The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared Lekki, a fast-developing, upper-middle-class area in Lagos State, the hotbed of cybercriminals in Nigeria.
This was contained in a statement issued by EFCC Spokesperson Wilson Uwujaren on Friday.
Uwujaren noted that investigative data from the EFCC branch in Lagos for the second quarter of 2021 indicated that Lekki District was the preferred location for all manner of cyber fraud syndicates.
According to the statement, between April and June 2021, the Advance Fee Fraud and Cyber Crime Sections of the command recorded a total of 402 internet-related fraud arrests.
While the Advance Fee Fraud Section was responsible for 243 arrests, the Cyber Crime Section executed 18 sting operations, resulting in 159 arrests, from which 13 convictions had been recorded.
Out of the 159 suspects arrested by the cybercrime Section, 70 were from Lekki, including communities such as Ajah, Badore, Victoria Garden City, Sangotedo and Oniru.
“Ajah accounted for 24 suspects, while Oniru and Sangotedo had 14 and 13 suspects, respectively. Badore had 8 suspects. Neighbouring Ikoyi and Eko Atlantic had 2 and one suspect each. Ikorodu and Alagbado on the Lagos Mainland make up the remainder,” it said.
“The suspects are mostly millennials, with 82 of them aged between 25-34 years, which speaks to the fact that most of the individuals arrested are either still in school, recent graduates or university dropouts.”
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An analysis of the cybercrime section data showed that the dominant form of internet crime was dating scams, accounting for 64 per cent. It followed closely by what the EFCC referred to as ‘Middle Man Scam’ and ‘Picking,’ which accounted for 8 per cent and 7 per cent, respectively.
A breakdown of monies recovered from the 64 per cent involving dating scams showed N8.3 million; $349,290; £ 900; €10 and about 0.17513 in Bitcoin.
Other typologies of fraud identified included: forgery, possession of fraudulent documents, spamming, credit card fraud, impersonation, rental scam, loan fraud, business email compromise, hacking, stealing, cheque scam, phishing, and money laundering.
The data also revealed gift cards, at 39 per cent, as the prevalent method employed by the suspects to access illicit funds, while bank transfers followed at 27 per cent and cryptocurrency at 21 per cent.
The commission said it recovered a total sum of $12, 512.4 from the e-wallet accounts of four suspects within the period.
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Senator Afikuyomi Greets Mustapha On Turbaning As Turaki Of Ilorin
The Royal Turbaning of Alhaji Saliu Mustapha as the Turaki of Ilorin by His Royal Highness, Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, CFR, is a worthy recognition of Alhaji Mustapha’s contribution to nation-building, according to Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, a long-term associate of the new Turaki.
Afikuyomi stressed in a statement that Alhaji Saliu Mustapha has been conscientious in politics, and painstaking in humanitarian services, not just around the people of Ilorin Emirate alone, but in the entire Kwara State and in Nigeria as a whole.
According to the Senator, who once represented both, Lagos Central Senatorial District, and Lagos West Senatorial District. Mustapha’s decent politics, maturity and candor have combined to portray him as a rare breed amongst the pack, which is why he is often welcomed in any circle he has pitched tent with.
“He has a great sense of fairness, comportment and is also result oriented. A loyal friend, with a god-fearing disposition, he passes as one of the most respectable public figures from Kwara State,” Afikuyomi added.
The senator summed that with his turbaning as the Turaki of Ilorin, he was confident that he will impact on the people of the peace-loving emirate, in line with the vision of His Royal Highness, and the expectations of citizens.
“May God almighty give him the wisdom, good health and longevity to deliver the much-needed goods for his people, his fans and for humanity at large. Congratulations to a good friend,” the Senator concluded.
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Borno Will Close Maiduguri IDP Camps On December 31, Says Zulum
Borno Governor Babagana Zulum said his administration would close the internally displaced persons (IDP) camps within Maiduguri metropolis on or before December 31, 2021.
Zulum disclosed this to State House Correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, he had visited the President to brief him as well as request for the Federal Government’s input in the refugees’ resettlement efforts of his administration, adding that plans were also on to repatriate Nigerian refugees, currently living in IDP camps in parts of Niger Republic.
He said those taking refuge in Diffa Province of Niger Republic would be relocated to their homes in Malam Fatori, Borno State, on November 27.
“I came to brief Mr. President on efforts made by Borno State Government in ensuring the return of internally displaced persons to their ancestral homes.
“So far, so good, the Borno state government has started well and arrangements have been concluded to ensure closure of all internally displaced persons camps that are inside Maiduguri Metropolitan on or before 31st of December, 2021.
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“In addition to this, Borno state government is also making efforts, in collaboration with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to continue with the repatriation of Nigerians that are living in Minao camp.
“Furthermore, on 27th of November, Borno state government will ensure the resettlement of IDPs that are living in Diffa Province of Niger to Malam Fatori.
“Malam Fatori is a local government headquarters in Borno State, but somehow, we don’t have human population in this local government areas because of the insurgency.
“Now that we have achieved a reasonable degree of peace, Borno state government has intended to resettle Malam Fatori communities on 27th of this month.
“To this effect, the Nigerian military are providing all the needed support to the government of Borno State. I’m pleased to inform you also that the Chief of Naval Staff has ensured the return of naval base to Baga last month.
“These are some of the reasons why I came to brief Mr. President and I also requested Mr. President to continue to provide more support in ensuring that the growing number of ISWAP that are operating especially in the southern part and northern part of Borno State, are being handled appropriately.
“So, these are some of the reasons why I came here, but most importantly, Mr. President has given me the assurance that he will do everything possible to support the effort by Borno State government of returning internally displaced persons to their ancestral home.
“He has done before and I hope this time around, he will also support the noble cause.
“The people of Borno State and indeed the government are mostly grateful to Mr. President for all the efforts that he has been making, with a view to bringing succor to the internally displaced persons in the State,” he said.
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NLC Planning To Open Online TV For Nigerian Workers, Says Wabba
The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, says it will soon inaugurate its online television to enable Nigerian workers to tell their own stories.
The NLC President, Ayubba Waba, said this at the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Labour Writers’ Association of Nigeria, LAWAN, held in Lagos.
The theme of the event was “Growing Insecurity and Unemployment: The Way Forward”.
“We have decided we are going to launch the first online TV very soon; we have already bought the gadgets.
“Also, I am sure, some of you will be the reporters, presenters and above all, you will be everything in what we are going to do.
“This is just the beginning, because we also have to assert our authority: we must be able to have space to say our own story and let the workers also say their own story.
“Above all, let Nigerians say their own story outside what is being said by the conventional media,’’ he said.
He said that the theme for the event was apt and very close to the hearts of organised labour, noting that one of the challenges facing the country presently was the issue of youth unemployment.
“If we do not address it, then there is no way we can have peace and insecurity will continue.
“Recently, we had a programme that is addressing the issue of precarious work and job, also making decent jobs available for our teeming youths.
“Decent jobs are very important, because without it, there will be no humanity, social progress and justice; and shared prosperity for everybody,’’ the NLC boss said.
Mr Waba, while congratulating the labour writers on their 40th anniversary, described the writers as having lots of courage, dexterity and passion in the way they carry out their jobs.
According to him, such features are the hallmark of modern journalism, saying it as it is and continue to speak to power.
“When you do the right thing, you will find fulfillment and passion.
“Most of you do this job, because of the fact that you draw a lot of passion from reporting what also affects you and at your work place and I think that is the beauty of it.
“In doing your work, which is service to humanity, you have also assisted the congress greatly in making our voices to be heard and that cannot be taken for granted,” he said.
In her remarks, the Chairman, LAWAN, Mrs Bimbola Oyesola, said that the choice of the theme was informed by the need to reflect on what could be done to put an end to the challenges highlighted.
“As media practitioners in the labour sector, we are burden and disturbed by the growing number of our youths who roam the streets daily without any means of livelihood.
“More worrisome is the spate of insecurity in our land and the fact that most susceptible number of perpetrators are likewise the youths.
“We hope through the contributions from all our leaders gathered here tonight, we can use the recommendations which will be well publicised by our members as our little contribution to chart the path for the transformation of our country, ” Oyesola said.
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