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The Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday arrested a fake IBRAHIM MAGU who has been using the name of the EFCC boss to harass and blackmail bigwigs at the Niger Delta Development Commission for bribes to ‘Kill’ phantom corruption investigations.
Robert Swem Terfa was arrested in Juanita Hotel, Port Harcourt, Rivers State where he was holding a meeting with some Directors of the NDDC over a phony offer to remove their names from the list of individuals being investigated by the EFCC.
The impostor allegedly contacted the Directors claiming to be representing the EFCC Chairman.
He reminded them of the forensic audit of the accounts of the NDDC ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari and assured them that their names would be removed from the audit.
He would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
In a related development, a daring syndicate of internet fraudsters, who used a cloned document of the EFCC as well as forged signature of the acting chairman of the agency, Ibrahim Magu, to defraud an American Lady, has met their waterloo.
The four-man gang was nabbed on Friday in a coordinated operation in Delta State by the Benin Zonal Office of the Commission.
The suspects are: Onoghere Romina ( aka Pastor Joseph Romeo), Emoregan Fidelis Kelly ( aka Williams Brian), Sunday Obi (aka Stuart Symington.) and Remember Akpobome.
The quartet was arrested sequel to intelligence obtained from their victim, Patricia Dewan Walker, a 60-year-old American.
They are alleged to have defrauded Walker of an aggregate sum of $850,000 in dating scam.
The syndicate started milking Walker in 2014, when they defrauded her of $375,163.63.
To further hoodwink Walker to part with more money, the syndicate in 2017 forwarded forged documents and letters, including a fake letter of guarantee from EFCC and purportedly signed by the Chairman, Ibrahim Magu and one Yomi Balogun. whom they claimed is the Head of Operations, Lagos.
In the said letter, the syndicate told their victim to pay $157,000 in order to receive “your consignment boxes in our custody of $10 million and another $3 million deposited in our office few days ago by OFAC”.
Items recovered from the suspects include forged documents, including “Payment Guarantee” from the Office of the President of Nigeria and mobile phones.
The suspects have confessed to the crime and will be charged to court as soon as investigations are completed.

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Burial: COVID 19 protocol violators to pay N100m fine – Rivers govt

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The Rivers state Government has placed N 100 m fine for violators of COVID – 19 burials protocols in the state .
According to the state Commissioner for Health , Prof. Princewill Chike, on Saturday , the monetary sanction followed the state’ s executive council decision .
Chike added that Local Government Council Chairmen across the state had been directed to ensure that burial protocols were strictly adhered to in their respective domains.
He said , “ Public burials in the state remain as outlined by the gazette of the state stipulating that no more than 50 persons should be allowed in burials in Rivers State .
“ We also agreed that Local Government Chairmen should also assist the burial committees to ensure that this planned directive of the Rivers State Executive Council is carried to the letter . Every defaulter to these regulations would be made to pay a fine of N 100 m .”
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, had earlier in June 2020 issued an executive order prescribing a N 10 m fine for anyone conducting a burial contrary to the provisions of the order.A move intended to check the spread of the coronavirus in the state .
The gazetted order , RVSG – 122020 stipulates that any person intending to hold a public burial in the state or take any corpse outside the state for burial must apply to the Governor for approval through the state Commissioner for Health.
The order , which took effect from June 5 2020 , also stipulates that any application for burial of any person that died from February 1 , 2020 must be accompanied by a death certificate showing whether or not the death was related to COVID – 19 .

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Five arrested for gang raping 14-year-old girl in Bauchi

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Five persons have been arrested for gang -raping a 14 -year -old girl in Bauchi .
The Bauchi State Police Command said this in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer , Ahmed Wakil , a Deputy Superintendent of Police , and made available to journalists in the state on Saturday .
He said , “ On the 22 nd September 2020 about 11 am, a team of Policemen drafted to Udubo village in Gamawa L .G .A of Bauchi , arrested the following suspects namely ; Sagir Ahmed , Male , ( 22 ) , Muhammed Tukur , Male , ( 24 ) , Haruna Babayo , ( 32 ) , Musa Dahiru , Male , ( 30 ) and Bappah Garba , Male , ( 24 ) , of Unguwar Baba and Unguwar Chadi Gamawa, which have been raping one Hauwa ( not real name) , female , ( 14 ) of the same address at different times and occasions by giving her N 200 and N 500 .
“ When interrogated , all the suspects confessed to the crime . While the victim was taken to General Hospital Gamawa for medical attention. ”
He said that the said Sagir Ahmed mentioned above is one of the wanted suspects for the case of rape.
An investigation is in progress , he added , after which the suspects would be charged to court for prosecution .
Wakil also mentioned that a 28 -year old man was arrested for allegedly luring a 13 – year -old boy and forcefully had anal sexual intercourse with him.Wakil added that , “ On 23 rd September 2020 about 1 pm , one Usman Ahmed , Male aged 46 yrs of Unguwan Doya Gombe Road , Bauchi , reported at ‘A ’ Divisional Headquarters Bauchi that on the same date about 11 am, one Yusuf Yakubu, Male , ( 28 ) of Bayan Ganuwa , Yakubu Wanka Gombe Road Bauchi , lured his son by name Salisu ( not real name) ( 13 ) to his house situated at Bayan Ganuwa area and forcefully had anal sexual intercourse with him.
“ Upon receipt of the report, a team of Policemen was drafted to the scene and the victim was taken to the General Hospital Bauchi for medical treatment .
“ All suspects arrested confessed to the crime . An investigation is in progress after which the suspect will be charged to court for prosecution. ”

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