A Nigerian man living in Georgia has been arrested and had his first appearance in federal court in Atlanta on charges of laundering the proceeds of romance scams that targeted victims in the Eastern District of North Carolina and throughout the United States.
According to court documents seen by SaharaReporters, Oluwadamilare Kolaogunbule, aka “Dare” opened, maintained, and controlled multiple bank accounts, referred to as “drop accounts” that were used to receive, move, and obscure criminal proceeds, including funds derived from romance scams.
A romance scam refers to a scheme in which scammers create fake profiles on Internet dating sites to identify victims, form fraudulent romantic relationships with them, and then exploit them for profit.
According to the allegations in the indictment, co-defendant Samuel Ugberaese, a/k/a” “Putsammy” a Nigerian national, and his co-conspirators, used romance scam techniques, including false stories and promises, as a means to defraud victims into transferring money on their behalf.
It is alleged that Kolaogunbule conspired with Ugberaese to conduct financial transactions through his bank accounts, including accounts registered to purported Georgia export companies, to conceal and disguise the nature, location, source, ownership, and control of the criminal proceeds.
The indictment seeks a forfeiture money judgment for at least $2,367,520 related to the schemes.
Kolaogunbule is charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering and faces a maximum penalty of 240 months in prison if convicted.
“Romance scams are among the most prolific and despicable crimes of the digital age. Con artists outside of our borders stalk Internet dating websites for the sole purpose of taking advantage of individuals looking for companionship” stated United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr.
“They make false promises of love, but the victims—many of whom are older Americans—find only emotional and financial devastation. The losses associated with these crimes is staggering. According to theFBI’ss Internet Crime Complaint Center, romance scams produce greater reported financial losses than other online crimes.
“In 2019 alone, romance scams generated reported losses over $475 million. To move these criminal proceeds in and out of our financial system, the scammers often rely on domestic money launderers to help them avoid detection and maximise their profits.
“Disrupting these criminal networks and vindicating the rights of victims to see justice, with targeted investigations and prosecutions, will continue to be a top priority for my office.
“It takes a heartless person to prey on lonely, elderly people. Some of these victims were essentially robbed of their life savings so these conspirators could profit.”
The FBI and our law enforcement partners are focused on holding offenders accountable who rip off our senior citizens,” said Robert R. Wells, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Charlotte.
Kayan Mata, Cause Of Alarming Rate Of Divorce In Abuja, Other States
In a quest to ascertain the causes of increasing rate of divorce in the Federal Capital Territory AbujaAbuja, it was gathered that desperate and chronic single ladies have uncovered a ‘fetish’ means of snatching husbands.
The desperate spinsters have gone deep in search of the solution to their single status by using an aphrodisiac popularly know as Kayan Mata to hypnotise and spellbind men to themselves.
Kayan Mata literally means ‘women things’ in Hausa, the major language spoken in the Northern part of the country.
The product is a se-.-x and love enhancer originally meant to bond couples as it possesses the power to improve their affections.
However, the product has been misconstrued and abused by women who are in desperate need of man or cash.
According to a dealer, Halima Faruk who posted a video on YouTube, the product is made of herbs usually obtained from India and some African countries.
“The product makes your sex organs extremely very sweet, so sweet that when your man tests another woman, the woman would taste soar to your man.
“When you use the product and sleep with your man, he can never get good sensation from another woman except you, and that will make him keep coming for you.
“To know the effectiveness of the product, swallow some particles of it and take sugar, you will find out that sugar is no longer sweet, the way sugar tastes in your mouth, is how other women would be to your man.”
According to her, Kayan Mata is of different types. She identified one as ATM which has the capacity of compelling men to release cash and property they never wished to give.
It can be recalled that an Abuja-based lawyer, Annnebrafa, Esq took to her Twitter handle on February 2020 to claim that over 4,000 couples applied for divorce in the Federal Capital Territory in less than two months.
“4,000 divorce applications in Abuja already and the year just started.
“Some of these marriages are less than a year old. What is really happening,”? She tweeted.
Although the claim stimulated several reactions from many Nigerians as some ascribed the ugly trend to lack of preparedness for marriage while others were sceptical on the authenticity of the figure.
However, statistically, the number of divorce cases has reached an alarming rate in the FCT, with over 200 marriages reported to have been dissolved by the FCT High Court alone in the last one year.
Findings revealed also that the figure is almost ten times higher at the customary courts, the Alkali and the Sharia Customary Courts within the Federal Capital Territory.
Some residents of FCT who spoke with DAILY POST, said they were ignorant of the trending product, stressing that their husband must have been spellbound.
A female resident of the Federal Housing, Lugbe Abuja who preferred anonymity for fear of victimisation said, “I got to know about this demonic product recently after it had ruined my marriage.
“My husband who used to love me more than anyone suddenly lost his affections for me. He no longer sees me as his wife.
“His strange attitudes towards me and the children is quite worrisome. He is always going out without disclosing his destination and that has continued for a very long time now.”
Similarly, Mrs Monica (surname withheld) of Gwagwalada, told DAILY POST correspondent that she is set to file for divorce owing to her husband’s strange attitude.
“Will I continue in this condition and die because of marriage? I don’t think it is worth it.
“I had noticed that a strange person penetrated into my marriage when he (husband) started hiding to pick calls and refused to disclose his phone security pin to me, but when I confronted him, we almost fought.
“He does not even sleep at home any more. Someone must have pierced him down with Kayan mata. I am sure it is not ordinary,” she lamented.
One of the Abuja big girls, Susanna of Gwarinpa, told DAILY POST that only smart girls rule the city, stressing that she chose never to tread the part of poverty.
According to her, “There is money in Abuja, but if you no shine your eyes, poverty go just kill you before your time. We use what we have to get what we want.
“I don’t care how a man looks, what he does or whether married or single. My own na to cash out and move”.
When asked if she uses Kyan Mata, she responded, “The man is in love. That’s the most important thing. It doesn’t matter what I used on him.”
Also, a female undergraduate who spoke to our correspondent, argued that love does not exist. She said she goes into men for mere pleasure.
“I’m not looking for any relationship that would lead to any marriage. Many of my friends who are married are only enduring the union, so why should I join them?
“If the married men are enjoying their marriage, they wouldn’t come to us, so allow me to enjoy myself,” she said.
The desperation by the single ladies to get a husband which has resulted to enthralling men, may not be unconnected to the growing rate of single ladies and scarcity of suitors in the Territory.
Another Anonymous source told our correspondent in Abuja that that family and peers pressures on ladies made them indulge in the use of Kayan Mata to snatch husbands.
“In this part of the world, when you are closed to 30 years, people will keep mounting pressures on you to get married even when there are no suitors, as if it’s your fault.
”Someone will just call you with all forms of seriousness only to let you know that you are not getting any younger, so you need to marry.
“So when a woman is not able to keep her husband, we will help her to keep the man. There is scarcity of husband. Everyone wants to get a man to herself. And if your husband is rich, I’m sorry,” she added.
An evangelist in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Augustine Johnson, told DAILY POST in Abuja that the issue of Kayan Mata is a sign of ‘end time’ as predicted by the Holy Bible.
“The desperation by young ladies that we see today, has been recorded in Isaiah 4:1 which according to the Good News version, stated that, “When that time comes, seven women will grab hold of one man and say, ‘We can feed and clothe ourselves, but please let us say you are our husband so that we won’t have to endure the shame of being unmarried,” he said.
DAILY POST’s investigation further reveals that many Nigerian women are into the business of Kayan mata. It’s either they are patronizing the product or they are marketing it. Most of the ladies selling the product use social media such as Facebook and Instagram to convince potential clients.
Federal Government of Nigeria Budgets N10.6bn For Transportation Of COVID-19 Vaccine
The Federal Government has budgeted N10.6 billion for the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines to the 36 states of the federation and the federal capital territory.
According to a document seen by PUNCH, a total of N12.7 billion was budgeted as cost of transportation for the vaccine, procurement of PPE and AEFI kits.
In the document containing the budget details, Kano state has the highest budgetary allocation with N685.4million, while Lagos state, the epicenter of the pandemic, earmarked N558.6million for the transportation of the vaccine.
Bayelsa state has the lowest budgetary allocation for transportation with N121 million.
The budget was presented to the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) alongside representatives of the federal ministry of health, on Thursday, in a meeting.
On Friday, Nigeria commenced its COVID-19 vaccination with doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which was first administered to health workers in Abuja.
The vaccination has been divided into phases. One of the phases includes the distribution of the vaccines to states that have met the requirements of storage and facilities.
As a result, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), which is the agency responsible for vaccines distribution strategy, budgeted N1.4billion for procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) while N373m was set aside for adverse events following immunisation kits (AEFI kits).
However, the NGF appealed to the federal government to support the logistics and inoculation activities to states.
“Following extensive discussions on the vaccine administration, governors called on the Federal Government to take necessary steps to support logistics and inoculation activities in states and resolved to take the following actions to ensure a smooth vaccine roll-out exercise across the country,” Kayode Fayemi, chairman of NGF, noted in a communiqué.
Coming 2 America: Nigerian Singer, Davido Now Turns An Actor In An Amazon Movie
According to the top-notch Nigerian singer now turned actor, he is much privileged to have been featured in such a movie he watched while growing up in Nigeria his motherland.
Davido took to his microblogging platform, Twitter, when he encouraged people to watch the movie while thanking Amazon movies for such an opportunity.
Davido in his own words said:
“It was an absolute pleasure sharing a set with a few legends that held the key to my childhood laughs. The sheer effort, work ethic and attention that goes into detail in creating art like this is way more astounding than I could ever imagine. I had to experience it to understand. Thank you @amazonstudios !! It was an absolute pleasure and I’d do it all over again! Coming 2 america out now! Everyone go watch it!! Tag your favorite boy when you see him! “
Watch the trailer below:
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