Nigeria - 419 Coalition 2024 News on Nigerian Scam / 419 Operations



17 MAY 2024

COURT JAILS SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER, ALUKO TUNMISE 
ONE YEAR IN LAGOS

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, 
Lagos, on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, convicted and sentenced one Aluko 
Tunmise, a self-acclaimed social media influencer and model, to one 
year imprisonment for celebrity scam.

He was arraigned by the Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a one-count charge bordering on cybercrimes.

One of the counts reads: “That you, ALUKO TUNMISE JUWONLO (A.K.A. 
KEANU REEVES), sometime between January and March, 2024 in Lagos, 
within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, directly made a 
false statement, wherein you held yourself out as a white man by 
name "KEANU REEVES" on your Telegram Account, knowing same to be 
false and with intent that the representation is relied upon for 
the purpose of procuring the issuance of financial instrument to 
yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable 
under Section 22(3) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) 
Act, 2015.”

He pleaded “guilty” to the  charge when it was read to him.

Following his guilty plea,   prosecution counsel, C.C.Okezie, sought 
to present an operative of the EFCC, Vincent Sunday Kwambuge, to review 
the facts of the matter.

Kwanbuge  told the court that the defendant was arrested sometime in March, 
2024 at Lekki County Estate, Lagos, following credible intelligence received 
by the Commission on the activities of some internet fraudsters operating 
in the area.

According to him, an iPhone 12 Pro Max  was recovered from the defendant 
at the point of arrest.

The prosecution counsel also told the court that “upon his arrest, he was 
duly processed and the defendant volunteered his statements.  Investigation 
was conducted and forensic evidence was printed out from his phone.

“In his statement, he confessed he was into celebrity scam, which is an 
impersonation of celebrities.”

Okezie, therefore, sought to tender, in evidence, the defendant’s extra-
judicial statements, iPhone and forensic investigation documents.

Justice Aneke  admitted them as exhibits.

Counsel to the defendant, A.O. Idowu, prayed the court for leniency, saying 
that the defendant “is a first-time offender and is sorry for his actions.”

He also prayed the court for a non-custodial sentence.

Justice Aneke convicted and sentenced the defendant to one year imprisonment, 
with an option of fine of N300,000( Three  Hundred Thousand Naira), with 100
hours community service.

The Judge also ordered that his mobile phone be forfeited to the Federal 
Government of Nigeria.

Tunmise bagged his imprisonment for impersonating celebrities for pecuniary 
gains.  

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16 MAY 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 17 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN ABUJA

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
on Thursday, May 16, 2024 arrested 17 suspected internet fraudsters 
in Abuja.

The suspects were arrested in the early hours of Thursday, May 16,  
2024  at City College, Karu, Abuja.

 Items recovered from them include a car, mobile phones, laptops 
 and incriminating documents. 

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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16 MAY 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 15 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN ZARIA

Operatives of the Economic and Financial crimes Commission, EFCC, have 
arrested fifteen suspected internet fraudsters in Zaria, Kaduna State. 

The suspects were arrested outside the premises of  Ahmadu Bello University 
(ABU), Zaria, following credible intelligence linking a syndicate of  fraudsters 
to suspected involvement in internet fraud.

Items recovered from them include cell phones and laptops. 

The suspects were immediately moved to the Kano Zonal Command  of the EFCC 
for  more thorough investigation. They will be charged to court as soon as 
investigations are concluded.

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15 MAY 2024

COURT JAILS 15 INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN BENIN CITY

The Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC,  on Monday and Tuesday,  May 13 & May 14, 
2024  secured the conviction of 15 internet fraudsters before 
Justices Efe Ikponmwonba and M. Itsueli of the Edo State High 
Court sitting in Benin City.

The convicts are Sagay Favour, Efemini Kelvin Mudiaga, Izzi 
Evans, Okim Ekene, Jakpa Godspower and Lucky Alao Seyi.

Others are Adams Jarret, Mathew Ese, Oritsegbogwa Joseph, Joshua 
Lucky Ojabugbe, Emudiaga Akpojaro, Richard Promise, Aboh Daniel 
Bonfrey, Deniran Emmanuel Edafe and Orode Ovie,

They were jailed after pleading guilty to one-count separate charge 
bordering on obtaining by false pretence, possession of fraudulent 
documents upon arraignment by the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The charge against Edafe reads: That you Deniran Emmanuel Edafe (M) 
on or about 3rd day of May, 2024 in Benin City, Edo State, within the 
jurisdiction of this Honorable Court did have in your possession 
documents which you knew or ought to have known contain a false 
pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 6 and 
8 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 
2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.

All the defendants pleaded guilty to their respective charges when 
they were read to them in court, prompting  prosecution counsel, F. A. 
Jirbo, I. M Elodi,  I.K Agwai,  K.Y. Bello and Ahmed Salihu, to pray 
the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.  However, counsel 
to the defendants pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy 
as they have become remorseful for their actions.
 
Justice Ikponmwonba on Monday May, 13, 2024 sentenced Evans, Favour, 
Godspower, Ekene and Seyi to three years imprisonment or a fine of  
N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) each while Mudiaga bagged two 
years imprisonment or a fine of N200, 000 (Two hundred thousand Naira).

On Tuesday May 14,  Justice Itsueli convicted and sentenced  Joseph, 
Ojeugba, Akpojoro, Bright, Aboh,  Ovie and Orede to three years imprisonment 
or a fine of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) each while Mathew Ese 
and Jarret  bagged two years imprisonment or a fine of  N100,000.

Justice Ikponmwonba ordered that the sum of N31,900,609.00 (Thirty One 
million, Nine Hundred Thousand,  Six Hundred and Nine Thousand Naira) 
and the sum of N4,410,508.28 (Four Million, Four Hundred and Ten thousand, 
Five hundred and Eight Naira, Twenty Eight kobo) and the sum of 172 US 
dollars found in various bank accounts of Mudiaga and one Toyota Venza,  
being proceeds of crime,  be forfeited to the Federal Government of 
Nigeria.

The judge also ordered Ozim Ekene to forfeit the three vehicles recovered 
from him - Mercedes Benz ML350, Mercedes Benz GLE450 and Mercedes Benz 
C300 being proceeds of crime to the Federal Government.

Justice Itsueli in her ruling ordered that four vehicles recovered from 
Mathew Ese and Ojabugbe,  Mercedes Benz 350, Two Mercedes Benz GLK and 
Mercedes Benz ML be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

All the convicts are to forfeit their phones, laptops, balances in 
their various bank accounts,  being instruments and proceeds of crime 
to the Federal Government of Nigeria. They are to undertake in writing 
to be of good behaviour afterwards.

They all bagged their imprisonment after being found guilty by the court 
upon their arrest and prosecution by the EFCC.

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15 MAY 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 23 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN ENUGU

Operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested twenty-three (23) suspected 
internet fraudsters in Enugu State.

The suspects were arrested on May 10, 2024 in Igboeze, Nsukka and 
nugu metropolis following actionable intelligence concerning their 
alleged online criminal activities.

Items recovered from them include; three cars, mobile phones, laptops, 
one Point Of Sale (POS) machine and several incriminating documents.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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11 MAY 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 26 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN PORT HARCOURT

Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and 
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested  26 (twenty six) 
suspected internet fraudsters on  May 6 &  May 9, 2024 at the Nigeria 
Television Authority,  NTA and  Choba axes of Port Harcourt, Rivers 
State.

They were arrested following credible intelligence on their suspected 
involvement in internet-related activities.  

Items recovered from them are different brands of phones, laptops 
and six exotic cars

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations 
are concluded.

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11 MAY 2024

ISSAN SEEKS CLOSER COLLABORATION WITH EFCC 
ON CYBER SECURITY

The Information Security Society of Africa – Nigeria, ISSAN), has called 
for stronger and closer collaboration with the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC in  safeguarding the cyber space for more 
effective fight against internet fraud and other financial  crimes 
in Nigeria.

This call was made in Abuja on Friday, May 10,  2024 by ISSAN’s Vice 
President, Dr. Martin Ikpehai when he led a three-man delegation on a 
courtesy visit to the  EFCC’s headquarters. 

According to him, the EFCC is doing a great work in putting a stop to 
cybercrimes.  He called for a more sustainable approach towards taking 
over cyberspace from internet fraudsters.

“Now, every business is conducted on digital space and as businesses are on 
cyber space, criminals are chasing them online. “One important thing we have 
come to realise is that the EFCC, being a crime fighter, has done so much in 
this aspect of crime, especially fighting crime in the digital space and we 
are happy about it.  We are also happy to fight this crime and to let you know 
that there should be synergy between our organisation and the EFCC”, he said.

He expressed surprise at the prevalence of “yahoo schools” across the country, 
pointing out that such an anomaly demanded enhanced cooperation with ISSAN.  
“EFCC is discovering yahoo schools in Nigeria and it surprises us that there 
are schools created to teach people to learn cybercrimes, that is why we have 
come to let you know that you should collaborate with us so that we can work 
hand in hand”,  he said.

He further explained that cyber security is so important that security officers 
of key institutions are working closely with ISSAN. The Society, he says, offers 
a  platform to teach secondary school children and University students and 
Nigerians in general  about cyber security in schools and how to defend and 
afeguard  against cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking and other forms of cyber 
security challenges. He commended the EFCC on its Eagle Eye app, describing 
it as an excellent device in achieving success in the fight against internet 
fraud.

Responding,  Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Ola Olukoyede appreciated ISSAN 
for its focus and mandate.  He stated that the EFCC greatly valued  efforts 
geared towards cyber security and assured of better collaboration with the 
Society.  “We have a lot to do on cybercrime and security as it were and that 
is what we do. We have to engage all stakeholders and ensure that we take 
drastic measures to stop  criminals in cyberspace. “The more we come together, 
the better for the country to prosecute the war on cybercrime and security”, 
he said.

He  assured that the EFCC would always be ahead of cyber criminals, maintaining 
that,  “if crime is technology driven, the approach to fight it should also be 
technology driven”.

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10 MAY 2024

DEFENDANTS LOSE BID TO FRUSTRATE $10,000 FRAUD TRIAL 
IN KWARA

Justice Evelyn Anyadike of the Federal High Court, Ilorin on Wednesday, 
May 8, 2024, struck out the objection against the admissibility of the 
statements tendered by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and 
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a $10,000 fraud trial of an Ilorin
-based businessman, Chukudubem Ezenwa and one Adeleke Damilola.

Ezenwa and Damilola  are being prosecuted on a five-count charge bordering 
on cybercrime, retention of proceeds of crime and fraud to the tune of $10,000USD. 
They were first arraigned on September 23, 2021 before Justice Muhammed Sani of 
the same court, but the trial could not be consummated before Justice Sani’s 
redeployment to a different judicial division, necessitating a reassignment 
of the case to Justice Anyadike and a de novo of the trial.

Upon the re-arraignment of the defendants on Monday May 6, 2024, they pleaded 
“not guilty” to the charges preferred against them, thus setting the stage for 
a commencement of trial.

However, at the point of tendering in evidence the defendants’ statements by 
the prosecution, defence counsels, Osinachi Odom and Tochi Ekwedike, objected 
to their admissibility claiming that their clients wrote the statements under 
duress, intimidation and harassment.

Although, prosecution counsel, Innocent Mbachie urged the court to discountenance 
the objection on the grounds that it was an attempt to frustrate and delay trial, 
the judge ordered a trial-within-trial to establish the authenticity of the claims 
and adjourned the matter till Tuesday, May 7, 2024.

During proceedings on Tuesday , the prosecution presented to the court a video 
recording showing the first defendant volunteering his statement in the presence 
of his lawyer with neither intimidation nor harassment. The video also captured 
the statements of the first defendant which was counter-signed by his lawyer. 
The defence team, however, claimed that the video recording was manipulated and
did not capture the entire process that took place.

After listening from both sides, the judge adjourned ruling on the trial-within
-trial till Wednesday, May 8, 2024.

Justice Anyadike in his ruling said: “I note that the video recording was played 
in the open court. I observed that counsel to the first defendant was present and 
he also counter-signed the statement. This honourable court did not see anything 
to suggest that the said statements were dictated to the first defendant to write.”

Dismissing the argument of the defence much further, the judge stated that “The 
court believed that the statements of the first and second defendants were obtained 
in line with Section 28 of the Evidence Act, 2011,” noting also that the evidence 
of the prosecution witnesses that the defendants volunteered their statements at 
the EFCC’s general office, which was in a good air-conditioned atmosphere was 
neither challenged nor contradicted by the defence.

On the claim that the second witness in the trial-within-trial (TW2), Olamide 
Sadiq sneaked into the cell under the cover of darkness and assaulted the first 
defendant, the judge stated that: “The defence counsel had every opportunity to 
confront the said witness when he was in the witness box, but decided to be quiet 
about the allegations, thereby made the submission immaterial and mere imagination.”

He admitted the documents as exhibits and adjourned the matter till July 15, 2024 
for continuation of trial. 

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10 MAY 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 44 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN CALABAR

Investigators at the Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission,  EFCC,  have arrested forty-four(44) suspected 
internet fraudsters.

The suspected fraudsters were arrested in an early morning sting operation 
on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at Satellite town, Tinapa junction and  parliamentary 
extension areas of Calabar in Cross River State. 

Items recovered from them include six exotic cars,  16 laptops and 38 mobile 
phones.

The suspects  would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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10 MAY 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 64 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN OSUN

Investigators of the Ibadan Zonal Directorate of the Economic and 
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 arrested 
sixty-four suspected internet fraudsters in Osun State.

The suspected cybercriminals were arrested in Ede,  Osun State following 
actionable intelligence on their suspicious  fraudulent activities in 
their environs.

Items recovered from them include, 18 exotic vehicles, 18 laptops, 
112 mobile phones, three Play Station games, five motorcycles and 
other incriminating documents among others.

They will be charged to court upon conclusion of investigations.

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10 MAY 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 25 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN ILORIN

Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested twenty-five persons for offences 
bordering on suspected internet fraud.

The suspects were arrested during two separate sting operations at 
various locations in Ilorin, Kwara State following credible intelligence  
about the activities of some suspected internet fraudsters operating 
within the State.

 Items recovered from the suspects include six exotic cars, different 
 brands of phones and laptops.

The suspects will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of ongoing 
investigations.

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9 MAY 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 21 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN UYO

Operatives  of the Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC,  have arrested 21 (twenty one) suspected 
internet fraudsters in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

The suspected cyber criminals were arrested at different locations 
within Akwa Ibom State. While five of the suspects were arrested at 
'Laundering Lounge', Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo, on Monday May 6, 2024, 
sixteen others were arrested on Tuesday May 7, 2024, at Church Road,  
off Calabar Itu Road,  Uyo.

Items recovered from them include, two luxurious cars, nine laptops, 
28 smart phones and two wrist watches.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release contains photos:

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9 MAY 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 39 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN BENIN CITY

Operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday May 8, 2024 arrested 39 suspected internet 
fraudsters at different locations within Benin City.

The suspects were arrested following actionable intelligence on their 
suspected involvement in computer- related fraud.

Items recovered from them include eight exotic cars - two Mercedes-Benz 
GLK 350, two Mercedes Benz C300, two Lexus RX350, Toyota Camry, Lexus 
ES350,  laptops and phones

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release contains photos:

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8 MAY 2024

EFCC ARRESTS  29 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN ABUJA

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC Abuja 
Zonal Command on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 arrested 29 suspected internet 
fraudsters.

They were arrested at Apo, Gwarimpa and Katampe axes of  Abuja following
actionable intelligence about their suspected involvement in internet fraud.

Items seized from the suspects include 43 phones of different makes, six 
vehicles and two smart watches.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded. 

The press release contains a photo:

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8 MAY 2024

OLUKOYEDE CHARGES YOUTHS TO BUILD RESISTANCE 
AGAINST INTERNET FRAUD

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, Mr. Ola Olukoyede has charged youths across the country to build 
resistance against cybercrime.

He made this call in Abuja on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, when students of 
ARWA Basic School, Abuja, visited the corporate headquarters of the 
Commission on a study tour.

Speaking on how to build resistance against cybercrime, the EFCC’s boss 
pointed out that youths should cultivate right mentality to be fortified 
against criminality. “It is your mentality that determines your finality”, 
he said.  Olukoyede, who spoke through the Spokesperson of the EFCC,  
Assistant Commander of the EFCC,  ACE1 Dele Oyewale outlined modalities, 
frameworks, and strategies that could serve as moral and spiritual resistance 
that, if followed carefully, will empower youths against internet offences.

He tasked youths to develop innovation, industry, clean wealth, statesman 
and honour mentality to be able to resist the lure of internet fraud. “It 
all boils down to the power of your mind. Decide not to go into internet 
fraud.  Train your mind to follow a positive lane and you won’t be dragged 
into the mire of the fraud”, he said.  He further called for  hard work as 
a potent means of breaking the walls of poverty, stressing that only through 
hard work can youths achieve their potentials.  "With hard work, you can 
achieve more; there is no need to go online and pretend to be someone you 
are not, claiming to be an Australian or American soldier. With hard work 
and the help of God, you can achieve whatever you want to achieve without 
hindrance," he stated.

Speaking earlier, representative of the Executive Chairman of the Commission, 
Deputy Director and Head of EFCC Radio, Nwayinma Okeanu, said the fight 
against economic and financial crimes was a fight to protect the future of 
the youths and ensure that Nigeria thrives and attains its desired height 
in the comity of nations.

"Corruption is one thing that has taken us so far back that every one of us 
should weep. It is time to come together and fight it upfront. So, it gives 
us joy to see young people come to the EFCC to know how the Commission works, 
how it fights and prevents economic and financial crimes," she said.

In his presentation on the topic "The Effect of Economic and Financial Crimes 
on the Individual and the Economy," Head of Public Interface Unit of the Commission, 
ACE 1 Tony Orilade, said the effect of economic and financial crimes on the individual 
and the economy cannot be overemphasized.  "It is clear that economic and financial 
crimes have given Nigeria a bad name in international financial circles, with enormous 
negative consequences. Efforts to prevent and prosecute these crimes are crucial for 
maintaining a healthy and stable economy, not only for the individual but also for 
Nigeria as a country," he said.

He further called on the youths to be patriotic by reporting any act of economic 
and financial crimes to the EFCC via its hotline and all social media platforms.

Speaking on the ills of cybercrime, Assistant Superintendent of the EFCC, ACE1, 
ArmaYa'u Aliyu, cautioned the students to desist from all forms of cybercrime, 
as taking part in them would jeopardize their life and future.

He identified various forms of criminal indulgence in cybercrimes such as stalking,  
hacking,  business email compromise and several others and warned the students to 
stay away from them.  “The consequences of involvement in cyber crimes are grievous.  
Resist peer pressure and any other influence that may drag you into the crimes”, 
he said.

In her remarks, Head of Enlightenment and Reorientation Unit of the Commission, 
Aisha Mohammed, says “it is cheaper to prevent corruption than to fight it, and 
that is why the Commission is accepting students to visit it on a study tour to 
reorient their thinking on the ills of corruption”.

Mohammed further charged the students to be patriotic and support the EFCC 
in its fight against economic and financial crimes by becoming ambassadors 
of the Commission in preaching the good work of the of the EFCC to their 
parents and friends.

The press release contains a photo:

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7 MAY 2024

EFCC ARRESTS EIGHT SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN UYO

Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday May 2, 2024 arrested eight 
suspected  internet fraudsters in an early morning sting operation 
at Osong Ama Extension in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

They were arrested following credible intelligence on their suspected 
involvement in internet fraud.  

Items recovered from them include, seven laptops; 13 smart phones; 
two wrist watches and one router.

The suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations 
are concluded.

The press release contains a photo:

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7 MAY 2024

 COURT JAILS 41 INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN ANAMBRA

A Federal High Court sitting in Onitsha, Anambra State, and presided over 
by Justices S. M Shuaibu and Hauwa Inuwa have convicted and sentenced Forty
-one (41) internet fraudsters to one year imprisonment, each.

The convicts were jailed after they pleaded guilty to one-count separate 
charges bordering on obtaining by false pretence, possession of fraudulent 
documents, personation and aiding in committing an offence upon arraignment 
by the Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC.

The convicts are; Douglas James, Raphael Chikezie Uwakwe, Paul Chidera Kalu, 
Chisom Linus, Chiemezie Nweke, Eze Ugochukwu Stanley, Ndubuisi Nwafor, Ifeanyi  
Samuel, Nwosu Chukwuemeka, Madueke Emmanuel, Edozie Daniel Timothy, Ahmed 
Fredrick Lukman, Godwin Chukwuemelie Julius, Okafor Vincent Chiemerie, Ugochukwu 
Raphael Ena, Chukwuemeka Franklin Obiji, Chimaobi Emmanuel Gabriel, Abonyi Chibuike 
Jude, Chiemelie Igboekwuna Christian and Okafor Chukwuma Desmond.

Others include; Jezreel Arihiakamah Chinwendu, Paul Okereke Chiadi, Peter Chidera 
Iwu, Onyeji Victor Chinecherem, Tochukwu Eze Solomon, Fred Chidera Okoye, Ezema 
Chiemerie Stanley, Emeka Ogbonna Daniel, Obinna Stanley Okafor, Udochukwu Peter 
Nnaewezie, Ebuka Johnson Olu, Okochi Ebuka Stanley, Promise Ogbodo Echezona, Ebuka 
Chukwu Joshua, Chisom Henry Udeagwueze, Ihechi Okechukwu Bright, Chibueze Maxwell 
Stephen, Ebuka Lucky Nwankwo, Isah Chinonso Peter, Ifeanyi Oguoke Kingsley and 
Chinonso Eze Innocent.

One of the separate charges reads: “That you, Uwakwe Chikezie Raphael sometime 
in 2024 in Onitsha, Anambra State within the jurisdiction of the Federal High 
Court in Nigeria, fraudulently impersonated the identity of Everly Ruby, a female 
foreigner through a Google account, via your iphone X with intent to obtain money 
from unsuspecting foreign nationals and in order to gain advantage of yourself 
and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (3) (a) (b) of the 
Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 
22 (4) of the same Act”.

All the 41 defendants pleaded “guilty” when their charges were read to them 
separately, and in view of their pleas, Michael Ikechukwu Ani, counsel to the 
EFCC prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

However,  defence counsel, Wisdom Ogbonna, Bernard Okeke, James Nwatarali and 
Arinze Anyigo pleaded the court for leniency and to temper justice with mercy 
in sentencing their clients adding that they have shown enough remorse for 
their actions.

Justice Inuwa, on Thursday, May 2 2024, convicted and sentenced 27 of the 
convicts while the rest 14 were convicted on Friday,  May 3, 2024.  Those 
convicted on May 3 are:  Chiadi, Samuel, Chinecherem, Timothy, Stanley, 
Bright, Iwu, Lukman,  Nweke, Chukwuemeka, Okafor, Stephen, Chiemerie and 
Christian to one year imprisonment each with an option of fine of N100,000.00 
(One Hundred Thousand Naira).

The Justices also ordered that the convicts should be involved in Community 
Service in line with Section 462 of the Administration of Criminal Justice 
Act and ordered that items recovered from them, which include their mobile 
phones and laptops be auctioned through the EFCC and proceeds paid into the 
Treasury Single Account.

All the convicts bagged their imprisonment when they were arrested for their 
involvement in internet fraud.  They were charged to court and convicted.

The press release contains photos of the 419ers:

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7 MAY 2024

COURT JAILS FAKE AMERICAN, TWO OTHERS 
IN KADUNA

Justice A.A Isiaka of the Kaduna State High Court, sitting 
in Kaduna has convicted and sentenced a fake American, Stephen 
Thomas to five years imprisonment.

He was jailed after pleading guilty to one-count charge bordering 
on impersonation by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and 
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

His charge reads: “That you, Stephen Thomas (a.k.a Rolanda Collins), 
male, sometimes in February,  2024 at Narayi Kaduna within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court fraudulently impersonated one Rolando Collins (an 
American citizen) on Facebook and in such assumed character, cheated one 
Kate Stewarton (an American citizen) the sum of $100(One Hundred USD) and 
you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 308 and punishable 
under Section 309 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law 2017.”

He pleaded “guilty” to the charge when it was read to him which prompted 
the prosecution counsel, M. J. Arugungu urged the court to convict and 
sentence him accordingly.

Justice Isiaka thereafter convicted and sentenced the defendant to five 
years imprisonment or to pay a fine of 150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty 
Thousand Naira).

The convict also forfeited his Infinix X mobile phone and the sum of $100 
(One Hundred USD) to the federal government.

In another development, the Kaduna Zonal Command arraigned Bashiru Adamu 
and Yushau Mohammed Ahmed before Justices A.A. Isiaka of the State High 
Court and Hawau Buhari of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna respectively. 
They were docked for failure to declare assets, criminal breach of trust and 
obtaining money by false pretence.

One of Adamu’s charges reads: "That you, Bashiru Adamu (M), sometime in 
2021 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently 
obtained the total sum of N25,000,000.00 (Twenty-Five Million Naira) from one 
Brigadier General JA Faransa (Rtd.), when you falsely represented yourself 
as being capable of securing and delivering to him a Toyota Hilux vehicle, 
which pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary 
to Section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences 
Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”

The second charge reads: "That you, Bashiru Adamu (M), sometime in 2021 at 
Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently induced 
one Brigadier General JA Faransa (Rtd.) to deliver to you a Peugeot 406 vehicle, 
when you falsely represented yourself as being capable of securing and delivering 
to him a Toyota Hilux vehicle, which pretence you knew to be false and thereby 
committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and 
Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the 
same Act.”

The one-count charge against Ahmed reads: "That you, Yushau Mohammed Ahmed 
(male), on or about the 1st day of July, 2019, at Kaduna, within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court, knowingly failed to make full disclosure of all your 
assets and properties to wit: Plot No. 116 Cadastral Zone B05, measuring about 
5000sqm within Cadastral Zone B05, Utako District, Abuja, when you completed the 
Declaration of Assets Form contrary to Section 27(3) (a) of Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004 and punishable under Section 27(3) of 
the same Act.”

Both defendants pleaded “not guilty” to their charges when they were read to 
them.  Consequently, prosecution counsel, M.U Gadaka and  M. E. Eimonye prayed  
the court for a trial commencement date and for the defendants to be remanded in 
a Correctional centre. However, counsel to Ahmed, K. Mustapha prayed the court 
to allow him continue to enjoy an existing bail granted him by Justice Hadiza in 
2023 before she was elevated to the Court of Appeal.

After listening to both counsels, Justice Isiaka remanded Adamu  in the Kaduna 
Correctional Centre and adjourned the case for hearing of the bail application 
and commencement of trial respectively. 

Justice Buhari,  on the other hand,  adjourned Ahmed’s case till June 5, 2024 
for commencement of trial and granted that the defendant continued to enjoy his 
earlier bail.

While Thomas bagged his imprisonment for impersonating an American, Rolando 
Collins to defraud his victims, Adamu is facing trial owing to the claims of 
a petitioner, Jeremiah Aliyu Faransa who alleged that he engaged  his services 
sometime in 2021 to supply him a brand new Toyota Hilux 2021 model at an agreed 
cost of N35,000.00. Though the suspect claimed that officers of the Nigeria 
Custom Service seized the car after he had made the purchase, he could not 
show any proof of its purchase or evidence of its seizure.

Ahmed’s trouble came from his failure to declare his assets when he completed the 
Declaration of Assets Form contrary to Section 27(3) (a) of Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004 and punishable under Section 27(3) of 
the same Act.”

The press release contains a photo of each 419er:

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7 MAY 2024

COURT SENDS TWO TO JAIL FOR FOREX SCAM 
IN BENIN CITY

Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of Edo State High Court sitting in 
Benin-City has convicted and sentenced two fraudsters, Raji 
Afeez Onii and Udo-Iwe Aniedi Raphael to two years imprisonment 
for fraud.

They were jailed after pleading guilty to one-count charge 
bordering on obtaining by false pretence upon arraignment 
by the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The charge reads: "That you Raji Afeez Oni and Udo-Iwe Aniedi 
Raphael sometimes in May, 2020 within the jurisdiction of this 
honourable court provided your account details to one Abe Rachel 
Remote to (at large) for the purpose of receiving monies unlawfully 
obtained from members of the public and thereby committed an offence 
contrary to Section 17(a) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission  
(Establishment) Act 2004 and punishable under Section 17(b) of the same 
Act."

The defendants pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to them 
in court, prompting the prosecution counsel,  Salihu Ahmed to pray 
the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.  However, counsel 
to the defendants pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy 
as they have become remorseful for their actions.

Justice Ikponmwonba convicted and sentenced the duo to two years 
imprisonment or a fine of  N100,000( One Hundred Thousand Naira only) 
each. The court ordered that a Toyota Camry car recovered from Oni 
be forfeited to the Federal government Of Nigeria as proceeds of crime.

The judge also ordered that the entire sum of N10,917,357.00 (Ten 
Million,  Nine Hundred and Seventeen Thousand , Three Hundred and 
fifty Naira) recovered from the defendants be restituted to the 
victims of the crime.

The convicts’ road to the Correctional Centre began following their 
arrest by operatives of the Commission for collecting money from the 
public under the guise of investing the same in forex trading which  
turned out to be a fraudulent scheme.
 
The press release contains a photo of each 419er:

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6 MAY 2024

OLUKOYEDE TO NIGERIAN YOUTHS: SHUN INTERNET FRAUD

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, Mr. Ola Olukoyede has called on youths across the country to stay 
away from internet fraud to safeguard their future.

This call was made on Wednesday,   May 2,  2024 at a leadership 
training themed:  Exploring the Tools of Leadership to Curb the 
Rising Tide of Social Vices among Nigerian Students.  According 
to him, youths’involvement in internet fraud is a threat to their 
future because of the risks of conviction and associated complications.  
He also said that internet fraud is causing reputational damage to 
Nigeria in the comity of nations and charged youths to separate 
themselves from it. 

The Chairman who spoke through the Head of Enlightenment and 
Reorientation Unit of the Commission, Aisha Mohammed said corruption 
is the reason why Nigeria is touted as a potentially great nation, 
despites its rich natural and human resources.

"The resources that should have delivered a good life to the majority 
of our people have been cornered by some corrupt individuals in our 
midst”, she said.

Mohammed emphasized that corruption is the root cause of many challenges 
facing the nation, including dysfunctional infrastructure, low indices 
of progress, and social dislocation. She urged youths to be change agents, 
active foot soldiers against corruption, community advocates, and whistle
-blowers.

"The scourge of internet fraud has become pervasive in the land, and our 
youths are getting embroiled in all sorts of cybercrime to the detriment 
of their future and the image of our nation, so we must tackle corruption 
frontally to promote economic growth and development," she said.

She also encouraged youths to embrace digital citizenship and to promote 
responsible online behaviour to secure Nigeria's future.

Speaking earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja,  Abdul 
Rasheed Na'Allah, who was represented by Professor Philip Alfa, urged the 
youths to desist from indulging themselves into social immoralities.

According to him; “There’s no justification for committing crimes. A crime 
is crime, and as simple as indecent dressings across our campuses may look, 
it's a crime, so desist from it”,  he said.  He also called on lawmakers 
to come up with stringent laws that would make it difficult for public 
office holders to steal public funds.

Other speakers at the event made presentations on different key areas that 
would help participants in their future endeavours.   

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3 MAY 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 20 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN SAPELE

Operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday May 3, 2024 arrested 20 suspected 
internet fraudsters at different locations in Sapele, Delta State.

The suspects were arrested following actionable intelligence on their 
suspected involvement in computer- related fraud.

Items recovered from them include 12 exotic cars, laptops and phones.

The suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are 
concluded.

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3 MAY 2024

INTERNET FRAUDSTER BAGS 7YEARS IN PORT HARCOURT

Justice P.M Ayua of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt,  
Rivers State has convicted and sentenced one Odinakachi Prince Onyeoziri 
to seven years imprisonment.

He was jailed after pleading guilty to three-count charges bordering on 
internet fraud contrary to Section 14 (1) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, 
Prevention etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under the same Section.

One of the count charges read:

“That you, Odinakachi Prince Onyeoziri, and Solmyr (at large) between 
June, 2021 to November, 2022 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court knowingly caused your victims loss by inputting or suppressing 
data in computers thereby benefitting the aggregate sum of $3000 (Three 
thousand United States Dollars) and thereby committed an offence contrary 
to section 14(1) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 
2015 and punishable under the same Section”

He pleaded "guilty" to the charges when they were read to him.  

In view of his guilty pleas, prosecuting counsel, I. Agwu sought to review 
the facts of the case through the investigating officer,  Abalaka Stephen, 
an operative of the Commission. While being led in evidence, he told the 
court that the defendant was arrested by operatives of the Commission 
following a written petition by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, 
against the defendant for alleged internet fraud activities. He was thereafter 
apprehended sometime in February, 2024 at Owerri, Imo State. 

Testifying further, he told the court that the defendant in his voluntary 
statement to the EFCC, confessed to being into internet fraud, spreading 
of computer virus, spamming and also causing his victims losses by inputting 
data in computers.  He confessed benefiting an aggregate sum of Three Thousand 
United States Dollars ($3,000) by representing himself to unsuspecting victims 
as different individuals.

Agwu, thereafter, sought to tender in evidence, the statements, and all the 
items recovered from the defendant. The court thereafter admitted the evidence 
and were marked as exhibits. 

Thereafter, the trial judge declared him guilty as charged.

Defence counsel, B. Onuoha, on the other hand prayed the court for leniency. 
He appealed to the court to temper justice with mercy, considering his status 
as a first-time offender, and remorse for his actions.

Justice Ayua sentenced him to seven years imprisonment cumulatively with Three 
Million Naira (3,000,000.00) as an option of fine payable into the Consolidated 
Revenue Account of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In addition, the judge ordered that, items recovered from the convict, two laptops, 
a mobile device, Toyota Highlander with Registration: NKR 736 AA, two story buildings 
containing six units of two bedroom flats should be forfeited to the Federal Republic 
of Nigeria. Additionally, the convict shall depose an affidavit of good behaviour 
before the court.

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3 MAY 2024

NIS SEEKS STRONGER COLLABORATION WITH EFCC

The Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, Rivers State Command, has called 
for stronger collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, for more credible intelligence sharing in tackling economic and financial 
crimes and other acts of corruption in the country.

This call was made  in Port Harcourt on Tuesday,  April 30, 2024,  by the 
Comptroller, Immigration Services, CIS, Bashir Mohammed Mohammed Saddiq, 
while on a courtesy visit to the Ag. Zonal Director,  Port Harcourt Zonal 
Command of the EFCC.

Saddiq stated that a stronger and more efficient collaboration with the 
EFCC will boost synergy,  intelligence sharing and greater strength in 
combating corrupt practices. “My visit here is to foster stronger and 
effective collaboration with your Commission. The EFCC and the Nigeria 
Immigration Service have been collaborating, working together in harmony.  
I think we need to come up with strategic plans to be able to see how we 
can resolve issues concerning crime because the effort of the EFCC and 
Immigration is all geared towards achieving one goal which is at least, 
to make life better for our citizens”, he said.

The Comptroller  added that the Immigration will always join hands with 
the EFCC to ensure that people who have been watch-listed by the Commission 
do not escape overnight from the country, either through the airports or 
land borders but will be pinned to stay back and face the law.

Responding, the Ag. Zonal Director,  Assistant Commander of the EFCC, ACE 
1 Adebayo Adeniyi  welcomed the Comptroller and members of his entourage on 
the visit. He appreciated the existing relationship between the two agencies 
adding that they have a lot more to do together in combating the menace of 
corruption, economic and financial crime.

He further commended  the Immigration Service for its roles in the fight 
against economic crimes,  especially in keeping a  tab on individuals watch-
listed by the Commission and preventing them from scampering to other countries. 
He also called for a more robust relationship and synergy between the two Agencies.    

"Thank you very much Comptroller.  This is what we have been preaching regarding 
collaboration, there is that need for us to be on the same page, there is that 
need for us to know that we are out there for the same goal” he said.
 
The press release contains a photo:

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2 MAY 2024

EFCC CAUTIONS STUDENTS AGAINST INTERNET FRAUD

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has charged students 
of the Federal Science and Technical College, Ukana Offot, Akwa Ibom State, 
to abhor all forms of internet crimes, and imbibe tenets of integrity.

This charge was given on Friday April 26, 2024, by the Head, Public Affairs 
Department, EFCC Uyo Zonal Command, Assistant Commander of the ACE II, T. E. 
Nwosu during a sensitisation session with old and new members of the Anti-
Corruption and Integrity Club of the Federal Science and Technical College Uyo.

She charged the students to always remember that crime does not pay, but 
brings pain, suffering and setbacks to offenders, as well as their family 
and friends. "I urge you to embrace good morals, shun crime and imbibe a 
culture of integrity so that the foundation you are laying now for your 
tomorrow, will be rooted in the right principles”, she said.

Nwosu reminded the students that whatever crime that is committed today 
through the internet, will always come back to haunt the perpetrators because 
the internet does not forget. When such crimes are discovered, the EFCC will 
ensure that whoever committed the crime, will definitely do the time. "As club 
members, you are expected to live above board and partner with the EFCC by 
sharing information. The EFCC will not shield any offender, even a club member" 
she said.

The school principal,  Mrs. P.O. Ogungheme, who received the team on arrival, 
commended the Commission for its efforts under the current leadership at ensuring 
that nobody is above the law and assured that under her leadership, "the school 
will work with the Commission to ensure that the Federal Science and Technical 
College remains a crime free zone".

The highlight of the event was the presentation of the EFCC  Integrity Club 
bannerette, T-shirts, caps, Club Constitution and note pads which were handed 
over to the club members.

The press release contains several photos:

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419 Coalition comment:  We have been advocating efforts like this for nearly
30 years now, and continue to do so.  More grease to the EFCC's elbow in such
efforts!
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2 MAY 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 23 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN EBONYI

Operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC have arrested twenty-three (23) suspected 
internet fraudsters in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

The suspects were arrested in the early hours of Thursday, May 2, 
2024 following actionable intelligence on their suspected involvement 
in internet related activities.

Items recovered from them include one laptop and mobile phones.

The suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations 
are concluded.

The press release includes a photo:

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30 APR 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 13 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN ABUJA

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  
Abuja Zonal Command have arrested 13( thirteen) suspected internet 
fraudsters in Abuja.

They were arrested at the Kubwa axis of Abuja following actionable 
intelligence about their suspected involvement in internet-related 
offences.

The suspects comprise 12 males and one female.

Items recovered from them include 12 phones and laptops.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release contains a photo:

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29 APR 2024

EFCC REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO FIGHT AGAINST CYBER CRIMES

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has restated its 
commitment to the fight against cyber crimes, stressing that the crimes 
have become an organized threat and onslaught to the development of nations. 

This disclosure was made in Abuja on Monday, April 29, 2024  by the 
Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ola Olukoyede while receiving a 
delegation from the International Criminal Police Organisation, 
Interpol, that paid him a courtesy visit at the corporate headquarters 
of the Commission.

“As a matter of fact, a consultant was saying that cybercrime has assumed 
the third largest GDP in the world. It is a sort of crime that we should 
not take lightly and comes from the readiness from these countries and 
law enforcement agencies to collaborate, to share information in such a 
way that each country will take responsibility for what they are supposed 
to take responsibility for, " he said.

Olukoyede pointed out that the EFCC’s operations against cyber crimes 
are focused, relentless and fruitful.  “EFCC,  apart from the Police, 
is one of the prominent, specialised anti-corruption agencies in Nigeria 
that has the mandate to investigate cybercrime and we have been doing 
that. In the last few months, we have secured over five hundred convictions 
in cybercrimes and over the years we have had cause to collaborate with FBI, 
NCA and other prominent law enforcement agencies in the world in the area 
of combating cybercrime. We are much ready to do more and also to encourage 
the heads of the world to give access to information."

Earlier in his presentation, leader of the delegation, Mr. Craig Jones, 
explained that Interpol was working as a neutral law enforcement agency 
with private partners across the world to detect and break criminal networks 
serving fraudsters.   He disclosed that cybercrimes  have become global 
security threats with massive impact. "I think many countries now recognise 
that cybercrime is actually a national security threat to countries and this 
goes hand in hand with financial crimes, because the main motivation of 
cybercrime normally for the criminals is that financial gain and the impact 
that it makes on the countries and our communities is massive", he said.  

To this end, Jones explained that Interpol continued to identify countries 
with criminal networks in order to assist them to break such networks.

He also disclosed that a CyberCrimes Convention is being negotiated with 
the United Nations Organisation,  UNO, to draw global attention and commitment 
to the fight against the menace.

The press release contains a photo:

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419 Coalition comment:  Hear, Hear!  However, we'd also like to mention
we have been recommending for Many years that EFCC prioritize counter-
Cybercrime and counter-419 Operations, and refer internal corruption 
crimes to the Internal Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) for investigation 
and prosecution.  Seems like a sensible allocation of effort and resources
to us!
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27 APR 2024

RESTRUCTURING OF EFCC : OLUKOYEDE APPOINTS CHIEF OF STAFF,  
ZONAL DIRECTORS

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, Mr. Ola Olukoyede has appointed Mr. Michael Nzekwe as his Chief 
of Staff. He has also appointed Zonal Directors for each of the 14 Zonal 
Commands of the Commission.

Nzekwe, topnotch investigator, lawyer and former Commander of the Ilorin 
Zonal Command of the EFCC, is a course one officer of the Commission. He 
has served in various departments in the Commission, including Legal and 
Prosecution Department, Department of Operations (now Department of 
Investigations), Department of Internal Affairs ( now Department of Ethics 
and Integrity),  Servicom, and Asset Forfeiture Department.

A seasoned administrator, he has attended several trainings and courses 
home and abroad, including the Advance Defence Intelligence Officers Course 
organised by Defence Intel Agency, DIA. The appointment takes immediate 
effect and he has assumed duties.

Olukoyede,  in his restructuring and repositioning of the EFCC, equally 
upgraded all the Zonal Commands of the Commission to the status of Departments,  
with each of them headed by a Director.  To this effect, 14 new Directors have 
been appointed to head each of the Zonal Commands.  Additionally, to bolster 
and fortify the security architecture of the Commission, the Security Unit of 
the EFCC has been upgraded to a Department with a seasoned officer appointed 
as Director, Security and Chief Security Officer. 

A new Department has also been created in the Executive Chairman’s office 
and it is headed by  former  Makurdi Zonal Commander of the EFCC,  Mr. Friday 
Ebelo who also doubles as Director and Coordinator, Special Duties at the 
corporate headquarters of the Commission.  The former Department of Internal 
Affairs has been renamed Department of Ethics and Integrity and minor reshuffling 
effected in some Departments at the headquarters.

Olukoyede says that the ongoing restructuring is meant for the repositioning 
and strengthening of the EFCC to deliver on its assigned mandate optimally.

The press release contains a photo:

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26 APR 2024

COURT SENDS NINE INTERNET FRAUDSTERS TO JAIL  
IN BENIN CITY

Nine internet fraudsters were on Tuesday and Wednesday April 23 & 24,  
2024 convicted and sentenced to various jail terms by Justice Efe 
Ikponmwonba of the Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City.

The convicts are Andrew Ayakanmi Joshua, Obazee Marvellous, Osiobe 
Joshua, Osariemen Favour, Edosa Ovbokhan, Emmanuel Eramiokhare, Cyril 
Osagie, Stephen Okiosi Osaiwe and Muhammed Mudesiru Hussein.

They were jailed after pleading guilty to one-count separate charge 
bordering on obtaining by false pretence, possession of fraudulent 
documents, retention of proceeds of crime upon arraignment by the 
Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC.

The charge against Eramiokhare reads: “That you Emmanuel Eiramiokhae 
(m) sometime between 1st January 1 2019 and 4th April, 2024 within the 
jurisdiction of this honourable court did retain the aggregate sum of 
N97,392,707.75 (Ninety Seven Million, Three Hundred and Ninety two 
thousand, Seven Hundred and Seven Naira, Seventy five kobo) knowing 
that same represent proceeds of Godstime (your chairman) criminal 
conduct to wit: cybercrime and thereby committed an offence contrary 
to Section 17 (a) Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) 
Act 2004 and punishable under Section 17(b) of the same Act.

All the defendants pleaded guilty to their respective charges when 
they were read to them in court, prompting the prosecution counsel, 
Ibrahim Faisal and Salihu Ahmed, to pray the court to convict and 
sentence them accordingly.  However, counsel to the defendants pleaded 
with the court to temper justice with mercy as they have become remorseful 
for their actions.
 
Justice Ikponmwonba on Tuesday April 22, 2024 sentenced the trio of 
Eramiokhae, Joshua and Favour to three years imprisonment or a fine 
of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) each while the duo of Ayakanmi 
Joshua and Obazee Marvellous bagged two years imprisonment or a fine 
of N100,000  each. On Wednesday April 23, 2024, the judge convicted 
and sentenced Ovbokhan to three years imprisonment or a fine of N100,000,  
Hussein bagged two years imprisonment or a fine of N100,000 while the duo 
of Osaiwe and Osagie were sentenced to community service.

The judges ordered the convicts to forfeit their phones, laptops, balances 
in their various bank accounts, being instruments and proceeds of crime to 
the Federal Government of Nigeria. All the convicts are to undertake in 
writing to be of good behaviour henceforth.

The convicts' road to the Correctional Centre began for the convicts 
following their arrest by operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of the 
Commission based on actionable intelligence regarding their involvement 
in computer -related fraud. They were charged to court and convicted.

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26 APR 2024

ABUJA COURT JAILS TWO INTERNET FRAUDSTERS

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja Zonal Command, 
on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 secured the conviction and sentence of two 
internet fraudsters to various jail terms.

The convicts,  Adeleye Olanrewaju and Ayo Olaosebiomo were convicted by 
Justice I. Mohammed of the Federal Capital Territory,  FCT,  High Court 
Gwagwalada on a one- count charge each.

The lone- count charge against Olanrewaju  reads: ‘that you Adeleye 
Olanrewaju sometime in 2024 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
court committed the offence of cheating by personation when you pretended 
to be one Lolita Gonzale293 female American citizen when you created a 
fake Instagram account for love scam and benefitted the sum of $460 (Four 
Hundred and Sixty United States Dollars) from your victim John Alonzo and 
you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 321 and punishable 
under Section 324 of the Penal Code Act, Laws of the Federation, 2004”.

They both pleaded guilty to the charges when they were read to them. 

 The prosecution counsel thereafter urged the court to convict and 
 sentence the defendants accordingly.  However, defense counsel, Sunday 
 Adebayo and Okoro Nnachi Abiam prayed the court to temper justice with 
 mercy, stressing that the convicts were first -time offenders and already 
 pleaded guilty so as not to waste the time of the court.

Following this, Justice Mohammed sentenced Adeleye to one year imprisonment 
with an option of N100, 000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) fine while Olaosebiomo 
was sentenced to six months imprisonment with a N50, 000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) 
option of fine. Both convicts forfeited their phones to the Federal Government.

The convicts began their journey to the Correctional Centre when they were 
arrested by operatives of the Abuja Zonal Command of the EFCC for internet-
related offences.  They were charged to court and convicted.

The press release contains a photo of each 419er:

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25 APR 2024

EFCC ARRESTS NINE SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN PORT HARCOURT

Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested seven 
suspected internet fraudsters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

They were arrested following actionable intelligence on their 
suspected involvement in internet-related offences.  

Items recovered from them include different brands of mobile 
devices, laptops, two cars and several incriminating documents 
in their possession.

They will soon be charged to court as soon as investigations 
are concluded.

The press release contains photos:

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21 APR 2024

EFCC ARRESTS SIX SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN KADUNA

Operatives of the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC,  on Saturday,April 21, 2024 arrested six  
suspected internet fraudsters in Kaduna State.

The alleged fraudsters were arrested at Bafra Hotel,  Alkali Road, 
Kaduna,  following actionable intelligence about their suspected 
involvement in internet-related offences.   

Items recovered from them include six mobile phones and incriminating 
documents.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release contains a photo:

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20 APR 2024

INTERNET FRAUD ACADEMY PROPRIETOR BAGS 10 YEARS JAIL TERM

The Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentence of the proprietor of Uyo 
Cybercrime Training Centre,  Ikemesit Edet ((a.k.a Hustle Kingdom HK).

He was jailed on Wednesday  April 17, 2024 after pleading guilty to 
two-count charges   bordering on impersonation, love scam, hacking/editing 
of social media accounts and private criminal tutoring, upon his arraignment 
by the Uyo Zonal Command of the EFCC.

Count one reads: That you IKEMESIT EDET IK sometime in January, 2024 in 
Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honorable court, being the occupier 
and a person concerned with the management of the premises situates and lying 
at No. 57 D-Line, Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo Akwa Ibom State, did knowingly 
permit the use of the entire aforesaid premises as a CYBERCRIME ACADEMY, 
also known as Hustle Kingdom (HK) where you recruited ten (10) young Nigerians 
between ages 16-25 and taught them cybercrime techniques for perpetrating cyber 
crimes to wit: hacking, impersonation, and obtaining money by false pretence 
Advance Fee Fraud) and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 3 of 
the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable 
under Section 3 of the same Act.

Count two reads: That you IKEMESIT EDET IK between May 2020 and December 
2023 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court did take 
possession total sum of Fifteen Million Naira Only (-N=15,000,000.00) which 
you knew forms proceed of an unlawful act to wit: Cybercrime and thereby 
committed  an offence contrary to Section 18(2)\d) of the Money laundering 
(Prohibition) Act 2022 and punishable under Section 18(3) of the same Act.

Edet pleaded guilty to both charges preferred against him by the Commission, 
prompting  prosecution counsel,  Joshua Abolarin to pray the court to convict 
and sentence him accordingly. He also prayed that the court ordered the forfeiture 
of all exhibits recovered from him at the point of arrest.  However, defence 
counsel Francis Ezike prayed the court to be lenient in sentencing the defendant.

After listening to both counsels, Justice Ojukwu convicted Edet and sentenced 
him to five years jail term on each count, with an option of fine of  N2,000,000 
(Two Million Naira) on each count.

The court also ordered that all recovered exhibits from the convict be forfeited 
to the Federal Government of Nigeria. The exhibits include: 13 laptops, a gold- 
coloured Toyota Corolla, a Lexus Jeep  RX 300 and about 3,080.25 square metres 
of land located at Ibiaku Obio Ndobo Village, Uruan Local Government Area of 
Akwa Ibom State.

Edet's journey to the Correctional Centre commenced on January 22, 2024, when 
investigators from the EFCC’s office in Uyo acted on intelligence and arrested 
10 suspects at his Cybercrimes Training Centre at  D-Line Ewet Housing Estate, 
Uyo. All the suspects have been charged to court and convicted.

In a related development, the same court convicted and sentenced one Michael 
Melvin Onyekachi (alias 'Raisa Pedroso') for being in possession of fraudulent 
documents. He pleaded 'guilty' to the one- count charge preferred against him, 
and was immediately convicted and sentenced to  six months imprisonment with 
an option of fine of  N50, 000.00( Fifty Thousand Naira).

The lone-count charge reads: That you Michael Melvin Oyedikachi sometime in 
Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honourable court fraudulently presented 
yourself as Raise Pedroso on Facebook social media platform with intent to gain 
advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(2)
(b)(I) of the Cyber crimes (Prohibition, Prevention) Act 2015 and punishable under 
Section 22(2)(b(iv) of the same Act.

He bagged his imprisonment when he was arrested for internet-related fraud.  He 
was charged to court and convicted.

The press release contains photos of the 419ers:

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20 APR 2024

COURT JAILS 20 INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN BENIN CITY

The Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC,  on Wednesday and Thursday April 17 & 18, 
2024  secured the conviction and sentence of 20 internet 
fraudsters before Justices Efe Ikponmwonba and M. Itsueli 
of the Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City.

The convicts are:  Blessing Daniel, Kingsley Okoroafor, Amos 
Ohwofa, Eromosele Victory, Oba Nicholas Destiny, Lucky Osaro, 
Edema Emmanuel John, Obazee Precious, Akinyemi Seun, Ufumwen 
Victor, Enoch Ehigiator, Adurotimi Olakunle Justin, Oserei 
Clinton and Oserei Abraham.

Others are Obazee Gabriel, Richard Godfrey Obazee, Ricard Israel, 
Paul O. Endurance, Destiny Ajimi and Ejiwe Blessing Julius.

They were jailed after pleading guilty to one-count separate 
charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence, possession of 
fraudulent documents upon arraignment by the Benin Zonal Command 
of the EFCC.

The charge against Ajimi reads:

That you Destiny Ajimi (M) on or about 4th April, 2024 in Benin City, 
Edo State, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court did have 
in your possession documents which you knew or ought to have known 
contain a false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary 
to Section 6 read together with 8 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and 
Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 
1(3) of the same Act.”

The charge against Julius reads: “That you Ejiwe Blessing Julius(M) 
on or about 4th April, 2024 in Benin City, Edo State, within the 
jurisdiction of this Honorable Court did have in your possession 
documents which you knew or ought to have known contain a false 
pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 6 
read together with 8 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud 
Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of 
the same Act”.

All the defendants pleaded guilty to their respective charges when 
they were read to them in court, prompting the prosecution counsel, 
F. A. Jirbo. I.K Agwai and K.Y. Bello, to pray the court to convict 
and sentence them accordingly.  However, counsel to the defendants 
pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as they have 
become remorseful for their actions.

Justice Ikponmwonba  on April 17, sentenced the trio of  Ohwofa,  
Daniel and Julius to three years imprisonment or a fine of N100,000
( One Hundred Thousand Naira) each while Akinyemi Seun bagged two 
years imprisonment or a fine of N100,000.  Justice Ituseli convicted 
the trio of Eromosele Victory, Obi Nicholas Destiny and Lucky Osaro 
to two years imprisonment or a fine of N100,000 each while Kingsley 
Okarafor, Destiny Ajimi and Edema Emmanuel John bagged three years 
imprisonment or a fine of N100,000.

On Thursday April 18, Justice Ikponmwonba convicted 10 of the defendants 
-  Precious, Victor,  Ehigiator,  Justin, Clinton,  Abraham, Gabriel, 
Obazee, Israel and Endurance to three years imprisonment or a fine of 
N100,000 each.

The judges ordered the convicts to forfeit their phones, laptops,  
balances in their various bank accounts and three vehicles - Mercedes
-Benz, Lexus and a Toyota Camry being instruments and proceeds of crime 
to the Federal Government of Nigeria. All the convicts are to undertake 
in writing to be of good behaviour henceforth.

The convicts’ road to the prison began following their arrest by 
operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of the Commission based on 
actionable intelligence regarding their involvement in computer- 
related fraud.

The press release contains photos of the 419ers:

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19 APR 2024

TWO INTERNET FRAUDSTERS BAG JAIL TERMS IN ABUJA

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,  EFCC,  Abuja Zonal 
Command on Wednesday,  April 17, 2024 secured the conviction and 
sentence of two internet fraudsters: Okonofi Paul and Ogumbe Elvis 
ogor before Justice I. Mohammed of the Federal Capital Territory, 
FCT, High Court sitting in  Gwagwalada.

They were jailed after pleading guilty to one-count separate charges 
bordering on internet fraud.

Paul’s  charge reads, “that you Okonofi Paul sometimes in 2024 within 
the jurisdiction of this Honourable court committed the offence of 
cheating by personation when you pretended to be one Keanu Reeves a 
citizen of the United States of America and a Hollywood actor via 
Instagram social media account and as a result obtained the sum of 
$1500 (One Thousand Five Hundred United States Dollars) from unsuspecting 
victims and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 321 and 
punishable under Section 324 of the Penal Code Act, Laws of the Federation, 
2004”.

Wogor’s charge reads, ‘that you Ogumbe Elvis Wogor sometimes in 2023 
in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court cheated by 
personation when you created a Facebook account with the profile name, 
Sandra Bullock and presented yourself as a United States of American 
based actress and under the assumed character obtained the sum of Two 
Hundred Dollars ($200) from Mr. Ratus Tucker a citizen of the United 
States of America, under the pretence that you are in a romantic 
relationship with him, a fact you knew to be false and you thereby 
committed an offence contrary to Section 321 of Penal Code, Laws of 
the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja)1990 and punishable under the same 
Law”.

They both pleaded guilty to the charges when they were read to them.

Defense counsel,  G.I Eneche prayed the court to temper justice with 
mercy as the convicts were first time offenders and pleaded guilty and 
did not waste the resources of the court. He also prayed the court to 
release Paul’s Lexus ES 350 car which was earlier seized at the point 
of arrest but not included in the reported items seized, saying it was 
not a proceed of crime.  

Following this, Justice Mohammed sentenced Paul to one and a half years 
imprisonment with an option of fine of N150,000( One Hundred and Fifty 
Thousand Naira). His iPhone 12 and MacBook Pro 2022 were forfeited to 
the Federal Government.

Wogor, on the other hand, was sentenced to six months imprisonment with 
an option of fine of N80,000 (Eighty Thousand Naira) while his iPhone 12 
was forfeited to the Federal Government. Justice Mohammed further ruled 
that the Lexus car be returned back to Paul.

The two convicts started their journey to the Correctional centre when 
they were arrested for internet-related offences. They were charged to 
court and convicted.

The press release contains a photo of each 419er

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15 APR 2024

COURT JAILS THREE INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN ILORIN

Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting 
in Ilorin on Monday, April 15, 2024  convicted and sentenced three 
internet fraudsters,  Qudus Temitope Ismail,   Kolade Adetola Toheeb 
and Abdulmalik Timileyin Khalid to various jail terms.

They were jailed after pleading guilty to one-count separate charges 
bordering on internet fraud.

The charge against Toheeb reads:

“That you, Akolade Adetola Toheeb sometime in July, 2023 in Ilorin, 
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did cheat by personation 
when you pretended to be one Throndsen Waylen, a football match forecaster 
with phone number +23481260084504 with which you created a telegram account, 
and you fraudulently deceived one Jake Cooper to send $200.00 (Two Hundred 
Dollars) through paypal to you, and you thereby committed an offence contrary 
to Section 321 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same 
Penal Code”.

They all pleaded guilty to their respective charges when they were read to them.

Upon their pleas,  counsel to the EFCC, Mustapha Kaigama reviewed the facts 
of the case and tendered the statements of the defendants. He also tendered 
in evidence items recovered from them at the point of arrest.

Justice Abdulgafar , thereafter,  passed  six months’ suspended sentence on 
each of the defendants and ordered that phones,  laptops and the sum of €100
(One Hundred Euro) and $200USD (Two Hundred Dollars) recovered Akolade be 
forfeited to the Federal Government.

The convicts bagged their imprisonment when they were arrested by operatives 
of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC for internet-related offences.  They 
were charged to court and convicted.

The press release contains a photo of each of the 419ers:

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15 APR 2024

EFCC ARRESTS SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTER IN PORT HARCOURT

Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and 
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested a  suspected internet 
fraudster, Ali Desmond Chinedum in Port Harcourt,  Rivers State.  

He was arrested following credible intelligence on his suspected 
involvement in internet-related offences.

Items recovered from him include, one iPhone 11 Pro Max, One Redmi 
12 android mobile device, two  United States Navy identity cards 
with number: 100040041245 and 100010041159, one Mercedez Benz GLK 
and one HP Laptop computer device and charms.

He will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release contains photos:

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10 APR 2024
From the United States Attorney's Office, Western District
of Michigan:

Two Nigerian Defendants Plead Guilty to Sextortion

Nigerian court orders third defendant extradited to the United States; 
decision pending appeal

MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN — U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan 
Mark Totten today announced that Samuel Ogoshi, 22, and Samson Ogoshi, 20, 
of Lagos, Nigeria, each pleaded guilty to conspiring to sexually exploit 
teenage boys in the Western District of Michigan and across the United 
States.  The offense of conspiracy to sexually exploit minors requires 
a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison; the maximum possible 
penalty is 30 years.

“Today’s guilty pleas represent an extraordinary success in the prosecution 
of international sextortion,” said U.S. Attorney Mark Totten.  “These convictions 
will send a message to criminals in Nigeria and every corner of the globe: working 
with our partners both here and overseas, we can find you and we can bring you to 
justice.”  He continued: “I hope these guilty pleas also bring a small measure of 
relief to the family of Jordan DeMay, who died as a result of this crime.  Of course, 
the job is not done.  The Ogoshi brothers await sentencing later this year, and we 
are still pursuing the extradition of the third defendant, Ezekiel Robert.”

The plea agreement describes the integrated roles played by Samuel and Samson 
Ogoshi in creating fake accounts, luring, and extorting victims.  As part of 
their pleas, the Ogoshi brothers also agree to cooperate in the prosecution 
of others.  The charges against Ezekiel Robert are still pending. 

On August 13, 2023, Nigeria extradited the Ogoshis to the United States to face 
prosecution after a grand jury indicted the brothers in November 2022 for sexual 
extortion.  On March 21, 2024, a Nigerian court ordered the third defendant, 
Ezekiel Robert, to be extradited to the United States.  He has appealed that 
decision and the matter is before the Nigerian High Court. 

“Financial sextortion is a rising and very serious threat targeting our minors 
nationwide and this case shook the very core of our Michigan community,” said 
Cheyvoryea Gibson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Michigan. “We encourage 
the public to have open and honest conversations with their loved ones surrounding 
sextortion and to take heed of the warning signs. If you believe you or someone 
you know has become a victim of this crime, please contact the FBI by calling 
1-800-CALL-FBI or submitting a tip at tips.fbi.gov.”

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel Mekaru and 
Davin Reust, and investigated by the FBI, the Marquette Sheriff’s Department, 
and the Michigan State Police Cybercrimes Unit in Marquette with the cooperation 
and assistance of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of Nigeria. The 
U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs, the U.S. Department 
of State, and the Nigerian Attorney General’s Office – Ministry of Justice provided 
critical assistance securing the arrest and extradition of the defendants.

The charges in the indictment against Ezekiel Robert remain pending and are merely 
accusations, and he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a 
reasonable doubt in a court of law. 

For more information, below are the previous press releases, indictment, and 
plea agreements.

Ogoshi Brothers Plead Not Guilty at Arraignment

Two Nigerian Men Extradited to The United States After Being 
Indicted for International Sexual Extortion Ring

Three Nigerian Men Awaiting Extradition for Committing Sexual Extortion
Indictment

Plea Agreement for Samuel Ogoshi (attached)

Plea Agreement for Samson Ogoshi (attached)

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9 APR 2024

TWO INTERNET FRAUDSTERS BAG JAIL TERMS IN KADUNA

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing of two internet fraudsters 
before Justice Balarabe Buhari of the Kaduna State High Court sitting 
in Kaduna.

They were jailed on Wednesday April 3,  2024 on  one- count separate 
charges bordering on cybercrimes. 

The convicts are Aaron Barnabas (a.k.a Helena Antonio) and Bosan Godwin 
Yacham(a.k.a Will Parfitt).

The one -count charge for Barnabas reads:" Aaron Barnabas (a.k.a Helena 
Antonio) Sometimes in October, 2023 in Kaduna, within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court, impersonated one Helena Antonio on Facebook, 
obtained the sum of $200 (Two Hundred United States of America Dollars) 
from Mauro Nunes and unsuspecting persons, and you thereby committed 
cheating by impersonation, an offence contrary to Section 308 of the 
Penal Code Law, 2017 of Kaduna State and punishable under Section 309 
of the same Law."

The charge for Yacham reads;  “Bosan Godwin Yacham (a.k.a Linnette Pickard)  
Male, sometimes in November, 2023 in Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of this 
Honourable Court, impersonated one Will Parfitt from Australia on Facebook, 
obtained the sum of $100 (One Hundred United States of America Dollars) from 
Elizabeth Fier and unsuspecting persons, and you thereby committed cheating 
by impersonation, an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Penal Code Law, 
2017 of Kaduna State and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law."

They all pleaded guilty to their one- count charges respectively when they 
were read to them,   prompting the prosecuting counsel,  Y.J Matiyak to pray 
the court to convict and sentence them accordingly. 

Justice Buhari consequently convicted and sentenced them to two years 
imprisonment each or pay a fine of N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty 
Thousand Naira )each.    They also forfeited their phones used to commit 
the offences to the government. While Barnabas restituted the sum of $200
(Two Hundred United States of America Dollar), Yacham  restituted $100 
(One Hundred United States America Dollars) to the government.

The convicts’ journey to the Correctional Centre began when they were 
arrested at Keffi, Nasarawa state following a sting operation conducted 
by Operatives of the Kaduna Zonal Command working on intelligence.   
Investigations showed that they fraudulently assumed identities of 
foreigners to create fictitious social media accounts to defraud 
unsuspecting victims of their hard- earned money.

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8 APR 2024

OLUKOYEDE TASKS NACOED STUDENTS ON CORRUPTION, 
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Executive Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Mr. Ola Olukoyede has called on Nigerian students to shun computer-related 
fraud and other criminal tendencies and imbibe desirable attitudes necessary 
for national development.

He gave the charge on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 in a lecture entitled, “Impact 
of Cybercrime on Nigeria Economy: Tertiary Education in Perspective” delivered 
during the matriculation ceremony and orientation programme for Degree and NCE 
students for 2023/2024 academic session of the Nigerian, Army College of Education, 
NACOED, Sobi, Ilorin.

The EFCC boss, who spoke through the Head of Public Affairs Department of the 
Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC, Ayodele Babatunde expressed worry over the 
alarming rate of students’ involvement in cybercrime and other social vices, 
pointed out that the country could  only realise its full potentials when youths 
imbibe the culture of excellence and shun all forms of criminalities.

He acknowledged that Nigerian youths are blessed with great potential, and 
challenged them to deploy them  into good uses. He added that cybercrime should 
not be seen as a way of life, noting that “ostentatious and flamboyant lifestyle 
without  corresponding hard work is perilous.”

“It is very unfortunate that young people these days have chosen to follow the 
fast lane, forgetting that speeding in the wrong direction leads to problems. 
Imagine young people , including teenagers going into cybercrimes and even rituals. 
I want to encourage you not to be discouraged. Always remember that evil can never 
win over good and that every action has a reward”, Olukoyede said.

Speaking on the impact of cybercrime, the EFCC Chair said that a society where 
cybercrime and corruption is allowed to thrive, would among other things suffer 
underdevelopment, poor education, public and private dysfunctionality, poor 
infrastructural development and security crisis which included but not limited 
to banditry, kidnapping, killing for rituals, cultism and terrorism financing.

Enumerating some of the efforts of the EFCC in tackling cybercrime among the 
youths,  Olukoyede said that the Commission recently convoked a meeting of heads 
of tertiary institutions and faith-based organisations in Abuja to deliberate on 
ways to curb the menace of cybercrime on campuses. He added that resolutions at 
the meeting had already started yielding results.

He urged the students to take advantage of the EFCC’s Integrity Clubs and Zero 
Tolerance Club in our secondary and tertiary institutions to enlist as anti-
corruption foot soldiers of the Commission.

The anti-graft czar, while congratulating the matriculants, enjoined them to 
be above board in character and learning and be good ambassadors of their home, 
school and country at large. He also urged members of the public to always secure 
their phone and devices by using strong passwords and avoid sharing personal details 
and sensitive information such as PIN, BVN or card details with people on social 
media in order not to fall victim to hackers.  

In his closing remarks, the Provost of the NACOED, Major General Umar Babangida 
commended the EFCC for the presentation which he described as “rich and resourceful”, 
pledging the readiness of the College to collaborate with the EFCC in its efforts 
to rid the country’s campuses of cybercrime. He also promised to work closely with 
the EFCC to ensure the establishment of the Zero Tolerance Club in the college and 
ensure its functionality.

The press release contains photos:

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8 APR 2024

SHUN CYBER CRIME, EFCC CHAIRMAN WARNS YOUTHS

The Executive Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, has called on youths to shun cybercrime and 
other forms of criminality.

The EFCC chairman made this call in Benin-City, Edo State while 
speaking on a programme 'Youth Empowerment Against Cybercrime" 
organised by Cybersecurity Education Initiatives ,CYSED, a non-
profit organisation dedicated to cybercrime prevention.

The EFCC boss who was represented by Williams Oseghale,  Head,  
Public Affairs Department, Benin Zonal Command warned the youths 
to stay away from cybercrime as the consequences were grave. He 
stated that the laws empower the Commission to arrest and prosecute 
anyone found culpable. "Don't be tempted or lured by the ostentatious 
lifestyle of other youths because the Commission will continue to 
arrest and prosecute anyone that is involved. In the last few years, 
the Commission has secured thousands of convictions of persons 
involved in cybercrime, many have been stripped of their illegally 
acquired properties. So they have ended in shame. There is no escape 
route for those involved in cybercrime," he said.

He stated that there was no shortcut to wealth and urged the youths 
to use the internet to innovate and create positive economic growth. 
"The internet does not necessarily have to be an avenue to impersonate, 
manipulate and fabricate lies to defraud others. Let the youths begin 
to use the internet for socially desirable things like offering digital 
solutions to the needs of industries, homes, governments and other 
engagement of life."

Moses Joshua, Executive Director, CYSED, said the essence of the 
programme was to build mental strength in youths to resist cybercrime 
and other Serious Organised Crime SOC. "It is to enhance knowledge 
nd awareness about the adverse effects of SOC and establish a sustainable 
impact through virtual space. We expect to see increased positive behavioural 
change in target beneficiaries and a reduction in SOC activities within 
the community," he said.

The press release contains a photo:

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4 APR 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 39 FOR SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUD 
IN BENIN CITY

Operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, April 4, 2024 arrested 39 suspected 
internet fraudsters at different locations in Benin City.

The suspects were arrested following actionable intelligence on their 
suspected involvement in computer -related fraud.

Items recovered from them include eight exotic cars - three Mercedes-Benz 
GLK, one Mercedes Benz C300 4 Matic, two Lexus ES350, Toyota Venza and 
Toyota Camry cars.  Others are  laptops and phones

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are 
concluded.

The press release contains photos:

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30 MAR 2024

COURT SENDS INTERNET FRAUDSTER TO JAIL IN ILORIN

Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting 
in Ilorin on Monday, March 25, 2024 convicted and sentenced Usman 
Harun to six months imprisonment for internet fraud.

He was jailed after pleading guilty to one-count separate charge 
bordering on obtaining under false pretences.

The charge reads:

“That you, Usman Harun sometime in February 2024 in Malete, Kwara 
State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did knowingly 
had under your control the sum of fifteen thousand naira (N15,000) in 
your account number 000380275 domiciled in Jaiz Bank Plc, which you 
knew to be unlawfully obtained and thereby committed an offence contrary 
to and punishable Section 319 of the Penal Code”

The defendant pleaded guilty when the charge was read to him.

Upon his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Charles Oni reviewed the facts 
of the case and tendered the statements of the defendant. He also 
tendered in evidence items recovered from him at the point of arrest.


 Justice Abdulgafar thereafter convicted and  sentenced the Harun to 
 six months imprisonment with an option of fine of N100,000 (One Hundred 
 Thousand Naira Only) and ordered that the phone used to perpetrate the 
 crime and money which the convict benefited from the crime be forfeited 
 to the Federal Government.

Harun bagged his imprisonment when he was arrested by operatives of the 
Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC for internet fraud. He was charged to 
court and convicted. 

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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30 MAR 2024

 KANO,  KADUNA COURTS JAIL 42 FRAUDSTERS FOR INTERNET FRAUD 
AND CHEATING

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing of 42 fraudsters before 
Justices A.M Liman, M.N Yunusa, Darius Khobo, A.A Bello and A.A Isiaka.

32 of the convicts were jailed by Justices Liman and Yunusa of the Federal 
High Court, sitting in Kano while the remaining 10 were jailed by Justices 
Khobo, Bello and Isiaka in Kaduna. 

They were all jailed after pleading guilty to one-count separate charges 
preferred against them by the EFCC.

The 32 convicts jailed in Kano are: Happy Mahmud, Ahmed Musa, Godwil Adams, 
Kigbu Agyivye Samuel, Walter Moses Afamefuna, Mustapha Aliyu, Hope Ezekiel, 
Ogbonna Emmanuel, Adamu Ali, Abdullahi Usman Abdullahi, Ibrahim Mohammed 
Neziru, Favour Pius, Timothy Danjuma, Adejare Abdulfahad, Isah Labaran, 
Ani Godswill, Adamu Muhammad, Muhammed Zafir Agede, Adidas Oyiwoza Junior, 
Victor Adaji and Matthew Etta.

Others are: Blessed Oyewole, Joshua Victor,  Egbodo Mathew, Oladipupo David, 
Omotosho Owolabi, Shehu Salisu, Ezeugwu Kingsley, Ambrose Favour Okwose, 
Moses Danladi, Henry Chimnemelum Akaenyi and Elijah Philemon.

The remaining 10 fraudsters jailed in Kaduna are: Japhet Sunday ( a.k.a Nicolas 
Galitzine), Precious Audu, Oche Emmanuel ( a.k.a Allegra Liliane), Good News 
Ezekiel ( a.k.a Jessica Allen), Gabriel Lious ( a.k.a Jonny Depp), Adedigba 
Jamiu Adeniyi ( a.k.a Jiggy Jay), Joel Moses ( a.k.a Vin Diesel), Tizhe Zinas 
Japhet ( a.k.a Richard Miller and a.k.a Arthur Van Gulik) and Fu'ad Oreoluwa 
Abdulsalam ( a.k.a Crack Thompson) and Suleiman Dada.

The charge against Philemon reads: “That you Elajikun Philemon (a.k.a Maria) 
sometimes in 2024 at Keffi, Nassarawa State within the jurisdiction of this 
honourable court, with intent to defraud, retained the total sum of $45 
(Forty-five US Dollars) from one Mrs. Anna, which you knew that such fund 
forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act and thereby committed an offence 
contrary to Section 18(2)(d) of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) 
Act, 2022 and punishable under Section 18(3) of the same Act.”

The charge against Mahmud reads: “That you Happy Mahmud (a.k.a Lucas Patrick) 
sometimes in February, 2024 in Keffi, Nassarwa state within the jurisdiction 
of this honourable court, with intent to defraud impersonated one Lucas Patrick 
via 'Facebook' chat(an online social media application) which pretence you knew 
to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(i) 
of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc)Act, 2015.”

Following their guilty pleas, prosecution counsel, Matiyak.Y. John and K.S 
Ogunlade prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.   

Justices Liman and  Yunusa thereafter convicted and sentenced 10 of the convicts 
to two years imprisonment each or  a fine of N50, 000.00 ( Fifty Thousand Naira) 
each. Fifteen were convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment with an 
option of fine of N100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand naira). Six of the convicts 
were sentenced to one year imprisonment with an option of fine of N100,000.00 
(One Hundred Thousand naira), while only Muhammed Zafir Agede was sentenced to 
three years imprisonment with an option of fine of N150,000.00 (One Hundred 
and Fifty Thousand Naira).

They all forfeited their phones to the federal government and made restitution 
to their respective victims.

The remaining convicts jailed in Kaduna were also prosecuted on one-count 
separate  charges to which they all pleaded “guilty.”

The one-count charge against Dauda reads: “That you Suleiman Dauda sometime 
in 2020 in Kaduna within the Kaduna Judicial Division of the High Court cheated 
one Mohammed Hassan of his property worth N5,000,000.00 (Five Million naira) 
when you presented yourself as being capable of buying his vehicle, a Honda 
Accord 2013 model which you collected and sold without paying back the money 
after taking delivery of the vehicle, and you thereby committed an offence 
contrary to Section 306 of the Penal Code Law, 2017 and punishable under 
Section 307 of the same Law.”

Following their guilty pleas, prosecution counsel, M.E Eimonye, Y.J Matiyak 
and G.U Gadaka urged the courts to convict and sentence them accordingly. 

The 10 bagged jail terms that ranged from two to five years respectively or 
an option of fine that ranged between N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) 
to N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira).  Additionally they 
forfeited their phones to the federal government. Dauda bagged four years 
or an option of fine of N100, 000 and restitution of N5,000,000.00 (Five 
Million Naira) to his victim.

The road to jail began for the 42 convicts when they were arrested following 
credible intelligence on their involvement in internet-related offences.  

The press release contains photos of the 419ers:

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28 MAR 2024

COURT JAILS 17 INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN BAUCHI

Justices A. Muazu and M.A Sambo of the Bauch State High Court sitting 
in Bauch have convicted and sentenced seventeen (17) internet fraudsters 
to different jail terms.  

The convicts were jailed after pleading guilty to one –count separate  
charges upon their arraignment by the Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. They are: John Yakubu,  Adams Ogbu 
Adai, Anthony Favour,  Londima Donendung, Anthony Osai Samuel, John Jerry,  
Christianah Joseph, Adejumo Faruq, Emmanuel Shammah, Iliya Yakubu, Godfrey 
Fidelis Namzy, Danjuma Aklahel, Michael Monday Auta, Alphonsus Jeremiah, 
Banabas Emmanuel, Jerry Emeka and Solomon Monday. 

The charge against Auta reads; "That you, Micheal Monday Auta sometimes 
between 2023 and 2024, at Bauchi,  Bauchi State , within the Jurisdiction 
of this honorable court, attempted to cheat by personation by pretending 
to be one Adriana Maria and Nora Paslaru a foreigner who deals in 
cryptocurrency investment in order to introduce unsuspecting foreign 
nationals to deliver the monies to him, thereby committed an offence 
contrary to Section 321 and punishable under Section 324 of the Penal 
Code".

They pleaded guilty to the charges when they were read to them. 

Based on their pleas, the judges convicted and offered them different 
sentences which are; Donendung to six month imprisonment or an option 
of fine of  N250,000, Shammah to eight months imprisonment without an 
option of fine,  Yakubu to two years imprisonment with an option of 
fine of N200,000, Namzy to six months imprisonment without an option 
of fine,  Ogbu to two years imprisonment with an option of N250,000 
as fine, Yakubu to eight years imprisonment with an option of fine 
of N500,000,  Samuel to three years imprisonment or an option of 
N200,000 fine and he also forfeited two laptops, one iPhone X, MTN 
router and one headphone to the Federal government of Nigeria.

Other convicts are:  Emeka sentenced  to three years imprisonment 
or an option of N250,000 fine and he forfeited one BMW car to the 
government, Emmanuel to two years imprisonment or an option of 
N150,000naira fine,  Monday to four years imprisonment or N400,000 
as option of fine,  Ekond to six years imprisonment or N350,000 
as fine, Danjuma to three months imprisonment with an option of 
N250,000 fine, Joseph to two years imprisonment or option of 
N400,000 fine,  Auta to six months imprisonment without an option 
of fine,  Adejumo Faruq to six months imprisonment without an 
option of fine,  Anthony Favour to two years imprisonment with 
an option of N150,000 fine, and he also forfeited two tecno phone 
used in committing the offence to the government and Jeremiah to 
six months  imprisonment without an option of fine.  

All the convicts bagged their imprisonment when they were arrested 
for internet offences.  They all pleaded guilty before the court 
and were convicted.

The press release contains photos of some of the 419ers:

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28 MAR 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 74 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN OGUN

Operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, March 28, 2024 arrested seventy-
four(74) suspected internet fraudsters in Ogun State.

The alleged fraudsters were arrested at Government Residential Area, 
G.R.A, Shagamu,  in Ogun State following surveillance and intelligence  
exposing their suspected internet-related  offences.

Items recovered from them include seven exotic cars, three laptops, 
124 mobile phones, one PlayStation 3 game, two motorcycles and other 
incriminating documents.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release contains photos:

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26 MAR 2024

COURT JAILS 26 INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN BENIN CITY

The Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, between Friday, March 22, 2024 and Tuesday March 26, 2024 secured 
the conviction and sentence of 26 internet fraudsters before Justices Efe 
Ikponmwonba and M. Itsueli of the Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City.

The convicts are Balogun Oladipupo, Ehigiamusoe Desmond, Jeffery Enogieru, 
Awoke Godstime ThankGod, Gabriel Ugolo, Erhabor ThankGod Idahosa, Obaretin 
Osahebrunwen Samuel, Ilevba Endurance, Ilevba Isowanmwen, Osakhuwomwen 
Osayende, Eruangu Salvation, Destiny Osasenagu Osafanmen, Emmanuel Osafanmen, 
Azuka Victory Nzel, Enehizena Michael, Emmanuel Oladotun Oladotun, Abdulsalam 
Enakhe.

Others are Cyril Nowanmagbe Ojo, Wisdom Desmond John, Samuel Joseph, 
Ime Joseph Etim, Imafidon Kelvin, Sylvester Gabriel, Victor Jonathan 
Chika, Ejike Favour Madukaku and Abdullahi Rahman.

They were jailed after pleading guilty to one-count separate charge 
bordering on obtaining by false pretence, possession of fraudulent 
documents upon arraignment by the Benin Zonal Command of the EFCC.

The charge against Ilevba reads: "that you Endurance Osahon Ilevba 
sometime in 2023 in Benin City, Edo State, within the jurisdiction 
of this honourable court did with intent to defraud represent yourself 
to be Jason Statham, an American actor and thereby committed an offence 
contrary to and punishable under Section 384 (1) of the criminal Law of 
Edo State Law 2022.”

All the defendants pleaded guilty to their respective charges when they 
were read to them, prompting prosecution counsel, F. A. Jirbo. I. M. Elodi, 
I.K Agwai, K.Y. Bello, Bala-Ribah and Salihu Ahmed to pray the court to 
convict and sentence them accordingly.  However, counsel to the defendants 
pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy, stressing that they 
have become remorseful for their actions.

The duo of Ilevba and Endurance Osahon Ilevba bagged two years imprisonment 
or a fine of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) each while the quartet 
of Idahosa, Oladuton Cole, Michael and Abdullahi got two years imprisonment 
or a fine of N100,000 (One Hundred  Thousand Naira) each. Twenty others were 
sentenced to three years imprisonment or a fine of N100,000 (One Hundred 
housand Naira) each.

The judges ordered that the convicts forfeit their phones, laptops, three 
Mercedes-Benz vehicles, balances in their various bank accounts including 
the sum of Four Million, Fifty Two Thousand, Fifty Two Naira,  Fifty Three 
kobo (N4,052,052.53) in the account of Ilevba being instrument and proceeds 
of crime to the Federal Government of Nigeria while Abdullahi was ordered 
to refund N480,000 to his victim . All the convicts are to undertake in 
writing to be of good behaviour afterwards.

The convicts’ road to the Correctional Centre began following their arrest 
by operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of the Commission based on 
actionable intelligence regarding their involvement in internet-related fraud.

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22 MAR 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 20 ALLEGED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN IBADAN

Operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Commander of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested twenty (20) suspected internet 
fraudsters in Oyo State.

The alleged fraudsters were arrested on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 
at Akobo area of Ibadan, following actionable intelligence on their 
suspected fraudulent internet-related activities.

 Items recovered from them include ten exotic cars, twelve laptops, 
 forty-one(41) mobile phones, one play-station 5, one television set 
 and other incriminating documents among others.

They would be charged to court upon conclusion of investigations.

The press release contains photos:

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21 MAR 2024

COURT SENDS INTERNET FRAUDSTER TO JAIL IN LAGOS

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Thursday,  March 21, 2024, secured the 
conviction and sentencing of one Ndifreke Okon, before Justice 
Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, 
Lagos. 

Okon was arraigned on a one-count charge bordering on Internet 
fraud, under Section 22 (3) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, 
Prevention Etc) Act, 2015.

The charge reads: “That you Ndifreke Edem Okon (aka Binh Nguyen) 
on the 7th day of December, 2023 in Lagos within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court directly made a false statement wherein 
you held yourself out as BINH NGUYEN in your Instagram account 
knowing same to be false and with intent that the representation 
is relied upon for the purpose of procuring the issuance of 
financial instrument to yourself and thereby committed an offence 
contrary to and punishable under Section 22 (3) of the Cybercrimes 
(Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015.”

He pleaded "guilty" to the charge when it was read to him.  

In view of his guilty plea,  prosecuting counsel, A.O. Mohammed 
sought to review the facts of the case through the investigating 
officer, Mustapha Farouq Umar. 

Umar told the court that the defendant was arrested on December 
5, 2023, at Ajah, Lagos, following an intelligence report on the 
activities of an Organised Cybercrime Syndicate Network (OCSN) 
operating in that axis.

Testifying further, he told the court that Okon in his statement 
to the EFCC, confessed to being into a dating scam by representing 
himself to unsuspecting victims as a white man from Vietnam known 
as Binh Nguyen. “Upon his arrest, an iPhone X, Tecno spark 5 and 
HP laptop were recovered from him," he said.

Mohammed, thereafter, sought to tender in evidence, the statements, 
and all the items recovered from him.

Justice Aneke admitted and marked them as exhibits. 

Thereafter, the trial judge declared him guilty as charged.

Defence counsel, Oludare Odetoki, prayed the court for leniency. 

He appealed to the court to temper justice with mercy, considering 
his status as a first-time offender, and  remorse for his actions.

Justice Aneke sentenced him to one year imprisonment with an option 
of fine of N1.5million and 100 hours community service.

The Judge also ordered the forfeiture of the items recovered from 
him to the Federal Government.

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21 MAR 2024

WE HAVE PLANS TO REHABILITATE CONVICTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS
- OLUKOYEDE

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, Mr. Ola Olukoyede has hinted of plans to rehabilitate convicted 
internet fraudsters with lesser sentences as a potent way of reorienting 
their minds and redirecting their productive energies to positive endeavours.

He stated this in Abuja on Thursday, March 21, 2024 when a delegation of 
the National Association of University Students, NAUS, led by its President, 
Obadi Marshal paid him a courtesy visit at the corporate headquarters of 
the Commission.

“We have a plan to rehabilitate convicted internet fraudsters with lesser 
sentences. The plan is to work with the Correctional Centre to make them 
useful and more productive in the society.

He cautioned youths against indulging in internet crimes stressing that 
the implication of such an act is grave.  “When you think deeply, that 
tag ‘ex-convict’ is not a good thing. You can never tell where you would 
find yourself tomorrow and they would want to profile you and discover 
that you are an ex-convict. So it is even in the interest of the youth 
that the EFCC is doing what it is doing to prevent them from indulging 
in the heinous act of cybercrime,” he said.

The EFCC’s boss also cautioned students against forming parallel 
organisations to pursue similar interests. “The issue of dichotomies 
of associations is disturbing.  Regulate yourselves and the society 
will take you more seriously”, he said.  He charged the students to 
always avoid hasty judgment of the operations of the EFCC, maintaining 
that the Commission is working in the overall interests of the nation

Speaking earlier on the purpose of the visit, Marshal disclosed that 
it was to build synergy with the EFCC in its fight against cybercrimes 
across Nigerian university campuses. “The aim of our visit today is 
to see how we can synergize and partner with the EFCC in eradicating 
cybercrime in all the higher institutions of learning in the country. 
The National Association of University Students, NAUS, has never been 
part of it and will never support it,that is why we are at the EFCC 
to see how we can collaborate to end it. The onus is on us all to save 
our youths from taking part in it and to save our country,” he said.

As a way forward, the NAUS president requested for EFCC’s participation 
during orientation programmes for new students across Nigerian universities, 
stating that sensitization of the fresh undergraduates by the Commission 
at that early stage could go a long way in moving their minds away from 
cybercrime and other financial vices as they face their studies.

“We need the presence of the Commission in our campuses during orientation 
of new students”,  he said.  He also enjoined the Commission to create more 
interactive platforms for youths to relate with it.

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21 MAR 2024

COURT JAILS 25 INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN BENIN CITY

Twenty five internet fraudsters were on Wednesday and Thursday 21, 
March, 2024 convicted and sentenced to various jail terms by Justices 
Efe Ikponmwonba and  M. Ituseli of Edo State High Court sitting in 
Benin City.

The convicts are Joshua Osarumwense, Oziegbe Courage, Michael Osawowamen 
Enofe, Precious Ezomo, Favour Ezomon, Adetokunbor Oghamomwan, Amaize Victor 
Ohimah, Destiny Okpala, Emmanuel Benjamin, Williams Chinedu Onyeji, Michael 
Ugochukwu Davidson, Favour Victor, Aigbadon Nathaniel, Owas Palmer and 
Kelvin Aghator.

Others are Samuel Endurance, Emmanuel Ogiehor, Oseni Usman, Success Bashorun, 
Hassan Usman, Omoruyi Stanley, Omoruyi Osasu, Festus David Ofuomadega, Omokaro 
Junior Aisosa and Okolo Oghenenyerhovwo.

They were jailed after pleading guilty to one-count separate charges bordering 
on possession of fraudulent documents  upon arraignment by the Benin Zonal 
Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The charge against Favour Ezomo reads: “that you Favour Ezomo (m) on or 
about 14th March, 2024 in Benin City, Edo State, within the jurisdiction 
of this honourable court did have in your possession documents which you 
knew or ought to have known contain a false pretence and thereby committed 
an offence contrary to sections 6 and 8 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and 
Other Fraud Related Offences Act.2006 and punishable under section 1(3)of s
ame Act”.

All the defendants pleaded guilty to their respective charges when they 
were read to them,  prompting prosecution counsel, F. Jirbo. I.K Agwai, 
A. A. Ibrahim and Salihu Ahmed to pray the court to convict and sentence 
them accordingly.  However, counsel to the defendants pleaded with the 
court to temper justice with mercy,  claiming they have become remorseful 
for their actions. 

The trio of Oziegbe, Stanley and Davidson bagged three years imprisonment 
or a fine of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) each while the duo of 
Ofuomadega and Oghenenyerhovwo got two years imprisonment or a fine of 
N200,000 (Two hundred  Thousand Naira) each.  The 20 others were sentenced 
to three years imprisonment or a fine of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand 
Naira) each.

The judges ordered that the convicts forfeit their phones,  balances in 
their various bank accounts being instruments and proceeds of crime and 
a Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 recovered from Ezomo to the Federal Government 
of Nigeria. All the convicts are to undertake in writing to be of good 
behaviour afterwards.

The convicts’ road to the Correctional Centre began following their 
arrest by operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of the Commission based 
on actionable intelligence regarding  their involvement in computer 
related fraud.

The press release contains a photo of each of the 419ers:

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20 MAR 2024

AGAIN, COURT JAILS SIX INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN ILORIN

Justice Evelyn Anyadike of the Federal High Court sitting 
in Ilorin on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 convicted and sentenced 
another set of six internet fraudsters to different jail terms.

The convicts: Ismail Abdulbasit,  Oladipo Victor,  Ibrahim 
Oluwatosin,  Ayantola Segun Samuel,  Musbau Waris Atomo and 
Babalola Rasaq Oluwadamilare,  were jailed after pleading 
guilty to one-count separate charges, following their arraignment 
by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC.

The charge against Abdulbasit reads: “That you, Ismail Abdulbasit 
between in February 2024 at Malete, Kwara State within the jurisdiction 
of the Federal High Court, fraudulently impersonate one Jason Boone 
from United States of America with intent to gain advantage for yourself 
thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(2)(b)(ii) of the 
Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc.) Act 2015 and punishable 
under Section 22 (2)(b) (iv) of the same Act”

 Upon their pleas, counsel to the EFCC, Innocent Mbachie and Charles 
 Oni reviewed the facts of the cases and tendered the statements of 
 the defendants. The prosecutor also tendered in evidence items 
 recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest, including 
 various sums of money which they defrauded their victims.

In her judgment, Justice Anyadike ordered the trio of Oluwatosin, 
Oluwadamilare  and Atomo to pay a fine of N200,000 (Two Hundred 
Thousand Naira Only) each while ordering Victor, Abdulbasit and 
Samuel to pay a sum of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only) 
each as fine.

The judge also ordered that all phones recovered from the convicts 
be forfeited to the government.

The latest conviction brings to 30 the number of persons jailed 
among 48 students of the Kwara State University, KWASU, arrested 
in a sting operation by operatives of the EFCC for internet fraud.

The press release contains a photo of each of the 419ers:

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19 MAR 2024

KADUNA COURT JAILS  FOUR INTERNET FRAUDSTERS

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC,  has secured the conviction and sentencing of 
four internet fraudsters before Justices Darius Khobo and A.A 
Isiaka of the Kaduna State High Court, sitting in Kaduna.

They were jailed on Tuesday, March 19,  2024. 

Justice Isiaka convicted and sentenced Mohammed Ibrahim and Ibrahim 
Yusuf while  Mubàrak Olarewaju Ibrahim and Olorunfemi Feyi Samuel were 
jailed by Justice Khobo.

All the convicts were prosecuted on one-count separate charges bordering 
on fraudulent activities and cheating by impersonation.  They all pleaded 
“guilty” when the charges were read to them. 

Following their pleas, prosecution counsel,  M.E Eimonye and M. Lawal 
urged the courts to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Consequently, Justice Khobo convicted and sentenced Ibrahim to two 
years imprisonment with N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand 
Naira) as an option of fine.  Samuel was sentenced to five years 
imprisonment or N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira)as 
an  option of fine. In addition, he was ordered to make $205 (Two 
Hundred and Five USD) restitution to his victim.

Justice Isiaka convicted and sentenced Mohammed to two years imprisonment 
or N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand naira)as an option of fine 
while Yusuf bagged two years imprisonment or N100,000.00 (One Hundred 
Thousand Naira) option of fine. In addition, Yusuf was ordered to restitute 
the sum of $200 (Two Hundred United Dollars) being proceeds of his crime 
to his victim.

All the convicts forfeited the mobile phones recovered from them to 
the Federal Government. 

Their journey to prison began after they were nabbed by operatives of 
Kaduna Command in sting operations carried out in and around Kaduna axis 
following credible intelligence on their involvement in internet-related 
offences. They were found to have impersonated foreigners and used the 
assumed identities to defraud their victims.

The press release contains photos of three of the four 419ers:

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18 MAR 2024

ILORIN COURTS JAIL SIX INTERNET FRAUDSTERS

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Monday, March 18, 2024 secured the conviction 
and sentence of six persons for internet fraud.

They were jailed by Justices Evelyn Anyadike of the Federal High 
Court sitting in Ilorin and Justice Adebayo Yusuf of the Kwara 
State High Court, Ilorin after pleading guilty to one-count 
separate charges following their arraignment by the Ilorin 
Zonal Command of the EFCC.

The convicts are: Aransiola Oluwaseun Stephen, Owoeye Adeyanju 
Ezekiel,  Idris Yekini Kayode,  Abdulrahmon Abubakar,  Rafiu 
Ashimiu Adisa and Raheem Ayomide Monsur.

The charges against Stephen reads: “That you, Aransiola Oluwaseun 
Stephen in February 2024  in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of 
this Honourable Court, did cheat by personation when you pretended 
to be one Cindy Watson, a White female, based in United States of 
America, and in that guise induced one Randy Driskill to send you 
the sum of $350 (Three Hundred and Fifty Dollars) which you did 
receive via gift cards thereby committed an offence contrary to 
Section 321 of the Penal Code Law and Punishable under Section 
324 of the same law”

All the defendants pleaded guilty to their respective charges 
when they were read to them.

Following their “guilty pleas”, EFCC’s counsel, Innocent Mbachie, 
Adebayo Aliyu, Charles Oni and Rasheedat Alao,  reviewed the facts 
of the cases and tendered the statements and items recovered from 
the defendants at the point of arrest, which were admitted in evidence.

The judges convicted and sentenced them accordingly. They also 
ordered that the phones and laptops recovered from them, as well 
as balances in their bank accounts be forfeited to the Federal 
Government.

All the six convicts are among the 48 students of Kwara State 
University, KWASU, arrested by the EFCC recently. 

The press release has a photo of each of the 419ers:

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18 MAR 2024

EFCC ARRAIGNS ALLEGED SEXTORTIONIST IN LAGOS

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on March 17, 2024 arraigned one Olukeye Olalekan, 
before Justice Kehinde Ogundare of the Federal High court sitting 
in Ikoyi, Lagos on an 18-count charge bordering on transmission 
of child pornography, fraudulent impersonation, and sextortion 
to the tune of N721,500.00 (Seven Hundred and Twenty One Thousand, 
Five Hundred Naira only). 

Count one reads: “That you, Olukeye Adedayo Olalekan (a.k.a hrm87, 
charlotte 708 and harlilott_ 716) on or about the 13th February, 
2.023 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court 
intentionally used the Instagram virtual network to create a group 
"Expose Janjua Robin Nudes" to distribute child pornography and you 
thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 23(1)(C)and punishable 
under Section 23(1)(e) of the of Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, 
Etc.) Act, 2015”.

Another count reads: “That you, Olukeye Adedayo Olalekan (a.k.a hrm877, 
charlotte 708 and harlilott_716) on or about the 13th of May, 2022 in 
Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court directly retained 
the total sum of N721,500.00 in your account domiciled in UBA which sum 
you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of your 
unlawful activity to wit: transmission of child pornography and you 
thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(2)(d) and punishable 
under Section 18 (3) of the of Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) 
Act, 2022”. 

He pleaded "not guilty" to the charges when they were read to him. 

In view of his plea, prosecuting counsel, S.I. Suleiman prayed the 
court for a trial date to enable the prosecution to call its witnesses 
and tender relevant documents to prove its case.

Defence counsel, Segun Onikoyi, however, applied that the defendant 
be allowed to continue on the bail earlier granted him by Justice T.G. 
Ringim.

The prosecution raised no objection.  "We leave the decision to the 
discretion of the court," Suleiman said.

Justice Ogundare thereafter adjourned till June 3, 2024 for trial and 
ordered the defendant to continue on the bail previously granted.  

The press release contains a photo of the alleged 419er:

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16 MAR 2024

EIGHT INTERNET FRAUDSTERS BAG JAIL TERMS IN ILORIN

Justices Evelyn Anyadike of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin 
and Adebayo Yusuf of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin on Wednesday, 
March 13, 2024 convicted and sentenced eight internet fraudsters to 
different jail terms.

The convicts were part of the 48 students of the Kwara State University, 
KWASU, and two residents of Malete arrested on Wednesday, February 21,  
2024,  during a sting operation by operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command 
of the EFCC for internet- related offences.

The convicts are:  Afolabi Habeeb Ajao, Mohammed Nabeel Ayara, Oluyedun 
Khalid Bolaji, Oladele Israel Olatayo, Aransiola Joshua Adebisi, Olaleye 
Gbenga Philip,  Bright Moses  and Ogunrinde Gabriel Ayomikun.

They were jailed after pleading guilty to one- count  separate charges.

The charge against Ogunrinde reads:

“That you, Ogunrinde Gabriel Ayomikun sometime between April 2023 
and February 2024 in Ilorin, Kwara State within the judicial division 
of the Federal High Court, did retain the sum of N3,500,000.00 (Three 
Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira) in your bank account number 
2151747289 with the name: Ogunrinde Gabriel Ayomikun domiciled with 
United Bank for African, which you knew to be proceeds of unlawful 
act and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under 
Section 20 of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 
2022”

They pleaded guilty when the charges were read to them individually.

Following their “guilty" pleas,  prosecution counsel,  Adebayo Aliyu, 
Sesan Ola, Mustapha Kiagama and Isabel Adeniran,  reviewed the facts 
of the cases and tendered the statements of the defendants and items 
recovered from them at the point of arrest and were admitted in evidence.

Thereafter,  Justice Anyadike convicted and sentenced  Oluyedun, 
Olaleye, Ogunrinde, Bright, Aransiola and Oladele to a fine of 
N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira Only) each and ordered them 
to forfeit all the phones recovered from them to the government,   
including balances in their bank accounts.

In the same vein, Justice Yusuf  convicted and sentenced the duo of 
Muhammed and Afolabi to six months imprisonment each with an option 
of fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira Only). The judge ordered 
that the phones, which they used to perpetrate the crime be forfeited 
to the Federal Government.

All the convicts bagged their jail terms for their involvement in 
internet fraud. 

The press release contains a photo of each 419er:

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15 MAR 2024

OYO AND OGUN COURTS JAIL 16 INTERNET FRAUDSTERS

Justices A.L. Akintola, O.A. Lajide, O.A. Adetujoye of the Oyo State 
High Court, sitting in Ibadan; Justice  B.B. Adebowale of the Ogun 
State High Court, Abeokuta and Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal 
High Court, Ibadan have convicted and sentenced sixteen (16) internet 
fraudsters to different jail terms.

The convicts were jailed after pleading guilty to one- count separate 
charges upon their arraignment by the Ibadan Zonal Command of the 
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

They are: Arode Opeyemi Amos, Babatunde Emmanuel Babalola, Oyewole 
Ayomilekan, Ephraim Isaiah Jonah, Ayedun Ayobami Adelani, Amusa Aminat 
Odunmide, Raji Eniola Al-Ameen, Ogundeyi Faruk Olamilekan, Abdullahi 
Adeshina Rasaq, Azeez Oluwaseun Bamidele, Moruf Olamilekan Elegbede, 
Olabisi Ibrahim Olamilekan, Jolaosho Uthman Olamilekan, Amod Kazeem 
Olayemi, Idemudia Lucky Edohamhem and Isogun Olamitan Nelson.

The charge against Nelson reads: “That you, Isogun Olamitan Nelson 
on or about 24th July, 2023, at Ibadan within the jurisdiction of 
this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, aided internet 
fraudsters; Victor Effiong, Opeyemi, Victor Pelumi and others by 
redeeming fraudulent gift cards and designing false documents and 
waybills to aid their internet fraud, thereby committed an offence 
of Aiding another person in committing an offence contrary to Section 
7 (c) and 484 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 30, Laws of Oyo State.”

Upon their guilty pleas, the facts of the cases were reviewed and 
incriminating documents tendered in evidence before the courts, 
following which prosecuting counsel, Oyelakin Oyediran, C.A. Okoli, 
S.M. Galadanchi, Mabas Mabur, Umar Abiso and shamsuddeen Bashir 
prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

After listening to all counsels, Justice Agomoh convicted and 
sentenced Odunmide and Adelani to one year imprisonment each 
without an option of fine. The latter was ordered to pay the 
sum of $800 (Eight Hundred Dollars) as restitution while Odunmide 
was to restitute his victim with the sum of N3.8million (Three 
Million, Eight Hundred Thousand Naira).

Also, Justice Lajide convicted and sentenced Ayomilekan and Nelson 
to six months community service each. Ayomilekan was ordered to pay 
the sum of N500, 000.00K (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) and Nelson 
to pay N10, 000.00K (Ten Thousand Naira) as fines alongside their 
jail terms respectively.

Furthermore, Justice Akintola convicted and sentenced Amos and 
Babalola to one year imprisonment each, he however gave Babalola 
an option of N250, 000.00K (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) 
fine, ordered him to pay the sum of $1,950 (One Hundred and Ninety-
five Thousand Dollars) as restitution and forfeit one black colour 
Toyota Venza car with chassis number: 4T3BK3BB4AV044681 and 
registration number: NANS while Amos was given an option of 
N20, 000.00K (Twenty Thousand Naira) fine.

Also, Justice Akintola convicted and sentenced Al-Ameen, Ibrahim 
Olamilekan, Uthman Olamilekan and Olayemi to three months community 
service each and Jonah to six months community service with an option 
of N50, 000.00K (Fifty Thousand Naira) fine, but Al-Ameen was ordered 
to pay the sum of N40, 000.00K (Forty Thousand Naira), Ibrahim 
Olamilekan, Uthman Olamilekan and Olayemi to pay N50, 000.00K (Fifty 
Thousand Naira) as fine alongside their jail terms respectively.

Ibrahim Olamilekan forfeited one grey Toyota Camry with registration 
number: KTU 822 GU, Uthman Olamilekan forfeited one silver colour 
Lexus RX 350 SUV with chassis number: 2T2BK1BA9BC115389 and 
registration number: BWR 100 BT while Olayemi forfeited one grey 
colour Toyota Corolla with registration number: APP 121 HZ with 
chassis number: 5YFBU4EE7DP126845 respectively.

Also, Justice Adetujoye convicted, cautioned and discharged Faruk 
Olamilekan, Rasaq, Bamidele and Edohamhem while Elegbede was convicted 
and sentenced to one month community service by Justice Adebowale.

The judges further ordered the convicts to forfeit all devices recovered 
from them being proceeds of crime to the Federal Government.

The convicts began their journey to the Correctional Centre when they 
were arrested by operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC at 
various locations in Oyo and Ogun states.  They were later investigated 
and charged to court.

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15 MAR 2024

EFCC ARRESTS BARBER, 11 OTHER SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN UYO

Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission EFCC, on Thursday March 14, 2024, arrested a 
barber, and  eleven suspected internet fraudsters in a sting 
operation in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. 

 They were arrested following credible intelligence on their suspected 
 involvement in internet-related offences.

Items recovered from them include sophisticated mobile phones, laptops 
and WiFi routers.

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as  investigations are 
concluded.

The press release contains photos:

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15 MAR 2024

EFCC ARRAIGNS SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTER 
IN ENUGU

The Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, has arraigned Onwe Onyedika Prince  before 
Justice Mohammed Garba Umar of the Federal High Court sitting 
in Enugu,  for  offences bordering on internet fraud.

Specifically,  he was arraigned on a three-count charge bordering 
on possession of fraudulent documents and fraudulent impersonation.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Onwe Onyedika Prince between 
January and July, 2022 at Enugu, within the jurisdiction of the 
Federal High Court with intent to defraud, had in your possession 
a document, which to your knowledge, contained a false pretence 
in which you assumed the person of one Jamie Johnson and thereby 
committed an offence contrary to Section 6 of the Advance Fee 
Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable 
under Section 1 (3) of the same Act”.

The defendant pleaded “not guilty” to the charges. In view of his 
plea, counsel to the EFCC ,  Ajobiewe Rotimi Enitan, prayed the court 
for a trial date “to enable the prosecution to prove its case. We have 
just two witnesses my Lord”, he said. He also prayed the court to 
remand the defendant at the Enugu State Correctional facility.

However, defence counsel, O. A. U. Onyema made an application for 
bail and prayed the court to “passionately grant him bail”.  Enitan 
vehemently opposed the bail application on the ground that the defendant 
is a flight risk.

After listening to both sides, Justice Umar adjourned the matter to 
April 16, 2024 for ruling on the bail application. The defendant was 
remanded at the Enugu State Correctional facility.

The press release contains a photo:

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14 MAR 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 57 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN BENIN CITY

Operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 57 suspected internet fraudsters 
in Benin City.

The suspects were arrested on Thursday,  March 14, 2024 at different 
locations in Benin City following actionable intelligence on their 
suspected involvement in internet-related offences.

Items recovered from them include 12 exotic cars - four Mercedes-Benz 
GLK, two Mercedes Benz C300, one Mercedes-Benz 350, four Lexus ES350, 
one Lexus RX330,  laptops and phones

They would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release contains a photo:

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13 MAR 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 45 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN LAGOS

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 45 suspected internet fraudsters.  

They were arrested on Monday, March 11, 2024 at Ikorodu, Lagos, 
following intelligence on the activities of an Organised Cybercrime 
Syndicate Network, OCSN, operating in that axis of the state. 

Items recovered from them at the point of arrest include exotic 
vehicles, sophisticated mobile devices, and laptops.

They will soon be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigations.

The press release contains a photo:

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13 MAR 2024

MAKURDI COURT JAILS FIVE INTERNET FRAUDSTERS

Justices M.S.Abubakar and R.J. Egbe of the Federal High Court 
sitting in Makurdi, Benue State have convicted and sentenced 
five internet fraudsters to various jail terms.

The convicts: Ibi Shedrach Suurshter, Onazi Moses Oche, Innocent 
Ochola and Teseer Mnenge and Agbo Lawrence were jailed after pleading 
guilty to one- count separate charges upon their arraignment by the 
Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC.

The charge against Oche reads:  “That you Onazi Moses Oche sometime 
in 2022 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent 
to defraud used an access device issued to one Solomon Onuwa resulting 
from an aggregate gain of N2,345.000.00 to yourself and thereby committed 
an offence contrary and punishable under Section 33(2)(c) of the Cybercrime
(Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015”.

Upon their arrangements, the convicts pleaded guilty when the charges 
were read to them.   Consequently the facts of the cases were reviewed 
and incriminating documents tendered in evidence before the court, 
following which prosecuting counsel, A.S Idris, prayed the court to 
sentence them accordingly.

After listening to all counsels, Justice Abubakar convicted and sentenced  
Suurshater to one year imprisonment with an option of N400,000.00 (Four 
Hundred Thousand Naira) as fine.

Oche was convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment with an option 
of N600,000.00 ( Six Hundred Thousand Naira) as fine.

Also, the judge convicted and sentenced Ochola to two  years imprisonment 
with an option of fine of  N1,000,000,00 ( One Million Naira). Terseer 
Mnenge was also convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment with 
an option of N200,000 fine.

The fifth convict,  Agbo was convicted and sentenced by Justice Egbe.

 He bagged one year imprisonment with an option of N200,000.00 (Two 
 Hundred Thousand Naira) as fine.

The two judges further ordered them to forfeit all their phones, 
being proceeds of crime, to the government.

All the convicts started their journey to the Correctional Centre when 
they were arrested for internet-related offences.  They were investigated 
individually and prosecuted.

The press release contains a photo of each of the 419ers:

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11 MAR 2024

EFCC ARRESTS FOUR SUSPECTED FRAUDSTERS IN MAIDUGURI

Operatives of the Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and 
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, March 8, 2024 
arrested four suspects for sending fake transaction credit 
alerts to their victims.

They were arrested within Maiduguri metropolis, Borno State, 
following intelligence on their fraudulent acts.

Preliminary investigations showed that the suspects were operating 
using a Business App of a bank to purchase food and non- food items 
as well as collecting money from Point of Sale  agents POS cashiers 
and sending fake transaction credits to them.

They would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded. 

The press release contains a photo:

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9 MAR 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 37 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN ABUJA

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC 
Abuja Zonal Command on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 arrested 37(thirty 
seven) suspected internet fraudsters.

They were arrested at Jahi, Dawaki and Gwarimpa axes of Abuja 
following actionable intelligence about their activities.

Items recovered from the suspects include six vehicles, 20 laptops, 
66 mobile phones, six international passports and 1 Apple wristwatch.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release contains a photo:

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8 MAR 2024

OYO, OGUN COURTS JAIL 14 INTERNET FRAUDSTERS

Justices Ladiran Akintola, O.A. Lajide, Bayo Taiwo, M.O. Ishola 
of the Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan and Justice E.O. 
Osinuga of the Ogun State High Court, Abeokuta have convicted 
and sentenced fourteen (14) internet fraudsters to various jail 
terms.

They were jailed after pleading guilty to one-count separate charges 
upon being arraigned by the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and 
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, between February 23, 2024 and 
March 5, 2024.

The convicts are Olajide Oluwadare Samuel, Emmanuel Victor Oluwasegun, 
Ajibola Najeeb Ayomide, Adebayo Akinwumi Oluwadamilare, Ayodele Wonderful 
Samson, Olawunmi OlusolaTaiwo, Akorede Habeeblahi Babatunde, Dasilva Olamide 
Samson, Oyeneye Jeremiah Abiodun, Kodagbese Emmanuel Aduragbemi, Oyebade 
Ayomide Olamide, Olarewaju Isaiah Oluwadamilare, Abdulazeez Abdulmalik 
Ifayemi Ayokun and Khalid Ayomide Hammed.

One of the Charges reads:

“That you, Oyeneye Jeremiah Abiodun ‘M’ on or about 5th May, 2023, within 
the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently impersonated by 
representing yourself to be a white woman by the name Janet Katty from 
United States of America, through your email address (janetkatty032@gmail.com) 
to one Necib Akbay, with intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby 
committed an offence of personation contrary to Section 484 of the Criminal 
Code Law Cap 38 Laws of Oyo State, 2000.”

The convicts pleaded “guilty” when their charges were read to them.

Consequent upon their guilty pleas, prosecution counsels, Modupe Akinkoye, 
Abdulrasheed Suleiman, Shamsuddeen Bashir and Umar Abiso reviewed the facts 
of the cases and urged the courts to convict and sentence the defendants 
as charged.

After listening to the counsels, Justice Taiwo convicted and sentenced Samson, 
Taiwo, Babatunde, Olamide Samson, Olamide and Ayokun to six months community 
service each and Oluwadamilare to three months community service.

He also ordered Samson, Taiwo, Babatunde, Olamide Samson, Olamide and Ayokun 
pay the sum of N100, 000.00K (One Hundred Thousand Naira) fine each, alongside 
their jail terms and “refusal to pay the N100,000.00K fine and restitute their 
victims within four weeks from the judgment date or their six months community 
service  be converted to two years imprisonment each”.

Furthermore, Justice Akintola convicted and sentenced Aduragbemi to one year 
imprisonment or One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100, 000.00K) fine, Oluwasegun 
to six months community service or N50, 000.00K (Fifty Thousand Naira) fine, 
while Abiodun was convicted and ordered to pay N50, 000.00K (Fifty Thousand 
Naira) fine.

Also, Justice Lajide convicted and sentenced Ayomide to N750, 000.00K (Seven 
Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) fine and Akinwumi Oluwadamilare bagged six 
months community service and N700, 000.00K (Seven Hundred Thousand Naira) 
fine respectively.

Justice Osinuga convicted Samuel but discharged him without a sentence while 
Justice Ishola convicted and sentenced Hammed to six months community service.

The convicts were all ordered to restitute their various victims and forfeit 
all items recovered from them to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

They all bagged their imprisonment when they were arrested at various 
locations by operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC. They 
were subsequently charged to court and convicted.

The press release contains a photo of each of the 14 419ers:

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7 MAR 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 48 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS, 
HERBALIST IN LOKOJA

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, has arrested 48( Forty-eight) suspected internet 
fraudsters and herbalist for offences bordering on conspiracy and 
obtaining under false pretence in Lokoja, Kogi State capital.

They were arrested upon credible intelligence on Tuesday, March 5, 
2024 at various locations in Lokoja, The herbalist, believed to be 
a spiritual godfather of internet fraudsters, was arrested with 
various charms.

Items recovered from them include 10 exotic cars, two motorcycles, 
11 laptops, 83 mobile phones and charms.

The suspects, all male, between the ages of 17 -34 will be arraigned 
in court upon conclusion of investigations.

The press release contains photos:

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6 MAR 2024

COURT JAILS 27 INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN AWKA

Enugu Zonal Command of the EFCC on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, secured 
the conviction and sentencing of 27 internet fraudsters before Justice 
Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State.

The convicts are: Ajaero Chidiebube, Kosisochukwu Wisdom Ugwu, Apeh 
Samuel, Hyacinth Henry, Ebuka Moses Ugwu, Abugu Emmanuel Ebuka, Ogbu 
George, Onoja Chekwube, Onu Ogbonna Celestine, Ugwude Innocent Ekene, 
Solomon Emeka Okechukwu, Kosisochukwu Mamah, Idoko Fidelis Ejiofor, 
David Ifebuche Moses, Jude Ikechukwu, Kosisochukwu Idoko Martins 
and Victor Odoh Chinecherem.

Others are; Eze Caleb Somtochukwu, Ekeleme Victor, Osuji Kingsley, 
Eze Sopuruchukwu Marvin, Osuji Nnaemeka, Ikechi David, Ejiogu Chizoba, 
Arinze John Ojobo, Eze Daniel Chinecherem and Michael Ojo.

They were jailed after pleading guilty to one-count separate charges 
bordering on fraudulent impersonation and obtaining by false pretence.

The charge against Okechukwu reads: “That you, Solomon Emeka Okechukwu 
sometime in 2024, at Enugu, Enugu State within the jurisdiction of this 
Honourable Court, fraudulently impersonated Jennifer Alberto from Reading, 
United Kingdom by means of your Tecno Camon 20 with IMEI number 3551344570732428 
via a fake Facebook Social Media Account with the intent to gain advantage for 
yourself from unsuspecting foreign nationals and thereby committed an offence 
contrary to Section 22 (3) (a) and (b) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, 
etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (4) of the same Act”.

In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel, Michael Ikechukwu Ani reviewed 
the facts of the cases and prayed the court to convict and sentence them 
accordingly. However, defence counsels, Okeke Bernard and James Nwatarali 
prayed for leniency for their clients.

Justice Dimgba thereafter convicted and sentenced them as follows; Marvin 
was sentenced to one year imprisonment with an option of fine of N120,000,00
( One Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira) and community service, Samuel, Henry, 
Ugwu, Ebuka, Martins and Chinecherem bagged one year imprisonment each, with 
an option of fine of N50,000.00( Fifty Thousand Naira) and community service 
while the rest were handed 1year imprisonment each, with an option of fine 
of N150,000.00( One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) and community service.

Justice Dimgba also ordered that mobile phones recovered from them be 
forfeited to the Federal Government. 

They all bagged their imprisonment when they were arrested for internet-related 
offences. They were prosecuted and jailed.

The press release contains a photo of each of the 27 419ers:

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5 MAR 2024

COURT JAILS FIVE INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN BENIN CITY

Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of Edo State High Court sitting in Benin 
City has convicted and sentenced five internet fraudsters to various 
jail terms.

The convicts are Jacob Sunday,  Olarenwaju Adewale, Emmanuel Tomiwa 
Ajayi, Adewale Elufadejin Festus and Seyi Olumeko.

Sunday and Adewale were jailed on Tuesday,  March 5, 2024 while the 
trio of Ajayi, Festus and Olumeko were jailed on Thursday February 
29, 2024.

They were jailed after pleading guilty to one-count separate charge 
bordering on possession of fraudulent documents  upon arraignment by 
the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC.

The charge against Ajayi reads: "that you Emmanuel Tomiwa Ajayi (m) 
on or about 12th February, 2024 in Benin City, Edo State, within the 
jurisdiction of this honourable court did have in your possession 
documents which you knew or ought to have known contain a false 
pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to sections 6 
and 8 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences 
Act.2006 and punishable under section 1(3)of same Act."

All the defendants pleaded guilty to their respective charges when 
they were read to them,  prompting  prosecution counsels, I.K Agwai, 
K. Y. Bello, A.A.Ibrahim to pray the court to convict and sentence 
them accordingly.  However, counsel to the defendants pleaded with 
the court to temper justice with mercy as they have become remorseful 
for their actions.
 
Justice Ikponmwonba convicted and sentenced Sunday, Adewale, Olumeko 
and Festus to three years imprisonment or a fine of N100,000 (One 
Hundred Thousand Naira) each while Ajayi bagged three years imprisonment 
or a fine of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira).

The judge ordered that the convicts forfeit their phones,  balances 
in their various bank accounts being proceeds  of crime to the Federal 
Government of Nigeria. All the convicts are to undertake in writing 
to be of good behaviour afterwards.

The convicts’ road to the Correctional Centre began following their 
arrest by operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of the Commission based 
on actionable intelligence regarding  their involvement in fraudulent 
activities.

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4 MAR 2024

COURT JAILS SEVEN INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN OGUN, OYO

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing of 
seven internet fraudsters to various jail terms.

The convicts: Adio Peter Olakunle, Adebanjo Oluwafemi Samuel, 
Ezekiel Papi Kolawole, Lukman Olakunle Alabi, Sakiru Olamilekan 
Usman, Godwin Moses Abaka and Amosu Oladele Gbenon were arraigned 
on one -count separate charge each before Justices M.O. Ishola, 
O.A. Lajide of the Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan and 
S.O. Adeniyi of the Ogun State High Court, Abeokuta.

One of the charges reads: “That you, Amosu Oladele Gbenonu, ‘M’  
on or about 12th of October, 2023 in Ibadan within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud one Karl Ackman, 
did falsely represent yourself to be Sarah Williams, a white woman 
from the United States of America with google account sarah.dawkwills241@gmail.com 
which representation you knew to be false, thereby committed the 
offence of Personation contrary to Section 484 of the Criminal Code 
Law Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.”

The defendants  pleaded “guilty” to the charges preferred against 
them by the EFCC.

Consequently, facts of the cases were reviewed and several incriminating 
documents were tendered before the courts by the prosecution counsels, 
urging the courts to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly.

After listening to the prayers of counsels, Justice Lajide convicted 
and sentenced Gbenonu, Abaka, Usman and Kolawole to six months community 
service each, while Alabi was sentenced to two months community service.

Also, Justice Ishola convicted and sentenced Samuel to six months 
community service and Justice Adeniyi sentenced Olakunle to four months 
community service.

Furthermore, Justice Lajide ordered Gbenonu to pay the sum of N2million, 
Abaka to pay N1million, Usman to pay N800, 000.00k (Eight Hundred Thousand 
Naira) and Kolawole to pay the sum of N400, 000.00K (Four Hundred Thousand 
Naira) as fines alongside their jail terms respectively.

Also, the convicts were ordered to restitute their various victims and 
forfeit all items recovered from them to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

They began their journey to the Correctional Centre when they were 
arrested by operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC for 
internet-related offences.  They were investigated, prosecuted and 
convicted. 

The press release contains a photo of each 419er:

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3 MAR 2024

EFCC TO NANS:  LET'S FIGHT INTERNET CRIMES TOGETHER

The Executive Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, has charged the National Association of Nigerian 
Students, NANS,  to partner with the Commission in the fight against 
economic and financial crimes.

He made this call recently in Benin-City, Edo State when he hosted 
executives of NANS, Joint Campus Council, Edo State Chapter at the 
Benin Zonal Command of the Commission.

Olukoyede who spoke through the Benin Zonal commander,  Assistant 
Commander of the EFCC, ACE1Kanu Idagu, urged the students leaders 
to see themselves as important stakeholders in the fight against 
economic and financial crimes. "As students leaders, you are expected 
to be role models in conduct, character, integrity and accountability", 
he said.

He tasked the leaders to continually discourage their fellow students 
from indulging in internet crimes, maintaining that there is no virtue 
in get-rich-quick syndrome driving many youths into the crimes.  "There 
is no shortcut to wealth and success. Internet fraud is not a sustainable 
way of life. Internet fraud diminishes our image as a nation. So the 
Commission will continue to discharge its responsibilities within the 
ambit of the law, without fear or favour in this regard" he said.

Earlier in his speech, Chairman,  NANS JCC Edo State,  Ehis Daniel, 
commended the Commission for offering his group an opportunity to 
dialogue with its officials.  He expressed willingness of his group 
to collaborate with the EFCC in educating and sensitizing students 
of tertiary institutions on the ills of corruption, economic and 
financial crimes. "We propose to organise joint awareness campaigns 
to educate students about the dangers of financial crimes and promote 
ethical behaviour”, he said.   He further added that "we seek to 
collaborate on capacity building initiatives to enhance students' 
understanding of financial literacy, integrity and ethics."

The press release contains a photo:

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2 MAR 2024

COURT JAILS TWO INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN LAGOS

Justices Deinde Dipeolu and N. Ogazi of the Federal High Court 
sitting in Lagos have convicted and sentenced two internet fraudsters;    
Oluwafemi Abdulwaheed Rasaq and Chris Onabulu to various jail terms 
for romance scam and impersonation

They were jailed after pleading guilty to one-count separate charge 
bordering on cyber crimes upon being arraigned by the Lagos Zonal 
Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The count against Rasag reads: “That you, Oluwafemi Abdulwaheed Rasaq 
Sometime between January and September 2023 in Lagos within the jurisdiction 
of this Honorable Court fraudulently impersonated one Amanda Valery Malpica 
by holding yourself out as such on your Facebook and Instagram App, with 
intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence 
contrary to and punishable under Section 22(2)(b) of the Cybercrimes 
(Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015."

The count against Onabulu  reads: “That you,Chris Onabulu on or about 
he 10th day of October, 2023, in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this 
Honourable Court, with intent to gain advantage for yourself, fraudulently 
impersonated one 'Anthony Hodge' white male from Florida, United States 
of America, by holding yourself out as such to Sharon Lebec via email 
correspondence and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and 
punishable under Section 22(2)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, 
Prevention, etc) Act, 2015."

They both pleaded guilty to the charges when they were read to them.  
Based on their pleas, prosecution counsels C.C. Okezie  and Z.B. Atiku 
prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.  However,  
defence counsel, Cookel George  prayed the court for a non-custodial 
sentence, "like community service, to be served within the EFCC, so 
as to enable him change from his ways and still be a useful citizen 
to the nation".

Justice Dipeolu  convicted and sentenced Rasaq to four weeks community 
service with the EFCC, "where he is to be counselled and assisted on 
how to refrain from a life of crime". 

Items recovered from him, including a manager's cheque, were also 
ordered forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Justice Ogazi also convicted and sentenced Onabulu to six months 
imprisonment, with an option of fine of N200,000( Two Hundred Thousand 
Naira only). The court also ordered that the items recovered from him 
be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The two convicts bagged their imprisonment when they were arrested by 
operatives of the Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC for internet-related 
crimes.  They were investigated, charged to court and convicted.

The press release contains photos of the 419ers:

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1 MAR 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 13 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN KANO

Operatives of the Kano Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested thirteen (13) suspected internet 
fraudsters in Badawa area of Kano metropolis, Kano State.

The suspects were arrested following intelligence signalling a syndicate 
of suspected internet fraudsters perpetrating cyber- related crimes where 
they were arrested.

In the course of the arrest, several incriminating items were recovered 
from the suspects.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release contains a photo:

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29 FEB 2024

TWO FRAUDSTERS BAG JAIL TERMS IN KADUNA

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC has secured the conviction and sentence of 
Mohammed Nasir Sadeeq for cheating and Daniel John for cheating 
by impersonation before Justice A.A Isiaka of the Kaduna State 
High Court.

Both were prosecuted on one-count separate charges bordering 
on cheating and personation.

One of the count charge reads: “That you Daniel John (a.k.a Jamie 
Doman) male, sometime in November, 2023, within the jurisdiction 
of this honourable court, impersonated one Jamie Doman when you 
pretended to be a Bitcoin online investor agent on Instagram, 
obtained the sum of $200 (Two Hundred Dollars) from unsuspecting 
persons and thereby committed cheating by impersonation, an offence 
contrary to Section 308 of the Penal Code Law, 2017 of Kaduna State 
and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law.”

They both pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to them.  
Consequent on their pleas, EFCC counsel, Y.J Matiyak prayed the 
court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Justice Isiaka thereafter convicted and sentenced John to one year 
imprisonment or a fine option of N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty 
Thousand Naira). In addition, he forfeited his iPhone 12 and Samsung 
Galaxy 10 both of which were proceeds of his crime to the government, 
while Sadeeq was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment 
with a fine option of N200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira).

The convicts’ journey to the Correctional Centre began when they were 
arrested at Fifth Chukker,  Maraban Jos, Kaduna State. Investigations 
showed that John was using identities of different foreigners to defraud 
unsuspecting members of the public while Mohammed cheated his victim to 
the tune of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira).

The preee release contains photos of the 419ers:

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29 FEB 2024

EFCC ARRESTS SEVEN SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN MAKURDI

The Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Thursday February 29, 2024, arrested seven 
suspected internet fraudsters.

They were arrested in their hideout in Aliade in the Gwer West 
Local Government Area of Benue State.

Items recovered from them include eight phones, three iPad, two 
internet routers and one international passport.

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations 
are concluded.

The press release contains photos:

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28 FEB 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 36 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN ABEOKUTA

Operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and 
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested thirty-six (
36) suspected internet fraudsters in Ogun State.

They were arrested on Monday, February 26, 2024, at Gbokoniyin 
and Yetedo areas of Abeokuta in Ogun State, following actionable 
intelligence gathered and worked upon by the Commission.

Items recovered from them include nine exotic vehicles, fourteen 
(14) laptops, forty-nine (49) mobile phones and other incriminating 
documents.

The suspects will be charged to court upon conclusion of investigations.

The press release contains photos:

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27 FEB 2024

COURT JAILS SEVEN INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN BENIN CITY

Seven internet fraudsters - Osunsina Yusuf Afolabi, Timilehin Gbemi, 
Akinseye Mayowa, Oladapo Damilola Michael, Akinfemiwa Akintunde, David 
Ehirebamen Aigbadon and Osarodion Aifeshi Jonathan, were on Tuesday 
February 27, 2024 convicted and sentenced to various jail terms by 
Justices Efe Ikponmwonba and Justice M. Itsueli of Edo State High 
Court sitting in Benin City.

They were jailed after pleading guilty to one-count separate charges 
bordering on impersonation and possession of fraudulent documents upon 
arraignment by the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The charge against Timilehin Gbemi reads: that you Timilehin Gbemi (m) 
on or about 14th February, 2024 in Benin City, Edo State, within the 
jurisdiction of this honourable court did have in your possession documents 
which you knew or ought to have known contain a false pretence and thereby 
committed an offence contrary to Sections 6 and 8 (b) of the Advance Fee 
Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 
1(3)of same Act.

All the defendants pleaded guilty to their respective charges when they 
were read to them.  Based on their pleas,  prosecution counsels, I.K Agwai, 
K. Y. Bello, Ibrahim Faisal, A. S. Bala-Ribah and Salihu Ahmed prayed the 
court to convict and sentence them accordingly.  However, counsel to the 
defendants pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy “as they 
have become remorseful for their actions”.
 
Justice Ikponmwonba convicted and sentenced Mayowa, Afolabi, Gbemi, Aigbadon, 
Michael and Akintunde to three years imprisonment or a fine of N100,000 (One 
Hundred Thousand Naira) each while Justice Itsueli sentenced  Jonathan to 
three years imprisonment or a fine of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira).

The two judges ordered that all the convicts should forfeit their phones, 
balances in their various bank accounts and one Toyota Camry car to the 
Federal Government of Nigeria.  They are also to undertake in writing to 
be of good behaviour afterwards.

The convicts’ road to the Correctional Centre began following their arrest 
by operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of the Commission regarding their 
involvement in fraudulent activities. They were charged to court and jailed.

The press release contains photos of the 419ers:

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26 FEB 2024

31  INTERNET FRAUDSTERS BAG JAIL TERMS IN ENUGU, AWKA

The Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC has secured the conviction and sentencing of 31 internet fraudsters 
by Justices Mohammed Garba Umar of the Federal High Court, sitting in 
Enugu and Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, sitting in Awka, 
Anambra State.

The convicts are: Pascal Chinedu, Chiemerie Edeh, Okeke Chiagozie Harrison, 
Chidera Victor Mmadu, Chizoba Onyedika Felix, Ekperechi David, Sunday John 
Cross, Enenta Ebube Michael, Nwankwo Tochukwu Firminus, Chukwuebuka Sebastine 
Ozoemena, Vincent Eduvie, Chisom Mbagu Augustine, Ifeanyi Samuel, Abunoko 
Kelly, Ikechukwu Joshua, Agada Daniel Olema, Eguiri Franklyn and Akpoze 
Julius.

Others are, Evans Odibo, Martins Chinedu Ugwueke, Eli Izuchukwu Ogbonna, 
Samuel Ogbonnia, Amarachi Abigail Nwalue, Abraham Chimeremeze, Godbless 
Akpoze, Mmoyekwe Okwudili, Emmanuel Nwanga, Eduje Precious, Umoke Chinedu 
Reuben, Godwin Happy and Nnabuike Collins Odoh.

While Chinedu, Edeh, Harrison, Mmadu, Felix, David, Cross, Michael, Firminus 
and Ozoemena were arraigned on February 21, 2024 before Justice Umar, the 
remaining 21 convicts were arraigned on February 22, 2024 before Justice Dimgba.

The 31 faced  one-count separate charges bordering on fraudulent impersonation, 
obtaining by false pretence and possession of fraudulent documents, to which 
they all pleaded “guilty.”

Onyedika’s charge reads: “That you, Chizoba Onyedika Felix, sometime in February 
2024, in Asaba, Delta State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court 
with intent to defraud, sent a message to one Sig Serdel, a German National by 
means of your Redmi Note 11 through your fake telegram account +19086996877 
presenting yourself as Loraine Francis,  Bitcoin investor and obtained the 
sum of $1,300 from Sig Serdel and thereby committed an offence contrary to 
Section 14 (2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015 and 
punishable under the same Section.”

In view of their “guilty” pleas, Nuradeen Shehu Ingawa and Michael Ikechukwu 
Ani, counsels to the EFCC, reviewed the facts of the cases and prayed the court 
to convict and sentence them accordingly, while C. J. Nwatadi, Bernard Okeke, 
U. AKposi, Arinze Anyigo , C. S. Nwobodo, E. C. Chinyeze and Collins Akpusi, 
who were defence counsels, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy, 
stating that their clients were first-time offenders.

Justice Umar convicted and sentenced  Michael, Ozoemena, Cross, Chiedu and 
Firminus to 12 months imprisonment each, with a fine option of N500,000.00
( Five Hundred Thousand Naira) respectively. He handed 24 months imprisonment 
with a fine option of N750,000.00( Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) 
to Felix, sentenced Harrison and Mmadu to 18 months imprisonment each, with 
a fine option of N500,000.00 respectively. He also sentenced Edeh to 10 months 
imprisonment with a fine option of N300 ( Three Hundred Naira) while David 
bagged six months imprisonment with a fine option of N200,000.00( Two Hundred 
Thousand Naira).  In addition to his sentence, Justice Umar ordered Felix to 
make a restitution of the sum of $1,300( One Hundred and Thirty Thousand 
Dollars) to his victim through the Federal Government.

Justice Dimgba convicted and sentenced Odoh and Olema to one year imprisonment 
each, with a fine option of N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) 
respectively, while the rest 19 were sentenced to two weeks community service.

All the convicts forfeited their mobile phones recovered from them to the 
Federal Government.

They bagged their imprisonment after they were arrested at various locations 
by operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of the EFCC for their involvement 
in internet-related offences.  They were charged to court and convicted.
 
The press release contains photos of the 419ers:

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26 FEB 2024

KADUNA COURT JAILS INTERNET FRAUDSTER, COMPANY

Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court sitting 
in Kaduna has convicted and sentenced one John Yakubu to three 
years imprisonment  for internet fraud.

He was jailed on Friday,  February 23, 2024 after pleading guilty 
to one-count charge bordering on internet fraud upon being arraigned 
by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC.

The one -count charge reads: “that you John Yakubu sometimes in 
December, 2022 in Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court, with intent to defraud falsely presented yourself as Frederick 
Hansen(a medical doctor from Sweden) via 'Facebook' chat (an online 
social media application) to one Bergstrom Berit and in such assumed 
character benefitted the total sum of $750 USD and thereby committed 
an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 
2017 and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law”

The defendant pleaded guilty to the one- count charge when it was 
read to him, prompting the prosecution counsel, M.J Arugungu to pray 
the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

The Judge, after hearing from both counsels, convicted and sentenced 
the defendant to three years imprisonment or an option of fine of  
150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira).

The convict also forfeited one Iphone 12 Pro Max and one Polystar 
Smart Television '50' inches,  to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Yakubu bagged his imprisonment when he was arrested by operatives of 
the Kaduna Zonal Command of  EFCC, at Goni Gora,  Kaduna State. He 
assumed the identity of a foreigner,  Fredrik Hansen on Facebook to 
misrepresent himself to unsuspecting victims and benefitted the sum 
of $750(Seven Hundred and Fifty Dollars) from the crime.

In another vein, Justice Hawau Buhari of the Federal High Court sitting 
in Kaduna convicted and sentenced a company, Classiel Integrated Motors 
Limited to a fine of  N250,000.00( Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) 
for  failure to render transaction report to the Special Control Unit 
Against Money Laundering,  SCUML. 

The company was arraigned by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the EFCC on 
one-count charge bordering on money laundering.

The one-count charge reads: “that you Classiel Integrated Motors Ltd 
operating the business of General contractors and other businesses, 
sometime in June, 2022 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this 
Honourable Court, did an act to wit: failed to report to the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission in writing within 7 days, your lodgment 
of N5,500,000.00(Five Million and Five Hundred Thousand Naira) which 
is in excess of N5,000,000.00(Five Million naira) and thereby committed 
an offence contrary to Section 11(1) of the Money Laundering (Prevention 
and Prohibition)Act, 2022 and punishable under Section 11(3) of the 
same Act”.

The company, however, pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read 
to it,  prompting prosecution counsel, M.E Eimonye to pray the court 
to convict it accordingly.

Justice Buhari, thereafter convicted and sentenced the company to a fine 
of N250,000.00( Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira)

The company bagged its imprisonment when it failed to render its transactions 
report after registering with SCUML, even after the regulator carried out 
onsite inspection and sensitization on its statutory obligations as stipulated 
in the relevant laws. 

Furthermore,  investigations showed that the company also failed to conduct 
a proper, Know Your Customer,  KYC,  on its  customers during transactions.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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23 FEB 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 19 FOR SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUD, 
TWO FOR CURRENCY RACKETEERING IN IBADAN

Operatives of Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested nineteen suspected internet 
fraudsters in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Nine out of the suspects were arrested on February 22, 2024, at 
Olorunda area of Akobo, Ibadan.

The rest were picked up at Olude, Wire and Cable areas of Ibadan 
on February 21, 2024.

The suspected internet fraudsters were arrested following series 
of actionable intelligence gathered and worked upon by the operatives 
of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC on their internet related 
fraudulent activities.

Items recovered from the suspects include two houses, seven cars, 
five laptops, twenty-nine (29) mobile phones, one television set 
and other incriminating documents.

In another development, two suspected currency racketeers have also 
been at Agodi-gate area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

The suspects were arrested in a sting operation following credible 
intelligence about their involvement in illegal foreign exchange markets.

Items recovered from them include N274, 000.00 (Two Hundred and 
Seventy-four Thousand Naira) among others.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded. 

The press release contains photos:

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23 FEB 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 36 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN KADUNA

Operatives of the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission EFCC, on Friday, February 23, 2024, arrested 36
(thirty-six) suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects, comprising 35 males and 1 female were arrested at Sabo 
Kaduna and Narayi Highcoast and Layin Dogon Iche Samaru in the Zaria 
Local Government Area of Kaduna State, following credible information 
on their suspected involvement in internet-related offences. 

Items recovered from the suspects include 43 phones and five laptops

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
 
The press release contains photos:

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23 FEB 2024

COURT JAILS EIGHT UNDERGRADUATES, SIX OTHERS FOR 
INTERNET FRAUD IN BENIN CITY

Thirteen internet fraudsters were on Thursday February 22, 2024 
convicted and sentenced to various jail terms by Justice Efe 
Ikponmwonba of Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo 
State.

Eight of them:  Ayodeji Emmanuel, Oyebade Johnpeace Jesustofunmi, 
Babatunde Oluwapelumi Richard, Owoyemi Michael Boluwatife  Sodiq 
Bayonle Qosim, Sunday Solomon Blessing, Ilori Tolulope and Anthony 
Akinbulijo, are  undergraduates of the Federal University of 
Technology,  Akure, Ondo State. 

Others are Ifiriyele Orilola Samuel, Ajileye Wale, Elvis Oni 
Mohammed, Ogbeifun Prince and Stephen Kelvin and Abudu Umaru

The convicts were arraigned separately on one count charge of 
impersonation and possession of fraudulent documents by the Benin 
Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC.

The charge against Mohammed reads: “ that you Elvis Oni Mohammed 
on or about the 9th day of February, 2024 in Benin City, Edo State 
within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did have in your 
possession documents which you knew or ought to have known contain 
a false pretence and  thereby committed an offence contrary to 
Section and 8 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related 
Offences Act.2006 and punishable under Section 1(3)of same Act .

Upon arraignment all the defendants pleaded guilty to their respective 
charges when they were read to them,   prompting prosecution counsels 
F.A. Jirbo, I.K Agwai, A. A. Ibrahim, I.Faisal and A. S.Bala-Riba to 
pray the court to convict and sentence them accordingly. However, the 
defence counsel pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy.
 
Justice Ikponmwonba convicted and sentenced Mohammed,  Richard, 
Boluwatife, Qosim, Tolulope, Samuel, Wale and Akjnbulijo to three 
years imprisonment each or a fine of  N100,000 ( One Hundred 
Thousand Naira) each.

The duo of Prince and Blessing bagged three years imprisonment 
with an option of N200,000 ( Two Hundred Thousand Naira) each.

The trio of Emmanuel, Jesutofunmi and Kelvin were sentenced to two 
years imprisonment or a fine of N100,000 each.

Umaru who was convicted on February 16, 2024 by Justice Ikponmwonba 
for retention of proceeds of crime . He was sentenced to two years 
imprisonment or a fine of N100,000.  The judge ordered the restitution 
of the victim with the sum of N354,000 by the convict.

In addition, the court ordered the forfeiture of the convicts’ mobile 
phones, balances in their bank accounts and a Mercedes Benz GLA250 model,   
being proceeds of crime to the Federal government of Nigeria and to 
undertake in writing to be of good behaviour forthwith.

Their road to the Correctional Centre began following their arrest by 
operatives of the Commission based on actionable intelligence on their 
fraudulent activities. Upon investigations, the convicts were discovered 
to be involved in different modes of internet fraud. For instance, 
25-year-old Mohammed was discovered to be involved in a Bitcoin scam 
using social media platforms.

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23 FEB 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 27 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN BAUCHI

Operatives of the Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC,  on Thursday, February 22, 2024, arrested 
27 suspected internet fraudsters.

They were arrested at D&D Apartment and Bubes Hotel, Yelwa, Bauchi 
State, following credible information on their suspected involvement 
in internet- related offences.

Items recovered from the suspects include a BMW car, iphones, Ipads, 
laptops and a desktop computer.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded. 

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22 FEB 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 50 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN KWARA

Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 48 students of the Kwara State 
University, KWASU, and two others for offences bordering on internet 
fraud.

They were arrested on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 in their various 
hideouts after days of surveillance and fruitful intelligence on their 
suspected involvement in internet-related offences.

Items recovered from the suspects include nine exotic cars, twenty-four 
(24) laptops and different brands of phones.

The suspects will soon be arraigned in court upon conclusion of 
investigations.

The press release contains photos:

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21 FEB 2024

EFCC, NCC PARLEY AGAINST INTERNET FRAUD

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, has called for a broad-based collaboration and synergy 
between the Commission and the Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC in 
tackling the menace of internet fraud across the country.

He made this call in Abuja on Wednesday, when the Executive Vice Chairman, 
EVC,   Nigerian Communications Commission , NCC, Dr. Aminu Maida, paid him 
a courtesy visit at the corporate headquarters of the Commission.  Olukoyede 
pointed out that fraudsters are employing the internet as a gateway to perpetrate 
their criminalities and charged the NCC to be firmer in its regulatory works.

“When enforcers of the law and regulators collaborate, it will not be business 
as usual. There is a need for collaboration because crimes are technology- 
driven”, he said.

He said the collaboration of the two Commissions signaled greater readiness 
to confront the menace of internet fraud and assured fraudsters that criminality 
would not be business as usual for them.

Olukoyede stressed that the challenges facing the country are surmountable 
and called for more commitment towards a corruption-free nation.  He enjoined 
the NCC and internet service providers to monitor the use of the internet 
more closely to checkmate the activities of fraudsters. According to him, 
where stakeholders support and collaborate with the EFCC, the Commission 
would do its job perfectly.

Speaking on the purpose of his visit, Maida said he was at the Commission 
to congratulate the Chairman of the EFCC on his appointment, reiterating 
the fact that the “NCC is a longtime partner in the fight against internet 
fraud.  The visit is one of those official engagements meant to deepen the 
conversation and engagement between us”.

He recalled that the EFCC facilitated the forensic training of some of 
the staff of the NCC maintaining that the inter-relationship between the 
two Commissions was vital in combating internet fraud.

"Internet crimes are sophisticated and the NCC as a critical partner is 
always ready to work with the EFCC in any area it could to contribute to 
the attainment of the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed 
Tinubu", he said

The press release contains a photo:

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19 FEB 2024

COURT JAILS TWO UNDERGRADUATES, FOUR OTHERS  
IN OSUN, OYO

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing of two undergraduates of 
Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU and four others to various jail terms for 
their involvement in internet fraud.

The undergraduates, Gbolahan Khalid Adesina and Perekebena Olombeni Micah 
were docked before Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court, 
Osogbo on a lone- count separate  charge while others were arraigned before 
Justices O.A. Adetujoye and S.O. Adeyemi of the Oyo State High Court, sitting 
in Ibadan also on a one- count separate charge.

The other four convicts are: Sholagbade Taofeek Olanrewaju, Qudus Olohunnoyin 
Baba, Akinpelu Quadri Opeyemi and John Oluwafimihan Adeyemo.

Adesinna and Micah are among the eleven (11) undergraduates of OAU arraigned 
on November 6, 2023 before Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel on different count 
charges, ranging from one to six charges as preferred against them by the EFCC.

Upon their arraignment on November 6, 2023, they all pleaded not guilty to 
the charges when they were read to them and the cases were adjourned for trial.

At the resumed proceeding of the matter on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, prosecution 
counsel, Umar Abiso informed the court that Adesina and Micah were ready to change 
their pleas. Consequently, they were re-arraigned and pleaded “guilty” when the 
amended charges were read to them.

One of the charges read: “That you, Gbolahan Khalid Adesina ‘M’ on or about 
27th October, 2023, at Ile-ife , Osun State, within the jurisdiction of this 
Honourable Court, with intent to gain advantage for yourself did fraudulently 
impersonate one Monkenya Matlock, the you pretext you knew to be false and 
thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) and punishable 
under Section 22 (2) (b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc.) 
Act, 2015.”

Another charge Reads, “That you, Perekebena Olombeni Micah sometimes in 2023, 
at Ile-ife, Osun State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did 
fraudulently impersonate the name Chad Frailey through your Facebook account 
by claiming that you are an American Female in love with your victims in the 
United States of America with intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby 
committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) and punishable under 
Section 22 (b) of the Cyber Crimes ( Prohibition, Prevention Etc.) Act, 2015.”

Based on their pleas,  Abiso urged the court to convict and sentence them 
accordingly.

Also, other four convicts pleaded “guilty” to the one count charge filed 
against them by the EFCC.

After listening to the counsels, Justice Ayo-Emmanuel convicted and sentenced 
Adesina and Micah to one year imprisonment each without an option of fine, 
while Olanrewaju, Atanda, Opeyemi and Adeyemo bagged two weeks community 
service each.

The convicts were ordered to restitute their various victims and forfeit 
all items recovered from them to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The convicts bagged their imprisonment when they were arrested by operatives 
of the EFCC for internet-related offences.  They impersonated foreigners and 
defrauded their victims through their false identities.  They were found guilty 
and sentenced to various jail terms.

The press release contains photos of the 419ers:

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19 FEB 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 11 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN ABUJA

Operatives of the Abuja Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission EFCC, EFCC, have arrested 11(eleven) suspected 
internet fraudsters.

They were arrested on Monday, February 19, 2024 at a nightclub in 
the Wuse area of Abuja following credible intelligence about their 
suspicious involvement in internet-related activities.

Items recovered  from them include three cars and 13 phones.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are 
concluded.

The press release contains photos:

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18 FEB 2024

EFCC ARRESTS SEVEN SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN YENAGOA

Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and 
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested seven suspected 
internet fraudsters at an apartment in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

They were arrested on Tuesday,  February 13, 2024  following 
actionable intelligence received by the Command regarding their 
suspicious activities. 

Specifically,  the seven suspects were arrested at their hideout 
in Dowoo Road by Ox-Bow Lake, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State

Items recovered from them are laptops and phones.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are 
concluded.

The press release contains photos:

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18 FEB 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 40 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN ABUJA, KEFFI

Operatives of the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission EFCC, have arrested 40 suspected internet fraudsters.

They were arrested on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Mpape in the Federal 
Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja and Keffi, Nasarawa State.

The suspects, comprising 38 male and two female, were arrested following 
credible information on their suspected involvement in internet-related 
offences. 

Items recovered from them include two cars,  56 phones,  four smart 
watches, eight power banks and four laptops.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release contains photos:

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16 FEB 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 26 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN ABUJA

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Abuja 
Zonal Command, on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, arrested 26 suspected 
internet fraudsters.

They were arrested at Kurudu, Jahi, Kubwa, and Gwarimpa areas of the 
Federal Capital Territory, Abuja following credible information on 
their suspected involvement in internet-related offences. 

Items recovered  from the suspects include a Toyota Tacoma, a CLS 
Mercedes 450 and three Lexus cars, in addition to 40 phones and 
seven laptops.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release contains a photo:

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16 FEB 2024

GOMBE COURT SENDS FRAUDSTER TO JAIL FOR EMPLOYMENT SCAM

Justice A. Abdussalam   of the Gombe State High Court sitting in Gombe,  
on  Thursday February 15, 2024 convicted and sentenced   Kelvin Tikus 
to three years  imprisonment for employment scam.

Tikus , 36,   employee of the Nigerian Correctional Service was arraigned 
on one - count charge of fraudulent conversion  by the Gombe Zonal Command 
of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The charge reads: " That you Kelvin Tikus sometimes in August 2021 at 
Gombe State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did fraudulently 
deceive one Sa'ad Umar, a business man to deliver to you

the sum of Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N650,000) through your 
Bank account No: 3818815016 domiciled at First City Monument Bank ( FCMB) 
under the deception of securing employment at the Nigerian Security and 
Civil Defence Corps  and thereby committed.an offence contrary to Section 
320 (a) of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 322 of the 
same Law

Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded  "guilty", prompting  the prosecution 
counsel,  Mustapha Aliyu to pray the court to convict and sentence the defendant  
accordingly.  However, defence counsel, Yusuf Abdullahi pleaded with the court 
to temper justice with mercy “as the defendant is a first- time offender who 
is  remorseful for his actions and has restituted the money  to the victim 
of crime”.

Justice Abdulssalam thereafter convicted and sentenced Tikus  to thirty 
six months imprisonment with a fine option.

The convict’s journey to the correctional Centre began when a petitioner 
alleged that he made him pay the sum of N650,000.00 to secure employment 
with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.  He neither delivered 
the job nor refunded the petitioner his money.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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16 FEB 2024

COURT JAILS THREE FOR INTERNET FRAUD IN KADUNA

Justice A.A Isiaka of the Kaduna State High court, Kaduna has convicted 
and sentenced three persons into various jail terms for internet- related 
fraud.

The convicts are, Ogochukwu Mitchel Emmanuel Ijeh,  Mohammed Kabir Bello 
and Sunday Simon (a.k.a Ryan Eggold).

They were jailed after pleading guilty to one-count separate charges upon 
their arraignment by the Kaduna State Zonal Command of the Economic and 
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. 

The charge against ijeh reads: “that you, Ogochukwu Mitchel Emmanuel Ijeh 
( a.k.a Dave Brandon) Male, sometimes in July, 2023 in Kaduna within the 
jurisdiction of this Honourable court falsely presented yourself as Dave 
Brandon a Medical Doctor working at the United Nations Military Base on 
Facebook ( an online social media application) to one Andrea Kadur and 
in such assumed character claimed to be in a romantic relationship with 
her and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under 
Section 142(2) of the Kaduna State Law.”

The charge against Bello reads: “that you Mohammed Kabir Bello, Male, 
sometimes in December, 2023 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
court fraudulently induced one Rashida Salman to deliver to you goods 
worth the sum of N50, 000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) only by sending her 
a fake bank transaction debit alert, and thereby committed an offence 
of cheating, an offence contrary to Section 306 (a) of the Kaduna State 
Penal Code Law, 2017 and punishable under Section 307 of the same Law.”

The charge against Simon reads: “that you Sunday Simon (a.k.a Ryan Eggold), 
Male, sometimes in April 2023 in Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of this 
Honourable Court, impersonated one Ryan Eggold (an American actor) on 
Facebook (an online social media application) and in such assumed character 
cheated Garri Kalish a citizen of United States of America of the sum of 
$800(Eight Hundred United States dollars) when you claimed to be in a romantic 
relationship with her and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 
308 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017 and punishable under Section 
309 of the same Law.”

All the convicts pleaded “guilty” to their charges when they were read 
to them.

Based on their pleas,  prosecution counsel, K.S Ogunlade prayed the court 
to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Thereafter, Justice Isiaka convicted and sentenced Ijeh, Simon and Bello  
to two years imprisonment each respectively.  While Ijeh and Simon were 
given an option of fine of N150,000( One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira 
only),  Bello was given an option of  fine of N200, 000( Two Hundred Thousand 
Naira only).

The convicts bagged their imprisonment for various internet-related offences 
ranging from impersonation, possession of scam documents and paying for goods 
with a fake credit alert .

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14 FEB 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 14 FUTA UNDERGRADUATES, 19 OTHERS 
FOR SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUD

Operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission,  EFCC,  have arrested fourteen undergraduates of 
the Federal University of Technology,  Akure, Ondo State.

They were arrested alongside nineteen( 19) others in the early hours 
of Wednesday,  February 14, 2024 for suspected internet crimes.

The suspects were arrested at different residential locations within 
Akure metropolis following  intelligence  on their alleged nefarious 
activities. Specifically, the sting operation that yielded their arrest 
was a response to strident calls to the EFCC by neighbours and parents 
around the locations, to save their children from being lured into 
internet-related activities by the suspects.

Items recovered at the point of arrest include ten exotic cars, phones, 
laptops and one motor bike.

The suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are 
concluded.

The press release contains photos:

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14 FEB 2024

ALLEGED $370,000 FAKE MARRIAGE: EFCC RECOVERS $13,204, 
PROPERTY, VEHICLES FROM DEFENDANT-WITNESS

A Second Prosecution Witness, PW2, in the trial of Nwachi Chidozie 
Kingsley, being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC,  for defrauding an American,  Nicole Kierulff 
Sayers the sum  of $370,000( Three Hundred and Seventy Thousand 
United States Dollars) in a contrived marriage,  Okanne Kelechi,  
on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 told Justice U.P Kekemeke of the 
Federal Capital Territory, FCT,  High Court, Maitama, Abuja that 
the EFCC has recovered the sum of  $13,204.00 (Thirteen Thousand, 
Two Hundred and Four United States Dollars) from the defendant.

Also recovered from the defendant is a plot of land in Port Harcourt, 
Rivers state, a Lexus Ex 350 and Toyota Venza cars.

The witness who was led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, 
Fatsuma Muhammad  disclosed that among the evidence against the 
defendant are “various fraudulent profiles in Linkedin which he 
admitted to creating,” adding that there was also a fraudulent 
contract award letter printed from his phone. That same letter 
was sent to his American victim  in chats claiming that the 
contract was awarded to him by the Federal government.”

Kelechi told the court that  investigation into the matter involved  
writing a letter of investigation of the defendant’s activities to 
the Forensic Department of the EFCC,  several local banks as well as 
the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, with the purported contract 
award letter attached.

He further told the court that a response from the Federal Ministry 
of Works and Housing indicated that the award was not genuine. The 
defendant admitted sending the fake contract award letter to Sayers 
and other foreign victims.

“We received our report from the Forensic Department and our findings 
for his gadgets. The victim, Nicole, also sent evidence of transactions 
received from international money transfer operators. From other analyses, 
we discovered that part of this money was sent into his bank account 
supervised by his sister, one Nwachi Doris Chinenye”, he said.

Tendered in evidence against the defendant were certificate of identification, 
notice of nominal complaint with copies of intent to award contract and iPhone 
11Pro Max.  The PW2 further informed the court that upon confronting the 
defendant with the evidence, his lawyers responded with a letter for a plea 
bargain. “We recovered $13,204, Lexus Ex350 and Toyota Venza.

Justice Kekemeke adjourned the matter till April 30, 2024 for continuation 
of trial.

Nwachi was arrested on Wednesday,  February 15, 2023 in Abuja for allegedly 
marrying an American,  Nicole Kierulff Sayers  falsely and defrauded her in 
the process.  Sayers alleged that the defendant lured her into a false marriage 
and defrauded her of her savings.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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14 FEB 2024

EFCC  ARRESTS 14 SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN A “YAHOO ACADEMY” IN  MAKURDI

Operatives of the Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday,  February 14, 2024 arrested 14
( fourteen) suspected internet fraudsters in a training center of potential 
internet fraudsters in Makurdi, Benue State. 

The operatives, acting on intelligence, arrested the suspects in a three- 
bedroom apartment  allegedly serving as a training centre for internet fraud 
trainees along Achusa Road, Makurdi.

The suspects are: Asongu Terungwa, Aese Sonter,Nyoosu Terungwa,John Kator, 
Udi Micheal Aodona, Terungu Mnyam, Iorwuese Terhide, Ule Francis, Imoter 
Gloor Emmanuel and Samuel Lubem.

Others include: Wergba Tertamge, Erukaa Ephraim, Agenale Franklin and 
Abechi Toryila.

Items recovered include: laptops, ATM cards, phones, one Firman Generator 
and a Toyota Corolla car.

The suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are 
concluded.

The press release contains a photo:

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14 FEB 2024

COURT JAILS 15 FOR INTERNET FRAUD IN IBADAN

Justices Olusola Adetujoye, O.A. Lajide and S.O. Adeyemi of the Oyo 
State High Court, sitting in Ibadan have convicted and sentenced 15 
internet fraudsters to various jail terms.

They were jailed after pleading guilty to one-count separate charges 
upon their arraignment by the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, between January 22 and February
5, 2024.  One of the convicts,  Adebola Sherrif was docked and convicted  
on five-count charges.

The other convicts are: Adebayo Ifeoluwa Timilehin, Philip Daniel, 
Ifemadi Haruna Segun, Okeola Olajide James Bolanle, Akinjisola Ayodeji 
Francis, Giwa Usman Dolapo, Olorunsola Sodiq Babatunde, Fatolu Moses 
Opeyemi, Bashiru Sodiq Omobolaji, Omowaye Oluwatosin Olamilekan, Badmus 
Yusuf Omobolaji, Lateef Ramon Olamilekan, Idowu Michael Oluwasegun and 
Okunola Samuel Olalekan.

One of the charges reads: “That you, Okunola Samuel Olalekan on or 
about 9th of April, 2023 at Ibadan, Oyo State, within the jurisdiction 
of this honourable court, with intention to defraud Older One through 
the Google Chat Account: joyella5774@gmail.com, did falsely represent 
yourself to be Joy Ella, a female from United States of America, thereby 
committed the offence of impersonation contrary to Section 484 of the 
Criminal Code Law Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.”

Upon their arraignments, the convicts pleaded “guilty” when the charges 
were read to them. Consequently, the  facts of the cases were reviewed 
and incriminating documents tendered in evidence before the courts, 
following which the prosecuting counsels urged the courts to convict 
and sentence them accordingly.

After listening to all the counsels, the judges convicted and sentenced 
Yusuf, Sodiq and Olamilekan to six months community service each, while 
Timilehin, Daniel, Segun, Bolanle, Ramon, Oluwasegun, Sherrif and Olalekan 
bagged one month community service each.

Opeyemi, Babatunde, Dolapo and Francis were handed two weeks community 
service each.

Yusuf was ordered to pay N100, 000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) fine 
in addition to his sentence, while Olamilekan was ordered to pay the sum 
of N200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) and Sodiq to pay N170,000.00 
(One Hundred and Seventy Thousand Naira) in addition to their sentence.

All the convicts were ordered to make restitution to their various victims 
and forfeited all items recovered from them to the federal government.

In a related development, the Oyo State Police Command has arrested and 
handed over to the Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC, twin brothers, Abdulrauf 
Taiwo and Abdulrauf Kehinde for alleged internet fraud activities alongside 
five others comprising Adeyemi Samuel, Alabi Ayomide, Yekini Faroug, Hassan 
Olamilekan and Ibrahim Olawale.

Items recovered from the suspects include seven phones, among others.

They have made useful statements to the operatives of the Commission and 
would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release contains photos of four of the 419ers:

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13 FEB 2024

From USA today, by Betty Lin-Fisher, and also covered by many 
others, including Yahoo News:

 A WIDOW OPENED HERSELF UP TO A NEW LOVE.  
INSTEAD, SHE WAS CATFISHED FOR A MILLION DOLLARS.

The article on Romance 419 is too long to be reproduced here in 
full, but here is the most salient paragraph, verbatim:

"Likins, who used up all of her savings and sold her house 
for “Donald” and the fake dream, said she was at times suicidal 
after she found out the truth. But she now wants to prevent 
other women from falling prey to such schemes and has enlisted 
a company that’s helped her track down the scammers who are 
based in Nigeria. She hopes to “flip the script,” and have 
them arrested."

Here is a link to the story in USA today, for as long as it is good:

woman-loses-1-million-dating-scam

Here is a link to the story in Yahoo News, for as long as it is good:

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13 FEB 2024

EFCC ARRESTS FOUR SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN MAIDUGURI

Operatives of the Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested four suspected internet fraudsters 
in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The suspects are Gwandi Micah, Okechukwu Emmanuel, Gabriel Commander and 
Dzeremo Sylvester.

They were arrested on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at former Trafalgar 
Hotel Bolori 1 Ward layout in Maiduguri following actionable intelligence 
on their suspected criminal activities.

Items recovered from them include; four smart phones, three laptops HP 
and power banks.

The suspects would soon be charged to court.

The press release contains a photo:

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12 FEB 2024

PORT HARCOURT COURT JAILS INTERNET FRAUDSTER 
FOR $5,000 FRAUD

Justice P. I. Ajoku of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, 
Rivers state has convicted and sentenced an internet fraudster, Chukwuema 
Samuel Andrew to 30 ( thirty months) imprisonment for impersonation and 
obtaining money under false pretence.

He was jailed on two-count charges bordering on obtaining under false 
pretence and impersonation upon  being arraigned by the Port Harcourt 
Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Count one reads:

"That you, Chukwuema Samuel Andrew (A.K.A Mary Parlier) sometime in
April, 2021 at Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud did obtain the sum 
of $5,000 (Five Thousand Three Hundred Dollars) Crystal Shepherd 
under the pretext of being Mary Parlier, a female military soldier 
serving in Yemen as a computer operator, a pretext which to your
knowledge was false and thereby committed an offence contrary to 
Section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee and Other Fraud Related Offences 
Act, 2006 and punishable under
Section 1(3) of the same Act".

He pleaded guilty when the charges were read to him.

In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, B. O. Agala prayed the 
court to convict and sentence the defendant accordingly.

Defense counsel P. U. Ogbuehi did not oppose  the submission of the 
prosecution but prayed the court to temper justice with mercy stressing 
that “ the defendant is a first time offender and does not have any 
previous criminal records”.

Justice Ajoku after listening to the submissions of both counsels 
thereafter convicted and sentenced the defendant to thirty (30) months 
imprisonment  on counts one and two or an option of fine of  N200, 000 
(Two Hundred Thousand Naira) payable into the Consolidated Revenue 
Account of the Federal Government of Nigeria. The sentence is to run 
concurrently.

The judge also ordered that  phones recovered from the convict at the 
scene of arrest should be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria 
and the convict should also depose an affidavit of good behaviour before 
the court.

Andrew started his journey to the Correctional Centre when he was 
arrested by the EFCC during an operation code named "Eagle Sweep" 
sometime in June, 2023, at Golf Estate, Port Harcourt for internet 
fraud activities.  He was investigated and found to be impersonating 
foreigners to dupe his victims.  He particularly defrauded his victims 
to the tune of $5,000.  He was later prosecuted and convicted. 

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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12 FEB 2024

ABSENCE OF DEFENDANT STALLS TRIAL OF SEVEN FOR ALLEGED 
£1M “JUJU” FRAUD

The trial of one Morufu Adewale (aka Gbegulerin Adelana), Omitogun 
Ajayi, Ajisegiri Abiodun, Abayomi Alaka (aka Dauda Usman Alashe), 
Taiwo Ahmed, Raufu Raheem, and Sanlabiu Teslim, before Justice R.A. 
Oshodi of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos for an 
alleged £1million (One Million British Pounds) was on Monday, February 
12, 2024 stalled due to the absence of the fifth defendant, Taiwo Ahmed.

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC had on February 3, 2022 arraigned Morufu, Alaka, Ajayi, and Ajisegiri 
before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in 
Ikeja, Lagos with the other defendants listed as being at large. However, 
the trial could not be concluded before the retirement of the trial judge. 
This prompted the reassignment of the case file to Justice Oshodi of the 
Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos even as the EFCC intensified 
its efforts to secure the arrest of the other suspected fraudsters. 

Subsequently, all the seven defendants were in December 2022, re-arraigned 
before Justice Oshodi on an amended three-count charge. 

Count one reads: "Morufu Yahaya Adewale, Omitogun Ajayi, Ajisegiri 
Abiodun, Abayomi Kamaldeen Alaka, Taiwo Olamilekan Ahmed, Raufu Wale 
Raheem and Sanlabiu Owolabi Teslim between May and July 2018 at Lagos 
within the Ikeja Judicial Division obtained the total sum of £1,000,000.00 
( One Million Pounds Sterling) from Dr. and Dr. (Mrs) Lateef Oladimeji Bello 
for the purpose of conducting prayers for spiritual cleansing of the family 
and that the money will be refunded after the prayers within one week, which 
pretence you knew to be false."

Count three reads: "Morufu Yahaya Adewale, Omitogun Ajayi, Ajisegiri 
Abiodun, Abayomi Kamaldeen Alaka, Taiwo Olamilekan Ahmed, Raufu Wale 
Raheem and Sanlabiu Owolabi Teslim between August and September 2018 
at Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division obtained the total sum of 
N175,000,000.00 (One Hundred and Seventy-five Million Naira Only) from 
Dr. and Dr. (Mrs) Lateef Oladimeji Bello for the purpose of conducting 
spiritual prayers for spiritual cleansing of their son and the family 
and that the money will be refunded one week after the prayers which 
pretence you knew to be false."

They all pleaded "not guilty" to the charges when they were read to them, 
thus prompting the commencement of their trial. 

At Monday’s proceeding, counsel for the EFCC, N.K. Ukoha informed the 
court that his witness was in court and the prosecution was ready to 
proceed with the trial.  However, the fifth defendant, Taiwo Ahmed, who 
was represented in court by his counsel, Babatunde Ojehomon, was absent 
in court as he was not produced by officers of the Ikoyi Maximum Correctional 
Centre, Lagos. 

Ukoha, had, while addressing the court, raised an alarm that the absence 
of the fifth defendant was part of a well-orchestrated plan to forestall 
the trial. “One of the defendants is not in court, and we got intelligence 
late yesterday, that there is a grand plan to forestall today's proceedings.

We were just told casually this morning that the defendant is not well,” 
he said

He further prayed the court for a stand down, so that "the prosecution 
and one of the court’s registrars could go to the prisons to procure the 
fifth defendant to come for his trial".

Counsel to the third and fourth defendants, Olalekan Ojo, SAN, however, 
in his response, stressed  that he was not and will never be part of any 
"grand plan" to forestall the trial. “The proper procedure is to apply to 
the court, that whoever is supposed to produce the absent defendant, which 
in this case is the prison official, should be called to explain why the 
defendant was not produced," he said.

Counsel to the first defendant, Adebayo Adegbite; counsel to the second 
defendant, Oluseun Olugbemi-Fatomigbe; Ojemohon; counsel to the sixth 
defendant, A. Apanisile; and counsel to the seventh defendant, Olalekan 
Idowu, all aligned themselves with the submission of Ojo.

Thereafter, the trial judge called up one of the prison officials to shed 
light on the situation.  Addressing the court, the official, ASE1 Jonathan 
Oche, said the defendant was sick. "From the information this morning, we 
were told that he was sick, and that they want to monitor his health till 
tomorrow when we will produce him, that there is still a date tomorrow," he 
said.

Ojemohon told the court that his client was yet to perfect his bail conditions, 
and that he was aware of the health condition of his client. 

He said: "He complained to me at the last sitting of December 1, 2023 that 
he was not feeling well, and pleaded with me to do everything I can to expedite 
the perfection of his bail.  Last Thursday, they told me that he fell in the 
toilet and smashed his head on the bowl of the toilet.  "I am not even aware 
that he will not be brought to court today, I would have demanded that they 
issue a medical report. So, I am aware that my client is sick and is being 
observed in the Correctional Services clinic."

After listening to the submissions of all the parties involved in the case, 
Justice Oshodi adjourned till the earlier scheduled date of February 13, 2024.  
"I am satisfied by the reason given and I direct the Maximum Security Custodial 
Centre to produce the fifth defendant before this court on the earlier scheduled 
date," he said.

The press release contains a photo:

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12 FEB 2004

EFCC ARRESTS FOUR SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN BENIN CITY

Operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested four suspected internet fraudsters 
in Benin City.

They were arrested on Saturday, February 10, 2024 at different locations 
in Benin-city, Edo State following actionable intelligence on their suspected 
nefarious activities.

The suspects are  Oniovosa Destiny, Enoferodion Kingsley, Elvis Mohammed and 
Igneweka Endurance.

Items recovered from them include four exotic cars - Mercedes Benz GLE 43 AMG,  
Two Mercedes Benz  GLE 250 AMG and Mercedes Benz GLK 350 4Matic and phones.

The suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded. 

The press release includes photos:

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12 FEB 2024

EFCC ARRESTS FOUR BROTHERS, 30 OTHERS FOR ALLEGED 
INTERNET FRAUD IN ENUGU

Operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested four brothers; Egbo Chukwuebuka, 
Egbo Favour Chibuike, Egbo Ifeanyi Francis and Egbo Victor for their 
alleged involvement in internet fraud.

The siblings were arrested alongside thirty others which include; Great 
Eze, Ani Callistus, Ekpe Chigbo, Eze Eric, Nnaemeka Gabriel, George 
Tochukwu, Uche Divine, Chiamelie Ede, Enenta Ebube, Treasure Ugwueze 
Osinachi, Ejiakor John Chidiebere, Kingsley Dugwu Olisa and Ugwuanyi 
Bright Ekpere.

Others include; Uzor Obi Godson, Tochukwu Nwankwo Firminus, Ebuka 
Ike Comas, Okwudili Mmoyekwe John, Samuel Ogbonna Otti, Agada Daniel 
Olema, Odoh Collins Nnabuike, Okeke Harrison, Oriasotie Presley Meshack, 
Ekperechi David Ebube, Ugwu Ebuka Sebastian, Eli Izuchukwu Ogbonna, 
Martins Chinedu Ugwu, Aloysius Chibuike Alphonsus, Sunday John Cross, 
Aroh Collins Chinecherem and Miracle Ifeson Obiora.

The all-male suspects were arrested on Friday, February 9, 2024 in an 
intelligence-driven sting operation at various locations within Enugu 
state.

Items recovered from them include mobile phones and different exotic 
cars.

The suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are 
concluded.

The press release contains photos:

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9 FEB 2024

EFCC ARRESTS FIVE SUSPECTED INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN MAKURDI

Operatives of Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC , have arrested five (5) suspected internet 
fraudsters.

They were arrested on Friday, February 9, 2024 at kansho village in 
the Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue state following actionable 
intelligence on their suspected involvement in internet - related 
offences.

The suspects are, Shima Francis, Ode Jesse, Odey Linus, Kingsley 
Obinna, Emmanuel Inaleguwu.

Items recovered from them  are one iPhone and five android phones.

They suspects would  be charged to court as soon as investigations 
are concluded.

The press release contains a photo:

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8 FEB 2024

COURT JAILS FAKE EFCC STAFF, TWO OTHERS IN KADUNA

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC has secured the conviction and sentencing of 
Abdulazeez Isah to three years imprisonment for parading himself 
as a staff of the EFCC.   Abraham Adama and Uzoma Isaac Iwu were 
also jailed  for fraud by Justices Darius Khobo and A. Isiaka of 
the Kaduna State High Court, sitting in Kaduna.

While Justice Isiaka jailed Isah after pleading guilty to one-count 
charge bordering on impersonation,  Justice Khobo handed Adama two 
years imprisonment  for cheating by impersonating American movie 
star Sylvester Stallone on social media and three years to Iwu for 
cybercrimes.

The charge against Isa reads: “That you Abdulazeez Isah sometime in 
November, 2023 in Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this honourable 
court, committed an offence of impersonation to wit: falsely presenting 
yourself as a staff of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) 
to the general public, which pretence you knew to be false and thereby 
committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 142(1) 
of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017.”

The charge against Adama reads: “That you Abraham Adama (a.k.a Sylvester 
Stallone) (m), sometime in 2023 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this 
honourable court, committed an offence to wit: cheating by impersonation 
when you falsely presented yourself as Sylvester Stallone (an American 
actor) on several online social media applications to several unsuspecting 
victims and in that assumed character cheated one Amelia James of the total 
sum of $200.00 (Two Hundred USD) and you thereby committed an offence contrary 
to Section 308 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law of 2017 and punishable under 
Section 309 of the same Law.”

The charge  against Iwu reads: “that you ISAAC UZOMA IWU(a.k.a manpaulmarkus@gmail.com) 
on or about the 18th of January, 2024 at NITEL Quarters of Sabo Axis, Kaduna State, 
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court falsely presented yourself as Man 
Paul Markus and in that assumed character defrauded members of the public by luring 
them into investing into Crypto Currency via your email address manpaulmarkus@gmail.com 
and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 142(1) 
of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017”.

The three defendants pleaded guilty to their charges when they were read to them.
Based on their pleas,  EFCC Counsels , M.U Gadaka and K.S Ogunlade prayed the 
court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Justice Isiaka convicted and  sentenced Isah to three years imprisonment or a fine 
of N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira)  while  Justice Khobo convicted 
and sentenced Adama to  two years prison term with a fine option of N150,000.00 (One 
Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) and Iwu to three years imprisonment or a fine of 
N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira.).

Isah bagged his imprisonment by falsely parading himself to unsuspecting members 
of the public as a member of staff of the EFCC. Upon arrest, he admitted financing 
the production of fake T-shirts, identity cards and caps of the Commission found in 
his possession. Adama impersonated Sylvester Stallone (an American actor) while Iwu 
got his imprisonment by indulging in internet crimes.

The press release contains photos of the criminals:

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8 FEB 2024

CIFCFIN HAILS OLUKOYEDE ON TRANSFORMATION IN EFCC

The President of the Chartered Institute of Forensics and Certified 
Fraud Investigators of Nigeria, CIFCFIN,  Dr. Iliyasu Gashinbaki has 
commended the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC,  Mr. Ola Olukoyede on his strides in turning around 
the works of fighting economic and financial crimes and other acts 
of corruption in Nigeria. 

He gave the commendation in Abuja on Thursday, February 8, 2024 while 
on a Courtesy Visit to the Corporate Headquarters of the EFCC.  According 
to him, the EFCC has started witnessing quiet transformation since the 
assumption of office of Olukoyede.  He promised the collaboration of his 
Institute with the Commission in breaking more useful grounds in its 
assigned mandate.

"It is a great honour and privilege to be here on this visit.  I want 
to commend you for the success recorded so far since you assumed office.  
We can see quiet transformation happening in the EFCC and I’m saying this 
with utmost sincerity”, he said.   He gave detailed accounts of the mandate 
and structure of CIFCFIN and called for the formalization of the domiciliation 
of the Institute’s College at the EFCC’s Academy. “We have an offer by the 
Commission for our College to be domiciled in the EFCC’s Academy. We will 
be glad if this offer is formalized”, he said.

He spoke of the plans of CIFCFIN to build five forensics laboratories 
comprising Digital, Document, Engineering, Medical and Ballistic and 
Crimes Scene laboratories and called for the support of the EFCC in the 
overall works of the Institute.  On the proposed Document Laboratory,  
Gashinbaki expressed hope that the EFCC and the Independent National 
Electoral Commission,  INEC will find it useful in dealing with 
investigation of forgery of documents by politicians seeking elective 
offices.  “We want to see how we can work with the EFCC and INEC to 
avoid forgery of documents by politicians' ', he said.

Responding, Olukoyede appreciated Gashinbaki for his visit and called 
for a more holistic scope of the works of CIFCFIN.  “I think a wider scope 
that goes beyond fraud investigation to management would be good for CIFCFIN”,  
he said.  He also explained the new policy direction of the EFCC stressing 
that his focus was on preventive framework in the fight against corruption.  
He assured that the Commission would formalize the domiciliation of CIFCFIN 
College in the EFCC’s Academy, maintaining that it “will add value to the 
Academy”.

He also assured that “We are willing to share intelligence with you and 
look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with your institute".

The press release contains a photo:

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7 FEB 2024

COURT JAILS INTERNET FRAUDSTER IN LAGOS

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, secured the conviction and sentencing 
of one Victor Adedeji Oniyiku, before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of the 
Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos for internet fraud. 

Justice Aneke found Oniyiku guilty on the one-count charge brought against 
him by the EFCC for impersonating one Hartford Sarah Jane to perpetrate online 
fraud. 

The convict was arraigned in December 2023 and he pleaded guilty to the offence. 
The trial judge then adjourned till Wednesday, February 7, 2024  for the review 
of facts and judgment. 

The charge reads: “That you, VICTOR ADEDEJI ONIYIKU, sometime in 2021 in Lagos 
within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court fraudulently impersonated one 
Hartford Sarah Jane by holding yourself out as such on an illinois Drivers' 
license, with intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an 
offence contrary to and punishable under Section 22(2)(b) of the Cybercrimes 
(Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015”.

The prosecution counsel, Chinenye Okezie reviewed the facts, and urged the 
court to convict and sentence him  accordingly. 

Justice Aneke thereafter convicted and sentenced him to 12 months imprisonment, 
with an option of fine of N500,000 ( Five Hundred Thousand Naira only) and 100 
hours community service. The Judge also ordered the forfeiture of the devices 
recovered from him to the Federal Government.

The convict began his journey to the Correctional Centre when he was arrested 
by operatives of the Lagos Command of the EFCC for internet-related offences.  
He pleaded guilty to the lone-count charge preferred against him and was 
convicted and sentenced accordingly.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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6 FEB 2024

EFCC ARRAIGNS KWARA BUSINESSMAN FOR N170M CONTRACT SCAM

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC on Monday, February 5, 2024 arraigned a businessman, Alexander Adeniran 
Babarinde from Oro-Ago in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State over 
alleged involvement in contract scam, obtaining money under false pretence 
and forgery.

Babarinde was arraigned by the EFCC,  alongside his company, Ajays Engineering 
Limited and one Suleiman Muhammed, (who is currently at large) before Justice 
Mahmud Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin on eight –count charges 
bordering on obtaining under false pretences. .

The defendants allegedly obtained several amounts of money from the complainant 
under the guise of funding and executing some Federal Government contracts.

The petitioner alleged that Babarinde brought some contract awards letters from 
Ecological Fund Management Committee Office of the Secretary to the Government 
of the Federation, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Development, Ministry of 
Niger Delta Affairs, Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina Universal Basic 
Education Commission, National Research Institute for Chemical Technology. But, 
findings by the EFCC revealed that the letters were forged and never emanated 
from the said government agencies.

It was gathered that the defendants had obtained money to the tune of N170million 
from the petitioner as capital to execute the non-existent contracts. All attempts 
to recover the money however proved abortive.

Count three of the charges against him reads:

“That you, ALEXANDER ADENIRAN BABARINDE, AJAYS ENGINEERING LIMITED and 
SULEIMAN MOHAMMED (STILL AT LARGE), sometime between the months of January 
2021 and December 2021, in Ilorin Kwara State, within the jurisdiction of 
this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, did obtain the sum of 
N30,530,300.00 (Thirty Million, Five Hundred and Thirty Thousand, Three 
Hundred Naira ) from one EZEKIEL OLA BABATUNDE as fees for the funding 
and execution of Federal Government contracts and thereby committed an 
offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other 
Fraud Related  Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of 
the same Act”

 Count four of the charges read:

“That you, ALEXANDER ADENIRAN ,BABARINDE, AJAYS ENGINEERING LIMITED and 
SULEIMAN MOHAMMED (STILL AT LARGE), sometime between January 2022 and 
December 2022, in Ilorin, Kwara State, within the jurisdiction of this 
Honourable Court, with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of N6,655,009.00 
(SIX MILLION, SIX HUNDRED AND FIFTY FIVE THOUSAND NAIRA) from one EZEKIEL 
OLA BABATUNDE as fees for the funding and execution of Federal Government 
contracts and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) 
of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offence Act, 2006 and 
Punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to all the charges when they were read to him.

Following his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Rasheedat Alao urged the court to remand 
the defendant (Babarinde) in the custody of the Nigeria Correctional Service and 
give a date for trial to enable the prosecution to prove its case.

Justice Abdulgafar ordered that the defendant be remanded at the Correctional 
Service and adjourned the case till March 13, 2024 for trial.

The press release contains a photo:

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5 FEB 2024

UYO COURT SENDS THREE INTERNET FRAUDSTERS TO JAIL

Justice Chigozie Sergius Onah of the Federal High Court sitting in  Uyo, 
Akwa Ibom State has convicted and sentenced three internet fraudsters to 
different jail terms  for offences bordering on criminal impersonation, 
internet fraud and possession of fraudulent documents.

The convicts Abraham Itoro Sunday, Ezea Chidera Charles and Udoh Christopher 
Gabriel were jailed on Thursday,  February 1, 2024  upon their  arraignment 
by the Uyo Zonal Command of  the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,  
EFCC, on one-count separate charge bordering on cybercrimes.

The lone-count charge reads:  “That you Abraham Itoro  Sunday 'M' sometime 
in 2023 within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did fraudulently 
impersonate Brian O' Noel on Facebook with the intent to gain advantage for 
yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(I) 
of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, prevention) Act 2015 and punishable under 
the same section”.

They pleaded guilty to all the charges when they were read to them.  

Based on their pleas,  Prosecution counsels, Enobong Ubokudom and Farida 
Bukar thereafter prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.  

Delivering judgment on Thursday, Justice Onah convicted and  sentenced Sunday 
and Charles to six months imprisonment each with an option of fine of N200,000.00 
(Two Hundred Thousand Naira only), while Gabriel bagged five months jail term with 
an option of  fine of N150,000.00(One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only). The 
court also ordered that the three smartphones used by the convicts to perpetrate 
the crimes be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The convicts started their journey to the Correctional Centre when they were 
arrested by operatives of the Uyo Zonal Command of the EFCC on November 22, 2023 
at different locations in Afaha Atai, in Iko Eket Akwa Ibom State.  Investigation 
showed that all the convicts impersonated foreigners by using their identities 
to defraud their victims.  While Charles fraudulently portrayed himself as 'Molina 
Urovsky' on Facebook, Sunday  portrayed himself as Brian O'niel  and Gabriel 
presented himself as Alexander Douglas on Instagram.

The press release contains photos of all three 419ers:

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2 FEB 2024

COURT JAILS FAKE US SOLDIER FOR $5,000 FRAUD 
IN PORT HARCOURT

The Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction and imprisonment of a fake 
United States soldier, Chukwuema Samuel Andrew.

He was arraigned on two-count charges bordering on advance fee fraud 
contrary to Section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud 
Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same 
Act.

Count one of the charges reads: "That you, Chukwuema Samuel Andrew (a.k.a 
Mary Parlier) sometime in April, 2021 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State within 
the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud, did obtain 
the sum of $5,300 (Five Thousand Three Hundred Dollars) under the pretext of 
being Mary Parlier, a female soldier serving in Yemen as a computer operator, 
a pretext which to your knowledge was false and thereby committed an offence 
contrary to Section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee and Other Fraud Related Offences 
Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act."

He pleaded guilty when the charges were read to him, prompting prosecution 
counsel, B. O. Agala to pray the court to convict and sentence him accordingly, 
while defence counsel P. U. Ogbuehi prayed the judge to temper justice with 
mercy stating that his client was a first -time offender with no previous 
criminal records. 

Justice Ajoku convicted and  sentenced Andrew to  30 months imprisonment.  
Besides his prison term, he forfeited his Redmi mobile phone and iPhone 12 
Pro to the Federal government and deposed to an affidavit of good behaviour 
before the court.

The convict’s journey to the Correctional Centre began when he was nabbed 
by EFCC operatives for internet fraud sometime in June, 2023, at Golf Estate, 
Port Harcourt in an operation code named "Eagle Sweep." His profiling revealed 
that he became involved in different shades of cybercrime including dating and 
romance scam in 2021.

The $5,300 proceeds of crime he earned was sent to him as itunes cards, steam 
cards and Bitcoins through his vendor who converted them to naira values via 
his Access Bank and United Bank for  Africa accounts.

In another development, EFCC Chairman, Ola Olukoyede has stated that, individuals 
who obstruct the Commission or its authorized officers in the exercise of their 
duties run afoul of Section 38(a)(b) of the Commission’s Establishment Act. The 
same, he said, also applies to those who fail to comply with lawful enquiries or 
demands made by authorized officers of the Commission.

He  disclosed this during a lecture organized by officers of Advanced and 
Intelligence Intermediate Course of the Nigerian Navy on the “History, Roles 
and Organization of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC” at the 
Navy Intelligence School Ubima, Rivers State.

 The EFCC Chairman, who was represented at the event by Chief Superintendent of 
 EFCC, CSE Itoro Levi Azuogu, Head CTGI 2, Port Harcourt Zonal Command, stated 
 that the Commission had the constitutional power to seek and receive information 
 from any person, authority or entity without inhibitions in the cause of its 
 investigations. He, therefore, enjoined individuals and entities to be forthcoming 
 with information required of them by the Commission as refusal to do so constitutes 
 a criminal offence.

To further educate the public on the responsibilities of the Commission, Olukoyede 
listed the scope of EFCC’s mandate to include the combatting of “non-violent criminal 
and illicit activities, committed with the objective of earning illegitimate wealth, 
either by individuals or a group, organized in any manner that violates existing 
legislation governing the economic activities of the government, which includes 
any form of fraud,  money laundering, embezzlement, bribery, looting, all forms 
of malpractices, smuggling, bunkering, tax evasion, illegal oil bunkering, currency 
counterfeiting, intellectual property theft amongst others.”

The Deputy Commandant, Navy Intelligence School, G.O. Babtunde, in his closing 
remarks, thanked CSE Azuogu for the insightful lecture.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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31 JAN 2024

TINUBU TO EFCC: SUSTAIN THE FIGHT AGAINST INTERNET CRIMES

President Bola Tinubu has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, to keep its flames burning against the scourge of 
internet crimes and other acts of corruption.

He gave the charge in Abuja on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at a one-day 
public engagement on youth , religion and fight against corruption and 
the launch of Fraud Risk Assessment Project for Ministries, Departments 
and Agencies, MDAs  organized by the EFCC.

The President pointed out that the disturbing contagion of cybercrimes 
has been a challenge and slur on the image of the nation and the EFCC 
should spare no effort in tackling it more frontally.  “Our country is 
not a nation of fraudsters and the pejorative reference to internet crimes 
as the “Nigerian scam” across the world is unfair, untenable and unacceptable. 
Cybercrimes, to all intents and purposes, are a global phenomenon. Today’s 
world is run real time on the internet. Governance, businesses, institutions 
and even individual domestic affairs are dependent on the internet. Cyber 
criminals are, therefore, a threat to the rest of the world. This is why 
no effort or expense should be spared in confronting the evil. I want to 
assure the EFCC that the government will continue to offer its support in 
its quest to kill the dragon that internet offences have become”, he said. 

Tinubu, who spoke through Vice President Kashim Shettima, expressed government’s 
determination to give corruption hard tackles, stressing that “we cannot be focused 
on growth and development and at the same time offer any breathing space to corrupt 
practices.  No nation grows without breaking the fangs of corruption. The EFCC has 
been duly instructed to do its job at all times without any extraneous considerations. 
The Renewed Hope agenda of our government is impervious to corruption. We should 
all join hands together to move Nigeria in a new direction of purpose.”

Tinubu spurred the EFCC not to be dismayed by throw backs coming from some 
sections of the society regarding its consistent fight against internet crimes 
and other corrupt practices,  pointing out that government is “aware of all the  
foul cries and unwarranted accusations against the lawful efforts of the Commission 
to bring fraudsters to book.  We cannot fold our hands and watch our youths descend 
into morbid criminalities”.

EFCC’s Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, in his Opening Remark, took a retrospective look 
at the efforts and profile of the Commission over the years in tackling the monster 
of corruption and noted that, though  much ground had been covered by the EFCC in 
the areas of convictions and recoveries,  the un-abating trend of corrupt practices 
across the country called for serious concerns. To address the situation, he called 
for greater emphasis on prevention of crimes through well-thought-out and coordinated 
efforts of the Commission.  

“Indeed, proactive implementation of effective and coordinated policies against 
corruption remains the best guarantee for public security, economic development, 
and the effective functioning of public and private institutions. The recalibration 
of the Commission’s prevention strategy seeks to promote proactive deterrence and 
greater inclusivity in terms of participation of all stakeholders. Our motivation 
is to see how corruption, whether in ministries and agencies of government, in the 
ivory towers, or the private sector, could be prevented before it occurs”, he said.

The EFCC boss also stated that the Commission is prioritizing two areas of concern 
which is the involvement of youth in cybercrimes and the susceptibility of our 
ministries, departments and agencies to grand corruption. He expressed concerns 
about the disconcerting allure  of computer-related fraud  for youths in tertiary 
institutions, stressing that “ the danger of having a tribe of future leaders whose 
outlook  in life is that fraud and corruption are the stairways to fame and fortune, 
is however, too dire to treat with kid gloves”. Olukoyede, therefore, called on 
managers of academic institutions to rise to the challenge of mentoring youths on 
the right path of life.

“It is our view that the Academia can contribute more  in the anti-corruption 
fight through mentorship as youths in today’s fast-paced world need close supervision 
to navigate their path to success and purposeful living”, he said.  The EFCC’s boss 
equally unfolded the Fraud Risk Assessment Project to assist government agencies to 
address systemic vulnerabilities at the personnel, institutional and environmental 
levels and take preemptive measures.  He assured that the Project “ will save the 
nation billions  in stolen wealth, time and resources spent  in investigating grand 
corruption cases”.

He commended President Tinubu for his unflinching support to the fight against 
corruption in Nigeria, maintaining that, “with the political will of the administration. 
I believe that we have a golden opportunity to rewrite the story of our nation’s quest 
for improved transparency and accountability in public affairs”.  The EFCC’s engagement 
drew notable national political, religious and traditional leaders, with many of them 
offering sterling proposals to address the problem of corruption.

In his remarks, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef  
Fagbemi urged the EFCC to intensify its preventive method which according to him is 
cheaper and easier to prevent crimes. “I believe that concerted efforts should be 
channeled towards the preventive aspect of the Commission’s mandate as it is cheaper 
and easier to prevent crimes. The Commission’s mandate is beyond investigation and 
prosecution of financial crimes which it had over the years pursued vigorously. 
The cost of investigating and prosecuting all species of financial crimes will 
significantly reduce with adequate preventive measures in place.”

President,  Christian Association of Nigeria,  Archbishop Daniel Okoh stated that 
corruption remains the major challenge of the country. “Corruption remains one of 
the major challenges that we have in our country, the albatross that hampers development 
and stifles the potentials of the youths. Corruption undermines the principles of justice, 
fairness and equality, eroding the very fabrics of the society, it is a cancer that eats 
away the trust and integrity of institutions, hindering progress and development. It 
discourages hard work, dignity of labor, honesty, respect for one another and creates 
a wicked generation that destroys the future of their nation.

The Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman, Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, His Eminence, 
Sa'ad Abubakar, promised to support the EFCC in its fight adding that the fight against 
corruption is a fight for all. “We want to assure you that we will support you one hundred 
percent in this fight, because it is a fight for our lives. If we really want Nigeria to 
be Nigeria we can proudly call our country, we must fight this corruption to the last 
level. We want to assure the EFCC chairman, as religious leaders, we will invite you for 
a close door interaction about what we should do as religious leaders", he said.

OOni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi called for  devolution of powers, explaining 
that local governments should be empowered and greatly encouraged to bring development 
closer to the people.   “If we don’t look inward and change the structure, nothing tangible 
would be achieved.  Go and make the local government powerful.  It is the root of our 
heritage and customs, make them powerful”,  he said.

In his seminal presentation as the Guest Speaker at the occasion, John Momoh, Chairman 
and Chief Executive Officer, CEO,  Channels Media Group advised youths about the consequences 
of cybercrime. According to him,  the digital age has brought with it opportunities and threats 
in equal measures, describing cybercrimes as identity theft and financial fraud that are not 
just  illegal, but also erode the very fabric of trust that holds society together. He argued 
that  the immediate gratification and  illusion of 'easy money' that activities of internet 
crimes promise are nothing but a mirage. Momoh warned that consequences of engaging in 
cybercrimes are severe ranging from  legal repercussions to  a loss of reputation, trust, 
and future opportunities. 

“A momentary lapse in judgment can lead to a lifetime of regret. It’s crucial to understand 
that the skills used in these crimes, if channeled positively, have the power to revolutionise 
industries, create jobs, and contribute to the economy in meaningful ways”, he said.  He called 
for corporate reflection on the issue of internet crimes to ensure that youths are directed to 
more useful engagements on the internet. “As we gather here, let us reflect on the power of 
our collective action and the promise held by our younger generations. The fight against 
corruption is not just a battle for today but a foundation for a prosperous future. In an 
era where technology has become as essential as the air we breathe, it's no surprise that 
our youth are more connected and tech-savvy than any generation before them”.

Addressing the theme of the event, "Youth, Religion, and the fight against Corruption", 
the Channels boss pointed out that the role of  youth and religion in upholding ethical 
standards and combating corruption cannot be overstated.  “The influence of religion, in 
its essence, teaches us about morality, ethics, and the virtues of honesty and integrity. 
Across different faiths and beliefs, these principles remain constant. The moral compass 
provided by religious teachings can be a formidable force against corruption",  he said 

Momoh emphasized  that both the Bible and the Quran encourage young people to live lives 
of moral and ethical integrity,  and called on religious leaders and institutions to assert 
more positive influence on their followers and  communities, maintaining  that they can 
mobilise the masses, shape ideologies, and instill values that reject corruption.

The event, which  was marked with the relaunch and unveiling of EFCC’s Interfaith Manuals  
and Fraud Risk Assessment Project for MDAs,  was well- attended by various political, 
religious,  traditional leaders, including youth groups,  academia, civil society 
organisations, anti-corruption agencies, among others.

The press release contains photos:

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419 Coalition comment:  We of course agree with President Tinubu that the EFCC must
sustain its efforts against internet crimes.  However, we must disagree with his
statement that "the pejorative reference to internet crimes as the “Nigerian scam” 
across the world is unfair, untenable and unacceptable".  West African Advance Free
Fraud (419), which according to many Governments, including the US Government, 
emanates primarily from Nigeria, can appropriately be described as the "Nigerian 
Scam" in our view.

As one of the originators of that term for West African Advance Fee Fraud (419) 
back in the 1990's, our opinion is that the term was appropriate then and remains, 
unfortunately, appropriate today.  Of course, there are many forms of internet crime, 
emanating from everywhere, but only One West African Advance Fee Fraud (419), 
which emanates primarily from Nigeria or Nigerian operated cells abroad.  

Think:  Crime -> Internet Crime =>Fraud => Advance Fee Fraud => emanating from 
or operated by Nigerian cells worldwide => 419 => "Nigerian Scam".  So, the "Nigerian 
Scam" (419) is one subset of Advance Fee Fraud crimes, among many subsets, and 
"Nigerian Scam" is a perfectly appropriate shorthand descriptive term to describe 
that subset, in our view.
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30 JAN 2024

COURT JAILS 17 INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN OYO, OGUN

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing of 
seventeen (17) internet fraudsters to various jail terms.

They were jailed between January 8 and 28, 2024 after being 
arraigned before Justice Olusola Adetujoye of the Oyo State 
High Court, Ibadan and Justice A.A. Babawale of the Ogun State 
High Court, sitting in Abeokuta on a separate lone count charge 
each.

The convicts are Akinbode Abiodun, Samad Tijani Owolabi, Ademola 
Olabamiji Quadri, Evewiekpoamare Tivere Jackson, Adeagbo Stephen 
Adegbenro, Adesanya Olamilekan Dare, Yusuf Saka Olaoluwatobi, 
Akinbode Adedolapo Joshua, Musa Ayinde Olorunnisola and Lawal 
Mohammed Segun.

Others are: Moses Bitrus Bugama, Odude Kehinde Ayomipo, Bashiru 
Quadri Adeyinka, Ochoche Silas Ochola, Nurudeen Olamilekan Quam, 
Afeez Adewale Jimoh and Olowookere Ademola Sobbur.

One of the charges read:

“That you Adesanya Olamilekan Dare ‘M’ on or about 24th May, 2023, 
at Ibadan, Oyo State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court, fraudulently impersonated by representing yourself to be a 
white man by the name Daryl Huffman from United States of America 
to one Angie Shepard, through your Facebook account with email address: 
daryhuffman1960@gmail.com, and other pretences, which pretences you 
knew to be false, thereby committed offence of personation contrary 
to Section 484 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State, 
2000.” 

They all pleaded guilty to the charges when they were read to them.

Consequently, facts of the cases were reviewed by the prosecution 
counsels as indicting documents and other incriminating materials 
were tendered as evidences before the courts.  Prosecution counsels 
further prayed the courts to convict and sentence the defendants 
accordingly.

Upon the prayers of the prosecution counsels, Justice Babawale 
convicted and sentenced Sobbur to one year imprisonment without  
an option of fine.  Also, Justice Adetujoye convicted and sentenced 
Olorunnisola to two months imprisonment; Jimoh, Quam, Ochola, Adeyinka, 
Ayomipo, Bugama, Segun and Olaoluwatobi to one month jail term each.

Furthermore, Joshua, Dare, Adegbenro and Abiodun were convicted 
and sentenced to two weeks imprisonment each without an option of 
fine while Owolabi, Quadri and Jackson bagged two weeks community 
service each.

The courts also ordered that the convicts restitute their various 
victims, including Owolabi who is to pay the sum of N11, 749, 823.36 
(Eleven Million, Seven Hundred and Forty-nine Thousand, Eight Hundred 
and Twenty-three Naira, Thirty-six Kobo) as restitution.

Items forfeited by the convicts to the Federal Government of Nigeria 
included one gold colour Lexus ES 330 with Registration number: FKG 
184 HZ, one unregistered silver colour Toyota Corolla 2006 model, 
one black colour Honda Pilot 2004 model with registration number: 
LSR 783 HW and Chassis number: 2HKYF18464H598117 and one black Lexus 
ES 300 2002 model with registration number: APP 27 GT with chassis 
number: JTHBF30G020048119 among others.

All the convicts bagged their imprisonment when they were arrested 
by operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC for internet-
related activities.  They were thereafter charged to court and convicted.

In a related development, the Oyo State Command of the Nigeria Police 
Force has handed over four suspected internet fraudsters to the Ibadan 
Zonal Command of the EFCC on January 26, 2024.

The suspects are Abiodun Ajayi, Salako Saheed, Qudus Owolabi and 
Abiodun Ridwan.

They were arrested at Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State following 
ctionable intelligence on suspected fraudulent internet-related 
activities.

Items recovered from them include one unregistered Toyota Camry, 
one gold colour Toyota Camry with Registration number: APP 192 CB, 
two laptops and five mobile phones among others.

They would be charged to court as soon as investigations are 
concluded. 

The press release contains photos of several odf the 419ers:

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26 JAN 2024

EFCC ARRAIGNS ONE IN YOLA FOR N12.5M OIL FRAUD

The Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, has  arraigned one Festus Agbomodion before 
justice A.M. Anka of the Federal High Court, sitting in Yola, 
Adamawa State.

He was arraigned on Thursday, January 24, 2024 on two-count 
charges bordering on intent to defraud and obtaining under 
false pretence to the tune of N12,500,000.00 (Twelve Million 
Five Hundred Thousand Naira only) .

Count one reads: That you Festus Agbomodion on or about 2nd 
of January, 2019 at Yola, Adamawa State, within the Jurisdiction 
of this Honorable Court, with intent to defraud did obtain the 
sum of N12,500,000 (Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira 
only) from one Mr. Johnson Seun Femi under false pretence that 
the said sum was meant for the supply of two trucks of diesel 
to Bretrogeen Enterprises limited (A limited liability Company) 
which you knew to be false and hereby committed an  offence 
contrary to Section 1 (1)(a) and punishable in Section 1(3) 
of Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006.  
 
Another reads : That you Festus Agbomodion and Okeke Magnus 
sometime on or about 2nd of January, 2019 at Yola, Adamawa State, 
within the Jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, did retain the 
sum of N12,500,000 (Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira 
only) from one Mr. Johnson Seun Femi as money for the supply of 
two trucks of diesel to Bretrogeen Enterprises limited (A limited 
liability Company) knowing or reasonably ought to have known that 
such fund formed part of a proceed of unlawful activity to wit, 
obtaining by false pretence and there by committed an offense 
contrary to Section 15 (2)(d) and punishable in Section 15(3) 
of the Money Laundering Act, 2011. 

In view of his plea of "not guilty", prosecution counsel, M.O 
Labaran prayed the court for a trial date  while the defence counsel,  
S.O. Akporido  informed the court of an existing bail application 
for the defendant.
 
Justice Anka  thereafter  granted the defendant bail in the sum 
of Five Million Naira and one surety in like sum.

The surety must be resident and own a landed property  in the 
defendant's community. 

The Judge remanded him in Adamawa Correctional Centre pending 
fulfilment of his bail conditions and adjourned the matter to F
ebruary 29, 2024 for trial.

The press release contains a photo:

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26 JAN 2024

COURT JAILS FOUR INTERNET FRAUDSTERS IN KADUNA

Justices  A. Isiaka  and A.A Bello  of the Kaduna State High Court  
sitting in Kaduna have convicted and sentenced the  quartet of Bilbert 
Sabo, Joy Righteous, Godwill Dikko and Ransom Joash Destiny to various 
jail terms for internet fraud.

They were arrested and arraigned by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the 
EFCC on one-count separate charges bordering on internet fraud.

While Sabo and Righteous were arraigned before Justice Isiaka, Dikko 
and Destiny were arraigned before Justice Bello

The lone-count against Sabo reads: “That you Bilbert Sabo (a.k.a Amelia 
Karim) sometime in December, 2023 in Kaduna within the Kaduna Judicial 
Division of the High Court with intent to defraud, impersonated one 
Amelia Karim (a United States of America citizen) using your Facebook 
account, a social media platform and in such assumed character attempted 
to cheat unsuspecting foreigners when you knew you were not, and you 
thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 142(1) of the Kaduna 
State Penal Code Law, 2017 and punishable under the same law”.

He pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him, prompting 
prosecution counsel, E.K Garba to urge the court to convict and 
sentence him accordingly.

Justice Isiaka convicted and sentenced him to two years imprisonment 
or an option of fine of  N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand 
Naira).  Apart from his prison term, he forfeited the tool of his crime, 
an iphone 11 to the Federal government.

Righteous also pleaded guilty to her one-count charge when it was 
read to her, prompting prosecution counsel, M.U Gadaka to urge the 
court to convict and sentence her accordingly.

Justice Isiaka convicted and sentenced her to two years imprisonment 
with an option of fine of N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand 
Naira only)

Beside her prison term, she forfeited the tool of her crime, an Infinix 
S5 Pro phone to the Federal government.

 
Similarly,  Justice  Bello convicted and sentenced Dikko and Destiny 
to two years imprisonment each or a fine  of N150,000.00 (One Hundred 
and Fifty Thousand Naira only) respectively for cheating by impersonation.

All the four convicts started their journey to the Correctional Centre 
when they were arrested by operatives of the Kaduna Zonal Command of the 
EFCC for impersonating foreigners and using their identities to defraud 
their victims.

Sabo presented himself on Facebook as Ameila Karim, a US Citizen from 
Ogden, Utah to advertise a fraudulent Bitcoin business and non-existing 
sports equipment  to defraud her victims.  On her own part, Righteous 
assumed two false identities to misrepresent herself to unsuspecting 
victims and in the process defrauded them.

Dikko  presented himself on Facebook as Chome Chai, a Thailand citizen 
and used the fake identity to advertise a fraudulent clothing business 
to unsuspecting members of the public while Destiny assumed the identity 
of an American citizen, William Justice on his Facebook and Instagram 
accounts, with which he successfully defrauded one Mrs. Valerie Harvey, 
a US citizen of $250 in a love scam.

The press release contains photos of two of the four 419ers:

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25 JAN 2024

COURT JAILS GRADUATE ONE YEAR FOR DATING SCAM IN LAGOS

Justice  Deinde I. Dipeolu of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, 
Lagos, on Monday, January 22, 2024  convicted and sentenced one Ohaguim 
Ifeayin Emmanuel to one year imprisonment for dating scam.

Emmanuel, a graduate of Computer Science from Chukwuemeka Odumegwu  
University, Uli,  Anambra State , was arraigned by the Lagos Zonal  
Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on 
January 19, 2024, on  two-count charges bordering on cybercrime.

One of the counts reads: “ That you, Ohaguim Ifeayin Emmanuel,  
sometime in October, 2023, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of 
this Honourable Court, with intent to gain advantage for yourself, 
fraudulently impersonated one "Benjamin Valdez" by holding yourself 
out as such on your Google Account and you thereby committed an 
offence contrary to and punishable under Section 22(2) (b) of the 
Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015.”

He pleaded “guilty” to the  charges when they were read to him. 
Following his guilty plea,  prosecution counsel, A.S. Wara, called 
on Usman Ahmed, an operative of the EFCC, to  review the facts of 
the case .

Usman told the court that the defendant was arrested sometime in 
October, 2023, following  credible intelligence  received by the 
Commission on the activities of some internet fraudsters operating 
in Fine County  Estate, Orchid Road, Lekki, Lagos State.  According 
to him, an iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone XR, iPhone X and Mercedez Benz C300 
were recovered from him at the point of arrest.

"Upon his arrest, he was duly processed and the defendant volunteered 
his statements.  Investigations were conducted and forensic evidence 
were printed out from his phone.  In his statement, he confessed he 
was into dating scam.  Wara further told the court that the defendant 
confessed to have benefited 950 USD and N3.2m from his involvement in 
the criminal activity.

Wara ,therefore, sought to tender, in evidence, the defendant’s 
extrajudicial statements, some items recovered from him: iPhone 13 
Pro, iPhone XR, iPhone X and forensic investigation documents print 
out.

They were all admitted as exhibits by the court.

Justice Dipeolu, consequently, convicted and sentenced him to one 
year imprisonment, with an option of fine of N200,000( Two Hundred 
Thousand Naira).

The Judge also ordered that the mobile phones  and Mercedes Benz 
C300 recovered from him be forfeited to the Federal Government of 
Nigeria.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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25 JAN 2024

EFCC ARRAIGNS TWO IN MAIDUGURI FOR N36.2M FRAUD

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Maiduguri 
Zonal Command, on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, arraigned the 
duo of Haruna Gora Pama and Kadiri James, before Justice 
Tijjani G. Ringim of the Federal High Court, Maiduguri.

They were arraigned on  two-count charges of money laundering 
and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N36, 247, 937.72 
(Thirty Six Million, Two Hundred and Forty Seven Thousand, Nine 
Hundred and Thirty Seven Naira, Seventy-two kobo).

Count one of the charge reads: "That you, Haruna Gora Pama, 
Kadiri James and Peter Katuka, Freedom, Monday Ekoja George, 
Abdulmajid Khamis, and David Potter (all now at large) sometimes 
in June 2022, at Maiduguri, Borno State, within the jurisdiction 
of this honourable court, did conspire amongst yourselves to do 
illegal act, to wit: conspiracy to commit money laundering and 
thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under 
Section 21 of the Money Laundering ( Prevention and Prohibition) 
Act, 2022 (as amended) respectively.”

Count two reads: “That you, Haruna Gora Pama, Kadiri James and 
Peter Katuka, Freedom, Monday Ekoja George, Abdulmajid Khamis 
and David Potter (all now at large) sometimes in June 2022, at 
Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this honourable 
court, directly converted the aggregate sum of N 36, 247, 937. 72 
(Thirty Six Million, Two Hundred and Forty Seven Thousand, Nine 
Hundred and Thirty Seven Naira, Seventy-two kobo) which you ought 
to know that it formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: 
obtaining money under false pretence and thereby committed an offence 
contrary to and punishable under Section 18(2) (b) of the Money 
Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2022 and punishable 
under Section 18(3) of the same Act."

The defendants pleaded "not guilty" to the charges when they were 
read to them. Thereafter,   prosecution counsel, Faruk Muhammad 
prayed  the court for a trial date and for them to be remanded in 
a Correctional Centre.

Justice Ringim remanded them in a Correctional Centre and adjourned 
the matter till February 1, 2024 for trial.

The press release contains photos:

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22 JAN 2024

EFCC ARRESTS 24 SUSPECTED TRAINEE INTERNET FRAUDSTERS 
IN UYO

Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested Twenty Four , 24,  suspected  
internet fraudsters being trained for  internet crimes in Uyo,  
Akwa Ibom State.

They were arrested on Monday, January 22,  2024  at a storey building  
suspected to be a criminal hideout for training internet fraudsters.

The all- male suspects were arrested in two locations in an intelligence-
driven sting operation at D-Line Ewet Housing Estate and Nelson Mandela 
area both in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

They were rounded up at the upper floor of the storey building that 
looked like a classroom hall with chairs, tables, laptops and notepads 
on each table. The building is allegedly being  used solely for the 
training of youths in various aspects of cyber criminality.

Items recovered from the premises and the suspects include: five exotic 
cars; 18 laptops; 17 mobile phones and one internet router.

The EFCC had,  on November 28, 2019 arrested 23  trainers and trainees  
at a “Yahoo Academy” at Essien Essien Street, Ikot Ibiok village in Eket 
Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.  

The suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are 
concluded.

The press release contains photos:

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19 JAN 2024

PRESIDENTIAL AIDE ON STUDENTS ENGAGEMENT HAILS OLUKAYODE 
ON INTERNET FRAUD

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Student Engagement, 
Sunday Asefon Dayo  has commended the Executive Chairman of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ola Olukoyede on his worry and 
concerns about the prevalence of internet crimes among youths across 
the country.

 He gave the commendation in Abuja on Thursday, January 18, 2024, 
 while on a courtesy visit to the Corporate Headquarters of the EFCC.  
 Dayo said that internet crimes have assumed disturbing trends among 
 youths and urgent measures should be taken to tackle them.

He expressed regret about the misrepresentation of Olukoyede’s statements 
regarding rising involvement of youths in internet crimes blaming it on 
skewed media reporting.  “We need to put an end to internet crimes.  It 
is even worrisome that some lecturers and campus workers are also getting 
involved in the crimes. We must do something drastic to tackle them”, he 
said.

Dayo lamented that internet fraudsters are getting their strength from 
drugs.  “Cybercrimes are getting worse because youths indulging in them 
are propelled by drugs.  I think the EFCC and National Drug Law Enforcement 
Agency, NDLEA, need to come together and create more awareness against the 
menace”, he said.

He urged the EFCC to consider giving internet fraudsters serving jail 
terms amnesty to ease their reformation and re-integration into the 
society.  He also called for the establishment of EFCC Clubs on every 
campus in Nigeria to aid in the sensitization of students on the dangers 
of corruption.

Speaking further, the Presidential aide applauded the Commission’s new 
protocol on night operations, stressing that criminals have been hiding 
under nocturnal operations to perpetrate heinous crimes in the name of 
the EFCC.  He lauded Olukoyede for his “courage, boldness and professionalism 
in tackling corrupt practices frontally since he assumed office.  The 
investigation of Betta Edu and others by the EFCC is a credit to President 
Bola Tinubu and the EFCC. Your prompt actions and the fact that the EFCC 
Chairman is always on his toes are commendable”, he said. 

Responding, the EFCC’s boss said the Commission was open to every interest 
group, especially student unions with genuine interests for collaboration 
to fight corruption and other related financial crimes.  He explained that 
his concerns about the prevalence of internet crimes among youths were 
misconstrued, stressing that “youths can survive and succeed by doing 
the right things”.

He appreciated the sincerity of Dayo in espousing all the issues involved 
in internet crimes, maintaining that the sad trajectory of youth involvement 
in the crimes should not continue. “We want our youths to be properly focused. 
They are the future leaders we will hand over to”, he said.  

He also commended members of the team for their vision and patriotism to 
partner with the EFCC in the fight against financial crimes and corruption, 
stating that the fight against the fraud required  collaborative efforts  
of all and sundry.

The press release contains photos:

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18 JAN 2024

MAMMAN ABDULAHI IS HQ OPERATIONS MOST OUTSTANDING OFFICER 
OF THE YEAR

 The Headquarters Operations Department of the Economic and Financial 
 Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Saturday, January 13, 2024, held its 2023 
 Annual Award with Mamman Abdulahi emerging as the Most Outstanding 
 Officer of the Year.

At an impressive ceremony that saw investigators at the Headquarters 
Operations department glowing in satisfaction for an impactful year, 
the Advance Fee Fraud Section, AFF, stole the day by clinching two  
different Awards as  the Section with the highest number of convictions 
and the Section with the highest number of  cases sent to Legal & 
Prosecution Department.

Speaking at the occasion,  Executive Chairman of the Commission, Ola 
Olukoyede,  represented by the Secretary to the Commission, Muhammad 
Hammanjoda said the Commission was proud of its core values of professionalism, 
courage, integrity and collaboration, stressing that  hard work and dedication 
to duty are expected from every officer.

"The Executive Chairman is willing and supportive of every department in 
whatever it takes to succeed with its operations. This Award ceremony is 
part of the cardinals we have in our policies because awards  are very 
important in recognizing and celebrating achievements,  I congratulate 
the Department of Operations for this initiative and we hope other 
departments will also follow suit”,  he said.

Director of Operations, Abdulkarim Chukkol appreciated  the  Head of 
Operations at the Headquarters  for the wonderful initiative, urging the 
awardees to keep up the good work. He further stressed that in achieving 
the Commission’s mandate everybody and all departments are relevant and 
eeded.

Other individual awardees are, Assistant Superintendent of the EFCC,  
ASE I Ogunjobi Olalekan as the Most Outstanding Investigator in Emerging 
Technologies, Chief Superintendent of the EFCC, CSE Olarenwaju Adeola as 
the Prosecutor with the highest conviction in the year under review, while 
the award of Most Consistent Officer in Discharge of Duties was bagged by 
Detective Assistant, DA III Gambo Talatu.  Other awardees that shone brightly 
at the occasion are: Igbinomwanhia Osayomwanbo, Officer Excellent in 
Accountability and Professional Ethics, Fave Samuel Ismaila, Officer with 
Excellence in Cross Departmental Collaboration and Salisu Mohammed, Most 
Outstanding and Innovative Security Officer.

In the same vein,  the Extractive Industry Fraud Section won the award 
for highest monetary recoveries, the Economic Governance II Section clinched  
the award of Section with  the highest asset recovery (Real Estate),  the 
Tax Fraud Section lifted the award  of highest recoveries with impact on 
national economy while the P&ID Investigation Team comprising CSP Babangida 
Usein,  ACE11 Iheanacho Ekele and ACE11 Abba Mohammed  bagged two Awards:  
Excellent Investigators across borders and Excellent Prosecutors across borders.

Direction of Legal and Prosecution, Tahir Slyvanus, SAN, in his reaction, 
says that, giving recognition to those who deserve it is a way of encouragement.  
“I believe that excellence comes with hard work. Being recognized in an organization 
like ours given the nature of work we are doing is quite commendable”, he said.  
He charged officers never to relent in doing the good work, saying that reward 
always comes, either in the short or long run.

Earlier in his opening remark, Acting Head of Operations, Assistant Commander 
of the EFCC,  ACE I Ibrahim Idris said that the EFCC should be seen as one 
body because no department can function on its own. He disclosed that the 2023  
HQ Operations  extended its recognition to other individuals and departments 
outside the department   in order to recognize and appreciate  officers whose 
hard work and dedication to duty  impacted the overall success of the Commission 
in  2023   "  I wish to use this  opportunity to recognize our officers that 
are not present, whether you are among the nominees or not, your collective 
efforts have contributed to our success”, he said

The press release contains photos:

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10 JAN 2024

COURT JAILS FRAUDSTER FIVE YEARS FOR $1.6M CRYPTOCURRENCY 
FRAUD

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has secured the conviction 
and sentencing of Benjamin Ikaa before Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High 
Court, Abuja. He was sentenced to five years imprisonment for his involvement 
in $1.6million cryptocurrency fraud.

Ikaa pleaded guilty to  one-count amended charge, which reads: “That you 
Benjamin Okenna Ikaa (Alias George; Gavrilovich; P Aleksandra; Aaron Grifin), 
Chidera Jonas (at large) and Ikaa Ejike Benjamin (at large) on or about 20th 
December, 2022 at Ugbowa Abakpa-Nike, Enugu, Enugu State, within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud, did send electronic messages 
which materially misrepresent facts in your website, www.mchaeveycapital.com 
about crypto currency investment to a Monica Garcia upon which she relied and 
suffered financial loss in the sum of $120,000.00 (One Hundred Twenty Thousand 
US Dollars only) and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable 
under Section 14(2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention etc.) Act 2015.”

In view of his plea, prosecuting counsel, Aso Larrys Peter prayed the court 
to convict him as charged. However, defence counsel, Abel Adaji, pleaded with 
the court to temper justice with mercy, stating that the convict has become 
remorseful and was a first -time offender.

Justice Nwite convicted and sentenced him to five years imprisonment with an 
option of fine of N5,000, 000( Five Million Naira only). Ikaa also forfeited 
an iPhone 13, a Toyota Avalon car, 2013 model to the Federal government. The 
$11,000 recovered from him would be returned to his victims.  He also wrote 
an undertaking to steer away from cybercrime henceforth.

Ikaa’s journey to the Correctional Centre began when he was arrested by the 
EFCC for operating fictitious cryptocurrency investment website, www.mcharveycapital.com 
where he promised mouth-watering returns on investment, resulting in his unsuspecting 
victims incurring a loss of 26 bitcoins as at February 2023.  His victims are from 
South Africa, Norway, United Kingdom and Barbados. When confronted with the facts 
of his fraudulent dealings,  he owned up to them.  He was thereafter prosecuted and 
convicted.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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