Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested forty seven (47) suspected internet fraudsters (aka Yahoo Boys). They were arrested in the early hours of Thursday, August 4, 2022 in a sting operation at various locations in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The suspects include: Onome Omavuebe Stansley, Progress Ikechukwu, Fejiro Oyawiri, Ifeanyi Louis, Joseph Monday, Ikegwuolu Wogbuom, Chimobi Henry, Victory Erebere, Chiwendu Lucky, Jasson Ovesuor, Miracle Harrison, Favour Prosper Iheancho, Emeji Gad Chinedu, Perculia Ikechukwu, Eze Gift, Chiemela Uzodinma, Chidebere Eze, Bright Umoh, Raphael Akuru, Prince Chris, Hillary Ifeanyi Nwosu, and Destiny Ogueri.

As part of its ongoing efforts to check the rising incidence of foreign exchange speculation which has brought pressure on the value of the Naira, the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa today, August 5, 2022, met with representatives of Bureau de Change Operators in the Federal Capital Territory.

Bawa said he called the meeting to fashion out a collaborative stakeholders response to brazen foreign exchange speculation especially at the parallel market which is hurting the country’s monetary policy by instigating a run on the value of the Naira. The operators who thanked the EFCC for the invitation, expressed optimism that the Naira’s rebound, which began after the EFCC’s intervention a few days ago, may eventually see the currency return to its pre-speculation value.

The trial of the duo of Ogbor Eliot and Kelvin Chris for an alleged N1.8 billion fraud before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos continued on Friday, August 5, 2022 with the trial judge adjourning till September 13, 2022 for judgement after the prosecution and the defence adopted their final written addresses.

The Lagos Zonal Command of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had on Monday, October 22, 2018, arraigned them on a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N1.8 billion.

They were charged alongside a company, Danium Energy Services Limited, which they are accused to have used to fraudulently deceive Sterling Bank Plc into lending them money through a fraudulent scheme with the pretence to finance Local Purchase Order, LPO for 20,000 Metric Tonnes of Automotive Gas Oil, AGO, for supply to Total Nigeria Limited.

In an attempt to improve the effectiveness of its pioneering online economic and financial crimes reporting application, the Eagle Eye App, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has introduced new features, including an interactive component that addresses the needs of anonymous users seeking updates on their petitions or reports.

With the new feature, all that is required for an anonymous petitioner to follow up on a petition is to save the Report ID, then click on Case Update and input the Report ID, which will automatically redirect you to a Chat Screen to either send additional messages or read messages sent by the EFCC regarding your report.

The operatives of the Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, August 5, 2022, arrested five (5) suspected internet fraudsters in Makurdi, Benue State.

The suspects are Adipe Philip, Akpa Allenxander, Andrew Odokor, Ishegbe Samuel and Peter Ajine.

They were arrested in a sting operation in Makurdi following credible intelligence on their alleged involvement in Internet fraud.

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has secured the conviction of one Daniel Bala Adambu before Justice A. A Bello on one count charge of fraudulent impersonation.

The charge reads; “That you, Daniel Bala Adambu ( aka Doctor Mark) on or about the 5th of July, 2022 at New Romi Extension, Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, impersonated one doctor on Gmail chatting platform when you made a misrepresentation to one Yvonne Detwiler McCaferry to part with her money to enable you buy a gift card for your daughter and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 142 (1) of the Penal Code Law of Kaduna State 2017 and punishable under the same Law”.

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Benin Zonal Command, on Thursday August 4, 2022 arrested six suspected internet fraudsters in Benin City, Edo State.

The suspects, Thomas Osigbemen, Kennedy Uwuigbe, Osameda Osazee, Enofe Macaulay, Wilfred Ikhireagie and Osayande Prosper, were arrested at their hideout based on actionable intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has secured the conviction and sentencing of 14 persons before Justices Darius Khobo and A.A Bello of the Kaduna State High Court on charges of impersonation, Internet and cybercrime.

The convicts are Hammed Olamilekan (aka James Wright), Shina Victor (aka Alecia Moore Pink), Isaac Garba Amos (aka Jeong Ho), AbdulSalam Isiaka (aka. America Smith), Ahmed AbdulRazak (aka Romilda Carlos), Nnabuihe Micheal ( aka Wayne Henderson,Leonard Maxine, Alex issued Lea and Deanne Manly), Bemu Edward David (aka Mike Alexander Valencia), Bemu Eric Praise (aka Lila Anderson), Destiny Maikarfi (aka Dfb-Hack and Rockunlockz), Paul Adebayo, Ambrose Eden Onyemaechi (aka Hugh Jackman), Kamaldeen Abdullahi (aka Amelia Ralf), Collins Mitchell Ojonye (aka Derrick Richie) and Jeremiah Ogbe Emmanuel, Samuel Anakaa and Daniel Saka.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos has adjourned the trial of one Osita Ojeah, and his company, Homeland and Overseas Limited for an alleged N139 million fraud till August 18, 2022 for adoption of final written address.

Ojeah is being prosecuted by the Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC alongside one Anthony Nwosu on a two-count charge bordering on stealing and conspiracy to steal contrary to Sections 278(1)(a), 285 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

He was first arraigned on Monday, November 30, 2020 and he pleaded “not guilty" to the charges.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in collaboration with the US Department of Justice, DoJ, on Thursday, August 4, 2022 concluded a 4-day training progranme on cybercrime and crypto-currency investigation for operatives of the Commission and staff of the Federal Ministry of Justice at the EFCC Academy, Karu, Abuja.

The Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, who was represented by Deputy Commandant, Training, EFCC Academy, Assistant Commander of EFCC, ACE Babashani Umar Sanda, said the programme was designed to improve the synergy between the Commission and the Ministry of Justice and expose the participants to current trends in cybercrime investigation and prosecution.