The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC Abdulrasheed Bawa on Monday, August 15, 2022, handed over some military equipment and accoutrement to the Nigerian Military High Command.
Speaking at a brief ceremony at the Commission’s Zonal Command in Wuse 2, Abuja, the Head of Operations, Headquarters, Assistant Commander of the EFCC ACE II Michael Wetkas who stood in for the Executive Chairman, commended the longstanding collaborative relationship between the Commission and the Nigerian Military. He explained that the items were recovered from a contractor who supplies military equipment, stating that they were voluntarily handed over to the Commission in the course of an investigation. He said it was important to hand over the equipment directly to the military to prevent them getting into the wrong hands.
Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 25 suspected internet fraudsters in some parts of Lagos State.
The suspects are: Oyewole Damilola, Ovin Adekunle, Ovin Nicholas, Ridwan Iyiola, Aregbesola Tobiloba, Oladosu Saheed, Oseni Omotara, Abel Durotimi, Oyeneye Rilwan Adetola, Omoregbe Destiny Nosa, Evbonaye Olaleye, Adeyemo Abiola, Temitope Ajetonmobi, Dare-Ilori Oreoluwa David, Adekanye Ayodeji Ezekiel, Osagie Harry Odosa and Arowolo Oluwafemi Isaac.
Others are: Agbaje Jackson Babatunde, Owolabi Temiloluwa Dominion, Fadipe Biodun Idris, Agbayo Moshood Oriyomi, Sylvester Evans, Oshokoya Olaoluwa Muritalah, Omotoye Collins Oluwaseun and Hassan Abdulwahab Oladimeji.
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal Command, have arrested one hundred and twenty suspects for alleged illegal oil bunkering in a joint operation with with personnel of the 6 Division Garrison, Nigerian Army Port Harcourt
They were arrested on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at Ndoni, Rivers State where suspected illegally refined stolen petroleum products are off-loaded into vehicles at the waterfronts for distribution within and outside Rivers State.
Justice Ibrahim Yusuf of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Friday, August 12, 2022 sentenced a 25-year-old boutique owner, Muhammed Soliu, from Woru, Ilorin East Local Government Area of the State to 18months imprisonment for offences bordering on internet fraud.
The judge found Muhammed guilty on the three counts levelled against him by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and consequently pronounced a prison term of 6months on each count, to run concurrently.
Muhammed's journey to prison started on August 2, 2022 when operatives of the EFCC, while acting on intelligence on the infamous activities of some internet fraudsters in Ilorin, traced him to his house located at Oke-Ose area of the metropolis, where he was arrested.
The Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing of Aisha Alkali Wakil, a.k.a Mama Boko Haram, alongside Tahiru Saidu Daura and Prince Lawal Shoyede on a three count charge of conspiracy and stealing to the tune of N66m.
The defendants as promoter and managers of a Non-governmental organization, Complete Care and Aids Foundation on September 7, 2018 induced one Ali Tijjani, and his company, AMTMAT Global Ventures to supply N51million worth of processed maize grain also known as “biski” for which they refused to pay. AMTMAT Global Ventures further processed and funded the trip of the trio to Morocco to the tune of N15 Million, a cost they refused to defray.
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Benin Zonal Command on Thursday, August 11, 2022 arrested 26 suspected internet fraudsters at their hideout in Asaba, Delta State.
The suspects are Austin Okolo, Modebe Olisa, Onyemailu Chisom, Igbudy Collins Eloho, Onyema Okwuose, Daniel Idoko Emumena, Chidibele Kelvin, Pius Ikwebe, Azubuike Maxwell Odor, Obaze Justice, Monye Emeka Divine, Okirhienye Oghenetega, Anointed Governor, and Nebeolisa Obinna.
Others include Johnson Nnaemeka and Augstine Imunor. Others are Ukazu Henry, Destiny Ikpekpe, Joromi Odoko, Clinton Oletu Emma, Nicholas Brain, Anamali Azuka, Nonye Fimber Dugbele, Nwazi Ebuka, Chmezie Emeka and Onyeje Chuka.
A corps member currently serving in Ogbomosho, Oyo State, Adetuberu Christopher Adetoyese, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for internet- related fraud offences by Justice Ibrahim Yusuf of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.
The court, on Thursday, August 11, 2022 found Adetuberu, 28, guilty of the two counts preferred against him by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Justice Yusuf while sentencing Adetuberu ordered the forfeiture of a 3-Bedroom flat acquired with the proceeds of the illegal activities, a Lexus car, different brands of phones and a laptop, which are instruments of the crime as well as the sum N921, 535.49 in his bank account to the Federal Government.
The Grassroots Corruption Fighters have called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to support it in its campaigns against economic and financial crimes at the grassroots level.
This call was made in Abuja on Thursday, August 10, 2022 by the leadership of the group led by the Senior Special Assistant on Information Technology to the Kano State Governor, Rufai Mustapha Daneji who paid a Courtesy Visit to the EFCC Headquarters.
According to him, the population of Nigerians at the grassroots is huge and if people refuse to elect corrupt people into government, the problem of corruption will be drastically reduced. “Corruption is a disease that kills Nigeria as a nation. Grassroots contribute immensely by giving corrupt leaders a chance in government through their votes. We need to enlighten the people more not to allow the corrupt get to power”, he said.
The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on August 11, 2022 secured the conviction and sentencing of one Stephen Babi Charles before Justice N.U. Sadiq of the Kaduna State High Court for cybercrime.
The one count charge reads: “That you, Stephen Babi Charles(aka Sang Hoon Sang) between January and July, 2022 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, attempted to commit an offence and in such an attempt did a certain act towards the commission of the said offence, to wit; falsely presented yourself as Sang Hoon Sang and Joebong (a marine engineer) to several unsuspecting victims on several online social media applications in order to cheat them and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 57 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law of 2017 and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law”.
The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today, Thursday, August 11, 2022 secured the conviction of five cybercriminals before Justice Iyabo Yerima of the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan on separate one count charge of impersonation, contrary to Section 484 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.
The convicts are Ojekale Samuel Ayodimeji, Azeez Toheeb Oluwatemilorun, Ayomide Michael Eniola, Adetona Oladimeji Abdulazeez and Shonola Gafar Opeyemi.
The charge against the latter reads: “That you, Shonola Gafar Opeyemi ‘M’ on or about the 16th of June 2022 at Ibadan, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, did falsely represent yourself to be Lewa David which representation you knew to be false and thereby committed the offence of impersonation contrary to Section 484 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.”