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How people fall victim to fake Customs car auction by internet fraudsters

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A victim of Internet fraud pastor Shed Okwu almost in tears, narrated how he was lured by internet fraudsters to participate in buying of non existing cars #1.5million in a fake customs car auction.

Narrating his ugly experience in the hands of Internet fraudsters pastor Shed said, “ The idiots first called me on phone thus, ‘ Hello my man of God. This is senior controller Osemobor Omoh’ and I responded God  bless you. Please we have cars which customs want to auction but you happen to be one of the important people in Lagos  favoured to get the few we brought out to sell directly to and deliver to their houses. He later  requested my full names, mobile phone numbers, residential and office address , email address, age, state and my  local government which I provided.

Despite telling him I was in a meeting he  continued to worry me saying, ‘ When is he leaving the meeting. I just want to know because we work with time. We will talk privately.’

The same day he called again and said, good evening man of God, please if you don’t want to buy again you should let us know. We will not kill you or start fighting you, no way.

My bishop, I have sent it to you. The Nigeria customs authorized financial secretary account details. Account name Alfa Abdullahi Jibrin. Account number 2285898826 Zenith bank PLC.

Make the payment now and drop the proof of payment to me here on WhatsApp so that we can proceed on the document registration .

He continued his bla bla bla. ‘For how long will the receipt take you to send, man of God . Send me your photo passport.

Pay to Subair Saheed Kayode 0250660414 WEMA bank the sum of #51,000. ‘

When I told him that I have paid he said, ‘ yes I saw it. They are working on the custom duty . I have not received the recharge card I ask of.

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Quickly make deposit of #305,000 for custom duty of your vehicle to this account. ‘ I told him I have made the payment.

He said , ‘everything has been put in order now. If you know that you are not ready again let me know but I promise you that if I wait few hours tomorrow morning I will carry my family and go home till they announce the car auction by next year November.

My pastor please call the state controller before morning, we are with the two drivers so that if you people can know what to do tomorrow morning the driver will bring the vehicle to you. Everything depends on you now. Give the driver the balance when he comes around. ‘

Unfortunately, the said driver came without the expected car rather he was busy asking me where he would park the car when he drives into my compound stressing, ‘just give me the balance. I will surely drive the car in within 30 minutes. ‘  He left and never came back that fateful day .

The bubble bust when  I  told my friend what I was passing through and he blamed me for making transactions and payments to people I have not seen their office nor their faces  anyhow.

He advised me that the best step is to go to  that their Seme border custom office and see them face to face and know physically the people I was dealing with.

On the date I had with my friend  we boarded a  bus to Seme border and, to our greatest surprise, when I  called him that I was coming  and almost halfway to the border he shouted, ‘ You want to die. If you come here we will kill you. You want to put us in trouble. Don’t try it unless you want to die. If you try it you will be killed and nothing will happen. Coming to Seme border custom office is not in our arrangement. Please don’t come for your interest . You will still get your car. ‘

With this development my friend advised that we should go back seeing that it is clear that it is a scam, a fraud.

When we got back to my house  my friend advised me to write petition to the then commissioner of police Cp. Hakeem Odumosu to effect the investigation of the case.

The case was referred to a unit in Ikeja division who started the investigation.

The  very unit in Ikeja identified as disaster management unit, a strike force of the Cp. but with office at Ikeja police division building  later sought the assistance of a police officer in another unit in the command headquarters Ikeja who did the tracking and said the suspect he tracked is at Ipoba hill Edo state. He gave the picture and farm address of the tracked suspect.

The victim told the NATION that all efforts to locate the tracked suspect or his farm at Ipoba hill was unsuccessful hence he postponed it till the clearer location of the tracked suspect is known.

Despite the efforts the victim is making to get them arrested they are still calling him to collect the money he told them he had on hand but wanted to complete it to the amount they requested before he would send it.

Contacted for comment the Edo police command public relations officer said the case was not reported to them.

Efforts to get the reaction or comment of the Lagos police public relations officer, a superintendent of police SP Benjamin Hundeyin had not been successful as he would pick call but at the end nothing would be discussed and even the text sent in respect of the case had not been replied till date though he is new and  had  just taken over and had to be briefed by the unit handling the case  before reacting  or  making his comment which is forgivable at the time of filing this report.

However, the victim, pastor Shedrack Okwu called on the inspector general of police IGP Usman Alkali Baba to empower police tracking department to checkmate the menace of the internet fraudsters who impersonate custom officers or any uniformed law enforcement agents to defraud innocent and hard working citizens of this great country, Nigeria.

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Anarchy Reigns In Osun: 500 APC Members Attacked; Campaign Vehicles, Billboards Destroyed; Party Cries Out To IGP

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Inspector General of Police (IGP), Akali Baba Usman
Barely 24 hours after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), took over power in Osun State, anarchy appears to have taken the centre stage.
This is why the Osun State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Akali Baba Usman to urgently intervene in the ugly security situation in the State.
The party alleged that over 500 of its members have been attacked in the last 24 hours and a number of properties had been destroyed including  APC campaign vehicles, billboards particularly in Osogbo, the state capital.
In a statement by its Acting State Chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, the Osun APC said the return PDP into governance in Osun has marked the continuation of brigandage and political siege of yesteryear.
The statement reads in part: ‘’we knew since yesterday that the beasts of yesteryear have returned to power, but we never imagined the extent of the havoc they are currently wrecking in Osun in less than 24 hours after the inauguration. Today Monday can be best described as a black day for our dear State.
‘’We are seriously disturbed and concerned about public peace and order particularly the safety of our teeming members and supporters in Osun which has been under serious security threats since yesterday after the inauguration of Senator Ademola Adeleke as the Governor of Osun State.
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‘’As at the last count this morning, more than 500 APC members have been attacked while a vehicle with APC campaign inscription was burnt in Ayetoro area of Osogbo. As at the time of issuing this statement, some of our party members have sustained various degrees of injuries and gun wound at Old Garage, Ogo – Oluwa in Osogbo, and the ongoing senseless attack has already spilled to Ile Ife, Ilesa, Iwo, Ede, Ila and Ikirun.
‘’It is regrettable to see how political thugs are openly displaying guns and shooting sporadically across the state, and sadly, some men of the Nigeria Police Force are providing shield for the criminals particularly in the attack that happened at Old Garage,  where Anti-Cultist Police unit team provided cover for hoodlums to attack innocent people in the area.
‘’It will be recalled that last week, we raised a concern about the subject matter that PDP have concluded plans to destroy our party campaign facilities and attack our members. Today, we are vindicated  because  the attacks were carried out in a pattern and manner we have noticed and reported to the police.
‘’We are not surprised because the hallmark of PDP and new Governor is violence and brigandage but it is very unfortunate that the era of locust is returning to Osun 12 years after,” the APC chairman said.
The party however called on the Inspector General of Police, the State Commissioner of Police and other security agencies to arrest the situation before it degenerates to full blown war saying Osun has been known for peace in the last four years under the administration of Adegboyega Oyetola
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Tension in Osun as Pro-PDP Road Transport Unionists Move to Take Over Motor Parks

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Inspector General of Police (IGP), Akali Baba Usman

There is tension in many parts of Osun as motor park union leaders who are supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party have made moves to take over the affairs of the various motor parks.

NPO Reports gathered that in Osogbo, the state capital, moves by pro-PDP unionists were resisted by those loyal to the outgone Governor, Gboyega Oyetola at the New Garrage area leading to the death of an unidentified man.

The All Progressive Congress, in a statement released by its acting Chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, called on the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkhali Baba, to step in to avert further bloodshed.

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“Barely 24 hours after the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, took over power in Osun State, anarchy appears to have taken the centre stage.

“This is why the Osun State chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC) has called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Akali Baba Usman to urgently intervene in the ugly security situation in the State.

“The party alleged that over 500 of its members have been attacked in the last 24 hours and a number of properties had been destroyed including APC campaign vehicles, billboards particularly in Osogbo, the state capital,” Lawal stated

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Police Nab 12 Year Old boy for Kidnapping 3years old Girl in Bauchi

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Bauchi State Police Command has arrested Dayyabu Abdullahi ‘m’ aged 12yrs of Magama Gumau for Kidnapping a 3yrs-old girl.

The information available at the Command’s disposal is that On 23/11/2022 at about 1740hrs Yahaya Sale ‘m’ aged 56yrs of Magama Gumau while at his shop located at the same address received a threatening phone call from an anonymous person, demanding the sum of one hundred and fifty thousand nairas (150,000) as a ransom for the release of his kidnapped daughter one Mariya Yahaya ‘f’ aged 3yrs of same address.

A discreet Investigation revealed that the suspect lured the victim to an isolated place near a football field at kara Area of Magama Gumau and called the victim’s father on phone and made the aforementioned demand.
On hearing this, the victim’s father hung off the call, while the suspect kept calling but no response from the victim’s father. After a while, the victim’s father called the suspect on phone and identified the suspect as Dayyabu through his voice, as the suspect is known by the victim’s father.

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The suspect then kept mute and quickly hung off the call when he realized that the victim’s father uncovered his identity.
Consequently, he swiftly took the girl back to their house and told her family that he sighted her crying near a football field. In this manner, the victim’s family immediately reported the suspect to the Police authority for necessary action.
On interrogation, the suspect stated that he is from Kano state and came to Bauchi state in search of petty business with his siblings. From the little he earned while hawking a fried yam in Magama Gumau, he raised money and bought a mobile phone Techno Camon model.
The investigation also revealed that the suspect got to know about kidnapping when some time ago his friend was kidnapped in Kano state until a ransom was paid before he was released from his captors, that is how he learned about kidnapping and money must be paid to set a victim free.

He also said he would have used the ransom money to buy his desired clothes and phones, but cut short upon his arrest by the Police operatives.

To this end, the Commissioner of Police CP Aminu Alhassan psc(+) assured the general public that they will continue to be updated as the investigation unfolds. He adds that he will like to use this medium to reiterate the need for parents and guardians to maintain strict vigilance over the activities of their wards.
It is pertinent now more than ever that the whereabouts of wards and the company they keep are constantly kept in check by all those responsible, as the investigation continues into the matter after which the suspect will be charged to court.

SP Ahmed Mohammed wakil Anipr,
Police Public Relations Officer,
For; Commissioner Of Police,
Bauchi State Command.

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