EFCC Arrests 35 Suspected Fraudsters In Lagos, Benin And Rivers

 

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have arrested 28 internet fraud suspects at different locations in the Abule Egba area of Lagos State.

The suspects include Emanuel Duke, Fortune Stephen, Okpesa Kenneth, James Taiwo, Lamina Toyeeb, Amusa Ahmed, Lezor Ture Bright, Kehinde Adeleye, Godwin Obayuwana, Ajao Sodiq, Adebimpe Ayo, Iwuala Jesse, Joseph Duke Otega, Amusa Ridwan, Ememerurie Daniel and Gift Ogbaro.

Others are Ayokunmi Adeyinka, Michael Stephen, Lateef Olatayo, Sunday Richard, Kazeem Jubril Alade, Muhammed Abubakar, David Stephen Jonah, Usman Olatunbosun Ituah Eghoboi, Tayo Joshua, Osume Collins, and Musa Husseini.

They allegedly used different pseudo names to defraud unsuspecting victims.
Luxury cars, sophisticated phones, and laptops were recovered from them during the arrest.

They will be charged to court upon the conclusion of investigations.

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Similarly, the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, February 12, 2021, arrested seven persons in Benin City, Edo State for alleged internet fraud.

The suspects who were arrested based on actionable intelligence by the Commission are Agbi Alaba Favour, Aigbata Wilson, Chukwudi John, Momodu Abdulmalik, William David, Acien Simeon, and Otasowie Osariemen.
Items recovered from the suspects include laptop computers, mobile Phones, a Toyota Camry car, and a Mercedes-Benz GLK 350.

According to the EFCC, the suspects have made useful statements and will be charged to court as soon as investigations are completed.

Likewise, operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 20 (Twenty) suspected internet fraudsters.

They were arrested on Friday, February 12, 2021 at New Owerri, Eminike Estate, Norble Abode, Owerri, Imo State.

The suspects are: Onyebuchi Victor; Isreal Victor; Emeka Clinton; Stanley Uche; Onyemachi Stanley; Ikechukwu Agbalieze; Franklin Ugoegbu; Nze Collins; Nwokoro Santus and Agocha Johnson.

Others are Oscar Anumata; Emeka Clinton Nkeoga; Ogwu Chukwu Akagha Marvis; Victor Obioha; Charles Onymesi; Awunnaya Victor; Henry Stephni; Jerrard Uwaima, Franklin Uzoma, and Obidike Abuchi.

items recovered from them include: Forty (40) mobile phones, seventeen (17) laptops of different brands, and six (6) vehicles: one (1) blue-coloured Toyota Corolla car; one (1) black-coloured Acura ZX car; one (1) ash-coloured Lexus GX 460 Sports Utility Vehicle; one (1) green- coloured Venza car, one (1) black-coloured Mercedes Benz car and one (1) ash-coloured Lexus 330 SUV.

Others are thirteen (13) Powers of Attorney, five (5) architectural documents, and a folder containing some other documents.

The suspects would be charged to court when investigations are concluded.

Court Jails Poly, Varsity Students For Internet Crime

Man Bags 15 Years In Prison For N5.2m Fraud
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A Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State has convicted and sentenced two students for fraudulent impersonation.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) confirmed this in a statement on Wednesday by its Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, saying its Ibadan Zonal Office secured the conviction of the defendants.

Both men – Opeyemi Folarin and Ogunseye Olamilekan – were brought before Justice Patricia Ajoku who convicted them of the crime they were accused of.

Folarin is said to be a Higher National Diploma (HND) student of The Ibadan Polytechnic and Ogunseye claims to be a student of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), in Ogun State.

They were both found guilty of a separate amended lone count of impersonation, an offence contrary to Section 22(2)(b)(i) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, and punishable under Section 22(2)(b) of the same law.

While the count was read to them, they both pleaded guilty to the charge.

Thereafter, Justice Ajoku sentenced Folarin and Ogunseye to six months and seven months custodial sentences respectively.

The judge also ordered that Folarin forfeits his orange colour iPhone XR to the Federal Government.

Ogunseye, on the other hand, was ordered to restitute the sum of $700 to his victim, as well as forfeit his silver iPhone 6, Apple MacBook, and other items to the government.

A file photo of the EFCC logo.

 

Another Fraud Allegation?

Elsewhere, EFCC Zonal Office in Kano arraigned one Solomon Okonkwu on Wednesday before Justice Hadiza Suleiman of the State High Court sitting in Gezawa, for obtaining money by false pretence.

Solomon was said to have been arrested following a written petition dated June 19, 2019, by one Aisha Shittu who alleged that the defendant defrauded her to the tune of N2,650,000 under the pretext of supplying her a Shortwave Diathermy Machine.

According to the EFCC, investigation revealed that N1,500,000 and N1,150,000 were paid into the First Bank and the Diamond Bank accounts of one Solomon Ikechukwu Okonkwu.

It added that efforts to produce the equipment or recover the money were futile.

The defendant pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.

Justice Suleiman then adjourned the case until February 22 for trial and ordered that the defendant be remanded at the Central Correctional Centre in Kano.

Four Members Of Fraud Syndicate Arrested In Ogun State

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

Four members of a fraud syndicate, who defrauded a 26-year-old lady, Imoleayo Ashade, of the sum of over N1.3 million in Ijebu-Ode area after allegedly hypnotising her have been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command.

A box containing fake international currencies which the suspects were using to deceive their unsuspecting victims in their currency washing technology was also recovered by the police

The suspects were allegedly arrested on Tuesday during a raid on their hideout in a forest at Ijagun area of Ijebu-Ode where their shrine was located with assistance from members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) and the local vigilante group.

The suspects, Salau Taiwo, Ifakunle Adeyemi, Tajudeen Jimoh and Adebayo Akeem, were also said to be engaging in international currencies washing which include Pound Sterling, US Dollars and European Euro in addition to swindling their victims.

Commissioner of Police Edward Ajogun, who conducted journalists round the scene of the crime during an on-the-spot assessment of the shrine, said that the suspects were arrested after their victim, Ashade had lodged a complaint at the Awa-Ijebu division of the police.

The Commissioner of Police explained that the victim was sometimes in December 2020 accosted by two members of the syndicate, who “appealed to her for assistance because they were stranded and had nowhere to stay for the night.”

Ajogun further explained that after successfully hypnotising and establishing friendship with the lady, the suspects later lured her into their hideout where they made her to swear to an oath of secrecy before duping her to the tune of about N1,310,000.

Speaking with journalists at the shrine, Ashade, a Business Administration graduate and awaiting National Youths Service Corps mobilization from the Adeniran Ogunsanya Polytechnic, Ijebu-Igbo, headquarters of Ijebu North Local Government, said the suspects lured her to believing that they could assist her with charms to boost her petty trading.

While assuring that the suspects would be charged to court after investigation had been concluded, the police chief, Ajogun, reiterated that the state would not be a conducive place to carry out any form of criminal enterprise under whatever guise.

Items recovered from the shrine include a box containing various denominations of fake foreign currencies, assorted charms and the sum of N1,310,000 which they allegedly collected from the victim fraudulently, while immoveable effigies were also spotted at various locations within the shrine.

Alleged ₦29b Fraud: Trial Of Ex-Adamawa Governor, Nyako Stalled

Supreme Court Dismisses Nyako's Appeal For Reinstatement
File photo of ex-Adamawa Governor, Murtala Nyako

 

The trial of a former Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako has been stalled following the adjournment of the case at the instance of the Federal High Court.

At the resumed trial on Monday in Abuja, Justice Okon Abang informed the parties that the court is adjourning the trial to February 26 to enable the defendants to reply on point of law on their no-case submission.

Nyako had urged the court to strike out the alleged ₦29 billion money laundering charges filed against him and others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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The anti-graft agency is prosecuting the former governor alongside his son, Abdul-Aziz Nyako; two companies – Sebore Farms and Extension Ltd and Pagado fortunes Ltd. They are listed as first, second, sixth and seventh defendants.

Other defendants are Zulkifik Abba, Abubakar Aliyu, Blue Opal Ltd, Tower Assets Management Ltd and Crust Energy Ltd as third, fourth, fifth, eighth and ninth defendants respectively.

He was arraigned on a 37-count charge of criminal conspiracy, stealing, abuse of office and money laundering.

Court Jails Ex-Banker For N11m ATM Fraud

A file photo of an ATM card being inserted into a machine.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday secured the conviction of a former banker, Adam Adam, who was sentenced to one-year imprisonment.

A statement by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, noted that the convict was arraigned at the Yobe State High Court sitting in Damaturu by the Maiduguri zonal office of the anti-graft agency.

Justice Ibrahim Jauro sentenced Adam who was prosecuted on one count of theft to the tune of N11,657,500.

Adam, a former service manager in charge of Vault Room and Automated Teller Machine (ATM) at the Damaturu branch of Unity Bank Plc., allegedly diverted the said sum which was meant for the ATM of the branch.

The count read, “That you, Adam Kaka Adam while being the Branch Service Manager with Unity Bank Plc Damaturu, Yobe State, in charge of Vault Room and Automated Teller Machine (ATM) sometimes in the year 2017 at Damaturu, Yobe State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court and in such capacity dishonestly took the sum of N11,657,500.00 (Eleven Million Six Hundred and Fifty-Seven Thousand, Five Hundred Naira)only being the property of Unity Bank Plc without its consent and with intention of permanently depriving it of the said sum and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Sections 286(1) and 287 of the Penal Code Law, Laws of Yobe State of Nigeria respectively.”

When the count was read to him, the convict pleaded not guilty to the charge.

During his trial, the prosecution called seven witnesses and tendered several exhibits to prove the case against the defendant.

While delivering the judgment, Justice Jauro found him guilty of the offence as charged.

The convict, however, pleaded for leniency and urged the court to temper justice with mercy.

Counsel to the defendant, Mukhtar Ahmed, informed the court that Adam had previously been convicted for criminal misappropriation by Justice Isa Dashen of the Federal High Court, Damaturu.

Justice Jauro consequently sentenced Adam to one-year imprisonment with an option of a N100,000 fine.

Ex-Banker Jailed 17 Years For Fraud, To Refund N93m

A combination of photos of Rabiu Dawaki, released by the EFCC on November 23, 2020.

 

The Kano State High Court has convicted a former banker, Rabiu Dawaki, of charges of conspiracy and criminal breach of trust.

Justice Dije Aboki convicted Dawaki in her judgement on Monday and ordered him to restitute N93,232,500.

Mr Wilson Uwujaren who is the spokesman for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) disclosed this in a statement.

Dawaki was arraigned alongside two others – Abdullahi Rano and Samuel Obende – who are now deceased on 28 counts of conspiracy and criminal breach of trust.

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The three defendants, all former employees of an old generation bank, were responsible for receiving, processing, and distributing money to all their bank’s cash centres across Kano, Katsina, and Jigawa States.

They were, however, said to have betrayed the trust of their employers and conspired among themselves to defraud the bank by diverting the funds to their own use.

The convict, alongside his co-defendants, reportedly altered figures to show that they made cash deliveries to designated branches whereas the monies were never delivered.

When they were arraigned on February 26, 2015, Dawaki and his co-defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges, thereby setting the stage for the full trial.

But Dawaki’s co-defendants died and their names were subsequently removed from the charge.

The prosecution called seven witnesses to prove the case against the convict, while the defendant called six witnesses, including himself.

In her judgment, Justice Aboki found Dawaki guilty of seven counts of the charge and convicted him accordingly.

She, however, acquitted him on 21 counts.

The judge convicted the defendant on count one which bordered on conspiracy and counts two, 11, 22, 24, 25, and 26, all of which bordered on criminal breach of trust.

On counts one, 11, 22, 24, 25, and 26, the convict was sentenced to two years imprisonment and a fine of N200,000 on each.

On count two, he was sentenced to five years imprisonment and a fine of N200,000.

Justice Aboki noted that sentence on counts two and 11 were to run consecutively while counts one, 22, 24, 25, and 26 would run concurrently.

Alleged N32.9bn Cyber Fraud: Court Fixes Date To Rule On Mompha’s No-Case Submission

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has fixed November 18 to rule on a ‘no-case submission’ filed by a social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha popularly known as Mompha.

Mompha is accused of cyber fraud and laundering about N33 billion.

He had pleaded not guilty and through his lawyer, Gboyega Oyewole, SAN, he filed a no-case submission, insisting that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had made no case against him requiring him to enter a defence.

In urging the court to uphold his client’s no-case submission, Oyewole said the prosecution failed to link Mompha to any of the offence listed on all the counts of the charge.

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In his response, the prosecution counsel, Ibrahim Sulaiman, asked the court to dismiss the no-case submission application.

He told the court that the prosecution had been able to link the defendant to the alleged offences based on the evidence adduced and exhibits tendered through the 10 prosecution witnesses, who had testified in the matter.

He then asked the court to dismiss the application and order the defendant to open his defence.

After listening to both submissions, Justice Mohammed Liman adjourned to November 18, 2020 for his ruling on the no-case application

‘Uzodinma Should Wake Up’: Okorocha Replies To N106bn Fraud Allegation

File photo of Ex-Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha.

 

Former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has asked his successor, Hope Uzodinma, to wake up to the demands of governance in the state.

Okorocha’s call was disclosed in a statement issued on Tuesday by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo.

The ex-governor was reacting to an allegation of fraud – to the tune of N106billion – purported to have occurred during his administration of the state

READ ALSO: Imo Probe Panel Indicts Ex-Governor Okorocha Of N106bn Fraud

“We challenge the government in Imo, led by Senator Hope Uzodinma to publish the Iheaka report verbatim, so that Imo people in particular and Nigerians in general, could read the report and see how the Panel arrived at N106 billion, which they said that Senator Okorocha should refund,” the statement partly read.

“Again, Governor Uzodinma should please wake-up. Your Excellency, wake- uuuup. Time does not wait for anybody especially in governance.

“You cannot tell Imo people that your achievements at the end of the day is pursuing Okorocha, to satisfy those behind you.

“This is the first government in the history of the State to take off with non-payment of Salaries and having issues with every sector in the State. The governor should face governance and leave Controversies because they do not add up.”

SEE FULL STATEMENT HERE:

RE:  IMO PANEL ASKS OKOROCHA TO REFUND N106 BILLION

PRESS RELEASE

RE: IMO PANEL ASKS OKOROCHA TO REFUND N106 BILLION

– NO RESPONSIBLE PANEL CAN MAKE SUCH DEMAND FROM OKOROCHA

– IT TAKES ONLY “BEN JOHNSON” PANEL TO DO SO.

– THE GOVT. IN IMO, HAS BEEN BATTLING FOR ACCEPTANCE BY IMO PEOPLE

– THE GOVT. IS ALSO BEING INTIMIDATED BY OKOROCHA’S VISIBLE ACHIEVEMENTS

– LET THE GOVT; WITHOUT DELAY, PUBLISH THE VERBATIM REPORT OF THE PANEL, OR STOP TAKING IMO PEOPLE & NIGERIANS FOR GRANTED WITH BOGUS ALLEGATIONS

 

The media had come up with Stories, with the referenced Caption, following the report of Justice Benjamin Iheaka’s Panel of inquiry on Contracts from 2011 to 2019. That was the period, Senator Rochas Okorocha had governed the State. And our initial reaction goes this way;

(1)    We challenge the government in Imo, led by Senator Hope Uzodinma to publish the Iheaka report verbatim, so that Imo people in particular and Nigerians in general, could read the report and see how the Panel arrived at N106 billion, which they said that Senator Okorocha should refund.

(2)    No serious panel would have made such recommendation. It could only take a “Ben Johnson” Panel to do that. And let the government publish the list of Contractors who handled contracts under Okorocha, State the Contracts they did, how much they were paid respectively, how they were paid and what they should have been paid, in the estimation of the Panel members.

(3)    Governor Uzodinma should explain what he has done with the N119 billion he has Collected from the federation account and N6.4 billion ISOPADEC fund.    Vis-a-viz the IGR. The governor said he came through “Ben Johnson” way and since January 14, 2020 when he came on board, all his actions and utterances have been “Ben Johnson” way.

(4)    We have always claimed that Okorocha as governor, had more than one thousand projects to his Credit and nobody, including the government in Imo has said it is not true or has openly Challenged us to publish the projects because they know that the projects exist. And if they exist, how would have someone made away with N106 Billion and still do such befitting projects.

(5)    The problem at the moment is that Imo people have begun to miss Owelle Okorocha just one year and five months, after he had left as governor, because they are yet to see new things in the State since he left. Imo people have come to realize that Okorocha was exceptional in terms of working for them and they have also come to know the difference between Capacity and Ben Johnson way.

(6)    Roads built by Okorocha which they branded China roads, are still what Imo people are using. No new road. They could not even maintain the existing roads. They are living in Odenigbo Presidential lodge and Governor’s lodge built by Okorocha. The two flyovers built by Okorocha are still the only flyovers. Ditto, the two tunnels built by Okorocha. The Judges and Lawyers have moved to the Ultra Modern Justice Oputa High Court Complex built by Okorocha; from the shanties they had called High Court. They have Continued to foot drag in asking the Police to move to the new Police Headquarters built by Okorocha and the Prisons to the new Prison Headquarters built by Okorocha. They have refused to open the International Cargo airport built by Okorocha. The projects are there. Let them mention one project they have done since January 14, 2020 when they came on board.

(7)    We are also demanding for the Publication of the report because we do not believe that the Chairman of the Panel, a Judge, could go ahead to submit report on a matter that is pending at a Federal High Court in which the Presiding Judge had ordered for the maintenance of the Status quo. Okorocha had gone to Court to complain that several Panels cannot be probing him on the same issues, the EFCC is probing him too, following Petitions from the same government.

(8)    For almost nine months on Seat, the government in Imo has been struggling for acceptance. In his Independence Day speech the governor said that he inherited systematic fraudulent system from Ihedioha. Two days after, he said that Okorocha should refund N106 billion. Some days ago, it was that Okorocha’s appointees joined Uzodinma. After that, the story became that Okorocha’s kinsmen have joined Uzodinma. Or, Mr. A or B has joined APC.

(9)    In the history of Imo, this is also the first government that Chartered a flight, took 7 Imo people to Abuja just for the purpose of passing Vote of Confidence on a government that is yet to take off. And since then, it has been Vote of Confidence galore. In Igbo land, it is a serious issue when someone’s shadow is pursuing him or when the “land” is pursuing the person. It is not a normal thing.

(10)    Again, Governor Uzodinma should please wake-up. Your Excellency, wake- uuuup. Time does not wait for anybody especially in governance. You cannot tell Imo people that your achievements at the end of the day is pursuing Okorocha, to satisfy those behind you. This is the first government in the history of the State to take off with non-payment of Salaries and having issues with every sector in the State. The governor should face governance and leave Controversies because they do not add up.

(11)    The truth is that Imo people and Nigerians in general, know who Senator Uzodinma is, even long before his governorship. And it is even interesting that he is the one talking about fraud, embezzlement and siphoning of funds these days. This is a good story indicating that wonders shall never cease to happen.

 

Sam Onwuemeodo

Special Adviser (Media) to the former Imo State Governor & Senator Representing Imo

West Senatorial District, Owelle Rochas Okorocha

Air Force Officer Bags 21 Years Imprisonment Over Fraud

A General Court Martial sitting in Makurdi sentenced four officers over financial misappropriation in September 2020.
A General Court Martial sitting in Makurdi sentenced four officers over financial misappropriation in September 2020.

 

A General Court Martial sitting at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base in Makurdi has sentenced an Air Force officer, Michael Oyebanji, to 21 years in prison.

Oyebanji was sentenced alongside three others for misappropriation of funds of the 151 Base Services Group Multipurpose Cooperative Society funds, a statement released on Saturday by the Air Force spokesman, Ibikunle Daramola, said.

Others sentenced with Oyebanji, who is a Master Warrant Officer (MWO), include Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Sherifi Olawoore, Flying Officer (Fg Offr) Ademola Adekoya, and Warrant Officer (WO) Paul Atteh.

The personnel were sentenced based on their levels of involvement in the fraudulent operation.

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Delivering his judgement, the President of the GCM, Air Commodore Nazib Aliyu, pronounced the four accused personnel guilty of various charges.

Flt Lt Olawoore was tried for negligently performing his duty as the President of the Cooperative, found guilty, and awarded a six-month loss of seniority.

Fg Offr Adekoya was also tried for negligently performing his duty as Secretary of the Cooperative. He was found guilty and awarded a one-year loss of seniority.

Oyebanji, who was the Vice President of the Cooperative, was tried on a 46 count charge, including; Criminal Breach of Trust, Theft, Criminal Conspiracy, Criminal Misappropriation, Making of False Documents and Conduct to the Prejudice of Service Discipline, contrary to Sections 114 and 103 (d) of the Armed Forces Act Cap A20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Sections 312, 287, 96 and 309 of the Penal Code Cap P3 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

He was found guilty on all 46 counts and subsequently sentenced to serve 21 years imprisonment, cumulatively, as well as a reduction in rank to Corporal and ordered to refund all monies misappropriated.

WO Paul Atteh, who was tried for negligently performing his duty as the Treasurer of the Cooperative as well as for the Making of False Documents and Criminal Breach of Trust, was found guilty of all 3 charges.

Atteh was punished with a reduction in rank from WO to Sergeant, in the first instance, and then eventually reduced to the rank of Corporal. He is also required to pay a fine of N1,000,000.00.

Meanwhile, the GCM has ordered the release of WO Atteh from detention, the Air Force statement said.

While pleading in mitigation, the Defence Counsel urged the Court to show leniency, describing the Accused Persons as first-time offenders.

The sentences were announced as being subject to confirmation by the Appropriate Superior Authority.

However, it is within the rights of the Accused Personnel to appeal the judgment of the GCM, if they are dissatisfied.

EFCC Arraigns Man For N845,000 Fraud In Maiduguri

A file photo of the EFCC logo.

 

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), has arraigned Bunu Sherrif before Justice Fadawu Umaru of the Borno State High Court on one count charge bordering on cheating to the tune of N845,300.00 (Eight Hundred and Forty -Five Thousand, Three Hundred Naira).

The defendant allegedly bought seventy-nine bags of maize at N10,700.00 (Ten Thousand Seven Hundred Naira) per bag, totaling N845,300.00 from the petitioner, Alhaji Musa Usman Askira on the agreement of paying the victim after selling the maize.

According to the facts of the case, the defendant refused to remit the proceeds from the sales, even after the victim confirmed that the farm produce had been sold.

The one-count charge read: “That you Alhaji Bunu Sheriff sometime in 2019 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, while being entrusted with dominion over certain properties to wit: 79 bags of maize worth N845,000.00 (Eight Hundred and Forty Five Thousand, Three Hundred Naira only) by one Alhaji Musa Usman Askira did dishonestly misappropriate the said proceeds, being the value of the said 79 bags of maize and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 311 and 312 of the Penal Code Law of Borno State Cap. 102 Vol. 3 of 1994 respectively.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges when he took his plea.

Upon the plea, prosecution counsel, A.U. Ringim asked the court for a trial date, for the prosecution to open its case and prayed the court to remand the defendant in the Correctional Service.

Counsel to the defendant, A. Mohammed did not object to the prayers of the prosecution.

Justice Umaru adjourned the matter to September 29, 2020 for commencement of trial and ordered that the defendant be remanded in a Correctional Service.

EFCC Arrests 22 Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Owerri

 

Operatives of the Uyo zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), have arrested 22 suspected internet fraudsters at different locations in Imo state.

The all-male suspects, whose ages range between 20 and 41, were nabbed recently at “Sight and Services” within “World Bank”, in Ugwuma Town and “Road Safety” by Toronto road, Egbu, Owerri, Imo state.

They are: Chinonso Anozie Frank; Ogadibo Victor Chikeluba; Clinton Njoku Onyekachi; Okoro Edwin Chigozie; Anozie Chibuzor Harold; Anyaeriuba Canice; Ogbuehi Anderson; Okere Nonye; Njoku Paul Chibuike; Ndalaka Felix Chukwuebuka and Anele Chibuike Timothy.

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Others are; Chidi Kalu; Uparai Daniel; Ubochi Christian Ikechukwu; Udoka Obi; Chiagozie Morris Obiano; Moses Akaedite; Henry Princewill Chisom; Prince Ibe; Ugwuegbu Fredrick Ekenna, William Peter Obinna and Udoka Ihiekwe Kelechi.

At the point of arrest, several cars and gadgets were recovered from them and they include a black Lexus E5 330; a silver-coloured Toyota Corolla LE, a silver-coloured Toyota Camry, and a blue Toyota Corolla LE.

Others include a silver -coloured Lexus E5; a black Toyota Venza, a grey -coloured Mercedes ML350 SUV and a silver- coloured Toyota Highlander SUV.

Also recovered from them are 15 laptops and 20 sophisticated mobile phones.

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

Uncovering €14.7 Million Fraud Will Improve Nigeria-Germany Relations – Police

 

The Nigerian police on Monday said its work in arresting two Nigerians allegedly involved in attempting to defraud a German company will help to improve its relationship with Europe’s richest country.

The police on Sunday announced the arrest of Babatunde Adesanya and Akinpelu Hassan Abass who are said to be members of a sophisticated transnational criminal network.

The men were allegedly part of a COVID-19 procurement operation that tried to defraud the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia of about €14.7 million.

READ ALSO: Two Arrested For Allegedly Defrauding German Company Of €14.7m

“This will actually help in strengthening our relationship with Germany,” police spokesman, Frank Mba said during his appearance on a Channels Television’s COVID-19 special programme. “Rather than having a negative impact, it will have a very positive impact.

“The German people, the German government and the German business community must have been encouraged by the timeliness of our action, the fact that detectives from Nigeria and Interpol’s National Central Bureau (NCB) based here in Abuja, have got the capacity to actually wade into this kind of case and uncover the crime and try to bring the criminals to book.

“It shows that even if Germans are making investments in Nigeria, they can be assured that their investments are protected and we’ve got the capacity to tackle any unforeseen circumstances that may arise.”

Mba noted that other nationals also took part in the operation.

“There are criminals all over the world,” he said. “Remember that even in this case, there are also accomplices who are not Nigerians, who are Dutch citizens, working with their Nigerian counterparts.”

How The Fraudsters Were Caught

Mba on Monday tried to explain how the criminals almost succeeded in completing the fraud, after already receiving a 1.5 million euros advanced payment and another 880,000 euro payments for the bogus COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

“It has been a long-stretched investigation,” Mba said. “If you look at the complexity of the case, you will understand very clearly that the investigators, particularly the detectives from the Cyber-crime unit of the Nigerian Police Force that is currently being warehoused within the Interpol NCB in Abuja had had to work day and night and spanning over several weeks, before they could actually crack down on those suspects.

“This should not be coming as a surprise to Nigerians. At the peak of the lock-down, we did issue a press release where we actually warned about the likelihood of crimes of this nature occurring, not just within Nigeria but also in other parts of the world. We made it very clear that scammers within Nigeria and other parts of the world are beginning to find ways, creative ways for that matter, to take advantage of the fears, the needs generated by the pandemic.

“That is also not surprising, because everywhere in the world, criminals always take advantage of situations, they will take advantage of wars, pandemics, natural disasters, even big time celebrations like the Olympics and World Cup and find very creative ways to actually fleece innocent citizens of their hard-earned income; and that’s exactly what happened here.

“These Nigerian fraudsters, working with their cohorts in Netherlands, presented themselves to a German representative of one of the government agencies as representatives of a company that is based in Holland. That company, ILBN Holdings BV, is prominent and has a very good track-record of producing high-quality PPEs.

“And without the regional company knowing what’s going on, they creatively, cleverly and criminally cloned their website and initiated transactions with a German which eventually culminated in the sealing of this illicit deal valued at about 14.7 million euros.”