The Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 arraigned one Bukar Mohammed 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 N43, 328, 000.00 (Forty-Three Million, Three Hundred and Twenty Eight Thousand Naira).

The defendant allegedly converted the money entrusted in his custody for safe keeping to his own personal use.

Justice Hannatu A.L Balogun of the Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna on Monday September 6, 2021 convicted and sentenced one Innocent Arzuka to four months imprisonment on a four count charge that bordered on cheating by impersonation.

The convict was arrested in a sting operation following intelligence on his alleged involvement in cybercrime.

Investigation revealed that he fraudulently hacked into the Facebook accounts of unsuspecting persons, and used the accounts, after editing them to suit his requirements, to prospect for would-be victims of his fraud schemes.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Kaduna Zonal Command has arraigned one Alyassau Muhammad before Justice Hannatu A.L Balogun on a two count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence.

Alayssau was arrested following intelligence on his alleged fraudulent activities on the internet. He allegedly posed as a female Malaysian to induce one Nor Rahem to send money in tranches of foreign currencies into his nominated account 154110205463 in Maybank with account name Hafizan Hamid, on the pretext that they were in a romantic relationship.

The Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday September 2, 2021 secured the conviction of the duo of Damisa Gideon (aka Captain Kim Lee), and Deborah Okiemute for offences bordering on impersonation and internet fraud.

Justice Obiora Atuegwu Egwuatu of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja convicted and sentenced the defendants to various jail terms, having found them guilty of the separate charges brought against them by the Commission.

The charge against Damisa reads. “That you, Damisa Gideon (aka Captain Kim Lee) sometime in May, 2020 at Makurdi, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court fraudulently impersonated one Kim Lee of the US Army Air Force Base from California via your email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and obtained the sum of Eleven Million Naira (N11,000,000.00) only, from one Kim Soo Yeon (A Chinese Citizen) and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (iv) of the same Act”.

Justice Umaru Fadawu of the Borno State High Court, on Monday, September 6, 2021 dismissed the 'no- case submission' filed by Tahiru Saidu Daura, a co-defendant to Aisha Alkali Wakil, popularly known as ''Mama Boko Haram’’ who is being prosecuted for an alleged fraud to the tune of N25million.

The first defendant, Wakil who is the Chief Executive Officer of Complete Care and Aid Foundation, is facing trial alongside Prince Lawal Shoyade and Tahiru Saidu Daura, Programme Manager and Country Director respectively.

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has advocated collective and collaborative approach by authorities around the world in dealing with the challenges of financial crimes which, he noted, is a global scourge as no nation is spared its virulence.

Bawa’s views are contained in a keynote address which he presented today, September 6, 2021 at the 38th Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, themed, “Economic Crime-Who pays and who should pay?”, organized by the Center for International Documentation on Organized and Economic Crime (CIDOEC), Jesus College, University of Cambridge,, United Kingdom.

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Friday, September 3, 2021 sentenced one Adigun Oladapo Oludele, a final year student of the University of Ilorin, to one year imprisonment for offences bordering on internet fraud.

The court also ordered that the sum of N158,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Eight Thousand Naira) domiciled in the convict’s GTB account that was found to be proceed of unlawful transactions as well as his Lexus IS250 with registration number KJA 141 GU Lagos be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Also forfeited to the Federal Government were the convict’s iPhone 12, iPhone 7, Apple watch and 2 laptops, which were recovered from him at the point of arrest.

Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested five suppliers of suspected illegally- refined petroleum products to a multinational construction company in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

They were arrested on Wednesday September 1, 2021 at the premises of the company, around Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, while off-loading the suspected illegally - refined products.

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

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

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa on Thursday September 2, 2021, advocated strict compliance with and enforcement of extant laws and regulations to promote public accountability and the fight against corruption in Nigeria.

The EFCC boss who spoke through the Commission’s Director, Public Affairs, Osita Nwajah at a roundtable on Accountability organized by the Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism, PTCIJ, at the Orisun Art Source, Abuja, noted that “there is no better prevention tool than a vigorous enforcement regime, one that is applied across the board in strict adherence with extant laws, rules and regulations”.