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PHOTOS: 75-YEAR-OLD RETIRED SOLDIER ARRESTED OVER ALLEGED ARMED ROBBERY IN EDO STATE

According to popular Edo State Journalist Festus Alenkhe a 75-year-old retired soldier arrested over alleged armed robbery in Edo State;

A 75 year old grand father and retired soldier ,Jubrin Ugiagbe and two others have been arrested by men of the Edo state police command for alleged armed robbery. The ex-soldier is been squeezed for supplying the suspected armed robbers with the guns used in their Various opetations where financial returns were made after every operation….

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PHOTOS: FBI DECLARES NIGERIAN MAN, KELECHI DECLAN JAMES WANTED OVER $5MILLION FRAUDULENT EMAIL SCHEME

FBI agents are looking for the public’s assistance in locating Kelechi Declan James. He has federal criminal charges against him from an investigation by FBI New York’s Cyber Crime Task Force. .

The FBI is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to his arrest. James is 32 years old, 6’0″ tall, and approximately 175 pounds. He is a Nigerian national, has brown eyes and black hair, and may have a beard. .

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of James is urged to contact law enforcement immediately. The FBI can be reached 24 hours a day at (212) 384-1000. He is not considered to be violent in nature.

As alleged in a complaint sworn out of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, James, along with four other co-conspirators, ran a business e-mail compromise scheme that resulted victim losses of more than $5 million for their victims. . .

As part of scheme, James and his co-conspirators defrauded victims across the U.S. by tricking them into wiring money to bank accounts the victims believed were owned by family members, friends, or business associates. . .

They did this in two ways: by overtaking an e-mail account of an individual trusted by the victim and then requesting money be wired to a bank account; or by developing a relationship of trust with victim like an Internet romance and then asking the victim to wire money. .

As soon as the money was wired, it would be moved from one account to another, and the funds would be withdrawn. James’s role in this scheme was to withdraw the money from bank accounts. . .

James is known to frequent the Brooklyn neighborhoods of East New York (Crescent Street and Loring Avenue; Vermont Street between Blake Avenue and Dumont Avenue), Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant (MacDougal and Hull Streets), Crown Heights (Park Place and Utica Avenue), Flatbush (E 29th and Avenue D), and East Flatbush (East 51st and Winthrop Street).

BUHARI’S DOCTORS & AIDES IN TUG OF WAR OVER HIS POSSIBLE RETURN TOMORROW

Presidency sources have said that President Muhammadu Buhari plans to return to Nigeria on Saturday after his test results came in “fine.” However, Mr. Buhari’s return remains uncertain as his team of doctors in the United Kingdom has yet to certify him fit to take on the significant burden of his office.

SaharaReporters learned that members of Mr. Buhari’s inner circle were pressuring him to return to Nigeria in order to avoid a power vacuum that could scale down their influence.

President Buhari caused anxiety amongst Nigerians when he abruptly left Nigeria on a 10-day vacation late January. He failed to return to Nigeria last week at the expiration of his vacation, instead writing to the Senate to indicate he was extending his leave in order to receive results from certain medical tests.

A variety of conflicting responses from the president’s aides and associates, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, helped deepen the uncertainty about Mr. Buhari’s status. Many Nigerians and other groups accused the Presidency of hiding the true status of President Buhari’s health.

The situation was further worsened by fake news websites that consistently churned out rumors about the president’s hospitalization in a comatose state and even his death.

SaharaReporters learnt that President Buhari remains in frail health and requires treatment for an undisclosed ailment that requires his absence from Nigeria for a prolonged time. However, owing to the volatile political situation in Nigeria, some members of the president’s inner circle have been persuading Mr. Buhari that he cannot afford to take more time off.

Our sources stated that members of the political establishment surrounding Mr. Buhari are persuading him to accept a piecemeal medical treatment plan rather than adopt a plan recommended by his UK doctors that would take several months for treatment and recovery. The president’s associates are reportedly afraid that a prolonged tenure as acting President for Mr. Osinbajo could significantly change the power equation against them.

President Buhari met two top All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders in an undated photo released yesterday by the Presidency. APC national leader, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, and the chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Bisi Akande, were seen in photos meeting with a smiling President Buhari.

However, SaharaReporters learned that several APC members, including Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, who had booked their flights to London to see Mr. Buhari were told to stay back in Nigeria and await further instructions from the team of doctors in the UK who would have some say regarding whether the president returns tomorrow or later.

One of our sources disclosed that, even if President Buhari returns to Abuja on Saturday, he would soon have to travel again to the UK to seek further treatment.

SINGLE SOMALI MEN STAGE PROTEST OVER OUTRAGEOUS BRIDE PRICES (MUST SEE)

A group of single men have gone public to protest over the inflated dowry in Somalia. In the photos, the Somali men holding signs that read ‘Still I am Single’, where said to have held

their protest at the Mansoor hotel in Hargeisa. According to them, they said the brides’ parents are extorting men through the inflated bride price in the country.

Has marriage become an expensive affair these days where you live? there have been stories of people spending millions of dollars just for that one special day.

There have also been stories of men complaining of what women make them go through for that perfect wedding.

Does what is spent on a wedding say anything about the love between couples and maybe something about how long the marriage is going to last? do these things even matter at all or what matters is that there has been a wedding?

Some men are now up in arms against what they say is an expensive affair to even think of marriage.

Single men in Somaliland who are saying are eligible bachelors are protesting against marriage costs saying day by day they are just spiraling.

According to a story on Somaliland Nation News , to get married in Somaliland, a young man has to have a hefty sum in hand.

Estimates range from US$10000 t0 $15000.

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However there are fears that the high costs of marriages, has contributed to a fall in marriage statistics, pushing further and further the age in which young Somaliland men get formally married.

This figures however may make someone in Nigeria or Uganda actually surprised because for such ceremonies in those countries, it is matter of status on that particular day.

In these countries, if you want a wife you must cough your all.

It was only a few months back that religious clerics in Somaliland set the betrothal (meher) price at $500, calling on marrying couples and their families to keep down the cost of marriage and to clip the long process leading to the establishment of a ‘married’ household.

Islam does not condone high dowry prices or extravagant marriage ceremonies.

The protest by the single men had a largely positive, impact on social media circles in the region.

VIDEO: ZIMBABWEAN PASTOR LIVE STREAMS HIMSELF COMMITTING SUICIDE OVER HIS GIRLFRIEND ON FACEBOOK

Richard Nhika, a 38-year old Zimbabwean gospel musician and

church pastor took his life while filming himself. According to him, he was prompted to commit suicide as a result of a conflict he had with his girlfriend, Nomatter. .

In the video, he said: “This is where I am seated, just close to the road… I think it’s about 15 to 20 metres so take care.” In the video Richard says: I will always love you Nomatter, which is why when I saw you I never insulted you or said anything bad. .

I have decided to die next to this tree so that everyone can see, this is real poison you can even see for yourself.” .

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Update:

GOSPEL musician Richard Nhika shot a two minutes video committing suicide in a bush near Goodhope suburb.

After consuming the poisonous substance believed to be cotton pesticide, Richard who was now an Apostolic Faith Mission junior pastor was taken to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals where he died the following day.

From evidence gathered from the video, the 38-year-old man of cloth took away his life over a misunderstanding with his girlfriend only identified as Nomatter.

“I will always love you Nomatter, which is why when I saw you I never insulted you or said anything bad.

“I have decided to die next to this tree so that everyone can see, this is real poison you can even see for yourself.

“I will always love you Nomatter and thank you for taking away my life,” he said whilst drinking the pesticide.

Family spokespersons Pauline Busu and Nyasha Nhika said they were saddened by the death of their relative.

They said they never thought Richard would decide to end his life considering his spiritual background.

“When we got to the scene where he committed suicide, we found the video in his phone which he had shot taking away his life.

“We are convinced that this was a spiritual attack that happened to him because in his normal senses, he would not have done something like this.

“He was a pastor at AFM Church and he was actually launching his album he featured Mathias Mhere, Dereck Mpofu and Sharon Manyonganise and no one ever expected him to do such a thing.

“We are receiving calls from many people who he ministered to, even some influential people are also calling us sending their condolence messages.

“Two days before he died, he would wake up in the middle of the night praying and no one ever bothered to ask what was going on in his life,” Pauline said.

When asked whether they knew the reason he committed suicide, Nyasha interjected:

“He was fine, he never shared with us if he was facing any problems with anyone, we only heard of him mentioning a lady called Nomatter in his video.

“From what he was saying in the video, it seems she was his girlfriend and they were having some challenges.

“However, no one from our family had ever met her, but we are looking forward to seeing her so that she explains to us what really went wrong between her and Richard.

“So far from the investigations we made, we were informed that they go to the same church and they were in love.”

Meanwhile, mourners are gathered at Nhika’s family house in Chitungwiza.

His body will be ferried from Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals straight to Marondera Cemetery.

PHOTOS: GAMBIA’S TREASURY COMPLETELY EMPTY OVER $11MILLION MISSING YAHYA JAMMEH SHIPS HIS LUXURY CARS TO EQUATORIAL GUINEA (MUST SEE)

According to The Gambia Today, these cars which includes Bentleys, Rolls Royce and more were purportedly stolen by Yahya Jammeh before he stepped down.

Speaking at a press conference in the Senegalese capital Dakar, Barrow’s special adviser Mai Ahmad Fatty, said that a Chadian cargo plane had transported luxury goods out of the country on Mr Jammeh’s behalf in his final hours in power, including vehicles.

Mr Barrow’s adviser said that officials at the Gambia airport have been ordered not to allow any other belongings of Jammeh to leave, including the remaining luxury cars waiting at the Airport to be shipped out.

Yahya Jammeh, who ruled Gambia for more than 22 years, went into exile on Saturday.

How Tinubu’s plane helped remove Jammeh…

INDICATIONS have emerged that a plane belonging to the National Leader of All Progressives Congress ,APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was used to fly ex-Gambian President, Mr. Yahaya Jammeh out of the country.

Vanguard learnt that the gesture was in furtherance of the reconciliatory efforts of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, in the country where Jammeh’s refusal to relinquish power led to political crisis.

It was learnt that upon being contacted for the use of the aircraft, Tinubu, who was in Conakry at that time, agreed on condition that it should only be used for the purpose in order to restore peace and democracy in the country. The VP-CBT Falcon jet, which had been with Guinean President, Alpa Conde for days, was stationed in Banjul to ferry Jammeh out of the country after 22 years in power.

Vanguard further gathered that Tinubu is a personal friend of President Conde. Conde and Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz had spent much of Friday in Banjul persuading Jammeh to leave power. A BBC report on Saturday at 10.30 pm said the plane had taken off for Guinea with Jammeh, his family and President Conde on board.

The former Gambian leader was flown to Conakry where he would temporarily stay before leaving for Equatorial Guinea where he would live in exile. West African leaders did not agree to immunity for Jammeh during negotiations that convinced Gambia’s longtime ruler to flee into exile, Senegal’s foreign minister said on Sunday. Jammeh, who is accused of serious rights violations, led his country for 22 years but refused to accept defeat in a December election. He flew out of the capital Banjul late on Saturday as a regional military force was poised to remove him.

Over $11m missing, nation’s purse empty after Jammeh vanishes with cargo plane…

Gambia’s nation’s purse has allegedly gone empty with over $11m

missing after the embattled former President, Yahaya Jammeh left the country into exile with a cargo plane.

According to a statement by Mai Ahmad Fatty, an executive member of the Coalition of President Adama Barrow, it revealed that financial experts were trying to evaluate the exact loss.

He said luxury cars, luggage and other items were reportedly loaded on to a Chadian cargo plane which Jammeh flew away with.

Many Gambians, however, are angry that Jammeh was allowed to leave at all. Fatty added that the coalition was shocked that a cargo plane was allowed to leave with Jammeh’s “loot.”

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and ex-Gambian President, Mr. Yahaya Jammeh Mr. Fatty told newsmen in Dakar that The Gambia was in financial distress. “The coffers are virtually empty,” he said.

“It has been confirmed by technicians in the ministry of finance and the Central Bank of the Gambia.” He said Mr. Jammeh had made off with more than $11m in the past two weeks alone.

Mr. Fatty said officials at The Gambia’s main airport had been told not to let any of Mr. Jammeh’s belongings leave the country. But Jammeh flew away with a cargo plane which many Gambians believe was stock with Jammeh’s loot. Reports said some of the former leader’s goods were in Guinea where M

r. Jammeh had stopped on his journey into exile. Mr. Jammeh is reported to now be in Equatorial Guinea, although authorities there have not confirmed it. However, Jammeh is yet to debunk this claims even though his exact place of asylum is not yet clear.

Recall that Jammeh was defeated by the current President, Adama Barrow in December 2016 election. Majority of The Gambians were overjoyed at the out come. The world equally thumbed-up to Jammeh when he initially conceded defeat.

However, a week later, Jammeh made a volte farce, rejecting the outcome of the election again, a decision that came as a shock to Gambians, West African nations and the world at large. Several peaceful efforts were made especially by the West African bloc to persuade Jammeh to step down but he remained adamant. When Gambia’s army chief initially declared allegiance to Jammeh, many thought a bloody show was set for the stage.

Many Gambians, tourists and even the victorious Barrow had to flee the country for safety. As the tension went high, West African bloc resorted to using military force to oust Jammeh. But in a last minute dialogue, Jammeh finally succumbed.

This was after the army chief again switched camps, declaring loyalty to the new President, Barrow who was sworn-in in Dakar as the country’s third president after independence. But before Jammeh agreed to step down, he made a deal which no member of the ECOWAS bloc agreed to. Having gone to exile, the revelations of an empty treasury has hit The Gambia and further steps are being awaited.

Africa’s Own Cyber Robin Hood: Meet Hamza Bendelladj The Algerian Man Who Hacked Over $400Million From American Banks And Donated It To Poor Africans

Hamza Bendelladj was dubbed the ‘happy hacker’ because he was photographed smiling after he was taken into custody in Bangkok [EPA]

Depending on who you ask, Hamza Bendelladj is either a Robin Hood-esque hero or a cyber-age hoodlum.

The 27-year-old Algerian computer science graduate will be sentenced on Tuesday in a US court for using a computer virus to steal money from more than 200 American banks and financial institutions. He then reportedly gave millions of dollars to Palestinian charities.

Bendelladj, who is alleged to be the co-creator of a banking trojan horse called SpyEye, was indicted in absentia by US authorities in 2011. The program – a malware toolkit that saw its popularity peak between 2009 and 2011 – is believed to have infected more than 1.4 million computers in the US and elsewhere, according to Wired, a San Francisco-based technology magazine. The software enabled users to steal login information for online financial accounts, which they then pillaged.

On Tuesday, Bendelladj, who hails from Tizi Ouzou in Algeria, will be sentenced in court in the US state of Georgia. He has already pleaded guilty and faces a prison sentence of more than 65 years and up to $14m in fines, according to the US Department of Justice.

It took two years for Bendelladj, known in the online world as Bx1, to be apprehended. Authorities in Thailand arrested him on their soil and extradited him to the US in 2013. He was dubbed the “happy hacker” because he was photographed smiling as he was taken into custody at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.

American law enforcement officers identified Bendelladj when he allegedly sold a copy of the SpyEye virus to an undercover officer for $8,500.

“Bendelladj‘s alleged criminal reach extended across international borders, directly into victims’ homes,” said US attorney Sally Quillian Yates, on May 3, 2013, on the same day Bendelladj‘s 23-count indictment was revealed. It included charges related to wire, bank, and computer fraud.

“In a cyber-netherworld, he allegedly commercialised the wholesale theft of financial and personal information through this virus, which he sold to other cyber-criminals,” Yates said.

According to court documents, between 2009 and 2011, Bendelladj and others developed, marketed and sold various versions of the SpyEye virus to cyber-criminals, which allowed them to obtain passwords, usernames and credit card information. US authorities say he mostly advertised SpyEye on a computer hacking forum known as Darkode.

US authorities say Bendelladj and other SpyEye users were responsible for building a huge network, or “botnet”, of infected computers that they regularly hijacked for financial and personal information. Bendelladj is also accused of using the information gathered to steal money from banks.

While the court documents make no references as to how the cash was spent, several reports online claimed that Bendelladj used the money to fund various Palestinian charities – information that made him a hero in the eyes of many.

DEATH SENTENCE RUMORS

Following his extradition, rumours began to circulate online that Bendelladj was facing the death penalty for his crimes, and his supporters began a campaign asking for his life to be spared.

In August, a user writing under the Twitter handle @Hassan_JBr wrote: “Algerian hero is 1/10 most dangerous hackers. Hacked 217 banks, sent $280,000,000 to Palestine. His sentence? death.” His message garnered more than 4,500 re-tweets.

US authorities refuted the widely publicised claims; even the US ambassador to Algeria, Joan Polaschik, tweeted in French that “computer crimes are not capital [ones] and are not punishable by the death penalty”.

Since Bendellaj’s incarceration, US law enforcement officers said they have dismantled Darkode and have filed criminal charges against a dozen individuals associated with the forum.

“This is a milestone in our efforts to shut down criminals’ ability to buy, sell, and trade malware, botnets, and personally identifiable information used to steal from US citizens and individuals around the world,” said FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano.

Despite his admission of guilt, Bendellaj’s supporters continue to hack various websitesacross the world, including, of late, Air France and a Virginia-based university, calling for his release using the hashtags #FreeHamzaBendellaj and #FreePalestine.

According to Martin Libicki, the author of Cyberdeterrence and Cyberwar, the fight against online hackers such as Bendelladj will be a long one.

“Cybercrime is still an attractive proposition for someone who is clever and has a tolerance for [ignoring] risk,” he told Al Jazeera. “In the long run, bringing the losses to cybercrime down to tolerable levels will have to depend on provisions that are made in the architecture of computing and the architecture of banking [and other money-handling industries].”