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NEW ACTING IG USMAN ALKALI GETS FIRST TEST ON THE JOB: CORRUPTION STENCH UNDER HIS NOSE BY IG MONITORING UNIT SHOCKS PRESIDENCY, CIVIL SOCIETY PARTNERS

…As alleged Edo crime kingpin Osakpanwan “Nomoless” perverts & converts IG Monitoring Unit to IG Monsters Unit and VP Osinbanjo charges new IGP to restore public confidence in Police.

By Anta Amatoe, International Reporter for Global Media Radar for Endangered Citizens (GloMREC), Africa Region, with Associate Reporters Usman Bugaje, Yusuf Hauwa and Amber Momodu

A shattering petition to Nigeria’s Presidency and several federal redress commissions has shaken the foundation of the Buhari Administration, some of its international development partners, and called to question again before the international community the integrity of the Nigerian Police, arising from alleged corruption rot and justice perversion for cash by the IG Monitoring Unit under the nose of the new Acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba.

At the heart of the graphic petition and devastating scandal is one Osakpanwan Eriyo, alleged top-notch political thug, strong-arm land grabber and carnage-for-hire gangster said to be known in his police corruptive and society corroding world by the mobster alias “Nomoless.”

The petition portrays how the office of several IGs before the current one supplied Nomoless a retinue of personal police bodyguards whom the accused deploys without restraint as an extension of his violent strong-arm enterprise. For these shocking crime aiding services Nomoless reportedly pays handsome monthly royalty to every sitting IG in other to ensure unfettered impunity in the plying of his menace against society, from his Edo state primary territory to other parts of the country.

Osakpanwan Eriyo, alias Nomoless

Copies of the petition obtained by our news media dated April 6, 2021 were addressed to the President through the Secretary to the Federal Government, Boss Mustapha, the Police Service Commission and the National Human Rights Commission, amongst others. The petition’s chilling content, like many others before it by victims of Mr. Osakpanwan across the country, especially Edo state, points to a long standing multi-million naira mafia-style crime franchise the illegal proceeds of which a ring of senior investigation officers and colluding ranking superiors attached to the IG’s office allegedly mine daily into their private pockets. With these, some conscientious insiders in the police force headquarters who loathe what they say has been going on for years in the Nigeria IG’s office, say that they build across the country mansions way above their official salaries which successful industrialists of advance countries would envy.

The image cost to the Nigerian police and consequences shifted to the nation by such high-impact corruption in the highest towers of the country’s police command is best exemplified by the devastating #EndSARS protests and carnage of October last year which spread across most parts of Nigeria and led to irreplaceable loss of lives of both innocent members of the police force and the public, as well as arson, looting and destruction of private and public properties worth billions of naira.

Mafia Type Mayhem

According to the petition signed by Patrick Osayande for Paul Osarenkhoe Chambers and Tony Agu Chambers, on the 28 of February this year, the said Osakpanwan Eriyo “Nomoless,” a near-patent illiterate connected by lakes of cash to the heart of the nation’s Police Force Headquarters, Abuja, led a deadly platoon of his police orderlies and thugs to Uzebu community, one of the many co-joined municipal delineations that form main Benin city metropolis.

👆Above is the petition

As they fanned out towards their targeted circle of residential buildings they opened fire from pump-action rifles like a mafia strike force ahead of a Caterpillar Bulldozer and a second rag-tag band of Mr. Osakpanwan’s hoodlums. The hoodlums made straight for parked vehicles and set them ablaze while the Bulldozer roared into long standing residential buildings and brought them down.

Osakpanwan claimed that the long-standing buildings were developed on his land, without the slimmest strip of paper or court judgment document to show the entire community of Uzebu, an ancient municipal residence.
Several persons scampering for life from the scene of roaring artillery and mayhem were shot in the crossfire of Nomoless’ police minions and his thugs. One of them was ferried to and hospitalized at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) where he was treated of injury and post-incident trauma. That grand old elite institution stands till date to testify about the hospitalization and treatment of one of the victims.
When the dislodged residents returned to the scene, it was with the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Evbotubu Police Station, the nearest police precinct to the scene of incident, where they had fled and officially lodged complaint of the broad-day mayhem.

Police Area Command Zone 5 simultaneously stepped in at the distress invitation of the triple-trauma victims of violent eviction, arson and demolition, infractions meted to them in broad daylight without recourse to any shadow of the law. For evidence, ample pellets and spent cartridges from the avalanche of Osakpanwan’s police orderlies and thugs were recovered from the scene by the contingents of investigating cops.

Investigation Subversion

Shortly after the police’s recovery of artillery evidence from the scene, matters suddenly got mysterious. The police formation in entire Edo state began to treat the heinous felonies committed by the accused like history of another age that never happened. The victims told our reporters that it became clear to them that Osakpanwan’s open boasts to them during the entire episode were manifesting under their eyes. He is said to have told them that with his “money and connection” with the nations’ top police hierarchy, he was beyond reproach. According to them, it dawned on them that the ugly lava of compromise wrapped in Nigeria’s classical disease of corruption had flowed under the bridge between Osakpanwan’s boated lake of money and the police in Edo territory.

Alarmed, the victims led by one Mr. Fidelis Owen who is the Uzebu community’s secretary, Martins Obakpolor, Sunday Ogbonwan and Victor Omoregbe, lodged the felonies with the office of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Force Headquarters Annex, Lagos, which promptly invited the accused. Not once but thrice. The accused blatantly ignored and dismissed Alagbon’s invitation.

The community secretary told our reporters, “Throughout this ugly nightmare, Osakpanwan repeatedly boasted to our faces that the overall Inspector-General of Police of any administration and his Abuja Force Headquarters personnel feed from his palm and are in his pocket. So, again, true to his boast that no police formation in the country could bring his actions to question, it was clear to us that somehow he had again employed superior Abuja Force Headquarters to scuttle Alagbon’s independent investigation of his atrocious brigandage against Uzebu community.”

Lous Edet House, “House of Compromise…”

In a most dramatic twist of events police of IG’s Force Headquarters, Abuja, suddenly invited notable indigenes of Uzebu community who have been in the forefront of baying for justice against Osakpanwan Nomoless. As obedient, law-abiding citizens who thought that relief and justice had come at last from the zenith court of the Nigeria police authority, they eagerly made the journey from Benin to Abuja on March 29, 2021. And walked right into the trap of Osakpanwan’s paid police personnel under the IG’s office.
The investigation and justice subversion syndicate in the IG’s office alleged to be under Osakpanwan’s payroll for mayhem, carnage and immunity from prosecution are led by ACP A.A. Elleman, SP Usman Garba and DSP Aminu Sokoto. These officers ordered the Uzebu community leaders from Benin to be stripped to their pants and herded them into detention where they have remained incarcerated to this hour of going to press. Without so much as a glance at the victims originating complaints and petitions.

Our reporters were told, “That is how it works in the office of the Police Inspector-General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria where ACP A.A. Elleman, SP Usman Garba and DSP Aminu Sokoto imperiously reign as prosecutors, judges and executioners.”

Our reporters went to town and spoke to a cross section of civil society, NBA, foreign embassy watchers of the Nigerian government and officials of some of Nigeria’s international development partners, including the United Nation Developent Fund, European Union Commission and the German Goethe Institute. Most of them who spoke on conditions of anonymity were unanimous in their disgust.
At a Western embassy whose country has vital trade, military training and hardware pipeline, a senior diplomat, shook his head after perusing our obtained copy of Barr. Paul Osarenkhoe’s petition to the Presidency and said, “The nefarious activities of the Nigerian Police is fairly known to the world. It is the principal reason Nigeria had the grueling #EndSARS protest across your country last year, which spread to some major countries of the world, including mine.”

He continued, “Your police authorities are also the reason why your country (Nigeria) will not leave the dishonorable corrupt nations index list of the world for a pretty long while.” Then he added with a surprising note of hope, “You know, you have a new Inspector-General of Police who was appointed only a few days ago. He could cut a different path for himself, especially now that your country is on edge in many fronts. It does happen in the history of nations. A top government fella comes along that turns the apple cart of corruption for a new dawn, keeps his nose clean and resolutely sets up new ways of doing things. Let’s see how it goes with this one. Afterall your Vice President charged him with the responsibility to restore public confidence in your police. Let’s hope this case will meet your VP’s expectations and put him in the spotlight as a reformer.”

“IGP Alkali & Uzebu 4.”

Many civil society groups across the country have come to learn in the last five days about the tragic travesty of the latest victims of Osakpanwan Nomoless’ police manipulation in the Inspector-General’s office. They have also learned of the latest intrigue of Nomoless, the actual perpetrator of obstruction of police investigations and justice perversion. On March 8, 2021, Nomoless instructed the IGP’s squad alleged to be on his payroll to urge his detained victims to beg him (Osakpanwan) for forgiveness as one of several haughty conditions if they wished to taste freedom or see their families again in the nearest future. And the news is spreading.

Well acquainted with the character of Nomoless and his modus notoriety in the game of turning victims to accused with what they describe as “Osakpanwan’s ill-gotten and ill-deployed money,” they are currently coming together across the geo-political zones of the country to take a common position.

This is a red flag for the new Acting IG to personally and thoroughly investigate what is now being called across social media platforms as “IGP Alkali and Uzebu 4,” akin to the trumped-up Ogoni-9 Victim-to-Condemned Saro-Wiwa travesty of November 10, 1995, a watershed in world history of judicial verdicts which the then Prime Minister of Britain described as ‘judicial murder.”

A large section of the Nigeria media is also watching. Before going to press we learned that they are also making the same demand of the new Acting IGP, Usman Alkali Baba. A really simple demand. Investigate the real Osakpanwan Eriyo, alias Nomoless now, and Usman Alkali might just find a deep appalling can of worms in the best friend of Elleman, Usman Garba and Kabiru Sokoto.

© Global Media Radar for Endangered Citizens (GloMREC)

Submit Yourself to the CCB for Arraignment, One Love Foundation tells Danladi Umar, CCT Chairman

The President of the One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Eholor also known as Ultimate Equal has asked Danladi Umar, the embattled Chairman of the the Code of Conduct Tribunal, to recuse himself from any further sitting and step down as Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal in view of his recent reprehensible conduct.

According to Eholor, the violent attack on a poor security guard at Banex Plaza, Abuja, which caused the guard grievous bodily harm, is unbecoming of a judicial officer or lawyer.

In a statement on Saturday the 3rd of April in Abuja, Chief Eholor deprecated the continued stay in Office of Danladi Umar despite the incontrovertible evidence that his conduct is at variance with his office and the fact that he has lost any moral or legal fibre whatsoever, to continue to stay in office as Chairman n of the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

Chief Eholor asked Danladi Umar to submit himself before the Code of Conduct Bureau for him to be arraigned according to the establishment Act of the Bureau , before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, a very good reason for him to recuse himself and step down”

Another scandal as Banex Plaza traders accuse CCT boss Danladi Umar of abducting Igbo tenant

Umar

There seem to be no end to the assault debacles of Umar Danladi, chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal, as he is once again embroiled in a case of abduction, after assaulting and brutalising a certain Clement Sagwak on 29th March 2021.

According to eye witnesses at Banex Plaza, Danladi is alleged to have visited Banex Plaza again in an Armada jeep that very day, with masked security officers and other security men in the evening, and was seen allegedly harassing and threatening people.

The witness also alleged that Danladi ordered the arrest of a tenant of Banex Plaza, Abuja whose name is Peter Onyiuke, an Igbo man.

“Onyiuke, allegedly abducted by the security officers of Umar Danladi, (CCB Chairman), is currently missing. We have not seen him, or heard from him, and his phones have been switched off”, a trader alleged.

Reacting to the development, Ihensekhien Samuel Jr, attorney to Clement Sagwak and legal representative of One Love Foundation, described the abduction of Onyiuke as worrisome and highly unacceptable.

Ihensekhien who is also the Legal Manager of Banex Group Limited gave Umar 24 hours to release the abducted Onyiuke, “without no exception or else legal action will be instituted for Peter Onyiuke to compel Mr Umar Danladi to release him forthwith from anywhere he is being held”, he concluded.

Fulani herdsmen murder 22 as they invade Eha Amufu, Ụzọ Uwani, Obeagu in Enugu, Ebonyi States

No fewer than 22 persons have been reportedly killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in separate attacks in Ebonyi and Enugu States on Monday.

According to The Punch, 16 persons who were between the ages of 18 and 56 were killed during an invasion in the Obeagu community in the Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

In the same vein, the Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force on Tuesday confirmed the killing of six persons in Adani community, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of the state by yet to be identified hoodlums.

It also confirmed that another two persons were injured in the incident, while shops and other properties were destroyed.

Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi has since condemned the deaths on Tuesday.

Umahi, who spoke at Obegu in the Ishielu Local Government Area of the state, said, “I got very shocking news this afternoon about the attack on about four communities of Nkalaha, Obegu, Amaezu and Umuhuali in Ishielu Local Government Area of the state by herdsmen wielding AK-47 rifles. They came yesterday (Monday) and killed 15 members of these communities.

“Good enough, we have some traces of the sponsors; we have the traces of those who came here. I will not disclose it, but I am going to escalate the identities of the people to the highest authorities and we wait to see what they will do. But we condemn this attack; if it is allowed to go this way, it is capable of generating very serious civil war among the nation of Nigeria.”

“I want to demand from the security chiefs to fish out these people because they are well known; they should fish them out. Let them face the wrath of the law.”

Eight RCCG members kidnapped in Kaduna, 39 students still in captivity    

Amid the continued confinement of the 39 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State 17 days after they were abducted by armed bandits, no fewer than eight members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Region 30, Trinity Sanctuary, Kaduna, were on Friday abducted by gunmen.

The victims were on the church bus travelling for a programme when they were attacked.

A Facebook user, Eje Faraday, around 7pm broke the news on his page with a picture of the white vehicle.

“All the passengers in this bus were just kidnapped along Kachia Road, 63 km from Kaduna,” he wrote.

A credible source and an official of the church, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the report.

He said, “They were eight in number on the bus. They were going to Kachia in preparation for the church’s Let’s Go a Fishing Easter programme. The gunmen took them out of the bus and put them in their own operational vehicle. They have yet to contact the church.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalige, said he was still making enquiries on the incident.

He said, “I have contacted our officers along that axis. Actually, we have three divisions in that area. I have got responses from two divisional police officers, who said they were not aware of the incident. I am just waiting for the response of the third DPO. When I get it, I will let you know.”

The RCCG Head of Media and Public Relations, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, did not answer calls to his mobile, which rang out several times.

Ibori Loot: We’ve Written A Formal Letter Of Protest To Buhari – Okowa

The Delta State Government has asked the Federal Government to return the £4.2 million James Ibori loot being repatriated to Nigeria by the United Kingdom to the state.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa believes that since the money was stolen from the state, it would only be just to return the funds back to the state.

“I have spoken with the attorney-general of the federation. My attorney-general went to have a meeting with him. I think that we are working and we are likely to come on the same page. We have written a formal letter of protest to Mr President,” the Governor said on Wednesday during an appearance on Politics Today.

The protest by the state is in reaction to the decision of the Federal Government to spend the funds on federal projects.

Nigeria and the UK had signed a memorandum of understanding on March 9 for the repatriation of the funds stolen by Ibori, a former Delta State.

But the development became mired in controversy shortly after the MoU was signed when the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, revealed the money will be spent by the Federal Government.

The projects it will be spent on, he said, were the construction of the second Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kano road, and Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Two Options

Governor Okowa, however, expects the Federal Government to take a similar route as the UK Government by returning the money to the source it was pilfered from.

“In the same manner of the relationship created between the UK and Nigeria, we also expect that the Nigerian Government will do the same thing by being magnanimous to return the money back to the source, which is Delta State,” he said.

To guarantee that Deltans benefit from the repatriated loot, the governor said it had provided options to the Federal Government and made a compelling case for the state.

“We have made two suggestions; return the money directly to us or apply it directly to projects that we feel are of importance and are in Delta State so that Deltans can directly benefit from the repatriated funds and I don’t think anybody can fault that line (of thinking)”, he said.

The governor is not alone in his position.

A day after the news of the planned return of the loot broke, the House of Representatives passed a resolution calling on the Federal Government to ensure that it was returned to Delta State.

Lawmakers passed the resolution after their colleagues from the state moved a motion of urgent public importance.

As far as they were concerned, the funds were stolen from the state and should be returned to it.

Ibori, who was Delta State Governor from 1999 to 2007, was convicted by a UK court in 2012 and was sentenced to 13 years in jail with several of his assets forfeited to the UK Government. He was released in 2016.

Human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria Femi Falana also backed the calls for the return of the funds to the state.

He commended the Federal Government for negotiating and pursuing the return of the loot to Nigeria but insisted that it be returned to the source.

“Since the money left the coffers of the Delta State Government, it has to be returned once it is recovered,” Falana said during an appearance on Politics Today.

The attorney-general of the federation, however, has a different argument.

“The major consideration relating to who is entitled to a fraction or perhaps the money in its entirety is a function of law and international diplomacy,” Mr. Malami told Channels TV of the Federal Government’s decision.

“All the processes associated with the recovery were consummated by the federal government and the federal government is, indeed, the victim of crime and not sub-national.”

Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, says the Ibori loot will be spent on, the construction of the second Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kano road, and Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Ultimately, Governor Okowa believes President Muhammad Buhari will grant the state’s request as that is the right thing to do.

“I do believe that with the approach that we have undertaken it is unlikely that they will refuse the request. It is a strong appeal,” he said.

The governor rubbished claims that if the money is returned to Delta State “it will develop wings”.

“I don’t see how the money will develop wings anyway,” he said. “That is why we have directly put down projects – three projects where this money can be applied directly to such a manner that it is something you can investigate.

Channels TV

POS operator arrested in Edo for collecting ransom for kidnappers

Operatives of Anti-Kidnapping and Cyber Crime Unit of Edo Police Command, have arrested an operator of Point of Sale (POS), accused of assisting armed robbers/kidnappers to collect money from victims’ bank accounts.

The suspect, Gadimoh Ofei Bright (29), was arrested on Tuesday, at Igarra, capital of Akoko-Edo local government area of the state, following discrete investigation through technical intelligence on a kidnap case.

In the said case, several persons, including one Emmanuel Umuekele were kidnapped and robbed around Ugbowo axis of Benin City.

Money was transferred from the victims’ bank accounts as ransom to another bank account, before they were released.

The kidnap suspect who owns the bank account is presently cooling off in police custody.

According to a statement by the Command‘s spokesman, SP Kontongs Bello, the arrested POS operator who confessed helping robbers to receive money from their victims, said he received the sum of N1, 130,000, in this particular case, from the victims’ family before he was released.

He equally mentioned one Idowu Afhare (aka Warri), as the principal suspect now at large.

Exhibits recovered from him include two POS machines, 11 ATM cards with different names, five mobile phones with SIM cards and the sum of N156,000 cash.

Bello‘s statement also indicted a suspected Fulani herdsman-turned kidnapper, Saliu Sule.

The 35-year-old suspect was intercepted alongside other suspects (still at large), by operatives of the command while on a routine patrol along Igarra/Ibillo Road.

The “suspect made confessional statement to be a kidnapper who used to rob and kidnap travelers along that axis.

“Investigation is in now progress while efforts are in progress to arrest other fleeing members of the gang.”

In a related incident, operatives of the anti-kidnapping and cyber crime unit of the command arrested one Chinweuba Okoye (36), who allegedly diverted a truck load of tiles since December 22nd 2020, and absconded from Lagos State.

“On receipt of the information, operatives of the command through technical intelligence geo-located the suspect to Igarra, in Edo state, where he was arrested.

“The suspect made confessional statement that he diverted the truck load of tiles to Anambra state, where he sold them out,” the PPRO said.

An orange-colored mini-truck, with registration number AAH 412 ZV, was recovered from the suspect.

“To this end, the Commissioner of Police Edo State, CP Phillip Aliyu Ogbadu, reiterates the Command’s commitment towards safeguarding lives and property of the people of Edo State.

“The Police Commissioner called on the general public to continue to partner with the police, especially in the areas of information sharing,” the statement concluded.

GRAPHIC TALE! ‘How we beheaded and butchered rival cult leader:-Suspect

The police have arrested a suspected member of the Supreme Vikings Confraternity for the murder a rival cult member and recording his beheading.

After killing his victim, Ugochukwu Igwilo, the suspect, Nzubechukwu Victor Okonkwo, reportedly posted the video of his apparent beheading on WhatsApp, a private messaging social media app.

Okonkwo was arrested by the Inspector-General’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) in Abia State.

The suspect, who was arrested alongside Prince Kalu, an alleged member of the confraternity, was apprehended after operatives of the IRT, headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari, raided a seven-man gang of armed robbers who robbed and killed some POS agents in Aba Town.

Sources disclosed that the armed robbers were all members of the Supreme Vikings Confraternity and that during interrogations they confessed that a member of their confraternity, Okonkwo, was the person who killed and beheaded the person who was seen in the viral video.

It was further gathered that after the victim was beheaded, Okonkwo and three of his gang members also cut of the victim’s legs, arms and his private part and took it to a native doctor at a village in Ahia Afor, where it was used to make charms that they claimed would give them protection from the police and rival cult gangs.

Narrating why he killed and beheaded Igwilo, Okonkwo, who claimed to be a student of Nigeria Maritime Academy Oron , Cross Rivers State, said:

‘I am from Idiator North, Local Government Area of Imo State, and I joined the Vikings Confraternity in 2013 and I live in Aba with my parent. Mr Virus took me to join the Vikings Confraternity. I was the former head of the confraternity in Aba in 2015. I ruled for six months before I was removed and we had three guns during my time. I was arrested because I killed Ugochukwu Igwilo, who is a member of Black Axe Confraternity. We had a cult war in Aba in 2020 and Ugochukwu killed one of our members, Lampard, and the message was reported in our WhatsApp group chat.

‘Ugochukwu attacked Lampard at

his compound in Umuchichi around Osisioma area of Aba and butchered him, and before then Ugochukwu had also attempted to kill me but I escaped. Ugochukwu was also the former head of the Black Axe group in Aba.

So, on March 6, 2021, Ugochukwu came to where we were playing football with one Segior and a member of our group known as “More-Light” was with a gun with him at that time. Then we ordered Ugochukwu to follow us into the bush with the gun and he obeyed. But while we were moving into the bush, he attempted to escape and Otiko, a member of our group, went after him and broke his head with a big stick.

Then I shot him with the locally-made gun and he died on the spot. Then we dragged his dead body to our Island which is not far from the bush and I cut off his head and I videotaped it.

I then sent video to our WhatsZpp group chat, from where it went viral. I also presented the head to our members who were not on ground when we killed the victim. Two other members of our group, Spiritual and Otiko, then went to the corpse and removed more body parts that they took to a native doctor at Ogbor Hill in Village Ahia Afor.

The herbalist grinded the head then asked us to pound the bones.

When our present members were pounding the head, the herbalist was making incantations, saying the charm was to prevent the police from arresting us.

But the charmed failed us. The video I shared went viral and when More-Light was arrested over the POS robbery, he also confessed that he was part of the group that killed a beheaded Ugochukwu.

Prince was just a witness to the crime. I was planning to become an engineer but now that dream has been cut short. My biggest regret is that someone else will be sleeping with my girlfriend.’

Daily Sun

Attack on Police: Abia Govt vows to protect citizens, as Deputy Governor visits Abiriba community

The Deputy Governor of Abia State, Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu has assured Abiriba Community in Ohafia LGA that the State Government will deploy all necessary resources available to it to ensure the protection of the people and all law abiding citizens.

Sir Oko Chukwu gave the assurance after visiting the community following an attack on policemen on duty in the community by yet to be identified hoodlums which led to the death of three officers and palpable fear of possible reprisal by security agents.

Speaking to the people at Orie Akwa square in the community, Sir Oko Chukwu who was accompanied on the visit by the state commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu and the Chairman of Ohafia LGA, Dr Okoroafor Ukiwe, called for community vigilance and support to security agents to ensure that the perpetrators are quickly identified and brought to justice.

He said, “the government is saddened by the unfortunate attack of this morning which led to the loss of lives of police officers at Agu Eze check point and my boss, Governor Ikpeazu on receiving the news asked me to come here and assure you that we will do everything possible to apprehend the perpetrators of the dastardly act and protect Ndi Abiriba and all law abiding people in the state. We call on you to maintain vigilance in order to fish out criminals and hoodlums who may want to come here to attack innocent people as they go about their their legitimate businesses.

“Government will give you all the necessary support and we have spoken to the security authorities to avoid indiscriminate arrests but ensure a painstaking investigation that will ensure that only those responsible for the dastardly act are brought to justice as quickly as possible”, he concluded.

Sir Oko Chukwu who earlier visited the crime scene and divisional police office in Abiriba sympathized with the families and friends of the officers who lost their lives in the attacks and prayed God to give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

He also visited traditional rulers of the community and assured them of Government’s support to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book. He advised that a proper community vigilante and information gathering mechanism be put in place to ensure prevention of further crimes. Responding, the Enachioken in Council which spoke through Eze Eme Uguru Ikpoka assured that the community will fully cooperate with security agencies to protect the people and prevent the perpetrators from escaping justice. He called on the government to prevail on security agents not to engage in mass arrests but skillfully investigate the matter and assured that the community has dispatched hunters and youths into the surrounding forests to track down the hoodlums.

Our corespondent reports that officers of the Abiriba Division of Nigeria Police Force who arrived Agu Eze Amaogudu, Abiriba, at about 8.3am on Monday were ambushed by yet to be identified hoodlums who killed 3 of the officers and carted away two riffles from them.

Nigeria Ranks 16th In FBI’s List Of Countries Worst Affected By Internet Crimes

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center has released its annual report.

The 2020 Internet Crime Report includes information from 791,790 complaints of suspected internet crime—an increase of more than 300,000 complaints from 2019—and reported losses exceeding $4.2 billion.

State-specific statistics have also been released and can be found within the 2020 Internet Crime Report and in the accompanying 2020 State Reports.

According to the report, Nigeria is ranked 16th worst affected country.

Other countries that ranked better than Nigeria are Pakistan, China, Columbia, and Hong Kong.

Apart from Nigeria, South Africa was also listed among the ‘worst’ 20. South Africa rated sixth with 1,754 victims while Nigeria had 443 victims.

The top three crimes reported by victims in 2020 were phishing scams, non-payment/non-delivery scams, and extortion. Victims lost the most money to business email compromise scams, romance and confidence schemes, and investment fraud. Notably, 2020 saw the emergence of scams exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic. The IC3 received over 28,500 complaints related to COVID-19, with fraudsters targeting both businesses and individuals.

Infographic depicting the number of complaints to the Internet Crime Complaint Center in 2020 (791,790) compared to 2019 (467,361).
In addition to statistics, the IC3’s 2020 Internet Crime Report contains information about the most prevalent internet scams affecting the public and offers guidance for prevention and protection. It also highlights the FBI’s work combating internet crime, including recent case examples. Finally, the 2020 Internet Crime Report explains the IC3, its mission, and functions.

The IC3 gives the public a reliable and convenient mechanism to report suspected internet crime to the FBI. The FBI analyzes and shares information from submitted complaints for investigative and intelligence purposes, for law enforcement, and for public awareness.

With the release of the 2020 Internet Crime Report, the FBI wants to remind the public to immediately report suspected criminal internet activity to the IC3 at ic3.gov. By reporting internet crime, victims are not only alerting law enforcement to the activity but aiding in the overall fight against cybercrime.