Thursday, 6 April 2017

Four Nigerian men, one woman arrested in Malaysia for romance scams

Four Nigerian men, one woman arrested in Malaysia for romance scams

Four Nigerian men and a Malaysian woman were on Tuesday, April 4th, arrested for their alleged involvement in a love scam syndicate in the Klang Valley, Malaysia.

Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said police had their eye on the syndicate for some time before launching the operation.

"We raided several locations at Jalan Klang Lama, Cyberjaya and Damansara. During the raid, the team arrested four Nigerian men and a Malaysian woman aged between 28 and 40,"
Police also seized four cars, 13 mobile phones, six laptop computers, four bank books, and six ATM cards, he added.

Comm Acryl said the syndicate would find victims through social media and develop online relationships with them before conning them into making cash transfers to them.
“We believe the syndicate used variations of love scam and parcel scam tactics to dupe their victims,” he said, adding that the suspects have been connected to 43 cases so far involving at least RM950,000.

He said that from January to March this year, 581 love and parcel scam cases were reported involving losses of at least RM23.6mil.

Love scams refer to a con game where the syndicate starts a relationship with the victim through the Internet. The “lover” expresses a wish to marry the victim in Malaysia but is “arrested” upon arrival. The victim will be asked by the syndicate to pay for his or her release.

In parcel scams the victim is made to believe, via social media, that the trickster will send them a parcel as proof of their love.

A “Customs officer” or courier company will then contact the victim, demanding a tax or insurance fee for the parcel.

The parcel will not be delivered, however, and the syndicate will continue to ask for more money from the victims.

28 Europe-bound Nigerian migrants died on the Mediterranean sea - Presidency

28 Europe-bound Nigerian migrants died on the Mediterranean sea

The Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Diaspora Affairs, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa says that no fewer than 128 Nigerians were among the over 576 West African migrants to Europe that drowned in the Mediterranean sea recently. She disclosed this on Tuesday, at the public presentation of two books “From Libya with Tears’’ and “Practical News and Feature Writing’’ in Lagos.

Mrs Dabiri, who was represented by her Special Assistant on Media, Mr Abdul-Rahman Balogun, said most of the victims were heading to Italy enroute the Libyan coast, when the tragedy occurred.
She described the incident as unfortunate, saying the story was one too many and that it highlighted the desperation by some Nigerians to travel to Europe at all costs, despite the high risks.

"Just some days ago, 128 Nigerians died on the Mediterranean sea out of 576. Most of them were from West African countries and they were on their way to Europe.

“Now, this is an unfortunate incident and I think it is better to remain in Nigeria and keep struggling, instead of making desperate journeys that could take their lives," she said.

Dabiri-Erewa said some Nigerians had been trapped in Libya and were subjected to various inhuman treatments and that only the intervention of the Federal Government had ensured the return of many.

Reigning Through Praise - Dr. Paul Enenche

Seed of Destiny Devotional 6th April 2017: Reigning Through Praise

Welcome to Seed of Destiny Devotional written by Dr. Paul Enenche

TOPIC: Reigning Through Praise 

TODAY: Thursday April 6, 2017

Scripture: The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Genesis 49:10

Thought For The Day: Praise establishes a person as a candidate for praise on the earth.

The life of praise is a crucial weapon in the life of every Christian. Every time the devil wants to fight a person’s destiny, he fights their praise life.

Praise is a preserver of life. For instance, Judah literally means praise, and in Genesis 37:26, when the children of Israel wanted to kill Joseph because of his dreams, it was Judah (praise) that rose up and said, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? This implies that Judah was the voice of praise that preserved the life of Joseph.

Now, what are some of the benefits of Praise?

1. Praise establishes a person as a candidate for praise on the earth. When you praise God without reservations, God will give you results that will make people celebrate God for your life.

2. Praise releases a person into the realm of victory over enemies. When you praise God, your enemies will begin to fight each other for your sake.

Beloved, be determined to walk in the realm of praise today. Praise God not just for what He has done but also for what He is yet to do.

Remember this: Praise establishes a person as a candidate for praise on the earth.


1. Write out the things that God has done for You from the beginning of the year till now and begin to appreciate Him for them.

Prayer: O LORD, I will praise You at all times. Thank You LORD for what You are about to do in my life in Jesus’ Name.


Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 29:1 to 30:20, Luke 11:37 to 12:7, Psalm 78:1 to 31, Proverbs 12: 19 to 20.

Quote: A man or woman whose life is given to the praise of the Master can never remain unknown.

Amazing Fact: Due to breathing, your ribs move about five million times a year.

Today In History: 06/04/1896 - The first modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece.

#BBNaija: TBoss cries over inability to recite national anthem as Bisola expresses desire for threesome

TBoss broke down in tears on Wednesday after she was dared to sing Nigeria’s National Anthem and she couldn’t.

It all started when housemates got sent outside to the yard to play Truth or Dare till lights out.

This time around, there was no alcohol involved and instead they’d have to drink a whole bottle of water if they couldn’t go through with what they’d been asked to do.

The dares ranged from splits to cartwheels and the housemates also made some interesting revelations. Read More from Source


 Billy Graham's Daily Devotional

Welcome to Daily Devotional written by Billy Graham 

TOPIC: Know the Bible 

TODAY: Thursday April 6, 2017

KEY VERSE: Search the Book of the Lord . . .  — Isaiah 34:16 (TLB)

A knowledge of the Bible is essential to a rich and meaningful life. For the words of this Book have a way of filling in the missing pieces, of bridging the gaps, of turning the tarnished colors of our life to jewel-like brilliance. Learn to take your every problem to the Bible. Within its pages you will find the correct answer. But most of all, the Bible is a revelation of the nature of God.

The philosophers of the centuries have struggled with the problem of a Supreme Being. Who is He? What is He? Where is He? If there is such a Person, is He interested in me? If so, how can I know Him? These and a thousand other questions about God are answered in this Holy Book we call the Bible.

Prayer for the day: How glorious it is to read Your Word and learn more of You, my Savior and my Lord!

Written by Billy Graham, Founder of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association(BGEA). BGEA exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by every effective means and to equip the church and others to do the same.

Prepare Yourself - Pastor W.F Kumuyi


DCLM Daily Manna Devotional written by Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

TOPIC: Prepare Yourself!

TODAY: Thursday April 6, 2017

Bible Text: Jeremiah 19:1-15

Key Verse: "And say, Hear ye the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, the which whosoever heareth, his ears shall tingle" (Jeremiah 19:3).

A story was told about a boy who failed all his school work. He sent a text message to his mother: "Failed everything; prepare Papa." His mother, after some time, replied, "Papa prepared; prepare yourself." This is the message all mankind needs in view of the looming judgment of God. God is prepared.

READ ALSO: Repentance Is Essential - Pastor W.F Kumuyi

We need to prepare ourselves! After several attempts by God to bring backslidden Israel back into fellowship with Him, coupled with clear warnings on the impending judgment of their persistence in obstinacy and rebellion, He sent prophet Jeremiah to announce the fast approaching judgment on idolatrous Israel. The prophet was directed to deliver the message near the Valley of the son of Hinnom.

There were various reasons for the imminent judgment of God upon His people. They had forsaken God. They made their nation a place of idolatry, false religion and false worship. They persecuted the prophets and practised human sacrifice. The kings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem had developed stony hearts and were committed to flagrant disobedience. God’s judgment upon the rebellious Israel would be so severe that the Valley of the son of Hinnom would be renamed the Valley of slaughter.

Similarly, the world at present has lost interest in God. It has turned a deaf ear to His warnings and is persecuting preachers who proclaim holy living and righteous disposition. Certainly, judgment will soon come upon the world and our universe will shortly experience the great wrath of God. The Bible teaches that God has "appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained" (Acts 17:31). The Lord has not given up on the world of the ungodly. He still pleads with everyone to heed His warning and escape imminent judgment.


Thought for the day: The door of mercy is open today; delay is dangerous!

Bible Reading in one Year: Deuteronomy 10-12

The Poor in Spirit - Pastor E.A Adeboye

Today's Open Heavens Devotional written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Welcome to Open Heavens Devotional written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

TOPIC: The Poor in Spirit

TODAY: Thursday 6, April 2017

Memorise: Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. - Matthew 5:3

Read: Luke 18:9-14 (KJV)

9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:

10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Bible in One Year: Leviticus 13, Jeremiah 8:4-17

Some people believe that the poor are automatic candidates for making heaven; hence they see them as being blessed. Nothing could be further from the truth. This error is derived from a wrong interpretation of the scripture in today’s memory verse. No matter how poor you are, if you are not reconciled with your Maker, the Kingdom of heaven is a mere illusion for you. Whereas, you may be as rich as Father Abraham himself was, and when you die, you will still make heaven. Revelation 19:5 says,

“And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.”

Irrespective of whether you are rich or poor, once you meet the condition for admission into the Kingdom of God, you will be granted access. What is this condition? Revelations 21:27 gives us insight into this:

“And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.”

READ ALSO: The Ways God Fights - Pastor E.A Adeboye

The question then is this: What type of “poor” was Jesus referring to in Matthew 5:3? It is the poor in spirit, and not the poor in wealth or riches. Who then are the poor in spirit? They are those who realise their spiritual insufficiency as touching the requirements of God with regards to righteousness, and they have a thirst in their spirit to overcome this inadequacy. This thirst will metamorphose into a search for God and for His mercy. The Almighty God is always waiting to receive such people, and He leads them on the path of righteousness through His Son, Jesus Christ. Like the publican in today’s Bible reading, the poor in spirit have no righteousness of their own, and hence, they cry for the mercy of God. The “rich in spirit” on the other hand will never cry for God’s mercy; they will always rely on their own righteousness. Of such is the Pharisee in our Bible text. Concerning the poor in spirit (the publican), Jesus Christ said “this man went down to his house justified rather than the other. “Therefore, for anyone to enter into the Kingdom of heaven, such a fellow must first humble himself or herself at the Cross of Jesus Christ, confess his or her sins, forsake them with a promise never to return to them again, and then ask for grace to live a life that is pleasing to God Almighty (1 John 1:9).

Prayer Point: Father, I humble myself before Your throne of grace today; please forgive my spiritual pride and take me to Your side by Your mercy. At the end of my life, let me reign with you.