Two Nigerians arrested for defrauding €2.388 million from German state
Two Nigerians by the names Babatunde Adesanya a.k.a Teddy, a 50 year-old Master Degree holder in Cell Biology and Akinpelu Hassan Abass, 41 years-old, who is the CEO of Musterpoint Investment Nig. Ltd. have been arrested for their complicity in a major multi-million Euro scam touching on procurement of COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
They were arrested by the Cybercrime Unit of the Nigeria Police Force, INTERPOL and National Central Bureau based in Abuja, after stealing €2,388,000 from the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
According to the Nigerian Police, the two Nigerians are members of a sophisticated transnational criminal network.
They cloned the corporate website of ILBN Holdings BV, Holland to transact with and defraud one Freiherr Fredrick Von Hahn, a representative of the North Rhine-Westphalia state in Germany.
The arrest of the suspects was sequel to a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) received by the Bureau from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice conveying a request from the German Government for investigations into a fraudulent transaction on the procurement of COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment linked to a Nigerian-based Bank Account.
Discrete investigations by INTERPOL Nigeria revealed that the suspects and their Holland-based cohorts, one Eduardus Boomstra and Geradius Maulder specialized in identity theft, cyber-stalking, cloning of corporate websites amongst other cyber mischiefs to defraud unsuspecting members of the public across the world.
“In this instance, the suspects fraudulently obtained from Mr Freiherr Fredrick Von Hahn the sum of 1.5m Euro and another 880,000 Euro as advanced payment for the supply of COVID-19 PPEs valued at 14.7million Euros.
“Disturbed by the non-arrival of the PPEs, Mr Freiherr Fredrick Von Hahn eventually visited the corporate office of ILBN Holdings BV in Holland to inquire reasons for the delay in supplying the items only to find out that the company never did business with him and that the transaction was a scam.
“The fraudsters merely cloned the company’s website and falsely presented themselves as representatives of the company before subsequently executing the fraudulent transaction.
“Consequently, he reported the case of fraud to the Police in Holland and this led to the arrest of Eduardus Boomstra and Geradius Maulder in Holland and investigations extended to Nigeria.
“Investigation by INTERPOL Nigeria further revealed that Babatunde Adesanya received 498,000 Euro from Eduardus Boomstra and Geradius Maulder through his Citibank London account and transferred same to an account number domiciled with a Lagos branch of a leading commercial bank in Nigeria belonging to Musterpoint Investment Nig. Ltd.
The suspects will soon be arraigned in court.
The Inspector General of Police has commended the Commissioner of Police, INTERPOL, CP Garba Baba Umar and operatives of INTERPOL Nigeria, Cybercrime Unit for a job well done.
According to Police spokesman, Frank Mba, IGP Adamu, has given assurance to members of the public and the international community of the commitment of the Force to tackling cybercrimes and other transnational crimes.
Adamu has vowed that there will be no hiding place for internet fraudsters in the country.
Nigerian singers Zinoleesky and Mohbad Arrested Over Drug Charges
Naira Marley signees, Zinoleesky And Mohbad Arrested BY NDLEA Over Drug Charges.
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested singers Zinoleesky and Mohbad after a midnight raid on their residence in Lagos.
NDLEA Spokesman, Femi Babafemi, confirms the arrest saying Cannabis and Molly were recovered by the operatives.
“Our men raided an area in Idado estate where Bịara Market boys stay. Some quantities of Cannabis sativa and Molly were recovered from their apartment and car,” he told TheCable Lifestyle.
“Six persons were arrested in all. Two females and four males.”
According to eyewitness, the NDLEA officials came without a search warrant and manhandled everyone, especially the ladies who were with them.
This is coming weeks after the Agency arrested fast-rising skit maker, De General, after a raid on his residence in Lagos. De General was immediately charged to court where he was convicted of trafficking tramadol and Cannabis sativa.
The skit maker was, however, pardoned by the court on the grounds that the quantity of the drugs found on him was too small to earn him a sentence.
South African Rapper, Riky Rick Takes His Own Life After Battling Depression
South African rapper, Rikhado Muziwendlovu popularly known as Riky Rick was found dead a few hours after a suicidal tweet. “I’ll return a stronger man. This land is still my home”, his post on Twitter read.
According to Police report, the rapper allegedly hung himself with a rope at his estate home in North Johannesburg, South Africa.
Riky Rick was found by his management team at about 8.30 am on Wednesday morning. They rushed him to a nearby hospital as he was still alive, unfortunately, he died when they were en route to the hospital.
Fans and friends of the late Riky Rick took to Twitter to reveal he has been battling depression for some time and his last Twitter post is an indication that his depression was severe.
I’ll return a stronger man. This land is still my home.
— MR MAKHADO (@rikyrickworld) February 23, 2022
Davido Reveals childhood Emotional letter he wrote to Late Mother
Davido Reveals childhood emotional letter he wrote to his late mum.
Nigeria superstar Davido birth name David Adeleke who lost his mother when he was still boy, has revealed that he still thinks of her and misses her so much.
The superstar took to his twitter page to reveal an emotional letter he had written to his late mother which he stumbled upon alongside a throwback picture of him and his late mum, the post have caused alot of emotional reactions from fans on social media.
Davido expresses his love for his late mother in the note and how much he misses her hugs, kisses and smile.
The letter reads: “How much I love you and how much love you gave to me. Despite my stubbornness, you are there to correct me. I miss your warm hugs, lovely kisses and lovely smile. You are a rare mother. You are one in a million. You will always be on my mind. Rest in peace mom.”
Look what I found ❤️ Sweet mother pic.twitter.com/xaMiuYy63j
— Davido (@davido) January 13, 2021