The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC today, August 2, 2022, secured the conviction of one Samuel Josiah before Justice Darius Khobo on one count charge of criminal impersonation.

The charge reads, “That you, Samuel Josiah (aka Katherine Sophia) sometime in November, 2021 in Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did commit an offence to wit; cheating by impersonation wherein you falsely represented yourself as Katherina Sophia ( a female citizen of the United State of America) and in such assumed identity induced unsuspecting members of the public to part with $500 USD ( Five Hundred United States Dollars) and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017 and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law”.

Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have begun investigation of a Venezuelan and four Nigerians arrested by the Navy for suspected illegal oil bunkering activities.

The Venezuelan: Roderick Rivero and Nigerians: Oluwole Olaitan, Emmanuel Emeka Okeke, Olota Albert and Richard Asubi were arrested on June 20, 2022 by officers of the Nigeria Navy Ship, NNS Victory, in Calabar, Cross River state while onboard a vessel, MV Edidiong AJ, loaded with unspecified quantity of petroleum products suspected to be illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil, AGO.

The suspects were handed over to the Uyo Command of the EFCC on Monday, August 1, 2022 for further investigation and possible prosecution.

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC today, August 1, 2022, secured the conviction and sentencing of one Ali Sani Yaro before Justice Daruis Khobo of the State High Court Kaduna, on a one count charge.

Sani allegedly posed as a Grade Level 12 staff of Soba Local Government Area to secure the bail of a suspect under investigation by the EFCC. But the documents he presented were found to be forged in the course of verification by the Commission.

The charge reads; “That you, Ali Sani Yaro sometime in February, 2022 in Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, pretended to be a staff of Soba Local Government Council on Grade Level 12 before Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, when you stood surety to one Charles Fred and in such assumed character and you thereby committed impersonation, an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 142 (1) of the Penal Code Law, 2017 of Kaduna State”.

The trial of one Ladeji Babatunde before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos for offence bordering on obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N2.9 million continued on Monday, August 1, 2022 with the trial judge delivering ruling on his trial-within-trial as the court admit in evidence the statement of the defendant.

Babatunde who was first arraigned in December 2021, is being prosecuted by the EFCC on a four-count charge.

One of the counts reads: "Ladeji Kelvin Babatunde on or about 19th - 22nd February 2021 at Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N1,500,000 (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira) only from one Chijioke Mmadubue and his syndicate of internet fraudsters based at Chevron axis of Lekki, Lagos under the false pretence that you will protect them from arrest by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which representation you knew to be false."

Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of the Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City on Monday, August 1, 2022, convicted and sentenced six internet fraudsters to jail for fraud.

The convicts are Emejom Jude Chinomso, Okolie Collins, Hezekiah Oghenekume, Musa Dauda, Akinselure Adebayo and Obafemi Oluwatosin.

They were arraigned by the Benin Zonal Command of EFCC on separate one count charges bordering on impersonation, intent to defraud and making false statements to the EFCC.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today, August 1, 2022, arraigned one Emmanuel Jayeoba and his son, Ademola Jayeoba Wales, before Justice I. Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on a two count charge bordering on illegal banking activities.

One of the count reads, “that you, Wales Kingdom Capital Limited sometime between October 2019 to December 2020 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did carry on banking business without a valid license and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 2/2) of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act, Cap B3, Vol.2, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004”.

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have arrested 24 suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects are, Kelvin Essen, Michael Ekene, Steve Ochanogor, Olatujoye Samuel, Ohaeme Samuel , George Emeka , Adenigbo Igbola, Famugiloh Hakeem, Samuel Elohor , Michael Ugochukwu, Olumide Olalekan, Ayomipo David, Adulawo Oladipupo Victor and Okenwa Emeka Okobi.

Others include Adeyanju Olamide Blessing, Temi Simon, Elias Andrew Ogbe, Elvis Akuya, Onyebuchi Chisom, Abraham Nnana, Nwune Fortune, Golden Felix, Azeez Ola and Sushi Christian.

An Oyo State High Court, Ibadan on Friday, July 29, 2022 convicted and sentenced nine cybercriminals to six months community service each for impersonation and obtaining by false pretence, contrary to Section 484 and 419 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The convicts are Lateef Adedeji Sulaiman, Iliasu Azeez Olajuwon, Adebanji Ayomide Idowu, Joseph Timileyin Evbosaru, Ademola Azeez Taiwo, Hassan Warith Ademola, Idowu Babatunde Awojulu, Olagoke Olalekan Bayo and Victor John Enya.

Upon their arraignments on one count charge each before Justice Bayo Taiwo, they all pleaded “guilty” to the charges filed against them by the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has charged operators of Designated Non-Financial Business and Professions (DNFBPs), in Port Harcourt and environs to exhibit professionalism and carry out due diligence in the discharge of their responsibilities to customers.

Nwanneka Nwokike, Zonal Commander, EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal Command, made the appeal on Thursday, July 29, 2022, in a welcome address to participants of a sensitization workshop tagged, “The Role of DFNBPs in the AML/CFT Regime of Nigeria” organised by the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering, SCUML at Dmatel Hotel and Resorts, Stadium Road, Rumuomasi, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Also speaking at the event, Daniel Isei, Director, SCUML, assured the DNFBPs that the new Money Laundering Prevention and Prohibition Act, 2022 and the Terrorism Prevention Prohibition Act 2022 are meant to strengthen the regulatory environment for their businesses to thrive as long as they abide by the provisions of the laws. He urged them to always conduct due diligence on their customers before consummating any transaction.

The Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has secured the conviction of Yushau Auwal, who bagged five years imprisonment for cheating, to the tune of N11,437,500 (Eleven Million, Four Hundred and Thirty Seven Thousand, Five Hundred Naira).

Auwal was convicted by Justice Abdulsalam Abubakar of the Gombe State High Court sitting in Gombe, Gombe State on July 14, 2022 after pleading guilty to one count amended charge bordering on cheating.