Gunmen kidnap businessman in Benue

The Benue State Police Command in Benue, on Sunday, confirmed the abduction of Mr. Emmanuel Nwankwo, a businessman, from his residence in Makurdi.

The command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Catherine Anene, who confirmed the incident, told the News Agency of Nigeira (NAN) that the owner of Emchony Electricals was abducted by unknown gunmen on Saturday night.

She said investigation into the matter was in progress with the view to rescue the victim and arrest the perpetrators.

The victim’s neighbour, who preferred anonymity, told NAN that the abductors stormed his house at about 8 p.m.

According to him, the gunmen shot sporadically into the air before whisking the businessman away to an unknown destination.

INTERPOL links N210m face mask fraud to Nigeria

The International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) has announced the arrest of suspects involved in a face-mask fraud scheme.

The organisation disclosed that part of the money, nearly €500,000 (N210million), “had already been sent to the United Kingdom, all of which was destined for an account in Nigeria.”

Compromised emails were uncovered by financial institutions and authorities across Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands.

INTERPOL, in a statement on its website, recalled that in mid-March, as countries went into lockdown due to COVID-19, Germany contracted two sales companies in Zurich and Hamburg to procure EUR 15 million worth of face masks.

A company initially claimed to have 10 million masks, failed to deliver, then referred the buyers to a ‘trusted’ dealer in Ireland.

The Irish middleman promised to put them in touch with a different supplier in the Netherlands. The man assured that the alleged Dutch company would be able to supply the 10 million face masks.

An agreement for an initial delivery of 1.5 million masks and an up-front payment of EUR 1.5 million was reached.

The buyers afterwards initiated a bank transfer to Ireland and prepared for delivery, which involved 52 lorries to transport the masks from a warehouse in the Netherlands to Germany.

But before the delivery date, the buyers were informed that the funds had not been received and that an emergency transfer of EUR 880,000 straight to the Dutch supplier was required to secure the merchandise.

As INTERPOL contacted its National Central Bureau in Dublin as well as the Irish bank, the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau froze the 1.5 million in the account.

“The Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service quickly tracked down the EUR 880,000 which had been transferred from the German company”, the organisation said.

Jürgen Stock, INTERPOL Secretary General, noted that those arrested had no connections to the medical equipment industry.

“They were simply experienced fraudsters who saw an opportunity with the outbreak of COVID-19. They adapted their sales pitches to take advantage of strained supply chains and generate huge profits.

“I can only salute the quick work of both the private and public authorities involved. INTERPOL will continue its work on the case – and the many others like it – in close cooperation with all of our partners”, he added.

Ibadan gang leader, Moshood Oladokun finally dies

The leader of a cult gang, which has been terrorizing some parts of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Moshood Oladokun, popularly known as Ekugbemi is dead.

Lasgidi Reporters gathered that Oladokun, who reportedly died and resurrected a few hours after being taken to his father’s shrine, finally died Saturday night on his way to hospital.

It could be recalled that no fewer than fifteen (15) residents of Ibadan sustained various degrees of injuries when two factions of cult groups led by Oladokun and Ebila Biola engaged each other over collection of land royalty.

Oladokun was attacked at his hideout in Olomi-Olunde area of Ibadan by a rival group led by one notorious gang leader called Biola, the leader of “One million boys”.

A source who asked not to be named said Oladokun died but got resurrected after being taken to his father’s shrine.

The source, however, said that Oladokun finally died late Saturday night as a result of losing much blood from the gunshot, matchet cut and other dangerous weapon used in attacking him.

According to the source, “We were all indoor when the news got to us that Oladokun has been murdered. His wife called him that she has been held captive by some hoodlums around the Olomi-Olunde area. He got to the venue and seized two motorcycles brought by those hoodlums which he planned to take to the police station.

“On his way to the police station, he was attacked with a gun, axes and cutlass by Biola-led ‘One Million Boys gang’. There, he was confirmed dead in a pool of blood.

“Before he was taken to his father’s shrine, we all confirmed his death. At the shrine, one of his father’s friends came with a hen and started some incarnations. He dropped the hen and Moshood sneezed, while the hen died immediately. Later in the night, he gave up the ghost, having lost so much blood.”

The Police Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Olugbenga Fadeyi confirmed the death of the gang leader to Lasgidi Reporters on Sunday.

Fadeyi said “Yes, he has died”.

Two teenagers drown at community beach in Lagos

The Lagos State Police command has said that two male teenagers, Dare, 16, and Fawas, 15, both residents of Epelemeje Orofun community, in Akodo area of Ibeju-Lekki in Lagos State, have allegedly drowned while swimming in the community beach.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, made this known in a statement on Sunday.

Elkana said that the matter was reported by some members of the community who made a distress call to the Ibeju-Lekki Divisional Police Station on Saturday.

The spokesman added that the State Police Command had deployed its Marine Police Team to the area for search and rescue.

According to him, the command awaits the report of the team.

He further advised parents to monitor their children and ensure that they remained at home during this lockdown period, NAN reports.

CAC pastor arrested for holding Easter Service, worshippers flee

A pastor at the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Ogijo, in Sagamu Local Government area of Ogun State, was on Sunday arrested for having an Easter Service, in defiance to government’s COVID-19 lockdown directive.

The pastor, Jonathan Olowonisile, was arrested alongside his associate and two others.

Lasgidi Reporters learnt that worshippers in the service fled immediately they sighted policemen from Ogijo police station.

Abimbola Oyeyemi, who is the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the arrest.

Oyeyemi said the pastor was nabbed for leading a congregation contrary to the ban on mass gathering.

“Our men arrested one Pastor Jonathan Olowonisile today, (Sunday) for contravening the order against high density gathering,” he said.

Photos: Troops destroy Boko Haram bases in Niger, Nigeria, discover hundreds of weapons

Chadian troops have continued their massive bombardment of Boko Haram enclaves.

The major onslaught commenced on Sunday March 29, 2020.

Troops have been recording success to the extent that the sect leader, Abubakar Shekau, released an audio asking his fleeing fighters to remain at battlefield.

On Saturday, soldiers destroyed five bases of Boko Haram hideouts and recovered hundreds of assorted weapons.

The bases, located in Niger and Nigeria, were targeted in the ongoing “Operation Boma’s Wrath”.

In reaction, Chad’s presidency vowed to sustain the raid against the insurgents wherever they were hiding.

Boma is where the terror group killed over 90 soldiers nearly two weeks ago.

During his visit to the scene, President Idriss Deby called it the worst attack ever on the country’s military.

He then vowed to ensure the crush of Boko Haram around the Lake Chad region.

The military, within a few days, deployed gun trucks, gunships, armoured vehicles and troops currently at war.

Their superior firepower has caused deaths of scores of insurgents while others are running away from their positions.

On Twitter, an intelligence expert, @DonKlericuzio, published a video of an earlier battle at Kelkoua near Lake Chad.

“Chadian forces fire rockets and 12.5mm rounds on #BokoHaram fighters from both flanks. Several BHT bunkers were discovered and destroyed.

“On the request of Chad, Israeli Airforce mapped out the entire Lake Chad both natural and artificial islands for Chad which aided the offensive”, he tweeted.

Thursday evening battle at kelkoua, bank of Lake Chad as Tchadian forces fire rockets and 12.5mm rounds on #BokoHaram fighters from both flanks. Several BHT bunkers were discovered and destroyed.— Edward (@DonKlericuzio) April 4, 2020