Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, dismissed the no-case submission filed by one Ayodeji Ibrahim Oluokun, a self-acclaimed Lagos-based pastor, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for an alleged $1.6million scam.

Oluokun, whose trial began on May 8, 2019, is being prosecuted alongside his company, Peak Petroleum Industry Nigeria Limited, on charges bordering on issuance of dud cheques, stealing and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of $1.6 million.

The trial of one Ifekwu Dominic continued before Justice S.O. Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on April 11, 2022, with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, presenting its first witness against him.

Dominic is being prosecuted by the Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC on a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy to obtain money by false pretence, obtaining by false pretence, and possession of documents containing false pretence.

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, April 11, 2022, arraigned one Bolarinwa Abiodun, a fake Army General, before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a 13-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence, forgery of documents and possession of documents containing false pretence to the tune of N266, 500,000.

The offences are contrary to Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offences Act 2006; Section 363 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 and Section 6 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offences Act No 14 of 2006, respectively.

The Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, April 11, 2022, arraigned one Bukar Shehu before Justice Fadawu Umaru of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri on a-three count charge bordering on theft, computer related fraud and identity theft to the tune of N1.115, 000 ( One Million, One Hundred and Fifteen Thousand Naira).

Shehu was arrested following a petition by one Adama Muhammad Lawan alleging that the defendant found her lost phone and used the device to make unauthorized withdrawals from her account.

Justice Y. Halilu of the FCT High Court, Maitama, on Monday, April 11, 2022 convicted and sentenced one Izoduwa Osemwegie, to two months in prison for internet related fraud. The 20-year-old student pleaded guilty to one count criminal charge preferred against him by the Abuja Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The one count charge reads, ‘that you Izoduwa Osemwegie sometime in 2021 at Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory cheat by personation when you created an Instagram account with the account name Steven McLean posing as a legitimate trader from Canada, and under the assumed character obtained the sum of €150 (One Hundred and Fifty Euros) from Huseyin, a Briton and €400 (Four Hundred Euros) from Jonathan, a Turkish citizen under the pretext that you are a legitimate Bitcoin trader, a fact you knew to be false and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code Law (Cap. 89 Laws of Northern Nigeria) and punishable under Section 324 of the same Law”. He pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against him.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned the trio of Alaka Abayomi Kamaldeen (alias Awise), Taiwo Fatai Olamilekan Ahmed(alias Ifa) and Akinola Bukola Augustina, a suspected syndicate of juju fraudsters, before Justice Adeyemi Ajayi of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court, sitting in Abuja, on two -count charges bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretense to the tune of N250,000,000. (Two Hundred and Fifty Million Naira).

The trio were arraigned on March 31, 2022 for obtaining the sum of N250 Million under a false pretence of offering local sacrifices to heal a petitioner of a protracted ailment.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has kicked against an interim Order made ex parte by the Awka Division of the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Hyeladzira A. Nganjiwa granting the former Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano leave to travel abroad to the United States of America to attend to his medical appointment, on the grounds of denial of fair hearing.

Obiano is being investigated by the EFCC for alleged corruption and money laundering during his tenure as Anambra State governor from 2014 to 2022. He was arrested on March 17, 2022, at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos as he attempted to leave the country, hours after handing over to his successor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo. He had earlier been watch-listed by the Commission.

Justice S. D. Pam, and Justice S. I. Mark, of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced Levi Jonathan, Timipriye Amos, Ogbonna .U. Emmanuel, Ezie Kenneth and Saturday Sobere to two years in the Correctional Service for illegal dealing in petroleum products without any license.

They were convicted on April 7, 2022 after pleading "guilty" to separate one-count charge preferred against them by the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for illegally dealing in Petroleum Product.

The operatives of the Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Saturday, April 9, 2022, arrested five (5) suspected internet fraudsters in Makurdi, Benue State.

The suspects who are alleged to be involved in internet-related fraud are; Enekwache Bright, Amih Dominic, Achir David, David Atese and Anongo Angela.

The Uyo Zonal Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission , EFCC, Assistant Commander of the EFCC, ACE Bawa Hamidu has charged youths across the country to fully get involved in the fight against corruption by shunning cybercrimes and all other criminal activities.

Bawa gave the charge on Thursday April 7, 2022 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State while holding a sensitization session with an Anti-Corruption youth group at the University of Uyo, Uniuyo, Community Hall.

Addressing the youths, Bawa, who spoke through the Head, Public Affairs Directorate of the Command, Chief Superintendent of the EFCC, CSE Theresa Nwosu, urged them to desist from all forms of cybercrimes and cultivate the habit of reporting perpetrators of such crimes and any other perceived criminal activity, observed around them, to the EFCC.