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Kunle Sodipo Williams
Kevin Kunle Sodipo  Williams, a Nigerian  living in St. Louis, Missouri has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison over  a stolen identity fraud scheme that sought more than $12 million in tax refunds.

A  U.S.  federal judge on Friday  also ordered him to pay roughly $900,000 in restitution to the IRS.
Williams was charged with mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, voter fraud and illegal re-entry to the U.S.

Williams and others used public school employees’ identifications stolen from a payroll company to file more than 2,000 fraudulent federal tax returns. Williams also used fraudulently obtained identification numbers to get refund checks.

Williams was deported in 1995 but returned in 1999. In July, Sodipo had pleaded guilty to the charge in an Alabama court.

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Carrie Costantin for the Eastern District of Missouri, said Sodipo entered the guilty plea in a Federal court in Alabama.

According to documents filed with the court, Kevin Kunlay(Kunle) Williams aka Kunlay Sodipo, 56, and others stole public school employees’ IDs from a payroll company and used them to electronically file more than 2,000 fraudulent federal income tax returns seeking more than $12 million in refunds.

He also stole several return preparer’s Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs) and used them to secure tax-related bank products and services that facilitated the issuance of tax refunds, to include blank check stock and debit cards. Williams used the blank stock to print checks funded by the fraudulent refunds and directed some of the refunds onto debit cards.

Williams now faces a period of supervised release, restitution, forfeiture and deportation.

Lekki Ikoyi Bridge: Suicide jumper named as Adekunle Oluseyi John from Ondo State
The police have identified the  man who jumped into the lagoon  from the Lekki – Ikoyi link bridge in Lagos on Friday as Adekunle Oluseyi John.
Lagos State Police Command spokesman, ASP Olarinde Famous – Cole, said  the man, said to be about 40 years-old was from Ondo State.

“Report on the suicide was reported at Maroko Division at about 10:15am and police operatives quickly rushed to the scene and alerted rescue unit.

“During a search of the area, his mobile phone was retrieved from the scene. The man is about 40 years of age named Adekunle Oluseyi John from Ondo state.
“Rescue operations by the police and other bodies are ongoing, “ the police spokesman told eporters on Friday in Lagos.
 Reports had it that Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the Marine Police were at the scene in search of the body.
It was unclear what led to the suicide plunge but it was gathered that the man pulled off his clothes and left some belongings, including his phone and ATM card, before jumping into the lagoon

A Nigerian student living in the United States, Amechi Amuegbunam, has been sentenced to 46 months in prison for perpetrating fraud to the tune of $3.7m.

Amuegbunam, 30, was also ordered to pay $615, 555.12 in restitution for his role in a sophisticated email phishing scam otherwise known as Business Email Compromise that caused $3.7m loss to US companies.

The convict and other individuals were said to have between November 2013 and August 2015 sent fraudulent emails to companies in the Northern District of Texas and elsewhere containing misrepresentations that caused the companies to wire transfer funds as instructed on a PDF document that was attached to the email.

He was arrested in Baltimore in August 2015 and charged with scamming 17 North Texas companies out of more than $600,000 using the technique.

Amuegbunam was accused of sending emails that looked like forwarded messages from top company executives to employees who had the authority to wire money.

Amuegbunam tricked the employees into wiring him money by transposing a couple of letters in the actual company email, authorities said.

The Dallas investigation began in 2013 when two North Texas companies reported falling victim to the scheme, each losing about $100,000, according to the complaint.

In the case of Luminant Corp., an electric utility company in Dallas, an employee with the authority to wire money received an email from someone who appeared to be a company executive, the complaint said.

But the email domain name had two letters transposed. For example, someone created the email with a domain name of <>.

The duped employee wired $98,550 to a bank account outside Texas.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation subpoenaed information about the email account and learned it was created by someone named Colvis Amue, the complaint said.

In another case involving Amuegbunam, a company accountant received an email from her chief executive, who was on vacation outside the country. He asked her to transfer money for a “time-sensitive acquisition” before the day’s end, according to the FBI.

The executive said a lawyer would contact her with more information.

The accountant said such requests were not unusual.

The lawyer sent her an email with her CEO’s signature on a letter of authorisation with the company’s seal that was attached. The email gave her instructions to wire more than $737,000 to a bank in China.

The accountant learned about the scam when the CEO called the next day, saying he knew nothing about the wire transfer request.

The FBI subsequently issued an alert about the new cyber attack it called the “Business Email Compromise.” The FBI said it was a “growing fraud that is more sophisticated than any similar scam the FBI has seen before.”

FBI investigations in conjunction with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Nigeria, led to the arrest of the convict.

Following the conviction of the Nigerian, the FBI commended the EFCC, for its dedication and support in bringing Amuegbunam to justice, the EFCC spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement.

Terrorist who tried to blow up plane with underwear bomb now suing the USThe bomb burned his groin but never exploded

A terrorist who tried to blow up a plane with a bomb in his underwear on Christmas Day is now suing the US Justice Department.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has been locked up since the failed attack on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit in 2009.

The device burned his groin but it never exploded, saving nearly 300 lives on board.
He’s now filed a lawsuit with a Colorado federal court in which he claims his constitutional rights have been violated.

The 30-year-old claims he’s had limited contact with the outside world and has been force-fed while on hunger strike.

The lawsuit alleges staff used ‘excessively and unnecessarily painful’ methods of feeding him at the maximum security prison.
It is also claimed that staff turned a blind eye when white supremacists harassed him during his prayer time.

Gail Johnson, his attorney, said in a statement: ‘Prisoners retain fundamental constitutional rights to communicate with others and have family relationships free from undue interference by the government.

‘The restrictions imposed on our client are excessive and unnecessary, and therefore we seek the intervention of the federal court.’

The terror plot was part of a wider attack on the US by al Qaeda.
Abdulmutallab had trained with terrorists in Yemen before he was sent America to try to kill hundreds.

The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC has been accused of abandoning a woman after causing her car to somersault during a highway chase in Abuja. According to Omolola Oladimeji, the FRSC officials left the top radio presenter, Matilda Duncan trapped in her car without any help after the ghastly accident.

The On Air Personality (OAP) - was rescued by other motorists and passersby who rushed her to the hospital.

Omolola Oladimeji, the woman's co-worker and an eyewitness took to Facebook and wrote;

I met her on the ground . Matilda Duncan. Her jeep somersaulted. She was chased by FRSC. And when they saw her car somersaulting, they absconded. Leaving her trapped in the car. They left her to die....Thank God for good people who came to her rescue. This is what they do all the time. She is my Staff. Shes an On air Personality left to die because they knew what they did was wrong.I will not keep quiet... No I will not keep quiet.

The House of Representatives yesterday alleged that the Executive Director of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Olusegun Awolowo forged a letter from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) in order to sack some staff of the agency.

The House had last year ordered the NEPC boss to stop any disciplinary action against the affected staff, who had petitioned the Green Chamber over promotion scandal in the agency.

The lawmakers said Awolowo did not only disrespect their resolution but that he is currently in the process of sacking the affected staff, who were over 20 in number.

Daily Trust had last year exclusively reported how promotion scandal rocked the agency over the elevation of directors, deputy directors and assistant directors. Some staff of the council accused Awolowo, of bias and “promotion of staff from his ethnic group,” especially those in the directorate cadre.

The House said findings by some of its members showed that Awolowo forged a letter from the SGF’s office, which he claimed gave him directive to investigate the affected staff and sanction them.

The House resolved to constitute an ad-hoc committee to investigate the matter and report back in two weeks for further legislative action.

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A 52-year - old retired civil servant , Paul Akpederi , is cooling his heels in a Lagos police cell after eating the forbidden fruit .

The Delta State indigene, who lives on Adegbite Street , Ori-Okuta, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State , was alleged to have raped his 15- year -old daughter , Rose , for over three years.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Paul started sexually abusing Rose when she was in Junior Secondary School Three .

When the secret got to the knowledge of a teacher , Paul allegedly changed her school
The suspect was said to have continued the abuse until she got to Senior Secondary School Two in her new school .

Rose’ s former teacher was said to have run into her sometime in October 2017 and told a friend about Rose ’ s plight, who then alerted the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender through the agency’ s social media platform .

Our correspondent learnt that officials of the agency reported the case to the police at the Owutu division , who then arrested the suspect and rescued the 15- year -old .

A social worker , who was part of the rescue, told our correspondent that Paul started sleeping with his only daughter after separating from her mother .

He said , “ The man had been defiling his daughter since the wife left him . She is their only daughter and when the marriage broke down , he took custody of her. That was when the problem started .

“ He started sleeping with her when she was barely 12 years old . She was in JSS 3 then . They were about to start their final exams in the junior school when her colleagues found her crying uncontrollably . When they could not console her , they called the attention of one of their teachers , who then took her to a room .

“ She told the teacher what she had been going through and the teacher informed Rose’ s pastor at a branch of the Redeemed Christian Church of God , who counselled her. Her father was invited and that was the end of the case .

“ The man , who was desperate to cover up the crime , changed her school and she lost contact with the teacher . ”

PUNCH Metro gathered that the defilement continued until Rose got to SSS 2 in her new school.

It was learnt that the teacher in her former school ran into her one day and they had a brief discussion about her ( Rose) welfare.
The teacher , who suspected the abuse was still continuing , reportedly informed a friend , who wrote about Rose ’ s ordeal on OPD ’ s Facebook page on October 9.

A member of the OPD team that visited the victim ’ s school said she initially denied the defilement and attempted to exonerate her father .

He said , “ She kept lying and when we didn ’ t get a breakthrough, we got in touch with the mandatory reporter ( teacher ) who then assisted us in trailing her to her parent’ s house. The police arrested the man and rescued the girl .

“ They were both taken to a police station . During interrogation , the girl again denied that anything happened . Her father suddenly became aggressive and said we didn ’ t have his permission to interview his daughter .

“ The girl was taken to the OPD ’ s office at Ikorodu , where she opened up to an officer .
We took her to a home in Ijede , where she was placed in a shelter and protective custody. ”

The social worker who interviewed Rose said she gave a chilling account of her ordeal.

“ She said her father had been sleeping with her since she was in JSS 3 and he slept with her at least three times in a month. She said he slept with her in August and September 2017 as well. She explained that he always poured his semen into her private parts and he never used contraceptives . She said anytime he slept with her, he would tell her not to tell anybody. The girl said she could not tell people because she thought nobody would believe her, ” the official said .

It was gathered that she was placed on medication over complaints that she had yet to see her menstrual period , just as some growths were allegedly spotted in her private parts .

She was reportedly taken to Mirabel Centre, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, for medical tests .

Our correspondent gathered that the result of the tests , which had been given to the police, showed that Rose’ s hymen was broken and there was “ continuous penetration ” of her private parts .

PUNCH Metro learnt that after the victim’ s confession, the Owutu Divisional Police Officer requested that she be brought back to the station .

In a drama that ensued at the DPO ’ s office , Paul, who had initially boasted, was alleged to have become humble after being confronted with his daughter ’ s confession .

“ When the DPO asked what he had to say to the daughter ’ s allegations , he said , ‘ Oga , I am in your hands o’ . The DPO ordered that he should be taken back to the cell , ” a source said .

The Director of the OPD , Mrs . Olubukola Salami, confirmed the incident, adding that the agency would pursue the case to the end .

She said , “ We cannot stop re -emphasising the zero tolerance of the Lagos State Government for domestic and sexual abuse . OPD is alarmed at the high rate of incidents of sexual abuse , especially by people of trust. OPD is not only interested in arresting and prosecuting perpetrators, it is also interested in curbing this rising trend. ”

The Lagos State police spokesperson, ASP Olarinde Famous -Cole , said the suspect would soon be arraigned in court .

He said , “ The case was reported at the Owutu division and the DPO led a police team to arrest the suspect . The girl was taken to a hospital where preliminary medical tests were conducted on her to be sure she was not infected or had any pregnancy or mental issue as a result of the sexual abuse .

“ The case will be transferred to the Gender Unit of the state police command for further investigation before the case will be charged to court . For now , we are working with the girl’ s confessional statement . ”

The Lagos State Government has amended the charges it filed against Evans and the five others.

The Director of Public Prosecution, DPP Lagos State, Titilayo Shitta-Bey told Justice Hakeem Oshodi that the amendment relates only to the punishment section for the second charge.

The DPP also submitted that there is no material change in the nature of the offence which still remains conspiracy and the kidnap of one Dunu Donatus.

She urged the court to allow the defendants take fresh pleas to the amended two count charges.

Counsel to Evans, Olukoya Ogungbeje has opposed the move for fresh pleas.

He told the judge that he had only just been served in court this morning with the amended charge and he needed time to confer with his client.

He then asked the court to grant him a short adjournment so he could get a proper brief from his clients on how to proceed.

The other defence counsel except for the counsel for the 4th defendant aligned with his submission. The 4th defence counsel, Mr Olanrewaju Ajanaku told the court that he was ready to proceed as there was no material change in the charges.

After listening to all the lawyers, Justice Oshodi declined to grant an adjournment but instead opted to stand down the case for 45mins to enable the lawyers to confer with their clients.

The court has adjourned till 11.45am.

Suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans has pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of conspiracy and Kidnapping of one Dunu Donatus.

The offence allegedly committed in February 2017.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to the two-count charge at his arraignment on Aug 30, 2017.

The court reconvened at 11.45am and the amended charges have been read to all six defendants and they all pleaded “not guilty”.

The Prosecution has indicated their readiness to proceed with the trial.

They have three witnesses in court to testify. Lagos High Court, Ikeja, Lagos, Today Thursday, has adjourned the matter to Friday, November 3, 2017.


An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos has ordered the remand of two men; Nduka Okafor and James Aikhionbare in prison custody for allegedly stabbing a woman to death.

The Magistrate, Mrs A.S. Okubule, ordered the remand of Okafor, 62, and Aikhionbare, 38, who were brought before her court on a two-count charge of conspiracy and murder.
Okubule said that the accused should be remanded at the Ikoyi Prisons, pending an advice from the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions.

Earlier, Mr Goddey Osuyi, a counsel from the Panti Police Station told court that the accused committed the offences on Aug. 17, 2016 at House J68B, Close 9, Victoria Garden City, Lekki, Lagos.

Osuyi told the court that the accused conspired to stab one Mrs Mabel Okafor to death at her residence.
He said the offences contravened Sections 223 and 233 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Okubule adjourned the case to Nov. 20.

Grieving husband found nurse 'having sex with dead wife's body in morgue'Macuchapi, who faces unspecified charges, reportedly told officers that he ‘could not remember 
  anything’ about the incident. (Picture: CEN)

Police have arrested a nurse after a grieving husband reportedly walked in on him having sex with the body of his dead wife.
Officers took Grover Macuchapi, 27, into custody in connection with the incident at the Hospital de Clinicas in La Paz, Bolivia.

Macuchapi, who faces unspecified charges, reportedly told officers that he ‘could not remember anything’ about the incident.

The woman’s 28-year-old husband had left his wife’s body to pay some hospital bills and claims he returned to find the distressing scene.
He said: ‘I saw him and hit him. He was moving, he had his pants down.’

Grieving husband found nurse 'having sex with dead wife's body in morgue'
Officers took Grover Macuchapi, 27, into custody in connection with the incident at the Hospital de Clinicas in La Paz, Bolivia. (Picture: CEN)
Grieving husband found nurse 'having sex with dead wife's body in morgue'
Police in Bolivia are currently discussing what charges Macuchapi should face, with ‘profanation’ considered the most likely. (Picture: CEN)
Douglas Uzquiano, deputy director of the Bolivian anti-crime force, said: ‘At the time, the deceased had been transferred to the morgue.
‘The husband returns and finds that this man of 27 years was maintaining relations with the corpse of his wife.

‘The nursing assistant was committing the crime of necrophilia.’
The identities of the dead woman and her husband have not been released.
Police in Bolivia are currently discussing what charges Macuchapi should face, with ‘profanation’ considered the most likely.

Legal experts are studying the law books with the aim of finding a more serious charge which would carry a heavier sentence.


A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Thursday sentenced one Audu Alhassan, to five months imprisonment for `bathing’ a young girl with hot oil.
The judge, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq, who convicted Alhassan, said “he should learn to control his temper.”

Sadiq, who advised the convict to desist from committing crimes in the future, added that the sentence would serve as deterrent to other would be offenders.
Alhassan, who resides at Karmo village, was convicted on a two-count charge of criminal intimidation and causing hurt.

The convict, who pleaded guilty to the charge, begged the court to temper justice with mercy, saying that he did not know what came over him.
The Prosecutor, Florence Avhioboh, had told the court that the victim’s mother, Mrs Safiya Mohammed, reported the matter at the Karmo Police Station on Oct. 16.
Avhioboh said the complainant said she sent her daughter to dispose waste at the refuse dump, when the convict started intimidating her.

The convict, who was said to have threatened to kill the victim and her entire family, made good his threat and poured hot groundnut oil on the girl.
Avhioboh said during police investigation the convict confessed to the crime.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened Sections397 and 253 of the Penal Code.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has declared that he would no longer tolerate the indiscriminate kidnapping of policemen across the country.

Speaking, during a meeting with top police officers, from the rank of commissioners, the IGP said a situation where policemen allowed themselves to be kidnapped like fowls was unacceptable.

He said the spate of kidnapping of police officers across the country was not only worrisome but also becoming an embarrassment to the police, who are supposed to be providing security for the country.

Idris said state commissions of police would now be held responsible for the kidnap of any police personnel under their commands, even as he urged them to be more conscious of their movement and environment.

Recalling the numbers of Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) so far kidnapped, the IGP said police chiefs should know that they were potential targets of kidnapers and other criminal groups, while urging them to do the needful about their personal security.

He said he would no longer tolerate the situation where officers took issues of their personal security lightly, saying their primary duty was to first protect themselves before protecting others.

He said: “Officers have to be very serious about their own personal safety because it is becoming an embarrassment. The CPs would be held liable for any policeman or DPO or whatever picked up like a fowl. It is very annoying.”

The IGP, who dwelt more on security and safety of police personnel during the discharge of their duties, said: “Some days ago, one of our DPO was kidnapped in Niger. How can you be a DPO, with policemen in your command, and you drive alone as if you don’t have anybody? You allow these useless kidnapers to just pick you; it is very embarrassing.

“We had this same issue in Zamfara State, where an AC on leave travelled alone and was kidnapped; it is embarrassing. Utilise the men under you; you must protect yourself first before you protect other people. Obviously, you are going to be a target.”

A woman has died after she was attacked by a group of hoodlums in Ibadan, Oyo state capital. According to online reports, the woman was allegedly killed by miscreants parading themselves as ‘One Million Boys’. The reason for the attack was not revealed as authorities arrived the scene to evacuate the corpse of the deceased.

Oyo residents are calling on the security agencies to come to their aid and halt the activities of the notorious criminal group, ‘One Million Boys,’ who has reportedly been terrorizing them with series of armed robberies and other violent attacks..

Two brothers, identified as 27-year-old Rabiu Adamu and Auwal Adamu 26, who allegedly strangled their father, Adamu Gamji to death, have been remanded in prison.

A Kano Chief Magistrates’ Court ruled that the two brothers be kept behind bars until November. The 55-year-old Gamji was killed in Sumaila Local Government Area of Kano.

Chief Magistrate Muhammad Jibril, who gave the order, said the accused should remain in prison until next date of adjournment.

The brothers are facing a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide punishable under Section 97 and 221 of the Penal Code, Laws of Kano State.

Police prosecutor, Pogu Lale had told the court that a good Samaritan reported the case at Sumaila Police Station on Sept. 30.

He told the court that on Sept. 24 at 6.00 p.m., the accused conspired with six other brothers now at large to kill their biological father, Adamu Gamji.

Lale said that the accused suspected that their father was behind the death of three members of their family and the sickness of another brother, Sale Adamu.

The court has fixed Nov. 16 for the mention of the case.

Earlier today, it was reported about how a six (6) months pregnant lady identified as Ogechukwu was arrested alongside others by her employer for allegedly stealing in Delta state. The 17-year-old girl who was released from police detention on Tuesday (yesterday) - was charged to court today where she was granted bail and released by a magistrate.

According to the CEO Behind Bars imitative Prince Gwamnishu Harrison, who helped in securing her bail, the young lady's story is painful as she was reportedly drugged by her own sister and raped by the sister's boyfriend and now she's pregnant.

Prince Harrison also revealed that plans are underway to arrest one of the perpetrators in Lagos state. 

A prison warder has reportedly committed suicide after leaked pictures of her alleged relationship with an inmate surfaced online. The warder who place of work was at Losperfontein Correctional Centre in South Africa was said to be in an intimate relationship with a prison inmate.

According to media reports, after the pictures emerged online, the employee to take her own life. She allegedly killed herself on Monday morning (today) and a suicide case had been opened.

An investigation is reportedly underway to indicate the violations and to recommend sanctions to the inmate involved.

This is the moment a New York man was caught on camera hailing a taxi to leave the scene of a car crash while his trapped female friend burned to death nearby.

The footage shows Saeed Ahmed asking a taxi driver in the middle of a highway if he can get a ride just moments after crashing his car on in Brooklyn on Friday night.

The video, which was shot by a witness and obtained by ABC7, shows his car engulfed in flames in the background.

His passenger, Harleen Grewel, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene after her charred body was found in the front passenger seat by firefighters at the scene.

Ahmad was allegedly weaving in and out of traffic on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway before his 2007 Infiniti G35 hit a barrier.

He is said to have escaped the burning wreckage before flagging down the taxi to take him to hospital, leaving Grewel behind in the burning car.

Saeed was later arrested at a hospital where he was being treated for burns to his arms and legs following the crash.

Ahmad's father has since said he doesn't know what his son was thinking fleeing the scene of the horror crash.

'I don't know what happened yet, I need to see him, talk to him, find out what happened,' Mohammad Azam told the New York Daily News.

He was charged with criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and over speeding.

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