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N40m fraud: Mama Boko Haram, two others to spend 10 years in jail

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Aisha Alkali Wakil, popularly known as Mama Boko Haram, and two others, Tahiru Saidu Daura and Prince Lawal Soyade, have been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for a fraud worth N40 million.

EFCC spokesperson Dele Oyewale said on Monday Justice Umaru Fadawu of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri, convicted the trio of Wakil, Daura, and Soyade after they were arraigned by the commission on two counts of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of forty million naira.

The EFCC spokesman noted in the statement that Wakil, Daura, and Shoyade, respectively, CEO, Programme Manager, and Country Director of Complete Care and Aid Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, and Saidu Mukhtar, now at large, did, with intent to defraud, obtain N40 million from Bashir Abubakar, the CEO of Duty-Free Shop Ltd, under the false pretence of executing a purported contract for the supply of five x-ray machines with solar energy.

According to Oyewale, the offence was contrary to Section 1(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006, and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.

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The defendants pleaded “not guilty” when the charges were read to them.

Counsel for the prosecution, A.I. Arogha, presented four witnesses and tendered 17 exhibits before the court.

Justice Fadawu consequently convicted them and sentenced them to 10 years imprisonment for the offence of conspiracy. The court further sentenced the defendants to 10 years imprisonment for the offence of obtaining by false pretence and ordered them to jointly and severally pay the sum of N40 million to Bashir Muhammad.

The judge ordered that prison terms run concurrently.

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Oyewale wrote in the statement: “The convicts’ journey to the correctional centre began when a petitioner alleged that they swindled him through a purported contract for the supply of five x-ray machines 1900 with solar energy to a non-governmental organisation, Complete Care and Aid Foundation, worth N40m. They neither supplied the machines nor returned the contract sum to the petitioner.”

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Prison Escapee Who Masterminded General’s Murder Nabbed Trying To Flee Nigeria

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Hashiru Baku, alleged mastermind of the murder of late Brigadier General Harold Udokwere (rtd), has been arrested by the police.

Daily Trust had reported how the general was killed by armed robbers who invaded his private residence at Sunshine Estate, Abuja, in the wee hours of June 21.

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Commissioner, Benneth Igweh, had paraded the suspected killers two days after the incident.

While parading them at the command headquarters in Abuja, he had said two among the robbers were at large and had escaped with the deceased’s pistol.

He gave the names of the suspects as Ibrahim Rabiu, Nafiu Jamil, Aliyu Abdullahi and Mohammed Nuhu, all residents of Apo, a satellite town of Abuja.

He said the suspects were arrested after acting on credible intelligence by operatives of the FCT police command from Utako division led by CSP Victor Godfrey, who trailed them to their hideout.

He said the suspects, who confessed to the crime stabbed the late brigadier general with knife when he tried to resist them from dispossessing him of his pistol.

According to him, the knife allegedly used by the suspects in committing crime was recovered, even as he said the late army general’s phone was recovered from them.

CP Igweh, however, said the command was making all efforts to arrest the two other fleeing robbers and to also recover the army general’s pistol from them.

But addressing journalists while parading the other suspects, on Monday, Igweh said Baku was arrested in Kano State while trying to run away from the country.

“I did show you the four killers, kidnappers, and robbers that killed Brigadier-General Uwe Harrod, retired. Today, I will show you the organiser of the killing and the robbery.

“As well as we have recovered the general’s gun that was with him. We have recovered the wristwatch of the general and the wife’s jewellery which they stole from the general’s house.

“The organiser is here and we have arrested him. He is the organiser. He was in prison and during the Kuje Correctional Centre attack, he escaped.”

“Instead of him to repent, he continued with more audacity. We arrested him in Kano where he was trying to exit the country. We recovered these drugs in his residence. So, that’s what they take and they will continue to be high.”

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Police Rescue Abducted Travelers In Ondo

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Operatives of the Ondo State Police Command has rescued the victims who were abducted on Friday in Ifon, Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State.

It would be recalled that victims, traveling from the South-East around 11 p.m., were attacked by gunmen who killed both the female passenger in the front seat and the driver.

The assailants reportedly abducted five others, two of whom managed to escape despite sustaining injuries.

In a statement on Monday, the spokesman of the Ondo State Police Command, Funmilayo Odunlami-Omilana, disclosed that the assailants left the victims stranded in the forest.

She said that the policemen from the tactical squad led by the Area Commander of Owo, Olufemi Awoyele, had been combing the forest, which led to the abductors fleeing, leaving the victims behind at the Oyinbo/ Sanusi camp in the area.

She said that the victims are receiving treatment at the police medical facility in Owo, and would be handed over to their families after being debriefed.

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Retired policeman kills mother, others

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A man killed several people, including his mother, in a retirement home in north-eastern Croatia, media outlets reported on Monday.

Croatian news website index.hr said police confirmed the incident in the small town of Daruvar, without offering details on the number of victims.

Media reported that at least five people were killed, including one care worker.

The man is said to have broken into the care home with a weapon and fired it several times.

Index.hr said five people were killed instantly, while several others were injured.

The man was reportedly detained soon after in a café.

News website mojportal.hr said the man was born in 1973 and was a retired military policeman.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković was due to address the incident later on Monday.

Interior Minister Davor Božinović, Health Minister Vili Beroš and Labour Minister Marin Piletić are all expected to visit the scene.

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