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.
Woman Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison For Killing Husband With Eye Drops
A South Carolina woman was Thursday sentenced to 25 years in jail after she admitted poisoning her husband by putting eye drops in his drinking water.
In a plea deal, Lana Sue Clayton, 53, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Steven Clayton, 64, at their home in Clover, near Charlotte, CBS-affiliate WBTV reported.
She was accused of poisoning her husband by lacing his drinking water with eye drops between July 19 and 21, 2018.
Her husband was initially thought to have died of natural causes but an autopsy toxicology report showed poisonous levels of tetrahydrozoline, which is found in eye drops.
“The coroner found a level of tetrahydrozoline in his system and that’s when we opened the case because that was very unusual for us,” York County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Trent Faris said, according to WBTV.
Prosecutors said in 2016 she also shot her husband in back of the head with a crossbow, ABC-affiliate WSOC-TV reported.
At the time the incident was put down as an accident.
Speaking at her sentencing, she admitted poisoning her husband but claimed he had abused her.
“I did impulsively put the Visine in Stephen’s drink and I did it with the intent to make him sick and uncomfortable. I was upset about the abuse and just wanted him to leave me alone,” Clayton, wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, told the court, WBTV video showed.
“I never thought it would kill him.”
Clayton, a former Veterans Affairs Department nurse, said she got the idea of using eye drops, which are tasteless, colorless and odorless, from watching movies but thought they would cause diarrhea.
Prosecutors however said she killed her husband for money, throwing his cell phone in a lake so he could not call for help and and burning his will afterwards.
“She fooled one of the most brilliant men I’ve ever known in my life,” Steven Clayton’s sister Rosemarie Clayton-Leslie told ABC’s Good Morning America.
“My brother died a horrific death. I think my brother was screaming for his life.”
Clayton was arrested in August 2018 and charged with murder.
“Of the many homicide cases I’ve handled, this one probably takes the cake as far as being bizarre,” South Carolina Circuit Court Judge Paul Burch said.
While it is unusual, it is not the first time eye drops have featured in a homicide case.
In December 2019 a North Carolina man was charged with murdering his wife using eye drops, WSOC said.
BREAKING: Another Building Collapses In Lagos
A two-storey building on Friday collapsed in Agarawu area of Lagos Island, Lagos State.
An uncompleted three-storey building had earlier collapsed at 12 Alasepe Street, off Community Road, Ago Palace Way, Okota in the state.
How My Boyfriend Sold Me Into Prostitution For ₦350k — 18-Year-Old Girl Narrates
Victoria Oshioke, a victim of human trafficking has narrated how her boyfriend sold her into prostitution for 500,000 cefa (N350,000).
Speaking to Daily Trust, the 18-year-old girl who was rescued alongside three other girls identified as Joy Aloaye, Amaka Eze and Anuoluwapo Mustapha by operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said she was first sold to the syndicate when she was 16-years-old and taken to Cotonou, Republic of Benin and later to Mali to engage in prostitution.
Oshioke said she found a way to return back to Nigeria because she couldn’t cope with sleeping with different men every day.
She said: “The syndicate took me to Mali where I was made to sleep with different men. I came back two years ago and later got a call from my boyfriend, Maxwell, that I should come to Benin. I was living in Auchi then.
“When I got to Benin along with my elder sister, my boyfriend asked me to go back to Mali.
“I refused. in the midnight, he threw us out of his apartment. For fear of being attacked, we agreed to go.
“The next day, which was Tuesday, he put us in a bus coming to Lagos after calling his contact, who resides at Iyana-Ipaja.”
The NSCDC on Thursday January 16, revealed that they have arrested a 30-year-old suspected member of the syndicate identified as Omowunmi Michael, at her residence in Iyana Ipaja, Lagos.
Omowunmi reportedly got into a heated exchange with the girls and threatened to send them back to Edo State after they refused paying an upfront payment of N1 million before she will hand them over to the syndicate’s leader in Cotonou.
The girls who stormed out of the room in anger, shared their ordeal with the NSCDC officials after being spotted in a truck whose driver they begged for a lift. Omowunmi was then arrested on Wednesday January 15, while trying to traffick four ladies to Mali for prostitution.
Commandant of NSCDC Lagos State Command, Cyprian Ehi Otiobhi said, “Two of the victims, Victoria Oshioke and Joy Aloaye, were transported from Benin, Edo State, by one Favour, who is currently on the run, while Amaka Eze, who hails from Onitsha, Anambra State, was linked to the suspect by one Lekan.”