The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing of six internet fraudsters before Justices Darius Khobo and N.U Sadiq of the Kaduna State High Court on a one count charge each bordering impersonation, contrary to Section 142 (1) of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017.

The convicts include Hassan Sarki (aka Olivia Logan), Ikani Abdullahi Sani (aka Vegas Smart), Japhtan Alhassan (aka Harry Mack), Hassan Peters Martins (aka Terra Amy John), James Zion Ogah (aka Clara Benjamin) and Vincent Tony (aka Kim Castro).

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has secured the conviction and sentencing of one Jumbo Owoidihe Otu before Justice Darius Khobo of the State High court sitting in Kaduna on a one count charge of cheating.

 Jumbo, a clerk in charge of diesel and fuel in a construction company, Ronchess Global Resources Plc, defrauded the company of huge sums of money.

The Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, August 11, 2022, arraigned one Peter Ennemakwu Agbenyo before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court on a one charge of cheating to the tune of One Million Eight Hundred Thousand Naira (N1, 800,000.00).

The charge reads: "That you, Peter Ennemakwu Agbenyo, sometime in March, 2020 in Maiduguri, Borno State within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, dishonestly induced Okwor Nkemakonam Paul to deliver to you the sum of N1,800,000.00 (One Million Eight Hundred Thousand Naira) via your account number 2138971646 domiciled with UBA Plc under the guise that the said amount represent payment for a purchase of Toyota Corolla 2010 which you are yet to deliver 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. "

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal Command on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, arrested 11 suspected internet fraudsters from different locations in Enugu, Enugu state.

The suspects are Kelechukwu Victor, Ozo Chiagoziem Justin, Obi Ifechukwu Emmanuel, Chisom Mbachie Camillus, Nnadi Nathan Obiajulu, Promise Eze, Arinze Okoli, Okechukwu Azubuike, Egbo Obinna Dickson, Alumudu Samuel Chinedu and Tobechukwu Ogugua.

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 arrested 22 suspected internet fraudsters in Brains and Hammers Estate in the Life Camp area of Abuja.

Their arrest followed actionable intelligence received by the Commission on their alleged internet fraud – related activities.

The suspects are: Bobo Alfred, George Igbinigie, Olumofin Sandra, Ighalo Emmanuel, John Paul, James Obele, Godwin Dan, Chidi Obele, John Obo, Omoike Godson, Ihonor Maruis, Omoarebun Godstime, Omoarebun Esteem, Okiki Julius, Godwin Omoruyi, Albert Success, Michael Kenny, Raymond Amaechi, Okiki Tombra, Amos Worwei, Soware Evans, Eroesiri Whiskel.

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has called for collaborative measures by relevant stakeholders as a way of militating against bank failure in the country.

Bawa said forensic analysis of the annual reports, bank statements and other financial documents of some of the failed banks investigated by the EFCC clearly showed a pattern necessitating collaborative measures that could make the nation’s banking sector work more effectively.

Baba stated this on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 while delivering a goodwill message at the opening of a two-day workshop with the theme: “Effective Investigation and Prosecution of Banking Malpractices that Led to the Failure of Banks” organized by the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC, in Lagos.

The EFCC Chairman, who was represented by Ahmed Ghali, Zonal Commander, EFCC, Lagos Command, said though many households, small businesses and large corporations had always relied upon banks to provide their financial needs at one time or the other, most banks had fallen short of expectations in this regard due to fraud, mismanagement, inexperience and the initial absence of regulatory laws and authorities.

Justice I. A Yusuf of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 ordered the remand of 31-year-old Amedari Halilu Bala from Okengwe in Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State in the custody of the Nigeria Correctional Centre, Ilorin for alleged diversion of N3.3million.

The order was sequel to Bala's arraignment by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on one count charge of criminal diversion of funds contrary to Section 308 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 309 of the same Penal Code.

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at the Commission's headquarters in Abuja presented awards to the three winners of the 2021 EFCC Essay competition titled: “How to Fight Economic and Financial Crimes to Make Nigeria Great.”

The winners, Ehizogie Iyeomoan, an undergraduate student of Law at the Ambrose Ali University Ekpoma, Edo State; Omtoso Abiola Sodiq, an Engineering student of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State and Zeenat Magaji an undergraduate of Cyber Security at the Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger State, who emerged first, second and third best winner respectively, were among the over 5000 entries received by the Commission.

The EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa who lavished encomiums on the winners for distinguishing themselves in the service of the country, admonished other youths to tow the path of honour rather than crime by making Nigeria Great.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has called on the Nigeria Chamber of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture, NACCIMA, to adhere to best practices in businesses and encourage its members to make integrity and ethical conduct their watchwords in their business engagements.

This charge was given in Abuja on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 by the Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa while receiving a delegation of NACCIMA that paid a Courtesy Visit to the EFCC at its Corporate Headquarters. According to Bawa, who spoke through the Secretary to the Commission, George Ekpungu, the EFCC would always welcome business proposals that emphasize integrity and charged the leadership of NACCIMA to encourage its members to ply their businesses with eyes on best practices.

Earlier, the National President of NACCIMA, John Udeagbala, while explaining the rationale of his Association’s visit to the EFCC, sought exemption for its members from the rigorous processes of getting certificates of the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering, SCUML.

Operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, arrested 31 suspected internet fraudsters from their hide out at Meniru Agbani Road and Diamond Estate, Enugu State. .

The suspects are: Daniel Chukwuemeka, Okechukwu Chisom, John Chizoba, Benard Uguochukwu, Nwobodo Christian, Nwiba Chukwuemeka, Eze Ani Ifechukwu, Chikwe James, Emmanuel Chukwuebuka, Ezugwu Chidera, Friday Daniel, Destiny Ekene, Prosper Nnachetam, Justice Chinedu and Bright Chimezie.

Others include Ezugu Nkejika, Echi Ikechukwu, Udeh Emeka, Charles Kosisochukwu, Ojinaka Smith, Ekene Chukwuebuka, Efe Samuel, Goodness Ifeanyi, Victory Anointing, Uche Egbo, Onuigbo Kingsley, Okakpu Chukwuemeka, Nnamdi Odo, Mbah Emmanuel, Collins Nweke and Jason Obi.