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1 APR 2021

EFCC Hands Recovered ¥370, 000, $1,800 USD to Japanese Victim of Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Thursday, April 1, 2021
handed over the sums of ¥370,000 Japanese Yen and $1,800 USD, recovered from
a fraudster, to the Japanese victim through officials of the Japanese Embassy,
Abuja.

The money was recovered by the EFCC following a complaint by one Hatsumi Ozeki
on January 19, 2019.

Investigation established that Ozeki was duped by one Evans Ewean-Obayagbona
but the proceeds of crime was wired to him through the accounts of his accomplices-
Samson Okonofua, Osifo Onaiwi-Kelly and Igbenedion Iyobor Mikel.

Speaking while handing over the money to officials of the Japanese Embassy at
the EFCC headquarters, Abuja, the Director of Operations, Abdulkarim Chukkol,
reiterated the Commission's commitment to the fight against cybercrime and
other forms of financial crimes. He said the agency is poised to sanitize
the nation's financial system to ensure a conducive investment climate for
foreign investors.

On his part, the representative of the Japanese Embassy expressed appreciation
to the EFCC for the feat in recovery the money and commended the agency's commitment
to fighting corruption.

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419 Coalition comment: Now, this is how we like to see things done! Well done
on this case EFCC, let's make it a routine procedure, that would be wonderful!
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1 APR 2021

EFCC Nabs 34 Yahoo Boys in Ibadan, Lagos

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested
a total of 34 suspected internet fraudsters, also known as Yahoo
Yahoo Boys. They were apprehended in separate operations in Ibadan,
Oyo state and Lagos.

Twenty four of the suspects, most of whom claimed to be undergraduates,
were rounded up today April 1, 2021 at their hideout in Apete area of
Ibadan, Oyo State by operatives from the Ibadan Zonal Office of the
Commission.

The suspects are, Isiaka Quadri Olawale, Ojubanire Akindimeji Abdulquadri,
Shobowale Michael Morenikeji, Adeyemi Yusuf Ekundayo, Alabi Gift Jesse,
Owolabi Yakubu Joseph, Olasupo Ogooluwa Ayomide, Emmanuel Segun Omogbolahan,
Mufutau Sarafa Adewale, and Adekunle Habeeb Olamilekan.

Others are, Usman Abdullahi Olamilekan, Adurota Emmanuel Tosin, Adekunle
Ibrahim Babatunde, Adeyiga Ayobami Emmanuel, Olubanji Remilekun Michael,
Ibrahim Damola Iremide, Okunlaja Joshua Opeyemi, Aiyelokun Bolaji Emmanuel,
Akintokun Olalekan Ibukunmi, Kehinde Victor Boluwatife, Oni Olanrewaju Gabriel,
Shobowale Samuel Durodola, Owolabi Quadri Damilola and Monday Blessing Patrick.

The early morning raid followed actionable intelligence on their alleged
involvement in internet-related crimes.

The arrest led to the recovery of valuable items, including four exotic cars,
mobile phones, laptops, SIM cards and several incriminating documents.

The remaining ten suspects were arrested by Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office
on March 30, 2021at Horizon II Estate, Meadow Hall Way, Lekki, Lagos following
credible information on their alleged criminal activities.

The suspects who are allegedly involved in romance scam, unemployment benefits
scam, identity theft, and purchase of malicious tools to compromise corporate
email accounts and intercept email messages, include: Daniel Udegbe, Taiwo
Akintimehin, Abiola Opeyemi, Great Shayo Akintimehin, Dikoyejo Damilola Emmanuel,
ibiayinabobo Daso and Toheeb Alhassan.

Others are: Michael Ofoedu Obinna, Sanni Azeez and Ridwan Adeyinka Songonuga.

Items recovered from the suspects include mobile phones and laptop computers.

The suspects have volunteered statements to the Commission and would be charged
to Court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release includes photos:

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30 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests Female Internet Fraud Suspect

Operatives of the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, on Friday March 26, 2021 arrested one Queen Jonathan, for s
uspected internet fraud in Oghara, Delta State.

24-year-old Jonathan is alleged to be involved in Bitcoin Scam. She presented
herself as one Sophia Rodriguez, an expert in Bitcoin, on Instagram, to defraud
unsuspecting victims.

Items recovered from her include an Infinix Hot 8 mobile phone.

The suspect has made useful statement and will be arraigned in Court as soon
as investigation is completed.

The press release includes a photo:

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29 MAR 2021

Man Bags Three Months Imprisonment for Fraud

A Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama, Abuja presided
over by Justice Peter Affen on March 25, 2021 sentenced one Ogbelegba
Emmanuel Abel to three months imprisonment for offences bordering
on obtaining money by false pretence and internet fraud.

The convict was arrested on February 25, 2020 in his apartment in
Maitama, Abuja following reports received by the Commission on his
suspicious activities and questionable lifestyle.

Upon conclusion of investigation, the convict was arraigned in Court o
n one count charge of obtaining by false pretense.

He pleaded ‘guilty’ to the charge preferred against him.

Consequently, the court convicted and sentenced him to 3 months imprisonment
with an option of fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira.

The Court also ordered the convict to restitute his victim the sum of $150
USD and forfeit his smartphone to the Federal Government.

The press release includes a photo:

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29 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests Ten Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Akure

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
on Monday March 29, 2021 arrested 10 suspected internet fraudsters
in Akure, Ondo State.

Those arrested are Adekolurejo James, Gabriel Seyifunmi, Adekunle Joshua,
Adeboyega Idowu, Olorunnayo Adewale, Akande Akinyemi, Oluwugbemgia Blessing,
Oladepo Abiodun, Ibrahim Olagoke and Akinboyejo Abimbola.

Items recovered from the suspects include eight exotic cars, laptops
computers, phones, documents and identity cards

The suspects have made useful statement and will be arraigned in court
as soon as investigation is completed.

The press release includes photos:

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29 MAR 2021

Court Jails Internet Fraudster One Year in Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
has secured the conviction and sentencing of one Olaofe Olamide to one year
imprisonment for engaging in internet fraud before Justice Mojisola Dada of
the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

He was arraigned on March 29, 2021 on one-count charge of possession of fraudulent
documents contrary to Section 320 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

He pleaded "guilty" to the charge.

Consequently, the prosecuting counsel, A.O. Mohammed, informed the Court of a
plea bargain agreement between the prosecution and the defence.

Mohammed, further reviewed the facts of the case, and tendered in evidence the
statements of the defendant and documents implicating him, which were printed
out from his device.

He, therefore, urged the Court to convict him accordingly.

He also prayed that the items recovered from the defendant, which were proceeds
of the crime, be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Defence counsel, Rafiat Shittu, however, pleaded with the Court to temper justice
with mercy on the grounds that "the defendant is a first-time offender and has shown
remorse."

Justice Dada convicted him as charged and sentenced him to one year in prison
with an option of fine of N2million.

The Judge also ordered forfeited to the Federal Government an iPhone 7, an Apple
MacBook laptop, a Samsung S5 and a Hyundai Sonata vehicle, which were recovered
from him by the prosecution.

"On release from custody or satisfaction of the fine, he must sign a bond with
the EFCC to be of good behaviour within and outside of the country," Justice
Dada added.

The press release includes a photo:

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29 MAR 2021

18 Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested in Abuja, 3 in Niger

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on March 25, 2021
arrested 18 suspected internet fraudsters at a hideout in Gwarimpa and
Dawaki Extension, Abuja.

The arrest was sequel to credible intelligence obtained by the Commission
on their alleged criminal activities.

The suspects are: Akpotegho Profit, 20; Aseimo Prince, 21; Ekhaguere Favour,19;
Ekhaguere Esewi, 25; Kelvin Ekhaguere, 25; Temola Adex,25; Ezuzu Happiness, 21
and Ekhiyokwo Emmanuel, 25.

Others are: Mena Ejife Emmanuel, 25; Clement Ifietekhai, 29; Babatunde Ilori, 35;
Ejoor Joseph, 22; Okunuwe Frank Durkio, 22; Agbaga Kelvin, 22; Ajayi Kehinde David,
25; Akinwale Taiwo, 30; Joseph Henry Junior, 25 and Agbaje Opeyemi, 31.

Items recovered from the suspects include six exotic cars, twenty six mobile
phones, eleven laptop computers, Flash and Hardrive, three International passports,
and six hand bags.

In a related development, three suspected internet fraudsters were arrested by
operatives of the Commission on Friday March 26, 2021 in Niger State. The suspects
are Abubakar Haruna, Nuhu Alfa Katuna and Mohammed Adamu.

Items recovered from them include mobile phones and SIM cards.

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

The press release includes photos:

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26 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests 10 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Delta

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
Benin Zonal Office in the wee hours of Friday March 26, 2021
arrested 10 suspected internet fraudsters in Oghara, Delta State.

Those arrested are Ifeakachukwu Prince, Vincent Ikechukwu, Oki
Morrison Onome, Lucky Morrisson Efe, Ejiro Nwaju, Onyije Ifeanyi,
Sunday Fejiro, Wisdom Agharadoro and Peace Omaghoni.

Items recovered from the suspects include laptop computers, phones,
Mercedes-Benz 350 4Matic and C330.

The suspects have made useful statements and will be arraigned in
court as soon as investigations are completed.

The press release inludes photos:

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26 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests Son, Mother for Alleged N50m Internet Fraud

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, have arrested Ibeh Theophilus Uche,
Chief Executive Officer, CEO, 10 Kobo Wine Place, Ikotun, Lagos
alongside his mother for their alleged involvement in computer
related fraud to the tune of about N50million in Lagos.

The 28-year-old suspect was arrested recently in his room in
Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, following
credible intelligence reports about his alleged criminal activities.

During interrogation, Uche, who presents himself variously as
Racheal Armstrong , Keanu Reeves, Rebekah Schwarzenberger, Keanu
Private, Elizabeth Hortman and Stefan Paulson, confessed to being
into Bitcoin investment scam, romance scam and identity theft.

The suspect also confessed to have defrauded his victims to the
tune of about N50m, since he started the criminal activities in 2020.

Investigations revealed that the suspect had been using a First Bank
account belonging to his mother, who is one of his accomplices, to l
aunder the proceeds of his alleged criminal activities.

Items recovered from the suspect are one iPhone 11 Pro Max; one iPhone 12
pro max; two MacBook Pro laptops; a PlayStation 5; an iPad and a small Nokia
touch phone.

Others are a Mercedes Benz S550 2015 Sedan car and a Lexus RX 350 SUV
2016, among other incriminating items.

The suspect will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes a photo:

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26 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests 24 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Ogun

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, have arrested 24 suspected in internet fraudsters in Ogun
State.

The suspects are: Oladitan Olakunle Dauda, Olapade Olawale Segun, Babayemi
Oluwaseun Adeyemi Yahyah, Adesoye Olayode Samuel, Sani Lekan Olaniyi, Sulaimon
Adeyinka abdulahi, Sanni Olanrewaju Saheed, Oladele Adebola Felix, Idowu Afis
Olamilekan, Adeniran Emmanuel Oluwaseun, Alarape Sakiru Olawale,Yusuf Waheed,
Olajide Segun Yinka, Aderibigbe Ibikunle Adedeji, Okerin Olamilekan Emmanuel
and Adelakun Owolabi Samuel.

Others are: Olajide Ayobami Paul, Okenla Hammed Adetola, Akorede Adebayo Aderemi,
Ajibola Azeez Olayinka, Salaudeen Taofeeq Olawale, Solomon Akintoye Omisakin,
Ibraheem Saheed Ayinde and Odusanya Olawale Abiodun.

They were arrested at their various residences in the Sango area of Ogun State,
on March 21, 2021, following intelligence reports received by the Commission about
their involvement in the alleged criminal activities.

Items recovered from the suspects include exotic cars, mobile phones of various
brands, laptop computers, Wi-Fi and modem devices.

The suspects will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes a photo:

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25 MAR 2021

Eight Convicted In Abeokuta over Fraudulent Impersonation

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Ibadan zonal office
secured eight convictions on Thursday, March 25, 2021 before Justice Mohammed
Abubakar of Federal High Court, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The convicts are: Olayiwola Olamilekan Adewole, Raji Wasiu Olalekan, Uthman
Dolapo Muhammed, Usman Toheeb Olawale, Oyesoji Tosin Isaac, Okegbenro Idris
Olalekan, Oluwole Olusukanmi Yinka and Akinlolu akintunde Toheed

The defendants pleaded guilty to separate one count of impersonation, following
a plea bargain with the EFCC.

After taking their pleas, Justice Abubakar convicted and sentenced them to
various jail terms and also ordered that they restitute their victims.

Olayiwola, Oyesoji and Usman were sentenced to four months in prison with
the option of N100,000, N300,000 and N50,000 fine respectively; while Raji,
Uthman, Okegbenro, and Akinlolu bagged three months imprisonment. Uthman,
Okegbenro and Akinlolu got option of N200, 000, N50, 000 and N100, 000
fine respectively.

Oluwole was convicted and sentenced to two months imprisonment with no option of fine

The Court also ordered Olayiwola to restitute $1,100 USD to his victim; Raji,
$300USD; Uthman, N1, 184,336.51 ; Oyesoji, $1,800 ; Usman, $70 USD ;Oni, $1,000USD;
Oluwole, £2,000 to Jennifer Unichi and also forfeit the sum of N205,228:65 and Akinlolu,
$950 USD.

The convicts are to forfeit all items recovered from them to the Federal Government
of Nigeria.

The press release includes lots of photos:

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25 MAR 2021

Internet Fraudster Bags Nine Months Jail Term for $30,000 in Lagos

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office,
has secured the conviction and sentencing of an internet fraudster,
Mabifah Quzeem Abayomi, before Justice O.O. Abike-Fadipe of a Special
Offence Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

The convict was arraigned Wednesday, March 24, 2021, on a one-count
charge of possession of documents containing false pretence.

The charge reads: "That you, Mafibah Quzeem Abayomi, about the 21st of
January, 2021 in Lagos State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable
Court, had in your possession documents and fraudulent chats, which contain
false pretence you knew or ought to know to be false and committed the offence
of possession of documents containing false pretence contrary to Section 320
of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011."

He pleaded "guilty" to the charge.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Ayanfe Ogunsina, reviewed
the facts of the case.

Ayanfe told the court that Abayomi was involved in internet fraud by
infiltrating accounts of persons with United States banks.

The prosecution counsel also revealed to the Court that the convict
defrauded his unsuspecting victims to the tune of $30,000 (Thirty Thousand
US Dollars), using 10 credit cards.

Ayanfe further tendered the convict’s statement to the Commission, where
he confessed to the crime.

Consequently, Justice Abike-Fadipe convicted Abayomi as charged and sentenced
him to nine months imprisonment, adding that the judgment would serve as a deterrent
to others.

The Judge also ordered the forfeiture of his mobile devices and the 2 IPads that
were found on him to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release includes a photo:

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25 MAR 2021

Court Jails Internet Fraudster Two Years in Port Harcourt

Justice E. A. Obile of the Federal High Court sitting in Port
Harcourt, Rivers State has convicted and sentenced Uzoma Franklyn
Izuchukwu to two years imprisonment for impersonating an American,
Jefferson Stewart, to dupe his unsuspecting victims.

He was jailed on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 after pleading "guilty"
to one-count charge bordering on impersonation and obtaining money
by false pretence, contrary to Section 22(3) (a) of the Cybercrimes
(Prohibition Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section
22(4)of the same Act.

The charge reads: "That you Uzoma Franklyn Izuchukwu (a.k.a Jefferson
Stewart) sometimes between 2019, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable
Court did fraudulently impersonate one Jefferson Stewart with intent to
gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to
section 22(3) (a) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition Prevention, Etc.) Act,
2015 and punishable under section 22(4)of the same Act".

In view of his plea, prosecuting counsel, N.A Dodo, prayed the court to
convict and sentence him accordingly. However, defence counsel, M. M.
Suleiman sued for mercy, explaining that “"zuchukwu is a first-time offender
and has no previous criminal records"

Justice Obile convicted and sentenced him to two years imprisonment in a
Correctional Service with an option of fine of Five Hundred Thousand Naira
only (N500, 000). He ordered that the phone and laptop linked with the crime
be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Izuchukwu's journey to the Correctional Service started when some verified
intelligence of the EFCC spotted him for internet- related activities.
Investigations showed that the Imo-State born convict was using the identity
of an American, Jefferson Steward to defraud his victims. One of his victim,
Dianne Avinna lost huge amount of money to him.

The press release includes a photo:
https://www.efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/6661-court-jails-internet-fraudster-two-years-in-port-harcourt
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24 MAR 2021

Court Jails Undergrad One Year for $104,500 Romance Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office,
has secured the conviction and sentencing of an Internet fraudster, Adebowale
Taiwo Abiola, to one year imprisonment before Justice O.A. Taiwo of the
Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

The convict, a 500-level student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology,
Ogbomoso, Oyo State, was arrested following intelligence reports received by
the Commission about the criminal activities of a syndicate of Internet f
raudsters residing in the Lekki area of Lagos.

Investigation revealed that Abiola, who resides at Brownstone Estate, Ikate,
Elegushi, Lagos, had presented himself as Burton J. Smith, an American citizen,
to defraud his unsuspecting victims.

It was further revealed that the defendant, while using the identity of Smith,
also a former military personnel, had defrauded one Courtney Selina Kaye, who
had sent money to him by selling bitcoin from her Bitcoin wallet on localbitcoin.com,
of the sum of $104,500 USD in 2019.

He was subsequently arraigned on a one-count amended charge bordering on possession
of fraudulent documents containing false pretence.

The count reads: "Adebowale Taiwo Abiola, sometime in 2020 in Lagos, within the
jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, had in your possession documents containing
false pretence, which you ought to have known that the said documents contain
false pretence."

He pleaded ‘guilty’ to the charge brought against him.

Consequently, the prosecution counsel, I. A. Mohammed, reviewed the facts of the
case and also told the court about the plea bargain entered into by the defendant
with the prosecution.

The prosecution counsel, therefore, urged the Judge to sentence the defendant
accordingly.

Delivering her judgment, Justice Taiwo convicted and sentenced the defendant
to one year imprisonment, with an option of fine of N300,000 ( Three Hundred
Thousand Naira).

The Judge also held that the sum of N5, 000, 000.00(Five Million Naira) recovered
from the defendant be forfeited to the victim, Kaye, through the Federal Government

Justice Taiwo further held that the black Mercedes Benz GLK with registration number
AKD 573 GK recovered from the defendant be forfeited to Kaye through the Federal
Government of Nigeria.

The Judge also ordered that the sum of N26, 620, 000(Twenty-six Million, Six Hundred
and Twenty Thousand Naira), being the remaining part of $104, 500USD (One Hundred
and Four Thousand, Five Hundred United States Dollars) fraudulently obtained by the
convict from Kaye, be restituted through the Federal Government of Nigeria from the
assets and property of the convict until the sum is fully recovered.

The convict was ordered to enter into a bond with the EFCC to be of good behaviour
and never involve in any economic and financial crimes, illegitimate or criminal act
within and outside the shores of the country, after his release from the Nigeria
Correctional Service, NCS, facility.

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419 Coaition comment: We are hopeful that the victim will in fact receive the restitition
money from the Nigerian government as soon as possible,
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24 MAR 2021

EFCC Arraigns Suspected Internet Fraudster in Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, arraigned a suspected internet fraudster,
Anthony Nicholas Ejimkeonye, on a one-count charge of possession of document
containing false pretenses before Justice O.O. Abike-Fadipe of a Special
Offence Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

The defendant was arrested on December 21, 2020 alongside others for allegedly
defrauding unsuspecting victims of their hard-earned money around the Lekki
axis of Lagos State.

Upon his arraignment today, he pleaded not guilty to the offence.

The charge reads: "That you, Anthony Nicholas Ejimkeonye, on or about the 21st
day of December 2020, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, knowingly
had in your possession a document titled “Hello Miss Xu” , wherein you held
yourself out as one "Miss Li" , which document you knew to be false, having
regard to the circumstance of the case and committed an offence contrary to
Section 320 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015."

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, S. Sulaiman, asked the Court for
a trial date and also prayed that the defendant be remanded in a Correctional Centre.

In his response, the defence counsel, informed the court of a pending bail application
and also asked for a hearing date.

He, however, opposed the remand of the defendant in the Correctional Centre, adding
that the defendant had been diligent with the administrative bail earlier granted to him.

Justice Abike-Fadipe adjourned the matter till May 31, 2021 for hearing and ordered
that the defendant be remanded in the Correctional facility subject to a negative
COVID-19 test result.

The press release includes a photo:

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23 MAR 2021

Cyber-Spiritualist Bags Three Months for Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja Zonal Office
on Monday, March 22, 2021, secured the conviction of Shedrack Luke Greeson
A.K.A Ifaokurola Babalawo, before Justice Musa Usman of the Federal Capital
Territory High Court, Bwari, Abuja.

The convict was arrested sometime in January, 2021 by Operatives of the
Commission for defrauding people on social media while posing as a spiritualist.
He was arraigned on March 22, 2021 on a two count charge bordering on obtaining
by false pretence.

Count One of the charge reads. "That you, Shedrack Luke Greeson (alias Ifaokurola
Babalawo) sometime in 2020, at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable
Court while pretending to be one Ifaokurola Babalawo a spiritual healer, Ifa Priest
via Instagram account cheated by inducing one Austin Brown from California U.S.A
to deliver to you the sum of N230, 000.00 (Two Hundred and Thirty Thousand Naira)
only and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 320(b) and punishable
under section 322 of the Penal Code Act, Laws of the Federation (Abuja) 1990"

He pleaded 'guilty' to the charge, based on a plea bargain agreement with the
Commission. Consequently, Justice Usman sentenced him to 3 months in prison with
an option of fine of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50, 000.00).

The press release contains a photo:

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22 MAR 2021

Six Convicted Fraudsters in Abeokuta to Return $3,550 to Victims

The Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
on Monday, March 22, 2020, secured the conviction of six fraudsters before Justice
Mohammed Abubakar of a Federal High Court, sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The convicts are: Kareem Babatunde Olamide, Idowu Timothy Tobi, Anifowose Ahmed
Adedeji, Alimi Quazeem Folarin, Gabriel Obiseasan Ayobami and Abesin Ayobami 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. Kareem and Abesin got three months imprisonment while
Alimi bagged two months.

The judge, however, gave Anifowose and Gabriel an option of N200, 000 (Two Hundred
Thousand Naira) each as fine while, Kareem was given an option of N100, 000 (One
Hundred Thousand Naira) fine.

The court also ordered the defendants to restitute their victims.

Alimi is to restitute the total sum of Eleven Million Twenty-six Thousand, Eight
Hundred and Sixty-four Naira, Twenty-nine kobo (N11, 026,864:29) to his victims
(John Castro, Romone Rockitt and Robert Reaman), through the Federal Government
of Nigeria. He is to forfeit one iPhone 12 mobile phone and one black Lexus iS250
to Federal Government of Nigeria, being proceeds of his crime.

Abesin was ordered to restitute his victim the sum of $2,300(Two Thousand Three Hundred
United States Dollars) and forfeit one iPhone XS Max and one small Nokia Torchlight phone
to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Similarly, Gabriel is to restitute his victim the sums of $750 (Seven Hundred and
Fifty United States Dollars) and N726, 000 (Seven Hundred and Twenty Six Thousand
Naira). He was equally ordered to forfeit to the Federal Government of Nigeria,
one Apple MacBook, Hp Laptop, one iPhone X and one Samsung S9.

The press release includes photos:
https://www.efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/6649-six-convicted-fraudsters-in-abeokuta-to-return-3-550-to-victims

419 Coalition comment: We trust that the EFCC will follow through and see to it that
the restitutions are paid into the victims' hands.
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20 MAR 2021

EFCC Warns Property Agents Against Doing Business with Internet Fraudsters

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today March 20, 2021 called
on land agents to desist from acting as middlemen in the sale or renting of properties
by fraudsters. Sadiq Abubakar, Head, Economic Governance Section of the Kaduna Zonal
Office issued the warning while speaking at a Security Summit organized by the Kaduna
Chapter of the National Union of Land and Property Agents Association of Nigeria
in Kaduna.

Sadiq, who represented the Zonal Head, Sanusi Abdullahi, advised land vendors to
embrace the practice of carrying out Know-Your-Customer, KYC, to protect themselves
from the unsavoury consequences of dealing with criminally minded persons.

According to him, ignorance of the law is never an excuse, adding that investigations
have established an increase in property-related fraud at the Millennium City and Bye
Pass axis of Kaduna Metropolis. He called on the Association to always liaise with
the relevant agencies to authenticate the genuineness or otherwise of any property
before transacting business on them.

He reminded members of the association of their obligations under the Money Laundering
Act. "I hope you know that it is unlawful for any of you to collect any cash payment
or percentage in cash of five million naira as an individual or ten million Naira in
the case of a company. Anyone caught in this act will be liable to a jail term of
five years", he said.

Responding the Chairman of the Association, Shafi'u Salisu Abubakar thanked the EFCC
for honoring their invitation as well as satisfying their thirst for knowledge on how
to carryout their businesses lawfully, as most of them have not had any opportunity
to be educated by the EFCC.

He also expressed optimism that, with the knowledge gained from this sensitization,
they are better positioned to face the security and operational challenges experienced
by members in their daily dealing with customers.

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20 MAR 2021

Court Jails Fake American Officer Two Years for Internet Fraud In Port Harcourt

Justice E. A Obile of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers
State has convicted and sentenced Chibueze Okenwa(a.k.a Rodriguz), a fake United
States of American military officer, to two years imprisonment for impersonation
contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) ( i & ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention,
Etc.) Act, 2015.

He was initially arraigned on March 4, 2021 by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office
of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and pleaded "not guilty"
to one-count charge bordering on impersonation with intent to gain monetary
advantage for self.

At the resumed hearing of his case on March 18, 2021, Okenwa opted to change
his plea. He was re-arraigned and pleaded "guilty" to the one-count charge.

The charge reads: "that you Chibueze okenwa (a.k.a Weirt Rodriguz), in 2020,
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently impersonated
yourself as Weirt Rodriguz, a United State Military Officer to one Katia Massoni
from Brazil with intent to gain monetary advantage for yourself and thereby
committed an offence punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) ( i & ii) of the
Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015".

In view of his plea of "guilty", prosecution counsel, M. Ibekwute urged the
court to convict him accordingly. However, defense counsel, J.I Owubokiri prayed t
he court to temper justice with mercy.

Justice Obile convicted and sentenced Okenwa to two (2) years imprisonment with
an option of fine of Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N350, 000.00).

The judge also ordered that the phone which was used to commit the crime, (a gold
and white-coloured Blu dual Sim smart phone) be forfeited to the Federal Government
through disposal by public auction and the proceeds paid into the Treasury Single
Account, TSA of the Federal Government.

The press release includes a photo:

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19 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests 18 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Ogun

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
Lagos Zonal Office, have arrested 18 suspected Internet fraudsters
in Ogun State.

The suspects are: Ibrahim Oreniyi Atolani, Tijani Faruk Ayobami, Yisa
Ademola Ibrahim, Olukoya Aliu Temidayo, Sulaimon Sharafdeen Adebayo,
Adebayo Abiodun Mustapha, Lateef Aremo Shina, Ali Mukit Olamilekan and
Tajudeen Taiwo Hassan.

Others are: Aina Ayomide Oluwapelumi, Adetola Yusuf Omogbolahan, Adekoya
Ibrahim Olamilekan, Oreniyi Sulaimon Olalekan, Tiamiyu Olamide Babatunde,
Ojetola Michael Timileyin and Ajetunmobi Bariu Toyosi.

They were arrested at Remo Majestic Hotel, Shagamu, Ogun State during an
operation by Operatives of the EFCC on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

Items recovered from the suspects include exotic cars, mobile phones,
laptop computers, Wi-Fi and modem devices.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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19 MAR 2021

EFCC Docks Two over Alleged Internet Fraud in Ibadan
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18 MAR 2021

Ilorin Court Jails Lecturer, Twin Brothers Over Internet Fraud

Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin
on Thursday, March 18, 2021 convicted a lecturer of the Kwara State College
of Health Technology (Health Tech) Offa, Abdullahi Opashola and a twin-brothers
- Taiye and Kehinde Adebayo over offences bordering on personation and internet
fraud.

Opashola and the twins were prosecuted by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on separate charges to which
they pleaded guilty.

While Opashola was prosecuted on one count, Taiye and Kehinde answered to s
even counts each.

The charge against Opashola reads:

"That you, Opashola Abdullahi, (alias Devin Snow), sometime in the month of
August 2020 in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court,
did attempt to cheat by personation, by portraying yourself as a female
named Devine Snow via your email address devinesnow677@gmail.com to one
Eugene Myvett in order to induce him to send you $200 USD, a representation
you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section
95 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same Law"

Particulars of count six of the charge against Taiye reads: "That you, Taiye
Adebayo, sometime in January, 2020, at Ilorin, within the judicial division
of the Kwara State High Court, did cheat one Gary Brenton who you met on TWOO
dating site, of the sum of $490 (Four Hundred and Ninety Dollars) received
vide gift cards when you pretended to be female and thereby committed an
offence contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section
322 of the same Penal Code."

For Kehinde, count seven of the charge reads: "That you, Kehinde Adebayo,
sometime in January, 2020 at Ilorin, within the judicial division of the Kwara
State High Court, did cheat one Gary Brenton who you met on TWOO dating site,
of the sum of $410 (Four Hundred and Ten Dollars) received vide gift cards
when you pretended to be female and thereby committed an offence contrary to
Section 320 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 322 of the same
Penal Code."

Following the 'guilty plea' entered by the defendants, counsel to the EFCC,
Andrew Akoja, led Paul Kera and Emezie Dominic in evidence to review the facts
of the case against Opashola and the twins, respectively. Documents were tendered
and admitted in evidence following which the court adjourned for judgment.

Delivering judgment on the two cases today, Justice Akinpelu found Opashola
guilty of the charge against him and sentenced him to four months imprisonment.
The 26-year old lecturer was however given an option of fine of N150,000
(One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira).

For Taiye and Kehinde, Justice Akinpelu also pronounced each of them guilty
of the charge and sentenced them to six months imprisonment on each of the
counts against them, which is to run concurrently. The judge also gave the
twin-brothers option of fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) on each of
the count.

While ordering that the laptops and phones used by the convicts to commit
the crime be forfeited to the Federal Government, the judge said the sentences
would serve as deterrent to others.

The press release includes photos:

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17 MAR 2021

Court Jails Five for Internet Fraud in Ibadan

Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan,
Oyo State, on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, convicted five internet
fraudsters of the charge of criminal impersonation, contrary to
Section 22(2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention,
ETC.) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) of the
same Act.

The convicts are: Omosehin Sina, Yusuf Olajide Bello, Olowosogba
Olamilekan Samson, Bakare Omolayo Toheed and Sodiq Oluwasegun Adefila

They pleaded guilty to their respective charges in line with the conditions
of the plea bargain agreement with the Commission.

Based on their pleas, prosecution counsel, Ben Ubi and Chidi Okoli invited
Umara Uyah, Nafiu Sa'ad and Usman Babangida Mohammed to review facts the
case as witnesses.

The court consequently convicted them as charged and sentenced Omosehin
and Olowosogba to four years jail term each, while Yusuf earned eighteen
months jail term. Bakare was sentenced to four months while Adefila bagged
three months imprisonment. Their sentence however takes effect from their
dates of arrest

The convicts are to restitute sundry sums to their victims and also forfeit
the items recovered from them to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release includes photos:

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17 MAR 2021

Court Jails Three Internet Fraudsters in Enugu

Justice I.N Buba of the Federal High Court, Enugu, Enugu State on Monday,
March 15, 2021 convicted and sentenced two internet fraudsters, Ferdinand
Chikelu Iloka, and Chidera Oleka, to one year imprisonment each on separate
one count bordering on internet fraud.

The duo were charged with impersonation and using fake social media accounts
to obtain money from unsuspecting foreign nationals. Chikelue presented himself
as a Korean national, Bella Chung while Oleka posed as James Michael.

One of the Charges reads: "That you CHIDERA OLEKA (a.k.a JAMES MICHAEL)
sometime in September 2020,in Enugu,Enugu State, within the jurisdiction of
this Honourable Court fraudulently presented yourself as one James Michael,
a citizen of United States of America, using a fake Instagram account, with
intent to obtain money from unsuspecting foreign nationals and thereby committed
an offence contrary to Section 22 (3) (a) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention
Etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (4) of the same Act".

The defendants pleaded guilty to the charges, following a plea agreement with
the Commission.

Based on their pleas, the Court convicted and sentenced them accordingly. They
were however given the option of N100, 000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) fine each.

In a related development, Justice R.O. Dugbo-Oghoghorie of the Federal High Court,
Enugu on March 16, 2021 convicted and sentenced another internet fraudster, Awoh
Godwin Chibuzo to one year in prison.

He was arrested at a hotel in G.R.A, Enugu following report of his alleged criminal
activities.

Investigation revealed that the defendant assumed the identity of a certain UK-based
Michael using the telephone number: +1(972)914-0082 and TextNow and WhatsApp account
of the same name to chat and solicit for money from two foreigners, Mercy Ladrido,
a Filipino-American and one Eleanor Woo.

He also pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against him following a plea bargain
agreement with the EFCC.

The judge sentenced him to one year imprisonment with the option of fine of Two
Hundred Thousand Naira (N200, 000) only.

The press release includes photos:

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16 MAR 2021

Court Convicts One for Love Scam …EFCC Arraigns Sexagenarian Over Land Scam in Ibadan

Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State,
on Monday, March 15, 2021, convicted one Ajibola Hammed on one court amended
charge bordering on impersonation, contrary to Section 22(2)(b)(i) of the Cybercrime
(Prohibition Prevention, Etc.) Act 2015 and Punishable under the same Act.

The defendant, in a classic love scam, represented himself as Jessica Mercy,
a white woman, to one Juan Angle, an American man with whom he claimed to be
deeply in love,

He pleaded guilty to the charge, having entered a plea agreement with the EFCC,
culminating in the amendment of his charge.

In view of his plea, Justice Ajoku convicted and sentenced him to three months
in prison. The court also ordered him to forfeit one Vivo 1906 phone to the Federal
Republic of Nigeria.

n another development, the Ibadan zonal arraigned one Ezekiel Oluwadare James
before Justice Patricia Ajoku on a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and
obtaining money under pretence.

The offence is contrary to Sections 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other
Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the
same Act.

The 68-year-old defendant fraudulently obtained the sum of N25,000,000 (Twenty-Five
Million) from a victim for a plot of land.

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

Justice Ajoku adjourned the case till March 24, 2021, for hearing of the defendant's
bail application and April 26, 2021, for trial.

The defendant is to be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Facility, Abolongo,
Oyo town pending the hearing and determination of his bail application.

The press release includes photos:

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12 MAR 2021

Ilorin Court Sends Lecturer to Prison Over Romance Scam

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin
on Friday, March 12, 2021 convicted and sentenced a 38-year-old lecturer
at the Kwara State College of Health Technology (Health Tech) Offa,
Adebisi Ademola, to six months imprisonment over his involvement in
love scam.

Ademola was among the thirty-three suspected internet fraudsters arrested
on the September 14, 2020 in Offa area of Kwara State.

The defendant was prosecuted by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on one count bordering on romance
scam, an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 95 of the Penal
Code Law of Northern Nigeria.

The charge reads: "That you, Adebisi Ademola (a.k.a Dawn Ayero) sometime
in September, 2020 or thereabout at Ilorin, Kwara State within the jurisdiction
of this Honourable Court attempted to commit an offence of cheating by personation
by pretending and representing yourself to be a white lady called Dawn Ayero to
one Donald Oakes who is purportedly in love with the said Donald Oakes as it is
contained in your gmail account: dawnayero@gmail.com and thereby committed an
offence contrary to and punishable under Section 95 of the Penal Code Laws of
Northern Nigeria."

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

Following his ‘guilty plea’, counsel to the EFCC, Andrew Akoja, invited to the
witness box, one Olumide Olasode, an operative of the Commission to review the
facts of the case. He narrated how intelligence report led to the arrest of the
defendant on September 14, 2020 at Offa area of Kwara State.

Petition from concerned citizens of Offa, statement of the defendant and all
the fraudulent messages printed out of his email were tendered and admitted
in evidence by the Court.

Akoja, thereafter, urged the Court to convict the defendant based on his plea,
the exhibits tendered and the evidence of the sole prosecution witness (PW1)

Consequently, Justice Oyinloye found Ademola guilty of the charge and accordingly
sentenced him. He, however, gave him an option of fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand
Naira).

The judge in addition, ordered the forfeiture of convict's phone, used as instrument
to perpetrate the crime, to the Federal Government.

The press release includes a photo:

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12 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests 57 Internet Fraud Suspects, Recovers Two Pump Action Rifles in Ogun

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office
on Friday, March 12, 2021 arrested fifty seven suspected internet fraudsters
at their hotel hideouts and recovered two pump action rifles.

The suspects were arrested in Yewa Frontier Hotel & Resort, Ellysam Hotel
& Suits, April Suits and IBD International Hotels, all in Ilaro, Ogun State.

The operation followed actionable intelligence linking them to alleged
fraudulent activities, ranging from love scam on numerous dating sites,
obtaining money by false pretenses and other cybercrimes.

Four exotic cars, mobile phones, laptops, two rifles and several incriminating
documents were recovered from the suspects.

The suspects include: Olatunji Opeyemi, Akintunde Michael Oluwashola, Babatunde
Gbolahan, Emmanuel Oluwadamliare, Ogundare Adewunmi, Popoola Salmon, Adebayo
Toheed Olamilekan, Bakare Kudus, Michael Moyosoro, Olatunji Tosin, Ishola Wasiu,
Ugwu Ekenedelichukwu David, Salaudeen Roqueb, Obafunmilayo David, Jimoh Fatai
Abiodun, Idowu Adeola,Oladipupo Nurudeen, Olasoju Mohammed, Onipede Toheed, Bello
Abdullahi, Olatunji Abiola, Ogunbayo Peter, Adeyemi Abraham Ismail, Toheed Oluwaseun,
Abiola Mutiu, Shoneye Idowu, Badmus Farouk kayode, Ilyas Abubakri Olanrewaju,
Oladeji Basit Babatunde and Ijiola Soliu Adewole.

Others are: Odewunmi Samuel Pelumi, Oyeniyi Telslim Olashile, Shogbamu Olatunbosun
Lukeman, Adebanji Timilehin Michael, Bangbose Jonathan Olakunle, Ashore Damilare
Godwin, Bello Tobiloba Abdullahi, Ogundeji Babaji Ibrahim, Bashir Ayodeji Toheed,
Olaleye Biola Farudeen, Sunday Osunaiki Emmanuel, Adebowale Taofeeq Olamilekan,
Babajide Oluwapelumi Bolaji, Oluyide Ridwan Olawale, Abdullahi Umar Farouq,
Opeloyeru Kehinde Abdulwaheed, Adeola Olusegun Israel, Shittu Ganiyu Olamilekan,
Abdullahi Narudeen Owolabi, Ganiyu Kudus Olawale, Biodun Okeowo Sunday, Aiyemidotun
Moses Omolade, Alade Hammed Oluwatosin, Oladele Dolapo Temilope, Ogunrinde Gbenga
Akanbi, Awobaju Koyinsola Damilare and Bello Uthman Olayithan.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release includes a photo:

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11 MAR 2021

Yahoo Boy Docked in Kaduna, Another Remanded for $12,200USD Scam

Okoh Kingsley Chukwuemeka, an undergraduate who impersonates American
Servicemen on peace mission in Iraq to defraud unsuspecting victims
in dating sites and other social media platforms, today came face-to-face
with the law as he was arraigned at a Federal High Court in Kaduna,
charged with fraud.

The one count charge brought against him by the Kaduna Zonal Office
of the EFCC reads, "that you Okoh Kingsley Chukwuemeka 'M' sometime
in February, 2021 in Kaduna within the Judicial division of this
Honorable Court, did commit an offense to wit: impersonation when
you fraudulently held yourself out as a military personnel from
Rochester, Illinois serving in Iraq and in need of financial assistance,
received, $700 ( Seven Hundred United State Dollars) from one Jean
Conlin with intent to gain advantage for yourself and you thereby
committed an offense contrary to and punishable under Section 22 (2)
of the Cybercrime ( Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015".

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred
against him, prompting the prosecution counsel, P. C Onyeneho to ask
the court to fix a date for the commencement of trial, while the
defendant is remanded in the Correctional Service custody.

Justice P. Mallong in a short ruling, adjourned till March 22, 2021
for commencement of trial, and ordered that the defendant be remanded
in EFCC custody.

In a similar development, EFCC also arraigned one Adaji James Isah before
Justice Mallong for offences bordering on romance scam.

Adaji who doubles as a farmer and student was arrested at Faringada Jos
based on intelligence that he had been extorting American divorcees while
professing love to them via social media platforms such as WeChat and others.

Proceeds of his crime allegedly include a Toyota Camry 2008 saloon car, a
laptop and two mobile phones.

The charge reads, "that you Adaji James Isah 'M' sometime in February, 2021
in Jos Plateau State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did
commit an offence to wit; impersonation when you fraudulently held yourself
out as one Sergeant Sidhu Rueben of the United States Army and induced one
Ram Murti to part with $12,200) Twelve Thousand Two. Hundred Dollars) as
payment for vacation and replacement with the intent to gain advantage for
yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under
Section 22(2) (b) of Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015".

The defendant, however pleaded not guilty to the charge, prompting counsel
to the EFCC, P. C Onyeneho to urged the court to fix a date for commencement
of trial and remand the defendant in the Correctional Service custody pending
trial

Justice Mallong adjourned the case till March 22, 2021 for trial while ordering
that the defendant be remanded in the EFCC custody.

The press release includes photos:

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11 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests 14 for Internet Fraud in Lagos

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
Lagos Zonal Office, have arrested 14 suspects for their alleged
involvement in computer-related fraud in Lagos.

The suspects are: Azeez Oluwatimileyin, Stephen Abu, Gbolahan Abbas
Ridwan, Oyenowo Steven, James Silas Didam, Joseph Ashiru and Musa Egwa

Others are: Precious Eluojo, Abass Mohammed, Olapade Johnson, Chibuzu
Agron, Olayemi Miftehedeen and Abu Solomon.

They were arrested on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 during an operation by
operatives of the Commission at K1 White House, Ogombo, Ajah, Lagos.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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11 MAR 2021

EFCC Bursts a Syndicate of 13 Cybercrime Suspects in Abuja

Luck ran out on a syndicate of 13 cybercrime suspects on Thursday
March 11, when operatives of the Abuja Zonal Office of the EFCC
raided their hideouts and apprehended them.

Five of the suspects were picked up at an N8m a year apartment
in Gilmore Estate, Jahi, while the other eight were arrested at
Katampe Extension, all in Abuja.

The breakthrough followed actionable intelligence on their alleged
criminal enterprise.

Incriminating items recovered from them include iPhones, laptops,
gaming consoles, 1 Toyota Avalon and a Lexus SUV.

The suspects have given valuable information and will be charged
to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release includes photos:

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10 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests Eleven Alleged Internet Fraudsters in Benin

The Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, on Tuesday March 9, arrested 11 suspected internet fraudsters
in Benin City.

The suspects were arrested at their hideout sequel to information on
their alleged criminal activities.

Those arrested are: Osaze Oria, Olayemi James, Princes Emmanuel Dennis,
Samuel Uboh, Ellot Igunbor, Ahunwan Nosakhare ,Theopilus Marvis, Oshodi
Ufo, Irabor Osarumwense, Ohiaka Oshioke and Lucky Uhunamure.

Items recovered from them include mobile phones, laptops and charms.
A bucket of water with cowries, zinc, keys, beads and mutilated naira
notes was discovered in one of the suspect’s apartment.

The suspects have made useful statements and will be arraigned in court
as soon as investigations are completed.

Muhtar Bello, head Benin Zonal Office has advised property owners to
desist from giving out houses to persons with no visible means of
livelihood, to avoid becoming victim of the law.

Part 1 Section 3 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related
Offences Act, 2006. empowers the Commission to prosecute anyone who
allows their premises to be used for criminal activities. "A person
who, being the occupier or is concerned in the management of any
premises, causes or knowingly permits the premises to be used for
any purpose which constitutes an offence under this Act commits an
offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not
more than 15 years and not less than 5years without the option of a fine"

The press release includes a photo:

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10 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests 29 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Awka

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
Enugu Zonal office on Tuesday March 9, 2021 arrested 29 (Twenty Nine)
suspected internet fraudsters for various offences bordering on cyber
Crimes at a hideout in Awka, Anambra State.

The arrest was sequel to credible intelligence obtained by the Commission
on their nefarious activities necessitating an extensive surveillance on
them before they were arrested in the early hours of March 9.

The arrested suspects are; Izuchukwu Precious Chinonso, Izuchukwu Chukwuebuka
Goodness, Ogu Chukwuebuka Kingsley, Iheagwam Sixtus Chijoke, Igwemadu Kenechukwu
Emmanuel, Joseph Igwe, Ilegbukem Justin. Ilegbunem Paschal Onyeka, Paul Okoye,
Muolokwu Osita, Okechukwu Ifeanyichukwu, Nnamdi Agbo, Chinyeluba Ifeanyi and
Mbanugo Ifeanyi.

Others include Bernard Femi, Okafor Ekene, Nwabueze Ifeanyi, Edeh Chukwuebuka,
Mgbemefulu Henry, Chinecherem Okpara, Kosisochukwu Chukwuemeka Harrison, Okoroafor
Elochukwu, Edeh Gerald, Chukwuemeka Emmanuel, Chimezie Ugwu, Aguguom Ifeanyi,
Mgbemfulu Collin, Edeh Izuchukwu Dominic and Oputa Ekene.

In the course of the arrest, five exotic cars ;a brand new Mercedes Benz GLK with
registration number HAL-160-MX, Lexus IS 250 with registration number UMZ-145-MX,
Toyota Avalon XLS with registration number KRD-641-FL, Lexus ES 350 with registration
number GWA-489-KZ, Lexus ES 330 with registration number AAH-25-AE were recovered
from them.

Other incriminating materials recovered from the suspects include various mobile
phones and laptops.

They will soon be charged to court as soon as the investigations are concluded.

The press release includes photos:

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9 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests 25 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, has arrested 25 suspects for their alleged involvement in computer-related
fraud.

The suspects are: Ibrahim Olaiwon Olatunji, Kelechi Daniel David, Olutayo
Oluwapelumi, Abiola Baruwa Gideon, Adesuyi Toheeb Adeyika, Wano Abdullahi
Ahmed, Imoukhuede Idowu Peter, Ige Emmanuel Oluwatobi, Durodola Peter Tolulope,
Makanjuola Olamide Elijah,Emmanuel Edward Enyiema, Oguniran Samuel Boluwatife,
Onikosi Olasukunmi Idris and Abdulateef Adegoke Oriyomi.

Others are: Ogbere Sunday Ojulari, Abdulwaliu Aderuju Adeyemi, Emmanuel Ibuchi
Ezeh, John Ayokunmi Bagbale, Moses Tarh, Emmanuel Ovie Okpe, Murtala Mohammed
Oyinlola, Ayomide Hassan Semiu, Adebayo Michael Adetola, Covenant Chizaram Eze
and Emmanuel Chidi Okwor.

They were arrested during an operation by operatives of the EFCC in the early
hours of today, March 9, 2021 at a Hotel on Governor Road, Ikotun, Lagos, following
a credible intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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9 MAR 2021

EFCC Arrests 10 Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Port Harcourt

Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 arrested 10 suspected
internet fraudsters in two different locations in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The suspects: Eberechi Kelvin; Promise Amadi; Golden Wopara; Abraham Okparuelu;
Godwin Omeh; Iheanacho Chigaemezu; Paul Effiong; Nelson Uwoajgeaga, Samuel Collins
and Meshack Aniekan were arrested at God City Estate, Rumualgu, and Number 23,
Sam Mba Close, off N.T.A., Akparale Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

They were arrested following verified intelligence about their suspicious
involvement in internet-related fraud.

Items recovered from them include: a blue- coloured Toyota Sienna XLE 2006 bus,
a black-coloured Mercedes Benz C240 car and an ash-coloured Toyota Camry car. Others
are: 11mobile phone devices, four laptops, Automated Teller Machine( ATM) cards,
1 power bank and 1 bluetooth speaker.

The suspects would be charged to Court as soon as investigation is concluded.

The press release includes photos

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8 MAR 2021

Uber Driver Bags 3 Months Jail Term over Internet Fraud

Justice M. A. Odegbola of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan, Oyo
State on Monday, March 8, 2021, convicted and sentenced one Michael Tosin
Lawal, an Uber driver, to three-months in prison. He was convicted after
he pleaded guilty to an amended one count charge bordering on obtaining
money by false pretence, preferred against him by the Ibadan Zonal Office
of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The lone charge reads, "that you, Michael Tosin Lawal ‘M’ sometimes in the
year 2020, in Ibadan Oyo State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court,
with intent to defraud, obtained Gift Cards from one Trevor, a white male by
falsely representing to him that you are a white female by the name Cyndy Tyler
from the United States of America, which pretence you knew to be false".

Following his plea, Justice Odegbola convicted and sentenced him to three
months in prison. He also ordered the convict to restitute the sum of $50
(Fifty United States Dollars) to his victim through the EFCC and forfeit
items recovered from him to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release includes a photo:

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2 MAR 2021

EFCC Nabs 13 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos …Five Internet Fraudsters Convicted

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
on March 2, 2021 arrested 13 persons for their alleged involvement in cyber-crime.

They are: Idris Ridwan, Shonnaike Adejumobi, Afeez Kareem, Adedire David, Muodozie Patrick,
Abidemi Smart, Damilare Gabriel, Foluwako David, Adeleye Smart, Jimoh Olaitan, Olabode
Thomas, Akinseye Mayowa and Macaulay Olawale.

They were arrested at their hideout at Gabriel Ajawa Close, Lekki, Lagos, following credible
intelligence on their alleged criminal activities

They will soon be arraigned in Court.

In a related development, the Lagos Zonal Office secured the conviction and sentencing
of five internet fraudsters before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of a Special Offences Court,
Lagos State High Court, Ikeja.

They are: Andre Agbai Kalu, Olaide Ibrahim Oladimeji, Michael Fatuase Makanjuola, Erekefi
Omuedi and Bakare Daniel Oluwadamilare.

They were arraigned on February 18, 2021 on separate charges bordering on possession of
fraudulent documents contrary to Section 320 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Upon their arraignment, they pleaded "guilty" to the charge.

In view of their plea, the prosecuting counsel, Ahmed Yerima reviewed the case before
the Court and tendered documents printed from their email accounts, as well as items
recovered from them.

Delivering judgment on February 26, 2021, Justice Taiwo found them guilty of the offence
and sentenced each of them to six months imprisonment with an option of fine of N200,000
(Two Hundred Thousand Naira).

The court also ordered the forfeiture of a Toyota 4Runner SUV, Lexus RX 330 and mobile
devices recovered from them to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release includes a photo:

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2 MAR 2021

Convicted Abeokuta Yahoo Boys to Refund $ 6,100 to Victims

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office
on Tuesday March 2, 2021 secured the conviction of four internet fraudsters
before Justice Mohammed Abubakar of a Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta,
Ogun State.

The quartet are Olawale Ibrahim Damilare, Goodluck Sambo Olatayo, Mathew
Anuoluwapo Awoniyi and Samson Olawale Ayomide.

They pleaded guilty to one-count amended charge of fraudulent Impersonation.
The offence is contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) 1 and punishable under Section
22 (2)(b) of Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act 2015.

In view of their 'guilty' plea, the prosecution counsel, Oyelakin Oyediran,
reviewed the case and urged the Court to convict the defendants accordingly.

Justice Abubakar convicted and sentenced Olawale Ibrahim Damilare and Goodluck
Sambo Olatayo to three months and four months imprisonment respectively,
while Matthew Anuoluwapo Awoniyi and Samson Olawale Ayomide were also convicted
and sentenced to seven and eight months respectively.

Justice Abubakar ordered the convicts to refund various sums to their victims:
Olawale, $1,500 (One Thousand Five Hundred United States Dollars); Olatayo, $500
(Five Hundred United States Dollars); Awoniyi, $100 USD and Two Hundred and
Thirty Two Thousand Naira (N232, 000) and Ayomide, $4,000 (Four Thousand United
States Dollars).

The press release includes photos:

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419 Coalition Comment: Now, EFCC needs to stay on the matter and make Sure
the stolen monies are indeed refunded.
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1 MAR 2021

Two Internet Fraudsters Bag Two Years Jail Term in Warri

Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court sitting in Warri, Delta State
on Monday March 1, 2021 convicted and sentenced two internet fraudsters to
two years imprisonment each without an option of fine.

The duo were prosecuted by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on separate two count charge bordering on impersonation
and obtaining by false pretences.

One of the counts against Edebiri reads: "That you Osas Edebiri (alias Stephen
Michael ) on or between the month of December 2019 , within the jurisdiction
of this Honourable Court did had in your possession documents containing false
pretence to wit; Fraudulent/scammed mails found in your Galaxy J2 phone with
IMEI number 352502/08/236782/1 and 352503/08/236782/9, with serial number
RVIH70YM14P in your email edebiriosas@gmail.com with several subject titles
which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section
6 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable
under Section 1(3)of the same Act."

The duo upon arraignment pleaded 'guilty' to the charge, prompting the prosecution
counsel, F. Dibang to pray the court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly.
However, counsel to the defendants, P. Nwamma pleaded with the Court to temper justice
with mercy as the defendants were first time offenders who have become remorseful.

Justice Nwite convicted and sentenced the defendants to two years imprisonment each,
beginning from March 1, 2021 without an option of fine.

The press release includes photos:

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25 FEB 2021

The New EFCC Chair meets President Muhammadu Buhari

Photos of the hew EFCC Chairman,
Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, meeting President Buhari:

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25 FEB 2021

Agbor Yahoo Boy Bags Two Years Jail Term

Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court sitting in Warri, Delta State
has sentenced Emeka Roland to two years imprisonment, having found him guilty
of one count charge of impersonation and attempting to obtain by false pretences,
brought against him by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The charge against the defendant reads: "That you Emeka Roland (a.k.a James Muth)
sometimes in 2020 at Agbor, Delta State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable
Court did had in your possession an iPhone 6s plus mobile phone containing some
scammed documents with different subjects which you knew to be false and thereby
committed an offence contrary to Section 6 and 8(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and
Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3)of same Act".

Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge. His counsel, John
Okhuihievbe pleaded with the Court to temper justice with mercy as the defendant
was a first time offender and has become remorseful.

Justice Nwite convicted and sentenced the defendant to two years imprisonment with
an option of fine of N100,000.

The defendant is also to undertake in writing to be of good behaviour afterwards

The press release includes a photo:

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22 FEB 2021

EFCC Arrests 11 for Alleged Internet Fraud in Auchi, Edo State

The Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
today, Monday February 22, 2021 arrested 11 suspected internet fraudsters in
Auchi, Edo State.

The suspects are David Martins, Shegun Elijah, Abagolu Samson, Peter Emmanuel,
Emmanuel Noble, Timothy Johnson, Omo-Ogbebor Uyioghosa, Ibrahim Mohammed, Mavis
Bello, Emmanuel Chibozie and Ayiboye Alade.

Items recovered from them include laptop computers, mobile phones and a Toyota
Camry car.

The suspects have made useful statements and will be charged to court as soon
as investigations are completed.

The press release includes a photo:

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22 FEB 2021

Student Convicted in Ibadan for Love Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office,
on Monday, February 22, 2021, secured the conviction of one Oluwatoyin Henry
before Justice Sherifat Adeyemi of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan,
Oyo State on one count of obtaining by false pretence.

The charge reads: "That you Oluwatoyin Henry sometimes in 2019, at Ogbomosho,
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, obtained
the sum of One Thousand Two Hundred United States of America Dollars (USD$1,200)
from one Betty Mosley, when you falsely represented to him that you are a citizen
of United States of America by name Amanda, who is in love with him which representations
you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence."

The convict, who claimed to be a student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology,
Ogbomosho a pleaded guilty to the amended charge after a plea bargain agreement with
the prosecution.

Based on his plea, he was convicted and sentenced to six months in prison.

He was also ordered to restitute the sum of $1,200 USD (One Thousand Two Hundred United
States of American Dollars) to his victim, and forfeit his iPhone 11, one Infinix Hot 5
and a Nokia phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release includes a photo:

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22 FEB 2021

Nine Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested in Minna

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested nine internet fraud
suspects. They were apprehended today February 22, in an early morning operation in
Minna Niger State.

Their arrest by operatives from the Advance Fee Fraud Section, EFCC headquarters,
following credible intelligence on their alleged fraudulent activities.

Items recovered from the suspects include Laptops, phones and cars.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.

The press release incldues a photo:

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18 FEB 2021

EFCC Uncovers Another Internet Fraud Training Centre in Abuja

Operatives of the Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, Have uncovered yet another underworld ‘academy’ for the grooming of internet fraudsters.

The ‘academy’ located in Arab Contractors Area of Mpape Hills, a suburb of Abuja, was
discovered when operatives, acting on intelligence, stormed the base on Thursday February
18, and arrested 27 internet fraud suspects.

The coordinator of the ‘academy’ is said to be 30-year-old Emmanuel Clement, and his 'students'
are mostly young school leavers, ladies inclusive, within the age range of 18 to 25 years.

Items recovered from the suspects include a Toyota Venza car, 30 mobile phones and one laptop.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

The press release includes a photo:

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18 FEB 2021

Electrician, Surety Jailed for Internet Fraud & Impersonation

The Ilorin and Kaduna Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC on Thursday February 18, 2021 secured the conviction of two persons, Oyeniran
Olamilekan and Umar Gambo for offences that border on internet fraud and impersonation.

28-year-old Olamilekan, an Electrician, was sentenced to six months imprisonment
by Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on
one count of internet fraud. .

Oyeniran was among the 33 internet fraud suspects arrested in Offa, Offa Local
Government Area of Kwara State on September 15, 2020.

The charge against him reads: "That you, Oyeniran Olamilekan (Mike Johnson), sometime
between June 2020, in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did cheat
by personation when you pretended to be Mike Johnson a white female with gmail account
mikejohnson2058@gmail.com, and fraudulently deceived one Bill Irvin to send $1,100.00
(One Thousand, One Hundred US Dollars) to you through gift cards 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."

Following his "guilty plea" on Monday February 15, 2021 when he was arraigned by the
anti-graft agency, the facts of the case were reviewed and the court adjourned till
today for judgment.

Delivering judgment today, Justice Akinpelu said the prosecution had proved its case
beyond reasonable doubts, and convicted the defendant as charged.

After listening to the plea for leniency by the defence counsel, A.A Usman, the Judge
said, "in order to serve as deterrent to others, the convict is hereby sentenced to six
months imprisonment with an option of fine of N300,000.00" ( Three Hundred Thousand
ra Only).

The draft of N180, 000 (One Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira Only) brought by the
convict as restitution and the phone recovered from him, being the instrument used
in perpetrating the crime, were also forfeited to the Federal Government.

In Kaduna, Gambo was sentenced to a fine of N150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand
Naira) by Justice Mohammed Tukur of the Kaduna State High Court, for presenting forged
documents to stand surety for a suspect under investigation by the Kaduna Zonal Office
of the Commission.

The convict pleaded guilty to the one count of impersonation and forgery preferred
against him by the Commission.

The charge reads,"that you Umar Gambo sometime in September, 2019 in Kaduna within
the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did commit an offence to wit; impersonation
by falsely representing yourself as the " Principal Officer" of General Hospital Makarfi,
and in such assumed character secured the release of Abdullahi Rangai by presenting
same to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission when you knew or have reasons to
believe that it is forged and you thereby committed an offence punishable under section
142(2) of the Penal Code Law of Kaduna State, 2017".

The press release includes photos:

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17 FEB 2021

EFCC Arrests Medical Doctor, 17 Other Alleged Internet Fraud Suspects in Owerri

Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 arrested a 28-year-old medical practitioner,
Chijioke Precious and 17 others over alleged internet fraud in Owerri, Imo State.

The 17 others whose ages range between 21 and 34 are; Anthony Joshua, Henry Mezie,
Chukwuebuka Ahiwe, Michael Chinagorom, Jossy Irokwe, Ibe Chukwuebuka, Iroadinma Chibuike,
Uchechukwu Divine and Nwosu Emmanuel.

Others include Kenneth Williams, Mmesoma Oparanozie, Chikezie Ogochukwu, Uchenna Ejiogu,
Victor Chijioke, Chidera Cyprian, Chukwuebuka Precious and Anyaehie Kelvin.

They were arrested based on intelligence around 1am on Wednesday at Umuguma area of "World Bank"
in Owerri, Imo state.

Recovered are 7 luxurious cars which include, one green lexus ES350, one blue Lexus ES320,
two Toyota Venza, one silver Lexus RX 350, one black Toyota and one white Mercedes Benz 4Matic.

Other items recovered include over 20 sophisticated mobile phones, more than 12 laptops,
four inverter batteries, one big screen television and jewelries suspected to be proceeds
of crime.

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

The press release includes photos:

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15 FEB 2021

28 Internet Fraud Suspect in EFCC's Net in Lagos

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 charged to court upon conclusion of investigations.

The press release includes a photo:

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15 FEB 2021

Court Sends Ilorin Yahoo Boy to Prison over Love Scam

A 34-year-old graduate, Kelvin Isioma Monye, was on Monday February 15, 2021
sentenced to six months imprisonment by Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara
State High Court sitting in Ilorin, having found him guilty of offences bordering
on romance scam.

Monye, a graduate of Agricultural Science, was arraigned on a two-count charge
by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

His problem started on January 12, 2021 when some concerned residents of Tanke
area in Ilorin petitioned the Commission over the activities of some internet
fraudsters around the neighbourhood. Investigations into the petition led to
his arrest.

Particulars of count 2 of the charge read: "That you, Kelvin Isioma Monye (alias:
Hassan George), sometime in the month of June 2018, in Ilorin within the jurisdiction
of this Honourable Court, did cheat by personation, by portraying yourself as a white
male named Hassan via your email address kelvinmonye37@gmail.com to one Louise Evan
and induced her to send you $1000 in gift cards, a representation you knew to be
false and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section
324 of the Penal Code Law."

He pleaded 'guilty' to the two counts.

While reviewing the facts of the case, Olasode Olumide, an operative of the EFCC
told the court that Monye was arrested on January 13, 2021.

"He was profiled and in the process an iPhone 6 and a Sony Laptop were recovered
from him", Olumide said.

The witness said several fraudulent documents were printed out from Monye's email
address in the presence of his lawyer. He stated that further findings showed that
the defendant was a Nigerian, but claimed to be an American citizen.

The witness, however, informed the court that the defendant in the course of investigation
brought a draft of N460, 000 (Four Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira) as restitution of
his crime.

In his judgment, Justice Abdulgafar convicted and sentenced Monye to three months
imprisonment on each of the two counts, adding that the sentences would run concurrently.

The judge, in addition ordered that the iPhone 6 and Sony Laptop which were used as
instruments of the crime be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria, including
the sum of N460,000 (Four Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira) which he restituted.

The press release includes a photo:

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15 FEB 2021

Kwara Varsity Student Faces Trial over Romance Scam

A student of Kwara State University, KWASU, Malete, Atoyebi Ayodeji
Blessing, was on Friday February 12, 2021 arraigned on one count
charge bordering on romance scam and related imternet fraud before
Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting
in Ilorin.

He was arraigned by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Atoyebi, 20, currently studying Agricultural and Biological Engineering
in the University while masquerading as a white female (Sophia Bambi),
allegedly opened a gmail account which he used in defrauding unsuspecting
victims under the guise of being in love with them before the law caught
up with him.

The offence contravenes Section 6 and punishable under Section 8 and 1 (3)
of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

The charge reads:

"That you, Atoyebi Ayodeji Blessing ( alias Sophia Bambi), sometime in January,
2021 or thereabout at Ilorin, Kwara State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable
Court knowingly had in your possession some documents, in form of email chats,
containing false pretence where you represented yourself to be one Sophia Bambi,
a white female with gmail account: sophiabambi8@gmail.com who wanted to have paid
sex with one Dalton Gilmore as it is contained in your gmail account: sophiabambi8@gmail.com
and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 6 and punishable under Section
8 and 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006."

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Following his plea, counsel to the EFCC, A. A Adebayo urged the court to fix a date
for trial and order the remand of the defendant in Nigerian Correctional Service
Facility, Ilorin.

However, Atoyebi's counsel, Osinachi Oddom, argued that the offence upon which the
defendant was brought to court is bailable, and prayed that he be admitted to bail.

Justice Abdulgafar in a bench ruling granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N1million
with two sureties who must be his blood relation.

The press release includes a photo:

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15 FEB 2021

EFCC Arrests Seven Internet Fraud Suspects in Benin

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 lap top computers, mobile Phones, a
Toyota Camry car and a Mercedes-Benz GLK 350.

The suspects have made useful statements and will be charged to court as soon
as investigations are completed.

The press release includes photos:

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15 FEB 2021

Couple Bags 40 Years Jail Term for N53m Fraud

A couple, Ebiesuwa Abayomi Fredrick and his wife, Tinuola Idayat Oyegunle,
have been sentenced to 40 years imprisonment each. Justice Joyce Abdulmalik
of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State today, February 15,
2021 found them guilty on all four counts of conspiracy and obtaining by
false pretence brought against them by the Ibadan Zonal office of the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The couple, in a classic advance fee fraud scheme, fleeced one Dunni Olateru
Olagbegi N53, 713, 260.00 (Fifty-Three Million, Seven Hundred and Thirteen
Thousand, Two Hundred and Sixty Naira) in cash and bank transfer through a
spiritual cleansing gambit in order to avoid calamitous consequence of mysterious
sudden death having heard conversation by a syndicate about a Ghana- Must –Go bag
stuffed with United States Dollar bills in the boot of a car. She was also tricked
into bringing funds to cleanse supposed USD bliss.

The victim had sometimes in May 2013, boarded a taxi cab with three other passengers
who, unknown to her, were members of a syndicate of fraudsters. As soon as she entered
the vehicle, she heard the three other supposed passengers arguing about a Ghana-Must-Go
bag filled with US Dollars in the boot of the car.

Moments later, one of the syndicate member told her that she must be cleansed to
avert sudden and mysterious death having heard their discussion. She was taken to
an unknown destination, where she subsequently started giving the defendants, and
the other members of the syndicate (at large) various sums in cash and bank payment
totaling N53, 713, 260.00 (Fifty-Three Million, Seven Hundred and Thirteen Thousand,
Two Hundred and Sixty Naira) to buy instruments for the cleansing of United States
Dollar notes, which she allegedly sourced from the sale of her properties in both
Ibadan and Lagos.

In the course of investigation, It was discovered that over N9m ( Nine Million
Naira) was paid into the second defendant, Tinuola Idayat Oyegunle’s account domicile i
n one of the third generation banks; apart from other funds traced to the first defendant,
Ebiesuwa Abayomi Fredrick’s account.

It was also discovered that the first defendant built Victoria East Park Hotel &
Suite located at Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Lagos State from the proceeds of the crime.

In his judgment today, Justice Abdulmalik found the couple guilty of the four-count
charge and sentenced both of them to 10 years imprisonment on each of the four counts.
However, while Ebiesuwa’s prison term takes effect from June 19, 2017 when he was
arrested, Tinuola’s time in the Custodial Centre will start counting from May 26,
2017 when she was arrested.

The Judge also ordered that Victoria East Park Hotel & Suite, “be sold and the proceed,
if not up to N53, 713, 260.00 (Fifty-Three Million, Seven Hundred and Thirteen Thousand,
Two Hundred and Sixty Naira) be returned to the victim in the case and if it exceeds,
the balance be paid into the Federal Government's account”.

The sentences are to run concurrently.

One of the counts reads: "That you, Ebiesuwa Abayomi Fredrick, Tinuola Idayat Oyegunle
and (others still at large) between 28 March, 2014 at Ibadan, within the jurisdiction
of this honorable court, with intent to defraud did obtain by false pretense, the sum
of Nine Million, Three Hundred and Fifty-Two Thousand, One Hundred Naira (N9,352,100.00)
only, from one Dunni Olateru-Olagbegi, under the pretense that the money was to be used
to purchase instrument for the cleansing of United States of American Dollar notes,
which pretense you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to
section 1 (1) & (2) and punishable under section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud
and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2016."

The press release includes photos:

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15 FEB 2021

EFCC Arrests 20 Suspected Internet Fraudsters

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

The suspects are: Onyebuchi Victor; Israel 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.

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

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.

The press release includes photos:

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10 FEB 2021

EFCC Raids Yahoo Boys Hideouts in Osun, Ogun; Arrests 39 Suspects

The Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, arrested 39 internet fraud suspects, also known
as 'Yahoo-Yahoo Boys'.

Ten of them were arrested at Ilesha, Osun State, while Twenty-nine others
were arrested in different locations at Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State.

Those arrested at Ilesha are: Oyesoji Tosin, Olaniyi Emmanuel, Samson Ojo,
Sodiq Sunkanmi, Kolawole Abiodun, Oluwole Gbenga, Olajuyigbe Olamide, Oyebanji
Olabisi Temitope, Ayoola Oluwafemi, and Oluwatobiloba Gbadamosi .

The suspects arrested at Ago-Iwoye include Emmanuel Lawal, Kareem Olamide,
Adekunle Kehinde Salawu, Bella Tijesu, Aderibigbe Adedoyin, Anifowose Hammed,
Lateef Adetayo, Busari Oluwatobi, Tobi Adeyemi, Gabriel Obisesan, Oluwole
Olasunkanmi and Odetola Samson.

Others are Farouq Dosu, Ayilara Akindeji, Ademola Adedare, Ishola Adeleke,
Alex Olasunmade, Idowu Abolaji, Okegbenro Idris, Akinlolu Akintunde, Oshoboke
Shashaeniyan, Adeyemi Opeyemi, Oluwatoyin Olutekunbi, Albert Charles, Olawuyi
Olanrewaju, Tunde Adekoya, Gbolahan Olalekan, Alade Oluwasegun and Ajanaku Qudus.

The suspects were arrested after series of surveillance based on intelligence
on their alleged criminal activities.

Items recovered from them include seven cars, laptop computers, mobile phones,
and several documents containing false presences.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The article includes a photo:

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10 FEB 2021

EFCC Nabs Six Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Jos

A special team of the Tactical Operations Unit of the Abuja Zonal
Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have
arrested six suspected internet fraudsters from their hideouts in
Jos, Plateau State.

The suspects, aged 23 to 33 years, who are believed to be involved
in romance and other related internet fraud, were arrested in the
early hours of Monday, February 8, 2021, following actionable
intelligence received by the Commission.

They include, Paul Chukwuemeka Obide ( a.k.a, Don P), Chinaza Obide
and Obadare Obayemi.

Others are Emmanuel Adetunji, Ndubuisi Kerian Ozomba and Samuel
Chukwuebuka.

The press release includes photos:

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9 FEB 2021

EFCC Arrests 14 for Internet Fraud in Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 14 persons following series
of intelligence on their alleged fraudulent activities. They were
arrested at 1004 Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday,
February 4, 2021.

The suspects are: Akin Abiola Daramola, Stephen Augustine Terungwa,
Oluwateru Abiodun Samson, Jeffrey Imariagbe Ehis, Uwajiala Odion Henry,
Solomon Abidiran Pelumi, Adebayo Oluwatobi Isaac Olamide and Odunifa
Joseph Opomulero.

Others are: Adulkarim Samad Olalekan, Anne Davidson, Ibrahim Enakere
Emmanuel, Abayomi Oluwagbenga Olowoake, Israel Jigah Sokoamtu, Oluwaseun
Olajuwon Ibrahim and Isaiah Effiong.

They have been interrogated and will soon be arraigned in court.

The press releaze includes a photo:

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9 FEB 2021

EFCC Arrests Nine Suspects for Internet Fraud in Benin City

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Benin
Zonal Office today, Tuesday , February 9, 2021 arrested nine suspected
internet fraudsters in an early morning operation in Benin City, Edo State.

The suspects who were arrested following intelligence received by the
Commission are Okosun Godspower, Imo Harry Hamilton, Efosa Desmond, Odiase
Aifuwa, Idoko Onakpa, Dogìo Samson, Okukoje Godstime, Onuigbo Julius and
Osamulu Sunday.

Items recovered from them include laptop computers, mobile phones, a Toyota
Camry car and a Luxus Jeep.

The suspects have made useful statements and will be charged to court as soon
as investigations are completed.

The press release includes a photo:

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8 FEB 2021

Kwara Lecturer Guilty of Love Scam

The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, on Monday, February 8, 2021 arraigned one Opashola Abdullahi, a lecturer
of the Kwara State College of Health Technology, Offa, on one count charge
bordering on romance scam before Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara
State High Court, Ilorin.

Opashola was among the 32 internet fraud suspects arrested in Offa on September
14, 2020. His offence contravenes Section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable
under Section 324 of the same Law.

The charge reads "That you, Opashola Abdullahi, (alias Devin Snow), sometime
in the month of August 2020 in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable
Court, did attempt to cheat by personation, by portraying yourself as a female
named Devine Snow via your email address devinesnow677@gmail.com to one Eugene
Myvett in order to induce him to send you $200 USD, a representation you knew
to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 95 of the Penal
Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same Law"

The embattled lecturer pleaded 'guilty' when the charge was read to him.

Following his plea, counsel to EFCC, Andrew Akoja, led Paul Kera, an operative
of EFCC in evidence to review the facts of the case.

Kera narrated how investigation on a petition received by the Commission on
the activities of internet fraudsters operating in Offa area of Kwara State
led to the arrest of the defendant.

"Our findings revealed that the defendant created an email address which he
was using to defraud unsuspecting victims. During a search executed in his
house, we recovered an Infinix Nokia phone which he used as instrumentality
of the crime. The defendant was taken to our Office, where he volunteered
his statement", Kera told the court.

Documents including copies of his statements, two computer attestation forms,
an Infinix phone recovered from the defendant as well as the fraudulent messages
printed out of his email account were tendered and admitted in evidence.

Thereafter, Akoja urged the court to convict the defendant based on his plea
and evidence placed before it.

Justice Akinpelu, while discharging the witness from the witness box fixed
February 23, 2021 for judgment.

"The defendant is to remain EFCC custody pending judgment", the judge added

The press release includes a photo:

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5 FEB 2021

Court Sends Two Internet Fraudsters to Jail in Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, has secured the conviction of two Internet fraudsters, Ighosotu Daniel
Duwa and Eseoghene Oruteri Enoch before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special
Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos.

The EFCC, on February 5, 2021, arraigned Ighosotu Daniel Duwa and Eseoghene
Oruteri Enoch separately on one count charge bordering on possession of documents
containing false pretences and advance fee fraud, to which they pleaded guilty.

Delivering her judgment, Justice Dada sentenced the defendants to 12 months
imprisonment with an option of N3, 000,000 (Three Million Naira) fine.

The Judge also ordered that the two Samsung mobile phones recovered from them
be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The press release includes a photo:

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5 FEB 2021

EFCC Nabs Seven Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Ibadan

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
Ibadan zonal office, on Friday, February 5, 2021 swooped on suspected
internet fraudsters at their hideout in Wisdom Estate, Akobo area
of Ibadan.

The early morning operation, which followed series of intelligence
on the alleged criminal activities of the syndicate, resulted in the
arrest of seven suspects between the ages of 17 and 29 years.

The suspects include Sodiq Oluwasegun, Opeyemi Jamiu, Babatunde Damilare,
Adisa Babatunde, Abayomi Taofeek, Oluyemi Kayode and Ambrose Timothy.

Items recovered from them include a Lexus RX350 SUV, laptops, different
models of expensive iPhones and several documents containing false pretenses.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press released includes a photo:

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4 FEB 2021

Court Finds Varsity Graduate Guilty of Love Scam

A 21-year-old Graduate of the Kwara State University, KWASU, Ahmed Bolaji,
was on Thursday, February 4, 2021 convicted by Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of
the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin over offences bordering on
love scam.

The conviction followed his arraignment by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on one-count charge of
internet fraud contrary to Section 95 and punishable under Section 324
of the Penal Code.

The charge reads "That you, Ahmed Bolaji (Rose Mary) sometime in January 2021,
in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did attempt to cheat
by personation, when you pretended to be one Rose Mary a white female with gmail
account mrose5645@gmail.com, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section
95 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same Penal Code."

Upon his arraignment, Bolaji, a graduate of mass communication, "pleaded guilty"
to the charge.

Following his plea, Loveday Godwin, an operative of the Commission was called
upon to review the facts of the case.

Godwin narrated how a reported case of internet fraud led to the arrest of the
convict.

His words: "My Lord, on the 13th January, 2021 we arrested the defendant and
'Ownership Attestation Form' was given to him where his email addresses and
their password was filled accordingly and necessary investigations were carried
out"

According to him, Bolaji did not succeed in collecting money from his victims
before he was arrested, but wanted to obtain money from one Mr. Shawn Smith
while fraudulently parading himself as Rosemary.

Documents and two mobile phones used as instrumentality of the crime were
tendered and admitted in evidence. Thereafter, counsel to EFCC, Sesan Ola,
urged the court to convict Bolaji based on his plea and the evidence tendered.

In his judgment, Justice Oyinloye said the evidence placed before the court
showed that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubts and
pronounced him guilty as charged.

The court ordered the convict to pay a sum of N100, 000 (One Hundred Thousand
Naira Only) or serve a term of six months in prison.

The press release includes a photo:

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3 FEB 2021

Court Jails Three for Internet Fraud in Enugu

Justice N.I Buba of the Federal High Court, Enugu on February 2, 2021,
convicted and sentenced the duo of Ebene Favour and Desmond Onumajuru
to one year imprisonment each on separate one count charges bordering
on internet fraud.

The convicts, upon arraignment, pleaded guilty to the charges preferred
against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu
zonal office.

One of the charges reads: "that you Desmond Onumajuru, on or about the
26th day of September 2020, in Enugu, Enugu State, within the jurisdiction
of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, fraudulently presented yourself as
Alicia Park, when you held out to one Mr. Sangig Lim, a white Male, that
you are a female nurse who was attached to the United States military in
Syria, with intent to obtain money from him and thereby committed an offence
contrary to Section 22 (4) and punishable under Section 22 (4) of cybercrime
(Prohibition Prevention etc) Act 2015."

In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, led by Mbachie Innocent
Iorwundu and Igwe Christiana Chioma urged the court to convict them accordingly.

Justice Buba, after reviewing the evidence before the court, held that
the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and convicted
and sentenced both men, while giving them an option of One Hundred Thousand
Naira (N100, 000.00) fine each.

In a similar development, Justice R.O Dugbo Oghoghorie of Federal High Court,
also in Enugu found one Obinna Ozor Peter, a Computer Science student of Imo
State University, guilty of one count charge of internet fraud and sentenced
him to three months imprisonment with the option of One Hundred Thousand Naira
(N100,000) fine.

Ozor and Onumajuru were arrested in Owerri, Imo State while Ebene was arrested
in Enugu.

Investigation showed that the convicts were defrauding unsuspecting victims
of huge sums of money by using fake or stolen Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin
and Whatsapp profiles to solicit for friendship from foreigners, especially
white males or females in the U.S.A, Vietnam, U.K, Germany, among others.

The press release includes photos:

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2 FEB 2021

Another Fraudster Bags Four Months Jail Term in Ibadan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office,
on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, secured the conviction of one Oluwatobi Damilola
Aina before Justice Ladiran Akintola of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in
Ibadan, Oyo State.

The 26-year-old who claimed to be a fashion enthusiast, was arrested on September
29, 2020, when the Commission got wind of his fraudulent activities and consequently
charged to court on one-count charge bordering on impersonation.

The charge reads, "Oluwatobi Damilola Aina, sometimes between the month of January
and October 2020 at Ibadan within the Ibadan Judicial Division of this Honourable
Court, with intent to defraud, falsely represented yourself as a female known as
Namita Cooling".

He pleaded guilty to the charge.

In view his plea, he was convicted and sentenced to four months in prison.

The court also ordered him to restitute items recovered from him to the Federal Government of Nigeria through the EFCC.

The press release includes a photo:

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2 FEB 2021

19 Internet Fraud Suspects in EFCC's Net

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have apprehended
nineteen suspects allegedly involved in internet and related criminal activities.
They were smoked out of their hideout, a guest house located in the Mpape suburb
of Abuja on January 29, 2021.

The arrest followed actionable intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.
The suspects are Sheyi Abimbola,Ogunsanmi Mola, Akinyemi Ayomide, Babatunde Owoeye,
Ife – Oluwa Gbadebo, Friday Owocho, Olorunwa Emmanuel, Jibrin Sediq, Jonah Maxwell,
Ibrahim Mustapha and Shaibu Chris.

Others are Gabriel Ekele, Kolawole Omitogun, Washma Samuel, Yusuf Ayomide Abdulazeez,
Moshood Awowole, Farouk Olamilekan, Adebayo Samuel and Lekan Olufowobi.

Items recovered from them include mobile phones and laptop comp[uers containing
various incriminating documents.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigation is conclude

The press release includes a photo:

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1 FEB 2021

EFCC Docks Corps Member, One Other Over Alleged Love Scam

The Ilorin Zonal Office of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
on Monday, February 1, 2021 arraigned a serving corps member, Sam Abiola and
one Adebiyi Sodiq on separate charges bordering on love scam before Justice
Adenike Akinpelu of a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.

Abiola, who is currently serving in Kogi State was arraigned on one count
charge, while four counts were preferred against Sodiq, to which they pleaded
'guilty'.

The charge against Abiola reads:"That you, Sam Abiola ( Missie Bonie) sometime
between July, 2019 and September, 2019 in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this
Honourable Court did cheat by personation when you pretended to be one Missie
Bonie a white female with gmail account, missiebo271@gmail.com, and fraudulently
deceived one Rick to send $550 (Five Hundred and Fifty Dollars) to you through
gift card after you made him believe you were 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"

For Sodiq, count three of the charge reads: "That you, Adebiyi Sodiq, (Alias: Maria
Monica sometime in the month of August 2020, in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction
of this Honourable Court, did cheat by personation via your email address terrellwhite856@gmail.com
to one Manny, by portraying yourself as a white female named Maria and induced him
to send you his Cash App, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed
an offence contrary to Section 324 of the Penal Code and punishable under the same
Section of the Law"

Upon Abiola's guilty plea, the prosecuting counsel, O. B Akinsola, invited to the
witness box one Ali Mohammed, an operative of the EFCC to review the facts of the
case.

Mohammed narrated how the defendant was arrested based on the anonymous petition
received by the Commission on the activities of fraudsters around Offa area of
Kwara State. Documents showing fraudulent messages printed out of the email of
the defendant were tendered and admitted in evidence.

In a similar fashion, Sesan Ola, prosecuting for EFCC on Sodiq's case called
on Eze Uchenna, an operative of the Commission to review the facts of the case.
Uchenna also narrated the defendant's involvement in the alleged offence and
tendered documents which were admitted in evidence.

Justice Akinpelu, while discharging the witnesses fixed February 11, for judgement.

It would be recall that the Ilorin Zonal Office of the EFCC on September 14, 2019
executed an operation at Offa in Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State where
about 33 suspected fraudsters were arrested for various offences bordering on
internet fraud.

The press release includes photos:

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29 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests 10 Yahoo-Yahoo 'Students' In Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on January 29, 2021 arrested
10 suspects over computer-related fraud known as 'Yahoo-Yahoo'.

They were arrested at their Academy in Bwari axis of Abuja where they were
said to be learning the trade of cyber trickery.

The suspects aged between 20 and 30 years, are Sixtus Jude, Moses Samuel,
Isalan Johnny, Dapet Nimshak, Samuel Ogboche, Victor Samuel, Victor Asuquo,
Ibrahim Yunusa, Yahaya Usman and Chijoke Ikwuoha.

They were arrested with different incriminating items such as mobile
phones and computers.

The promoter of the Academy is however on the run, Investigations showed
that the sponsor recruits and train young individuals who show interest
in internet fraud.

The sponsor gets his percentage of their earnings based on an agreement
between him and the recruits. He also serves as a conduit for laundering
the money gotten from internet fraud by some of the suspects.

The suspects will be prosecuted when investigation is completed.

The press release includes a photo:

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29 JAN 2021

N525m Internet Fraud: Scales Opts For Plea Bargain, Ready to Forfeit N108m Properties- Witness

The trial-within-trial of Scales Ishola Olatunji, a suspected serial fraudster resumed
on Friday, January 29, 2021 before Justice Agatha Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting
in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC presenting
its third prosecution witness, Shedrack Babs Iyo who informed the court that Scales who
was arraigned on July 2, 2019, had written to the Commission, opting for a plea bargain
agreement, wherein he would forfeit two of his properties worth over N108 million.

Scales is being prosecuted by the Uyo zonal office of the EFCC on a 45-count charge
bordering on impersonation, obtaining by false pretence, conspiracy and fraud to the
tune of N525m. He pleaded not guilty upon arraignment.

When the matter came up on December 10, 2020, the prosecuting counsel, Nwandu Ukoha,
through Mubarak Mohammed Sade (the third Prosecution Witness in the main trial) sought
to tender a document dated December 5, 2020 before the court but was opposed by the
defense counsel, Jane Obika on the grounds that the statement was taken under duress.
This led to the trial-within-trial and the prosecution opened its case on Thursday,
January 28, 2021.

While being led in evidence by Ukoha, Iyo, an operative of the EFCC, told the court
that after the defendant was arraigned on July 2, 2019 and was remanded in Uyo
Correctional Centre, the Commission received a handwritten application from the
defendant titled "Application for Plea Bargain" dated November 19, 2019.

Iyo said, "My lord, in the application, the defendant said he had instructed his
lawyer, one Stanley Negbenebor and Barrister Peter Mba to negotiate with the Commission
regarding terms and conditions of his plea bargain. It was on this note that on the
5th of December 2019, the Commission detailed Detective Moses Otitoju and myself to
confirm the genuiness of the letter coming from the defendant who had been arraigned
in court and remanded in prison custody.

"My lord, on getting there, the defendant was brought out by the then Comptroller
of Uyo Correctional Service. The defendant was interviewed by us in the presence
of the Comptroller, his Second- in- Command, and the defendant's lawyer, Barrister
Peter Mba".

The witness added that during the interview, the defendant was asked if he will put
down what he told us in writing and he said yes. He explained that the defendant was
cautioned and words of caution was administered to him, which he understood.

He volunteered his statement dated December 5, 2019 and repeated the content of the
application for plea bargain. He further stated that his lawyer should handover documents
of two properties. The first one is a four bedroom duplex lying and located at Number 6,
Road 2, Westend Estate, Ikota Lagos State which was bought in the name of his wife S
tephanie Chioma Scales for N43.5million" the witness said.

He continued, "The second property lying and located at Number 10 Donatus Street, Ikate,
Elegushi, Lagos State which he bought in the name of his in-law, the younger brother
to his wife one Alexis Ikechukwu Akpabue worth N65million”. He further added that the
two properties were derived from proceeds of crime".

The prosecution closed its case thereafter and the matter was adjourned till February
25 and 26, 2021 for the defence to open its case in trial-within-trial.

The press release includes a photo:

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29 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests 30 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Enugu

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
Enugu Zonal office on Thursday January 28, 2021 arrested 30 (Thirty)
suspects for various internet-related offences in Enugu.

Their arrest at Thinkers Corner Extension, followed actionable intelligence
obtained by the Commission on their alleged criminal activities which targeted
mostly foreigners.

The suspects are, Raphael Chidiebere, Dr. Onyechiefuna Victor, Oliobi Chukwujekwu,
Alozie Ikenna, Lakeru John, Chijioke Onyedika, Chikwube Nwadinobi, Eze Chukwuebuka,
Nwafor Ifeanyi, Chidobelu Chidera, Ozonwu Nnamdi, Joseph Emmanuel, Chukwunonyelu
Chizoba Eze and Imachukwu Ogonna.

Others are Okwesi Kizito, Onuorah Emmanuel, Promise Okpowasili, Ezeanu Ugochukwu,
Ogbonna Emenike, Ibeka Nzeribe, Nike Stanley Onyekachi, Chukwubuikem, Odono Charles
Chimdindu, Onyechefuna Franklin, Onyechefuna Samuel, Iluka Fernando Chike, Udemefuna
Daniel, Chiedu Chike Kingsley, Ezema Ikenna and Chuka Okoye.

In the course of the arrest, various exotic cars including brand new Lexus ES 350
with no registration number, Black Toyota 2.4 with registration number ENU-598-SU,
Black Mercedes Benz ML 350 jeep with registration number ABJ-275-DB, Black Lexus
ES 330 with registration number UWN-901-MP, Black Lexus ES 350 with registration
number JJJ-900-GK were recovered from the suspects.

Other incriminating materials recovered from them include various mobile phones
and laptop computers.

They will be charged to court as soon as the investigations are concluded.

The press release includes photos:

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28 JAN 2021

Sales Rep Bags 18-Months Jail Term For Internet Fraud in Ekiti

Justice Babs Kwuemi of the Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti
State, on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, convicted and sentenced one Adelanke
Adesola Abiodun (a.k.a. Richard Lopez, a.k.a. Walker Fabian Gregory) to
18-months imprisonment for impersonation.

The 25-year-old who claimed to be an Accounting graduate from Ekiti State
University was a sales representative with a private company when he was
arrested by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Crime Commission, EFCC, for internet fraud.

He pleaded guilty to one count amended charge preferred against him.

Consequently, the presiding judge convicted and sentenced him to 18-months
imprisonment.

Justice Kwuemi thereafter gave a consequential order that he restitutes to
his victim, one Frida Thorsdottir the sum of $1,500 (One Thousand Five Hundred
United States of American Dollars), through the EFCC.

He is also to forfeit one iPad and Nokia Torch to the Federal Government
of Nigeria.

The press release includes a photo:

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28 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests Two Brothers, Six Other Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Osogbo
…4 Internet Fraudsters Convicted In Lagos

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office,
on Thursday, January 28, 2021, arrested eight men suspected to be internet
fraudsters in Osogbo, Osun State.

The suspects Akinrinmade Adepoju Sunday and his brother Akinrinmade Adeniyi
were arrested in their room and parlor apartment, others are Dennis Oluwamuyiwa,
Oni Oluwaseyi, Adeyemo Adeyinka, Aborisade Abayomi, Goodluck Olatayo, and Gbolahan
Sodiq.

They were arrested at their hideout in Ayegbami area of the ancient town by
operatives, working on actionable intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.

Items recovered from the suspects include two cars, laptops and mobile phones.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

In a related development, the Lagos Zonal office of the Commission has secured
the conviction of four internet fraudsters.

The convicts are: Christopher Blessed Unimke, Raji Adeshola Quadri, Raji Ayoola
Yusuf, and Adebowale Kehinde.

Christopher was arrested on August 21, 2020 by operatives following a raid at Plot
11/12 Ayo Babatunde Crescent, Lekki, Lagos. He was arraigned before Justice Sherifah
Solebo of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja, on January 21, 2021.

He pleaded "guilty" to the charge of possession of fraudulent documents contrary
to Section 318 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

Justice Solebo convicted and sentenced him to three months in prison with an option
of fine of N50, 000. The Court ordered that the items recovered from him, including
one iPhone X and one Nokia Touch-Light phone be forfeited to the federal government.

Quadri, Yusuf and Kehinde, were arraigned before Justice O.O.A Fadipe of the Lagos
State High Court, on January 25, 2021.

They all pleaded "guilty" to the charge of possessing documents containing false
pretenses, which were used to perpetrate internet fraud.

Justice Fadipe, thereafter, convicted them accordingly, and sentenced Kehinde and
Quadri to one year in prison, while Yusuf was sentenced to nine months in prison.

Items recovered from them, which also included a Mercedes Benz 4matic car, iPhones,
Android phones, gold pendant, cartier wrist watch and Apple laptop were ordered
forfeited to the federal government.

The press release includes photos:

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27 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests Three Dubai-based Suspected Internet Fraudsters, 14 others in Lagos

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos
Zonal office, have arrested three Dubai based suspected internet fraudsters
and 14 others in Lagos.

They were arrested, Tuesday January 26, and Wednesday 27, 2021 at different
locations following series of intelligence detailing their alleged involvement
in internet fraud and other related offences in Nigeria and abroad.

The Dubai- based suspects who were arrested at Victory Nest Estate, Jakande,
Lekki, Lagos today January 27, 2021. are; Samuel Oluwasegun Olayinka, Afeez
Fajumobi and Olamide Olamilekan Olaofe,while their accomplice caught with
them includes Amao Oluwatobi, Amao Joshua, Adeyemo Olatunde, Solomon Emelike,
Lawrence Nwodu and Philip Olamilekan.

Others suspects who were arrested at 41c, Muritala Eletu Osapa London, Lekki
area of Lagos on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 include Ogbenusi Ibrahim, Kelechi
Collins Ndubuka, Sadiq Adewale, John Okafor Eze, Adewale Lateef, Hassan Mohammed,
Tunde Lawal and Hussaini Adebayo.

They will be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release includes photos:

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26 JAN 2021

22 Yahoo Boys Arrested in Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC have arrested 22 persons for their alleged involvement in
internet fraud.

They are: Muyiwa Adetola, Adeolu Damilade, Oritsetimeyin Abel, Ademola Lekan,
Abayomi Qudus, Isaac Chibueze, Ayeni Olarewaju, Aminu Kelvin, Ajama Patrick
and Nesta Olotu.

Others are: Odaro Edogiawere, Balogun Ayo, Mustapha Hassan, Musbaudeen Olamilekan,
Adewumi Adebayo, Charles Akpene, Joshua Ugwuomore, Ayeni Isamilola, Ogundare Kayode,
Kara Uzuegbu, Akindele Samuel and Oladimeji Ashiru.

They were arrested at their various residence at Terra Annex Estate, Sangoteddo in t
he Ajah area of Lagos, on January 23, 2021 following actionable intelligence.

They have undergone further interrogation and will soon be arraigned in court.

The press releaase includes a photo:

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26 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests Eight Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Port Harcourt

The Port Harcourt Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, has arrested eight individuals suspected to be internet fraudsters.

They were arrested on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at their hideouts in Mandela
Housing Estate, Rumuokoro and Street 1, Radio Road Estate, Ozuoba, Port Harcourt,
Rivers State.

The suspects, comprising seven young men and one lady, are: Vandross Ebre; Tochukwu
Mbonu; Charles Mba; Okoroma Robinson; Ruth Allison; Timothy Godspower, Kingsley Obilor
and Sampson Ajaka.

Their arrest followed intelligence reports on alleged internet-related fraudulent
activities.

The press release includes photos:

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26 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests 13-Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Ibadan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office,
on Monday, January 25, 2021, arrested 13 suspected internet fraudsters in
Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Their arrest was triggered by intelligence reports detailing their alleged
involvement in internet fraud and other related offences.

The suspects are: Kayode Adeoye, Ogunleye Yemi, Adio Taheed, Olaniyi Joshua,
AbdulAfeez Kehinde.

Others are: Bakare Omolayo, Adesuntola Adebayo, Ridwan Gbolahan, Abdulfatai
Waliu, Olayiwola Olamilekan, Raji Wasiu, Olawale Ibrahim and Tajudeen Mojeed.

Four cars, Phones, Laptops and other incriminating documents used in perpetrating
the crime were recovered from them.

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

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25 JAN 2021

EFCC Nabs 16 Alleged Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC has effected the arrest of 16 young men in Lekki, a cosmopolitan
area in the state, for allegedly engaging in internet fraud, popularly
known as yahoo yahoo.

The suspected internet fraudsters are: Habeeb Adebayo, Marcus Wisdom,
Caleb Triumphant Ezikiel, Akinduro Henry, Osarobo Osasere, and Oyelami
Olatunji.

Others are: Pelumi Glory, Ehibor Joseph, Emmanuel Timileyin, Jefta Akpan,
Okirhie Rukewe, Oxford Robbinson, Onyeka Odika, Uzoma Gideon, Adebayo Oluwatobi,
and Isreal Ugochukwu.

They were rounded-up on January 21, 2021 at the Ziroc Residence Hotel, Lekki,
Lagos by operatives who have been tracking their activities.

Upon interrogation, they all confessed to engaging in different forms of
computer-related fraud, including romance and love scam.

A further analysis of their mobile devices and computers, also confirmed
their involvement in internet fraud.

They will soon be arraigned in court as investigations have already been
concluded.

The press release includes a photo:

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22 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests 11 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Osogbo

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office,
on Friday, January 22, 2021 arrested eleven suspected fraudsters. They
were apprehended by operatives of the Commission who, acting on intelligence,
swooped on their hideouts in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

The Commission recovered twelve cars which include three Toyota Highlander SUVs,
one Mercedes Benz GLK 350 SUV, One Acura SUV, two Honda Crosstour, two Toyota
Venza and three other Toyota brands. Also recovered are phones, laptops and
other devices..

The suspects, who variously claimed to be students, artisans, farmers and
businessmen, are currently undergoing interrogation to ascertain their level
of involvement in the alleged crime.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release incoudes photos:

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22 JAN 2021

Two Undergraduates Arraigned for Internet Fraud in Enugu

Two students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Akwa, Genesis Arinze Daniel and Chinedu
Ayogu Christopher have been arraigned on separate one count charge of cybercrime before
Justice N.I Buba of the Federal High Court, sitting in Enugu, Enugu State.

The defendants who were docked on Thursday January 21, pleaded not guilty to the charges
preferred against them by the Enugu Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC.

The duo were arrested based on intelligence on their alleged involvement in cybercrimes
activities and obtaining money by false pretenses from the unsuspecting victims, mostly
foreigners.

Investigation by the EFCC revealed how Genesis created and operated Google and Instagram
accounts using stolen identity of Thomas Bradley, a United Kingdom national based in Florida,
USA, to defraud other foreigners. He also created Gmail account; tombradley689@gmail.com
which he used to intercept emails messages and chats.

Genesis and Ayogu also engage in fraudulent online Forex Trading Company. Aside from acting
as 'pickers' for syndicate of fraudsters.

In view of the plea of the defendants, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Ajobiewe asked
for a trial date while counsel to the 1st and 2nd defendants; I.U Okenwa moved motions
for the bail of their clients which was not opposed by the prosecution.

Justice Buba, after listening to both counsel admitted the defendants to bail in the sum
of One Million (N1,000,000.00) each, and one surety each in like sum.

The Court adjourned the matter till February 2, 2021 for commencement of trial.

The press release includes a photo:

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20 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests Seven In Ibadan Over Alleged Internet Fraud

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan
Zonal Office, have arrested seven young men for alleged involvement in
internet fraud.

They were arrested on January 20, 2020 at Olomi Area of Ibadan, following
intelligence received from concerned members of the public on their alleged
criminal activities.

Items recovered from the suspects include two vehicles, mobile devices
and laptops.

The suspects are undergoing further interrogation, the indicted will be
charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release includes photos:

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20 JAN 2021

Ilorin Court Sends Internet Fraudster to Prison

A 29-year-old internet fraudster, Ademola Adebukola alias "Holy Ghost"
has been convicted on four counts of cheating and attempt to cheat by
a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.

Justice Adenike Akinpelu convicted and sentenced the defendant to six
months imprisonment on each of the counts after he pleaded guilty to
the charges brought against him by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The sentences are
to run concurrently from September 14, 2020.

The court also ordered the forfeiture of the convict's iPhone 5 and
Dell Laptop, being the instrumentalities used to perpetrate the crime,
to the Federal Government.

One of the charges against the convict reads:

"That you, Ademola Adebukola, sometime in 2018, at Ilorin, within the
Judicial Division of the Kwara State High Court while acting as Blackmore
G. Scott a.k.a Holy Ghost with email address holyghost643@gmail.com did
attempt to cheat one Sherri Reed by fraudulently inducing her to deliver t
he sum of $3,500 (Three Thousand, Five Hundred United States Dollars) to
you under the guise of being in a romantic relationship with her and in
need of money to clear goods at the Seaport and thereby committed an
offence contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code and punishable under
Section 322 of the Penal Code"

Another count reads:

"That you, Ademola Adebukola, sometime in July 2020, at Ilorin, within the
Judicial Division of the Kwara State High Court while acting as David Frenchman
with email address msccruiseworld@gmail.com did attempt to cheat by personation,
when you presented yourself to one Wanda Smith of wsmith1166@yahoo.com as being
a Caucasian Male in romantic relationship with her, a representation you knew
to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 95 of the Penal
Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same Penal Code. "

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Here is another version of the press release that has a photo
of the "Holy Ghost":

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19 JAN 2021

Abeokuta Court Jails Two For Impersonation

Justice Ibrahim Watilat of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Tuesday,
January 19, 2021, convicted and sentenced two internet fraudsters, Tobiloba Stephen
Shokunbi and Emmanuel Korede Oladunjoye, to six months and four months imprisonment
respectively.

The duo were found guilty of amended charges of criminal impersonation separately
filed against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan
Zonal Office.

The offence runs contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) of Cybercrimes (Prohibition,
Prevention etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) (iv) of the
same Act.

They pleaded guilty to the charges when read to them.

While delivering his judgment, Justice Watilat ordered that the convicts forfeit
all the items recovered from them in the course of investigation.

He also ordered Shokunbi and Oladunjoye to restitute $1,000 (One Thousand United
States Dollars), and $160 (One Hundred and Sixty US Dollars) and N200,000 (Two
Hundred Thousand Naira) respectively to their victims.

The press release includes photos:

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18 JAN 2021

Man Jailed 14 Months In Osogbo for Defrauding American of N19.6m [That is over $400,000]

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, has
secured the conviction of one Oteyowo Akinkunmi Samuel over internet-related
fraud.

Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo,
Osun State pronounced the 32-year-old, who claimed to be a graduate of civil
engineering, guilty of a one-count amended charge of criminal impersonation
on Monday, January 18, 2021, and handed him fourteen months custodial sentence.

The crime offends Section 22(2) (b) (ii) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition,
Prevention Etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) of the same Act.

He was charged for defrauding one Warren Doht, an American, of a total sum
of N19,664,128.50 (Nineteen Million, Six Hundred and Sixty Four Thousand,
One Hundred and Twenty Eight Naira, Fifty Kobo).

The convict had, however, approached the Commission for a plea bargain agreement
which formed the basis for the amended charge with which he was arraigned and
convicted of on Monday.

After pleading guilty to the amended charge, prosecution counsel Murtala Usman
urged the court to convict him accordingly.

Apart from the jail term, the court also ordered Oteyowo to restitute the
N19,664,128.50 to the victim of his crime.

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419 Coalition comment: Somebody needs to make Real Sure the victim
does indeed receive restitution from this 419er. Merely ordering it does
Not mean the victim is actually going to get it! Follow up is necessary.
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11 JAN 2021

Two Convicted for Cyber Crime in Ibadan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, on Monday,
January 11, 2021, secured the conviction of two internet fraudsters before Justice
Omolara Adeyemi of the Oyo State High Court 12, Ibadan.

The convicts, Olanrewaju Ibrahim Bidemi and Abiola Amoo David, were found guilty
of obtaining money by false pretences contrary to Section 419 of the Criminal Code
Cap 28 Laws of Oyo State 2000 and punishable under Section 419 of the same Act.

The duo pleaded guilty to their respective one-count charges when read to them.

Consequent upon their guilty plea, Justice Adeyemi convicted them and sentenced
Olanrewaju and Abiola to one month and two months community service respectively
with effect from the date of conviction.

Olanrewaju was ordered to restitute £1,000 (One Thousand Pounds Sterling), while
Abiola was to restitute $200 USD through the Federal Government of Nigeria to their
victims.

The court also ordered that items recovered from them in the course of investigation
be forfeited to the government.

The press release includes a photo:

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11 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests 10 For Alleged Internet Fraud In Lagos

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office,
have arrested 10 persons for their alleged involvement in computer-related fraud.

The suspects are: Jonathan Daniel Adebayo, Lawal Waidi Seun, Adeosun Joseph, Taiwo
Gbemileke, Oseni Omotayo, Emmanuel Fakiyesi, Rasheed Ogunlana, Oladunni Segun, Sowunmi
Rotimi and Efetobore Prince Wilfred.

They were arrested on Saturday, January 9, 2021 during an early morning operation
in the Alagbado area of Lagos, following credible intelligence received by the Commission
about their alleged criminal activities.

Items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest are cars, mobile phones, laptop
computers, passports, a digital video recorder and a cheque book.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release includes a photo:

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