Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday arrested 18 suspected Internet fraudsters, commonly called Yahoo Boys, in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital. The anti-graft agency said the arrests followed a sting operation it carried out. The arrested persons are: Adeleye Ayodeji, Muhammed Ayub, Odelade Samuel, Sodiq Olanrewaju, Ola Francis, Adeniyi Damilare, Olalekan Samad, Tunde Ayodele, Zubair Buhari and Oladosu Naheem.
Naira Redesign: EFCC Puts More Governors Under Watch
The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has said the number of governors being monitored by the agency for possible money laundering arising from the redesign of the naira is rising. He spoke to correspondents yesterday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja. The EFCC had previously revealed that three governors were being watched on the suspicion that they might attempt to launder stashed cash in their possession which they might not be able to lodge in the bank before the deadline by the Central Bank of Nigeria to return old notes for redesign.
NDLEA Uncovers Plot By Cartel To Introduce Lethal Drug Into Nigeria
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has uncovered plans by some drug cartels to introduce fentanyl into the Nigerian market. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid anesthesia that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. The NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, who announced this on Tuesday, described the illicit drug as 100 times stronger than tramadol.
According to him, the drug, with misleading labels, can come in form of candles and eye drops.
Armed Youths Invade Imo Community, Kill Monarch, Others
The traditional ruler of Obudi Agwa community in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, Eze Ignitus Asor, has been killed by gunmen, on Monday. Five other persons were reportedly killed when some armed youths stormed the palace of the traditional ruler where a dispute between locals was being arbitrated and opened fire on him. The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mike Abattam, while confirming the incident to newsmen in Owerri, said the hoodlums drove to the palace of the monarch and pretended to be persons in distress that needed help. It was when the monarch welcomed them into his palace that they, in the process, pulled out their guns and shot at the traditional ruler and two others.
US Court Sentences Hushpuppi To 11 Years Imprisonment
The United States Central District Court in California has sentenced Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi to 11 years in prison for fraud and money laundering. However, he will spend 9 years in jail because he has already spent 2 years in custody since his arrest in June 2020.