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EFCC Goes After 10 FBI Suspects in $3billion Scam

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has mounted surveillance for 10 of the 78 Nigerians from the South-East, allegedly involved in the 3 billion US dollar scam.


The Head, Enugu Zonal Office of the commission, Mr Usman Imam, disclosed this on Wednesday in Enugu while briefing newsmen on the activities of the commission in the past eight months.

It would be recalled that the US Department of Justice had indicted 80 persons, including 78 Nigerians, in the multi-billion dollar fraud.
Imam said that the anti-graft agency was seriously working with the scoop at its disposal and had placed surveillance on the suspects.
He gave the assurance that the suspects would be arrested and prosecuted “in order to prove to the world that such crime does not represent our values”.
He said that the commission had the legal backing to prosecute the suspects in line with international treaties.

“There is a mutual treaty between Nigeria and the USA. We will arrest them and if need be extradite them to the USA,” Imam said.
He said that the alleged offence was multi jurisdictional “because the stages leading to the crime was either initiated in Nigeria or the proceeds brought to the country”.
He said that it was unacceptable to see parents enjoying ill-gotten wealth of their children, who they knew had no serious means of livelihood.
“Such also applies to the clergy and traditional rulers who rather than question suspiciously acquired wealth not only attribute it to God, but bestow titles on such individuals.
“We assure Nigerians of our commitment to ensuring a better Nigeria so we warn looters and fraudsters about the consequences of their actions,” Imam said. (NAN)

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Family Laments Murder of Three Year-old Daughter in Taraba

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From Christiana Babayo, Jalingo

The family of three year old Hanatu Christopher has lamented the gruesome murder of their daughter, who went missing Thursday in Magami area of Jalingo, Taraba state.

The body was discovered on Tuesday by vigilante and taken to the morgue at Federal Medical Center Jalingo after some boys playing ball behind the house she was dumped perceived a foul smell and reported.

DAILY ASSET gathered that some body parts of the three year old were removed and her head cut off when the body was found in the abandoned building not far from their house.

The father of the deceased Mr Christopher Adamu, who narrated the story, said the incidence came as a shock to him and his family because Hanatu was a peaceful child and he wonders who would want to harm her.

“On Thursday evening after the children closed from school.

The eldest one came to my place of work in Suntai Hotel and asked me to buy detergent for them to wash their uniforms. So I bought it sent them off and later came home myself.

“I asked them to call their little sister and they told me she was outside just beside the house. They went there to call her and couldn’t find her. That’s when we began searching the entire area for her all evening and night to no avail. I then reported the case to the vigilante, the Jalingo division, and the ward head and came home” he narrated.

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While the family was still searching, a neighbor of theirs identified as Abdulrashid was said to have told the mother of the child that if she gives him some money, he might be able to find the child.

The parents relayed the information to the vigilante and that led to the arrest of the young man after his premises was searched and some suspicious items were discovered.

Rashid who is suspected to have kidnapped and killed the three year old is currently in custody and investigations are still on to ascertain what actually happened as at the time this report was filed.

The Jalingo Commander of Mr Munir Bello, who confirmed the incident, told DAILY ASSET that they have handed over the suspect to the police though he is yet to confess to the crimes.

He advised the general public to be conscious of the people around them and also called on landlords to be mindful of the tenants they accept in order to avoid bringing bad eggs into the society

The Parents who lamented that nothing can ever bring back their child still called to security agencies to take the investigations seriously and make sure the perpetrator of such heinous crime is brought to book.

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The ward head Mallam Abdullahi Sabo who expressed dismay over the issue and sympathized with the family of the slain child.

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Bandits Abduct Traditional Ruler in Plateau

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From Jude Dangwam, Jos

Another traditional ruler, Mishkaham Panyam, His Royal Highness, Engr. Aminu Derwan in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State has been kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be bandits.

The abductors are said to have stormed the family house of the District Head at Panyam in the early hour of yesterday and made away with the traditional ruler after operating for an hour.

DAILY ASSET gathered yesterday from one of the brother of the Monarch, Friday Derwam that the attackers were over 20 in number heavily armed that made away with his brother.

“Is my elder brother that was abducted in the early hours of today by bandits. They stomped the family house around 4:30am this morning, they spent one hour operating in the house until they get him before they left.

“They came in their numbers, actually they were many, over 20 well armed, they came on foot and parked their car somewhere and when they took him away they now entered the car and left.

“Nobody was injured or killed by the abductors, we are in talking terms with the abductors at the moment,” he narrated.

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A resident of Panyam community, Mr. Pius Garuba equally told Newsmen that members of the community sighted strange presence of people around the resident of the Traditional ruler which is open and later had gun shots as they kidnapped the District Head.

“Because his house was not fenced, some villagers who saw how his house was surrounded by strange people alerted other members of the community through a community bell.

“But immediately the bandits heard the bell, they started firing gunshots and eventually went away with the traditional ruler, leaving the community helpless.”

When contacted, Spokesperson of the Plateau State Police Command, DSP Alabo Alfred said he was in a meeting as at the time filing this report.

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Imo Police Arrest Prison Escapee for Killing Pregnant Woman

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Police officers from Iheagwa Division, Imo State, have arrested an Imo prison escapee identified as Justice Anokam, for allegedly stabbing a pregnant woman to death with a dagger at Umuejechi Nekede autonomous community in Owerri West Local Government.

It was gathered that the unidentified victim was a tenant in the area but an indigene of Ohaji/Egbema LGA of Imo.

A resident, Iyke Opara, said the pregnant woman came out from the popular Ama-Ato junction before she was accosted by the suspect.

Opara said the suspect has been terrorizing the community since he escaped from the April 2021 prison break in Imo.

The suspect, who claimed he was on drugs when queried in a trending video, was said to have become enraged and descended on the woman with the dagger after he asked her to give him money to eat and she shunned him.

According to the source, she told him to mind his business and that infuriated him.

He removed a dagger he hid in his trousers, and stabbed her in the stomach.

The source said the woman lost a lot of blood and was pronounced dead on getting to the hospital.

He further said the suspect fled immediately but youths in the area pursued and apprehended him after several attempts to stab them.

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Anokam, said to be in his 30s, was earlier arrested by Nekede vigilantes before being handed over to the detectives from the Ihiagwa Police Division amid heavy protest by the community youths who had concluded plans to lynch him before police intervention.

The police spokesman, Micheal Abattam, when contacted said he’s waiting for the situation report from the division.

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