Nigeria - 419 Coalition 2020 News on Nigerian Scam / 419 Operations




3 JUL 2020

Here are further developments in the "Hushpuppi" case, which
is all over the US news today.  See our News from 18 and 10 JUN 2020
(scroll down) for earlier news on this matter.  This particular 
article below is from The Daily Beast, and it was reprinted in
Yahoo News and elsewhere:

The Nigerian Email Scammer Who Stole Millions From Premier League Club, 
NY Law Firm, Banks

'THE BILLIONAIRE GUCCI MASTER'

He went by the name Ray Hushpuppi and he made no secret of his extraordinary fortune.

by Rachel Olding
Breaking News Editor

Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, who went by the name Ray Hushpuppi, made no secret of his extraordinary wealth.

On an Instagram account with 2.3 million followers, he posted photos of himself dripping in high-end 
watches, wearing robes with his name emblazoned on the back, and driving a $300,000 Mercedes or a white 
Rolls Royce Cullinan with the hashtag #AllMine.

He took private jets to Paris, shopped at Gucci and Louis Vuitton, and indulged in cakes depicting 
himself surrounded by Fendi bags. His address was 1706 Palazzo Versace in Dubai.

On Snapchat, under the username "hushpuppi5," he called himself "The Billionaire Gucci Master!!!"

Abbas claimed to be a real estate developer. But his wealth was instead the result of running elaborate 
email scams and hacking schemes, U.S. federal prosecutors argue—a rare example of a Nigerian email scam 
that actually fooled major companies into handing over millions.

"The FBI’s investigation has revealed that Abbas finances this opulent lifestyle through crime," FBI 
Special Agent Andrew Innocenti wrote in a lengthy arrest affidavit, filed in the District Court for 
the Central District of California on Thursday.

Abbas, 37, was arrested when he arrived in Chicago from Dubai on Thursday night. He faces criminal 
charges for being the leader of a transnational network that allegedly conspired to launder hundreds 
of millions of dollars through email scams and other schemes, some of which targeted a New York law 
firm, a foreign bank and an English Premier League soccer club.

Abbas and a small group of co-conspirators allegedly had a network of "money mules": that they used 
to carry out the email scams and then launder money through a slew of foreign bank accounts. The group 
would usually hack into a business' email account and either block or redirect emails, according to 
the FBI. They would then use the hacked email account to trick a victim or a company into sending money 
to them, often changing bank transfer information by just one or two numbers.

However, when one member was arrested in October, 2019, shortly after a New York law firm was duped 
into wiring almost $1 million, investigators obtained a search warrant to go through his iPhone and 
found messages that blew open the inner workings of the group.

Abbas had allegedly tricked one of the law firm's paralegals into wiring $922,857, intended for a 
client's real estate refinancing, to a Chase Bank account controlled by Abbas. The paralegal emailed 
a Citizens Bank email address to verify instructions for the wire transfer but it was a spoof email 
address set up by Abbas.

About half the amount was instantly wired to a Canadian bank account and images of the wire transfer 
were shared between the group.

"Did the big hit?" one group member texted, according to excerpts in the affidavit. "Yessir," another 
replied.

In another instance, a foreign bank was defrauded $14.7 million in Feb. 2019 when the group gained 
access to the bank’s computer network and sent fake SWIFT messages—utilizing software used by financial 
institutions to sends payment orders to each other.

One co-conspirator texted Abbas to ask if he had any bank accounts that could take large amounts of the 
stolen money. Abbas responded with the details for Romanian, Bulgarian and U.S. bank accounts.

In one text message, the co-conspirator wrote: "my guy also deleted history logs at the bank so they 
won't even c the transaction."

But the following day, the cyber-heist hit the news and the transfers didn’t reach Abbas' Romanian 
account.

"Today they noticed and pressed a recall on it , it might show and block or never show," the co-conspirator 
texted Abbas. "Look it hit the news."

Abbas replied: "damn."

The pair appeared undeterred. "Next one is in few weeks will let U know when it’s ready. to bad they caught 
on or it would been a nice payout," he wrote to Abbas.

In March, the group discussed how they could launder £100 million (about $124 million) from an unnamed English 
Premier League Club but it's not clear what happened to the money.

At one point, the group were making $1 million to $5 million through a scam once or twice a week.

"This was a challenging case, one that spanned international boundaries, traditional financial systems and 
the digital sphere," said Jesse Baker, a Secret Service agent in the Los Angles Field Office.

Abbas was expelled from the United Arab Emirates, for reasons that were unclear, and is expected to be 
transferred from Chicago to Los Angeles in the coming weeks. He did not yet have a lawyer appointed.

The srticle has several photos:
https://www.thedailybeast.com/nigerian-email-scammer-ray-hushpuppi-defrauded-millions-from-epl-club-ny-law-firm-feds-say?ref=home

Here is a link to the arrest affadvit for Hushpuppi (Abbas) filed in the
United States District Court for the Central District of Caliofirnia:
Hushpuppi Arrest Affadavit

Here is a link to an NBC News article (via Yahoo News) by David Ingram on the Hushpuppi case,
which includes photos:
NBC News on Hushpuppi

Readers will recall that when our friends at Ultrascan AGI sent in our initial 
report from PM News on this case, posted 10 JUN 2020, they commented that the Hushpuppi 
arrest concerns an established 419er who traveled the world.  They believe he was successful 
working 419 from Malaysia, and that he also may be connected with funding  Boko Haram in 
collaboration with several Nigerian high level officials.
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2 JUL 2020

From The Guardian, a Nigerian newspaper, via Chuck Odili's 
Nigeriaworld:

Dubai Police extradite Hushpuppi, Woodberry to US

Dubai Police Thursday said it has extradited Nigerian fraudster Ramon Abbas, popularly 
known as Hushpuppi, to the United States.

Also extradited was Olalekan Jacob Ponle popularly known as Woodbery.

Both men were arrested by Dubai police last month for defrauding over 1.9 million people, 
majority of them, reports say, were Americans.

"The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christopher Wray has praised 
the exceptional efforts exerted by the United Arab Emirate, represented by the Dubai Police 
General HQ, in combating transnational organised cybercrime including the recent arrest 
of Raymond Igbalode Abbas, known as "Hushpuppi" and Olalekan Jacob Ponle aka "Woodberry" 
who were taken down in operation "Fox Hunt 2"," Dubai Police said on Thursday.

"Mr Wray also extended his appreciations to Dubai Police for their cooperation in extraditing 
the wanted criminals, who committed money-laundering and multiple cybercrimes, to the United 
States."

Their arrest in an operation codenamed Fox Hunt 2 came after about four months of painstaking 
investigations into their activities., during which their social media activities were monitored0 
by the highly trained police unit.

The video posted by the Dubai Media Office said their police were able to track the locations 
of the suspected fraudsters using their social media activities.

Dubai Police said the raid resulted in the seizure of incriminating documents pertaining to 
a well-planned international fraud worth Dh1.6 billion - N169 billion.

They were accused of leading an "international" online fraud network that was committing crimes 
outside the UAE, including money-laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, criminal impersonating, scamming 
individuals, banking fraud and identity theft.

"The team also seized more than AED 150 million ($40.9 million) in cash, 13 luxury cars with an 
estimated value of AED 25 million ($6.8 million) obtained from fraud crimes, and confiscated 21 
computer devices, 47 smartphones, 15 memory sticks, five hard disks containing 119,580 fraud files 
as well as addresses of 1,926,400 victims", director of Dubai CID, Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf said.

In May, the United States Secret Service said in a memo that fraudsters were targeting American 
states. Their operations, the Secret Service said, were traced to Nigeria.

A California-based cybersecurity firm Agari said on Tuesday, May 19, that "some if not all" of 
those who committed the fraud are part of a Nigerian fraud group Scattered Canary. 

The article includes photos:

Hushpuppi and Woodberry Extradited from Dubai to US
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2 JUL 2020

EFCC Arrests Three Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Edo

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  Benin Zonal Office, 
have arrested three suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects,  who were arrested following intelligence by the Commission, are David 
Aguinede, Itua Benjamin and Daniel Oviasojie.  They were arrested in their hide-out 
in Ekpoma, Edo State.

Items recovered from them at the point of arrest include a Mercedes-Benz GLK 350, 
laptop computers and mobile Phones.

The suspects have made useful statements and will be charged to court as soon as 
investigations are concluded.

The press release includes photos:

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2 JUL 2020

Court Convicts Three Fraudsters in Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured 
the conviction of three internet fraudsters before Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special 
Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos.

One of the convicts, Adeluwoye Oluwaseun Idris was sentenced to 20 hours of community 
service in the premises of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Wednesday, 
July 1, 2020.

He was prosecuted on a two-count charge, bordering on possession of documents containing 
false pretence.

One of the counts read:  "That you, Adeluwoye Oluwaseun Idris, on or about the 13th day 
of June, 2020 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent 
to defraud, had in your possession a document containing false pretence titled "Google 
Account," wherein you held yourself out as one Cynthia Joubert and thereby committed 
an offence contrary to Section 320 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015."

He pleaded guilty to the charge, following which prosecution counsel, Ahmed Yerima, 
reviewed the facts of the case and prayed the court to convict him as charged.

Earlier on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, the judge convicted and sentenced Onakoya Olajide, 
to one month imprisonment with an option of 20 hours of community service at the EFCC 
office. Similarly, he was prosecuted on a two-count charge, bordering on possession 
of fraudulent documents.

One of the counts read: "That you, Onakoya Olajide, sometime in June 2020, at Ikeja, 
within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud, had in your 
possession a document containing false pretences to wit: "Bank of America," which 
document you knew to be false and committed an offence contrary to Section 318 of 
the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015."

Following the defendant's guilty plea to the charges, prosecution counsel, S. O. Daji, 
reviewed the facts of the case and prayed the court to convict him as charged.

Also convicted and sentenced by Justice Solebo few days ago is one Oluwafemi Paul, who 
bagged three months imprisonment, with N50, 000 option of fine. The convict was prosecuted 
on a two-count charge of possession of fraudulent documents.

One of the counts read: "That you, Oluwafemi Paul, on or about the 17th day of June 
2020, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud, had 
in your possession a document titled "Internal Revenue Service" (Certificate of Cash 
Grant), which representations you knew or ought to have known was false and thereby 
committed an offence contrary to Section 318 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015."

Following the guilty plea of the defendant, prosecution counsel, S. O. Daji, reviewed 
the facts of the case and urged the court to convict him.

Justice Solebo convicted and sentenced him accordingly.

The press release includes photos:

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1 JUL 2020

EFCC Arraigns Alleged Internet Fraud Kingpin For $8.5m Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Port Harcourt's zonal office on Tuesday, 
June 30, 2020 arraigned one Onwuzuruike Ikenna Kingsley (aka Jeff Sikora), a self-styled 
President/ Chief Executive Officer of United States-based Prime Trust Credit Union Bank 
before Justice A.T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers 
State on an eight count charge bordering on conspiracy, impersonation, forgery, possession 
of proceeds and  obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of Eight Million, Five 
Hundred and Two Thousand Dollars ($8,502,000.00).

The offence contravenes 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.

One of the counts read, "that you Onwuzuruike Ikenna Kingsley (a.k.a Jeff Sikora) on or 
about the 28th day of December, 2019, at Umuahia, Abia State within the jurisdiction of 
this honourable court with intent to defraud, did obtain the sum of ($6,500,000.00) six 
million, five hundred thousand United States Dollars through web transfer from one Mr. Selah 
Elnagar Ali Ahmed, a citizen of the Arabic Republic of Egypt, with the pretence that he is 
a beneficiary of inheritance funds in a fixed deposit account of Prime Trust Financial Bank, 
USA, a pretext you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to  Section 1 
(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under 
Section 1 (3) of the same Act."

He pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to the defendant.

In view of his plea, prosecution counsel M.T Iko asked the court for a short adjournment.

However, defence counsel, R.E. Wanogho informed the court of a pending application for the 
bail of the defendant.

Iko, however, opposed the application on the grounds that he was only served the application 
that same morning and needed time to study and respond to it.

Justice Mohammed adjourned the matter till July 3, 2020 for hearing and ordered that the defendant 
be remanded in EFCC custody.

Kingsley ran into trouble following actionable intelligence received by the Commission on his 
alleged fraudulent activities. This led to the arrest of the defendant on January 26, 2020 by 
operatives of the EFCC at his residence along Uzuakoli Road, Umuahia, Abia State.

Investigations revealed that Kingsley falsely presented himself as one Jeff Sikora, President/CEO 
of Prime Trust Credit Union Bank based in the United States of America, USA with the intent to 
defraud his victims.

Using the forged Identity Card of the said Sikora, the defendant allegedly defrauded an Egyptian, 
the sum of $6,500,000.00 on the pretext that he was a beneficiary of Inheritance Funds in a fixed 
deposit account of Prime Trust Financial Bank.

The defendant also collected the sum of Two Thousand  United States Dollars ($2,000) which was 
transferred to him by his accomplice, one Obi Taxas (who is now at large) as part of his share 
of the heist.

The press release includes a photo:

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30 JUN 2020

Court Jails Four Internet Fraudsters In Abeokuta

Justices Mohammed Abubakar and Ibrahim Watilat, of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, Ogun 
State, on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, convicted and sentenced  four internet fraudsters, on a 
different one count charges, bordering on impersonation, aiding and abetting of frauds.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, separately arraigned 
the convicts on separate counts.  

After the charges were read to the convicts, they pleaded guilty to their respective one-count 
charges.

And upon their guilty pleas , prosecution counsels, Chidi Okoli and Sanusi Galadanchi, told 
the court to convict them, accordingly.

The court convicted Lukeman Salami, Oludare Sunday Odufuye, Ibrahim Popoola and Waliu Popoola.

All the convicts were found guilty of impersonation, aiding and abetting and sentenced them 
to various jail terms in criminal charges separately filed against them.

Justice Abubakar convicted and sentenced Waliu and Ibrahim to six months (6), imprisonment, 
each with an option of N20, 000 fines.

Similarly, Justice Watilat convicted and sentenced Salami to four months (4), imprisonment 
with an option of N100, 000 fines; while Odufuye, who was convicted for aiding and abetting, 
was sentenced to eight months imprisonment with an option of N300, 000, fines.

The convicts are to forfeit all items recovered from them to the Federal Government of Nigeria, 
and also restitute sundry sums to their respective victims.

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30 JUN 2020

Court Jails Two Internet Fraudsters

Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court, sitting in Ikeja, Lagos has convicted 
and sentenced two internet fraudsters, Oguntade Idowu and Oguntimehin Samuel to one year 
imprisonment each.

The convicts were arraigned by the Lagos Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 on different count charges before the court. While 
Idowu was arraigned on one-count charge bordering on possession of a car reasonably suspected 
to have been stolen, Samuel was arraigned on two-count charges bordering on possession of 
fraudulent documents.

The count-charge against Idowu read: "That you, Oguntade Idowu, sometime in 2019 in Lagos, 
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court, had in your possession, Mercedes Benz C300, 
reasonably suspected to have been unlawfully obtained and which you do not give account to 
the satisfaction of court as to how you came about it and committed an offence contrary to 
Section 39 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015."

He pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against him.

In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, I.A. Mohammed, reviewed the facts of the matter 
and prayed the court to convict him accordingly.

Delivering her judgment, Justice Dada found him guilty of the offence and sentenced him 
to one year imprisonment.

The Judge also fined him the sum of N500, 000.00( Five Hundred Thousand Naira) in lieu 
of the jail term and ordered him to forfeit the Mezcedes Benz C300 to the Federal Government.

One of the charges against Oguntimehin read: "That you, Oguntimehin Seyi Samuel, sometime 
in June 2020, in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court, had in your possession 
document containing false pretence titled “ptrapino6678@gmail.com”, wherein you solicited for 
money on the internet as a white man by name Paul Trapino purportedly from Italy, which 
representation you knew to be false and committed an offence contrary to Section 320 of 
the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015."

He pleaded guilty to the charge.

In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, U.U. Buhari, reviewed the facts of the matter 
and also urged the court to convict the defendant as charged.

Delivering her judgment, Justice Dada found him guilty of the offence and sentenced him 
to one year imprisonment with an option of fine of N100,000.00( One Hundred Thousand Naira )

The Judge also ordered the forfeiture of all that was recovered from the convict to the 
Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release includes photos:

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30 JUN 2020

Court Jails Man For Romance Scam

The Lagos Zonal  office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured 
the conviction and sentence of an internet fraudster, Nwokorie Valentine, to six months 
imprisonment before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, 
Lagos.

The convict was  arraigned on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, on  one-count charge of possession 
of documents containing false pretence.

One of the counts read: "That you, Nwokorie Valentine, sometime in 2020 in Lagos, within 
the jurisdiction of this Honourable court, with intent to defraud, had in your possession 
fraudulent documents, where you fraudulently represented yourself as Kenzie Reeves, a white 
lady and a porn star which were printed from your phone and email accounts, valsstiches@yahoo.com, 
kenziererves@gmail.com, and val.nurokorie@gmail.com, representations you knew or ought to have 
known to be fraudulent and committed an offence contrary to Section 320 of the Criminal Law 
of Lagos State, 2015."

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge. In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, 
Franklin Ofoma, prayed the court to convict him accordingly.

Justice Dada found him guilty and sentenced him to six months imprisonment with an option
of N50, 000.00(Fifty Thousand Naira).

The press release includes a photo:

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29 JUN 2020

Court Jails Six Yahoo Boys

The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on 
Monday, June 29, 2020, secured the conviction of six internet fraudsters.

Five of the convicts: Josiah Olafuyi;  Abdul-Salam Abubakar;  Blessing Opeyemi Omoyajowo, 
Bolaji John Alegbe and Olawale Ayorinde Abdulaliyu, were tried by Justice Patricia Ajoku 
of the Federal High Court, Ibadan for fraudulent impersonation.

Abdulaliyu was sentenced to three months imprisonment; Olafuyi got four months; Abubakar 
and Omoyajowo got six months each, while Alegbe bagged seven months jail term.

The sixth convict, Aremu Oluwatosin Akindele, was tried by Justice Mohammed Abubakar of 
the Federal High Court, Abeokuta and sentenced to 11 months imprisonment, which takes 
effect from September 1, 2019 when he was arrested.

Aside the prison terms, the convicts are to restitute their respective victims, through 
the Federal Government the sums of money they defrauded them, as well as forfeit to the 
government, all items recovered from them.

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29 JUN 2020

EFCC Arrests CashNation Boss, 'Kashy' For Alleged Internet Fraud

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office,  
have arrested one Babatunde Oyerinde Abidoun, a.k.a. Kashy, for his alleged involvement 
in cyber crimes.

Abiodun, who is the owner of CashNation Ent. Ltd., a music record label, was arrested 
recently at his residence in Lekki Conservative Estate, Lagos.

His arrest followed intelligence gathered over time about his suspicious lifestyle.

Abiodun, who shuttles between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates, UAE, allegedly used 
the proceeds of his fraudulent activities to fund his lavish lifestyle.

Investigations linked his fraudulent activities to his domestic staff, Thomas Aliu Akwu, 
who confessed to having different accounts domiciled in UBA, Ecobank, GTB, Zenith Bank 
and FCMB and also receiving money for his boss through the accounts.

Items recovered from the suspect at the point of arrest include a white 2013 Bentley 
Continental and Mercedes Benz GLK 350.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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26 JUN 2020

Internet Fraudster Bags Nine Months in Osogbo

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, on Thursday, 
June 25, 2020, secured the conviction of one Michael Temitope Owolabi, over internet-
related fraud.

Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel, of the Federal High Court, Osogbo, Osun State, pronounced 
Owolabi guilty of one-count amended charge of criminal impersonation and sentenced him to 
nine months imprisonment.

Justice Ayo-Emmanuel stated that the convict contravened Section 22(2) (b) (ii) of the 
Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) 
of the same Act.

Before his conviction, the convict pleaded not guilty to the charge filed against him when 
he was first arraigned on November 27, 2019.  He, however, pleaded guilty in a fresh arrangement.

After pleading guilty to the amended charge, prosecution counsel, Lanre Abdulresheed, urged 
the court to convict him accordingly.

Justice Ayo-Emmanuel convicted Owolabi to nine months imprisonment with effect from October 
14, 2019, when he was arrested.

The Judge also ordered him to return to his victim, the sum of $700 (Seven Hundred United 
States of American Dollars) and to forfeit the items recovered from him to the Federal 
Government of Nigeria.

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26 JUN 2020

Court Jails Businessman for Impersonation in Abeokuta

Justice Mohammed Abubakar of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Friday, 
June 26, 2020, sentenced one Samod Oguntayo to three months imprisonment for criminal 
impersonation.

The offence is contrary to Section 22(2) (b) (ii) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, 
Prevention Etc) Act, 2015, and punishable under Section 22 (2) of the same Act.

The 29-year old convict, who claimed to be a businessman, was prosecuted by the Ibadan 
Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Apart from the prison term, Justice Abubakar also ordered Oguntayo to restitute the sum 
of USD$650 (Six Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars) to his victim, Cynthia Deison. 
He equally forfeited his iPhone X to the federal government as proceeds of crime.

The press release includes a photo:

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26 JUN 2020

Appeal Court Upholds Fraudster's Six Years Jail Term

The Court of Appeal, Ibadan Division, on Friday, June 26, 2020, upheld the six years jail 
sentence handed one Olutope Oladipo after being convicted of stealing by Justice Mohammed 
Owolabi of the Oyo State High Court on November 20, 2018.

Justice Simon Haruna Tsamani, who delivered the lead judgment on behalf of Justice Tijani 
Abubakar, affirmed that the lower court's decision was consistent with the spirit and letter 
of the law against the offence committed and, therefore, dismissed the appeal.

After running a full trial, Justice Owolabi had, in 2018, found Oladipo guilty of a four-count 
charge bordering on stealing. The offence was contrary to Section 390 of the Criminal Code, 
Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State.

The court also ordered him to restitute to his victim a sum of N10,499,600 (Ten Million, 
Four Hundred and Ninety-Nine Thousand, Six Hundred Naira).

Dissatisfied with the judgment, Oladipo headed to the appeal court to challenge the verdict. 
His hope of a reprieve was, however, dashed on Friday.

Oladipo's journey to prison started with a petition by a foreign-based complainant who alleged 
that sometimes in May 2015 he was advised by the convict (his supposed spiritual adviser) to make 
some investments in Nigeria and also pledged to manage same for him pending his return to the country.

According to him, between 2015 to 2016, he had sent a total of N16,050,000 to the convict for the 
purchase of a landed property in Ibadan, establishment of a Gari Processing Plant and purchase of 
a truck.

Oladipo, the petitioner further alleged, failed to carry out the investment plans, but rather 
converted the money to personal use. The case was prosecuted by Ifeanyi Agwu and Sanusi Galadanchi.

The press release includes a photo:

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25 JUN 2020

EFCC Arrests Six Suspected Internet Fraudsters

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abuja Zonal Office, on Thursday, 
June 25, 2020, arrested six suspected internet fraudsters for alleged involvement in 
cyber crimes.

The arrest of the suspects was sequel to several intelligence garnered overtime about 
their suspicious lifestyles.

They were arrested in the Dawaki model city estate, Abuja.

The suspects are Iyoriobhe Endurance, 20; Peter Uyebitame, 23; Emmanuel Akpobome, 23; 
Samuel Odianose, 24, Basil Ezenwa, 24 and Dare Adegun, 24.

Items recovered from them include, one Mercedes Benz C350, 4 Matic, eight (8) 
expensive phones and four laptops.

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

The press release includes photos:

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23 JUN 2020

Court Jails Nine Internet Fraudsters

The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, 
June 23, 2020, secured the conviction of nine fraudsters. Five among them were jailed by 
Justice Mohammed Abubakar of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, Ogun, while the other four 
were convicted and sentenced by Justice Bayo Taiwo of the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan.

Convicted by Justice Taiwo for conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence are: 
Samuel Adekunle Adebayo; Bimbo Bilewu, Odunayo Ibrahim and Funmibi Samuel.

Adebayo, Bilewu and Ibrahim were arraigned on seven-count charges by the EFCC, following 
a petition filed by Professor Godwin Ekhaguere, alleging that the trio fraudulently obtained 
the sum of N601,500 (Six Hundred and One Thousand, Five Hundred Naira) from him, while Samuel 
was arraigned on one-count charge bordering on internet fraud of obtaining the sum of $1450 
(One Thousand, Four Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars) from one Shanice Tryon.

The trio pleaded not guilty to the charge, but changed to a guilty plea upon re-arraignment 
on Tuesday by the EFCC on two-count amended charges , prompting prosecution counsel, Sanusi 
Galadanchi to pray the court for their conviction and sentence.

The judge pronounced them guilty and sentenced them to eight months imprisonment respectively 
or three months of community service.

He further ordered that if any of the convicts opted for the community service, but fails 
to appear or comes late on any day, the community service will be revoked and be replaced 
with the eight months prison sentence, effective from the day of absenting or lack of punctuality.

Though the three convicts have restituted the sum of N601,500 (Six Hundred and One Thousand, 
Five Hundred Naira) to the victim through the Federal Government, they also forfeited all 
items recovered from them to the government.

On his own part, Samuel upon arraignment pleaded guilty to the one-count charge, following 
which prosecution counsel, Lanre Abdulrasheed urged the court to convict and sentence him.

Samuel was found guilty and sentenced to six months in prison with effect from today, 
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 or community service of three months.

He also restituted the sum of $1200 (One Thousand, Two Hundred United States Dollars) to 
his victim and forfeited all items recovered from him to the government.

In the same vein, Justice Abubakar of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, found Adekunle Hammed 
Adejonwo; Michael Olanrewaju; Chima Emmanuel Nwahiri, Peter Fasuhanmi and Desmond Kenneth guilty 
of internet-related offences.

Nwahiri and Fasuhanmi were convicted and sentenced to five months in prison with N20, 000 
option of fine, while Adejonwo and Olarenwaju earned four months jail term, each with N20, 000 
option of fine. Their jail terms take effect from March 12, 2020.

The fifth convict, Kenneth was sentenced to 11 months in prison with N20, 000 option of fine. 
However, his term was backdated to August 27, 2019. While the convicts forfeited all items 
recovered from them to the federal government, they also restituted sundry sums of money to 
their respective victims. Chidi Okoli prosecuted the case.

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22 JUN 2020

Court Jails Four Internet Fraudsters in Abeokuta

Justice Ibrahim Watilat of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, Ogun State, 
on Monday, June 22, 2020, jailed four internet fraudsters for criminal 
impersonation.

The convicts: Wariz Akintunde; Moses Olamilekan Dosumu, Richard Adegbite 
and Smith Enitan Adetayo were prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal Office.

With all pleading guilty, the judge sentenced Akintunde and Adegbite to four 
months in prison, with an option of N100,00 each effective from June 22, 2020. 
Dosumu earned two months jail term with an option of N50,000, while Adetayo 
was sentenced to five months in prison without an option of fine, effective 
from June 22, 2020.

The judge further ordered Akintunde, Dosumu and Adetayo to restitute the sums 
of $700, $375 and N39,000 to their respective victims through the Federal Government 
of Nigeria.

Simon Ibekwute and Sanusi Galadanchi, prosecuted the matter for the EFCC.

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18 JUN 2020

Court Jails Internet Fraudster For Romance Scam

Justice Omolara Adeyemi of the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan on Thursday, 
June 18, 2020, convicted and sentenced one Femi Rufus Oginni to seven months 
community service for impersonation and obtaining money by false pretences.

The 24-year-old, who claimed to be a student of Business Administration 
in The Polytechnic, Ibadan, was prosecuted by the Ibadan Zonal Office of 
the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on  two-count charges  
of obtaining money and impersonation.

Specifically, he falsely represented himself as a woman in need of love 
and luring two American men, Donni Robert and James Collins into paying 
him money on several occasions in 2018 with a promise to each of them 
of "building a future together."

Oginni pleaded guilty to the charge, prompting the EFCC counsel,  Abdulrasheed 
Suleiman to pray the court for his conviction and sentence.

He will carry out the seven months community service within the court’s premises 
and restitute the sum of $500 (Five Hundred United States Dollars) to his victims,  
through the government. Additionally, he forfeited his iPhone X and Nokia phone 
to the federal government.

The press release includes a photo:

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18 JUN 2020

Ray Hushpuppi Has A Case To Answer With EFCC

Nigerian most-wanted hacker, Ramoni Igbalode, alias Ray hushpuppy, recently arrested by the 
International Police( Interpol) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation( FBI), has considerable 
cases of cyber crimes being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission( EFCC).

The Commission is familiar with grisly details of his money laundering transactions, involving 
many high-profile cyber criminals facing trial in Nigeria.

The Commission is engaging with the FBI in tracing victims of his fraudulent transactions and other 
fraudsters having direct involvement with him. Local cyber criminals with money laundering networks 
with him, are also being investigated.

Hushpuppi was arrested on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 in United Arab Emirates in connection with 
$35million ventilator scam.

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419 Coalition Note:  There is more on this case and photos of Hushpuppi below in our 10 JUN 2020
news, just below, scroll down.
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17 JUN 2020

Five Internet Fraudsters Bag Jail Terms, Another Arraigned in Osogbo

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, have secured the 
conviction of five internet fraudsters in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

Four of the convicts, Oyeyinka Damilare Malik, Abdullahi Olanrewaju Owopade, Temitope Dare 
Osanyintoba and Adedayo Oluwagbenro Ogunkoya, were convicted and sentenced on Tuesday, June 
16, 2020 by Justices Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel and Peter Lifu of the Federal High Court, Osogbo, 
Osun State, while the fifth, Afeez Dayo was convicted by Justice Lifu, today, Wednesday, June 
17, 2020, after pleading guilty to an amended one-count charge of fraudulent impersonation, 
contrary to Section 22(2)(b)(iv) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015 
and punishable under Section 22(3) of the same Act.

While prosecution counsel in the matter, Abdulrasheed Suleiman prayed the court to convict 
and sentence the defendant accordingly, Justice Lifu fixed the sentence for June 23.

The previous four convicts also pleaded guilty to their one-count amended charge. While Malik 
pleaded guilty to an amended lone charge of cyber stalking, contrary to Section 24 (1) (a) of 
the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015; the remaining three pleaded same to 
one-count charge of impersonation, contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) of the Cyber Crimes 
(Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015, prompting prosecution counsel, Shamsudden Bashir 
to urge the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Justice Ayo-Emmanuel convicted and sentenced Malik to six months in prison, while Owopade 
was handed seven months.

In the same vein, Justice Lifu sentenced Osanyintoba to six months, while he handed seven 
months to Ogunkoya.

The convicts are also to restitute to their victims, the sums of money they lost to the 
fraudsters and to forfeit all items recovered from them to the Federal Government.

In a similar development, the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Commission, today, Wednesday, June 17, 
2020 arraigned one Timilehin Awojoodu before Justice Lifu. The 24-year-old cybercrime suspect, 
who claimed to be a graduate of Business Administration of Federal Polythenic, Ede, Osun State, 
was arraigned on a 16-count charge, bordering on obtaining money by false pretences and possession 
of documents containing false pretences. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, prompting prosecution 
counsel Abdulrasheed Suleiman to pray the court for a trial date and to remand the defendant in the 
custody of Nigerian Correctional Centre.

However, the defence lawyer made an oral bail application, which was granted by the judge in 
the sum of N20 million and two sureties in like sum. The sureties, the judge held, must be civil 
servants not below Grade Level 14 in the Osun State or Federal Civil Service; and must be related 
by blood to the defendant.

He further ordered that the defendant must report to the court registrar every fortnight, and to 
be remanded in Nigerian Correctional Centre till he meets the bail conditions.

The matter was adjourned till June 30 for trial.

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There is another version of this press release, which includes photos, here:

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17 JUN 2020

EFCC Arrests 16 Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Ogun, Lagos

In yet another raid aimed at stamping out cybercrime in the country, operatives of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, have arrested suspected internet fraudsters, 
otherwise known as  "yahoo yahoo boys" in Ota, Ogun State, and Victoria Island, Lagos.

The suspected internet fraudsters arrested during the raid in Ota, Ogun State are Adeshina Michael;  
Ayeni Emiloju;  Odenigbo Anthony, Afolabi Gbenga and Oyibogbola David Seun.

Those  arrested in Victoria Island, Lagos  are Onothebor Edmond;  Suuru Blessing;  Ifedapo Opeyemi;  
Samson Samuel,  Oguntade Idowu, and Emmanuel Akinyemi.

Others are: Seyi Kazee;  Sulaiman Toheed;  Oduwale Oluwasesan, Adewoye Oluwasesan and Alex Abiodun.

Their arrest followed intelligence  received about their alleged  involvement in internet fraud.

Items recovered from the suspects include different brands of cars allegedly acquired from the 
proceeds of fraudulent activities.

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

The press release includes photos:

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17 JUN 2020

From Sahara Reporters, sent in by our friends at
Ultrascan AGI.

US Sanctions 6 Nigerian Cyber Criminals For Stealing $6m From US Businesses, Individuals -
The Nigerians targeted US businesses and individuals through deceptive global threats known as 
business email compromise (BEC) and romance fraud

The Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control, in a coordinated action with 
the U.S. Department of Justice, on Tuesday, announced it had taken action against six Nigerian 
nationals for allegedly conducting an elaborate scheme to steal over six million dollars from 
vulnerable victims across the United States.

The department listed the accused as Richard Uzuh, Michael Olorunyomi, Alex Ogunshakin, Felix 
Okpoh, Nnamdi Benson, and Abiola Kayode.

The Nigerians targeted US businesses and individuals through deceptive global threats known 
as business email compromise (BEC) and romance fraud.

According to the State Department, American citizens lost over $6,000,000 due to these individuals' 
BEC fraud schemes.

The Nigerians reportedly  impersonated business executives, requested and received wire transfers 
from legitimate business accounts.

In a statement posted on the US Department of State's official website and titled, "U.S. Sanctions 
Nigerian Cyber Actors for Targeting U.S. Businesses and Individuals" the US dept said, "Technological 
advancements that provide greater interconnectivity also offer greater opportunity for exploitation 
by malicious actors who target at-risk Americans."

"Today, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of the Treasury's Office 
of Foreign Assets Control took action against six Nigerian nationals, pursuant to Executive Order 13694 
as amended, for conducting an elaborate online scheme to steal more than $6 million from victims across 
the United States."

"The six individuals designated today manipulated their victims to gain access to their sensitive 
information and financial resources. The U.S. will not tolerate such gross misuse of technology."

"The United States will use all of the tools at our disposal to defend the American people and 
businesses from malign actors that seek to target them, including cyber-enabled actors who prey 
on vulnerable Americans and businesses."

"As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of the designated persons 
that are in the possession or control of U.S. persons or within or transiting the United States 
are blocked, and U.S. persons generally are prohibited from dealing with them."

The article includes photos:

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15 JUN 2020

EFCC Arrests Social Media Influencer, Four Others for Internet Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, has arrested five 
alleged internet fraudsters,  including one Adedamola Adewale, a self-acclaimed social media 
influencer, for their alleged involvement in internet-related fraud.

The five suspects were apprehended in different areas of Lagos during a raid by operatives.

While Adewale, 20, and her accomplice, Lamina Hamzat Ajibola, were arrested at the Agungi 
area of Lekki, Lagos State, the trio of Israel Onyebuchi, Emmanuel Olayode and Valentine 
Nwokorie were picked up at the Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos State.

The press release includes photos:

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10 JUN 2020

From PM News, Nigeria, sent in by our friends at Ultrascan AGI.
Ultrascan added, to paraphrase, that the Hushpuppi arrest concerns an 
established 419er that travelled the world.  They believe he was successful 
working 419 from Malaysia, and that he also may be connected with funding 
Boko Haram in collaboration with several Nigerian high level officials.

Internet celebrity Hushpuppi reportedly arrested in Dubai

By Taiwo Okanlawon

Dubai-based flamboyant Nigerian Ray Hushpuppi has been reportedly arrested in Dubai 
by International Police (Interpol) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over alleged 
fraud.

According to unconfirmed reports, the Social Media celebrity was allegedly arrested alongside 
his colleagues Mr Woodbery on the grounds of being fraud suspects.

They were allegedly involved in fraud and money laundering of over $100 million which was 
supposed to be given to Native Americans during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

One report said the arrest was in connection with a scam over ventilators.

P.M.News has contacted Interpol UAE for confirmation of the arrest. It is still awaiting 
a response.

Popular Nigerian controversial journalist, Kemi Olunloyo also claimed that Hushpuppi and 
a close associate, Woodberry were apprehended on Tuesday in Dubai.

Hushpuppi, whose real name is Raymond Igbalodely, is known for his flamboyant lifestyle on 
social media, who once shared on his Instagram handle how he was "invited by Fendi to dine 
with a lot of amazing, strong societal giants and strong personalities".

He said he has always known that he was not created to be a champion in a local market.

So far, all has been quiet on Hushpuppi’s Instagram page.

The last time he made a post was on Sunday, when he dropped a message to those wishing his 
downfall:

"May success and prosperity not be a “once upon a time” story in your life… Thank you lord 
for the many blessings in my life. continue to shame those waiting for me to be shamed."

The article includes photos:

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10 JUN 2020

Court Jails 17 Yahoo Boys in Abeokuta, Three in Osogbo

The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured 
the conviction of 17 internet fraudsters in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital and three in 
Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

The 17 convicts, sentenced on Wednesday, June 10,  2020, to varying degrees of jail terms 
for impersonation by Justices Mohammed Abubakar and Ibrahim Watilat of the Federal High Court, 
Abeokuta, are: Olofuntuyi Ayofemi Ishola, Maja Toheeb, Laleye Olaoluwa, Janta Oluwafolabomi, 
Ashaba Franklin Unuagbon, Daniel Stephen Temitope, Yusuf Ayuba, Malojuekun Oluwatobi and 
Aladejobi Adeshola.

Others include: Faniyi Jamiu Olalekan, Adegbamigbe Oluwabiyi Emmanuel, Oni Temidayo Victor, 
Ejiro Daniel, Kushimo Toheed, Olamilekan Adedeji, Adebanjo Olamide and Ikegbunam Chukwuemeka 
Chidebube.

Justice Watilat convicted and sentenced Ishola to five months jail term; Toheeb and Olaoluwa 
were handed three months each; Oluwafolabomi earned two months, while Unuagbon bagged one month 
with an order to sign a bond at both Ibadan and Benin EFCC zonal offices to be of good conduct 
henceforth.

Similarly, Temitope bagged six months imprisonment from Justice Abubakar, Adeshola got five 
months; while he handed three months each to Ayuba, Oluwatobi, Olalekan, Emmanuel, Victor, 
Daniel, Toheed, Adedeji, Olamide and Chidebube.

The convicts are to forfeit all items recovered from them to the Federal Government, and also 
restitute sundry sums of money to their respective victims.

The EFCC was represented in the matter by its legal team that comprised Oluwatinuwe Daramola, 
Babatunde Sonoiki, Oyelakin Oyediran and Ifeanyi Agwu.

In the same vein, Justices Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel and Peter Lifu of the Federal High Court, 
Osogbo, also today, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, convicted and sentenced Emmanuel Tolulope,
Al-Ameen Olaitan Adesayo and Omotayo Oyeleke to prison terms for internet-related offences.

Justice Ayo-Emmanuel pronounced Tolulope guilty of a one-count charge of criminal impersonation 
filed against him on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, and handed him seven months imprisonment. The judge 
had earlier on Tuesday, June 9, convicted Adesayo after finding him guilty of obtaining money by 
false pretence; an offence that runs contrary to Section 1 (1)(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other 
Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under the same act. He was sentenced to six months in prison 
with effect from the date of his arrest and was ordered to restitute his victim, the sum of $250 
(Two Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars), through the EFCC.

Justice Lifu handled Oyeleke’s matter. Upon arraignment on January 30, 2020, he pleaded not guilty 
to the two-count charge preferred against him by the EFCC, thus setting the stage for his trial.

His fate was however, determined on Tuesday, June 9, when he was found guilty of amended one-count 
charge of criminal impersonation and sentenced to nine months imprisonment.

Apart from the prison term, the court ordered him to restitute the sum of $1,200 (One Thousand and 
Two Hundred United States Dollars) to his victim.

He also to forfeited his iPhone 8plus, an Infinix Hot  phone and one low grade Nokia mobile phone 
to the government.

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419 Coalition: The court will assuredly follow up and make Sure that all these ordered
restitutions are remitted to the victims, and that the victims are indeed "made whole".
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9 JUN 2020

Nine Internet Fraudsters Bag Jail Terms in Abeokuta

The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured 
the conviction of nine internet fraudsters, before two different judges of the Federal High 
Court, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The latest of the convictions, involved Toheeb Abdulrasheed and Chukwuebuka Isaac Dike, who 
were sentenced by Justice Mohammed Abubakar of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, Ogun State 
on Monday, June 8, 2020 for their involvement in internet-related fraud.

Dike, who claimed to be a 100-level Biochemistry student of the Federal University of Agriculture, 
FUNAAB, was sentenced to three months in prison; while Abdulrasheed, a self-acclaimed graduate of 
Business Administration from Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, MAPOLY, Abeokuta, bagged four months.

Their sentences followed the prayer of prosecution counsel, Abdulrasheed Suleiman for their 
conviction after they pleaded guilty to their respective amended one-count charge.

Aside the prison sentences, the judge also ordered that Abdulrasheed restituted the sum of $600USD 
(Six Hundred United States Dollars) to his victim,  through the Federal Government of Nigeria, and 
to also forfeit his iPhone 6 to the Federal Government. Dike on the other hand, was ordered to  
restitute the sum of $500USD (Five Hundred United States Dollars) to his victim and ceded his 
Gold iPhone 11 Pro Max and Rose Gold Infinix Hot 5 to the Federal Government.

Back to Tuesday, June 2, 2020, Justice Ibrahim Watilat of the same Federal High Court, Abeokuta 
convicted and sentenced the trio of Tobiloba Oni, Paul Oluwadamilare Odole and Michael Oluwaseun 
Jemiseye, having found them guilty of the criminal charges preferred against them by the Ibadan 
Zonal Office of the Commission.

Oni was handed four months imprisonment; Jemiseye got three months with N120,000 option of fine, 
while Odole got four months with equally N120,000 option of fine.

Apart from forfeiting all items recovered from them to the Federal Government, the convicts were 
mandated to sign a pact with the EFCC to be of good behaviour and never to be involved in any form 
of economic and financial crime within or outside the country and moreover, to always make themselves 
available for participation in subsequent anti-corruption campaigns of the Commission.

Justice Watilat in the same vein, convicted three additional others for internet-related crimes. The 
convicts: Favour Chinueze Ekeh, Kolade Nwachukwu and Sultan Adeniji Egbede were handed three months 
imprisonment each with N100,000, N50,000 and N100,000 option of fine, respectively, which must be 
paid within two days of the sentence or else, the prison term would apply.

Justice Abubarkar  had on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, convicted Rotimi Quadri Akinlolu of involvement 
in internet fraud. He was sentenced to six months imprisonment with effect from March 6 when he 
was arrested. Aside the jail term, he forfeited all items recovered from him to the Federal Government.

Apart from Suleiman, other prosecution counsels involved in the convictions include: Tunde Sonoiki, 
Oyelakin Oyediran and Bashir Shamsuddeen.

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1 JUN 2020

Court Jails Two For Impersonation

Justice Ibrahim Watilat of the Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Monday, 
June 1, 2020, slammed three months custodial sentence on two fraudsters – Owolabi Aderibigbe 
and Habeeb Popoola Kareem.

The duo were found guilty of impersonation in a lone-count charge separately filed against 
them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office.

They had earlier pleaded guilty to the charge in line with the conditions of plea bargain 
arrangement struck with the Commission.

The court also ordered that two other suspects be remanded in the custody of the EFCC's Ibadan 
zonal office till Tuesday, June 2, 2020, when their plea bargain agreements are expected to be 
presented for consideration.

Like the two convicts, Kolade Nwachukwu and Ekeh Favour Chibueze were brought before the court 
on Monday to answer for their alleged involvement in internet-related crimes.

While Aderibigbe and Kareem were arrested on March 2, 2020 during a raid on a location in Ilaro, 
Ogun State; Nwachukwu and Chibueze were picked up on March 9, 2020 at Alabata area of Abeokuta, 
the state capital.

After pleading guilty to the lone charge, prosecution counsel Bashir Shamsudeen prayed the court 
to convict them accordingly, which earned them the sentence.

The judge also ordered that Aderibigbe forfeits the Lexus 350 car confiscated from him to the 
Federal Government of Nigeria, while Kareem was ordered to restitute the sum of Two Thousand, 
Five Hundred United States Dollars ($2,500USD) to his victim as well as forfeit his Iphone X max 
to the government.

The press release includes photos:

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419 Coalition Note:  We are always glad to see orders of restitution to the victim,
and hope that will be done promptly, and supervised by the Court.
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29 MAY 2020

Court Jails Man One Year for $240,000 Romance Scam

Justice A.T. Mohammed of Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Thursday 
May 28, 2020 convicted and sentenced one Igweneme Moses(a.k.a. Griffith Doyle),  to one year 
imprisonment for conspiracy and money laundering.

The convict, who defrauded his victim, Chantai Meadery in February 2018 through a dating scam,  
with a promise of "building a future together" in Switzerland, was arraigned by the Port Harcourt 
Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on July 23, 2019 on a 4-count 
charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and money laundering.

One of the counts reads: "That you Igweneme Moses and Igweneme Nkeiruka Blessing (now at large)
between the 13th and 26th March, 2018 directly took possession of the sum of $82,706,(Eight Two 
Thousand, Seven Hundred and Six US Dollars) which you knew or reasonably ought to have known is 
the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wilt: obtaining under false pretence from one Chantai Helene 
Meadery and thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under Section 15(2) of Money 
Laundering(Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As amended)". The defendant initially pleaded "not guilty".

Meanwhile, in the course of the investigation, it was discovered that the convict used the 
pretext of fake emergency situations, to trick his victim in making a total of sixteen (16) 
transfers amounting to Two Hundred and Forty Thousand, Seven Hundred Dollars ($240,700) to 
the convict.

The convict received all the money through his UBA account number 30020624272, a domiciliary 
joint account belonging to him and his daughter, Igweneme Nkeiruka Blessing. Further investigation 
also revealed that any time the domiciliary account was credited, Moses transferred the funds 
in United States dollars to a bureau de change operator who will then transfer the Naira equivalent 
to his daughter via UBA Naira account No. 2064404530.

However, at the resumed hearing of the case on Thursday, Moses changed his plea to "guilty".

Upon his guilty plea, the prosecuting counsel, T. M. Iko, urged the court to convict the 
defendant as charged and order the restitution of the total sum of Two Hundred and Forty 
Thousand US Dollars ($240,000) to the victim.

Justice Mohammed consequently convicted Moses and sentenced him to one year imprisonment and 
ordered total restitution of the sum of Two Hundred and Forty Thousand US Dollars ($240,000) 
to the victim.

The convict has so far returned the sum of One Hundred Thousand US Dollars (S100, 000) 
to the victim.

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419 Coalition Note:  We were glad to read that $100,000 has already been recovered and 
repatriated to the victim, and hope that she will also receive the $140,000 balance 
remaining, as ordered by the Court, in a timely manner.
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21 MAY 2020

Court Jails Fraudster Via Virtual Proceedings

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, secured the conviction 
of an internet fraudster, Lawal Sholaru, who bagged six months imprisonment or a N400,000 (Four Hundred 
Thousand Naira) option of fine for defrauding an American, Mr. David Geobel, of $1,200 in an online scam.

Sholaru was convicted by Justice Mojisola Dada of Ikeja Special Offences Court in a judgment, delivered 
in a virtual proceeding.

The convict was arraigned on March 18, 2020 by the EFCC on one-count charge of obtaining money by false 
pretence, to which he pleaded guilty.

Prosecution counsel, S.O. Daji while reviewing the facts of the case, told the court that the defendant 
in his statement to the EFCC, confessed that he was into romance scam with the pseudo name, Alicia White, 
a US national on Facebook and additionally posed as William Bale, a Major-General in the US Army, 
to defraud his unsuspecting victims.

In addition to the prison term, Justice Dada ordered the convict's forfeiture of his Lexus ES 350 and 
any other property recovered from him by the EFCC as proceed of crime to the federal government.

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13 MAY 2020

Fraudster Bags One Year Jail Term in Osogbo

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, on Tuesday, 
May 12, 2020, secured a one year jail term of one Peter Adeleke in an internet fraud 
suit filed against him.

Justice Peter Lifu of the Federal High Court 2, Osogbo, Osun State, found Adeleke 
guilty of a one-count amended charge of impersonation.

The convict was earlier arraigned on October 7, 2019 on a six-count charge, bordering 
on obtaining money under false pretence, contrary to Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud 
and Other Fraud Related (Offences) Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same 
Act; and for impersonation, contrary to Section 22(2) (b) (i) and punishable under Section 
22 (2) (b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015. He pleaded not guilty 
to the charges.

Midway into his trial, Adeleke switched gear and approached the prosecution for a plea bargain. 
Upon agreement on the plea bargain, the charge was amended and he was consequently re-arraigned 
on a one-count amended charge of impersonation to which he pleaded guilty.

Following his guilty plea, prosecuting counsel, Shamsuddeen Bashir, prayed the court to accept 
the terms of the plea bargain and convict him accordingly.

The presiding judge consequently found him guilty as charged and sentenced him to one year 
imprisonment.

The judge also made a consequential order for the convict to restitute his victim the sum 
of $USD450 (Four Hundred and Fifty United States of American Dollars), through the EFCC and 
to forfeit his iPhone 6 handset to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release includes a photo:

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419 Coalition note:  Always glad to hear of restitution being made to the victim.
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11 MAY 2020

EFCC Returns $4,040 to Brazilian Victim of Internet Fraud

Debora Moreira, a Brazilian victim of internet fraud, has acknowledged the receipt of the 
sum of $4,040 which was recovered on her behalf by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the 
Economic  and Financial Crimes Commission,  EFCC.

Moreira lost the money to  Emmanuel Tope, a convicted fraudster,  in a romance scam. EFCC 
commenced  investigation of the scam in March 2019 and successfully recovered the money,   
prosecuted and got the fraudster convicted. 

The proceeds of crime was remitted into the victim’s account with Bank Itau S/A, Rua Ameirico 
Brasiliense, through the Central Bank of Nigeria.

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419 Coalition note:  We are very glad the lady has been reunited with her
stolen funds, that's the sort of thing we love to see!
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8 MAY 2020

Six Internet Fraudsters Bag Jail terms in Lagos

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Wednesday, May 6, 2020, secured the 
conviction and sentencing of six internet fraudsters before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of 
the Special Offence Court, sitting in Ikeja, Lagos State for possessing fraudulent documents.

The convicts: Oyeyemi Toheeb Abiodun, Kareem Abimbola, Omolade Mayowa Solomon, Ogunmefun 
Fatai, Asiagwa Victory and Oguntimilehin Mayowa were arraigned separately on a one-count 
charge, bordering on possession of fraudulent documents, contrary to Section 318 & 320 
of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011 and 2015.

They were arrested on March 8, 2020 alongside other suspected internet fraudsters in the 
Ikorodu suburb of Lagos State, following series of intelligence on their activities.

Upon arraignment, they pleaded guilty to the charge upon which prosecution counsel, Idris 
A. Mohammed tendered documents that were admitted as evidence while reviewing the facts.

Justice Taiwo found them guilty and sentenced Oyeyemi Toheeb Abiodun, Kareem Abimbola, 
Omolade Mayowa Solomon, Ogunmefun Fatai, Asiagwa Victory to six months imprisonment with 
options of fine while Oguntimilehin Mayowa was sentenced to three months imprisonment 
and N50, 000 option of fine.

The judge also ordered that their phones be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The press release includes photos:

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30 APR 2020

Internet Fraudsters Bag Two Years Each in Kaduna

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Kaduna Zonal Office on April 29, 
2020  secured the conviction of Idahosa Bobby and Aidamebor Israel for offences bordering 
on internet fraud.

They were arraigned before Justice Mohammed Tukur of the State High Court sitting in Kaduna, 
Kaduna State.

The convicts were each arraigned on separate one-count charge bordering on online fraud and 
for possession of fraudulent documents. 

Idahosa and Israel were arrested by a team of operatives attached to the Intelligence and 
Special Operations Section, ISOS following intelligence report indicating their involvement 
in cybercrime.

The charge against Bobby reads: "That you, Idahosa Bobby sometime between January to March 
2020, in Kaduna, within the Kaduna Judicial Division of this Honourable Court, did attempt 
to cheat by impersonating one Waseelah6 using her Instagram account and in such assumed 
character, sent scam mails to unsuspecting citizens and you thereby committed an offence 
contrary to Section 57 of the Penal Code Law of Kaduna State 2017 and punishable under 
section 309 of the same Law."

The charge against Israel reads: "That you, Israel Aidamebor sometime in 2019 at Kaduna 
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court of Kaduna State, did fraudulently induce 
one Mr Eyup, a Turkish national to disclose his full personal and security information 
which he would not have done but for your deceit by impersonating one William Illumie, 
an Illuminati agent via WhatsApp, a social media account and thereby committed an offence 
contrary to and punishable under section 142(1) of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law No.5 
of 2017."

They pleaded "guilty" as charged.

Upon their plea, counsel for the EFCC, E.K. Garba and M. Lawal reviewed the fact of the cases.

Having found them guilty, Justice Tukur, sentenced Bobby to two years in prison with an option 
of N100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) fine, and Israel to two years in prison with an 
option of N200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) fine.

The press release includes photos:

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16 APR 2020

Fake 'Richard Abben' Bags Nine Months for N2m Internet Fraud

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos has convicted 
and sentenced one Babatunde Rufai, also known as Richard Abben, to nine months in prison for 
internet fraud.

The convict, who is the owner and promoter of "Wear It All Boutique" in Lekki, Lagos, was 
arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, on March 
5, 2020 on a three-count charge bordering on stealing and obtaining money by false pretence 
to the tune of $5,000 (about N2million).

One of the counts reads: "That you, Babatunde Sodiq Rufai (a.k.a Richard Abben), on or about 
the 12th of December 2007  in Lagos, within the Ikeja Judicial Division of this honourable court, 
with intent to defraud, used an email address richardabben@yahoo.com, wherein you represented 
yourself as an American citizen carrying out contractual business in Africa and obtained the sum 
of $5,000 (Five Thousand US Dollars), property of an unsuspecting citizen of the United States 
of America, thereby committed and offence contrary to sections 278 (1),(2) and 285 (1) of Lagos 
State, 2011."

The defendant pleaded "guilty" to the charges preferred against him by the EFCC.

Counsel for the EFCC, Hamed Yerima, further informed the court of a plea bargain agreement 
entered with the defence team, and so urged the court to adopt same and sentence the defendant 
based on the terms of the agreement.

Consequently, Justice Taiwo adopted the terms of the plea bargain and convicted the defendant 
accordingly.

Delivering her judgement, Justice Taiwo held that: "I am mindful of this type of crime in our 
society, which is giving our country a bad image all over the world."

"However, in view of the plea bargain agreement, the defendant is hereby sentenced to nine months 
in prison, with an option of fine of N400,000 (Four Hundred Thousand Naira) to be paid to the account 
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria through the office of the EFCC."

The Judge also ordered that the three exotic cars recovered from the convict be forfeited to the 
Federal Government. 

The press release includes photos:

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1 APR 2020

Fake 'Foster Scolt', 9 Other Internet Fraudsters Jailed in Calabar

The Uyo zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, March 31, 
2020, secured the conviction of 10 internet fraudsters brought before Justice Simon Amobeda of the 
Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State.

The convicts are: Abasiama Essien Ekopimoh (aka Foster Scolt), Gabriel David, Ogon Godspower, Etim 
Stephen, Kolade Shobayo Jonathan and Raphael Bassey.

Others are: Ahmed Adelakun, Mbang Prince Peter, Nnamdi Ogana, and Edafe Matthew.

They were arrested on March 11, 2020, at various locations in Calabar, Cross River State.

During questioning, the convicts confessed that they specialized in sourcing for their victims on 
Facebook and Instagram under the false pretence that they were United States military personnel on 
foreign mission, who had difficulty accessing their funds. They then make their victims give them 
gift cards which they change to Bitcoin and eventually to Naira.

They were each arraigned on separate one-count charge to which they pleaded "guilty".

The prosecuting counsels, Usman Shehu and Adebayo Soares then prayed the court to convict and 
sentence them accordingly.

Thus, Justice Amobeda convicted and sentenced Etim, Jonathan and Bassey to 12 months imprisonment 
each with an option of fine of N1,500,000.00 each, while Godspower and Edafe were sentenced to six 
months imprisonment each with an option of fine of N50,000.00 each.

Adelakun was sentenced to six months imprisonment with an option of fine of N700,000.00, while David 
got six months imprisonment with an option of fine of N100,000.00.

Ogana, Mbang and Ekopimoh all got 12 months imprisonment each with an option of fine of N700,000.00, 
N100,000.00 and N500,000.00 respectively.

The court also ordered that their prison sentence will count from the date of their arrest.

One of the seperate counts reads: "That you, Abasiama Essien Ekopimoh (alias Foster Scolt) on or 
about the 11th day of March 2020 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court with 
intent to obtain property and gain advantage for yourself, fraudulently impersonated and presented 
yourself as Foster Scolt (a citizen of Germany) to Wendy Carter on a social media platform (Facebook) 
and obtained redeemable steam cards worth three hundred dollars ($300) which you redeemed and converted 
to cash and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (a) & (b) of the Cyber Crime 
(Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) (iv) of the same Act."

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25 MAR 2020

Ultrascan Advanced Global Investigations, a Netherlands - based firm which has been studying 
419 matters since the mid - 1990's, in 2020 completed an interesting study and commentary on 
the nexus of Nigerian organized crime, corruption, and terrorist activity.  Here is a link to that study:
2020 Nigeria The Split.
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25 MAR 2020

Court Convicts Six Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, on March 23, 2020 
secured the conviction of Osibajo Oluwamuyiwa, Jimoh Damilola Qudus and Salaudeen Ismail 
for offences bordering on internet fraud.

They were arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting 
in Ikeja, Lagos. Osibajo and Salaudeen were arraigned on a separate three-count charge, while 
Jimoh was arraigned on a separate one-count charge all for being in "possession of fraudulent 
documents."

One of the charges reads: "That you, Osibajo David Oluwamuyiwa (aka Michael Morris) on or 
about 11th day of February, 2020 in Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division of this Honourable 
Court with intent to defraud had in your possession a document with email address msharley059@gmail.com 
wherein you represented yourself as a female with name as Michael Morris, and sent messages online 
to unsuspecting persons desirous of having a female friend, which documents you knew or ought to 
have known having regard to the circumstances of the case, contains false pretence."

They pleaded "guilty" to the charges preferred against them by the EFCC.

Upon their plea, counsel for the EFCC, Ahmed Yerima reviewed the facts of the cases.

Yerima told the court that the convicts were arrested following an intelligence report about 
their fraudulent activities.

He told the court to convict and sentence the defendants as charged by the EFCC.

Justice Taiwo, convicted as charged and sentenced them to six months imprisonment each.

She, however, gave an "option of fine" of N300,000 each to Osibajo and Salaudeen, while 
N100,000 fine was given to Qudus.

In a related development, Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, 
Lagos also convicted three internet fraudsters: Olalekan Yusuf Oyebanji, Tabiti Emmanuel and David 
Emmanuel.

Two of the convicts were arraigned separately on a two-count charge, while David was arraigned 
separately on a one-count charge.

The charge against David reads: "That you, David Emmanuel on or about the 8th day of March 2020, 
in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud had in your possession 
document titled "Google Account" which representations you knew or ought to have known to be false."

A charge against Tabiti reads: "That you, Tabiti Bolarinwa Emmanuel on or about the 8th day of March, 
2020 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud had in your possession 
document titled "Gmail-fwd; Lotto format from start boy" which representations you knew or ought to have 
known to be false."

They pleaded "guilty" to the charges preferred against them.

Upon the plea, counsels for the EFCC, Abbas Mohammad and Samuel Daji urged the court to allow them 
review the facts of the case.

However, Justice Solebo adjourned David's matter until  May 19, 2020 for review of facts of the 
case, while Olalekan's matter was adjourned until May 20, 2020 for review of facts. Also, Tabiti's 
matter was adjourned until May 18, 2020 for review of facts of the case.

They are therefore, to be sentenced at a later date.

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25 MAR 2020

EFCC Gets Conviction for Cyber-crime

The Kaduna zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today, March 25, 
2020 secured the conviction of one Robert Sunday Olaoluwa who was convicted and sentenced by Justice 
Z.B Abubakar of the Federal High Court, sitting in Kaduna State on a one count charge bordering 
on Cybercrime.

His sojourn to jail began sometime on February 28, 2020, when he was arrested based on intelligence 
received by the Intelligence and Special Operations Section, ISOS, of the Zonal Office which showed 
that he had been defrauding unsuspecting members of the public, mainly job seekers, by using several 
identities with different email addresses posing as foreigners.

Count one of the charge reads: "That you, Robert Sunday Olaoluwa 'M' sometime in February, 2020 in 
Kaduna within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable court fraudulently impersonates one Anthony Newton 
and you claimed to be one of the Human Resources Managers at TTEC with intent to gain advantage for 
yourself and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 22(2) (b) of Cyber-crimes 
(Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015."

He consequently pleaded not guilty to the one count charge and the prosecution counsel led by Deborah 
Adamu-Eteh, urged the court to convict the accused accordingly.

Justice Abubakar, accordingly sentenced and convicted the accused person to one-year imprisonment 
with an option of N300, 000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira). He is also to forfeit his Dell laptop 
worth N60,000 (Sixty Thousand Naira) and an iphone 8plus worth N150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty 
Thousand Naira) being the instruments used in perpetrating the crime to the Federal Government.

It would be recalled that on February 29, 2020, operatives of the zonal office arrested the suspect 
amongst others and whilst being interviewed confessed to the crime of using different identities to 
defraud job seekers. 

The press release includes a photo:

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25 MAR 2020

EFCC Secures Conviction of Internet Fraudster

Justice Z.B. Abubakar of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna Wednesday, March 25, 2020 
convicted and sentenced one internet fraudster, Obi Sobenna Jude, who was prosecuted by the 
Kaduna Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Jude pleaded guilty to the one count amended charge bordering on computer related fraud and 
Obtaining Money by False Pretences following a guilty plea.

His trouble began when on February 29, 2020 the intelligence and Special Operation Section, ISOS, 
of the zone acted on an intelligence which indicated that the convict has been defrauding unsuspecting 
members of the public mainly job seekers using different email addresses.

He was arrested at the New GRA, Bayan Gida Yerima Gyade, in Bauchi state where operatives of the 
zonal office of the Commission.

Count one reads: "That you Obi Sobenna Jude sometime in February 2020 in Kaduna within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court, fraudulently impersonated one Alex Miller whom you claimed to be an Interview 
Manager at Teletec also known as TTEC with intent to gain advantage for yourself, obtained the sum of $70 
(Seventy US Dollars) via an iTunes Gift Card from Rebouche of the United States of America and you thereby 
committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 22 (2)(b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, 
Prevention, etc) Act, 2015."

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

Upon his guilty plea, counsel to the EFCC, P.C Onyeneho, urged the court to convict and sentence the 
defendant accordingly, But A.A. Mohammed, counsel to the defendant, prayed the Court to temper justice 
th mercy as his client was a first-time offender.

Justice Abubakar, in her ruling convicted Sobenna to one-year imprisonment with an option of a fine 
of N300,000, the judge also ordered the convict to forfeit his HP Laptop worth N230,000 and one Samsung 
S8 worth N110,000 to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release includes a photo:

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20 MAR 2020

EFCC Arrests 10 Suspected Fraudsters in Enugu

The Enugu Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday 
18th March, 2020 arrested 10 suspected internet fraudsters from some locations at Bricks Layout 
and Thinkers Corner Enugu, Enugu State. Those arrested include: Anyadike Chinedu, Anyadike Obinna, 
Ngoka Obinna, Nonso Mbah, Egbo Chigozie, Nwobi Benjamin, Nnabuike Akachukwu, Ede Chidera, Ogbe 
Donald and Valentine Sunday Okereke.

According to intelligence report, they are involved in cyber/internet related activities and 
living above their means with proceeds gotten from their numerous fraudulent activities.

Some of the items recovered from them include several sophisticated  mobile phones, Dell, 
Sony, Hp and Apple laptops; three Lexus ES 350 cars, Lexus Rx 350, Lexus GS 300 Saloon car; 
an envelope containing several vehicle particulars, with other incriminating items. Meanwhile, 
the suspects are still undergoing interrogations while devices intercepted from them are being 
subjected to further forensic analysis after which they would be arraigned.

The press release includes photos:

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20 MAR 2020

Internet Fraudster Jailed Two Years

The Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, presided by Justice Mojisola Dada on Friday, 
March 20, 2020, convicted and sentenced one Lawal Azeez Olakunle to two years imprisonment on a 
two-count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents.

The convict was arraigned by the Economic  and Financial Crimes Commission,  EFCC,  for his 
involvement in internet fraud activities.

One of the charges reads: "That you Lawal Azeez Olakunle sometime in 2018 at Lagos, within the 
Judicial Division of this Honourable Court, had in your possession an email wherein you represented 
yourself as Vince Gill with email address john.tapia19700@gmail.com and sent same to sydavid66@gamil.com 
advertising a part time business engagement in oil and gas petrol chemical firm which you know having 
regards to the circumstance of the case that the document contains false pretence."

The convict pleaded guilty to the charges when read to him.

Upon the plea, prosecution counsel, Ekerumwem Anana reviewed the facts of the case before the court.

Reviewing the facts, Anana told the court that the convict was arrested following an intelligence 
report of the activities of the convict.

He told the court that a car and an iphone7 were recovered from the convict.

Anana also told the court that the convict admitted to perpetrating the crime and that he wrote 
a confessional statement to show he committed the offence.

The confessional statement and printed documents from the iPhone of the convict was rendered and 
admitted in evidence.

Anana urged the court to convict and sentence the defendant as charged.

Justice Dada convicted and sentenced the defendant to two years imprisonment and the sentence 
is to run concurrently.

She ordered that the items recovered from the convict be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Justice Dada however gave an "option of fine" of N1million to the convict. 

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20 MAR 2020

Four Internet Fraudsters Jailed Six Months Each

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, on Thursday, 
March 19, 2020  convicted and sentenced Badrix Anuoluwapo Joshua, Ikpi Godfrey Nana,  Ajayi 
Damilola Leke and Lawal Olamide to six months imprisonment each for their involvement in 
internet fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC arraigned the convicts on a one-count charge 
each of  "possession of fraudulent document".

One of the charges reads: "That you Badrix Anuoluwapo Joshua sometime in 2020, in Lagos within 
the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, had in your possession documents containing false pretence, 
wherein you falsely represented yourself as "Joy Sarah" which you ought to have known that the said 
documents contains false pretence."

Another charge reads: "That you Ajayi Damilola Leke (AKA HILLARY SCOTT, MATTHEW CURTIS, DONALD TRUBY), 
on or about the 8th day of March, 2020 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, had 
in your possession a fraudulent document tilted: "Account Recovery Options" wherein you represented 
yourself as Hillary Scott, Matthew Curtis and Donald Truby amongst other fraudulent names, with email 
address hillary.scott535@yahoo.com, a pretence you knew was false." They all pleaded guilty. Upon their 
plea, prosecution counsel, Franklin Ufoma, urged the court to allow him review the facts of their cases. 

Franklin, reviewing the facts, told the court that following intelligence report, the convicts were 
arrested amongst other syndicates in a hotel in Ikorodu, Lagos State, where they perpetrated their 
internet fraudulent activities. 

He further reviewed that two Nokia phones, a Samsung Galaxy phone, one IphoneX and one iPhone 7 were 
recovered from the convicts and they all made confessional statements wherein they admitted committing 
the offences.

Consequently, Frankiln urged the court to convict and sentence the defendants as charged. He also 
prayed the court to forfeit all items recovered from them to the Federal Government.

Justice Taiwo accordingly convicted and sentenced the defendants to six months each.

She also ordered the forfeiture of the items recovered from the convicts to the Federal Government 
of Nigeria.

She however gave an "option of fine" of N200, 000 to Badrix Anuoluwapo Joshua, Ikpi Godfrey Nana and 
Lawal Olamide but gave an "option of fine" of N250,000 to Ajayi Damilola Leke.

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20 MAR 2020

EFCC Docks Man for $39, 000 USD Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos zonal office, on Thursday, March 19, 2020 
arraigned one Unigwe Charles Chidozie before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court 
sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a six-count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents and 
obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of $39, 000 (Thirty-Nine Thousand United States Dollars).

The defendant was alleged to have been involved in internet fraud activities and has defrauded many 
foreigners of their monies.

One of the charges reads: "That you Unigwe Charles Chidozie (a.k.a. Bryan Matt) sometime in 2019 in 
Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud, presented 
yourself to Mrs. Sari Prathaningrum a citizen of Indonesia, as Bryan Matt, a friend of one Capt. Jeff 
purportedly serving American Navy and deceitfully obtained the sum of $30,000 (Thirty Thousand US Dollars) 
from the said Mrs. Sari Prathaningrum, on the understanding that Capt. Jeff is in love with her and that 
the said amount will be used for the payment of some loan which would be refunded immediately after your 
return from a mission in South America, which pretence you knew was false."

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him by the EFCC.

In view of the plea, the prosecution counsel, Ahmed Yerima, asked the court for a trial date and prayed 
the court to remand the defendant in correctional facility pending the outcome of the case.

The defence counsel, Richard Oma informed the court that he has filed and served the prosecution with 
a bail application, and therefore urged the court to grant his client bail.

In response, prosecution counsel, Yerima admitted receiving the application but  told the court that he 
needed time to respond to the application as he was still within the time frame provided by law to respond 
to the application.

Justice Taiwo, after listening to both parties, gave prosecution one week to respond to the application.

The matter was adjourned till March 25, 2020 for hearing of the application.

Justice Taiwo ordered the remand of the defendant in a correctional facility pending the hearing of the 
bail application.

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20 MAR 2020

Court Convicts Two FBI Suspects, Four Others

The Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, March 19, 2020 
secured the convictions of two FBI suspects and four others before Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High 
Court, Warri, Delta State for various offences bordering on impersonation, Internet fraud and operating 
a vessel within Nigerian Waters without due registration and licence by appropriate authority.

One of the convict, Patrick Erakposhere Onajokpe, alias John Mark was arraigned on a two count charge of 
fraudulently impersonating the identity of John Mark through which he defrauded unsuspecting American ladies.

One of the count reads: That you Chief Patrick Onajokpe (alias James Mark) Glory Agbare (at large) Alfred 
Akpewe (at large) Elena Onah (at large) sometime between 2014 and 2015 in Warri within the jurisdiction of 
this honourable court fraudulently impersonated the identity of one James Mark claiming to be a black American 
working in deep sea off coast of taxes, USA, in your hush app account where you enticed unsuspecting American 
ladies into romantic relationships  online and in that process, obtained the aggregate sum of $878,489,24 
from ladies and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 22(2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrime 
(prohibition prevention, ets) Act 2015 and punishable under section 22(2)(b)(iv) of the same Act.

Upon his arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

In view of his pleas, the prosecution counsel, Aso Larry Peters, prayed the court to convict and sentence 
the defendant accordingly.

However, the defence counsel, Paul Ejiga, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendant 
was a first time offender and has become remorseful.

Justice Nwite convicted and sentenced Onajokpe to five years imprisonment, in the alternative, a fine of 
N6, 000, 000 (Six Million Naira). He is also to forfeit all items recovered from him which include a Range 
Rover Jeep, a Petroleum Filing Station, an uncompleted plaza and phones. Justice Nwite also ruled that the 
properties be sold with the proceeds restituted to the victim of the crimes.

[The remainder of the article does not deal with 419 AFF crimes]

The press release includes photos:

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419 Coalition note:  We are glad the the court specifically ordered that the assets
recovered from the 419er will be liquidated, and the proceeds repatriated to his victims.
We trust that the EFCC will see to it that the victims receive the monies, and stand
accountable for that.  This should be a standard requ9irement in all judgements in 419 
cases in our view.
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19 MAR 2020

EFCC Arraigns Six for Internet Fraud

Six internet fraudsters were on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 arraigned by the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office. They were arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo
of the Special Offences Court sitting in Lagos.

The defendants are: Adedayo Williams Khalim; Oyeyemi Toheeb Abiodun; Kareem Abimbola; Bakare Lolade 
Lateef; Omolade Mayowa Solomon and Ojora Daniels.

The defendants, except one Opeyemi Toheed Abiodun were arraigned on a  one-count separate charge 
of same offence bordering on possession of fraudulent documents except.

Abiodun was arraigned on two counts. One of the charges reads: "That you Adedayo Williams Khalim 
sometime in March, 2020 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court had in your possession 
documents containing by false pretence, which you ought to have known that the said documents contains 
false pretence."

Five of the defendants pleaded not guilty while Adedayo Williams Khalim pleaded guilty to the charge 
preferred against him by the EFCC.

Upon the guilty plea of Adedayo, the prosecution counsel, Idris Mohammad asked the court for a date 
to review the facts of the case and prayed the court to remand him in the Correctional facility.

However, prosecution counsel, Idris Mohammad asked the court for a trial date for the defendants who 
pleaded not guilty and prayed the court to also remand them in correctional facility pending the outcome 
of the case.

The defence counsels to the defendants who pleaded not guilty, T.A. Adeboye, Femi Aina, V. E. Amakri, D.O. 
Ogunjumi and Z.S. Makinde informed the court that they have filed applications for bail on behalf of their 
clients but are yet to serve the court and the prosecution.

They however prayed the court for a short date to allow them move the applications.

Justice Taiwo, after listening to both parties adjourned Khalim, Abimbola and Lateef's matter till 
March 24, 2020 for hearing of bail applications and commencement of trial.

She also adjourned the matter of Daniels till March 23, 2020 for hearing of bail application while that 
of Solomon was adjourned till April 1, 2020 for hearing of bail application.

Similarly, Abiodun's matter was adjourned till April 3, 2020 for hearing of bail application.

Consequently, Justice Taiwo ordered that all the defendants be remanded in Correctional facility.

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19 MAR 2020

Internet Fraudster Bags Nine Months Jail Term

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos zonal office, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 
secured the conviction and sentencing of one Shobogun Olushola Emmanuel to nine months imprisonment 
before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos for his 
involvement in internet fraud.

The convict was arraigned on a one-count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents, 
an offence contrary to Section 320 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

He however pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against him by the EFCC.

The one- count charge reads: "That you Shobogun Olushola Emmanuel sometime in December, 2019 in Lagos 
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, had in your possession documents containing false 
pretence, wherein you falsely represented yourself as "Harry Watts", "Leigh Kellis", "Dale Cannon", 
and "Jared Rowland" which you ought to have known that the said documents contains false pretence."

While reviewing the facts of the case, prosecution counsel, Idris Mohammad told the court that the 
convict was arrested about a week ago after the Commission received an intelligence report on the 
internet fraud activities of some individuals.

He further told the court that at the point of arrest, a Toyota Camry car with registration number 
EKY 771 FJ and an iPhone Max were recovered from the convict.

The iPhone was analyzed in the forensic lap of the Commission and it was found that the defendant 
operates an email containing a Rental Agreement Letter for internet fraud activities, Idris said.

The documents found in the iPhone were tendered and admitted in evidence.

In view of the reviewed facts, the prosecution counsel, Mohammad urged the court to convict and sentence 
the defendant as charged by the EFCC.

Justice Taiwo convicted and sentenced the defendant to nine months imprisonment.

She also ordered that the items recovered from the convict be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Justice Taiwo however gave the convict an option of fine for N250,000.

The press release includes a photo:

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18 MAR 2020

EFCC Arrests 12 Internet Fraud Suspects in Ilorin

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ilorin Zonal Office has arrested 13 persons 
for their alleged involvement in online fraud.

They are Babatunde Omiyale, Salau Olumide, Akinsanya Ridwan Olamide,  Akinola Eniola, Bashir Abdulbasit, 
Jide Owolabi, Kolade Balogun,  Salawu Oluwadamilare, Akinola Opeyemi,  Adewumi Johnson,  Abiola Adedeji 
and Salawu Victor.

They were arrested at locations within the Ilorin Metropolis based on intelligence reports gathered 
by the EFCC over their fraudulent activities.

During interrogation they confessed to their shady activities online. 

Several incriminating documents were printed from their mobile phones and the laptop computers recovered 
from them. 

They will soon be arraigned in Court. 

The press release includes a photo:

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18 MAR 2020

EFCC Secures Conviction of Yahoo Boy

Justice C. N. Oji of the FCT, High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, convicted 
and sentenced one internet fraudster, Ken Odiase alias Phillip Iowell who was prosecuted by the Abuja 
Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Odiase aka Phillip Iowell who pleaded guilty was first arraigned on October 15, 2019 on a one count 
charge bordering on computer related fraud and obtaining money by false pretense.

Following plea of guilt, the court convicted and sentenced him to a one-month imprisonment with an option 
of a fine of N150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) and ordered him to forfeit all the proceeds 
of crime to the Federal Government. 

Ken was amongst the fraudsters arrested by the anti-graft agency on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at No 5 
Arbe-Saibra Dantata Estate, Kubwa, Abuja, following intelligence. Items recovered during the raid included 
mobile phones, laptop computers and a Mercedes C350 worth N3.5m (Three Million Five Hundred Naira) only. 

Investigations revealed that Ken lured his victims mainly based in United States of America, USA, via a 
Face book profile with the name: Sergeant Phillip Iowell under the pretense of being a military personnel 
working with the USA Army on a mission in Syria.

He had successfully defrauded his victims of a total of $3,900; $2,000 from Lucinda Macaulay; $500 from Marie; 
$800 from Katherine and $600 from Sara. The monies were wired to him through Western Union into his First Bank 
account in Nigeria.

The press release includes a photo:

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419 Coalition comment:  How about the victims of this 419er?  Why are the proceeds of his
crimes going to the Government of Nigeria?  It is the money of his Victims that he stole....
This forfeiting of the proceeds of 419 crimes to the Goverment of Nigeria has got to stop.
Recovered monies and assets (after liquidation) need to be promptly repatriated to Victims
of 419.  From a victim's point of view, this guy stole their money, and now the Government
of Nigeria is sort of re-stealing it.....  419 Coalition says - Send it Back.
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17 MAR 2020

Twelve Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested in Imo

The Port Harcourt Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested 
12 suspected internet fraudsters in Ishuizo, Egbu in Owerri, Imo State.

The suspects are: Samuel Chimaobi, Alex Udodiri, Ejike Chikamso, Nwanchukwu Michael and Obialor Samson.

Others are: Chukwudi Leo Asoegbu, Michael Opara, Uzukwu Chibuike  Princewill, Okeke Mac Donald, 
Jonathan Chikwen Nature, Agu Emmanuel Ebere and Ikechi Lucky Obi.

They are among 23 persons apprehended in an early morning operation by the Commission on March 12, 2020. 
However after careful screening, eleven suspects were released. Preliminary investigation has established 
the involvement of the remaining 12 suspects in various internet scams ranging from love scam, Bitcoin 
fraud, identity theft, trading scam, among others.

Items recovered from the suspects include 11 laptops, five android phones, four Nokia phones, one 
Techno phone, three WIFI, two modems and a wrist watch.

The suspects will soon be arraigned in court.

The press release includes a photo:

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16 MAR 2020

Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested in Imo

The Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested eight 
suspected internet fraudsters at different locations within Owerri, Imo State.

The suspects were rounded up by the operatives of the Advance Fee Fraud Section, AFF of the Zone 
following an intelligence report on the illegal activities of suspected cybercriminals in and around 
Owerri city.

Several Smartphones of different models, laptop and two motor vehicles were recovered from the 
suspects during the operation.

They will soon be arraigned in court.

The press release includes a photo:

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13 MAR 2020

EFCC Nabs 12 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Akwa Ibom, Cross River

The Uyo zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested 12 
suspected internet fraudsters in Calabar, Cross River State and Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

The suspects are: Ahmed Adelakun, Matthew Edafe, Chukwuma Edwin Chisom, Mbang Prince, Ogon 
Godspower and Nnamdi Ogana.

Others are: Abasiama Essien, Phiona Ekok Osim, Gabriel David, Ugochukwu Onuabuchi, Raphael 
Bassey and Etim Stephen.

Chisom was arrested at Ukpei street, off Abak road, Uyo while others were nabbed at various 
locations including 110 Victory Way Extension, Satellite town in Calabar.

While admitting to the crime, the suspects during interrogation, availed operatives information 
about how they operated. 

Investigations showed that they were into various cybercrime activities such as, love scam, 
online Bitcoin trading scam, identity theft, amongst others. 

Their modus operandi include sourcing for victims in Facebook and Instagram and claiming to be 
United States military personnel in other countries who could not access their money. They make 
their victims give them gift cards which they change to Bitcoin and to naira.

Items recovered from them include: Toyota Matrix, Lexus, Toyota Camry, various sophisticated 
phones and laptops.

They will soon be arraigned in court.

The press release includes photos:

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13 MAR 2020

Exotic Cars, Gadgets Recovered from Internet Fraud Suspects in Enugu

The Enugu Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has recovered several 
gadgets and exotic cars from 20 suspected internet fraudsters arrested in the state.

The arrest and recovery, which were effected between March 5 and 11, 2020 at Republic/Bricks Estates 
and Premier layout respectively, was sequel to intelligence reports and surveillance carried out on them. 

Reports reaching the Commission had indicated that the suspects who were obviously living above their 
means were engaged in numerous fraudulent online activities.

Some of the items recovered from them believed to be proceeds of their illegal activities include 
several mobile phones, two apple laptops, three HP laptops, white Toyota Venza, Toyota Avalon, Black 
Lexus ES350, Lexus GX470 SUV, two Toyota Corolla cars, Range Rover, Dodge Charger with other incriminating 
items.

The suspects are currently undergoing interrogation, with devices recovered from them being subjected 
to forensic analysis, as they will soon be arraigned in court

The press release includes photos:

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13 MAR 2020

Operation Rewired: Four EFCC Officers Receive FBI Commendation in Kwara

Four officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ilorin Zonal Office, Kwara State, 
have received "Certificate of Commendation" from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, in recognition 
of their roles in the success of "Operation Rewired 2019", a joint field operation with the FBI to combat 
the menace of cybercrime.

The recipients include, the Zonal Head,  Mallam Isyaku Sharu;  his second-in-command, Mr. Dare Folarin; 
Head of Advance Fee Fraud, Mr. Olamide Sadiq and Mr. Sesan Ola of the Legal and Prosecution Department. 

Presenting the Certificates,  Ayotunde Awoyemi, Foreign Service National Investigator, who represented 
Ahamdi  Uche, legal attache of the FBI noted that they were commended "for their participation in operation 
rewired 2019".

It will be recalled that the Ilorin Zonal Office of the EFCC last year secured the conviction of one 
Joseph Oyediran, an internet fraudster wanted by the FBI.

The press release includes a photo:

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12 MAR 2020

EFCC Arrests 48 Internet Fraud Suspects in Ogun

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, on March 12, 2020, arrested 
48 suspected internet fraudsters in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The suspects, many of whom claimed to be undergraduates, range between the ages of 18 and 28 years.

They were apprehended at locations around Alabata area of the ancient town, following actionable 
intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet-related crimes.

Among the suspects are: Anwinilomo Tomisin, Ayeni Ifedapo, Melojuekun Oluwatobi, Adeyemo Stephen, 
Gideon Achuka, David Mulero, Owolabi Abraham, Toheeb Olabanji, Teslim Kasali, Jide Abiodun Emmanuel, 
Alli Emmanuel Oluwaseun, Adeniyi Sultan, Ejiro Daniel, Chima Emmanuel, Adejare Oyebajo, Dike Chukwuebuka, 
Emeka Ikegbunam, Daniyi Tobiloba, Tomiwa Ibironke, Daniel Onnorom, Quadri Ayaniyi, Victor Solomon, Ayeni 
Oluwatosin, Adegbenro Emmanuel, Abdulrauf Adam, Daniel Praise, Biyi Adegbamigbe, Adeyinka Ibrahim, Sadiq 
Sanni, and Ibikunle Ajibola.

Others are: Stephen Matthew, Ayoola Ifekolade, Dapo Shobayo, Idowu Familusi, Ayodamola Fagoroye, Segun 
Raheem, Fuhad Arowolo, Favour Ekeh, Akinlabi Royal, Kolade Nwachukwu, Kayinde Ajibike, Kunle Adejumo, 
Matthew Adedotun, Adewunmi Samuel, Olusoji Fiyin, Olanrewaju Michael, Ola Ayomide and Dairo Emmanuel.

The early morning raid also led to recovery of valuable items, including three exotic cars, mobile 
phones, laptops, and SIM cards, from the suspects.

They will soon be arraigned in court.

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10 MAR 2020

38 EFCC Operatives Bag FBI Award

It was commendation galore for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, as 38 operatives 
of the Benin Zonal Office of the Commission on March 10, 2020 received Certificate of Recognition 
from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI US Department of Justice.

Ayotunde Awoyemi, Foreign Service National Investigator, who presented the certificates to the officers, 
on behalf of Uche Ahamdi and Heather Armstrong, Legal Attaché and Assistant Legal Attaché, respectively 
said the commendation was in recognition of the critical roles the officers played in "Operation Rewired 
2019", and their collaboration with FBI in combating the menace of business email compromise, BEC and 
other cyber-crimes that constitute danger on an international scale.

A. H. Danmusa, PhD, Benin Zonal Head, who represented the Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, said he 
was delighted that such reputable organisation as the FBI acknowledges the contribution of officers 
of the Commission.

"The award will no doubt spur the Commission to do more in tackling cybercrime and other forms of fraud," 
he said, as he called on the FBI to assist the Commission in capacity-building through training and provision 
of equipment.

Tonpre Osegwina, a recipient of the award said she was elated to receive the award even as she sought 
for more collaboration between the EFCC and the FBI.

Bello Attahiru, another recipient also expressed his happiness with the award.

"I feel highly honoured to be given this award and it is a wake-up call for me and my colleagues to 
do more," he said.

The press release includes a photo:

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10 MAR 2020

Exotic vehicles recovered from Internet Fraudster

The Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, following intelligence 
report has arrested one Kingsley Achor and 13 others for their alleged involvement in internet-related 
fraud and other cybercrime activities.

The raid by the operatives of the Advance Fee Fraud Section, EFCC was carried out at about 9pm on March 7, 
2020 at Jimmy Land Hotels situated along Abacha Road, Maraba Area, located at the outskirts of Abuja following 
credible intelligence reports.  The suspects were rounded up while they were relishing a lavish birthday party 
in honour of Achor who engages in romance scam.

Among properties recovered from them include, exotic vehicles - Mercedes Benz CLA 250, Toyota Camry and 
Toyota Sienna alongside various smart phones and laptops.

The press release includes photos:

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10 MAR 2020

EFCC Docks Undergraduate who Posed as 'Ryan Murray' to Commit Internet Fraud

Justice E.A. Obile of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has 
remanded Sunday Noble, a 25-year-old undergraduate of the University of Port Harcourt, 
at the Port Harcourt Correctional Centre for impersonation and obtaining money by false 
pretence.

The defendant was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Port 
Harcourt's Zonal office, on March 10, 2020 on a four-count charge.

One of the counts reads: "That you,  Sunday Deele Noble on or about the 13th day of February, 
2019 within the Jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, did fraudulently obtained an iPhone 7 
worth $319.84 USD with shipping cost of $14.69 USD through FedeEx Shippers from Julie Fink 
and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(2) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other 
Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act."

The defendant pleaded "not guilty" to the charges.

In view of his plea, prosecuting counsel E.G. Omeje urged the court to fix a date for 
commencement of trial  

However, defence counsel F.E. Enigwe made an oral  orally application for the bail of the 
defendant which was opposed by the prosecution

Justice Obile, thereafter, ordered that the defendant be remanded in the Port Harcourt Correctional 
Centre pending determination of bail application while the matter was adjourned until April 6, 2020.

Noble was arrested during a raid following actionable intelligence on his alleged fraudulent 
activities.

Investigation showed that he presented himself as Ryan Murray, a Florida, United States-based 
contractor on Facebook, and used the false identity to defraud his victims - Julie Fink and 
Mary Real. Apart from the iPhone 7, Fink sent a total sum of $5,886.91 USD to the defendant.

The press release includes a photo:

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9 MAR 2020

EFCC Arraigns Man for $12,650 Internet Fraud

The Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on March 9, 2020, 
arraigned one Mede Oghenerume (alias Benjamin David) on a five-count charge, bordering on obtaining 
by false pretence and internet fraud to the tune of $12,650 (Twelve Thousand Six Hundred and Fifty 
United States Dollars) before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

One of the counts reads: "That you, Mede Oghenerume (alias Benjamin David) sometime in 2017 to 2019, 
at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently impersonated one Benjamin 
David from Italy, through the use of Google Handout Accounts induced one Debby from United States 
of America to deliver to you the sum of $4,500 United States Dollars through one Micheal Miller 
and Roland Utho, which represents fee for your house bills, in the guise that you are in a romantic 
relationship with her, a fact which  you know is false and thereby committed an offence contrary 
to section 22(b) (i) (ii) and punishable under section 22 (b) (iv) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, 
Prevention) Act 2015."

He pleaded "not guilty" to the charges.

Following his plea, counsel for the EFCC, Aisha Habib asked the court for a trial date "to enable 
us prove our case”"

"We also want you to remand the defendants in Correctional Facility pending the hearing and 
determination of this case," she added.

Defence counsel, Edward Iheok, however prayed Justice Nyako to grant his client bail.

Justice Nyako, thereafter, adjourned until June 10, 2020 to rule on the bail application, and 
ordered the defendant to be remanded in EFCC custody.

The press release includes a photo:

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9 MAR 2020

EFCC Arrests Hotelier, 79 Others in Lagos for Internet Fraud

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested a 30-year-old 
Oladimeji Olusegun Ogunfolaju, owner of Lakers Hotel and Lake County Entertainment in Lagos, 
and 79 others for allegedly involving in internet fraud.

The hotel, alleged to be a haven for Internet fraudsters, is being guarded by armed security 
men from three security agencies, including the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian 
Navy.

The suspects were arrested during a sting operation on the hotel located at 29, Ebute-Igbogbo Road, 
Ikorodu, Lagos on Saturday, March 7, 2020, following an intensive surveillance and intelligence 
gathering by the Commission about their alleged criminal activities.

In his statement, Ogunfolaju stated that he built the hotel, which houses a night club and a strip 
bar, from the proceeds of internet fraud in 2017.

About 60 of the suspects have volunteered useful information, leading to further investigation.

Some of the items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest include exotic cars, jewelry, 
mobile phones and some documents.

They will soon be arraigned in court.

The press release includes photos:

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419 Coalition comment:  We'd like to thank the EFCC for this operation, this is 
the type of high profile thing we like to see.  The assistance of the Nigerian Army, 
Police,and Navy is also much appreciated.  Many more of this type of operation, please.
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6 MAR 2020

EFCC Arrests 42 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Ogun

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan zonal office on March 6, 2020, 
arrested 42 youngsters for their alleged involvement in internet-related fraud.

The suspects, whose ages range between 18 and 33 years, were apprehended at different 
locations in Ilaro, Ogun State, following actionable intelligence earlier received on 
their alleged illegal activities.

The suspects are: Peter Fasuhan, Kareem Oladimeji, Adeleke Sodiq, Akinlolu Quadri, Popoola 
Lukeman, Faniyi Jamiu, Joseph Elijah, Idowu Afolabi, Laleye Olaoluwa, Olabode Olasunkanmi, 
Shoyola Joseph, Baura David, Janta Oluwafolabomi, Akintunde Wariz, Olukotun Abiodun, Kazeem 
Popoola and Olaoye Akinyemi.

Others are: Adebanjo Olamide, Esiegbe Dare, Job Emmanuel, Idris Olarewaju, Bakare Sodiq, 
Popoola Waliu, Popoola Ibrahim, Balogun Daniel, Adegbite Richard, Owolabi Aderibigbe, Oniyide 
Benjamin, Sheye Oluwaseun, Enitan Babajide, Oguntayo Samud, Daramola Damilola, Adeniji Azeez, 
Shobola Adeolu, Odunbaku Tunde, Olamilekan Adedeji, Maja Toheeb, Giwa Olajide, Tolu Yusuf, 
Ashoregbabo Ayo, Akanbi Olamide and Adeosun Temitope.

Items recovered from them include eight exotic cars, mobile phones and laptops.
They will soon be arraigned in court.

The press release includes photos:

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3 MAR 2020

Suspect Caught With Mini Coffin, As EFCC Arrests Six 'Yahoo Boys' In Ibadan

A 38-year-old suspected internet fraudster, Azeez Adebowale, has been arrested with a mini coffin 
containing fetish materials found in his possession, when his house was raided by operatives of 
the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on March 2, 2020.

Adebowale, who claimed to be using the coffin as a soap rack, was among six persons arrested by 
operatives, following weeks of piecing together intelligence report on their alleged involvement 
in internet fraud.

A lady, Toyinsola Bolumole, was among those picked up by operatives at locations around Oluyole 
and Alao-Akala Estates of the ancient city.

Others are Ifelowo Ololade, Sonuyi Ayodeji, Folarin Oladele Olayinka and Aluko Olawale.

Items recovered from them include four cars, various brands of sophisticated phones and an 
Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card.

The press release includes photos:

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3 MAR 2020

EFCC Nabs Foreign Job Scammers in Kaduna

Operatives of the Kaduna Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
have arrested one Obi Sobenna Jude and Robert Sunday Olaoluwa, for defrauding unsuspecting 
members of the public, through job scam, by posing as foreigners working for American companies 
on the internet.

The intelligence report was received and acted on by the Intelligence and Special Operations 
Section, ISOS, of the Kaduna zone. Upon receipt of the intel, operatives swung into action and 
stormed the residence of the suspects on February 29, 2020, at New GRA, Bayan Gida Yerima Gyade, 
Bauchi State where they were arrested.

Under cross-examination, they confessed to the fact that they had been using different techniques 
to defraud their victims, principally through the website: snagajob.com (a supposed job advert platform), 
where they posed as hiring managers of TTEC, reputable company in USA and paxful.com (another supposed 
platform) for trading bitcoins.

A search executed at their residence, also led to the recovery of a Toyota Camry salon car, a Sumec 
Firman Generator, two laptops (one HP and one Dell model), one iPhone 8+, one Samsung S8, one Tecno KC8, 
one Tecno F3, one Vivo Y37 and 4 ATM cards.

Analysis of their emails, text messages, chats and calls further confirmed the intelligence report 
as there were series of conversions between the suspects, their accomplices and victims with regards 
to their heinous acts of defrauding members of the public while sending fake offer letters to their 
victims.

They will soon be arraigned in court.

The press release includes a photo:

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2 MAR 2020

Internet Fraudster Bags One Year

The Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the 
conviction of Philip Utyo, for engaging in internet fraud, also known as yahoo yahoo.

Utyo was arraigned before Justice Modupe Osho' Adebiyi of a Federal Capital Territory, FCT High 
Court, Gudu, on a one-count charge bordering on cybercrime.

Following the review of the case of the prosecution, which was led by H. M. Mohammed, Justice Adebiyi 
on February 25, 2020, convicted him and sentenced to one year in prison with an option of N500,000.00 
(Five Hundred Thousand Naira) as fine.

Counsel for the defence, David Amana, had pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy, 
noting that the convict showed "great" remorse for his crime, having pleaded "guilty" to the charge, 
and had agreed to forfeit all proceeds of his crime, including sophisticated electronic gadgets 
to the Federal Government.

The press release includes a photo:

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28 FEB 2020

EFCC Arrests Nine Suspected Internet Fraudsters in FCT

The Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, February 
28, 2020, arrested nine suspected internet fraudsters at two different locations within the Abuja 
metropolis.

The suspects namely: Daniel Archiobong, David Ikechukwu, Alex James, Williams Vincent, Sanni Lucas, 
Ichado Victor O, Ubah Henry, Anifowoshe Femi and Akinseye Dipo, were rounded off in the early hours 
of today.

The suspects who are between the ages of 21 and 25, include some graduates, students of Oduduwa 
University, Osun State, and National Youth Service Corps member.

Their arrest was sequel to intelligence reports received by the Cybercrime Section of the EFCC.

Some of the suspects owned up to their crimes during interrogation, which include: identity theft, 
romance scam and online bitcoin trading scam, among others.

Information gathered from the suspects shows that they prowl social media platforms, such as 
Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, from where they dupe unsuspecting Nigerians and oversea victims.

Items recovered from them include Toyota Venza, Lexus and Mercedes Benz cars, mobile phones 
and laptops.

One of the suspects admitted that the vehicles were proceeds of the cybercrime.

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

The press release includes photos:

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27 FEB 2020

Three Internet Fraudsters Plead Guilty in Ilorin

Three suspected internet fraudsters facing prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission ( EFCC) Ilorin Zonal Office have pleaded guilty before Justice Adenike Akinpelu 
of Kwara State High Court, Ilorin to the criminal charges levelled against them.

The defendants, namely: Olopade Oladimeji Solomon,  Atanda Femi Benjamin and Atoyebi Samson 
are being prosecuted on separate charges.

The charge against Atanda reads: "That you, Atanda Femi Benjamin ( alias Federer Abril), sometime 
in December,  2018, at ilorin, within the judicial division of the Kwara State High Court, did attempt 
to cheat by impersonation, when you pretended to be one Federer Abril to a white Caucasin vide Gmail 
account: federerabril111@gamil.com and in that guise communicated with one Linda Richardson vide hangout 
with Linda Richardson, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary 
to Section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable Section 324 of the same Penal Code."

The charge against Atoyebi reads: "That you, Atoyebi Samson (a.k.a William Grover), sometime in 
July, 2019, in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did cheat by impersonation 
when you pretended to be one William Grover a white female with Gmail account willamgrover017@gmail.com, 
and fraudulently deceived Charles Wood an American citizen, to send $500.00 (Two Hundred Dollar) worth 
of gift card after you made him believe you were a girl in love with him and you thereby committed an 
offence contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same Penal Code"

They all pleaded guilty to the charges, following which prosecuting counsels, Sesan Ola and Andrew 
Akoja urged the court to convict them according. 

Justice Akinpelu fixed March 17, 2020 for judgement and ordered that the defendants be remanded in 
the custody of the EFCC. 

The press release includes photos:

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26 FEB 2020

Female Undergraduate, Two Others Bag Seven Year Jail Terms in Enugu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal Office on Tuesday, February 24, 
2020 secured the convictions of three undergraduates, namely: Cynthia Nwankwo Ifunanya (female), 
22 years, Kingsley Omenazu 27 and Okorie Kosalachi Alex 29 years before Justice I Buba of Federal 
High Court, Enugu, Enugu State on two separate count charges of internet fraud.

Justice Buba after reviewing the evidence against the convicts admitted that the prosecution 
counsel, Eunice Vou Dalyop has proved her case beyond reasonable doubt and convicted and sentenced 
Alex to three years imprisonment, while Ifunanya and Omenazu were handed two years imprisonment 
respectively. The threesome was, however, given N2 million (Two Million Naira) option of fine each.

Justice Buba, further ruled that all the items recovered from the convicts by the EFCC should be 
forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria. The convicts including the lady were arrested by 
the EFCC at Airport View Estate Thinkers Corner, Enugu State following several calls by the residents 
to the increasing fraudulent activities of the convicts in the area.

Meanwhile, four of the originally suspected fraudsters arraigned on seperate two and three count 
charges, namely: Valentine Chinaza , Wisdom Obioma, Godswill Ndubuisi. O and Anya Precious Junior 
all pleaded not guilty as charged.

In view of the pleas the prosecution counsel, Eunice Dalyop asked for a trial date and urged the 
court to remand them in Enugu Correctional Service.

Following the development, counsel to Godswill Ndubuisi and Anya Precious, N.F Anyaegbulam moved 
a motion for the bail of his clients which was granted by the court.

Justice Buba, after hearing from both counsels, granted the duo bail in the sum of N20 million each, 
two sureties in like sum with landed property. He ordered the property to  be verified by the court 
and the sureties to show means of living and passports of the sureties be deposited to the court.

Justice Buba further ordered the defendants to be remanded in correctional service pending the 
perfection of their bail conditions and adjourned the matter till March 13, 2020 for trial.

Similarly,  Valentine Chinaza and Wisdom Obioma were ordered to be remanded in correctional Service  
while their case was adjourned till February 26, 2020 for hearing of their bail applications.

The press release includes photos:

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26 FEB 2020

Man Bags 66 Years Imprisonment without Option of Fine for €55,000 Fraud in Delta

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Asaba has sentenced one Tonwerigha Oyintonbra Tombrown 
to 66 years imprisonment without an option of fine for defrauding one Izabela Glogowska to the tune of 
( €55,000) Fifty Five Thousand Euros under the pretext of paying it into her Perfect Money online account.

Tombrown had pleaded not guilty upon arraignment by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and 
Financial Crimes Commission in Federal High Court, Asaba, Delta State, on November 9, 2016.

He was prosecuted on thirty-three count charge, bordering on impersonation and obtaining money by false 
pretence. However, at the resumed hearing on the matter on February 13, 2020, he switched gear and pleaded 
guilty to all the charges.

One of the charges reads: "That you Tonweirigha Oyintonbra Tombrown (alias Michael Freeman, Yoshinaka 
corporation) on or about the 8th day of  May 2015, at Warri, Delta State, within the jurisdiction of this 
honourable court, with intent to defraud, did present yourself as one Michael Freeman a famous online 
trader and obtained the sum of (€5800) Five Thousand Eight Hundred Euros from Izabela Glogwoska under 
the false  pretence that you were going to pay the said sum into Izabela Glogwoska’s Perfect Money account, 
a pretence you knew to be false, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) (a) of the 
Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the said Act."

Prosecuting counsel, A.I Arogha reviewed the facts of the case and urged the court to convict him accordingly.

Justice Dimgba convicted and sentenced the defendant to two years imprisonment on each of the thirty three 
count charges without an option of fine. The sentence is, however, to run concurrently from August 11, 2018, 
the date the convict was taken into custody.

The judge further ruled that the EFCC should remit to the victim of the fraud, the sum of €30,475 (Thirty 
Thousand Four Hundred and Seventy-five Euros, being part of the proceeds of crime, which the convict had 
returned through the Commission in the course of investigation and prosecution of the case.

The press release includes a photo:

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419 Coalition comment:  We are glad that Judge Dimgba specifically oredered the return of monies
seized from the 419er, and also that he specifically ordered that the EFCC carry out the repatriation
of those monies to the victim.  We trust the repatriation of funds was done promptly.
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21 FEB 2020

Public Should Disregard Emails on Contracts, Payments Linked to EFCC

The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to emails, purportedly 
sent from info@efccnigeria.org to unsuspecting members of the public between February 16 and 18, 2020.

Members of the public should note that the said emails did not emanate from the Commission but rather 
spoofing attempts by internet fraudsters to defraud unsuspecting victims of their hard earned money.

The EFCC does not commercialise the work it does and under no circumstances will it request for payments 
from members of the public.

Petitions from members of the public are filed pro bono in court by the Commission and any financial 
restitution ordered to be made to victims is sent directly to them.

We therefore, urge members of the public who are in receipt of any of such scam email, to kindly forward 
it to the Commission to enable us investigate, trace and track down the masterminds.

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19 FEB 2020

Court Remands Suspected Internet Fraudster in Prison

Justice M. L. Abubakar of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has remanded 
Samuel Francis (alias Mark Langley) in prison custody following his arraignment today, February 19, 2020 
by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on three counts 
of impersonation and possession of fake documents.

One of the count reads: "That you, Samuel Francis on or about 1st November, 2019 at Port Harcourt Rivers 
State, within the Jurisdiction of this honourable Court with intent to defraud and in order to facilitate 
the Commission of crime, did falsely presented yourself to one David Anthony Lucky Bailey as Mark Longely, 
a Forex Trader from United States of America, contrary to Section 22 (3) of the Cybercrime Prohibition 
Prevention etc Act 2015". 

The defendant pleaded "not guilty" when the charge was read to him. In view of the plea, prosecuting 
counsel, U. D Asue-Izibe prayed the court to fix a date for commencement of trial. 

However, defence counsel A. U Ugorji asked for a short adjournment to enable him file an application 
for the bail of the defendant. 

Justice Abubakar ordered that the defendant be remanded in the Correctional Centre and adjourned the 
matter till February 27, 2020 for consideration of bail application.

Francis's trouble started when the Commission received actionable intelligence on his alleged involvement 
in internet fraud. After close surveillance, operatives of the Commission arrested the defendant at Worlu
Street, Ozuoba, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Investigation revealed that Francis operates several email accounts (marklangely01@gmail.com and 
michealsamuceda19084@gmail.com), which he uses to defraud his victims.

The press release includes a photo:

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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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