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A Nigerian, Wiseman Oputa, living in Texas, United States has been jailed for three years by a federal judge in Houston.

The 25-year-old had pleaded guilty to a $1.3 million wire fraud in April, using fake passports and romance schemes.

Investigators said Oputa used counterfeit passports to open bank accounts in the Houston area.

The passports had his photo but different names and identification.

Prosecutors said he then lured online victims into sending money to those accounts.

The scams ranged from bogus business deals and romance offers to false reports of money won and taxes needing to be paid to acquire the winnings.

Along with restitution, Oputa also will face deportation proceedings when he leaves prison.

Here was the statement issued by US Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Texas, outlining the case against Oputa: A 25-year-old Nigerian man who was residing in Houston has pleaded guilty to perpetuating a wire fraud scheme involving various Internet scams, announced Acting US Attorney Abe Martinez.

Wiseman Oputa pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.

Beginning January 1, 2016, until January 25, 2017, Oputa used counterfeit passports to open bank accounts in the greater Houston area.

The passports contained photographs of Oputa but had different names and identification information. He then worked with others to lure victims into sending money into these bank accounts.

These funds were obtained through a variety of internet scams, including business email compromise, romance schemes and unauthorised intrusions into company email accounts. Checks or wire transfers were then sent from the company’s accounts payable to accounts Oputa or others controlled. Oputa would then use the counterfeit passports to retrieve the fraudulently obtained funds.

In one instance in December 2016, Oputa opened an account at Regions Bank with a counterfeit Ghanaian passport as identification. Shortly thereafter the account received a wire transfer of $40,000 from a victim who had been told to send money for taxes on money he had won in Spain. USAA Bank identified the fraudulent and was able to recal the wire.

U.S. District Judge Alfred H. Bennett accepted the guilty plea and has set sentencing for July 6, 2017. At that time, Oputa faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine. He will remain in custody pending that hearing.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation along with Department of State – Diplomatic Security Service and the Secret Service.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Elmilady is prosecuting the case.

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Jimi Agbaje’s Campaign Lacks Ingenuity, Slave Story Angle Is Senseless — Victor Ganzallo

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Top media personality and cryptocurrency expert, Mr. Victor Ganzallo has thrown jibes at PDP Lagos Governorship candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, over his campaign strategy.

Ganzallo faults Agbaje’s claim that Lagosians are in bondage and needs freedom, the digital currency trader describes the campaign strategy as weak and senseless.

Recall that Mr Agbaje had kickstart a #FreeLagos campaign where he declared readiness to set Lagosians free from bondage.

Below is Victor Ganzallo’s opinion:

Mr. Jimi Agbaje’s choice of campaign thrust is not just lacking in ingenuity and direction but also very unfortunate for a man who is a Lagosian and who should embody what we Lagosians stands for.

You are calling Lagos a slave enclave and all known indices used in determining such points directly to the opposite.

JK is in the pharmaceutical business and today his business can not compare to those of our brothers from the other side of the Niger, who now run some of the biggest pharmaceutical businesses in Lagos, are they all in this slave business with the man he has termed the slave master? It’s December again and many of them will travel to the east and return with one relative or the other, new apprentice and even wives, to the city called the center of excellence, the land of opportunities. Where people from diverse race and ethnicity daily throng to turn their fortunes around.

Jimi Agbaje wouldn’t mind giving his state of birth a bad name, that can be stamped on it forever just so he can achieve his perennial governorship ambition.

Lagos is the pride of Nigeria, whether JK and his band of co-travelers like it or not and will continue to be so, for a very long time to come. It is in Lagos that we have an Igbo man in the state House of assembly, if there is a Yoruba man in any of the state assembly in any other region of Nigeria, I honestly would like to know.

JK as now fallen from being perceived as a gentleman who wasn’t after power by all means to a desperate politician, who wouldn’t mind to sow a seed of discord and divisiveness in his state of birth, as long as it serves his political purpose. He took on this particular trend during the last general elections, in line with what was the narrow minded approach of the PDP back then, which fell flat on their faces and now he has returned to that inglorious path.

The facts ain’t so difficult to discern, it will take more than a campaign of divisiveness for the PDP to win Lagos, it will take a proper, well articulated and outlined plan and a candidate that is well above board, I cannot see that happening anytime soon.

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Ex-Skye Banker, Tunde Ayeni Not Detained By EFCC, Only Invited For Questioning Over Alleged Fraud

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Following recent reports published by a national daily, The Punch Newspapers that the anti-graft body, Economic and Financial Crimes CommissionEFCC, has detained a former Chairman of Skye Bank Plc., (now Polaris Bank,) Mr. Tunde Ayeni, for alleged fraud, it has been reliably discovered that Tunde Ayeni was only invited for questioning at the Abuja office of the commission hours ago.

Confirming the development, the acting spokesman for the EFCC, Mr.Tony Orilade, said Ayeni was only being grilled by detectives over some issues related to fraud and embezzlement allegedly committed by Ayeni when he was Chairman of the bank few years ago. “I can confirm that he is in our custody on an invitation, for questioning and interrogation. More information will be released tomorrow,” he said.

It would be recalled that the anti-graft agency had entered into an agreement with the Asset Management Corporation of NigeriaAMCON, to check out some banks and its officials, who facilitated the huge non-performing loans in AMCON’s portfolio.

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Nigeria Police List Criteria For Having Sex In A Car [SEE LIST]

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The Nigeria Police Force has listed the criteria to have sex in a car for it not to be a crime.

The position of the police was made known by the Head of its Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit, Abayomi Shogunle, who said having sex in a car is in itself not a crime.

Tweeting a response to a question on his Twitter handle, Shogunle said in response to if it is a crime to have sex in a car: “No.

“Sex in a car in a public place is not a crime in Nigeria, provided the location is not a place of worship; both persons are 18 years and above; the act is consensual (agreed to by parties); parties are of opposite sex.

“If threatened with an arrest over above, please report to the Police.”

The issue came up after an incident last week during which a couple was harassed by a mob for having sex in a car.

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