The Ekiti State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of eight people at Itapaji Ekiti in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu confirmed the incident via a phone call by Crystal News correspondent on Wednesday (today).
According to reports, the abductors were said to have contacted the family early on Wednesday and demanded the sum of N50 million as ransom.
An eyewitness revealed that the gunmen had besieged a house located in the town around 9.30pm, shot sporadically into the air and made away with eight occupants of the building.
The gunshots that lasted for over one hour were said to have terrified the residents of the community.
The source said the owner of the building was preparing for his mother’s burial and the preparations were said to have been on top gear when the evil men struck.
“The men numbering seven came around 9.30pm with guns and surrounded the building. They fired gunshots sporadically.
Police Confirm Abduction Of Eight Person In Ekiti
“As the occupants of the house were coming out, they were grabbed and made to lie face down. They were later taken away into the bush. They were 14 initially, but six of them escaped into the bush”.
He added further: “Earlier today (Wednesday), one of the family members received a call from the abductors demanding for a ransom of N50m”, he said.
The source added that absence of police stations in Itapaji -Ayebode and Irele-Oke Ako axis was responsible for the increasing cases of kidnapping in the area, saying the nearest police station is in Ikole Ekiti, which was over 40 minutes drive to the troubled spots.
Speaking to newsmen, Sunday Abutu, said: “The command is working on the information already. Special police operatives as well as the JTF have been deployed the area to ensure they rescue the victims and for possible arrest of the culprits”.
Chiamaka Agim was too careless with her Card Information, Mobile Phone’- IT specialist Shola Akinwale
Over the week, one Miss Chiamaka Agim went viral on social media, calling out Zenith Bank after a fraudulent unauthorized transfer was carried out from her account where a tune of four million Naira was siphoned on the 9th of January 2023. In other to sway public sympathy, Chiamaka resorted to all kinds of threats saying she will commit suicide if her money is not returned to her account. After recounting her experience on how the incident occurred via her post on social media, Shola Akinwale, a time-tested Information Technology personality and former bank employee, took interest in the case and launched a private investigation into what might her transpired leading to an unauthorized transfer.
After his private investigation, Shola found out that the said amount could not have left Chiamaka’s account without authorization via a token which must have been sent to her mobile phone. He further stated that; her card pin, expiry date and other information on it might have been compromised. Maybe her phone must have been stolen for the person who carried out the fraud to have successfully transferred the money into another account. “The theft was a coordinated one I must tell you. She must have revealed her information to a close ally who carried out the transaction, or she is not saying the truth about what happened to either her ATM card or her mobile phone. She might have revealed some information to those close to her who carried out such theft. On the other hand, her card might have been compromised maybe she had fallen victim to some fraudulent POS operator who has cloned her card. From my investigation, I gathered that it’s not her first time using such means to transfer money using an e-token. No one can authorize the transfer without her access to the mobile phone where the token was or One Time Password OTP must have been inserted to complete the transaction. The funny aspect is that the money was transferred three times into a different account. It means the e-token was generated three times. So something is wrong somewhere.
According to section 3,4,6, Cardholders users of CBN guidelines on the operation of electronic payment channels in Nigeria issued in June 2020A card holder/ user shall;
Protect the Payment card, mobile device and pin with due care.Notify the issuer immediately the pin is compromised.
iii. notify the issuer immediately about stolen, damaged, lost or destroyed cards and mobile phones.
Section 188.8.131.52 stated further that; The cardholder shall be held liable for fraud committed with his card arising from the misuse of his pin or debit card.”
Zenith Bank is not at fault. The fault is coming from Chiamaka who was careless with her information or her phone. It’s nearly possible for such a huge amount to move without authorization from the owner of the account. So Chiamaka should think deeply and get anyone who might be a suspect around her. She did not guard her information jealously”
On the other hand, sympathizers on social media have also called on Zenith bank to make their investigation and reveal what really happened in the said fraud. Zenith bank quickly swung into action by calling for an in-house investigation. According to an internal memo on the investigation carried out by the bank, it was recorded that; Chiamaka authorized the transfer. She authorized a transfer of 3,715,000, 222,900 and 102,000 via an e-token assigned with serial numbers to the transfers to various accounts in different banks. From investigation, it was gathered that she used the e-token to change the authentication mode from token to Mobile pin on the 21st of November 2021. The Information was also used to enrol a Zenith Bank Mobile Banking app on the 6th of December 2021 on an iPhone 11 pro-Max at exactly 11:25.06 pm. It was gathered that she had authorized many transactions with the E-token and four-digit pin using the mobile app severally and she never complained of any lagging from the bank before the said disputed transaction was carried out. “The transaction was consummated by the device iPhone 11 pro-Max on the 9th of January 2023. If you claim the transaction was not authorized by you is true. It means someone had unrestricted access to your device.’ It was further gathered that when she reported the incident, the e-token was disabled and the fraudulent transfer was escalated to the beneficiary bank which is UBA and Access Bank. UBA claimed the beneficiary account from their end had a good profile and does not depict fraud while Access Bank was able to salvage 800 thousand from the beneficiary account as they await a court order to be able to repatriate the salvaged funds back to Chiamaka’s account.
It was also stated in the investigation that; Chiamaka did not immediately block the account on noticing the fraudulent transfer by using the emergency *966*911#code to block other unauthorized transfers. She also did not call the open 24 hours daily call centre for help. If she had done that, they would have taken swift action by reversing the transaction but she didn’t reach out to the bank for such assistance.
Hamzat To Speak On Harmonious Working Relationships Between Arms Of Government As Path To Successes In Lagos
His Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat will be the Guest Speaker at the 4th educational and social interactive programme, Timeline Awareness Initiative Lecture/Award on Wednesday 23rd of March 2022.
The programme which promises to be an eye-opener, revealing the level of cooperation in Lagos State Government since the inception of former Lagos State Government and All Progressive Congress APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 1999 till date.
According to the Organizers, led by Yusuf Adeoye, Publisher of TimelineNG, an Online Newspaper, Dr. Hamzat who has held several positions in the State including Commissioner For Science & Technology before his present elective position as Deputy Governor will be speaking on the Topic: ” Imperatives of Harmonious Working Relationship Between Arms of Government, A Key Ingredient in The Success of Lagos State Government. With Focus on 2023 General Election’
The Event which hold at the Lagos Sheraton hotel, Ikeja, will witness the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa as Keynote Speaker. He will be sharing his vast experience as legislator working to aid and ease the work of the executive in Lagos State, which has led to the tremendous infrastructural development and cordial working atmosphere in the State over the years.
The event which will witness awards for few distinguished prominent Nigerians will be Chaired by former Governor of Abia State and Chief Whip of the Senate, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu while the Minister of Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed is the Chief Host of the day. Also expected at the occasion is Convener of Arise Women, Dr. Siju Iluyomade, Chairman House Committee on Defence, Hon Babajimi Benson from the House of Representatives among others.
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