Justice A. O. Adeyemi Ajayi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama Abuja on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, reserved ruling on the bail application of suspended Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris and his co-defendants: Godfrey Olusegun Akindele, Mohammed Kudu Usman till tomorrow, July, 28, 2022.

The trio were arraigned alongside a company, Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited, on a 14-count charge bordering on gratification, abuse of office and money laundering to the tune of over N109 billion fraud.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them.

Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 convicted a 23-year-old student of Federal University of Technology, FUT, Minna, Niger State, one Mohammed Bello, for offences bordering on cheating by personation.

Bello, who claimed to hail from Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara State allegedly posed as a white female with intent to defraud unsuspecting victims

The defendant was prosecuted on two-count charge by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

In its continuous effort to hone the skills of its workforce for impactful performance, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has commenced an intensive training on tax fraud investigation for its officers

The training, which kicked off on Monday, July 18, 2022 at the EFCC Academy, Karu, Abuja, was declared open by the Commandant of the Academy, Commander of the EFCC, CE Ayo Olowonihi. While welcoming all the participants to the Academy, Olowonihi charged them to be open to learning and maximize every opportunity offered by the training by paying attention to every detail.

Operatives of the Economic and Financial crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal Command on Saturday, July 23,2022, arrested six suspected internet fraudsters at Amichi Hotel in Orokam, Benue State .

The suspects are: Idoko Emmanuel Ofu, Abbah Ogbaah, Idoko James Peter, Aduma James Oche, Ito James and Atayi Daniel.

They were nabbed following intelligence reports on their alleged cybercrime activities.

The Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, secured the conviction and sentencing of one Al –Amin Idris to six months imprisonment for cheating to the tune of N4m.

The defendant was first arraigned on Monday, January 31, 2022 before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court on a one count charge following investigation into a petition alleging that he obtained N4m over the purported sale of a non-existent plot of land.

He had pleaded not guilty to the charge. But midway into the charge, he changed his plea and pleaded guilty to an amended one count charge.

The operatives of the Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, arrested two (2) suspected internet fraudsters known as Yahoo-Yahoo Boys, in Makurdi, Benue State.

The suspects are Ikenna Ojobeagu, 22 and Martins Ezeorah, 24, both from Igbo Etiti local Government Area of Enugu State.

The suspects who claimed they are sports betting agents, were arrested following actionable intelligence.

Operatives of the Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested two self-acclaimed spiritualists, one Alfa Abiodun Ibrahim and Wale Adifala, who along with one Ifawole Ajibola (aka Baba Kalifa currently on the run), allegedly conspired to defraud an aspiring House of Representatives member in Ekiti State, of the total sum of N24,071,000 which they claimed was to be used to secure spiritual help for the political ambition.

They were arrested on July 7, 2022 in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, following a petition against them, alleging that after collecting the said sum, the whole efforts came to a dead end.

Under interrogation by operatives, Adifala, admitted to collecting the sums of money from their victim, including N2.9 million, which he claimed was used to buy black, brown and white cows, rams, lavender perfume, rings among other items, to carry out sacrifices at different times.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Abuja Zonal Command has secured the conviction and sentencing of five internet fraudsters before Justice N.I. Afolabi of the Federal High Court sitting in Lafia, Nasarawa State.

The convicts are Francis Chukwuka Okwechime, Olaniyi Odunayo Precious, Israel Stephen Auta, Oluwabori Azeez Rafiu and David Stephen. They were convicted on one count charge each bordering on internet related fraud.

Okwechime fraudulently impersonated one Joseph Michael, an American soldier to defraud one Molly of $350 (Three Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars), while Olaniyi sent electronic messages with the intent to defraud one Samuel Mayona.

The Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on July 25, 2022, secured the conviction of one Samson Shakore before Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of Edo State High Court, Benin City, Edo State.

Shakore was arraigned on one count charge of retaining the proceeds of illegal conduct.

The charge against him reads: “that you, Samson Shakore sometime between 1st January, 2018 to 31st December 2018 in Edo State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did retain the aggregate sum of Ninety-four Million, Fifty-five Thousand, Nine Hundred and Forty-one Naira ( N94,055,941.00) in your Zenith bank account no: 100592587 knowing that same represent proceeds of your criminal conduct to wit: cybercrime and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 17 (a) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment ) Act, 2004 and punishable under Section 17 (b) of the same Act.”

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in two days, Tuesday July 19, 2022 and Thursday July 22, 2022, secured thirty seven (37) internet fraud convictions. The convictions were recorded by the Enugu Zonal Command before Justice I.M Buba of the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu.

The convicts are: Uchechukwu Ani, Nnamdi Ugwu, Ikechukwu Emmanuel Ebube, Chijioke Christian, Obaji Charles Imoke, Nwafor Victor Somkenechukwu,Chibuzor Okeke, Samuel Great, Ukandu Benedict, Augustine Akpos Austin, Chinwendu Okoh, Nnamdi Moses Tochukwu, Eze Onyebuchi Hillary, Emmanuel Alex Akwakolam, Chiemerie Samuel , Nwaojeh Emeka, Somtochi Collins Eze and Dike Emmanuel Chidiebere.