Operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 34 suspected internet fraudsters. Twenty one of the suspects were arrested today, Monday, July 25, 2022 in a sting operation at Apete and Ijokodo areas of Ibadan, Oyo state.

The suspects include: Paul Uche Obinna, Ola Kareem, Dazumi Hammed Adeiza, Olamilekan Gabriel Ahmed, Olowe Nifemi Michael, Osisi Ikenna Nicholas, Dazumi Abdullahi Razak, Adejuyigbe Abayomi Babatunde, Adesokan Afeez Afolabi, Tobiloba Joshua Adejuyi, Dazumi Azeez Jayeola, Ayegbusi Olamilekan Micheal and Mubarak Salaudeen Opeyemi.

The Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, July 25, 2022 arraigned the duo of Malam Jibrin Adam and Maina Adam before Justice Umaru Fadawu of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri on a two count charge of conspiracy and criminal breach of trust to the tune of N570, 000.00 (Five Hundred and Seventy Thousand Naira).

Count two of the charge reads, “That you, Malam Jibrin Adam, Maina Adam and one Musa Umar Musa (now at large) sometime in 2018 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud induced on Mohammed Umar Bolori to deliver to you the sum of N570,000.00 (Five Hundred and Seventy Thousand Naira) only under the pretence that the said sum represents a purchase price for a purported sale of a plot of land situate and located behind CBN Quarters along Dambua Road, Maiduguri Borno State which you have no authority to sell and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 1(1) (b) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2016. ”

Justice N.I Afolabi of the Federal High Court sitting in Lafia, Nasarawa State, on Friday, July 22, 2022, convicted and sentenced one Okoha Chinedu Charles to two years imprisonment for fraudulent impersonation.

Chinedu, 25, who hails from Ebonyi State representing himself as a military personnel serving in Yemen and used a Thai and Spanish language translation app to chat with Thai women with the intent to defraud them.

He was prosecuted on one count charge by the Makurdi Zonal Command of the EFCC.

Justice P. I . Ajoku of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has convicted and sentenced the duo of Favour Otogbo and Anawanti Finbar to various jail terms for impersonation and possession of fake documents

They were convicted on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 after pleading "guilty" to two-count separate charges preferred against them upon being arraigned by the Port Harcourt’s Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

One of the count charges reads,

“That you Favour Otogbo between 1st of July to 30th of July, 2021 in Port Harcourt within the jurisdiction of this honourable court fraudulently represented yourself on Instagram as a Marine Engineer from Houston, Texas in the United States of America (USA) with intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015 punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) (iv) of the same Act.

Justice Abdu Dogo of the Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, Benue State on Friday, July 22, 2022, convicted and sentenced one Godspower Hassan to two year imprisonment for fraud.

Hassan was arraigned on two count charge by the Makurdi Zonal Command of the EFCC for fraudulent impersonation.

Count one reads: “That you, Godspower Hassan, on or about the 10th January, 2021, at Makurdi, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently impersonated one Abubakar Yusuf and one Olami Abiodun, with intent to obtain the sum of Three Hundred and Fourteen Thousand, Five Hundred Naira (N314 500.00) only from Account No. 0240122666 domiciled in GTB Bank operated by one Akpelan Terhember Vincent via Airopay Accounts to Wema Bank account No. 0247717860 operated by you and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22(2)(b) of the same Act”.

The Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction of a known hacker: Micheal John Oluwasegun, and his accomplice, Saviour Peter Edet, before Justice Agatha Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

They were jailed on Thursday, July 21, 2022 after pleading 'guilty' to three- count charges bordering on conspiracy, fraud and stealing to the tune of N32, 000, 000 (Thirty Two Million Naira ) , preferred against them by the Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

One of the charges against them reads, “That you Michael John Oluwasegun, Saviour Peter Edet sometime in 2021, in Uyo within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, did conspire among yourselves to commit a felony to wit; computer related fraud by knowingly inputting data such as personal banking details stored in a computer without authority, for the purpose of conferring economic benefits on yourselves and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27 (1) (b) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc ) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 14 (1) of the same Act”.

Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have arrested Seventy Four (74) suspected internet fraudsters. They were picked up in the early hours of Thursday, July 21, 2022, at various locations in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

However, of the number, Forty Eight (48) had incriminating items in their possession.

The suspects are: Promise Sunday, Ukala Goldman, Isaac Golden, Peter Ikechukwu, Bankole Olamide, John Chiemela, Thomas Martins, Dr Victor, Emmanuel Owuma, Emmanuel Sekun, Philip Abaku, Emmanuel Egwuanumku, Thompson Charles Lekia, Ken Anelele Marvel, Kelechi Prince, Ugochukwu Ukaigwe, Ake John, Victor Madu, Moses Jubril Akrah, Jonathan Jeffery, Noble Lot, Success Umukoro, Precious Michael and Christabel Enoch.

The Chairman of the Enugu Depot of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN Mr Anyaso Chinedu has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to help check the sale of illegally refined petroleum products in the country.

He made appeal on Friday, July 22, 2022, when he visited the Commander of the Enugu Zonal Command of the EFCC, ACE Oshodi Johnson in Enugu.

The Kano Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission today secured the conviction of one Abbas Saleh before Justice Obiora Egwuta of the Federal High Court sitting in Kano on a one count charge of possession of counterfeit currency.

The convict was arraigned by the Commission on the 14th of October, 2019 for allegedly being in possession of counterfeit United States Dollars and attempting to exchange the same to Naira at Wapa Market Kano.

Saleh pleaded not guilty to the two count charge preferred against him by the prosecution thereby settling the stage for his full trial.

Justice Ahmad Mahmud of the Federal High Court sitting in Sokoto has convicted and sentenced three car dealers: Aminu Sahabi, Nasiru Muhammad Dan Yaro and Umar Mohammed to five years imprisonment each

They were jailed on Friday, July 22, 2022 after pleading guilty to one-count count separate charge bordering on flouting provisions of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011 (as amended in 2012), upon being arraigned by the Sokoto Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.