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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:

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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:

tinubu-to-efcc-sustain-the-fight-against-internet-crimes

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:

court-jails-17-internet-fraudsters-in-oyo-ogun
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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:

court-jails-four-internet-fraudsters-in-kaduna
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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:

court-jails-graduate-one-year-for-dating-scam-in-lagos
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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:

efcc-arraigns-two-in-maiduguri-for-n36-2m-fraud
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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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