Nigeria - 419 Coalition 2021 News on Nigerian Scam / 419 Operations




5 SEP 2021

419 Coalition Note:  The Coordinator of the 419 Coalition,
Mr. Pascale, will be travelling abroad for the next five weeks, 
and therefore we will unable to update our News section during
that time.  

Until mid-October, to get the latest News readers will have 
to use the news section of the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) at https://www.efccnigeria.org/efcc/news.

You will have to parse the press releases to view those that 
are 419 AFF related.  We  regret any inconvenience.  After our 
Coordinator returns to his duties, we will "catch up" our News 
section as soon as possible.
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3 SEP 2021

Lekki Now Hotbed of Cyber Crime – EFCC 402 suspects arrested 
in three months

Lekki, the fast-developing upper middle class area of Lagos 
Metropolis, is emerging as the new hub of internet-related 
fraud. Data from the investigation activities of the Lagos 
Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
for the second quarter of 2021, indicates that Lekki District 
is the preferred location for all manner of cyber fraud 
syndicates.

Between April and June, 2021, the Advance Fee Fraud and Cyber 
Crime Sections of the Command recorded a total of 402 internet-
related fraud arrests. While the Advance Fee Fraud Section 
was responsible for 243 arrests, the Cyber Crime Section 
executed 18 sting operations which resulted in 159 arrests, 
from which 13 convictions have so far been recorded.

Of the 159 suspects arrested by the Cyber Crime Section, 70 
are from Lekki, comprising communities such as Ajah, Badore, 
Victoria Garden City, Sangotedo and Oniru.

Ajah accounted for 24 suspects, while Oniru and Sangotedo had 
14 and 13 suspects respectively. Badore had 8 suspects. Neighbouring 
Ikoyi and Eko Atlantic had 2 and one suspect each. Ikorodu and 
Alagbado on the Lagos Mainland make up the remainder.

The suspects are mostly millennials, with 82 of them aged between 
25-34 years, which speaks to the fact that most of the individuals 
arrested are either still in school, recent graduates or university 
drop outs.

Analysis of the data from the Cyber Crime Section further shows 
that the dominant form of internet crime is Dating Scam/Online 
Dating Scam/Romance Scam. Sixty Four percent (64%) of individuals 
arrested are involved in romance scam, followed closely by "Middle 
Man Scam" and “Picking” which account for 8% and 7% respectively 
of those arrested.

The 64% involved in the dating scam benefitted to the tune of 
N8, 310,000; $349,290 USD; £ 900; €10 and Cryptocurrency 0.17513.

Other typologies of fraud identified include forgery, possession 
of fraudulent documents, spamming, credit card fraud, impersonation, 
rental scam, loan fraud, Business Email Compromise, Hacking, stealing, 
cheque scam, phishing, and money laundering.

The data also reveals gift cards, at 39%, as the prevalent method 
employed by the suspects to access their illicit funds. It is 
followed by bank transfers at 27% and Cryptocurrency at 21%.

A total of $12, 512.49USD was recovered from the e-wallet accounts of four suspects within the period.

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2 SEP 2021

Offa Poly Student to Spend One Year in Jail over Cybercrime

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting 
in Ilorin on Thursday, September 2, 2021 sentenced one Olaleye 
Rosheed, a student of Federal Polytechnic, Offa, to one year 
imprisonment over offences bordering on attempted cheating 
and internet fraud.

Olaleye, 21, was prosecuted on one count by the Ilorin Zonal 
Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The charge reads: "That you, Olaleye Rosheed (Christiana Lopez) 
sometime in January, 2021 at Ilorin, Kwara State, within the 
jurisdiction of this Honourable Court pretended to be one Christiana 
Lopez, a white female with a gmail account, christianalopez105@gmail.com, 
and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 95 of the Penal 
Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same Penal Code".

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

Following his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Sesan Ola, reviewed the 
facts of the case through an operative of the EFCC. The witness 
narrated how intelligence report led to the arrest of the defendant 
on July 24, 2021.

Several fraudulent messages printed from Olaleye’s email including 
the iphone recovered from him at the point of arrest were tendered 
and admitted in evidence.

In his judgment, Justice Oyinloye said "I have carefully considered 
the facts and circumstances of this case, most especially the lone 
count charge, the plea of guilt entered by the defendant, his extra-
judicial statements and unchallenged testimonies of the sole Prosecution 
Witness".

He further said, 'this Honourable Court holds the view that the 
prosecution has succeeded in proving its case beyond reasonable doubt. 
This court finds the defendant guilty of the allegation levelled against 
him and he is hereby convicted.'

Justice Oyinloye sentenced the convict to one year imprisonment 
with an option of fine of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira Only) 
while the iPhone recovered from him was forfeited to the Federal 
Government.

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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31 AUG 2021

EFCC Arrests 15 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Port Harcourt

Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have arrested 15 suspected 
internet fraudsters in a sting operation.

They were arrested on Tuesday, August 31, 2021at different 
locations in Aba, Abia State. Specifically, the suspects were 
arrested at No. 214b, Aba-Owerri Road and Cherubim Owo Osisioma 
and Intercontinental by Nwanyi Motors, Umuode Osisioma, Aba, 
Abia State following intelligence on their alleged involvement 
in internet fraud.

The suspects are: Ezekiel Udo; Anyanwu Odinakachi; Emeka Agu; 
Lawrence Chinaza Michael; Ifeanyi Okorie; Nestor Akobunu; Frank 
Ogu; Ezekiel Samuel Uche; Inegbu Onyema Uche; Azukaogi Ogiegbe; 
Okoro Uchechukwu; Victor Ehiudo; John Chiemela, Lucky Nwoko 
and Ugochukwu Emmanuel Okafor.

They were arrested alongside three (3) vehicles: Lexus RX350 
Sports Utility Vehicle, GLK Benz SUV and Lexus ES33O SUV. Others 
are: forty three (43) phones of different brands and models; 
seven (7) walkie talkies; two (2) digital cameras, eight (8) 
laptops and three (3) iPhone wrist watches.

The matter will be charged to court as soon as investigation 
is concluded.

The press release includes photos:

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31 AUG 2021

Kwara Poly Student, One Other Convicted of Cybercrime

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday August 31, 2021 secured 
the conviction one Oyadiji Temitope Ridwan, a student of 
Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, and one Asimiyu Idris 
over offences bordering on personation and internet fraud.

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin 
convicted and sentenced the defendants to various jail terms, 
having found them guilty of the separate charges levelled against 
them by the anti-graft agency.

The charge against Oyadiji reads:

"That you, Oyadiji Temitope Ridwan, (Alias Dave Sayer) sometime 
in March, 2021 at Ilorin, within the judicial division of the 
Kwara State High Court, did cheat by personation when you pretended 
to be one Dave Sayer, a white male, vide your WhatsApp application 
with your number +1915209228 and in that guise communicated with 
one Danny Coffman whom you induced to part with property to with: 
$750 vide gift cards, 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 Penal Code"

The particulars of count two of the charge against Asimiyu read:

"That you, Asimiyu Idris, (Alias Nicky Pearl), sometime between 
June and July, 2021 at Ilorin, within the judicial division of the 
Kwara State High Court, did cheat by personation when you pretended 
to be one Nicky Pearl vide your facebook account and in that guise 
communicated with one Martin Stone whom you induced to part with 
property to wit: gross sum of $400 (Four Hundred US Dollars) vide 
Amazon Gift Cards, a representation you knew to be false and thereby 
committed an offence contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code and 
punishable under Section 234 of the same Penal Code".

The defendants pleaded guilty to their charges.

Following their pleas, Prosecuting Counsel, Andrew Akoja, reviewed 
the facts of the cases through the EFCC witnesses. The witnesses 
who are operatives of the Commission narrated how intelligence led 
to the arrest of the defendants. According to the witnesses, the 
defendants admitted committing the crime and volunteered statement 
during investigation.

Fraudulent messages printed from their email addresses, iPhones and 
laptop and the extra-judicial statements made by the defendants were 
tendered and admitted in evidence.

Delivering judgment on the cases, Justice Oyinloye said "from the 
totality of the evidence placed before the court, the plea of guilt 
entered by the defendants as well as the extra-judicial statements 
where they confessed to the crime, the court believes that prosecution 
has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt".

The judge after pronouncing the two guilty, sentenced Oyadiji to 
one year imprisonment with option of fine of N200,000 (Two Hundred 
Thousand Naira Only) while the iPhone, laptop and bank draft of 
N309,000 (Three Hundred and Nine Thousand Naira Only) which he 
raised as restitution were forfeited to the Federal Government.

Similarly, Asimiyu was sentenced to one year imprisonment on count 
one with option of fine of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only) 
and one year imprisonment on count two with option of fine of N200,000 
(Two Hundred Thousand Naira Only)

The court also ordered the forfeiture of convict's iPhone to the 
Federal Government. He was also ordered to restitute the sum of $470 
(Four Hundred and Seventy Dollars) which he benefited from the crime 
to his victim through the EFCC.

The press release includes photos of both 419ers:

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31 AUG 2021

Court Jails 10 Internet Fraudsters in Abuja

The Abuja Zonal Command of Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, August 30, 2021 
arraigned and secured the conviction and sentencing 
of 10 internet fraudsters to various prison terms. 
The convicts: Ulukpo Victor Obokparo, Osondu Stanley, 
Habib Iko-Ojo, Precious Ani, Emmanuel Philip Ikpan, 
Umar Farouk Mohammed, Israel Kue, Kingsley Mathew, 
Ibrahim Oyolade and Taiwo Samuel, were prosecuted 
before Justice Hamza Mu’azu of the Federal Capital 
Territory High Court, Abuja for offences bordering 
on cheating, misrepresentation, romance scam, obtaining 
by false pretenses and defrauding foreigners via internet.

They pleaded guilty to their respective charges.

One of the charges reads: "that you Ulukpo Victor Obokparo 
on or about the 25th day of June, 2021 within the jurisdiction 
of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja 
while representing yourself as one Williams Brandon, an 
Engineer from New Jersey, USA through the means of an email 
address williambrandon309@gmail.com carried out an illegal 
act to wit: inducing the duo of Helen Isean and Ida Connor 
of USA to deliver to you the sum of $5000 (Five Thousand USD) 
and you thereby committed the offence of cheating contrary 
to the provisions of Section 320 (b) of the Penal Code Act, 
Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja), 1990 and punishable 
under Section 322 of the same Act".

Following their guilty pleas, Justice Mu'azu sentenced them 
to prison terms, ranging between 3 to 6 months, with option 
of fine of N20, 000 to N100,000.

In addition, the Court ordered the forfeiture of proceeds and 
instrumentalities used in committing the crimes to the Federal 
Government.

The press release includes photos of 7 of the 419ers:

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26 AUG 2021

EFCC Arrests Man for Allegedly Obtaining N38m from Internet Fraud Suspects

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, Lagos Zonal Command, have arrested one Ladeji Kelvin 
Babatunde for allegedly obtaining over N38,000,000.00 
(Thirty-eight Million Naira) from suspected internet 
fraudsters in order to prevent their arrest by the Commission.

The defendant allegedly impersonated officers of the Commission 
and obtained the sum of money by false pretence from the suspected 
cybercriminals.

Upon his arrest, a four-bedroom uncompleted apartment located 
at Ikola Road, Alagbado, Lagos, which was developed with the 
proceeds of the perpetrated fraud, was recovered from him.

The press release includes a photo:

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419 Coalition Note:  Not really 419, but we thought this was
an interesting development.
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26 AUG 2021

Son, Mother Three Others Convicted of internet Fraud in Kaduna

A syndicate of internet fraudsters comprising a son, mother and 
three others were today August 26, 2021 convicted and sentenced 
to various jail terms by Justice Hannatu A.L Balogun of the 
Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna, after pleading guilty to separate 
one count charge that borders on cheating by impersonation, 
concealment of stolen item, aiding and abetting.

The convicts are Israel Justin, Lucky Ebhogie, Precious Iwuji, 
Margaret Sylvester and Richman Kas Godwin.

Based on their pleas, Justice Balogun sentenced Israel Justin, 
Lucky Ebhogie and Richman Kas Godwin to 6 months imprisonment 
each without option of fine. They are also to forfeit all items 
recovered from them, which are believed to be proceeds of crime.

Aside from the prison terms, the court ordered Lucky and Richman 
to restitute their victims the sum of $7500 and $1200 respectively, 
while the iPhone 11 Pro recovered from Richman is to be sold and 
the value restituted to the victim. The monies are to be handed 
over to the victims through the American Embassy by the EFCC.           

The two other convicts, Precious and Margaret were sentenced to 
a fine of N 150,000 each. Failure to pay the said fine, they shall 
be committed to prison for a term of 6 months each.

The sum of N7, 000,000 given to Margaret by Lucky to conceal, 
was ordered forfeited to the Federal Government.

The press release includes photos of all 5 419ers:

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Scroll down to our 20 and 11 AUG 2021 News for previous press releases on
these alleged 419ers.
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25 AUG 2021

Court Sends Undergraduate to Jail for Lottery Scam

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 
secured the conviction of one Udoh Sunday Okon for 
offences bordering on Facebook lottery scam.

Udoh, an undergraduate, allegedly defrauded an American, 
Kimberly, to the tune of $500USD via Facebook lottery.

The 20-year-old Akwa Ibom indigene was prosecuted on one-count 
charge, to which he pleaded guilty.

The charge reads:  "That you, Udoh Sunday Okon (Christopher 
Wray) sometime in March 2021 at Ilorin, within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court did cheat by personation when you 
pretended to be one Christopher Wray a white male with +18315088635 
as your WhatsApp business line and fraudulently deceived Kimberly, 
an American, to send $500.00 ( Five Hundred United States Dollars) 
worth of Ebay gift card to you after you made him believe that 
he won $1,000,000.00 (One Million Dollars) Facebook Lottery and 
you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 321 of the 
Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the Penal Code."

Following his plea, Sesan Ola, counsel to the EFCC, urged the 
court to convict the defendant and sentence him based on his 
plea and the evidence tendered before the court.

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin 
pronounced the defendant guilty of the offence and sentenced him 
to a term of one year in prison.

The judge, however, gave the convict an option of fine of N200,000 
(Two Hundred Thousand Naira Only).

In addition, the court ordered the forfeiture of N206, 000 draft 
raised as restitution by the convict and the iPhone which he used 
in perpetrating the crime to the Federal Government.

The press release includes a photo:

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25 AUG 2021

Court Sends 27 Fraudsters, Three Others to Jail in Port Harcourt

It was a harvest of convictions for the Port Harcourt Zonal Command 
of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday 
August 25, 2021 as 27 fraudsters and three others were convicted and 
sentenced to jail by Justice A.T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court, 
Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The three others were convicted for perversion of justice.

The convicted Internet fraudsters were arraigned separately on one 
count charge bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretences.

They are: Okei Morrison Onome, Ejiro Nwaju, Oki Alex Efe, Omoghene Gift, 
Collins Odinaka, Onyue Martins Ifeanyi, Azubuike Christian, Achiever Effiong, 
Adeniyi Michael Femi, Eze John Paul, Akinayomide James, Adejube Isaac 
Oluwadunsin, Isaac Phillip, Ibrahim Olalekan Olagoke and Paul Obinna Thomas.

Others are Damilola Michael, Umoru Mosuru, Dotun Ogunboye Olaleye, Adekunle 
Joshua, Elliot Igunbor, Ezomo Junior, David Oluwatobi, Ereoman Emmanuel, 
Oyetunde Victor Temitope, Nurudeen Abiodun Imole and Adeboye Victor.

The charge against one of them reads: "That you Adebuje Isaac Oluwadunsin 
on the 5th day of August, 2021 at Ondo State within the jurisdiction of 
this Honourable Court did fraudulently impersonate the identity of one 
Michelle Orton a (white woman) and citizens of the United States of America 
in your Samsung S8 and email address cryptohackweb@gmail.com to gain 
advantage for yourself and you thereby committed an offence contrary 
to Section 22(2)(b)(i) and (ii) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, 
etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22(2)(iv) of the same Act".

Three Sureties who were arraigned for perversion of justice are Lewis 
Ogenkhene, Ughoshe Adolphus and Osazuwa Efosa Robertson.

The charge against Ogenkhene reads: "That you Lewis Ogenkhene (m) on or 
about the 15th day of September, 2020 in Benin City, Edo State within the 
jurisdiction of the Federal High Court did knowingly make a false statement 
to Detective Ajisafe Wasiu an officer of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission in the course of the exercise of the duties of his office which 
statement is untrue in any material particular and thereby committed an 
offence contrary to Section 39(2)(a) of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission (Establishment) Act 2004 and punishable under Section 39(2)(b)
of the same Act".

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

The prosecution counsel, Francis Jirbo, Austin Ozigbu and Ibrahim Mohammed 
prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly.

Justice Mohammed convicted and sentenced the quartet of Imole, Olagoke 
Ibrahim, Odinaka, John Paul, Adekunle Joshua to three years imprisonment 
with the option of N500, 000 fine each. The duo of Damilola Michael and 
David Oluwatobi were sentenced to two years imprisonment or N300, 000 fine 
each. Others bagged two years imprisonment or a fine of N200,000 each 
while the three sureties bagged two years imprisonment with option of 
N100,000 fine each.

The press release includes lots of photos:

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24 AUG 2021

Cyber Fraudster Jailed for $1500 Scam

One Harry Prince Okotie who was on Monday, 23rd August, 
2021 arraigned before Justice Sylvanus Oriji of the High 
Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja by the 
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for 
pretending to be Thomas Toud, a Drilling Engineer from 
South Korea on Facebook, has been sentenced to 6 months 
in prison.

Okotie was convicted based on his guilty plea to the one 
count charge brought against him by the EFCC. The convict 
used the false identity to obtain the sum of $1,500 (One 
Thousand, Five Hundred Dollars) from one Richamar, a citizen 
of the Philippines in the guise of being in a romantic 
relationship with her.

He was sentenced to six months imprisonment with an option 
of fine of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand) Naira. He is also 
to forfeit the sum of N220,000 (Two Hundred and Twenty Thousand 
Naira), being proceeds of the crime, to the Federal Government.

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419 Coalition comment:  We hope that the 419er has been ordered to
pay full restitution to the victim as well, and that the EFCC will
see to it that this is done...  this was not mentioned above...
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23 AUG 2021

EFCC Arrests 15 Internet Fraudsters in Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission , Abuja Zonal 
Command, has arrested 15 suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects were apprehended within Brick City and Kagini 
in the Kubwa axis of Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, on 
Thursday, August 19, 2021 following credible intelligence 
on their alleged involvement in cyber-related scam.

The suspects are Benjamin Obiakor, Emmanuel Simon, Ibrahim 
Oyelade, Taiwo Samuel, Oko Emmanuel Chinedu, Uchechukwu Edozie 
and Obi Emeka Reginald. Others include Jerry Gabriel, Athnetus 
Ezeh, Michael Aaron, Ebube Gabriel, Ikechukwu Collins, Izoduwa 
Osemwegie, Augustine Kelvin, Morrison Marvin, Stanley Okereke, 
Victor Ajah, Ibrahim Ojonugwa, Chijioke Nnaka, Chikezie Wisdom 
and Chijioke Ifendu.

Items recovered from the suspects include two cars, five 
laptops and 13 mobile phones.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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23 AUG 2021

Court Jails Man for Romance Scam in Abuja

A 25-year-old man, Yusuf Adekunle Amuda was Thursday, August 19, 
2021 sentenced to six months imprisonment for internet fraud.

Yusuf allegedly defrauded a Chinese woman of the sum of N2 Million 
(Two Million Naira) over a phony romantic relationship in the social 
media where he presented himself as a Sino-American Military Officer 
on a peace-keeping mission in Syria.

He employed the false identity to extort various sums of money 
from his victim.

Justice S. C. Oriji of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, 
Maitama, Abuja, convicted Yusuf after he pleaded guilty to the one 
count charge brought against him by the Abuja Zonal Command of the EFCC.

The charge reads: "that you Yusuf Adekunle Amuda sometime in 2021, 
at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court by deceiving 
while pretending to be one Kim Webb, a military personnel from USA 
and posted to Syria for Peacekeeping, through the means of WeChat 
App which is a Chinese App cheated by inducing unsuspecting victim 
to deliver to you the sum of N2,000,000 ( Two Million Naira) in the 
guise of being in romantic relationship with her, a fact which you 
knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to 
Section 320 (b) and punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code 
Act, Laws of the Federation (Abuja), 1990".

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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23 AUG 2021

EFCC Arrests 37 for Alleged Internet Fraud

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on Friday, August 20, 2021, arrested 37 suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects were arrested at Ibadan and Oyo town, Oyo State following 
intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet fraud.

The suspects include Kehinde Emmanuel Ayoola, Adewale Adeparosi Samson, 
Adeniran Tijesunmi Ayobami, Abiodun Olamide, Olaoye Afolabi Bolarinwa, 
Ajibade Sodiq Ayodeji, Babalola Opeyemi David, Fatunbi Gboluwaga Oludotun, 
Abdusalam Mojeeb Ololade, Taiwo Emmanuel Olaoluwa and Oyewole Oyewunmi Fred.

Others are Akinboade Fatai Jimmy, Oyewole Samod. Others are: Ishola Akinyemi 
Labayo, Ayinde Oluwasegun Ridwan, Oladokun Abdulkadri Akolade, Adebayo Dare 
Basit, Adebayo Tola Kudus, , Oladeji Joseph Popoola Samuel Ayomide, Oladoja 
Oluwaseun Peter, Olakunbi Feranmi Ayodeji, Khalid Mohammed, Salimon Sodiq 
and Oparemi Ayomide James.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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20 AUG 2021

Son, Mother, Three Others Arraigned for Internet Fraud in Kaduna

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC on Friday, August 20, 2021 arraigned five suspects before Justice 
Hannatu A.L Balogun of the Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna on separate 
one count charges for offences ranging from impersonation to obtaining 
by false pretences.

One of the charges read: "That you, Isreal Justin (male) sometime in 
July 2021 at Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court 
in an attempt to commit fraud falsely presented yourself to one Angie 
Barfrag as James Thompson (an American Military Personnel) serving in 
Ohio, United States of America, which pretence you knew to be false 
and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 5 (2) and 
punishable under Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other 
Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006."

Another charge reads: "That you Lucky Ebhogie (male) sometime in July, 
2021 at Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court fraudulently 
obtained a total sum of $ 7,500 USD ( Seven Thousand Five Hundred USD) only 
from one Nancy, an American citizen, when you presented yourself to her as 
James Chinn (an American Military Personnel) deployed to Afghanistan which 
pretence you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary 
to Section 1 (1) b and punishable under Section 1 (3) of Advance Fee Fraud 
and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006."

The charge against Margaret reads: "That you Margaret Sylvester (Female) 
sometime in July, 2021 at Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court did conduct a financial transaction to with; purchase a vehicle "Mercedes 
Benz GLK 350, 2013 Model, Chassis No. WDCGG5HM1EG190011" at the cost of 
N 7,000,000  (Seven Million Naira only), for and behalf of one Lucky Ebhojie, 
from the proceeds of a specified unlawful activity for the purpose of disguising 
the source of the money which you knew or ought to have known was the proceeds 
of unlawful activity  and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 
7 (1) (b) and punishable  under Section 7 (2) of Advance Fee Fraud and Other 
Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006."
 
The charge against Godwin reads: "That you, Richman Kas Godwin ( male) 
sometime in July, 2021 at Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court fraudulently obtained the sum of $ 1,200 USD ( One Thousand Two Hundred 
USD only) from one Nancy ( an American citizen ) when you falsely presented 
yourself to her as West Brown ( an American military personnel) deployed to 
Afghanistan, which you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence 
contrary to Section 1(1) (b) and punishable under Section 1 (3) of Advance 
Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006."

The defendants all pleaded 'not guilty' to their respective charges.

Upon their pleas, the prosecution counsel, N. Salele asked the court to remand 
the defendants in prison custody and fix a date for the commencement of the trial,

But the defence counsel, C.E Okonkwo drew the attention of the court to a pending 
motion for the bail of his clients and urged the court to admit them to bail.

Justice Balogun ordered the defendants remanded in a Correctional Centre and 
adjourned the matter till August 26, 2021 for ruling on the bail applications.

The press release includes photos:

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Scroll down to our 11 AUG 2021 News for the press release on the initial 
arrest of these alleged 419ers.
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19 AUG 2021

EFCC Arrests 14 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Enugu

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Enugu Command, on Thursday, August 19, 2021 arrested 14 suspected 
internet fraudsters at the Monarch axis of Enugu, Enugu State.

The suspects are: Okoro Anselem, Okoh Chumsdi, Ngwuta Chibuike, 
Chukwugekwu Michael,Chukwuemeka Victor, Chima Richard, Simon 
Prosper, Joshua Bomateh and Chukwunonso Henry. Others include 
Waritimi Fredrick, Ifesinachi valentine, Amadi Michael, Ijere 
Caleb, Victor Nduka and Joshua Odoemenam.

They were arrested based on verified intelligence on their 
involvement in internet related fraud.

Items recovered from the suspects include two vehicles, several 
mobile phones, laptops and other incriminating items.

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

The press release includes photos:

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19 AUG 2021

EFCC Arrests Three Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Port Harcourt

Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested three 
suspected internet fraudsters in a sting operation.

They were arrested on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at No. 10c. 
Okokwu Street, Mile 3, Diobu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State 
following some verified intelligence on their alleged 
involvement in internet fraud.

The suspects are: Otode Kelvin Presco, Miracle Kanen Bariduduune 
and Saviour Ledum Prince.

tems recovered from them include: one black- coloured iPhone X; 
one green-coloured infinix Hot 9; one brown Tecno Camon 12 air; 
two small itel torch light phones; one black -coloured power 
bank, one black -coloured Tecno Camon 15 air and one blue- 
coloured infinix smart 4 phone.

The suspects would be charged to court as soon as the 
investigation is concluded.

The press release includes photos:

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19 AUG 2021

EFCC Urges Young People to Fight Internet Fraud

The incidence of internet related crimes may be reduced if 
young people are willing to speak to their peers about the 
damaging effect of such crimes on society.

This assertion was made by Harry Erin, Commander, Kaduna 
Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
when he received officials of the EFCC/ NYSC Anti-corruption 
Community Development Service group comprising corps members 
posted to Kaduna North and Chikun Local Government Areas, 
who were at the Command on a familiarization visit to discuss 
areas of collaboration towards fighting Internet-related 
fraud among the youth.

The Presidents of the two groups, Suleiman Yaro Suleiman and 
Jatau Abdulhameed Eneji, in separate remarks, agreed that the 
fight against internet fraud and other economic crimes cannot 
be left to the EFCC alone. While restating their unwavering 
support to the commission, they however solicit for the 
Commission's presence at their sensitization events to enhance 
better understanding of its work and the right messages to 
pass to the people.

The Corps members also submitted a schedule of programmes to 
the Head of Public Affairs of the Command, Hajia Zainab Sani 
Ahmed. She assured them of the support of the Commission in 
the execution of their anti- corruption sensitization activities.

The press release includes a photo:

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17 AUG 2021

EFCC Arrests 10 Suspected Internet Fraudsters

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Kaduna 
Zonal Command, have arrested 10 persons for alleged internet-
related fraud

The suspects are Ezenwa Peter, Fahad Ahmad, Alyassau Mohammmed, 
Nehemia Joel, Enoch Simon, Kabson Ziryi Beloved, Japheth Audu, 
Olatunji Abimbola, Innocent Arzuka and David Samuel.

They were arrested at a hotel along Karji Expressway, Kaduna 
following intelligence on their alleged internet fraud activities.

Investigation revealed that the suspects specialize in love/marriage 
scam, identity theft, and impersonation as they created fictitious 
social media accounts to defraud innocent victims. Some of them are 
said to be pickers or receivers of proceeds of fraudulent acts.

The suspects will be arraigned in court at the conclusion of the 
investigation.

The press release includes photos:

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13 AUG 2021

Two Internet Fraudsters Bag Three Years in Port Harcourt

Justice A.T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, 
Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced Morgan Innocent Chinda (aka Richard 
Johnson Adams) and Joshua Pina to three years imprisonment, for internet- 
related offences.

They were jailed recently after pleading "guilty" to one- count separate 
charge bordering on impersonation and Internet fraud, upon their arraignment 
by the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC.

The lone charge reads Chinda : "That you Morgan Innocent Chinda (aka. 
Richard Johnson Adams) sometime in 2021, at Port Harcourt, Rivers State 
within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court fraudulently impersonated 
one Richard Johnson Adams, an American citizen and pilot working with 
American Airways with intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby 
committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) of the Cybercrime 
(Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 
22 (2) (b) (IV) of the same Act".

The charge against Joshua Pina reads: "That you Joshua Pina (aka Berry 
Williams) sometime in 2021, on or about 28th June, 2021 at Port Harcourt, 
Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court fraudulently 
impersonated one Berry Williams with intent to gain advantage for yourself 
and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) of the 
Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under 
Section 22 (2) (b) (IV) of the same Act"

n view of the pleas of the defendants, prosecution counsel, N.A. Dodo 
prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Justice Mohammed found them guilty as charged, and consequently convicted 
and sentenced Chinda to two years imprisonment with an option of fine of 
Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N 250,000), and Pina to one year 
imprisonment, with an option of fine of Fifty Thousand Naira ( N50,000).

The judge ordered that the items recovered from the convicts at the 
point of arrest: iPhone 6S, iPhone 6 and Qukitel C 19 be forfeited to 
the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release contains a photo of each 419er:

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13 AUG 2021

EFCC Arrests 42 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Awka, Enugu

Operatives of the Enugu Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC have arrested 42 suspected internet fraudsters in separate 
operations in Awka and Enugu.

Twenty-nine (29) of the suspects were arrested in Awka while thirteen 
(13) were arrested in Enugu following intelligence on their alleged 
involvement in internet fraud.

The suspects are: Chimezie Anyamutaku, Chinonso Dominic, Onyekachi 
Nwankwo,Ikenna Austin, Chinonso Anthony Caesar,Felix Okechukwu Chikagu, 
Dera Okoye, Victor Onyebuchi, Emmanuel Ifeanyi,Emeka Izu John, Raphael 
Gbughemobi,Okorie Charles,Onyeoji Chukwuemeka,Enem Bontis Obinna Udoka,
Chibueze Udechukwu Ofor, Lawrence Oyegu, Soburu Kingsley, and Ikechukwu 
Umeakunne.

Others include Pascal Benjamin,Emeka Valentine,Nzube Kenneth Paul, 
Kelechi Elvis,Emmanuel Nwugo, Henry Onyebuchi Okoli, Uchechukwu Kachi, 
Onyekachi Promise,Innocent Victor Ikenna ,Ekene Emmanuel, Chisom Nwora, 
Emmanuel Dimgba, Martin Chukwudalu, Nweze Desmond, Franklin Archibong, 
Austin Ikpeoha, Arinze Osakwe, Chukwuemeka Franklin, Emmanuel Murewa, 
Echefulam Uche, Ugochukwu Eze, Goodman Samuel, Emmanuel Nwoye and 
Ekene Udeh.

Some of the items recovered from them include laptops, several phones 
and nine luxury vehicles including two Lexus ES350, one Acura ZDX, one 
Lexus GS300, a Toyota Camry sedan, a Mercedes Benz ML320, one Lexus 
RX330, a Lexus ES330 and one Mercedes Benz GLK350

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

The press release includes photos:

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12 AUG 2021

Man Docked For Admission Scam in Ibadan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal 
Command has arraigned one Fakunle Ganiyu Abiola before Justice Bayo 
Taiwo of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan on one count 
charge of obtaining under false pretence.

Fakunle, sometime in 2017 had promised to assist his victim secure 
admission into a US university for a fee of Eight Hundred Thousand 
Naira (N800, 000).

But after collecting a deposit of N300, 000, the victim neither 
got the promised admission or a refund of the deposit paid.

The charge reads: "That you Fakunle Ganiyu Abiola on 6th of December,
2017, at Ibadan, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, 
with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N300,000 (Three Hundred 
Thousand Naira) ) only from Oladejo Timothy Olusola, through your 
account domiciled at United Bank for Africa Plc, with account number 
2013788397, when you falsely represented to him that you can secure 
admission for him at a university in the United States of America, 
which representation you knew to be false and thereby committed 
an offence."

The offence is contrary to Section 1(1) (a) and punishable under 
Section 1(3) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related 
Offences Act, 2006.

Fakunle pleaded "not guilty" to the charge.

Based on his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Sanusi Galadanchi told 
the court that he was ready for trial to commence but the defendant, 
through his counsel, asked for a date for the consideration of his 
bail application.

Justice Taiwo adjourned the case till August 19, 2021 for hearing 
of the bail application and remanded the defendant in the EFCC custody.

The press release includes a photo:

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11 AUG 2021

EFCC Arrests Son, Mother, Others for Internet Fraud in Kaduna

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, has arrested the quartet of Lucky Ebhogie, 
Richman Kas Godwin, Israel Justin and Precious Iwuji for 
internet-related fraud.

They were arrested on August 5, 2021 in the Sabo area of Kaduna, 
Kaduna State following intelligence on their alleged involvement 
in internet-related fraud activities.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects are mostly 
involved in impersonation and romance scam; faking the identities 
of US military personnel on foreign missions to deceive their 
victims.

One of the suspects, Lucky Ebhogie allegedly recruited his mother 
into the scam by using her account to launder suspected proceeds 
of crime. On July, 30, 2021, he purchased a Mercedes Benz GLK car 
for N7 million through the mother's bank account.

Another suspect, Precious Iwuji was discovered to have sold her 
photographs and Facebook account to internet fraudsters, which 
they used to ensnare their victims.

The suspects will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes several photos:

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10 AUG 2021

EFCC Arraigns Suspected Internet Fraudster for N425m Fraud in Port Harcourt

The Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, has arraigned a suspected internet fraudster: Samuel 
Akunomah before Justice A.T Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting 
in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

He was arraigned on August 6, 2021 on 45-counts bordering on internet 
fraud, impersonation and obtaining money under false pretense to the 
tune of Four Hundred and Twenty- Five Million Naira only. (N 425,000, 000).

One of the counts reads: "That you Samuel Akunomah, Omena Precious 
Okeren (still at large) and Shittu Adebayo (still at Large) Austin 
Chibike (still at Large) Charemon Golden (still at Large) sometime 
in 2020, at Port Harcourt, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable 
Court, directly took possession of the sum of Forty-One Million Naira 
(N 41,000,000.00) in First Monument Bank Account No. 4915799016 in 
the name of Skillz Nigeria Enterprises, money which to your knowledge 
formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, and thereby committed 
an offence contrary to Section 15 (1)(2) (d) of the Money Laundering 
( Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended ) and punishable under Section 
15(3) of the same Act."

Another count reads : "That you Samuel Akunomah, Omena Precious Okeren 
(still at large) and Shittu Adebayo (still at large) Austin Chibike 
(still at large) Charemon Golden (still at large) sometime in 2020, 
at Port Harcourt, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, 
directly took possession of the sum of Thirty-Four Million Naira 
(N 34,000,000.00) in First Monument Bank Account No. 4915799016 in 
the name of Skillz Nigeria Enterprises, money which to your knowledge 
formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, and thereby committed 
an offence contrary to Section 15 (1)(2) (d) of the Money Laundering 
( Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended ) and punishable under Section 
15(3) of the same Act.”

In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, S.M.H. Ibekute prayed the 
court to remand the defendant in Port Harcourt's Correctional Centre 
pending the commencement of trial. However, defence counsel, Daninagbo 
Davies opposed the prayer of the prosecution and sued for his bail.

Justice Mohammed reserved ruling on the bail application but ordered 
his remand in Port Harcourt Correctional Centre pending the determination 
of his application.

The defendant's trouble began when he was arrested by the operatives 
of the EFCC on June 28, 2021, at Royal Palm Estate, Peter Odili Road, 
Port Harcourt following some established intelligence linking him with 
internet fraud and other internet-related activities.

The press release includes a photo:

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10 AUG 2021

Fake Charity: EFCC Arrests Two for N 21m Fraud in Kaduna

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission has arrested the duo of Michael Yusuf Michael and 
Martha Daniel, promoters of MYM123CARE, for allegedly obtaining 
money by false pretence.

Their arrest followed a petition alleging that the suspects on 
the pretext of providing aid to the needy, solicited for funds 
from the general public through the Foundation but converted 
the proceeds to personal use.

Investigation revealed that on 22nd March, 2021, Yusuf Michael 
posted a video of a woman with breast cancer and solicited for 
donation from public-spirited individuals who responded by donating 
money into MYM123CARE’s account domicile in a first generation bank. 
The account which was in the red, had by March 26, 2021 recorded 
a credit balance of N21, 515,962.75k.

The woman for whom the fund was supposedly raised later died 
in the hospital.

The suspect upon receiving the monies, went on a spending spree, 
transferring various sums to third-parties who used the monies to 
purchase various properties ranging from real estate, automobiles 
and electronic equipment.

The suspect will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes several photos:

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6 AUG 2021

Internet Fraudster Bags Jail Term In Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on August 5, 2021 secured the conviction 
and sentencing of one Israel Anyanwu Ugochukwu before Justice 
Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in 
Ikeja, Lagos

He was arraigned on a two-count charge bordering on possession 
of fraudulent documents, an offence contrary to Section 318 
of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

One of the counts reads: "Israel Anyanwu Ugochukwu, on or about 
the 25th January, 2021 in Lagos within the Jurisdiction of this 
Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, had in your possession 
fraudulent document titled "hangouts" where you presented yourself 
as Danielle Deluanay, which representations you knew or ought to 
have known is false."

He pleaded "guilty" to the charge.

The prosecution counsel, S.O. Daji, thereafter, reviewed the facts 
of the case and also tendered in evidence the defendant’s confessional 
statement to the EFCC as well as the incriminating documents recovered 
from him.

Daji, therefore, urged the Court to convict and sentence him accordingly, 
while also praying that items recovered from him be forfeited to the 
Federal Government.

In his allocutus, the defence counsel, Stephen Omoyola, pleaded with 
the Court to temper justice with mercy.

Delivering judgment, the Judge found him guilty as charged and 
sentenced him to six months in prison.

The trial judge also ordered the forfeiture to the Federal Government 
items recovered from him, including an iPhone XS and N273,443.73.

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5 AUG 2021

EFCC Arrests 41 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Owerri, Abuja

Operatives of the Enugu and Abuja Zonal Commands of the Economic and 
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, August 5, 2021 arrested 
41 suspected internet fraudsters in separate operations in Owerri, Imo 
State and Abuja, Federal Capital Territory. Their arrest were made 
possible through creditable intelligence received on their alleged 
involvement in cybercrime.

The suspects arrested in Owerri, numbering 31, include Prince Chukwuemeka 
Mmirikwe, Onyeachilam James, Ekezier Israel Chidera, Victor Okeafor, 
Princewill Okoroji,Ozioma Amakodike, Chidebeere Ogu Emmanuel, Mbaeri Eze, 
Ogbonna Chikamso, Mark Unakalamba, Okebaram Uzoma, Okebaram Ugobueze 
Emmanuel, Okafor Daniel Uchechuku, Miracle Chukwu, Oparaukwu Udoka and 
Nwosu Jude.

Other are Kanu Emmanuel, Ohazuruike Christian, Amarakuo Nelson, Moses 
Chimezie,Winner Nwaigwe, Chukwuma Njoku, Ajueke Ogochukwu Timothy, Ogujiofor 
Chukwuebuka, Okanume Franklin, Enyia Promise, Enyia Victor, Emeti Ikenna, 
Nwokike Arinze, Ogbenna Ikechukwu and Ilobi Chukwuebuka.

Items recovered from the suspects include four vehicles: a Lexus RX 350 
with registration number ABJ-615-DQ, one Toyota Camry with the registration 
number YAB- 560-SK, a Toyota Highlander with registration number YAB- 418-CE 
and one Lexus RX350 with registration number WER-251-LS; several mobile 
phones, laptops and other incriminating items.

The 10 suspects arrested in the Kubwa and Dawaki axis of the Federal 
Capital Territory include Pabbor John Oyin, Joshua Joel, John Asemota, 
Abakpa Samuel and Joseph Miles. Others are Israel Kue, Nathaniel Monibidor, 
Eghosa Balogun, Junior Salami and Moses Modupe.

Two vehicles (Corolla LE and Venza SUV), four laptops and fourteen 
mobile phone were recovered from them.

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

The press release includes several photos:

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5 AUG 2021

Court Sends 16 Cyber Criminals to Jail in Port Harcourt

t was a harvest of convictions for the Benin Zonal Command of the 
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday August 4, 2021 
as 16 cyber criminals were convicted and sentenced to various jail 
terms by Justice Adamu Tukur Mohammed of the Federal High Court 
sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The convicts are Saheed Ibrahim Odunayo, Oduwa Osagieduwa, Ahmed 
Rilwan, Okpodu Samson, Abimbola Akinboyejo, Akande Oluwaferanmi, 
Samson Fadugbagbe and Prince Ifeakachukwu Abandi. Others are Dogo 
Samson, Olurunlayo Busayo Adewale, Joshua Temiloluwa, Oniye Damilare, 
Oluwagbemiga Blessing, Lucky Morrison, Adekolurejo Femi James and 
Alasa Solomon.

The 16 convicts were arraigned on one count charge each for offences 
bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretences.

The charge against Ahmed Rilwan reads: "That you Ahmed Rilwan (m) 
sometimes in 2019 at Owo, Ondo State within the jurisdiction of this 
Honourable Court with intent to defraud sent electronic message which 
materially misrepresent your identity of Jessica, an American lady 
upon which she relied and suffered financial loss in the sum of 
$1,500 (One Thousand Five Hundred United States Dollars) and you 
thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 
14(2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act 2015."

All the defendants pleaded guilty to the respective charge.

In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, Francis Jibro, prayed 
the court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly. One of 
the defence counsel, Pascal Ugbome urged the court to honour the plea 
bargain agreement entered by the parties.

Justice Mohammed sentenced the duo of Adekolurejo Femi James and 
Oduwa Osagieduwa to two years imprisonment or a fine of N500,000 each. 
The quartet of Saheed Ibrahim Odunayo, Samson Fadugbagbe Okpodu Samson 
and Olurunlayo Basayo Adewale were sentenced to two years imprisonment 
or a fine of N300, 000.

Lucky Morrison, Joshua Temiloluwa, Abimbola Akinboyejo, Oluwagbemiga 
Blessing, Akande Oluwaferanmi, Oniye Damilare and Dogo Samson were 
sentenced to two years imprisonment or a fine of N200,000 each.

Ahmed Rilwan was sentenced to three years imprisonment or a fine of 
N300, 000 while Alasa Solomon bagged two years imprisonment or a fine 
of N400, 000.

Prince Ifeakachukwu got three years imprisonment with the option 
of N500, 000 fine.

The press release includes photos of 13 of the 16 419ers:

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4 AUG 2021

EFCC Arrests 13 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Abuja

Operatives of the Abuja Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, have arrested 13 persons for alleged Internet fraud. 
The suspects are Daniel Nwafor, Yusuf Abdulwaheed, Yusuf Adekunle, 
Ejiga Samuel, Umar Farouk Mohammed and Emmanuel Simon.

Others include Habeeb Ikojo, Osondu Stanley, Ibrahim Oyelade, Taiwo 
Samuel, Churchill Onodu, Jamiu Abdulkareem and Ogbede Y. Oguchi.

They were arrested in the early hours of Tuesday, August 3, 2021 
at different locations in Dawaki and Dutse areas of Abuja, following 
credible intelligence on their alleged fraudulent activities.

Items recovered from suspects include two cars (a Toyota Camry and 
Mercedes C300), 32 smart phones and 3 laptops.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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4 AUG 2021

Internet Fraudster Bags Jail Term in Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Monday, August 2, 2021 secured the conviction 
of one Shennaike Folagboye before Justice Mojisola Dada of the 
Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a one-count 
amended charge bordering on possession of fraudulent document. 
The offence is contrary to Section 320 of the Criminal Law of 
Lagos State, 2015.

The count reads: "Shennaike Adejumobi Folagboye, on or about 
the 1st day of March 2021 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of 
this Honourable Court with intent to defraud had in your possession 
document titled "Google Account Personal Info" wherein you presented 
yourself as Wladimir Marvin, for Romance/Dating Scam printed from 
your email wladimirmarvin60@gmail.com which you knew to be false."

He pleaded "guilty" to the charge.

The prosecuting counsel, Franklin Ofoma, thereafter reviewed the 
facts of the case and tendered in evidence, his confessional statement 
to the EFCC, the incriminating documents printed out from his devices 
and also his bank account statements. They were admitted by the Court 
as Exhibit 1-7.

Ofoma, therefore, urged the Court to convict and sentence him 
accordingly Defence counsel, Adebayo Ishola, however, pleaded 
with the Court to temper justice with mercy.

"He has no criminal antecedent and has vowed not to go back to 
crime," he said, noting that the defendant did not waste the time 
of the court.

Delivering judgement, the Judge found him guilty as charged and 
sentenced him to one year in prison but gave him an option of 
N2million as fine.

Upon release or satisfaction of the fine, he was also ordered to 
sign an undertaking never to engage in crime.

The trial judge also ordered the forfeiture to the Federal Government, 
items recovered from him, including, one HP laptop, one Samsung S10 
and one Lexus G3300.

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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3 AUG 2021

EFCC Arraigns Two for $20,000 Fraud in Port Harcourt

The Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, has arraigned the duo of Kingsley Peters and Otonye 
Okoye before Justice A.T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting 
in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

They were arraigned on Monday, August 2, 2021 on four count charges 
bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretences to 
the tune of $20,000( Twenty Thousand United States Dollars).

One of the charges reads: "That you Kingsley Peters and Otonye Okoye 
sometimes in 2020 at Port Harcourt, Rivers State, within the jurisdiction 
of this Honorable Court did conspire among yourselves to commit felony 
to wit: obtaining money by false pretences contrary to Section 8 of the 
Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable 
under section 1 (3) of the same Act".

They pleaded "not guilty" to all the charges.

In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel, K.W. Chukwuma Eneh prayed 
the court to remand the defendants in Port Harcourt Correctional Centre 
pending the commencement of trial. However, defense counsel, Floriett 
Godman urged the court to grant the defendants bail.

Justice Mohammed adjourned the matter to August 5 2021, and ordered 
the remand of the defendants in the EFCC custody pending the determination 
of their bail applications.

The defendants' trouble began on June 29, 2021, when they were arrested 
by operatives of the EFCC at No. 2 Eleworks Close, off First Avenue by 
Las Vegas Bus Stop, Port Harcourt for alleged Internet-related offences.

The press release includes photos:

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3 AUG 2021

Four Convicted of Cybercrime in Ilorin

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 secured the conviction 
of a 400Level student of University of Ilorin, Joshua Ogizien, 
and three other persons for offences bordering on internet fraud 
before Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court 
in Ilorin.

The three other convicts are Toheeb Muritala, a 200Level Computer 
Science Student of the Kwara State University, KWASU, Molete; Rasheed 
Afeez Temitope, a graduate of Bartholomew College of Health Technology, 
Shao and one Olaoluwa Samuel from Lagelu Local Government of Oyo State.

Following credible intelligence reports on the activities of fraudsters 
swindling unsuspecting victims of their hard-earned money within Ilorin 
and its environs, operatives of the EFCC swung into action and in the 
process arrested the convicts at various locations within the metropolis.

They volunteered statements and confessed to the crime.

Consequently, the suspects were arraigned on separate charges on 
Monday, August 2, 2021. They pleaded guilty to the charges preferred 
against them.

Instruments used in committing the crime such as phones, laptops 
including the fraudulent messages printed from their phones and laptops 
as well as their confessional statements were tendered and admitted 
in evidence by the court.

Delivering judgment on the cases today, Justice Abdulgafar said based 
on the plea of guilt entered by the defendants, the unchallenged testimonies 
of the prosecution witnesses and all the exhibits tendered, the prosecution 
had established its case beyond reasonable doubts.

Consequently, the judge sentenced Joshua to one year imprisonment, 
which should be suspended for one year and ordered the forfeiture 
of the devices recovered from him including the draft of N79,000 
(Seventy Nine Thousand Naira) which he raised as restitution to 
the Federal Government.

Similarly, Justice Abdulgafar sentenced Toheeb to one year imprisonment, 
which should be suspended for one year and ordered that the devices used 
to perpetrate the crime and the draft of N220, 000.00 (Two Hundred and 
Twenty Thousand Naira), which he raised as restitution be forfeited to 
the Federal Government.

The judge also sentenced Rasheed to six months imprisonment each on 
the two counts preferred against him, which will run concurrently. 
While the court ordered the suspension of the sentences by one year 
to enable the convict complete his education at KWASU, the devices 
recovered from him were forfeited to the Federal Government.

In the same vein, Olaoluwa was sentenced to a term of one year imprisonment 
on count one with option of fine of N50, 000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) and one 
year imprisonment on count two without an option of fine. According to the 
judge, "the sentences are to be suspended for a term of one year, while 
the convict's two phones and a draft of N32,000 (Thirty Two Thousand Naira), 
which he raised as restitution be forfeited to the Federal Government".

Justice Abdulgafar also ordered that the convicts should be reporting to 
ASP Towoju Azeez of Mandala Correctional Centre during the period of the 
suspension of sentences.

The press release includes photos of all four 419ers:

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30 JUL 2021

US Military Impostor Bags One-Year Imprisonment in Kwara

Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting 
in Ilorin on Friday, July 30, 2021 sentenced an undergraduate, one 
Abdulsalam Oyeyemi, to one-year imprisonment for falsely posing as 
American Military Officer to defraud unsuspecting victims.

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, had on Thursday, July 29, 2021 arraigned Oyeyemi, 23, on one-count 
charge bordering on personation and internet fraud.

The charge reads: "That you, Abdulsalam Oyeyemi (aka Colt Williams, James 
Anderson) sometime in March, 2020 or thereabout in Ilorin, Kwara State 
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court dishonestly induced one 
Cristina Gobin (aka Cristina Haripaul), a white lady to send you bitcoins 
worth the sum of 1,255 Canadian Dollars when you knowingly pretended 
and represented yourself to be one James Anderson, an American Military 
Messenger who is in charge of her husband, Colt Williams' internet 
connection when you had earlier represented yourself to the said Cristina 
Gobin as the said Colt Williams, an American Marine Officer who is in a 
romantic relationship with her and thereby committed an offence contrary 
to Section 321 and punishable under Section 324 of the Penal Code Laws 
of Northern Nigeria."

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge. 

Counsel to the EFCC, Aliyu Adebayo, led an operative of the Commission 
to review the facts of the case. In the process, incriminating materials 
found on the defendant upon arrest were tendered and admitted in evidence. 
These include the defendant’s extra judicial statements, fraudulent 
messages printed out of his phones and the manager's cheque (bank draft) 
of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) which he raised as restitution 
to the victim.

In his Judgment, Justice Abdulgafar said the court carefully considered 
the case of the prosecution, the plea of guilt entered by the defendant, 
his extra judicial statements and the exhibits tendered before the court, 
and found merit in it.

 The judge sentenced Oyeyemi to one year imprisonment. According to him, 
"The sentence shall be suspended for one year". 

 The court, thereafter ordered the forfeiture of the convict's iPhone 
 and Manager's cheque of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) to the 
 Federal Government. 

"The judgement is without option of fine", the judge added. 

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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29 JUL 2021

Graduate Convicted of Romance Scam in Kaduna

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC on Thursday, July 29, 2021 secured the conviction 
and sentencing of one Nwaturuocha Linjunior Kelechi to one-year 
prison term before Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High 
Court, Kaduna on a two count charge of cheating and impersonation.

One of counts reads, "that you Nwaturoucha Linjunior Kelechi 
sometime in 2019 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court did pretend to be an American military personnel stationed in 
Syria, when you knew you were not, and in such assumed character 
cheated one Vennesa Rose, an American citizen of the sum of One 
Thousand Nine Hundred Untied States Dollars ($1,900.00) when you 
claimed that you were in love with her and thereby committed an 
offence contrary to and punishable under Section 142 (1) of the 
Kaduna State Penal Code Law No.5 of 2017".

He had initially pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charges on December 
19, 2019 but was re-arraigned on July 29, 2021 wherein he pleaded 
guilty to an amended charge following a plea bargain agreement 
with the prosecution.

In view of his guilt plea, the prosecution urged the court to enter 
the terms of the plea bargain as the judgment of the court, while 
the defence urged the court to temper justice with mercy as the 
convict had no record conviction and has become remorseful.

Justice Khobo consequently convicted and sentenced the defendant to 
one year in imprisonment starting from the date of his arrest. He 
was ordered to restitute the victim the sum of $1,900.00 USD through 
the EFCC and the US Embassy.

He is also to forfeit to the Federal Government the following items; 
an iPhone 6, one 43" Led Solar Star TV, one DSTV Satellite Dish and 
one DSTV Decoder.

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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419 Coalition comment:  We trust the US Embassy will see to it that
the ordered resitituion is indeed promptly remitted to the victim.
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29 JUL 2021

Count Sends Two Internet Fraudsters To Jail in Benin

Justice Efe Ikponwonba of the Edo State High Court sitting in Benin 
City on Thursday July 29, 2021 convicted and sentenced the duo of 
Ahunwan Nosakhare (aka Ryan Phillipe ) and Ogbolu Israel Uche (aka 
Huan Bryan) to prison for fraud.

The defendants were arraigned by the Benin Zonal Command of the 
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on one count charge 
of personation contrary to section 484 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 
48 Laws of Bendel State of Nigeria (as applicable in Edo State) 
1979 and punishable under the same Law.

Nosakhare is said to have impersonated Ryan Phillippe (an American ) 
on Instagram using officialryanphillipe@gmail.com while Ogbolu Israel 
Uche impersonated Huan Bryan (a Chinese) living in the United States 
of America on Instagram with intent to defraud their unsuspecting victims.

The charge against Nosakhare reads: "that you Ahunwan Nosakhare (a.k.a 
Ryan Phillipe ) on or about the 9th of March, 2021 at No 28, Upper Siluko 
Road, Unity Street, opposite police station, Benin City, Edo State within 
the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court did with intent to defraud falsely 
represented yourself as Ryan Phillippe (an American) on Instagram using 
officialryanphillipe@gmail.com contrary to section 484 of the Criminal 
Code law Cap 48 laws of defunct Bendel State of Nigeria (as applicable 
in Edo State) 1976 and punishable under same section."

The charge against Uche reads: "that you Ogbolu Israel Uche (alias Huan 
Bryan) sometime in September, 2020, in Edo State within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court did with intent to defraud falsely represented 
yourself as Huan Bryan (a Chinese) living in the United States of America 
by sending fraudulent messages and pictures on Instagram to Lee Hwanhee 
Mario (a Korean) which messages you claimed emanated from the said 
(Huan Bryan) thereby committed an offence".

Upon arraignment, the defendants pleaded "guilty" to the charge preferred 
against them.

In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel, Immaculate Elody prayed the 
court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly. However, the 
defence counsel, Isaac Ozua pleaded with the court to temper justice 
with mercy and to honour the plea bargain agreement between the defendants 
and the prosecution.

Justice Ikponmwonba convicted and sentenced the defendants to two (2) years 
imprisonment or a fine of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200, 000) each.

The press release includes photos of both 419ers:

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29 JUL 2021

Unilorin Final Year Student Lands in Jail Over Cybercrime

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, has secured the conviction of a final year student of University of 
Ilorin, Ajani Samuel, over internet-related offences, including romance scam.

Ajani, 25, was among the 30 suspected fraudsters arrested on May 4, 2021 
around Tanke Area, University Road, Ilorin by operatives of the Commission.

Upon the plea of guilt entered by the defendant, and uncontroverted evidence 
tendered by the prosecution against him, Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara 
State High Court sitting in Ilorin found Ajani guilty of the two counts preferred 
against him by the EFCC.

One of the counts reads: "That you, AJANI SAMUEL (ALIAS ROSELINE THENG) sometime 
between the month of June, 2020 and May, 2021 at Ilorin, Kwara State, within the 
jurisdiction of the Honorable Court did knowingly had under your control the sum 
of $9,348.2 through your Blockchain Wallet linked to your samuelanuoluwa100@gmail.com, 
the money you knew to have been unlawfully obtained and thereby committed an offence 
contrary to and punishable under Section 319A of the Penal Code."

Following the plea of the defendant, counsel to the EFCC, Innocent Mbachie, led 
Udo Iniubong, an operative of the Commission, to review the facts of the case. 
Documents including the extra judicial statements of the defendant, fraudulent 
messages, iPhones, Laptop and Manager's cheque (bank draft) of N100,000 (One 
Hundred Thousand Naira) raised as restitution by the defendant were tendered 
and admitted in evidence.

Delivering judgment on the matter on Wednesday, Justice Oyinloye said the court 
carefully considered the evidence placed before it and the plea of guilt entered 
by the defendant.

“The evidence of the sole prosecution witness remained credible and reliable even 
after the cross-examination. The defendant entered defence, but failed to neutralise, 
controvert or damage the evidence of the prosecution”, the judge said.

Consequently, Justice Oyinloye sentenced Ajani to six months imprisonment on count 
one with N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) as option of fine and two years imprisonment 
on count two with option of fine of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira). According 
to the court, the sentences will run concurrently.

The judge also ordered the forfeiture of the convict’s iPhones, laptop and the 
manager's cheque of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) raised as restitution 
by the convict to his victims, to the Federal Government.

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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29 JUL 2021

EFCC Arrests 55 Internet Fraud Suspects in Enugu, Ebonyi

Operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC have arrested 55 suspected internet fraudsters 
in separate operations in Enugu and Ebonyi States. Eighteen of the 
suspects were arrested today July 29, 2021, at Agbani Road and 
Thinkers Corner areas of Enugu, Enugu State following intelligence 
on their alleged involvement in internet fraud.

The suspects are: John Kennedy, Onochie John Paul, Ilojeme Chiagozie, 
Ilechukwu Chidiebeube, Ike Ebubechukwu Emmanuel H., Otega Pafe Philip, 
Uzochukwu Uche Frank and Ezinwa Witness Chimere. Others are Obike William 
Nwabufo, Ikeja Eyerinsu, Chidindu Victory, Onwuagbaizu Paul, Tomizine 
Alamco, Great Oluwagbemiga, Kanu Dennis Ifeanyichukwu, Ebere Malachy, 
James Collins Ewenike and Ilojeme Chiemela.

Some of the items recovered from them include laptops and several mobile 
phones.

The remaining 37 suspects were apprehended on Wednesday July 28, 2021 
at Hausa Quarters, Nkaliki, Aboboriga,Abakiliki, Ebonyi State.

The suspects are: Igwe Chukwudi, Ozoemena Newman, Obinna William, Eze 
Godwin, George Ezenwa, Onyebuchi Ebuka, Ezediegwu Innocent, Nzubechukwu 
Obineze, Igwe Ikenna, Ibrahim Falada, Ezra Excel, Chinedu Agu, Oscar 
Sogidu, Uchenna Onyenweaku, Nwoka Darlington, Ejike Prince, Anuli Obinna, 
Nwazunkwu Collins and Mba Rocks, Patrick Junior.

Others are Amefula Kennedy, Ebuka Okoh, Igboke Chinonso, Ijezie Chibuike, 
Anthony Delight, Joseph Ahuighnwa, Innocent Chukwuebuka, Chima Ndubuisi, 
Benjamin Kelechi, Precious Kalu, Anthony Samuel, Christian Valentine, 
Chukwudi Agbom, Ekebudu Nwabueze, Okoye Arinze, Igwebuike Emeka and 
Chiemelie Franklin.

Items recovered from the suspects include four vehicles : Lexus RX 350 
with registration Number KUJ -552- BG, Lexus IS250 registered with Number 
EBJ - 762 -AAA, Mercedes Benz ML350 4matic with registration Number 
KUJ -393 - BQ and Mercedes Benz E350 marked YAB – 133 -BL, several 
phones and laptops.

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

The press release includes photos:

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28 JUL 2021

Court Jails Three Internet Fraudsters In Port Harcourt

Justice A.J. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, 
Rivers State has convicted and sentenced three fraudsters to three years 
imprisonment each, for internet- related offences.

The convicts: Paul Effiong Aniedi, Meshack Aniekan and Ovie Collins were 
jailed after pleading "guilty" to one- count separate amended charge, 
following their arraignment by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

One of the charges read:

"That you, Paul Effiong Aniedi (aka Austin Sylver) in 2020 within the 
jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently impersonate yourself 
as Austin Sylver, a Crypto Currency dealer from Australia, to one peter 
Wilkinson and others from United States of America, with intent to gaining 
monetary advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence punishable 
under Section 22 (2) (b) (i & ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, 
etc) Act, 2015".

Based on their "guilty" plea, prosecuting counsel, S. Ibekwute, prayed the 
court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Justice Mohammed convicted and sentenced the three defendants to three years 
imprisonment each, with an option of fine of Two Hundred Thousand Naira 
(N200, 000.00) each.

The court ordered that the phones employed in committing the crime: a blue 
Techno Spark 4, a blue Galaxy A10S and a gold- coloured Gionee S10 be forfeited 
to the Federal Government.

Aniedi, Aniekan and Collins got into trouble after the EFCC worked on some 
verified intelligence, linking them with fraudulent activities on the internet. 
They were arrested at Sam Mba Close, off NTA Akparale Road, Port Harcourt, 
Rivers State and prosecuted.

The press release includes photos of all three 419ers:

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28 JUL 2021

Internet Fraudsters Bag Jail Terms In Lagos

The Economic and Financial Crimes, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, 
on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, secured the conviction and sentencing 
of an internet fraudster, David Semilogo Foluwake, before Justice 
Abike Fadipe of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

The convict was arraigned on a one-count charge bordering on possession 
of documents containing false pretence.

The charge reads: "That you, David Semilore Foluwake, sometime in the 
month of February, 2021, at Lagos within the jurisdiction of the Honourable 
Court, with intent to defraud, had in your possession documents containing 
false pretence to wit: “Google Account”, wherein you falsely represented 
yourself as an American with the name Ivan Smith born in 1962, which 
document you knew to be false and committed an offence contrary to Sections 
320 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015."

Upon his arraignment today, the convict pleaded 'guilty' to the offence.

In view of his guilty plea, the prosecution counsel, Banjo Temitope, 
reviewed the facts of the case and prayed that the defendant be convicted 
as charged.

Justice Fadipe found him guilty of the offence and sentenced him to six 
months imprisonment.

In a related development, Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences 
Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, today convicted and sentenced a fraudster, 
Yusuf Quadri, to one year imprisonment.

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

He pleaded 'guilty' to the charge.

The prosecuting counsel, Franklin Ofoma, told the Court that the defendant 
was arrested in Lagos sometime in 2020 by operatives of the EFCC and "was 
found to be in possession of fraudulent documents, which he used to defraud 
unsuspecting members of the public."

He, thereafter, tendered in evidence the extra-judicial statement the 
defendant made to the EFCC, and the incriminating documents printed out 
from the defendant's email.

They were admitted by the Court as exhibits 1-4.

Ofoma, therefore, urged the Court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

Defence counsel, O. Abraham, however, pleaded with the Court to temper justice 
with mercy.

Delivering judgment, the Judge found him guilty as charged and sentenced him 
to one year in prison, with an option of fine of N1million.

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28 JUL 2021

Prince, Two Others Jailed for Cybercrime in Ilorin

The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 secured the conviction of one Prince 
Oyinlola Adedayo Emmanuel and two other persons who were prosecuted on 
offences bordering on love scam and cybercrime.

The other two convicts are Owonikoko Kehinde Damilare, a 200 Level Computer 
Science Student of the University of Ilorin and one Jimoh Akeem Lawal.

The convicts, who were prosecuted on separate charges pleaded guilty to 
the charges preferred against them by the Commission before Justice Mahmood 
Abdulgafar and Justice Sikiru Oyinloye, both of the Kwara State High Court
in Ilorin.

Oyinlola, 28, who identified himself as a prince from Odo-Otin Local Government 
Area of Osun State was found guilty by Justice Abdulgafar and sentenced to three 
months imprisonment, which shall be suspended for one year without option of fine. 
The court ordered that the phone and laptop recovered from him be forfeited to 
the Federal Government.

In a similar fashion, Justice Abdulgafar sentenced Jimoh Akeem to one year 
imprisonment each on count one, count two, count three and six months imprisonment 
on count four without option of fine. According to the judge, "the sentences shall 
run concurrently and shall be suspended for one year". The court also ordered the 
forfeiture of the money in the convict's bank account, phones and laptop, which 
were used to perpetrate the crime to the Federal Government.

On the other hand, Justice Oyinloye convicted and sentenced Owonikoko to six 
months imprisonment on count one with option of fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand 
Naira) and one year imprisonment on count two with option of fine of N100,000 
(One Hundred Thousand Naira).

The Judge ordered that the iPhone, laptop and the manager's cheque (bank draft) 
of N112,500 (One Hundred and Twelve Thousand, Five Hundred Naira) which he raised 
be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The press release includes photos of all three 419ers:

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27 JUL 2021

Cybercrime: Court Sends Unilorin, KWASU, Kwara Poly Students to Jail

The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 secured the conviction one Abubakar Abdulbashit 
Opeyemi, a final year Student of the University of Ilorin and two other 
undergraduate students charged with offences bordering on love scam and 
internet fraud.

They two other convicts are Alimi Abiodun and Idowu Rasaq Olarewaju, who 
are students of the Kwara State University, KWASU, Molete and Kwara State 
Polytechnic, Ilorin, respectively.

Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin 
convicted and sentenced the three undergraduates to various jail terms 
after the court found them guilty of various offences preferred against 
them by the EFCC.

The three convicts, who were arraigned on separate charges pleaded guilty 
to the charge preferred against them.

In his judgment on the cases today, Justice Abdulgafar while relying on 
the plea of guilt entered by the defendants and the various exhibits tendered 
against them held that the prosecution succeeded in proving its case beyond 
reasonable doubts.

Consequently, Abdulbashit Opeyemi was sentenced to six months imprisonment, 
which shall be suspended for one year. The judge also ordered that the convict's 
iPhones, HP Laptop which were used as instruments in committing the crime and 
a draft of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) which he raised as restitution be 
forfeited to the Federal Government

In sentencing Abiodun, the judge gave him three months imprisonment on count 
one and one year imprisonment on count two, which shall be suspended for one 
year. He also ordered the forfeiture of his iPhone and the sum of N352, 000 
(Three Hundred and Fifty Two Thousand Naira) draft raised by him (the convict) 
to the Federal Government.

For Idowu, Justice Abdulgafar sentenced him to six months imprisonment, which 
shall be suspended for six months. He also ordered the forfeiture of his (the 
convict) 2014 Toyota Venza, 2 iPhones, HP Laptop, the sum of N404, 414.93 (Four 
Hundred and Four Thousand, Four Hundred and Fourteen Naira, Ninety Three Kobo) 
in his First Bank account to the Federal Government.

"The sentences are without option of fine", the judge added.

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27 JUL 2021

Internet Fraudster Bags One Year in Port Harcourt

Justice E. Obile of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, 
Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced Sampson Ajagha to one year 
imprisonment for Internet- related offences. 

He was jailed on July 14, 2021 after pleading "guilty" to two- count 
charges bordering on impersonation and internet fraud, upon his arraignment 
by the Port Harcourt's Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC.

One of the count- charges read:

"That you Sampson Ajagha (Alias Wilson Brown) sometimes in September 
2020 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this 
Honorable Court did impersonate  identity of one Wilson Brown, a white 
man in your gmail account by sending documents to unsuspecting ladies 
through the internet which document  you claim emanated from the said 
Wilson Brown with the intent to gain for yourself, and thereby committed 
and offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (ii) of the Cyber Crime 
(Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under section 
22 (2) (b) (IV) of the same Act"


He pleaded "guilty" to the two-count charges preferred against him.  
In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, K.W. Chukwuma-Eneh, urged 
the court to convict and sentence the defendant accordingly.  His prayer 
was not opposed by the defence counsel, Paula Abdul-Adukole.

Justice Obile convicted and sentenced him to six months imprisonment 
each on both count charges, with an option of fine of One Hundred 
Thousand Naira (N 100,000.00) on each of the count.  The sentence 
runs concurrently. 

Sampson’s journey to the Correctional Centre began when he was arrested 
at Mandela Housing Estate Rumuokoro, Port Harcourt, Rivers State by 
operatives of the EFCC based on intelligence linking him to some fraudulent 
activities.

The press release includes a photo:

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23 JUL 2021

Court Convicts Fraudster 10 Years for $18,700 Internet Scam

The Sokoto Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission 
EFCC today Friday, July 23, 2021 secured the conviction and sentencing 
of one Joseph Oladapo Philips to 10 years imprisonment for $18,700 Internet 
fraud before Justice Mohammed Sifawa of the Sokoto State High Court.

Philips who is an undergraduate of the Sokoto State University was 
prosecuted for dishonestly representing himself as an American soldier 
erving in Afghanistan and obtaining the said sum by false pretence.

The one count charge against him reads: "That you Joseph Oladapo Philips 
"male" sometime in 2021 at Sokoto within the judicial division of the High 
Court of Sokoto State, did fraudulently cheat one Lisa Farley from North 
Carolina and Joey Jaitrong by dishonestly deceiving them to collect the 
total sum of $18,700 when you presented yourself to them as a United States 
soldier deployed to Afghanistan and sending documents of false pretence to 
them via your Instagram platform which you knew to be false and you thereby 
committed an offense contrary to Section 310 of the Sokoto State Penal Code 
Law and punishable under Section 311 of the same Law".

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

In view of his guilty plea, prosecution counsel S. H. Sa'ad prayed the 
Court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

Justice Sifawa convicted the defendant and sentenced him to 10 years 
imprisonment with option of N500, 000.00 fine.

The convict was also ordered to pay the sum of $18,700 United States 
Dollars as restitution to the victim through the EFCC.

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

court-convicts-fraudster-10-years-for-18-700-internet-scam

419 Coalition comment:  We trust that Ms. Farley will promptly
receive her returned funds, per the restitution and repatriation
order of the Court.
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23 JUL 2021

Court Jails Internet Fraudster Two Years in Port Harcourt

Justice P. M. Ayuba of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, 
Rivers State has convicted and sentenced Ogbonda Derrick Subumichi 
(a.k.a Walter Shepherd) to two years imprisonment.

The convict was arraigned by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the 
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on July 17, 2021 on 
one-count amended charge bordering on impersonation.

The lone charge read: "That you Ogbonda Derric Subumichi( a.k.a 
Walter Shepherd) on or about June, 2021 at Port Harcourt within 
the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did fraudulently 
impersonates one WALTER SHEPHERD with intent to gain advantage 
for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 
22 (2) (b) i of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) 
Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) iv of the same Act".

The press releace includes a photo of the 419er:

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19 JUL 2021

Court Sends Two Internet Fraudsters to Two Years in Prison

The Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, today July 19, 2021 secured the conviction of two internet fraudsters 
- Noah Omoregbe (a.k.a Frank Mark) and Destiny Efewengbe (a.k.a William Scot ) 
before Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of the Edo State High Court sitting in Benin 
City, Edo State.

The defendants were arraigned on one count charge each of personation and 
intent to defraud contrary to section 484 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 48 
Laws of defunct Bendel State of Nigeria (as applicable in Edo State) 1976 
and punishable under the same Law.

The charge against Omoregbe reads: "that you Noah Omoregbe (a.k.a Frank Mark) 
on or about the 21st day of June 2021 at Yoruba Street, Benin City, within 
the jurisdiction of this Hounourable Court, did with intent to defraud, 
falsely represented yourself as one Frank Mark, an American Soldier, and 
sent scam messages to one Liud Mila via your iPhone X with IMEI No: 354862090120911 
with intent to obtain money from her and thereby committed an offence contrary 
to section 484 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 48 Laws of defunct Bendel State 
of Nigeria ( as applicable in Edo State) , 1976 and punishable under the same Law."

The charge against Efewengbe reads: "that you Destiny Efewengbe (a.k.a William 
Scot) on or about the 7th day of May, 2021 at Ugbor Area, Benin City, within 
the jurisdiction of this Hounourable Court did with intent to defraud falsely 
represented yourself as one William Scot (a white man ) and sent scam messages 
to one Yaun Tested via your iPhone 11 pro Max with IMEI No: 353926104836894 
with intent to obtain money from her and thereby committed an offence contrary 
to section 484 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 48, Laws of defunct Bendel State 
of Nigeria ( as applicable in Edo State) 1976 and punishable under the same Law."

Upon arraignment, the defendants pleaded guilty to the charges.

In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel, Ibrahim Mohammed prayed the court 
to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly. However, the defence counsel, 
Pascal Ugbome pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy and honour the
plea bargain agreement between his clients and the prosecution.

Justice Ikponmwonba convicted and sentenced Omoregbe to two (2) years imprisonment 
with option of fine of Two Hundred Thousand Naira ( N 200,000 ), while Efewengbe 
( a.k.a William Scott ) was sentenced to six months imprisonment with an option 
of Two Hundred Thousand Naira ( N200,000) as fine.

Justice Ikponwonba also ordered that items recovered by the prosecution during 
investigation be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria

The press release includes photos of the two 419ers:

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19 JUL 2021

EFCC Charges Youths on Value Orientation

The Gombe Zonal Head of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Babashani Umar Sanda, has charged youths serving the country through the 
National Youth Service Corps, NYSC across Nigeria to resist negative values 
and prepare themselves to taken on the challenges that beset their country.

Babashani gave the charge, on Thursday 15 July, 2021 while addressing Corps 
members serving at Gombe State during their Community Development Service 
(CDS) day at the NYSC Zonal Secretariat, Bolari , Gombe State.

Babashani who spoke through the Head, Public Affairs, Chris Oluka, observed 
that:

"The common impression today based on happenings in the country is that 
the youths by their actions seem not to be ready to face their future; 
that rather than work hard and prepare themselves for that tomorrow, 
they are engaging in thuggery, cultism, sexual abuse and internet fraud 
among other vices"

"Now is the time to reinvent yourselves positively in order to take up your 
God-given responsibilities of salvaging the country from all the problems 
bedevilling it."

He urged them not to be deceived by the allure of wealth being displayed 
by some internet fraudsters but to emulate Nigerian role models who achieved 
fame and recognition by sheer grit and determination.

Highlight of the occasion was a sensitisation walk organised by the Anti-
corruption CDS group, and supported by EFCC Zonal office across some selected 
streets of the metropolis.

The press release includes a photo:

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16 JUL 2021

EFCC Arrested 20 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Katsina

The Kano Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission 
has arrested twenty suspected Internet fraudsters in Dutsinma Local 
Government Area of Katsina State.

The suspects who were mostly youth in their early twenties were arrested 
by a team of operatives of the Commission following intelligence indicating 
that some Internet fraudsters were perpetrating fraudulent activities around 
Dutsinma Local Government Area of Katsina State.

On the strength of the intelligence, a team of operatives was dispatched 
and they effected a raid on their hideouts and arrested the suspects.

On the strength of the intelligence, a team of operatives was dispatched 
and they effected a raid on their hideouts and arrested the suspects.

Investigation is ongoing and indicted suspects will be charged to court.

The press release includes photos:

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14 JUL 2021

Eight Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested in Enugu

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu 
Zonal Office on Monday July 12, 2021 arrested 8 suspected internet fraudsters 
in the Premier Layout area of Enugu state.

The suspects include Luke Anthony, Allison Onyedikachi, Tochukwu Udoye, Eze 
Arinze, Obijesi Obiora, Christian Chukwuemeka, Madueke Johnson Chima and 
Tochukwu Nnadi.

They were arrested following credible intelligence received by the Commission 
on their alleged involvement in computer-related fraud.

Items recovered from them include several phones, cars, laptops and other 
incriminating items.

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

The press release includes photos of seven of the 419ers:

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14 JUL 2021

EFCC Charges KWASU Students On Integrity, Hard work

The Zonal Head of Ilorin Office of Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, Usman Muktar, on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 charged 
students of the Kwara State University, KWASU, Malete, to embrace 
the culture of integrity, hard work and national pride.

He expressed optimism that, "Nigeria would overcome the present 
challenges posed by corruption and other forms of crimes such as 
kidnapping, armed robbery and cybercrime once Nigerians youths 
realise their potentials and channel it productively for the 
good of all."

Muktar who spoke through the Head, Public Affairs Department 
of the Zone, Ayodele Babatunde, gave the charge in a keynote 
address entitled "EFCC And The Role Of The Youths In Curbing 
Cybercrime" at the 2020/2021 Orientation Programme for Students 
of KWASU, Malete, Kwara State.

According to him, "The EFCC values the fertile minds of the 
Nigerian youths and we will continue to ensure that we galvanize 
this critical component of the country in our anti-corruption 
crusade. We view the youth as the future anti-corruption warriors 
that will carry on the fight against corruption".

While decrying the rate at which youths get involved in cybercrime, 
the EFCC boss noted that, "yahoo-yahoo is not a sustainable way of 
life, but a shortcut to fame and wealth which leads to is misery 
and regret".

He urged Nigerians to ensure, "that the love of our country is 
paramount in their hearths" adding that, "the fight against corruption 
requires all hands to be on the deck for it to be won".

He further urged Nigerian youths to take more than a passing 
interest in the affairs of their country, urging them to live 
above board and be willing to hold their leaders accountable. 
He also urged the students to become whistle blowers "by reporting 
acts that fail the simple test of integrity."

"When you see something, say something; and don’t stop there, please 
do something", he added.

Highlights of the event was the presentation of some of the publications 
of the Commission including the EFCC Establishment Act, Frequently Asked 
Questions (FAQ) About the EFCC and Zero Tolerance Magazine to the Vice
 Chancellor of the KWASU, Professor Mohammed M. Akanbi, SAN, represented 
 by Professor Sulaiman Jamiu, the University’s former Deputy Vice Chancellor, 
 Academics.

In his remarks shortly after the presentation, the VC’s representative, 
Professor Jamiu thanked the EFCC, promising that the books would be kept 
in the library for the benefit of both students and lecturers. He also 
pledged the varsity's support for the anti-corruption war of the Commission.

The press release includes photos:

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14 JUL 2021

EFCC Launches App for Online Reporting of Economic Crimes

The Economic and Financial Crimes commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, 
July 14, 2021, launched an App, Eagle Eye, designed to ease the 
process of reporting economic and financial crimes in Nigeria.

Speaking during the launch, the Executive Chairman of the Commission, 
Abdulrasheed Bawa, described the App, being the first of its kind by 
any law enforcement agency in Nigeria, as a product of ingenuity by 
a staff of the Commission, being an application that was conceived, 
designed and developed by the EFCC.

According to the EFCC chairman, the initiative is a clear demonstration 
of his pledge on assumption of office, to run an agency that is technology-
driven. “The Eagle Eye represents a new experience in information sharing 
and crime reporting between the public and the EFCC”, he said.

Apart from complementing the existing channels for reporting economic 
crimes, the unique advantage of this application, the EFCC Chairman further 
explained, is that it eliminates direct person-to-person interface in the 
reporting process and guarantees anonymity which is an added incentive 
to effective whistle blowing.

While appealing to members of the public to take advantage of the App 
in bringing cases of corruption and economic crimes to the knowledge 
of the EFCC, Bawa said, "with the App, those who hitherto were afraid 
to report corruption cases to the Commission either for fear of being 
identified by the culprits or having their identities revealed, can 
now do so with the assurance of full anonymity".

He emphasized that the Eagle Eye App, will go a long way in aiding 
the reportage of fraudulent activities of individuals particularly 
in the case of Money Laundering through Real Estate. "With the Eagle 
Eye, Nigerians and Non Nigerians can easily take a picture of a property 
suspected to have been fraudulently or corruptly acquired and report 
through the App seamlessly".

He also said that as media practitioners, journalists occupy vantage 
positions not only in helping to bring the knowledge of the application 
to the public, but also making use of it and helping others to understand 
how it could be deployed to further the fight against economic crimes 
including corruption. "With the Eagle Eye, you have at your fingertips 
a device that will ultimately ensure that there is no hiding place for 
the corrupt in Nigeria", he further explained.

On how it works, the EFCC Chairman said, Eagle Eye is a user friendly 
application, with features that can be navigated by any literate person. 
The first step, he said, is to download it to device from either the 
Apple of Google play store.

For those who want to key into the Whistle Blowing Policy of the Federal 
Government and obtain reward for reporting corruption, the EFCC Chairman 
said such persons should indicate in the information they are providing; 
just as he said that there are penalties clearly stipulated in the laws, 
for giving false information that could mislead the Commission.

The press release includes photos:

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419 Coalition note:  We are not sure how applicable the Eagle Eye
app is going to be to victims of 419, but we are hopeful, and on the
"can't hurt and might help" plan, we have put a link to the above
press release up on our Main page in the "Reporting" section.
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14 JUL 2021

Court Jails Man Six Months For $15,000 Romance Scam In Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, secured the conviction and sentencing 
of one Ayeni Emmanuel to six months imprisonment before Justice Sherifat 
Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

The convict was prosecuted on a one-count amended charge bordering on 
cheating, contrary to Section 321 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 
2011.

The charge reads: "Ayeni Emmanuel, between January 2019 and December 
2020, in Lagos, within the Ikeja Judicial Division of this Honourable 
Court, by means of fraudulent trick, obtained the sum of $15,000 
Australian Dollars from Tuciata Leifi, a citizen of Queensland, 
Australia, whom you met on POF dating site, wherein you represented 
yourself to be one Dina Gomez, a US Military officer on peace-keeping 
mission in Iraq, which representation you knew was false."

He pleaded "guilty" to the charge.

Following his guilty plea, the prosecuting counsel, Nnaemeka Omewa, 
gave a review of the facts against him.

According to Omewa, the EFCC, in January 2021, received intelligence 
about the activities of some internet fraudsters.

"On receipt, the same was analysed and surveillance carried out and 
found worthy of investigation," he said.

According to him, the defendant was subsequently arrested at Sangotedo, 
Ajah, Lagos and brought to the EFCC office for further investigation.

He said a HP laptop and an iPhone 11 were recovered from him.

He told the Court that further investigation, including the analysis 
of his devices, confirmed his involvement in an online dating scam 
and he was charged accordingly.

Omewa, therefore, urged the Court to convict the defendant based 
on his guilty plea.

He also prayed the Court to forfeit to the Federal Government the 
items recovered from him.

Justice Solebo, thereafter, found him guilty as charged and sentenced 
him to six months in prison.

He was also ordered to restitute the $15,000 Austrian Dollars to his victim.

The items recovered from him were also ordered forfeited to the Federal 
Government.

"Upon release, he should enter a bond with the Commission to be of good 
behaviour," Justice Solebo further held.

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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14 JUL 2021

EFCC Operation At Parkitonian Hotel – The True Story

In the early hours of Tuesday July 13, 2021 a team of operatives 
from the Lagos Zonal Office of the Commission, acting on verified 
intelligence on the activities of a suspected syndicate of internet 
fraudsters carried out an operation at Parkitonian Hotel in the 
Lekki area of Lagos.

During the sting operation which was the culmination of weeks of 
surveillance during which the rooms occupied by the suspects were 
identified, 30 suspects were arrested with 24 of them already 
confessing involvement in cybercrimes and related activities.

There was no incident as the hotel management served with the 
relevant Warrant offered access to the operatives, to carry out 
their lawful duties.

 However, in the course of the operation, the Operatives encountered 
 women in some of the rooms who pleaded nudity to stop them from arresting 
 their targets. This has lately become the antics of cyber fraudsters who 
 procure ladies to plead nudity as a decoy, to allow their consort destroy 
 incriminating items in their devices before arrest.

The Commission will not fall for such gimmick which is intended to 
prevent it from carrying out its lawful duties.

It must however be stated for emphasis, that there was no break in, 
no molestation and no violence of any kind during the operation.

Yet a section of the media, especially the online publication, People 
Gazette and the Punch Newspaper, which lapped up People Gazette's report 
hook line and sinker, presented a narrative of gestapo operation, with 
forceful break in and the violation of the privacy of nude guests.

Interestingly, a common thread to the report is attribution to faceless 
sources. It is curious that citizens whose right to privacy had been so 
blatantly violated as claimed, would be hesitant to publicly speak about 
their ordeal. Even more worrisome is the fact that a responsible publication 
like the Punch Newspaper did not bother to carry out a fact-check on the 
allegations of break in and violence but simply regurgitated the false 
narrative of People Gazette.

Also, from the two reports, both the hotel owner and his manager were 
quoted as refusing to speak on the operation. But the claim is obviously 
a game of ostrich as their involvement in pushing out the false narrative 
is discernable. The hotel owner perhaps is ignorant of the fact that he 
could become an accomplice and liable for allowing his premises to be 
used for cybercrime, in contravention of section 3 of the Advance Fee 
Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act. The section provides that, 
a "person who, being the occupier or is concerned in the management 
of any premises, causes or knowingly permits the premises to be used 
for any purpose which constitutes an offence under this Act is guilty 
of an offence and liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of 
not less than 5 years without the option of a fine".

The Commission warns hoteliers from allowing their premises and facilities 
to become havens for cybercrime.

Adherence to the rule of law remains a core principle moderating the activities 
of the EFCC and the Executive Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa has repeatedly said the 
agency under his watch will not deviate from the norm.

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13 JUL 2021

Alleged $1050 Internet Fraud: Court Gives Stringent Bail Condition to Student

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Uyo Zonal Office, 
on Monday July 12, 2021 arraigned one Obasi Ugochukwu, a computer science 
student of the University of Calabar before Justice T. B. Adegoke of the 
Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, for alleged internet 
fraud.

Ugochukwu pleaded 'not guilty' to the two count charge of criminal diversion 
and impersonation preferred against him by the EFCC.

One of the counts reads, "That you Obasi Ugochuwku (a.k.a Mandy Eggwhite, 
and Alice) sometime in October, 2020 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court with intent to obtain property and gain advantage 
for yourself, fraudulently presented yourself as Mandy Eggwhite and defrauded 
one Donald Schmitz in the sum of One Thousand, Fifty US Dollars ($1,050) 
and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(i) of the 
Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under 
Section (22)(2)(b)(iv) of the same Act and you possess documents containing 
false pretence to wit; chat messages printed from your iPhone 11 Pro mobile 
phone which documents you knew contains false pretence and thereby committed 
an offence contrary to Section 6 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud 
Related offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 9(1)&(2) of the 
same Act".

In view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel J. O. Abolarin prayed the court 
to remand the defendant and fix a date for trial to enable the prosecution 
prove its case. But the defence counsel I. J. Bassey. Immediately moved the 
motion for the bail of his client.

But before adjourning to September 21, 2021 for commencement of trial, Justice 
Adegoke granted the defendant bail in the sum of N5,000,000 (Five Million Naira) 
and two sureties in like sum. The sureties must present three years tax clearance 
certificate, and must reside within the jurisdiction of the court.

The sureties who must be Grade Level 14 officer and above from the Ministry 
of Finance of the Akwa Ibom State civil service, shall attend the trial of 
the defendant at each adjourned date and shall give undertaking to that effect.

The court also ordered the registrar of the court to verify the residence 
of the sureties, and have the Permanent Secretary confirm in writing that 
the sureties are his employees, and the sureties shall give an undertaking 
in writing that they will pay the bail bond to the registrar of the court 
who shall verify the bail condition.

The defendant was remanded at the Correctional Centre, pending the fulfilment 
of the bail conditions.

In a related development, the trial of two others; Asuquo Emmanuel Unyenyin 
and Anne Felix Idiong before Justice Adegoke were stalled as Anne Idiong whom 
the Commission had earlier granted an administrative bail failed to show up 
in court for arraignment. According to her lawyer, Udeme Tom, the defendant 
had to travel out of the state to attend to her health.

Asuquo Emmanuel Unyenyin though present in court, could not take his plea 
as he had earlier indicated his intention to plea bargain

The Judge adjourned the case till September 21, 2021 and July 25, 2021 
respectively for their arraignment, and ordered Asuquo remanded at the 
Correctional Centre.

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

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12 JUL 2021

Internet Fraud: Court Adjourns Naira Marley’s Trial Till Oct. 5

Justice I. Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, 
on Monday, July 12, 2021, adjourned till October 5, 2021 for continuation of 
trial in the case of Afeez Adeshina Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, 
who was arraigned sometime in 2019 on an 11-count charge of credit card fraud 
preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge, thereby leading to his trial.

Since the commencement of the trial, the prosecution had called two witnesses, 
Nuru Buhari Dalhatu and Augustine Anosike, both forensic experts with the EFCC, 
who revealed to the court how the defendant frequently visited sites where 
stolen credit cards were sold to interested fraudsters as well as other shocking 
evidence recovered from the defendant's mobile device.

At the resumed sitting today, the prosecution counsel, Bilkisu Buhari, informed 
the court that the matter was slated for cross-examination of the second prosecution 
witness, PW2, Anosike, and also urged the court to call on the witness for the 
continuation of the hearing.

However, counsel to the defendants, Akinwale Kola-Taiwo, asked the court for a 
short date on the grounds that "the matter is for mention today and not continuation 
as disclosed by the prosecution."

Consequently, Justice Oweibo granted the prayer of the defence and adjourned the 
matter till October 5, 6 and 7 for continuation of trial.

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12 JUL 2021

Court Sentences Jails Two Internet Fraudsters

The Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes, EFCC, 
on Monday July 12, 2021 secured the convictions of two internet 
fraudsters before Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of the Edo State High 
Court, Benin City.

The convicts, Ehigiator Emma Kennedy and Idoko Enape Onakpa were 
arraigned on separate one count charge of personation contrary to 
and punishable under section 484 of the Criminal Code Cap 48 Laws 
of Bendel State of Nigeria (as applicable in Edo State) 1976 and 
punishable under the same section.

The charge against Onakpa reads: "that you Idoko Enape Onakpa (alias 
Mathew Lawrence) between 7th September, 2012 to 9th October, 2012, 
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did with intent to 
defraud one Harvath Alexanda and Anete Losberga (white ladies) of their 
hard earn money, falsely represented yourself to be a citizen of the 
United States of America but living in UK by sending fraudulent/scammed 
mails and pictures on your Yahoo mail account Mathewlawrence89yahoo.com 
to them through the internet which pictures and identity you claim to 
be yourself and thereby committed an offence".

The defendants pleaded guilty to the respective charge.

In view of their plea, the prosecution counsel, Isa .K. Agwai prayed 
the court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly.

Justice Ikponwonba convicted and sentenced Onakpa to (3) years imprisonment 
or a fine of N500,000 while Kennedy bagged 12 months imprisonment or a fine 
of N200,000.

The press release includes photos of both 419ers:

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9 JUL 2021

16 Arrested for Alleged Internet Fraud in Enugu

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Enugu Zonal Office, have arrested sixteen suspected internet fraudsters 
in Enugu. The suspects include Anichebe Christoper, Coleman Agboutoroubeine, 
Madubuko Chidubem, Onyima Humphery, Johnson Onyima,Chibueze Michael, Kingsley 
Chukwudinma, John Ugochukwu ,Chiakwa Humphery,Stanley Enem, Ifejieme princewill, 
Nwobodo Stanly, Egwu Somto Collins, Nwobodo Emmanuel, Emmanuel Okechukwu and 
Anua Ifeanyi Tochukwu.

They were arrested in the Agbani area of Enugu on Friday July 9, 2021 following 
credible intelligence on their alleged involvement in cybercrimes and other 
related activities.

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

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8 JUL 2021

Cybercrime: Unilorin Final-year Student Bags 3 years Imprisonment Over N35m Fraud

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin 
on Thursday, July 8, 2021 sentenced Giwa Nurudeen, a 25-year-old final 
year student of the University of Ilorin, to three years imprisonment 
having found him guilty of offences bordering on internet scam.

He was arraigned today by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and 
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a three-count charge of internet 
fraud.

Giwa, a native of Ibadan, ran into problem on May 4, 2021 when operatives 
of the EFCC received credible intelligence about the activities of some 
suspected internet fraudsters operating around Tanke Area of Ilorin, 
an action which led to his arrest.

Count 2 of the charge reads: "That you, Giwa Nurudeen, sometime between 
the month of January, 2020 and December, 2020 at Ilorin, Kwara State, 
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did knowingly had under 
your control the sum of N30, 317, 697.00 (Thirty Million, Three Hundred 
and Seventeen Thousand, Six Hundred and Ninety Seven Naira) in your 
account number 2077856979 domiciled with United Bank for Africa Plc.
 which you knew to be unlawfully obtained and thereby committed an 
 offence contrary to and punishable under Section 319A of the Penal Code."

He pleaded guilty to the charge.

Upon his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Sesan Ola, led Idam Chukwuemeka, 
an operative of the EFCC to review the facts of the case. In his evidence, 
Idam narrated how Giwa was arrested based on intelligence report. He told 
the court how investigation unearth a whopping sum of N35million suspected 
to be proceed of crime in one of his accounts.

In his statement, Giwa confessed to have acted as picker for other suspected 
internet fraudsters who are still at large. His confessional statements, 
iPhone 12 and a draft of N200,0000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira Only) were 
tendered and admitted in evidence.

Delivering judgment on the matter, Justice Oyinloye said, "I have carefully 
considered the evidence of the prosecution, the plea of the defendant and 
the exhibits tendered. This court holds the view that the prosecution has 
proved its case beyond reasonable doubt in line with the provisions of Section 
130 of the Evidence Act. I hereby convict you on count 1, 2 and 3."

Consequently, Giwa was given one-year custodial sentence at the Correctional 
Centre on each of the three counts, which would run concurrently. The judge 
also gave the convict option of fine of N100, 000 on each of the counts, 
which amounts to N300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira Only).

In addition, the court ordered the forfeiture of the convict's iPhone 12, 
a draft of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira Only) and the sum of N231,000 
(Two Hundred and Thirty One Thousand Naira Only) found in his account 
domiciled in United Bank for Africa, UBA, to the Federal Government.

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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8 JUL 2021

Court Jails Three for Internet Fraud in Makurdi

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Makurdi Zonal 
Office on Thursday July 8, 2021 secured the conviction of one John P
adre Akor and one Aondoaver Aondoseer,

before Justice Abdu Dogo of the Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, 
Benue State on one-count separate charge bordering on criminal impersonation 
and obtaining money from foreign nationals under false pretence.

The offence is contrary to Section 33(5) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, 
Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under the same Act.

The charge against Akor reads, "That you, John Padre Akor Nigerian, male, 
adult, on or about the 22nd day of September 2020 in Makurdi, Benue State 
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud 
one John Smith of the United States of America, obtained control over 
a card as security for debt and thereby committed an offence contrary 
to and punishable under Section 33(5) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, 
Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015".

The charge against Aondoseer reads: "That you, Aondoaver Aondoseer, 
Nigerian, male, adult, on or about the 22nd day of September 2020 
in Makurdi, Benue State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court, with the intent to defraud one John Smith of the United States 
of America, obtained control over a card as security for debt and 
thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 
33(5) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015".

The defendants pleaded 'guilty' when the charges were read to them.

Prosecution counsel, Rahmaiha Ikhanaede reviewed the facts of the 
case and urged the Court to convict them accordingly.

However, counsel to convicts, Ibrahim Mari, prayed the Court to temper 
Justice with mercy, adding that the defendants were remorseful and have 
learnt their lessons.

In separate judgements, Justice Dogo convicted and sentenced the 
defendants accordingly.

Akor was sentenced to three (3) years imprisonment with an option 
of fine of N1.5million. A 2015 model GLK 350 4matic Mercedes Benz SUV 
and OPPO Model Phone with IMEI No. 868057055645775 and 868057055645767 
recovered from him and believed to be proceeds of crime were ordered 
forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Similarly, Aondoseer was sentenced to two (2) years imprisonment with 
an option of fine of N1 Million. His Samsung S10 Plus phones with IMEI 
No. 3546521037200421 and 354653103720429 was forfeited to the Federal 
Government of Nigeria.

In a related development, Justice Dogo also convicted and sentenced 
one James Simon Favour, to three months imprisonment with an option 
of N100, 000 Naira fine, for fraudulently obtaining N787,000.00 (Seven 
Hundred and Eighty-Seven Thousand Naira only) from one Ojile Daniel 
Sunday through a fraudulent investment scheme.

The charge on which the defendant was convicted reads, "That you 
James Simon Favour on the 17th July, 2020 in Makurdi within the 
jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud did 
obtain the aggregate sum of N787,000.00 (Seven Hundred and Eighty-Seven 
Thousand, Naira only), via bank transfer from one Ojile Daniel Sunday 
GT Bank Account No. 0591744168 to your GT Bank Account No. 0251143410 
and First Bank Account No. 3139094982 under the pretence that you 
would place it in a GT Bank fixed deposit at 75% interest which you 
knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 
1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 
2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act".

The press release includes photos of two of the 419ers:

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8 JUL 2021

Court Jails Two Internet Fraudsters Six Years in PortHarcourt

Justice E. A. Obile of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, 
Rivers State has convicted and sentenced two internet fraudsters: Jonathan 
Collins and Godspower Ofonime to six years imprisonment for internet-
related offences.

Upon their arraignment by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on July 6 and July 7, 2021, Collins 
and Ofonime respectively pleaded "guilty" to the charges preferred against 
them. While Collins pleaded "guilty" to two-count charges, Ofonime pleaded 
"guilty" to one-count charge, all bordering on impersonation and obtaining 
money by false pretence, contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) ( ii) of the Cybercrime 
(Prohibition Prevention etc.) Act 2015 and punishable under section 22 (2) 
(b) (iv) of the same Act.

One of the charges against Collins read: "That you Jonathan Collins (Alias 
Janis Louise Hughes; Allan Carmack Calluk; Dr. James Lattimore) sometime 
in Sapele, Delta State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court 
did fraudulently impersonate yourself on the internet as Janis Louise Hughes, 
a white man from Glenville, North Carolina, USA with intent to obtain money 
from unsuspecting men and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 
22 (2) (b)( ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention, etc.) Act 2015 
and punishable under section 22 (2) (b) (iv) of the same Act".

The lone count against Ofonime read:

"That you Godspower Ofonime Timothy on or about the 26th day of January 2021, 
at Choba in Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court did fraudulently impersonate yourself on the internet as an Army officer 
and also an Engineer residing in Turkey with intent to defraud and thereby 
committed an offence contrary to section 22 (2) (b) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition 
Prevention etc.) Act 2015 and Punishable under section 22 (2) (b) (iv) of the 
same Act."

In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel, M. T. Iko, prayed the court to convict 
and sentence them accordingly. However, counsel to the two defendants: W. B. Idema 
and Panla Abudu pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy. According to them, 
the defendants are first-time offenders with no previous criminal records and have 
promised not to get themselves involved in internet fraud activities again.

Justice Obile convicted and sentenced Collins to two years imprisonment on each 
count with an option of fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100, 000.00) only. 
He also ordered that the red coloured HP laptop with serial number 3CE236SHP 
and three Nokia Phones used in committing the offense be forfeited to the 
Federal Government of Nigeria, The convict shall also undertake in writing 
to be of good behaviour and law abiding.

The judge also convicted and sentenced Ofonime to two years imprisonment with 
an option of fine of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200, 000) only.

Collins' journey to the Correctional Centre began when the EFCC worked on some 
discreet intelligence linking him with internet fraud. Investigations showed that 
he was posturing as a female American (Janis Hughes) from Glanville, North Carolina 
and Allan Carmack Kalluk from Nunavut, Canada and in the process defrauded his 
victims of various sums of money.

On his own part, Ofonime ran into trouble when verified intelligence by the EFCC 
linked him with sending scam mails to his victims, who are mostly foreigners. He 
falsely presented himself as a Turkish Army officer and Engineer. He was active 
on Goggle Hangout and benefited from his victims through PayPal account.

The press release includes photos of both 419ers:

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8 JUL 2021

Be Change Agents, EFCC Charges Youth Corps Members

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on July 8, 2021 
charged Nigerian youths to enlist as foot soldiers and change agents 
in the fight against economic and financial crimes in the country.

Muhtar Bello, Head, Benin Zonal Office stated this during a sensitization 
lecture with members of the National Youth Service Corps NYSC/EFCC anti-
corruption CD groups in Asaba, Oshimili South local government area, Delta 
State.

The Benin Zonal Head who was represented by Williams Oseghale of the 
Public Affairs Department, said rather than complain about corruption 
and its consequences on the society, the youths should support the 
Commission in its efforts to rid the society of economic and financial 
crimes. He said it was disheartening that some youth have chosen to 
embrace cybercrimes as a means of livelihood. He said internet fraud 
was not a sustainable way of life and the Commission will continue 
to arrest and prosecute those found culpable.

He commended the corps members for joining the Anti-Corruption CD 
group and urged them to be role models and good examples in integrity, 
transparency and accountability.  "As members of the EFCC/NYSC 
Anti-Corruption CDS group, we encourage you to be good examples. 
We encourage you to establish integrity clubs in schools where you 
are serving, and where there are integrity clubs, we encourage you 
to enhance its effectiveness. Let the students in your school 
embrace the right values. Let them know that hard work pays and 
that there is no short cut to success."

The press release includes a photo:

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8 JUL 2021

Court Convicts Two for Internet Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC Abuja Zonal 
Office today June 8, 2021 secured the conviction of the duo 
of Obadare Obayemi (alias Nancy Jerry 82) and Chinasa Miracle 
Obida (alias James Hicks Hicks) before Justice C.L. Dabup 
of the Plateau State High Court, Jos for allegedly defrauding 
a certain Rose Kate (an American) and Mrs. Jivelyn Senerpida, 
(a Filipino) of the sums of $929 USD and $1,052USD respectively.

The convicts pleaded guilty to the charges brought against them 
by the EFCC.

In view of their 'guilty' plea, Counsel to EFCC, S.N. Robert 
urged the court to convict and sentence them.

Justice Dabub convicted and sentenced Obida to three months, 
and Obayemi to one month in prison. However, the Court also 
gave them the option of fine of N180, 000 (One Hundred and 
Eighty Thousand Naira and N130,000 (One Hundred and Thirty 
Thousand Naira) respectively.

The press release includes a photo of both 419ers:

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8 JUL 2021

Court Jails Two Internet Fraudsters In Benin

Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of the Edo State High Court, Benin City, 
today July 8, 2021 convicted and sentenced two internet fraudsters, 
Theopilus Marvis Nnana and Samuel Oboh to two (2) years imprisonment 
each for fraud.

The duo were arraigned on one count charge each of impersonation 
contrary to and punishable under section 484 of the Criminal Code 
Cap 48 Laws of Bendel State of Nigeria (As applicable in Edo State) 
1976 and punishable under the same section.

The charge against Nnana reads: "that you Theophilus Marvis Nnana 
(a.k.a Tony Gardner) on or about 9th day of March, 2021, in Benin 
City, Edo State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court 
did with intent to defraud, falsely represented yourself to be Tony 
Gardner by using Facebook Account address via the email lifesweet636@gmail.com 
and thereby committed an offence".

The defendants pleaded guilty to the charges.

In view of their plea, the prosecution counsel, Austin Ozigbu prayed 
the court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly. However, 
counsel to the defendants, John Okhuihievbe and Bridget Ambrose pleaded 
with the court to temper justice with mercy.

Justice Ikponwonba convicted and sentenced the defendants to two (2) 
years imprisonment each with an option of Two hundred thousand naira 
( N200,000 ) fine.

The press release includes photos of both 419ers:

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7 JUL 2021

Jos Court Jails Three for Facebook Scam

Justice C.L. Dabup of the Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos, 
today July 7, 2021 sentenced three internet fraudsters, Nbubuisi 
Kerian Ozomba, Paul Obide and Samuel Chukwuebuka Nduchukwe to 
one-month imprisonment for obtaining money by false pretence 
through the social media platform, Facebook.

The trio were arrested in a sting operation by the Abuja Zonal 
Office of the EFCC following intelligence on their alleged 
involvement in internet-related scam.

Investigation revealed that Ozomba created a Facebook Account 
with the name James Hicks with a profile picture of an America 
military officer and obtained the sum of $350 USD from Mary Lovely, 
a Filipino; while Obide (alias Javier Espinal) posed as a military 
officer from Spain and obtained $2000 from another Filipino, Lovina. 
He claimed the said sum was for treatment of his sick daughter.

Nduchukwe also created a Facebook Account with the name Alpha 
Benedict of the United States Army serving in Afghanistan and 
used same to defraud Christy Serue from the Philippines of $510.

They pleaded ‘guilty’ to the charges preferred against them.

EFCC counsel S.N. Robert urged the court to convict and sentence 
them in accordance with the plea bargain agreement they voluntarily 
entered with the Commission.

The Court consequently sentenced them to a month in prison. They 
were however given the option of a fine of N150, 000 naira each.

The press release includes a photo of the tree 419ers:

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7 JUL 2021

Abuja Hair Stylist Convicted of Juju Scam

Justice A.O. Musa of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, 
Abuja on Wednesday July 7, 2021 convicted and sentenced one Energy 
Dennis, a hair stylist, to five months imprisonment for obtaining 
$110 from an American by false pretence.

Dennis (a.k.a Baba Dayo), falsely represented himself as a spiritualist 
(Babalawo) and obtained the sum of $100 (One Hundred United States Dollars) 
from one Monica of the United States of America.

The offence is contrary to Section 320 (a) of Penal Code laws of the 
Federation of Nigeria (Abuja) 1990 and punishable under Section 322 
of the same law.

Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge. Consequently, 
the prosecution reviewed the facts of the case, leading to the conviction 
of the defendant by the Court, which however gave him the option of N20,000 
fine.

In addition to his sentence, the court also ordered that the money recovered 
be returned to the victim

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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7 JUL 2021

EFCC Tasks Youth on Fight against Corruption

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has called on 
youth to go beyond the tokenism of public statements, to actively 
embracing the fight against cybercrime and corruption in Nigeria.

This disclosure was made on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 by the Port 
Harcourt Zonal Head of the EFCC, Assistant Commander of the EFCC, 
ACE 11 Aliyu Naibi while receiving representatives of the Niger 
Delta Students Union Government in his office. According to him, 
"the fight against corruption affects Nigerians the most and that 
is why the EFCC is in the forefront of making sure it is curbed. 
The effect of cyber crime puts Nigeria in a wavy sea. It loses 
its image, economy, employment, so, we are fighting cyber crime 
to help the economy”. He challenged youths in the country to go 
beyond formal ceremonies of visits and making statements "it has 
to be realistic and practical, I want to see you organizing lectures, 
symposium to invite us to come and deliver lectures against cyber 
crimes", he said.

Naibi stated that the EFCC's chairman, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa is 
interested in youth development and desirous of mobilising youths 
in the fight against corruption. "Youths are very strong people 
to sensitise the public about the evils of cyber crimes. Cyber 
crimes affect the image of the country, if left unchecked. And 
when you talk about the image, you are talking about investment, 
investment affects the economy, the economy affects employment 
and employment affects the youths. You can see the linkage. So, 
It is important that youths get involved in the fight against 
cyber crimes". he said.

Earlier, National President, Niger Delta Students Union Government, 
NIDSUG, Comrade Maaloo Dgreat, commended the EFCC in its fight 
against corruption within the Niger Delta region especially "tackling 
of cyber crimes which is rampant in Nigerian Universities. Cyber crime 
is on the increase on our campuses and this is one of the things we 
want to bring to you, on how we can go about giving a digital value, 
real reorientation programme that will help curb or reduce or even 
neutralize it".

The press release includes a photo:

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7 JUL 2021

Court Jails 12 Students 2Years for Internet Fraud in Enugu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal Office 
on Tuesday July 6, 2021 secured the conviction of 12 students before 
Justice I.M Buba of the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu on charges 
bordering on forgery, impersonation and obtaining money from unsuspecting 
foreign nationals under false pretences.

They were prosecuted one separate one count charge.

The charge preferred against one of the defendants reads, "that you Mbanugo 
Ifeanyi on or about the 10th Day of March 2021 within the jurisdiction of 
this Honourable Court fraudulently impersonated on Ornale Sylvestermanda 
and Venita, through a fake Telegram account, with intent to obtain money 
from unsuspecting foreign nationals and thereby committed an offence 
contrary to Section 22(3) (a)(b) of the Cybercrimes Prohibition, Prevention,
etc) Act,2015 and punishable under section 22 (4) of the same Act".

The convicts: Izuchukwu Chukwuemeka Goodness,Okechukwu Ifeanyichukwu, Nwabueze 
Ifeanyi,Egbo Chijioke Gerrard, Ekene Oputa,Iloegbunam Justine, Edeh Chukwuebuka 
Michael, Edeh Izuchukwu Dominic, Iloegbunam Paschal Onyeka, Ogu Chukwuebuka 
Kingsley, Mbanugo Ifeanyi and Edeh Emmanuel pleaded guilty to the separate 
one count charge.

Justice Buba convicted and sentenced them to two (2) years imprisonment with 
an option of One Million Naira fine each.

The press release includes photos of six of the 419ers:

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5 JUL 2021

Two Bag 2 Years for Internet Fraud in Enugu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Enugu Zone 
on Monday July 5, 2021 secured the conviction of one Bernard Femi 
Pedro before Justice I.M Buba of the Federal High Court sitting 
in Enugu on a one count charge bordering on criminal impersonation 
and obtaining money under false pretences from foreign nationals.

Femi was arrested by operatives of the EFCC following credible 
intelligence on his alleged fraudulent activities.

The charge against him reads, "That you, Bernard Femi Pedro sometime 
in March 2021, in Enugu within the jurisdiction of the Federal High 
Court of Nigeria, fraudulently impersonated one Rodrigo Santos from 
Mexico by means of your Techno WX4Pro through your fake hangout account 
with intent to obtain money from unsuspecting foreign nationals and 
thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(3) (a) (b) of 
cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable 
under section 22(4) of the same Act".

The defendant pleaded guilty when the charge was read to him. Prosecution 
counsel, N.S Ingawa reviewed the facts of the case and urged the court 
to convict him accordingly.

Justice Buba convicted and sentenced Bernard to two years imprisonment 
with an option of One Million Naira fine.

Record of his conviction is to be sent to his school, Nnamdi Azikiwe 
University, Akwa, Anambra state.

In a similar development, Justice Buba also convicted and sentenced 
one Osita Kenechukwu Igwemmadu to 2 years imprisonment with an option 
of one Million Naira fine, for impersonation and obtaining money under 
false pretences.

The press release includes photos of both 419ers:

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5 JUL 2021

Six Arrested for Alleged Internet Fraud in Enugu

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Enugu Zonal Office, have arrested six suspected internet fraudsters 
in Enugu. Four of the suspects: Obodoechina Caleb Chinedu, Offiah 
Darlington, Okwuosa Joseph, Kenneth Obi and Obinna Patrick were 
arrested on Thursday July 1, 2021 in a sting operation at No 2 
Umuaba Street, New Haven Extension, Enugu, while two others, Chidera 
Owo and Ozuma Chukwuemeka Henry were nabbed on June 30, 2021 at No.6 
Nwokolo Emene, besides Annunciation Hospital, Enugu. Their arrest 
was facilitated by credible intelligence received by the Commission 
regarding their alleged criminal activities.

Items recovered from the suspects include mobile phones, laptop 
computers, one Lexus ES 350 2011 model car with the registration 
number YAB-36-TT belonging to Offiah Darlington; a black Toyota 
Venza Car 2007 model belonging to Ogonna Patrick and a Toyota 
Camry 2007 model belonging to Obinna Patrick.

Other recovered items include one I phone X mobile phone and a RX330 
Lexus SUV with Chassis number JTJHA31U040014 belonging to Frankiln 
Chidera Owo and an iPhone 5, iPhone 11 pro, Infinix phones and an 
Acura ZDX car with registration Number ABJ-611-DS belonging to Ozuma 
Chukwuemeka Henry.

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

The press release includes photos of two of the alleged 419ers:

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5 JUL 2021

Court Convicts Fraudster in Kano

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday, July 5, 2021 
secured the conviction of one Suleiman Alexander Adeze before Justice 
Jane Egienanvan Inyang of the Federal High Court sitting in Kano on 
one count charge of retention of proceed of crime contrary to section 
17(b) of EFCC Establishment Act, 2004.

Trouble started for the convict after the Commission received intelligence 
that a group of cyber criminals, operating around Bayero University Kano 
were engaged in fraudulent activities online and swindling foreigners of 
their hard earned money through deception.

Upon arraignment on Friday, July 1, 2021 the convict pleaded guilty to the 
one count charge and the court convicted him accordingly but reserved sentence 
till today, July 5.

The guilty plea entered by the convict was sequel to a plea bargain agreement 
with the Commission.

In her judgement, justice Inyang sentenced the convict to a fine of N100,000.

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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5 JUL 2021

EFCC Arrests Nightclub Owners for Alleged Internet Fraud in Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested two suspects for alleged 
internet fraud and money laundering.

The suspects, Boniface Odenigbo Amandianeze and Olasunmbo Olawale 
Winfunke, owners of Buzz Bar, a nightclub located on Adetokunbo 
Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, were arrested recently 
at No 2A and 2B Oniru Estate, Lagos.

Their arrest followed credible intelligence received by the Commission 
about their alleged involvement in romance scam, business email compromise, 
benefit scam, credit card fraud and money laundering.

Upon their arrest, four exotic cars, mobile devices, laptop computers, 
jewelry and wrist watches worth hundreds of millions were recovered 
from them.

Further investigations have also established nexus with other associates 
who are suspected to be in to computer-related fraud.

They will soon be charged to court

Thw pewaa release includes photos of both alleged 419ers:

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5 JUL 2021

Lagos Boy Jailed One Month for Internet Fraud in Kwar

Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin on 
Monday, July 5, 2021 sentenced a Lagos based 20-year-old boy, Oke Gideon, 
to 30days imprisonment having found him guilty of offences bordering 
on romance scam and internet fraud.

The long arm of the law caught up with Gideon on May 4, 2021, when he 
was arrested by operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, following intelligence reports 
on his criminal activities.

Upon arrest, he was profiled and volunteered statements, admitting to 
committing engaging in dating scam, love scam, and other internet-related 
offences.

He was consequently arraigned in court on July 2, 2021 on two counts, 
to which he pleaded guilty.

Count one of the charge reads.

"That you, Oke Gideon (Jenna Cherry) between August 2020 and September 
2020 in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, with intent 
to defraud, did obtain $150 (One Hundred and Fifty Dollars) worth gift from 
one Bradley Miller under false pretense that you are Jenna Cherry, a white 
female from Las Vegas, United States of America, which you knew to be false 
and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 1 (3) of Advance 
Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006."

Following his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Sesan Ola, led one Sarah Audu, 
an operative of the Commission, to review the facts of the case. Audu 
narrated how Gideon was arrested based on actionable intelligence on the 
activities of internet fraudsters operating within Ilorin metropolis. 
She tendered the confessional statements of the convict as well as 
fraudulent messages printed from his email, which were all admitted 
in evidence.

In his judgment today, Justice Abdulgafar convicted and sentenced Gideon 
based on his confessional statement, his plea to the charge and the exhibits 
tendered against him before the court.

However, the Judge gave the convict an option of fine of N50, 000 (Fifty 
Thousand Naira) and ordered that his iPhone 6 and HP laptop which were 
used as instruments in the crime be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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5 JUL 2021

EFCC Arrests Four Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Abuja

The Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
on Monday, July 5, 2021 arrested four (4) suspected internet fraudsters 
in Kubwa and Jahi areas of Abuja.

The suspects are Victor Wealth, Hendrix Esimeje, Merit Bareten and 
Moses Owoh.

They were arrested following credible intelligence received by the 
Commission on their alleged involvement in computer-related fraud.

Items recovered from them include 2 exotic cars and mobile phones.

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

Phtotos of all four alleged 419ers are included in the press release:

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4 JUL 2021

EFCC Arrests 14 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Port Harcourt

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Port Harcourt Zonal Office on Friday, July 2, 2021 arrested 14 
suspected internet fraudsters at Rumuodor Avenue, Ogbogoro, Port 
Harcourt, Rivers state.

The suspects: Goodness Wilson; Ezekiel James; Miracle Tom Charles; 
Timothy Anthony; Divinefavour Pius Reginald; Iheanacho Goodluck; 
Wokie Chimandu Chris; Emmanuel Uchechi; Peter Remigious; Joseph 
Chinedu; Amadi Angel; Wisdom Sotonye Azubuike, Becky Charles and 
Sokiepirim West, were all arrested based on verified intelligence 
by the EFCC. Preliminary investigations linked them with suspected 
impersonation, possession of fraudulent documents and bitcoin scam.

Items recovered from the suspects include six vehicles : one Ford 
Escape Sports Utility Vehicle; two Toyota Camry cars; two Lexus ES 
350 Sports Utility Vehicles and one Mercedes Benz car. Others are: 
25 makes of phones; three Laptops; one smart watch; one Samsung hard 
drive; two power banks; one play station; one LG Television set; one 
audio victory sound and one LG Bluetooth and USB speaker.

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

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1 JUL 2021

Cybercrime: Court Jails Unilorin, Kwara Poly Students for Love Scam


Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting 
in Ilorin on Thursday, July 1, 2021 convicted one Ganiyy Rasaq 
Olarewaju, a 300Level Student of University of Ilorin and one 
Olakunle Adebisi, an ND II student of Kwara State Polytechnic, 
Ilorin accused of love scam by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the 
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The anti-graft agency had on Monday, June 28, 2021 arraigned 
Ganiyy and Adebisi on one count separate charge, to which they 
pleaded guilty.

Upon their pleas, counsel to the EFCC, Sesan Ola called two witnesses
 - Dagogo Urowayino and Shetima Yusuf against Rasak and Adebisi, 
 respectively to review the facts of the cases.

The two witnesses narrated how the defendants were arrested and tendered 
several fraudulent messages printed from their emails. The documents 
and the defendants’ phones were later admitted in evidence, following 
which the judge adjourned until today for judgment.

In a separate judgment on the two cases, Justice Abdulgafar while relying 
on the evidence placed before the court, the testimonies of the prosecution 
witnesses and the plea of the defendants, pronounced them guilty and sentenced 
them accordingly.

While Adebisi was sentenced to six months, Ganiyy bagged one-month 
imprisonment, to be observed at Mandala Correctional Centre, Ilorin.

However, the judgment allowed the suspension of the sentencing for the 
two convicts. According to the judge, Adebisi would commence serving 
his term after two years when he must have graduated from the Kwara 
State Polytechnic, while Ganiyy sentencing would commence after one 
year when he must have finished his studies in the University of Ilorin.

The sentence is without option of fine for the two convicts.

The pres release contains photos of both convicted 419ers:

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30 JUN 2021

Court Jails Photographer for Internet Fraud

Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, 
Oyo State has convicted and sentenced Busayo Oniya to six months 
imprisonment for fraudulently presenting himself as an American, 
Linda Alex, to dupe his unsuspecting victims.

Oniya, 24, who claimed to be a photographer was arrested in Ilaro 
Ogun State on the strength of verified intelligence by the EFCC.

He was jailed on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 after pleading "guilty" to 
one- count charge bordering on impersonation and obtaining money by 
false pretence, contrary to Section 22(3) (a) of the Cybercrimes 
(Prohibition Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under 
Section 22(4) of the same Act.

The charge reads: "That you Busayo Oniya sometimes between 18th 
May, 2017 and 20th November, 2019 within the jurisdiction of this 
Honourable Court did fraudulently present yourself as a female 
by name Linda Alex to one Dennis Thompson from the United States, 
with intent to gaining momentary advantage for yourself and thereby 
committed an offence contrary to section 22(2) (b) (i) of the 
Cybercrimes (Prohibition Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable 
under section 22(2) (b) (IV) of the same Act".

In view of his plea, prosecuting counsel, Oluwatoyin Owodunni, 
prayed the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

Justice Agomoh convicted and sentenced him to six months imprisonment. 
He was ordered to restitute his victim Dennis Thompson, the sum of Eight 
Hundred and Sixty Three Thousand Naira (N863, 000) through the EFCC and 
also forfeit a Nokia mobile phone and one black-coloured Samsung S8 
linked with the crime, to the Federal Government.

 The press release includes a photo of the convicted 419er:

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29 JUN 2021

EFCC Arrests Six Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Port Harcourt

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Port Harcourt Zonal Office on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 arrested six 
suspected internet fraudsters, at No. 2 Elewowrks Close, off First 
Avenue by Las Vegas Bus Stop, Rumuibekwe, Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

The suspects: Kingsley Peters; Christian Ndibe; Kingsley Dominic; 
Marvin Dominic, Ogbonda Deric, and Morgan Chinda were all arrested 
based on verified intelligence by the EFCC. Preliminary investigations 
linked them with suspected internet fraud.

tems recovered from them include: one black- coloured Toyota Corolla 
car; seven different models of iPhones; two laptops; one black Asus; 
two ECOWAS international passports; one drivers license; three laptop 
chargers; two SIM cards; one black PS4 with two game pads; one white-
coloured Casio wristwatch; one white/ash-coloured TP-Link router; one 
smart watch and a charger; one Samsung hard drive, one green Nigerian 
passport and one pink-coloured phone case

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

The press release includes photos:

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29 JUN 2021

EFCC Arrests Eight Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Port Harcourt

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Port Harcourt Zonal Office on Monday, 28 June, 2021 arrested eight 
suspected internet fraudsters, at Royal Palm Estate, Peter Odili 
Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The suspects: Ebitamuno Abereoku; Theophilus Monday; Godgift Clinton; 
Joshua Pina; Bright James Achesomie; Samuel Akunna, Ugbe John Paul 
and Harvey Orji were arrested based on verified intelligence by the 
EFCC. Preliminary investigations linked them with suspected bitcoin 
and romance fraud.

Items recovered from the suspects include three exotic cars: one ash- 
coloured Lexus ES 350 car, one white- coloured Lexus RS 330 Sports Utility 
Vehicle, one white- coloured Land Cruiser Sports Utility Vehicle. Others 
are 11 different models of iPhones, 4 different models of other phones; 
3 laptops; 3 zealot speakers; 2 smart watches, two ATM cards and one 
Identity Card.

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

The press release includes photos:

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28 JUN 2021

Kwara Court Remands Unilorin, Kwara Poly Students over Love Scam

The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Monday, June 28, 2021 arraigned one Ganiyy 
Rasak, a 300 Level student of the University of Ilorin and one 
Olakunle Adebisi, an ND II student of the Kwara State Polytechnic 
on one count separate charge bordering on love scam before 
Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting 
in Ilorin.

The charge against Ganiyy reads: "That you, Ganiyy Rasaq Olarewaju 
(Richard Hadden), sometime in May, 2021 in Ilorin within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court, did attempt to cheat by personation when you 
pretended to be one Richard Hadden, a white female with a gmail account 
haddenrichard56@gmail.com and thereby committed an offence contrary to 
Section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the 
same Penal Code. "

Particulars of the charge against Olakunle read: “That you, Olakunle 
Adebisi, sometime in May, 2021 in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of 
this Honourable Court, did attempt to cheat by personation when you 
pretended to be one Anny Banana, a white female with a gmail account 
annybanana346@gmail.com and thereby committed an offence contrary to 
Section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the 
Penal Code."

The defendants pleaded guilty.

Upon their plea, counsel to the EFCC, Sesan Ola led Dagogo Urowayino 
and Shetima Yusuf (both operatives of the Commission) to review the 
facts of the case against Rasak and Adebisi, respectively.

The two prosecution witnesses narrated how the defendants were arrested 
and tendered several fraudulent messages printed from their emails. The 
documents and the defendants' phones were later admitted in evidence.

Consequently, Justice Abdulgafar fixed Thursday, July 1, 2021 for judgement 
and ordered that Adebisi be remanded in a Correctional facility while Rasaq 
was remanded in EFCC custody.

The press release includes photos of both 419ers:

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28 JUN 2021

Lady, Three Others Convicted for Over $2000 Internet Fraud in Uyo

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Uyo Zonal Office on 
Friday, June 25, 2021 secured the conviction of four internet fraudsters, 
including a woman before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court 
sitting in Calabar, Cross River state.

The convicts; Chibueze Charles Onwuneme (Alias Sa Idu Sani), Murphy 
Angba Obiabo (a.ka. Kate Shawn), Obua Akwo Promise ( alias Davis Walter) 
and Happiness Otuedem Mayen were jailed after pleading guilty to charges 
bordering on criminal impersonation to defraud innocent citizens, following 
a plea bargain agreement with the prosecution.

Happiness Mayen, the female convict was sentenced to two months imprisonment 
for obtaining the sum of $118 (One Hundred and Eighteen US Dollars) from one 
Leon Morawiec while falsely presenting herself as an American Military Personnel. 
She is also to forfeit her iPhone 6 and iPhone 11 to the Federal Government 
and restitute the sum of $118 to her victim. She was however given an option 
of fine of Two Hundred Thousand Naira.

The other convicts, Murphy Angba bagged three months imprisonment for defrauding 
an American, Linda Polumbo $1000 (One Thousand US Dollars).The court ordered that 
he forfeits a HP laptop and an IPhone 11, being the instruments used in committing 
the crime to the Federal Government, and restitute his victim in the sum of $1000.

He was however given the option of one month community service at the Court of 
Appeal, Calabar and a fine of Three Hundred Thousand Naira (N300, 000. 00).

Onwuneme got three months imprisonment for falsely posing as a foreign military 
personnel named SA Idu Sank, with intent to defraud. He was ordered to forfeit 
an Infinix X 625C mobile phone to the Federal Government or pay a fine of One 
Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira(N150,000. 00), and observe community service 
for one month at the Appeal Court, Calabar

Promise was sentenced to six months imprisonment for obtaining the sum of One 
Thousand US Dollars ($1000) by false pretence. He was ordered to restitute the 
said sum to the victim through the Federal Government and also to forfeit one 
IPhone 7, one Mac book Pro laptop and one Itel phone to the Federal Government.

He was however given the option a fine of Two Hundred Thousand Naira and one 
month community service at the Appeal Court Calabar.

The press release includes a photo of all four 419ers:

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25 JUN 2021

Court Convicts Four For Fraudulent Impersonation In Ibadan

The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
has secured the conviction and sentencing of four internet fraudsters in Ibadan, 
Oyo State.

The convicts are Adeyemi Opeyemi Joshua (a.k.a Godeaux Ellis Spencer), Ugwu 
Ekenedilichukwu David (a.k.a Christian Doria), Oluwatosin Samuel Olatunji 
(a.k.a Catherine Lana and Bashiru Toheeb Ayodeji (a.k.a Marie August).

They were arraigned on Friday June 25, 2021 before Justice Uche Agomoh 
of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, on separate one count charge 
for offences bordering on fraudulent impersonation contrary to Section 22 
(2) (a) and 22 (2) (b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) 
Act, 2015, and punishable under Section 22 (2 ) (iv) of the same Act.

They pleaded "guilty" to the charges.

Consequently, the prosecuting counsel, Mabas Mabur, reviewed the facts 
of the case, and tendered in evidence the statements of the defendants 
and documents implicating them, which were admitted in evidence.

He, therefore, urged the Court to convict them accordingly.

Justice Agomoh convicted Adeyemi as charged and sentenced him to six months 
imprisonment; Ugwu, Olatunji and Ayodeji were convicted and sentenced to 
four months imprisonment each.

The judge also ordered Bashiru to restitute $650 (Six Hundred and Fifty United 
States Dollars to victim of his fraud, and forfeit one Samsung S8 Duos Mobile 
phone and an IPhone X to the Federal Government.

Adeyemi is to restitute his victim of the sum of $500 (Five Hundred United 
States Dollars) and forfeit one iPhone 6.

Ugwu was ordered to restitute the sum of $1,000 (One Thousand United States 
Dollars) to his victim, one Theresa Morales through the EFCC and forfeit one 
iPhone 7 Plus mobile phone and one grey-coloured iPhone 6 mobile phone to 
the Federal Government; while Olatunji forfeits an infinix Hot 5 mobile phone.

The press release includes photos of all four convicted 419ers:

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25 JUN 2021

EFCC Nabs Two for Cryptocurrency Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on June 17, 
2021 arrested the duo of Kess Theophilus and Sunday Eshiebor 
Isaiah for alleged conspiracy, impersonation and cryptocurrency-
related fraud.

Their arrest came on the heels of a petition by one Nalim Sharma 
who met the suspects through a LinkedIn account, Sophia Gomez, and 
was lured into a phony bitcoin business.

Beginning January 17, 2021, until they were arrested on June 17, 
2021, she allegedly invested a cumulative sum of $12,000 USD worth 
of bitcoin with the suspects who claim to be bitcoin experts, plying 
their trade with the fake platform, Life Trade Option.

The complainant sensed fraud when the suspects suddenly severed 
all communications with her.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.

The press release includes photos:

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25 JUN 2021

Court Convicts Four Cyber Criminals in Uyo

The Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission 
EFCC, on Thursday June 24, 2021, secured the conviction of four internet 
fraudsters before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting 
in Calabar, Cross River State.

The convicts: Eneji Emmanuel, (a.k.a Karen Moana, Buccly Clunder, Mainer 
Chic, Karen Klunder) Adie Stephen Udie (alias Laura Vazquze), Nwandike 
Kelechi (a.k.a Bradley) and Victor Francis (alias Donald Walter), pleaded 
guilty to separate charges bordering on love scam and obtaining by false 
pretence.

In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, Segun R. Akinrinlade 
urged the court to convict them in accordance with the plea bargain 
agreement among the parties. The defence counsel, C.O. Bassey and Innocent 
Eze, pleaded with the court for leniency.

After listening to the Counsel, the judge convicted and sentenced the 
defendants as follows:

Enegi Emmanuel was sentenced to three months imprisonment for using a 
fictitious email (mainerchick19976@gmail.com) to register for the American 
Paycheck Protection (PPP) loan, a benefit meant for US citizens, and used 
same to defraud unsuspecting citizens of their hard earned money. He was 
however given an option of fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100, 000.00) 
to be paid into the Federal Government's account and community service at 
the Federal High Court and Ministry of Social Welfare Calabar, for a period 
of one month which must be supervised by the court and the EFCC.

While Adie Stephen was sentenced to six months imprisonment for fraudulently 
impersonating one Laura Vazquez, an American citizen, and Dave Daley, the court 
ordered that the items recovered from him which include a black Toyota Corolla 
car 2009 model (still unregistered), IPhone 7 and IPhone XS mobile phones, 
be auctioned and the proceeds paid into the Federal Government's account.

Nwandike Kelechi was sentenced to six months imprisonment with an option of 
Three Hundred Thousand (N300, 000.00) fine and one month community service. 
The court also ordered that the convict forfeits the following items to the 
Federal Government- iPhone 11 Pro Max and HP Intel(R) Core laptop.

Victor Francis was convicted and sentenced to six months imprisonment for 
fraudulently obtaining the sum of $1,200 (One Thousand Two Hundred US Dollars) 
from one Jean Judson. The convict was also given an option of Two Hundred 
Thousand Naira (N200, 000.00) fine plus one month community service. He is 
to forfeit an iPhone 11 to the Federal Government as well as restitute the 
victim in the sum of One Thousand Two Hundred US Dollars ($1, 200).

After sentencing the convicts, Justice Ojukwu further ordered that they be 
remanded at the Correctional Service facility in Calabar until they have paid 
the various fines pronounced by the court.

The convicts were arrested by operatives of the Uyo zonal office of the 
Commission in a sting operation on May 18, 2021.

The press release includes a photo:

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24 JUN 2021

Enugu Student Bags 2 Years for Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Enugu Zone on Thursday, 
June 24, 2021 secured the conviction of one Osondu Kevin Nnamere before Justice 
I.M. Buba of the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu, on a one count charge 
bordering on Criminal impersonation with the intent to defraud.

The defendant was arrested in a sting operation at the Independence Layout 
area of Enugu on Saturday June 4, 2021 following credible intelligence received 
on his alleged involvement in computer-related fraud.

The charge reads, "that you Osondu Kevin Nnamere on or about the 9th day June 
2021 in Enugu within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently 
impersonated one Mr. Gopa, a foreign national by means of your Samsung A20S, 
through a fake WhatsApp account ,with intent to obtain money from unsuspecting 
foreign nationals and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(3)(a) 
(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition,Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable 
under Section 22(4) of the same Act."

The defendant pleaded guilty when the charge was read to him prompting the 
prosecution counsel, B.N Ajogwu to ask the court to convict him.

The defendant's counsel, E.M Ugwu pleaded with the judge to temper justice 
with mercy on the grounds that his client is a 21 year-old student who has 
become remorseful.

Justice Buba convicted and sentenced Nnamere to 2years imprisonment with an 
option of N250,000 ( Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) fine.

The press release includes a photo:

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23 JUN 2021

EFCC Enugu Arrests 10 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Enugu

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Enugu Zonal Office, have arrested 10 suspected internet fraudsters 
in Enugu.

They were arrested on Tuesday June 22, 2021 in a sting operation 
at the Sunrise Estate Emene, Enugu following credible intelligence 
on their alleged criminal activities.

The suspects allegedly specialize in defrauding unsuspecting members 
of the public including foreigners through the internet.

The suspects are: Onah Uchenna Paul, Ali Chidiebere Shedrack, Samson 
Ugwuoke, Ogbaru Chidozie Kingsley, Eneh Nelson, Ameh David Onwenchochi, 
Orji Opara Chimaobi, Chukwudi Emmanuel, Alina Arinze and Tasie Henry Nzube.

Items recovered from them include mobile phones, laptop computers ,one 
Lexus ES 350 car with the registration number APP-331-GV belonging to 
Tasie Henry Nzube and a Toyota Corolla car with the registration number 
UWN-239-HN belonging to Onah Uchenna Paul.

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

The press release includes photos:

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22 JUN 2021

Student Bags 2 Years for Internet Fraud in Enugu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Enugu Zonal 
Office today June 22, 2021 secured the conviction of one Onyia 
David Ugochukwu before Justice I .M Buba of the Federal High Court, 
Enugu, on a one count charge bordering on criminal impersonation 
with the intent to defraud.

The suspect and his friends were arrested in a sting operation 
at the Independence Layout Area of Enugu on Saturday June 4, 2021 
following credible intelligence received about their alleged involvement 
in computer-related fraud.

The charge reads, "that you Onyia David Ugochukwu on or about the 9th 
day June 2021 in Enugu within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, 
fraudulently impersonated Mark Louisse and Jason Mollie, through a fake 
Facebook account and Hangout accounts, with intent to obtain money from 
unsuspecting foreign nationals and thereby committed an offence contrary 
to Section 22(3) (a) (b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) 
Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22(4) of the same Act."

The defendant pleaded guilty when the charge was read to him prompting 
the prosecution counsel, Michael Ani to ask the court to convict him.

The defendant’s counsel, E.O Isiwu pleaded for mercy on the grounds that 
his client is a 28 years old orphan and student who did not waste the time 
of the court and had become remorseful.

Justice Buba in his judgement lamented the increasing incidence of cybercrimes 
stating, "This court has observed that the offence of cybercrimes is on the 
increase in this jurisdiction. If this continues, Nigeria will be in jeopardy 
as many youths are embracing cybercrimes. This court states that poverty and 
orphanage are not enough reasons to engage in cybercrimes."

Justice Buba added that other countries with large population like India have 
low records of cybercrimes and drug related offences. He advised the accused 
person to use his intellect for good and sentenced him 2 years imprisonment 
with an option of N150, 000(One hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) fine.

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21 JUN 2021

Court Convicts Architect, One Other For Impersonation in Abeokuta

Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, 
Ogun State, on Monday June 21, 2021, convicted the duo of Oluwole Gbenga 
Caleb and Ayoola Oluwafemi for fraudulent impersonation. The offence runs 
contrary to Section 22(2) (b) (i) and is punishable under Section 22(2) 
(b) (IV) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015.

They were convicted on a separate one count charge of fraudulent impersonation 
preferred against them by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission.

Oluwole, 26, who claims to be an Architect, was arrested on February 9, 
2021. In the course of investigation, a number of incriminating documents 
were recovered from his email,

Upon arraignment, he pleaded ‘guilty’ to the one count charge.

Justice Oguntoyinbo thereafter convicted and sentenced him to one month 
imprisonment. Apart from his conviction, Oluwole was also ordered to restitute 
the sum of Two Hundred United States Dollars ($200) to the victim. The Court 
equally ordered the forfeiture of his Infinix mobile phone.

Similarly, Justice Oguntoyinbo convicted and sentenced Ayoola to three months 
imprisonment. He was also ordered to restitute the victim in the sum of Two 
Hundred United States Dollars ($200) and also forfeit one Iphone 6 mobile phone 
and a Lexus RX 350 SUV car to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release includes photos:

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21 JUN 2021

Facebook Scammer Bags 10 Years in Sokoto

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Sokoto Zonal 
Office on Monday, June 21, 2021 secured the conviction of Murtala 
Abdullateef before Justice Malami Dogondaji of the Sokoto State 
High Court sitting in Sokoto on one count charge, for attempting t
o defraud foreigners through Facebook while presenting himself 
as a United States Army General serving in war-torn Syria.

The charge reads, "that you Murtala Abdullateef sometime in May, 
2021 in Sokoto, within the Judicial Division of the High Court 
of Justice of Sokoto State, dishonestly hacked into Facebook 
accounts of several European women with intent to defraud them o
f their hard-earned monies wherein you represented yourself to 
them as a General in the U. S Army on a peace keeping mission 
in Syria and you thereby attempted to commit the offence of 
cheating contrary to Section 58 of the Sokoto State Penal Code 
Law 2019 and punishable under Section 311 of the same Law".

Upon arraignment, he pleaded guilty to the charge.

In view of the defendant's plea, the prosecuting counsel, Habila 
Jonathan asked the Court to convict and sentence him accordingly. 
However, the defence counsel, Shamsu Dauda, pleaded with the court 
to temper justice with mercy on the grounds that his client is a 
first time offender who had become remorseful.

Justice Dogondaji, thereafter convicted and sentenced Abdullateef 
to ten (10) years in prison with option of Two Hundred Thousand 
Naira (N200, 000.00) fine.

The convict’s journey to prison began when he was arrested along 
with six other suspects on May 25, 2021 at Badariya in Birnin Kebbi 
metropolis by operatives of Department of State Services (DSS), for 
suspected involvement in internet fraud. The other six suspects have 
been prosecuted and convicted on a separate charge.

The press release includes a photo:

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21 JUN 2021

Undergraduate in EFCC’s Net Over $4801 Internet-Related Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Kaduna Zonal 
office have commenced investigation into an alleged case of conspiracy, 
computer-related fraud and benefitting from proceeds of crime levelled 
against one Okhipo David, who claims to be an undergraduate.

David who was arrested on Monday, 15 March, 2021, had sometime in 
November 2012, presented himself as a staff of a new generation bank, 
requested for the account details of a complainant in order to update 
some information on the account. The complainant suspected fraud and 
refused to oblige his request.

But he let down his guard when another call came from the same telephone 
number in the same month, requesting for his token details. He volunteered 
the information without sensing danger.

However, moments after giving out the token details, the victim began 
receiving debit alerts on his Dollar account to the tune of $4801.42. 
He later reported the incident to his bank but till date, no refund was 
made; hence the decision to seek the intervention of the EFCC.

Investigation revealed that the suspect used four other accounts for 
the illegal withdrawals and transfer from the complainant’s account. 
The accused also conspired with his room-mate to use his account to 
receive money from the victim's account.

Documents suspected to be fraudulent were also recovered from his email.

The suspect will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes a photo:

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18 JUN 2021

Enugu Student Bags 2 Years Imprisonment for Internet Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal 
Office on June 18, 2021 secured the conviction of one Emmanuel Umahi 
(a.k.a Eddy Morem), a student, before Justice I.M Buba of the Federal 
High Court sitting in Enugu, Enugu State on one count charge bordering 
on Criminal impersonation with the intend to defraud.

The charge reads, "that you Emmanuel Umahi sometime in June 2021 in 
Enugu within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently 
impersonated @eddy_morem, a citizen of Croatia, using an Instagram 
Account, with intent to obtain money from unsuspecting foreign 
nationals and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(3) 
(a) (b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 
and punishable under Section 22(4) of the same Act."

The defendant pleaded guilty when the charge was read to him prompting 
the prosecuting counsel, Michael Ani to ask the court to convict him.

Justice Buba in his judgment decried the incidence of cybercrimes, saying 
"This court takes cognizance that cyber crimes is on the increase. No nation 
will develop if its youths continue in crime. This court warns the defendant 
to desist from cyber crime or face the maximum consequence when next he 
appears before this court."

The judge sentenced Emmanuel Umahi to 2 years imprisonment with an option 
of N150, 000(One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) fine.

The press release includes a photo:

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17 JUN 2021

EFCC Secures Convictions of Five Fraudsters in Sokoto

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Sokoto Zonal 
office on Thursday 17 June, 2021 secured the conviction of five 
internet fraudsters: Alfred Stephen, Onyebuchi Joseph Elijah 
( a.k.a Svenulrich), Usman Mustapha, Abdullahi Abubakar (a.k.a 
Shine Eye) and Umar Khalifa on separate charges before Justice 
Muhammad Muhammad of the Sokoto State High Court, Sokoto.

They were prosecuted on a one count charge each bordering on 
conspiracy and cheating.

The charge against one of the defendants reads, "that you Alfred 
Stephen, sometime in 2021 at Sokoto, within the Judicial Division 
of the High Court of Justice of Sokoto State did fraudulently 
cheated one Grazyna, a Belgium national; Alfansina, an Italian 
and Janny, a Dutch woman by dishonestly deceiving them to collect 
the total sum of €19,500 Euros (Nineteen Thousand Five Hundred 
Euros) by presenting yourself to them as an American serving 
in Syria and sending documents of false pretenses to them which 
you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence of cheating 
contrary to Section 310 of the Sokoto State Penal Code Law 2019 
and punishable under Section 311 of the same Law".

Upon arraignment, they pleaded 'guilty' to the separate charges.

In view of the defendants’ plea, the prosecuting counsel, S. H. Sa'ad 
who appeared with Musa Mela Gwani and Habila Jonathan asked the court 
to convict and sentence the defendants.

However, the defence counsel, Shamsu Dauda, pleaded with the court to 
temper justice with mercy as his clients were first time offenders who 
have become remorseful. He also told the court that the convicts are 
ready to restitute their victims.

Justice Muhammad, thereafter convicted and sentenced the 1st defendant 
(Alfred Stephen) to Five (5) years imprisonment with option of One Hundred 
and Fifty Thousand Naira (N150,000.00) fine.

He ordered the convict to restitute the sum €19,500 (Nineteen Thousand 
Five Hundred Euros) to the victim through EFCC.

The 2nd defendant, Onyebuchi Joseph Elijah (a.k.a Mr. Svenulrich) was 
setenced to five years imprisonment with an option of N150,000.00 fine. 
The convict is also to restitute the victim the sum of €1,750.00.

The 3rd defendant, Usman Mustapha was sentenced to five (5) years 
imprisonment with an option of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira 
(N150,000.00) fine.

He is to restitute the sum Five Thousand Denmark Krone which is equivalent 
to Three Hundred and Ten Thousand Naira only (N310,000) to the victim.

The 4th and 5th defendants, Abdullahi Abubakar (a.k.a Shine Eye) and Umar 
Khalifa were convicted and sentenced to Three years imprisonment each with 
an option of N100, 000.00 fine

The press release includes photos:

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16 JUN 2021

Court Jails Two Internet Fraudsters 2 Years in Benin City

Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of the Edo State High Court, Benin City, Edo State 
today June 16, 2021 convicted and sentenced the duo of Ohiaka .O. Henry 
(a.k.a Henryjarus) and Emmanuel Chigozie (a.k.a Frank Maxwell) to two 
(2) years imprisonment for fraud.

Chigozie and Henry were arraigned by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission on a separate one count charge of impersonating 
foreign nationals in an attempt to defraud the unsuspecting victims.

The charge against Chigozie reads: "You Emmanuel Chigozie ( a.k.a Frank Maxwell ) 
on or about the 22nd of February, 2021 at Kash Mamodu Street, Ekhei Girls Secondary 
School Road, Auchi Edo State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did 
with intent to defraud falsely represented yourself as one Frank Maxwell ( a white 
male) by using a Gmail account address FrankMaxwell47@gmail.com. an act of impersonation 
contrary to section 484 of the laws of Bendel State of Nigeria ( as applicable in Edo 
State ) 1976 and punishable under the same section."

The charge against Henry reads: "that you Ohiaka O. Henry on or about 7th March, 
2021 in Edo State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, being a citizen 
of Nigeria , did with intent to defraud, falsely represented yourself as henryjarus 
(an American citizen ) with email: sgthenryjarus@gmail.com by sending fraudulent 
mails and pictures on hangout to Anna Vajciova , Natalie Cabell ( some white ladies ) 
which documents you claim emanated from the said (henryjarus) and hereby committed 
an offence of impersonation contrary to section 484 of the Criminal Code law, Cap 
48 laws of Bendel State of Nigeria ( as applicable in Edo State ) 1979 and punishable 
under the same law."

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

In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, Austin .A. Ozigbo asked the 
court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly. However, counsel to 
the defendants, Pascal Ugbome, pleaded with the court to temper justice with 
mercy as the defendants have become remorseful for their actions.

Justice Ikponmwonba convicted and sentenced Chigozie to two years imprisonment 
or a fine of N200,000 while Oshioke Henry was convicted and sentenced to two 
years imprisonment or a fine of N100,000.

The convicts are also to forfeit their phones to the Federal government of Nigeria.

The press release includes photos:

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9 JUN 2021

Son, Father in EFCC’s Net for Alleged Internet Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal 
Office, have commenced investigation into an alleged case of conspiracy, 
computer-related fraud, obtaining by false pretense and retention of 
proceeds of unlawful activities levelled against one Malik Giles Bakare.

He was arrested by officers of the Nigeria Police, Force CID, Alagbon, 
Lagos on May 31, 2021 and subsequently handed over to the EFCC for further 
investigation and prosecution.

Investigations revealed that he acts as a middleman, who connects internet 
fraudsters around the globe with pickers, and receives some percentage on 
every successful transaction from the proceeds of unlawful activities.

During the investigation, his father, Isa Bola Bakare, appeared at the 
Commission claiming ownership of a Range Rover car estimated at about N46 
Million, which was recovered from his son.

He, however, could not provide a satisfactory account of how he was able 
to procure the vehicle.

Consequently, he has also been taken into the EFCC custody for further 
investigation.

Also recovered from the suspects are Iphone 12 Pro Max, Iphone 8 mobile 
devices as well as some incriminating items.

The suspects will soon be charged to court. 

The press release includes a photo:

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8 JUN 2021

EFCC Arrests Six for Alleged Internet Fraud in Enugu

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Enugu Zonal Office, have arrested six suspected internet fraudsters 
in Enugu.

They were arrested in a sting operation at the Independence Layout 
area of Enugu metropolis on Saturday June 4, 2021 following credible 
intelligence received on their alleged involvement in computer-related 
fraud.

The suspects are: Ugochukwu Onyia, Osita Henry, Ephraim Johnson, Osondu 
Kelvin Nnamere, Umahi Emmanuel and Ugochukwu Joseph.

Items recovered from them include mobile phones, laptop computers and 
one Lexus RX 350 2016 model SUV with registration number FST-579-FJ 
belonging to Ugochukwu Onyia. Others are, one Toyota Venza car with 
registration number LND-388-GQ; a Toyota Corolla car with registration 
number ENU-48-MW belonging to Osita Henry; one black Toyota Camry with 
registration number BWR-803-MK belonging to Ugochukwu Joseph; one Toyota 
Corolla with registration number ABJ-848-DF belonging to Johnson Ndubuisi 
Ephraim and other incriminating items.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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8 JUN 2021

EFCC Arrests 9 for Internet- Related Offences

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC 
have arrested nine suspected Internet fraudsters at Gwagwalada New 
Layout area of Abuja, FCT.

The suspects are: Teddy Agbam, Abdullahi Abdulsamad, Abdullahi 
Abdulrasheed, Ehije Miracle Julious, John Amajeh Stephen, Okorie 
Kalu Udo, Abrebor Promise, Abdulazeez Amin and Habib Abdulateef.

The arrest followed credible intelligence on the nefarious activities 
of the suspects.

Items recovered from them are laptops and mobile phones. They were 
also found with substances suspected to be Indian hemp and other drugs.

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

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8 JUN 2021

EFCC Arrests 50 for alleged Internet Fraud

The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC on Friday, June 4, 2021, arrested 50 suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects were arrested at Alaro Sango, Agbaje Ijokoro, and Apete Aladura 
areas of Ibadan, Oyo State following intelligence on their alleged involvement 
in internet fraud.

Thirty four of the suspects already indicted by the investigation are:

Badmus Abeeb, Ibrahim Ahmed, Adeyemo Babatunde, Abdulrashid Ajagbe, Olajide 
Okiki Peter, Hassan Yusuf Atanda, Yusuf Olasupo Salaudeen, Bello Ahmed Bamidele, 
Adewale Damilola Tosin, Kolawole Yusuf Olawale, Nicholas Ferdinand, Keshiro 
Olanrewaju, Falana Victor Dapo, Abogunrin Emmanuel, Bosun Tomiwa Tunde, Shelter 
Chibundo, Banjoko Idris, and Adebayo Akorede.

Others are: Awoyinka Afeez Ayodeji, Afonja Olarenwaju, Akingbade Taofeek, 
Ezekiel Adekunle, Ganiyu Sodiq, Abioye Abiodun, Ogunbayo Daniel, John Timileyin, 
Ominiyi Daniel, Adeniyi Idris Sodiq, Joseph James, Adeyemi Segun Oluwaseun, 
Adeleke Rasheed, Saliu Tomiwa Rasheed, Itoro Edet Ime and Oseni Nasirudeen.

Some items used in perpetrating the crime were recovered from them.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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7 JUN 2021

EFCC Arrests Seven suspected Internet Fraudsters in Abuja

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
have arrested seven suspected Internet fraudsters in the Gwagwalada 
area of Abuja.

The suspects, Victor Chukwu, Abdulahi Mustapha, Promise Eze, Ozor 
Prince, Kolawole Bamisaye, Eze Daniel and Okona Chukwuemeka were 
arrested in the early hours of Sunday June 6, 2021 following credible 
intelligence received by the commission on their alleged involvement 
in internet-related fraud.

Items recovered from the suspects include phones and Laptops.

The press release includes photos of all 7 alleged 419ers:

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6 JUN 2021

EFCC Reveals Bawa's Facebook Account, Warns Impostors

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC wishes to inform 
the public that the following Facebook Groups and accounts: ABDULRASHEED 
BAWA. (EFCC CHAIRMAN) Public group, EFCC-BOSS Abdulrasheed, bawa 1, 
@abdulrasheed bawa, @Abdulrasheed Yahaya Bawa and @ Abdulrasheed Bawa 
purportedly belonging to the Executive Chairman of the Commission, 
Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa are fake.

The impostors behind the fake accounts are bent on deceiving unsuspecting 
Nigerians into believing that they are genuine Facebook accounts of the 
EFCC boss.

There are several fake social media accounts supposedly belonging to the 
EFCC chairman and despite repeated disclaimer, the figures behind the 
identity theft are unrelenting.

To foreclose further cloning of Bawa's Facebook account, the Commission 
is constrained to make public, the personal Facebook account of the EFCC 
chair.

Bawa has one Facebook account which is, @AbdulRasheed Bawa

Members of the public are enjoined to treat any other account supposedly 
belonging to the EFCC chairman as fake, and stop further dealings with 
such platforms.

The public should be guided and avoid the risk of falling victim of scam.

The press release includes a graphic:

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5 JUN 2021

EFCC Arrests 53 For Alleged Internet Fraud In Lagos

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Lagos Zonal Office, have arrested 53 suspected internet fraudsters 
in Lagos.

They were arrested in sting operations in different parts of Lagos 
State between June 2, 2021 and June 5, 2021, following credible 
intelligence received about their alleged involvement in computer-related 
fraud.

The suspects are: Oluwatosin Akintoku, David Raheem, Sanusi Ganiyu, 
Williams Tosin, Taoreed Quadri, Keye Abdulahi, Adeyemi Babatunde Abdulkarim, 
Olalinku Oluleye Adakore, Okunola Adeyemi Jaleel, Caston Dada Ayomide, 
Taoreed Qudus Oluwaseun, Ahmed Olaliku Ajayi, Zekery Okeme, Falana Adewole 
Ibrahim, Godpower Silvester, Adam Ariyo, Kelechi David Mokwe, Ifeanyi Matt, 
John Awajinomida Emiyaru, Olayiwola Oluwaseun, Adegbola Shola, Owolaga Toba, 
Azeez Oludare Sanni, Daniel Ojo, Billiqnin Olabanji Kunle, Ismail Omoniyi 
Aspen, Bankole Ademola Owolabi, Ayeni Samuel Segun, Emmanuel Chuks and Lukmon 
Yusuf Damilare.

Others are: Muhammed Yahaya Sodiq, Obinna Charles Emmanuel, Jaiye Oladayo 
Quadri, Onyeka Ode Valerial, Obanor Okechukwu Remond, Edozie Anozie, Eddie 
Smith, Nsikak Linus Okose, Stanley Chinemerem Nnanna, Isaac Bunna, Obinna 
Nwabueze, Kingsey Ezeagba, Diamond Samson, Courage Nduagbuise, Ahmed Kasim, 
Bernard Boafu, Etikerentse Samuel, Samson Ujboje, Abesin Emmanuel, Ussaini 
Mohammed Leeba, Kazeem Kolawole Lasisi, John Peter Obienyi and Olabisi Daniel.

Items recovered from the suspects include mobile phones, laptop computers and passports.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are

The press release includes photos:

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3 JUN 2021

EFCC Charges Schools Integrity Club Members On Internet Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has urged students 
of St. Joseph Secondary School, Agege, and Government College Secondary 
School, Victoria Island, Lagos, who are members of the EFCC Integrity 
Clubs in the schools, to shun any involvement in internet fraud and 
embrace the culture of integrity, a core value of the Commission.

Speaking to members of the EFCC/Secondary School Integrity Club members 
on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, the Lagos Zonal Head, Ahmed Ghali, admonished 
the students to always do the right thing at all times.

Ghali, who was represented by his deputy and Head of Procurement Fraud 
Session, PFS, Emeka Okonjo, expressed delight at the presence of the 
integrity club members, who were led by their coordinators, Achilefu 
Ikechukwu and Latifah Abdullahi to the EFCC Lagos Zonal Office.

He advised them to shun anyone that says easy money is the way out, 
adding that they must inculcate good morals and values that could 
help better their lives and the country as a whole.

In his remarks, the Head of Advance Fee Fraud, Sini John Omar who 
enlightened the students on the positive side and numerous advantages 
of the internet, also educated them on the importance of putting the 
Internet into the right use.

Omar, who stated that the internet could be used for education and 
research purposes, online banking and purchase of products, added that 
"as convenient as the internet may be, it can also be a tool for 
destruction and fraudulent practices."

Also speaking, Dein Whyte, Head, Cyber Crime Section, educated the 
students on the possible dangers and disadvantages of the internet.

According to him, the internet could be used to defraud people if adequate 
security measures were not taken.

He, therefore, admonished them to watch the company they keep, adding 
that bad communications could corrupt good morals.

While providing the students with hints on how to avoid being defrauded, 
Whyte stressed the need for them to protect their passwords and not get 
carried away by what they see on the internet.

“The things you see on the internet are mostly for likes and attention 
and do not depict dignity on how they were acquired.

They are often fake and not the reality.

"You are on the right path because you have a good foundation and you have 
no choice but to build on it and develop yourselves. You must also contribute 
your quota towards making Nigeria a better place," he added.

The students presented a talk show and also a short play on the activities 
of the EFCC as well as the challenges faced by the Commission.

The high point of the event was the presentation of an award to the Chairman 
of the Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, for the good work of the Commission.

The press release includes photos:

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419 Coalition Comment:  419 Coalition was very interested in this article,
and wholeheartedly endorses EFCC support for Integrity Clubs in Nigerian
schools (we think such clubs in all schools everywhere, including the US
would be a good idea, actually).  As an interesting note:  Some 20 years
ago, 419 Coalition was asked to give a presentation at an annual meeting
of the Association of Nigerians Abroad (ANA) held in Washington, DC.  As
part of its presentation, 419 Coalition suggested that it might be a good
idea for Nigerian schools to include a mandatory Ethics course in their
curriculum.  This was roundly Boo-ed etc. by many conventioneers, who were
primarily highly educated Nigerian educators and professionals working in
the US for whom the Coordinator of 419 Coalition had (and has) the greatest
respect.  Many felt insulted by the suggestion that there should be mandatory
Ethics training in the Nigerian school system, it appeared.  The conventioneers 
continued to be upset even when the Coordinator of 419 Coalition said that it 
was his view that required Ethics courses  would be a good idea in schools 
Everywhere, including in the US.  Well, the Coodinator continues to believe 
that Ethics training in all school systems everywhere, Including in Nigeria, 
would be a Good Thing.  Therefore, as above, we are a fan of the Integrity 
Clubs and welcome EFCC support for them.  We think such efforts are Worthy 
and should be continued, and are glad the EFCC thinks so as well.
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2 JUN 2021

EFCC Arrests 11 for Alleged Internet Fraud

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 11 suspected internet fraudsters
in Lagos.

The suspects are: Nwomkiro Ekene Jude, Olukoya Oluwadamilare Timilehin, 
Akingbade Mubarak Ayoboye, Adeolu Kolawole Oluwajifemi, Nwankwo Tochuckwu 
Michael, Kehinde Timilehin Ajibola, Adesina Deji, Olalekan Abiola, Anthony 
Ekene Iwuji, Emeka Metuh and Oluwasegun Pelumi.

They were arrested on Monday, May 31, 2021 in the Alagbado area of Lagos 
State, following credible intelligence received by the Commission about 
their involvement in computer-related fraud.

Upon their arrest, items such as mobile devices, laptops and exotic cars 
were recovered from them.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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1 JUN 2021

EFCC Arrests 36 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
have arrested 36 suspected internet fraudsters in some parts of Lagos 
State.

The suspects are: Segun Abiola, Gabriel Ebube, Amoo Tunmise, Anidugbe 
Mofoluwatu, Victor Enuesike, Precious Godwin, Oluwaseun Afolabi, Tolulope 
Amos, Jane Egonu and Precious Anizoba.

Others are: Abayomi Timileyin Olanrewaju, Adekunle Dipo Oshunsanya, 
Tang Jude, Ejobi Peter Prince, Kuti Adebayo, Fagbemi Micheal, Salau 
Oluwasegun, Bellow Adebayo Azeez, Lanre Awoniyi David, Damilare Kehinde 
Sikiru, Jayesimi and Samson Ismaila.

Others are Daniel Williams Udoh, Prince Chigozirim Emezue, Raheem Sodiq, 
Lucky Godday, Ismali Akintayo Abiodun, Christian Chidera, Ezekiel William 
Ephagba, Collins Ahunobi Ndubuisi, Peter Odiegwu, Ojo Oluwadamilare, 
Abayomi Ademola, Otor Isaac Junior, Temitope Aiyelabowo, Daniel Oluwafemi 
and Chukwuebuka Iroulo.

They were arrested in different sting operations by EFCC operatives at 
Eastern Gorilla, Eko-Atlantic, Lagos on May 7, 2021; Alogba Estate, Ebute, 
Ikorodu, Lagos on May 19, 2021 and United Estate Sangotedo, Lagos on May 
21, 2021, following credible intelligence about their alleged involvement 
in computer-related fraud.

Items recovered from the suspects include cars, passports, laptops and 
mobile computers.

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

The press release includes many photos:

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28 MAY 2021

EFCC Arrests One for Money laundering, 7 Others for Internet Fraud

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

The suspects are Tobiloba Aramide Ogundiyan, Samson Alabi Afolabi, Adebayo 
Dolapo Olumide, Daniel Boluwatife Akinwunmi, Moses Segun, Kelechi Thankgod 
Felix, Adeleke Godwin Tofunmi and Adewale Dayo Victor.

They were arrested on May 18, 2021, at River View Estate, Lekki, Lagos 
following credible intelligence received by the Commission on some individuals 
allegedly involved in computer-related fraud. Upon their arrest, items such 
as mobile devices, laptops, exotic cars and expensive jeweleries were recovered 
from them.

In the course of investigation, it was revealed that one of the suspects, 
Ogundiyan was also involved in money laundering. The suspect who acquired 
his ill-gotten wealth from internet fraud, layered the proceeds into bitcoin 
account and then integrated it by purchasing a Range Rover Vela P380 2018 
model worth N44,000,000 ($97,626 USD in bitcoin) sometime in March 2021.

The suspects have volunteered useful statements to the Commission and will 
be charged to Court soon.

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25 MAY 2021

EFCC Rallies CSOs, NGOs, Media Against Internet Fraud

The Head of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, Ahmed Ghali, has called on critical stakeholders in 
the anti-graft war to join hands with the Commission in tackling the 
menace of computer-related fraud in the country.

He made the appeal on Wednesday, May 25, 2021 in Lagos during an engagement 
with critical stakeholders from the Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, 
Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs and the media.

Ghali said the engagement with the stakeholders was a fallout of the 
increasing spate of cybercrime in the country.

According to him, "There is the urgent need to reach-out to critical 
stakeholders in the society on the growing issue of internet fraud in 
Nigeria,  because computer-related fraud has taken a very dangerous 
dimension with its attendant consequences."

He stressed that the EFCC, as the lead anti-corruption agency driving 
the fight against corruption and economic and financial crimes in Nigeria, 
does not have "the monopoly of knowledge on how to tackle this hydra-headed 
monster of internet fraud.

"So, we need your support to sustain the fight."

Speaking during the event, Olufemi Lawson, a member of the Centre for 
Public Accountability, said: "I don't agree with those who attribute the 
increasing cases of internet fraud to poverty; but the truth is that, 
a lot of parents are no longer taking their responsibilities as parents 
seriously".

He also called for corruption prevention actions aimed at "catching them 
young."

While calling for value reorientation, Lateepha Abdulsalam, from Impact 
Africa Initiative, said: "Parenting is a big deal, and we definitely need 
to catch them young."

Efe Anaughe, representing AML/CFT CSO Forum, said there was a need for 
Nigerians to own the war against corruption.

"It is a collective effort. So much has gone wrong and we all must be 
involved  in the fight against cybercrime and corruption in general," 
she said.

Comrade Declan Ihekaire, a member of Activists for Good Governance, gave 
assurances that the CSOs and NGOs were ready to partner with the Commission 
in achieving its mission.

"We are ready to give the EFCC the necessary backup, in order to strengthen 
your corruption prevention strategy," he said.

The press release includes photos:

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419 Coalition Comment:  Gee, ya know, nobody "rallied" us, and we've been
a counter-419ing NGO since Before there even WAS an EFCC.  In fact, we are
the world's oldest counter-419ing NGO still operating. We were there all
the way back when the Nigerian government's Official policy was to Blame the 
Victims for 419, calling all the victims criminals etc. etc.  We were instrumental
in changing all of that of course, thank God.  But has the Nigerian government
ever "rallied" us or mailed us along a medal or even a certificate of appreciation
or even sent a dollar or two our way in appreciation and support of our efforts?  
Well, we reckon you know the answer to that  :)  So... We work, we wait  :)
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24 MAY 2021

Four suspected Internet fraudster Arrested in Benue

The Makurdi Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday May 18, 2021 arrested four suspected 
fraudsters at a popular Hotel in Makurdi, Benue State.

The suspects: Igba Simon, Edigbo Oibe Fredrick, Sunday Nazarethe 
and one other, were rounded up by operatives of the Commission 
sequel to credible intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.

At the point of arrest, Simon Igba was in possession of a Toyota 
Corolla car recently acquired and an iPhone X. More iPhones, Macbook 
Air and Modems, were among items recovered from the remaining suspects.

They will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes photos:

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24 MAY 2021

Six Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested in Enugu

Operatives of the Enugu Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, May 24, 2021 arrested six suspected 
internet fraudsters.

The suspects are Tochukwu Okoro, Okechukwu Ejechie, Nwankwo Okeke, 
Edeh Emmanuel, Emeka Chukwunonso and Kenechukwu Ekunie.

They were arrested at Bricks Estate, Independence Layout, Enugu based 
on credible intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.

A Toyota Camry car with registration number YAB 418 AZ was recovered 
from Tochukwu Okoro while other incriminating materials including laptops 
and mobile phones were recovered from the other suspects.

The suspects will be charged to Court as soon as the investigation 
is concluded.

The press release includes photos:

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20 MAY 2021

EFCC Arrests Club Owner, 14 Others For Alleged Internet Fraud In Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, have arrested a club owner, Emeka Williams Kingsley, alongside 
14 other suspected internet fraudsters in Lagos.

Kingsley, owner of Glass House, a club in the Abule Egba area of Lagos, was 
arrested alongside Adesoye Hussain Kehinde, Seun Joseph Adefala, Adebayo Gbadebo, 
Adebogun Olumuyiwa Adebowale, Aruna Ikoghane Odunayo, Israel Oluwatoyin, Junaid 
Idris Oladimeji, John Nnachi Ugochukwu, Oluwadare Olaiyan Aboderin, Ridwan Temitope 
Dada, Amosu Johnson Toby, Jimoh Kazeem Tunde, Oyemade Michael and Akeem Dada.

They were arrested on April 15, 2021 at the Club, following credible intelligence 
gathered about their alleged involvement in computer-related fraud.

Items recovered from the suspects include cars, mobile phones and laptop computers.

The suspects will soon be charged to court.

The press release contains photos of all 15 alleged 419ers:

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19 MAY 2021

Cybercrime: EFCC, Brazil to Strengthen Collaboration

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Brazil have resolved 
to strengthen collaboration in tacking issues related to fraud, cybercrime 
and a number of trans-national organized crimes affecting the economies 
of Brazil and Nigeria.

This indication emerged on Wednesday May 19, 2021 when the EFCC Chairman, 
Abdulrasheed Bawa paid a courtesy visit to the Brazilian Embassy, Abuja.

The EFCC boss who was received by the Brazilian Ambassador, Ricardo Guerra 
de Araujo, expressed regret about the activities of fraudsters targeting 
foreigners and foreign businesses, which he said posed a threat to the image 
of Nigeria and the quest for direct foreign investment.

Recalling the efforts of the Commission in helping to smash a Nigerian fraud 
syndicate that defrauded a Brazilian bank in the early 2000, Bawa assured 
that the Commission would work together with the embassy in tackling the 
menace of fraudsters.

In his remark, Ambassador Araujo noted that he has been in Nigeria long 
enough to know that only a few Nigerians were involved in fraudulent activities. 
He however expressed regret that the activities of the unscrupulous tiny minority 
was distracting him from his primary mission of promoting trade relationship 
between Nigeria and Brazil.

He therefore appealed to the EFCC to assist in checking the activities of 
fraudsters targeting Brazilian businesses.

Consequently, the parties agreed to strengthen law enforcement-to-law enforcement 
interaction by designating desk officers, to enhance the exchange of information.

The EFCC boss was accompanied on the visit by the Director of Legal and Prosecution, 
Chile Okoroma, Director of Operations, Abdulkarim Chukkol, among others.

The press release includes photos:

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19 MAY 2021

Movie Producer, 19 Others Arrested for Alleged Internet Fraud in Calabar

Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday May 18, 2021, arrested one Emmanuel Eneji, 
a 23-year-old movie producer and nineteen others for alleged internet 
fraud in Calabar, Cross River State.

The nineteen suspects whose ages range between 19 and 36 are: Okonkwo 
Chukwudi Charles, Obua Akwo Promise, Angba Murphy, Adie Stephen, Success 
Otu Edem, Asukwo Emmanuel, Godspower Akwo, Anibiet Nna, Jesam Akpama 
and Dennis Jerry.

Others include, Princewill Sunny, Godbless Olulu, Charles Onwuneme, David 
Njoku, Victor Francis, Goodluck Alabo, Happiness Otu, Nwadike Kelechi and 
Obasi Ugochukwu.

The suspects were picked up at different locations within the state capital, 
namely Ekorimim, Ifete junction, Parliamentary by Car Park and Behind Zone 
6 by Monty Suit.

Their arrest was facilitated by credible intelligence regarding their 
nefarious activities.

Items recovered from the suspects include, one unmarked black Toyota Corolla 
car, one red Toyota Avalon with registration number-CHR 56 AF, various 
sophisticated mobile phones, laptops, one WiFi Router, one Modulator-demodulator 
and flash drives.

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as the Commission concludes 
investigation.

The press release includes photos:

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18 MAY 2021

EFCC Arrests Five Suspected Internet Fraudsters at Ilorin Airport

Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Office of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, have arrested five suspected internet fraudsters also known as "Yahoo-Yahoo Boys" 
for offences bordering on cybercrime at the International Airport, Ilorin.

The suspects are Oladosu Olakunmi Olamilekan, Olaoye Jamiu Olarewaju, Alimi Abiodun, 
Toheed Muritala and Afolabi Kamaldeen.

The arrest was sequel to intelligence obtained by the Commission about the arrival 
of the suspects who flew into Ilorin from Lagos on Monday, May 17, 2021.

Four of the arrested suspects are students of Kwara State University, KWASU, Malete, 
while the fifth suspect is a student of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin.

Upon arrest, items recovered from them include a Mercedes Benz C300, mobile phones 
and a laptop computer.

The suspects have volunteered useful statements to the Commission and will be arraigned 
in court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release includes a photo:

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18 MAY 2021

Army Deserter, 33 Others Arrested for Suspected Internet Fraud in Osogbo

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan Zonal 
Office, in the early hours of Tuesday, May 18, 2021 arrested a former soldier, 
Adebisi Jamiu and 33 others for suspected internet fraud.

The suspects were picked up in different locations in Osogbo, the Osun State 
capital.

The 22-year-old former soldier, Jamiu and the other suspects were arrested 
on the strength of verified intelligence on their alleged involvement in 
cybercrime.

The other suspects include Muritala Olaniyi Lateef, Wasiu Olajide, Wasiu 
Sadiq, Olaniran Abiodun, Ayodeji Tosin, Olaniran Tayo, Oginni Oluwaseun, 
Oginni Olatunde, Ojuade Oluwafemi and Ibrahim Wande.

Others are Oladiran Olayinka, Akinjobi Akinwunmi, Abayomi Aderohunmi, Olaoluwa 
Temitope, Idowu Olawale, Lawrence Taiwo, Ojo Gbenga, Tiamiyu Farouk, Oladele 
Seun, Akiniyi Boluwatife, Olaoluwa Mutiu, Olakunle Omolofe, Olalere Samad, 
Edbadon Johnson, Oketunbi Kayode, Gbeyide Tomiwa, Oluwanisola Elmuqsit, Bathlomew 
John, Ibikunle James, Olamide Oluwaseyi, Yusuf Mohammed, Adebola Ibrahim, and 
Ajayi Muyiwa.

The suspects have volunteered statements to the Commission and will be charged 
to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release includes photos:

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17 MAY 2021

EFCC Arrest 10 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Enugu

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Enugu Zonal Office on Friday May 14, 2021 arrested 10 (Ten) suspected 
internet fraudsters for various offences bordering on cybercrime 
in Enugu.

The suspects include Ben- Ihedi Lucky, Akam Abraham Odinaka, Kanu 
Chinemerem, Ben-Ihedi Victor, Okechukwu Kelvin and Ben Ikedi Victor.

Others are Emenike Michael, Godswill Nkemjika, Emmanuel Samuel and 
Ethasor Emmanuel.

Their arrest at Monarch Avenue, Maryland, Enugu, was sequel to actionable 
intelligence obtained by the Commission on their alleged fraudulent activities.

At the point of arrest, two Lexus RX 350 cars with registration numbers BDG- 
736-GX and BDG-146-GX were recovered from the suspects.

Other incriminating materials recovered from them include various mobile 
phones and a laptop computer.

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

The press release includes photos:

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17 MAY 2021

EFCC Arrests Seven Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Port Harcourt

Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested seven suspected internet fraudsters 
in their hideout.

The suspects: Victor Ahamefula Chukwuemeka; Goodness Uwem; Kelvin Chukwuemeka; 
Charles Obulor; Emmanuel Uwem, Osinachi Ikegoruka Innocent and Uwem Ogadinma 
Solomon, were arrested on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, following series of established 
intelligence on their suspicious fraudulent dealings on the internet.

They were arrested at Mint Hotel, Okilton Drive, Off Ada George Road, Port 
Harcourt, Rivers State.

Items recovered from them include: Five (5) mobile phones, two (2) vehicles: 
one (1) Navy- blue coloured Lexus ES 350 car and one (1) ash-coloured Lexus 
RX350 Sports Utility Vehicle.

They will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.

The press release includes photos:

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13 MAY 2021

Fake EFCC Operatives Caught in Illegal Operations in Lagos ... 
Commission Warns Nigerians Against Impostors

A gang of three fake operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission who embarked on an illegal operation purportedly to execute 
a fake Court Order have been arrested in Lagos.

Ghali Ahmed, Head of the EFCC Zonal Office in Lagos disclosed this today, 
May 13, 2021 at a press briefing in the Commission's office, Ikoyi, Lagos.

According to him, "The fraudsters were arrested at New Horizon Estate, 
Lekki, Lagos, in the middle of their illegal operation to 'serve' a Court 
Order purported to have emanated from the Mushin Magistrate Court, on 
an unsuspecting victim."

The three-man gang of Pascal Ugwu Chijoke, Sodiq Ibrahim Adekunle and 
Edwin Bassey, a Police Inspector, posing as EFCC operatives allegedly 
stormed the residence of their target with all the paraphernalia of typical 
EFCC raid, wearing fake EFCC branded jackets and identity cards.

Ahmed warned Nigerians to be wary of impostors, using the good name of 
the Commission to extort unsuspecting targets. He urged citizens to be 
vigilant and report suspicious activities to the Commission.

He assured that the Commission is determined to stamp out the activities 
of impostors. "We will always be ahead of these fraudsters. If they fail 
to desist, they will face the music," he said.

The press releasew includes photos:

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11 MAY 2021

EFCC Uncovers Fake Bawa’s LinkedIn Account, Warns Nigerians

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission wishes to notify 
members of the public of the existence of a fake LinkedIn account, 
supposedly belonging to Abdulrasheed Bawa, Executive Chairman, EFCC.

The account which is promoted by an unknown impostor is unfortunately 
attracting unsuspecting followers desirous of networking with the 
Executive Chairman of the EFCC.

The Commission states that the account is fake and has no relationship 
with the EFCC Chair. Consequently, members of the public are warned 
to be circumspect and desist from further interaction with the impostor 
whose motives are sinister.

The press release contains a graphic:

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10 MAY 2021

EFCC Arrests 6 Suspected Fraudsters in Abuja

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, have arrested six suspected internet fraudsters. The 
suspects are Edesiri Epete, Roland Francis, Kelvin Eyeno, 
Adebayo Oloye, Edwin Ochuko and Jonson Godwin. Five of them 
were arrested between May 5 and 7, 2021 at a hideout in 
Shimex Estate, Pyakasa, Abuja, while the other was arrested 
at Queens Estate, Gwarimpa, Abuja.

The arrest followed actionable intelligence received by the 
EFCC, on their suspicious lifestyle, which is not supported 
by any legitimate means of livelihood.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the suspects are involved 
in romance scam on social media, using fake identities of Caucasian 
men or women to defraud unsuspecting victims of their hard-earned 
monies.

The suspects have made useful statements and will be charged to 
court as soon as investigation is completed.

The press release includes photos of all six alleged 419ers:

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10 MAY 2021

EFCC Arrests 52 Alleged Internet Fraudsters in Benin City

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Benin Zonal Office, in the wee hours of Sunday, May 9, 2021 arrested 
52 suspected internet fraudsters. The suspects were arrested in 
different locations in Benin City sequel to actionable intelligence.

Those arrested are Wisdom Attah, Alasa Solomon Osho, Jonathan Udofia, 
Emmanuel Udofia, Oyinbo Tejiri, Edoghogho Onsemudiana, Aisosa Ajayi, 
Paul Thomas Obinna, Osazuwa Osayamen, Madago Victor, Godwin Emmanuel, 
William Omorebokhae, Ezemo Junior, Iyamu Iyaro, Umoru Monsura, Efomwonyi 
Daniel, Omoruyi Lucky, Odion Omonzokpia, Aderho Collins, Ereomah Emmanuel, 
Eric Obi Ugo, Emmanuel Godwills, Solomon Lucky, Charles Endurance, Ehibor 
Abraham Ebuwa, Okosun Wesley and Oyase Destiny.

Others are Elvis Ohikhuore, Ugo Nweke, Faithful Omagbemi, Shuaibu McClinton, 
Edward Chumosa, Onoriode Precious, Emmanuel Precious, Adenegbe Hope Osaze, 
Kennedy Emma, Terry Edorodion, Edosa Rollins, Miller Ikuobase, Godwin Kelechi, 
Ogbolu Israel Uche, Okpodu Samson, Awosadere Daniel, Samuel Asenguah, Ugo 
Nweke, Charles Irengunju, ThankGod Udofa, Erickson Ororisela, Asemota Terry, 
Enaboakpe Robert, Odili Wisdom and Osawaru Martins.

Items recovered from the suspects include six exotic cars, laptop computers, 
mobile phones, documents and identity cards

The suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are 
completed.

The press release includes photos:

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7 MAY 2021

Scam Alert: EFCC Not Offering N1m Reward to Yahoo Yahoo Informants

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission wishes to inform the general 
public that it has not issued any notice in the social media promising 
financial reward for anyone with information that could lead to the arrest 
of a Yahoo Boy.

This clarification became necessary following phone calls by citizens wanting 
to cash in on notices in the social media by fraudsters promising a reward 
of One Million Naira (N1, 000,000) for friends, family and relatives of yahoo 
boys who hand them over to the EFCC.

The promo with #Efcc and #beagoodcitizen states, "If you have a Yahoo Yahoo 
boy as Family, Friend or Relative, Kindly hand them over to us, and get a 
Massive reward of 1million naira."

The Commission wishes to state that this message is alien to the EFCC, and 
members of the public are enjoined to disregard them.

Promoters of the hashtags are currently under surveillance and every efforts 
will be made to bring them to justice.

While the Commission welcomes information that could lead to the arrest of 
cybercrime suspects, it has no policy of financial reward for such informants. 
The fight against corruption and other forms of economic crime is a patriotic 
duty and Nigerians are encouraged to embrace it with altruism.

The whistle blower policy of the Federal Government which the Commission is 
among the agencies saddled with its implementation, is applicable only to 
public sector corruption.

The public is warned that, the Commission will not be responsible for anyone 
who falls for this obvious scam.


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419 Coalition Comment: You know, commendable "patriotic duty" notwithstanding,
some kind of monetary reward program for those providing information which
leads to the arrest and conviction of 419ers is something which should be
seriously considered.  Perhaps such a program could be funded in whole or
part from all those Millions of dollars of recovered monies that the EFCC
just can't seem to find who they were stolen from.....  so they are unable
to compensate the victims or repatriate the monies, according to them. That
might work....  just a thought.

And, while we are on the subject of recovered but undistributed
and unrepatriated monies, some 700 million USD as reported several
years ago...  where Exactly is all that money?  Is it earning interest?
If so, what is happening with that interest?  Where is it going?  Many,
many questions need to be answered on these matters......
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6 MAY 2021

EFCC Arrests Siblings for Alleged Internet Fraud in Lagos,

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested two siblings for their alleged 
involvement in internet fraud.

The suspects, Queen and Rowland Kalu, were arrested on Wednesday, 
May 5, 2021 at the Amikanle Alagbado area of Lagos State.

Their arrest followed credible intelligence received by the Commission 
about their alleged involvement in computer- related fraud and online 
dating scam.

Upon their arrest, Queen, who is a graduate of Banking and Finance, 
confessed to the crime, saying that she was involved in online dating 
and had made some money from the crime.

She also disclosed that she helps her brothers, including one Prince 
Kalu who is at large, to speak to their male victims and defraud them 
of their money.

A Mercedes Benz car and mobile devices were recovered from them.

They will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes photos of both siblings:

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6 MAY 2021

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
have arrested eight suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects who are between the ages of eighteen and twenty-nine 
were arrested at Jabi, Abuja, in the early hours of Thursday, May 
6, 2021, based on credible information about their alleged criminal 
activities.

The suspects are Emmanuel Anyeba, Precious Samuel, Mujib Ariyo, 
Micheal Ogaba, Mathew Ibeh, Jamiu Ariyo, Precious Kalu and Isaac 
Sunday.

Investigation indicates that the suspects operated an academy 
for training internet fraudsters from their hideout.

Items recovered from them include eight mobile phones.

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

The press release includes photos of all eight alleged 419ers:

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5 MAY 2021

EFCC Arrests 30 Suspected Yahoo-Yahoo Boys in Ilorin

Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 arrested 30 internet 
fraud suspects, also known as Yahoo-Yahoo Boys, in Ilorin, Kwara State.

The suspects include: Adigun Oladapo, Olamilekan Ogunsola, Fuad Abidemi, 
Haastrup Samuel, Olamide Adeyemi, Akinola Abideen, Ebenezer Haastrup, 
Kehinde Adeyemi, Quadri Kareem, Abubakar Abdulbashit, Damilola Akinola, 
Ola-Oluwa Samuel, David Oyewole, Mojereola Toheeb, Isaac Chikezie, Joshua 
Chiekezie, Abdulsalam Opeyemi and Abawonjo Abdulazeez.

Others are, Ganiyu Olanrewaju, Adeleke Ibrahim, Taiwo Ganiyu, Oke Gideon, 
Olakunle Adebisi, Ajani Samuel, Joshua Ogizien, Sodiq Olasupo, Olamilekan 
Mubarak, Adeniyi Olashile, Rotimi Adeyemi and Rasaq Olanrewaju.

The suspects, who are mostly students were arrested at different locations 
within Ilorin following actionable intelligence earlier received on their 
alleged criminal activities.

Items recovered from them include ten exotic cars, mobile phones, laptops, 
charms and several incriminating documents.

The suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are 
concluded.

The press release includes photos:

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5 MAY 2021

EFCC Nabs Impostor for Cloning its E-mail

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have 
arrested one Udochukwu Ugochukwu Simeon for allegedly creating fraudulent 
clones of the Commission e-mail address, and using same to defraud 
unsuspecting victims.

The 26-year-old suspect created an Outlook email account of the Commission, 
“efccnigeria.org.ng@outlook.com” and a webmail, info@efcc-nigeria.org.ng 
which he uses to impersonate the EFCC.

Investigation by the Cybercrimes Unit at the Commission’s headquarters, 
Abuja indicates that the suspect also uses the two fake e-mail accounts 
to send messages to his victims, while posing as an officer of the 
Commission trying to help his victims recover their stolen monies.

Before his arrest on April 21, 2021, the suspect had already received 
over $3,000 (Three Thousand US Dollars) from some of his victims.

Ugochukwu’s activities amount to forgery, identity theft, impersonation 
and cybersquatting.

He will be charged to court upon the completion of the investigation.

The press release includes a photo:

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4 MAY 2021

EFCC Arrests 7 Internet Fraudsters in Enugu

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Enugu Zonal Office have arrested seven suspected internet fraudsters. 
They were nabbed on April 16, 2021 at a popular hotel in the Nkponkiti 
– Ogui New Layout area of Enugu.

Laure Anya, Benjamin Okoro, Eze Emmanuel, Oko Francis, Ubah Samuel, 
Uwandu Michael and Akpan Itoro were arrested following actionable 
intelligence.

They are suspected to be members of a syndicate of fraudsters who 
specialized on defrauding unsuspecting members of the public, mostly 
the foreigners through internet and computer-related fraud.

Some incriminating materials recovered from them include mobile phones 
and laptops.

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

The press release has photos of five of the seven alleged 419ers:

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4 MAY 2021

N150m Fraud: Appeal Court Dismisses Suspect’s Bail Appeal

The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, has dismissed an application filed 
by a suspected fraudster, Nelson Emuobosa Omo-Ode, challenging the ruling 
of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos denying him bail.

Omo-Ode, a 34-year-old Business Administration graduate of the Kuala Lumpur 
Metropolitan College, Malaysia, was arrested on July 18, 2019 at his residence 
at the Address Homes, Onikani Foreshore Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos, following 
a petition received by the Commission about his suspicious lifestyle.

Investigations showed that over N150, 000,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Million 
Naira) had passed through his account in recent time, which he could not account 
for.

He was subsequently arraigned before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special 
Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a three-count charge bordering 
retention of proceeds of criminal conduct to the tune of N150m.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him, thereby leading 
to his trial.

During the trial, the prosecution counsel, S.O. Daji presented four witnesses 
before closing his case against the defendant.

The defendant’s application for bail was refused by the court.

Dissatisfied with the decision of the Court, the defendant, through his 
counsel, Kolawole Salami, appealed against the ruling.

In the judgment delivered via zoom on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, the Appellate 
Court dismissed the defendant’s appeal as lacking in merit.

The case has been adjourned till May 19, 2021 for the adoption of final 
written addresses.

The press release includes a photo:

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4 MAY 2021

FBI Seeks Further Collaboration with EFCC in Tackling Cybercrimes

A three-man team of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, today Tuesday 
May 4, 2021 paid a courtesy visit to the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Joseph Zadik, Assistant Legal Attaché, who led the team commended the 
Commission for its efforts in tackling cybercrimes and other forms of 
financial crimes. He said the visit was to further enhance the cooperation 
and partnership between EFCC and the FBI. Others in the team are Ayotunde 
Awoyemi, criminal investigator and Osemeka Jim Oscar, special investigator.

Muhtar Bello, Head Benin Zonal Office, who received them, thanked the team 
for the visit. He assured that the Commission will continue to partner with 
them in its efforts to rid the society of economic and financial crimes.

The press release includes photos:

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4 MAY 2021

Four Suspected Internet Fraudster Arrested in Makurdi

The Makurdi Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on Saturday May 1, 2021 arrested four members of a syndicate of internet 
fraudsters in Makurdi, Benue State.

The suspects, Gideon Damisa, Sunday James, Friday Ebosele and Okiemute Deborah, 
were rounded up by operatives of the Commission following intelligence report 
on their alleged criminal activities in and around Makurdi metropolis.

At the point of arrest, the principal suspect Gideon Damisa was in possession 
of a Mercedes Benz GLK 350 2010 Model, 1 iPhone, 2 Pro Max, 2 Infinix phone and 
ATM cards, among others.

They will soon be charged to court.

The press release contains photos of all four alleged 419ers:

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30 APR 2021

EFCC Arrests Four Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

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

The suspects are: Nnaemeka Udozor Joseph, Udor Peter Emmanuel, Olowo Opeyemi 
Abdulrazak and Oritayo Blessing Deji.

They were arrested on April 27, 2021 in the Ajah area of Lagos, following 
credible intelligence received by the Commission on their alleged involvement 
in computer-related fraud.

The suspects will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes a photo:

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28 APR 2021

EFCC Arrests 34 Alleged Internet Fraudsters in Owo, Ondo State

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Benin 
Zonal Office, through its intelligence gathering operation code-named 
'Erinle,' today Wednesday April 28, 2021 arrested 34 alleged internet 
fraudsters in Owo, Ondo State.

Those arrested are Adesuyan Ayoola, Oyesanmi Shola, Adegbole Victor, 
Osagie Ekiende, Akinayomide James, Okunade Jamilu, Omotoso Oluwaseyi, 
David Oluwatobi, Ahmed Rilwan, Saheed Odunayo, Olorunfemi Emmanuel, 
Obakpolor Tommy, Emmanuel Ibe, Temiloluwa Joshua, Victor Benjamin, 
Akinwale Oluwaseun and Ogunboye Dotun.

Others are Adeniyi Femi, Obademi Samson, Oladunjoye Teniola, Eze Raphael, 
Samson Fadugbagbe, Oguntimehin Bamidele, Moshood Kazeem, Oniye Damilare, 
Balogun Mayowa, Obadapo Wale, Ese Stephen, Atakili Pelumi, Adesumo Fatai 
Olalekan, Demi Temidayo, Oshorun Joseph and Oluwafemi Damilola Michael.

Items recovered from the suspects include nine exotic cars, laptops computers, 
mobile phones, documents and identity cards.

The suspects have made useful statement and will be arraigned in court as 
soon as investigations are completed.

The press release includes photos:

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28 APR 2021

Five Suspected Internet Fraudsters in EFCC Net in Abuja

Operatives of the Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, have arrested five suspected internet fraudsters. The 
suspects: Emeto Jude Ikenna, Miracle Temple, Victor Onyekachi, Silver 
Matthew Kingsley and Promise Emmanuel, were arrested in the early hours 
of Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at their hideouts, room C9, Ibanu Suite, 
Mabushi and F01 Kubwa, Abuja.

Items recovered from them include one Toyota Camry, one Laptop and mobile 
phones.

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

The press release contains photos of all five alleged 419ers:

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27 APR 2021

EFCC Arrests 18 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 18 suspected internet fraudsters 
in Lagos State.

The suspects are: Ayomide Christian Balogun, Harrison Etshede, Rahim 
Ibrahim Ajiboye, Nwafor Ebuka, Christian Onyenachi, Egbe Emmanuel Olemuno, 
Okoye Charles, Moses Isaac Benjamin and Abubakar Mukthar.

Others are: Ayodele Adewusi Khalid, John Folarin Oyindamola, Oshilaja 
Ayomide Samson, Olayinka Samuel Juwon, Keshinro Ridwan Oluwafemi, Sulaimon 
Waris Titilope, Samuel Odei Olamilekan, Shen Banjo Olusayo and Michael 
Olayinka Ike.

They were arrested during sting operations on both Second Gate Estate, 
Oke-Iranla, Ajah, Lekki, and Victoria Garden City, VGC, Lagos on April 
19 and April 20, 2021, following verified intelligence on their alleged 
involvement in computer-related fraud.

They will soon be charged to court.

The press release contains photos of all 18 allrged 419ers:

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23 APR 2021

EFCC Arrest Bitcoin Vendor, Four Others in Ibadan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, 
today Friday, April 23, 2021, arrested one Ayomide Samuel Adebowale who 
trades in bitcoin for his alleged involvement in cyber crimes.

Ayomide along with four others were picked up from two locations at Elebu 
area in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The suspects whose ages range between 21 and 37 were arrested sequel to 
series of intelligence received by the Commission on their alleged involvement 
in internet-related crimes.

The other four are: Philip Gabriel, Mayowa Jolaoso Segun, Babatunde Segun 
Adeyinka and Abiodun Tolulope Emmanuel.

Items recovered from them include two cars, laptops, phones and some documents 
suspected to contain false pretences.

They will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is completed.

The press release includes photos:

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22 APR 2021

EFCC Arrests 5 Internet Fraud Suspects in Kano

The Kano Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, has arrested five internet fraud suspects in Kano.

The suspects: Abdulaziz Shamsuddeen Umar, Adamu Sufiyan, Abdulsamad 
Abdulaziz, Mustapha Musa, and Suleiman Alexander Adeiza were arrested 
at Danbare Quarter, opposite Bayero University, Kano following intelligence 
on their alleged involvement cyber-related fraud.

They will be charged to court when investigation is completed.

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22 APR 2021

EFCC Arrests Instagram Comedian, 34 Others for Alleged Internet Fraud in Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, have arrested an Instagram comedian and social media Influencer, 
Nwagbo Oliver Chidera, also known as Pankeeroy, alongside 34 others for their 
alleged involvement in computer-related fraud in Lagos.

The other suspects are: Chinedu Omesu Christian, Gafar Kunle Adedamola, Chuka 
AnieboRichard, Nwagbo Chidera Oliver, Dibo Ayomide Samson, Rotimi Segun Damilola, 
Habeeb Banire Damilola, Afolabi Bolutife Michael, Adekanbi Elijah Adeola, Emeka 
Christian Egwuatu, Adeyemi Adedamola Olumide, Awokoya Moyosore Iyaniwura, Efunnuga 
Dmilola Samuel, Samson Makinde Egwuatu, Gbemileke Jide Simeon,Omoyemi Fashola 
Owolabi, and Farouk Ibiwoye Olatunde.

Other are Orapitan Yomi Segun, Oladunjoye Taiwo Olawale, Ibrahim Ajani Olanrewaju, 
Wasiu Olamilekan Sola, Olamiposi Toheeb Damilola, Isieq Qudus Olamilekan, Abel 
Ndubuisi Junior, Emmanuel Nonso Martins,Timilehin Oladipo Jesse, Kelvin Okpere 
Kendal, Omotola Oluwatobi Emmanuel,Rasaq Toyosi Farouq, Oyelere Olawale Shakiru, 
Timileyin Odeyemi Damilare,Kelly John Nwanou, Adedeji Emmanuel Olayinka, Balogun 
Subomi Ibrahim and Makinde Adewale Benjamin.

They were arrested on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at their hideout in James Court, 
Lekki, Lagos, following verified intelligence received by the Commission about 
their alleged criminal activities.

Until his arrest, Chidera, who claimed to have gone into Bitcoin scam after he 
suffered depression, had been presenting himself as a vendor who redeems bitcoin 
vouchers using the bitcoincoretrading.com platform to defraud his unsuspecting 
victims.

Investigations revealed that one of the suspects, Christian, allegedly defrauded 
an aged Asian-American lady of over $475,000 (Four Hundred and Seventy-Five Thousand 
US Dollars).

In his statement to the Commission, Christian confessed to have been posing as 
one Dave Federick, a 58- year- old United States national on a mission in Syria, 
in order to lure his unsuspecting victims and defraud them of their hard-earned money.

Upon his arrest, a Mercedes Benz AMG GLE model worth N36,000,000( Thirty-six Million 
Naira) was recovered from him.

Investigations also revealed that the suspect has N22, 300, 000. 00 (Twenty- two 
Million, Three Hundred Naira ) worth of Bitcoin in his blocked chain account.

Items recovered from the suspects include exotic cars, Iphones, laptop computers, 
Android devices and Macbook devices.

The suspects will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes photos:

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21 APR 2021

EFCC Arrests 11 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Port Harcourt

Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 11(eleven) suspected fraudsters, in 
a sting operation covering Rivers and Bayelsa States.

They were arrested on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

The suspects are: Eliot Chuku; Oghenero Tega; Pamkim James; Jeremiah Agbani; 
Frank Freeman; George Naomi; Joshua Patrick; Francis Paul; Bernard Peter, 
Akarolo Chimeganum and Precious Ebi. They were arrested in four locations 
in Bayelsa State: Queens Estate; Mike Okporkpor; Kpansia and Yenagoa and 
Unity Estate in Rivers State.

Their arrest was spurred by discreet surveillance about their suspicious 
involvement on internet- related fraud.

Items recovered from the suspects include 21 phones; two Power banks; two 
PlayStations; two Speakers; one International Passport; four Sim packs; one 
Laptop, four Automated Teller Machine( ATM) cards and one Lexus RX 350 Sports 
Utility Vehicle.

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

The press release includes photos:

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20 APR 2021

EFCC Arrests 14 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, have arrested 14 suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects are: Abiodun Gbolahan Seidu, Joseph Aganaga Ndubuisi, Sodimu Olawale 
Sikirudeen, Ohaekim Christopher, Ambali Oluwaseyi Rahman, Chibuzor Ebubedike, Salvador 
Abduljabar and Omohogbo Donald Ede.

Others are: Thomas Obire Tobiloba, Olatunbosun Adeniyi Abiodun, Olugbemi Oluwatomigbeleke 
Eniola, Sanni Azeez Olayinka, Joseph Afenikhena Osaoman and Hamed Olayinka Olanrewaju.

They were arrested on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Westwood Estate, Badore, Ajah Lagos, 
following verified intelligence received by the Commission about their alleged involvement 
in computer-related fraud.

Items recovered from the suspects include cars, IPhones, Android devices, laptop computers, 
a MacBook Pro, hard disk drives and jewellery.

The suspects will soon be charged to court.

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16 APR 2021

Music Producer, Four Others Nabbed For Alleged Cybercrime in Uyo

Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
on Friday April 16, 2021, arrested one Imeh Henshaw Nyong, a music producer and four others 
for alleged internet fraud in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

 Nyong was arrested alongside Benjamin Ikpeme, Godwin Isong, Magnus Chimaobi and Victor Usun.

The suspects, whose ages range between 22 and 25 years, were arrested in an early morning 
raid at two locations in the state, based on credible intelligence on their alleged involvement 
in cybercrime

While Nwele was arrested at 23 Calabar Itu Road by Urua Ikpa junction, Nyong and the other 
three were nabbed at 25 Faith Road, Off Ikot Ekpene Road, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Items recovered from them include, 1 black Lexus E350, 1 Hp laptop, 1 Canon 16 Techno 
Phone, 1 Dell laptop, 1 Samsung S7, 1 Toshiba laptop, 1 Itell phone, 1 Samsung S8+, car 
documents and 1 International Passport.

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

The press release contains photos of all 5 alleged 419ers:

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15 APR 2021

EFCC Arrests 27 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, have arrested 27 suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects are: David Promise, Cyril Okodogbe, Taiwo Femi, Jasa Oghenerwede Frank, 
Adesokan Ibrahim, Femi Emmanuel Phillip, Jimoh Olayinka Alimi, Anene Dominic, Victor 
Damola, Israel Attah, Alonge Oluwadamilare, Muhammadu Sani Garba, Luis Fred and Adu
Olaoluwa.

Others are: Precious Utomi, Oladosu Samuel, Andrew John, Olayiwola Ojo, Ekong Samuel 
Enobong, Oluwakemi Ezekiel, Okewole Segun, Olawale Adekunle, Ajibade Idris Adeniyi, 
Imeobong-Odion Promise, Karaole Lateef, Rowland Emmanuel and Nelson Lucky.

They were arrested on April 9, 2021 in the Ayobo-Ipaja area of Lagos State, following 
verified intelligence received by the Commission about their alleged involvement in 
computer- related fraud.

The press release contains photos of all 27 suspected 419ers:

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14 APR 2021

EFCC Arrests Five Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Port Harcourt

Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, have arrested five suspected Internet fraudsters.

They were arrested in an early morning operation on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 
along New Airport Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The suspects: Raymond Poi; Kelvin Okonofua; Anderson Aforke Adjukpa, Marvellous 
Ahre and Chijioke Amadi, were arrested based on verified intelligence about their 
suspicious involvement in internet- related fraud.

Items recovered from the suspects include five iPhones; four Android phones; one 
Nokia Java phone; one Dell Laptop; two iMac apple Laptop and two ash- coloured 
Toyota Camry cars.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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12 APR 2021

Court Convicts 11 Internet Fraudsters in Port Harcourt

Justice Adamu Turaki Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt 
on Friday, April 9, 2021 convicted and sentenced 11 internet fraudsters to various 
prison terms, for fraud.

The convicts were prosecuted by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, for offences bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false 
pretence.

Those convicted are Anhwo Samson, Harry Omo-egbekun Hamilton, Odiase Martins, Okuson 
Godspower, Destiny Ighalo, Andrew Onoyoa, Omebu Happy, Enofe Michael, Adelakun Abdulkareem, 
Akpowowo Favour and Imaah Joseph.

They all pleaded guilty to one count charge each preferred against them by the Commission.

In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, Ahmed Arogha prayed the court to 
convict and sentence the defendants accordingly.

However, John Okhuihievbe and O.A. Egharevba, counsel to the defendants pleaded with 
the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendants were first time offenders who 
had become remorseful.

Justice Mohammed convicted and sentenced all the defendants to various terms of imprisonment. 
Samson bagged two years imprisonment or a fine of N200,000. He is also to forfeit N3,684,439.18 
(three million, six hundred and eighty four thousand, four hundred and thirty nine naira, 
eighteen kobo) to the federal government while Ighalo got two years imprisonment or a fine 
500,000. Ighalo is to forfeit a Lexus SUV 330 model, laptops and phones to the federal government. 
Andrew Onoyoa was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment or a fine of N1 million. He is also to 
forfeit Lexus 230 SUV and a Toyota Camry car to the federal government.

The other defendants Godspower, Happy, Enofe, Joseph, Favour, Abdulkareem and Martin were 
sentenced to two years imprisonment each with an option of fine of N200,000 each. Hamilton 
bagged two years imprisonment or a fine of N100,000.

All the convicts are to undertake in writing to be of good behaviour forthwith.

The charge against Samson reads: "that you Anhwo Samson (aka Anhwo Samcity), Adelakun 
Abdulkareem (aka Terry Walker), Omebu Happy (aka Christ David), Imaah Joseph (aka Pietro 
Jones) Enofe Michael (aka Charlotte Crypto B.T.C Dan Trader) and Akpowowo Favour Omanufogho 
(aka Prof. Melisa Dan) on or about the 10 day of July 2020 at Efemena Close, Ozoro within 
the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspired to defraud by sending electronic 
messages materially misrepresenting facts to white women with intent to defraud them and 
thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27 (1)(b) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, 
Prevention, Etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 14(2) the same Act".

The press release includes photos:

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1 APR 2021

EFCC Hands Recovered ¥370, 000, $1,800 USD to Japanese Victim of Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Thursday, April 1, 2021 
handed over the sums of ¥370,000 Japanese Yen and $1,800 USD, recovered from 
a fraudster, to the Japanese victim through officials of the Japanese Embassy, 
Abuja.

The money was recovered by the EFCC following a complaint by one Hatsumi Ozeki 
on January 19, 2019.

Investigation established that Ozeki was duped by one Evans Ewean-Obayagbona 
but the proceeds of crime was wired to him through the accounts of his accomplices-
Samson Okonofua, Osifo Onaiwi-Kelly and Igbenedion Iyobor Mikel.

Speaking while handing over the money to officials of the Japanese Embassy at 
the EFCC headquarters, Abuja, the Director of Operations, Abdulkarim Chukkol, 
reiterated the Commission's commitment to the fight against cybercrime and 
other forms of financial crimes. He said the agency is poised to sanitize 
the nation's financial system to ensure a conducive investment climate for 
foreign investors.

On his part, the representative of the Japanese Embassy expressed appreciation 
to the EFCC for the feat in recovery the money and commended the agency's commitment 
to fighting corruption.

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419 Coalition comment:  Now, this is how we like to see things done!  Well done
on this case EFCC, let's make it a routine procedure, that would be wonderful!
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1 APR 2021

EFCC Nabs 34 Yahoo Boys in Ibadan, Lagos

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested 
a total of 34 suspected internet fraudsters, also known as Yahoo 
Yahoo Boys. They were apprehended in separate operations in Ibadan, 
Oyo state and Lagos.

Twenty four of the suspects, most of whom claimed to be undergraduates, 
were rounded up today April 1, 2021 at their hideout in Apete area of 
Ibadan, Oyo State by operatives from the Ibadan Zonal Office of the 
Commission.

The suspects are, Isiaka Quadri Olawale, Ojubanire Akindimeji Abdulquadri, 
Shobowale Michael Morenikeji, Adeyemi Yusuf Ekundayo, Alabi Gift Jesse, 
Owolabi Yakubu Joseph, Olasupo Ogooluwa Ayomide, Emmanuel Segun Omogbolahan, 
Mufutau Sarafa Adewale, and Adekunle Habeeb Olamilekan.

Others are, Usman Abdullahi Olamilekan, Adurota Emmanuel Tosin, Adekunle 
Ibrahim Babatunde, Adeyiga Ayobami Emmanuel, Olubanji Remilekun Michael, 
Ibrahim Damola Iremide, Okunlaja Joshua Opeyemi, Aiyelokun Bolaji Emmanuel, 
Akintokun Olalekan Ibukunmi, Kehinde Victor Boluwatife, Oni Olanrewaju Gabriel, 
Shobowale Samuel Durodola, Owolabi Quadri Damilola and Monday Blessing Patrick.

The early morning raid followed actionable intelligence on their alleged 
involvement in internet-related crimes.

The arrest led to the recovery of valuable items, including four exotic cars, 
mobile phones, laptops, SIM cards and several incriminating documents.

The remaining ten suspects were arrested by Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office 
on March 30, 2021at Horizon II Estate, Meadow Hall Way, Lekki, Lagos following 
credible information on their alleged criminal activities.

The suspects who are allegedly involved in romance scam, unemployment benefits 
scam, identity theft, and purchase of malicious tools to compromise corporate 
email accounts and intercept email messages, include: Daniel Udegbe, Taiwo 
Akintimehin, Abiola Opeyemi, Great Shayo Akintimehin, Dikoyejo Damilola Emmanuel, 
ibiayinabobo Daso and Toheeb Alhassan.

Others are: Michael Ofoedu Obinna, Sanni Azeez and Ridwan Adeyinka Songonuga.

Items recovered from the suspects include mobile phones and laptop computers.

The suspects have volunteered statements to the Commission and would be charged 
to Court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release includes photos:

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30 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests Female Internet Fraud Suspect

Operatives of the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Friday March 26, 2021 arrested one Queen Jonathan, for s
uspected internet fraud in Oghara, Delta State.

24-year-old Jonathan is alleged to be involved in Bitcoin Scam. She presented 
herself as one Sophia Rodriguez, an expert in Bitcoin, on Instagram, to defraud 
unsuspecting victims.

Items recovered from her include an Infinix Hot 8 mobile phone.

The suspect has made useful statement and will be arraigned in Court as soon 
as investigation is completed.

The press release includes a photo:

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29 MAR 2021

Man Bags Three Months Imprisonment for Fraud

A Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama, Abuja presided 
over by Justice Peter Affen on March 25, 2021 sentenced one Ogbelegba 
Emmanuel Abel to three months imprisonment for offences bordering 
on obtaining money by false pretence and internet fraud.

The convict was arrested on February 25, 2020 in his apartment in 
Maitama, Abuja following reports received by the Commission on his 
suspicious activities and questionable lifestyle.

Upon conclusion of investigation, the convict was arraigned in Court o
n one count charge of obtaining by false pretense.

He pleaded ‘guilty’ to the charge preferred against him.

Consequently, the court convicted and sentenced him to 3 months imprisonment 
with an option of fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira.

The Court also ordered the convict to restitute his victim the sum of $150 
USD and forfeit his smartphone to the Federal Government.

The press release includes a photo:

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29 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests Ten Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Akure

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
on Monday March 29, 2021 arrested 10 suspected internet fraudsters 
in Akure, Ondo State.

Those arrested are Adekolurejo James, Gabriel Seyifunmi, Adekunle Joshua, 
Adeboyega Idowu, Olorunnayo Adewale, Akande Akinyemi, Oluwugbemgia Blessing, 
Oladepo Abiodun, Ibrahim Olagoke and Akinboyejo Abimbola.

Items recovered from the suspects include eight exotic cars, laptops 
computers, phones, documents and identity cards

The suspects have made useful statement and will be arraigned in court 
as soon as investigation is completed.

The press release includes photos:

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29 MAR 2021

Court Jails Internet Fraudster One Year in Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
has secured the conviction and sentencing of one Olaofe Olamide to one year 
imprisonment for engaging in internet fraud before Justice Mojisola Dada of 
the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

He was arraigned on March 29, 2021 on one-count charge of possession of fraudulent 
documents contrary to Section 320 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

He pleaded "guilty" to the charge.

Consequently, the prosecuting counsel, A.O. Mohammed, informed the Court of a 
plea bargain agreement between the prosecution and the defence.

Mohammed, further reviewed the facts of the case, and tendered in evidence the 
statements of the defendant and documents implicating him, which were printed 
out from his device.

He, therefore, urged the Court to convict him accordingly.

He also prayed that the items recovered from the defendant, which were proceeds 
of the crime, be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Defence counsel, Rafiat Shittu, however, pleaded with the Court to temper justice 
with mercy on the grounds that "the defendant is a first-time offender and has shown 
remorse."

Justice Dada convicted him as charged and sentenced him to one year in prison 
with an option of fine of N2million.

The Judge also ordered forfeited to the Federal Government an iPhone 7, an Apple 
MacBook laptop, a Samsung S5 and a Hyundai Sonata vehicle, which were recovered 
from him by the prosecution.

"On release from custody or satisfaction of the fine, he must sign a bond with 
the EFCC to be of good behaviour within and outside of the country," Justice 
Dada added.

The press release includes a photo:

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29 MAR 2021

18 Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested in Abuja, 3 in Niger

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on March 25, 2021 
arrested 18 suspected internet fraudsters at a hideout in Gwarimpa and 
Dawaki Extension, Abuja.

The arrest was sequel to credible intelligence obtained by the Commission 
on their alleged criminal activities.

The suspects are: Akpotegho Profit, 20; Aseimo Prince, 21; Ekhaguere Favour,19; 
Ekhaguere Esewi, 25; Kelvin Ekhaguere, 25; Temola Adex,25; Ezuzu Happiness, 21
and Ekhiyokwo Emmanuel, 25.

Others are: Mena Ejife Emmanuel, 25; Clement Ifietekhai, 29; Babatunde Ilori, 35; 
Ejoor Joseph, 22; Okunuwe Frank Durkio, 22; Agbaga Kelvin, 22; Ajayi Kehinde David, 
25; Akinwale Taiwo, 30; Joseph Henry Junior, 25 and Agbaje Opeyemi, 31.

Items recovered from the suspects include six exotic cars, twenty six mobile 
phones, eleven laptop computers, Flash and Hardrive, three International passports, 
and six hand bags.

In a related development, three suspected internet fraudsters were arrested by 
operatives of the Commission on Friday March 26, 2021 in Niger State. The suspects 
are Abubakar Haruna, Nuhu Alfa Katuna and Mohammed Adamu.

Items recovered from them include mobile phones and SIM cards.

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

 The press release includes photos:

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26 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests 10 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Delta

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
Benin Zonal Office in the wee hours of Friday March 26, 2021 
arrested 10 suspected internet fraudsters in Oghara, Delta State.

Those arrested are Ifeakachukwu Prince, Vincent Ikechukwu, Oki 
Morrison Onome, Lucky Morrisson Efe, Ejiro Nwaju, Onyije Ifeanyi, 
Sunday Fejiro, Wisdom Agharadoro and Peace Omaghoni.

Items recovered from the suspects include laptop computers, phones, 
Mercedes-Benz 350 4Matic and C330.

The suspects have made useful statements and will be arraigned in 
court as soon as investigations are completed.

The press release inludes photos:

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26 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests Son, Mother for Alleged N50m Internet Fraud

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, have arrested Ibeh Theophilus Uche, 
Chief Executive Officer, CEO, 10 Kobo Wine Place, Ikotun, Lagos 
alongside his mother for their alleged involvement in computer 
related fraud to the tune of about N50million in Lagos.

 The 28-year-old suspect was arrested recently in his room in 
 Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, following 
 credible intelligence reports about his alleged criminal activities.

During interrogation, Uche, who presents himself variously as 
Racheal Armstrong , Keanu Reeves, Rebekah Schwarzenberger, Keanu 
Private, Elizabeth Hortman and Stefan Paulson, confessed to being 
into Bitcoin investment scam, romance scam and identity theft.

The suspect also confessed to have defrauded his victims to the 
tune of about N50m, since he started the criminal activities in 2020.

Investigations revealed that the suspect had been using a First Bank 
account belonging to his mother, who is one of his accomplices, to l
aunder the proceeds of his alleged criminal activities.

Items recovered from the suspect are one iPhone 11 Pro Max; one iPhone 12 
pro max; two MacBook Pro laptops; a PlayStation 5; an iPad and a small Nokia 
touch phone.

Others are a Mercedes Benz S550 2015 Sedan car and a Lexus RX 350 SUV 
2016, among other incriminating items.

The suspect will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes a photo:

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26 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests 24 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Ogun

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, have arrested 24 suspected in internet fraudsters in Ogun 
State.

The suspects are: Oladitan Olakunle Dauda, Olapade Olawale Segun, Babayemi 
Oluwaseun Adeyemi Yahyah, Adesoye Olayode Samuel, Sani Lekan Olaniyi, Sulaimon 
Adeyinka abdulahi, Sanni Olanrewaju Saheed, Oladele Adebola Felix, Idowu Afis 
Olamilekan, Adeniran Emmanuel Oluwaseun, Alarape Sakiru Olawale,Yusuf Waheed, 
Olajide Segun Yinka, Aderibigbe Ibikunle Adedeji, Okerin Olamilekan Emmanuel 
and Adelakun Owolabi Samuel.

Others are: Olajide Ayobami Paul, Okenla Hammed Adetola, Akorede Adebayo Aderemi, 
Ajibola Azeez Olayinka, Salaudeen Taofeeq Olawale, Solomon Akintoye Omisakin, 
Ibraheem Saheed Ayinde and Odusanya Olawale Abiodun.

They were arrested at their various residences in the Sango area of Ogun State, 
on March 21, 2021, following intelligence reports received by the Commission about 
their involvement in the alleged criminal activities.

Items recovered from the suspects include exotic cars, mobile phones of various 
brands, laptop computers, Wi-Fi and modem devices.

The suspects will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes a photo:

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25 MAR 2021

Eight Convicted In Abeokuta over Fraudulent Impersonation

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Ibadan zonal office 
secured eight convictions on Thursday, March 25, 2021 before Justice Mohammed 
Abubakar of Federal High Court, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The convicts are: Olayiwola Olamilekan Adewole, Raji Wasiu Olalekan, Uthman 
Dolapo Muhammed, Usman Toheeb Olawale, Oyesoji Tosin Isaac, Okegbenro Idris 
Olalekan, Oluwole Olusukanmi Yinka and Akinlolu akintunde Toheed

The defendants pleaded guilty to separate one count of impersonation, following 
a plea bargain with the EFCC.

After taking their pleas, Justice Abubakar convicted and sentenced them to 
various jail terms and also ordered that they restitute their victims.

Olayiwola, Oyesoji and Usman were sentenced to four months in prison with 
the option of N100,000, N300,000 and N50,000 fine respectively; while Raji, 
Uthman, Okegbenro, and Akinlolu bagged three months imprisonment. Uthman, 
Okegbenro and Akinlolu got option of N200, 000, N50, 000 and N100, 000 
fine respectively.

Oluwole was convicted and sentenced to two months imprisonment with no option of fine

The Court also ordered Olayiwola to restitute $1,100 USD to his victim; Raji, 
$300USD; Uthman, N1, 184,336.51 ; Oyesoji, $1,800 ; Usman, $70 USD ;Oni, $1,000USD; 
Oluwole, £2,000 to Jennifer Unichi and also forfeit the sum of N205,228:65 and Akinlolu, 
$950 USD.

The convicts are to forfeit all items recovered from them to the Federal Government 
of Nigeria.

The press release includes lots of photos:

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25 MAR 2021

Internet Fraudster Bags Nine Months Jail Term for $30,000 in Lagos

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, 
has secured the conviction and sentencing of an internet fraudster, 
Mabifah Quzeem Abayomi, before Justice O.O. Abike-Fadipe of a Special 
Offence Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

The convict was arraigned Wednesday, March 24, 2021, on a one-count 
charge of possession of documents containing false pretence.

The charge reads: "That you, Mafibah Quzeem Abayomi, about the 21st of 
January, 2021 in Lagos State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court, had in your possession documents and fraudulent chats, which contain 
false pretence you knew or ought to know to be false and committed the offence 
of possession of documents containing false pretence contrary to Section 320 
of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011."

He pleaded "guilty" to the charge.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Ayanfe Ogunsina, reviewed 
the facts of the case.

Ayanfe told the court that Abayomi was involved in internet fraud by 
infiltrating accounts of persons with United States banks.

The prosecution counsel also revealed to the Court that the convict 
defrauded his unsuspecting victims to the tune of $30,000 (Thirty Thousand 
US Dollars), using 10 credit cards.

Ayanfe further tendered the convict’s statement to the Commission, where 
he confessed to the crime.

Consequently, Justice Abike-Fadipe convicted Abayomi as charged and sentenced 
him to nine months imprisonment, adding that the judgment would serve as a deterrent 
to others.

The Judge also ordered the forfeiture of his mobile devices and the 2 IPads that 
were found on him to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release includes a photo:

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25 MAR 2021

Court Jails Internet Fraudster Two Years in Port Harcourt

Justice E. A. Obile of the Federal High Court sitting in Port 
Harcourt, Rivers State has convicted and sentenced Uzoma Franklyn 
Izuchukwu to two years imprisonment for impersonating an American, 
Jefferson Stewart, to dupe his unsuspecting victims.

He was jailed on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 after pleading "guilty" 
to one-count charge bordering on impersonation and obtaining money 
by false pretence, contrary to Section 22(3) (a) of the Cybercrimes 
(Prohibition Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 
22(4)of the same Act.

The charge reads: "That you Uzoma Franklyn Izuchukwu (a.k.a Jefferson 
Stewart) sometimes between 2019, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court did fraudulently impersonate one Jefferson Stewart with intent to 
gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to 
section 22(3) (a) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition Prevention, Etc.) Act, 
2015 and punishable under section 22(4)of the same Act".

In view of his plea, prosecuting counsel, N.A Dodo, prayed the court to 
convict and sentence him accordingly. However, defence counsel, M. M. 
Suleiman sued for mercy, explaining that “"zuchukwu is a first-time offender 
and has no previous criminal records"

Justice Obile convicted and sentenced him to two years imprisonment in a 
Correctional Service with an option of fine of Five Hundred Thousand Naira 
only (N500, 000). He ordered that the phone and laptop linked with the crime 
be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Izuchukwu's journey to the Correctional Service started when some verified 
intelligence of the EFCC spotted him for internet- related activities. 
Investigations showed that the Imo-State born convict was using the identity 
of an American, Jefferson Steward to defraud his victims. One of his victim, 
Dianne Avinna lost huge amount of money to him.

The press release includes a photo:
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24 MAR 2021

Court Jails Undergrad One Year for $104,500 Romance Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, 
has secured the conviction and sentencing of an Internet fraudster, Adebowale 
Taiwo Abiola, to one year imprisonment before Justice O.A. Taiwo of the 
Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

The convict, a 500-level student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, 
Ogbomoso, Oyo State, was arrested following intelligence reports received by 
the Commission about the criminal activities of a syndicate of Internet f
raudsters residing in the Lekki area of Lagos.

Investigation revealed that Abiola, who resides at Brownstone Estate, Ikate, 
Elegushi, Lagos, had presented himself as Burton J. Smith, an American citizen, 
to defraud his unsuspecting victims.

It was further revealed that the defendant, while using the identity of Smith, 
also a former military personnel, had defrauded one Courtney Selina Kaye, who 
had sent money to him by selling bitcoin from her Bitcoin wallet on localbitcoin.com, 
of the sum of $104,500 USD in 2019.

He was subsequently arraigned on a one-count amended charge bordering on possession 
of fraudulent documents containing false pretence.

The count reads: "Adebowale Taiwo Abiola, sometime in 2020 in Lagos, within the 
jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, had in your possession documents containing 
false pretence, which you ought to have known that the said documents contain 
false pretence."

He pleaded ‘guilty’ to the charge brought against him.

Consequently, the prosecution counsel, I. A. Mohammed, reviewed the facts of the 
case and also told the court about the plea bargain entered into by the defendant 
with the prosecution.

The prosecution counsel, therefore, urged the Judge to sentence the defendant 
accordingly.

Delivering her judgment, Justice Taiwo convicted and sentenced the defendant 
to one year imprisonment, with an option of fine of N300,000 ( Three Hundred 
Thousand Naira).

The Judge also held that the sum of N5, 000, 000.00(Five Million Naira) recovered 
from the defendant be forfeited to the victim, Kaye, through the Federal Government

Justice Taiwo further held that the black Mercedes Benz GLK with registration number 
AKD 573 GK recovered from the defendant be forfeited to Kaye through the Federal 
Government of Nigeria.

The Judge also ordered that the sum of N26, 620, 000(Twenty-six Million, Six Hundred 
and Twenty Thousand Naira), being the remaining part of $104, 500USD (One Hundred 
and Four Thousand, Five Hundred United States Dollars) fraudulently obtained by the 
convict from Kaye, be restituted through the Federal Government of Nigeria from the 
assets and property of the convict until the sum is fully recovered.

The convict was ordered to enter into a bond with the EFCC to be of good behaviour 
and never involve in any economic and financial crimes, illegitimate or criminal act 
within and outside the shores of the country, after his release from the Nigeria 
Correctional Service, NCS, facility.

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419 Coaition comment:  We are hopeful that the victim will in fact receive the restitition
money from the Nigerian government as soon as possible,
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24 MAR 2021

EFCC Arraigns Suspected Internet Fraudster in Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, arraigned a suspected internet fraudster, 
Anthony Nicholas Ejimkeonye, on a one-count charge of possession of document 
containing false pretenses before Justice O.O. Abike-Fadipe of a Special 
Offence Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

The defendant was arrested on December 21, 2020 alongside others for allegedly 
defrauding unsuspecting victims of their hard-earned money around the Lekki 
axis of Lagos State.

Upon his arraignment today, he pleaded not guilty to the offence.

The charge reads: "That you, Anthony Nicholas Ejimkeonye, on or about the 21st 
day of December 2020, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, knowingly 
had in your possession a document titled “Hello Miss Xu” , wherein you held 
yourself out as one "Miss Li" , which document you knew to be false, having 
regard to the circumstance of the case and committed an offence contrary to 
Section 320 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015."

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, S. Sulaiman, asked the Court for 
a trial date and also prayed that the defendant be remanded in a Correctional Centre.

In his response, the defence counsel, informed the court of a pending bail application 
and also asked for a hearing date.

He, however, opposed the remand of the defendant in the Correctional Centre, adding 
that the defendant had been diligent with the administrative bail earlier granted to him.

Justice Abike-Fadipe adjourned the matter till May 31, 2021 for hearing and ordered 
that the defendant be remanded in the Correctional facility subject to a negative 
COVID-19 test result.

The press release includes a photo:

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23 MAR 2021

Cyber-Spiritualist Bags Three Months for Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja Zonal Office 
on Monday, March 22, 2021, secured the conviction of Shedrack Luke Greeson 
A.K.A Ifaokurola Babalawo, before Justice Musa Usman of the Federal Capital 
Territory High Court, Bwari, Abuja.

The convict was arrested sometime in January, 2021 by Operatives of the 
Commission for defrauding people on social media while posing as a spiritualist. 
He was arraigned on March 22, 2021 on a two count charge bordering on obtaining 
by false pretence.

Count One of the charge reads. "That you, Shedrack Luke Greeson (alias Ifaokurola 
Babalawo) sometime in 2020, at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court while pretending to be one Ifaokurola Babalawo a spiritual healer, Ifa Priest 
via Instagram account cheated by inducing one Austin Brown from California U.S.A 
to deliver to you the sum of N230, 000.00 (Two Hundred and Thirty Thousand Naira) 
only and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 320(b) and punishable 
under section 322 of the Penal Code Act, Laws of the Federation (Abuja) 1990"

He pleaded 'guilty' to the charge, based on a plea bargain agreement with the 
Commission. Consequently, Justice Usman sentenced him to 3 months in prison with 
an option of fine of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50, 000.00).

The press release contains a photo:

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22 MAR 2021

Six Convicted Fraudsters in Abeokuta to Return $3,550 to Victims

The Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
on Monday, March 22, 2020, secured the conviction of six fraudsters before Justice 
Mohammed Abubakar of a Federal High Court, sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The convicts are: Kareem Babatunde Olamide, Idowu Timothy Tobi, Anifowose Ahmed 
Adedeji, Alimi Quazeem Folarin, Gabriel Obiseasan Ayobami and Abesin Ayobami Sodeeq.

They were convicted for fraudulent impersonation, contrary to section 22(2)(b)(i) 
and (ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.)Act, 2015 and sentenced 
to various jail terms.

While Idowu was sentenced to six months imprisonment, Anifowose and Gabriel bagged 
four months jail term each. Kareem and Abesin got three months imprisonment while 
Alimi bagged two months.

The judge, however, gave Anifowose and Gabriel an option of N200, 000 (Two Hundred 
Thousand Naira) each as fine while, Kareem was given an option of N100, 000 (One 
Hundred Thousand Naira) fine.

The court also ordered the defendants to restitute their victims.

Alimi is to restitute the total sum of Eleven Million Twenty-six Thousand, Eight 
Hundred and Sixty-four Naira, Twenty-nine kobo (N11, 026,864:29) to his victims 
(John Castro, Romone Rockitt and Robert Reaman), through the Federal Government 
of Nigeria. He is to forfeit one iPhone 12 mobile phone and one black Lexus iS250 
to Federal Government of Nigeria, being proceeds of his crime.

Abesin was ordered to restitute his victim the sum of $2,300(Two Thousand Three Hundred 
United States Dollars) and forfeit one iPhone XS Max and one small Nokia Torchlight phone 
to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Similarly, Gabriel is to restitute his victim the sums of $750 (Seven Hundred and 
Fifty United States Dollars) and N726, 000 (Seven Hundred and Twenty Six Thousand 
Naira). He was equally ordered to forfeit to the Federal Government of Nigeria, 
one Apple MacBook, Hp Laptop, one iPhone X and one Samsung S9. 

The press release includes photos:


419 Coalition comment:  We trust that the EFCC will follow through and see to it that
the restitutions are paid into the victims' hands.
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20 MAR 2021

EFCC Warns Property Agents Against Doing Business with Internet Fraudsters

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today March 20, 2021 called 
on land agents to desist from acting as middlemen in the sale or renting of properties 
by fraudsters. Sadiq Abubakar, Head, Economic Governance Section of the Kaduna Zonal 
Office issued the warning while speaking at a Security Summit organized by the Kaduna 
Chapter of the National Union of Land and Property Agents Association of Nigeria 
in Kaduna.

Sadiq, who represented the Zonal Head, Sanusi Abdullahi, advised land vendors to 
embrace the practice of carrying out Know-Your-Customer, KYC, to protect themselves 
from the unsavoury consequences of dealing with criminally minded persons.

According to him, ignorance of the law is never an excuse, adding that investigations 
have established an increase in property-related fraud at the Millennium City and Bye 
Pass axis of Kaduna Metropolis. He called on the Association to always liaise with 
the relevant agencies to authenticate the genuineness or otherwise of any property 
before transacting business on them.

He reminded members of the association of their obligations under the Money Laundering 
Act. "I hope you know that it is unlawful for any of you to collect any cash payment 
or percentage in cash of five million naira as an individual or ten million Naira in 
the case of a company. Anyone caught in this act will be liable to a jail term of 
five years", he said.

Responding the Chairman of the Association, Shafi'u Salisu Abubakar thanked the EFCC 
for honoring their invitation as well as satisfying their thirst for knowledge on how 
to carryout their businesses lawfully, as most of them have not had any opportunity 
to be educated by the EFCC.

He also expressed optimism that, with the knowledge gained from this sensitization, 
they are better positioned to face the security and operational challenges experienced 
by members in their daily dealing with customers.

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20 MAR 2021

Court Jails Fake American Officer Two Years for Internet Fraud In Port Harcourt

Justice E. A Obile of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers 
State has convicted and sentenced Chibueze Okenwa(a.k.a Rodriguz), a fake United 
States of American military officer, to two years imprisonment for impersonation 
contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) ( i & ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, 
Etc.) Act, 2015.

He was initially arraigned on March 4, 2021 by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office 
of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and pleaded "not guilty" 
to one-count charge bordering on impersonation with intent to gain monetary 
advantage for self.

At the resumed hearing of his case on March 18, 2021, Okenwa opted to change 
his plea. He was re-arraigned and pleaded "guilty" to the one-count charge.

The charge reads: "that you Chibueze okenwa (a.k.a Weirt Rodriguz), in 2020, 
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently impersonated 
yourself as Weirt Rodriguz, a United State Military Officer to one Katia Massoni 
from Brazil with intent to gain monetary advantage for yourself and thereby 
committed an offence punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) ( i & ii) of the 
Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015".

In view of his plea of "guilty", prosecution counsel, M. Ibekwute urged the 
court to convict him accordingly. However, defense counsel, J.I Owubokiri prayed t
he court to temper justice with mercy.

Justice Obile convicted and sentenced Okenwa to two (2) years imprisonment with 
an option of fine of Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N350, 000.00).

The judge also ordered that the phone which was used to commit the crime, (a gold 
and white-coloured Blu dual Sim smart phone) be forfeited to the Federal Government 
through disposal by public auction and the proceeds paid into the Treasury Single 
Account, TSA of the Federal Government.

The press release includes a photo:

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19 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests 18 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Ogun

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Lagos Zonal Office, have arrested 18 suspected Internet fraudsters 
in Ogun State.

The suspects are: Ibrahim Oreniyi Atolani, Tijani Faruk Ayobami, Yisa 
Ademola Ibrahim, Olukoya Aliu Temidayo, Sulaimon Sharafdeen Adebayo, 
Adebayo Abiodun Mustapha, Lateef Aremo Shina, Ali Mukit Olamilekan and 
Tajudeen Taiwo Hassan.

Others are: Aina Ayomide Oluwapelumi, Adetola Yusuf Omogbolahan, Adekoya 
Ibrahim Olamilekan, Oreniyi Sulaimon Olalekan, Tiamiyu Olamide Babatunde, 
Ojetola Michael Timileyin and Ajetunmobi Bariu Toyosi.

They were arrested at Remo Majestic Hotel, Shagamu, Ogun State during an 
operation by Operatives of the EFCC on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

Items recovered from the suspects include exotic cars, mobile phones, 
laptop computers, Wi-Fi and modem devices.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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19 MAR 2021

EFCC Docks Two over Alleged Internet Fraud in Ibadan
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18 MAR 2021

Ilorin Court Jails Lecturer, Twin Brothers Over Internet Fraud

Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin 
on Thursday, March 18, 2021 convicted a lecturer of the Kwara State College 
of Health Technology (Health Tech) Offa, Abdullahi Opashola and a twin-brothers 
- Taiye and Kehinde Adebayo over offences bordering on personation and internet 
fraud.

Opashola and the twins were prosecuted by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the 
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on separate charges to which 
they pleaded guilty.

While Opashola was prosecuted on one count, Taiye and Kehinde answered to s
even counts each.

The charge against Opashola reads:

"That you, Opashola Abdullahi, (alias Devin Snow), sometime in the month of
August 2020 in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, 
did attempt to cheat by personation, by portraying yourself as a female
named Devine Snow via your email address devinesnow677@gmail.com to one 
Eugene Myvett in order to induce him to send you $200 USD, a representation 
you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 
95 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same Law"
 
Particulars of count six of the charge against Taiye reads: "That you, Taiye 
Adebayo, sometime in January, 2020, at Ilorin, within the judicial division 
of the Kwara State High Court, did cheat one Gary Brenton who you met on TWOO 
dating site, of the sum of $490 (Four Hundred and Ninety Dollars) received 
vide gift cards when you pretended to be female and thereby committed an 
offence contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 
322 of the same Penal Code."

For Kehinde, count seven of the charge reads: "That you, Kehinde Adebayo, 
sometime in January, 2020 at Ilorin, within the judicial division of the Kwara 
State High Court, did cheat one Gary Brenton who you met on TWOO dating site, 
of the sum of $410 (Four Hundred and Ten Dollars) received vide gift cards 
when you pretended to be female and thereby committed an offence contrary to 
Section 320 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 322 of the same 
Penal Code."

Following the 'guilty plea' entered by the defendants, counsel to the EFCC, 
Andrew Akoja, led Paul Kera and Emezie Dominic in evidence to review the facts 
of the case against Opashola and the twins, respectively. Documents were tendered 
and admitted in evidence following which the court adjourned for judgment.

Delivering judgment on the two cases today, Justice Akinpelu found Opashola 
guilty of the charge against him and sentenced him to four months imprisonment. 
The 26-year old lecturer was however given an option of fine of N150,000 
(One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira).

For Taiye and Kehinde, Justice Akinpelu also pronounced each of them guilty 
of the charge and sentenced them to six months imprisonment on each of the 
counts against them, which is to run concurrently. The judge also gave the 
twin-brothers option of fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) on each of 
the count.

While ordering that the laptops and phones used by the convicts to commit 
the crime be forfeited to the Federal Government, the judge said the sentences 
would serve as deterrent to others.

The press release includes photos:

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17 MAR 2021

Court Jails Five for Internet Fraud in Ibadan

Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, 
Oyo State, on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, convicted five internet 
fraudsters of the charge of criminal impersonation, contrary to 
Section 22(2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, 
ETC.) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) of the 
same Act.

The convicts are: Omosehin Sina, Yusuf Olajide Bello, Olowosogba 
Olamilekan Samson, Bakare Omolayo Toheed and Sodiq Oluwasegun Adefila

They pleaded guilty to their respective charges in line with the conditions 
of the plea bargain agreement with the Commission.

Based on their pleas, prosecution counsel, Ben Ubi and Chidi Okoli invited 
Umara Uyah, Nafiu Sa'ad and Usman Babangida Mohammed to review facts the 
case as witnesses.

The court consequently convicted them as charged and sentenced Omosehin 
and Olowosogba to four years jail term each, while Yusuf earned eighteen 
months jail term. Bakare was sentenced to four months while Adefila bagged 
three months imprisonment. Their sentence however takes effect from their 
dates of arrest

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

The press release includes photos:

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17 MAR 2021

Court Jails Three Internet Fraudsters in Enugu

Justice I.N Buba of the Federal High Court, Enugu, Enugu State on Monday, 
March 15, 2021 convicted and sentenced two internet fraudsters, Ferdinand 
Chikelu Iloka, and Chidera Oleka, to one year imprisonment each on separate 
one count bordering on internet fraud.

The duo were charged with impersonation and using fake social media accounts 
to obtain money from unsuspecting foreign nationals. Chikelue presented himself 
as a Korean national, Bella Chung while Oleka posed as James Michael.

One of the Charges reads: "That you CHIDERA OLEKA (a.k.a JAMES MICHAEL) 
sometime in September 2020,in Enugu,Enugu State, within the jurisdiction of 
this Honourable Court fraudulently presented yourself as one James Michael, 
a citizen of United States of America, using a fake Instagram account, with 
intent to obtain money from unsuspecting foreign nationals and thereby committed 
an offence contrary to Section 22 (3) (a) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention 
Etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (4) of the same Act".

The defendants pleaded guilty to the charges, following a plea agreement with 
the Commission.

Based on their pleas, the Court convicted and sentenced them accordingly. They 
were however given the option of N100, 000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) fine each.

In a related development, Justice R.O. Dugbo-Oghoghorie of the Federal High Court, 
Enugu on March 16, 2021 convicted and sentenced another internet fraudster, Awoh 
Godwin Chibuzo to one year in prison.

He was arrested at a hotel in G.R.A, Enugu following report of his alleged criminal 
activities.

Investigation revealed that the defendant assumed the identity of a certain UK-based 
Michael using the telephone number: +1(972)914-0082 and TextNow and WhatsApp account 
of the same name to chat and solicit for money from two foreigners, Mercy Ladrido, 
a Filipino-American and one Eleanor Woo.

He also pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against him following a plea bargain 
agreement with the EFCC.

The judge sentenced him to one year imprisonment with the option of fine of Two 
Hundred Thousand Naira (N200, 000) only.

The press release includes photos:

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16 MAR 2021

Court Convicts One for Love Scam …EFCC Arraigns Sexagenarian Over Land Scam in Ibadan

Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, 
on Monday, March 15, 2021, convicted one Ajibola Hammed on one court amended 
charge bordering on impersonation, contrary to Section 22(2)(b)(i) of the Cybercrime 
(Prohibition Prevention, Etc.) Act 2015 and Punishable under the same Act.

The defendant, in a classic love scam, represented himself as Jessica Mercy, 
a white woman, to one Juan Angle, an American man with whom he claimed to be 
deeply in love,

He pleaded guilty to the charge, having entered a plea agreement with the EFCC, 
culminating in the amendment of his charge.

In view of his plea, Justice Ajoku convicted and sentenced him to three months 
in prison. The court also ordered him to forfeit one Vivo 1906 phone to the Federal 
Republic of Nigeria.

n another development, the Ibadan zonal arraigned one Ezekiel Oluwadare James 
before Justice Patricia Ajoku on a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and 
obtaining money under pretence.

The offence is contrary to Sections 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other 
Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the 
same Act.

The 68-year-old defendant fraudulently obtained the sum of N25,000,000 (Twenty-Five 
Million) from a victim for a plot of land.

When the charge was read to him, the defendant pleaded not guilty.

Justice Ajoku adjourned the case till March 24, 2021, for hearing of the defendant's 
bail application and April 26, 2021, for trial.

The defendant is to be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Facility, Abolongo, 
Oyo town pending the hearing and determination of his bail application.

The press release includes photos:

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12 MAR 2021

Ilorin Court Sends Lecturer to Prison Over Romance Scam

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin 
on Friday, March 12, 2021 convicted and sentenced a 38-year-old lecturer 
at the Kwara State College of Health Technology (Health Tech) Offa, 
Adebisi Ademola, to six months imprisonment over his involvement in 
love scam.

Ademola was among the thirty-three suspected internet fraudsters arrested 
on the September 14, 2020 in Offa area of Kwara State.

The defendant was prosecuted by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on one count bordering on romance 
scam, an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 95 of the Penal 
Code Law of Northern Nigeria.

The charge reads: "That you, Adebisi Ademola (a.k.a Dawn Ayero) sometime 
in September, 2020 or thereabout at Ilorin, Kwara State within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court attempted to commit an offence of cheating by personation 
by pretending and representing yourself to be a white lady called Dawn Ayero to 
one Donald Oakes who is purportedly in love with the said Donald Oakes as it is 
contained in your gmail account: dawnayero@gmail.com and thereby committed an 
offence contrary to and punishable under Section 95 of the Penal Code Laws of 
Northern Nigeria."

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

Following his ‘guilty plea’, counsel to the EFCC, Andrew Akoja, invited to the 
witness box, one Olumide Olasode, an operative of the Commission to review the 
facts of the case. He narrated how intelligence report led to the arrest of the 
defendant on September 14, 2020 at Offa area of Kwara State.

Petition from concerned citizens of Offa, statement of the defendant and all 
the fraudulent messages printed out of his email were tendered and admitted 
in evidence by the Court.

Akoja, thereafter, urged the Court to convict the defendant based on his plea, 
the exhibits tendered and the evidence of the sole prosecution witness (PW1)

Consequently, Justice Oyinloye found Ademola guilty of the charge and accordingly 
sentenced him. He, however, gave him an option of fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand 
Naira).

The judge in addition, ordered the forfeiture of convict's phone, used as instrument 
to perpetrate the crime, to the Federal Government.

The press release includes a photo:

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12 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests 57 Internet Fraud Suspects, Recovers Two Pump Action Rifles in Ogun

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office 
on Friday, March 12, 2021 arrested fifty seven suspected internet fraudsters 
at their hotel hideouts and recovered two pump action rifles.

The suspects were arrested in Yewa Frontier Hotel & Resort, Ellysam Hotel 
& Suits, April Suits and IBD International Hotels, all in Ilaro, Ogun State.

The operation followed actionable intelligence linking them to alleged 
fraudulent activities, ranging from love scam on numerous dating sites, 
obtaining money by false pretenses and other cybercrimes.

Four exotic cars, mobile phones, laptops, two rifles and several incriminating 
documents were recovered from the suspects.

The suspects include: Olatunji Opeyemi, Akintunde Michael Oluwashola, Babatunde 
Gbolahan, Emmanuel Oluwadamliare, Ogundare Adewunmi, Popoola Salmon, Adebayo 
Toheed Olamilekan, Bakare Kudus, Michael Moyosoro, Olatunji Tosin, Ishola Wasiu, 
Ugwu Ekenedelichukwu David, Salaudeen Roqueb, Obafunmilayo David, Jimoh Fatai 
Abiodun, Idowu Adeola,Oladipupo Nurudeen, Olasoju Mohammed, Onipede Toheed, Bello 
Abdullahi, Olatunji Abiola, Ogunbayo Peter, Adeyemi Abraham Ismail, Toheed Oluwaseun, 
Abiola Mutiu, Shoneye Idowu, Badmus Farouk kayode, Ilyas Abubakri Olanrewaju, 
Oladeji Basit Babatunde and Ijiola Soliu Adewole.

Others are: Odewunmi Samuel Pelumi, Oyeniyi Telslim Olashile, Shogbamu Olatunbosun 
Lukeman, Adebanji Timilehin Michael, Bangbose Jonathan Olakunle, Ashore Damilare 
Godwin, Bello Tobiloba Abdullahi, Ogundeji Babaji Ibrahim, Bashir Ayodeji Toheed, 
Olaleye Biola Farudeen, Sunday Osunaiki Emmanuel, Adebowale Taofeeq Olamilekan, 
Babajide Oluwapelumi Bolaji, Oluyide Ridwan Olawale, Abdullahi Umar Farouq, 
Opeloyeru Kehinde Abdulwaheed, Adeola Olusegun Israel, Shittu Ganiyu Olamilekan, 
Abdullahi Narudeen Owolabi, Ganiyu Kudus Olawale, Biodun Okeowo Sunday, Aiyemidotun 
Moses Omolade, Alade Hammed Oluwatosin, Oladele Dolapo Temilope, Ogunrinde Gbenga 
Akanbi, Awobaju Koyinsola Damilare and Bello Uthman Olayithan.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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11 MAR 2021

Yahoo Boy Docked in Kaduna, Another Remanded for $12,200USD Scam

Okoh Kingsley Chukwuemeka, an undergraduate who impersonates American 
Servicemen on peace mission in Iraq to defraud unsuspecting victims 
in dating sites and other social media platforms, today came face-to-face 
with the law as he was arraigned at a Federal High Court in Kaduna, 
charged with fraud.

The one count charge brought against him by the Kaduna Zonal Office 
of the EFCC reads, "that you Okoh Kingsley Chukwuemeka 'M' sometime 
in February, 2021 in Kaduna within the Judicial division of this 
Honorable Court, did commit an offense to wit: impersonation when 
you fraudulently held yourself out as a military personnel from 
Rochester, Illinois serving in Iraq and in need of financial assistance, 
received, $700 ( Seven Hundred United State Dollars) from one Jean 
Conlin with intent to gain advantage for yourself and you thereby 
committed an offense contrary to and punishable under Section 22 (2) 
of the Cybercrime ( Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015".

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred 
against him, prompting the prosecution counsel, P. C Onyeneho to ask 
the court to fix a date for the commencement of trial, while the 
defendant is remanded in the Correctional Service custody.

Justice P. Mallong in a short ruling, adjourned till March 22, 2021 
for commencement of trial, and ordered that the defendant be remanded 
in EFCC custody.

In a similar development, EFCC also arraigned one Adaji James Isah before 
Justice Mallong for offences bordering on romance scam.

Adaji who doubles as a farmer and student was arrested at Faringada Jos 
based on intelligence that he had been extorting American divorcees while 
professing love to them via social media platforms such as WeChat and others.

Proceeds of his crime allegedly include a Toyota Camry 2008 saloon car, a 
laptop and two mobile phones.

The charge reads, "that you Adaji James Isah 'M' sometime in February, 2021 
in Jos Plateau State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did 
commit an offence to wit; impersonation when you fraudulently held yourself 
out as one Sergeant Sidhu Rueben of the United States Army and induced one 
Ram Murti to part with $12,200) Twelve Thousand Two. Hundred Dollars) as 
payment for vacation and replacement with the intent to gain advantage for 
yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under 
Section 22(2) (b) of Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015".

The defendant, however pleaded not guilty to the charge, prompting counsel 
to the EFCC, P. C Onyeneho to urged the court to fix a date for commencement 
of trial and remand the defendant in the Correctional Service custody pending 
trial

Justice Mallong adjourned the case till March 22, 2021 for trial while ordering 
that the defendant be remanded in the EFCC custody.

The press release includes photos:

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11 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests 14 for Internet Fraud in Lagos

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Lagos Zonal Office, have arrested 14 suspects for their alleged 
involvement in computer-related fraud in Lagos.

The suspects are: Azeez Oluwatimileyin, Stephen Abu, Gbolahan Abbas 
Ridwan, Oyenowo Steven, James Silas Didam, Joseph Ashiru and Musa Egwa

Others are: Precious Eluojo, Abass Mohammed, Olapade Johnson, Chibuzu 
Agron, Olayemi Miftehedeen and Abu Solomon.

They were arrested on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 during an operation by 
operatives of the Commission at K1 White House, Ogombo, Ajah, Lagos.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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11 MAR 2021

EFCC Bursts a Syndicate of 13 Cybercrime Suspects in Abuja

Luck ran out on a syndicate of 13 cybercrime suspects on Thursday 
March 11, when operatives of the Abuja Zonal Office of the EFCC 
raided their hideouts and apprehended them.

Five of the suspects were picked up at an N8m a year apartment 
in Gilmore Estate, Jahi, while the other eight were arrested at 
Katampe Extension, all in Abuja.

The breakthrough followed actionable intelligence on their alleged 
criminal enterprise.

Incriminating items recovered from them include iPhones, laptops, 
gaming consoles, 1 Toyota Avalon and a Lexus SUV.

The suspects have given valuable information and will be charged 
to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

 The press release includes photos:

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10 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests Eleven Alleged Internet Fraudsters in Benin

The Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
 EFCC, on Tuesday March 9, arrested 11 suspected internet fraudsters 
 in Benin City.

The suspects were arrested at their hideout sequel to information on 
their alleged criminal activities.

Those arrested are: Osaze Oria, Olayemi James, Princes Emmanuel Dennis, 
Samuel Uboh, Ellot Igunbor, Ahunwan Nosakhare ,Theopilus Marvis, Oshodi 
Ufo, Irabor Osarumwense, Ohiaka Oshioke and Lucky Uhunamure.

Items recovered from them include mobile phones, laptops and charms. 
A bucket of water with cowries, zinc, keys, beads and mutilated naira 
notes was discovered in one of the suspect’s apartment.

The suspects have made useful statements and will be arraigned in court 
as soon as investigations are completed.

Muhtar Bello, head Benin Zonal Office has advised property owners to 
desist from giving out houses to persons with no visible means of 
livelihood, to avoid becoming victim of the law.

Part 1 Section 3 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related 
Offences Act, 2006. empowers the Commission to prosecute anyone who 
allows their premises to be used for criminal activities. "A person 
who, being the occupier or is concerned in the management of any 
premises, causes or knowingly permits the premises to be used for 
any purpose which constitutes an offence under this Act commits an 
offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not 
more than 15 years and not less than 5years without the option of a fine"

The press release includes a photo:

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10 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests 29 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Awka

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Enugu Zonal office on Tuesday March 9, 2021 arrested 29 (Twenty Nine) 
suspected internet fraudsters for various offences bordering on cyber 
Crimes at a hideout in Awka, Anambra State.

The arrest was sequel to credible intelligence obtained by the Commission 
on their nefarious activities necessitating an extensive surveillance on 
them before they were arrested in the early hours of March 9.

The arrested suspects are; Izuchukwu Precious Chinonso, Izuchukwu Chukwuebuka 
Goodness, Ogu Chukwuebuka Kingsley, Iheagwam Sixtus Chijoke, Igwemadu Kenechukwu 
Emmanuel, Joseph Igwe, Ilegbukem Justin. Ilegbunem Paschal Onyeka, Paul Okoye, 
Muolokwu Osita, Okechukwu Ifeanyichukwu, Nnamdi Agbo, Chinyeluba Ifeanyi and 
Mbanugo Ifeanyi.

Others include Bernard Femi, Okafor Ekene, Nwabueze Ifeanyi, Edeh Chukwuebuka, 
Mgbemefulu Henry, Chinecherem Okpara, Kosisochukwu Chukwuemeka Harrison, Okoroafor 
Elochukwu, Edeh Gerald, Chukwuemeka Emmanuel, Chimezie Ugwu, Aguguom Ifeanyi, 
Mgbemfulu Collin, Edeh Izuchukwu Dominic and Oputa Ekene.

In the course of the arrest, five exotic cars ;a brand new Mercedes Benz GLK with 
registration number HAL-160-MX, Lexus IS 250 with registration number UMZ-145-MX, 
Toyota Avalon XLS with registration number KRD-641-FL, Lexus ES 350 with registration 
number GWA-489-KZ, Lexus ES 330 with registration number AAH-25-AE were recovered 
from them.

Other incriminating materials recovered from the suspects include various mobile 
phones and laptops.

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

The press release includes photos:

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9 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests 25 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, has arrested 25 suspects for their alleged involvement in computer-related 
fraud.

The suspects are: Ibrahim Olaiwon Olatunji, Kelechi Daniel David, Olutayo 
Oluwapelumi, Abiola Baruwa Gideon, Adesuyi Toheeb Adeyika, Wano Abdullahi 
Ahmed, Imoukhuede Idowu Peter, Ige Emmanuel Oluwatobi, Durodola Peter Tolulope, 
Makanjuola Olamide Elijah,Emmanuel Edward Enyiema, Oguniran Samuel Boluwatife, 
Onikosi Olasukunmi Idris and Abdulateef Adegoke Oriyomi.

Others are: Ogbere Sunday Ojulari, Abdulwaliu Aderuju Adeyemi, Emmanuel Ibuchi 
Ezeh, John Ayokunmi Bagbale, Moses Tarh, Emmanuel Ovie Okpe, Murtala Mohammed 
Oyinlola, Ayomide Hassan Semiu, Adebayo Michael Adetola, Covenant Chizaram Eze 
and Emmanuel Chidi Okwor.

They were arrested during an operation by operatives of the EFCC in the early
 hours of today, March 9, 2021 at a Hotel on Governor Road, Ikotun, Lagos, following 
 a credible intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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9 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests 10 Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Port Harcourt

Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 arrested 10 suspected 
internet fraudsters in two different locations in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The suspects: Eberechi Kelvin; Promise Amadi; Golden Wopara; Abraham Okparuelu; 
Godwin Omeh; Iheanacho Chigaemezu; Paul Effiong; Nelson Uwoajgeaga, Samuel Collins 
and Meshack Aniekan were arrested at God City Estate, Rumualgu, and Number 23,
 Sam Mba Close, off N.T.A., Akparale Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

They were arrested following verified intelligence about their suspicious 
involvement in internet-related fraud.

Items recovered from them include: a blue- coloured Toyota Sienna XLE 2006 bus, 
a black-coloured Mercedes Benz C240 car and an ash-coloured Toyota Camry car. Others
are: 11mobile phone devices, four laptops, Automated Teller Machine( ATM) cards, 
1 power bank and 1 bluetooth speaker.

The suspects would be charged to Court as soon as investigation is concluded.

The press release includes photos

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8 MAR 2021

Uber Driver Bags 3 Months Jail Term over Internet Fraud

Justice M. A. Odegbola of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan, Oyo 
State on Monday, March 8, 2021, convicted and sentenced one Michael Tosin 
Lawal, an Uber driver, to three-months in prison. He was convicted after 
he pleaded guilty to an amended one count charge bordering on obtaining 
money by false pretence, preferred against him by the Ibadan Zonal Office 
of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The lone charge reads, "that you, Michael Tosin Lawal ‘M’ sometimes in the 
year 2020, in Ibadan Oyo State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, 
with intent to defraud, obtained Gift Cards from one Trevor, a white male by 
falsely representing to him that you are a white female by the name Cyndy Tyler 
from the United States of America, which pretence you knew to be false".

Following his plea, Justice Odegbola convicted and sentenced him to three 
months in prison. He also ordered the convict to restitute the sum of $50 
(Fifty United States Dollars) to his victim through the EFCC and forfeit 
items recovered from him to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release includes a photo:

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2 MAR 2021

EFCC Nabs 13 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos …Five Internet Fraudsters Convicted

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
on March 2, 2021 arrested 13 persons for their alleged involvement in cyber-crime.

They are: Idris Ridwan, Shonnaike Adejumobi, Afeez Kareem, Adedire David, Muodozie Patrick, 
Abidemi Smart, Damilare Gabriel, Foluwako David, Adeleye Smart, Jimoh Olaitan, Olabode 
Thomas, Akinseye Mayowa and Macaulay Olawale.

They were arrested at their hideout at Gabriel Ajawa Close, Lekki, Lagos, following credible 
intelligence on their alleged criminal activities

They will soon be arraigned in Court.

In a related development, the Lagos Zonal Office secured the conviction and sentencing 
of five internet fraudsters before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of a Special Offences Court, 
Lagos State High Court, Ikeja.

They are: Andre Agbai Kalu, Olaide Ibrahim Oladimeji, Michael Fatuase Makanjuola, Erekefi 
Omuedi and Bakare Daniel Oluwadamilare.

They were arraigned on February 18, 2021 on separate charges bordering on possession of 
fraudulent documents contrary to Section 320 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Upon their arraignment, they pleaded "guilty" to the charge.

In view of their plea, the prosecuting counsel, Ahmed Yerima reviewed the case before 
the Court and tendered documents printed from their email accounts, as well as items 
recovered from them.

Delivering judgment on February 26, 2021, Justice Taiwo found them guilty of the offence 
and sentenced each of them to six months imprisonment with an option of fine of N200,000 
(Two Hundred Thousand Naira).

The court also ordered the forfeiture of a Toyota 4Runner SUV, Lexus RX 330 and mobile 
devices recovered from them to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release includes a photo:

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2 MAR 2021

Convicted Abeokuta Yahoo Boys to Refund $ 6,100 to Victims

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office 
on Tuesday March 2, 2021 secured the conviction of four internet fraudsters 
before Justice Mohammed Abubakar of a Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, 
Ogun State.

The quartet are Olawale Ibrahim Damilare, Goodluck Sambo Olatayo, Mathew 
Anuoluwapo Awoniyi and Samson Olawale Ayomide.

They pleaded guilty to one-count amended charge of fraudulent Impersonation. 
The offence is contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) 1 and punishable under Section 
22 (2)(b) of Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act 2015.

In view of their 'guilty' plea, the prosecution counsel, Oyelakin Oyediran, 
reviewed the case and urged the Court to convict the defendants accordingly.

Justice Abubakar convicted and sentenced Olawale Ibrahim Damilare and Goodluck 
Sambo Olatayo to three months and four months imprisonment respectively, 
while Matthew Anuoluwapo Awoniyi and Samson Olawale Ayomide were also convicted 
and sentenced to seven and eight months respectively.

Justice Abubakar ordered the convicts to refund various sums to their victims: 
Olawale, $1,500 (One Thousand Five Hundred United States Dollars); Olatayo, $500 
(Five Hundred United States Dollars); Awoniyi, $100 USD and Two Hundred and 
Thirty Two Thousand Naira (N232, 000) and Ayomide, $4,000 (Four Thousand United 
States Dollars).

The press release includes photos:

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419 Coalition Comment:  Now, EFCC needs to stay on the matter and make Sure
the stolen monies are indeed refunded.
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1 MAR 2021

Two Internet Fraudsters Bag Two Years Jail Term in Warri

Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court sitting in Warri, Delta State 
on Monday March 1, 2021 convicted and sentenced two internet fraudsters to 
two years imprisonment each without an option of fine.

The duo were prosecuted by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on separate two count charge bordering on impersonation 
and obtaining by false pretences.

One of the counts against Edebiri reads: "That you Osas Edebiri (alias Stephen 
Michael ) on or between the month of December 2019 , within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court did had in your possession documents containing false 
pretence to wit; Fraudulent/scammed mails found in your Galaxy J2 phone with 
IMEI number 352502/08/236782/1 and 352503/08/236782/9, with serial number 
RVIH70YM14P in your email edebiriosas@gmail.com with several subject titles 
which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 
6 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable 
under Section 1(3)of the same Act."

The duo upon arraignment pleaded 'guilty' to the charge, prompting the prosecution 
counsel, F. Dibang to pray the court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly. 
However, counsel to the defendants, P. Nwamma pleaded with the Court to temper justice 
with mercy as the defendants were first time offenders who have become remorseful.

Justice Nwite convicted and sentenced the defendants to two years imprisonment each, 
beginning from March 1, 2021 without an option of fine.

The press release includes photos:

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25 FEB 2021

The New EFCC Chair meets President Muhammadu Buhari

Photos of the hew EFCC Chairman, 
Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, meeting President Buhari:

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25 FEB 2021

Agbor Yahoo Boy Bags Two Years Jail Term

Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court sitting in Warri, Delta State 
has sentenced Emeka Roland to two years imprisonment, having found him guilty 
of one count charge of impersonation and attempting to obtain by false pretences, 
brought against him by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The charge against the defendant reads: "That you Emeka Roland (a.k.a James Muth) 
sometimes in 2020 at Agbor, Delta State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court did had in your possession an iPhone 6s plus mobile phone containing some 
scammed documents with different subjects which you knew to be false and thereby 
committed an offence contrary to Section 6 and 8(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and 
Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3)of same Act".

Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge. His counsel, John 
Okhuihievbe pleaded with the Court to temper justice with mercy as the defendant 
was a first time offender and has become remorseful.

Justice Nwite convicted and sentenced the defendant to two years imprisonment with 
an option of fine of N100,000.

The defendant is also to undertake in writing to be of good behaviour afterwards

The press release includes a photo:

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22 FEB 2021

EFCC Arrests 11 for Alleged Internet Fraud in Auchi, Edo State

The Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
today, Monday February 22, 2021 arrested 11 suspected internet fraudsters in 
Auchi, Edo State.

The suspects are David Martins, Shegun Elijah, Abagolu Samson, Peter Emmanuel, 
Emmanuel Noble, Timothy Johnson, Omo-Ogbebor Uyioghosa, Ibrahim Mohammed, Mavis 
Bello, Emmanuel Chibozie and Ayiboye Alade.

Items recovered from them include laptop computers, mobile phones and a Toyota 
Camry car.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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22 FEB 2021

Student Convicted in Ibadan for Love Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, 
on Monday, February 22, 2021, secured the conviction of one Oluwatoyin Henry 
before Justice Sherifat Adeyemi of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan, 
Oyo State on one count of obtaining by false pretence.

The charge reads: "That you Oluwatoyin Henry sometimes in 2019, at Ogbomosho, 
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, obtained 
the sum of One Thousand Two Hundred United States of America Dollars (USD$1,200) 
from one Betty Mosley, when you falsely represented to him that you are a citizen 
of United States of America by name Amanda, who is in love with him which representations 
you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence."

The convict, who claimed to be a student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, 
Ogbomosho a pleaded guilty to the amended charge after a plea bargain agreement with 
the prosecution.

Based on his plea, he was convicted and sentenced to six months in prison.

He was also ordered to restitute the sum of $1,200 USD (One Thousand Two Hundred United 
States of American Dollars) to his victim, and forfeit his iPhone 11, one Infinix Hot 5 
and a Nokia phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release includes a photo:

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22 FEB 2021

Nine Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested in Minna

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested nine internet fraud 
suspects. They were apprehended today February 22, in an early morning operation in 
Minna Niger State.

Their arrest by operatives from the Advance Fee Fraud Section, EFCC headquarters, 
following credible intelligence on their alleged fraudulent activities.

Items recovered from the suspects include Laptops, phones and cars.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.

The press release incldues a photo:

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18 FEB 2021

EFCC Uncovers Another Internet Fraud Training Centre in Abuja

Operatives of the Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, Have uncovered yet another underworld ‘academy’ for the grooming of internet fraudsters.

The ‘academy’ located in Arab Contractors Area of Mpape Hills, a suburb of Abuja, was 
discovered when operatives, acting on intelligence, stormed the base on Thursday February 
18, and arrested 27 internet fraud suspects.

The coordinator of the ‘academy’ is said to be 30-year-old Emmanuel Clement, and his 'students' 
are mostly young school leavers, ladies inclusive, within the age range of 18 to 25 years.

Items recovered from the suspects include a Toyota Venza car, 30 mobile phones and one laptop.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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18 FEB 2021

Electrician, Surety Jailed for Internet Fraud & Impersonation

The Ilorin and Kaduna Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC on Thursday February 18, 2021 secured the conviction of two persons, Oyeniran 
Olamilekan and Umar Gambo for offences that border on internet fraud and impersonation.

28-year-old Olamilekan, an Electrician, was sentenced to six months imprisonment 
by Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on 
one count of internet fraud. .

Oyeniran was among the 33 internet fraud suspects arrested in Offa, Offa Local 
Government Area of Kwara State on September 15, 2020.

The charge against him reads: "That you, Oyeniran Olamilekan (Mike Johnson), sometime 
between June 2020, in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did cheat 
by personation when you pretended to be Mike Johnson a white female with gmail account
 mikejohnson2058@gmail.com, and fraudulently deceived one Bill Irvin to send $1,100.00 
(One Thousand, One Hundred US Dollars) to you through gift cards 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."

Following his "guilty plea" on Monday February 15, 2021 when he was arraigned by the 
anti-graft agency, the facts of the case were reviewed and the court adjourned till 
today for judgment.

Delivering judgment today, Justice Akinpelu said the prosecution had proved its case 
beyond reasonable doubts, and convicted the defendant as charged.

After listening to the plea for leniency by the defence counsel, A.A Usman, the Judge 
said, "in order to serve as deterrent to others, the convict is hereby sentenced to six 
months imprisonment with an option of fine of N300,000.00" ( Three Hundred Thousand 
ra Only).

The draft of N180, 000 (One Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira Only) brought by the 
convict as restitution and the phone recovered from him, being the instrument used 
in perpetrating the crime, were also forfeited to the Federal Government.

In Kaduna, Gambo was sentenced to a fine of N150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand 
Naira) by Justice Mohammed Tukur of the Kaduna State High Court, for presenting forged 
documents to stand surety for a suspect under investigation by the Kaduna Zonal Office 
of the Commission.

The convict pleaded guilty to the one count of impersonation and forgery preferred 
against him by the Commission.

The charge reads,"that you Umar Gambo sometime in September, 2019 in Kaduna within 
the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did commit an offence to wit; impersonation 
by falsely representing yourself as the " Principal Officer" of General Hospital Makarfi, 
and in such assumed character secured the release of Abdullahi Rangai by presenting 
same to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission when you knew or have reasons to 
believe that it is forged and you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 
142(2) of the Penal Code Law of Kaduna State, 2017".

The press release includes photos:

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17 FEB 2021

EFCC Arrests Medical Doctor, 17 Other Alleged Internet Fraud Suspects in Owerri

Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 arrested a 28-year-old medical practitioner, 
Chijioke Precious and 17 others over alleged internet fraud in Owerri, Imo State.

The 17 others whose ages range between 21 and 34 are; Anthony Joshua, Henry Mezie, 
Chukwuebuka Ahiwe, Michael Chinagorom, Jossy Irokwe, Ibe Chukwuebuka, Iroadinma Chibuike, 
Uchechukwu Divine and Nwosu Emmanuel.

Others include Kenneth Williams, Mmesoma Oparanozie, Chikezie Ogochukwu, Uchenna Ejiogu, 
Victor Chijioke, Chidera Cyprian, Chukwuebuka Precious and Anyaehie Kelvin.

They were arrested based on intelligence around 1am on Wednesday at Umuguma area of "World Bank" 
in Owerri, Imo state.

Recovered are 7 luxurious cars which include, one green lexus ES350, one blue Lexus ES320, 
two Toyota Venza, one silver Lexus RX 350, one black Toyota and one white Mercedes Benz 4Matic.

Other items recovered include over 20 sophisticated mobile phones, more than 12 laptops, 
four inverter batteries, one big screen television and jewelries suspected to be proceeds 
of crime.

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

The press release includes photos:

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15 FEB 2021

28 Internet Fraud Suspect in EFCC's Net in Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC have arrested 28 internet fraud suspects at different locations in the Abule Egba 
area of Lagos State.

The suspects include Emanuel Duke, Fortune Stephen, Okpesa Kenneth, James Taiwo, Lamina 
Toyeeb, Amusa Ahmed, Lezor Ture Bright, Kehinde Adeleye, Godwin Obayuwana, Ajao Sodiq, 
Adebimpe Ayo, Iwuala Jesse, Joseph Duke Otega, Amusa Ridwan, Ememerurie Daniel and Gift 
Ogbaro.

Others are: Ayokunmi Adeyinka, Michael Stephen, Lateef Olatayo, Sunday Richard, Kazeem 
Jubril Alade, Muhammed Abubakar, David Stephen Jonah, Usman Olatunbosun Ituah Eghoboi, 
Tayo Joshua, Osume Collins, and Musa Husseini.

They allegedly used different pseudo names to defraud unsuspecting victims.

Luxury cars, sophisticated phones and laptops were recovered from them during the arrest.

They will charged to court upon conclusion of investigations.

The press release includes a photo:

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15 FEB 2021

Court Sends Ilorin Yahoo Boy to Prison over Love Scam

A 34-year-old graduate, Kelvin Isioma Monye, was on Monday February 15, 2021 
sentenced to six months imprisonment by Justice Mahmood  Abdulgafar of the Kwara 
State High Court sitting in Ilorin, having found him guilty of offences bordering 
on romance scam.

Monye, a graduate of Agricultural Science, was arraigned on a two-count charge 
by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

His problem started on January 12, 2021 when some concerned residents of Tanke 
area in Ilorin petitioned the Commission over the activities of some internet 
fraudsters around the neighbourhood. Investigations into the petition led to 
his arrest.

Particulars of count 2 of the charge read: "That you, Kelvin Isioma Monye (alias: 
Hassan George), sometime in the month of June 2018, in Ilorin within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court, did cheat by personation, by portraying yourself as a white 
male named Hassan via your email address kelvinmonye37@gmail.com to one Louise Evan 
and induced her to send you $1000 in gift cards, a representation you knew to be 
false and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 
324 of the Penal Code Law."

He pleaded 'guilty' to the two counts.

While reviewing the facts of the case, Olasode Olumide, an operative of the EFCC 
told the court that Monye was arrested on January 13, 2021.

"He was profiled and in the process an iPhone 6 and a Sony Laptop were recovered 
from him", Olumide said.

The witness said several fraudulent documents were printed out from Monye's email 
address in the presence of his lawyer. He stated that further findings showed that 
the defendant was a Nigerian, but claimed to be an American citizen.

The witness, however, informed the court that the defendant in the course of investigation 
brought a draft of N460, 000 (Four Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira) as restitution of 
his crime.

In his judgment, Justice Abdulgafar convicted and sentenced Monye to three months 
imprisonment on each of the two counts, adding that the sentences would run concurrently.

The judge, in addition ordered that the iPhone 6 and Sony Laptop which were used as 
instruments of the crime be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria, including 
the sum of N460,000 (Four Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira) which he restituted.

The press release includes a photo:

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15 FEB 2021

Kwara Varsity Student Faces Trial over Romance Scam

A student of Kwara State University, KWASU, Malete, Atoyebi Ayodeji 
Blessing, was on Friday February 12, 2021 arraigned on one count 
charge bordering on romance scam and related imternet fraud before 
Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting 
in Ilorin.

He was arraigned by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Atoyebi, 20, currently studying Agricultural and Biological Engineering 
in the University while masquerading as a white female (Sophia Bambi), 
allegedly opened a gmail account which he used in defrauding unsuspecting 
victims under the guise of being in love with them before the law caught 
up with him.

The offence contravenes Section 6 and punishable under Section 8 and 1 (3) 
of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006. 

The charge reads:

"That you, Atoyebi Ayodeji Blessing ( alias Sophia Bambi), sometime in January, 
2021 or thereabout at Ilorin, Kwara State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court knowingly had in your possession some documents, in form of email chats, 
containing false pretence where you represented yourself to be one Sophia Bambi, 
a white female with gmail account: sophiabambi8@gmail.com who wanted to have paid 
sex with one Dalton Gilmore as it is contained in your gmail account: sophiabambi8@gmail.com 
and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 6 and punishable under Section 
8 and 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006."

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Following his plea, counsel to the EFCC, A. A Adebayo urged the court to fix a date 
for trial and order the remand of the defendant in Nigerian Correctional Service 
Facility, Ilorin.

However, Atoyebi's counsel, Osinachi Oddom, argued that the offence upon which the 
defendant was brought to court is bailable, and prayed that he be admitted to bail.

Justice Abdulgafar in a bench ruling granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N1million 
with two sureties who must be his blood relation.

The press release includes a photo:

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15 FEB 2021

EFCC Arrests Seven Internet Fraud Suspects in Benin

The Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
on Friday, February 12, 2021 arrested seven persons in Benin City, Edo State 
for alleged internet fraud.

The suspects who were arrested based on actionable intelligence by the Commission 
are Agbi Alaba Favour, Aigbata Wilson, Chukwudi John, Momodu Abdulmalik, William 
David, Acien Simeon and Otasowie Osariemen.

Items recovered from the suspects include lap top computers, mobile Phones, a 
Toyota Camry car and a Mercedes-Benz GLK 350.

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

The press release includes photos:

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15 FEB 2021

Couple Bags 40 Years Jail Term for N53m Fraud

A couple, Ebiesuwa Abayomi Fredrick and his wife, Tinuola Idayat Oyegunle, 
have been sentenced to 40 years imprisonment each. Justice Joyce Abdulmalik 
of the Federal  High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State today, February 15, 
2021 found them guilty on all four counts of conspiracy and obtaining by 
false pretence brought against them by the Ibadan Zonal office of the 
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The couple, in a classic advance fee fraud scheme, fleeced one Dunni Olateru 
Olagbegi N53, 713, 260.00 (Fifty-Three Million, Seven Hundred and Thirteen 
Thousand, Two Hundred and Sixty Naira) in cash and bank transfer through a 
spiritual cleansing gambit in order to avoid calamitous consequence of mysterious 
sudden death having heard conversation by a syndicate about a Ghana- Must –Go bag 
stuffed with United States Dollar bills in the boot of a car. She was also tricked 
into bringing funds to cleanse supposed USD bliss.

The victim had sometimes in May 2013, boarded a taxi cab with three other passengers 
who, unknown to her, were members of a syndicate of fraudsters. As soon as she entered 
the vehicle, she heard the three other supposed passengers arguing about a Ghana-Must-Go
bag filled with US Dollars in the boot of the car.

Moments later, one of the syndicate member told her that she must be cleansed to 
avert sudden and mysterious death having heard their discussion. She was taken to 
an unknown destination, where she subsequently started giving the defendants, and 
the other members of the syndicate (at large) various sums in cash and bank payment 
totaling N53, 713, 260.00 (Fifty-Three Million, Seven Hundred and Thirteen Thousand, 
Two Hundred and Sixty Naira) to buy instruments for the cleansing of United States 
Dollar notes, which she allegedly sourced from the sale of her properties in both 
Ibadan and Lagos.

In the course of investigation, It was discovered that over N9m ( Nine Million 
Naira) was paid into the second defendant, Tinuola Idayat Oyegunle’s account domicile i
n one of the third generation banks; apart from other funds traced to the first defendant, 
Ebiesuwa Abayomi Fredrick’s account.

It was also discovered that the first defendant built Victoria East Park Hotel & 
Suite located at Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Lagos State from the proceeds of the crime.

In his judgment today, Justice Abdulmalik found the couple guilty of the four-count 
charge and sentenced both of them to 10 years imprisonment on each of the four counts. 
However, while Ebiesuwa’s prison term takes effect from June 19, 2017 when he was 
arrested, Tinuola’s time in the Custodial Centre will start counting from May 26, 
2017 when she was arrested.

The Judge also ordered that Victoria East Park Hotel & Suite, “be sold and the proceed, 
if not up to N53, 713, 260.00 (Fifty-Three Million, Seven Hundred and Thirteen Thousand, 
Two Hundred and Sixty Naira) be returned to the victim in the case and if it exceeds, 
the balance be paid into the Federal Government's account”.

The sentences are to run concurrently.

One of the counts reads: "That you, Ebiesuwa Abayomi Fredrick, Tinuola Idayat Oyegunle 
and (others still at large) between 28 March, 2014 at Ibadan, within the jurisdiction 
of this honorable court, with intent to defraud did obtain by false pretense, the sum 
of Nine Million, Three Hundred and Fifty-Two Thousand, One Hundred Naira (N9,352,100.00) 
only, from one Dunni Olateru-Olagbegi, under the pretense that the money was to be used 
to purchase instrument for the cleansing of United States of American Dollar notes, 
which pretense you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to 
section 1 (1) & (2) and punishable under section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud 
and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2016."

 The press release includes photos:

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15 FEB 2021

EFCC Arrests 20 Suspected Internet Fraudsters

Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 20 (Twenty) suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects are: Onyebuchi Victor; Israel Victor; Emeka Clinton; Stanley Uche; 
Onyemachi Stanley; Ikechukwu Agbalieze; Franklin Ugoegbu; Nze Collins; Nwokoro 
Santus and Agocha Johnson.

Others are: Oscar Anumata; Emeka Clinton Nkeoga; Ogwu Chukwu Akagha Marvis; Victor 
Obioha; Charles Onymesi; Awunnaya Victor; Henry Stephni; Jerrard Uwaima, Franklin 
Uzoma and Obidike Abuchi.

They were arrested on Friday, February 12, 2021 at New Owerri, Emenike Estate, 
Noble Abode, Owerri, Imo State.

Items recovered from them include: Forty (40) mobile phones, seventeen (17) laptops 
of different brands and six (6) vehicles: one (1) blue-coloured Toyota Corolla car; 
one (1) black-coloured Acura ZX car; one (1) ash-coloured Lexus GX 460 Sports Utility 
Vehicle; one (1) green- coloured Venza car, one (1) black-coloured Mercedes Benz car 
and one (1) ash-coloured Lexus 330 SUV.

Others are thirteen (13) Powers of Attorney, five (5) architectural documents and a 
folder containing some other documents.

The suspects would be charged to court when investigations are concluded.

 The press release includes photos:

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10 FEB 2021

EFCC Raids Yahoo Boys Hideouts in Osun, Ogun; Arrests 39 Suspects

The Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, arrested 39 internet fraud suspects, also known 
as 'Yahoo-Yahoo Boys'.

Ten of them were arrested at Ilesha, Osun State, while Twenty-nine others 
were arrested in different locations at Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State.

Those arrested at Ilesha are: Oyesoji Tosin, Olaniyi Emmanuel, Samson Ojo, 
Sodiq Sunkanmi, Kolawole Abiodun, Oluwole Gbenga, Olajuyigbe Olamide, Oyebanji 
Olabisi Temitope, Ayoola Oluwafemi, and Oluwatobiloba Gbadamosi .

The suspects arrested at Ago-Iwoye include Emmanuel Lawal, Kareem Olamide, 
Adekunle Kehinde Salawu, Bella Tijesu, Aderibigbe Adedoyin, Anifowose Hammed, 
Lateef Adetayo, Busari Oluwatobi, Tobi Adeyemi, Gabriel Obisesan, Oluwole 
Olasunkanmi and Odetola Samson.

Others are Farouq Dosu, Ayilara Akindeji, Ademola Adedare, Ishola Adeleke, 
Alex Olasunmade, Idowu Abolaji, Okegbenro Idris, Akinlolu Akintunde, Oshoboke 
Shashaeniyan, Adeyemi Opeyemi, Oluwatoyin Olutekunbi, Albert Charles, Olawuyi 
Olanrewaju, Tunde Adekoya, Gbolahan Olalekan, Alade Oluwasegun and Ajanaku Qudus.

The suspects were arrested after series of surveillance based on intelligence 
on their alleged criminal activities.

Items recovered from them include seven cars, laptop computers, mobile phones, 
and several documents containing false presences.

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

The article includes a photo:

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10 FEB 2021

EFCC Nabs Six Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Jos

A special team of the Tactical Operations Unit of the Abuja Zonal 
Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have 
arrested six suspected internet fraudsters from their hideouts in 
Jos, Plateau State.

The suspects, aged 23 to 33 years, who are believed to be involved 
in romance and other related internet fraud, were arrested in the 
early hours of Monday, February 8, 2021, following actionable 
intelligence received by the Commission.

They include, Paul Chukwuemeka Obide ( a.k.a, Don P), Chinaza Obide 
and Obadare Obayemi.

Others are Emmanuel Adetunji, Ndubuisi Kerian Ozomba and Samuel 
Chukwuebuka.

The press release includes photos:

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9 FEB 2021

EFCC Arrests 14 for Internet Fraud in Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 14 persons following series
of intelligence on their alleged fraudulent activities. They were 
arrested at 1004 Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday, 
February 4, 2021.

The suspects are: Akin Abiola Daramola, Stephen Augustine Terungwa, 
Oluwateru Abiodun Samson, Jeffrey Imariagbe Ehis, Uwajiala Odion Henry, 
Solomon Abidiran Pelumi, Adebayo Oluwatobi Isaac Olamide and Odunifa 
Joseph Opomulero.

Others are: Adulkarim Samad Olalekan, Anne Davidson, Ibrahim Enakere 
Emmanuel, Abayomi Oluwagbenga Olowoake, Israel Jigah Sokoamtu, Oluwaseun 
Olajuwon Ibrahim and Isaiah Effiong.

They have been interrogated and will soon be arraigned in court.

The press releaze includes a photo:

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9 FEB 2021

EFCC Arrests Nine Suspects for Internet Fraud in Benin City

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Benin 
Zonal Office today, Tuesday , February 9, 2021 arrested nine suspected 
internet fraudsters in an early morning operation in Benin City, Edo State.

The suspects who were arrested following intelligence received by the 
Commission are Okosun Godspower, Imo Harry Hamilton, Efosa Desmond, Odiase 
Aifuwa, Idoko Onakpa, Dogìo Samson, Okukoje Godstime, Onuigbo Julius and 
Osamulu Sunday.

Items recovered from them include laptop computers, mobile phones, a Toyota 
Camry car and a Luxus Jeep.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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8 FEB 2021

Kwara Lecturer Guilty of Love Scam

The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on Monday, February 8, 2021 arraigned one Opashola Abdullahi, a lecturer 
of the Kwara State College of Health Technology, Offa, on one count charge
bordering on romance scam before Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara 
State High Court, Ilorin.

Opashola was among the 32 internet fraud suspects arrested in Offa on September 
14, 2020. His offence contravenes Section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable 
under Section 324 of the same Law.

The charge reads "That you, Opashola Abdullahi, (alias Devin Snow), sometime 
in the month of August 2020 in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court, did attempt to cheat by personation, by portraying yourself as a female 
named Devine Snow via your email address devinesnow677@gmail.com to one Eugene 
Myvett in order to induce him to send you $200 USD, a representation you knew 
to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 95 of the Penal 
Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same Law"

The embattled lecturer pleaded 'guilty' when the charge was read to him.

Following his plea, counsel to EFCC, Andrew Akoja, led Paul Kera, an operative 
of EFCC in evidence to review the facts of the case.

Kera narrated how investigation on a petition received by the Commission on 
the activities of internet fraudsters operating in Offa area of Kwara State 
led to the arrest of the defendant.

"Our findings revealed that the defendant created an email address which he 
was using to defraud unsuspecting victims. During a search executed in his 
house, we recovered an Infinix Nokia phone which he used as instrumentality
of the crime. The defendant was taken to our Office, where he volunteered 
his statement", Kera told the court.

Documents including copies of his statements, two computer attestation forms, 
an Infinix phone recovered from the defendant as well as the fraudulent messages 
printed out of his email account were tendered and admitted in evidence.

Thereafter, Akoja urged the court to convict the defendant based on his plea 
and evidence placed before it.

Justice Akinpelu, while discharging the witness from the witness box fixed 
February 23, 2021 for judgment.

"The defendant is to remain EFCC custody pending judgment", the judge added

The press release includes a photo:

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5 FEB 2021

Court Sends Two Internet Fraudsters to Jail in Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, has secured the conviction of two Internet fraudsters, Ighosotu Daniel 
Duwa and Eseoghene Oruteri Enoch before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special 
Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos.

The EFCC, on February 5, 2021, arraigned Ighosotu Daniel Duwa and Eseoghene 
Oruteri Enoch separately on one count charge bordering on possession of documents 
containing false pretences and advance fee fraud, to which they pleaded guilty.

Delivering her judgment, Justice Dada sentenced the defendants to 12 months 
imprisonment with an option of N3, 000,000 (Three Million Naira) fine.

The Judge also ordered that the two Samsung mobile phones recovered from them 
be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The press release includes a photo:

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5 FEB 2021

EFCC Nabs Seven Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Ibadan

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Ibadan zonal office, on Friday, February 5, 2021 swooped on suspected 
internet fraudsters at their hideout in Wisdom Estate, Akobo area 
of Ibadan.

The early morning operation, which followed series of intelligence 
on the alleged criminal activities of the syndicate, resulted in the 
arrest of seven suspects between the ages of 17 and 29 years.

The suspects include Sodiq Oluwasegun, Opeyemi Jamiu, Babatunde Damilare, 
Adisa Babatunde, Abayomi Taofeek, Oluyemi Kayode and Ambrose Timothy.

Items recovered from them include a Lexus RX350 SUV, laptops, different 
models of expensive iPhones and several documents containing false pretenses.

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

The press released includes a photo:

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4 FEB 2021

Court Finds Varsity Graduate Guilty of Love Scam

A 21-year-old Graduate of the Kwara State University, KWASU, Ahmed Bolaji, 
was on Thursday, February 4, 2021 convicted by Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of 
the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin over offences bordering on 
love scam.

The conviction followed his arraignment by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the 
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on one-count charge of 
internet fraud contrary to Section 95 and punishable under Section 324 
of the Penal Code.

The charge reads "That you, Ahmed Bolaji (Rose Mary) sometime in January 2021, 
in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did attempt to cheat 
by personation, when you pretended to be one Rose Mary a white female with gmail 
account mrose5645@gmail.com, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 
95 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same Penal Code."

Upon his arraignment, Bolaji, a graduate of mass communication, "pleaded guilty" 
to the charge.

Following his plea, Loveday Godwin, an operative of the Commission was called 
upon to review the facts of the case.

Godwin narrated how a reported case of internet fraud led to the arrest of the 
convict.

His words: "My Lord, on the 13th January, 2021 we arrested the defendant and 
'Ownership Attestation Form' was given to him where his email addresses and 
their password was filled accordingly and necessary investigations were carried 
out"

According to him, Bolaji did not succeed in collecting money from his victims 
before he was arrested, but wanted to obtain money from one Mr. Shawn Smith 
while fraudulently parading himself as Rosemary.

Documents and two mobile phones used as instrumentality of the crime were 
tendered and admitted in evidence. Thereafter, counsel to EFCC, Sesan Ola, 
urged the court to convict Bolaji based on his plea and the evidence tendered.

In his judgment, Justice Oyinloye said the evidence placed before the court 
showed that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubts and 
pronounced him guilty as charged.

The court ordered the convict to pay a sum of N100, 000 (One Hundred Thousand 
Naira Only) or serve a term of six months in prison.

 The press release includes a photo:

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3 FEB 2021

Court Jails Three for Internet Fraud in Enugu

Justice N.I Buba of the Federal High Court, Enugu on February 2, 2021, 
convicted and sentenced the duo of Ebene Favour and Desmond Onumajuru 
to one year imprisonment each on separate one count charges bordering 
on internet fraud.

The convicts, upon arraignment, pleaded guilty to the charges preferred 
against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu 
zonal office.

One of the charges reads: "that you Desmond Onumajuru, on or about the 
26th day of September 2020, in Enugu, Enugu State, within the jurisdiction 
of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, fraudulently presented yourself as 
Alicia Park, when you held out to one Mr. Sangig Lim, a white Male, that 
you are a female nurse who was attached to the United States military in 
Syria, with intent to obtain money from him and thereby committed an offence 
contrary to Section 22 (4) and punishable under Section 22 (4) of cybercrime 
(Prohibition Prevention etc) Act 2015."

In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, led by Mbachie Innocent 
Iorwundu and Igwe Christiana Chioma urged the court to convict them accordingly.

Justice Buba, after reviewing the evidence before the court, held that 
the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and convicted 
and sentenced both men, while giving them an option of One Hundred Thousand 
Naira (N100, 000.00) fine each.

In a similar development, Justice R.O Dugbo Oghoghorie of Federal High Court, 
also in Enugu found one Obinna Ozor Peter, a Computer Science student of Imo 
State University, guilty of one count charge of internet fraud and sentenced 
him to three months imprisonment with the option of One Hundred Thousand Naira 
(N100,000) fine.

Ozor and Onumajuru were arrested in Owerri, Imo State while Ebene was arrested 
in Enugu.

Investigation showed that the convicts were defrauding unsuspecting victims 
of huge sums of money by using fake or stolen Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin 
and Whatsapp profiles to solicit for friendship from foreigners, especially 
white males or females in the U.S.A, Vietnam, U.K, Germany, among others.

The press release includes photos:

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2 FEB 2021

Another Fraudster Bags Four Months Jail Term in Ibadan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, 
on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, secured the conviction of one Oluwatobi Damilola 
Aina before Justice Ladiran Akintola of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in 
Ibadan, Oyo State.

The 26-year-old who claimed to be a fashion enthusiast, was arrested on September 
29, 2020, when the Commission got wind of his fraudulent activities and consequently 
charged to court on one-count charge bordering on impersonation.

The charge reads, "Oluwatobi Damilola Aina, sometimes between the month of January 
and October 2020 at Ibadan within the Ibadan Judicial Division of this Honourable 
Court, with intent to defraud, falsely represented yourself as a female known as 
Namita Cooling".

He pleaded guilty to the charge.

In view his plea, he was convicted and sentenced to four months in prison.

The court also ordered him to restitute items recovered from him to the Federal Government of Nigeria through the EFCC.

The press release includes a photo:

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2 FEB 2021

19 Internet Fraud Suspects in EFCC's Net

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have apprehended 
nineteen suspects allegedly involved in internet and related criminal activities. 
They were smoked out of their hideout, a guest house located in the Mpape suburb 
of Abuja on January 29, 2021.

The arrest followed actionable intelligence on their alleged criminal activities. 
The suspects are Sheyi Abimbola,Ogunsanmi Mola, Akinyemi Ayomide, Babatunde Owoeye, 
Ife – Oluwa Gbadebo, Friday Owocho, Olorunwa Emmanuel, Jibrin Sediq, Jonah Maxwell, 
Ibrahim Mustapha and Shaibu Chris.

Others are Gabriel Ekele, Kolawole Omitogun, Washma Samuel, Yusuf Ayomide Abdulazeez, 
Moshood Awowole, Farouk Olamilekan, Adebayo Samuel and Lekan Olufowobi.

Items recovered from them include mobile phones and laptop comp[uers containing 
various incriminating documents.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigation is conclude

The press release includes a photo:

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1 FEB 2021

EFCC Docks Corps Member, One Other Over Alleged Love Scam

The Ilorin Zonal Office of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
on Monday, February 1, 2021 arraigned a serving corps member, Sam Abiola and 
one Adebiyi Sodiq on separate charges bordering on love scam before Justice 
Adenike Akinpelu of a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.

Abiola, who is currently serving in Kogi State was arraigned on one count 
charge, while four counts were preferred against Sodiq, to which they pleaded 
'guilty'.

The charge against Abiola reads:"That you, Sam Abiola ( Missie Bonie) sometime 
between July, 2019 and September, 2019 in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this 
Honourable Court did cheat by personation when you pretended to be one Missie 
Bonie a white female with gmail account, missiebo271@gmail.com, and fraudulently 
deceived one Rick to send $550 (Five Hundred and Fifty Dollars) to you through 
gift card after you made him believe you were 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"

For Sodiq, count three of the charge reads: "That you, Adebiyi Sodiq, (Alias: Maria 
Monica sometime in the month of August 2020, in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court, did cheat by personation via your email address terrellwhite856@gmail.com 
to one Manny, by portraying yourself as a white female named Maria and induced him 
to send you his Cash App, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed 
an offence contrary to Section 324 of the Penal Code and punishable under the same
Section of the Law"

Upon Abiola's guilty plea, the prosecuting counsel, O. B Akinsola, invited to the 
witness box one Ali Mohammed, an operative of the EFCC to review the facts of the 
case.

Mohammed narrated how the defendant was arrested based on the anonymous petition 
received by the Commission on the activities of fraudsters around Offa area of 
Kwara State. Documents showing fraudulent messages printed out of the email of 
the defendant were tendered and admitted in evidence.

In a similar fashion, Sesan Ola, prosecuting for EFCC on Sodiq's case called 
on Eze Uchenna, an operative of the Commission to review the facts of the case. 
Uchenna also narrated the defendant's involvement in the alleged offence and 
tendered documents which were admitted in evidence.

Justice Akinpelu, while discharging the witnesses fixed February 11, for judgement.

It would be recall that the Ilorin Zonal Office of the EFCC on September 14, 2019 
executed an operation at Offa in Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State where 
about 33 suspected fraudsters were arrested for various offences bordering on 
internet fraud.

The press release includes photos:

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29 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests 10 Yahoo-Yahoo 'Students' In Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on January 29, 2021 arrested 
10 suspects over computer-related fraud known as 'Yahoo-Yahoo'.

They were arrested at their Academy in Bwari axis of Abuja where they were 
said to be learning the trade of cyber trickery.

The suspects aged between 20 and 30 years, are Sixtus Jude, Moses Samuel, 
Isalan Johnny, Dapet Nimshak, Samuel Ogboche, Victor Samuel, Victor Asuquo, 
Ibrahim Yunusa, Yahaya Usman and Chijoke Ikwuoha.

They were arrested with different incriminating items such as mobile 
phones and computers.

The promoter of the Academy is however on the run, Investigations showed 
that the sponsor recruits and train young individuals who show interest 
in internet fraud.

The sponsor gets his percentage of their earnings based on an agreement 
between him and the recruits. He also serves as a conduit for laundering 
the money gotten from internet fraud by some of the suspects.

The suspects will be prosecuted when investigation is completed.

The press release includes a photo:

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29 JAN 2021

N525m Internet Fraud: Scales Opts For Plea Bargain, Ready to Forfeit N108m Properties- Witness

The trial-within-trial of Scales Ishola Olatunji, a suspected serial fraudster resumed 
on Friday, January 29, 2021 before Justice Agatha Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting 
in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC presenting 
its third prosecution witness, Shedrack Babs Iyo who informed the court that Scales who 
was arraigned on July 2, 2019, had written to the Commission, opting for a plea bargain 
agreement, wherein he would forfeit two of his properties worth over N108 million.

Scales is being prosecuted by the Uyo zonal office of the EFCC on a 45-count charge 
bordering on impersonation, obtaining by false pretence, conspiracy and fraud to the 
tune of N525m. He pleaded not guilty upon arraignment.

When the matter came up on December 10, 2020, the prosecuting counsel, Nwandu Ukoha, 
through Mubarak Mohammed Sade (the third Prosecution Witness in the main trial) sought 
to tender a document dated December 5, 2020 before the court but was opposed by the 
defense counsel, Jane Obika on the grounds that the statement was taken under duress. 
This led to the trial-within-trial and the prosecution opened its case on Thursday, 
January 28, 2021.

While being led in evidence by Ukoha, Iyo, an operative of the EFCC, told the court 
that after the defendant was arraigned on July 2, 2019 and was remanded in Uyo 
Correctional Centre, the Commission received a handwritten application from the 
defendant titled "Application for Plea Bargain" dated November 19, 2019.

Iyo said, "My lord, in the application, the defendant said he had instructed his 
lawyer, one Stanley Negbenebor and Barrister Peter Mba to negotiate with the Commission 
regarding terms and conditions of his plea bargain. It was on this note that on the 
5th of December 2019, the Commission detailed Detective Moses Otitoju and myself to 
confirm the genuiness of the letter coming from the defendant who had been arraigned 
in court and remanded in prison custody.

"My lord, on getting there, the defendant was brought out by the then Comptroller 
of Uyo Correctional Service. The defendant was interviewed by us in the presence 
of the Comptroller, his Second- in- Command, and the defendant's lawyer, Barrister 
Peter Mba".

The witness added that during the interview, the defendant was asked if he will put 
down what he told us in writing and he said yes. He explained that the defendant was 
cautioned and words of caution was administered to him, which he understood.

He volunteered his statement dated December 5, 2019 and repeated the content of the 
application for plea bargain. He further stated that his lawyer should handover documents 
of two properties. The first one is a four bedroom duplex lying and located at Number 6, 
Road 2, Westend Estate, Ikota Lagos State which was bought in the name of his wife S
tephanie Chioma Scales for N43.5million" the witness said.

He continued, "The second property lying and located at Number 10 Donatus Street, Ikate, 
Elegushi, Lagos State which he bought in the name of his in-law, the younger brother 
to his wife one Alexis Ikechukwu Akpabue worth N65million”. He further added that the 
two properties were derived from proceeds of crime".

The prosecution closed its case thereafter and the matter was adjourned till February 
25 and 26, 2021 for the defence to open its case in trial-within-trial.

The press release includes a photo:

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29 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests 30 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Enugu

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Enugu Zonal office on Thursday January 28, 2021 arrested 30 (Thirty) 
suspects for various internet-related offences in Enugu.

Their arrest at Thinkers Corner Extension, followed actionable intelligence 
obtained by the Commission on their alleged criminal activities which targeted 
mostly foreigners.

The suspects are, Raphael Chidiebere, Dr. Onyechiefuna Victor, Oliobi Chukwujekwu, 
Alozie Ikenna, Lakeru John, Chijioke Onyedika, Chikwube Nwadinobi, Eze Chukwuebuka, 
Nwafor Ifeanyi, Chidobelu Chidera, Ozonwu Nnamdi, Joseph Emmanuel, Chukwunonyelu 
Chizoba Eze and Imachukwu Ogonna.

Others are Okwesi Kizito, Onuorah Emmanuel, Promise Okpowasili, Ezeanu Ugochukwu, 
Ogbonna Emenike, Ibeka Nzeribe, Nike Stanley Onyekachi, Chukwubuikem, Odono Charles 
Chimdindu, Onyechefuna Franklin, Onyechefuna Samuel, Iluka Fernando Chike, Udemefuna 
Daniel, Chiedu Chike Kingsley, Ezema Ikenna and Chuka Okoye.

In the course of the arrest, various exotic cars including brand new Lexus ES 350 
with no registration number, Black Toyota 2.4 with registration number ENU-598-SU, 
Black Mercedes Benz ML 350 jeep with registration number ABJ-275-DB, Black Lexus 
ES 330 with registration number UWN-901-MP, Black Lexus ES 350 with registration 
number JJJ-900-GK were recovered from the suspects.

Other incriminating materials recovered from them include various mobile phones 
and laptop computers.

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

The press release includes photos:

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28 JAN 2021

Sales Rep Bags 18-Months Jail Term For Internet Fraud in Ekiti

Justice Babs Kwuemi of the Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti 
State, on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, convicted and sentenced one Adelanke 
Adesola Abiodun (a.k.a. Richard Lopez, a.k.a. Walker Fabian Gregory) to 
18-months imprisonment for impersonation.

The 25-year-old who claimed to be an Accounting graduate from Ekiti State 
University was a sales representative with a private company when he was 
arrested by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Crime Commission, EFCC, for internet fraud.

He pleaded guilty to one count amended charge preferred against him.

Consequently, the presiding judge convicted and sentenced him to 18-months 
imprisonment.

Justice Kwuemi thereafter gave a consequential order that he restitutes to 
his victim, one Frida Thorsdottir the sum of $1,500 (One Thousand Five Hundred 
United States of American Dollars), through the EFCC.

He is also to forfeit one iPad and Nokia Torch to the Federal Government 
of Nigeria.

The press release includes a photo:

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28 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests Two Brothers, Six Other Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Osogbo
…4 Internet Fraudsters Convicted In Lagos

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, 
on Thursday, January 28, 2021, arrested eight men suspected to be internet 
fraudsters in Osogbo, Osun State.

The suspects Akinrinmade Adepoju Sunday and his brother Akinrinmade Adeniyi 
were arrested in their room and parlor apartment, others are Dennis Oluwamuyiwa, 
Oni Oluwaseyi, Adeyemo Adeyinka, Aborisade Abayomi, Goodluck Olatayo, and Gbolahan 
Sodiq.

They were arrested at their hideout in Ayegbami area of the ancient town by 
operatives, working on actionable intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.

Items recovered from the suspects include two cars, laptops and mobile phones.

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

In a related development, the Lagos Zonal office of the Commission has secured 
the conviction of four internet fraudsters.

The convicts are: Christopher Blessed Unimke, Raji Adeshola Quadri, Raji Ayoola 
Yusuf, and Adebowale Kehinde.

Christopher was arrested on August 21, 2020 by operatives following a raid at Plot 
11/12 Ayo Babatunde Crescent, Lekki, Lagos. He was arraigned before Justice Sherifah 
Solebo of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja, on January 21, 2021.

He pleaded "guilty" to the charge of possession of fraudulent documents contrary 
to Section 318 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

Justice Solebo convicted and sentenced him to three months in prison with an option 
of fine of N50, 000. The Court ordered that the items recovered from him, including 
one iPhone X and one Nokia Touch-Light phone be forfeited to the federal government.

Quadri, Yusuf and Kehinde, were arraigned before Justice O.O.A Fadipe of the Lagos 
State High Court, on January 25, 2021.

They all pleaded "guilty" to the charge of possessing documents containing false 
pretenses, which were used to perpetrate internet fraud.

Justice Fadipe, thereafter, convicted them accordingly, and sentenced Kehinde and 
Quadri to one year in prison, while Yusuf was sentenced to nine months in prison.

Items recovered from them, which also included a Mercedes Benz 4matic car, iPhones, 
Android phones, gold pendant, cartier wrist watch and Apple laptop were ordered 
forfeited to the federal government.

The press release includes photos:

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27 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests Three Dubai-based Suspected Internet Fraudsters, 14 others in Lagos

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos 
Zonal office, have arrested three Dubai based suspected internet fraudsters 
and 14 others in Lagos.

They were arrested, Tuesday January 26, and Wednesday 27, 2021 at different 
locations following series of intelligence detailing their alleged involvement 
in internet fraud and other related offences in Nigeria and abroad.

The Dubai- based suspects who were arrested at Victory Nest Estate, Jakande, 
Lekki, Lagos today January 27, 2021. are; Samuel Oluwasegun Olayinka, Afeez 
Fajumobi and Olamide Olamilekan Olaofe,while their accomplice caught with 
them includes Amao Oluwatobi, Amao Joshua, Adeyemo Olatunde, Solomon Emelike, 
Lawrence Nwodu and Philip Olamilekan.

Others suspects who were arrested at 41c, Muritala Eletu Osapa London, Lekki 
area of Lagos on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 include Ogbenusi Ibrahim, Kelechi 
Collins Ndubuka, Sadiq Adewale, John Okafor Eze, Adewale Lateef, Hassan Mohammed, 
Tunde Lawal and Hussaini Adebayo.

They will be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are concluded.

 The press release includes photos:

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26 JAN 2021

22 Yahoo Boys Arrested in Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC have arrested 22 persons for their alleged involvement in 
internet fraud.

They are: Muyiwa Adetola, Adeolu Damilade, Oritsetimeyin Abel, Ademola Lekan, 
Abayomi Qudus, Isaac Chibueze, Ayeni Olarewaju, Aminu Kelvin, Ajama Patrick 
and Nesta Olotu.

Others are: Odaro Edogiawere, Balogun Ayo, Mustapha Hassan, Musbaudeen Olamilekan, 
Adewumi Adebayo, Charles Akpene, Joshua Ugwuomore, Ayeni Isamilola, Ogundare Kayode, 
Kara Uzuegbu, Akindele Samuel and Oladimeji Ashiru.

They were arrested at their various residence at Terra Annex Estate, Sangoteddo in t
he Ajah area of Lagos, on January 23, 2021 following actionable intelligence.

They have undergone further interrogation and will soon be arraigned in court.

The press releaase includes a photo:

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26 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests Eight Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Port Harcourt

The Port Harcourt Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, has arrested eight individuals suspected to be internet fraudsters.

They were arrested on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at their hideouts in Mandela 
Housing Estate, Rumuokoro and Street 1, Radio Road Estate, Ozuoba, Port Harcourt, 
Rivers State.

The suspects, comprising seven young men and one lady, are: Vandross Ebre; Tochukwu 
Mbonu; Charles Mba; Okoroma Robinson; Ruth Allison; Timothy Godspower, Kingsley Obilor 
and Sampson Ajaka.

Their arrest followed intelligence reports on alleged internet-related fraudulent 
activities.

The press release includes photos:

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26 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests 13-Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Ibadan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, 
on Monday, January 25, 2021, arrested 13 suspected internet fraudsters in 
Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Their arrest was triggered by intelligence reports detailing their alleged 
involvement in internet fraud and other related offences.

The suspects are: Kayode Adeoye, Ogunleye Yemi, Adio Taheed, Olaniyi Joshua, 
AbdulAfeez Kehinde.

Others are: Bakare Omolayo, Adesuntola Adebayo, Ridwan Gbolahan, Abdulfatai 
Waliu, Olayiwola Olamilekan, Raji Wasiu, Olawale Ibrahim and Tajudeen Mojeed.

Four cars, Phones, Laptops and other incriminating documents used in perpetrating 
the crime were recovered from them.

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

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25 JAN 2021

EFCC Nabs 16 Alleged Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC has effected the arrest of 16 young men in Lekki, a cosmopolitan 
area in the state, for allegedly engaging in internet fraud, popularly 
known as yahoo yahoo.

The suspected internet fraudsters are: Habeeb Adebayo, Marcus Wisdom, 
Caleb Triumphant Ezikiel, Akinduro Henry, Osarobo Osasere, and Oyelami 
Olatunji.

Others are: Pelumi Glory, Ehibor Joseph, Emmanuel Timileyin, Jefta Akpan, 
Okirhie Rukewe, Oxford Robbinson, Onyeka Odika, Uzoma Gideon, Adebayo Oluwatobi, 
and Isreal Ugochukwu.

They were rounded-up on January 21, 2021 at the Ziroc Residence Hotel, Lekki, 
Lagos by operatives who have been tracking their activities.

Upon interrogation, they all confessed to engaging in different forms of 
computer-related fraud, including romance and love scam.

A further analysis of their mobile devices and computers, also confirmed 
their involvement in internet fraud.

They will soon be arraigned in court as investigations have already been 
concluded.

The press release includes a photo:

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22 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests 11 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Osogbo

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, 
on Friday, January 22, 2021 arrested eleven suspected fraudsters. They 
were apprehended by operatives of the Commission who, acting on intelligence, 
swooped on their hideouts in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

The Commission recovered twelve cars which include three Toyota Highlander SUVs, 
one Mercedes Benz GLK 350 SUV, One Acura SUV, two Honda Crosstour, two Toyota 
Venza and three other Toyota brands. Also recovered are phones, laptops and 
other devices..

The suspects, who variously claimed to be students, artisans, farmers and 
businessmen, are currently undergoing interrogation to ascertain their level 
of involvement in the alleged crime.

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

The press release incoudes photos:

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22 JAN 2021

Two Undergraduates Arraigned for Internet Fraud in Enugu

Two students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Akwa, Genesis Arinze Daniel and Chinedu 
Ayogu Christopher have been arraigned on separate one count charge of cybercrime before 
Justice N.I Buba of the Federal High Court, sitting in Enugu, Enugu State.

The defendants who were docked on Thursday January 21, pleaded not guilty to the charges 
preferred against them by the Enugu Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC.

The duo were arrested based on intelligence on their alleged involvement in cybercrimes 
activities and obtaining money by false pretenses from the unsuspecting victims, mostly 
foreigners.

Investigation by the EFCC revealed how Genesis created and operated Google and Instagram 
accounts using stolen identity of Thomas Bradley, a United Kingdom national based in Florida, 
USA, to defraud other foreigners. He also created Gmail account; tombradley689@gmail.com 
which he used to intercept emails messages and chats.

Genesis and Ayogu also engage in fraudulent online Forex Trading Company. Aside from acting
as 'pickers' for syndicate of fraudsters.

In view of the plea of the defendants, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Ajobiewe asked 
for a trial date while counsel to the 1st and 2nd defendants; I.U Okenwa moved motions 
for the bail of their clients which was not opposed by the prosecution.

Justice Buba, after listening to both counsel admitted the defendants to bail in the sum 
of One Million (N1,000,000.00) each, and one surety each in like sum.

The Court adjourned the matter till February 2, 2021 for commencement of trial.

The press release includes a photo:

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20 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests Seven In Ibadan Over Alleged Internet Fraud

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan 
Zonal Office, have arrested seven young men for alleged involvement in 
internet fraud.

They were arrested on January 20, 2020 at Olomi Area of Ibadan, following 
intelligence received from concerned members of the public on their alleged 
criminal activities.

Items recovered from the suspects include two vehicles, mobile devices 
and laptops.

The suspects are undergoing further interrogation, the indicted will be 
charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release includes photos:

efcc-arrests-seven-in-ibadan-over-alleged-internet-fraud
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20 JAN 2021

Ilorin Court Sends Internet Fraudster to Prison

A 29-year-old internet fraudster, Ademola Adebukola alias "Holy Ghost" 
has been convicted on four counts of cheating and attempt to cheat by 
a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.

Justice Adenike Akinpelu convicted and sentenced the defendant to six 
months imprisonment on each of the counts after he pleaded guilty to 
the charges brought against him by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the 
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The sentences are 
to run concurrently from September 14, 2020.

The court also ordered the forfeiture of the convict's iPhone 5 and 
Dell Laptop, being the instrumentalities used to perpetrate the crime, 
to the Federal Government.

One of the charges against the convict reads:

"That you, Ademola Adebukola, sometime in 2018, at Ilorin, within the 
Judicial Division of the Kwara State High Court while acting as Blackmore 
G. Scott a.k.a Holy Ghost with email address holyghost643@gmail.com did 
attempt to cheat one Sherri Reed by fraudulently inducing her to deliver t
he sum of $3,500 (Three Thousand, Five Hundred United States Dollars) to 
you under the guise of being in a romantic relationship with her and in 
need of money to clear goods at the Seaport and thereby committed an 
offence contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code and punishable under 
Section 322 of the Penal Code"

Another count reads:

"That you, Ademola Adebukola, sometime in July 2020, at Ilorin, within the 
Judicial Division of the Kwara State High Court while acting as David Frenchman 
with email address msccruiseworld@gmail.com did attempt to cheat by personation, 
when you presented yourself to one Wanda Smith of wsmith1166@yahoo.com as being 
a Caucasian Male in romantic relationship with her, a representation you knew 
to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 95 of the Penal 
Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same Penal Code. "

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Here is another version of the press release that has a photo 
of the "Holy Ghost":

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19 JAN 2021

Abeokuta Court Jails Two For Impersonation

Justice Ibrahim Watilat of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Tuesday, 
January 19, 2021, convicted and sentenced two internet fraudsters, Tobiloba Stephen 
Shokunbi and Emmanuel Korede Oladunjoye, to six months and four months imprisonment 
respectively.

The duo were found guilty of amended charges of criminal impersonation separately 
filed against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan 
Zonal Office.

The offence runs contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) of Cybercrimes (Prohibition, 
Prevention etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) (iv) of the 
same Act.

They pleaded guilty to the charges when read to them.

While delivering his judgment, Justice Watilat ordered that the convicts forfeit 
all the items recovered from them in the course of investigation.

He also ordered Shokunbi and Oladunjoye to restitute $1,000 (One Thousand United 
States Dollars), and $160 (One Hundred and Sixty US Dollars) and N200,000 (Two 
Hundred Thousand Naira) respectively to their victims.

 The press release includes photos:

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18 JAN 2021

Man Jailed 14 Months In Osogbo for Defrauding American of N19.6m [That is over $400,000]

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, has 
secured the conviction of one Oteyowo Akinkunmi Samuel over internet-related 
fraud.

Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, 
Osun State pronounced the 32-year-old, who claimed to be a graduate of civil 
engineering, guilty of a one-count amended charge of criminal impersonation 
on Monday, January 18, 2021, and handed him fourteen months custodial sentence.

The crime offends Section 22(2) (b) (ii) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, 
Prevention Etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) of the same Act.

He was charged for defrauding one Warren Doht, an American, of a total sum 
of N19,664,128.50 (Nineteen Million, Six Hundred and Sixty Four Thousand, 
One Hundred and Twenty Eight Naira, Fifty Kobo).

The convict had, however, approached the Commission for a plea bargain agreement 
which formed the basis for the amended charge with which he was arraigned and 
convicted of on Monday.

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

Apart from the jail term, the court also ordered Oteyowo to restitute the 
N19,664,128.50 to the victim of his crime.

man-jailed-14-months-in-osogbo-for-defrauding-american-of-n19-6m

419 Coalition comment: Somebody needs to make Real Sure the victim 
does indeed receive restitution from this 419er.  Merely ordering it does 
Not mean the victim is actually going to get it! Follow up is necessary.
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11 JAN 2021

Two Convicted for Cyber Crime in Ibadan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, on Monday, 
January 11, 2021, secured the conviction of two internet fraudsters before Justice 
Omolara Adeyemi of the Oyo State High Court 12, Ibadan.

The convicts, Olanrewaju Ibrahim Bidemi and Abiola Amoo David, were found guilty 
of obtaining money by false pretences contrary to Section 419 of the Criminal Code 
Cap 28 Laws of Oyo State 2000 and punishable under Section 419 of the same Act.

The duo pleaded guilty to their respective one-count charges when read to them.

Consequent upon their guilty plea, Justice Adeyemi convicted them and sentenced 
Olanrewaju and Abiola to one month and two months community service respectively 
with effect from the date of conviction.

Olanrewaju was ordered to restitute £1,000 (One Thousand Pounds Sterling), while 
Abiola was to restitute $200 USD through the Federal Government of Nigeria to their 
victims.

The court also ordered that items recovered from them in the course of investigation 
be forfeited to the government.

The press release includes a photo:

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11 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests 10 For Alleged Internet Fraud In Lagos

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, 
have arrested 10 persons for their alleged involvement in computer-related fraud.

The suspects are: Jonathan Daniel Adebayo, Lawal Waidi Seun, Adeosun Joseph, Taiwo 
Gbemileke, Oseni Omotayo, Emmanuel Fakiyesi, Rasheed Ogunlana, Oladunni Segun, Sowunmi 
Rotimi and Efetobore Prince Wilfred.

They were arrested on Saturday, January 9, 2021 during an early morning operation 
in the Alagbado area of Lagos, following credible intelligence received by the Commission 
about their alleged criminal activities.

Items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest are cars, mobile phones, laptop 
computers, passports, a digital video recorder and a cheque book.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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