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Suspect detained in Russia for plotting terror attack

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The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said Tuesday it had detained a Russian citizen on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack in the country’s North Caucasus.

The detainee, born in 1990, is suspected of preparing to detonate a makeshift explosive device near an administrative building in Vladikavkaz, the capital city of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, an FSB statement said.

The suspect planned to go to the Middle East to join the terrorist organization Islamic State after the attack, it said.

Components for making an improvised explosive device were seized, together with means of communication, which contained the suspect’s correspondence with IS members abroad, it added.

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7 persons suspected to operate illegal employment agencies arrested

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has arrested seven persons suspected to operate illegal employment agencies targeted at defrauding job seekers in the nation’s capital.

Dr Babagana Adam, Director of Outdoor Advertisement and Signage (DOAS), paraded the suspects before newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.

Adams said the syndicate was responsible for illegal recruitment claims for the purpose of defrauding the people under the guise of giving them jobs.

He said that the cartel was tracked down on Monday morning at Zone 6 primary school, opposite FCT Development Control, by a team of DOAS officers and securities.

He said that all the arrested culprits would be handed over to the Police for prosecution.

The DOAS boss accused the suspects of printing job posters with inscriptions such as – job in Supermarket, males and females, educated and non-educated, monthly salary of N40,000, staff bus and accommodation available.

“They ask interested applicants to call certain phone numbers.

“What the cartel does is to paste illegal adverts, stickers on every available space along FCT roads, bridges and infrastructure, calling applicants to apply for the non-existing jobs.

“When the applicants come, they are recruited into their fold and gangs to defraud, steal and sometimes rape innocent residents across the territory.

“I am sure you can see several of such illegal adverts along the streets of the territory,” the DOAS director said.

He said that the agency had continuously warned the general public through Radio jingles, Television and the Newspapers, to ignore such posters because they are not only illegal, but avenues to defraud job seekers.

Adam also stated that some of the advertisement posters carry messages such as, “you are hereby called to apply for ushering jobs in event centres”.

He said that interested persons usually get their forms after paying N15,000 only to be defrauded at the end.

He said that applicants should note that only DOAS was constitutionally empowered by the FCT administration to take care of signage and advertisements.

He, therefore, warned residents against fake advertorials in the territory.

Some victims, however, narrated their ordeals in the hands of the fake employment rackets.

One of them, simply identified as Obumnaeme, said he saw an advert posted on a wall in Nyanya, seeking for sales representative in a supermarket.

“I called the number and they asked me to come, but on getting there, I called the number again and the agent sent someone to me.

“When the lady came, she was not talking about the supermarket job again; she was talking about another business which I am not aware of.

“She said I needed to pay N15,000 and I told her I don’t have the money at hand but will send it to her when I get home.

“She forwarded her account details to me to send the money. We were talking when they arrested us,” he said.

Miss Mary James, another victim, told newsmen that she called the displayed numbers in one of the posters and was asked to come forward but was arrested with the group.

Mr Realistic Amadi, the leader of the group, who also spoke to newsmen, denied all allegations.

‘’I am not aware of these job posters; all I do is to go out there to approach individuals to come and join in the sale of GNLD Pharmaceutical products with certain amount of interest after sales,” he said.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)

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Illegal refining: NSCDC arrests 6 suspects as facility catches fire in Oregun, Lagos

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The  Nigeria  Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), on  Tuesday  said it had arrested six persons for alleged involvement in illegal crude oil refining.

The commandant of NSCDC Lagos, Mr Ayinla Adeyinka, confirmed the arrest to the News Agence of Nigeria , in Lagos on Tuesday.

Adeyinka was reacting to a fire outbreak at an illegal crude oil refining depot at Oregun, Ikeja Local  Development Council, on Tuesday.

According to the commandant, the officials cited a fiery furnace  at Oregun at 2 pm on July 14, and the command activated its disaster team with no fewer than 10 officials from it Emergency Response Unit deployed to the scene.

He stated that the suspects were arrested at the scene while some of the containers being used in the illegal act and sale of their product were confiscated.

“The command  has conducted its preminary invistigations.

 “NSCDC Lagos will still conduct indept investigations on the  the state of the crude oil to get the members of the criminal gang,” the commandant said.

The Commandant of  NSCDC urged Lagos residends with knowledge of such criminal activities to report to the corps and warned residents  on dangers of not reporting the activists of such hoodlum on time.

Adeyinka said NSCDC Lagos command would not relent in bringing illegal oil dealers to book.

The leader of Lagos NSCDC response crew to the scene, Mr Olajide Elijah, also confirmed to NAN that  the team intercepted over 18,000  liters of  oil products in numerous containers awaiting to be sold.

One of the six suspects arrested, Alaba Solanke, 25, from Ogun State confessed that he  was a diesel distributor for one Ngozi Chioma, a female, who is  now at large.

Solanke, however, claimed that Chioma normally got her diesel from the depot of an independent petroleum marketer in the area.

“I was in the mosque and I  was told that our shop caught fire, I was there to help when officials of NSCDC rounded us up.

Another suspect, Jacob Wusu, 50, who claimed to be the former Chief of Staff to a titled man denied membership of the cartel.

Another suspect, Alex Chukwudi, 42, a Delta State indigene, also claimed that he only carried out Japanese cars metainance at the location of the incident.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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France arrests globally wanted darknet child porn suspect

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French police have arrested a man wanted internationally for managing child porn sites on the darknet, Bordeaux Prosecutor Frederique Porterie said on Monday.

The 40-year-old French citizen was “one of 10 global priority targets,” and had enabled thousands of people to access child pornography, Porterie alleged.

The man had admitted the alleged offences when held for questioning after his arrest last week, she said. French police had been cooperating with EU policing agency EUROPOL on the case.

He was placed under formal investigation on charges of distributing and possessing child pornography, incestuous rape, and incestuous sexual assault on a child aged less than 15, and remanded in custody.

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Police seize 10 AK47 rifles, ammunition from suspected gunrunners in Taraba

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The Police Command in Taraba State has seized 10 AK47 rifles and ammunition from two suspected gunrunners in Lau local Government area of the state.

DSP David Misal Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), disclosed this on Monday while briefing newsmen in Jalingo.

Misal said that the two suspects abandoned their motorcycle together with the weapons upon sighting the police in Lau.

He listed other weapons recovered as, 13 magazines and 425 live ammunitions.

Misal said that effort were ongoing by the command to arrest the suspects.

The police spokesperson also said that operatives of the command had intercepted a truck loaded with different kinds of goods, which arrived from Anambra.

Misal said that drugs of different kinds were recovered after a thorough search.

He listed the drugs to include 20 cartons of codeine, 21 cartons of codolin codeine and 20 cartons of piscof Codeine.

Misal mentioned others as 13 cartons of Tutolin, two cartons of coflin, one carton of liquid quinine, five cartons of sildenafil citrate tablets and other ilicit drugs.

He explained that the drugs were bearing different brands to conceal the facts.

The PPRO also said that one Mr Emmanuel Ugwoke and Jude Azu were arrested and detained in connection with the crime.

While commending officers of the command for their steadfastness, Misal urged the general public to be more security conscious.

He also urged the general public to be prompt in reporting to the police all criminal elements in their neighborhood for necessary action.

Edited By: Razak Owolabi/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

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Russia detains 5 suspected IS terrorists

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Russia said, on Monday, it has detained five suspected members of the Islamic State terrorist organisation in the country’s southern Rostov region.

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said in a statement that it “uncovered and stopped the activities of a conspiratorial cell of supporters of Islamic State in the Rostov region, which consisted of six local residents, including citizens of one Central Asian country and Russia.

“They had been preparing attacks on police officers and planned terrorist acts at medical and educational institutions’’.

Five members of the group were detained, while their leader opened fire and blew up an improvised explosive device, killing himself, the statement said.

There were no victims among the civilian population and law enforcement officials, it added.

A home-made explosive device, automatic firearms and ammunition as well as drugs were seized during the operation, the FSB said.

Law enforcement authorities filed charges against the detainees on the grounds of plotting terrorist attacks, illegal arms trafficking and encroachment on the life of law enforcement officers, according to the statement. 

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Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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64 suspects linked to online hate after murder of German politician

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German authorities on Monday identified 64 suspects linked to online messages inciting hate against murdered politician Walter Luebcke.

“Nine of the accused are being investigated in Hesse by the Frankfurt public prosecutor’s centre for combating internet crime (ZIT),’’ the state justice ministry told dpa.

Investigations into the remaining 55 suspects have been handed over to local public prosecutors in 14 German states.

The suspects are accused of making statements about the politician on social media which could lead to charges of public incitement to commit crimes, sedition, rewarding and approving of crimes, and denigration of the memory of the deceased.

“What happened on social media after Walter Luebcke’s death was terrible and unacceptable for a democratic constitutional state.

“We must not offer a platform for hate and agitation, either online or offline,’’ state justice minister Eva Kuehne-Hoermann told dpa.

Luebcke’s suspected killer, Stephan Ernst, allegedly shot him dead in June 2019, while the politician was standing on his front porch.

Ernst is said to have been angered by the politician’s support for refugees.

Luebcke was a district leader for the city of Kassel, in central Germany, and a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU).

His murder sparked a huge outcry in Germany, where right-wing extremist crimes are becoming more common.

Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Nigeria Police, INTERPOL arrest 3 suspects over cybercrime

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Operatives of the Nigeria Police Cybercrime Unit and the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Abuja have arrested three suspects over advance fee fraud, money laundering and romance scam.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

He said the suspects were arrested in Uromi, Edo following investigations into suspected fraudulent online procurement and supply of COVID-19 protective mask, received through the INTERPOL NCB Wiesbaden, Germany.

The FPRO said investigations had revealed that one of the suspect, 30 was an internet fraudster and a member of a Turkey-based online scamming syndicate.

He said the suspect supplies foreign and local bank accounts to receive fraudulent funds and use same as conduit to other feeder accounts.

Mba said a building worth N20 million, a Toyota RAV-4 2015 model worth N6.5 million, and a Toyota Matrix 2002 model valued at N2 million procured with the proceeds of the crime were recovered from the suspect.

He said the second suspect, 32, returned to Nigeria from Italy in February, but maintained close contacts and illicit dealings with his Italian associates.

The FPRO said investigations had revealed that he had made over N120 million from internet fraud and other cybercrime dealings.

He said investigation had also shown that he received the sum of 52, 000 EUROs recently from his criminal associates in Italy as commission for his active involvement in an international cybercrime deal.

Mba said the suspect also own a filling station established with the proceeds of the crime.

The FPRO said the third suspect, 36, an expert in internet fraud, identity theft and impersonation, falsely claimed to be a British citizen.

“He also poses to be one Kelly Galk on online dating apps which he uses to carry out romance scams and to defraud unsuspecting members of the public, locally and internationally.

“Investigation has revealed that he has made millions of Naira from his illicit cybercrime transactions since he joined the syndicate,” he said.

In a related development, Mba said that Police operatives had successfully rescued an American citizen, confined in a Lagos hotel where she was held against her wish for over a year.

He said the victim who hailed from Washington DC, USA and a retired civil servant in the US, had arrived Nigeria on Feb. 13, 2019.

The FPRO said the victim was on a visit to a 34-year-old man and a native of Ikeduru LGA of Imo whom she met on Facebook.

He said the victim was rescued by Police operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Ogun Annex following information received from a patriotic and civic minded Nigerian.

“The rescue of the American lady is coming on the heels of a similar case of abducted Philippino lady who was lured to Nigeria by her supposed lover whom she equally met on Facebook.

“Investigations reveal that the suspect is a graduate of Business Administration and Management and an internet fraudster who has defrauded many unsuspecting members of the public both locally and internationally.

“The suspect, deliberately lured the victim into the country under the pretext of love and deceitfully married her on May 15, 2019.

“He subsequently held her captive in a hotel, extorted from her, monies amounting to a total of 48,000 US dollars,” he said.

Mba said the suspect also forcefully collected and took control of her credit and debit cards as well as the operation of her bank accounts including the receipt of her monthly retirement benefits and allowances.

He said the suspect also used the victim as a front to defraud her associates and other foreign personalities and companies.

Mba said all the suspects would be charged to court upon conclusion of investigation for prosecution in line with the Cybercrime Prevention/Prohibition Act, 2015.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Suspected kidnappers in police net in Delta 

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The Police Command in Delta has confirmed the arrest of eight suspected kidnappers in Issele-Uku, Aniocha North Local Government Area of the state.

The command’s Spokesperson, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, told journalists on Sunday in Asaba that the kidnappers were apprehended by local vigilantees in Issele-Uku on Saturday.

“About eight of the suspects were arrested and are currently in police custody.

“I called the DPO of Issele-Uku and he confirmed the development. I learnt that the vigilantees went on raiding in the bush and arrested the suspects.

“However, we gathered that the leader of the gang is still at large; so we are intensifying efforts to arrest him,” Onovwakpoyeya said.

Corroborating, the Chairman of the Issele-Uku vigilante group, Mr Nkeadi Obunwa, said that the suspects were armed herders.

He said that they were rounded up in the bush and handed over to the police in the community.

According to him, the community vigilantees were working in collaboration with the police to rid Issele-Uku and its environs of criminal elements.

“We are helping the police and our efforts are yielding results. Just yesteday, we recorded a great feat in the fight against criminals in our community,” Obunwa said.

He called on the state government to assist local vigilantees with materials and fund to help motivate them to do more in securing their localities.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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Coronavirus: Edo govt intensifies contact tracing of 4,327 suspected cases

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Edo Government says it has cleared and discharged 3,769 suspected coronavirus (COVID-19), cases across the 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs)who have completed the compulsory 14-day follow up and tested negative.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Patrick Okundia, told newsmen in Benin on Saturday, that the government had also embarked on contact-tracing of 4,327 persons.

Okundia said the cleared cases comprised of 347 Persons of Interests (POI) and 3,422 others that had various degrees of contacts with confirmed cases.

He said the state had so far recorded 1593 confirmed cases, 7187 suspected cases, 57 deaths and 929 discharged persons, adding that the government had also taken serious steps to contain the pandemic across all communities to protect the people.

He expressed disappointment over provision of wrong information, such as names, addresses and phone numbers by by residents in the ongoing massive testing for the virus in the state, saying the action was hampering government’s efforts at containing the pandemic.

The commissioner identified early testing as essential in curbing spread of the disease.

He said: “The Edo State Government encourages all residents with symptoms of the disease to come out for testing and treatment as early detection is key to containing the virus. When detected early, a patient’s chance for survival increases.

“We urge you to comply with all government directives, aimed at ensuring the health and safety of all Edo people.

“While the government ramps up efforts to win the war against this common enemy of mankind, it is imperative that residents stay at home and observe social distancing guidelines and other precautionary measures against spread of the disease.

“And these must include regular hand washing with soap under running water and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers. Cover your mouth and nose properly when sneezing and/or coughing.”

“Two toll-free lines for COVID-19 response have been introduced by Edo State Government to strengthen the initial lines from the State Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO), distributed at the outset of the outbreak.

“If you have any COVID 19 symptoms, please call 08001235111 or 08002200110 for assistance.”

Edited By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

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