A new method devised by robbers to rob unsuspecting bank customers has been uncovered by the men of the Nigerian Police force, Ebonyi State command.
According to reports, the Ebonyi Police Command on Thursday said it had uncovered a new strategy used by criminals to rob bank customers.
The command’s spokesperson, Mrs Loveth Odah, made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki.
Odah warned members of the public, especially bank customers, to always be security conscious whenever they make bank transaction.
According to her, the new strategy involves trailing their victims through a female member of their syndicate who are usually monitoring financial transactions around banks’ premises.
Odah said that such members of the syndicate usually hang outside the banks with cellophane bag containing nails that were usually planted either at the front or rear of the victims’ vehicles.
“As soon as the target comes out from the bank, enters the vehicle, he climbs the unsuspecting bag of nails that automatically punctures the tyres.
“The same people will follow you on a bike and will be showing you that your tyre is deflecting and as an unsuspecting citizen; you will stop the car, alight reluctantly to check your tyre without closing your door.
“They will reach out into the car, collect the money in your car without any stress and without shooting a gun, take it and speed off.
“The new strategy has been used to rob some bank customers by the criminals and we have arrested some of them including a woman who confessed their involvement in the crime.
“We are using this opportunity to alert the public on this latest antics of criminals and to advise bank customers to use security when withdrawing huge amount of money.
“Also car owners should always ensure that they use the car central lock while driving and whenever they alight from the car,” Odah said.
The spokesperson said that the command was fully prepared to protect the lives and property of every citizen before, during and after the Yuletide.
“The Christmas period is a season we usually experience heavy human and vehicular traffic with attendant social ills.
“Bad elements in our midst will want to exploit the season to break the law by committing all sorts of crimes.
“Though, Ebonyi is relatively crime free and the most peaceful in terms of crime in the South-East zone, we are still not going to relent in ensuring that we maintain the status quo.
“We urge the public to cooperate with the police and when they see something, they should say something and a quick response by the police in crime situation will help put smiles on the victim or victims’ faces.
“We have given out distress call numbers so that the public can reach us promptly and we are assuring members of the public that police and other security agencies will ensure adequate protection of lives and property of the citizens,” she added.
The spokesperson also advised parents not to leave their children in isolated places to avoid being preyed upon by suspected ritual killers and child traffickers.
COVID-19: Witches Association Warns Members To Suspend All Meetings
The Witches Association in Ghana has asked its members to suspend all meetings amidst the global battle against coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19.
According to a report by Wildout Ghana, the head of the Association who was unnamed warned all members to suspend all meetings and stay at home.
Quoting the leader of the association, Wildout Ghana’s reporter, Kofi Yehowah, said the impact of the coronavirus is slowing down the activities of the witches
“We can’t touch people anymore. Even when our members meet, we can’t greet any longer so we have to suspend meetings till everything is okay,” the witches said.
Meanwhile, ORIENTAL TIMES understands that Ghana currenly has a total number of 152 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
However, latest reports from the country say that 31 patients have recovered so far from the deadly disease.
Imo Businessman Dies In Abuja After Returning From S. Africa, State Govt Seals His Hotel, Quarantines Guests, Family Members
Residents of Imo State are presently gripped with fear over the mysterious death of the owner of Fancy Hotel, Umugwuma, Owerri, chief Christogonus Aguwa Osuagwu in Abuja on Monday March 30.
Osuagwu was said to have flown into the country from South Africa via Abuja. He reportedly left Abuja to his hotel in Owerri, and later visited his family at Ahiazu Mbaise LGA, before returning to Abuja where he was said to have died on Monday morning, prompting fears that he had died from coronavirus.
State chairman of the Hoteliers Association of Nigeria, Chima Chukwunyere, who confirmed the news to Daily Sun, said that the death of Osuagwu remains a mystery to the association as he pointed out that the deceased had been battling with kidney problem for some time.
“We cannot say for sure if he died of COVID -19 or not because he never subjected himself to test, but we know that he had been battling with a kidney problem for a very long time,” Chukwunyere explained.
Meanwhile, the hotel has been sealed and all those he came in contact with have been quarantined, Chukwunyere said.
COVID-19: Florida Pastor Arrested For Holding Fully-Packed Church Services Despite Stay-At-Home Order
A Florida Pastor, Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne has been arrested by the police for holding fully-packed church services despite a stay-at-home order in the state.
Prior to his arrest, the evangelical pastor had insisted that he wouldn’t close the doors of his Tampa Bay megachurch until the End Times begin. He also encouraged those in attendance at his River at Tampa Bay Church to shake hands, to show they were not afraid of contracting the coronavirus. A video from the church service on Sunday March 29, showed dozens of people packed inside the church and standing shoulder-to-shoulder.
Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne was arrested on Monday March 30 on misdemeanor charges of unlawful assembly and violation of public health rules after defying social distancing orders at The River at Tampa Bay church.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said at a press conference;
“I made a decision to seek an arrest warrant for the pastor of a local church who intentionally and repeatedly chose to disregard the orders set in place by our president, the governor, the CDC and the Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group. His reckless disregard for human life put hundreds of people in his congregation at risk and thousands of residents who may interact with them this week in danger.”
The church has claimed on its website that the restrictions are a violation of the First Amendment, and in a March 18 post on Facebook, the church said it was providing an “essential service” that made it exempt from the social distancing orders.
Authorities said the sheriff’s office spoke to attorneys for the church to explain they were in violation of government orders, and officers attempted to meet in person with the pastor but he refused.
Howard-Brown turned himself in to a neighboring sheriff’s office and was booked and released within 40 minutes.
Florida has more than 5,200 confirmed coronavirus cases and at least 63 deaths, according to the state’s health department.
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