Calabar Court Sends Five Internet Fraudsters To Jail

The convicts' ages ranged between 19 and 28 years.


The Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 secured the conviction and sentencing of five internet fraudsters, before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State.

The convicts, whose ages range between 19 and 28 years are; Churchill Tam Kridi, Aniekpeno Aniekan John, Samuel Emmanuel Ngozi, Enoch Mfoniso Ofonime and Endurance Friday.

While Kridi and John were arraigned on separate one-count charge, Friday, Ofonime and Ngozi were arraigned on separate two-count charges, all bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretence.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has secured a conviction of one Oluwayemisi Samuel and her Son, Joshua Samuel, before Justice A.A Bello of the Kaduna State High Court on separate one count charge each bordering on false information.

Oluwayemisi and Joshua squandered the sum of N5,600,000 on sport betting and caused a false petition to be sent to the EFCC, alleging that the money was fraudulently withdrawn from their Opay account to a sport betting account without their authorisation by an unknown individual.

They pleaded guilty to the charges. In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel N. Salele urged the court to convict them accordingly.

Justice Bello however convicted and sentenced both defendants to 7 years imprisonment each with an option of N 150,000 fine.