23 Apr 2017

25yrs Old Nigerian Convicted In US For Wire Fraud

A United States Federal court has convicted a Nigerian, Wiseman Oputa, who set up a number of bank accounts with bogus passports over a year, in which he managed to steal at least $500,000 through wire fraud and Internet scams.

The court convicted Oputa of one count of wire fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Texas announced.

Wiseman Oputa, 25, pleaded guilty to opening bank accounts in the area surrounding Houston, using counterfeit passports.
Once the accounts were created, Oputa and his associates conducted a number of Internet scams from romance schemes to hacking into company email accounts to make their phishing efforts appear more real.

The victims sent at least a total of $500,000 to these bank accounts via checks and wire transfers, which Oputa and his associates controlled.

He would then use the bogus passports to withdraw the money from the accounts.

Oputa is scheduled to be sentenced on July 6 and faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a potential maximum fine of $250,000.

Here is the full statement by US Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Texas:
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 U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez.
Wiseman Oputa pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, until Jan. 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 recall 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.

Nollywood Actress, Halima Abubakar Undergoes Fibroid Operation In India

The Nollywood actress took to her page to announce that she just came out of a successful surgery of fibroid removal. We wish her quick recovery...

See Late Isiaka Adeleke Just Yesterday In Kuta

A twitter user shared the information online. God rest his soul. Isiaka is Davido's uncle by the way.

Omg! Charly boy pierced his balls and tattoos the name of all his children on his arm

The Area Father got a tattoo of all his children's names on one of his arms today. His wife, Lady D's name is tattooed on his chest. He shared the photo and wrote "Tattooed my children's name on my left arm today, hope space go dey to tattoo my grand children's name and...."

He also shared another photo saying he pierced his balls 

He wrote "y Body is in shock. Pierced my blokus today. More balls to the ball.πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘ŠπŸ‘ŠπŸ‘ŠπŸ‘Š 

Musician Pasuma bags Chieftancy title, becomes the TOGAN of Badagry kingdom

Fuji star, Pasuma is the latest chief in town. He became the 'Togan' of Badagry Kingdom at a ceremony that held in Lagos yesterday. See more photos below...

Update! Why Stephanie Otobo Is After Me - Apostle Suluman

The General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has vowed not to allow allegations made against him by his alleged lover, Miss Stephanie Otobo, go unchallenged. 

The preacher who spoke to The Sun through his Media Advisor, Phrank Shaibu, dismissed Otobo’s claims, and challenged her to go to court to prove all her allegations.

Here are excerpts from the chat;

How do you react to recent claims by Stephanie on her relationship with Apostle Suleman?  
It is not for her to probe the wisdom of the mother in going to beg for forgiveness. The mother has done what she felt was right and we have responded to the mother’s appeal for forgiveness. Can’t you guys see the contradiction in the claim of being poisoned by Apostle? First, she claimed that the poison was given to her by Apostle in a hotel. Next she said it was in a dream. Perhaps, she would come up with another bizarre tale. Seriously, even my three -year- old daughter can do better.

She also alleged that if Apostle presents his international passport, and places it side by side her’s, it will reveal that both of them travelled together on a certain day to Canada. What do you say to this?   
How do you travel with someone you have never met? It is clearly an illusion and part of her romantic fantasy. But again, if she wants to prove her case before the media, are we the ones to help her do so? Can’t she go to the airline and get a manifest on how they travelled together? Tell the world her seat number and that of Apostle Suleman. Let her get those facts and give to the press.

Besides, when a stalker is desperate, he/she can go to any length to get his/her victim’s attention. If you know the itinerary of your target, particularly a preacher whose international meetings are made public, a desperate stalker can go there in attempt to see the person. The truth is that, this is an unnecessary media trial and it is deceitful, mendaciously knavish and full of falsehood.

So, we cannot keep giving this girl this honor of coming to speak to the press and waste people’s time and waste people’s money, just because we want her to entertain the public with falsehood. Sadly, there seems to be a group of people who are well mobilized, from all indications, to ensure that Apostle Suleman is assumed guilty and stripped of all credibility even before his accuser is able to prove any of her allegations. I fear, the objective of this group is informed by anything but altruism. It’s mischief.

The bank statement showing payments Apostle Suleman allegedly made into her (Stephanie’s) account, was it forged?  
I am surprised that you are even referring to the purported bank statement as genuine. Anyone can type and print a statement and call it by any name. But it cannot be called a genuine bank statement, except such a statement has been so verified by a forensic expert under the direction of a court of competent jurisdiction to so do. More so, what we had expected was evidence to buttress her initial claims of tons of dollars, Euros and the Pound Sterling being paid into her account, not the lodgment in a Naira account. Certainly, this is an afterthought, but it is not strange as Apostle Suleman engages in a lot of charity. On a daily basis, men and women come for help and he assists them.

Was Apostle Johnson Suleman sleeping with Nollywood Actor, Leo Mezie, when he paid his entire medical bill of £30,000 for kidney transplant in UK? This is what they don’t tell you. Was Apostle Suleman sleeping with the nine poor Nigerians (male and female) he gave cars to on February 5th, 2016? Was he sleeping with the 30 widows and other indigent people that he gave out millions to start their own businesses? To Johnson Suleman, giving is a lifestyle. The fact is that, we have never denied extending help to this girl.

What we actually said was that, help was extended to her based on her claimed need and her quest to stop functioning as a stripper in Canada. And there is nothing strange about that. If money was given to her to turn her life around and embrace God, it’s okay. But then, it must be noted that these so -called revelations are only an after-thought. The girl is just busy trying to manufacture weak and unsubstantiated evidence to justify her story.

Fortunately, everything she says contradicts her initial claims, thereby exposing her as a serial liar. The truth is that it’s simply preposterous to want to join issues with her, since it’s so obvious where she’s coming from. So, I don’t want to be dragged into any expanded debate with a Stephanie Otobo. The mother has asked for forgiveness and we have looked into that accordingly. She alone, knows where she is getting her inspiration and or motivation from on this issue . But it will do her well to seek forgiveness from God. Not from Apostle. Because of the import inherent in what she is doing.

The BB chats with the man of God, were they also forged?   
Let me clearly state that, Stephanie’s social status in Canada is quite un-dignifying and it will be quite unnecessary to respond to someone who has remained inconsistent in her claims and told a litany of lies. It is sad to say that she does not represent anything positive, either in her private life or the image she is projecting through this controversy. Let me reiterate that Stephanie is a half-baked upstart without any claim to a pedigree and all her claims have fallen like a pack of cards.

She also alleged that money was paid into her account through the Apostle’s pastor in Canada. Could she have made such allegation without facts?   
Did she present another bank statement? Stephanie Otobo is certainly struggling with some issues and I think it is right for her to see a psychologist and a psychiatrist to resolve those issues. Because, this is what we call emotional fantasy. A girl who has never met someone; who has no evidence of ever meeting the person, yet claims the person impregnated her? What can she not manufacture? If she had a shred of fact, you think, she wouldn’t have given it out a long time ago? What fact? Any keen observer of the whole saga will know that she has exhausted herself on lies. We believe in the rule of law and will expose her barefaced lies. For instance, when you check the first video and photos she released, as a graphic designer and expert, you will see the overlay of the photos, which simply showed it was a photoshop creation. Anyway, we are not stupid to allow our evidence in court to be ambushed.

She said only a public apology would assuage the embarrassment the Apostle caused her, and also apology to his congregation. Would you consider this to end the matter?   
She threatened to sue Apostle for N500 million for breach of promise to marry. She moved to ask police to investigate Apostle for procurement of illegal abortion. Then she said Apostle should be arrested for threat to life. Now she says all she needs is apology from Apostle and for him to also apologise to his congregation. So what does she really want? Her so-called lawyer, Festus Keyamo, who wrote the letter and threatened to sue, has not done so. Suddenly, he is quiet.

At a stage he caused his staff to issue a statement that he was not involved. But we know that Keyamo and Stephanie are from Sapele. Is it just a mere coincidence? This girl has an undignified social status as well as economic crises or difficulties in Canada. So, whatever she has done or is doing now, is to be expected of people of such status. It’s unfortunate that she and her sponsors thought Apostle was a fertile ground for her to extort money. She wanted to reap where she didn’t sow.

If Apostle Suleman had something to hide, he would have settled her and would not have involved the police in the first case. And as it is obvious to everyone of us, when she started making unreasonable financial demands, he involved the police who played along, acting as if they were the ones to pay her the money, and that was how she was arrested.

Has this not eroded the confidence the public and members of the church have in Apostle Suleman; has it not affected his reputation and what he stood or stands for?  
The church has reached a decision on this matter. And I don’t think there is any need expanding any debate on this. Her mother has come to beg for forgiveness and we have reached a decision on that. The church also knows that this is a lady that deliberately wants to distract Apostle Suleman from his good works and there is no point giving her attention because till date, she has not brought out any credible evidence that she has been able to hold on to. Everything she has said in the past, she contradicted in her subsequent videos. It’s so unfortunate that she has wasted everybody’s time.

In any case, no man called Apostle Suleman into ministry. He was ordained by God and his ministry has continued to grow with manifestations of signs and wonders to show that the church belongs to God. Omega Fire Ministries is not a business concern and people do not go there to engage in buying and selling. The church enjoys a divine mandate and that is why the gate of hell cannot prevail against it. You may wish to know that, Apostle Suleman, despite the raging controversy recently had crusades in Washington DC, Cyprus, Turkey and Accra and the turnout was overwhelming, as much as the miracles were unprecedented. So, it’s simply preposterous for anyone to imagine that a mere mortal can stop or challenge the work of God.

Tragic! Senator Isiaka Adeleke, first governor of Osun, is Dead

Isiaka Adeleke, senator representing Osun west, is dead. He reportedly died on Sunday morning at Biket Hospital, Osogbo, after suffering a heart attack. His colleague at the senate, Shehu Sani, described the late Adeleke as a 'principled and responsible gentleman'.

Adeleke was elected first governor of Osun state in 1992 under Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Read his profile below:
Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke was born on January 15, 1955 to the family of Ayoola Adeleke and Esther Adeleke. His father was once a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Though an indigene of Osun State, he was born in Enugu State and was there in his early years before the civil war began. He was a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria representing Osun West senatorial District until his last moment on earth. 
He had his Primary Education at Christ Church School, Enugu before his family moved to Ibadan. He however completed his secondary school at Ogbomosho Grammar School where he had his West Africa School Certificate in 1972. He then proceeded to the Jacksonville State University United States of America where he bagged a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1983. In 1985, he obtained his Masters in Public Administration from the same Institution. 
Before becoming a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he was the Chairman, Governing Council, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Pro-Chancellor And Chairman, Governing Council, University of Calabar, Nigeria. He was also the Director of Pacific Merchant Bank and Chairman of Tadel Investment Limited. 
During the Nigerian third republic, Adeleke ran for thr governorship post of the newly created Osun State which was carved out from Oyo State under the then Social Democratic Party, the dominant party in the state but he was not initially favored to win. The front runner was a lawyer, Oladipo Oladosu but after a close primary in which Adeleke came second, Adeleke was able to win a runoff. He was then elected the first civilian Governor of Osun State in 1992. Notable decisions made by Adeleke was the establishment of a polytechnic at Iree, a college of technology at Esa-Oke and the completion of the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation. 
In 2007, Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke contested for a seat in the Osun West Senatorial district under the platform People's Democratic Party (PDP) and won. He lost out in the 2011 elections. 
However, In the 2015 elections, he again re-contested for a seat in the Osun West Senatorial District under the Platform of the All Progressives Congress(APC) and Won.
It is worthy of note that he targeted to sponsor bills that will improve Nigeria’s Criminal Justice System. 
He also bagged the National award of Commander of the Order of the Niger (C.O.N).

See photo of Nigerian man arrested for duping American banks of over $100,000 using fake identities

A Nigerian man who allegedly duped a number of banks out of more than $100,000 faced a federal judge last Friday, April 21, after being arrested on April 10 by agents from the Department of Homeland Security and charged on four federal criminal charges.

Opeyemi Abdulahi Orekan, resident of Rhode Island was involved in an organized fraud ring that used fake passports from Nigeria and Ghana and fraudulent identities to defraud a number of banks out of tens of thousands of dollars. The federal government is charging him with bank fraud, passport fraud, identity theft and access device fraud.

Investigators say Orekan used nine different identities, including a number of passports from Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana, to open bank accounts at a number of bank branches including Bank of America, Webster Bank and Santander to deposit counterfeit checks and then withdraw bank funds. Counterfeit checks from NRG Residential Solar Solutions, the Viking Corporation and Bosch were deposited into accounts, according to the affidavit.

Orekan would then allegedly send the funds to an individual in Nigeria. The transactions occurred at a number of bank branches in Johnston, Lincoln, Pawtucket, Providence and Warwick. Bank America reported nearly $37,000 in losses from at least one of the accounts and another $26,000 from another one of Orekan’s accounts. Santander reported a near $20,000 loss in connection with Orekan.

He also allegedly used fake identities to open accounts at TD Bank, Wells Fargo and Chase Bank.
"Orekan has been engaged in lengthy pattern of fraud that has been perpetuated across at least 10 different financial institutions," says Keith Holleran, a special agent with the Dept. of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Providence.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee Vilker told the court that investigators have gathered a number of records and evidence including passports that were found in a ceiling crawl space which, he said, has made their case stronger. A bag filled with passports was also found in an old, rolled-up carpet found by the property manager of one of the apartments where Orekan resided. That's when the property manager contacted the FBI.
Forensic tests of the passports determined that two Republic of Nigeria passports were altered and two Republic of Ghana passports were counterfeit. Four additional US admission stamps, machine readable visas adn two Ghana drivers licenses were also tested and determined to be counterfeit.
"He has a contact in Africa that is sending him these passports," Vilker told Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan during a hearing on Friday, as two of Orekan’s supporters sat behind him. “ICE tells me he can absolutely flee the country.”
Attorney John F. Cicilline, who is representing Orekan (who is currently being detained), asked Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan to release Orekan as has ties to a number of family members in Rhode Island and is not a flight risk. He asked the judge to possibly release Orekan with conditions such as electronic monitoring.

The judge denied Cicilline’s request saying electronic monitoring isn’t a full proof tool adding that the evidence against Orekan is strong and that the investigation shows it’s become even stronger.
“The defendant has significant ties to a different country…the affidavit mentions a substantial amount of passports that have passed muster at a number of banks…wiring of tens of thousands to the defendant’s mother in Nigeria,” Sullivan said.
“Finally, and very significant, the defendant had contact with law enforcement in November 2016, was released and continued the behavior and then charged in January 2017, released and again continued the behavior,” Sullivan added.
"Now facing federal charges knitting together what is now unlike instances in November and January, a very substantial charge exposing him to a period of incarceration and risk of deportation."

Source: NBC News

See the messy fight between Nigerian singers, Davido and Ice Prince in Warri

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Last night, an event (Delta Alive) organised by Shina Peller (owner of Quilox night club) went down in Warri. The show had Davido, Lil Kesh, Ice Prince, CDQ and others as headliners.

According to an inside source, trouble started from the airport when Davido was picked up in a G-Wagon while Ice Prince was picked up with a saloon car.

The gesture infuriated Ice Prince and he let the organisers know he wasn't pleased. Davido got to hear of his complains and was angry too.

Then the issue escalated during the concert when Ice Prince was made to perform before Lil Kesh, a move that's seen as an insult to the bigger artiste.

Ice Prince made it an issue back stage and Davido who had been boiling from the car complaint and obviously a close friend of Lil Kesh jumped in defence of Kesh and things got messy.

Our source said, 'when they got back to the hotel, Davido was really pissed so much that he went to Ice Prince's door and started shouting and banging on the door before they calmed him down. When they were coming back to Lagos, they had to move them to the airport separately and put them in separate lounges at the airport because they were still boiling at each other'.

Omg! See what a woman did to her 4 year old nephew for bedwetting

A middle aged woman identified as Sherifat, has been arrested by men of the Lagos state police command for brutalizing her 4 year old nephew, Pamilerin, for bedwetting and stooling on his bed repeatedly. According to her neighbors in her Oko-Oba Agege residence, Sherifat has been assaulting the little boy since he was brought to live with her in February.
The boy's parents live in Ogun state.

Neighbors accused her of using electric cables to beat him for being sluggish and not being a 'smart 
' kid.

Police say she would be arraigned in court on Monday April 24th.

Nigerian Actor, Emeka Ike Opens His NOLLYWOOD TV Station In Abuja

Popular Nollywood actor Emeka Ike has taken a bold step despite distractions from marital issues. He shared pictures of himself and others touring his new TV station which he just completed.

He shared the photos via his page and wrote: 
"On a tour of my new TV station... NOLLYWOOD TV, coming on STARTIMES n TSTV Abuja, with sen dino melaye... something they cant stop, is booting. Ngugi watiogo."

Watch video of area boys harassing actress, Funke Akindele-Bello in Lagos

Actress and producer, Funke Akindele and crew were harassed by area boys while filming at Chancellor street, Iraboko awoyaya, Lagos state. She shared the video and said; "Filming now in chancellor street Iraboko awoyaya And area boys are here fighting us. I'm so fed up with these boys. We work so hard. God help us" Watch the video after the cut..

Donald Trump closes White House Sidewalk to the public permanently

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 the U.S. Secret Service said it would end public access to a sidewalk along the south fence of the White House.

The sidewalk has been closed at nights from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. since 2015 and will now be off-limits entirely. 

Secret Service Communications Director Cathy Milhoan said the closure will “lessen the possibility of individuals illegally accessing the White House grounds”.  

In March, a man scaled a fence east of the White House at night and was on the property’s grounds for 16 minutes before being detained.

Shocking! Nigerian teacher writes shocking post promoting pedophilia

A Nigerian teacher, who works at Federal Science and Technology College has penned a very shocking post that has outraged people. Immanuel Ifediata advised men to marry girls who just finished WAEC because they are young, naΓ―ve, loyal and as such have not developed the “runs girl” mentality.

Sadly, this ignorant post is from a graduate of English Language and Literary Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. An English teacher, who ought to advise his students to attain the greatest height, is choosing instead to advise men to marry them young so that they can easily subdue them.
Sadly again, there were those who agreed with him by clicking the ‘Like’ button. On the other hand, a lot of Facebook users, most of them mothers, were outraged by the post and called him out.

A number of Facebook users called for him to be relieved of his job as a teacher because children are not safe with him. He has since deleted the post. 

This will not be the first of such post that he has shared. His Facebook page has similar posts that belittle women. There is also a post that gives very intimate details of a sexual encounter he had with a female neighbor. See a few of the reactions to his post below.