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$117 Million Fraud: FBI Arrest 35 Nigerians In Texas (See List)

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$117 Million Fraud: FBI Arrest 35 Nigerians In Texas (See List)

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested 35 Nigerians in North Texas, in fraud worth $117 Million.

They will face indictment for money laundering and wire scam that defrauded over 100 people nationwide.

According to the department, the defendants are accused of conducting romance schemes to defraud and steal money from older American adults.

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The defendants use alias names and trolled dating sites like Match.com, ChistianMingle, JSwipe, and PlentyofFish, to prey on vulnerable targets like widowed or divorced.

These victims are made to build trust with the scammers as they would pose interest by sharing a fake snivel story and then request a large sum of money.

“These criminals rely on victims’ isolation, loneliness, and sometimes their grief. The only mistake these victims make is being generous to the wrong people. ” Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah stated at a press conference announcing the charges.

“Once they depleted the savings they vanished into thin air.

“Romance scams are often difficult to prosecute because victims are often embarrassed, feel duped, and don’t want to come forward.

Shah encourages victims to come forward and reassure them that the scams are more common than one might think — more than 20,000 people lost $600 million in romance scams in 2020

Eleven of the arrests were made in the Northern District of Texas while 24 arrests were made in the Eastern District of Texas.

Nigerians Charged in the Northern District of Texas ;

  1. David Animashaun, 38 – arrested in DFW, charged with wire fraud conspiracy.
  2. Oluwalobamise Michael Moses, 40 – arrested in DFW, charged with wire fraud conspiracy
  3. Irabor Fatarr Musa, 51 – arrested in the Eastern District of Texas, charged by the Northern District of Texas wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy
  4. Ijeoma Okoro, 31 – arrested in DFW, wire fraud conspiracy fraud, money laundering conspiracy
  5. Chukwemeka Orji, 36 – arrested in DFW, charged with wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy
  6. Emanuel Stanley Orji, 35 – arrested in DFW, charged with wire fraud conspiracy
  7. Frederick Orji, 37 – arrested in Dallas, charged with wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy
  8. Uwadiale Esezobor, 36 – arrested in Lubbock, charged with mail & wire fraud conspiracy
  9. Victor Idowu, 36 – arrested in Los Angeles, charged with mail & wire fraud conspiracy
  10. Afeez Abiola Alao, 37 – wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy
  11. Ambrose Sunday Ohide, 47 – wire fraud conspiracy

All of the defendants named are innocent until proven guilty. If convicted, the defendants face up 20 years in federal prison on the wire fraud conspiracy counts and up to 10 years in federal prison on the money laundering conspiracy counts.

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Covid: Protests In China Widen Against Strict Lockdown Measures

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Protests in China have increased in response to the government’s tough Covid regulations, with some citizens publicly venting their rage at Communist Party leaders.

Thousands of demonstrators came to Shanghai’s streets, and protesters were seen being bundled into police cars.

Students have also demonstrated at Beijing and Nanjing universities.

The current upheaval followed a protest in the isolated northwestern city of Urumqi, where lockdown measures were blamed after a tower block fire killed ten people.

While Chinese authorities denied that Covid restrictions were to blame for the deaths, officials in Urumqi issued an extraordinary apology late Friday, promising to “establish order” by gradually removing restrictions.

Some protesters were seen lighting candles and putting flowers for the deaths in Shanghai, China’s largest metropolis and a worldwide financial powerhouse in the country’s east.

Others could be heard yelling slogans like “Xi Jinping, step down” and “Communist Party, step down.” Some people also carried blank white banners.

Such demands are exceptional in China, where any open criticism of the government or the president can result in severe punishment.

One protester said he was “shocked and a little excited” to see so many people out on the streets, and that it was the first time he’d seen such widespread dissent in China.

He claimed that lockdowns had made him feel “sad, angry, and helpless,” and that he had been unable to see his ailing mother, who was undergoing cancer treatment.

According to a female protester, when police officers were asked how they felt about the protests, the response was “the same as you.” “They wear their uniforms, therefore they’re performing their job,” she explained.

Others reported violence, with one demonstrator telling the Associated Press that one of his friends was beaten by police on the scene, while two others were pepper sprayed.

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Equatorial Guinea President to Continue 43-year-rule

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In Equatorial Guinea, the world’s longest-serving president was re-elected to continue reigning over his dictatorial rule.

Officials stated six days after the poll that Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, 80, received over 95% of the ballots cast.

“The results confirm us right again,” the president’s son, Vice-President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, stated. “We’re still a wonderful party.”

Although some opposition candidates ran, none were anticipated to win.

President Obiang holds sway over the oil-rich Central African nation, with family members holding important government positions.

He took control after a military takeover in 1979 and has survived multiple coup attempts.

When he took over from his predecessor and uncle, Francisco Macias Nguema, he instituted minor changes but maintained Nguema’s total power over the country.

Political opposition is hardly tolerated and greatly hampered by a lack of a free press, as the government owns or controls all broadcast media.

President Obiang, who has repeatedly refuted allegations of human rights violations and election cheating, is said to plan to utilize his sixth term to improve his worldwide reputation.

The administration abolished the death sentence in September, which was applauded by the United Nations.

Equatorial Guinea has a history of falsified election outcomes, according to critics.

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France vote for right to abortion in constitution

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The National Assembly of France has endorsed a proposal to codify the right to abortion in the country’s constitution, motivated partly by rising restrictions abroad.

A strong majority of lawmakers voted to include a clause guaranteeing “the effectiveness and equal access to the right to stop pregnancy freely.”

The measure, according to left-wing MP Mathilde Panot, is intended to protect against the “backsliding” observed in the United States and Poland.

However, the bill’s passage will be difficult.

The Senate, which rejected a similar plan last month, is deemed unlikely to support the latest amendment. The Senate is dominated by right-wing parties, which maintain that abortion rights are not under threat in France.

A constitutional amendment would also require a referendum, however polls show that more than 80% of French citizens support it.

Ms Panot’s amendment was approved with the support of MPs from Emmanuel Macron’s ruling Renaissance party, but a reference to the right to contraception was removed.

Aurore Bergé, a Macron MP, was scheduled to offer her own abortion proposal next week but withdrew it after telling MPs how her mother had experienced an abortion without anaesthesia before it became legal in 1974.

“The issue of abortion access and protection is not a whim; it should not be politicized; it is not a matter of party politics,” she stated.

Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti also supported the amendment and complimented the “historic” vote.

Similar to neighboring Spain, the French parliament agreed in February to expand the legal term for abortion from 12 to 14 weeks. It is lower in Sweden, the Netherlands, England, Wales, and Scotland than in the rest of Europe.

Ms Panot dedicated the vote on Thursday to women in the United States, Poland, and Hungary. Her push to change the constitution was sparked by a vote in the United States Supreme Court to end the national guarantee of abortion access, effectively overturning the landmark Roe v Wade decision in 1973.

Thirteen US states have since begun to enforce abortion bans, and voters in states such as California supported proposals this month to enshrine the right to abortion in their state constitutions.

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