.

It was further discovered that apart from the fact that the duo knew the original plots were part of a layout, they went ahead to sell the said plots to the complainant and made him pay the money in one of the suspect’s personal account rather than that of the community.

When the charges were read to the defendants, they pleaded not guilty, which prompted the defence counsel P.O. Nwanjoku to move a joint motion for their bail.

This was quickly countered by the prosecution counsel, F. A Shehu, saying that the second defendant John Ugwu had severally refused to honour invitation from EFCC.

The judge, however, noted that having come from his house to the court, the defendant has shown willingness to attend to his trial.

He thereafter granted the duo bail on N1 million with one surety each. Each of the sureties must either own a landed property within the jurisdiction of the court or be a civil servant not less than level 14 in the local, state or federal civil service.

The case has been adjourned to February 20,2018 for trial.

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