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Kyari’s woes get messier as FG uncovers and seizes multimillion naira worth illegal assets

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The Federal Government has uncovered 14 assets, including shopping malls, residential estate, polo playground, lands and farmland belonging to a former commander, Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police.

Kyari was said to have failed to disclose his ownership of the properties in different locations in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and Maiduguri, Borno State.

Over N207m and Є17,598 were also discovered in his various accounts in GTB, UBA and Sterling Bank.

In the fresh 24-count charges filed against Kyari by the Director of Prosecution and Legal Services, J. Sunday, dated August 30, 2022, the Attorney-General of the Federation stated that the suspended DCP allegedly disguised his ownership of some of the properties.

The case filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, with charge number: FHC/ABJ/CR/408/22 had as co-defendants, Mohammed Kyari and Ali Kyari, who are believed to be the beleaguered policeman’s siblings.

Also, the Federal Government filed separate 24-count charges against Kyari’s former deputy, Sunday Ubua, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, who is under suspension.

An affidavit in support of the charge deposed to by a litigation officer with the Directorate of Prosecution and Legal Services, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Stephen Kashawa, explained that Kyari, who is facing trial for dealing in cocaine, was subjected to general and financial investigation when he was transferred by the police to the NDLEA headquarters on February 14, 2022 for investigation.

He added that the financial investigation which extended to his properties led to the filing of charges for non-disclosure and conversion of large sums of money.

The deponent further said the case was ready for trial and that all the witnesses were available to proceed to trial.

The Federal Government said Kyari knowingly failed to make full disclosure of his asset at plot no 1927 Blue Fountain Estate, Karsana, Abuja and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 35(3)(a) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act, CAP N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The prosecutor also alleged that the embattled DCP did not declare his ownership of an estate at Linda Chaulker Road, Asokoro Extension; plot no. 5 titled BO/4546; plot no. 9 titled BO/1037; plot no. 10 titled CER/4319 and plot no 33 titled BO/4319, Maiduguri, Borno State.

Furthermore, the AGF said the suspended DCP, who is facing prosecution for illegal cocaine dealing alongside six others, failed to reveal his ownership of a shopping mall titled, NE/1229 and a polo playground with plot no. 270, both located in Maiduguri.

The charges also said the former IRT commander did not make full disclosure of his ownership of farmland along Abuja-Kaduna road and a plaza under construction in Guzape, Abuja.

Count 11 read, ‘’That you, DCP Abba Kyari, male, adult and you Mohammed Kyari, male, adult, on or about February 14, 2022, in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honourable court in order to disguise the true ownership of the property situate at plot no. 33, Bama Road, GRA Extension, Maiduguri, Borno State, covered by certificate no. BO/4319 issued by Borno State Government by deposing to a false affidavit at the Federal High Court in suit no. FHC/NG/Cs/9/2022 and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under section 15(3)(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011, (as amended).’’

In an attempt to disguise the ownership of a plot of land covered by Certificate of Occupancy no: 000271 issued by Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, Borno State, Kyari was alleged to have also deposed to an affidavit at the Federal High Court, Maiduguri in suit number, FHC/NG/CS/9/2022, contrary to section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act.

The AGF equally accused Kyari of deposing to an affidavit to hide his ownership of plot no 9, BOTP/63 covered by the grant of right of occupancy no. BO/1087; a shopping mall at number 4, Aliyu Close along Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri, covered by Certificate of Occupancy no. NE/1229.

The charges revealed that the DCP knowingly converted N28.4 million in his GTB account number 0121075250; N65.2m in his GTB account number 0138360064; N95 million in UBA account number 1002250112 and N16.9 million in Sterling Bank account number 0072451994.

The first defendant was similarly accused of failing to declare in the NDLEA assets declaration form the sum of Є17,598 in two GTB accounts, being proceeds of unlawful activities; N2.9 million in UBA; N366, 258.77 and N88.000 in Sterling Bank.

In the charges against Ubua with number FHC/ABJ/407/22, the government revealed that he did not disclose a N100 million life insurance policy with First Bank of Nigeria Insurance Limited, including several millions stashed in different bank accounts.

The defendant was said to have converted N118.6 million using First bank account 3018154763 and $30,516.36 using Polaris Bank account 2630046721.

The ACP was accused of converting between January and March, 2022, the sum of N40.8 million in his Polaris Bank account number 1060047951, being proceeds of unlawful activities

The government said Ubua acquired a block of lock-up shops at Utako bus terminal, Abuja for N16.8 million and also converted N33 million and N227.5 million using First bank account number 2005502596. The defendant was further accused of converting N40.8 million and another N33.7 million.

Count one read, “That You, Sunday Ubua, male, adult, on or about the 14th day of February, 2022, at the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency headquarters, Port Harcourt Crescent, off Gombiya Street, Area 11, Garki, Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, knowingly failed to make full disclosure of your assets in the NDLEA assets declaration firm by not disclosing your N100 million life insurance policy with First Bank of Nigeria Insurance Limited contrary to and punishable under section 35(3)(a) of the NDLEA Act, CAP N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.’’

The NDLEA had earlier marked six residential houses and one plaza in Maiduguri belonging to the embattled former IRT commander.

The two-storey shopping plaza, Assurance Plaza, located along the Giwa Barracks Road in Maiduguri, has about 100 stores.

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Ritualists murder lady to make N200m in 7 days

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Ogun State Police Command has smashed a seven-man gang that specializes in selling human parts for rituals.

The State Police Commissioner, Abiodun Olamutu, revealed this on Thursday, saying that a human heart and two kegs filled with human bodies were parts of exhibits recovered from the suspects.

The men arrested included Moses Abidemi, Oluwo Monday, Prophet Peter Akiwunmi Ifatosin, Jamiu Yusuf, Sheriff Agbai and Osojieahen Alioneitoura.

Olamutu said the Divisional Police Office, Onipanu, received a report of a missing lady, Ms Sulaiimon Adijat on January 9 who was invited out on a date by one Adebayo Azeez.

“Despite frantic efforts to locate her whereabouts, her mobile phone has been switched off since the day she was reported missing.

“Consequently, the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the command was drafted to unravel the mystery behind her disappearance and a technical-based investigation was embarked on,” the CP said.

The police boss said investigation revealed that the suspects were involved in a money ritual known as ‘Oshole’ to produce N200m within seven days.

“Oluwo Monday charged the duo of Agbai and Alioneitouria N800,000 to prepare the materials for the ritual.

“Oluwo Monday, in furtherance of his criminal intention, later contacted one Peter, who was not new in the trade of human parts, to source for a lady between the age of 18 and 20 years,” he added.

According to him, Peter was to deliver the lady’s mutilated body parts, specifically the head, two breasts, vagina and two wrists that would be used for the ritual.

“However, on January 10, Sheriff and Osojieahen collected the ritual money from Oluwo and travelled back to their location in Edo State.

“Trouble started when Osojieahen used the ritual element as directed by Oluwo, and complained bitterly that it failed to yield the expected sum of 200 million in seven days.

“A search was conducted in the shrine of Moses on Feb. 3 and 10, where female handbags, two cement sacks containing human bones were recovered,” he said.

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Girl, 26 Arrested For Stabbing Man Friend To Death Over Sex Demand In Port Harcourt

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Twenty-six-year-old Sarah Nwankpo is currently held in the custody of the Rivers State Criminal Investigation Department for the alleged murder of her male friend, Igbodike Anthony, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The incident unfolded during an argument over their intimate relationship at Anthony’s residence in the Obiri-Ikwerre area.

Nwankpo confessed to stabbing Anthony during the disagreement, revealing that she had sneaked out from her boyfriend’s place to visit the deceased on December 22, 2023. A Senior Secondary School 3 drop-out, she had left her hometown in 2016, seeking better opportunities.

According to Nwankpo, she met Anthony in 2017 in Enugu, and despite being in a relationship with another man named Joe Ibanga in Port Harcourt, Anthony persistently invited her to visit. On the fateful day, she accepted his invitation, and after spending time together, Anthony allegedly proposed marriage and financial assistance. However, she changed her mind later that evening, leading to a heated argument and physical altercation.

As the confrontation escalated, Nwankpo dialed her boyfriend’s number for help, but he did not respond. In the midst of the fight, she grabbed a walking cane, realizing it had a detachable dagger attached. In self-defense, she stabbed Anthony when he charged at her. Her attempt to escape was thwarted by Anthony, who held onto her hair. The commotion alerted the building owner and his family, who raised the alarm, and the police were called.

While in police custody, family members of the deceased and his widow sought explanations for Anthony’s death. The Commissioner of Police, Rivers State, CP Olatunji Disu, emphasized the need for caution and restraint in relationships, emphasizing that violence can lead to devastating consequences. The investigation into the case is ongoing.

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SHOCKING: How syndicate lured minors for kidney harvest with fake job offer in Abuja

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Disturbing details have surfaced about an unscrupulous syndicate in Abuja, the federal capital territory, that preys on young boys aged 15 to 17, deceiving them with fake job offers and subsequently harvesting their kidneys. The Boy Child Advancement and Protection Foundation (BCAPF), a non-profit organization focused on empowering and safeguarding the future of young boys, brought this revelation to light.

During a meeting held on December 30, 2023, in Abuja, BCAPF aimed to draw attention to the illicit organ trading business and presented victims who shared their experiences of being duped by the syndicate into selling their kidneys for a fee.One victim, 16-year-old Oluwatobi Salaudeen, recounted how a friend introduced him to an agent who enticed him into the deal by promising a job. Upon reaching the supposed job venue, Salaudeen discovered a different reality. Deceived and manipulated, he unknowingly signed documents and was then taken to Alliance Hospital in Area 11, Abuja.In the hospital, Salaudeen observed numerous young boys in the operating theater. He underwent surgery, and his kidney was harvested. The victims were instructed to stay in a hotel using funds provided by the syndicate, allowing them to visit the hospital for treatment without their parents discovering the truth about the organ harvesting.While recovering in the hotel, Salaudeen received threatening calls, compelling him to leave Abuja immediately or face harm. Fearing for his life, he fled to Lagos, where his relatives discovered the abdominal scar, eventually leading to his father learning about the kidney harvest.Another victim, 17-year-old Yahaya Musa, shared his experience of confiding in a neighborhood friend about being out of school and unemployed. This friend introduced him to an organ trafficker who deceived him with the promise of monetary compensation.

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