Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State has convicted and sentenced two internet fraudsters to various terms of imprisonment for impersonation.

The convicts: Atsuwe Emmanuel Terver and Onguntubor Victor Roland were jailed on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 after pleading guilty to one-count separate charges bordering on impersonation, upon their arraignment by the Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Justice E .A. Obile of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has convicted and sentenced Nnaemeka Chinedu (a.k.a. Gibson George) to two years imprisonment for impersonation.

He was convicted on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 after pleading “guilty” to one- count charge bordering on impersonation upon his arraignment by the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Two internet fraudsters, Humphrey Omosivie and Tony Imalele were on Wednesday May 11, 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 separate one count charges of impersonation and obtaining by false pretence.

Omosivie and Imalele fraudulently impersonated one Nicole, a Canadian citizen, and Anthony Miller, a citizen of the United States of America, respectively with intent to obtain money from unsuspecting members of the public.

The Maiduguri Zonal Commander of the EFCC, Shuaibu Umar on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 called for the deepening of friendship and collaboration between the Command and the Borno State Command of the Nigeria Police. Her made the appeal when he visited the Borno State Command of the Nigeria Police Force as part of his familiarization tour of sister agencies in the Command.

The Commander was accompanied on the visit by Deputy Director, Legal and Prosecution, DCE Ojogbane Amade Johnson.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Makurdi Zonal Command, on Wednesday May 11, 2022 arraigned one Felix John Ella before Justice I. O. Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on a two count charge for allegedly obtaining the sum of Three Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty Eight Thousand, Nine Hundred and Sixty Naira (N3, 758, 960.00) by false pretence.

Count one of the charge reads, “That you, Felix John Ella, (Doing Business in the name of Johnfelix Trading HUB, with BN No: 3384930 at No. 3, S.O.S. Street, Gwagwalada, FCT-Abuja, Nigeria), male, adult, on or about the 12th day of January 2022 in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with the intent to defraud, used electronic gift, apple and/or visa credit cards to obtain the cash sum of Three Million Seven Hundred and Fifty Eight Thousand Nine Hundred and Sixty Naira (N3, 758,960.00) through your UBA Account Number 2159267033 and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 33(1) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015”.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, arraigned one Danladi Abba before Justice Zuwaira Yusuf of the Kano State High Court on a one count charge of conversion of funds.

The defendant allegedly sold a property entrusted to him by the complainant and diverted the proceeds to personal use.

The charge reads, “That you, Danladi Abba sometime in 2018 within the jurisdiction of this court being entrusted with property (land ) of one Makanjuola Faniyi without his consent sold the said property and converted the money and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 311 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 312of the same Law”.

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”.

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.”

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”.

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.