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UK citizen and Nigerian socialite, Habeeb Dixon, regains freedom US prison

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A British citizen, Habeeb Dixon, who was extradited to the US in 2020 to face charges he oversaw a series of business email compromise attacks to steal over $2m from unwary accounts departments and individuals, has regained his freedom.

Habeeb Audu was indicted in America on counts of bank and wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy, and identity theft.

The now 54-year-old, who operated under the alias Dickson, lived in London and also had Nigerian citizenship. He allegedly was part of a crew scattered around the globe. Its members were said to include: Dominic Labiran, who remains at large and was also based in the UK; Abdulai “Kenny” Saaka, who earlier pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to commit money laundering, operated out of Atlanta in the US; and Alade “Eluku” Sodiq, whose case still pending, lived in the United Arab Emirates. Another member of the group, who agreed to work with US law enforcement, was not named.

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Individuals and companies said to have been scammed by the gang were scattered around the world, too, located in the US, Canada, the UK, Italy, and UAE. Audu’s case is being heard in the Southern District of New York (Manhattan) where many of the defrauded banks are headquartered.

When the going was good, Habeeb Dixon was a toast of so many Nigerian Fuji and Juju musician. Adewale Ayuba waxed a song for him with some melodious lyrics.

Eni ti o le na wo, ku sun seyin, ko sun seyin

Na wo, na wo la wa nfe, Dixon o je euro, o je pounds, o tun je naira ni le

E ni ba ri ko be ri

According to the charge book, it was said the crew used combinations of stolen personal information, spoofed phone numbers, fake email accounts, and even voice-altering software to contact bank staff and con them into handing over control of accounts by posing as legit customers.

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Rather than plunder big accounts via large wire transfers, this group allegedly went after after holders of personal checking accounts and small businesses. The operation was still said to be lucrative enough; it is claimed that from 2013 until 2019 when he was arrested, Audu and his team were able to pocket more than $2m in proceeds from preying on smaller targets with various types of scams.

For example, one alleged favorite trick of the group was to phone up a bank using a spoofed number and voice-altering software in order impersonate a customer. Once they had convinced the bank of their identity, the scammer would transfer money from the mark’s savings account into checking, then ask for a new debit card to be sent to the scammer’s address, it is claimed. This, it is alleged, allowed the group to easily drain the money from the victim’s savings account via transfers or purchases.

That’s not to say they didn’t go after bigger targets on occasion, according to the Feds.

Other alleged schemes were more along the lines of traditional business email compromise (BEC) operations: calling up an organization masquerading as a legit supplier, and asking the business to update its bank records so that money destined for the supplier actually when into the scammers’ accounts. The victim in one such scam – a restaurant in Ohio – was said to have been convinced to transfer more than $2m, though it is unclear how much of that was actually siphoned out of the account before the crime was uncovered, it is claimed.

The whole operation came tumbling down, it is said, when in 2019 another member of the crew agreed to work with US law enforcement. Under the oversight of police, that person convinced Audu and other members to agree to launder what they thought were the proceeds from another attack, but was in fact payment set up by the Feds to catch them in the act, it is claimed.®

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Lagos Police Arrest Suspects With Vandalised Rail Tracks

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A patrol team from Ijora Badia Police division has arrested two suspects conveying vandalised rail tracks in Lagos State.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, disclosed this via his Twitter handle on Monday.

He said, “At about 1am today, a patrol team from Ijora Badia Division intercepted a Mitsubishi Lancer car conveying vandalised railway tracks. The two occupants of the vehicle have been arrested. Investigation is ongoing.”

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Toyin Abraham takes Legal action against Revolution plus property scam

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Actress Toyin Abraham has now taken legal actions against Revolution Plus property by having her lawyers sent them an official statement confirming her dissociation from the brand.

Taking to her Instagram page moments ago to share the legal documents, Toyin Abraham wrote:

PUBLIC DISCLAIMER

DISASSOCIATION FROM REVOLUTIONPLUS PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED

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We are Solicitors to Mrs. Olutoyin Abosede Ajeyemi Abraham, (hereinafter referred to ‘our Client’) and on whose instruction we write the above-captioned letter.

Our Client wishes to disassociate herself from the brand, Revolutionplus (hereinafter referred to ‘the company). This disclaimer is premised on the fact that our client’s contract with the Company as a Brand Ambassador has been effectively terminated and the compelling need to disassociate herself from the image of the Brand.

Despite the above promises, I was still receiving various threats messages, curses, complaints and pleas from investors claiming they had not been allocated any land or refunded their monies. Some of them further claimed that because I represented the Company as a brand ambassador, I reposed their confidence in the
Company to invest their monies. I became sad, worried, and disturbed and decided to stop my social media publications and advertisement of the Company’s products.

When the pressure and harassment became embarrassingly unbearable both online on all my social media platforms and offline, and with my integrity at stake, I sent a mail to the Company on the 15th June 2022 notifying them of my intent to terminate my contract as a Brand Ambassador. The Company reached out to me on the 16th of June 2022, we had a meeting and they promised to promptly and effectively address the allegations. Upon the premise of the promises made, I sent another mail on the 17th June 2022 cancelling my notice of intent to terminate my contract as a brand ambassador.

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In view of the above termination which I accept in good faith and totality, and considering the recent similar messages I have received from aggrieved customers from the brand, I hereby disassociate myself from the brand and advise that all persons dealing with the brand conduct their respective due diligence’.

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It was in the wake of my decision to reduce the brand’s visibility and advertisement on my social media platforms, especially because my integrity as a person is being questioned daily, that I received a ‘Notice of Termination of Brand Ambassadorship’ letter on the 22nd December 2022 by the Company’s legal team, which effectively terminated my contract with them on grounds of reduced affection and reluctant approach towards publicly identifying with the brand.

While performing my duties as contained in the contract, I started receiving a lot of allegations and complaints from investors who claimed the Company has not allocated lands nor refunded them their monies. Some of these investors were in my DM (Direct Message) demanding for refund of their monies or allocation of the lands they paid for.

Please find below the official statement from our Client:

‘After carefully conducting my due diligence and being personally convinced about the genuineness of the Company, I proceeded to sign a contractual agreement in July 2020, thereby becoming a brand ambassador to market the property products of the Company, Revolutionplus. This duty I carried out with utmost loyalty, diligence, integrity and excellence, which are the core values I stand for.

 

 

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Probe abortion report, feminists urge FG

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Nigerian feminists have urged the Federal Government, through the National Human Rights Commission, to probe the forced abortions report allegedly perpetuated by the military in the northeastern part of Nigeria.

An international news agency, Reuters, had accused the Nigerian Army of running a programme where forceful abortions were carried out on female victims of Boko Haram/Islamic State in West African Province.

The report claimed that the Army carried out the abortions without the persons’ consent and that at least 10,000 pregnancies had been illegally terminated.

These were contained in an investigation published by the news agency in December, 2022.

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The probe, according to Reuters, was based on the accounts of 33 victims, hospital workers, and security officials, as well as documents gathered.

Reacting in a statement obtained by The PUNCH on Tuesday, the feminists, namely, Chioma Agwuegbo, Fadekemi Akinfaderin, Dr Leena Hoffmann, Ifeoma Ikwueme, Azeenarh Mohammed, Nana Nwachukwu, Lola Okolosie, Omolara Oriye and Buky Williams, said, “Friday marks six weeks since the Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Lucky Irabor, called on the NHRC to launch an investigation into the abortion report.”

They therefore called on the NHRC to make public its plans to take the investigation forward, expand its remit to look at the alleged killings of children, and commit to doing so in a victim-centred way.

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