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FBI Arrest Of Nigerian Internet Fraudsters,Takes Toll On Nigeria's Image In USA By CKN

FBI Arrest Of Nigerian Internet Fraudsters,Takes Toll On Nigeria's Image In USA By CKN


The past 72 or so hours could pass as one of the darkest days in the image of Nigeria here in the United States of America.

The arrest of several Nigerians involved in internet scam running into millions if not billions of dollars (one of the highest ever witnessed in USA), makes headlines every other hour on National televisions here.

The scam which was discovered in Los Angeles by the FBI involved over 70 Nigerians with connections across the globe.

Most of them have been arrested while some are in Nigeria.

Several individuals and companies have been ripped off them of their savings.

As if that was not enough ,a secret investigation carried out by one of America's biggest TV Network (ABC) has revealed how some Nigerians here scam people with the promise of doubling their money.

ABC was able to track one of them down and with hidden cameras, he was captured live on tape ,this was shown here severally (We ll broadcast the video in the next broadcast)

Our new Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Executive Chairman of the Diaspora Commission indeed have a lot on their plate.

The clossial damage to Nigeria's image here in the United States is so huge that, every Nigerian are being painted with the same brush.

It's the major topic for discussions everywhere.

Investigation is still ongoing and more arrests will be made according to the United States Government.

This incident may have ripple effects on some genuine Nigerians who may want to seek visas to visit the USA.

Chris Kehinde Nwandu


Reporting from USA
My Encounter With Soldiers And How I Made Money Off Politicians...Kindnap Kingpin Wadume Confessions

My Encounter With Soldiers And How I Made Money Off Politicians...Kindnap Kingpin Wadume Confessions

The kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Bala Hamisu aka Wadume, (33), has further revealed that his handcuffs and leg chain were cut off by a welder, who was invited by the army captain, who ordered the attack on operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT), leading to the death of three IRT Operatives and two civilians. According to Wadume, this was done moments after he reached the captain’s quarters.

He disclosed that before the captain invited the welder to do the needful, he had earlier called the Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) in charge of Ibi Police Division to bring keys to unlock the handcuffs and leg chain. Recalling the events like it was yesterday, Wadume said: “On the day of my arrest, I was seating at a tea joint when some policemen came to me. They introduced themselves and showed me their identity cards. I followed them. When I entered their vehicle, they handcuffed and leg chained me.

“He continued: “While we were on our way to Wukari, we got to the first check point, some soldiers flagged down the policemen. The policemen presented their identity cards. The second check point was manned by mobile policemen.

“The policemen drove pass that point without any hassle. Trouble started at the third check point, which was controlled by soldiers. Three policemen alighted from the van to show their ID cards. “We continued on our journey, but less than five minutes after we left the third check point, we started hearing sounds of gunshots.

We looked back, it was the soldiers; they were firing at us. “The van suddenly summersaulted. I crawled out of the vehicle and saw all the policemen alive. While I was trying to leave the scene, two soldiers came to pick me. I then heard the soldiers shooting at the policemen. I even sustained a bullet wound from the shooting. “I was taken straight to the captain’s house.

The DCO of Ibi division came to meet us at the captain’s house. The captain asked the DCO to go and get the key for the handcuffs. He left, but never returned. The captain then called a welder, who used a saw to cut off the handcuff and leg chain. I also sustained some injuries in the process.”

Wadume said that it was after he came out from the army’s house, that he saw the corpses of the policemen and the civilians and became troubled. According to him: “I came out from the captain’s house and saw the corpses of the policemen and their agents at the front of the captain’s house.

I became very disturbed. I pretended like I wanted to go and urinate and escaped from the scene. “I called Audul, who is my boy, and he took me on his motorcycle to Ungwachiki Town in Ibi Local Government. I passed the night in the home of Meito, my friend. But while I was there, some soldiers came to Meito’s house and started searching for me.

They were armed with guns, machetes and axes. I believe they wanted to kill me. I don’t know how they got information that I was in that house, but I managed to escape through the window and fled to the river bank at about 8pm, where I boarded a speedboat to Tunga village in Nasarawa State. “I spent a night in Nasarawa State and boarded a commercial bus to Kano State. I had N500, 000 with me while I was on the run; I took the money to my un-cle’s house, where I went to hide in Kano. “While I was hiding, I instructed one of my bothers in Ibi to go to my house and remove all my rifles. My cousin brought an idea that I needed some journalists to help me write favourable reports, that I should pay them N3million.”

The police have since recovered four among the hidden rifles from Wadume’s relatives. It was also gathered that some of the intelligent reports on the alleged activities of Wadume, leading to the police tracking and arresting him were facilitated by one of his blood brothers.

Before Wadume’s started cooperating with the police on their investigation, however, the police had earlier arrested one of his gang members. The police then decided to use him as an informant and a mole in Wadume’s gang.

He was released after he agreed to cooperate with the police. But after his release, he went to Wadume, and lied to him that he was asked to get N1million from him by the police, so that they would stop hunting for him. The alleged kingpin bought the story and gave him the N1million but the man disappeared with the money. Wadume, who said that he was married to four wives and has only four children as against reports of many children, added that he dropped out of Government Secondary School, Ibi when he was in Junior Secondary School (JSS3). He said: “After I dropped out, I started fishing at the River Benue, which flows through Ibi town.

This was in 1996. I did fishing for six years, but in 2002, I went into fishpond business. “I used to buy fingerlings for N30 per one; I would train them for five months and sell them between N600 and N700. I started small, with just two small ponds. But I went on to get five more big ponds.”

While narrating his story, Wadume digressed into roles he played in politics. He explained that it was after he went into the world of politics that he took to crime. This was also as he disclosed that he defrauded some politicians.

His words: “I went into crime after some politicians approached me through a friend, Babaginda Musa. My friend was into fishing too. I was introduced into politics by Honourable Haruna Maintable, who contested for the state house of assembly during the 2015 general elections.

“He gave me vehicle and I campaigned for him. He won and later gave me N300, 000 and the vehicle we used in the campaign.” He explained that prior to the 2019 election, in June 2018, he fooled many politicians contesting for different political offices.

He was able to make them believe he had spiritual powers, which he could use to make them win elections. Many of them bought the pack of lies. Interestingly, one of his victim is the present governor of his state. According to him: “I also defrauded the present governor. When the governor came to Ibi, he met youths in my town, and as the leader of the youth, the governor came to me. “I promised to work for him. I also promised to consult some mallams to pray for his success. The governor gave me N2 million on that day and we exchanged phone numbers. A week before the election, the governor called and asked me to meet him at government house. “When I got there, he gave me N4 million cash, saying that I should continue praying for him. After the election, the governor called and thanked me.’’ Beside the governor, he confessed to defrauding a top civil servant in the state: ‘‘I also defrauded a top civil servant. He is from Ibi; I defrauded him of the sum of N30 million.

I was also given N13 million by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to pursue the 2019 presidential election. I spent only N7 million. “I contested for the Taraba State House of Assembly under the YDP Ibi Local Government. I pulled out of the election and took my supporters to support the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).”

One of the persons arrested along with the kidnap kingpin is Mr. Kawu Mohammed Kasuwa (30), a civil servant from Ibi, Taraba State, who said he works with Ibi Local Government. He explained that he was an executive officer, with the administrative department. He gave insight into his relationship with Wadume: “Wadume is my uncle. He is my mother’s younger brother.

I was arrested in Zaria because I made efforts to get journalists to write a favourable story in support of my uncle, who was being hunted by the police. It wasn’t my idea, but that one of my uncle residing in Lagos State. “His name is Ismalia Jita; he called and said that he wasn’t happy with all the bad publicity uncle Wadume was getting since the incident occurred. He wanted me to raise some money to give to reporters so that they could come down to Ibi and speak with the indigenes, and get a proper story about the incident, which would be favourable to Wadume. “I asked for N3 million. I gave the money to my brother, Awal, who knew how the money was paid to the media outfit. I was arrested in Zaria while the police were looking for my uncle, Wadume. I took them to my uncle, Awal’s house in Abuja.”

Culled from New Telegraph
Ex Bauchi Governor Isa Yuguda's Son Marries Sultan Of Sokoto's Daughter

Ex Bauchi Governor Isa Yuguda's Son Marries Sultan Of Sokoto's Daughter

Sokoto State, Saturday, played host to many prominent Nigerians who came to grace the wedding ceremony of the daughter of Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar and son of the former Governor of Bauchi State, Malam Isa Yuguda. The wedding rites took place at the Sultan Bello Juma’at Mosque at about 12noon.

The Emir of Gwandu, Muhammad Bashar, gave Fatima out in marriage to the Emir of Bauchi who represented the groom after the payment of N50,000 as bride price.

The solemnization ceremony was officiated by a number of leading Islamic clerics both within and outside the country. Among the clerics, were the Chief Imam of the Central Mosque, Abuja, Professor Shehu Galadanchi; the Chief Imam of Ghana, the Sarkin Malamai of Sokoto, Sheikh Buhari Sirdawa among others.

 Among the dignitaries at the wedding ceremony was the Federal Government delegation, consisting of; Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu. Others were; the Chief Justice of the Federation, the Inspector General of Police, Governors of Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Imo, Osun, Plateau and Delta states as well as former Governors of Bauchi and Sokoto states, Adamu Mu’azu and Attahiru Bafarawa and host of others. Other Emirs at the ceremony included Emirs of Kano, Argungu, Etsu Nupe and some Chiefs from the South East. The two chief Imams also prayed for the peace and unity of Nigeria, just as they sought Allah’s guidance for the nation’s leaders.
Muhammadu Buhari Heads To Japan On Sunday

Muhammadu Buhari Heads To Japan On Sunday

President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to travel to Japan tomorrow to attend the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development.

A statement by the Presidency said the conference would take place in Yokohama city from August 28 to 30 after which the president would be back to the country on August 31.

This year’s conference is themed, ‘Africa and Yokohama, Sharing Passion for the Future’.

The Japanese Prime Minister and host, Shinzo Abe, is expected to perform the opening ceremonies of the conference.

According to Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, “President Buhari will deliver Nigeria’s Statement during Plenary Session Three in which he will appraise Nigeria-Japan relations and takeaways from TICAD6.

“He will attend a State Banquet and also honour the invitation of Emperor Naruhito to a Tea Reception at the Imperial Palace, Tokyo. In addition to a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Abe, the Nigerian President will also attend some side-events and meet chief executive officers of some Japanese companies with huge investments in Nigeria.

“Formed in 1993, the now triennial TICAD, which has been convened alternately in Japan and Africa since TICAD6, according to the organisers, is the largest international conference held in Japan which provides an open forum that generates innovative discussion among various stakeholders on African development.

“Participants are drawn not only from African countries, but also international organisations, private companies and civil society organisations involved in development.

“TCAD7 is expected to focus on Africa’s ‘economic transformation and improvements in business environment and institution through private investment and innovation; promotion of resilient and sustainable African society for human security; and peace and stability in support of Africa’s domestic proactive efforts.

“Nigeria has gained tremendously since her participation in TICAD6 at the highest level, during which Japan pledged $30 billion investment for the future of Africa combined with the private sector, $10 billion infrastructure investment, and $500 million for vocational training of 50,000 Africans.

“Since the Nairobi Conference, Japanese government and companies have been very active in supporting Nigeria’s agriculture, healthcare, electricity and youth empowerment.

“President Buhari and his delegation are expected in Yokohama to push for broader Japanese assistance in the areas of science and technology, innovation, human resource development, education, agriculture, power, health and disaster risk reduction, among others.

“President Buhari will be accompanied by Governors Babagana Zulum, AbdulRahmam AbdulRazaq and Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Borno, Kwara and Lagos States respectively; ministers and other top government officials.

“The President is expected back in Nigeria on Saturday, August 31."
South East Governors Skeptical On Foreign Trips Over Nnamdi Kanu's Threat

South East Governors Skeptical On Foreign Trips Over Nnamdi Kanu's Threat

The governors of the south-eastern states are currently reluctant to travel abroad following the threat by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra to attack them and other Igbo politicians whenever they are sighted outside the country, Saturday PUNCH findings have revealed.

Findings have also shown that the South-East governors are very unlikely to make any trip abroad at the moment until the issue with IPOB is resolved.

Sources said the South-East governors were afraid that what happened to Ekweremadu might happen to them if they travelled abroad.

Investigations  into the position of South-East senators on the matter also revealed that the federal lawmakers held divergent views on the threat but confirmed that no Igbo governor was prepared to travel outside the country at the moment.

While some lawmakers believe that the governors should dare the IPOB agitators and travel to any part of the world without fear of being assaulted, others warned them to tread with caution.

One of the lawmakers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the governors drew the anger of the Biafran agitators when they supported the proscription of the IPOB.

He said, “It should be clear to our governors now that the essence of the military operation (Operation Python Dance) in the South-East then was to carry out an ulterior motive which has been defeated. The governors should initiate dialogue with the leadership of IPOB in the interest of peace.”

The IPOB had last Saturday attacked a former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, in apparent obedience to an order by the leader of the secessionist group, Nnamdi Kanu, that its members in 100 countries across the world should attack the governors of Ebonyi, Enugu, Abia and Anambra states if they were seen abroad.

The group also put on notice Ndigbo leaders such as the President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who it accused of supporting the Operation Python Dance in the South-East.

Ekweremadu was subsequently attacked in Nuremberg, Germany, where he had gone to celebrate the New Yam festival. In video clips which went viral on the Internet, the lawmaker was seen being pelted with stones, yams, sticks and water packs, while his isiagu, a pullover shirt worn by the Igbo people on special occasions, was torn.

After the IPOB’s threat, the South-East governors and Nwodo in separate statements debunked the group’s threat, stating that attacking them would not solve the problem of their agitation for Biafra.

Days after Ekweremadu was attacked, the South-East Governors Forum also wrote President Muhammadu Buhari to approve its earlier decision banning herders who have no cattle, as well as the movement of cattle by foot in the region to forestall insecurity and banditry, which was one of the issues raised by IPOB in its threat.

“The governors threatened to force the IPOB leader, Kanu, back to Nigeria if the agitators should lay their hands on any politicians from the eastern part of the country who travel abroad again.

“The governors said they would use every means to repatriate Kanu. How they want to do that, I don’t know. That threat means that they are afraid. That means that they are taking the man’s threat seriously.

“Our people are expecting the governors to dare the guys by saying nothing would happen and decide to embark on foreign trips, but it is obvious that the governors are scared of the IPOB threat.

“Our people are even happy that the threat would make the governors stay at home and work for their people. The governors were saying that they would plot Kanu’s repatriation so that the people at home can deal with him, but the boys on the ground here are just laughing at them.

“What can either the South-East governors or the Federal Government do on Ekweremadu’s case? Will they travel abroad to go and arrest the guys who attacked him? The German government has already said that the guys have the right to protest. What else will they do?

“It is a mob action. No one can be arrested. The only thing that the Nigerian government can do is to go and arrest those who invited him, which is not possible.”

Disgrace And Arrest Buhari In Japan..Nnamdi Kanu Orders IPOB Members

Disgrace And Arrest Buhari In Japan..Nnamdi Kanu Orders IPOB Members

Daring President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu said members of the group in the Republic of Japan had received orders from him to disgrace and arrest the President when he arrived the Asian country on Sunday.

According to Kanu, President Buhari must be arrested and handed over to Japanese authorities to enable him to answer for his alleged mass murder and crimes against humanity, which he allegedly committed in Nigeria between 2015 and 2019.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, had earlier on Friday informed Nigerians that the President would leave Nigeria for Japan on Sunday to participate in the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development, holding in the City of Yokohama from August 28-30, 2019.

But in a statement on Friday evening, the pro-Biafra leader urged its members in the country to mobilise and ensure that they arrest President Buhari, saying they were ready for the legal aftermath of the action.
House Maid Steals N1.6m From Boss Less Than 6 Hours After Resuming Duty In Lagos

House Maid Steals N1.6m From Boss Less Than 6 Hours After Resuming Duty In Lagos

A 26-year-old housemaid, Franker Amaha, has stunned her boss after she fled with foreign currencies estimated at N1.6m six hours into her employment.

The woman identified simply as Mrs Taiye of Masha area, Surulere, Lagos State, had engaged Amaha, whom she knew as Esther, on July 25, 2019 through an agent in Ikorodu.

Two hours after they arrived home, they left for the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, to pick up Taiye’s sister, who just returned from abroad.

On getting home, Amaha reportedly sneaked into where her boss’ sister put her luggage, stole the hard currencies – $2800, £1,000 and 2000 Dutch Guilder – and fled.

It was gathered that efforts by the woman to locate Amaha proved abortive as she switched off her phones.

Taiye realised she was in for a complex matter when checks at the form she submitted with the agent revealed her home address and her guarantor’s as fake.

The case, initially reported at the Surulere Police Station, was later referred to the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team and a manhunt was launched for the suspect.

The detectives eventually trailed Amaha to her friend’s house in the Ajah area of Lagos State and apprehended her.

A police source said investigation revealed that the suspect carefully planned the crime.

He said, “The suspect went to the agent on July 24 and the agent asked that she should fill a form and get a guarantor. Because she has a plan, she filled the form with a fake name and attached a fake passport photograph to the form.

“She identified herself as Esther whereas she is Franker (Amaha). On July 25, she was taken to the house of one Mrs Taiye, at Masha, Surulere, to work as a home help and offered to be paid N20,000.

“Incidentally, a sister of her new boss returned from abroad on that same day. She followed her new boss to the airport to pick up her sister. When they got home, she entered into the room where her boss’ sister’s bags were kept.

“She opened one of the bags and stole all the foreign currencies therein, including $2,800, £1,000 and 200 Dutch Guilder. She left the house instantly. While the security man at the gate tried to stop her, she told him that she had problems with the madam. While the guard was trying to confirm from the woman, she took a motorcycle. She ran to Ajah to meet one of her friends and threw away her SIM cards.”

Amaha said she stole the money to treat her sick mother.

The indigene of Cross River State said she approached one Mr Frank, a job agent, and Frank in turn led her to one Ade who linked her to Taiye.

She explained, “I gave her a fake name and address because I have the intention of stealing from her. I got to her house around noon and we went to the airport around 3:30pm to pick her sister. I opened her (sister’s) bag and took money from it.

“I stole six $100 notes, five pieces of £20, five pieces of $20 and £100. I changed $100 and made my hair with it and bought a pair of sleepers. I changed the remaining money to naira and deposited it into my account. I stole her money because I got a call from my village that my mother was sick. Please help me beg her to forgive me.”