The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday August 31, 2021 secured the conviction one Oyadiji Temitope Ridwan, a student of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, and one Asimiyu Idris over offences bordering on personation and internet fraud.

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin convicted and sentenced the defendants to various jail terms, having found them guilty of the separate charges levelled against them by the anti-graft agency.

The Abuja Zonal Command of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, August 30, 2021 arraigned and secured the conviction and sentencing of 10 internet fraudsters to various prison terms. The convicts: Ulukpo Victor Obokparo, Osondu Stanley, Habib Iko-Ojo, Precious Ani, Emmanuel Philip Ikpan, Umar Farouk Mohammed, Israel Kue, Kingsley Mathew, Ibrahim Oyolade and Taiwo Samuel, were prosecuted before Justice Hamza Mu’azu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja for offences bordering on cheating, misrepresentation, romance scam, obtaining by false pretenses and defrauding foreigners via internet.

They pleaded guilty to their respective charges.

One of the charges reads: “that you Ulukpo Victor Obokparo on or about the 25th day of June, 2021 within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja while representing yourself as one Williams Brandon, an Engineer from New Jersey, USA through the means of an email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. carried out an illegal act to wit: inducing the duo of Helen Isean and Ida Connor of USA to deliver to you the sum of $5000 (Five Thousand USD) and you thereby committed the offence of cheating contrary to the provisions of Section 320 (b) of the Penal Code Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja), 1990 and punishable under Section 322 of the same Act”.

Justice Sanusi Ado Maaji of the Kano State High Court on Monday, August 30, 2021 convicted and sentenced one Ado Abubakar Sarkin Fulani to seven years imprisonment on a count charge of obtaining by false pretense. He allegedly induced one Ibrahim Balanti to make payment into his account by promising to get him enlisted into the Nigeria Customs Service. He claimed that he had a customs officer friend by name, ACG Ahmad Jibrin, who was purportedly given slots to fill at the Service.

When the complainant showed interest, the convict asked him to pay the sum of N530, 000 (Five Hundred and Thirty Thousand Naira Only). The complainant subsequently paid the sum of N330, 000 (Three Hundred and Thirty Thousand Naira Only) in the hope of securing the appointment.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Makurdi Zonal Command, on Thursday August 26, 2021 arraigned one Ibeana Chukwudi Peter before Justice Ibiora Atuegwu Egwuate of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on a two count charge for allegedly obtaining the sum of Eight Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Naira (N8, 700, 000.00) by false pretence.

Count one reads, “That you Ibeana Chukwudi Peter between February and March, 2019 in Makurdi within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of N5,700,000 (Five Million Seven Hundred Thousand Naira) only from the complainant via bank transfer in three trenches into your GT Bank Account No. 0040064274 under the pretence that you would use the money as Capital to supply Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) to customers and share the profit which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act”.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 arraigned one Ibrahim Idris before Justice J. Oriji of the FCT High Court, Abuja on a two count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining N70m ( Seventy Million Naira) by false pretence.

Idris allegedly obtained the sum from his victim by deceiving him into believing that the money was a requirement to establish his capacity to execute a contract of auctioning assets forfeited to the Federal Government.

Count one of the charge reads, “That you Idris Ibrahim on or about 11th December, 2020, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory with the intent to defraud obtained the sum of N50,000,000.00 (Fifty Million Naira) from Fatai Ibrahim by falsely representing to him that the money was a requirement to show capacity to execute a contract of auctioning assets forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria, a representation which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1 (1) (a) and punishable under section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006.”

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 secured the conviction of one Udoh Sunday Okon for offences bordering on Facebook lottery scam.

Udoh, an undergraduate, allegedly defrauded an American, Kimberly, to the tune of $500USD via Facebook lottery.

The 20-year-old Akwa Ibom indigene was prosecuted on one-count charge, to which he pleaded guilty.

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa on Thursday, August 26, 2021 tasked social media influencers and entertainers to use their platforms and crafts in promoting the fight against economic crimes.

Speaking during an engagement at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, the EFCC boss said he had always wanted to interface with social media influencers and entertainers, considering their clout and influence on the social media space.

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Command, have arrested one Ladeji Kelvin Babatunde for allegedly obtaining over N38,000,000.00 (Thirty-eight Million Naira) from suspected internet fraudsters in order to prevent their arrest by the Commission.

The defendant allegedly impersonated officers of the Commission and obtained the sum of money by false pretence from the suspected cybercriminals.

A syndicate of internet fraudsters comprising a son, mother and three others were today August 26, 2021 convicted and sentenced to various jail terms by Justice Hannatu A.L Balogun of the Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna, after pleading guilty to separate one count charge that borders on cheating by impersonation, concealment of stolen item, aiding and abetting.

The convicts are Israel Justin, Lucky Ebhogie, Precious Iwuji, Margaret Sylvester and Richman Kas Godwin.

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa on Wednesday August 25, 2021 appealed to the House of Representatives to insist on the enforcement of regulations by relevant authorities as a way of checking sharp practices and money laundering by operators in the real estate sector.

He made the appeal when he received members of the House of Representatives Adhoc Committee Investigating Real Estate Developers led by the Chairman, Honourable Blessing Onyeche Onuh, at the headquarters of the Commission in Jabi, Abuja.