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UK: JAIL FOR 2 CON MEN INVOLVED IN OVER £300K MONEY TRANSFER AND BANK MANDATE FRAUD

Two men who were part of an organised fraud network, conning amateur sports clubs and small businesses out of over £300,000, have been jailed for more than six years.

The men defrauded their victims – including amateur football clubs, village halls and solicitors firms – by sending them emails purporting to be from an individual affiliated to their organisation, such as the treasurer or financial director. The email would ask them to transfer a sum of money and the recipient, believing the email to be genuine, would pay the sum into an account run by the fraudsters.

Okwudili Chinze, 44, a Nigerian national of no fixed abode had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and money laundering.

On Friday, 17 November at Kingston Crown Court, he was sentenced to two years and eight months’ imprisonment for conspiracy to commit fraud, and fifteen months for money laundering, to run concurrently.

Ahmed Otun, 41, a Nigerian national of Walfrey Gardens, Dagenham, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and money laundering.

He was jailed on 17 November for four years for conspiracy to commit fraud and 22 months for money laundering, to run concurrently.

Both men were disqualified from directorships for ten years.

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When the various frauds came to light, officers from FALCON, the Met’s response to fraud and linked crime online, launched an investigation. The offences were linked and detectives discovered that the men had set up a company named Britannia Security, a vehicle used to give a veneer of legitimacy to the fraud. Its bank account was used to receive the majority of the defrauded funds.

On arrest, a variety of manuals detailing how to hack into emails were found on Otun’s computer.

Acting Detective Sergeant Matt Wigg, of FALCON, said: “I would urge people to be very careful when moving and transferring money.

“Many of the victims linked to this case were tricked into sending money to criminals’ accounts after they were sent a spoof email with change of payment details.

“Always verify changes to financial arrangements with the organisation or person directly on the phone, or go via the company’s main switchboard to check if an email is genuine. Never reveal bank account details via email or on unsecure networks.

“Trust your instincts and always check before transferring money, because it will be extremely difficult to recover once you’ve sent it.”

Mandate fraud is when someone gets you to change a direct debit, standing order or bank transfer mandate, by purporting to be an organisation you make regular payments to, for example a subscription or membership organisation or your business supplier.

Notify your bank immediately if you see any unusual activity on your account or suspect mandate fraud has occurred.

For more advice and information on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud, or what to do if you have been a victim, visit the Action Fraud website at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

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ZIMBABWE LATEST: ZANU-PF TO RECALL MUGABE FROM PRESIDENCY

Leaders of Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party are meeting on Friday to draft a resolution to dismiss President Robert Mugabe at the weekend, a senior party source said. The source said the leaders will lay the ground for his impeachment on Tuesday if Mugabe refuses to stand down.

“There is no going back. If he becomes stubborn, we will arrange for him to be fired on Sunday. When that is done, it’s impeachment on Tuesday,” said the mole.

Th soon to be 94-year-old President Robert Mugabe, the world’s oldest ruler, is still refusing to step down as Zimbabwe’s President while the Army has been trying to negotiate with him to leave peacefully.

The talks in Harare came after tumultuous days in which soldiers blockaded key roads, took over state TV and put the veteran leader under house arrest.

The Army who took great pains to stress that the take over was “not a coup” but a transition action, wanted to do it peacefully but Mugabe, after being in Power for almost his entire life has refused to budge and has declared that he wants to stay put and see out his tenure.

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) secretary-general Victor Matemadanda yesterday rallied behind the army and called for President Robert Mugabe’s immediate recall from Zanu PF, describing him as a huge liability to the ruling party.

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The President has been under house arrest and holding talks with senior party officials and head of the army

He told journalists in Harare that the Zanu PF central committee should set up an independent commission to investigate Mugabe for unspecified crimes.

“We urge that Mugabe be recalled from his position as president of Zanu PF. This is not the first time we are doing this. We did this to (the late Zanu founding leader) Ndabaningi Sithole who had lesser crimes. We want to make it clear that Mugabe has committed much worse crimes than Sithole,” he said.

A lawyer who also spoke to My Zimbabwe News said members of the ruling party, Zanu PF, can simply recall him from Presidency, like what South Africa’s ANC did to Thabo Mbeki in 2009 before President Zuma got into office.
“Zimbabwe has 10 provinces, and if any 6 of the 10 provinces within the Zanu PF provincial leaderships recall Mugabe, it becomes a done deal. There won’t any need to negotiate with him,” said the lawyer who spoke on condition of anonymity citing security reasons.

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Unconfirmed reports allege that of the ten provinces the country has, four have reportedly already recalled Mugabe. These are said to be Mashonaland West province, Manicaland Province, Masvingo province as well as Midlands Province, reports claim.

Mugabe has never had much support from the Matabeleland region, hence Bulawayo province, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South provinces are likely to follow suit, thereby surpassing the 6-province minimum purge requirement for Zanu PF to recall its under-fire leader.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association chairman, Chris Mutsvangwa has called on all Zimbabweans to attend a rally to be held at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfield, Harare tomorrow (Saturday)’in solidarity with the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) which seized control of the country this week.

He said the army has done its part, and now is our turn as civilians to do our part and send a big message to the international community that as Zimbabweans, we are saying Mugabe Must Go! He added that this would prove to the international community that it’s indeed not a coup that is taking place in Zimbabwe, but the majority of the population doesn’t want Mugabe anymore.

“We applaud the ZDF, they are professionals in their conduct, they did their part. Between now and tomorrow we are giving a chilling warning to Mugabe and cabal that it’s done. Tomorrow we will be speaking as Zimbabwe not as various political parties,” said Mutsvangwa.

Mutsvangwa added that no political party regalia is allowed and urged Zimbabweans to exercise discipline.

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Robert Mugabe was seen in his first public appearance since a takeover by the Zimbabwean military..

He attended a university graduation ceremony on the outskirts of Harare. Clad in academic gown and hat, the 93-year-old walked slowly in a procession on a red carpet to a podium as a marching band played. He was applauded as he announced the opening of the ceremony.

His appearance followed an army statement describing “significant progress”, which was broadcast on national television and published by state-run media on Friday morning. The statement appeared to have been aimed at quelling growing concerns that the military takeover could descend swiftly into chaos.

 

SEVERAL FEARED DEAD FOLLOWING MID AIR COLLISION OVER BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

A helicopter and an aircraft have been involved in a mid-air collision over Buckinghamshire.

Several people are feared dead with many casualties being reported.

Emergency services are currently at the scene near the village of Waddesdon, which is home to Waddesdon Manor.

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service have seven vehicles responding to the incident, including fire engines and urban search and rescue vehicles.

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The incident happened shortly after midday, Thames Valley Police said.

Air crash investigators are being sent to the scene, but the priority is being placed on saving lives, police said.

Thames Valley Police are co-ordinating the response to the crash and warned there will be disruption to surrounding roads for the rest of the day.

 

*Please watch this space for uodates to the incident

BOBRISKY CLAIMS HE’S WORTH N40M

Bleaching cream expert and Nigerian male barbie, Bobrisky claims he has N40 Million in his account.

In this new IG post, the cross dresser also known as Idris Yusuf,  revealed he left his parents house to begin struggling at the age of 16 and his hustle is now paying off.

He shared the above before and after photo and wrote;

“I know some of u won’t understand wat is called “SUFFERING” cos at 25yrs some of u still collect feeding money 💰 from ur parent and still live in their house 🏡. I left my dad house when am 16yrs to go hustle and face life. I suffer so hard to become who I am today, not only by bleaching my skin but can boast of 40million in two of my active banks am sure my account officer is seeing dis. And am still hustling no going back. If u like insult me from now till tomorrow am not bothered. Wat bothered me most is how to become billionaire before am 30yrs. Some of u say am gay to be dis rich 😂😂😂😂 oga if it is dat easy carry ur own ass too let them insert some d**k. Bye 👋”                                                                                                                                                     

Last month, the self acclaimed Nigerian Snapchat king was forced to return to his  to public Snapchat after Nigerians refused to pay 10k to watch him!

The questionable personality opened a private Snap account, and kept the price for viewers at 10,000, but when apparently, Nigerians refused to fork ut their hard earned cash for such folly,  he dished the private account and reverted back to the public account, in order to to keep his relevance intact.

TEENAGER SELLS VIRGINITY TO ABU DHABI MILLIONAIRE FOR £2M

A 19-year-old model has spoken of a “dream come true” after selling her virginity for more than £2 million to a businessman from Abu Dhabi.

The part-time student from the US claimed the highest bidder narrowly beat a Hollywood Actor from Los Angeles and a politician from Russia.

The teenager, named Giselle, said she decided to auction herself off on the German website Cinderella Escorts so she could pay tuition fees and go travelling.

 “I would never have dreamt that the bid would rise so high and we would have reached 2.5 million euros,” she said. “This is a dream come true.”

The teenager said it was her idea to sell her virginity, and that she approached the agency to make the transaction in order to feel “safer”.

She said she will meet the buyer in Germany and the hotel is booked. The agency has said it will provide security to accompany her to the meeting.

 A spokesperson for the website said: “We organize the hotel, stay close to the hostel as a contact person in case of problems and the girl can cancel the meeting at any time.

“There are some girls who are looking for a buyer for their virginity on their own. It is safer to run this on our platform.”

Cinderella Escorts, run by Jan Zakobielski, 27, caught the attention of the media in 2016 when 18-year-old Russian model Allexandra Khefren sold her virginity for around £2 million.

THE REAL STORY BEHIND MUGABE’S FALL

Ata Ikiddeh writes: My family was part of the liberation struggle in Southern Africa in the 70’s. I was a child then, but I remember my father and mother sheltering Rodesians and South Africans atvour home. The late Prof Uya and my dad ran a fundraising programme to highlight the plight of fleeing South Africans. It’s why I find the script playing out in Zimbabwe intriguing , it’s a part of my childhood and a struggle I share”

While it’s difficult to piece together what exactly is going to become of Zimbabwe after the events of recent days, however history gives us a peek into the key actors in the drama currently playing out.

Now, this is the story tat many dont’t know.

Robert Mugabe the deposed President of Zimbabwe, Constantine Chiwenga the Head of the Zimbabwean Military and Mnangagwa the sacked Vice President of Zimbabwe were all very good friends and they were comrades when as young men in their 20’s  they entered the jungle and took part in the liberation struggle to free Zimbabwe from white rule.

When Mugabe became the Secretary General of ZANU PF, and later the head of state, the other two men were equally given plum positions of power and have continued as the 3 musketeers presiding over the destiny of Zimbabwe for 37 years.

Sometime in the 90’s – Mugabe, the first musketeer had an affair with his personal secretary who happened to be married to another man. The lady was Grace. While Mugabe was still married to his former wife, Sally, he and Grace had children together.

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In 1996 they became man and wife after the death of Mugabe’s first wife.

But Grace was no ordinary mistress turned wife. She was not ready to take a backseat and, she turned herself into Mugabe’s political confidant. Very soon, she made her way into the very centre and top of Zimbabwean politics straining the relationship between Mugabe and his two comrades.

Mnangagwa the 2nd musketeer after many years of loyalty became Mugabe’s Vice President in 2014, paving the way for his eventual hold on power following Mugabe’s retirement or demise.

But Grace had other ideas .

She wangled her way into ZANU PF’s politburo and began her move to take out Mnangagwa and eventually take power from her ailing husband.

In August 2017 Mnangagwa accused certain persons in the party of trying to poison him and made references to Grace. This didn’t go down well with Mugabe, how could anyone accuse his beautiful Serengeti Rose flower.

What Mugabe forgot was that boys are allowed to fight but the brotherhood must stay strong and united. In a move that shocked everyone (but not his beloved Grace) , he removed Mnangagwa from the position of Vice President.

Mnangagwa fearing his life was in great danger, fled to South Africa.

Now, in comes the 3rd musketeer Chiwenga Head of the Zimbabwaean military, a friend and brother of both Mugabe and Mnangagwa, “this is all the fault of one woman”, he is probably thinking in his mind.”  We were one until this woman came. I trust Mnangagwa to takeover but I don’t know this woman. By the way, where was she when we were sleeping in the bushes before the liberation?” He must have been thinking in his mind.

Chiwenga sends a warning to Mugabe advising him to put his house in order. This was the first time he has ever spoken this way to his senior comrade. Thinking Mugabe will take the hint and , call him to negotiate and talk things over a cup of tea but – NO! Mugabe does the exact opposite.

He sends his Minister of Information to tell the Army General to stay out of State matters.

Mugabe then finalises plans to sack Chiwenga perhaps to pave an unhindered route to the throne for Grace.

The military chief thought this had gone too far.

His brother and comrade in arms had drunk deep from the strange woman’s bosom and it’s wasn’t him acting any longer.

So on the morning of the 15th November, he rolled out his tanks and seized power  from his former friend.

He’s therefore right when he says,”this is not a coup” When you really look at it, it’s really about three friends who have only fallen out over the inordinate ambitions of a woman.

Latest reports say Mnangagwa the 2nd Musketeer is on his way back from South Africa. Unconfirmed reports say he’s going to be installed interim President.

The 1st Musketter Mugabe is under house arrest. The 3rd Musketter is in the saddle promising calm and quick elections.

The 3 men have held Zimbabwe under lock and key for 37yrs.

This is nothing but a change of baton.

Zimbabwe needs a real revolution out of the hands of the veterans of the liberation struggle. No doubt in the 21st century Zimbabwe is the frozen out Animal Farm in George Orwells celebrated work.

 

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Meanwhile the woman Also known as Gucci Grace, who started the whole chaos,  has fled the country leaving her beloved husband who sacrificed everything, to face an uncertain fate.

16m Zimbabweans could not remove Mugabe but a woman did.

The woman who shared his bed also brought about his downfall.

 

MAN FREED AFTER SPENDING 45 YEARS IN JAIL FOR RAPE HE DIDN’T COMMIT

A 65-year-old man who was found guilty of rape aged 19 and sentenced to life in jail has today walked free after his conviction was overturned.

Wilbert Jones hugged relatives outside the gates of East Baton Rouge Parish Prison in Louisiana after spending almost five decades wrongly behind bars.

“Freedom. After more than 45 years and 10 months. That’s going through my mind,” he said.

“I forgave. I forgive,” he added. “I didn’t have control of it. Why should I worry about it? I’m in charge of myself.”

Wilbert Jones leaves East Baton Rouge Parish Prison after 45 years and ten months behind bars (AP)

State District Judge Richard Anderson said authorities withheld evidence that could have exonerated Mr Jones decades ago and their case against him was “weak at best”.

His lawyer Emily Maw praised “the extraordinary strength” of a man “who has spent over 16,000 days in prison for something he didn’t do” and would nevertheless “come out with a faith in God and in humanity”.

Wilbert Jones with his sister-in-law Wilda Jones (left) and niece Wajeedah Jones (right) (AP)

Prosecutors said they do not intend to retry Mr Jones but they also said they would ask the Louisiana Supreme Court to review last month’s decision by the judge.

Court spokesman Robert Gunn said on Wednesday morning that no such request had yet been filed.

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Ms Maw said that it would be “legally incorrect and morally problematic” if the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office insists on trying to uphold the conviction because by doing so it would be “saying that when Wilbert Jones was arrested in 1972 as a young, 19-year-old poor black man, he did not deserve the rights that people deserve today”.

Mr Jones was arrested on suspicion of abducting a nurse at gunpoint from a Baton Rouge hospital’s car park and raping her behind a building on the night of October 2 1971.

Prosecutors said they do not intend to retry Mr Jones (AP)

He was convicted of aggravated rape at a 1974 retrial that “rested entirely” on the nurse’s testimony and her “questionable identification” of Mr Jones as her assailant, the judge said.

The nurse, who died in 2008, picked Mr Jones out of a police line-up more than three months after the rape, but she also told police that the man who raped her was taller and had a “much rougher” voice than he had.

Mr Jones’s lawyers claim the nurse’s description matches a man who was arrested but never charged in the rape of a woman abducted from the car park of another Baton Rouge hospital, just 27 days after the nurse’s attack.

The same man also was arrested on suspicion of raping another woman in 1973, but was only charged and convicted of armed robbery in that case.

Judge Anderson said the evidence shows police knew of the similarities between that man and the nurse’s description of her attacker.

“Nevertheless, the state failed to provide this information to the defence,” the judge wrote.