Nigeria: Tenant Exploiting Law Enforcement Channels to Extort Landlord Apprehended

Nigeria: Tenant Exploiting Law Enforcement Channels to Extort Landlord Apprehended

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

The Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) at Alagbon, Lagos, recently made a significant arrest, apprehending Henry Nwabueze for allegedly abusing the AIG FCID Annex office to facilitate his illicit activities. Nwabueze, a tenant residing in Thomas Estate, Ajah since 2018, was the subject of a petition filed by a law firm, Lyke Agwu and Co. Law Firm, on behalf of Alphonso Oham.

According to Mayegun Aminat, the spokesperson for the FCID, Nwabueze admitted to defaulting on rent payments since 2018, leading to legal action initiated at the Tinubu Magistrate’s Court on February 6, 2024. During a court session at the Igbosere Magistrate’s Court, Nwabueze, accompanied by an individual identified as Mr. Francis, coerced Oham into settling the matter out of court. Subsequently, Nwabueze demanded N2 million to resolve the issue, citing purported costs incurred.

Investigations revealed that Nwabueze had orchestrated a scheme to extort funds from Oham under false pretenses. He deceived Oham into paying N1.5 million into a certain Umar Fatima account, allegedly for certain detectives at Alagbon to withdraw the case from court, and an additional N2 million. This manipulation prompted Oham to file a petition.

“Police Crackdown on Suspected Cultist Linked to Murders in Port Harcourt.”

In a separate development, the Rivers State Police Command, in collaboration with the Diobu Vigilante Group, apprehended a suspected notorious cultist, Samuel Nwokoma, accused of involvement in two murder cases in Port Harcourt.

According to Grace Iringe-Koko, the Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, Nwokoma, identified as the leader of the dreaded gang, Blood Star, operating in parts of Diobu, Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, was arrested based on credible intelligence.

Upon interrogation, Nwokoma confessed to his involvement in two specific incidents. On March 14, 2024, he and his gang fatally shot Ede Sunday at Nanka Street by Lomumba, Diobu, Port Harcourt. Similarly, on March 16, 2024, they shot George Johnson on the chest at Ojoto Street by Emenike, Diobu, Port Harcourt. Despite receiving immediate medical attention at New Mile One Clinic Diobu, George Johnson tragically succumbed to his injuries.

In a significant breakthrough, Nwokoma led police operatives to the gang’s hideout at Ogwu Waterside, Diobu, Port Harcourt. However, the remaining gang members fled the scene upon police arrival, attempting to evade capture by jumping into the river. Intensive efforts are ongoing to apprehend the fleeing suspects and bring them to justice.

The search conducted at the hideout yielded substantial evidence, including recovered arms and ammunition. These included three AK-47 rifles, one assault rifle, AK-47 magazines, a Beretta pistol, rounds of live ammunition, packets of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), detonating wire, and various types of charms.

These arrests underscore the ongoing efforts by law enforcement agencies to combat criminal activities and maintain public safety within the region.

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