Mobile CCTV arrests pick pocket in Oshodi (pics)

The newly deployed mobile CCTV camera procured by the Lagos State Government for the operatives of the Lagos Rapid Response Squad has recorded its first surveillance arrest.

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The suspect was arrested in Oshodi while the Mobile CCTV was being deployed at Oshodi to monitor the area. The suspect, Emmanuel Alowonle, an 18-year old, a native of Ondo State, disclosed during interrogation that he came to Lagos about two years ago and work as a bus conductor in the area.

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Alowonle being led away by police

Politics Nigeria learned that Alowonle was arrested after stealing from another commuter’s handbag on the pedestrian walkway. RRS officers spotted Emmanuel in the crowd picking from a passer-by handbag through the mobile CCTV camera.

The CCTV camera was jointly managed and put into use by both RRS operatives and technical assistance officers of the Lagos State Response Unit, (LRU). LRU handled the technicalities of the camera while RRS officers took charge of the security aspect of the newly deployed mechanism.

The surveillance patrol team monitored Ilasa, mile 2, and Airport road in the same manner of test running and putting into use the mobile surveillance technology.The mobile CCTV is geared towards helping security operatives in close monitoring and wider view of crime-prone areas in Lagos.

It will be recalled that the Lagos State government in its effort to combat crime in the state gave out the surveillance mobile CCTV to further help in the tracking down criminals and identifying crime scenes in the State.

Confirming the development, the Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP Olarinde Famous Cole, said that there would be no hiding place for those who come to Lagos to perpetrate crimes, adding that the police would fish them out.

The suspect has been detained and would be charged to court soon.

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Meet the hacker who gets paid to break into Twitter’s website

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Young people can easily slip into a life of cyber-crime because of easy-to-use hacking tools online, says the National Crime Agency.

But there is a way of legally hacking company websites – and even getting paid for it.

Jake Davis, known online as Topiary, was arrested for illegal hacking in 2011 but now works on the right side of the law in cyber-security.

He explains how he is now paid by the likes of Twitter to hack their website.

“Ethical hacking” is when a hacker is paid by a company to break into their websites to discover bugs and security flaws.

They then get paid for discovering the gaps, which the company patch up.

“Twitter have paid me for disclosing bugs to them,” Jake tells Newsbeat. “It’s very simple.”

He says that hackers would do it without getting paid anyway, so the money is just a bonus.

According to Jake, the main reward for many hackers is “kudos from other hackers. They’re good at hacking, and they want to be seen to be good at the thing.”

By ethical hacking, “they get the kudos, they get recognised by the company – they even get points on a leader board sometimes”.

Therefore, they’ve “been diverted away from doing something malicious, because they get everything they want and a little bit of cash too”.

The larger tech companies can be generous with their payouts, says Jake.

“Facebook are particularly good, they have got a £500 minimum for disclosing bugs to them.”

He says that Twitter’s minimum payout is $140 (£110), and they have paid 642 hackers so far at a cost of $800,000 (£625,000).

Jake estimates that over the whole industry, “in the past 24 hours, there would probably have been between $100,000 [£78,000] and $200,000 [£156,000] paid out to freelance hackers”.

Companies often pay in crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin so that the hackers can stay anonymous if they want to.

“You’ve essentially done everything you would usually do as a malicious hacker, except without the malicious part.

“You get everything you want,” he says.

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Jake went from being a “black hat” (illegal) hacker to a “white hat” (legal) hacker after he was released from a young offenders’ institute.

He used to work with the LulzSec and Anonymous groups, under the alias of Topiary.

“We were most known for hacking the homepage of the Sun newspaper and planting satirical fake stories on their website,” he says.

After being arrested, Jake got a two-year ban from the internet.

His prison sentence, initially two years long, lasted six weeks because he’d already spent two years under house arrest.

“I’m currently under a five-year ban from encrypting files or deleting my internet history, which will expire in one year’s time,” he says.

Jake is now a cyber-security expert and hacking consultant for film and TV.

He adds that he now has more perspective on the effects of malicious hacking.

“It took a couple of years after even being arrested to come to terms with what the hacks were, what they even meant,” he says.

“When you get to the actual hacking itself, you’ve completely forgotten what that end bit is. You don’t see faces, you don’t see victims.”

“You forget that on the other end of the system you’re breaking into, there are humans behind it.”

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A cleaner steals $2600 and see the ingenious way he spends it (pics)

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A Nigerian cleaner identified as James who stole $2600 from his boss, was caught and paraded before journalists yesterday. According to Chukwudi Iwuchukwu, this is a break down of how he allegedly shared his loot.

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He sent ₦5000 ($5) home to his mother in Aba.

His brother, ₦7000 ($12).

His wife, ₦35000 ($70).

His friend the washer man, $600.

His girlfriend, $1000.

Such a generous giver!

Nigeria ‘gay wedding’ bust leads to charges

Prosecutors in the northern Nigeria state of Kaduna have charged a group of 53 people with conspiring to celebrate a gay wedding.

The accused, arrested last Saturday, have denied the allegations, with their lawyers saying they were illegally detained.

The court released the group on bail and the case was remanded to 8 May.

Homosexual acts are banned in socially conservative Nigeria and are punishable by up to 14 years in jail.

During a court appearance in Chediya-Zaria, the group pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, unlawful assembly and belonging to an unlawful society.

Defence lawyer Yunusa Umar said most of the accused were students and had been illegally detained for more than 24 hours, the local Premium Times newspaper reported.

Gay rights campaigners who have been in touch with people involved in the case told the BBC’s Stephanie Hegarty in Lagos the accused were arrested at a birthday party, not a wedding.

Nigeria has an influential Christian evangelical movement in the south and strong support for Islamic law in the north, both of which oppose homosexuality.

In January 2014, the Hisbah, or Islamic police, in Bauchi state raided several locations and arrested about a dozen men accused of sodomy acts.

Some of the men later appeared before a Sharia court for a bail hearing and an angry crowd gathered outside, demanding swift and severe punishment.

Stones were thrown at the court and the hearing was halted.

Police had to shoot in the air to disperse the mob and get the suspects back to prison safely, though there they are also vulnerable.

The ban on homosexuality, brought into effect in 2014, is used by some police officers and members of the public to legitimise abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

“Extortion, mob violence, arbitrary arrest, torture in detention, and physical and sexual violence” are common against people suspected of homosexual activities, HRW said in a 2016 report.

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$43million: NIA Collected $289m Cash From NAPIMS Account In 2015

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The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) collected $289,202,382 in cash from the account of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NIPMS) in February 2015 after the postponement of the general election, TheCable understands.

NIPMS is a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which manages the investments of the national oil company.

It was also from NNPC’s accounts that the office of the national security adviser withdrew the bulk of the $2.1 billion it got for “Boko Haram operations” in the months leading to the 2015 elections.

TheCable understands that $289,202,382 was approved for NIA’s “covert operations” by President Goodluck Jonathan and subsequently withdrawn in cash on February 25, 2015 from NAPIMS account at CBN.

The entire NIA budget for 2015 was a little over N25 billion which was about $160 million at the time — further suggesting that the payment was extra-budgetary.

The Department of State Services (DSS) also got huge sums of cash in naira and dollars for “covert operations” in the run-up to the elections.

These revelations are coming in the light of the recovery of $43 million, £27,000 and N23 million in a flat in Ikoyi, Lagos state, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) following a tip-off from a whistle blower.

NIA said it was its money and that it was meant for “covert operations” — according to reports.

There is now strong suspicion that the Ikoyi haul might have been part of the $289,202,382 released to the agency two years ago.

A presidency source had told TheCable that President Muhammadu Buhari was not briefed on the funds which were warehoused at a private apartment.

Although Oke reportedly said the apartment belongs to NIA, Sahara Reporters alleged that it belongs to Chobe Ventures — owned by Folashade Oke.

The now suspended NIA DG has a wife named Folashade Oke, further fuelling speculation that it was a family affair.

But NIA is said to have claimed that the money was only “in transit” at the Ikoyi apartment for onward movement to the agency’s property elsewhere.

“The circumstances make everything suspicious,” the senior presidency official told TheCable.

Buhari has set up a three-man panel to investigate both Oke and Babachir Lawal, secretary to the government of the federation, over various allegations.

Oke was appointed by Jonathan as the NIA DG in November 2013 and retained by Buhari, even though he replaced other security chiefs in August 2015.

Oke’s tenure is up in November 2017.

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Facebook killer’ Steve Stephens found dead after car chase

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A man suspected of randomly shooting a grandfather and posting video of it to Facebook has taken his own life.

Police tracked down Steve Stephens after he was spotted by employees at a drive-thru McDonald’s in Pennsylvania, who stalled his order and rang 911.

State police gave chase and the suspect shot himself “as the vehicle was spinning out of control”, police said.

Stephens, 37, shot dead Robert Godwin, 74, as the victim walked home from Easter lunch on Sunday in Cleveland.

The fugitive’s mobile phone signal was last tracked on Sunday afternoon to Erie, 100 miles (160km) from where Mr Godwin was gunned down.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson told a news conference: “We have closure in regards to the search for Steve Stephens.”

Pennsylvania State Police said that they had received a tip-off from workers at the fast food chain shortly after 11:00 on Tuesday.

The suspect’s white Ford Fusion car had been spotted in the car park of the McDonald’s in the city of Erie, near a local police headquarters.

Stephens ordered a 20-piece McNuggets meal and a large order of fries, but employees held his fries while they alerted police.

Henry Sayers, the restaurant’s manager, told the New York Times: “He just took his nuggets and said: ‘I have to go’, and he drove off.”

State police pursued him for less than two miles before executing a tactic that involves ramming the rear of a vehicle to make it lose control.

“As the vehicle was spinning out of control from the PIT manoeuvre, Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head,” Pennsylvania state police said in a statement.

During the encounter there were no injuries to members of the public or officers, and Stephens was pronounced dead at the scene, added Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.

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Robert Godwin pictured with his daughter Debbie Godwin on Father’s day 2015

Investigators said they were still baffled as to what motivated Stephens – who worked as a case manager for a children’s mental health facility.

Police said earlier on Tuesday that authorities had received more than 400 tips, including as far away as Texas.

In other Facebook videos Stephens posted on the day of Mr Godwin’s killing, the suspect said he had “just snapped”, blaming gambling debts and a broken-down relationship among other things.

The family of Mr Godwin – a father of 10 and grandfather of 14 – said on Monday they forgave the suspected killer.

His daughter, Tonya Godwin-Baines, had urged Stephens to surrender.

“Each one of us forgives the killer, the murderer,” she told Cleveland TV station WJW. “We want to wrap our arms around him.”

“I forgive you and love you, but most importantly, God loves you. God can heal your mind and save your soul.”

The victim’s son, Robert Godwin Jr, said: “Steve, I forgive you… I’m not happy what you did, but I forgive you.”

Cleveland officials had announced a reward of up to $50,000 (£39,000) for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.

Facebook has launched a review of its procedures after criticism that the footage stayed on the site for hours.

On Tuesday at the company’s annual conference in San Jose, California, founder Mark Zuckerberg said: “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Robert Godwin Snr.

“We have a lot of work to do and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening.”

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Zuckerberg addresses ‘Facebook killing’ (video)

Included is the graphic video of how Steven Stephens murdered a 74 year old man and left the man in a pool of his blood. Tragic!

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Facebook’s chief has paid his respects to the family of a man whose killing was filmed and posted onto its site.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Robert Godwin Sr,” said Mark Zuckerberg near the start of Facebook’s annual F8 developers conference.

His social network had been criticised over the amount of time it had taken to take the clip offline.

About an hour before the event got underway, police had revealed that the murder suspect had killed himself.

Steve Stephens had been the subject of a national manhunt.

He was believed to have uploaded a video to Facebook showing his killing of 74-year-old Mr Godwin in Cleveland on Sunday and then boasting on subsequent Facebook Live streams that he had killed others.

Facebook subsequently acknowledged it had taken it more than two hours to remove the clips after the first video was posted, despite it having received complaints in the interim.

“We have a lot of work and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening,” added Mr Zuckerberg.

Cleveland’s police chief had referred to Facebook’s role in a separate press conference.

“I think the people on social media kind of know the power and I think they know the harm it can do,” said Calvin Williams.

“We’ve talked before about people not living their lives on social media and being truthful on social media and not harming people via social media.

“And this is a prime example, this is something that should not have been shared around the world. Period.”

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Stephens’ Facebook page has since been taken down. You can watch other videos in which he talks about his reasons for the killing here.

In the shocking video, which was recorded and then uploaded to the page, not streamed live, Stephens can be seen driving down the road and he says, “Found me somebody I’m going to kill, this guy right here, this old dude,” before exiting his vehicle. He walks up to the man and begins talking to him, asking how old he is before pulling out a gun.

The man tries to shield himself before Stephens fires once, hitting the man in the head.

The video shows the man on the ground, bleeding as Stephens walks back to his car and drives off.

The shooting happened at 635 East 93rd Street, police said. The victim has been identified as Robert Godwin Sr., 74.

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We shall soon execute Rev King and others on death row, LASG (pic)

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The Lagos Government is set to execute inmates on death row in the state prisons, including the General-Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly, Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, a.k.a Rev. King.

The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, who made this known at a news conference on Tuesday, said the development was at the instruction of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

He said that the state had begun reviewing the matter after prison officials complained of the highhandedness of some death row inmates who felt that they had certain rights which excluded them from being executed.

The Attorney-General assured that, unlike previous administrations, Governor Ambode would sign the necessary documents to execute those on death row.

Speaking in a PM News report, Kazeem said, “Very soon, you will see the action of this government on that issues, we are reviewing the case on Rev. King and others on death row.

He added, “Lots of people are on death row, Rev. King is not the only one on death row, it is on the instruction of Ambode that I visited the prisons recently and I discuss the issue with the prison officials and they expressed their concerns.

“We are moving in that direction of signing. The prison officials said we need to look at that seriously. Those on death row are beginning to think they have some rights. We are going to move in that direction, you will hear from me, but I will not tell you the exact date.”

The Supreme Court had on February 27, 2016 affirmed the death sentence passed on King by the Appeal Court.

The condemned cleric was arraigned before the Lagos High Court in Ikeja on September 26, 2006, on six counts of murder of a member of his church, Ann Uzoh, and attempted murder of five other members.

He was said to have poured petrol on the deceased and the five other victims and set them on fire for allegedly committing fornication.

Uzoh died on August 2, 2006, 11 days after the incident, as a result of the injuries which she sustained from the burns.

She was said to have been 65 per cent burnt in the fire incident. The trial judge, Justice Olubunmi Oyewole (now a Justice of the Court of Appeal), had in his judgement delivered on January 11, 2007, convicted Ezeugo and sentenced him to 20 years imprisonment on each of the five counts of attempted murder and death sentence for murder.

See the face and the place a notorious kidnapper met his end (pics)

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An IRT team deployed to Lagos State to trace and bring to Justice some Notorious Militants/Kidnappers, responsible for the Gruesome murder of several Policemen and Soldiers in Ikorodu Lagos on 9/4/17,  has succeeded in killing one of the militants on the 16/4/17. The team was led by  ACP Abba Kyari.

Endurance Ominisan Aka Mighty, a native of Arogbo in Ondo  State had come out from the creek to visit his Girlfriend in a House he rented for her at number 20 Joel Adebolu Street Ibeshe Area Ikorodu.

The IRT team immediately swooped on him and surrounded the house. On sighting the Special IRT team, the kidnapper escaped to the roof of the house from where he fired Several Shots with his Pistol.

The security operatives swiftly returned fire and fatally wounded him. He was eventually brought down from the roof of the house and rushed to General Hospital Ikorodu where he later died.

He mentioned One America, Stone, Vika etc as his gang members who Participated in the killing of the police men and Soldiers and also confessed to Oniba of Iba Kidnapping, Turkish School Girls and many other Kidnappings in Lagos and Ogun before he died.

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Nigerian born United Nations staffer nabbed in string of Manhattan bank robberies (pics)

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A United Nations worker and journalist for an African news agency is accused of robbing four Midtown banks in the past two months, police sources said Monday.

Abdullahi Shuaibu, 53, stayed close to the UN’s Midtown headquarters on First Ave. by 45th St., hitting three banks in February and March and scoring $10,000, police sources said.

They said cops released his photo to the media, and a retired cop working at the UN recognized him.

Shuaibu, of Jamaica Estates, struck again Monday at an HSBC bank on Third Ave. and E. 40th St., but he didn’t make off with any cash, sources said.

When he returned to the UN, members of the NYPD’s Major Case Squad were waiting to arrest him, the sources added. He faces multiple charges of robbery and attemped robbery related to the heists.

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