On Thursday, September 26, 2019, 6 Facebook Hackers were convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment each, with an option of fine of Five hundred thousand naira (N500,000.00).
The convicts are; Lawrence Nnamdi-Mba Ebesike, Prince E. Udeh, Chijioke Victor, Promise Odimba, Ugbor Ifeanyi and Prince Anthony. They were arraigned on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 on separate one-count charge, bordering on impersonation and fraud, before the same court and they all pleaded “guilty”.
In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, Usman Shehu, informed the court of the plea bargain agreements entered and executed by the prosecution and the defence. The matter was thereafter adjourned to September 26, 2019, for conviction and sentence while the convicts were remanded in Afokang prison, Calabar.
Delivering judgement, Justice Amobeda convicted all the defendants and sentenced each to one year imprisonment, with the option of N500,000 fine. He ordered that the convict “shall forfeit all the items recovered during arrest.
The convicts ran into trouble on September 2, 2019, when operatives of Uyo Zonal Office of the EFCC arrested them in a two bedroom apartment, located on 54 Church Road, off Calabar Itu Express Way, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, following an intelligence report on their nefarious activities in the town.
During interrogation, the suspects said the apartment which served as their home and office, was rented by the kingpin, Ebesike, for the purpose of training facebook hackers. Confessing to the crime, Ebesike who claimed to be a musician with the stage name ‘Lawre Blue’, gave a detailed account of how they carried out their operations on Facebook.
“I am into internet fraud. Part of how I operate is, I edit Facebook accounts, go to google and search for pictures of United State military personnel. I download some of these pictures and put them on the newly created facebook accounts. After doing that, I target foreigners, mostly old white women who are in need of men. I stay online all day trying to befriend them. After convincing them, I will make them apply for my leave so that I can see them”, Ebesike confessed.
One of the charges reads, “That you Ebesike Lawrence Nnamdi ‘m’ on or about the 11th day of July, 2019 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did fraudulently impersonate one Cheng Chin Kiu,a purported United Nations Army to one Chunn Kang who resides in United States with intent to obtain money from the said Chunn Kang, a pretext you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (ii) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition and Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) (iv) of the same Act.”
Another charge reads, “That you Enyinnaya Prince Udeh (Alias Palacio Olivia) ‘m’ on or about the 30th day of August, 2019 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did fraudulently impersonate one Palacio Olivia with intent to obtain money, property or any advantage from unsuspecting victims, the pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (ii) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) (iv) of the same Act.”
Late Night Fire Destroys Many Shops In Lagos Gas Explosion
Tragedy struck in the late hours of Sunday, September 29, when 13 shops were razed by fire at Adeshola Street, Agodo Bus Stop, Cele Egbe, in Idimu-Egbe Local Council Development Area, LCDA of Lagos State.
Though, no major casualties were recorded, two adult males suffered minor injuries and have since been taken to an undisclosed hospital for further medical attention. According to report by the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA, which raced to the scene of incident, the affected shops gutted by fire was due to a gas cylinder that exploded in one of the shops.
The fire, which was reported to have emanated from a shop that had several cylinders filled with gas, at about 10.15 pm, escalated to very high degree quickly, which saw it spreading to adjoining structures.
It was revealed that the fire, having capacity to refuel itself due to existence of other cylinders filled with gas, led to the extensive damage incurred at the shopping complex that saw 13 shops gutted despite the quick response of LASEMA squad and men of the Lagos State Fire Service.
However, the fire was finally put out by the prompt intervention of the combined efforts of the Lagos emergency unit, LASEMA, and the state fire service which prevented the fire from escalating.
German Court Rules That ‘Hangover’ Is An ‘illness’
A German court has ruled that ‘hangovers’ is an ‘illness’. The Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt made the decision in a case against an unnamed company that sold “anti-hangover” products.
The firm was taken to court in Frankfurt after being accused of making illegal health claims about its anti-hangover shots and drinks powders. In its ruling, the court said illnesses included even small or temporary changes to the body’s normal state. Food products, including drinks, cannot be marketed as being able to prevent or treat illnesses, it added.
“Information about a food product cannot ascribe any properties for preventing, treating or healing a human illness or give the impression of such a property. By an illness, one should understand even small or temporary disruptions to the normal state or normal activity of the body” the superior regional court’s ruling said.
The ruling comes just days after the annual Oktoberfest beer festival kicked off in Munich.
It Is Time For Me To Rest And Allow Makinde To Work – Ajimobi Says
The immediate past Governor of Oyo, Senator, Abiola Ajimobi on Sunday declared that he will henceforth keep silence on issues around the state and allow the incumbent Governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde to do his job.
Ajimobi who maintained that Makinde was elected for a period of four years insisted that it is too early for him to access the incumbent Governor, who succeeded him in May this year.
DAILY POST gathered that Mr. Ajimobi, who represented Oyo South Senatorial district between 2003 and 2007 was the Governor of the state between 2011 and 2019.
But, the former Governor while speaking, on Sunday insisted that he has done his best for the state, stating that it is now time for Makinde to proved his worth.
Ajimobi who addressed journalists shortly after he was honoured with a meritorious award organized by the Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan as part of the 70th birthday celebration of Reverend Leke Gabriel Abegunrin, the Bishop of Catholic Archdioceses of Ibadan held at Mary’s Cathedral, Oke Padre, on Sunday, urged citizens and leaders to continue to sacrifice for the development of the country.
The former Governor said, “I fell really elated, I fell happy, very honoured especially when you are being honoured by the people that we serve and the people that served God. When you are recognized by clerics, men of God it is the best honour you can get.
“Yes, I have done eight years of talking, now it is time for me to keep silence and allow the other man to do his job.
Ajimobi while speaking further remarked that media makes news when prominent people speak and when they decided to keep silence.
He said, “
This is the problem with you people. When I talk, you will say that I am talking, now that I am not talking, you will say I am not talking. You are complaining that I am not talking now. So, what do you want me to do?
“It is too early for me, I have been there for 8 years. It is too early to access him. Give the man the chance to do his job. I know that he has at least four years. He has just spent three months. It is too early.
” I think it is good for us to work for the development of this country.
“We must all sacrifice for us to move this country forward to grow.
It is easier for people to talk, sometimes I read in the news particularly, on social media.
“The problem of the social media today is that beer parlor talk is now being elevated in the media.”