Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested twenty- two (22) suspected internet fraudsters in an early morning sting operation in the Asaba, Delta State.

The suspects are: Saviour Francis; Samuel Okonkwo; Justice Onokeya; Christian Addeh; Collins Addeh; Ifeanyichukwu Ramsey; Kingsley Ikechukwu Nnubia; Great Unuafe Ogaga; Chibuike Chukwuka, Dominic Chukwuka and Precious Omvnogor.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on December 9, 2021 arraigned the duo of Engr. Hakeem Saka, Sani Abdulrasheed and their company, ECMC Engineers Limited before Justice A. A Fashola of a Federal High Court sitting in Jabi, Abuja for allegedly submitting a fake tax clearance certificate and audited accounts to secure a World Bank- Assisted Project with the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP, of the Federal Ministry of Environment.

Count One of the charge reads, “ That you ENGR. HAKEEM SAKA, SANI ABDULRASHEED AND ECMC ENGINEERS LTD sometimes in the year 2018 in Abuja within the judicial division of this Honourable Court, did make a false document, wit: FEDERAL INLAND REVENUE SERVICE TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE with Tax Identification Number 17756929-0001 dated 12th February, 2018 for assessment year 2015-2017 purporting it to have been issued by the Federal Inland Revenue Service by which you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 363 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 364 of the same law.”

The Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday December 8, 2021 secured the conviction of six internet fraudsters and one illegal dealer in petroleum products before Justice F. A. Olubanjo of the Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State

The convicts are Ube Oghenetega Peace, Aigbe Samson Osemuyi Egharevba, Osegunwaro Richard Ehigie, Umoru Destiny, Amala Lucky Okoro and two siblings Uzoeghelugo Osita and Cyril Chukwneta Osita.

Justice Mohammed Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin on Thursday, December 9, 2021 sentenced two suspected internet fraudsters found guilty of offences bordering on cyber fraud contrary to Section 22(2) (b) (Ii) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22(2) (b) (iv) of the same Act.

The two convicts: Onyeanu Chukwuemeka David and Anthony Anyadiora Obumneme were prosecuted on separate one count charge each by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa has called on Nigerians to take ownership of the fight against corruption.

He gave the charge in a message to commemorate the International Anti-Corruption Day at an event organized by the Inter Agency Task Team (IATT), in Abuja.

The EFCC Chairman who was represented by the Secretary to the Commission, Dr. George Ekpungu, said “Nigerians must see the fight against corruption as their own battle. We must be prepared to give full expression to the powers of the office of the citizen by not only holding our leaders accountable, but ensuring that we fulfil our obligations in line with the law.

The Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today December 8, 2021 arraigned one Onwubuya Anako Polycarp before Justice F.O.G Ogunbajo of the Federal High Court Sitting In Enugu, Enugu State on a three count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N1.6 m (One Million, Six Hundred Thousand Naira).

Polycarp, a staff of the Federal Civil Service Commission, allegedly obtained the said sum from one Uche Chimaobi Johnfred on the pretext that he would help secure employment for him and his relatives in the Federal Civil Service.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Maiduguri Zonal Command today, December 8, 2021 arraigned one Hussaini Mohammed Hussaini, a legal practitioner before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the State High Court sitting in Maiduguri on a one count charge of land fraud to the tune of N4, 200, 000.00 (Four Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira).

The defendant allegedly swindled the nominal complainant over sale of two plots of land which he claimed he had the owners’ instruction to sell.

Benjamin Bem Bura before Justice Abdu Dogo of the Federal High Court, sitting in Makurdi, Benue State on a two count charge of obtaining Twelve Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N12,500,000.00) by false pretence.

The defendant allegedly obtained the sum from the victim to finance a contract he purportedly got from Benue State University, Makurdi, on the condition that he would return the money with 30% interest upon completion of the contract which he failed to honour.

The ongoing trial of Abubakar Ali Peters and his company, Nadabo Energy Limited, for an alleged N1.4billion fraud, before Justice C.A. Balogun of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos continued on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, with the Court admitting, in evidence, more documents tendered by the prosecution to prove the case against the defendants.

Abubakar and his company are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a 27-count charge for allegedly using forged documents to obtain N1,465,961,978.24 from the Federal Government as oil subsidy, after allegedly inflating the quantity of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, purportedly imported and supplied by the company.

The Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, arraigned one Ishaq Abubakar before Justice P.O. Lifu of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on an 11-count charge bordering on cybercrimes.

The suspect was arrested by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, on August 22, 2020 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on his way to Dubai with 2, 863 Automated Teller Machine, (ATM)cards and four Subscriber Identification Module( SIM)cards carefully concealed in parks of Noodles.