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13 FEB 2020

EFCC Nabs Two Brothers, 13 others for Alleged Internet Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan Zonal Office on Thursday, February 13, 2020, 
arrested two siblings - Olanrewaju Olatunji (19) and Femi Olatunji (29) – and thirteen others for 
their alleged involvement in internet-related fraud.

The suspects were apprehended at Alafara area of Ibadan, Oyo State, following intelligence earlier 
received on their alleged fraudulent activities.

The thirteen others, whose ages range between 16 and 48 years, are: Abiodun Ojo, Lawal Ahmed, Adedeji 
Olatunbosun, Adeniyi Ramon, and Oladipupo Oluwatobilola.

Others are: Ayomide Olawale, Elegbede Wale, Victor Adaramoye, Timileyin Adeniran, Kunmi Joshua, Tawfeeq 
Ibrahim, Funmbi Samuel and Adeyemo Yinka.

At the point of their arrest, three exotic cars, phones, laptops, international passports, Point of 
Sale (POS) machine, and some incriminating documents were recovered from the suspects.


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7 FEB 2020

Two Bag Two Years Each for Internet Fraud in Kwara

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ilorin Zonal Office has secured the conviction 
of Oyedele Olamide and Abdulrahman Olamide for offences bordering on internet fraud.

They were arraigned before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of a Kwara State High Court who at the end of 
the trial found them guilty of the offences levelled against them by the EFCC.

The charge against Abdulrahman reads: "That you, Abdulrahman Mohammed Olamide (alias Fox Tim) on 
or about the 28th day of September 2019, in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of the High Court of 
Kwara State, did cheat by personation, when you pretended to be Fox Tim and in that assumed character 
received a $50 (Fifty Dollar) iTunes gift card through your email account foxtim908@gmail.com from 
one Brian Kelly, an American citizen, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed 
an offence contrary to section 321 of the Penal Code and punishable under section 324 of the same 
Panal Code."

The charge against Oyedele reads: "That you, Oyedele Olamide, (alias Kaithlyn Williams), between 
the month of April and December 2019, in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, 
did attempt to cheat by personation, when you represented yourself as a white female named Kaithlyn 
William's to one Damir Hodzic via your email address kaithlywilliams@gmail.com in other to induce 
him to send you money/gift card, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed am 
offence contrary to section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable under section 324 of the same Law."

They pleaded "guilty" to the charges.

Justice Oyinloye convicted and sentenced them to two years in prison each.

The press release includes photos:

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7 FEB 2020

Man Jailed One Year For $5,000 Fraud

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offence court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos has sentenced 
one Abdulrauf Alade Owolabi to one year imprisonment, with an option of N250,000( Two Hundred 
and Fifty Thousand Naira), for possession of false documents and obtaining money by false 
pretence to the tune of $5,000 (Five Thousand US Dollars).

The convict was arraigned on a two-count charge by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, on Thursday, February 6, 2020, following his arrest in connection to 
a case reported against him during an operation tagged "Operation Rewired" between the Commission 
and the Federal Bureau of Investigations, FBI.

One of the counts reads: "That you, Abdulrauf Alade Owolabi, sometime in 2018 in Lagos, within 
the jurisdiction of the court, and with intent to defraud, represented yourself as Courtney Lopez 
and defrauded one John Howard, an American Citizen, an aggregate sum of $5,000. 00(Five Thousand 
US Dollars) under the pretext that you are in love with him and made a promise of marriage, 
a representation you knew to be fraud and committed an offence contrary to Sections 1 (3) of 
the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act No: 14 of 2006."

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

In view of his guilty plea, and subsequent review of the facts of the case, the prosecution counsel, 
M.K. Bashir, prayed the court to convict him accordingly.

The prosecution also prayed for an order of the court forfeiting the recovered assets to the victim.

Counsel to the defendant, however, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy, saying his 
client was a first-time offender.

Consequently, Justice Taiwo convicted and sentenced the defendant to one year imprisonment, with an 
option of fine of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N250,000.00).

The press release includes a photo:

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5 FEB 2020

EFCC Docks Man for Obtaining $4,500 in Love Scam

The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned one 
Iyonsi Timeyin Timothy before Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos, 
on a two-count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents and obtaining money by false 
pretence to the tune of $4,500.

One of the counts reads: "That you, Iyonsi Timeyin Timothy, sometime in September, 2019, in Lagos, 
within the Ikeja Judicial Division, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of $4,500.00 (Four Thousand, 
Five Hundred Dollars) from one Julia Zagorski under the false pretense to wit: "romance scam", which 
pretence you knew to be false  and committed an offence contrary to Sections 1 (1) (a)and 1 (3) of the 
Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences  Act No: 14 of 2006."

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges following which prosecution counsel, K. Uduak, asked 
the court for a trial date, and for the defendant be remanded in Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS), 
facility.

However, defence counsel, Jolone Ikomi, prayed the court for an amendment of the charge, so that the 
defendant could be charged under the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011. Ikomi also applied 
that his client be granted bail.

Justice Solebo granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N500,000.0 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira), 
with one surety in like sum. The surety, the judge said, must be a verified resident within the jurisdiction 
of the court. The case was adjourned till March 18, 2020, for commencement of trial.

The press release includes a photo:

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5 FEB 2020

EFCC Arrests Nine Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, have arrested 
nine suspected Internet fraudsters in Lagos.

The suspects were arrested on February 5, 2020 in Magodo Phase 1 Estate, Lagos, following intelligence 
reports received about their criminal activities. 

Items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest include exotic cars, laptop computers, 
telephones and several incriminating documents. 

The suspects will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes a photo:

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30 JAN 2020

EFCC Arrests Eleven Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Enugu

The Enugu Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, January 30, 
2020 arrested eleven suspected fraudsters. One of the fraudster, a female, was arrested at Airport 
View Estate, Thinkers Corner, Enugu.

The arrest, which was the first by the zone in the new year, followed several intelligence report on 
the ostentatious lifestyles of the suspects.

On the strength of the intelligence, operatives of the Commission, with duly signed search warrant, 
raided about four building within the same vicinity where they recovered several mobile phones, lap 
tops, computers, several MTN Sim packs, a Toyota Venza, Mercedes C350, two Lexus Jeeps, one GLK 350 
Benz, two ES350 Lexus, a Mustang 455FA car and other incriminating items.

Interim investigation revealed that the suspected female fraudster was discovered to have a software 
in her phone with an instruction and format used in duping gullible individuals.

Further analysis is being carried out on items recovered from them and on their persons.

The press release includes photos:

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29 JAN 2020

EFCC Arrests Landlord for Providing Shelter for 10 Internet Fraudsters

The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, 
January 29, 2020, arrested a 33-year-old landlord, Stanley Ejike Awam and 10 of his tenants, 
who are suspected to be internet fraudsters hibernating in his house.

Awam was apprehended for allegedly providing shelter for the suspected internet fraudsters 
while the 10 suspected internet fraudsters popularly known as Yahoo Boys were picked up at 
different locations of the Ibadan metropolis following intelligence on their alleged illegal 
activities.

The 10 suspected internet fraudsters arrested at the premises of the six-flat bungalow of
the landlord are: Henry Echefu, Usman Mustapha, Adeleke David, Olafuyi Josiah, Shorefire Ayokunmi, 
Riliwan Ajao, Abulsalam Abubakar and Lukeman Salam. Others are Adeyemo Muktarh and Bashir Mohammed.

Muktarh and Mohammed were picked up at Eleyele and Old Bodija areas of the ancient city. Items 
recovered from them include three exotic cars, laptops, mobile phones and land documents.

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

The press release includes photos:

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419 Coalition comment:  We found it interesting, and useful in countering 419 crimes,
that the owners and landlords of facilities housing 419ers can be charged with a crime
for harboring 419ers.  We don't recall seeing this particular wrinkle before, and rather
like it, though perhaps the precedent will not hold up in the courts.  In the US we doubt 
it would, unless the landlord Knew the tenants were 419ers and aided and abetted their
operaetions.  But then, we are not legal experts etc.
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29 JAN 2020

EFCC Arrests 10 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, have 
arrested 10 suspected Internet fraudsters in Lagos.

The suspects were arrested in Westwood Estate, Ajah, Lagos during a sting operation on Wednesday, 
January 29, 2020, following intelligence report received by the Commission about their alleged 
involvement in cyber crime.

Items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest include a car, laptops and mobile phones.

The suspects will soon be arraigned in court.

The press release includes a photo:

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24 JAN 2020

Yahoo Yahoo Student Bags 13 Years in Ondo

Justice Folashade Olubanjo of the Federal High Court 1, Akure on Thursday, January 23, 2020
convicted Fisayo Adetoro, a final year Business Administration student of a private university 
in Ondo State of impersonation, forgery and money laundering, and sentenced him to a total 
of 13 years in prison with N1,000,000 (One Million Naira) option of fine.

Adetoro, who was said to be a first class student on 4.5 cumulative grade point aggregate (CGPA), 
was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office on a on 
a six-count charge, to which he pleaded not guilty to all.

The convict was found guilty of falsely representing himself to be one Bawa Mohammed Sanni, an 
identity he used to defraud his victims of thousands of United States dollars.

With the same fake identity, he secured a Nigerian driver's licence and used the identity as well 
to launder sums that ran into millions of naira.

The prosecution team of Dr. Ben Ubi and Sanusi Galadanchi, called five witnesses, including two victims 
of his money laundering activities, to prove their case, while the accused called three witnesses.

Justice Adetoro found him guilty on four of the six charges, sentencing him to two years on count two, 
three years each on counts three and four and five years  on count six with N1,000,000 (One Million 
Naira) option of fine. The jail terms are to run concurrently.

Justice Olubanjo, however, modified the sentence to a suspended six months community service, having 
yielded to the application made by the defence counsel based on convict’s poor health, academic pursuit 
and the fact that he had refunded all the money he fraudulently collected.

However, the suspended sentence would be revoked unless the convict observes the six months community 
service without defaulting. According to the judge, if the convict misses one day of the six months 
community service, the original sentence will take effect.


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419 Coalition note: The 419 Coalition has no problems with showing mercy to convicted
419ers, so long as their Victims are "made whole" as they apparently were in thie case.
In our experience, Victims of 419 are more interested in receiving their stolen funds
back than in draconian sentences for the thieves.  Victims want punishment as well, yes, 
but the Main Thing they want is their stolen monies recovered and promptly repatriated 
to them.
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20 JAN 2020

EFCC Arrests 89 Yahoo Boys in Ibadan Night Club

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office at the weekend, arrested 
89 suspected internet fraudsters at the popular 'Club 360,' located on Akala Expressway, Oluyole 
Extension, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

In preparation for the late night operation, officers of the Commission had carried out series 
of discreet surveillance on the nature of activities going on in the nightclub which established 
that it was a hangout for fraudsters.

Aside the 89 arrested suspects, the raid led to the confiscation of scores of vehicles, laptops, 
sophisticated phones and other items.  The suspects are undergoing further interrogation

The press release includes photos:

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17 JAN 2020

EFCC Nabs Wanted Fraud Suspect, Five others in Ilorin

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested six internet fraud suspects 
that includes 22-year-old Sadiku Muniru Dolapo who has been on the Commission's wanted list.
They were picked up by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Commission.

Arrested with Dolapo are Atanda Femi Benjamin, Atoyebi Samson, Olapade Oladimeji Solomon, Amoo 
Saheed and Lawal Opeyemi Mubarak. They were rounded up in the early hours of Thursday, January 16, 
2020 close to Kwara State House of Assembly, Ilorin, the state capital, following intelligence.

The Suspects upon interrogation by the operatives of the Commission confessed to their involvements 
in cyber crimes.

Items recovered from them include, three expensive automobiles, laptop computers and mobile phones.
They will soon be charged to Court.

The press release includes photos:

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