Rosemary Nwisi, Port Harcourt and Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin
OFFICIALS of Port Harcourt office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), have arrested 12 suspected internet fraudsters in Ishuizo, Egbu in Owerri, Imo State.
The suspects are: Samuel Chimaobi, Alex Udodiri, Ejike Chikamso, Nwanchukwu Michael and Obialor Samson.
Others are: Chukwudi Leo Asoegbu, Michael Opara, Uzukwu Chibuike Princewill, Okeke Mac Donald, Jonathan Chikwen Nature, Agu Emmanuel Ebere and Ikechi Lucky Obi.
Twenty-three persons were apprehended by the EFCC early hours of Thursday, March 12, 2020, following useful information on the activities of the fraud gang in the area.
Eleven were later released after screening. Preliminary investigation reportedly found the other persons being held culpable to various internet crimes ranging from love scam, Bitcoin fraud , identity theft, trading scam, among others.
Items said to recovered from the suspects are Eleven laptops, five android phones, four Nokia phones, one Techno phone, three WIFI, two modem and a wrist watch.
The Federal Government Agency noted that the suspects would be charged to court when investigations were concluded.
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A High Court in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Tuesday sentenced four men to one year jail term each for internet fraud.
The convicts Atanda Femi Benjamin, Sadiku Muniru Dolapo, Olapade Oladimeji Solomon and Atoyebi Samson were charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for internet fraud and other offences.
The charge against the defendants before their conviction read: “That you, Sadiku Muniru Dolapo (alias; Candace Shelly), sometime in 2018, at Ilorin, within the judicial division of the High Court, while acting as candace shelly a white Caucasian: with Gmail account [email protected] did cheat by fraudulently inducing one Terry Rikerd in delivering to you sum of #2,800,000.00 (Two Million Eight Hundred Thousand Naira) which you converted to Naria and lodged in your Guarant Trust Bank account N0:0165061811 under the guise of being in a romantic relationship and stranded in Nigeria and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 320 of the Penal Code and punishable under section 322 of the Penal Code.
“That you, Atoyebi Samson (William Grover), sometime in July 2019, in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court did cheat by personation when you pretended to be one William Grover a white female with Gmail account [email protected], and fraudulently deceived Charles wood an American Citizen, to send $500.00(Two Hundred
Dollar) worth of gift card after you made him believe you were a girl in love with him and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 321 of the Penal Code and punishable under section 324 of the same Penal Code”
In her judgement, Justice Adenike Akinpelu said “the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses in the matter were not challenged nor contradicted by the accused persons even when the court gave them liberty to do so.”
“This honourable court is of the view the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt against the accused persons, this Court found you guilty of the offence of cheating by impersonation and hereby convicted accordingly.”
Justice Akinpelu also ordered that an expensive car, laptops and mobile phones recovered from the convicts be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
She added that the sentence is without an option of fine.