EFCC Nabs 12 Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Ibadan

 

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday, October 15, 2021, arrested 12 suspected internet fraudsters at Alapata and Awotan areas of Ibadan, Oyo State.

The suspects include: Adetola Oluwaseyi Francis, Yusuf Sadam Opeyemi, Usman Adam Abudulahi, Usman Adams Shehu, Ogunleye Timidehin Paul, Omobowa Oluwagbemileke Israel, Owoade Kehinde Elijah, Kamorudeen Sodiq Akano.

Others are; Adeboye Abdulazeez Ayodeji, Ojekunle Tobiloba Micheal, Adewole Peter Adewunmi and Adetola Olamilekan Abidemi.

According to the EFCC, the suspects most of whom claimed to be undergraduates were apprehended following actionable intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet-related crimes.

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At the point of the arrest, series of fraudulent documents and other instruments allegedly used in committing the suspected crimes were recovered from them.

The items include: Toyota Corolla, sophisticated phones and laptops.

The agency stated that the suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.

21 Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested In Abuja, Niger

The suspected internet fraudsters arrested by the EFCC. Credit: EFCC

 

Twenty-one suspected internet fraudsters have been arrested at their hideout in Gwarimpa and Dawaki Extension, Abuja and Niger State respectively.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which stated this in a statement issued by its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said the arrest was sequel to credible intelligence obtained by the commission on their alleged criminal activities.

The suspects were identified as Akpotegho Profit, Aseimo Prince, Ekhaguere Favour, Ekhaguere Esewi, Kelvin Ekhaguere, Temola Adex, Ezuzu Happiness and Ekhiyokwo Emmanuel.

Others are Mena Ejife Emmanuel, Clement Ifietekhai, Babatunde Ilori, Ejoor Joseph, Okunuwe Frank Durkio, Agbaga Kelvin, Ajayi Kehinde David, Akinwale Taiwo, Joseph Henry Junior and Agbaje Opeyemi.

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Items recovered from the suspects include six exotic cars, 26 mobile phones, 11 laptop computers, flash and Hardrive, three International passports and six handbags.

The commission said the suspected fraudsters in Niger State were nabbed on Friday, identifying them as Abubakar Haruna, Nuhu Alfa Katuna and Mohammed Adamu.

Items recovered from them include mobile phones and SIM cards

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

Six Fraudsters Convicted In Abeokuta, To Return $3,550 To Victims

A file photo of a court gavel.

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta has convicted and sentenced six fraudsters in Ogun State, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said.

In a statement on Monday, the spokesman for the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, noted that the convicts were brought before Justice Mohammed Abubakar by the Ibadan zonal office of the EFCC.

Those sentenced by the court are Kareem Olamide, Idowu Tobi, Anifowose Adedeji, Alimi Folarin, Gabriel Ayobami, and Abesin Sodeeq.

They were convicted for fraudulent impersonation, contrary to section 22(2)(b)(i) and (ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015 and sentenced to various jail terms.

While Idowu was sentenced to six months imprisonment, Anifowose and Gabriel bagged four months jail term each.

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Kareem and Abesin, on the other hand, got three months imprisonment while Alimi bagged two months.

The judge, however, gave Anifowose and Gabriel an option of N200,000 each as fine while Kareem was given an option of N100,000 fine.

He also ordered the defendants to restitute their victims.

Alimi is to restitute the sum of N11,026,864.29 to his victims – John Castro, Romone Rockitt, and Robert Reaman – through the Federal Government.

He is also to forfeit an iPhone 12 mobile phone and a black Lexus iS250 to the government, being proceeds of his crime.

Justice Abubakar ordered Abesin to restitute his victim with $2,300 and forfeit an iPhone XS Max and a Nokia phone to the government.

He also ordered Gabriel to restitute his victim with $750 and N726,000, as well as forfeit an Apple MacBook, a Hp Laptop, one iPhone X, and one Samsung S9 to the government.

Idowu, on his part, is to pay $100 and €25 to his victims and forfeit a black iPhone XR mobile phone to the government, while Kareem will forfeit an iPhone 7.

Similarly, the court ordered Anifowose to return $400 to his victims and forfeit an Apple laptop, a Samsung S9, and an iPhone 11 Pro Max to the government.

Job Scam: Be Mindful Of Fraudsters, Immigration Warns Nigerians

NIS Comptroller-General, Mr Muhammad Babandede, speaks in Abuja on September 6, 2019.
A file photo of NIS Comptroller-General, Mr Muhammad Babandede.

 

 

Authorities of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) have warned jobseekers to be mindful of fraudsters while seeking to be enlisted into the service.

The Service Public Relations Officer, James Sunday, gave the warning in a statement on Tuesday while reacting to reports that the NIS was recruiting.

“The attention of the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service Muhammad Babandede MFR has been drawn to a fake NIS recruitment scam site and link posted on social media by fraudsters with the intention of defrauding innocent and unsuspecting Nigerians of monies.

“The Service had warned severally and is still warning good spirited Nigerians to avoid such fake recruitment offer which is not officially posted on the official NIS website,” he said.

According to Sunday, no fee is charged for NIS recruitment and jobseekers should avoid falling victims to criminal elements.

He stressed that the NIS would always publish and announce its official recruitment and notifications through credible dailies and media platforms.

27 Suspected Fraudsters Arrested By EFCC In Ogun

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Lagos Zonal office, has arrested 27 suspected fraudsters for offences bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretences, forgery, and possession of fraudulent documents.

The suspects are: Joshua Awoyemi, Sadiq Adeola, Olusoga Sadiq, Olalekan Savage, Arinze Princewill, Ojelabi Adewale, Ibrahim Habib, Wusu Damilare, Kadejo Sola, Osho Omotolani, Adeosun Adeyemi, Sobiye Oluwafemi and Temitope Opaogun.

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Others are: Ademuyiwa Korede, Shotayo Ahmed, Azeez Sodiq, Iyedudu Benjamin, Ayeleso Joseph, Akintayo Toluwalope, Ale Olugbenga Abraham, Ogunlami Adetokunbo, Adebanjo Ayodeji, Ayodeji Yemi, Idris Ayandiran, Shittu Sadiq, Alayo Odunayo and Ayinde Olawale.

The suspects were arrested on Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14, 2019, in Abeokuta, Ogun State, following intelligence reports received by the Commission.
Items recovered from the suspects include seven cars, 25 phones, and 10 laptops.
The suspects will soon be charged to court.

Fraudsters Scam Nigerians With Russia World Cup Passes

Ambassador of Nigeria to Russia Steve Davies Ugbah speaks with Nigerians in front of the Nigerian Embassy in Moscow on July 13, 2918. Fraudsters have tricked scores of Nigerians by selling them football World Cup fan passes to travel to Russia, leaving many stranded. PHOTO: Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP

 

Fraudsters have tricked scores of Nigerians by selling them football World Cup fan passes to travel to Russia, leaving many stranded and penniless, victims and anti-trafficking campaigners say.

Some Nigerians told AFP they used the official Fan IDs to come to Russia with the promise of finding work or even playing professional football themselves.

Others said they came to watch World Cup matches but got stranded when their return plane tickets were canceled by bogus travel agencies that booked them.

Ismail Olamilekan, 21, and his brother Sodiq, 25, said they paid N250,000 (600 euros, $700) each to a man in Lagos for their Fan IDs.

“The man told us that with the Fan ID we could get a job and stay here,” Ismail told AFP at a hostel on the outskirts of Moscow.

“But when we got here we discovered that it was a fraud, that he had just collected the money and lied to us.”

 ‘Football career’

The plastic-coated passes issued by the Russian government enable foreign fans with match tickets to enter the country without a visa during the World Cup — but they expire before the end of July.

It was not clear how the bogus agents obtained the Fan IDs that they sold.

A FIFA spokesman stressed that the Fan IDs system was implemented by the Russian communications ministry.

FIFA “continues to make efforts to identify and curb unauthorised ticket sales,” he added.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova told a news briefing it was a matter for the consular authorities of the countries concerned.

“You can’t rule out that some of the foreign guests, taking advantage of visiting the World Cup, are counting in some way or another, usually illegally, on crossing the Russian border and entering one of the European countries,” she added.

 Nigerians ‘stranded’

The Olamilekan brothers spent about a thousand dollars each for their plane fare to Moscow, on top of what they paid separately to the agent.

“In Nigeria I play football. He told me that if I started working I can also start a (football) career in Russia,” Ismail Olamilekan said.

A fellow Muslim was allowing the brothers to sleep in his hostel until their return flight on July 22.

Other Nigerians, however, found themselves stranded in Russia after fraudulent “agents” who booked return flights for them then cancelled the bookings to get a refund.

One group of about a dozen Nigerians spent days sleeping at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport.

Some of them told AFP they paid more than a million naira each to an agent for a package including flights, match tickets and a fan ID.

“We’ve been sleeping on the floor like fools. We’ve got no place to go,” said Alonge Ademola, 35, a cement dealer from Lagos.

“We really do want to go back to our country. We’ve cried, we’ve wept, but still no solution.”

Russian charity Alternativa said it had helped about 50 Nigerians stranded in Russia and estimated there were about 200 in difficulty overall.

“With globalisation the opportunities for criminals are also increasing. The Fan IDs make an extremely profitable business for them,” said the group’s spokeswoman, Yulia Siluyanova.

 Lesson learnt

Around 50 Nigerians spent the night of Thursday to Friday on the pavement in front of the Nigerian embassy in Moscow.

Nigerian embassy spokesman Olumide Ajayi told AFP on Friday that it had made arrangements to house 57 stranded Nigerians and would work with Russian authorities and airlines to find a way to send them home.

The Olamilekan brothers meanwhile are waiting to board the return flights. They funded the whole trip with money their parents borrowed.

“We don’t have any option but to go back home and work and pay our parents’ debts,” Ismail said.

“I spoke to them last night. They asked if we’ve got a job and if we’re living well and I decided to tell them yes. I don’t like lying to my parents,” he said.

“I still give thanks to God because he has taught me a lesson.”

AFP

DSS Warns Nigerians Of Fraudsters Posing As Its Operatives

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The Department of State Services has warned Nigerians to beware of fraudsters and operatives of “some security agencies” posing as its agents.

According to the DSS, some security agencies have continually engaged in illegal security operations, allegedly in its, in parts of the country.

“These impersonators, in some instances, try to mimic the Service’s operational tactics by using its symbols and paraphernalia especially operational dress codes,” the DSS said in a statement by its spokesman, Mr Tony Opuiyo.

“The aim, according to information available to the service, is to accord semblance of legitimacy to their operations and as well leave impressions that the DSS was, in fact, involved.”

An example of such illegal operations, the statement said, was the raid and search of the Kaduna residence of former Vice President, Namadi Sambo.

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“Another was the one executed at No.165, Ademola Adetokunbo, Wuse II, Abuja, belonging to Sahara Energy Company,” it added.

The security agency, which said it was working to end the act, called on Nigerians to provide it with tips and information about suspected illegal operations.

“The public is hereby alerted to be wary of these ugly trends and also informed that not all operatives in black uniforms are personnel of the DSS,” it added.

It promised that, in line with its standard operating procedures, it would be accountable and keep stakeholders informed of its activities “on the basis of need-to-know principle”.

Police Arrest Gang Of Suspected Fraudsters, Recover Vital Exhibits

Police Arrest, FraudstersThe Nigerian Police has announced its arrest of a gang of suspected notorious fraudsters and recovery of vital exhibits.

Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, said in a statement on Tuesday that the suspects were tracked, trailed and arrested by Police’s operatives attached to the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) on August 1, 2016.

The arrests, according to him were “subsequent to several complaints received from well-meaning individuals and highly placed personalities in Abuja of serious threat to their lives, intimidation and attempts to defraud them of huge sums of money”.

“The syndicate specialises in sending test messages and calling highly placed individuals such as Honourable Ministers, Senators, Governors, Captains of industry etc. on phone demanding for huge sums of money or else the victims should await grievous consequences if they failed to comply.

“Abdulrahman Shaibu 21 yrs., who is the leader of the gang was arrested during a rigorous and painstaking investigation into the crime.

“His arrest led to the arrest of Isiaku Maheed Zanbuk ‘M” 47 yrs. and Hassan Haruna ‘M’ 35 yrs. who are also key members of the syndicate.

“The three suspects confessed to the crime and explained to the investigators, various roles played by each of them in the perpetration of this criminal act and other related crimes they have committed in the past.

“They will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation,” he said.

Exhibits recovered from their possession include:

  1. A phone (handset) containing the SIM card /number used to threaten the complainant.
  2. Copies of letters of threat to life addressed to highly placed Nigerians.
  3. Copies of letters of fraud addressed to well-meaning individuals and cooperate bodies soliciting for monetary assistance for non-existing tragedies and projects.
  4. List of names and phone numbers /contact of hundred of important personalities in public and private sectors in Nigeria.

The Police PRO urged members of the general public to be vigilant and report promptly any threat to the nearest Police Station.

Job Scam: FIRS Arraign 5 Persons For Defrauding Job Seekers

Job scamFive suspected fraudsters accused of collecting money from job seekers for non-existing jobs at the Federal Inland Revenue Service have been arraigned at a Federal High Court.

In recent times, there has been an increase in the money for job scam, with fraudsters promising unemployed persons jobs in exchange for money.

In this case, the accused persons defrauded one Miss Esther Nona of the sum of N46, 000 with a promise to get her a job at the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

The accused persons: Alex Oki, Ogbonna Agwu, Shuaibu Mohammed, Kehinde Jamah and David Kachia all pleaded not guilty to the five counts charge against them.

Their lawyer, Ebenezer Agbadaki, further made a case for their bail. He told the court that all attempts to secure their bail since they were arrested on September 9 had proved abortive.

He urged the court to exercise its discretion in favour of his clients.

However, lawyer to the FIRS, Chinonso Edeh, told the court that contrary to what the accused persons said, the accused had been granted bail but no one came forward to secure their bail .

Trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, granted all the accused persons bail and added that one of the sureties must be a civil servant of not less than level ten in the civil service.

The sureties must produce a letter from his superior confirming his employment.

The sureties must also own a landed property in Abuja worth 10 million naira and produce evidence of tax clearance in the last three years among others.

Subsidy Scam Funds: EFCC Gets Restraining Order On Foreign Accounts

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mister Ibrahim Lamorde said the Commission had secured a restraining order on the United Kingdom accounts of some fuel subsidy fraudsters.

Speaking when the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Doctor Andrew Pocock paid him a courtesy visit, Mister Lamorde explained that the EFCC was formalising ways of getting the funds forfeited and repatriated to Nigeria.

The EFCC chairman said the restraining order secured by the Commission in the UK was as a result of the wonderful relationship the Commission had enjoyed and is still enjoying from the UK in recent times.

Earlier, Doctor Pocock had observed that owing to corruption in allocation and delivery process, cost of infrastructure in Nigeria has been three times higher than it ought to be.

He, however, expressed optimism that if Nigeria got it right in the power sector privatisation, the country would be on the verge of an industrial revolution.

Police Nabs Man For Raping 4 Year Old To Death

The Imo state police command has arrested a 30-year old man, Mr. Onyebuchi Ejinkonye who allegedly raped a 4-year old girl to death in Omuma Oru east local government area of Imo state.

Parading the suspect at the command headquaters in Owerri the state capital, the Imo State Commissioner for Police Mr. Mohammed Katsina revealed that his team caught Mr. Onyebuchi Ejinkonye while he was trying to bury the corpse of the 4year old girl after raping her to death.

Mr. Katsina also paraded some kidnap suspects, armed robbers as well as fraudsters who had been terrorizing the peace of the state.

He called for the cooperation of Imo citizens by giving the police meaningful information regarding to criminal hide outs and their movement.

He advised criminals in the state to go into hiding as he will not take it likely with their lot.

Cybercrime bill scales through second reading

Two bills seeking to provide a legal framework to combat computer misuse and cybercrime in Nigeria have passed second reading in the House of Representatives.

The bills, which were presented by rep. Aisha dahiru, seek to amend the criminal and penal codes to provide for offences and penalties for computer misuse and cybercrimes as she cited the recent gruesome killing of Cynthia Osokogu who was lured to Lagos, raped, robbed and strangled by her “friend” on a BlackBerry chat room as one of the ills of cybercrime which must be fixed during her lead debate on the bill.

According to her, the absence of cybercrime laws portrayed Nigeria as “very porous nation” for cybercrime.

Ahmed who described cybercrime as “well organised and coordinated enterprise” said the absence of cybercrime legislation has exposed sensitive economic, intelligence and security and sundry government outfit to hacking by cybercrime syndicates.

The Taraba lawmaker told lawmakers that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has made 288 cybercrime- related arrests but 234 of the cases were still pending in court largely due to absence of cybercrime legislation to prosecute the cases.

Most members who contributed to the debate on the bill were unanimous in their submissions that it is time for the nation to have a cybercrime law.

Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila in his contribution to the debate said, “This issue (cybercrime and computer misuse) has become a menace to society that needs to be dealt with frontally.”

Most of the lawmakers supported the bills, saying it will empower law enforcement agencies to combat the crimes which have negatively affected Nigeria’s image internationally.