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Revealed: How Jailed Fraudster Masterminded $1 Million Internet Scam From Prison

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has revealed how a jailed fraudster, Hope Olusegun Aroke masterminded an internet scam worth $1 million from prison.

Aroke is a convicted internet scammer, who is currently serving 24 years jail term.

The Lagos Zonal office of the commission revealed recently that it discovered that Aroke, a convicted internet fraudster currently serving a 24 years jail term was still in active communication with other high valued targets.

The EFCC said in a statement that the high valued targets were currently being investigated by the Commission for various offences relating to computer fraud and money laundering.

“Investigation revealed that he masterminded the commission of internet scam worth over $1,000,000 (One million Dollars) whilst serving his jail term,” the EFCC said.

Aroke was alleged to have pulled the heist right from prison using a network of accomplices, some of them targets of fraud and money laundering investigation.

The lid on his latest fraud exploits from the bowels of the Maximum Correctional Centre was reportedly blown following intelligence received by the EFCC.

What surprised the EFCC was how it was possible for the convict to continue to ply his ignoble trade of Internet fraud from prison.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the convict, against established standard practice, had access to internet and mobile phone in the Correctional Centre where he is supposed to be serving his jail term.

It was more surprising that Aroke got himself admitted to the Nigeria Police Hospital, Falomo, Lagos for an undisclosed ailment and from the hospital, he would move out to lodge in hotels, meet with his wife and two children and attend other social functions.

The circumstance of his admission into the hospital and those who aided his movement from the hospital to hotels and other social engagements, are already being investigated by the EFCC.

Investigations revealed that Aroke used a fictitious name, Akinwunmi Sorinmade, to open two accounts with First Bank Plc and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.

He also reportedly bought a property at Fountain Spring Estate, Lekki Lagos in 2018 for N22 million and a Lexus RX 350 2018 model registered in his wife’s name, Maria Jennifer Aroke.

The convict was also said to be in possession of his wife’s bank account token in prison, which he used to freely transfer funds.

Further investigation revealed that, while his trial was ongoing in 2015, Aroke bought a four bedroom duplex at Plot 12, Deji Fadoju Street, Megamounds Estate Lekki County Homes , Lekki for N48 million.

Aroke was one of two Malaysia-based Nigerian undergraduate fraudsters arrested by the EFCC in the closing weeks of 2012 at the 1004 Housing Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos following a tip-off.

The indigene of Okene, Kogi State had claimed to be a student of Computer Science at the Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University, Malaysia. But the Commission’s investigation fingered him as the arrow head of an intricate web of internet fraud scheme that traverse two continents.

When Aroke was arrested, a search conducted by EFCC operatives on his apartment led to the recovery of several items such as laptops, iPad, traveling documents, cheque books, flash drives, internet modem, and three exotic cars – a Mercedes Benz Jeep, One 4Matic Mercedes Benz Car and a Range Rover Sport SUV.

He was eventually convicted by Justice Lateefa Okunnu of a Lagos State High Court on two counts of obtaining money by false pretence, cheque cloning, wire transfer and forgery.

He was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment on each of the two counts.

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Yobe state governor suspends monarch for allegedly defiling 6-year-old boy in Yobe

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Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state has ordered the suspension of the district Head of Fannami Ward, Lawan Mari in Bade Local Government of the state for alleged defiling a six year-old-boy.

According to a statement released by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Home Affairs and Culture, Abdullahi Bego, the Governor has directed swift action against the district head.

The statement reads:

His Excellency has directed that appropriate administrative and legal measures be taken swiftly to investigate and prosecute the matter.

Consequently, the traditional ruler involved has been suspended indefinitely from his position as ward head of Fannami Ward, Gashu’a pending the outcome of police investigation into the matter. 

A letter to that effect has already been served the ward head by Bade Local Government Council.”

As directed, a letter of suspension has already been issued to the district head.

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EFCC Grills Ex-Lagos Scholarship Board Boss, Stephen Oshinowo, Two Others For Alleged N150m Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, has commenced investigation into the allegations of over N150m( One Hundred and Fifty Million Naira)  fraud involving Stephen Oshinowo, a former Executive Secretary, Lagos State Scholarship Board, Shobaloju Akinwunmi, Director, Accounts and one Kasali Kamoru Amoo.

The suspects are being investigated for alleged stealing, money laundering and abuse of office to the tune of over N150m.

Investigations revealed that the suspects fraudulently converted the money to their personal use through two companies, Julikam International Limited and Orsimolu Trading Solutions, while also using some pseudo names that benefited from the scheme.

The suspects had been invited for interrogation by the Commission earlier this month, following intelligence reports received about their alleged involvement in the fraud.

They, however, reported to the Commission on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 for interrogation.

While the second and third suspects, Akinwunmi and Amoo, have been granted an administrative bail, the first suspect, Oshinowo, remains in the EFCC custody pending the conclusion of investigation.
                                                
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28 November, 2019

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Woman kills husband by pulling his penis, blames Devil for act

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Operatives of the Edo State Police Command have reportedly arrested a middle-aged woman for allegedly killing her husband by squeezing his manhood.

The suspect, whose identity was given as Eki Ekhator, was said to have committed the act in Ukhiri community, in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.

It was learnt that the woman? who always had fracas with her husband any time he returned home late,? as usual, had a quarrel with him after accusing him of infidelity.

According to a source, on that fateful day, the deceased slapped his wife after a fracas, and the woman went for his trousers and held onto his manhood in a violent manner.

Consequently, ?the man was said to have collapsed and later confirmed dead at the hospital.

Meanwhile, men of the Homicide Department in the Edo State Police Command are said to be investigating the incident.

Police sources, however, said the suspect has blamed the incident on the Devil.

Spokesman of the Edo Police command, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, could not be reached for comment at press time. (The Sun)

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