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Two men suspected to be kidnappers escaped being arrested at a police checkpoint in Enugu on Wednesday .
PUNCH Metro gathered that the men , suspected to be behind the abduction of four persons returning from a burial on the Nike -Ugwogo- Nsukka Road on Friday , were accosted at a checkpoint in front of the Isi -Uzo Divisional Police Station , Ikem, and huge sums of money suspected to be the ransom collected from the victims ’ families were found on them .
The kidnappers had on Friday abducted a lawyer , two businessmen and a Catholic Reverend Sister .
However, three of the victims were reportedly released on Monday after undisclosed sums of money were paid as ransom , leaving behind one of the businessmen , Mr Anayo Ukwu , whose family could not raise the amount demanded on the day .
PUNCH Metro had reported that the abductors contacted the families and demanded N 5 m ransom for each of the victims .
However, two of the suspected kidnappers riding on a motorcycle were reportedly flagged down at a checkpoint in front of the police station with a Ghana -Must -Go bag filled with huge sums of money and with some of the cash strapped to their bodies on Monday .
An eyewitness at Ikem narrated that the two men rode on a bike from Ugwogo to the Ikem junction, where they took another motorcycle to Eha -Amufu but were stopped at the checkpoint for a search.
The eyewitness , who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “ In the process, the policeman on duty at the checkpoint discovered that the men had so much money in the bag and money was also strapped to their bodies. The policeman was confused and went to call his boss inside the station.
“ Before he could come back , the men had run into the bush with the money , but they were pursued across the Ebonyi River and up to the Umuaram community , where they were almost caught, but escaped with blood drops . ”
Neighbourhood watch officers, who spoke with our correspondent on the incident , said that the police had been searching for the motorcyclist, who conveyed the suspectIt was later gathered that the other kidnapped victim had been released after ransom was paid on Wednesday .
When contacted , the state Commissioner of Police , Ahmad Abdurrahman, and the Police Public Relations Officer , Daniel Ndukwe , did not take their calls .
Also, they had yet to respond to text messages sent to their verifiable mobile phone numbers.

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Police arrest 17 school principals, teachers for exam malpractices

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The police on Friday paraded 17 school principals and teachers for alleged involvement in examination malpractices .
They were said to have leaked the questions to students during the August / September West African Examination Council examinations across the country .
The Force Public Relations Officer , DCP Frank Mba, who paraded the suspects at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Friday , said the examination body is collaborating with the Nigeria Police Force to strengthen the integrity of its examination processes .
He said, “ It is in line with this new approach and partnership that we present to you today ( Friday ) , a total of 17 suspects arrested from different parts of the country .
“ Paradoxically, the bulk of these suspects who are aiding the perpetration of the fraud and exam malpractices all happen to be persons who were employed , trained and paid to promote the educational system . I am talking of teachers . All of them are teachers .
“ They are the ones that work as supervisors , invigilators or as the host teachers in the schools the exams are conducted .”
He cautioned members of the public , including parents, guardians , teachers and candidates to stop engaging in exam malpractices , noting that the force has developed robust technologies that can detect , trace and apprehend perpetrators of exam malpractices .
“ All these suspects would be arraigned before competent courts of law in the country . As I speak to you, some of them have already been charged to court, ” Mba said .
Mrs Omolemi Hassan , who represented the Head of National Office , WAEC Nigeria and Registrar to Council, appreciated the police for their collaborationShe stated , “ During the exams , many people were talking about leakage and so on. There was no leakage at all .
“ It was just a situation where those we trusted with our question papers , those who were nominated by Ministries of Education in different states were the ones after we gave them questions papers may be at 9 am for an exam of 9 .30 am, they stopped to take pictures and put on websites and WhatsApp groups. They are indeed the ones who have tried to scuttle our efforts .”
One of the suspects , who is the principal of a private secondary school in Rivers State said he did not do it for monetary gain .
He explained that was only trying to “ help students in my school pass the examinations because the coronavirus ( pandemic ) has kept them home all this while and they have not been able to study

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Alleged ‘Yahoo-boy’ wanted by FBI for $6m scam turns himself over to EFCC

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One of the suspects wanted by the American Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, Felix Osilama Okpoh, has voluntarily turned in himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
A statement by the EFCC made available to Vanguard on Tuesday, explained that the suspect, was accompanied by his parents to the Lagos Zonal Office of the commission where he turned in himself.
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Okpoh, during interrogation, said he made the move to surrender himself to the Commission out of respect he had for his parents and his resolve to be morally upright. Confirming the development, the EFCC in the statement signed by its Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said the agency had commenced an investigation into the role played by the suspect in the alleged $6 million scam.
It will be recalled that Okpoh, alongside Richard Izuchukwu Uzuh, Alex Afolabi Ogunshakin, Abiola Ayorinde Kayode, and Nnamdi Orson Benson, had been declared wanted by the FBI sometime in 2019 for their alleged involvement in a Business Email Compromise, BEC, scheme that defrauded over 70 businesses in the United States, of over $6 million.
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The suspect allegedly provided over 40 bank accounts to his conspirators, which were used to receive fraudulent wire transfers from their victims totaling over $1,000, 000USD.
He was, on August 21, 2019, indicted in the United States District Court, District of Nebraska, on charges of conspiracy to commit wire

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