Nigeria - 419 Coalition 2022 News on Nigerian Scam / 419 Operations



In early January 2022, the EFCC changed its domain name from
efccnigeria.org (which it has been for many years) to efcc.gov.ng

The effect of this is that any links To pages and articles on their
website that use  efccnigeria.org   as the domain, do not work.  This
is a Kazillion of links to their site out in internet-land that no
longer work.

Either every single link to all of these articles and pages will 
have to be changed and updated to the new domain ( efcc.gov.ng ) 
by every single site or webpage which linked to the old domain 
( efccnigeria.org )  OR the EFCC will have to make Every Single
Page on its site accessible via  BOTH the old and the new domains.
In short, the two domains will have to be made universally equivalent,
so that in effect, for all practical purposes, one is the same as
the other.

419 Coalition knows this can be done, as we did it on our Own site
when we changed our domain from home.rica.net/alphae/419coal  to
419Coalition.org .

To be blunt, so far the "rollout" of this new domain by the EFCC
has been an absolute disaster for the agency, given that it has
kaputed Many Thousands of links to the EFCC site internet-wide.

We've told them this in no uncertain terms and have told them
they need to Fix this problem quickly so that ALL the links - 
old domain and new domain - to their site and pages and articles
therein Do work.

We await developments..... but are not hopeful
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12 MAY 2022

From Yahoo News:

How 'Leonardo DiCaprio' Scammed a Houston Widow Out of $800K 
by Claiming He Was Trapped in Scientology

by Tony Ortega

The article is excellent, but too long to be posted here,
so readers will have to use the following link to read it in
full:

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10 MAY 2022

Court Jails Two Internet Fraudsters in Calabar

A Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State, has 
sentenced Ojinnaka Malachy and Michael Kenneth Goodluck to one 
year imprisonment each, for internet-related offences.

They were jailed on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, after pleading guilty 
to one-count separate charge bordering on impersonation and obtaining 
by false pretence, preferred against them by the Uyo Zonal Command 
of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

One of the charge reads: "That you Michael Kennet Goodluck sometime 
in 2022 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court 
with intent to obtain property and gain advantage for yourself, 
fraudulently presented yourself as Roberto Enrique to the duo of 
Hoovey and Maya on Facebook and fraudulently obtained the sum of 
One Thousand dollars ($1,000) and thereby committed an offence 
contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) & (ii) of the Cybercrime 
(Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015 and punishable under 22 
(b) and (iv) of the same Act".

In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel, S. R. Akinrinlade, 
reviewed the facts of the two cases and prayed the court to convict 
and sentence them accordingly.

Justice Dugbo Oghoghorie thereafter convicted Malachy and Goodluck 
and sentenced them to one year imprisonment each with an option of 
fine of N500, 000. 00 ( Five Hundred Thousand Naira only) and two 
weeks of community service within the court premises, They were 
also ordered to forfeit their phones to the Federal Government 
and restitute the various sums they benefitted to their victims.

The convicts' journey to the Correctional Centre opened when they 
were arrested by operatives of the Uyo Zonal Command of the EFCC 
at different locations within Akwa Ibom and Delta States.

They made confessional statements that corroborated their involvement 
in the crimes. While Goodluck portrayed himself as Roberto Enrique 
on Facebook and successfully defrauded his victim of $1000, Malachy 
impersonated one Caleb Ini on Facebook and benefited $250 from his 
victims.

The press release contains a photo of each 419 matter:

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10 MAY 2022

Court Sends Internet Fraudster to Jail in Benin

The Benin Zonal Command of the EFCC on Tuesday May 10, 2022 secured 
the conviction of one internet fraudster, Osakpolor Joseph Moses 
before Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of the Edo State High Court, Benin City.

Moses was arraigned on one count charge of fraudulent impersonation.

The charge reads: "that you, Osakpolor Joseph Moses between 2018 and 
2022 in Benin City, Edo State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court did fraudulently impersonate the identity of one Miller Wayne, 
a white man with intent to defraud unsuspecting ladies and thereby 
committed an offence 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."

Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge prompting 
the prosecution counsel, I.K. Agwai, to ask the court to convict and 
sentence him accordingly.

Justice Ikpombonwon convicted and sentenced Moses to two (2) years 
imprisonment with an option of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200, 000) 
fine. The court also ordered that items recovered during investigation 
which are proceeds of crime be forfeited to the Federal government 
of Nigeria.

[The remainder of the press release deals with a non-419 related matter]

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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10 MAY 2022

Court Jails One Internet Fraudster in Port Harcourt

Justice S .D. Pam of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, 
Rivers State has convicted and sentenced Tamuno Emi West to two years 
imprisonment for false pretences.

He was convicted on Monday May 9, 2022, after pleading guilty to 
one-count charge bordering on advance fee fraud, upon being arraigned 
by the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The lone count read: "That you, Tamuno Emi West, on the 10th November, 
2021, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this 
Honourable Court did possess document via your Telegram Account to 
wit: Forex/Binary Limited containing false pretense and thereby 
committed an offense contrary to Section 6 and 8 (b) of Advance Fee 
Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under 
Section 1 (3) of the same Act".

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

In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, O.C. Isiguzoro prayed the 
court to convict and sentence the defendant accordingly. Defence counsel, 
Paula Abudu aligned himself with Isiguzoro’s prayers.

Justice Pam thereafter convicted and sentenced West to two years 
imprisonment with an option of fine of Two Hundred Thousand Naira 
(N200, 000.00) payable into the Consolidated Revenue Fund Account 
of the Federation.

The Judge also ordered the forfeiture of all items recovered from 
the convict at the point of arrest. The items are: one iPhone 6 phone, 
two small Nokia phones and a Zinox laptop. They are to be sold and 
the proceeds paid into EFCC's Recovery account with the Central 
Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

West's journey to the Correctional Centre began when he was arrested 
by operatives of the EFCC in a sting operation conducted on November 
10, 2021 at Tiger Close, Ada George, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. 
Investigations were made into his involvement in internet-related 
activities. He was charged to court and convicted.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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9 MAY 2022

Court Jails Internet Fraudster in Benin

Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of the Edo State High Court sitting in 
Benin City on Monday May 9, 2022, convicted and sentenced one 
Sunday Peter Etim to two years imprisonment for fraud.

Etim was prosecuted by the Benin Zonal Command of the EFCC for 
fraudulent impersonation.

One of the counts against Etim reads: "that you Sunday Peter 
Etim alias (Steven Batt) sometime in 2021 in Benin City, Edo 
State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with 
intent to defraud one Sadhna, an Indian falsely represented 
yourself to be one Steven Batt and thereby committed an offence 
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."

Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

In view of his pleas, the prosecution counsel, K. U. Udus, prayed 
the court to convict and sentence the defendant accordingly. However, 
the defence counsel, A. E.

Ambrose pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as 
the defendant was a first time offender who has become remorseful 
for his action.

Justice Ikpowmwonba convicted and sentenced the defendant to two 
years imprisonment with an option of Seven Hundred Thousand Naira 
(N700,000) fine.

In addition, the defendant shall forfeit his mobile phone and 
laptop computer to the Federal Government of Nigeria. He is also 
to undertake in writing to be of good behavior.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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30 APR 2022

EFCC Arrests 18 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, have arrested 18 suspected internet fraudsters in 
Lagos.

The suspects are: Tijani Olumide Ahmed, Balogun Olusola, Ukuhor Richie 
Ifemeluona, Ologun Damilola,Adetokunbo Yusuf, Olubiyo Timilehin, Oyegoke 
Gafar Olaitan, Agarawu Farug Okikiola, Kazeem Oluwadamilare Adebayo 
and Salau Rahmon.

Others are: Abdulrahman Adeshina Olasunkanmi, Rasheed Remilekun, Adeyanju 
Kehinde Emmanuel,Owolabi Temidayo Habeeb,Ojora Usman Olawale, Mubarak 
Balogun, Rafiu Olusegun and Ayobami Habeeb Oyeleye.

They were arrested on Friday, April 29, 2022 at Victoria Crest Estate III, 
Gate II, Augusta Amadi Street, Off Orchid Road, Lekki, Lagos, following 
intelligence reports received by the Commission about their alleged 
involvement in computer-related fraud.

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

The suspects will be charged to court after investigations are concluded.

The press release contains photos:

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29 APR 2022

Internet Fraudster Bags Three Year Jail Term in Port Harcourt

Justice S. I. Mark of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, 
Rivers State has convicted and sentenced an internet fraudster, Collins 
Williams Chinonyerem to three years in prison for impersonation, contrary 
to Section 22 (3) (a) (i) of the Cybercrimes (Prevention, Prohibition, 
etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (4) of the same Act

He was convicted after pleading ‘guilty’ upon an arraignment Thursday 
April 28, 2022, on one count charge by the Port Harcourt Zonal Command 
of the EFCC.

The count charge reads:

"That you, Collins Williams Chinonyerem on or about the 25th day of 
February, 2022 at Port Harcourt within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court did fraudulently impersonate one Horic, an American National, with 
intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence 
contrary to Section 22 (3) (a) (i) of the Cybercrimes (Prevention, 
Prohibition, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (4) of the 
same Act".

In view of his guilty plea, prosecution counsel, C. Okorie, prayed the 
court to convict and sentence the defendant accordingly.

Counsel to the defendant, E. B. Ekong asked the court to temper justice 
with mercy stating that he is a first time offender with no previous 
criminal record.

Justice Mark convicted and sentenced the defendant to three years in 
the Correctional Service with an option of a fine of One Million Naira 
(N1,000,000.00) payable into the Consolidated Revenue Account of the 
Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Judge also ordered that one Apple Laptop used in committing the 
offence be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria, auctioned 
by the Secretary of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and 
the proceeds paid into the EFCC Recovery Account domiciled in the 
Central Bank of Nigeria. The convict is also to depose to an affidavit 
to be of good behaviour.

Chinonyerem's journey to the Correctional Service started when he was 
arrested in a sting operation by officers of EFCC in Port Harcourt, 
Rivers State for internet fraud activities.

Investigation shows that the convict created a Romeo account with the 
user name Doraliss, presented himself as Noah and used the same to 
chat with his unsuspecting victims.

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29 APR 2022

Two Cybercriminals Jailed in Oyo, Osun

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, April 28, 2022, secured the conviction 
of the duo of Nicholas Ferdinand Paul and Babatunde Joshua Omotayo 
separate charges which bordered on impersonation before Justice 
Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, Oyo State and 
Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court, Osogbo, 
Osun State.

The offence is contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (1) of the Cybercrimes 
(Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 
22 (2) (b) of the same Act.

Upon their arraignment, they both pleaded guilty to the charges 
preferred against them.

Consequently, the prosecution counsel urged the court to convict 
and sentenced them as charged after the facts of case were reviewed 
and indicting documents tendered in evidence before the court.

Justice Agomoh convicted and sentenced Nicholas to one year imprisonment 
while Babatunde bagged three months jail term.
Also, the convicts were ordered to restitute their various victims and 
forfeit all items recovered from them the Federal Government of Nigeria

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28 APR 2022

Court Jails Internet Fraudster One Year in Abuja

Justice M.N. Mayana of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High 
Court Abuja, has convicted and sentenced Daniel Prosper Nwabueze 
to one year imprisonment for romance scam.

Nwabueze was arraigned on one-count charge bordering on impersonation 
contrary to Section 320(b) of the Penal Code, Laws of the Federation 
(Abuja), 1990 and punishable under Section 322 of the same Laws.

He pleaded guilty to the one- count charge.

Based on his plea, prosecution counsel, Joyce Audu, prayed the court 
to convict and sentence him accordingly. However, defence counsels 
Anoture Akpofure and Rachel Ogbebor pleaded that the court temper justice 
with mercy "as the accused is a first-time offender and has shown remorse".

Justice Mayana convicted and sentenced Nwabueze to one year imprisonment, 
with an option of fine of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only).

Nwabueze, 21 year-old diploma holder's journey to the Correctional 
Centre began when he was arrested for impersonating Aaron David, a 
British contractor and engineer based in the United States of America. 
Through his deceit, he defrauded a foreigner, Lynn Fletcher of the 
sum of $2000 (Two Thousand United States Dollars). He was subsequently 
prosecuted and convicted.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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28 APR 2022

EFCC Arrests 29 Internet Fraud Suspects in Owerri>

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal 
Command on Wednesday April 27, 2022, arrested 29 suspected internet 
fraudsters in a sting operation at 247 Suite, Bishop Court, Aladinma 
Extension, Owerri, Imo State.

Intelligence report received by the commission revealed that the 
suspects were specialized in defrauding unsuspecting foreign nationals 
of their hard earned money.

The suspects are: Iwueke Kingsley Clinton Ikechukwu, Nwafor Ikechukwu 
Okoha, Edokpayi Clifford Osamudiamen,Collins Arinze Chuwkwudiama, 
Chimezie Chukwuma Victor,Odo Chinedu Daniel, Humphery Chibueze Daniel, 
Henry Chibueze Bright, Akumadu Calvin Ifeanyi, Obilor Paul Ozioma, 
Chikezie Ekene Noble,Chigaemezu Dike Stanley, Kelvin Chibuzo Okafor 
and Oparaji Prince Uchechi.

Others are: Ejimonyeokwu Jessy Chinonso,Bosco Ndubuisi Chimuanya, 
Amaechi Michael Ikechukwu, Amma Wisdom Uzor, Duru Chibuike Augustine, 
Solomon Clinton Chidozie, Duru Francis Chiemela, Ugo Victor Losisochukwu, 
Ibe Justice Chijindu, Iwuji Blaise Chimereucheya, Onyedibe Chukwuebuka 
Godwin, Dim Kizito Nnaemeka , Pastor Ikechukwu Goodness and Collins 
Arinze Chukwudiama.

Intelligence indicate that they are involved in various forms of 
computer-related frauds targeting mostly foreign nationals.

Some of the items recovered from the suspects include two cars, several 
mobile phones and laptops.

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

The press release contains photos:

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28 APR 2022

Four Convicted for Cyber-fraud, Forfeits Cars, Cash in Oyo

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC has secured the conviction of the quartet of Daramola Damilola Ayode, 
Ilori Olalekan, Taiwo Gafar Olamilekan and Olarewaju Sheriff Adebayo 
for their involvement in internet fraud.

Ayode, Olalekan and Adebayo were prosecuted before Justice Bayo Taiwo 
of the Oyo State High Court while Taiwo Gafar Olamilekan was docked before 
Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court, Ibadan.

The latter was sentenced to six months imprisonment while the three others 
were sentenced to six months community service each after they pleaded 
"guilty" to the charges preferred against them by the EFCC.


Furthermore, the court ordered Ayode to pay the sum of N103, 000.00 (One 
Hundred and Three Thousand Naira) in restitution and forfeit three mobile 
phones to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Ilori was ordered to restitute the sum of $700USD (Seven Hundred United 
States Dollars), and forfeit one iPhone 12 Pro Max mobile phone and one 
Toyota Camry 2008 Model saloon car to the Federal Government.

Furthermore, the court ordered Adebayo to forfeit to the Federal Government, 
the sum of N6, 200,473.15k (Six Million, Two Hundred Thousand, Four Hundred 
and Seventy Three Naira, Fifteen Kobo) domiciled in his GT Bank account, 
one Toyota Camry 2004 car, one Toyota Venza 2009 model car and one iPhone 
12 Pro Max mobile phone.

Taiwo was ordered to restitute the sum of $4,000USD (Four Thousand United 
States Dollars) and N579, 110.14k (Five Hundred and Seventy Nine Thousand, 
One Hundred and Ten Naira and Fourteen kobo), and also forfeit his iPhone 
12 Pro Max and Nokia mobile phones, one Apple MacBook Pro and one Mercedes 
Benz ML350 to the Federal Government.

Thw press release contains a photo of each 419er:

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27 APR 2022

Court Sends Four Internet Fraudsters to Prison in Benin

Four internet fraudsters, Omokhua Bright, Nosakhare Uyi, Endurance
 Omonefe and Osasenaga Desmond were on Wednesday April 27, 2022, 
 convicted and sentenced to various jail terms by Justice Efe 
 Ikponmwonba of Edo State High Court, Benin City.

The quartet were arraigned separately by the Benin Zonal Command 
of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on one count charge 
of impersonation and obtaining by false pretence.

The charge against Uyi reads: "that you Nosakhare Uyi sometime in 
February 2022 in Benin City within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court with intent to defraud falsely represented yourself as one Carey 
Stephen Bernard (an American soldier) on the WeChat Platform and you 
thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 484 of the Criminal 
Code law Cap 48, Laws of Bendel State of Nigeria (as applicable in 
Edo State) 1976 and punishable under the same section".

The charge against Bright reads: "that you Omokhua Bright sometime 
between year 2020 to 21st February 2022 in Benin City within the 
jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did fraudulently impersonate 
the identity of one Micole, an American on your Instagram account 
with intent to defraud unsuspecting investors in bitcoin business 
and thereby committed an offence 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".

Upon arraignment the defendants pleaded guilty to the charges. In 
view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, Austin Ozigbu, K.Y. 
Bello and I. K. Agwai prayed the court to convict and sentence 
them accordingly.

Justice Ikponmwonba convicted and sentenced the duo of Uyi and 
Desmond to three years imprisonment or a fine of N200, 000 and 
N300, 000 respectively. Bright bagged five years imprisonment 
or a fine of N300, 000, while Omonefe bagged two years imprisonment 
or a fine of N150, 000.

The duo of Bright and Uyi are to forfeit their cars, Lexus 350 
SVU and Mercedes Benz C300 to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

All the defendants are also to forfeit their phones to the Federal 
Government of Nigeria and undertake in writing to be of good behavior.

The press release contains a photo of each 419er:

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27 APR 2022

Nigerian Fraud Suspect Extradited to U.S. over Alleged $148,000 Scam

A wire fraud suspect, Adedunmola Gbadegesin was on Tuesday April 26, 2022, 
extradited to the United States where he is wanted in a case of conspiracy 
to commit wire fraud and money laundering. The offences contravene Title 
18, US Code, Section 1349 and 1956 (h) and carries a maximum jail term 
of 20 years.

His extradition was coordinated by the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, following a request from the office of the Attorney 
General of the Federation, pursuant to a February 11, 2022 Order by Justice 
D.E Osiagor of the Federal High Court, Lagos, in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/765/21, 
which granted a request to extradite the suspect to the United States to 
answer to criminal charges bordering on romance scam, wire fraud and 
money laundering.

Gbadegesin who was arrested on September 2, 2021, is alleged to have 
defrauded an America lady living in Kentucky, United States, of over 
$148,000.

Upon arriving in the United States, the suspect is billed to appear before 
a United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, where two 
counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money l
aundering have been filed against him.

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

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27 APR 2022

EFCC Arrests 30 Internet Fraud Suspects In Ado-Ekiti, Four in Ilorin

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 arrested thirty suspected internet fraudsters 
in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

The suspects, comprising of twenty-eight males and two females were arrested 
at different locations in Ado-Ekiti based on credible intelligence obtained 
by the Command.

They are Godspower Falodun, Omoniyi Pelumi, Victor Damilola, Akerele Olugbenga, 
Oluwatosin Alade, Abayomi Aderinwa, Ologunsoro Ayodeji, Olakunle Bidemi, Emmanuel 
Olukayode, Ojo Tobi, Ayeni Kayode, Ezekiel Ayomide, Tunde Lukman, Onikoyi Tobi, 
Busayo Obadu, Abiodun Taofeek, Ajayi Opeyemi and Ebenezer Ayodeji.

Others are Akinola Paul, Jacob Wisdom, Akinrinmola Olumide, Lawrence Abimbola, 
Tope Abejide, Busuyi Ajewole, Seyi Ajewole, Sunday Pelumi, Sunday Pelumi, Fapohunda 
Paul and Aguh Henry, while Omowumi Victoria and Peace Beloved were the only females 
amongst the suspects.

Items including six exotic cars worth millions of naira, forty-seven different 
brands of phones and sixteen laptops were recovered from the suspects at the point 
of arrest.

In a related development, operatives of the Command also arrested four persons 
suspected to have been involved in similar offences over the weekend in Ilorin.

The Suspects: Oyewole Moruf Damilare, Abdul-salam Quzeem, Mohammed Bello and Olusanya 
Idowu Lukman were arrested in Agric Estate, Sango area of Ilorin following a tip-off 
on their alleged unwholesome activities.

Some of the items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest included expensive 
phones, different brands of laptops and a car.

The suspects will be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of the ongoing i
nvestigations.

The press release includes photos:

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21 APR 2022

Court Convicts Serial Fraudster, Three Others for N5m Fraud in Maiduguri

The Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing of the quartet of Allen Abel, 
Jerry Shugaba, Ramat Bukar and Buba Hamidu y before Justice Umaru Fadawu of 
the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri on separate charges bordering on 
obtaining by false pretence, personation and cheating to the tune of Five 
Million Three Hundred and Eighty Three Thousand Naira (N5.383, 000.00).

The charge against Abel reads: "That you, Allen Abel sometime in April, 2020 
in Maiduguri Borno State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court 
fraudulently induced one Alhassan Sanusi to deliver to you 100 bags of sugar 
at the cost of Sixteen Thousand Naira (N16,000.00) each in the gross value 
of One Million Six Hundred Thousand Naira (N1,600,000.00) only under false 
petence of executing a purported contract awarded by the Ministry of Humanitarian 
Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development which fact you knew to be 
false thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 
1(1) (b) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences 
Act, 2006 respectively."

For Shugaba, the charge reads: "That you Jerry Shugaba sometime in June, 
2019 in Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court, dishonestly induced Daniel Madu to deliver to you the sum of 
N2, 650 000.00 (Two Million Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) under 
the guise of executing a contract for the supply of Dignity Kits purportedly 
awarded to you by Norwegian Church Aid, a Non–Governmental Organisation with 
No: MDG-107-03-202 and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 
320 (a) and punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code Cap 102 Laws 
of Borno State."

One of the two counts brought against Ramat Bukar reads: "That you, Ramat 
Bukar sometime in 2019 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court, fraudulently induced one Ishaku Inuwa of Polo 
Area Maiduguri, to deliver to you the total sum of N18,000.00 (Eighteen 
Thousand Naira) only as payment for registration fees of 2019/2020 SSCE 
(Senior School Certificate Examination ) in favour of his Sister Abugail 
Waba which you failed to discharge your obligation and refused to refund 
the entire sum delivered to you and thereby committed an offence contrary 
to and punishable under sections 320 and 322 of the Penal Code Laws of 
Borno State Cap.102 Vol. 3 of 1994 respectively."

Hamidu's lone count reads: "That you, Buba Hamidu sometime in February, 
2021 or thereabout in Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of 
this Honourable Court dishonestly induced one Zainab Lawan Gana to cause 
the sum of Three Hundred Thousand Naira (N300,000.00) only to be delivered 
to you in the guise of securing jobs for her siblings at the University 
of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital thereby committed an offence contrary to 
and punishable under Sections 320 and 322 of the Penal Code Laws of Borno 
State respectively."

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

Counsel for the prosecution, Haruna Abdulkadir, prayed the court to 
convict and sentence them accordingly.

Justice Umaru in his separate Judgment, sentenced Allen Abel to seven 
years imprisonment for the offence of obtaining money by false pretence 
without option of fine, and one year imprisonment with an option of fifty 
thousand naira fine for personation.

The court ordered the convict to restitute the sum of N1.6m to his victim.

The court also sentenced Shugaba to one year imprisonment with an option 
of One Hundred Thousand Naira fine. The defendant was ordered to pay his 
victim the sum of Two Million Naira and in default, serve five years prison.

Bukar and Hamidu, bag one year with an option of Five Hundred Thousand Naira 
fine each. They were ordered to restitute their victims by the Judge.

The press release includes photos:

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18 APR 2022

Fake Brad Pitt, Three Others Bag Jail Term in Benin City

Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of the Edo State High Court sitting in Benin 
City on Thursday April 14, 2022, convicted and sentenced four internet 
fraudsters to prison for fraud.

The convicts are Chigbolu Stephen Kanayo (aka Brad Pitt) Udoh Godspower 
(aka Wang Wei); Orome Collins (aka Wang Wei) and Clifford Otsu (aka Wang 
David).

They were arraigned by the Benin Zonal Command of the EFCC for offences 
bordering on intent to defraud and impersonation.

The defendants had sometime in October 2021 and February 2022 with 
intent to defraud impersonated foreign nationals on their respective 
social media platforms in the attempt to defraud them.

The charge against Kanayo reads: "that you Chigbolu Stephen Kanayo on 
the 28th February, 2022 in Benin City ,Edo State within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court did with intent to defraud represent yourself 
to be Brad Pitt Williams , a celebrity residing in California, USA, on 
Instagram platform and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 
484 and punishable under Section 484 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 48, 
Laws of Bendel State of Nigeria ( as applicable in Edo state ) 1976".

The charge against Collins reads: "that you, Orome Collins on the 23rd 
day of February 2022 in Benin City within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court knowingly had in your possession documents containing false pretense 
to wit: fraudulent/scammed pictures found in your Email account: wangwie20@gmail.com 
and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 484 
of the Criminal Code Law Cap 48, Laws of Bendel State of Nigeria (as applicable 
in Edo State) 1976"

Upon arraignment , the defendants pleaded guilty to their respective 
charges, prompting the prosecution counsel, A.A. Ozigbu, to ask the court 
to convict and sentence them accordingly.

However, Pascal Ugonne , the defence counsel prayed the court to temper 
justice with mercy and to honour the plea bargain agreement between the 
parties.

Justice Ikponmwonba convicted and sentenced Kanayo and Udoh to two 
years imprisonment with an option of Three Hundred Thousand Naira fine.

Otsu bagged three years imprisonment with an option of Four Hundred 
Thousand Naira fine, while Collins bagged two years imprisonment with 
an option of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira fine

Justice Ikponmwonba ordered that they forfeit their phones to the Federal 
Government of Nigeria and to undertake in writing to be of good behaviour.

The ppress release includes photos:

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14 APR 2022

EFCC Dock Two for N22m Fraud in Maiduguri

The Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, April 14, 2022 arraigned one Mohammed 
Bukar (a.k.a Gausu) before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State 
High Court, Maiduguri on a one count charge of obtaining by false 
pretence to the tune of N19,000,000.00 (Nineteen Million Naira only).

The defendant fraudulently collected the sum from Ba’ana Modu Buraye 
for the execution of purported contract awarded to him by Norwegian 
Refugee Council for the supply of water pumps.

The count reads: "That you Mohammed Bukar (Gausu) sometime in August, 
2021 in Maiduguri Borno State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court fraudulently induced one Ba’ana Modu Buraye to cause the gross sum 
of Nineteen Million Naira (N19, 000,000.00) only to be delivered to you
via MUB Guzamala Enterprises Bank account No. 0003811629 domiciled in 
Jaiz Bank Plc. under false pretence that you were to use the said sum 
for the execution of a purported contract awarded to you by Norwegian 
Refugee Council, a Non-Governmental Organisation for the supply of water 
pump which fact you knew to be false and thereby an offence contrary to 
and punishable under sections 1(1) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud 
and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2016."

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

Counsel for the prosecution, Haruna Albulkadir, asked for a trial date 
and the remand of the defendant in prison custody.

Justice Kumaliya ordered the remand of the defendant in prison custody 
and adjourned till May 19, 2022.

In a related development, one Adamu Ibrahim was arraigned before Justice 
Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court on a one count charge of 
obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N3,000,000.00 (Three Million 
Naira only)

The count reads: "That you, Adamu Ibrahim sometime in March 2020 at 
Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court 
with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N3,000,000.00 (Three Million 
Naira) from Abubakar Bashir under the false pretence that the said amount 
represent payment for the purchase of a purported plot of land measuring 
50ft by 100ft laying and situated at Shuwari II, behind Innobative Secondary 
School, Konduga Local Government Area, Borno State which you knew to be 
false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1) of the 
Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2016 and punishable 
under section 1(3) of the same Act."

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the one count charge.

Counsel for the prosecution, Haruna Abdulkadir applied for a trial date 
and prayed the defendant be remand the defendant in prison custody.

Justice Kumaliya ordered the remand of the defendant in prison custody 
and adjourned till May 16, 2022.

[419 Coalition has redacted the remainder of the article as it
deals with a non-419 related crime]

The press release includes a photo:

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14 APR 2022

EFCC Arrests Seven Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, April 14, 2022, arrested seven suspected 
internet fraudsters.

The suspects are: Sulaiman Ademola, Okechukwu Ndubuisi Prince, Sunday 
Carson Kingsley, Ikpeh Godwin Igojuju, Shile Temiloluwa Abiodun, Agboh 
Daniel and Nice Tom Eweh.

They were arrested at No. 1 Gideon Obhakhan Close, Therra Annex, 
Sangotedo, Lagos, following credible intelligence received by the 
Commission on the illegal activities of some individuals allegedly 
involved in computer fraud.

Upon their arrest, two exotic vehicles, laptop computers and mobile 
devices were recovered from them.

The suspects will be charged to court once investigations are concluded.

The press release contains a group photo:

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13 APR 2022

Court Sends Two Managing Directors, 
Four Others to Prison for Cybercrime

The duo of Ibrahim Babangida Haruna and Christopher Robert, 
managing director of Damaste Royal Engineering Services Nigeria 
Limited and Locus Classicus Trade & Investment Limited respectively 
were on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 convicted and sentenced to five 
years imprisonment each by Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of the Edo 
State High Court sitting in Benin City.

The duo were arraigned on separate one count charges of fraud 
by the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission. The defendants, as managing director and signatory 
to the Zenith bank accounts of Demaste Royal Engineering Services 
Limited and Locus Classicus Trade and Investment Limited, retained 
the aggregate sum of N657,350, 000.00 and N51,820,000.00 respectively; 
proceeds of Efe Martins Oserenwindamwens criminal conduct.

The charge against Ibrahim Babangida Haruna reads: "that you Ibrahim 
Babangida Haruna being the managing director and signatory to the 
Zenith Bank account of Demaste Royal Engineering Services Limited 
sometimes between 2nd April to 25th May, 2020 in Edo State within 
the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did retain the aggregate 
sum of N 657,350,000.00 (Six Hundred and Fifty-seven Million, Three
Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) knowing that same represent proceeds 
of Efe Martins Osarenwindamwen's criminal conduct to wit: cybercrime 
and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 17(a) of the 
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment ) Act 2004 
and punishable under section 17(6) of same Act".

The charge against Christopher Robert reads: "that you Christopher 
Robert being the managing director and signatory to Zenith Bank 
account of Locus Classicus Trade and Investment limited sometime 
between 4th and 5th day of June, 2020 in Edo State within the 
jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did retain the aggregate 
sum of N51,820,000.00(Fifty One Million, Eight Hundred and Twenty 
Thousand Naira) knowing that same represent proceed of Efe Martins 
Osarewindamwen's criminal conduct to wit: Cybercrime and thereby 
committed an offence contrary to Section 17(a) of the Economic and 
Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment ) Act 2004 and punishable 
under section 17(b) of the same Act."

Haruna and Robert pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against them 
by the EFCC prompting the prosecution counsel, Francis, A. Jirbo to 
pray the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Justice Ikponmwonba convicted and sentenced Haruna and Robert to five 
years imprisonment with an option of Five Hundred Thousand Naira fine. 
The defendants are to undertake in writing to be of good behaviour 
henceforth.

In the same vein, four internet fraudsters, Iyamu Christian Iyayi, 
Destiny Etsu, Omosieve Greater and Ehiguese Odiase were convicted 
and sentenced to prison by Justice Ikponmwonba for personation and 
obtaining by false pretence.

Etsu and Iyayi bagged three years imprisonment or a fine of N300,000 
while the duo of Greater and Odiase bagged two years imprisonment 
or a fine of N200,000 and N150,000 respectively.

The quartet are to forfeit their phones to the Federal Government of 
Nigeria and to undertake in writing to be of good behaviour henceforth.

The press release contains small photos of all six 419ers:

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12 APR 2022

Undergraduate Convicted for Cybercrime in Ibadan

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, secured the conviction 
and sentencing of one Ogunleye Olawale Sylvester to six months 
community service before Justice Ladiran Akintola of the State 
High Court, Ibadan, Oyo State for internet fraud.

The convict who is a second year student of Olabisi Onabanjo 
University, Ago Iwoye, was amongst those suspects arrested by 
officers of the Nigerian Army and handed over the EFCC for 
prosecution.

The convict pleaded guilty to one count charge.

The count reads: "That you Ogunleye Olawale Sylvester on or about 
11th November 2021, at Ibadan within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court, with intent to defraud, impersonate David Miguel a white man 
from United States of America."

Upon his plea, the prosecution counsel, Sanusi Galadanchi reviewed 
the facts of the case and tendered indicting documents as evidence. 
He thereafter urged the court to convict and sentence the defendant 
as charged.

Consequently, Justice Akintola convicted and sentenced Ogunleye to six 
months community service and ordered that he restitute the sum of $550USD 
(Five Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars), and forfeit one Tecno 
Spark 3 mobile phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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11 APR 2022

EFCC Presents First Witness Against Suspect In Alleged €211,000 Fraud

The trial of one Ifekwu Dominic continued before Justice S.O. Solebo 
of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on April 11, 2022, 
with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, presenting 
its first witness against him.

Dominic is being prosecuted by the Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC 
on a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy to obtain money by 
false pretence, obtaining by false pretence, and possession of documents 
containing false pretence.

One of the counts reads: "Ifekwu Chukwuma Dominic, aka John Alfred, and 
Okechukwu, aka Connie Miller (at large), between 2014 and 2017, within 
the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud obtained 
the aggregate sum of 211,000 Euros from Imelda Dorflinger under the false 
representation that you Ifekwe Chukwuma Dominic had inherited gold from 
your father and needed the said money to pay taxes in order to enable you 
to have access to the gold, a representation you knew to be false."

Another count reads: "Ifekwu Chukwuma Dominic (aka John Alfred), on or 
about 22nd June 2016 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, and 
with intent to defraud, had in your possession document titled "Cashier Cheque", 
where you falsely represented to Imelda Dorflinger that you have been issued 
a cheque valued at $590,000.00 and which document you knew contained false 
information."

He pleaded "not guilty" to the charges prompting the commencement of his 
trial.

At today's proceedings, the witness, Mma Adamu Alhaji, an operative of the 
EFCC, who was led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, I.O. Daramola, told 
the Court that the EFCC received a petition against the defendant sometime 
in September 2021 in which the defendant was accused to have defrauded his 
victim, Imelda Dorflinger, a German national, by posing as one John Alfred, 
with whom she developed an online friendship.

One Connie Miller, who was actually one Okechukwu currently at large, had 
linked Dorflinger to Alfred, who is actually Dominic.

He said: "When they became friends, the defendant started coming up with 
request for money."

"In July 2015, they had an agreement to meet in Lome, Togo, and they 
eventually met there."

"Upon their meeting, the defendant presented some documents to her, including 
gold export certificate, financial deposits in Bank of Africa, Ghana, and some 
other documents."

According to the witness, the defendant deceived his victim into believing 
that he was "a Crown Prince", in Ghana, who had a Gold inheritance that he 
needed money to secure, which he inherited from his father worth 250 kilogrammes.

He added that the defendant had told his victim that the gold was in the bank, 
and that he needed money to pay tax and other things to receive it.

He said: "Based on the presentation of the documents, she believed the defendant 
and started sending him money through Moneygram."

"In December 2015, they still met again in Togo, and the defendant still promised 
her that after he finishes clearing the gold, he would pay her back."

"She kept on sending money until sometime in 2017."

"But as there was no regarding the clearing of the gold, then, she met a 
Nigerian and made an enquiry."

The witness explained that following her conversation with the Nigerian, 
it dawned on her that she had been defrauded by the defendant, and that 
Dominic was no Ghanaian Crown Prince, but a Nigerian.

He said: "From there, she discovered that she had been defrauded, and stopped 
all communications with him."

However, after a long while, the witness said the defendant again tried 
to reconnect with his victim and sent her an email again to greet her.

He said: "She responded, and the defendant again started bringing up the 
issue of gold, that the gold is still there, and that he needed more money 
to clear it."

"From there, she played along and made plans to get him arrested. She 
agreed to meet him again, with a promise to bring more cash for him."

"Subsequently, the defendant was arrested and handed over to the EFCC 
for further investigation."

He told the Court that upon interrogation, the defendant admitted the 
allegations against him in his statement volunteered to the EFCC.

"The defendant admitted that the allegations are nothing but the truth," 
he said.

Thereafter, the prosecution sought to tender the said petition to the EFCC 
and the statements of the defendant made to the EFCC.

The defence counsel, Bartholomew Agnegbodo, raised no objections to the 
admissibility of the petition, but objected to the admissibility of the 
statements, arguing that "there were certain promises made prompting 
the statements being made".

Justice Solebo, thereafter, admitted the petition in evidence as Exhibit 
A, and adjourned till April 12, 2022 for trial-within-trial to prove the 
voluntariness or otherwise of the statements being sought to be tendered.

The press release includes a photo:

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11 APR 2022

Abuja Court Convicts Fraudster

Justice Y. Halilu of the FCT High Court, Maitama, on Monday, April 
11, 2022 convicted and sentenced one Izoduwa Osemwegie, to two months 
in prison for internet related fraud. The 20-year-old student pleaded 
guilty to one count criminal charge preferred against him by the Abuja 
Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The one count charge reads, "that you Izoduwa Osemwegie sometime in 
2021 at Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal 
Capital Territory cheat by personation when you created an Instagram 
account with the account name Steven McLean posing as a legitimate 
trader from Canada, and under the assumed character obtained the sum 
of €150 (One Hundred and Fifty Euros) from Huseyin, a Briton and €400 
(Four Hundred Euros) from Jonathan, a Turkish citizen under the pretext 
that you are a legitimate Bitcoin trader, a fact you knew to be false 
and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 321 of the Penal 
Code Law (Cap. 89 Laws of Northern Nigeria) and punishable under 
Section 324 of the same Law". He pleaded guilty to the charge preferred 
against him.

In view of his guilty plea, Prosecution Counsel Nguper Martha Tertsua 
prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendant accordingly.

Justice Halilu sentenced Osemwegie to 2 months in prison with an option 
of N500, 000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) fine. All proceeds of the 
crime are also to be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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9 APR 2022

EFCC Arrests 5 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Makurdi

The operatives of the Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Saturday, April 9, 
2022, arrested five (5) suspected internet fraudsters in 
Makurdi, Benue State.

The suspects who are alleged to be involved in internet-related 
fraud are; Enekwache Bright, Amih Dominic, Achir David, David 
Atese and Anongo Angela.

They were arrested in Makurdi based on some verified intelligence 
on their alleged criminal activities.

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

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

The press release includes photos:

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8 APR 2022

EFCC Charges Youths Against Cyber Crimes

The Uyo Zonal Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, Assistant Commander of the EFCC, ACE Bawa Hamidu has charged youths 
across the country to fully get involved in the fight against corruption 
by shunning cybercrimes and all other criminal activities.

Bawa gave the charge on Thursday April 7, 2022 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State 
while holding a sensitization session with an Anti-Corruption youth group 
at the University of Uyo, Uniuyo, Community Hall.

Addressing the youths, Bawa, who spoke through the Head, Public Affairs 
Directorate of the Command, Chief Superintendent of the EFCC, CSE Theresa 
Nwosu, urged them to desist from all forms of cybercrimes and cultivate 
the habit of reporting perpetrators of such crimes and any other perceived 
criminal activity, observed around them, to the EFCC.

"Nigerian youths have great potentials but are failing to see the dark 
shadow that being an ex-convict casts on their future. Cybercrimes are 
destructive because they are capable of building barriers against the 
future of youths. Within a week alone, a court in Calabar convicted over 
30 youths for cyber-related offences. This is not good enough. It is 
high time our youths stayed away from internet fraud", she said.

The Zonal Commander identified greed and get-rich-quick syndrome as the
major causes of youth involvement in cybercrimes. He warned members of 
the group to desist from such tendencies. He also tasked them on the 
need to always report suspected cases of internet fraud around them.

"I believe that you’re a member of this Anti-Corruption group because 
you truly abhor crime and corruption, and you desire to put a stop to 
the trend. If that’s truly the case, then you must understand that when 
you see something criminal or corrupt, you are duty bound to say something 
so that we can all do something by fighting this hydra-headed monster 
to a logical standstill", she said.

The press release includes a photo:

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8 APR 2022

Court Jails Six Internet Fraudsters in Calabar

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting Calabar, Cross 
River state has convicted and sentenced six internet fraudsters, for their 
involvement in various internet-related offences.

The convicts are: Ezenwadike Kingsley, Ugwuoke Keneth, Gabriel Ewa Jonah, 
Emmanuel Chukwunonso, Ettano Blessing and Obidiche Michael Ifeanyi.

They were jailed on Thursday, April 7, 2022 based on their "guilty" pleas 
to one-count separate charge preferred against them by the Uyo Zonal Command 
of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

One of the charge reads: "That you, Ettano Blessing, sometime in 2022 in 
Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to 
obtain property and gain advantage for yourself, fraudulently presented 
yourself as Dylan Espana and V Musa Wenkosi, an American Bitcoin manager, 
to your victims on Facebook and Instagram and obtained the sum of Seven 
Hundred Dollars ($700) from one Luzuko Mguda and Five Hundred Thousand Naira 
(N500,000.00) from your victims and thereby committed an offence contrary 
to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) and (ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, 
etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (b) (iv) of the same Act".

Based on their pleas, prosecution counsel, Joshua Abolarin, prayed the 
court to convict them accordingly.

Delivering judgment, Justice Ojukwu convicted and sentenced the defendants 
as follows:

Jonah and Kingsley were sentenced to six months imprisonment each, with 
an option of fine of N700, 000.00 (Seven Hundred Thousand Naira only) each 
while Kenneth was given six months imprisonment with an option of fine of 
N800, 000.00(Eight Hundred Thousand Naira only).

Chukwunonso bagged six months imprisonment with an option of fine of N600,000.00 
( Six Hundred Thousand Naira only) while Blessing and Ifeanyi were sentenced to 
one year imprisonment each, with options to pay fines of N500,000.00 ( Five 
Hundred Thousand only) and N800,000.00( Eight Hundred Thousand Naira only) 
respectively.

The court ordered the convicts to sign undertakings of good behaviour and 
forfeit gadgets used in committing the crimes to the Federal government.

In a related development, the same Thursday, the EFCC arraigned Enyinnaya 
Donald Chidiebere before Justice Ojukwu on one -count charge bordering on 
impersonation.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

In view of his plea, Abolarin immediately prayed the court to fix a date 
for trial and remand the defendant at the Calabar Correctional Centre. 
However, defence counsel, Udo Ukeme Johnson prayed for a short adjournment 
to enable him make a formal bail application.

Justice Ojukwu adjourned the matter till May 11, 2022 for hearing of bail 
application and remanded the defendant in the Calabar Correctional Centre.

Troubles came for the convicts and Chidiebere, when they were arrested by 
operatives of the Uyo Command of the EFCC on March 31, 2022 in a sting 
operation within Calabar, Cross River State. They were arrested in connection 
with their internet-related criminal activities.

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8 APR 2022

Man Bags Jail Term for Internet Fraud in Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on Thursday, April 7, 2022, secured the conviction and sentencing 
of one Ernest James before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special 
Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos for an offence bordering on 
retention of proceeds of criminal act, to wit internet fraud.

He was arraigned on a one-count amended charge in which he was accused 
of engaging in dating scam to enrich himself.

He pleaded "guilty" to the charge.

Following his guilty plea, the prosecuting counsel, Ahmed Yerima, gave 
a review of the facts of the case.

He told the Court that the defendant was arrested on September 15, 2021 
in the Ajah area of Lagos State, following creditable intelligence received 
by the Commission.

"He was, upon arrest, taken to the ICT forensic laboratory of the Commission, 
where his devices were analysed and documents containing fraudulent conversation 
were printed out," he said.

Yerima told the Court that the defendant also volunteered his statement, 
admitting to the allegation against him, and confessing to defrauding an 
American based in California of N2 million.

The prosecution tendered in evidence his statement, and the fraudulent 
documents printed out from his device.

Yerima thus urged the Court to convict the defendant as charged and to order 
the forfeiture of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, N501, 720 in his FCMB account and 
N200,000 his Heritage Bank account to the Federal Government.

The defence counsel, A.O. Afuye, pleaded with the court to temper justice 
with mercy.

Thereafter, Justice Taiwo pronounced him guilty as charged and sentenced 
him to six months in prison, with an option of fine of N200,000.

The Court also granted the forfeiture prayer of the prosecution.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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7 APR 2022

Two Internet Fraudsters Bag Jail Term, Forfeit Car to FG

The Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on Wednesday April 7, 2022, secured the conviction of two internet 
fraudsters, Ajiboye Ernest Alade and Mike Ederihbhalo on one count charge 
of fraud.

Alade was arraigned before Justice S.M. Shuaibu of the Federal High 
Court, Benin City while Mike Ederihbhalo was arraigned before Justice 
Efe Ikponmwonba of the Edo State High Court, Benin City.

 Alade was accused of being in possession of fraudulent/scammed pictures 
 containing false pretense, an offence contrary to Section 6 of the Advance 
 Fee Fraud and Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) 
 of the same Act.

On his part, Ederihbhalo impersonated the identity of Heike Hartmann, an 
American citizen with intent to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

The charge against Alade reads: that you Ajiboye Ernest Alade on the 22nd 
day of February, 2021 at Edo State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court did knowingly had in your possession documents containing false pretense 
to wit: fraudulent/ scammed pictures found in your email account kokeyepes78690 @gmail.com. 
contrary to section 6 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 
2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act.

Upon arraignment, Alade pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against him 
by the EFCC prompting the prosecution counsel, A.A.Ozigbu, to pray the court 
to convict and sentence him accordingly. However, B.E. Ambrose prayed the 
court to temper justice with mercy as the defendant has become remorseful.

Justice Shuaibu convicted and sentenced the defendant to two years imprisonment 
with an option of Two Hundred Thousand Naira as fine.

The judge also ruled that his laptop and phones being proceeds of crime be 
forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

On his part, Ederihbnalo upon his arraignment pleaded guilty to the charge, 
prompting EFCC counsel, K.Y Bello, to pray the court to convict and sentence 
him accordingly.

Justice Ikponmwonba convicted and sentenced Ederihbhalo to three years 
imprisonment or a fine of N200,000. Ederihbnalo is also to forfeit his Lexus 
RX350 SUV and phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release contains a photo of each 419er:

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7 APR 2022

Kwara Courts Send Auto Repairer, Two Others to Prison for Cybercrime

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on Thursday, April 7, 2022 secured the conviction of three persons 
charged before Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court and Justice 
Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin for 
offences bordering on cybercrime.

The Convicts are Umar Abdulrazaq Olanrewaju alias "Sugar Baby" from Tanke 
in Ilorin South Local Government Area of Kwara State; Hassan Abdullahi 
Olaitan, auto repairer from Ilorin South Local Government Area of Kwara 
State and one Tope Ayodele.

While Umar and Abdullahi were prosecuted before Justice Sani of the 
Federal High Court, Tope had his day in court before Justice Mahmud 
Abdulgafar of the State High Court, Ilorin.

The defendants, who were arraigned on separate charges pleaded guilty to 
their respective charge.

Following their guilty pleas, Sesan Ola and Andrew Akoja who prosecuted 
the cases on behalf of the Commission reviewed the facts of the cases and 
tendered the extra-judicial statements of the defendants, phones recovered 
from them at the point of arrest and several fraudulent messages printed 
from their device, which were admitted in evidence

In their separate judgments on the cases, Justice Sani and Abdulgafar who 
agreed with the submission of the prosecuting counsel that the Commission 
had proved the case against the defendants, pronounced them guilty.

Justice Sani sentenced Umar to six months imprisonment with option of 
fine of N100, 000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only). The judge ordered 
that the convict should forfeit one iPhone 7 plus, which was recovered 
from him at the point of arrest.

The judge also sentenced Hassan to six months imprisonment with option 
of fine of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only). He also ordered 
the convict to forfeit one iPhone 7 which he used to perpetrate the crime 
and the sum of $200 (Two Hundred US Dollars) he benefited from his unlawful 
activities to the Federal Government.

In the same vein, Justice Abdulgafar handed Tope a three months suspended 
sentence. The Judge ordered that one itel phone which the convict used to 
perpetrate the crime be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The press release contains a small photo of each 419er:

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7 APR 2022

Court Jails One For Internet Fraud in Kaduna

Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court sitting in Kaduna, 
has convicted and sentenced Prosper Joseph to one year imprisonment 
for obtaining money by false pretences.

Joseph was jailed on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 after pleading guilty 
to one- count amended charge, upon being arraigned by the Kaduna Zonal 
Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The one -count amended charge read: "That you Prosper Joseph sometime 
in February 2021, in Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court did commit an offence to wit; cheating by impersonation wherein 
you represented yourself to be one Chase Rice, a musician from United 
States of America to one Leenchen and fraudulently induced her to buy 
"iTunes cards" for you worth €15(fifteen euros) and you thereby committed 
an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Kaduna State Penal Code, Law, 
2017 and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law".

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


Justice Khobo, thereafter convicted and sentenced the defendant to 
one year imprisonment without an option of fine.

The convict also forfeits the sum of €15(Fifteen Euros) and one Itel 
A6 phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria.


Prosper's journey to the Correctional Centre started, when he was 
arrested by operatives of the Kaduna Zonal Command of the EFCC on 
internet- related offences. Fraudulent documents were found on his 
mobile through which he impersonated three foreigners: Chase Rice, 
Theory James and Constant Nuel.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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7 APR 2022

Court Jails 15 Internet Fraudsters In Calabar

Justice Rosemary Dugbo Oghoghorie and Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal 
High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State have convicted and 
sentenced fifteen( 15) Internet fraudsters to one year imprisonment 
each, for their involvement in various internet- related offences.

While Justice Oghoghorie jailed six of the fraudsters: Okon Samuel 
Edet, Clinton Joseph Iheamibe, Emmanuel Joseph Effiom, Oguamalam 
Francis, Emejuo Daniel Daniel and Anieto Paul Ekene, Justice Ojukwu 
jailed the nine others: Njoku Jeffrey Kelechi, Godson Maduabuchi, 
Ubong Innocent Francis, Unyung Precious Ime, Edem Wisdom Wilson, 
Odo Peter, Iniobong John, Igbokwe Clinton Nkemjika and Daniel 
Peter Bessong.

They were arraigned by the Uyo Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday April 6, 2022 on one count 
separate charge bordering on criminal impersonation with intent to 
defraud.

One of the charge read: "That you, Okon Samuel Edet, sometime in 2022 
in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent 
to obtain property and gain advantage for yourself, fraudulently presented 
yourself as Bryan James, an American, to your victims on Facebook and 
Hangout and obtained the sum of Five Hundred Dollars ($500) from one 
Jessica Sanchez and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 
22 (2) (b) (i) and (ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc) 
Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (b) (iv) of the same Act".

The defendants pleaded ‘guilty’ to the charge when it was read to them.

Based on their pleas, prosecution counsel, Joshua Abolarin, prayed 
the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

With no objection from the defence, Justice Oghoghorie convicted six 
of the defendants and sentenced them as follows:

Francis, Effiom and Ekene were sentenced to one year imprisonment each, 
with an option of a fine of N200,000.00 ( Two Hundred Thousand Naira only) 
each, while Daniel and Edet bagged one year imprisonment each with an option 
of fine of N350,000.00 ( Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only) each. 
Iheamibe was also sentenced to one year imprisonment but with an option of 
fine of N250,000.00( Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only).

In a related development, Justice Ojukwu convicted and sentenced nine 
other fraudsters to one year imprisonment each but with various options 
of fine. John was given an option of fine of N500,000.00( Five Hundred 
Thousand Naira only, Nkemjika an option of fine of N600,000( Six Hundred 
Thousand Naira only), Kelechi, Maduabuchi, Francis, Ime, Wilson, Peter 
and Bessong each got option of fine of N800,000( Eight Hundred Thousand 
Naira only).

The court further ordered the convicts to forfeit the phones they used 
in committing the crimes to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The convicts' got into trouble and began their journey to the Correctional 
Centre when they were arrested by operatives of the Uyo Command of the EFCC 
on Thursday, March 31, 2022, at different locations within Akwa Ibom and 
Cross River States, based on some verified intelligence on their nefarious 
activities within the region.

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

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7 APR 2022

Court Jails Six for Cyber-fraud in Enugu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Command 
on Wednesday April 6, 2022, secured the conviction of six internet 
fraudsters before Justice I.M Buba of the Federal High Court sitting 
in Enugu on various charges bordering on impersonation and

obtaining money under false pretences from unsuspecting foreign 
nationals.

The convicts are: Ogenyi Frederick Ebuka, Igwe Kelechi, Noble Nwodo, 
Ebi Chibuike Victor, Kalu Eze Kalu and Eze Obinna Allan.

The charge against Kalu Eze Kalu reads, "That you KALU EZE KALU 
sometime in March 2022 in Enugu within the jurisdiction of this 
Honourable Court impersonated by presenting yourself as KIM JUYOUNG, 
a citizen of South Korea, to unsuspecting persons on your KakaoTalk 
Account, with intent to obtain money by false pretence and thereby 
committed an offence contrary to Sections 22(3) (a)(b) and punishable 
under Section s 22(4) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention 
Etc) Act 2015".

All six defendants pleaded guilty when the charges were read to them. 
Justice Buba sentenced them to one year imprisonment each, with an 
option of fine of N1, 000,000 (One Million Naira). They are to also 
forfeit their phones which will be sold by the EFCC and the proceeds 
paid into the Federal Government’s Consolidated Account.

Igwe Kelechi is also to restitute the sum of $50 to his victim 
through the EFCC.

The press release contains small photos of all six 419ers:

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7 APR 2022

EFCC’s Ibadan Command Secures Eight Convictions of Cybercriminals

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 secured the conviction and sentencing 
of eight (8) internet fraudsters.

The convicts are Adebisi Jamiu Ademola, Koleosho Eniola Michael, Timilehin 
Tobiloba Fajutu, Gbolahan Olonrewaju, Michael Timileyin Aiyeobasa, Olalekan 
Akinkunmi Faith, Ojubanire Akindimeji Quadri, and Samuel Adegoke Timileyin.

They all pleaded "guilty" to the one count charge each made against them 
by the anti-graft agency before Justices Uche Agomoh of the Federal High 
Court, Ibadan in Oyo State; Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High, 
Osogbo, Osun State; Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, 
Ogun State, and Bayo Taiwo of the State High Court, Ibadan, Oyo State.

Upon their pleas, Justice Agomoh convicted and sentenced Ojubanire to one 
year imprisonment. Justice Nathaniel convicted and sentenced Adebisi to 
thirty (30) days community service while Justice Abdulmalik convicted and 
sentenced Fajutu to one year imprisonment, Samuel to nine months jail term 
and Koleosho to six months imprisonment.

Furthermore, Justice Taiwo convicted and sentenced Gbolahan and Aiyeobasa 
to eight (8) months community service each and Olalekan to six months community 
service.

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

The press release contains small photos of 7 of the 8 419ers:

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7 APR 2022

Internet Fraudster Jailed One Year in Kaduna

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on Wednesday April 6, 2022 secured the conviction and sentencing of 
one Morris Moses before Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court 
11, for cheating by impersonation.

Morris who was arrested in a sting operation in Kaduna, was discovered to 
have assumed the identity of Tucka James on his Facebook account and used 
same to establish a romantic relationship and defraud an American citizen.

The charge reads: "That you Morris Moses (aka Tucka James) on or about the 
9th of March, 2022 at Narayi Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court, impersonated one Tucka James on Facebook when you made an admission to 
one Dinna Gaay that you were in love with her and you thereby committed an 
offence contrary to Section 142(1) of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017 
and punishable under the same Law".

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

Justice Khobo, thereafter convicted and sentenced the defendant to one year 
imprisonment without option of fine. He is also to forfeit one Infinix Hot 8 
phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release containa a photo of the 419er:

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6 APR 2022

EFCC Docks Ex-Legislative Aide for N6.5m Fraud, 
Three Others Convicted of Cybercrime in Kwara

[419 Coalition has redacted the non-419 related
portions of the article]

In another development, The Commission also secured the conviction of 
three persons charged before the Federal High Court and Kwara State High 
Court in Ilorin for offences bordering on cybercrime.

The convicts: Abdulrahman Abdulmateen, a barber from Omun-Aran in Irepodun 
Local Government Area of Kwara State and Oyeniyi Bukola Peter from Ila Local 
Government Area of Osun State and one Abdulazeez Mubarak from Mushin Area 
of Lagos State.

While Abdulrahman and Oyeniyi were prosecuted before Justice Muhammed Sani 
of the Federal High Court, Abdulazeez was tried before Justice Adenike Akinpelu 
of the State High Court both in Ilorin.

The defendants, who were prosecuted on separate charges pleaded guilty to 
their respective charge.

Following their pleas, Innocent Mbachie and Sesan Ola who represented the 
Commission in the three cases urged the court to consider the plea of guilt, 
the extra-judicial statements of the defendants, and other exhibits tendered 
and hold that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt. 
They prayed the court to convict them as charged.

Justice Sani sentenced Abdulrahman to six months imprisonment with option 
of fine N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only). The judge ordered that 
one apple iPhone x recovered from the convict at the point of arrest be 
forfeited to the Federal Government. The court also ordered the restitution 
of the sum of $50 (Fifty US Dollars) which is proceed of the unlawful 
activities by the convict.

In the same vein, Justice Sani sentenced Oyeniyi to six months imprisonment 
with option of fine N200, 000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira Only). The court 
ordered that one iPhone x plus, Dell laptop and Lexus 300 car procured with 
the proceeds of unlawful activities by the convict be forfeited to the Federal 
Government.

For Abdulazeez, Justice Akinpelu pronounced a prison term of six months 
with option of fine N150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only). 
The convict would also forfeit one iphone 12 promax, which he used to perpetrate 
the crime and one 2008 Toyota Corolla Car which he bought with the proceeds of 
crime to the Federal Government.

The press release includes photos:

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6 APR 2022

Court Sends Three Internet Fraudsters to Jail, 
Orders Forfeiture of Their Cars to FG

Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on Wednesday April 6, 2022, secured the conviction of three 
internet fraudsters, Ebuehi Gift, Joseph Etim Peters and Evans Osayuware 
Ovie on one count charge of intent to fraudulent impersonate and intent 
to defraud before Justice Efe Ikpomwonba of Edo State High Court, 
Benin City, Edo State.

The trio fraudulently represented themselves as foreign nationals in 
order to defraud unsuspecting victims.

The charge against Joseph Etim Peter (aka Mogarn Ben) reads: "That 
you, Joseph Etim Peter between January to December 2022 in Benin City, 
Edo State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did 
fraudulently impersonate the identity of one Bernard J, an American 
Soldier with intent to defraud unsuspecting ladies in China and thereby 
committed an offence 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".

The charge against Ebuehi Gift reads: "That you, Ebuehi Gift (M) sometime 
in January to September 2021 in Benin City within the jurisdiction of 
this Honourable Court did fraudulently impersonate the identity of one 
Racheal Morgan, an American lady with intent to defraud unsuspecting 
investors in Bitcoin business and thereby committed an offence contrary 
to and punishable under section 484 of the criminal code cap 48 Laws of 
Bendel State of Nigeria (as applicable in Edo state)".

Upon arraignment, all the defendants pleaded guilty to the charge.

In view of their plea, prosecuting counsel, Austin Ozigbu prayed the 
court to convict and sentence them accordingly but the defence counsel, 
Otasowie Chris asked the court to temper justice with mercy as the 
defendants have become remorseful for their actions.

Justice Ikpomwonba convicted and sentenced Gift to five years imprisonment 
or a fine of N500, 000. While Ovie and Peter bagged three years imprisonment 
or a fine of N300, 000 and N200, 000 respectively.

The judge also ordered the forfeiture of a Toyota Camry and a Mercedes 
Benz GLK vehicles recovered from Gift and Ovie to the Federal Government 
of Nigeria. They are also to forfeit their phones to the Federal Government 
of Nigeria and undertake in writing to be of good behaviour henceforth.

The press release contains a small photo of each 419er:

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5 APR 2022

Court Jails Two for Impersonation In Kaduna

Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court, sitting in 
Kaduna has convicted and sentenced George Ahmadu( alias Don Johnson) 
and Joshua. B. Amos( alias Eric Church) to one year imprisonment 
each for impersonation.

They were jailed on Monday, April 4, 2022, based on their "guilty" 
pleas to one- count amended charge bordering on impersonation, upon 
their arraignment by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and 
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The charge reads: "That you George Ahmadu (a.k.a Don Johnson) 'M' 
sometime in February, 2022 in Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of this 
Honourable Court, Impersonated one Don Johnson on Hangout when you 
made an admission to one Leenchen that you were in love with her 
and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 142 of the 
Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017 and punishable under the same Law".

Upon their guilty pleas, prosecution counsels: M.E Eimonye and defence 
counsel, E.E Ogah prayed the court to convict them accordingly.

Justice Khobo convicted and sentenced Ahmadu and Amos to one year 
imprisonment each, without an option of fine.

He also ordered them to forfeit one Techno KB7 and IPhone XR phones 
to the Federal Government.

The convicts' journey to the Correctional Centre started when they 
were arrested by operatives of the Kaduna Zonal Command of the EFCC 
in connection with suspected involvement in internet fraud

Investigations showed that Ahmadu and Amos assumed the identities 
of United States of American actor and musician: Don Johnson and 
Eric Church to defraud local and international victims.

The press release contains photos of each 419er:

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5 APR 2022

Court Jails 10 Internet Fraudsters in Calabar

Justice Rosemary Dugbo Oghoghorie of the Federal High Court sitting 
in Calabar, Cross River State, has sentenced ten ( 10) internet 
fraudsters to one year imprisonment each.

The convicts were arraigned by the Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on one-count separate charge 
bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretence.

The all-male convicts, whose ages range between 19 and 33, are: 
Jordan Chisom Ozuma; Onyekere Emmanuel Chigoziem; Simon Moses Isong; 
Itodo Benjamin Ofoma; Kelechi Victor Chinaka; Osunkwo Temple Amaechi; 
Nnoli Francis Chukwuemeka; Kenneth Chimaobi Chibuike, Stanley Chukwuemeka 
and Ifeanyi Charles Ejimadu.


One of the charge read: "That you, Kelechi Victor Chinaka, sometime 
in February, 2022 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court did take possession of the sum of $300 (Three Hundred US Dollars 
only) which you reasonably ought to have known forms proceed of an 
unlawful act to wit: cybercrime and thereby committed an offence contrary 
to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 
(as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act".

They all pleaded 'guilty' to the charge when read to them.

In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel, Joshua Abolarin prayed 
the court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly.

Justice convicted and sentenced the defendants as follows:

Ofoma, Chukwuemeka Isong were sentenced to one year imprisonment with 
an option of fine of N200,000.00 ( Two Hundred Thousand Naira only) each 
while Ozuma, Chigoziem and Ejimadu bagged one year imprisonment each 
with an option of fine of N500,000.00( Five Hundred Thousand Naira) each.

Chibuike and Nnoli both bagged one year imprisonment each with an 
option of fine of N350,000. 00 ( Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand 
Naira only) and N250,000.00 ( Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira 
only) respectively, while Amechi was sentenced to one year imprisonment 
with an option of fine of N400,000.00 ( Four Hundred Thousand Naira 
only) and Chinaka one year imprisonment with an option of fine of 
N300,000.00( Three Hundred Thousand Naira only)

The court further ordered the convicts to forfeit all gadgets used 
in committing the crimes to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The convicts' journey to the Correctional Centre began when they 
were arrested by operatives of the Uyo Zonal Command of the EFCC, 
at different locations within Akwa Ibom and Cross River states.

Further investigations were conducted on their involvement in 
internet fraud and were later prosecuted and convicted.

The press release contains a group photo of all 10 419ers:

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5 APR 2022

Court Jails Two Internet Fraudsters in Port Harcourt

Justices S. I. Mark and P. M. Ayuba of the Federal High Court 
sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, have convicted and 
sentenced two internet fraudsters: Okoro Uchechukwu and Emeka 
Paul Ezenwadi to two years imprisonment each for internet- 
related fraud.

They were jailed on Monday, April 4, 2022 after pleading 
"guilty" to one-count separate charge bordering on impersonation, 
upon being arraigned by the Port Harcourt's Zonal Command of the 
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The one- count charge read:

"That you Okoro Uchechukwu, sometimes in August, 2021, within 
the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently impersonated 
one Emma Nina Pereira, a female student of the United States of 
America Army School via your Google account with email address: 
yudithnia87@gmail.com 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) of the same Act".

In view of their pleas of "guilty", prosecution counsels: I. Agu 
and C. O. Oni prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendants 
accordingly.

Defense counsels: F. A. Bigha and B. J. Geoffrey prayed the court 
to temper justice with mercy in sentencing the defendants, stressing 
that, "they are first -time offenders, with no previous criminal 
records".

Justice Ayuba convicted and sentenced Ezenwadi to two years imprisonment, 
with an option of fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100, 000.00) payable 
into the Consolidated Revenue Account of the Federation.

Also, Justice Mark convicted and sentenced Uchechukwu to two years 
imprisonment, with an option of fine of Three Hundred Thousand Naira 
(N300, 000.00), payable into the same Federal Government's account.

The judges ordered that the proceeds of crime; a black Dell Laptop, 
one iPhone x, and three Apple wrist watches, should be forfeited to 
the Federal Government of Nigeria. The items are to be sold via public 
auction by the EFCC's Secretary, and the proceeds paid into the EFCC 
Recovery Account domiciled in the Central Bank of Nigeria. The convicts 
should also depose to affidavits of good behaviour before the court.

Ezenwadi and Uchechukwu’s journey to the Correctional Centre started 
when they were arrested in a sting operation by operatives of the EFCC 
at Aba Owerri Road, Aba, Abia state , for internet- related offences. 
Further investigations showed that they were involved in fraudulent 
cyber dealings.

The press release contains a photo of each 419er:

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5 APR 2022

Court Sends Three Internet Fraudsters to Prison in Benin

Three Internet fraudsters, Daniel Ogbemudia Isaiah, Aisosa Enobahkre 
and Omokaro Augustine Israel were on Tuesday April 5, 2022, convicted 
and sentenced to prison by Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of Edo State High 
Court sitting in Benin City.

The trio were arraigned by the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission on one count charge of personation 
and obtaining by false pretence. For instance, one of the defendants 
Isaiah presented himself as Henrick Kronberg, a crypto currency 
investment expert on Instagram in order to defraud unsuspecting 
victims.

The charge against Enobahkre reads: "that you Aisosa Enobahkre 
(alias Jerry Burger) sometime in 2021 within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud different persons 
falsely represented yourself as one Jerry Burger a bitcoin mining 
expert on Instagram and thereby committed an offence 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.

Upon arraignment the defendants pleaded guilty to the charge. In 
view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, K. U Udus prayed the 
court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly.

Justice Ikponmwonba convicted and sentenced the duo of Enobahkre 
and Isaiah to two years imprisonment or a fine of N300, 000 while I
srael bagged two years imprisonment or a fine of N200,000.

The trio are to forfeit their phones to the Federal Government 
of Nigeria and undertake in writing to be of good behaviour.

 The press release contains a photo of each 419er:

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4 APR 2022

Six Land in Jail for Cybercrime in Ilorin

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on Monday, April 4, 2022 secured the conviction of six persons 
charged for various offences bordering on cyber fraud before Justice 
Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court and Justice Adenike Akinpelu 
of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.

The Convicts are: Akibu Waris Oluwadamilola from Akinyele Local Government 
Area of Oyo State; Animasahaun Gbolahan Ahmed from Agege Local Government 
Area of Lagos State; Hammed Ibrahim Opeyemi who resides in Atari Area of 
Offa, Kwara State; Ibitowa Toheeb Abolayo from Ejigbo Local Government 
Area of Osun State; Salaudeen Muritala and Olagoke Hammed from Modakeke 
in Ife North Local Government Area of Osun State.

The EFCC prosecuted five of the defendants before Justice Sani, while 
only Olagoke was tried before Justice Akinpelu of the Kwara State High 
Court in Ilorin.

The defendants, who were arraigned on separate charges before the courts 
pleaded guilty to their respective charge.

Following their pleas, counsel to the EFCC in the matter - Aliyu Adebayo, 
Sesan Ola, Andrew Akoja and Rasheedat Alao who reviewed the facts of the 
cases and tendered extra-judicial statements of the defendants, phones, 
laptops, cars and fraudulent messages printed from their device, which 
were admitted in evidence.

The counsel urged the court to consider the proof of evidence, plea of 
guilt entered by the defendants and hold that the prosecution had 
established prima-facie case against the defendants. They prayed the 
court to convict them as charged.

In their separate judgements on the cases, Justice Sani and Akinpelu 
agreed that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt. 
The Justices found each of the defendants guilty of their respective 
charges.

Justice Sani sentence Akibu to one-year imprisonment each on count one 
and two, which would run concurrently with option of fine of N200,000 
(Two Hundred Thousand Naira) on each count. The Judge ordered that one 
Toyota Camry Car, iphone 6 plus, hp laptop and monies which are proceeds 
of the illegal activities in his bank accounts be forfeited to the 
Federal Government.

The Judge sentenced Animashaun to three-year imprisonment on count one 
with option of fine of N59,900 (Fifty Nine Thousand, Five Hundred Naira 
Only) and three-year imprisonment on count two with option of fine of 
N584,700 (Five Hundred and Eighty Four Thousand, Seven Hundred Naira 
Only). The Court ordered that one iphone 12 which was used to perpetrate 
the crime be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Hammed bagged one-year imprisonment on count one, two and three which 
would run concurrently with option of fine of N100,000 (One Hundred 
Thousand Naira) on each count. The convict was ordered to raise the 
sum of $130 (One Hundred and Thirty Dollars) as restitution, while his 
iPhone X would be forfeited to the Federal Government.

In the same vein, Justice Sani sentenced Ibitowa to one-year imprisonment 
with option of fine of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira). The judge 
ordered the forfeiture of one iPhone x used by the convict to perpetrate 
the crime to the Federal Government.

The judge sentenced Salaudeen to one-year imprisonment each on count one 
and two with option of fine of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) on 
each count. The court ordered the forfeiture of one Toyota Camry Car and 
iPhone 11 Promax to the Federal Government.

For Olagoke, Justice Akinpelu pronounced a prison term of six-years each 
on count one and two with option of fine of N150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty 
Thousand Naira) on each count. The judge also ordered that one Honda Accord 
Car, iPhone 11 Promax and the sum of N1,913,432.75 domiciled in the convict's 
Keystone bank account be forfeited to the Federal Government

The press release contains a small photo of each 419er:

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4 APR 2022

Court Sends Two Internet Fraudsters to Jail in Benin

Justice S.M Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City 
on Monday, April 4, 2022, convicted and sentenced two internet fraudsters 
to three years imprisonment for fraud.

The fraudsters Kazeem Akeem (aka Rose Tinda) and Akinbisodun Opeyemi were 
arraigned on one count charge by the Benin Zonal Command of the EFCC for 
fraudulent impersonation.

The charge against Akeem reads: "That you Kazeem Akeem (aka Rose Tinda) 
on or about the 26th day of April 2021 at Housing Estate, Owo Local 
Government Area of Ondo State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court, fraudulently impersonated one Rose Tinda, a white woman by using 
email tindalerose@gmail.com with intent to gain advantage for yourself 
and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(2) (b) (i) and 
(ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015 and 
punishable under section 22(2) (b)(iv) of the same Act".

Upon arraignment the defendants pleaded guilty to the charge.

In view of their plea, the prosecution counsel, Ibrahim Mohammed prayed 
the court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly. However, 
the defence counsel, Eric Ewierhoma pleaded with the court to temper 
justice with mercy as the defendants have become remorseful for his action.

Justice Shuaibu convicted and sentenced the defendants to three years 
imprisonment each with an option of N300,000 fine.

In addition, the defendants shall forfeit their mobile phones to the 
Federal Government of Nigeria and undertake in writing to be of good 
behavior henceforth.

The press release contains a photo of each 419er:

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1 APR 2022

Court Jails 14 for Fraud in Calabar

A Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State, presided 
over by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu has convicted one Obed Chukwuemeka Great, 
a Student of the University of Calabar, and 13 others for offences 
bordering on criminal impersonation with intent to defraud.

The 13 others aged between 18 and 27 are: Nwagbara Randy Chima, Omororo 
Charity, Enya Aboli Samuel, Otaka Emmanuel, Owolabi Kolawole and Ekima 
Kingsley Ujiokoyo.

Others are: David Frank Osas, Gabriel Uko Ogbu, Ihemekwelam Uriel Chkwuemeka, 
Ejiofor Victor, Thank-God Udeme, John Omokhagbon Audi and Gabriel Okongor.

The defendants were arraigned on different dates, and they pleaded 'guilty' 
to the separate one count charge preferred against them by the Uyo Zonal 
Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

One of the charge reads: "That you, Ejiofor Victor sometimes in 2022 in 
Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to 
obtain property and gain advantage for yourself, fraudulently presented 
yourself as Peter Weller and James Garland, an American Bitcoin manager, 
to your victims on Facebook and Instagram and obtained the sum of Two 
Thousand Dollars ($2,000) and thereby committed an offence contrary to 
Section 22 (2) (b)(i) and (ii) of the Cyber Crime (Prohibition, Prevention 
Etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (b) (iv) of the same Act".

In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, Segun Akinrinlade, prayed 
the court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly.

But Justice Ojukwu convicted and sentenced the defendants as follows:

Nwagbara and Omororo were sentenced to 1year imprisonment with the 
option of a fine of N800,000.00 each while Samuel was sentenced to 6 
months imprisonment with the same option of fine.

Ejiofor was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment with the option of a fine 
of N800,000.00, while Udeme, Audi and Okongor were sentenced to 1 year 
imprisonment each with the option of a fine of N800,000.00 each.

While Obed Chukwuemeka Great, Otaka Emmanuel, Owolabi Kolawole, Ekima 
Ujiokoyo, David Osas, Gabriel Ogbu and Ihemekwelam Uriel Chkwuemeka were 
sentenced to 1year imprisonment each with the option of a fine of 
N800, 000.00 except Ogbu who bagged 6 months imprisonment with same 
option of fine.

All 14 convicts were ordered to forfeit the gadgets they used in committing 
the crimes to the Federal Government.

The convicts were arrested at different locations within Cross River and 
Akwa Ibom States on February 22, 2022 and March 1, 2022 by operatives of 
the Commission, during sting operations.

The press release contains photos of 10 of the 419ers:

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1 APR 2022

Ex-Convict, Oyeyemi Loses Rights Suit against EFCC

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin on 
Thursday, March 31, 2022 dismissed a fundamental right suit brought 
by a convicted fraudster, Oyeyemi Caleb, against Ilorin Zonal Command 
of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Oyeyemi, 21, from Odo-Owa in Oke-Ero Local Government Area of Kwara 
State was sometime last year prosecuted by the Ilorin Zonal Command 
of the EFCC before Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the State High Court 
in Ilorin over offences bordering on internet fraud. Specifically, 
he posed as a white lady, an online prostitute to scam one Wilson 
(a white man) to the tune of $100 US Dollars in order to offer him 
sex.

The court, on June 21, 2021 found him guilty and sentenced him to 
one-year imprisonment each on the two counts preferred against him, 
to run concurrently with option of fine of N200,000 on each count.

Upon conviction, Oyeyemi, through his counsel, A. T Smith, returned 
to court with a fundamental rights charge against the EFCC. He claimed 
that, moment after his sentencing by the court; he was forcefully bundled 
away by operatives of the Commission in a gestapo manner and driven to 
the Ilorin Zonal Command Office of the agency, where he alleged that 
he was unlawfully detained for three hours.

He also claimed that the operatives forcefully put placard on his chest 
with the inscription: "Alleged Case of Internet Fraud", which mug-shot 
was taken and uploaded on the Commission's website.

The applicant asked for order of court awarding N10million damages 
against the EFCC and cause the Commission to tender public apology 
for infringing on his fundamental rights.

The EFCC, in response through her counsel, Aliyu Adebayo, argued 
that the mug-shot in question was taken on March 16, 2020, and not 
on June 21, 2021 when the applicant was convicted. He also submitted 
that putting the picture of the applicant in Commission's website 
after he was convicted did not constitute any abuse to the applicant's 
fundamental rights, saying that the Commission acted within the law.

He urged the court to dismiss the application on the ground that 
the applicant was never arrested nor detained by the Commission 
as alleged by the applicant.

In dismissing the suit, Justice Oyinloye while agreeing with submission 
of the respondent's counsel, held that, from the exhibit "C" presented 
by the applicant's counsel, it was clear that the mug-shot which constituted 
the crux of the application was dated March 16, 2020, which was the day of 
the applicant's arrest and not on the date he was convicted.

The judge observed the use of unprintable and foul language by counsel 
to the applicant, A. T Smith, against the respondent's counsel, in his 
affidavit and written address and frowned at it.

On a whole, the judge considered the application as unmeritorious and 
"gold-digging" in nature, and accordingly dismissed it.

The press release contains a photo:

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1 APR 2022

Internet Fraudster Bags Five Years Jail in Benin

Justice S. M. Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Benin 
City on Thursday, March 31, 2022, convicted and sentenced Samson 
Obademi to five years imprisonment for fraud.

Obademi was arraigned on one count charge of impersonation by the 
Benin Zonal Command of the EFCC.

The charge against him reads, "that you Samson Obademi (M) sometime 
between January and 23rd April 2021 at Owo, Ondo State within the 
jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did fraudulently impersonate 
the identity of Steven Sammy, an American with intent to obtain money 
and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(2) (b) (ii) 
of Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention, etc) Act 2015 and punishable 
under Section 22(2) (b) (iv) of the same Act".

Upon arraignment the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

In view of his pleas, the prosecution counsel, K. U. Udus prayed 
the court to convict and sentence the defendant accordingly. However, 
the defence counsel, O.J Semudara urged the court to temper justice 
with mercy as the defendant has become remorseful for his action.

Justice Shuaibu convicted and sentenced the defendant to five years 
imprisonment with an option of Three Hundred Thousand Naira (N300, 000) 
fine.

In addition, the defendant shall forfeit his mobile phone to the 
Federal Government of Nigeria and undertake in writing to be of 
good behavior henceforth.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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31 MAR 2022

Court Sends Two Internet Fraudsters to Prison in Benin

Two Internet fraudsters, Kelvin Ehimen Okonedo and Godwill Jacob 
were on Thursday March 31, 2022, convicted and sentenced to prison 
by Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of Edo State High Court sitting in Benin 
City.

The duo were arraigned by the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission on one count charge of impersonation 
and obtaining by false pretence.

One of the defendants, Kelvin Okonedo fraudulently impersonated 
Kelvin Richard, an American soldier by sending his pictures to 
unsuspecting Korean ladies through the internet with the intent 
to defrauding them. On his part, Jacob claimed to be Chen Changchun, 
a Korean, to defraud unsuspecting victims.

Upon arraignment, the defendants pleaded guilty to the charge. In 
view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, Austin Ozigbu, prayed 
the court to convict and sentence the defendants in accordingly.

Justice Ikponmwonba convicted and sentenced Okonedo to four years 
imprisonment or a fine of N300,000. Okonedo is to forfeit the sum 
of Nine Hundred and Twenty Seven Thousand, Nine Hundred and Twenty 
Seven Naira (N927, 927) being balance in his bank account to the 
Federal Government of Nigeria.

Jacob bagged five years imprisonment or a fine of N500,000. Both 
defendants are to forfeit their phones and undertake in writing 
to be of good behaviour henceforth.

The press release contains a photo of each 419er:

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31 MAR 2022

Fraudster Bags Two Years for Internet Fraud in Port Harcourt

Justice S. D. PAM of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, 
Rivers State have convicted and sentenced one Joseph Ajilo to two years 
jail term in prison on one count charge of impersonation.
 
The charge reads, "That you Joseph Ajilo Igben on or about the 10th 
of November, 2021 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court fraudulently impersonated one Amber Mounday 
with intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an 
offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) of the Cybercrimes (Prevention, 
Prohibition, etc) Act 2015 and punishable under the same Act". He pleaded 
"guilty" to the charge preferred against him by the EFCC.
 
In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, C. O. Oni, prayed the court 
to convict and sentence the defendant accordingly.
  
Justice Pam convicted and sentenced the defendant to two years in prison, 
with an option of fine of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N250,000.00) 
payable into the Consolidated Revenue Account of the Federal Republic of 
Nigeria.
 
He also ordered that the convict should forfeit the proceeds of crime 
and one Tecno Camon 12 phone used in committing the offence to the Federal 
Republic of Nigeria.
 
The Judge also said that the convict shall restitute the victim Four 
Thousand Five Hundred United States Dollars ($4,500). 
 
Ajilo's journey to the Correctional Service started when he was arrested 
sometimes in November 2021 by officers of the Commission, at Ada George 
area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State for internet fraud activities.
 
Investigation shows that the convict had been involved in internet fraud 
with several scam documents on his phone.  It was also revealed that 
the convict owns and operates a fake email address with the name 
ambermounday96@gmail.com and uses his Hangouts user name Amber Mounday 
in chatting with his victims, Bruce Williams and Tom .W. Miller.
 
Further investigation proved that Igben deceived his victims into believing 
that he could help them turn around their funds through Bitcoin trading. 
 
The victims believed and invested a total of Four Thousand Five Hundred 
Dollars ($4,500) but were left high and dry by the defendant.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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31 MAR 2022

EFCC Arrests 24 Internet Fraud Suspects in Asaba

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
Benin Zonal Command, on Thursday March 31, 2022, arrested 
24 persons for alleged internet fraud.

They were arrested at their hideout in Asaba, Delta State 
following actionable intelligence.

The suspects are Obikolu Lawrence Chukwuemeka, Ezennabuike 
Daniel, Emmanuel Favour, Efemenam Ifeanyi, Andrew Martin 
Udeorah, Anozie Ugochukwu, Oziegbe Famous, Onalugbum Ekene, 
Nonso Nwakor, Gabriel Igelije and Paul Enakeno. Others are 
Chigbo Kanayo Stephen, Chinedu Emejon, Nwabueze Arinze, 
Harrison Chukwuji and Chinonso Jude Emejom.

Items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest 
include two Toyota Camry, Mercedes Benz car, Laptops and 
mobile phones.

The suspects have made useful statements and will be arraigned 
in court as soon as the investigation is concluded.

The press release includes photos:

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31 MAR 2022

Three Internet Fraudsters Convicted in Ibadan

An Oyo Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, on March 30, 
2022, convicted and sentenced three internet fraudsters for 
their involvement in fraudulent cyber activities after they 
pleaded "guilty" to the separate charges preferred against 
them by the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The convicts are Ojelakin Yinka Oluwaseun, Adebayo Fawaz 
Gbolahan and Ehis Hopkins Esezobor were prosecuted on charges 
of fraudulent impersonation contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) 
and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) of the Cybercrime 
(Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015.

Justice Agomoh sentenced Ojelakin to two years imprisonment, 
Esezobor to eight months and Adebayo to five months jail term.

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

The press release contains photos of all three 419ers:

three-internet-fraudsters-convicted-in-ibadan'Tom Cruise' Convicted In Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, secured the 
conviction and sentencing of an internet fraudster, Etegene 
Japheth,to six months imprisonment before Justice Oluwatoyin 
Taiwo of the Special Offence court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Japheth was arraigned on a one count amended charge bordering 
on possession of documents containing false pretence.

The charge reads: "Etegene Japheth (aka Mr. Tim Graw and Tom 
Cruise), on or about the 16th day of February 2022 in Lagos, 
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, had in your 
possession several documents containing false pretences, one 
of which is a record of your conversation with several unsuspecting 
victims via your email address tomcruise3705@gmail.com, wherein 
you represented yourself as Mr. Tim Graw and Tom Cruise in order 
to obtain gift cards and money from them, a representation you 
knew was false."

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

In view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel, Blessing John, 
reviewed the facts of the case and tendered in evidence the 
statement of the defendant as well as the bundle of fraudulent 
documents printed out from the iPhone 12 recovered from him.

The prosecution counsel also prayed that he be convicted and 
sentenced accordingly.

Justice Taiwo admitted them in evidence as exhibits A and B, 
and pronounced him guilty as charged.

He was, thereafter, sentenced to six months imprisonment, with 
an option of N200,000 fine.

The convict was ordered to also forfeit all items recovered 
from him to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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30 MAR 2022

EFCC Arrests 80 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Ibadan, 
40 in Enugu

Operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested eighty (80) suspects for alleged 
internet- related activities in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Forty (40) other suspects were arrested by operatives of the Enugu 
Zonal Command of the Commission for the same suspected offences.

They were all arrested based on verified intelligence linking them 
with fraudulent internet activities.

Incriminating documents were found in 35 of the 80 suspects arrested 
in Ibadan and they are:

Victor Abumere, Kehinde Samuel, Adedeji Ibrahim Olamilekan, Akinbowale 
Emmanuel, Taiwo Azeez, Adenuga Sunday, Sidiku Olubodun, Ekhuemelo Jerry, 
Agboola Khalid Babatunde, Alex Kelvin, Akande Jonah, Tobiloba Adekanye, 
Fatai Olalekan T., Giwa Babatunde David and Emmanuel Victor Mayowa.

Others are: Taofeek Toheeb Olamilekan, Olamilekan Fafilolu Quadri, Olayinka 
Taiwo Olaniyi, Emmanuel Abiodun Olalekan, Awoleke Opeyemi Uthman, Ikenna Anyanwu 
Victor, Mosuro Daniel Oluwaseun, Amoo Abdulmalik Ademola, Oluwaseun Adeniran, 
Kehinde Kehinde Olatunji, Bakare Kayode Augustine, Okoli Propser, Kolawole 
Blessing, Okeolu Moshood, and Hammed Khalid Ayomide.

The rest are: Hassan Waris Ademola, Taiwo Ademola, Adewale Ayomiposi, 
Abdullahi Maleek Olaniyi, Masika Adekunle Andrew.

The suspects were arrested in various locations in Ibadan, Oyo State and 
items recovered from them include: thirteen (13) exotic cars, three (3) 
motor bikes and mobile phones and laptops of different brands.

The 40 suspects arrested on March 29 and 30, 2022 in Enugu are: Chimezie 
Onyegwa, Chukwuebuka Jamespaul, Adams Nengi, Chibua Emmanuel. Mmoh Henry, 
Kingsly Obinna, Francis Alex, Nelson Chidiebere, Paschal Eze, Eke Emmanuel, 
Ezeme Johnpaul , Aroh Kenneth, Ugwu Darlington , Chukwuemeka Collins and 
Ejielo Ifeanyi

Others are: Justin Obidiwe, Chibuike Henry, Chukwuemeka Okafor, Osodiuru 
Prince, Nwachukwu Steven, kelekchukwu Ugwu, Ugwuoke Victor, Udeh Victor, 
Ekata Endurance, Ukpabi Evidence, Eze Obinna, Amobi Eya, Victor Joshua, 
Gabriel Noel and Chisom Ede Nnamuchi.

The rest include Onwe Nnamdi,Okonkwo Somtochukwu, Nnaji Ifeanyi, Ezeagu 
Ifeanyi, Maduabuchi Nwangbo, Onyenamaya Tochukwu,Wisdom Solomon, Agu Chibuzor, 
Nwokoro Sochima and Ifeanyichukwu Miracle.

They were arrested in Nsukka, and the Premier Layout Axis of Enugu, Enugu 
State following verified intelligence linking them with suspected internet- 
related offences.

Items recovered from them are, three cars, mobile phones and laptops of 
various brands and other incriminating documents.

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

The press release contains photos:

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30 MAR 2022

Another Four Cybercriminals Jailed by Oyo Court

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 secured the conviction 
and sentencing of four cyber fraudsters before Justice Uche Agomoh 
of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Kareem Faisol Iretiayo, Olusola Johnson Alawode, Alli Isaac Adeniyi 
and Adekunle Salau Kehinde were convicted after pleading guilty to 
separate counts which bordered on fraudulent impersonation, contrary 
to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) and punishable under Section 22(3) of the 
Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act,

Justice Agomoh sentenced Alli to eight months imprisonment; Adekunle, 
ten months imprisonment; Kareem, six months and Alawode five months 
imprisonment.

Also, the court ordered that Alli forfeit one 2010 model Mercedes-Benz 
ML 350, one Gold Chain, one iPhone 12 Pro Max, one Nokia 3.4 mobile 
phone, 0.15757655 worth of Bitcoin and the sum of N33, 497. 59 (Thirty 
Three Thousand, Four Hundred and Ninety Seven Naira Fifty Nine Kobo) 
to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Adekunle was ordered to restitute the sum of $3,000USD (Three Thousand 
United States Dollars) and forfeit one iPhone 11 Pro and the sum of 
N33, 083. 19 (Thirty Three Thousand, Eighty Three Naira, Nineteen kobo) 
to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Furthermore, Kareem was ordered to restitute $2,300USD (Two Thousand, 
Three Hundred United States Dollars), and forfeit one itel phone to 
the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Alawode was ordered to pay the sum of N150, 000. 00 (One Hundred and 
Fifty Thousand Naira) in restitution and forfeit one Lexus E350, one 
HP Laptop, one iPhone X and Techno Spark mobile phones to the Federal 
government of Nigeria.

The press release contains photos of the 419ers:

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30 MAR 2022

Dog Seller Bags Two Years Imprisonment for Cyber-Fraud in Ilorin

Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court, Ilorin on Wednesday, 
March 30, 2022 convicted and sentenced one Omoteji Tomiwa Stephen, 
who deals in dogs, to two years imprisonment, having found him guilty 
of a two-count charge bordering on impersonation to obtain leveled 
against him by Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Omoteji, 23, from Egbe in Yaba West Local Government Area of Kogi 
State allegedly posed as one Michael Gregory vide a gmail account 
linked to his hangouts account with intent to obtain a sum of $2000 
(Two Thousand US Dollars) from one Sierra B. Price, an offence contrary 
to Section 22(2) (b) (11) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention 
etc.) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (iv) of the same Act.

Count one of the charge reads: "That you, Omoteji Tomiwa Stephen (Alias: 
Micheal Gregory) sometime in September, 2021 at Kwara State, within the 
judicial division of the Federal High Court, did fraudulently impersonate 
one Micheal Gregory vide your chats using Gmail; fsgfdrtr.56r5tgf@gmail.com 
linked to your Hangouts number 765-396-8539 with the intent to obtain and 
did obtain the sum of $2000 (Two Thousand US Dollars) from one Sierra B. 
Price and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 22(2) (b) (11) 
of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention Etc.) Act 2015 and punishable 
under Section 22 (2) (iv) of the same Act."

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

Upon his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Andrew Akoja, reviewed the facts of 
the case and tendered the fraudulent messages printed from the defendant's 
device, one iPhone 12 Pro Max, HP laptop and one Toyota Corolla 2008 car, 
which were admitted in evidence.

Akoja prayed the court to hold that the prosecution had successfully 
linked the defendant to the charge and convict him as charged.

In his judgment, Justice Sani sentenced Omoteji to one year imprisonment 
on each of the two counts, which would run concurrently with an option of 
fine of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira Only) on each count. The j
udge also ordered the forfeiture of the convict's iPhone 12 Pro Max, HP 
Laptop and a 2008 Toyota Corolla car to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Additionally, Justice Sani ordered the convict to restitute the sum of 
$100 (One Hundred US Dollars), which he benefited from the crime.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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29 MAR 2022

Yahoo Boy's Mother Jailed Five Years in Benin

Debest Osarumwense, mother of Endurance Osarumwense, an internet 
fraudster was on Tuesday March 29, 2022, sentenced to five years 
imprisonment by Justice M. S. Shuaibu of the Federal High Court 
sitting in Benin City.

Debest was arraigned by the Benin Zonal Command of the Commission 
on a one count charge for aiding her son to receive the sum of 
N91,296,150.00, proceeds of his criminal activities.

The charge against her reads: "that you, Debest Osarumwense (f) 
sometime between 2nd January 2020 and December 2021 in Edo State 
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did take possession 
of the total sum of N91,296,150.00(Ninety One Million, Two Hundred 
and Ninety-six Thousand, One Hundred and Fifty Naira) knowing that 
same represent proceeds of Endurance Osarumwense (your son) criminal 
conduct to wit: cybercrime and thereby committed an offence contrary 
to and punishable under Section 17(b) of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission Establishment) Act 2004".

Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty.

In view of her plea, the prosecution counsel, I. K.Agwai prayed the 
court to convict and sentence her accordingly.

Justice Shuaibu convicted and sentenced the defendant to five years 
imprisonment with option of N1 million fine. She is also to forfeit 
the balance in her bank account to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release contains a photo of the convict:

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29 MAR 2022

EFCC Arrests Suspect on FBI Wanted-List in Enugu

The Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, has arrested Emmanuel Dike Chidiebere, a suspect 
on the watch list of the American Federal Bureau of Investigation, 
FBI, for conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering.

Acting on verified intelligence, operatives of the Commission on 
Wednesday, March 23, 2022, tracked the suspect to Orlu Local 
Government Area of Imo State where he was arrested.

Chidiebere is alleged to have defrauded some victims in America, 
Cote D’Ivoire and Poland of some undisclosed amount of money and 
went underground.

Three of his accomplices are still at large.

The press release includes a photo:

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29 MAR 2022

EFCC Arrests Six Internet Fraud Suspects in Enugu

Operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command on the Economic and 
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday March 29, 2022, 
arrested six suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects, Anthony Chimezie, Ezenwaji Chinecherem, Nebo 
Chisom, Ndubuisi Chukwuebuka, Danyl Kosisochukwu and Ewo 
Williams were all arrested at Mankind Street, Ugwuaji, Enugu 
based on verified intelligence.

Preliminary investigations linked them with suspected 
impersonation, possession of fraudulent documents and 
defrauding unsuspecting foreign nationals.

Items recovered from the suspects include 12 mobile 
phones, 3 laptops and other incriminating documents.

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

The press release includes photos:

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29 MAR 2022

EFCC Arrests 11 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Kano

The Kano Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, has arrested 11 suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects, Adams Adams Aliyu, Vincent Ellah Sunday, Audu Gabriel, 
Isah M. Isah, Usman Abdulmumin, Gift Itopa Edward, Joseph C. Ugeh, 
Sunny O. West, Babajide Usman, Mustapha Muhammed and Babadoke Peter 
were arrested in a sting operation in Kano, following credible 
intelligence on their involvement in cyber-related crimes.

Five (5) exotic cars, mobile phones and laptops were recovered 
from the suspects.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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29 MAR 2022

Internet Fraudster Bags Jail Term in Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, secured the 
conviction and sentencing of an internet fraudster, Abioye 
Gabriel, to six months imprisonment before Justice Oluwatoyin 
A. Taiwo of the Special Offence court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.

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

The charge reads reads: "That you, Abioye Gabriel Oluwafemi, 
on or about 15th February 2022, at Lagos, within the Ikeja 
jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with the intent to 
defraud, had in your possession a bundle of documents containing 
fraudulent chats and committed an offence contrary to Section 
320 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State."

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

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Blessing John, 
reviewed the facts of the case and prayed that he be convicted 
and sentenced accordingly.

Justice Taiwo convicted and sentenced him to six months imprisonment, 
with an option of fine in the sum of N200,000.00(Two Hundred Thousand 
Naira).

The convict was ordered to also forfeit all items recovered from 
him to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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29 MAR 2022

Oyo Court Jails Two for Internet Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal 
Command on Monday 28, 2022, secured the conviction and sentencing 
of the duo of Ojo Gbenga Stephen and Emekhe Michael Ese before 
Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, Oyo State 
on one count charge each for impersonation.

The charge against Ojo reads: "That you, Ojo Gbenga Stephen sometime 
in May, 2021 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did 
fraudulently impersonate one Susan James from the United States of 
America with intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed 
an offence contrary to Section 22(2) (b) (i) and punishable under 
Section 22 (2) (b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) 
Act, 2015."

The charge against Ese reads: "That you, Emekhe Michael Ese sometimes 
in 2021 at Ibadan within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with 
intent to defraud, knowingly impersonated one Robert Anderson, when you 
falsely represented yourself to be a white woman, Giseli Dammer in order 
to gain advantage for yourself contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (ii) of 
the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc.)Act, 2015 and punishable 
under Section 22(2)(b) of the same Act, 2015."

Prosecution counsel, Sanusi Galadanchi after the defendants’ pleas 
prayed the court to convict and sentence them as he reviewed the facts 
of the cases.

Justice Agomoh thereafter convicted and sentenced Ojo to nine months 
imprisonment and Ese to five months imprisonment.

She further ordered that Ojo restitute the sum of N850, 000.00 (Eight 
Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only) to his victim while Ese was to 
pay $700USD (Seven Hundred United States Dollars) in restitution and 
forfeit one white coloured iPhone X and a grey coloured Samsung A32 
to the Federal government of Nigeria.

The press release contains a photo of each 419er:

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28 MAR 2022

Become Change Agents, Bawa urges Nigerian Youths

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, has called on members of the National Youth 
Service Corps, NYSC, to serve as change agents by shunning all acts of 
corruption and economic and financial crimes.

He gave the charge on Monday, March 28, 2022 in Lagos State, while 
addressing Corps members at the NYSC Orientation camp at Iyana-Ipaja, 
Lagos.

According to him "As young Nigerians, the EFCC expects you to align 
yourselves with the anti-corruption war by being change agents and 
whistle blowers wherever you find yourselves by reporting acts that 
fail the simple test of integrity."

Bawa, who spoke through DCE Ayo Oyewole Head, Public Affairs Directorate 
of the EFCC in the Lagos Zonal Command, urged the corps members to make 
positive impact in their primary places of assignment, adding that "It 
is no use lamenting that things are not right with our country. We are 
inviting you to lend a hand in helping us to build a society where there 
is respect for law and order and where impunity is a thing of the past."

Also speaking in Kwara State, Bawa has enjoined corps members to join 
the Commission in its efforts to rid the country of corruption by becoming 
anti-graft foot soldiers in any place they find themselves, especially in 
their place of primary assignment. He said that they can blow the whistle 
by reporting acts that fail the simple test of integrity, instead of 
lamenting that things are not right with the country.

His admonition was contained in a message entitled, "EFCC And The Role 
of Youths in Curbing Cybercrime", delivered on his behalf on Monday, March 
28, 2022 by Head, Public Affairs Department of the Ilorin Zonal Command 
of the Commission, Ayodele Babatunde, for 2022 Batch A Stream II corps 
members at the National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, Orientation Camp, 
Yikpata, Edu Local Government Area, Kwara State.

While urging the youth to imbibe the virtue of integrity and hard work, 
the EFCC boss reminded them that there is no shortcut to wealth and fame.

"The fact that the rate of unemployment is high should not be an excuse 
to resort to crimes. Acts of criminality might deliver wealth in the 
short term, but ultimately there will be misery and gnashing of teeth", 
he said.

In Delta State, Bawa charged corps members to be good examples in 
conduct and character if they are to actualize their dreams as future 
leaders.

The EFCC boss stated this at the National Youth Service Corps 
orientation camp, Isse Uku, Delta State.

The EFCC boss who was represented by Williams Oseghale, Head of Public 
Affairs, Benin Zonal Command urged the corps members to shun acts of 
corruption and economic crimes. "There is no short cut to wealth and 
fame. The fact that the rate of unemployment is high should not be an 
excuse to resort to crime. Acts of criminality might deliver wealth 
in the short term but ultimately there will be misery and gnashing 
of teeth."

In a similar message delivered by Chika Uneke, an officer of the 
Commission at the NYSC Camp, Okada, Edo State. He warned the corps 
members to shun internet fraud as it was capable of truncating their 
desirable future.

At the Magaji Dan Yamusa NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp Keffi, 
Nasarrawa State Bawa, who was represented by SE Ngoundu Nguetar 
of the Public Affairs Unit, Abuja Zonal Command bemoaned the effects 
of corruption, economic and financial crimes on our nation. He reminded 
the Corps members that their input as stakeholders is critical to 
finding a lasting solution to the problem of corruption.

He charged the Corps members to be role models and shun all forms 
of corruption, especially cybercrime also known as 'yahoo-yahoo'.

Similar messages were presented at orientation camps across the 
country.

The press release includes a photo:

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28 MAR 2022

75 Alleged Yahoo Boys Arrested in Owerri

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
have arrested 75 suspected internet fraudsters in separate sting 
operations in Owerri, Imo State. The Abuja Zonal Command arrested 
46 suspects on Monday, March 28, 2022, for alleged involved in 
computer-related fraud at different locations in Owerri, the Imo 
State capital.

The suspects who are mainly students and job seekers between the 
ages of 18 to 31 years were apprehended after superior intelligence 
was received on the nefarious activities of the young men. Upon 
their arrest 6 cars, various phones and laptops of different makes 
were recovered from them.

In a related development, Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal 
Command of the Commission on Friday, 25th March, 2022 arrested 
twenty-nine (29) suspected internet fraudsters, at several hideouts 
in Nekede Road and Owerri Axis of Imo State but incriminating items 
were found on seventeen of the suspects.

They were all arrested based on verified intelligence reports linking 
them with alleged fraudulent activities ranging from love scam on 
numerous dating sites, impersonation, and possession of fraudulent 
documents, picker and bitcoin scam.

The suspects are Samuel Patrick, Brima Edegba, Kingsley Williams, 
Audu Emeka, David Godson, Alex James, Prince Akachukwu Nkemjika, 
Chidi Eze, Kizito Emenyonu, Wisdom Handsome Chibuenyim, Chibuike 
Mbonu, Christian Sorochi, Victory Oparanozie, Uche Alex, Kingsley 
Eke, Collins Williams and Charles Iwu.

Items recovered from them at the point of arrest, include foreign 
currencies, Toyota Avalon, 2 Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla 2004 Model, 
Lexus ES 350, Mercedes ML 350, Lexus RS 350, and Toyota Venza. 
Others are fifty-eight phones (58) of different brands, eight 
laptops, one driver's licence and six ATM Cards.

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

The press release includes photos:

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28 MAR 2022

Internet Fraud Kingpin Bags 2 Years in Port Harcourt

Justice A. T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, 
Rivers State has convicted and sentenced one Japheth Tallick Friday to two 
years imprisonment for impersonation contrary to section 22 (2) (b) (i) of 
the Cybercrimes (Prevention, Prohibition, etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable 
under section 22 (2) (b) (iv) of the same Act.

He was convicted upon an arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal Command on March 22, 2022 on one count 
Charge.

The lone count reads:

"That you Japheth Tallick Friday on or about the 23rd September, 2021, at 
Port Harcourt did fraudulently impersonates Chris Dent with intent to gain 
advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 
22 (2) (b) (i) of the Cybercrimes (Prevention, Prohibition, etc) Act 2015 
and punishable under section 22 (2) (b) (iv) of the same Act".

He pleaded "guilty" to the charge preferred against him.

In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, N. A. Dodo prayed the court to 
convict and sentence the defendant accordingly.

Justice Mohammed convicted and sentenced the defendant to two years 
imprisonment with an option of fine of One Million Naira (N1, 000,000.00) 
payable into the Consolidated Revenue Account of the Federal Republic 
of Nigeria.

The judge also ordered that a Toyota Corolla 2009 Model (RGM 05RG), 55 
inch Hisense TV, HP Laptop, one Blue iPhone 12, one gold coloured iPhone, 
one blue hard drive and one gold chain which are proceeds of crime be 
forfeited to the Federal Government through the Secretary of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, or any other person (s) authorized 
by him in line with Section 31 of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission Establishment Act, 2004 and proceeds paid into the EFCC Recovery 
Account domiciled in Central Bank of Nigeria. Additionally, the defendant 
shall undertake to be of good behaviour henceforth.

Friday's journey to the Correctional Centre started when the Commission 
received intelligence report on the activities of some internet fraudsters 
around Eagle Island, Port Harcourt, Rivers.

The convict was arrested in a sting operation on the 10th of November, 
2021 at Elder Wobo Apara Street, Eagle Island, Port Harcourt.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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25 MAR 2022

EFCC Docks Indian for N70m Dud Cheque …
Secures Conviction of Two Nigerians for Cybercrime in Ibadan

[419 Coaition has redacted the dud-cheque portion of the press
release, as it is not relevant to 419 Advance Fee Fraud.  The 
419 relevant section follows]

...the EFCC on March 23, 2022, secured the conviction and sentencing 
of one Osinuga Oluwa Adeyemi and Musa Lanre Dauda before Justices Uche 
Agomoh of the Federal High Court and Sherifat Adeyemi of the State 
Hihg Court, both sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, on separate one count 
charge each which bordered on cybercrime.

The convicts pleaded "guilty" to the charges preferred against them.

Consequently, Adeyemi was convicted and sentenced to five months 
imprisonment while Dauda bagged six months community service.

Also, the convicts were ordered to restitute their victims as well 
as forfeit all items recovered from them by the EFCC.

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25 MAR 2022

EFCC Arrests 29 Internet Fraud Suspects in Port Harcourt

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Port Harcourt Zonal Office on Friday, March 25, 2022 arrested twenty-nine 
(29) suspected internet fraudsters, at several hideouts in Nekede Road 
and Owerri Axis of Imo State but incriminating items were found on 
seventeen of them.

They were arrested based on verified intelligence reports linking 
them with alleged fraudulent activities ranging from love scam on 
numerous dating sites, impersonation, and possession of fraudulent 
documents, picker and bitcoin scam.

The suspects are Samuel Patrick, Brima Edegba, Kingsley Williams, 
Audu Emeka, David Godson, Alex James, Prince Akachukwu Nkemjika, 
Chidi Eze, Kizito Emenyonu, Wisdom Handsome Chibuenyim, Chibuike 
Mbonu, Christian Sorochi, Victory Oparanozie, Uche Alex, Kingsley 
Eke, Collins Williams and Charles Iwu.

Items recovered from them include cash in foreign currencies, eight 
exotic cars ( a Toyota Avalon, 2 Toyota Camry cars, a Corolla 2004 
Model, Lexus ES 350, Mercedes ML 350, Lexus RS 350, Toyota Venza), 
fifty-eight phones (58) of different brands, eight laptops, one 
driver's licence and six ATM Cards.

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

The press release includes photos:

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24 MAR 2022

Fugitive Fraudster Bags 14 Years In Enugu

Justice I.M Buba of the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu 
has convicted and sentenced Chinedu Ayogu Christopher to 14 
years imprisonment on internet- related offences.

Christopher was arraigned on January 25, 2021, on two- count 
charges bordering on obtaining by false pretences and cybercrimes

One of the counts reads:, "that you Chinedu Ayogu Christopher 
(Alias Austin Leo), sometime in August 2020 at Enugu within the 
jurisdiction of this court was in possession of a document 
containing a false pretence knowing that what the document 
contained was false and thereby committed an offence contrary 
to Section 6 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences 
Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act".

The defendant jumped bail after his arraignment and after three 
adjournments, in accordance with Section 352(4) of the Administration 
of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, Justice Buba adjourned the matter to 
September 30, 2021 for adoption of a final written address by the 
prosecution. The Judge on February 10 ,2022 found the defendant 
guilty, convicted him in absentia and ordered that a bench warrant 
earlier issued against him, be executed and the convict brought 
before the court for sentencing.

Christopher was re-arrested on March 11, 2022 and presented before 
the court on Wednesday, March 23,2022. Justice Buba sentenced him 
to seven years imprisonment each on the two counts. The sentences 
are to run concurrently.

The convict's journey to the Correctional Centre began in 2020 
when he was arrested by operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of 
the EFCC on alleged cybercrimes. He was charged to court and 
eventually convicted.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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24 MAR 2022

EFCC Arrests 11 Alleged Internet Fraudsters in Benin

Eleven suspected internet fraudsters were on Thursday morning 
arrested by operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, at their hideout in Benin 
City.

The suspects are Aguebor Osabuohie, Omonefe Endurance, Orome 
Collins, Eghaghe Etiosa, Amogie Julius, Otsu Destiny, Ehiguese 
Odiase, Clifford Otsu, Osagie Ohoro, John Ogbodo and Udoh Godspower.

Items recovered from them include three vehicles: Lexus RX330, 
Toyota Hilux and a Toyota Venza; Laptops and mobile phones.

The suspects have made useful statements and will be arraigned 
in court soon.

The press release includes photos:

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24 MAR 2022

Two Internet Fraudsters Convicted In Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing 
of an internet fraudster, Eruvwetaghware Hossana, before Justice 
Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, 
Lagos.

Hosanna was arraigned on a one-count charge bordering on possession 
of fraudulent documents, an offence contrary to Section 320 of the 
Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015, to which he pleaded guilty.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Godsent Akhanolu, 
while reviewing the facts of the case, told the court that Hosanna 
was arrested on March 8, 2022, at Ogombo, Sangotedo area of Lagos, 
following credible intelligence received by the Commission about 
his involvement in computer-related fraud.

He further told the court that the convict confessed to being 
involved in fraudulent activities through which he defrauded 
several unsuspecting victims of their money.

Akhanolu tendered the extra-judicial statements of the convict, 
the several fraudulent documents printed out of his device as well 
as other items recovered from him.

He, therefore, prayed the court to sentence him accordingly.

Justice Dada pronounced him guilty as charged and sentenced him 
one year imprisonment, with an option of fine in the sum of N500,000.00
( Five Hundred Thousand) in lieu of his jail term.

In a related development, Justice O.O.A. Fadipe of the Special Offences 
Court sitting in Ikeja Lagos has sentenced one Adedayo Adewale to six 
months imprisonment over a one-count charge of possession of documents 
containing false pretence.

The offence is contrary to Section 6, 8(b) and 1 (3) of the Advance 
Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006. .

He pleaded guilty to the offence.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Ahmed Yerima, reviewed 
the facts of the case and urged the court to sentence him accordingly.

Justice Fadipe convicted and sentenced him to six months imprisonment, 
with an option of fine in the sum of N250,000.00(Two Hundred and Fifty 
Thousand Naira).

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

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23 MAR 2022

Court Convicts Three Cyber Fraudsters in Oyo

An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan, on Wednesday, March 23, 
2022 convicted and sentenced three internet fraudsters on one count 
amended charge which bordered on obtaining money by false pretence 
and impersonation.

The convicts who were prosecuted by the Ibadan Zonal Command of 
the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, are Abiodun 
Olamide, Oparemi Ayomide James and Olaitan Waheed.

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

Subsequently, the prosecution counsel, Shamsuddeen Bashir, urged 
the court to convict and sentence them as charged.

Justice Sherifat Adeyemi convicted and sentenced Abiodun and 
Oparemi to five months community service each, while Olaitan 
bagged four months community service.

She further ordered that the convicts restitute their respective 
victims and forfeit all items recovered from them by the EFCC to 
the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release contains photos of all three 419ers:

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23 MAR 2022

Court Jails Another Two Internet Fraudsters In Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing of 
an internet fraudster, Michael Jackson, a.k.a. Ella-Ellywood, 
before Justice Tijani G. Ringim of the Federal High Court 
sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Justice Ringim sentenced the convict to three months imprisonment 
on March 21, 2022 who was arraigned on a one-count charge bordering 
on impersonation contrary to and punishable under Section 22(2)(b) 
Of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, ETC) Act 2015.

He pleaded guilty to the offence.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, A. R. Alabi, reviewed 
the facts before of the case. Alabi told the court that Michael Jackson, 
was arrested on January 25, 2022, following credible intelligence received 
by the commission on the illegal activities of some individuals allegedly 
involved in computer fraud.

"Jackson poses as Ella, a transgender woman, and defrauded unsuspecting 
victims of millions of Naira. The convict who is also a DJ had in his 
possession fetish items which he claimed was for success", he said.

He also tendered the following ; One iPhone 11 Pro; one Mack Book; 
one Hp Laptop; One 4Runner Toyota Jeep; one Honda Accord, the defendant's 
extra-judicial statements and several fraudulent documents printed out 
of the defendant’s device. These exhibits were admitted by the court.

Alabi further prayed the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

Justice Ringim pronounced him guilty as charged and convicted him 
accordingly. The Judge also ordered the forfeiture of the items 
recovered from the convict to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release contains a photo of each 419er:

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23 MAR 2022

Five Internet Fraudsters Convicted in Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing 
of five internet fraudsters, who were arraigned on separate 
one-count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents, 
to two years imprisonment each before Justice Yellin S. Bogoro 
of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The convicts are: Surajudeen Mujeeb, Aderibigbe Aliyu and 
Nurudeen Ayomide Kazeem.

They were arrested following intelligence report about the activities 
of a syndicate of internet fraudsters involved in computer-related 
fraud in different parts of Lagos State.

Upon their arraignment sometime, they pleaded guilty to the offence.

In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, K.E Uduak, reviewed 
the facts before the court, while praying that they be convicted as 
charged.

Justice Bogoro found them guilty and sentenced them accordingly.

The Judge also granted the convicts an option of fine in the sum 
of Two Million Naira (N2, 000, 000. 00) each, and also ordered that 
all items recovered from them be forfeited to the Federal Government 
of Nigeria.

In a related development, Justice Tijani G. Ringim convicted and 
sentenced two internet fraudsters Hassan Mubarak and Joshua Eroguaye.

While Hassan Mubarak was sentenced to one year imprisonment with an 
option of fine in the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500, 000. 00), 
Joshua Eroguaye got a prison sentence of two months with community service.

The convicts were charged on separate one-count charge bordering on 
possession of fraudulent document. They pleaded guilty to the offence.

The prosecution counsel, Bilkisu Buhari Bala (Mrs.), therefore, reviewed 
the facts of the case and urged the court to find them guilty of the 
offence and sentence accordingly.

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22 MAR 2022

Court Jails Three Internet Fraudsters In Ibadan

Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, 
Oyo State has convicted and sentenced three internet fraudsters 
to various jail terms.

The convicts are Toheed Busayo Tiamiyu,(a.k.a Avolos Scott), Soliu 
Adewole Ijiola (a.k.a Gracelyn Parley) and Aberuagba Gafar Oladimeji. 
(a.k.a John Williams). While Tiamiyu was sentenced to fourteen months 
imprisonment, Ijiola bagged five months jail term and Oladimeji was 
sentenced to eight months imprisonment.

They were all arraigned on one-count charge bordering on fraudulent 
impersonation. Specifically, the trio used false identities to defraud 
unsuspecting foreign nationals.

The lone charge against Tiamiyu read: "That you Toheed Busayo Tiamiyu 
(a.k.a Avolos Scott, Smith Sadra, Kammerlinder Sandra) on or about the 
14th of February, 2019,at Ibadan within the Ibadan Judicial Division 
of this Honourable Court fraudulently impersonated one Avolos Scott 
with intent to gain monetary 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) of the same Act".

The defendants pleaded guilty to the charge prompting prosecution 
counsel, Abdulrasheed Lanre Suleman, to pray the court to convict 
and sentence them accordingly.

Justice Agomoh sentenced Tiamiyu to fourteen months imprisonment, 
Ijiola five months jail term and Oladimeji eight months imprisonment.

Tiamiyu was ordered to restitute a total sum of $810USD (Eight Hundred 
and Ten United States Dollars) to his victim: Jessica Rowley through 
the EFCC and to also forfeit his blue Infinix Hot 8 Lite phone to the 
Federal Government of Nigeria.

Justice Agomoh also ordered Ijiola to restitute a total sum of $1,000USD 
(One Thousand United States Dollars) to his victim through the EFCC and 
to also forfeit one black- coloured Lexus ES350 car, as well as one 
black-coloured iPhone 11 phone to the Federal government of Nigeria.

Also, Oladimeji would restitute a total sum of $500USD (Five Hundred 
United States Dollars) to his victim: Marily Layton through the EFCC 
and to also forfeit his iPhone 12 phone to the Government.

The convicts' journey to the Correctional Centre started when operatives 
of the EFCC arrested them for using identities of foreigners to defraud 
both their local and foreign victims.

The press relase contains a grouped photo of the three 419ers:

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22 MAR 2022

EFCC Arrests 33 Internet Fraud Suspects

Operatives of the Lagos and Enugu Zonal Commands of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 
arrested 33 internet fraud suspects in separate sting operation. 
Seventeen of the suspects were arrested in Lagos while 16 others 
were nabbed at Enugu.

The 17 suspects arrested in Lagos are Adefila Ayobami Ezekiel, 
Anamene Somtochukwu, Nzeako Kosisochukwu Anthony, Afolabi Ayomide 
Henry, Olatona Ayodeji Ebenezer, Obioho Ikenna Raphael, Famolayo 
Femi Hammed, Mintah-Joshua Oluwafemi, Martins Victor Onuoha, 
Babatunde Haruna Oluwaseyi, Taiwo Bolaji Kehinde, Ibeakolam 
Goodluck, Onaolapo Iyanu Samuel, Jamiu Damilola Lawal, Adeyanju 
Fawaz, AdejideSamuel and Obioho Obinna.

They were arrested in an Estate around the Ikota axis of Lagos 
following credible intelligence received by the Commission on 
the illegal activities of some individuals allegedly involved 
in computer fraud.

Upon their arrest, 6 exotic vehicles, laptops and mobile devices 
were recovered from them.

The 16 suspected fraudsters arrested in Enugu were apprehended 
at Premier Layout axis of Enugu.

The suspects are Ovu Chimezie, Junior Gentle Pepple, Nwoye Paul, 
Ezeoke Chimelue, Innocent Kenechukwu, Tochukwu Igbonekwu, Chigozie 
Oguanya,Nwachukwu Daniel and Charles Duru Chibuzor. Others are 
Anderson D. Ugochukwu , Chinedu Nwasu, Obiora Martin Ugonna, Nwabueze 
Chidindu, Nwabueze Samuel Nnaemeka, Okechukwu Collins.D and Nwabueze 
Benjamin Ikenna.

Preliminary investigation links them with suspected impersonation, 
possession of fraudulent documents and defrauding unsuspecting 
foreign nationals.

Items recovered from the suspects include one Lexus ES350 with 
registration number EPE113 HB , a Mercedes Benz E350 with registration 
number RSH 201 BP , another Mercedes Benz with registration number 
UWN 338 MP and one Toyota Camry with registration number JRV 944 KL; 
and several phones and laptops.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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21 MAR 2022

EFCC Arrests Seven Undergraduates For Suspected Internet Fraud in Uyo

Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested seven undergraduates of the 
University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, for suspected internet fraud 
in a sting operation.

They were arrested on March 19, 2021 at their hideout along Ring 
Road, off Nwaniba Road, near Uniuyo permanent site.

The all- male suspects are: Emmanuel Chigoziem; Ubong Innocent; 
Michael Ikechukwu Emekwuru; Samuel Edet Okon; Wisdom Edem; 
Precious Ime Oyung and Moses Simon.

Items recovered from the suspects are: a Toyota Camry car; 
three HP laptops and phones of different brands.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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21 MAR 2022

Mechanic, Painter, Four Others Jailed For Cybercrime in Ilorin

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Monday March 21, 2022 secured the conviction 
of six persons for offences bordering on cheating by personation 
and other internet related fraud.

The convicts are: Ikudiase Olalekan Adesoji, a Mechanic who hails 
from Aramoko, Ekiti West Local Government Area of Ekiti State; 
Omilana Afeez Olamilekan, a painter from Iragbiji in Boripe Local 
Government Area of Osun State; Samsondeen Oluwadamilola Okeniwun 
from Abeokuta in Ogun State; Bashit Akorede Ganiyu from Oshogbo 
in Osun State; Sikiru Mustapha who claimed to be a sex entertainer 
living in the United States of America and Oladele Fawaz Olakanmi, 
a Tailor who hails from Oshogbo, Osun State.

They were convicted and sentenced to various jail terms by Justice 
Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court, Ilorin, having found them 
guilty of the charges levelled against them by the EFCC.

The defendants were arraigned before the court on separate charges, 
to which they pleaded guilty.

Following the guilty entered by the defendants, Sesan Ola and 
Andrew Akoja who prosecuted the cases on behalf of the EFCC 
reviewed the facts of the cases.

They tendered the extra-judicial statements of the defendants, 
phones and laptops recovered from them, one Toyota Camry Car, 
and fraudulent messages printed from their devices, which were 
admitted in evidence.

The prosecuting counsel prayed to uphold the cases of the prosecution 
and pronounced them guilty as charged.

Justice Sani in his judgement found merit in the cases and pronounced 
the defendants guilty as charged.

The Judge sentenced Ikudiasi to one year imprisonment with option of 
N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only). He ordered that a 2008 
Toyota Camry Car which he purchased with the proceed of crime and 
one iPhone 11 Pro Max be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Omilana bagged six months imprisonment with option of N100,000 
(One Hundred Thousand Naira Only). In addition, the convict is 
to forfeit one Android Phone and the sum of N200,000 (Two Hundred 
Thousand Naira Only) to the Federal Government. Beside this, 
Omilana was ordered to restitute the sum of N484,000 to his 
victims.

The Court also sentenced Samsondeen to one-year imprisonment with 
option of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only). IPhone XR and 
the sum of $585 (Five Hundred and Eighty Five Dollars) be forfeited 
to the Federal Government.

Bashit on the other hand bagged six months imprisonment with option 
of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only). The Court ordered 
that the iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone X,. HP Laptop and $1,050 (One 
Thousand, Fifty Dollars) recovered from him be forfeited to the 
Federal Government.

Justice Sani sentenced Sikiru to six months imprisonment with 
option of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only) fine. The 
convict would also forfeit one iPhone 11 which he used to 
perpetrate the crime and $205 (Two Hundred and Five United 
States Dollars) to the Federal Government.

Justice Sani also sentenced Oladele to six months imprisonment with 
option of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only). The HP Laptop, 
iPhone 11 Pro Max which were used to perpetrate the crime and $480 
(Four Hundred and Eighty Dollars) be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The press release contains a group photo of the five 419ers:

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21 MAR 2022

EFCC Arrests 17 Suspected Yahoo-Yahoo Boys in Makurdi

The operatives of the Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Saturday, March 19, 
2022 arrested 17 internet fraud suspects known as Yahoo-Yahoo Boys, 
in Makurdi, Benue State.

The suspects include: Samuel C., Uvande A., Joseph G., Ageva A., 
Emmanuel O., Ochiwu M., Dominic O, Ikpema S, Otse A. and Aondowase 
T. Others are, Audu-war L., Terver J., Dav J., Moses V., Abdullahi 
A., Agehson O., and Andoaver T.

They were arrested at different locations within Makurdi following 
actionable intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.

Items recovered from them include mobile phones, laptops, 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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18 MAR 2022

Court Sends Five to Jail for Internet Fraud in Ilorin

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Friday, March 18, 2022, secured the conviction 
of five persons for offences bordering on internet related fraud
 before Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court sitting 
 in Ilorin.

The convicts are: Ololade Olabisi from Alimosho Local Government 
Area of Lagos State, Issa Adebayo Shahajudeen, a native of Offa 
in Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State, Segun Ajila Samson 
from Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State, Babatunde Olarewaju 
Saheed from Ilorin and Abdulmatin Olawale Akibu from Akinyele Local 
Government Area of Oyo State.

Prior to their conviction, the defendants had pleaded guilty to 
the separate charge preferred against them by the anti-graft agency.

Upon their pleas, Innocent Mbachie, Aliyu Adebayo and Andrew Akoja 
reviewed the facts of the cases and tendered phones, laptops, and 
fraudulent messages printed from defendants' device and were admitted 
in evidence.

The prosecuting counsel urged the court to consider the facts and 
circumstances of the cases, the guilty pleas by the defendants, 
their extra judicial statements and convict them as charged.

In his judgment, Justice Sani said the prosecution has established 
a prima-facie case against the defendants and convicted them.

The judge sentenced the defendants to various jail terms, ranging 
from six months to one year imprisonment with option of fine. The 
judge also ordered that all items used as instrumentality of the 
crime by the convicts including phones and laptops and monies raised 
as restitution be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The press release contains a group photo of all five 419ers:

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18 MAR 2022

EFCC Charges Students to Steer Clear of Cyber Crimes

The Kano Zonal Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, Assistant Commander of the EFCC, ACE Farouq 
Dogondaji has charged students across the country to steer clear 
of cybercrimes and related offences.

He gave the charge on Thursday, March 17, 2022, when students of 
Prime College, Kano came on an Excursion to the Kano Zonal Command 
of the EFCC. According to him, peer pressure and bad influences 
are responsible for indulgence of youths in cybercrimes and 
students should always choose their friends wisely and carefully.

"When you get admitted into the university, you are bound to meet 
people with different backgrounds, when you do, try to be careful 
with peer advice because one of the reasons why youth engage in cybercrime, 
is peer advice. When you meet some people who will be telling you that 
you don’t need to depend on your parents, and tell you to start doing 
like big boys, they will eventually lure you into the activities of 
these cyber criminals." he said.

Dogondaji further urged them to embrace hard work and avoid temptation 
and never resort to crime in order to make money "because in the end, 
you will be caught and your future will be affected by the outcome of 
the crime".

In urging them to educate their parents about what they learnt at 
the EFCC, the EFCC commander implored the students to tell their 
loved ones to keep their personal banking details to themselves, 
so as not to fall victims of illegal withdrawals which is on the 
rise nowadays.

The students were later taken around the EFCC Sections and facilities.

The press release includes a photo:

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18 MAR 2022

Court Convicts Eight Cybercriminals in Uyo

The Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on Wednesday March 16, 2022, secured the conviction and sentencing 
of eight internet fraudsters before Justice Rosemary Dugbo Oghoghorie 
of the Federal High Court, Calabar.

Sunday Ifeanyi Iheanacho, Solomon Wisdom Chiagozie, Maurice Ingbe Ebiale, 
Ikechukwu Nzebuchi Miracle, Ahmed Sunny, Awoyugno Femi Kolade, Ikegbu 
Isidore Chiebuka and Uwaiwu Duke were convicted and sentenced to one year 
imprisonment each after pleading guilty to charges bordering on criminal 
impersonation and obtaining by false pretense, contrary to the provisions 
of Section 22(2)(b)(i) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) 
Act 2015.

As a result of their guilty pleas, the prosecuting counsel Joshua .O. 
Abolarin prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendants in line 
with Section 270 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA). But 
the defence counsel, Koko Essien, Innocent .O. Eze, E.B Eton, J.J Undiandeye 
and Victor James pleaded for leniency and urged the court to impose fines 
on the defendants, instead of imprisonment.

After listening to the arguments and pleas by counsel, Justice Oghoghorie 
convicted and sentenced all eight defendants to one year imprisonment each, 
with various options of fine. The court also ordered that they restitute 
their victims.

While Ifeanyi, Wisdom, Miracle, Ebiale and Duke were given the option of 
N200,000 fine each; Ahmed, Kolade and Chiebuka were offered the option of
 N250,000 fine. The defendant were ordered to restitute their victims of 
 sums ranging from $500, N200, 000, $4,000, N200, 000 and $1,000.

The convicts were arrested on Tuesday March 1, 2022 during a sting operation 
at Parliamentary Extension, Calabar in Cross Rivers State.

The press release contains a not really viewable group photo of all eight 419ers:

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17 MAR 2022

EFCC Secures Four Cybercrime Convictions in Oyo

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal 
Command, on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, secured the conviction and 
sentencing of four internet fraudsters before Justice Uche Agomoh 
of the Federal High Court, sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State on separate 
one count charge each.

The convicts are: Owolabi Quadri Damilola, Okeowo Sunday Olakunle, 
Fidimaye Habeeb Olanrewaju and Oluwalomola Emmanuel Oluwafemi.

They were arraigned for fraudulent representation, an offence which 
is contrary to Section 22 (2) and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) 
(iv) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act 2015.

Upon their arraignment, they pleaded "guilty" to the charges preferred 
against them.

In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, Mabas Mabur prayed 
the court to convict and sentence the defendants as charged.

Justice Agomoh thereafter, convicted and sentenced Owolabi Quadri 
Damilola to nine months imprisonment; Okeowo Sunday Olakunle to eight 
months imprisonment; Fidimaye Habeeb Olanrewaju to six months jail 
term, and Oluwalomola Emmanuel to five months imprisonment.

The court also ordered that the convicts pay the sum of N1, 001, 457.78 
(One Million, One thousand, Four Hundred and Fifty Seven Naira, Seventy 
Eighty Kobo) and $1500 USD (One Thousand United States Dollars) in restitution.

Also, one red Hyundai Velostar car, five phones and one black Series 
6 Smart wristwatch were ordered forfeited to the Federal Government 
of Nigeria.

The press release contains of small photo of each 419er:

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17 MAR 2022

EFCC Arrests Church Founder Wanted By FBI for Wire Fraud in Enugu

Operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested Kelechi Vitalis Anozie, a suspect 
on the watch list of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI.

He was arrested on March 10, 2022, following credible intelligence 
linking him to alleged conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering.

Anozie and four other suspects: Valentine Iro, Ekene Ekechukwu (alias 
Ogedi Power), Bright Azubuike (alias Bright Bauer Azubuike) and Ifeanyi 
Junior, are alleged to have defrauded one F.F who lives in Illinois, 
United States, the sum of $135,800 US Dollars and another $47,000.

Anozie is the Founder of Praying City Church located in Owerri, Imo State.

The press release contains a photo:

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17 MAR 2022

Fake America Contractor Bags Six Months Imprisonment for Cybercrime in Kwara

Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin 
on Thursday, March 17, 2022 sentenced 24-year-old Taiwo Oluwapelumi 
Emmanuel from Ibadan, Oyo State to six months imprisonment for 
offences one-count charge bordering on impersonation.

He allegedly posed as a citizen of the United States of America to 
defraud unsuspecting victims.

The defendant was among the suspected internet fraudsters arrested 
in Ogbomosho area of Oyo State on October 26, 2021 during a sting 
operations by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC.

The defendant in his various chats claimed to be a contractor and 
businessman based in the United States of America, a decoy he employed 
to swindle his victims.

The charge against him reads, "That you, TAIWO OLUWAPELUMI EMMANUEL, 
sometime between February and March, 2021 at Ogbomosho, within the 
Judicial Division of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, did fraudulently 
impersonate one David Williams George; an American, with the intent 
to gain advantage for yourself from one Mindy whom you chatted vide your 
created gmail; davidwilly1205@gmail.com and you 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 defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

Based on the guilty plea entered by the defendant, counsel to the 
EFCC, Andrew Akoja, reviewed the facts of the case and tendered one 
iphone X, one Lenovo Laptop and the extra-judicial statement of the 
defendant as well as fraudulent messages printed from his device, 
which were admitted in evidence.

Akoja, thereafter urged the court to convict the defendant as charged.

In his judgment, Justice Sani said the court was satisfied with the 
evidence adduced by the prosecution and pronounced Taiwo guilty of 
the charge.

The judge sentenced the defendants to six months imprisonment with 
option of fine of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira only) and 
ordered that the iphone X and Lenovo Laptop, which he used to perpetrate 
the crime be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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17 MAR 2022

EFCC Arrests 11 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Enugu

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Enugu Zonal Command on Tuesday March 15, 2022, arrested 11 suspected 
internet fraudsters in the Emene axis of Enugu State.

The suspects: Asikagu Chunedum; Danis Chukwueuka; Ebeye Nnamdi; 
Iruke Amarachukwu; Nwani Chinemerem; Okwor Ifeanyichi; Onanga Emmanuel; 
Onyia Peter Ifeanyi; Ude Emmanuel, Adabe Emmanuel and Ebube Nnaji Godwin 
were arrested based on verified intelligence by the EFCC.

Preliminary investigations linked them with suspected impersonation, 
possession of fraudulent documents and defrauding unsuspecting foreign 
nationals.

Items recovered from the suspects include: phones and laptops of 
different brands; a Toyota Camry car and a Toyota Venza car.

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

The press release includes photos:

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16 MAR 2022

Court Jails Two Internet Fraudsters 10 Years

Two Internet fraudsters: Enabonkpe Robert and Omorovbiye Best 
Osemwegie, were on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, jailed by Justice 
C.A Obiozor and Justice F.A Olubanjo of the Federal High Court 
sitting in Benin- City, Edo State and Asaba, Delta State respectively.

They were sentenced to five years imprisonment each for internet- 
related crimes.

Robert (alias Engineer Eric Cheng) was arraigned on one -count 
charge by the Benin Zonal Command of the EFCC for fraudulent 
impersonation.

The lone- count charge read: "That you Enabonkpe Robert (alias 
Engineer Eric Cheng) or about the 16th day of May, 2021 at No. 
22 Police Station Road, Agenebode, Edo State, within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court, fraudulently impersonated one Engineer Eric 
Cheng, a white man, by sending the following Gmail addresses 
Robertbliss27@gmail.com rulemaxwell10@gmail.com and unitednationsyrial72@gmail.com 
and fraudulently represented yourself as a white man from California in 
United State of America, the representation you knew to be false and thereby 
committed an offence contrary to Section 22(2) (b) (i) and (ii) of the 
Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under 
Section 22(2) (b)(iv) of the same Act".

Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, Ibrahim Mohammed, prayed 
the court to convict and sentence the defendant accordingly.

Justice Obiozor convicted and sentenced the defendant to five years 
imprisonment with an option of fine of N 500,000 ( Five Hundred Thousand 
Naira only).

In addition, the judge ordered the defendant to forfeit his mobile 
phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria and undertake in writing 
to be of good behavior henceforth.

In a similar development, Justice Olubanjo of the Federal High Court 
sitting in Asaba, Delta State convicted and sentenced Osemwegie to five 
years imprisonment for fraud.

The one- count charge read : "that you Omorovbiye Best Osemwegie sometime 
in November 2020 at Benin City, Edo State within the jurisdiction of this 
Honourable Court with intent to defraud, sent electronic message which 
materially misrepresented your identity to Wang Jun, a Chinese woman upon 
which she relied and suffered financial loss in a sum of $3,000,00 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".

In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, I.K Agwai prayed the court 
to convict and sentence the defendant accordingly.

Justice Olubanjo convicted and sentenced the defendant to five years 
imprisonment with an option of fine of N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand 
Naira only).

The judge also ordered the convict to forfeit the balance of money in 
his bank account, one Mercedes Benz C300 2015 model and a mobile phone 
to the Federal Government of Nigeria. He is also to undertake in writing 
to be of good behavior henceforth.

The convicts' journey to the Correctional Centre started when they were 
arrested by operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of the EFCC for impersonating 
foreigners to commit internet- related crimes. Robert impersonated an American 
while Osemwegie impersonated a Chinese.

The press release contains a photo of both 419ers:

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16 MAR 2022

EFCC Arrests 13 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Enugu

Operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested thirteen ( 13) suspected 
internet fraudsters at the Nsukka and Emene axes of Enugu State.

They were arrested on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 in a sting operation.

Twelve of the suspects believed to be involved in internet- related 
offences are: Chinaza Onyekwelu; David Sharon; Igwenagu Chimezie; 
nachi Collins, Noble Nwodo and Okoye Ebuka. Others are: Onaga Divine; 
Richie Samson; Ugwu Chideru; Victor Sopuluchi, Nwajie Chidubem Eric 
and Nnamani Chukwuebuka.

They were arrested based on some verified intelligence by the EFCC.

Items recovered from them include: five laptops; phones and a silver- 
coloured Lexus car with registration number: FST 823 GD.

The suspects will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes photos:

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16 MAR 2022

Man Jailed Six Months for Attempted Cyber Fraud in Kwara

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on Wednesday March 16, 2022 secured the conviction of one Adeshina 
Michael Oluwafemi from Ekiti State, for posing as a white man in an attempt 
to defraud his unsuspecting victims.

Adeshina was convicted and sentenced to six months imprisonment by Justice 
Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin, after the judge 
found him guilty of one count charge levelled against him by the Commission.

The charge reads: "That you, Adeshina Michael Oluwafemi (aka Viki Ron) 
Sometime in May 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 man called Viki Ron who was in relationship with a white Woman, 
Carol Richard as it is contained in your gmail account: ronv553@gmail.comand 
thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 95 of 
the Penal Code Laws of Northern Nigeria."

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

Following his guilty plea, counsel to the EFCC, Aliyu Adebayo, called a 
witness who is an operative of the EFCC to review the facts of the case. 
The witness narrated how the defendant was arrested based on credible 
intelligence. The witness tendered the defendant’s Huawei Phone, fraudulent 
messages printed from his device as well as his extra-judicial statements 
and were admitted in evidence.

Adebayo, thereafter urged the court to consider the plea of the defendant, 
the extra-judicial statements and all the exhibits tendered convict the
defendant as charged.

In his judgment, Justice Akinpelu said the court was satisfied with the 
case of the prosecution and pronounced Adeshina guilty as charged.

The judge sentenced the defendant to six months imprisonment with option 
of fine of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only). The court also ordered 
the forfeiture of the convict's Huawei Phone which was used to perpetrate 
the crime to the Federal Government.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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15 MAR 2022

Three Yahoo Boys Convicted in Oyo

Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, Oyo State, 
on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 convicted and sentenced the trio of 
Oyeleke Mubarak Oladipupo, Taiwo Opeyemi Oluwaseyi and Babatunde 
Peter Kolade for their fraudulent cyber activities.

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC arraigned the convicts on separate charges, 
and they pleaded "guilty" to the charges when read to them.

Justice Agomoh thereafter, convicted and sentenced Oladipupo to 
seven months imprisonment, Taiwo to four imprisonment and Babatunde 
to three jail term.

Furthermore, the court ordered that Oladipupo restitute the sum 
of $700USD (Seven Hundred United States Dollars) and forfeit one 
Samsung S9 to the Federal government of Nigeria.

Also, Taiwo was ordered to restitute the sum of $300USD (Three 
Hundred United States Dollars), and forfeits three mobile phones 
to the Federal government of Nigeria.

The court further ordered that the sums of $600USD, N2.2million, 
N1.4million and N37, 737. 31 found in Babatunde Peter Kolade's 
banks accounts be paid to his victims as restitution. He also 
forfeits one iPhone 12 Pro Max to the Federal government of Nigeria.

The press release contains photos of all three 419ers:

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15 MAR 2022

Two Cybercriminals Jailed in Oyo

Courts in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Monday, March 14, 2022 convicted and 
sentenced the duo of Ademuyiwa Basit Olamilekan and Opeyemi John Abiola 
on a separate one count charge each which bordered on cybercrime.

Olamilekan was arraigned before Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High 
Court, while Abiola was docked before Justice Bayo Taiwo of the Oyo State 
High Court.

The charge against Olamilekan reads: "That you, Ademuyiwa Basit Olamilekan 
(aka Janet Brown) between May and August, 2021, at Ibadan Judicial Division 
of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud, fraudulently impersonated 
an American lady via your email address: sinkbetty2@gmail.com, a document 
containing false pretence, to wit: sending the photograph of a white 
American female: wherein you represented yourself as a white female who 
goes by the name of "Jenet Brown,”" one Mike Good an American man with 
whom you claimed to be in love and ready to marry him, thereby committed 
an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) and punishable under Section 
22 (2) (b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015."

The charge against Abiola reads: "That you, Opeyemi John Abiola on or 
about 8th November, 2021, at Ibadan within the jurisdiction of this 
Honourable Court with intent to defraud, impersonated Elizabeth Wilson 
a white woman from United States of America, an offence contrary to 
Section 484 of the Criminal Code of Law Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000."

Upon their pleas, the prosecution counsel, Murtala Usman and Sanusi 
Galadanchi reviewed the facts of the cases and prayed the courts to 
convict and sentence them as charged.

Justice Agomoh, thereafter convicted and sentenced Ademuyiwa to five 
months imprisonment and ordered that he restitute $600USD (Six Hundred 
United State Dollars), and forfeit one iPhone X mobile phone to the 
Federal Government.

Justice Taiwo convicted and sentenced Abiola to six months community 
service. Also, the court ordered him to pay $790USD (Seven Hundred 
and Ninety United States Dollars) in restitution, forfeit the sum of 
N260,000.00 (Two Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira) domiciled in his 
United Bank for Africa bank account and one Toyota Camry 2014 model 
car to the Federal government of Nigeria.

The press release contains a photo of both 419ers:

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15 MAR 2022

Farmer, One Other Jailed for Cyber Fraud in Ilorin

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 secured the conviction 
of two persons over offences bordering on cheating by personation,
love scam and other internet related fraud.

The convicts are Abdulkareem Jamiu who claimed to be a farmer and 
one Zakariyha Ibrahim from Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara State.

The duo of Jamiu and Ibrahim who were prosecuted before Justices Adenike 
Akinpelu and Sikiru Oyinloye respectively on separate charges, pleaded 
guilty to their respective charge.

Following their guilty pleas, Innocent Mbachie and Aliyu Adebayo who p
rosecuted the cases on behalf of the Commission called a witness each 
to review the facts of the cases. The witnesses who are operatives 
of EFCC told the presiding Justices how credible intelligence led 
to the arrest of defendants.

The witnesses tendered the extra-judicial statements of the defendants, 
mobile phones and several fraudulent messages printed from their devices 
and were admitted in evidence.

The counsels told the courts to consider the plea of guilt entered by 
the defendants, the extra-judicial statements and all the exhibits tendered 
to convict them as charged.

The two Justices agreed that the EFCC had successfully established 
the cases against the defendants and pronounced each of them guilty.

Justice Akinpelu sentenced Jamiu to six months imprisonment with option 
of fine of N150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only). The judge 
also ordered that one iphone XR which he used to perpetrate the crime 
and the sum of N7,333,192.8 (Seven Million, Three Hundred and Thirty-Seven 
Thousand, One Hundred and Ninety-Two Naira, Eight Kobo) which he benefited 
from his unlawful activities be forfeited to the Federal Government.

On the other hand, Justice Oyinloye sentenced Ibrahim to six months 
imprisonment with option of fine of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand 
Naira Only). The court ordered that convict’s infinix phone recovered 
from him at the point of arrest and the sum of fifty Canadian dollars 
which he brought as restitution be forfeited to the Federal Government

The press release contains a photo of both 419ers:

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14 MAR 2022

Man Bags Two Years Imprisonment in Lafia for Facebook Scam

The Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Monday, March 14 2022, secured the conviction 
and sentencing of one Tarbee Destiny Tyodoo before Justice N. I.
Afolabi of the Federal High Court, Lafia, Nasarawa State on one 
count charge for his involvement in Internet fraud.

The charge reads: "That you Tarbee Destiny Tyodoo sometime in January, 
2022 in Makurdi, Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court 
directly made false statement on your Facebook dating scam account knowing 
same to be false, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 
22 (3) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention etc) Act, 2015 and 
unishable under the same Section of the Act".

The defendant pleaded "guilty" to the charge.

Upon his plea, the prosecution counsel, G. G. Chia-Yakua prayed 
the Court to convict and sentence him as charged.

Justice Afolabi convicted and sentenced Destiny to two years 
imprisonment with an option of fine of N500, 000.00.

He is to forfeit one Laptop, to be sold by auction by the Registrar 
of the Court with the supervision of the EFCC and the proceeds, paid 
into the Treasury Single Account of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

 The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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14 MAR 2022

EFCC Arrests Suspected International “Catcher” On FBI List, Osondu Igwilo, 
Three Others for $100m Fraud

It was the end of road, on Thursday, March 11, 2022 for one Osondu Victor 
Igwilo, who had been on the watch list of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 
FBI, since 2018, when operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, Lagos Command, swooped on him.

Fifty-two year-old Igwilo, who is the alleged leader of a criminal network 
of "catchers" was arrested alongside Okafor Nnamdi Chris, Nwodu Uchenna Emmaunel 
and John Anazo Achukwu at a studio in the Sangotedo area of Lagos for an alleged 
fraud, money laundering and identity theft to the tune of about $100m.

Before their arrest, Igwilo and his accomplices had allegedly been involved 
in an advance-fee scheme that involved false promises of investment funding 
by individuals who impersonated some United States of America, USA, bank 
officials in person and via the internet.

Investigation revealed that those who fell victims of the suspects' criminal 
activities were asked to make certain payments before they could receive their 
funding.

It was also revealed that proceeds of the scheme were allegedly laundered through 
U.S. bank accounts and diverted back to the alleged perpetrators in Nigeria.

Consequently, Igwilo was placed on the FBI watch list, following a criminal 
complaint filed against him in the United States District Court, Houston, 
Texas in December 2016.

Following their arrest, five houses located in choice areas of Lagos were 
recovered from Igwilo.

The suspects will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes a photo:

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11 MAR 2022

EFCC Arrests 33 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested thirty three (33) suspected 
internet fraudsters for alleged internet fraud.

The suspects are John Oshogbo Ekpo, Samuel Afolabi Micheal, Erezi 
Sydney, Oghenemaro Ayoola, Nathaniel Joseph, Seye Victor Abolaji, 
Abdulrasheed Mayowa, Ojo Abiola, Damilola Afolabi, Innocent Alidu,
Coker Taiwo, Ajiboye Odunayo, Olamilekan Agbaje, Wasiu Oluwasegun, 
Olonade Ridwan and Lucky John.

Others are Olonade Wasiu, Babatunde Asibojo, Adekunle Nurudeen, 
Balogun Seun, Igwe Ossi, Oruen Daniel, Abiodun Hammed, Tizhe Lucky, 
Oghenekome Louis, Sodiha Sanya, Damilare Owotutu, Oladipupo Muyideen, 
Akintunde Olufemi, Afolabi Oluwasanmi,  Ibrahim Salisu, John Eze 
and Asubiodo Jelili.

They were arrested on March 9, 2022 at Rotimi Williams Farm Estate, 
Ogba, Lagos, following credible intelligence received by the Commission 
on the illegal activities of some individuals allegedly involved in 
computer fraud.

Upon their arrest, fourteen (14) exotic vehicles, laptops and mobile 
devices were recovered from them.

The suspects will be charged to court once investigations have been 
concluded.

The press release contains a photo:

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10 MAR 2022

Cybercrime: Man Bags One Year Jail Term in Lagos

The Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on March 10, 2022, secured the conviction 
and sentencing of one Ajibola Azeez Ololade before Justice 
O.O. Abike-Fadipe of a Special Offences Court sitting in 
Ikeja, Lagos for offence bordering on possession of documents 
containing false pretence contrary to and punishable under 
Section 320 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

He was accused of using fraudulent documents to perpetrate 
internet fraud.

He was arraigned on a one-count charge, which reads: "Ajibola 
Azeez Ololade on 11th day of November 2021 in Lagos within the 
jurisdiction of this Honourable Court knowingly had in your 
possession a document containing false pretences to wit "WHATSAPP 
CONVERSATION" wherein you engaged in a chat with one SOJ for an 
act of cybercrime which information you knew to be false."

He pleaded "guilty" to the charge.

The prosecuting counsel, Kufre Uduak, thereafter gave a review 
of the facts against the defendant and prayed the Court to convict 
him as charged and to sentence him accordingly.

Justice Abike-Fadipe, thereafter, pronounced him guilty as charged 
and gave him an opportunity to address the Court.

Pleading with the Court to temper justice with mercy, the defendant 
said: "I appear today because of a mistake I made three years ago.
I deeply regret my involvement, and I beseech this Court of Law to 
temper justice with mercy.  If given a second chance, I will turn 
a new leave and never engage in such again."

Following his plea, Justice Abike-Fadipe sentenced him to one year 
in prison, but gave him an option of N500,000 fine with 40hours 
community service which must be supervised by officers of the 
Correctional Facility. His iPhone 12 Pro Max and An Apple computer 
were also ordered forfeited to the Federal Government.

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10 MAR 2022

EFCC Arrests Nine Internet Fraud Suspects in Enugu

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Enugu Command, on Thursday March 10, 2022 arrested nine suspected 
internet fraudsters at the Premier Layout,Ogui Nike axis of Enugu 
State.

The suspects: Napoleon Providence, Udenta Arinze, Chidiebere Jonas, 
Ezeh Obinna, Imonikphawae Lucky, Arinze Ugochukwu, Anieze Sylvester, 
Okonkwo Ifeanyi Evans and Ogugua Sopuruchukwu were all arrested based 
on verified intelligence which links them fraudulent impersonation 
and other forms of cybercrimes targeting unsuspecting foreign nationals.

Items recovered from the suspects include several phones, 5 laptops, 
a Mercedes Benz car, Lexus RX330 and a Toyota Camry 2009.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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8 MAR 2022

Another Four Internet Fraudsters Jailed in Oyo

Justice Uche Agomoh of a Federal High Court, sitting in Ibadan, 
Oyo State, today March 8, 2022, convicted and sentenced the trio 
of Tirimisiyu Idowu Taoreed, Adebisi Dolapo Adetayo and Shittu 
Ganiu Olamilekan to different jail terms cybercrime.

The convicts pleaded "guilty" to the one count charge each for 
the offence of fraudulent impersonation preferred against them 
by the EFCC.

The charge against Timisiriyu Idowu Taoreed reads: "That you, 
Timisiriyu Idowu Taoreed 'M', sometime in 2021 within the 
jurisdiction of this Honourable Court fraudulently impersonated 
one BJ Vilalobos via your Google Gmail account with an address 
bornjeje8@gmail.com with intent to gain monetary 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) (iv) of 
the same Act."

The charge against Adetayo Dolapo Adetayo reads: "That you, 
Adebisi Dolapo Adetayo sometime in 2020, within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court fraudulently impersonated one Beatrice 
Tina via your Google Gmail with address beatricetina333@gmail.com 
with intent to gain monetary 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."

The charge against Shittu Ganiu Olamilekan reads: "That you, Shittu 
Ganiu Olamilekan 'M', on or about the 11th day of February, 2021 within 
the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court fraudulently impersonated 
one Bill McDonald via your Gmail account you created with an address 
janetdokan@gmail.com with intent to gain monetary 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."

Following their pleas, prosecution counsel, Oyelakin Oyediran tendered 
as evidence, documents printed from the convicts’ emails, iPhones and 
laptops, as well as their confessional statements which were admitted 
as exhibits by the court. He prayed the court to convict and sentence 
he defendants as charged.

Consequently, they were convicted and sentenced.

Timisiriyu Idowu Taoreed was sentenced to five months imprisonment, 
Adetayo Dolapo Adetayo to six months imprisonment while Shittu Ganiu 
Olamilekan bagged eleven months jail term.

The convicts were ordered to pay the sum of $3, 702USD (Three Thousand, 
Seven Hundred and Two United States Dollars), N127, 080.33 (One Hundred 
and Twenty-Seven Thousand, Eighty Naira, Thirty Three Kobo) in restitution 
and forfeit four mobile phones, one MacBook and one silver HP Laptop to 
the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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8 MAR 2022

Fake America Real Estate Manager, One Other Jailed for Love Scam in Ilorin

Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara State High Court sitting in 
Ilorin on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 convicted and sentenced two persons 
to six months imprisonment each for offences bordering on internet
 related fraud.

The convicts were prosecuted on one count separate charge by the 
Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC.

They are Kamaldeen Yusuf, a self-styled Real Estate Manager based i
n United States of America and one Sulyman Ridwan Omotosho from I
lorin West Local Government Area of Kwara State.

The duo of Kamaldeen and Sulyman were among the thirty suspected 
internet fraudsters arrested in Malete, Moro Local Government Area 
of Kwara State on September 19, 2021 by the operatives of the EFCC 
during a sting operation, following intelligence reports received 
by the Commission.

Upon arraignment, the defendants pleaded guilty to their respective 
charge.

Following their guilty pleas, Innocent Mbachie and Rasheedat Alao 
who prosecuted the two cases on behalf of the Commission called two 
witnesses to review the facts of the cases. The witnesses, who are 
operatives of the EFCC tendered in evidence several incriminating 
documents printed from defendants devices, their extra judicial 
statements and mobile phones used to perpetrate the crime.

The counsel urged the court to consider the evidence placed before 
it, the plea of guilt and all the exhibits tendered and uphold the 
case of the prosecution.

Delivering Judgment on the two cases, Justice Akinpelu said that 
the court had carefully considered the case of the prosecution and 
found merit in the two cases.

The judge, thereafter sentenced Kamaldeen and Sulyman to six months 
imprisonment each with option of fine of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand 
Naira Only) each. She also ordered the forfeiture of the mobile phones 
ecovered from the convicts to the Federal Government.

The press release contains a photo of each 419er:

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8 MAR 2022

Five Fraudsters Land in Jail for Cyber Fraud in Ilorin

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Commission, 
EFCC, on Monday, March 7, 2022 secured the conviction of five persons 
for offences bordering on cybercrime and other internet-related fraud.

They are Laoshe Abdul Olajide, Akinbohun Oluwatobiloba Stephen from 
Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State, Hammed Quadri Babatunde 
from Olorunda Local Government Area of Osun State, Lawal Opeyemi Faruq 
from Ilorin East Local Government Area of Kwara State and one David 
Ayodeji Ezekiel.

Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court in Ilorin convicted 
and sentenced the defendants to various jail terms after the court 
found them guilty of the charges brought against them by the EFCC.

The defendants, who were arraigned on separate charges pleaded guilty 
to their respective charges.

Following their guilty pleas, Aliyu Adebayo, Andrew Akoja and Rasheedat 
Alao who prosecuted the cases on behalf of the Commission urged the court 
to pronounce the defendants guilty as charged and sentence them.

Justice Sani sentenced Laoshe to three months imprisonment on count 1 
and 2 with option of fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira Only) and 
ordered that the Apple iPhone x6 which was used as instrumentality 
of crime be forfeited to the Federal Government.

In the same vein, Akinbohun was sentenced to one year imprisonment 
with option of fine of N250,000 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira 
Only). He was ordered to forfeit an Apple IPhone 6, Techno Spark 5,
$100 (One Hundred Dollars) and N20,000 (Twenty Thousand Naira Only) 
recovered from him to the Federal Government.

Justice Sani also sentenced Hammed to six months imprisonment with 
option of fine of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only). He 
ordered that the convict's iPhone X, iphone 11, blue laptop, which 
were used as instrumentality of the crime and the sum of $110 (One 
Hundred and Ten Dollars), which was a proceed of his unlawful activities 
be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Similarly, Lawal was sentenced to one year imprisonment with option 
of fine of N250,000 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only). The 
court ordered the forfeiture of one iPhone 13 which he used to perpetrate 
the crime, a Lexus 250 car with chassis number JTHBK262085054547, $200 
(Two Hundred Dollars and N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira Only) 
to the Federal Government.

The judge also imposed a prison term of one year on David with option 
of N250,000 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only) and ordered the 
forfeiture of one Toyota Corolla 2004 Car, Samsung S10, iPhone X, one 
red laptop and the sum of N231,498.99 domiciled in his GT bank account 
to the Federal Government.

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5 MAR 2022

Bawa Charges Youths to be Diligent, Shun Crime

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa on Saturday, 5 March 2022, 
enjoined Nigerian youths to be diligent and hardworking as 
the acceptable means to becoming successful.

The EFCC boss gave the charge at an event organized by ENACOVID19 
for repentant commercial sex workers, orphans and victims of domestic 
violence as well as other vulnerable persons.

Bawa who spoke through the Head of Creative Communications Unit of 
the Public Affairs Department of the Commission, Nwanyinma Okeanu, 
encouraged the participants to shun crime and be diligent in their 
pursuit. According to him, obedience, hard work, creativity, belief 
in God and belief in one’s self are the keys to becoming successful 
in Nigeria.

"There is no cutting corners in becoming successful, you must be 
ready to work hard and decide within yourself that you want to be 
successful and follow your dreams diligently," he said.

He commended the organizers for helping vulnerable Nigerians to do 
something meaningful which will in turn help them stay out of crime.

The Convener and Executive Director, Ben Onwudinjo said ENACOVID19 
is an advocacy, teaching, empowerment and scholarship organization 
targeted at the vulnerable in the society. He pointed out that what 
his organization is doing is helping as many Nigerians as possible 
to make something meaningful out of life, through vocational training 
in bakery, tailoring, photography etc. "Our plan is to also teach, 
prepare and give scholarships to participants to write the 2022 
May/June NECO and NABTEC exams", he added.

The press release contains a photo:

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4 MAR 2022

EFCC Operatives Arrest 22 Suspected Cybercriminals in Abuja

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Abuja Zonal Command on Thursday, March 3, 2022, arrested 22 suspected 
internet fraudsters in a sting operation. They were fished out from 
their hideouts in the Kubwa and Kurudu suburbs of Abuja, following 
credible intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.

The suspects comprising one female and twenty one males, are within 
the age range, 17 and 28 years.

The intelligence links them to various forms of cybercrimes including 
love scam, business email compromise, job scam, visa scam and lottery 
scam.

Upon their arrest, 10 cars were seized from the suspects comprising 2 
Lexus SUV’s, 2 Lexus Sedan, 3 Mercedes Benz C Class, 1 Toyota Corolla, 
1 Toyota Camry and 1 Honda Accord.

Also recovered are over 10 laptops and 50 mobile phones.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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4 MAR 2022

Jebba Farmer, Designer, Four Others Jailed For Cyber Fraud in Ilorin

Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court in Ilorin on Friday, 
March 4, 2022, convicted and sentenced six persons charged for internet
-related fraud by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, to various jail terms The convicts include: 
Abdulrahaman Ridwan, who claimed to be a farmer at Jebba, Moro Local 
Government Area of Kwara State; Yinus Lateef Shola, a fashion designer 
from Omupo in Ifelodun Local Government Area of the State and Jimoh Ahmed 
Adeola from Owo in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State. Others are 
Yinus Muiz Iyanda, Ridwan Oladimeji from Ilorin West Local Government 
Area of Kwara State and one Gideon Thomas.

The defendants, who were arraigned on separate charges, pleaded guilty 
to their respective counts.

Following their pleas, Aliyu A. Adebayo, Sesan Ola and Rasheedat Alao 
who prosecuted the cases on behalf of the Commission drew the attention 
of the court to the admittance of guilt by the defendants and their 
confessional statements and urged the court to convict and sentence 
the defendants.

In his judgment, Justice Sani said the court was satisfied with the 
evidence adduced by the prosecution and pronounced the defendants guilty 
of their respective charges.

The judge sentenced Abdulrahaman Ridman to six months imprisonment with 
option of fine of N250,000 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only) 
and ordered that a Toyota Camry 2013 with registration number FST280GK 
which he purchased with proceeds of crime as well as his iPhone 7+ which 
was used to perpetrate the crime be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The court also imposed a term of one year imprisonment with option of 
fine of N250,000 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only) on Yinus 
Lateef Shola and ordered that the $230 (Two Hundred and Thirty United 
States Dollars), which he raised as restitution, one Apple Iphone 11 
and HP laptop which were used as instrumentality of the crime be 
forfeited to the Federal Government.

Similarly, Justice Sani sentenced Jimoh Ahmed to one year imprisonment 
with option of fine of N250,000 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) 
and ordered the forfeiture of his grey Mercedes Benz which was purchased 
with the proceeds of crime, Apple Iphone XR, and Apple Iphone 12 pro 
to the Federal Government.

In the same vein, Yinus Muiz Iyanda bagged six months imprisonment 
with option of fine of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira Only) and 
would forfeit the iPhone 6 which was recovered from him at the point 
of arrest to the Federal Government.

For Rilwan, the Judge sentenced him to a prison term of one year with 
option of N250,0000 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only). The 
court equally ordered the forfeiture of the convict’s iPhone which 
he used to perpetrate the crime.

Justice Sani sentenced Gideon to six months imprisonment with option 
of fine of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira Only), and ordered that 
the sum of $500 (Five Hundred Dollars) which he raised as restitution 
and his phone that was used as instrumentality of the crime be forfeited 
to the Federal Government. Additionally, the convict would return $1,145 
(One Thousand, One Hundred and Forty Five Dollars), part of what he 
benefited for his victims.

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3 MAR 2022

Ogun Boy Jailed in Kwara for Love Scam

A 21 years old Adeogun Timileyin Feranmi who hails from 
Abule-Egba, Abeokuta in Odeda Local Government Area of 
Ogun State has been convicted and sentenced to six months 
imprisonment for offences bordering on internet related 
scam and personation.

The conviction followed the arraignment of the defendant 
by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on one count charge before Justice 
Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara State High Court sitting in 
Ilorin.

Feranmi was among the thirty internet fraud suspects arrested 
during a sting operation by operatives of the EFCC on September 
19, 2021 at Malete, Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State 
following intelligence reports over their alleged involvements 
in internet fraud related offences.

The charge reads:

"That you, Adeogun Timileyin Feranmi on or about the 20th day 
of October 2019 in Ilorin, Kwara State within the jurisdiction 
of this Honourable Court did cheat by personation when you pretended 
to be one Hannah Sanabria via your gmail address hannahsanabriah@gmail.com 
and in that guise communicated with one Reus Saints whom you induced 
to part with property to with: $1500 vide bitcoin and thereby committed 
an offence contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code Law and punishable 
under Section 324 of the same Law"

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

Following his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Rasheedat Alao, called a 
witness, whom she led in evidence to review the facts of the case. 
The witness, who is an operative of the Commission narrated the 
circumstances that led to the arrest of the defendant and tendered 
as exhibits one HP laptop and several fraudulent documents printed 
out from the defendant's device, all which were admitted in evidence.

Alao, thereafter prayed the court to take judicial notice of the guilty 
plea entered by the defendant, his extra judicial statements as well 
as exhibit tendered and convict him as charged.

Justice Akinpelu in her judgment on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 upheld 
the submission of the prosecution that the EFCC had proved its case 
beyond reasonable doubt. The judge sentenced Feranmi to six months 
imprisonment with option of fine of N150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty 
Thousand Naira Only). The court also ordered the forfeiture of the 
HP laptop recovered from the defendant to the Federal Government.

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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2 MAR 2022

Shun Internet Fraud, Bawa Charges Corps Members

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa has again called on youth to 
embrace hard work and shun economic and financial crimes. 
He stated this today, March 2, 2022 while delivering a 
lecture on the Role of Youth in Curbing Corruption at the 
National Youth Service Corps Orientation Camp, Issele Uku, 
Delta State.

The EFCC boss who was represented by Williams Oseghale, Head, 
Public Affairs, Benin Zonal Command urged the corps members to
shun acts of corruption and economic crimes. 

"There is no shortcut to wealth and fame. The fact that the rate 
of unemployment is high should not be an excuse to resort to crime. 
Acts of criminality might deliver wealth in the short term but 
ultimately, there will be misery and gnashing of teeth."

He admonished the corps members to be role models in their area of 
primary assignment. "We are inviting you to lend a hand in helping 
us build a society where there is respect for the rule of law and 
where impunity is a thing of the past."

At the NYSC Orientation Camp, Gombe, the EFCC boss who was represented 
by Chris Oluka, Head, Public Affairs, Gombe Zonal Command, challenged 
the youth to take ownership of the fight against corruption. "You stand 
at a threshold to either chart a path for good or bad by your actions 
and we at EFCC encourage you to stand with us in securing a corrupt free 
Nigeria, through your attitude and partnership with us."

He urged the corps members to understand their place as critical 
stakeholders in the fight against corruption by being the 'eyes and 
ears' of EFCC in their primary places of assignment. "The message 
to you all this morning is that you should become whistleblowers 
in any place you find yourselves by reporting acts that fail the 
simple test of integrity. This you can do anonymously by downloading 
our specially developed App called the 'Eagle Eye' via the App 
store and Google play and using it to report all economic and 
financial crimes,” he stated.

At the NYSC Orientation Camp, Kubwa, Federal Capital Territory, 
Abuja, Superintendent of EFCC, Martha Ojochokutami Eche who delivered 
the chairman's lecture called on the corps members to take up the 
gauntlet in the fight against graft. "One critical group of stakeholders 
are the youths. Apart from the fact that they are considered as the 
leaders of tomorrow, most economic crimes, especially cyber-crimes, 
are committed by young people. It therefore follows that young people 
must not be mere spectators in the anti-graft campaign. Rather they 
should actually be the foot soldiers chasing corruption and economic 
crimes out of our land."

Assistant Commander of the EFCC, ACE Dele Oyewale, who represented 
the Executive Chairman at the Nonwa Orientation Camp, Port Harcourt, 
Rivers State called on corps members across the country to develop 
hatred for corrupt practices and tackle them as dangerous and fierce 
enemies against the nation.  "Our experiences as a nation have shown 
that our greatest enemy and threat to sustainable development is 
corruption. We are all victims of the deleterious effects of this 
monster. To this end, I charge all of you to treat corruption as 
a mortal enemy and tackle it as such. You must develop aversion 
towards corrupt practices and you must confront every compromise 
of integrity with hard tackles", he said.

As a practical way of confronting corrupt practices, he tasked corps 
members to be change agents, accountability vanguards and civil mobilisers 
against corrupt practices. "In your place of primary assignments, you 
should demonstrate your determination against corrupt tendencies by 
changing the people around you, campaign against economic and financial 
crimes and mobilise the people against every breach of integrity. It 
is by being change agents that you will be able to draw the world to 
the right direction", he said.

Additionally, the EFCC's boss stressed that the Eagle Eye Apps has 
made citizens reporting corruption cases convenient. "As young Nigerians, 
you can offer whistle blowing services to the EFCC through the Eagle 
Eye App. It is a digital means of conveying information to us without 
necessarily disclosing your identity. Only ensure that information supplied 
to the EFCC is true and credible" he said.

From NYSC Orientation Camp in Yikpata, Edu Local Government Area, Kwara 
State, Ayodele Babatunde, Head, Public Affairs, who stood in for the 
EFCC Chairman charged the corps members to see themselves as anti-
corruption crusaders for the greater good of our country. According 
to him, "the Commission believes that the NYSC is a veritable platform 
to rally the Nigerian youth against corruption". He noted that the 
fight against corruption should not be left to the EFCC alone, stressing 
that it was essential to sensitise the youths against corruption, 
cybercrime, illicit financial flows and illegal oil bunkering, all 
of which contribute to economic sabotage.

He assured the corps members that the EFCC is resolute in its efforts 
to curb corruption, money laundering and other forms of economic and 
financial crimes. "The Commission would ensure that those who had 
plundered the resources of the nation or amassed wealth through 
illegitimate means are brought to justice through the instrumentality 
of the law".

"I enjoin you to stand up and say no to corruption. Let us take the 
future of this country in our hands and let us not lose hope in our 
efforts to bring the country back from the brink", he said.

Adewoye Gbenga, of the Public Affairs Department, Ilorin Zonal Command 
who was at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Asaya, Kabba, Kogi State, on behalf 
of the Chairman challenged corps members to support the EFCC in raising 
the campaign for a corruption free country through uprightness, volunteerism 
and patriotism. "Once we are able to get rid of corruption and criminality, 
then you can walk the street freely and successfully set the country on 
the path of sustainable development."

He observed that corruption was responsible for the problems faced by 
many Nigerians and urged youths to team up with the EFCC in the fight
against the menace. "Say no to corruption. Report any act of economic 
and financial crime within your neighborhood to the EFCC and be assured 
that you will get quick response from us", he added.

That was also the thrust of the message delivered by Bethel Ude, Head, 
Public Affairs, Enugu Command at the NYSC Orientation Camp in Awgu, Enugu 
State, "There is still hope for the country and Nigeria would be great 
again if everyone including the youths join hands with the EFCC to end 
the menace of corruption We are convinced that all hope is not lost in 
the effort to bring this country back from the brink. As dynamic young 
men and women, our desire is to harness your intelligence and energy 
for greater public good in your areas of primary assignments," she said

Adeniran Adebayo, Head, Public Affairs, Makurdi Zonal Command, at the 
NYSC Orientation Camp, Wannune, Tarka LGA, Benue State enjoined corps 
members to join the EFCC/NYSC Community Development Group for a more 
robust relationship. The platform, he says, would offer corps members 
the opportunity for an enduring relationship with the Commission and 
other stakeholders. "It will also avail you the opportunity to work 
with the advocacy arm of the Commission and be in a position to serve 
as change agents," he posited.

Same message was delivered by Mary Ogolekwu, an officer of the Public 
Affairs Department, Benin Zonal Command and a host of other officers 
who represented the Executive Chairman at other Orientation Camps 
across the country.

The press release includes a photo:

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1 MAR 2022

EFCC Arrests Three Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Benin City

The Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Saturday, February 26, 2022, arrested three 
suspected internet fraudsters in Benin City.

The suspects: Omoghan Destiny Igbinosa, Ossien Godwin Isioma 
and Obiora Divine Chijoke, were arrested following a petition 
by a Bureau De Change operator.

He alleged that one of the suspects had contacted him for his 
account details which he obliged him. He said he later received 
the sum of $4950 and transferred the Naira equivalent to one 
of the suspects.

The complainant further alleged that recently, without his consent, 
the sum of $2235USD was transferred to his account and that when 
he went to withdraw the money, he was told that a lien had been 
placed on the account on the grounds of suspicious transaction.

The suspects were subsequently arrested when they came to collect 
the money from the Bureau de Change operator.

The suspects have made useful statements and will be arraigned in 
court as soon as the investigation is completed.

The press release includes a photo:

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27 FEB 2022

EFCC Arrests Three Alleged Internet Fraudsters in Gombe

The Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Friday February 25, 2022, arrested three 
suspected Internet fraudsters in their hideout at Investment 
Quarters, Tumfre, Gombe State.

Two of the alleged scammers, Kenan Miracle and Charles Sunday, 
from Edo and Adamawa State respectively, claimed they were 
students of Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State.

Their arrest was triggered by actionable intelligence on their 
alleged fraudulent activities.

Upon arrests, fraudulent documents were extracted from their 
devices.

They will be arraigned in court as soon as the investigated 
is concluded.

The press release has a photo:

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25 FEB 2022

Be Good Examples, EFCC Charges Youths

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has 
again charged youths to be good examples in conduct and 
character and to shun economic and financial crimes. This 
charge was given today, February 25, 2022, by the Benin 
Zonal Commander, Usman Muktar at an enlightenment campaign 
on the ills of economic and financial crimes at Midwest 
Regional Youth Camp of Foursquare Gospel Church, Benin City.

The Zonal Commander who was represented by Williams Oseghale, 
Head, Public Affairs charged the youth to be good examples in 
the society. "The Bible says you are the light, so be the light 
in your homes and your community. Where there is light, there 
is no corruption, no fraud, no yahoo yahoo and other forms 
of criminality."

He also charged them to shun internet fraud as it was not a 
sustainable way of life. "Stay away from internet fraud. Don't 
get involved because it is capable of truncating your destiny. 
If you are caught, you can be sentenced to as much as 15 years 
imprisonment. That effectively means a substantial part of your 
life is wasted."

Besides imprisonment, assets, money and other proceeds of crime 
retrieved from the suspect are forfeited to the government or 
restituted to the victim of the offence.

"The Commission is resolute in dealing with internet fraudsters, 
so there is no hiding place for them", said.

He further charged them to be disciplined, hardworking and accountable 
in order to achieve their dreams in life.

Pastor Abayomi Jayeola, coordinator of the programme, thanked the 
Commission for the enlightenment. He said with the lecture, the youths 
were better informed on the consequences of engaging in economic and 
financial crimes.

The press release includes a photo:

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25 FEB 2022

EFCC Returns €1, 120 to German Fraud Victim

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, 
February 24, 2022, returned €1,120 (One Thousand One Hundred and 
Twenty Euros) recovered from a fraudster to the German victim, 
one Ms. Regina Gluck.

The money was recovered from a convicted fraudster and indigene 
of Edo state, Austin Isibor Aisosa, who obtained the fund through 
false representation that he was a wounded American soldier in 
Afghanistan and needed urgent medical attention to return to the 
United States.

The Secretary to the Commission, Dr. George Ekpungu who presented 
the money to Jan Ritterhoff, an official of the German Embassy in 
Nigeria, expressed satisfaction for the recovery and the Commission's 
resolve to continue to partner with the German Embassy and other 
international partners in fighting economic and financial crimes. 
"It is obvious that EFCC is doing its work and we will continue to 
do our best to fight all forms of economic and financial crimes", 
he said.

Receiving the money on behalf of the victim, Ritterhoff thanked 
the EFCC for the effort and assured of the German government's 
assistance to Nigeria in the fight against economic and financial 
crimes.

"We are happy that this is possible and we will return it to Ms. 
Gluck as soon as possible. We are always here to help you and we 
are grateful for your help in very difficult cases," he said.

The press release includes a photo:

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419 Coalition comment: Good on the EFCC, and we say:  More!  More!
More of the same!
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21 FEB 2022

EFCC Arrests 31 Alleged Internet Fraudsters in Benin

Operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday February 21, 2022 arrested 31 
suspected internet fraudsters at their hideouts in Benin.

The suspects are Chukwu Onyekachi, Augustine Omokaro Isreal, Franklin 
Ozoma, Kelly Osaretin, Uyi Eric, Aruna Charles Destiny, Osakpalor Joseph, 
Ogiamon Nosa, Otaru Praise Tobi, Lucky Tejiri, Clinton Amanemiye, Bright 
Omokhua, Aisosa Enobahkre, Imariable Aisosa Collins, Osamede Egboiy 
Nicholas, Louis Ekharuyi, Omokhua Destiny and Omagbon Friday Harry.

 Others are Freedom Ovie, Daniel Ogbemudia, James Collins Oghenetega, 
 Imalele Tony, Sunday Etim Peter, Nosakhare Uyi, Obi Emeka, Joseph Etim 
 Peter, Favour Aigbiedo, Greater Omosivie, Humphery Omosivie, Leonard 
 Ovie and David Osarere.

Items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest include nine 
exotic cars - Lexus ES 300, Mercedes Benz GLK 350, Lexus RX330, Lexus 
RX350, Lexus RX330, Three (3) Mercedes Benz C300, Mercedes Benz C350 
4Matic; laptops and mobile phones.

The suspects have made useful statements and will be arraigned in court 
as soon as the investigation is concluded.

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21 FEB 2022

Court Sends Internet Fraudster Two Years Imprisonment in Benin

Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of the Edo State High Court sitting in 
Benin City on Monday, February 21, 2022, convicted and sentenced 
one Ikuobase Miller (aka Larry Benson) to two years imprisonment 
for fraud.

 The defendant was arraigned on one count charge by the Benin 
 Zonal Command of the EFCC for fraudulent personation.

 The charge reads, "that you Ikuobase Miller (alias Larry Benson) 
 between year 2020 and 2021 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
 Court did fraudulently personates the identity of one Larry Benson, 
 an American, with intent to defraud one Natasha, a foreign woman, 
 with the intent to gain advantage to yourself and thereby committed 
 an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 484 of the Criminal 
 Code Cap 48 Laws of Bendel State of Nigeria 1976 (as applicable in 
 Edo State)".

Upon arraignment the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Ozigbu Austin prayed 
the court to convict and sentence the defendant accordingly.

Justice Ikpowonoba convicted and sentenced the defendant to two years 
imprisonment with option of N 200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) fine.

In addition, the defendant shall also forfeit his mobile phone to the 
Federal Government of Nigeria and undertake in writing to be of good 
behavior henceforth.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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21 FEB 2022

EFCC Arraigns Two for Internet Fraud in Lagos

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today February 
21, 2022, arraigned the duo of Samuel Ayotunde Balogun and Sodiq Muraina 
Olarenwaju before Justice A. O. Awogboro of the Federal High Court sitting 
in Ikoyi, Lagos on separate charges bordering on possession of document 
containing false pretence.

The charge preferred against Balogun reads that the defendant "sometime 
in 2022 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court directly 
made a false statement wherein you held yourself as one Murry Johnson in 
your Instagram account knowing same to be false and with intent that the 
representation is relied upon for the purpose of procuring the issuance 
of financial instrument to yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary 
to and punishable under Section 22 (3) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, 
Prevention Etc.) Act, 2015".

Olarenwaju is accused of having in his possession a document containing 
false pretence titled 'Google Account', "wherein you held yourself as a 
white man named "Williams Sunday" an information you knew to be false 
contrary to Section 6 and 5(1) 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 the respective charges.

Justice Awogboro ordered the defendants remanded in the IkoyiCorrectional 
facility and adjourned the matter till February 28, 2022 and March 9, 2022 
for commencement of trial.

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17 FEB 2022

Ibadan Command Secures Six Convictions of Cybercriminals

A Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Tuesday, 
February 15, 2022, convicted six internet fraudsters on separate 
one count charge each for criminal impersonation, an offence which 
contravenes Section 22 (2) (b) (1) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, 
Prevention etc.) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (b) of 
the same Act.

The convicts are: Wahab Akintola Salam, Alonge Abiodun Ayomide, 
Adeyinka Goodness Taiwo, Adeniran Ayobami Tijesunimi, Dolapo Temitope 
Oladele, and Mubarak Opeyemi Balogun.

They all pleaded "guilty" to the charges preferred against them upon 
arraignment.

Afterwards, the prosecution counsel, Oluwatoyin Oladunni reviewed the 
facts of the cases and urged the court to convict and sentence them 
as charged.

Justice Uche Agomoh convicted and sentenced Adeyinka Goodness Taiwo 
and Dolapo Temitope Oladele to ten months imprisonment each; Alonge 
Abiodun Ayomide and Adeniran Tijesunimi seven months each, while Wahab 
Akintola and Mubarak Opeyemi Balogun bagged six months imprisonment each.

Also, the court ordered that Mubarak Opeyemi Balogun restitute the sum 
of N627, 177. 85 (Six Hundred and Twenty Seven Thousand, One Hundred 
and Seventy Seven Naira, Eighty Five Kobo) domiciled in his bank account, 
and forfeit one iPhone 12 Pro Max mobile phone to the Federal government 
of Nigeria.

Adeyinka Goodness Taiwo was ordered to pay the sum of N1, 051, 051. 00 
(One Million, Fifty One Thousand, Fifty One Naira) in restitution as he 
forfeit one iPhone 11Pro Max and one Infinix Hot 8 mobile phones to the
Federal government.

Dolapo Temitope Oladele forfeits an Android mobile phone while Alonge 
Abiodun Ayomide was ordered to restitute the sum of $100USD (One Hundred 
United States Dollars).

The court also ordered that Adeniran Tijesunimi restitute $550USD (Five 
Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars), and forfeit one iPhone X, an 
Infinix Smart phone, one gold ring, and one 2005 Model Honda Accord Car 
to the Federal government of Nigeria.

Wahab Akintola was ordered to pay the sum of $1,250USD (One Thousand, 
Two Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars), and forfeit one iPhone 
12 Pro Max mobile phone to the Federal government of Nigeria.

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17 FEB 2022

EFCC Arrests 29 Internet Fraud Suspects in Kwara

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, February 17, 2022, arrested twenty 
nine (29) persons for their alleged involvement in internet and 
other related fraud activities.

The suspects who were arrested at different locations in Offa, 
Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State include: Sikiru Mustapha, 
Abdulmartin Olawale, Gbolahan Abdulamin, Abdulfawaz Olakanmi, 
Tunde Saheed, David Komolafe, Adebayo Ridwan, Oluwatobi Akinbo, 
Fatimehin Kayode, Ibrahim Zakariya, Olajide Moshood, Ikudaisi 
Adesoji, Habeeb Adeyemi and Hassan Akorede.

Others are: Ahmed Quadri, Olanipekun Ibrahim, Olabisi Ololade, 
Ahmed Akorede, Wasiu Adesina, Damilola Samsudeen, Olaloye Damilare, 
Nathaniel Laoshe, Adeniyi Opeyemi, Adebayo Shahajudeen, Segun Ajila, 
Kehinde Olaniyi and Ibitowa Toyeeb.

The arrest followed credible intelligence received by the Command 
on the activities of the suspects.

Items recovered from them include mobile phones, laptops and cars.

Some of the suspects have confessed to the crime and they will be 
charged to court upon the conclusion of the ongoing investigation.

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16 FEB 2022

Court Sends Serial Fraudster to Jail for $12,000 Scam in Ilorin

Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin 
on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, convicted one Saka Ridwan Olamilekan 
from Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos State for possession 
of fraudulent funds and love scam.

The conviction of the defendant followed his arraignment by the Ilorin 
Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
on a one count charge.

Saka was among the 30 (Thirty) persons arrested on September 19, 2021, 
at Molete in Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State over their 
involvements on cybercrime.

The charge reads:

"That you, Saka Ridwan Olamilekan sometime in Ilorin, Kwara State within 
the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did knowingly had under your 
control, Twelve Thousand Dollars ($12000) found in your Cash App account 
which is reasonably suspected to be unlawfully obtained and thereby committed 
an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 319A of the Penal Code 
Law"

The defendant pleaded guilty.

Prosecuting Counsel, Rasheedat Alao, reviewed the facts of the case 
through a witness who is an operative of the EFCC. The witness said 
several fraudulent messages were printed from Saka's devices. The extra 
judicial statements of the defendant, the fraudulent messages, one Apple 
iPhone 12 pro max and one HP Revolve Laptop were tendered and admitted 
in evidence.

Alao therefore urged the Court to consider the facts and circumstances 
of the matter in upholding the case of the prosecution.

Justice Akinpelu in a well considered judgment, convicted and sentenced 
the defendant to six (6) months imprisonment with option of fine of #150,000 (
One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only)

The Judge ordered the convict to forfeit the sum of $1000 ( One Thousand 
Dollars) which he raised as restitution as well his iPhone to the Federal 
Government.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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15 FEB 2022

Ten Alleged Yahoo Boys Nabbed in Uyo

Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the early hours of Saturday, February 
12, 2022, arrested members of a syndicate of cyber-fraudsters also 
known as 'yahoo boys', in a sting operation at their hideouts in 
Abak and Nwaniba areas of Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.

The suspects are: Chukwuka Anthony Onyeka, Endurance Augustine Udoh, 
Adeyanju Abraham Kayode, Akpanobong Idongesit Ezekiel, Ogbon Precious, 
Tamaraebi Idongesit Barry, Bassey Ubong John, Odenigbo Basil Chukwuebuka, 
Oboh Rex and Kalu Jonathan Uzochukwu.

Items recovered from them include a locally made Pistol with four 
Cartridges belonging to one of the suspects, Kalu Jonathan Uzochukwu. 
Other items recovered from the suspects are mobile phones, laptops, 
Router and a Toyota Camry car with registration number: GWA 998 JF Abuja.

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

The press release includes photos:

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15 FEB 2022

Court Jails Internet Fraudster Five Years in Benin

Justice Professor C.A Obiozor of the Federal High Court sitting 
in Benin City on Monday, February 14, 2022, convicted and sentenced 
one Adanegbe Hope Osaze to five years imprisonment for fraud.

The defendant was arraigned on one count charge by the Benin Zonal 
Command of the EFCC for fraudulent impersonation.

The charge against him reads, "that you Adanegbe Hope Osaze sometime 
in year 2018 at Benin City, Edo State within the jurisdiction of this 
Honorable Court did fraudulently impersonate the identity of Mark Hagen 
an American by sending his picture to Lynn Wri through the internet 
which identity you claim to be your own with the intent to obtain money 
from her, and you 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".

Upon arraignment the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

In view of his pleas, the prosecution counsel, Ibrahim Mohammed prayed 
the court to convict and sentence the defendant accordingly. However, 
the defence counsel, B.I Jaboro urged the court to temper justice with 
mercy as the defendant is a first time offender who has become remorseful 
for his actions.

Justice Obiozor convicted and sentenced the defendant to five years 
imprisonment with the option of a fine of N500, 000 (Five Hundred 
Thousand Naira).

In addition, the defendant shall forfeit his mobile phone to the Federal 
Government of Nigeria. and undertake to be of good behavior afterwards.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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14 FEB 2022

EFCC Arrests 26 Internet Fraud Suspects, including Self-style PA to Gov. in Ibadan

Operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, February 11, 2022, arrested one 
Babawale Daniel Olayinka, a self-style “Personal Assistant to the 
Oyo State Governor on Media Matters”, and twenty five others at Soka 
area of Ibadan, Oyo State, over alleged internet-related fraud activities.

The arrests followed verified intelligence on their cybercrime activities.

Twenty-five of the suspects have admitted involvement in internet fraud 
activities.

The indicted suspects are: Wale Jegede, Adekunle Solomon, Babawale Daniel 
Olayinka, Olanipekun Adams, Toheeb Admola, Olatunji Gbolahan, Oyowevotu 
Moses, Olaide Ibrahim Opeyemi, Olamilekan Rilwan, Olamilekan Akinyemi, 
Lekan Adenuga, Salami Segun, Lawal Samuel, Kolawole Fuad.

Others are: Olarenwaju Gbolahan, Makinde Olamiposi, Michael Timileyin, 
Sheriff Ololade, Adewale Dayo, Ajobola Tajudeen, Kazeem Warrees, Obinna 
Duru, Shotayo Sola, Mohammed Suleiman and Makinde Ajibola.

An identity card was recovered from Babawale Daniel Olayinka, one of 
the 25 indicted internet fraud suspects, introducing him as a personal 
assistant on media matters to the Oyo State governor, Oluseyi Abiodun 
Makinde.

Items recovered from the suspects include seven exotic cars, several 
laptops, mobile phones and incriminating documents.

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

The press release incldues a photo:

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11 FEB 2022

EFCC Arrest Eight Internet Fraud Suspects in Ilorin

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, has arrested eight (8) persons over their 
alleged involvement in cyber-fraud, including cheating by 
personation and love scam.

The suspects are Abdulrahman Ridwan, David Ayodeji, Gideon 
Thomas, Yinus Muiz, Yinus Lateef, Jimoh Ahmed, Lawal Farouk 
Opeyemi and Oladimeji Ridwan.

They were arrested in Basin and Asa-Dam areas of Ilorin, 
the Kwara State Capital following credible intelligence 
about their alleged criminal activities.

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

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

The press release includes a photo:

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11 FEB 2022

Eleven Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested in Uyo

The Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission EFCC, on Wednesday February 9, 2022 effected the 
arrest of eleven suspected internet fraudsters in a sting 
operation at different locations within Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

The suspects aged between 18 and 30 years are: Caleb Jackson, 
Inemesit Sunday E., Oputu Samuel Belle aged 20 from Yala Local 
Government Area of Cross River State and a Civil engineering 
student of Uniuyo;

Chinonso Ozuruigbo, Onyemaechi Chisom, Nzeakor Uchenna, Umana 
Israel Victor, Bassey Solomon

Utuk Patrick and Ekemini Akaninyene Effiong

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

The press release includes a photo:

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11 FEB 2022

Five Internet Fraudsters Convicted in Ogun, Osun

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, February 10, 2022 secured five 
convictions before Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal 
High Court, Osogbo, Osun State and Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo 
of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, Ogun State respectively, 
for their involvement in internet fraud.

The convicts are: Sulaimon Ayub Damilare, Mujeeb Lawal Alabi, 
Timilehin Paul Ogunleye, Osoko Adesola David and Akinwunmi Emmanuel.

They pleaded “guilty” to their separate charges.

Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel convicted and sentenced Osoko 
Adesola David to five months imprisonment, Timilehin Paul Ogunleye, 
four imprisonment while Akunwunmi Emmanuel bagged three months jail 
term.

Similarly, Justice Oguntoyinbo convicted and sentenced Mujeeb 
Lawal Alabi to three months imprisonment while Sulaimon Ayub 
Damilare bagged four months.

The convicts are to restitute their victims and forfeit recovered 
items to the Federal Government

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11 FEB 2022

EFCC Arrests 42 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Asaba

Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 42 suspected 
internet fraudsters at various locations in Asaba, Delta State.

They were arrested on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, in a sting 
operation.

The thirty-one( 31) of the suspects, comprising 29 men and 2 ladies, 
are: James Nweze, Nmuokoro Tega, Eruteyan Benjamine, Nwaozor Chinedu, 
Okwesa Solomon, Yusuf Michael, Ikhana Godswork, Benson David, Chidinma 
Anthony, Jennifer Nkem, Okorie Temple, Paul Gabriel, Okafor Osita, 
Vihishima Joseph and Desmond Osaigbovo.

Others are: Jude Ogougboh, Sylvester Nwabunwanne, Faith Samuel, Prince 
Ohumhende, Osaretin Unity, Godstime Animan, Oluwaseun Orimoloye, Mathias 
Ohashina, Precious Agolo, Okoronkwo Stanley, Benjamin Onyedika Victor, 
Okonta Anthony, Omelebele Lucky, Okafor Victory, Osade Peter, Daniel 
Chukwudi Mbaeme.

Their arrest followed series of intelligence reports linking them with 
alleged fraudulent activities ranging from dating and celebrity scams 
on numerous dating sites, bitcoin investment scam, cryptocurrency scam, 
obtaining by false pretense and impersonation.

Items recovered from them at the point of arrest include: thirteen (13) 
exotic cars, 59 phones of different brands; ten laptops, one Hisense 
television and speakers; one iPad and 3 PlayStation.

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

The press release containa photo:

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9 FEB 2022

Shun Cybercrime, EFCC Commander Tells Youth in Kaduna

The Commander of the Kaduna Zonal; Command of the Economic and 
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Harry Erin has urged youths 
to join the fight against economic and financial crimes.

The Commander who spoke through the Head of Bank Fraud, Mr. Effa 
Imoh Okim at the launch of Intensive Financial and Anti- Cyber 
Crime Campaign at Kaduna State University, KASU, on Wednesday, 
February 9, 2022, noted that "success in the fight against Economic 
and Financial Crimes including corruption can only be achieved when 
all critical stakeholders especially the youths embrace the fight".

He said the future of Nigeria belongs to the youths and encouraged 
them to help in securing the future of Nigeria.Also speaking, the 
Head of Cyber Crime, Nuradeen Bello, advised the students to shun 
cybercrimes as they stand the rsik of being caught and convicted. 
If this happens, "your future will be destroyed, your name will be 
on Internet forever, without any future politically or in the civil 
service and no one will be willing to engage or be associated with 
an ex-convict in anything".

He further encouraged them to concentrate on their studies so to 
make a better future for themselves.

The press release contains a photo:

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8 FEB 2022

Shun Cybercrimes, Embrace Hard Work, EFCC Commander Urges Youths

The Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
Lagos Zonal Command, Ahmed Ghali, has again urged Nigerian students 
from selected schools across Lagos State to shun cyber crime, and 
to embrace hard work as the only road to success in life.

He gave the charge in a lecture entitled "Risk and consequences of 
Cyber crime (Yahoo Yahoo)" delivered at the Akinwunmi Youth Center, 
Yaba, Lagos, on February 8, 2022, as part of the annual celebration 
of the "Safer Internet Day".

Ghali who was represented by the Deputy Head, Cyber Crimes Section, 
EFCC Lagos Command, Suleiman Jijiwa, described the event as an auspicious 
one.

According to him, cybercrimes is not a way of life and cannot ensure 
an enduring success. Hard work is the only route to sustainable successful 
life.

Speaking further, he said, "this event is not only timely, but necessary, 
considering the rise in the spate of cybercrime across the globe and 
Nigeria in particular".

"In the year 2021 alone, there were cyber-attack incidents every 11 
seconds; this rise is alarming and worrisome."

He noted that cybercrime in Nigeria was being perpetrated by youths 
and students within the age bracket of 18-45.

Identifying the quest for money as the major driving force that lures 
students into cybercrime, he warned them that the EFCC will continue 
to trace, arrest and prosecute Internet fraudsters.

"Arrest and conviction will give the perpetrator a negative image within 
the society and may result in withdrawal from school," he said.

The Safer Internet Day, is an initiative of the Joint INSAFE/INHOPE, 
aimed at transforming the mindset of young individuals in order to 
reduce cybercrime in the society.

The press release includes a photo:

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3 FEB 2022

Ex- Rector’s Son, Olaoye, Two Others Jailed for Cyber Fraud in Ilorin

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on Thursday, February 3, 2022 secured the conviction of a certain Olaoye 
Jamiu Olarewaju, son of a former Deputy Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Offa, 
Kwara State, over offences bordering on cybercrime.

Olaoye was convicted alongside one Badmus Ridwan Moyosore, a native of Ibadan,
Oyo State and one Abdulsalam Ibrahim from Malete in Moro Local Government Area 
of Kwara State, over similar offence by Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara 
State High Court sitting in Ilorin.

The trio of Olaoye, Badmus and Abdulsalam, who were prosecuted on separately 
by the anti-graft agency pleaded guilty to their respective charges.

Following their pleas, counsel to the EFCC, Rasheedat Alao called witnesses 
who are operatives of the Commission to review the facts of the cases.

According to the witness who testified against Olaoye, the defendant fraudulently 
defrauded one of his victims to the tune of $2,000 (Two Thousand United States 
Dollars), while the testimony against Badmus revealed that the defendant swindled 
his victim the sum of $200 (Two Hundred United States Dollars). 

In the same vein, the testimony against Abdulsalam was to the effect that he 
was involved in “sugar baby relationship scam” and that over N18million 
suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities passed through his account.

The extra-judicial statements of the defendants, fraudulent documents printed 
from their devices and items recovered from them at the point of arrest were 
tendered and admitted in evidence.

Also, thereafter urged the court to convict the defendants as charged.

In her judgment, Justice Akinpelu held that the EFCC had established its cases 
against the defendants. Consequently, the court pronounced the defendants guilty.

The judge sentenced Olaoye to a term of six months imprisonment with N150, 000.00 
(One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) as option of fine. The court also ordered 
that an iphone which he used to perpetrate the crime and the draft of N400,000.00 
(Four Hundred Thousand Naira), which he raised as restitution be forfeited to the 
Federal Government.

Similarly, Justice Akinpelu sentenced Badmus to six months imprisonment with 
N100, 000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) as option of fine. Two phones and 
a laptop used by the convict to perpetrate the crime were also forfeited 
to the Federal Government.

Similarly, Justice Akinpelu sentenced Abdulsalam to six months imprisonment 
with N150, 000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) as option of fine. 
The judge also ordered the forfeiture of a Toyota Camry Car, two phones and 
a laptop used by the convict as instrumentality of the crime to the Federal 
Government

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2 FEB 2022

Alleged $475,000 Fraud: Court Refuses Defendant's Bail Application

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, 
Lagos, on February 2, 2022, refused the bail application filed by one 
Chinedu Omesu, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial 
Crimes Commission,EFCC, for defrauding an aged Asian-American lady 
of about $475,000.

Operatives of the EFCC had arrested him on April 21, 2021 at James 
Court, Lekki, Lagos, following verified intelligence.

He was accused of posing as one Ryan Frederick, a 58-year-old United 
States of America citizen on a mission in Syria, using the guise to 
defraud his victims.

He was arraigned on August 6, 2021 on an 11-count charge bordering 
on possession of documents containing false pretence, forgery of 
documents, stealing, and obtaining under false pretence.

One of the charges reads: "Omesu Christian Chinedu, on or about the 
31st day of March 2021 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this 
Honourable Court, and with intent to defraud, whilst holding yourself 
out as Frederick Leo Ryan, a serving military operative of the United 
States with Finnish descent, obtained the sum of $350,000 from one 
Soon Kim, under the pretence that the cheque of one Frederick Leo 
Ryan, in the same of $7,000,000 has been reviewed and confirmed by 
Zenith Bank, which pretence you knew to be false."

He pleaded "not guilty" to the charges.

In moving the bail application for the defendant, the defence raised 
issues of ill-health and that the defendant was also in the process 
of a plea bargain with the prosecution.

However, the prosecuting counsel, Chineye Okezie, opposed the bail 
application, noting that the terms of a plea bargain were far from
being fulfilled by the defendant, including the sale of a property 
traced to the defendant believed to be part of the proceeds of the 
crime.

Okezie further argued that there was really nothing before the Court 
to support the claim of any serious ill-health that cannot be adequately 
handled in custody.

"It's a known victim that is involved," Okezie added.

Ruling on the bail application, Justice Taiwo noted the huge amount 
involved in the alleged fraud, and further emphasized that though 
the offences were bailable, the Court was inclined to uphold the 
opposition of the prosecution.

Justice Taiwo held that: "I am inclined to decline bail until the 
property is sold."

"Moreover, his sickness is not that serious."

"The defence counsel should accelerate the sale of the property 
in order to facilitate the plea bargain agreement."

"There is no medical report before the Court to support the claim 
that he is having a grave illness."

"Application is hereby refused and he is ordered to remain in prison 
custody."

"The prison officials are hereby ordered to ensure that the defendant 
receives proper medical attention."

The press release contains a photo:

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2 FEB 2022

Four Internet Fraudsters Bag Jail Terms in Lagos

The Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, secured the conviction and 
sentencing of the quartet of Aregbesola Peters, Onah Paul, Jimoh 
Olanrewaju and Ibrahim Olatunji for their involvement in internet 
fraud.

The convicted internet fraudsters were arrested at the Lekki, 
Surulere, Obalende and Ikotun areas of Lagos, respectively.

While Peters, who posed as an American woman to perpetrate dating 
and romance scam, and Paul were arraigned before Justice Mojisola 
Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, Olanrewaju 
and Olatunji were arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the 
Special Offences Court, Ikeja.

Peters, who was charged with an amended two-count charge bordering 
on possession of false documents to perpetrate internet fraud, was 
arrested on October 8, 2021 along with some others involved in 
cybercrime, following actionable intelligence received by the Commission.

An iPhone 11 Pro Max was recovered from Peters, who admitted to have 
benefitted $300.

Paul, who was arrested on August 2, 2021 on a one-count charge, was 
accused of illegal online activities such as apartment scam.

Under interrogation, he admitted to have benefitted $5,000.

A gold iPhone was recovered from him.

Upon his arrest in October 2021, Olanrewaju, who posed as a white 
woman based in Montreal, Canada,admitted to have benefitted $1,100 
and was subsequently charged with one-count

Olatunji, who was arrested on March 9, 2021 alongside 27 suspected 
internet fraudsters, was charged with three counts.

He was accused of scamming his victims online by posing as a sex 
worker by the name Sonia.

Though he lives in Nigeria, he claimed to be based in Texas, United 
States of America.

An iPhone X was recovered from him, from which incriminating documents 
were printed out.

They all pleaded "guilty" to the charges; and also urged the Court, 
through their lawyers, to temper justice with mercy.

Consequently, they were convicted accordingly by the Courts.

Peters and Paul were sentenced to one year imprisonment each.

Following their respective allocutus, Peters got an option of 
N200,000 fine, while Paul got an option of N1million fine.

Both were ordered by Justice Dada to, upon their release, sign a 
written undertaking with the EFCC to be of good behaviour and never 
to engage in financial crime.

While Olanrewaju was sentenced to six months in prison with an 
option of N200,000 fine, Olatunji also bagged six months with 
an option of N250,000 fine.

Items recovered from them were ordered forfeited to the Federal 
Government.

The press release contains a photo:

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2 FEB 2022

Court Jails Three for Internet Fraud in Makurdi

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Makurdi Zonal 
Command, has secured the conviction of Onah Michael Owoicho, Ochigbo 
Monday Adakole and Ahmed Musa before Justice Abdu Dogo of the Federal 
High Court, Makurdi, Benue State, on separate one-count charges of 
criminal impersonation and obtaining money by false pretences.

Michael, allegedly obtained the aggregate sum of N35 million through 
credit card fraud, while Monday, obtained N2.3million in Bitcoin fees 
from members of a Gay Group through a Gay Website. He had represented 
himself as a Gay "Sugar Daddy" on the platform and enticed members 
to pay a Bitcoin fee of $254 to access the $5,000 which he will send 
to them as allowance for a romp. 

Ahmed was nabbed for alleged ATM fraud.

The offences contravene Section 33(1) of Cybercrimes (Prohibition, 
Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under the same Act.

The charge against Onah Michael Owoicho reads, "That you Onah Michael 
Owoicho "m" sometime in September, 2021 in Makurdi, Benue State, within 
the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, fraudulently represented 
yourself to be an Online Credit Card Business person and obtained 
the aggregate sum of N35,082,668.87 (Thirty Five Million Eight Two 
Thousand Six Hundred and Sixty Eight Naira Eighty Seven Kobo) as 
financial gain and benefit to yourself which was paid into your crypto 
currency wallet account and which you transferred to your GT Bank account 
No. 0118182244 and UBA Bank account No. 2144289015, a representation 
you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to 
section 33(1) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 
2015 and punishable under same section of the Act".

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

The prosecution counsel, M. Yusuf reviewed the facts of the cases 
and urged the Court to convict the defendants.

In a separate judgment, Justice Dogo convicted and sentenced Owoicho 
to one (1) year imprisonment with an option of fine of N3.5 Million. 
His Lexus ES 350 car, Samsung Galaxy A51 and Techno T662 mobile phones 
and monies in the two bank accounts used in committing the crime were 
ordered forfeited to the Federal Government.

Adakole was sentenced to one (1) year imprisonment with an option of 
fine of N1.5 Million. He was also ordered to forfeit a Toyota Camry 
car 2009 model and monies in four bank accounts used in commuting 
the crime, to the Federal Government.

Musa bagged Six month (6) imprisonment with an option of fine of 
N250, 000.

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

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1 FEB 2022

Two Varsity Students Jailed for Cybercrime in Ilorin

Two students of the Kwara State University, KWASU, Malete, Animasahun 
Rokeeb Mayowa and Lawal Alamin Tewogbola were on Tuesday, February 1, 
2022 convicted and sentenced to various jail terms by Justice Adenike 
Akinpelu of the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin for offences bordering 
on cyber-fraud.

The duo of Animasahun and Lawal, who are natives of Oyo and Offa in 
Oyo and Kwara States, respectively were prosecuted on separate charge 
by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC.

The defendants pleaded guilty to the charges against them.

Following their plea, counsel to the EFCC, Rasheedat Alao, through Salaudeen 
Abdulrasaq and Kaludeen Yahaya, who are operatives of the Commission reviewed 
the facts of the cases against Animasahun and Lawal.

The witnesses told the court how intelligence reports led to the arrest 
of the defendants in Malete Area of Kwara State with several incriminating 
documents. Several documents including their extra-judicial statements and 
iPhones were tendered and admitted in evidence.

Alao thereafter urged the court to consider the plea of the defendants, 
the extra-judicial statements, and exhibits tendered and convict them 
as charged.

Justice Akinpelu in her judgment agreed that the prosecution had established 
its case against each of the defendants. Consequently, he pronounced them 
guilty.

The judge sentenced Animasahun to six months imprisonment with option of 
fine of N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira ). The court 
ordered that a Toyota Camry Car 2007 model, which was recovered from him 
at the point of arrest and the iPhone which he used to perpetrate the 
crime be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Similarly, Justice Akinpelu sentenced Lawal to six months imprisonment 
on each of the two counts against him, which would run concurrently with 
option of N100,00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira ) fine on each count. The 
court also ordered the forfeiture of the sum of $225 (Two Hundred and 
Twenty Five Dollars), which he benefited from the crime and iPhone 6, 
which was used as instrumentality for the crime, to the Federal Government.

The press release contains photos pf booth 419ers:

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28 JAN 2022

Court Jails Two Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

The Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on January 28, 2022, secured the conviction and sentencing 
of two internet fraudsters, Sunday Gbenga and Ayomikun Jide Maxwell, 
for internet fraud before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special 
Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

Gbenga, who pleaded "guilty" to the amended one-count charge bordering 
on the use of fraudulent documents to perpetrate internet fraud, was 
among the suspected internet fraudsters arrested at the Conference Hotel, 
Abeokuta, Ogun State at a purported Awards Night party on November 28, 
2021, following intelligence report obtained by the EFCC.

Upon his arrest, an iPhone 13 mobile phone was recovered from him 
and the fraudulent documents contained therein, which he used to 
perpetrate internet fraud, were printed out.

Maxwell was arrested on August 12, 2021 at the Iju-Ishaga area of 
Lagos State by operatives of the EFCC, following actionable intelligence 
received by the Commission about the activities of suspected internet 
fraudsters around the area.

Upon his arrest, an iPhone 6 was also recovered from him, from which 
incriminating materials confirming his involvement in internet fraud 
were printed out.

Specifically, he poses as a white female sex worker who charges $150 
per hour and whose services can only be procured after paying 50 per 
cent of the charges.

However, as soon as he receives the payment, he blocks the person, 
thereby cutting off any further communication.

He was charged with an amended four-count charge, to which he pleaded 
"guilty".

Subsequently, Justice Dada found them guilty as charged and sentenced 
them to one year in prison.

They were both given an option of N250, 000 as fine.

In addition, they are all to sign a bond with the EFCC upon their release 
to be of good behaviour and not to engage in any form of economic and 
financial crime within and outside the shores of Nigeria.

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

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27 JAN 2022

Three Bag Jail Terms For Internet Fraud In Lagos

The Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on Thursday, January 27, 2022, secured the conviction and 
sentencing of the trio of Raheem Sodiq Morenikeji, Adetunji Stephen 
Ademola and Okpala Samuel for internet fraud before Justice S.O. 
Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

The convicts were arrested sometime in May 2021 at the Sangotedo, 
Alagbado and Meiran areas of Lagos State, respectively.

Raheem was charged with an amended count in which he was accused 
of defrauding his victim through deception to the tune of $2,000 
and another N54, 000 as a picker.

Under interrogation, he admitted to have purchased a Toyota Camry 
2013 model in the name of his mother, which was recovered from him. 
An iPhone 7x was also recovered from him.

On his part, Ademola who was also charged with an amended one-count 
charge, following a plea bargain agreement with the prosecution, was 
accused of posing online as "Tina Moore" and "Jessica", to defraud 
his victims to the tune of $2,000.

Upon arrest, an iPhone 11 Pro Max was recovered from him.

Okpala, who also approached the EFCC for a plea bargain, was charged 
with a one-count amended charge in which he was accused of posing on F
acebook as Jane Michelle Gregor living in Texas, through which he 
professed love to one Roberto, who was actually living in Minnesota, 
United States.

He lured Roberto into a romantic relationship and was able to receive 
$600 from him purportedly for feeding and payment for school fees. An
iPhone 11 and bontel phone were recovered from him upon arrest.

They all “pleaded guilty” to the charges, and also pleaded with the 
Court to temper justice with mercy.

Subsequently, Justice Solebo found the defendants guilty as charged 
and sentenced them to one year in prison.

While Raheem was given an option of N500,000 fine, Ademola got N1million 
option of fine, and Okpala was given an option of N400,000 fine.

In addition, they are all to sign a bond with the EFCC upon their 
release to be of good behaviour and not to engage in any form of 
economic and financial crime.

Raheem and Ademola were also ordered to serve 500 hours of community 
service, while Okpala got 400 hours.

They were also ordered to forfeit to the Federal Government all the 
items recovered from them.

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27 JAN 2022

EFCC Secures Conviction of Six Internet Fraudsters

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, secured the 
conviction of six internet fraudsters on charges bordering on 
fraudulent impersonation.

Five of the convicts - Ahmed Oguneye Abiona, Owoade Kehinde 
Elijah, Oriade Sunday Oluwatobiloba, Usman Adams Shehu, and 
Waris Adegoke Adeyemo - were prosecuted before Justice Nathaniel 
Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court, Oshogbo, Osun State, 
while David Fatunla Taiwo (aka Jeff Wood), was prosecuted before 
Justice Babs Kuewunmi of the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, 
Ekiti State.

They pleaded guilty to their respective one-count charges and 
were convicted accordingly.

Abiona, Adeyemo and Shehu bagged four months each, Owoade 
three months, while Oriade was sentenced to five months 
imprisonment. Taiwo was slammed with twenty months imprisonment.


The court also ordered the defendants to restitute their victims.

Oriade is to restitute his victim the sum of $590USD (Five Hundred 
and Ninety United States Dollars). He was equally ordered to forfeit 
an iPhone XR, one Samsung S5 mobile phone and one Acer Laptop to the 
Federal Government of Nigeria, Ahmed is to restitute to one Michael 
Johnson the sum of $500USD (Five Hundred United States Dollars) 
and further forfeit the sum of Three Million, Thirteen Thousand, 
Seven Naira, Thirty-nine kobo (N3, 013,007.39) found in his United 
Bank of Africa Account, an iPhone 11 Pro Max mobile phone and one 
Toyota Camry car to the Federal Government of Nigeria, being 
proceeds of his crime.

Adeyemo was ordered to return the sum of $300USD (Three Hundred 
United States Dollars) to one Peter Decker and forfeit one iPhone 
11 Pro Max to Federal Government of Nigeria.

Shehu is to restitute his victim the sum of $400USD (Four Hundred 
United States Dollars) and forfeit one Samsung Galaxy S8 to Federal 
Government of Nigeria.

Owoade was ordered to restitute his victim the sum of $300USD 
(Three Hundred United States Dollars) and forfeit an iPhone 6 
mobile phone to Federal Government of Nigeria.

Taiwo was ordered to restitute his victim, one Joanne K. Thornhill, 
the sum of £450(Four and Hundred and Fifty Pounds) through the 
Federal government of Nigeria.

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

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26 JAN 2022

EFCC Arrests Suspected Internet Fraudster in Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and 
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested one Michael 
Jackson for his alleged involvement in internet fraud.

He was arrested on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, following the 
credible intelligence received by the Commission on the illegal 
activities of some individuals allegedly involved in computer-
related fraud.

Jackson, who poses as Ella, a transgender woman, allegedly 
defrauded unsuspecting victims of millions of Naira.

The suspect, who also claimed to be a Disc Jockey, DJ, had 
in his possession fetish items, which he claimed was "for grace 
and success."

Upon his arrest, one Toyota 4-runner, one Honda Accord, two 
laptop computers, a MacBook and a mobile device were recovered 
from him.

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

The press release contains a photo:

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26 JAN 2022

Absence of Defence Counsel Stalls Suspect's Arraignment 
in Alleged €211, 000 Fraud

The arraignment of one Ifekwu Chukwuma Dominic by the Lagos Zonal 
Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on 
Wednesday, January 26, 2022, before Justice S.O. Solebo of the Special 
Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a five-count charge bordering 
on conspiracy to obtain money by false pretence, obtaining by false 
pretence, and possession of documents containing false pretence was 
stalled due to the absence of the defence counsel.

One of the counts reads: "Ifekwu Chukwuma Dominic, aka John Alfred, 
and Okechukwu, aka Connie Miller (at large), between 2014 and 2017, 
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to 
defraud,obtained the aggregate sum of 211,000 Euros from Imelda 
Dorflinger under the false representation that you, Ifekwe Chukwuma 
Dominic, had inherited gold from your father and needed the said 
money to pay taxes in order to enable you to have access to the 
gold, a representation you knew to be false."

Another count reads: "Ifekwu Chukwuma Dominic (aka John Alfred), 
on or about 22nd June 2016, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court, and with intent to defraud, had in your possession a document 
titled: "Cashier Cheque", where you falsely represented to Imelda 
Dorflinger that you have been issued a cheque valued at $590,000.00 
and which document you knew contained false information."

Though the prosecuting counsel, I.O. Daramola, and the defendant 
were in court, the defence counsel was absent.

The case has been adjourned till May 10, 2022.

The press release includes a photo:

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25 JAN 2022

Court Jails Internet Fraudster One Year in Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, secured the 
conviction and sentencing of one Dadeowo Hassan before Justice 
O.O. Abike-Fadipe of the Special Offences Court sitting in 
Ikeja, Lagos on a two-count amended charge bordering on 
possession of fraudulent documents used to perpetrate internet 
fraud.

Count one reads: "Dadeowo Hassan, on or about the 4th day of 
May, 2021 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable 
Court, with intent to defraud, had in your possession a document 
titled MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR, which was printed out of 
your email address rdhfdfgd21@gmail.com."

The second count reads: "Dadeowo Hassan, on or about the 4th 
day of May 2021 in Lagos , within the jurisdiction of this 
Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, had in your possession 
a document titled MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR, which was printed 
from your Hewlett-Packard laptop from a website called UNICC, where 
you purchased American Citizen social security number."

He pleaded "guilty" to the charges.

Following his plea, the prosecuting counsel, M.S. Owede, gave 
a review of the facts of the case.

According to him, sometime in May 2021, the EFCC received intelligence 
report on the activities of internet fraudsters operating at Victoria 
Garden City, VGC, Lagos.

"Sequel to the intelligence, surveillance was carried out, and this 
defendant was arrested, with his tools of trade: iPhone X, iPhone 
12 Pro Max, a Nokia phone, and a Hewlett-Packard laptop," he said.

Owede further told the Court that investigation was extended to 
his email address and documents evidencing false pretence were 
discovered and printed out in his presence, which he also endorsed.

He, thereafter, tendered in evidence the statement made to the 
EFCC in the course of the investigation, the bundle of documents 
printed out from the defendant's email and a cheque of N500,000 
issued by the defendant as part of a plea bargain agreement brought 
before the Court, which was agreed to by both parties.

The documents were admitted in evidence against him and marked 
Exhibits P1a, P1b, P1c, P1d, P2, P3, P4 and P5.

Justice Abike-Fadipe, thereafter, found him guilty as charged and 
sentenced him to one year in prison, with an option of N1million 
fine and 40 hours of community service.

He is to forfeit to the Federal Government the devices recovered 
from him, including the N500,000 bank draft.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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24 JAN 2022

Spare Parts Dealer, One Other Jailed for Cyber Fraud in Ilorin

Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara State High Court sitting in 
Ilorin on Monday, January 24, 2022 convicted an Ilorin-based spare 
parts dealer, Tiamiyu Hammed and one Kamarudeen Olarewaju Ibrahim 
for offences bordering on cybercrime and possession of fraudulent 
funds.

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, arraigned the duo of Tiamiyu and Kamarudeen 
on separate one and two-count charges, respectively before the 
court.

Tiamiyu, 23, who claimed to be from Ogbomosho South-East Local 
Government of Oyo State, allegedly disguised as one Sarah Ben, 
a white female of Colorado, United States, to swindle one Todd 
Byers of $600 vide gift cards in contravention of Section 321 
of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same 
Penal Code.

On the other hand, the EFCC in one of the counts, accused Kamarudeen 
of having under his control a sum of N679,450.00 (Six Hundred and 
Seventy Nine Thousand, Four Hundred and Fifty Naira) unlawfully 
obtained and paid into his account by one of the new generation 
banks. The offence contravenes Section 319 (a) of the Penal Code 
and punishable under same Section of the Penal Code.

The two defendants pleaded guilty to the charges against them.

Following their pleas, counsel to the EFCC, Andrew Akoja, called 
witnesses who are operatives of the Commission to review the facts 
of each case.

The witnesses narrated how intelligence led to the arrest of the 
defendants. They tendered documents and materials recovered from 
the defendants during investigation as evidence.

Akoja, thereafter urged the court to convict the defendants as 
charged based on their admittance of guilt and the overwhelming 
evidence against them.

In her judgment, Justice Akinpelu said the court has carefully 
considered the 'guilty plea' entered by the defendants, the 
testimonies of the witnesses and the evidence tendered against 
the defendants. Consequently, she pronounced the two defendants 
guilty.

The court sentenced Tiamiyu to six months imprisonment with N150,000 
(One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only) as option of fine. The 
Judge also ordered the forfeiture of iphone 11 which the convict used 
as instrument to perpetrate the crime. He would also forfeit the sum 
of $600 (Six Hundred Dollars) cash, which he brought as restitution 
to the Federal Government.

Similarly, Justice Akinpelu sentenced Kamarudeen to six months 
imprisonment on the two counts against him with option of fine 
N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only) on each count. The judge 
also ordered the forfeiture of iphone 11pro max and hp laptop, which 
the convict allegedly used to perpetrate the crime. The convict 
would also forfeit the draft of N400,000 (Four Hundred Thousand 
Naira Only) to the Federal Government.

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21 JAN 2022

Court Jails Internet Fraudster One Year In Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Friday, January 21, 2022, secured the 
conviction and sentencing of one Raji Olasunkanmi to one 
year imprisonment for possession of fraudulent documents 
used to perpetrate internet fraud before Justice Mojisola 
Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

Operatives of the Commission, acting on the intelligence, 
had arrested him along with some other suspected internet 
fraudsters on August 13, 2021 around the Iju-Ishaga area 
of Lagos.

Following further investigation, he was brought to court 
and charged with one-count amended charge bordering on 
possession of fraudulent documents.

He pleaded "guilty" to the amended charge.

The prosecuting counsel, Ebareotu Pereagbe, thereafter, 
informed the Court of a plea bargain agreement between the 
prosecution and the defence, which was also before the Court.

"We urge the Court to adopt the same," he said, as he went 
on to review the facts of the case.

According to him, an iPhone 8 was found on the defendant, 
which upon analysis indicated that the defendant was engaged 
in internet fraud.

"Upon interrogation, he admitted that he had benefitted the 
sum of $1,300 from his victims," Pereagbe added.

Subsequently, he tendered as exhibits the defendant's statement 
to the EFCC, the documents printed out of his device, and a manager's 
cheque of N280, 000 issued by the defendant as part of the plea 
bargain.

The documents were admitted by the Court as Exhibit P to P3.

Thereafter, defence counsel, Pentecost Chukwunalu, prayed the 
Court to temper justice with mercy.

Consequently, Justice Dada pronounced him guilty as charged 
and sentenced him to one year in prison.

He was, however, given an option of N1million fine.

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

Upon release from prison, he is to sign a written undertaking 
not to be involved in crime.


The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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19 JAN 2022

EFCC Arrests 8 for Internet Fraud in Makurdi

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, Makurdi Zonal Command, have arrested 8 suspects for 
alleged involvement in computer-related fraud.

The suspects are: Okoha Chinedu Charles, Chibuizor Philip 
Nnake, Emmanuela Odeh Eneokpe, Ushir Terhile John, Okoro 
Ossico Osaro, Ejiofor Chibuizor, Wandoo Juliet Baru and 
Tarbee Destinies.

They were arrested on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 during 
an operation by operatives of the Commission in Makurdi, 
Benue State.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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19 JAN 2022

Court Convicts Two Fraudsters in Asaba

The Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Monday January 17, 2022 secured the conviction 
of two internet fraudsters before Justice F. O. Olubanjo of the 
Federal High Court, Asaba, Delta State.

The defendants, Okunrobo Smart and Osayi Casmir Osaruonameh were 
arraigned on one count charge of impersonation and obtaining by 
false pretence. The duo were said to have misrepresented their 
identities to defraud unsuspecting foreign nationals.

The charge against Osaruonamen reads, "that you Osayi Casmir 
Osaruonamen (m) sometime between January and 12th of September, 
2021 at Benin City, Edo State within the jurisdiction of this 
Honourable Court with intent to defraud, sent electronic message 
which materially misrepresented your identity to Thejasminecarter, 
a lady in the United States of America upon which she relied and 
suffered financial loss in the sum of $15,047 and thereby committed 
an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 14(2) of the 
Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015".

Upon arraignment the defendants pleaded guilty to the charge.

In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, I. K. Agwai 
prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly. 
However, the defence counsel, Matthew Adebola however urged the 
court to temper justice with mercy as the defendants were first 
time offenders who have become remorseful for their actions.

Justice Olubanjo convicted and sentenced the defendants to five 
years imprisonment with option of a fine of N1 million each.

In addition, the defendants are to forfeit the balance in their 
various bank accounts as well as their phones and an apple wrist 
watch to the Federal Government of Nigeria. They are also to undertake 
in writing to be of good behavior henceforth.

The press release contains photos of both 419ers:

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15 JAN 2022

Court Jails Four for Cyber-fraud in Enugu

The Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, on Friday January l4, 2022, secured the 
conviction of four internet fraudsters also known as Yahoo 
Boys before Justice F. O. Giwa Ogunbanjo of the Federal 
High Court Enugu, Enugu State on charges bordering on forgery 
and impersonation to defraud.

Three of the convicts are: Orji Okpara Chimaobi, Ngene Emmanuel 
and Okechukwu Kelvin were sentenced to 2 years in prison with 
option of fine of One Million Naira each, while Eneh Nelson 
Chukwudire was sentenced to one year with option of One Million 
Naira fine

The press release contains photos of all four 419ers:

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13 JAN 2022

Fake Lawyer in EFCC Net For Forgery, Impersonation

Operatives of the Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission, EFCC, have arrested a fake lawyer, Adekola Adekeye, whose 
stock-in-trade is forging documents to perpetrate fraud.

Adekeye’s travail began on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 when he came to 
the Lagos Command of EFCC posing as a lawyer to secure the bail of a 
suspected fraudster who is in the Commission's custody.

However, nemesis caught up with Adekeye, when investigators dug in 
further to verify the documents he tendered to secure the bail of 
the suspected fraudster.

A search at his residence further unearthed several forged documents 
dating back to 2005, including forged Lagos State University and Kwara 
State College of Education documents.

He also claimed to be the owner of "A.A. Emmanuel & Co. Chambers”, 
which he had been using to perpetrate frauds until his arrest.

He will soon be arraigned in court.

Meanwhile, the Commission will continue to ensure that such impostors 
using fake personalities and documents to procure the bail of suspects 
are made to face the wrath of the Law.

 The press release includes a photo:

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12 JAN 2022

Five Convicted Fraudsters in Abeokuta to Return $4,641 to Victims

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 
EFCC, on Monday, January 10, 2022, secured the conviction of five fraudsters 
who were ordered to return a total of $4,641 to their victims before Justice 
Ayokunle Rotimi-Balogun of Ogun State High Court, Abeokuta.

The convicts are: Opeyemi Oluwaseun Ayede (a.k.a Mary Mark, Nicolete Shea), 
Taiwo Adeniyi Onasanya (a.k.a Fred Howard),Winner Chuks Olubor(a.k.a Tracy 
Richards), Sodiq Olamide Ganiu(a.k.a Rosemary) and Adebowale Taofeek Jimoh
(a.k.a Schulist Carleen).

They were convicted and sentenced to four months imprisonment each, for 
the offence of obtaining money under false pretences, contrary to section 
419 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun State,2000.

The court also ordered the convicts to restitute their victims.

Ayede is to restitute the total sum of $1,000USD (One Thousand United States 
Dollars) to his victim, Robert Smith through the Federal Government of Nigeria. 
He equally forfeits one iPhone 12 Pro Max mobile phone and a Lexus RX350 to 
Federal Government of Nigeria, being proceeds of crime.

Onasanya was ordered to restitute his victims – Hannah Pane, Mr. Roland and 
Carolyn Donna the sum of $2,000USD(Two Thousand United States Dollars) and 
forfeit one iPhone XR and a Toyota Corolla 2012 model salon car to the Federal 
Government of Nigeria.

Similarly, Olubor is to restitute his victim the sums of $591USD (Five Hundred 
and Ninety One United States Dollars) He was equally ordered to forfeit to the 
Federal Government of Nigeria, one Iphone 11 Pro Max and one Black Wrist iwatch 
series 3.

Ganiu is to pay the sum of $50USD (Fifty United States Dollars) to his victims, 
while Adebowale will return the sum of $1,000USD (One Thousand United States 
Dollars) to his victims-Donnie Wortham and Ossie Savaria.

The press release includes photos of all 5 419ers:

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10 JAN 2022

Court Adjourns Suspected Internet Fraudster’s Trial Till March 14

Justice S.O. Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, 
Lagos, on Monday, January 10, 2022, adjourned till March 14, 2022 
for adoption of written addresses in the case involving one Alogba 
Afeez Olaoluwa.

Olaoluwa, who is being prosecuted by the Lagos Command of the Economic 
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was arraigned on a one-count 
charge bordering on internet fraud and possession of fraudulent documents 
on March 23, 2020 to which he pleaded "not guilty".

The charge reads: "That you, Alogba Afeez Olaoluwa, sometime in 2016 
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, knowingly had in your 
possession documents containing false pretence to wit: email conversation, 
wherein you held yourself out as Robbie Courtney."  At today's proceeding, 
Olaoluwa took to the dock to defend himself.

Led in evidence by his counsel, Daniel Yeri, he claimed that he was 
coerced into giving the statement he volunteered during interrogation 
by operatives of the EFCC.

"After the statement, I was charged to court and I pleaded not guilty 
to clear my name," he said.

Under cross-examination by the prosecuting counsel, A.O. Mohammed, the 
defendant admitted that he was arrested on March 7, 2020 and that he gave 
his statement on March 8, 2020.

Mohammed confronted him with Exhibit A, his statement to the EFCC, and 
Exhibit B, the documents printed out from his email.

During the cross-examination, he also admitted to having pretended to be 
a female by the name Robbie Courtney, which he also admitted to in his 
statement to the EFCC.

The case was, thereafter, adjourned till March 14, 2022 for adoption 
of written addresses.

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10 JAN 2022

EFCC Recovers N152Bn, $386m in 2021

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in continuation 
of the review of its operational activities for 2021 has disclosed 
that it recovered the aggregate sum of N152, 088,698,751.64, (One 
Hundred and Fifty-two Billion, Eighty-eight Million, Six Hundred 
and Ninety-eight Thousand, Seven Hundred and Fifty-one Naira, 
Sixty-four Kobo), $386,220,202.84 ( Three Hundred and Eighty-six 
Million, Two Hundred and Twenty Thousand, Two Hundred and Two Dollar, 
Eighty-four Cent), £1, 182,519.75 ( One Million, One Hundred and 
Eighty-two Thousand, Five Hundred and Nineteen Pounds, €156,246.76( 
One Hundred and Fifty-six Thousand, Two Hundred and Forty-six Euro), 
1,723,310.00 Saudi Riyal, 1,900.00 South African Rand, and 1, 400.00 
Canadian Dollar between January and December 2021.

The recovery basket also included a digital currency component with 
5, 36957319 Bitcoin and 0.09012 Ethereum.

Headquarters Operation dominated the recoveries with N67, 249, 744, 994.89, 
$375,662,223.59 and £1,151,539.75. It is closely followed by the Lagos 
Command which led the Naira recoveries with N70, 315,611,260.52, $9,286,497.83 
and £21,500.00.

The Kaduna Zonal Command emerged third in terms of Naira recoveries with 
a total sum of N3, 339,405,723.93 while the Ibadan Zonal Command took the 
same position in terms of Dollar recoveries to the tune of $387,385.00.

Giving an overview of the performance, the Executive Chairman of the 
Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, explained that the monies included direct 
and indirect recoveries for the different tiers of government (Federal, 
State and Local Governments), corporate organizations and individuals (
victims of crime) within the year under review.

He commended the personnel of the Commission for the performance while 
urging them to redouble their efforts to ensure that perpetrators of 
economic and financial crimes are denied the benefit of the proceeds 
of crime.

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419 Coalition comment:  We'd like to know specifically how much was
recovered from Advance Fee Fraud (419) criminals, and, of that amount,
specifically how much has been verifiably repatriated and paid out to
419 victims. One would think that EFCC would surely be glad to report 
those figures, after all.
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6 JAN 2022

EFCC Secures 2,220 Convictions in 2021

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, secured a total 
of 2220 (Two Thousand Two Hundred and Twenty) convictions across all 
its Commands in 2021. The figure which emerged from a review of the 
Commission's performance in the outgone year, shows that the Lagos 
Command of the Agency recorded the most convictions-481, closely 
followed by the Ibadan Command with 324 convictions, while the Port 
Harcourt Zonal Command had 230 convictions.


The conviction secured by the Commission in 2021 is the highest by 
the EFCC Since inception. Before 2021, the highest record of conviction 
by the Commission was secured in 2019 with 1280 convictions. The 2220 
record of 2021 is a 127.5 % improvement over the 2019 record.

Interestingly too, the 2220 record represents a 98.49% success rate i
n prosecution as the Commission lost only 34 cases during this period.

Commenting on the performance, the Executive Chairman of the EFCC, 
Abdulrasheed Bawa, commended the personnel of the Commission for their 
industry and dedication despite the challenges of criminal prosecution 
in court. He assured that the EFCC will continue to motivate all categories 
of staff for greater efficiency through capacity development and other 
incentives.

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