Members of Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee, MIREMCO, have thrown their weight behind the efforts of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in tackling illegal mining activities and non-payment of royalties to the Federal Government.
The Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC, had recently moved against illegal mining business in Kwara State, resulting in the arrest of no fewer than 45 suspected illegal miners and seizure of 14 trucks, loaded with assorted crude minerals being smuggled out of the state for sale outside the country.
In a solidarity visit to the Zonal Command on Monday, September 19, 2022, MIREMCO’s Chairman, Engr. Abdulraman Ottan, who led other executive members of his Committee, declared support for the intervention of the EFCC in regulating the mining sector, which he described as a “bold step”.
The Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 arranged Promise Ogumu (a.k.a James Simpson, Brain Walker) before Justice F.A. Olubanjo of the Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State.
Ogumu was arraigned on six -count charges, bordering on fraudulent impersonation, obtaining by false pretence and possession of fraudulent documents . He is alleged to have sometime in 2019 and 202 obtained an aggregate sum of Thirty Seven Thousand Three Hundred and Fifty Dollars ( $37, 350) under false pretence of a lottery investment.
One of the counts reads: “that you Promise Ogumu on or about 8th February, 2019 in Delta State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did with intent to defraud obtained the sum of $12,600 from John Dawson under the false pretence of a lottery investment, the pretence you knew to be false and therefore committed an offence contrary to section (1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and Punishable under section 1 (3) of same Act.
Justice Nasiru.U. Sadiq of the Kaduna State High Court has convicted and sentenced five internet fraudsters to various terms of imprisonment for cheating by impersonation.
The fraudsters: Ephraim Andrew Maude(a.k.a Chris Hugo), Genesis Daniel (a.k.a Tyler Wine), Henriatta Kantona, George Funom Khah and Haruna Tisan Jeremiah, were jailed on Monday, September 19, 2022 after pleading guilty to one- count separate charge, bordering on internet fraud and cheating by impersonation, upon their arraignment by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.