Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin, has convicted and sentenced a Lokoja- based dancer, Achimugu Nelson Ojonoka and three others to 12 years imprisonment for cybercrime and possession of fraudulent funds.

The three other convicts are: Olarewaju John Olumide, Lukman Ahmed Musa and John Solomon.

They were jailed on Thursday, September 22, 2022 after pleading guilty to separate count charges, based on their arraignment by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on September 21, 2022 secured the conviction and sentencing of Terhile John Ushir to three months imprisonment

He was jailed by Justice N. I. Afolabi of the Federal High Court, Lafia, Nasarawa State, on one-count charge for his involvement in internet fraud.

The one-count charge reads:

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, arrested two suspected internet fraudsters, Agbebaku Newton and Enofe Destiny, on Waterside Road, Eti-Osa, Lekki, Lagos State.

The suspects were arrested, following credible intelligence available to the Commission on their alleged involvement in computer-related fraud.

Justice Fadima Murtala Aminu of the Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu, Yobe State has ordered the interim forfeiture of eleven landed properties, in Damaturu metropolis, belonging to Alhaji Idris Yahaya, the Auditor General of all the Local Government Areas, LGAs, of Yobe State.

She gave the order on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, following an ex parte application filed by the Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, seeking an interim forfeiture of the properties.

EFCC counsel, Mukhtar Ali Ahmed, told the court that Yahaya had some landed properties suspected to be proceeds of crime, owing to an alleged criminal diversion of public funds, abuse of office and money laundering reported to the Commission.

 

Justice Nasiru.U. Sadiq of the Kaduna State High Court has convicted and sentenced Monday Yakubu(a.k.a Tucka James) to five years imprisonment for cheating by impersonation.

He was jailed on Tuesday, September 21, 2022 after pleading guilty to one- count amended charge, upon his arraignment by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, has convicted and sentenced a Pastor, Ayodeji Ibrahim Oluokun, to two years in prison.

He was jailed on Tuesday, September 21, 2022.

Oluokun’s conviction came, consequent on his arraignment by the Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, alongside his company, Peak Petroleum Industry Nigeria Limited, on an amended six-count charge bordering on issuance of dud cheques, stealing and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of $1.6 million on January 19, 2019.

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested Hassan Babangida Hassan for alleged criminal conspiracy, employment scam and forgery.

He was arrested in Kano, on Wednesday, September7, 2022 based on alleged fraudulent claims of being an employment agent that could secure jobs for applicants in different ministries and parastatals. He allegedly defrauded an applicant, Usman Rilwan, of the sum of N14,950, 000( Fourteen Million, Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira), in the guise of getting a paid job for him.

 

The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to some reports in the Social Media, alleging that its operatives, in the Kano Zonal Command, “invaded” the residence of the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Kano Division, Honourable Justice Ita Mbaba, located on Sheik Yusuf Adam Game street, off Race Cross Road, Nasarawa Government Reservation Area, Kano.

While it is true that operatives of the Commission visited the property housing Hon. Justice Mbaba, on a Property Verification Exercise, owing to a subsisting matter involving the owner of the property, there is no truth, linkage or nexus with any investigation of the Honourable Justice of the Court of Appeal. Available facts showed that Hon. Justice Mbaba is not the owner of the property and could, therefore, not be the subject of any investigation by the Commission.

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.