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7 OCT 2021

Bawa Urges Secondary School Students to Shun Cybercrime

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
{EFCC}, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has charged youths graduating from the secondary
schools to shun activities related to cybercrime and be good ambassadors
of Nigeria.

Bawa stated this as a guest speaker at the 16th Annual Graduation Ceremony
of of Capital Science Academy, Kuje, Abuja on 2nd October, 2021.

In a paper titled "Tackling Cyber Fraud: Inspiration to the Youths", the
Executive Chairman, who was represented by Olalekan Ogunjobi, an officer
from the Cybercrime Section of the Commission, described the miserable
end of cyber criminals and the futility of their actions. He discouraged
the youths from believing in the get-rich-quick-syndrome, adding that
they can become whatever they want through hard work and sheer determination.

Reeling out the statistics of cybercrime in Nigeria, the Chairman pointed
out that the EFCC which is the leading agency fighting economic and financial
crimes in the country will leave no stone unturned until perpetrators of
cybercrime are brought to book.

"We endeavor to increase the risk for cybercriminals and/or reduce the
benefits of the crime by convicting them and retrieving everything they
have gotten through cyber-delinquency", said.

The Chairman also urged the graduating students to immediately join in
the fight against economic and financial crimes as in the nearest future
"we need you in the fight … as programmers, forensic analysts, financial
analysts, investigators, developers etc. I would enjoin you to summon
courage to distinguish yourself and not yield to peer pressure".

Stressing that parents, guardians, teachers and religious leaders have
a very active role to play in tackling cyber fraud among the younger
generation, the Chairman urged all and sundry to educate their wards/
followers on the consequences of committing cyber fraud and the impact
on the economy and society at large.

Appreciating the EFCC for the interesting engagement, the Principal
of the school, Mrs. Rachel Borland, urged the students to adhere to
the advice of the Chairman of the Commission and make the school,
their families and the entire nation proud.

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4 OCT 2021

Two Convicted for Bitcoin Scam in Kaduna

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, today October 4, 2021 secured the conviction and sentencing of one
Anthony Celestine on a one count charge of possession of fraudulent
document before Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court,
Kaduna.

The charge reads, "that you Anthony Celestine, on or about the 22nd
of May, 2021 in Kaduna within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court
and with intent to defraud, had in your possession fraudulent documents
which you intended to use for the purpose of soliciting for investment
in Bitcoin from the unsuspecting members of the public and you thereby
committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 349 of
the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017 and punishable under the same Law".

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him. In
view of his guilty plea, the prosecution counsel, M.O Arumemi urged the
court to enter the terms of a plea bargain agreement as the judgment
of the court.

Justice Khobo, consequently convicted and sentenced the defendant to a
fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100, 000.00). The defendant will
serve 3 years imprisonment if he fails to pay the fine.

The defendant, is also to forfeit an iPhone 11 Pro Max which he used
in perpetrating the crime to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Trouble started for Anthony when he was arrested in a sting operation
by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the EFCC. Intelligence indicated that
the defendant and one other approached one Zubairu Umar, a car dealer
for the purchase of a Mercedes Benz worth N2, 800,000.00 and insisted
on cash payment which aroused the suspicion of the car dealer.

Several fraudulent documents, including one which indicated that he
collected $100USD from a foreigner, were recovered from the defendant.

In a similar development Justice Khobo also convicted and sentenced
one Daniel Joseph (aka Bruce Wilkins) on one count amended charge
bordering on impersonation.

The charge reads: "That you Daniel Joseph(aka Bruce Wilkins) on or
about the 22nd of May, 2021 in Kaduna State within the jurisdiction
of this Honourable Court and with intent to defraud, fraudulently
impersonated one Bruce Wilkins (a foreign national) via your Facebook
Account Bruce Wilkins which you used in soliciting members of the
public to invest in Bitcoins and you thereby committed an offence
contrary to and punishable under Section 142(1) of the Kaduna State
Penal Code Law, 2017 and punishable under the same Law".

He pleaded guilty to the charge.

Justice Khobo, consequently convicted and sentenced the defendant
to a fine of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N150, 000.00).
The defendant will serve 3 years imprisonment if he fails to pay
the fine.

The defendant is also to forfeit his iPhone 12 Pro Max which he
used in perpetrating the crime and the sum of One Million Naira
(N1, 000,000.00) recovered from him to the Federal Republic
of Nigeria

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30 SEP 2021

Court Convicts Two Fraudsters in Abeokuta

Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court sitting in
Abeokuta, on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 convicted Alade Oluwasegun
Kolawole and Tosin Kunle Kehinde on separate one count charge of
fraudulent impersonation brought against them by the Ibadan Zonal
Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The offence
is contrary to Section 22(2) (b) (i) and is punishable under Section
22(2) (b)(iv) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act,
2015.

The defendants pleaded guilty to the charges upon arraignment.

Twenty eight years old Kehinde was sentenced to one year imprisonment.
Apart from his conviction, kehinde was also ordered to restitute a
total sum of $2,500 (Two Thousand Five Hundred United States Dollars)
to his victim, Lyndsey Lamance, through the EFCC.

He is also to forfeit one Infinix Hot 8, one Infinix Hot 6, one Dell
laptop, one laptop charger and one Toyota Corolla to the Federal
Government of Nigeria.

Similarly, Justice Abdulmalik sentenced 19 year- old kolawole to six
months imprisonment and ordered him to restitute the sum of $250 USD
(Two Hundred and Fifty United State Dollars) to his victim through the
Federal Government. The convict also forfeits one IPhone 11 Pro Max
and two Power Banks to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release includes a photo:

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30 SEP 2021

Ado-Ekiti Courier Worker Gets 6months Jail for Yahoo Scam in Ilorin

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 secured the conviction of one
Akinluyi Damilola Gabriel, a worker currently in the employ of Tranex
Courier service, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, for internet-related fraud
and love scam.

Akinluyi, 29, was prosecuted on one count before Justice Mohammed Sani
of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin.

He was among the 34 suspected internet fraudsters arrested in different
locations of Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State Capital on March 8, 2021.

The Charge against the defendant reads: "That you, Akinluyi Damilola
Gabriel, sometime between January 2021 and February 2021 at Ado Ekiti
within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court fraudulently impersonated
one Connor Matty via Gmail account connormatty4@gamil.com with intent to
obtain $150.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Dollars) worth of iTune gift card
and which you did obtain from one Hollie Beilman and thereby committed
an offence contrary to Section 22(2)(ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition,
Prevention, Etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (iv)
of the same Act".

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

Upon his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Aliyu Adebayo, urged the court to
convict him as charged.

Justice Sanni sentenced Akinluyi to six months imprisonment with option
of fine of N300, 000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira).

The court also ordered the forfeiture of the convict’s iPhone 7 and
Motorola phone, which were used to perpetrate the crime to the Federal
Government.

The press release contains a photo of the 419er:

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30 SEP 2021

EFCC Arrests 21 Internet Fraudsters in Umuahia

Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission EFCC, on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 arrested
21 suspected internet Fraudsters a sting operation at World Bank
Housing Estate, Umuahia, Abia state.

The arrested suspects are: Onwuka John Urum, Nwigwe Favour
Uzochukwu, Marvelous Igwe Chikaodiri, Egbulef Promise, Okolo
Christopher, Okoye Kosiso Chukwu, Uzor Kingsley Nzube, Okafor
Jeremiah Onyedikachi, Okoji Franklin Akachukwu and Emmanuel
Chibuike.

Others are Okechukwu Oko, Miracle Chubueze, Sunday Eze Goodnews,
Nwache Justice, Azubuike Chikwado, Obioma Prince Chinomso, Nwazo
Collins Ugochukwu, Ogugu Chukwu Ebuka, Chinaka Macdonald, Ebere
Uchenna and Okechukwu Emeka Michael.

At the point of arrest, the following vehicles were recovered
from them: Lexus ES350 with registration number Abuja KWL3398BP,
a Mercedes Benz with registration number Abuja ABC677 EH, a Toyota
Camry 2008 Model with registration number SMK507GZ and a Lexus
ES350 with registration number IMO EKE 136 AE.

Other items recovered from the suspects include different brands
of laptops and mobile phones.

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

The press release includes photos:

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28 SEP 2021

EFCC Arraigns Man for $350,000 Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Tuesday,
September 28, 2021 arraigned Abel Lesi Goka for offences bordering
fraud before Justice Modupe Osho Adebiyi of the Federal Capital
Territory High Court, Gudu, Abuja.

Goka was arraigned alongside, Caminus Tochukwu Nwabineli of Kambelly
Logistics who is currently at large and Alhaji Ibrahim Aminu, also
at large, on twenty three counts of forgery, conspiracy, obtaining
by false pretence and internet fraud contrary to Section 8 (a) of
the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006
and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.

Count one of the charge reads:

"That you, Abel Lesi Goka, Caminus Tochukwu Nwabineli of Kambelly
Logistics Services (at large) and Alhaji Ibrahim Aminu (at large)
sometime between 12th December, 2017 and 15th December 2017 at
Abuja, in the Abuja Judicial Division of the High Court of the
Federal Capital Territory did conspire to do an illegal act to
wit; obtained the gross sum of $350,000.00( Three Hundred and
Fifty Thousand Dollars) from one Mariam Eyitayo on behalf of
HAMCHID NIGERIA LIMITED under the false pretense that the said
monies represent payment to facilitate chartering of vessels;
SCF SAMOTLOR and MT COSLUCKY LAKE to transport a total of 3,000,000 (
three million) barrels of Bonny Light Crude Oil(BLCO) from Nigeria
to Ghana waters, thereby committed an offence contrary to Section
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 defendant pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him.

Upon the defendant’s plea, counsel to the EFCC, Benjamin Lawan
Manji asked the court to remand him in prison custody.

Justice Modupe Osho Adebiyi, however admitted the defendant to
bail in the sum of N50million with two sureties who must submit
their tax clearance to the court. One surety must be a civil
servant of not less than Grade Level 14. The two sureties must
be verified by both court officials and the prosecuting counsel.

While fixing November 4, 2021 for trial, and considering the
ill health of the defendant, the court gave the defendant three
days grace to perfect the bail conditions. The defence counsel
shall undertake to report to the court the stage of the perfection
of the bail.

The press release includes a photo:

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28 SEP 2021

Anti-graft War: Japan Pledges Support to EFCC

The Japanese government has pledged to support the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the fight against financial
crimes. The Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
to Nigeria, Matsunaga Kazuyoshi made the pledge on Tuesday September
29, 2021 during a Courtesy Visit to Executive Chairman of the EFCC,
Abdulrasheed Bawa at EFCC headquarters Abuja.

The envoy who expressed delight at the professionalism of the EFCC,
noted that the Commission's efforts in helping a Japanese victim of
scam to recover and repatriate a sum of 370,000 Yen to Japan early
this year, was "the first case in Japan where the victim's money
remitted overseas was returned."

"The response of your organization in resolving the 419 scam case
against Japanese victim is highly commendable," he added.

He asked for EFCC’s continuous cooperation in helping Japanese
victims of fraud, noting that many victims were reluctant to come
forward because of the difficulties in tracking monies transferred
to foreign countries.

The envoy further disclosed that the Japanese Government had conducted
a training programme on governance in some countries and promised to
extend the gesture to the EFCC. "We would consider expanding our
cooperation with the EFCC, including a training programme with a view
to supporting anti-corruption measures in Nigeria," he said.

Responding, the EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa briefed the envoy
on the mandate of the Commission and its strategic direction under
his watch, especially the use of technology, and disclosed plans
by the agency to launch its Strategic Plan, 2021-2025 on Wednesday,
September 29, 2021.

The EFCC boss described the Commission as the hub of international
cooperation in law enforcement in Nigeria adding that, "we can partner
to see that economic crime is eradicated around the globe".

He assured of the Commission’s willingness to continue to investigate
any reported case where Japanese citizens are victims of scams and to
restitute the recovered funds accordingly.

The press release includes a photo:

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419 Coalition comment: This is good news of course, but if it is really
accurate that this is the first time ever that 419ed monies have been
restituted and repatriated to a Japanese national that is a mind-boggling
admission by the Nigerian government (EFCC) in our view.....
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28 SEP 2021

Two US Military Impostors Land in Jail for Love Scam in Ilorin

Justice Mohamed Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin
has sentenced Akinrodolu Sunday and George Tobi, who were posing
as United States of America Military Officers, to various jail
terms over offences bordering on love scam and other internet-related
fraud.

Akinrodolu and George were jailed alongside one Oluwajobi Victor
on separate charges of fraud brought against them by the Ilorin Zonal
Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The convicts were among the 34 suspected internet fraudsters arrested
in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State on March 8, 2021.

While Akinrodolu and George were posing to be US military Officers
to lure unsuspecting victims into online relationship, Olujobi was
charged for attempt to defraud people seeking accommodation in USA.

The defendants admitted committing the crime and pleaded guilty
when the charges were read to them.

Items recovered from the defendants, including a Toyota Corolla
Sport Car, iPhones, Ipad, bank draft and incriminating items printed
from their devices, were tendered by Aliyu Adebayo and Rasheedat
Alao, who prosecuted the cases for the Commission and admitted
in evidence by the court.

In his judgment on Monday, September 27, 2021, Justice Sanni sentenced
Akinrodolu to six months imprisonment each on count one and two with
option of fine of N300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira) on each count.
The court also ordered the forfeiture of his iPhone 7 and infinix 55
phone, which he used to perpetrate the crime as well as a Toyota Corolla
Sport car acquired with the proceeds of his unlawful activities to the
Federal Government.

Similarly, George was sentenced to six months imprisonment with option
of fine of N300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira). The iPhone 6s recovered
from him at the point of arrest was also forfeited to the Federal Government.

In the same token, Justice Sani sentenced Olujobi to six months imprisonment
with option of fine of N300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira). The judge
ordered that the iPhone 6 and IPad Air 2, which the convict used to perpetrate
the crime be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The press release contains photos of both 419ers:

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27 SEP 2021

EFCC, UNILAG Partner To Tackle Cybercrimes

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, and the University of Lagos, UNILAG, have
expressed readiness to work together in tackling the menace
of computer-related frauds.

Speaking on Monday, September 27, 2021 during a courtesy visit
to the office of the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof.
Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the Zonal Commander, EFCC, Lagos, Ahmed
Ghali, said: "The purpose of this visit is to seek your support
and collaboration in sensitizing the youth on the menace of
economic and financial crimes as well as computer-related frauds."

Ghali, who spoke through the Deputy Zonal Commander, EFCC, Lagos,
Emeka Okonjo, added that "We want to leverage on the teeming youths
on the campuses of higher institutions in the country in our sustained
fight against computer-related frauds, and we consider UNILAG as the
starting point for this initiative."

"We believe that the University environment is a training ground
for youths, both academically and morally. It is, therefore, imperative
that we join hands in the fight against the infamous yahoo-yahoo".

He also used the occasion to emphasize the resolve of the incumbent
Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, whom he said "is more interested in the
prevention mandate of the Commission."

In his response, Ogundipe said: "We are ready to collaborate with
you. We will include you in our orientation programmes as from next
session, so that you could have platforms to sensitize both the
new and the returning students against the menace of cybercrimes.
For the returning students, we will do it on a faculty basis, so
that the anti-graft campaign can be far-reaching."

"Quite a number of the students join the bandwagon innocently; they
are gullible. As such, we will definitely partner with you and let
you speak to the issues."

The EFCC officials were received by the University's management
Staff, including the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics and Research,
Prof. Oluwole Familoni; Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development Services,
Prof. Ayodele Atsenuwa; Deputy-Vice Chancellor, Management Services,
Prof. Obinna Chukwu; Dean, Students Affairs, Prof. Ademola Adeleke;
Director, Academic Planning, Prof. Olusakin Mopelola and Registrar,
Mr. Oladejo Azeez.

The press release includes a photo:

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27 SEP 2021

EFCC Secures Three Internet Fraud Convictions in Ibadan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal
Command on Friday, September 24, 2021 secured the conviction of
three internet fraudsters: Sodiq Oluasegun Adefila, Anifowoshe
Babamide and Raqeed Salaudeen Segun.

While Adefila was convicted of impersonation and sentenced to eight
months jail term by Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court,
Ibadan; Anifowoshe and Raqeed were convicted of impersonation and
sentenced to six months imprisonment each by Justice Uche Agomoh
of the Federal High Court, Ibadan.

They all pleaded guilty to their respective one-count amended
charges for the offences which contravene Section 22 (2) (b) (i)
of Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable
under Section 22 (2) (b) (IV) of the same Act.

Apart from the jail term, Adefila was ordered to restitute his victim,
one Yolanda Bailey, to the tune of $285 (Two Hundred and Eighty Five
United States Dollars) and forfeits an IPhone 6 Plus mobile phone to
the Federal government.

Similarly, Raqeed was ordered to restitute his victim in the sums of
$160 (One Sixty United States Dollars) and Six Thousand Naira (N6, 000).
He also forfeits one IPhone X Max and an Infinix mobile phone to the
Federal Government.

In Anifowoshe's case, Justice Agomoh ordered that he forfeits one
Techno Spark mobile-phone used in committing the crime to the Federal
Government.

The press release contains photos of all three 419ers:

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27 SEP 2021

EFCC Arrests Three Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Abuja

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
on Friday, September 24, 2021, arrested three suspected internet
fraudsters in the Kuje and Gwagwalada axis of Abuja.

The suspects are Adejobi Riliwan, Igwe Dominic and Sunday David.

They were arrested in a sting operation following credible intelligence
received by the Commission on their alleged involvement in computer-related
fraud.

Items recovered include computers and mobile phones.

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

The press release contains photos of all three 419ers:

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24 SEP 2021

EFCC Arrests 28 for Alleged Internet Fraud

The Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, today Friday, September 24,
2021, arrested 28 suspected internet fraudsters.

Seventeen (17) of the suspects were arrested in Awka,
Anambra State while 11 others were arrested in Enugu,
Enugu State, following actionable intelligence on their
alleged involvement in internet fraud.

The suspects are: Afam Onu, Frank Offiah, Christopher
Anakudo, Steven Ofodili, Sochima Theophilus, Jude Chibuzo,
David Ebubechukwu, Victor Okechukwu, Nwazaku Ifeanyi,
Ogbonna Amarachi, Nwachukwu Ugochukwu, Ebube Sunday,
Chidiebere Eze, Nwakoye Emmanuel, Francis Alexander,
Nwoba Nnanna and Nwazaku Kelechi.

Others include Chimdindu Nwakanma, Daniel Onyekachukwu,
Peter Nnopuechi, Collins Chukwuma, Ngene Emmanuel. Ani
Franklyn, Onah Chimere, Onah Olisaemeka, Chidebere Nnamani
and Ernest Okorie Arinze.

Some of the items recovered from them include one Toyota
Corolla Altis with registration number FGG-194-AJ, one
Toyota Avalon with registration number BWR-169-CB, one
Toyota Venza with registration number AGG-559-TN, one
Lexus ES350 with registration number BZR- 535-FF , one
Mercedes Benz GLK 350 with registration number LND-241-FM,
laptops, mobile phones and title documents

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

The press release includes photos:

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23 SEP 2021

EFCC Arrests 26 Internet Fraud Suspects in Asaba

Operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday September 23, 2021 arrested 26
internet fraud suspects in Asaba, Delta State.

The suspects include Ezeabia Lucy, Ossai Chioma, Okoh Ekene, Okoduwa
Bright, Jefferey Nwabunike, Egonu Ikechukwu, Onwudiachi Martins, Ofili
Junior, Ejimofor Celestine, Joseph Diamond Olisa, Frank Sunday, Calvin
Emmanuel Ojara, Afoye Powede Joshua, and Chima Bright Ojara.

Other are Micheal Emmanuel Chukwuka, Okonkwo Chukwuemeka Promise,
Iyoha Oseiwe Frankie, Ezeabia Prince Chinedu, Ohuhwai Charles. Adudu
Nonso, Jude Omonike Akon, Chibuike Nnanna Ife, Bieni Collins, Ebuka
Ekechi, Ossai Okey and Chukuma Paul were all arrested based on
verified intelligence by the EFCC.

They were picked up at locations in Chiemeke Onochie IV Street,
Parkacin and Jonathan Monye Street in the Delta State capital.

Preliminary investigation has established an alleged case of
impersonation, possession of fraudulent documents and defrauding
unsuspecting foreign nationals against the suspects.

Items recovered from them include, one Lexus RX350 SUV with registration
number ASB-436-AM, one Toyota Camry SE with registration number BKW-132-MT,
one Lexus RX350 with the registration number KTU-126- FP , one Toyota Corolla
with registration number EYC- AMB-3 and one Toyota Venza , land document,
several phones, laptops and other incriminating items.

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

The press release includes photos:

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23 SEP 2021

Court Sends Kwara Footballer, One Other to Jail in Ilorin for Cybercrime

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting
in Ilorin has imposed one-year imprisonment on one of the players
of Ibrafix Football Club, Ilorin, Baraye Bamidele Saoban, for
offences bordering on love scam.

Baraye, 25, who hails from Ilorin, was jailed alongside one Adaraloye
Ezekiel, a native of Osi, Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State,
for similar offence.

The duo were prosecuted on separate charges by the Ilorin Zonal
Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The defendants pleaded guilty when the charges were read to them.

Following their pleas, counsel to the EFCC, Rashidat Alao led witnesses
in evidence to review the facts of the cases.

The witnesses narrated how actionable intelligence led to the arrest
of Baraye and Adaraloye, telling the court that the duo specialized
in "Yahoo-Yahoo business".

Items recovered from the defendants at the point of arrest including
iPhones, incriminating messages printed from their devices and manager's
cheque raised as restitution were tendered and admitted by the court.

Alao urged the court to convict the defendants since there was no
contrary evidence to disprove the prosecution's claim against them.

Justice Oyinloye in his judgment on Wednesday, September 22, 2021
said the court was convinced that the prosecution had proved its
case beyond reasonable doubt based on the plea of guilt entered
by the defendants and the uncontroverted evidence tendered against
them.

The judge sentenced Baraye to a term of one year imprisonment with
option of fine of N150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira).
He also ordered the convicted footballer to forfeit the iPhone
recovered from him at the point of arrest as well as the draft
of N26,000 (Twenty Six Thousand Naira) which he raised as restitution
to his victims to the Federal Government.

In similar vien, Adaraloye bagged a jail term of six months with
option of fine of N250,000 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira).
The judge also ordered that the manager's cheque of N600,000 (Six
Hundred Thousand Naira) which he raised as restitution to his victims
as well as the iPhone used in perpetrating the crime be forfeited
to the Federal Government.

The press release contains photos of both 419ers:

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23 SEP 2021

EFCC Arrests 21 Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Umuahia


Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested twenty one
( 21) suspected internet fraudsters in an early morning sting
operation in Umuahia, Abia State.

The suspects are: Orji John Chika; Stanley Chukwkreka; Torti Nnana;
Chukwuebuka Onwuegbu; Anyanwu Emmanuel Gideon; Obioma David; Inadinma
Daniel; Ohakwe Joseph; Oburu Emmanuel, Justin Ashiesbu Chinedu and
Godwin Onyekwere;

Othere are: Clarenth Chieindu; Ibe Ezewa; Prosper Chimezie; Obinna
Iromachi; Anslem Nnamdi; Reality Ezekiel; John Ottah; Prince Chinemerem,
Chidozie Obioma and Anderson Nnamdi.

They were arrested without any incident, based on diligent surveillance
and verified intelligence on their suspicious internet- related criminal
activities.

tems recovered from them are: One( 1) Lexus RS 350 Sports Utility
Vehicle; Three(3) Lexus ES 300 cars; one( 1) Toyota Camry car; fifty
( 50) phones of different brands; eight( 8) HP laptops; one( 1) Dell
laptop; 15 Airtel SIM cards; 1 international passport; 1 Ford car key;
1 Samsung wrist- watch, 1 headphone and 1 printer.

The press release includes photos:

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22 SEP 2021

Lagos Prince, One Other Jailed in Ilorin for Cybercrime

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting
in Ilorin has imposed a 6-month jail term on one Oyekan Abdulbaqqi
Adedoyin, who claimed to be a prince from Kosofe Local Government
Area of Lagos State, for offences bordering on cybercrime.

Prince Oyekan, 25, was jailed alongside one Oni Stephen Oluwaferanmi
from Ilesha, Osun State.

The duo of Prince Oyekan and Oni were prosecuted on separate charges
by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC.

They pleaded guilty when the charges were read to them.

Upon their pleas, counsel to the EFCC, Andrew Akoja, led witnesses
to review the facts of the two cases. The witnesses who are operatives
of the Commission narrated how the defendants were arrested based on
credible intelligence.

The prosecution tendered items recovered from the defendants at
the point of arrest including phones, laptops and fraudulent messages
printed from the defendants' email addresses, which the court admitted
in evidence.

Justice Oyinloye while delivering judgment on the cases on Tuesday,
September 21, 2021 said that the court had carefully evaluated all
the material evidence placed before it, the plea of guilt and the
uncontroverted testimonies of the prosecution witnesses. He held
that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt

Consequently, he convicted and sentenced the defendants.

The judge sentenced Prince Oyekan to six months imprisonment with an
option of fine of N150, 000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira).
The Court also ordered the forfeiture of his iPhone and a Dell Laptop,
which the convict used to perpetrate the crime to the Federal Government.

In the same vein, Justice Oyinloye sentenced Oni to one year imprisonment
with an option of fine of N350, 000 (Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira).
He also ordered the forfeiture of the convict's phone to the Federal
Government. In addition, the judge ordered the convict to pay $775 (Seven
Hundred and Seventy Five United States Dollars) as restitution to his victim
through the EFCC within 78 hours or risk another six months imprisonment.

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21 SEP 2021

Internet Fraud: EFCC Closes Case In Alleged Internet Fraud Trial In Lagos

The trial of Adesina Ajibola Afeez for his alleged involvement in internet
fraud continued on September 21, 2021 before Justice S.S. Ogunsanya of a
Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, with the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC closing its case.

Afeez is being prosecuted by the EFCC on a one-count charge bordering on
obtaining by false pretence contrary to Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee
Fraud and other Related Fraud Offences Act No 14 of 2006.

The count reads: "Adesina Ajibola Afeez (alias Villareal Juan Alejandro,
Mercy Tomas, Patupat, Kehinde Ige Oluwayemi, Oluwafunmilayo KehindoTaiwo
and Oluyemi Lydia Alaide), sometime between October and December 2012,
in Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division ,with intent to defraud,
obtained a total sum of €30,000 (Thirty Thousand Euros) through Western
Union and Money Gram from Nahir Majinejad of The Netherlands."

He pleaded "not guilty" to the charge when he was arraigned in 2014,
prompting the commencement of his trial.

At the resumed sitting today, the prosecuting counsel, Fadeke Giwa, told
the Court that the prosecution was closing its case after calling three
witnesses and tendering six exhibits.

Defence counsel, Pedro Tijani, told the Court that the defence intended
to apply for a no-case submission.

Justice Ogunsanya, thereafter, adjourned till October 25, 2021 for "hearing
of no-case submission"

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21 SEP 2021

Herder, Two Others Jailed in Ilorin for Love Scam

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting
in Ilorin has sentenced a 33-year-old herder based in Tanzania,
Tunde Olagunju and two others to various jail terms for offences
bordering on love scam and cybercrime.

The two other convicts are Hassan Gafar Olarewaju, 29, and
an Ilorin based bricklayer, Ojo Basit Adewale.

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, on Monday, September 20, 2021 arraigned the
trio on separate charges, to which they pleaded guilty.

Following the plea of guilt entered by the defendants, Aliyu
Adebayo who prosecuted for the EFCC in the case against Tunde
urged the court to convict and sentence the defendant based
on his admittance of guilt and the evidence before it.

In the same vein, Andrew Akoja who represented the Commission
in the case against Hassan and Ojo, asked the court to take
judicial notice of the guilty plea entered by the defendants
as well as the evidence tendered against them in sentencing them.

In his judgment on the cases on Monday, Justice Oyinloye said
that he had carefully considered the facts and circumstances
of the matter, most especially the charges, the plea of guilt
entered by the defendants, evidence tendered without objection
and the confessional statements of the defendants.

Justice Oyinloye sentenced Tunde to two years imprisonment with
option of fine of N650,000 (Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira)
and ordered that the sum of $1,500 (One Thousand Five Hundred United
States Dollars) which he benefited from the crime as well as the
iPhone used to perpetrate the crime be forfeited to the Federal
Government.

Similarly, Ojo was sentenced to one year imprisonment on count
one with option of fine of N250, 000 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand
Naira) and one year on count two with option of fine of N250, 000
( Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira). According to the judge,
the custodial sentences would run concurrently, "but if the convict
prefers the option of fine, he shall pay the fine on both counts".

The court also ordered the forfeiture of Ojo’s Silver-coloured Toyota
Camry Car 2009 Model with registration number LSR 431 GV, which he
acquired with the proceed of unlawful activities, Gold IPhone 12 pro
and $200 (Two Hundred United States Dollars) which he benefited from
the crime, to the federal government.

In a similar fashion, Hassan was sentenced to one-year imprisonment
with option of fine of N300, 000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira). The
convict would in addition, forfeit the IPhone XR recovered from him
at the point of arrest to the Federal Government

The press release contains photos of all three 419ers:

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20 SEP 2021

Court Convicts 17 Internet Fraudsters in Uyo

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC,
Uyo Zonal Command on Friday 17 September, 2021 secured
the conviction of 17 Internet fraudsters before Justice
Stephen Daylop Pam of the Federal High Court sitting
in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The convicts are: Valentine Moses Ukong, Ebuka Kelvin
Uzokwe, Onedo Elohor Caleb, Godson Lekia Tophie, Achilonu
Moses Chidiebere, Monshe Oloko Pius, Samuel Egu Ezeh,
Akobo Joseph Chikone, Morayor Jerry Shina and Obioma Joel.

Others are Modey Terrence Akong, Abang Godswill Iyurinyi,
Emmanuel Chika, Prosper Okpubeku, Obikwelu Bright Ugochukwu,
Enajemo Oghenekaro and Effiong Akaninyene Essien.

The convicts were among 33 suspected internet fraudsters
arrested in a sting operation at different locations in
Calabar on Thursday September 9, 2021.

They were each convicted after pleading guilty to separate
one count of charge that bordered on criminal impersonation
and identity theft with intent to obtain property and gain
advantage contrary tothe Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention,
Etc) Act 2015.

All the defendants with the exception of Godson Tohie and
Achilonus Chidiebere bagged six months imprisonment with
various options of fine ranging from N50, 000 to N100,000.

The press release includes photos of all 17 419ers:

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17 SEP 2021

EFCC Arrests 16 Internet Fraud Suspects in Enugu

Operatives of the Enugu Command of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC have arrested 16 suspected internet
fraudsters in three separate sting operations in the Monarch
area, New Haven Extension and Castle Majestic Hotel, Ogui
Road, Enugu.

The suspects were arrested following verified intelligence on
their alleged involvement in internet-related fraud activities.
Part of the intelligence indicated that suspected internet fraudsters
were operating from Castle Majestic Hotel, Enugu. Based on the
intelligence, and weeks of surveillance, a search warrant was
executed on the facility on Thursday September 16, 2021.

In the course of the operation, the operatives encountered a group
that identified themselves as members of the National Association
of Nigerian students, NANS and Ohaneze Ndi Igbo Youth wing. The
leaders of the group duly identified their members and carried on
with their activities.

But the target of the sting operation were arrested and brought
to the Enugu Zonal Command for questioning.

Among the suspects arrested are: Agbo Paschal, Anthony Ogbu Uzochukwu,
Ejiofor, Uchenna Ejiofor Chikora, Ezihe Victor, Nnaji Onyedikachi
Christian, Eke Ike, Ogbodo Arinze, Ogbodo Ebube, Ogbu Chinedu, Ossai
Chinedu and Udey Ifeanyi.

Some of the items recovered from them include one Lexus ES 350 car
with plate number BLF 722 LD, one Yellow Fever travel document, several
laptops, mobile phones and other incriminating documents.

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation
is concluded

The press release includes photos:

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16 SEP 2021

EFCC Arrests 11 Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Port Harcourt

Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested eleven
( 11) suspected Internet fraudsters in an early morning sting
operation.

The suspects: Chidindu Michael; Timothy Emmanuel; Nweke Joseph
Jeff; Francis David; Pedro Enuaghanam Nnaemeka; Promise Amesi;
David Eke; Michael Okoroaha; David Achi, Justic Arugba and Collins
Wedeh, were arrested on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Ozuobo Area,
off NTA Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

They were arrested through surveillance and verified intelligence
on their suspicious internet- related criminal activities.

Items recovered from them include: one wine- coloured Lexus ES 350
car; six Plasma Television sets; three laptops; ten( 10) mobile phones
of different brands; one LG Home Theatre; one black and red Boom Speaker;
one Hisense Speaker; one Hisense Sound Bar, 5 Automated Teller Machine
( ATM) cards of different banks and two Apple wrist watches .

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

The press release includes photos:

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15 SEP 2021

Any Bank That Allows Itself to Be Used for Fraud will Be Held Liable- Bawa

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
Abdulrasheed Bawa has reiterated his commitment to sanitize the banking
sector saying that any bank which allows itself to be used for fraud
or money laundering shall be held liable.

Bawa stated this in a paper entitled, `Security, Trust and Leadership
Effectiveness', presented at the 14th annual Banking and Finance
Conference of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN)
on 14th September, 2021 at Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja.

The EFCC boss who was represented by Abiodun Adebanjo, Head of Research
Unit, Department of Policy, Research and Statistics restated the Commission's
determination to ensure that bank officials comply with regulations regarding
assets declaration.

He urged financial institutions to embrace transformational leadership and
technology which are imperatives for customer security and satisfaction.

"I want to conclude by saying that we must be partners in progress because
combating cybercrime requires effective collaboration among relevant public
and private institutions, that’s why the EFCC will continue to collaborate
with the CBN and the banks in ensuring the security and integrity of the
financial system using all the laws that empowers us in dealing with cyber
threats," he said.

The press release includes a photo:

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419 Coalition comment: As with punishing hoteliers who knowingly aid
and abet 419ers, we'd suggest jailing a few bankers who do the same
might get the attention of the others...
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15 SEP 2021

In Ilorin, Aluminum Fabricator, Two Others land in Jail for Love Scam

An Ilorin based 24-year old Aluminum Fabricator, Adelokun
Adedoyinsola Olamide and two others have been sentenced to
various jail terms over offences bordering on love scam.

The two others are Omotosho Kudus, 27 and one Arikewuyo
Muhammed, 23.

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC prosecuted the three convicts on separate
charge before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State
High Court sitting in Ilorin.

They pleaded guilty to their charge.

Upon their pleas, counsel to the EFCC, Sesan Ola, drew the
attention of the court to the plea bargain agreements entered
by the defendants, and urged the court to convict and sentence
the defendants based on the agreement.

In his Judgment on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, Justice Oyinloye
said the court had carefully considered the plea of guilt entered
by the defendants, the plea bargain agreement and all the uncontroverted
exhibits tendered against them and believed that the prosecution had
proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

The judge sentenced Adelokun to one year imprisonment each on count
one and two with option of fine of N250,000 (Two Hundred and Fifty
Thousand Naira Only) each on the two counts . He ordered that the
iPhone 11 which he used to perpetrate the crime be forfeited to
the Federal Government.

Similarly, Justice Oyinloye sentenced Omotosho to one year imprisonment
each on count one and two with option of fine of N250, 000 (Two Hundred
and Fifty Thousand Naira Only) on count one and N300,000 (Three Hundred
Thousand Naira Only) on count two.

The judge also ordered that Omotosho’s white Lexus ES 330 saloon car
with registration number KWL346BF which he acquired with the proceed
of crime and an Apple Macbook Laptop, HP Laptop and iPhone11 pro used
to perpetrate the crime be forfeited to the Federal Government.

By the same token, Arikewuyo bagged one year imprisonment with option
of fine of N250,000 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only). The
convict will also forfeit a manager's cheque (bank draft) of N162,000
(One Hundred and Sixty Two Thousand Naira Only) which he raised as
restitution to his victims as well as the iPhone 11 which he used
to perpetrate the crime to the Federal Government.

The press release contains photos of all three 419ers:

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14 SEP 2021

Cybercrime: EFCC Warns Hoteliers

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has warned hotel
owners across the country to be wary of allowing internet fraudsters
to congregate or hibernate around their facilities. The Commission
gave the warning on Tuesday September 14, 2021 on the heels on an
operation by the Ibadan Zonal Command of the agency that led to the
arrest of 56 suspected internet fraudsters in Abeokuta, Ogun state.

The suspects include: Garfar Olamide Taiwo, Fadimaye Habeeb, Badmus
Idris, Samuel Victor, Seun Fuad, Alli Isaac, Oyeleke Mubarak, Bolu
Soetan, Koleosho Eniola, Saheed Abidemi, Olaewe Tosin, Ayedun Idowu,
Oniyitan Ayomide, Akinlabi Precious, Gbadebo Sultan, Adeyemi Habeeb,
Balogun Hassan, Sulaimon Ayub Damilare, Akinsola Usman.

Others are; Ajibola Femi Sodiya, Ridwan Alani, Olusesi Lanre, Eniatimo
Oludare, Taiwo Opeyemi, Akindele Kabiru Johnson Hammed, Idowu Gabriel,
Adekanmi Adejumo, Peter Babatunde, Okeowo Sunday, Abudu Habeeb, Sabair
Rasaq, Ademuyiwa Basit, Toriola Opeyemi, Babayode Abiola, Agbaje Habeeb,
Sorinola Oluwatobiloba, Abiodun Elegbede, Kayode Daniel ,Lawal Alabi,
Oyewole Korede, Aberuagba Gafar, Adekunle Emmanuel, Okunade Azeez,
and Ojediran Sodiq.

They were apprehended at their hideouts which happened to be popular
hotels in the ancient city. The operation which was based on verified
intelligence backed by weeks of surveillance was nearly frustrated by
the hotel owners who employed various antics, including shutting down
power supply, to enable some of the suspects to escape arrest.

Despite the lack of cooperation by the hotel owners, the operatives
demonstrated professionalism in ensuring that no one was hurt nor
property damaged during the operations, contrary to the narrative
in a section of the media.

Nevertheless, the action of the hoteliers amounts to deliberate sabotage
and obstruction of law enforcement officers, an offence punishable by
Section 38 (2) (b) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
(Establishment) Act, 2004.

The Commission has observed a worrying pattern of cold complicity by
hospitality entrepreneurs who appear to be hands-in-gloves with suspected
fraudsters by housing them over long spells and making internet facilities
available to them.

While the argument is being made in certain quarters that hoteliers as
business people have no means of determining who a fraudster is before
allowing them to lodge in their facilities that position runs counter
to the law.

Section 3 of the Advance Fee Fraud And Other Related Offences Act, 2006
provides for a prison term of between five and 15 years without option
of fine for any person who permits his premises to be used for any offence
under the Act.

EFCC will therefore not tolerate situations where hotel owners or managers
not only permit fraudsters to use their facilities but also deliberately
shield them from arrest by frustrating law enforcement on such premises.

If the hoteliers are not enablers of the alleged crimes, as some have
demonstrated by offering information to the Commission, they are under
obligation to cooperate with law enforcement officers carrying out their
lawful duties. To act otherwise would tantamount to willingly becoming
enablers to fraud.

Meanwhile, ten exotic cars, dozens of mobile phones, laptops and several
incriminating documents were recovered from the suspected fraudsters
arrested in Abeokuta.

They will be arraigned in court as soon as the investigation is concluded.

The press release includes a photo:

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419 Coalition comment: Now that the hoteliers have been warned, throwing
a few of tho owners and managers in jail when applicable could get the
attention of the others, so we'd recommend that course of action.
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14 SEP 2021

Two Students Imprisoned in Ilorin, Lose Cars to FG for Cybercrime

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin
has sentenced two final year students of two tertiary institutions in
Ilorin to various jail terms for offences bordering on cybercrime.

The convicts are Oyewale Wasiu Adetunji and Adebayo Ibrahim Abiodun,
who are students of Kwara State University, KWASU, Molete and Kwara
State Polytechnic, Ilorin, respectively.

Also convicted alongside Oyewale and Adebayo was one Saheed Sikirullahi,
who claimed to be a former student of Kwara Polytechnic, Ilorin.

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC prosecuted the three convicts on separate charges.

The convicts during trial pleaded guilty to their charge.

Innocent Mbachie prosecuted for the EFCC in the case against Oyewale
and Saheed, while Rasheedat Alao represented the Commission in the case
against Adebayo.

The two counsel urged the court to adopt the plea bargain agreements
and sentence the defendants.

Delivering judgment on the cases on Monday September 13, Justice Oyinloye
said that, he took cognizance of the plea of guilt entered by the defendants,
the exhibits tendered without objection by the defence and held that the
prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

Consequently, the court sentenced Oyewale to one year imprisonment with
option of fine of N500, 000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira only). In addition,
the court ordered the forfeiture of his black Toyota Corolla Car with
registration number RSH272BF ABUJA, which he acquired with proceeds of
unlawful activities. Also forfeited was the convict’s Purple Samsung S10
and Black iPhone XR, which he used as instruments in perpetrating the crime.

Similarly, Justice Oyinloye sentenced Adebayo to one year imprisonment
with option of N500, 000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira only) fine. The
court also ordered the forfeiture of the convict's Black Toyota Camry
Car, 2007 model, with registration number FST 764 GT, which he acquired
with proceeds of crime. Also forfeited to the Federal Government were the
convict's HP Pavilion Laptop and Gold Apple iPhone 11 Promax, which he
used to perpetrate the crime. The court also ordered the forfeiture
of the Manager's Cheque of N400, 000 (Four Hundred Thousand Naira)
which the convict raised as restitution to his victims.

In a similar fashion, Saheed bagged one year imprisonment with option
of fine of N200, 000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira Only). In addition,
the court ordered that the sum of $450 (Four Hundred and Fifty United
States Dollars) which he benefited from the crime as well as his iPhone
11 Promax be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The press release includes photos of the 419ers:

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13 SEP 2021

EFCC Arrests 31 Alleged Internet Fraudsters in Benin City

Operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Sunday, September 12, 2021 arrested 31
suspected internet fraudsters. The suspects were arrested in two
separate locations in Benin City sequel to actionable intelligence.

Among those arrested are suspected fraudsters who, a few weeks ago,
were seen in a viral video standing on top of their cars and throwing
bundles of Naira notes into the air at a popular Plaza in Benin City.
They had embarked on a similar mission at the same venue on Sunday
before they were intercepted by operatives of the Commission at the
exit gate.

The other suspects were arrested at their hideout in Benin City.

Those arrested are Essien Sunday, Joseph Nwosu, Samuel Victor,
Abdurahman Abudulahi, Uwaifo Destiny, Osaro Osarere, Favour Oleye,
Smart Okunvobo, Oduwa Osahon, Osaretin Blessed, Frank Osas, Aisosa
Kelly, Richard Ehigie, Destiny Omoru, Jacob Kelvin, Aker Kelly,
Promise Godspower, Lucky Dickson and Osamode Efosa.

Others are Osamuyi Aigbe-Egharevba, Ohumumwen Osaremen, Christopher
Momodu, Aigbe Destiny, Eti-osa Osamwonyi, Patrick Benson Osaguna,
Victor Kenyei, Marvellous Atiti, Gift Ebuehi, Osayi Casmir, Osahenkhoe
Godstime and Paul Okoh.

Items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest include 13
exotic cars, including: Lexus ES 350, Lexus 350, Lexus RX 350, Lexus
ES 350, Lexus RX 350, Lexus RX 350, Lexus IS 350, Toyota Venza, Mercedes
C300, Mercedes ML350, Range Rover Evoque, GLK 350 4Matic and Toyota Camry.
Other items are laptop computers, phones, documents and identity cards.

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

The press release includes photos:

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10 SEP 2021

Court Convicts Three For $10,000 Internet Fraud in Uyo

The Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission EFCC, has secured the conviction of Prosper Idongesit
Mfon (alias Steve Wagner), Edidiong Akpan Udoyen (aka Janet
Franklin) and Warri Poweide Joshua (alias Joyce Martins), before
Justice Stephen Dal Yop Pam of the Federal High Court, Port
Harcourt, Rivers State for offences bordering on internet fraud.

The convicts were arrested on August 23, 2021 within Osong Ama
area of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, for their involvement in internet
fraud. While Prosper Idongesit Mfon falsely presented himself
as Steve Wagner and succeeded in defrauding his victims to the
tune of $4000. Edidiong Udoyen posed as Janet Franklin, a female
American who teaches Crypto Currency online with intent to defraud.

Warri Poweide defrauded his victim of the sum of $6000.

The trio, who were arraigned on Thursday September 9, 2021, pleaded
guilty to separate one count charge bordering on cybercrimes. In view
of their pleas, the prosecuting counsel Adebayo Soares prayed the
court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly.

But the defence counsel Udeme Tom pleaded for leniency for the
defendants by the Court.

Justice Pam convicted and sentenced all the defendants to three
months imprisonment with option of N50, 000 each.

Prosper Idongesit was ordered to forfeit the following items to
the Federal Government: iPhone 11, iPhone 12, Infinix phone, one
HP laptop and a Flash Drive. He is also to restitute the sum of
Four Thousand United States Dollars ($4000) to his victim.

Udoyen and Warri Powede are to restitute their victims in the sums
of Three Hundred United States Dollars ($300) and Three Thousand
United States Dollars ($3000) respectively; while Powede also forfeits
One HP laptop, one OUKITEC device 1P-68 waterproof mobile phone,
iPhone Pro, Macbook Air laptop and a Toyota Avalon with registration
number NGD 126 AE to the Federal Government.

The press release includes a photo:

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10 SEP 2021

EFCC Arrests 33 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Calabar

The Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
EFCC, on Thursday September 9, 2021 arrested thirty three (33) suspected
internet fraudsters during a sting operation at different locations
in Calabar, Cross River state.

Seventeen of the arrested suspects were picked up at a location on
Post Office Street, Royal Estate, off Ekot Onin, while ten (10) were
apprehended at No.1 Marian Owan by Lemena junction. The other six
suspects were arrested at Parliamentary Extension, Calabar.

The suspects aged between 22 - 35 years are: Modey Terrence Akong,
Detoo Bem Daniel, Godson Topbie, Moses Valentine Nkpung, Idang Confidence,
Chinagorom Edward, Enwereuzo Chidiebere, Obioma ThankGod, Richard Reinhard,
Clinton Christopher, Raymond Samuel, Etim Paul, Okechukwu Caleb and Joseph
Akobo.

Others are Morayo Jerry, Ogar Jemyford, Emmanuel Chika, Okpubeku Prosper,
Onedo Caleb, Enajemo Oghenekaro, Great Asume, Ebuka Uzokwe, Obikwelu
Ugochukwu, Oloko Pius Monshe, Gideon Ani, Effiong Akaninyene, Agoh Oscar,
Agu Favour, Abang Godswill, Amalam Micheal, Luka Kaben, Ifeanyi Enwereuzo
and Achilonu Moses.

At the point of arrest, several laptops and mobile phones were recovered
from the suspects. Also recovered from them are three Lexus saloon cars
with registration numbers: LAGOS - AKD 56 FQ, ABUJA- KUJ 79 BM and IMO -
UMG 956 KU; a Toyota Camry and a Honda Accord with registration numbers
LAGOS - APP 368FY and OYO - BDJ 476AQ respectively.

The arrested suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation
is concluded.

The press release includes photos:

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9 SEP 2021

Court Convicts Kaduna Undergraduate Over Fake Dubai 'Runs'

Justice Hannatu A.L Balogun of Kaduna State High Court sitting
in Kaduna today, September 9, 2021 convicted and sentenced one
Nehemiah Joel to four months in prison on a one count charge
of cybercrime.

His journey to prison began when he decided to pose in the social
media as a female prostitute based in Dubai, United Arab Emirate,
to defraud unsuspecting victims, mostly middle aged men after assuming
the identity of one Chloe Adler, a white hooker. Part of his gimmick
was to request for payment for his services upfront before meeting
with his clients.

Count one of the charge reads that you: Nehemiah Joel (M), sometime
in August, 2021 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable
Court attempted to commit an offence and in such attempt did a certain
act towards the commission of the said offence, to wit; falsely presented
yourself as Chloe Adler; a female prostitute living in Dubai to innocent
victims living in Dubai in order to cheat them and you thereby committed
an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law
of 2017 and punishable under section 309 of the same Law.

He pleaded guilty to the charge, prompting the prosecution counsel,
M.E Eimonye, to ask the court to convict the defendant accordingly.

However, the defence counsel, O.O Jeremiah urged the court to temper
justice with mercy as the defendant is a student and first-time offender
who has shown remorse for his actions.

Justice Balogun, convicted the defendant to a fine of N60, 000.00 (Sixty
Thousand Naira) or four months imprisonment.

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

court-convicts-kaduna-undergraduate-over-fake-dubai-runs
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9 SEP 2021

Court Jails Two Undergraduates in Ilorin over Cybercrime

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, has secured the conviction of two undergraduates - Olamilekan Ezekiel
Adebayo and Ibrahim Najeeb Omotosho, both students of Kwara State University,
KWASU, Molete and Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, respectively over offences
bordering on cybercrime.

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court, sitting in Ilorin,
found the two students guilty after they pleaded guilty to their separate
charge.

The charge against Ibrahim reads: "That you, Ibrahim Najeeb Omotosho (Alias
Tony Carpenter) on or about the 30th day of April 2021, in Ilorin, within the
jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did cheat by personation by pretending
to be one Tony Carpenter, a white male and citizen of United State of America
with email account cap170211960@gmail.com to obtain iPhone 12 Pro from one
Jennylynn Ostman under the pretence that you were in love with her and thereby
committed an Offence Contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code Law and punishable
under Section 324 of the same Penal Code Law".

Particulars of the charge against Olamilekan reads: "That you, Olamilekan
Ezekiel Adebayo (Alias Deborah Amanda) sometime in July 2021, in Ilorin,
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did Cheat by personation
when you pretended to be one Deborah Amanda with email account
deborahamanda026@gmail.com@gmail.com and in that guise induced one laboiran
Dixon to part with the sum of $200 (Two Hundred USD) via a Zelle Account and
thereby committed an Offence Contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code Law
and punishment under section 324 of the same Penal Code Law".

Counsel to the EFCC, Innocent Mbachie urged the court to pronounce the
defendants guilty and sentence them based on their admittance of guilt
and the evidence tendered against them.

Delivering judgment on the two cases on Wednesday, Justice Oyinloye said
the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and sentenced
Olamilekan to one year imprisonment with option of fine of N100,0 00
(One Hundred Thousand Naira Only).

He ordered that the sum of $200 (Two Hundred USD) which he raised as
restitution be forfeited to the victim through the Federal Government.
The judge also ordered the forfeiture of Samsung phone, the instrumentality
of crime, recovered in the course of investigation.

Similarly the court sentenced Ibrahim to one year imprisonment with
option of fine of N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira Only). The convict
was also ordered to forfeit the iPhone 12 pro which he benefited from
the crime to the Federal Government.

The press release has photos of both 419ers:

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8 SEP 2021

EFCC Arraigns Siblings for N55m Medical Charity Scam

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, has arraigned the duo of Michael Yusuf Michael
and Martha Daniel Yusuf, both siblings, before Justice Hannnatu
A.L Balogun on an eight count charge bordering on obtaining by
false pretence.

The defendants allegedly floated an unregistered medical and
empowerment Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) through which
they solicited for donations from members of the public in the
social media, ostensibly to assist persons suffering from cancer
but diverted the proceeds to their personal use.

Investigation reveals that Michael who poses as the founder/CEO
of the NGO, opened a Facebook page with profile name: MYM123 Care,
with contact phone No: 080133715151, email address: comedianmym76@gmail.com.

On the 22nd March, 2021 he posted a video of a woman suffering
from breast cancer and sought donations for her medical treatment
from kind-hearted persons through one of their bank accounts with
the account name, MYM123care.

Contributions into the account either through bank transfers or
cash lodgments ran into millions of Naira. The defendants instead
of using the money to assist the cancer patient, diverted the funds.

One of the charges reads, "that you Michael Yusuf Michael, Martha
Daniel Yusuf, Ali Felix (at large), Samuel Kabir Daniel ( at large),
KITE ICT HUB LIMITED and Femi Obasaju ( at large) sometime between
the months of March and July, 2021 in Kaduna within the jurisdiction
of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud conspired amongst
yourselves to obtain a total sum of N 55,879,379.76 ( Fifty-Five
Million, Eight Hundred and Seventy Nine Thousand, Three Hundred
and Seventy Naira, Seventy- Six Kobo Only) from the general public
under the pretense that it was only to be used for the treatment
of ailing persons and cancer patients, which pretense you knew
to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section
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 defendants pleaded not guilty to charges brought against them.
Consequently, the Prosecution Counsel M.E Eimonye urged the court
to fix a date for trial to commence. But the defence counsel, Frank
Ateregeme urged the court to admit his clients to bail.

Justice Balogun however refused the 1st defendant (Micheal) bail
on the grounds that he had not placed sufficient materials before
the court to guarantee that he will not jump bail or tamper with
the evidence and witnesses in the case, as several of his accomplices
are still at large.

The Court ordered him remanded in the custody of Nigerian Correctional
Service, Kaduna, while the 2nd defendant, Martha, who is pregnant,
was released to a surety of means.

The press release includes a photo of each sibling:

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7 SEP 2021

Court Convicts Man of Cybercrime

Justice Hannatu A.L Balogun of the Kaduna State High Court,
Kaduna on Monday September 6, 2021 convicted and sentenced
one Innocent Arzuka to four months imprisonment on a four
count charge that bordered on cheating by impersonation.

The convict was arrested in a sting operation following
intelligence on his alleged involvement in cybercrime.

Investigation revealed that he fraudulently hacked into
the Facebook accounts of unsuspecting persons, and used
the accounts, after editing them to suit his requirements,
to prospect for would-be victims of his fraud schemes.

One of the charges brought against him reads: "that you
Innocent Arzuka (M) between January to August, 2021 at
Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court,
attempted to commit an offence and in such attempt did a
certain act towards the Commission of the said offence,
to wit: falsely presented yourself as Flizzy Xi ( a woman)
in order to cheat Innocent victims and you thereby committed
an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Kaduna State Penal
Code Law of Law of 2017 and punishable under Section 309
of the same Law".

He pleaded guilty to the charges.

Based on his plea, the prosecution counsel, M. E Eimonye
urged the Court to convict the defendant accordingly.

Justice Balogun consequently convicted and sentenced the
defendant to 4 months imprisonment with an option of
N 100,000 fine.

The press release includes a photo:

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7 SEP 2021

EFCC Arraigns Alleged Fraudster who Duped Malaysian in Love Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Kaduna Zonal
Command has arraigned one Alyassau Muhammad before Justice Hannatu
A.L Balogun on a two count charge bordering on obtaining money
by false pretence.

Alayssau was arrested following intelligence on his alleged fraudulent
activities on the internet. He allegedly posed as a female Malaysian
to induce one Nor Rahem to send money in tranches of foreign currencies
into his nominated account 154110205463 in Maybank with account name
Hafizan Hamid, on the pretext that they were in a romantic relationship.

Investigation reveals that the defendant had three different active
Malaysian WhatsApp numbers in his phones which were also linked to a
telegram group dominated by Malaysians. It was in the group that he
scouts for would-be victims.

Count one of the charge reads, "That you, Alyassau Muhammad, (M)
between May and August, 2021 in Kaduna, within the jurisdiction
of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, obtained the
total sum of RM 16, 300.00 (Sixteen Thousand Three Hundred Malaysian
Rinngit) only from one Nor Rahem Mohd Jani when you falsely presented
yourself as one Lady Aisha ( a Muslim White Lady) and claimed to be
in love with him, which pretence you knew to be false and thereby
committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance
Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable
under Section 1 (3) of the same Act".

He pleaded 'not guilty' to the charges. In view of his plea, the
prosecution counsel, M.E Eimonye urged the Court to fix a date
for the commencement of trial. But the defence counsel, Abdulhakeem
Audu moved an application for the bail of his client.

Justice Balogun granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N2 million
and two sureties in like sum. One of the sureties must be a civil servant
in Kaduna State with a valid means of identification, while the other
must have a landed property in Kaduna

The case was adjourned till September 29, 2021 for hearing.

The press release includes a photo:

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6 SEP 2021

Two Convicted of Internet Fraud in Makurdi

The Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, on Thursday September 2, 2021 secured the conviction of the duo of
Damisa Gideon (aka Captain Kim Lee), and Deborah Okiemute for offences
bordering on impersonation and internet fraud.

Justice Obiora Atuegwu Egwuatu of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja
convicted and sentenced the defendants to various jail terms, having found
them guilty of the separate charges brought against them by the Commission.

The charge against Damisa reads. "That you, Damisa Gideon (aka Captain Kim
Lee) sometime in May, 2020 at Makurdi, within the jurisdiction of this
Honourable Court fraudulently impersonated one Kim Lee of the US Army Air
Force Base from California via your email, kimlee9065@gmail.com and obtained
the sum of Eleven Million Naira (N11,000,000.00) only, from one Kim Soo Yeon
(A Chinese Citizen) and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(2)(
b)(ii) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable
under Section 22 (2) (iv) of the same Act".

The charge against Deborah reads: "That you, Deborah Okiemute, sometime in
November 2020, at Makurdi, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court,
did by concealment retain the control of the sum of Four Hundred and Seventy
One Thousand Naira (N471,000.00) only, in account No. 0102333502, domiciled
in Access Bank Plc belonging to you, being the proceeds of a criminal conduct
on behalf of one Nelson Irobo, knowing that the money is as a result of criminal
conduct by the said Nelson Irobo and thereby committed an offence contrary to
Section 17(a) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment)
Act, 2004 and punishable under Section 17(b) of the same Act".

The defendants pleaded 'guilty' to their respective charges.

Following their pleas, the prosecuting counsel, Mary Onoja, reviewed the facts
of the cases and tendered documents printed from their email addresses, iPhones
and laptops, as well as their statements, which were admitted in evidence.

Delivering judgment, Justice Obiora said “from the totality of the evidence
placed before the Court, the plea of guilt entered by the defendants as well
as their statements where they confessed to the crime, the Court believes
that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

The judge after pronouncing the two guilty, sentenced Damisa Gideon to one
year imprisonment with option of fine of N500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand
Naira Only).

The convict is to forfeit his white-coloured Mercedes Benz GLK 350 with
registration number ABJ 338 DB and VIN No. WDCG8HBP3AF357583 valued at
N10 Million Naira to the Federal Government of Nigeria. The said vehicle
shall be sold through public auction by the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission and the proceeds paid into the coffers of the Federal Government
of Nigeria.

Similarly, Deborah Okiemute was sentenced to three year imprisonment with
an option of fine of N100, 000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) Only.

The press release includes several photos:

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5 SEP 2021

Cybercrime: Varsity Student Jailed One Year, Loses Lexus Car To FG

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin
on Friday, September 3, 2021 sentenced one Adigun Oladapo Oludele, a final
year student of the University of Ilorin, to one year imprisonment for
offences bordering on internet fraud.

The court also ordered that the sum of N158,000 (One Hundred and Fifty
Eight Thousand Naira) domiciled in the convict’s GTB account that was
found to be proceed of unlawful transactions as well as his Lexus IS250
with registration number KJA 141 GU Lagos be forfeited to the Federal
Government of Nigeria.

Also forfeited to the Federal Government were the convict’s iPhone 12,
iPhone 7, Apple watch and 2 laptops, which were recovered from him at
the point of arrest.

Adigun, 25, was prosecuted on two counts by the Ilorin Zonal Command
of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

He fraudulently obtained the sum of $6,3280.00 (Six Thousand, Three
Hundred Twenty Eight United States Dollars) as benefit from the Ohio
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Portal of the United States of America.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Adigun Oladapo Oludele and one Ganiu
Samson (at large) sometime between December 2020 and June, 2021 at Ilorin,
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud
did cheat by personation via the Ohio Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
portal, U.S.A for which $6, 328.00 was paid as benefits and thereby
committed an offence contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code Law and
punishable under Section 324 of the same Law."

The Defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

Following his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Andrew Akoja, urged the court
to convict the defendant. The defence counsel, T.A Hammed, did not oppose
this position.

In his judgment, Justice Oyinloye said, "This Honourable Court have not
seen any reason why the defendant should not be convicted as the prosecution
has placed enough materials before the court to prove its case beyond
reasonable doubt".

The judge consequently pronounced Adigun guilty and sentenced him to one
year imprisonment with option of fine of N250,000 (Two Hundred and Fifty
Thousand Naira).

The press release includes a photo:

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3 SEP 2021

Lekki Now Hotbed of Cyber Crime – EFCC 402 suspects arrested
in three months

Lekki, the fast-developing upper middle class area of Lagos
Metropolis, is emerging as the new hub of internet-related
fraud. Data from the investigation activities of the Lagos
Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
for the second quarter of 2021, indicates that Lekki District
is the preferred location for all manner of cyber fraud
syndicates.

Between April and June, 2021, the Advance Fee Fraud and Cyber
Crime Sections of the Command recorded a total of 402 internet-
related fraud arrests. While the Advance Fee Fraud Section
was responsible for 243 arrests, the Cyber Crime Section
executed 18 sting operations which resulted in 159 arrests,
from which 13 convictions have so far been recorded.

Of the 159 suspects arrested by the Cyber Crime Section, 70
are from Lekki, comprising communities such as Ajah, Badore,
Victoria Garden City, Sangotedo and Oniru.

Ajah accounted for 24 suspects, while Oniru and Sangotedo had
14 and 13 suspects respectively. Badore had 8 suspects. Neighbouring
Ikoyi and Eko Atlantic had 2 and one suspect each. Ikorodu and
Alagbado on the Lagos Mainland make up the remainder.

The suspects are mostly millennials, with 82 of them aged between
25-34 years, which speaks to the fact that most of the individuals
arrested are either still in school, recent graduates or university
drop outs.

Analysis of the data from the Cyber Crime Section further shows
that the dominant form of internet crime is Dating Scam/Online
Dating Scam/Romance Scam. Sixty Four percent (64%) of individuals
arrested are involved in romance scam, followed closely by "Middle
Man Scam" and “Picking” which account for 8% and 7% respectively
of those arrested.

The 64% involved in the dating scam benefitted to the tune of
N8, 310,000; $349,290 USD; £ 900; €10 and Cryptocurrency 0.17513.

Other typologies of fraud identified include forgery, possession
of fraudulent documents, spamming, credit card fraud, impersonation,
rental scam, loan fraud, Business Email Compromise, Hacking, stealing,
cheque scam, phishing, and money laundering.

The data also reveals gift cards, at 39%, as the prevalent method
employed by the suspects to access their illicit funds. It is
followed by bank transfers at 27% and Cryptocurrency at 21%.

A total of $12, 512.49USD was recovered from the e-wallet accounts of four suspects within the period.

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2 SEP 2021

Offa Poly Student to Spend One Year in Jail over Cybercrime

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting
in Ilorin on Thursday, September 2, 2021 sentenced one Olaleye
Rosheed, a student of Federal Polytechnic, Offa, to one year
imprisonment over offences bordering on attempted cheating
and internet fraud.

Olaleye, 21, was prosecuted on one count by the Ilorin Zonal
Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The charge reads: "That you, Olaleye Rosheed (Christiana Lopez)
sometime in January, 2021 at Ilorin, Kwara State, within the
jurisdiction of this Honourable Court pretended to be one Christiana
Lopez, a white female with a gmail account, christianalopez105@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".

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

Following his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Sesan Ola, reviewed the
facts of the case through an operative of the EFCC. The witness
narrated how intelligence report led to the arrest of the defendant
on July 24, 2021.

Several fraudulent messages printed from Olaleye’s email including
the iphone recovered from him at the point of arrest were tendered
and admitted in evidence.

In his judgment, Justice Oyinloye said "I have carefully considered
the facts and circumstances of this case, most especially the lone
count charge, the plea of guilt entered by the defendant, his extra-
judicial statements and unchallenged testimonies of the sole Prosecution
Witness".

He further said, 'this Honourable Court holds the view that the
prosecution has succeeded in proving its case beyond reasonable doubt.
This court finds the defendant guilty of the allegation levelled against
him and he is hereby convicted.'

Justice Oyinloye sentenced the convict to one year imprisonment
with an option of fine of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira Only)
while the iPhone recovered from him was forfeited to the Federal
Government.

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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31 AUG 2021

EFCC Arrests 15 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Port Harcourt

Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have arrested 15 suspected
internet fraudsters in a sting operation.

They were arrested on Tuesday, August 31, 2021at different
locations in Aba, Abia State. Specifically, the suspects were
arrested at No. 214b, Aba-Owerri Road and Cherubim Owo Osisioma
and Intercontinental by Nwanyi Motors, Umuode Osisioma, Aba,
Abia State following intelligence on their alleged involvement
in internet fraud.

The suspects are: Ezekiel Udo; Anyanwu Odinakachi; Emeka Agu;
Lawrence Chinaza Michael; Ifeanyi Okorie; Nestor Akobunu; Frank
Ogu; Ezekiel Samuel Uche; Inegbu Onyema Uche; Azukaogi Ogiegbe;
Okoro Uchechukwu; Victor Ehiudo; John Chiemela, Lucky Nwoko
and Ugochukwu Emmanuel Okafor.

They were arrested alongside three (3) vehicles: Lexus RX350
Sports Utility Vehicle, GLK Benz SUV and Lexus ES33O SUV. Others
are: forty three (43) phones of different brands and models;
seven (7) walkie talkies; two (2) digital cameras, eight (8)
laptops and three (3) iPhone wrist watches.

The matter will be charged to court as soon as investigation
is concluded.

The press release includes photos:

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31 AUG 2021

Kwara Poly Student, One Other Convicted of Cybercrime

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday August 31, 2021 secured
the conviction one Oyadiji Temitope Ridwan, a student of
Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, and one Asimiyu Idris
over offences bordering on personation and internet fraud.

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin
convicted and sentenced the defendants to various jail terms,
having found them guilty of the separate charges levelled against
them by the anti-graft agency.

The charge against Oyadiji reads:

"That you, Oyadiji Temitope Ridwan, (Alias Dave Sayer) sometime
in March, 2021 at Ilorin, within the judicial division of the
Kwara State High Court, did cheat by personation when you pretended
to be one Dave Sayer, a white male, vide your WhatsApp application
with your number +1915209228 and in that guise communicated with
one Danny Coffman whom you induced to part with property to with:
$750 vide gift cards, a representation you knew to be false and
thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 321 of the Penal
Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same Penal Code"

The particulars of count two of the charge against Asimiyu read:

"That you, Asimiyu Idris, (Alias Nicky Pearl), sometime between
June and July, 2021 at Ilorin, within the judicial division of the
Kwara State High Court, did cheat by personation when you pretended
to be one Nicky Pearl vide your facebook account and in that guise
communicated with one Martin Stone whom you induced to part with
property to wit: gross sum of $400 (Four Hundred US Dollars) vide
Amazon Gift Cards, a representation you knew to be false and thereby
committed an offence contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code and
punishable under Section 234 of the same Penal Code".

The defendants pleaded guilty to their charges.

Following their pleas, Prosecuting Counsel, Andrew Akoja, reviewed
the facts of the cases through the EFCC witnesses. The witnesses
who are operatives of the Commission narrated how intelligence led
to the arrest of the defendants. According to the witnesses, the
defendants admitted committing the crime and volunteered statement
during investigation.

Fraudulent messages printed from their email addresses, iPhones and
laptop and the extra-judicial statements made by the defendants were
tendered and admitted in evidence.

Delivering judgment on the cases, Justice Oyinloye said "from the
totality of the evidence placed before the court, the plea of guilt
entered by the defendants as well as the extra-judicial statements
where they confessed to the crime, the court believes that prosecution
has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt".

The judge after pronouncing the two guilty, sentenced Oyadiji to
one year imprisonment with option of fine of N200,000 (Two Hundred
Thousand Naira Only) while the iPhone, laptop and bank draft of
N309,000 (Three Hundred and Nine Thousand Naira Only) which he
raised as restitution were forfeited to the Federal Government.

Similarly, Asimiyu was sentenced to one year imprisonment on count
one with option of fine of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only)
and one year imprisonment on count two with option of fine of N200,000
(Two Hundred Thousand Naira Only)

The court also ordered the forfeiture of convict's iPhone to the
Federal Government. He was also ordered to restitute the sum of $470
(Four Hundred and Seventy Dollars) which he benefited from the crime
to his victim through the EFCC.

The press release includes photos of both 419ers:

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31 AUG 2021

Court Jails 10 Internet Fraudsters in Abuja

The Abuja Zonal Command of Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, August 30, 2021
arraigned and secured the conviction and sentencing
of 10 internet fraudsters to various prison terms.
The convicts: Ulukpo Victor Obokparo, Osondu Stanley,
Habib Iko-Ojo, Precious Ani, Emmanuel Philip Ikpan,
Umar Farouk Mohammed, Israel Kue, Kingsley Mathew,
Ibrahim Oyolade and Taiwo Samuel, were prosecuted
before Justice Hamza Mu’azu of the Federal Capital
Territory High Court, Abuja for offences bordering
on cheating, misrepresentation, romance scam, obtaining
by false pretenses and defrauding foreigners via internet.

They pleaded guilty to their respective charges.

One of the charges reads: "that you Ulukpo Victor Obokparo
on or about the 25th day of June, 2021 within the jurisdiction
of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja
while representing yourself as one Williams Brandon, an
Engineer from New Jersey, USA through the means of an email
address williambrandon309@gmail.com carried out an illegal
act to wit: inducing the duo of Helen Isean and Ida Connor
of USA to deliver to you the sum of $5000 (Five Thousand USD)
and you thereby committed the offence of cheating contrary
to the provisions of Section 320 (b) of the Penal Code Act,
Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja), 1990 and punishable
under Section 322 of the same Act".

Following their guilty pleas, Justice Mu'azu sentenced them
to prison terms, ranging between 3 to 6 months, with option
of fine of N20, 000 to N100,000.

In addition, the Court ordered the forfeiture of proceeds and
instrumentalities used in committing the crimes to the Federal
Government.

The press release includes photos of 7 of the 419ers:

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26 AUG 2021

EFCC Arrests Man for Allegedly Obtaining N38m from Internet Fraud Suspects

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, Lagos Zonal Command, have arrested one Ladeji Kelvin
Babatunde for allegedly obtaining over N38,000,000.00
(Thirty-eight Million Naira) from suspected internet
fraudsters in order to prevent their arrest by the Commission.

The defendant allegedly impersonated officers of the Commission
and obtained the sum of money by false pretence from the suspected
cybercriminals.

Upon his arrest, a four-bedroom uncompleted apartment located
at Ikola Road, Alagbado, Lagos, which was developed with the
proceeds of the perpetrated fraud, was recovered from him.

The press release includes a photo:

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419 Coalition Note: Not really 419, but we thought this was
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26 AUG 2021

Son, Mother Three Others Convicted of internet Fraud in Kaduna

A syndicate of internet fraudsters comprising a son, mother and
three others were today August 26, 2021 convicted and sentenced
to various jail terms by Justice Hannatu A.L Balogun of the
Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna, after pleading guilty to separate
one count charge that borders on cheating by impersonation,
concealment of stolen item, aiding and abetting.

The convicts are Israel Justin, Lucky Ebhogie, Precious Iwuji,
Margaret Sylvester and Richman Kas Godwin.

Based on their pleas, Justice Balogun sentenced Israel Justin,
Lucky Ebhogie and Richman Kas Godwin to 6 months imprisonment
each without option of fine. They are also to forfeit all items
recovered from them, which are believed to be proceeds of crime.

Aside from the prison terms, the court ordered Lucky and Richman
to restitute their victims the sum of $7500 and $1200 respectively,
while the iPhone 11 Pro recovered from Richman is to be sold and
the value restituted to the victim. The monies are to be handed
over to the victims through the American Embassy by the EFCC.

The two other convicts, Precious and Margaret were sentenced to
a fine of N 150,000 each. Failure to pay the said fine, they shall
be committed to prison for a term of 6 months each.

The sum of N7, 000,000 given to Margaret by Lucky to conceal,
was ordered forfeited to the Federal Government.

The press release includes photos of all 5 419ers:

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Scroll down to our 20 and 11 AUG 2021 News for previous press releases on
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25 AUG 2021

Court Sends Undergraduate to Jail for Lottery Scam

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, August 25, 2021
secured the conviction of one Udoh Sunday Okon for
offences bordering on Facebook lottery scam.

Udoh, an undergraduate, allegedly defrauded an American,
Kimberly, to the tune of $500USD via Facebook lottery.

The 20-year-old Akwa Ibom indigene was prosecuted on one-count
charge, to which he pleaded guilty.

The charge reads: "That you, Udoh Sunday Okon (Christopher
Wray) sometime in March 2021 at Ilorin, within the jurisdiction
of this Honourable Court did cheat by personation when you
pretended to be one Christopher Wray a white male with +18315088635
as your WhatsApp business line and fraudulently deceived Kimberly,
an American, to send $500.00 ( Five Hundred United States Dollars)
worth of Ebay gift card to you after you made him believe that
he won $1,000,000.00 (One Million Dollars) Facebook Lottery and
you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 321 of the
Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the Penal Code."

Following his plea, Sesan Ola, counsel to the EFCC, urged the
court to convict the defendant and sentence him based on his
plea and the evidence tendered before the court.

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin
pronounced the defendant guilty of the offence and sentenced him
to a term of one year in prison.

The judge, however, gave the convict an option of fine of N200,000
(Two Hundred Thousand Naira Only).

In addition, the court ordered the forfeiture of N206, 000 draft
raised as restitution by the convict and the iPhone which he used
in perpetrating the crime to the Federal Government.

The press release includes a photo:

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25 AUG 2021

Court Sends 27 Fraudsters, Three Others to Jail in Port Harcourt

It was a harvest of convictions for the Port Harcourt Zonal Command
of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday
August 25, 2021 as 27 fraudsters and three others were convicted and
sentenced to jail by Justice A.T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court,
Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The three others were convicted for perversion of justice.

The convicted Internet fraudsters were arraigned separately on one
count charge bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretences.

They are: Okei Morrison Onome, Ejiro Nwaju, Oki Alex Efe, Omoghene Gift,
Collins Odinaka, Onyue Martins Ifeanyi, Azubuike Christian, Achiever Effiong,
Adeniyi Michael Femi, Eze John Paul, Akinayomide James, Adejube Isaac
Oluwadunsin, Isaac Phillip, Ibrahim Olalekan Olagoke and Paul Obinna Thomas.

Others are Damilola Michael, Umoru Mosuru, Dotun Ogunboye Olaleye, Adekunle
Joshua, Elliot Igunbor, Ezomo Junior, David Oluwatobi, Ereoman Emmanuel,
Oyetunde Victor Temitope, Nurudeen Abiodun Imole and Adeboye Victor.

The charge against one of them reads: "That you Adebuje Isaac Oluwadunsin
on the 5th day of August, 2021 at Ondo State within the jurisdiction of
this Honourable Court did fraudulently impersonate the identity of one
Michelle Orton a (white woman) and citizens of the United States of America
in your Samsung S8 and email address cryptohackweb@gmail.com to gain
advantage for yourself and you thereby committed an offence contrary
to Section 22(2)(b)(i) and (ii) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention,
etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22(2)(iv) of the same Act".

Three Sureties who were arraigned for perversion of justice are Lewis
Ogenkhene, Ughoshe Adolphus and Osazuwa Efosa Robertson.

The charge against Ogenkhene reads: "That you Lewis Ogenkhene (m) on or
about the 15th day of September, 2020 in Benin City, Edo State within the
jurisdiction of the Federal High Court did knowingly make a false statement
to Detective Ajisafe Wasiu an officer of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission in the course of the exercise of the duties of his office which
statement is untrue in any material particular and thereby committed an
offence contrary to Section 39(2)(a) of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (Establishment) Act 2004 and punishable under Section 39(2)(b)
of the same Act".

All the defendants pleaded guilty to the charges when they were read
to them.

The prosecution counsel, Francis Jirbo, Austin Ozigbu and Ibrahim Mohammed
prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly.

Justice Mohammed convicted and sentenced the quartet of Imole, Olagoke
Ibrahim, Odinaka, John Paul, Adekunle Joshua to three years imprisonment
with the option of N500, 000 fine each. The duo of Damilola Michael and
David Oluwatobi were sentenced to two years imprisonment or N300, 000 fine
each. Others bagged two years imprisonment or a fine of N200,000 each
while the three sureties bagged two years imprisonment with option of
N100,000 fine each.

The press release includes lots of photos:

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24 AUG 2021

Cyber Fraudster Jailed for $1500 Scam

One Harry Prince Okotie who was on Monday, 23rd August,
2021 arraigned before Justice Sylvanus Oriji of the High
Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja by the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for
pretending to be Thomas Toud, a Drilling Engineer from
South Korea on Facebook, has been sentenced to 6 months
in prison.

Okotie was convicted based on his guilty plea to the one
count charge brought against him by the EFCC. The convict
used the false identity to obtain the sum of $1,500 (One
Thousand, Five Hundred Dollars) from one Richamar, a citizen
of the Philippines in the guise of being in a romantic
relationship with her.

He was sentenced to six months imprisonment with an option
of fine of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand) Naira. He is also
to forfeit the sum of N220,000 (Two Hundred and Twenty Thousand
Naira), being proceeds of the crime, to the Federal Government.

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419 Coalition comment: We hope that the 419er has been ordered to
pay full restitution to the victim as well, and that the EFCC will
see to it that this is done... this was not mentioned above...
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23 AUG 2021

EFCC Arrests 15 Internet Fraudsters in Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission , Abuja Zonal
Command, has arrested 15 suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects were apprehended within Brick City and Kagini
in the Kubwa axis of Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, on
Thursday, August 19, 2021 following credible intelligence
on their alleged involvement in cyber-related scam.

The suspects are Benjamin Obiakor, Emmanuel Simon, Ibrahim
Oyelade, Taiwo Samuel, Oko Emmanuel Chinedu, Uchechukwu Edozie
and Obi Emeka Reginald. Others include Jerry Gabriel, Athnetus
Ezeh, Michael Aaron, Ebube Gabriel, Ikechukwu Collins, Izoduwa
Osemwegie, Augustine Kelvin, Morrison Marvin, Stanley Okereke,
Victor Ajah, Ibrahim Ojonugwa, Chijioke Nnaka, Chikezie Wisdom
and Chijioke Ifendu.

Items recovered from the suspects include two cars, five
laptops and 13 mobile phones.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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23 AUG 2021

Court Jails Man for Romance Scam in Abuja

A 25-year-old man, Yusuf Adekunle Amuda was Thursday, August 19,
2021 sentenced to six months imprisonment for internet fraud.

Yusuf allegedly defrauded a Chinese woman of the sum of N2 Million
(Two Million Naira) over a phony romantic relationship in the social
media where he presented himself as a Sino-American Military Officer
on a peace-keeping mission in Syria.

He employed the false identity to extort various sums of money
from his victim.

Justice S. C. Oriji of the Federal Capital Territory High Court,
Maitama, Abuja, convicted Yusuf after he pleaded guilty to the one
count charge brought against him by the Abuja Zonal Command of the EFCC.

The charge reads: "that you Yusuf Adekunle Amuda sometime in 2021,
at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court by deceiving
while pretending to be one Kim Webb, a military personnel from USA
and posted to Syria for Peacekeeping, through the means of WeChat
App which is a Chinese App cheated by inducing unsuspecting victim
to deliver to you the sum of N2,000,000 ( Two Million Naira) in the
guise of being in romantic relationship with her, a fact which you
knew to be false 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".

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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23 AUG 2021

EFCC Arrests 37 for Alleged Internet Fraud

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, on Friday, August 20, 2021, arrested 37 suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects were arrested at Ibadan and Oyo town, Oyo State following
intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet fraud.

The suspects include Kehinde Emmanuel Ayoola, Adewale Adeparosi Samson,
Adeniran Tijesunmi Ayobami, Abiodun Olamide, Olaoye Afolabi Bolarinwa,
Ajibade Sodiq Ayodeji, Babalola Opeyemi David, Fatunbi Gboluwaga Oludotun,
Abdusalam Mojeeb Ololade, Taiwo Emmanuel Olaoluwa and Oyewole Oyewunmi Fred.

Others are Akinboade Fatai Jimmy, Oyewole Samod. Others are: Ishola Akinyemi
Labayo, Ayinde Oluwasegun Ridwan, Oladokun Abdulkadri Akolade, Adebayo Dare
Basit, Adebayo Tola Kudus, , Oladeji Joseph Popoola Samuel Ayomide, Oladoja
Oluwaseun Peter, Olakunbi Feranmi Ayodeji, Khalid Mohammed, Salimon Sodiq
and Oparemi Ayomide James.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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20 AUG 2021

Son, Mother, Three Others Arraigned for Internet Fraud in Kaduna

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC on Friday, August 20, 2021 arraigned five suspects before Justice
Hannatu A.L Balogun of the Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna on separate
one count charges for offences ranging from impersonation to obtaining
by false pretences.

One of the charges read: "That you, Isreal Justin (male) sometime in
July 2021 at Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court
in an attempt to commit fraud falsely presented yourself to one Angie
Barfrag as James Thompson (an American Military Personnel) serving in
Ohio, United States of America, which pretence you knew to be false
and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 5 (2) and
punishable under Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other
Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006."

Another charge reads: "That you Lucky Ebhogie (male) sometime in July,
2021 at Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court fraudulently
obtained a total sum of $ 7,500 USD ( Seven Thousand Five Hundred USD) only
from one Nancy, an American citizen, when you presented yourself to her as
James Chinn (an American Military Personnel) deployed to Afghanistan which
pretence you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary
to Section 1 (1) b and punishable under Section 1 (3) of Advance Fee Fraud
and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006."

The charge against Margaret reads: "That you Margaret Sylvester (Female)
sometime in July, 2021 at Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable
Court did conduct a financial transaction to with; purchase a vehicle "Mercedes
Benz GLK 350, 2013 Model, Chassis No. WDCGG5HM1EG190011" at the cost of
N 7,000,000 (Seven Million Naira only), for and behalf of one Lucky Ebhojie,
from the proceeds of a specified unlawful activity for the purpose of disguising
the source of the money which you knew or ought to have known was the proceeds
of unlawful activity and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section
7 (1) (b) and punishable under Section 7 (2) of Advance Fee Fraud and Other
Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006."

The charge against Godwin reads: "That you, Richman Kas Godwin ( male)
sometime in July, 2021 at Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable
Court fraudulently obtained the sum of $ 1,200 USD ( One Thousand Two Hundred
USD only) from one Nancy ( an American citizen ) when you falsely presented
yourself to her as West Brown ( an American military personnel) deployed to
Afghanistan, which you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence
contrary to Section 1(1) (b) and punishable under Section 1 (3) of Advance
Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006."

The defendants all pleaded 'not guilty' to their respective charges.

Upon their pleas, the prosecution counsel, N. Salele asked the court to remand
the defendants in prison custody and fix a date for the commencement of the trial,

But the defence counsel, C.E Okonkwo drew the attention of the court to a pending
motion for the bail of his clients and urged the court to admit them to bail.

Justice Balogun ordered the defendants remanded in a Correctional Centre and
adjourned the matter till August 26, 2021 for ruling on the bail applications.

The press release includes photos:

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Scroll down to our 11 AUG 2021 News for the press release on the initial
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19 AUG 2021

EFCC Arrests 14 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Enugu

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
Enugu Command, on Thursday, August 19, 2021 arrested 14 suspected
internet fraudsters at the Monarch axis of Enugu, Enugu State.

The suspects are: Okoro Anselem, Okoh Chumsdi, Ngwuta Chibuike,
Chukwugekwu Michael,Chukwuemeka Victor, Chima Richard, Simon
Prosper, Joshua Bomateh and Chukwunonso Henry. Others include
Waritimi Fredrick, Ifesinachi valentine, Amadi Michael, Ijere
Caleb, Victor Nduka and Joshua Odoemenam.

They were arrested based on verified intelligence on their
involvement in internet related fraud.

Items recovered from the suspects include two vehicles, several
mobile phones, laptops and other incriminating items.

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

The press release includes photos:

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19 AUG 2021

EFCC Arrests Three Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Port Harcourt

Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested three
suspected internet fraudsters in a sting operation.

They were arrested on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at No. 10c.
Okokwu Street, Mile 3, Diobu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State
following some verified intelligence on their alleged
involvement in internet fraud.

The suspects are: Otode Kelvin Presco, Miracle Kanen Bariduduune
and Saviour Ledum Prince.

tems recovered from them include: one black- coloured iPhone X;
one green-coloured infinix Hot 9; one brown Tecno Camon 12 air;
two small itel torch light phones; one black -coloured power
bank, one black -coloured Tecno Camon 15 air and one blue-
coloured infinix smart 4 phone.

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

The press release includes photos:

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19 AUG 2021

EFCC Urges Young People to Fight Internet Fraud

The incidence of internet related crimes may be reduced if
young people are willing to speak to their peers about the
damaging effect of such crimes on society.

This assertion was made by Harry Erin, Commander, Kaduna
Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
when he received officials of the EFCC/ NYSC Anti-corruption
Community Development Service group comprising corps members
posted to Kaduna North and Chikun Local Government Areas,
who were at the Command on a familiarization visit to discuss
areas of collaboration towards fighting Internet-related
fraud among the youth.

The Presidents of the two groups, Suleiman Yaro Suleiman and
Jatau Abdulhameed Eneji, in separate remarks, agreed that the
fight against internet fraud and other economic crimes cannot
be left to the EFCC alone. While restating their unwavering
support to the commission, they however solicit for the
Commission's presence at their sensitization events to enhance
better understanding of its work and the right messages to
pass to the people.

The Corps members also submitted a schedule of programmes to
the Head of Public Affairs of the Command, Hajia Zainab Sani
Ahmed. She assured them of the support of the Commission in
the execution of their anti- corruption sensitization activities.

The press release includes a photo:

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17 AUG 2021

EFCC Arrests 10 Suspected Internet Fraudsters

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Kaduna
Zonal Command, have arrested 10 persons for alleged internet-
related fraud

The suspects are Ezenwa Peter, Fahad Ahmad, Alyassau Mohammmed,
Nehemia Joel, Enoch Simon, Kabson Ziryi Beloved, Japheth Audu,
Olatunji Abimbola, Innocent Arzuka and David Samuel.

They were arrested at a hotel along Karji Expressway, Kaduna
following intelligence on their alleged internet fraud activities.

Investigation revealed that the suspects specialize in love/marriage
scam, identity theft, and impersonation as they created fictitious
social media accounts to defraud innocent victims. Some of them are
said to be pickers or receivers of proceeds of fraudulent acts.

The suspects will be arraigned in court at the conclusion of the
investigation.

The press release includes photos:

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13 AUG 2021

Two Internet Fraudsters Bag Three Years in Port Harcourt

Justice A.T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt,
Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced Morgan Innocent Chinda (aka Richard
Johnson Adams) and Joshua Pina to three years imprisonment, for internet-
related offences.

They were jailed recently after pleading "guilty" to one- count separate
charge bordering on impersonation and Internet fraud, upon their arraignment
by the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC.

The lone charge reads Chinda : "That you Morgan Innocent Chinda (aka.
Richard Johnson Adams) sometime in 2021, at Port Harcourt, Rivers State
within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court fraudulently impersonated
one Richard Johnson Adams, an American citizen and pilot working with
American Airways with intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby
committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) of the Cybercrime
(Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section
22 (2) (b) (IV) of the same Act".

The charge against Joshua Pina reads: "That you Joshua Pina (aka Berry
Williams) sometime in 2021, on or about 28th June, 2021 at Port Harcourt,
Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court fraudulently
impersonated one Berry Williams with intent to gain advantage for yourself
and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) of the
Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under
Section 22 (2) (b) (IV) of the same Act"

n view of the pleas of the defendants, prosecution counsel, N.A. Dodo
prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Justice Mohammed found them guilty as charged, and consequently convicted
and sentenced Chinda to two years imprisonment with an option of fine of
Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N 250,000), and Pina to one year
imprisonment, with an option of fine of Fifty Thousand Naira ( N50,000).

The judge ordered that the items recovered from the convicts at the
point of arrest: iPhone 6S, iPhone 6 and Qukitel C 19 be forfeited to
the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release contains a photo of each 419er:

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13 AUG 2021

EFCC Arrests 42 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Awka, Enugu

Operatives of the Enugu Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC have arrested 42 suspected internet fraudsters in separate
operations in Awka and Enugu.

Twenty-nine (29) of the suspects were arrested in Awka while thirteen
(13) were arrested in Enugu following intelligence on their alleged
involvement in internet fraud.

The suspects are: Chimezie Anyamutaku, Chinonso Dominic, Onyekachi
Nwankwo,Ikenna Austin, Chinonso Anthony Caesar,Felix Okechukwu Chikagu,
Dera Okoye, Victor Onyebuchi, Emmanuel Ifeanyi,Emeka Izu John, Raphael
Gbughemobi,Okorie Charles,Onyeoji Chukwuemeka,Enem Bontis Obinna Udoka,
Chibueze Udechukwu Ofor, Lawrence Oyegu, Soburu Kingsley, and Ikechukwu
Umeakunne.

Others include Pascal Benjamin,Emeka Valentine,Nzube Kenneth Paul,
Kelechi Elvis,Emmanuel Nwugo, Henry Onyebuchi Okoli, Uchechukwu Kachi,
Onyekachi Promise,Innocent Victor Ikenna ,Ekene Emmanuel, Chisom Nwora,
Emmanuel Dimgba, Martin Chukwudalu, Nweze Desmond, Franklin Archibong,
Austin Ikpeoha, Arinze Osakwe, Chukwuemeka Franklin, Emmanuel Murewa,
Echefulam Uche, Ugochukwu Eze, Goodman Samuel, Emmanuel Nwoye and
Ekene Udeh.

Some of the items recovered from them include laptops, several phones
and nine luxury vehicles including two Lexus ES350, one Acura ZDX, one
Lexus GS300, a Toyota Camry sedan, a Mercedes Benz ML320, one Lexus
RX330, a Lexus ES330 and one Mercedes Benz GLK350

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

The press release includes photos:

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12 AUG 2021

Man Docked For Admission Scam in Ibadan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal
Command has arraigned one Fakunle Ganiyu Abiola before Justice Bayo
Taiwo of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan on one count
charge of obtaining under false pretence.

Fakunle, sometime in 2017 had promised to assist his victim secure
admission into a US university for a fee of Eight Hundred Thousand
Naira (N800, 000).

But after collecting a deposit of N300, 000, the victim neither
got the promised admission or a refund of the deposit paid.

The charge reads: "That you Fakunle Ganiyu Abiola on 6th of December,
2017, at Ibadan, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court,
with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N300,000 (Three Hundred
Thousand Naira) ) only from Oladejo Timothy Olusola, through your
account domiciled at United Bank for Africa Plc, with account number
2013788397, when you falsely represented to him that you can secure
admission for him at a university in the United States of America,
which representation you knew to be false and thereby committed
an offence."

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

Fakunle pleaded "not guilty" to the charge.

Based on his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Sanusi Galadanchi told
the court that he was ready for trial to commence but the defendant,
through his counsel, asked for a date for the consideration of his
bail application.

Justice Taiwo adjourned the case till August 19, 2021 for hearing
of the bail application and remanded the defendant in the EFCC custody.

The press release includes a photo:

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11 AUG 2021

EFCC Arrests Son, Mother, Others for Internet Fraud in Kaduna

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, has arrested the quartet of Lucky Ebhogie,
Richman Kas Godwin, Israel Justin and Precious Iwuji for
internet-related fraud.

They were arrested on August 5, 2021 in the Sabo area of Kaduna,
Kaduna State following intelligence on their alleged involvement
in internet-related fraud activities.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects are mostly
involved in impersonation and romance scam; faking the identities
of US military personnel on foreign missions to deceive their
victims.

One of the suspects, Lucky Ebhogie allegedly recruited his mother
into the scam by using her account to launder suspected proceeds
of crime. On July, 30, 2021, he purchased a Mercedes Benz GLK car
for N7 million through the mother's bank account.

Another suspect, Precious Iwuji was discovered to have sold her
photographs and Facebook account to internet fraudsters, which
they used to ensnare their victims.

The suspects will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes several photos:

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10 AUG 2021

EFCC Arraigns Suspected Internet Fraudster for N425m Fraud in Port Harcourt

The Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, has arraigned a suspected internet fraudster: Samuel
Akunomah before Justice A.T Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting
in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

He was arraigned on August 6, 2021 on 45-counts bordering on internet
fraud, impersonation and obtaining money under false pretense to the
tune of Four Hundred and Twenty- Five Million Naira only. (N 425,000, 000).

One of the counts reads: "That you Samuel Akunomah, Omena Precious
Okeren (still at large) and Shittu Adebayo (still at Large) Austin
Chibike (still at Large) Charemon Golden (still at Large) sometime
in 2020, at Port Harcourt, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable
Court, directly took possession of the sum of Forty-One Million Naira
(N 41,000,000.00) in First Monument Bank Account No. 4915799016 in
the name of Skillz Nigeria Enterprises, money which to your knowledge
formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, and thereby committed
an offence contrary to Section 15 (1)(2) (d) of the Money Laundering
( Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended ) and punishable under Section
15(3) of the same Act."

Another count reads : "That you Samuel Akunomah, Omena Precious Okeren
(still at large) and Shittu Adebayo (still at large) Austin Chibike
(still at large) Charemon Golden (still at large) sometime in 2020,
at Port Harcourt, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court,
directly took possession of the sum of Thirty-Four Million Naira
(N 34,000,000.00) in First Monument Bank Account No. 4915799016 in
the name of Skillz Nigeria Enterprises, money which to your knowledge
formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, and thereby committed
an offence contrary to Section 15 (1)(2) (d) of the Money Laundering
( Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended ) and punishable under Section
15(3) of the same Act.”

In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, S.M.H. Ibekute prayed the
court to remand the defendant in Port Harcourt's Correctional Centre
pending the commencement of trial. However, defence counsel, Daninagbo
Davies opposed the prayer of the prosecution and sued for his bail.

Justice Mohammed reserved ruling on the bail application but ordered
his remand in Port Harcourt Correctional Centre pending the determination
of his application.

The defendant's trouble began when he was arrested by the operatives
of the EFCC on June 28, 2021, at Royal Palm Estate, Peter Odili Road,
Port Harcourt following some established intelligence linking him with
internet fraud and other internet-related activities.

The press release includes a photo:

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10 AUG 2021

Fake Charity: EFCC Arrests Two for N 21m Fraud in Kaduna

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission has arrested the duo of Michael Yusuf Michael and
Martha Daniel, promoters of MYM123CARE, for allegedly obtaining
money by false pretence.

Their arrest followed a petition alleging that the suspects on
the pretext of providing aid to the needy, solicited for funds
from the general public through the Foundation but converted
the proceeds to personal use.

Investigation revealed that on 22nd March, 2021, Yusuf Michael
posted a video of a woman with breast cancer and solicited for
donation from public-spirited individuals who responded by donating
money into MYM123CARE’s account domicile in a first generation bank.
The account which was in the red, had by March 26, 2021 recorded
a credit balance of N21, 515,962.75k.

The woman for whom the fund was supposedly raised later died
in the hospital.

The suspect upon receiving the monies, went on a spending spree,
transferring various sums to third-parties who used the monies to
purchase various properties ranging from real estate, automobiles
and electronic equipment.

The suspect will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes several photos:

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6 AUG 2021

Internet Fraudster Bags Jail Term In Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, on August 5, 2021 secured the conviction
and sentencing of one Israel Anyanwu Ugochukwu before Justice
Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in
Ikeja, Lagos

He was arraigned on a two-count charge bordering on possession
of fraudulent documents, an offence contrary to Section 318
of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

One of the counts reads: "Israel Anyanwu Ugochukwu, on or about
the 25th January, 2021 in Lagos within the Jurisdiction of this
Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, had in your possession
fraudulent document titled "hangouts" where you presented yourself
as Danielle Deluanay, which representations you knew or ought to
have known is false."

He pleaded "guilty" to the charge.

The prosecution counsel, S.O. Daji, thereafter, reviewed the facts
of the case and also tendered in evidence the defendant’s confessional
statement to the EFCC as well as the incriminating documents recovered
from him.

Daji, therefore, urged the Court to convict and sentence him accordingly,
while also praying that items recovered from him be forfeited to the
Federal Government.

In his allocutus, the defence counsel, Stephen Omoyola, pleaded with
the Court to temper justice with mercy.

Delivering judgment, the Judge found him guilty as charged and
sentenced him to six months in prison.

The trial judge also ordered the forfeiture to the Federal Government
items recovered from him, including an iPhone XS and N273,443.73.

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5 AUG 2021

EFCC Arrests 41 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Owerri, Abuja

Operatives of the Enugu and Abuja Zonal Commands of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, August 5, 2021 arrested
41 suspected internet fraudsters in separate operations in Owerri, Imo
State and Abuja, Federal Capital Territory. Their arrest were made
possible through creditable intelligence received on their alleged
involvement in cybercrime.

The suspects arrested in Owerri, numbering 31, include Prince Chukwuemeka
Mmirikwe, Onyeachilam James, Ekezier Israel Chidera, Victor Okeafor,
Princewill Okoroji,Ozioma Amakodike, Chidebeere Ogu Emmanuel, Mbaeri Eze,
Ogbonna Chikamso, Mark Unakalamba, Okebaram Uzoma, Okebaram Ugobueze
Emmanuel, Okafor Daniel Uchechuku, Miracle Chukwu, Oparaukwu Udoka and
Nwosu Jude.

Other are Kanu Emmanuel, Ohazuruike Christian, Amarakuo Nelson, Moses
Chimezie,Winner Nwaigwe, Chukwuma Njoku, Ajueke Ogochukwu Timothy, Ogujiofor
Chukwuebuka, Okanume Franklin, Enyia Promise, Enyia Victor, Emeti Ikenna,
Nwokike Arinze, Ogbenna Ikechukwu and Ilobi Chukwuebuka.

Items recovered from the suspects include four vehicles: a Lexus RX 350
with registration number ABJ-615-DQ, one Toyota Camry with the registration
number YAB- 560-SK, a Toyota Highlander with registration number YAB- 418-CE
and one Lexus RX350 with registration number WER-251-LS; several mobile
phones, laptops and other incriminating items.

The 10 suspects arrested in the Kubwa and Dawaki axis of the Federal
Capital Territory include Pabbor John Oyin, Joshua Joel, John Asemota,
Abakpa Samuel and Joseph Miles. Others are Israel Kue, Nathaniel Monibidor,
Eghosa Balogun, Junior Salami and Moses Modupe.

Two vehicles (Corolla LE and Venza SUV), four laptops and fourteen
mobile phone were recovered from them.

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

The press release includes several photos:

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5 AUG 2021

Court Sends 16 Cyber Criminals to Jail in Port Harcourt

t was a harvest of convictions for the Benin Zonal Command of the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday August 4, 2021
as 16 cyber criminals were convicted and sentenced to various jail
terms by Justice Adamu Tukur Mohammed of the Federal High Court
sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The convicts are Saheed Ibrahim Odunayo, Oduwa Osagieduwa, Ahmed
Rilwan, Okpodu Samson, Abimbola Akinboyejo, Akande Oluwaferanmi,
Samson Fadugbagbe and Prince Ifeakachukwu Abandi. Others are Dogo
Samson, Olurunlayo Busayo Adewale, Joshua Temiloluwa, Oniye Damilare,
Oluwagbemiga Blessing, Lucky Morrison, Adekolurejo Femi James and
Alasa Solomon.

The 16 convicts were arraigned on one count charge each for offences
bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretences.

The charge against Ahmed Rilwan reads: "That you Ahmed Rilwan (m)
sometimes in 2019 at Owo, Ondo State within the jurisdiction of this
Honourable Court with intent to defraud sent electronic message which
materially misrepresent your identity of Jessica, an American lady
upon which she relied and suffered financial loss in the sum of
$1,500 (One Thousand Five Hundred United States Dollars) and you
thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section
14(2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act 2015."

All the defendants pleaded guilty to the respective charge.

In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, Francis Jibro, prayed
the court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly. One of
the defence counsel, Pascal Ugbome urged the court to honour the plea
bargain agreement entered by the parties.

Justice Mohammed sentenced the duo of Adekolurejo Femi James and
Oduwa Osagieduwa to two years imprisonment or a fine of N500,000 each.
The quartet of Saheed Ibrahim Odunayo, Samson Fadugbagbe Okpodu Samson
and Olurunlayo Basayo Adewale were sentenced to two years imprisonment
or a fine of N300, 000.

Lucky Morrison, Joshua Temiloluwa, Abimbola Akinboyejo, Oluwagbemiga
Blessing, Akande Oluwaferanmi, Oniye Damilare and Dogo Samson were
sentenced to two years imprisonment or a fine of N200,000 each.

Ahmed Rilwan was sentenced to three years imprisonment or a fine of
N300, 000 while Alasa Solomon bagged two years imprisonment or a fine
of N400, 000.

Prince Ifeakachukwu got three years imprisonment with the option
of N500, 000 fine.

The press release includes photos of 13 of the 16 419ers:

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4 AUG 2021

EFCC Arrests 13 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Abuja

Operatives of the Abuja Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, have arrested 13 persons for alleged Internet fraud.
The suspects are Daniel Nwafor, Yusuf Abdulwaheed, Yusuf Adekunle,
Ejiga Samuel, Umar Farouk Mohammed and Emmanuel Simon.

Others include Habeeb Ikojo, Osondu Stanley, Ibrahim Oyelade, Taiwo
Samuel, Churchill Onodu, Jamiu Abdulkareem and Ogbede Y. Oguchi.

They were arrested in the early hours of Tuesday, August 3, 2021
at different locations in Dawaki and Dutse areas of Abuja, following
credible intelligence on their alleged fraudulent activities.

Items recovered from suspects include two cars (a Toyota Camry and
Mercedes C300), 32 smart phones and 3 laptops.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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4 AUG 2021

Internet Fraudster Bags Jail Term in Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, on Monday, August 2, 2021 secured the conviction
of one Shennaike Folagboye before Justice Mojisola Dada of the
Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a one-count
amended charge bordering on possession of fraudulent document.
The offence is contrary to Section 320 of the Criminal Law of
Lagos State, 2015.

The count reads: "Shennaike Adejumobi Folagboye, on or about
the 1st day of March 2021 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of
this Honourable Court with intent to defraud had in your possession
document titled "Google Account Personal Info" wherein you presented
yourself as Wladimir Marvin, for Romance/Dating Scam printed from
your email wladimirmarvin60@gmail.com which you knew to be false."

He pleaded "guilty" to the charge.

The prosecuting counsel, Franklin Ofoma, thereafter reviewed the
facts of the case and tendered in evidence, his confessional statement
to the EFCC, the incriminating documents printed out from his devices
and also his bank account statements. They were admitted by the Court
as Exhibit 1-7.

Ofoma, therefore, urged the Court to convict and sentence him
accordingly Defence counsel, Adebayo Ishola, however, pleaded
with the Court to temper justice with mercy.

"He has no criminal antecedent and has vowed not to go back to
crime," he said, noting that the defendant did not waste the time
of the court.

Delivering judgement, the Judge found him guilty as charged and
sentenced him to one year in prison but gave him an option of
N2million as fine.

Upon release or satisfaction of the fine, he was also ordered to
sign an undertaking never to engage in crime.

The trial judge also ordered the forfeiture to the Federal Government,
items recovered from him, including, one HP laptop, one Samsung S10
and one Lexus G3300.

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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3 AUG 2021

EFCC Arraigns Two for $20,000 Fraud in Port Harcourt

The Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, has arraigned the duo of Kingsley Peters and Otonye
Okoye before Justice A.T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting
in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

They were arraigned on Monday, August 2, 2021 on four count charges
bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretences to
the tune of $20,000( Twenty Thousand United States Dollars).

One of the charges reads: "That you Kingsley Peters and Otonye Okoye
sometimes in 2020 at Port Harcourt, Rivers State, within the jurisdiction
of this Honorable Court did conspire among yourselves to commit felony
to wit: obtaining money by false pretences contrary to Section 8 of the
Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable
under section 1 (3) of the same Act".

They pleaded "not guilty" to all the charges.

In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel, K.W. Chukwuma Eneh prayed
the court to remand the defendants in Port Harcourt Correctional Centre
pending the commencement of trial. However, defense counsel, Floriett
Godman urged the court to grant the defendants bail.

Justice Mohammed adjourned the matter to August 5 2021, and ordered
the remand of the defendants in the EFCC custody pending the determination
of their bail applications.

The defendants' trouble began on June 29, 2021, when they were arrested
by operatives of the EFCC at No. 2 Eleworks Close, off First Avenue by
Las Vegas Bus Stop, Port Harcourt for alleged Internet-related offences.

The press release includes photos:

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3 AUG 2021

Four Convicted of Cybercrime in Ilorin

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 secured the conviction
of a 400Level student of University of Ilorin, Joshua Ogizien,
and three other persons for offences bordering on internet fraud
before Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court
in Ilorin.

The three other convicts are Toheeb Muritala, a 200Level Computer
Science Student of the Kwara State University, KWASU, Molete; Rasheed
Afeez Temitope, a graduate of Bartholomew College of Health Technology,
Shao and one Olaoluwa Samuel from Lagelu Local Government of Oyo State.

Following credible intelligence reports on the activities of fraudsters
swindling unsuspecting victims of their hard-earned money within Ilorin
and its environs, operatives of the EFCC swung into action and in the
process arrested the convicts at various locations within the metropolis.

They volunteered statements and confessed to the crime.

Consequently, the suspects were arraigned on separate charges on
Monday, August 2, 2021. They pleaded guilty to the charges preferred
against them.

Instruments used in committing the crime such as phones, laptops
including the fraudulent messages printed from their phones and laptops
as well as their confessional statements were tendered and admitted
in evidence by the court.

Delivering judgment on the cases today, Justice Abdulgafar said based
on the plea of guilt entered by the defendants, the unchallenged testimonies
of the prosecution witnesses and all the exhibits tendered, the prosecution
had established its case beyond reasonable doubts.

Consequently, the judge sentenced Joshua to one year imprisonment,
which should be suspended for one year and ordered the forfeiture
of the devices recovered from him including the draft of N79,000
(Seventy Nine Thousand Naira) which he raised as restitution to
the Federal Government.

Similarly, Justice Abdulgafar sentenced Toheeb to one year imprisonment,
which should be suspended for one year and ordered that the devices used
to perpetrate the crime and the draft of N220, 000.00 (Two Hundred and
Twenty Thousand Naira), which he raised as restitution be forfeited to
the Federal Government.

The judge also sentenced Rasheed to six months imprisonment each on
the two counts preferred against him, which will run concurrently.
While the court ordered the suspension of the sentences by one year
to enable the convict complete his education at KWASU, the devices
recovered from him were forfeited to the Federal Government.

In the same vein, Olaoluwa was sentenced to a term of one year imprisonment
on count one with option of fine of N50, 000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) and one
year imprisonment on count two without an option of fine. According to the
judge, "the sentences are to be suspended for a term of one year, while
the convict's two phones and a draft of N32,000 (Thirty Two Thousand Naira),
which he raised as restitution be forfeited to the Federal Government".

Justice Abdulgafar also ordered that the convicts should be reporting to
ASP Towoju Azeez of Mandala Correctional Centre during the period of the
suspension of sentences.

The press release includes photos of all four 419ers:

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30 JUL 2021

US Military Impostor Bags One-Year Imprisonment in Kwara

Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting
in Ilorin on Friday, July 30, 2021 sentenced an undergraduate, one
Abdulsalam Oyeyemi, to one-year imprisonment for falsely posing as
American Military Officer to defraud unsuspecting victims.

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, had on Thursday, July 29, 2021 arraigned Oyeyemi, 23, on one-count
charge bordering on personation and internet fraud.

The charge reads: "That you, Abdulsalam Oyeyemi (aka Colt Williams, James
Anderson) sometime in March, 2020 or thereabout in Ilorin, Kwara State
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court dishonestly induced one
Cristina Gobin (aka Cristina Haripaul), a white lady to send you bitcoins
worth the sum of 1,255 Canadian Dollars when you knowingly pretended
and represented yourself to be one James Anderson, an American Military
Messenger who is in charge of her husband, Colt Williams' internet
connection when you had earlier represented yourself to the said Cristina
Gobin as the said Colt Williams, an American Marine Officer who is in a
romantic relationship with her and thereby committed an offence contrary
to Section 321 and punishable under Section 324 of the Penal Code Laws
of Northern Nigeria."

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

Counsel to the EFCC, Aliyu Adebayo, led an operative of the Commission
to review the facts of the case. In the process, incriminating materials
found on the defendant upon arrest were tendered and admitted in evidence.
These include the defendant’s extra judicial statements, fraudulent
messages printed out of his phones and the manager's cheque (bank draft)
of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) which he raised as restitution
to the victim.

In his Judgment, Justice Abdulgafar said the court carefully considered
the case of the prosecution, the plea of guilt entered by the defendant,
his extra judicial statements and the exhibits tendered before the court,
and found merit in it.

The judge sentenced Oyeyemi to one year imprisonment. According to him,
"The sentence shall be suspended for one year".

The court, thereafter ordered the forfeiture of the convict's iPhone
and Manager's cheque of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) to the
Federal Government.

"The judgement is without option of fine", the judge added.

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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29 JUL 2021

Graduate Convicted of Romance Scam in Kaduna

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC on Thursday, July 29, 2021 secured the conviction
and sentencing of one Nwaturuocha Linjunior Kelechi to one-year
prison term before Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High
Court, Kaduna on a two count charge of cheating and impersonation.

One of counts reads, "that you Nwaturoucha Linjunior Kelechi
sometime in 2019 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable
Court did pretend to be an American military personnel stationed in
Syria, when you knew you were not, and in such assumed character
cheated one Vennesa Rose, an American citizen of the sum of One
Thousand Nine Hundred Untied States Dollars ($1,900.00) when you
claimed that you were in love with her and thereby committed an
offence contrary to and punishable under Section 142 (1) of the
Kaduna State Penal Code Law No.5 of 2017".

He had initially pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charges on December
19, 2019 but was re-arraigned on July 29, 2021 wherein he pleaded
guilty to an amended charge following a plea bargain agreement
with the prosecution.

In view of his guilt plea, the prosecution urged the court to enter
the terms of the plea bargain as the judgment of the court, while
the defence urged the court to temper justice with mercy as the
convict had no record conviction and has become remorseful.

Justice Khobo consequently convicted and sentenced the defendant to
one year in imprisonment starting from the date of his arrest. He
was ordered to restitute the victim the sum of $1,900.00 USD through
the EFCC and the US Embassy.

He is also to forfeit to the Federal Government the following items;
an iPhone 6, one 43" Led Solar Star TV, one DSTV Satellite Dish and
one DSTV Decoder.

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

graduate-convicted-of-romance-scam-in-kaduna

419 Coalition comment: We trust the US Embassy will see to it that
the ordered resitituion is indeed promptly remitted to the victim.
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29 JUL 2021

Count Sends Two Internet Fraudsters To Jail in Benin

Justice Efe Ikponwonba of the Edo State High Court sitting in Benin
City on Thursday July 29, 2021 convicted and sentenced the duo of
Ahunwan Nosakhare (aka Ryan Phillipe ) and Ogbolu Israel Uche (aka
Huan Bryan) to prison for fraud.

The defendants were arraigned by the Benin Zonal Command of the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on one count charge
of personation contrary to section 484 of the Criminal Code Law Cap
48 Laws of Bendel State of Nigeria (as applicable in Edo State)
1979 and punishable under the same Law.

Nosakhare is said to have impersonated Ryan Phillippe (an American )
on Instagram using officialryanphillipe@gmail.com while Ogbolu Israel
Uche impersonated Huan Bryan (a Chinese) living in the United States
of America on Instagram with intent to defraud their unsuspecting victims.

The charge against Nosakhare reads: "that you Ahunwan Nosakhare (a.k.a
Ryan Phillipe ) on or about the 9th of March, 2021 at No 28, Upper Siluko
Road, Unity Street, opposite police station, Benin City, Edo State within
the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court did with intent to defraud falsely
represented yourself as Ryan Phillippe (an American) on Instagram using
officialryanphillipe@gmail.com contrary to section 484 of the Criminal
Code law Cap 48 laws of defunct Bendel State of Nigeria (as applicable
in Edo State) 1976 and punishable under same section."

The charge against Uche reads: "that you Ogbolu Israel Uche (alias Huan
Bryan) sometime in September, 2020, in Edo State within the jurisdiction
of this Honourable Court did with intent to defraud falsely represented
yourself as Huan Bryan (a Chinese) living in the United States of America
by sending fraudulent messages and pictures on Instagram to Lee Hwanhee
Mario (a Korean) which messages you claimed emanated from the said
(Huan Bryan) thereby committed an offence".

Upon arraignment, the defendants pleaded "guilty" to the charge preferred
against them.

In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel, Immaculate Elody prayed the
court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly. However, the
defence counsel, Isaac Ozua pleaded with the court to temper justice
with mercy and to honour the plea bargain agreement between the defendants
and the prosecution.

Justice Ikponmwonba convicted and sentenced the defendants to two (2) years
imprisonment or a fine of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200, 000) each.

The press release includes photos of both 419ers:

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29 JUL 2021

Unilorin Final Year Student Lands in Jail Over Cybercrime

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, has secured the conviction of a final year student of University of
Ilorin, Ajani Samuel, over internet-related offences, including romance scam.

Ajani, 25, was among the 30 suspected fraudsters arrested on May 4, 2021
around Tanke Area, University Road, Ilorin by operatives of the Commission.

Upon the plea of guilt entered by the defendant, and uncontroverted evidence
tendered by the prosecution against him, Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara
State High Court sitting in Ilorin found Ajani guilty of the two counts preferred
against him by the EFCC.

One of the counts reads: "That you, AJANI SAMUEL (ALIAS ROSELINE THENG) sometime
between the month of June, 2020 and May, 2021 at Ilorin, Kwara State, within the
jurisdiction of the Honorable Court did knowingly had under your control the sum
of $9,348.2 through your Blockchain Wallet linked to your samuelanuoluwa100@gmail.com,
the money you knew to have been unlawfully obtained and thereby committed an offence
contrary to and punishable under Section 319A of the Penal Code."

Following the plea of the defendant, counsel to the EFCC, Innocent Mbachie, led
Udo Iniubong, an operative of the Commission, to review the facts of the case.
Documents including the extra judicial statements of the defendant, fraudulent
messages, iPhones, Laptop and Manager's cheque (bank draft) of N100,000 (One
Hundred Thousand Naira) raised as restitution by the defendant were tendered
and admitted in evidence.

Delivering judgment on the matter on Wednesday, Justice Oyinloye said the court
carefully considered the evidence placed before it and the plea of guilt entered
by the defendant.

“The evidence of the sole prosecution witness remained credible and reliable even
after the cross-examination. The defendant entered defence, but failed to neutralise,
controvert or damage the evidence of the prosecution”, the judge said.

Consequently, Justice Oyinloye sentenced Ajani to six months imprisonment on count
one with N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) as option of fine and two years imprisonment
on count two with option of fine of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira). According
to the court, the sentences will run concurrently.

The judge also ordered the forfeiture of the convict’s iPhones, laptop and the
manager's cheque of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) raised as restitution
by the convict to his victims, to the Federal Government.

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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29 JUL 2021

EFCC Arrests 55 Internet Fraud Suspects in Enugu, Ebonyi

Operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC have arrested 55 suspected internet fraudsters
in separate operations in Enugu and Ebonyi States. Eighteen of the
suspects were arrested today July 29, 2021, at Agbani Road and
Thinkers Corner areas of Enugu, Enugu State following intelligence
on their alleged involvement in internet fraud.

The suspects are: John Kennedy, Onochie John Paul, Ilojeme Chiagozie,
Ilechukwu Chidiebeube, Ike Ebubechukwu Emmanuel H., Otega Pafe Philip,
Uzochukwu Uche Frank and Ezinwa Witness Chimere. Others are Obike William
Nwabufo, Ikeja Eyerinsu, Chidindu Victory, Onwuagbaizu Paul, Tomizine
Alamco, Great Oluwagbemiga, Kanu Dennis Ifeanyichukwu, Ebere Malachy,
James Collins Ewenike and Ilojeme Chiemela.

Some of the items recovered from them include laptops and several mobile
phones.

The remaining 37 suspects were apprehended on Wednesday July 28, 2021
at Hausa Quarters, Nkaliki, Aboboriga,Abakiliki, Ebonyi State.

The suspects are: Igwe Chukwudi, Ozoemena Newman, Obinna William, Eze
Godwin, George Ezenwa, Onyebuchi Ebuka, Ezediegwu Innocent, Nzubechukwu
Obineze, Igwe Ikenna, Ibrahim Falada, Ezra Excel, Chinedu Agu, Oscar
Sogidu, Uchenna Onyenweaku, Nwoka Darlington, Ejike Prince, Anuli Obinna,
Nwazunkwu Collins and Mba Rocks, Patrick Junior.

Others are Amefula Kennedy, Ebuka Okoh, Igboke Chinonso, Ijezie Chibuike,
Anthony Delight, Joseph Ahuighnwa, Innocent Chukwuebuka, Chima Ndubuisi,
Benjamin Kelechi, Precious Kalu, Anthony Samuel, Christian Valentine,
Chukwudi Agbom, Ekebudu Nwabueze, Okoye Arinze, Igwebuike Emeka and
Chiemelie Franklin.

Items recovered from the suspects include four vehicles : Lexus RX 350
with registration Number KUJ -552- BG, Lexus IS250 registered with Number
EBJ - 762 -AAA, Mercedes Benz ML350 4matic with registration Number
KUJ -393 - BQ and Mercedes Benz E350 marked YAB – 133 -BL, several
phones and laptops.

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

The press release includes photos:

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28 JUL 2021

Court Jails Three Internet Fraudsters In Port Harcourt

Justice A.J. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt,
Rivers State has convicted and sentenced three fraudsters to three years
imprisonment each, for internet- related offences.

The convicts: Paul Effiong Aniedi, Meshack Aniekan and Ovie Collins were
jailed after pleading "guilty" to one- count separate amended charge,
following their arraignment by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

One of the charges read:

"That you, Paul Effiong Aniedi (aka Austin Sylver) in 2020 within the
jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently impersonate yourself
as Austin Sylver, a Crypto Currency dealer from Australia, to one peter
Wilkinson and others from United States of America, with intent to gaining
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".

Based on their "guilty" plea, prosecuting counsel, S. Ibekwute, prayed the
court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Justice Mohammed convicted and sentenced the three defendants to three years
imprisonment each, with an option of fine of Two Hundred Thousand Naira
(N200, 000.00) each.

The court ordered that the phones employed in committing the crime: a blue
Techno Spark 4, a blue Galaxy A10S and a gold- coloured Gionee S10 be forfeited
to the Federal Government.

Aniedi, Aniekan and Collins got into trouble after the EFCC worked on some
verified intelligence, linking them with fraudulent activities on the internet.
They were arrested at Sam Mba Close, off NTA Akparale Road, Port Harcourt,
Rivers State and prosecuted.

The press release includes photos of all three 419ers:

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28 JUL 2021

Internet Fraudsters Bag Jail Terms In Lagos

The Economic and Financial Crimes, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office,
on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, secured the conviction and sentencing
of an internet fraudster, David Semilogo Foluwake, before Justice
Abike Fadipe of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

The convict was arraigned on a one-count charge bordering on possession
of documents containing false pretence.

The charge reads: "That you, David Semilore Foluwake, sometime in the
month of February, 2021, at Lagos within the jurisdiction of the Honourable
Court, with intent to defraud, had in your possession documents containing
false pretence to wit: “Google Account”, wherein you falsely represented
yourself as an American with the name Ivan Smith born in 1962, which
document you knew to be false and committed an offence contrary to Sections
320 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015."

Upon his arraignment today, the convict pleaded 'guilty' to the offence.

In view of his guilty plea, the prosecution counsel, Banjo Temitope,
reviewed the facts of the case and prayed that the defendant be convicted
as charged.

Justice Fadipe found him guilty of the offence and sentenced him to six
months imprisonment.

In a related development, Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences
Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, today convicted and sentenced a fraudster,
Yusuf Quadri, to one year imprisonment.

The convict was arraigned on a one-count amended charge bordering on
possession of fraudulent documents, an offence contrary to Section 320
of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

He pleaded 'guilty' to the charge.

The prosecuting counsel, Franklin Ofoma, told the Court that the defendant
was arrested in Lagos sometime in 2020 by operatives of the EFCC and "was
found to be in possession of fraudulent documents, which he used to defraud
unsuspecting members of the public."

He, thereafter, tendered in evidence the extra-judicial statement the
defendant made to the EFCC, and the incriminating documents printed out
from the defendant's email.

They were admitted by the Court as exhibits 1-4.

Ofoma, therefore, urged the Court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

Defence counsel, O. Abraham, however, pleaded with the Court to temper justice
with mercy.

Delivering judgment, the Judge found him guilty as charged and sentenced him
to one year in prison, with an option of fine of N1million.

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28 JUL 2021

Prince, Two Others Jailed for Cybercrime in Ilorin

The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 secured the conviction of one Prince
Oyinlola Adedayo Emmanuel and two other persons who were prosecuted on
offences bordering on love scam and cybercrime.

The other two convicts are Owonikoko Kehinde Damilare, a 200 Level Computer
Science Student of the University of Ilorin and one Jimoh Akeem Lawal.

The convicts, who were prosecuted on separate charges pleaded guilty to
the charges preferred against them by the Commission before Justice Mahmood
Abdulgafar and Justice Sikiru Oyinloye, both of the Kwara State High Court
in Ilorin.

Oyinlola, 28, who identified himself as a prince from Odo-Otin Local Government
Area of Osun State was found guilty by Justice Abdulgafar and sentenced to three
months imprisonment, which shall be suspended for one year without option of fine.
The court ordered that the phone and laptop recovered from him be forfeited to
the Federal Government.

In a similar fashion, Justice Abdulgafar sentenced Jimoh Akeem to one year
imprisonment each on count one, count two, count three and six months imprisonment
on count four without option of fine. According to the judge, "the sentences shall
run concurrently and shall be suspended for one year". The court also ordered the
forfeiture of the money in the convict's bank account, phones and laptop, which
were used to perpetrate the crime to the Federal Government.

On the other hand, Justice Oyinloye convicted and sentenced Owonikoko to six
months imprisonment on count one with option of fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand
Naira) and one year imprisonment on count two with option of fine of N100,000
(One Hundred Thousand Naira).

The Judge ordered that the iPhone, laptop and the manager's cheque (bank draft)
of N112,500 (One Hundred and Twelve Thousand, Five Hundred Naira) which he raised
be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The press release includes photos of all three 419ers:

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27 JUL 2021

Cybercrime: Court Sends Unilorin, KWASU, Kwara Poly Students to Jail

The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 secured the conviction one Abubakar Abdulbashit
Opeyemi, a final year Student of the University of Ilorin and two other
undergraduate students charged with offences bordering on love scam and
internet fraud.

They two other convicts are Alimi Abiodun and Idowu Rasaq Olarewaju, who
are students of the Kwara State University, KWASU, Molete and Kwara State
Polytechnic, Ilorin, respectively.

Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin
convicted and sentenced the three undergraduates to various jail terms
after the court found them guilty of various offences preferred against
them by the EFCC.

The three convicts, who were arraigned on separate charges pleaded guilty
to the charge preferred against them.

In his judgment on the cases today, Justice Abdulgafar while relying on
the plea of guilt entered by the defendants and the various exhibits tendered
against them held that the prosecution succeeded in proving its case beyond
reasonable doubts.

Consequently, Abdulbashit Opeyemi was sentenced to six months imprisonment,
which shall be suspended for one year. The judge also ordered that the convict's
iPhones, HP Laptop which were used as instruments in committing the crime and
a draft of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) which he raised as restitution be
forfeited to the Federal Government

In sentencing Abiodun, the judge gave him three months imprisonment on count
one and one year imprisonment on count two, which shall be suspended for one
year. He also ordered the forfeiture of his iPhone and the sum of N352, 000
(Three Hundred and Fifty Two Thousand Naira) draft raised by him (the convict)
to the Federal Government.

For Idowu, Justice Abdulgafar sentenced him to six months imprisonment, which
shall be suspended for six months. He also ordered the forfeiture of his (the
convict) 2014 Toyota Venza, 2 iPhones, HP Laptop, the sum of N404, 414.93 (Four
Hundred and Four Thousand, Four Hundred and Fourteen Naira, Ninety Three Kobo)
in his First Bank account to the Federal Government.

"The sentences are without option of fine", the judge added.

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27 JUL 2021

Internet Fraudster Bags One Year in Port Harcourt

Justice E. Obile of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt,
Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced Sampson Ajagha to one year
imprisonment for Internet- related offences.

He was jailed on July 14, 2021 after pleading "guilty" to two- count
charges bordering on impersonation and internet fraud, upon his arraignment
by the Port Harcourt's Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC.

One of the count- charges read:

"That you Sampson Ajagha (Alias Wilson Brown) sometimes in September
2020 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this
Honorable Court did impersonate identity of one Wilson Brown, a white
man in your gmail account by sending documents to unsuspecting ladies
through the internet which document you claim emanated from the said
Wilson Brown with the intent to gain for yourself, and thereby committed
and offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (ii) of the Cyber Crime
(Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under section
22 (2) (b) (IV) of the same Act"


He pleaded "guilty" to the two-count charges preferred against him.
In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, K.W. Chukwuma-Eneh, urged
the court to convict and sentence the defendant accordingly. His prayer
was not opposed by the defence counsel, Paula Abdul-Adukole.

Justice Obile convicted and sentenced him to six months imprisonment
each on both count charges, with an option of fine of One Hundred
Thousand Naira (N 100,000.00) on each of the count. The sentence
runs concurrently.

Sampson’s journey to the Correctional Centre began when he was arrested
at Mandela Housing Estate Rumuokoro, Port Harcourt, Rivers State by
operatives of the EFCC based on intelligence linking him to some fraudulent
activities.

The press release includes a photo:

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23 JUL 2021

Court Convicts Fraudster 10 Years for $18,700 Internet Scam

The Sokoto Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
EFCC today Friday, July 23, 2021 secured the conviction and sentencing
of one Joseph Oladapo Philips to 10 years imprisonment for $18,700 Internet
fraud before Justice Mohammed Sifawa of the Sokoto State High Court.

Philips who is an undergraduate of the Sokoto State University was
prosecuted for dishonestly representing himself as an American soldier
erving in Afghanistan and obtaining the said sum by false pretence.

The one count charge against him reads: "That you Joseph Oladapo Philips
"male" sometime in 2021 at Sokoto within the judicial division of the High
Court of Sokoto State, did fraudulently cheat one Lisa Farley from North
Carolina and Joey Jaitrong by dishonestly deceiving them to collect the
total sum of $18,700 when you presented yourself to them as a United States
soldier deployed to Afghanistan and sending documents of false pretence to
them via your Instagram platform which you knew to be false and you thereby
committed an offense contrary to Section 310 of the Sokoto State Penal Code
Law and punishable under Section 311 of the same Law".

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

In view of his guilty plea, prosecution counsel S. H. Sa'ad prayed the
Court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

Justice Sifawa convicted the defendant and sentenced him to 10 years
imprisonment with option of N500, 000.00 fine.

The convict was also ordered to pay the sum of $18,700 United States
Dollars as restitution to the victim through the EFCC.

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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419 Coalition comment: We trust that Ms. Farley will promptly
receive her returned funds, per the restitution and repatriation
order of the Court.
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23 JUL 2021

Court Jails Internet Fraudster Two Years in Port Harcourt

Justice P. M. Ayuba of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt,
Rivers State has convicted and sentenced Ogbonda Derrick Subumichi
(a.k.a Walter Shepherd) to two years imprisonment.

The convict was arraigned by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on July 17, 2021 on
one-count amended charge bordering on impersonation.

The lone charge read: "That you Ogbonda Derric Subumichi( a.k.a
Walter Shepherd) on or about June, 2021 at Port Harcourt within
the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did fraudulently
impersonates one WALTER SHEPHERD with intent to gain advantage
for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section
22 (2) (b) i of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.)
Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) iv of the same Act".

The press releace includes a photo of the 419er:

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19 JUL 2021

Court Sends Two Internet Fraudsters to Two Years in Prison

The Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, today July 19, 2021 secured the conviction of two internet fraudsters
- Noah Omoregbe (a.k.a Frank Mark) and Destiny Efewengbe (a.k.a William Scot )
before Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of the Edo State High Court sitting in Benin
City, Edo State.

The defendants were arraigned on one count charge each of personation and
intent to defraud contrary to section 484 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 48
Laws of defunct Bendel State of Nigeria (as applicable in Edo State) 1976
and punishable under the same Law.

The charge against Omoregbe reads: "that you Noah Omoregbe (a.k.a Frank Mark)
on or about the 21st day of June 2021 at Yoruba Street, Benin City, within
the jurisdiction of this Hounourable Court, did with intent to defraud,
falsely represented yourself as one Frank Mark, an American Soldier, and
sent scam messages to one Liud Mila via your iPhone X with IMEI No: 354862090120911
with intent to obtain money from her and thereby committed an offence contrary
to section 484 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 48 Laws of defunct Bendel State
of Nigeria ( as applicable in Edo State) , 1976 and punishable under the same Law."

The charge against Efewengbe reads: "that you Destiny Efewengbe (a.k.a William
Scot) on or about the 7th day of May, 2021 at Ugbor Area, Benin City, within
the jurisdiction of this Hounourable Court did with intent to defraud falsely
represented yourself as one William Scot (a white man ) and sent scam messages
to one Yaun Tested via your iPhone 11 pro Max with IMEI No: 353926104836894
with intent to obtain money from her and thereby committed an offence contrary
to section 484 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 48, Laws of defunct Bendel State
of Nigeria ( as applicable in Edo State) 1976 and punishable under the same Law."

Upon arraignment, the defendants pleaded guilty to the charges.

In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel, Ibrahim Mohammed prayed the court
to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly. However, the defence counsel,
Pascal Ugbome pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy and honour the
plea bargain agreement between his clients and the prosecution.

Justice Ikponmwonba convicted and sentenced Omoregbe to two (2) years imprisonment
with option of fine of Two Hundred Thousand Naira ( N 200,000 ), while Efewengbe
( a.k.a William Scott ) was sentenced to six months imprisonment with an option
of Two Hundred Thousand Naira ( N200,000) as fine.

Justice Ikponwonba also ordered that items recovered by the prosecution during
investigation be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria

The press release includes photos of the two 419ers:

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19 JUL 2021

EFCC Charges Youths on Value Orientation

The Gombe Zonal Head of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
Babashani Umar Sanda, has charged youths serving the country through the
National Youth Service Corps, NYSC across Nigeria to resist negative values
and prepare themselves to taken on the challenges that beset their country.

Babashani gave the charge, on Thursday 15 July, 2021 while addressing Corps
members serving at Gombe State during their Community Development Service
(CDS) day at the NYSC Zonal Secretariat, Bolari , Gombe State.

Babashani who spoke through the Head, Public Affairs, Chris Oluka, observed
that:

"The common impression today based on happenings in the country is that
the youths by their actions seem not to be ready to face their future;
that rather than work hard and prepare themselves for that tomorrow,
they are engaging in thuggery, cultism, sexual abuse and internet fraud
among other vices"

"Now is the time to reinvent yourselves positively in order to take up your
God-given responsibilities of salvaging the country from all the problems
bedevilling it."

He urged them not to be deceived by the allure of wealth being displayed
by some internet fraudsters but to emulate Nigerian role models who achieved
fame and recognition by sheer grit and determination.

Highlight of the occasion was a sensitisation walk organised by the Anti-
corruption CDS group, and supported by EFCC Zonal office across some selected
streets of the metropolis.

The press release includes a photo:

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16 JUL 2021

EFCC Arrested 20 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Katsina

The Kano Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
has arrested twenty suspected Internet fraudsters in Dutsinma Local
Government Area of Katsina State.

The suspects who were mostly youth in their early twenties were arrested
by a team of operatives of the Commission following intelligence indicating
that some Internet fraudsters were perpetrating fraudulent activities around
Dutsinma Local Government Area of Katsina State.

On the strength of the intelligence, a team of operatives was dispatched
and they effected a raid on their hideouts and arrested the suspects.

On the strength of the intelligence, a team of operatives was dispatched
and they effected a raid on their hideouts and arrested the suspects.

Investigation is ongoing and indicted suspects will be charged to court.

The press release includes photos:

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14 JUL 2021

Eight Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested in Enugu

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu
Zonal Office on Monday July 12, 2021 arrested 8 suspected internet fraudsters
in the Premier Layout area of Enugu state.

The suspects include Luke Anthony, Allison Onyedikachi, Tochukwu Udoye, Eze
Arinze, Obijesi Obiora, Christian Chukwuemeka, Madueke Johnson Chima and
Tochukwu Nnadi.

They were arrested following credible intelligence received by the Commission
on their alleged involvement in computer-related fraud.

Items recovered from them include several phones, cars, laptops and other
incriminating items.

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

The press release includes photos of seven of the 419ers:

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14 JUL 2021

EFCC Charges KWASU Students On Integrity, Hard work

The Zonal Head of Ilorin Office of Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, Usman Muktar, on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 charged
students of the Kwara State University, KWASU, Malete, to embrace
the culture of integrity, hard work and national pride.

He expressed optimism that, "Nigeria would overcome the present
challenges posed by corruption and other forms of crimes such as
kidnapping, armed robbery and cybercrime once Nigerians youths
realise their potentials and channel it productively for the
good of all."

Muktar who spoke through the Head, Public Affairs Department
of the Zone, Ayodele Babatunde, gave the charge in a keynote
address entitled "EFCC And The Role Of The Youths In Curbing
Cybercrime" at the 2020/2021 Orientation Programme for Students
of KWASU, Malete, Kwara State.

According to him, "The EFCC values the fertile minds of the
Nigerian youths and we will continue to ensure that we galvanize
this critical component of the country in our anti-corruption
crusade. We view the youth as the future anti-corruption warriors
that will carry on the fight against corruption".

While decrying the rate at which youths get involved in cybercrime,
the EFCC boss noted that, "yahoo-yahoo is not a sustainable way of
life, but a shortcut to fame and wealth which leads to is misery
and regret".

He urged Nigerians to ensure, "that the love of our country is
paramount in their hearths" adding that, "the fight against corruption
requires all hands to be on the deck for it to be won".

He further urged Nigerian youths to take more than a passing
interest in the affairs of their country, urging them to live
above board and be willing to hold their leaders accountable.
He also urged the students to become whistle blowers "by reporting
acts that fail the simple test of integrity."

"When you see something, say something; and don’t stop there, please
do something", he added.

Highlights of the event was the presentation of some of the publications
of the Commission including the EFCC Establishment Act, Frequently Asked
Questions (FAQ) About the EFCC and Zero Tolerance Magazine to the Vice
Chancellor of the KWASU, Professor Mohammed M. Akanbi, SAN, represented
by Professor Sulaiman Jamiu, the University’s former Deputy Vice Chancellor,
Academics.

In his remarks shortly after the presentation, the VC’s representative,
Professor Jamiu thanked the EFCC, promising that the books would be kept
in the library for the benefit of both students and lecturers. He also
pledged the varsity's support for the anti-corruption war of the Commission.

The press release includes photos:

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14 JUL 2021

EFCC Launches App for Online Reporting of Economic Crimes

The Economic and Financial Crimes commission, EFCC, on Wednesday,
July 14, 2021, launched an App, Eagle Eye, designed to ease the
process of reporting economic and financial crimes in Nigeria.

Speaking during the launch, the Executive Chairman of the Commission,
Abdulrasheed Bawa, described the App, being the first of its kind by
any law enforcement agency in Nigeria, as a product of ingenuity by
a staff of the Commission, being an application that was conceived,
designed and developed by the EFCC.

According to the EFCC chairman, the initiative is a clear demonstration
of his pledge on assumption of office, to run an agency that is technology-
driven. “The Eagle Eye represents a new experience in information sharing
and crime reporting between the public and the EFCC”, he said.

Apart from complementing the existing channels for reporting economic
crimes, the unique advantage of this application, the EFCC Chairman further
explained, is that it eliminates direct person-to-person interface in the
reporting process and guarantees anonymity which is an added incentive
to effective whistle blowing.

While appealing to members of the public to take advantage of the App
in bringing cases of corruption and economic crimes to the knowledge
of the EFCC, Bawa said, "with the App, those who hitherto were afraid
to report corruption cases to the Commission either for fear of being
identified by the culprits or having their identities revealed, can
now do so with the assurance of full anonymity".

He emphasized that the Eagle Eye App, will go a long way in aiding
the reportage of fraudulent activities of individuals particularly
in the case of Money Laundering through Real Estate. "With the Eagle
Eye, Nigerians and Non Nigerians can easily take a picture of a property
suspected to have been fraudulently or corruptly acquired and report
through the App seamlessly".

He also said that as media practitioners, journalists occupy vantage
positions not only in helping to bring the knowledge of the application
to the public, but also making use of it and helping others to understand
how it could be deployed to further the fight against economic crimes
including corruption. "With the Eagle Eye, you have at your fingertips
a device that will ultimately ensure that there is no hiding place for
the corrupt in Nigeria", he further explained.

On how it works, the EFCC Chairman said, Eagle Eye is a user friendly
application, with features that can be navigated by any literate person.
The first step, he said, is to download it to device from either the
Apple of Google play store.

For those who want to key into the Whistle Blowing Policy of the Federal
Government and obtain reward for reporting corruption, the EFCC Chairman
said such persons should indicate in the information they are providing;
just as he said that there are penalties clearly stipulated in the laws,
for giving false information that could mislead the Commission.

The press release includes photos:

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419 Coalition note: We are not sure how applicable the Eagle Eye
app is going to be to victims of 419, but we are hopeful, and on the
"can't hurt and might help" plan, we have put a link to the above
press release up on our Main page in the "Reporting" section.
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14 JUL 2021

Court Jails Man Six Months For $15,000 Romance Scam In Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, secured the conviction and sentencing
of one Ayeni Emmanuel to six months imprisonment before Justice Sherifat
Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

The convict was prosecuted on a one-count amended charge bordering on
cheating, contrary to Section 321 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State
2011.

The charge reads: "Ayeni Emmanuel, between January 2019 and December
2020, in Lagos, within the Ikeja Judicial Division of this Honourable
Court, by means of fraudulent trick, obtained the sum of $15,000
Australian Dollars from Tuciata Leifi, a citizen of Queensland,
Australia, whom you met on POF dating site, wherein you represented
yourself to be one Dina Gomez, a US Military officer on peace-keeping
mission in Iraq, which representation you knew was false."

He pleaded "guilty" to the charge.

Following his guilty plea, the prosecuting counsel, Nnaemeka Omewa,
gave a review of the facts against him.

According to Omewa, the EFCC, in January 2021, received intelligence
about the activities of some internet fraudsters.

"On receipt, the same was analysed and surveillance carried out and
found worthy of investigation," he said.

According to him, the defendant was subsequently arrested at Sangotedo,
Ajah, Lagos and brought to the EFCC office for further investigation.

He said a HP laptop and an iPhone 11 were recovered from him.

He told the Court that further investigation, including the analysis
of his devices, confirmed his involvement in an online dating scam
and he was charged accordingly.

Omewa, therefore, urged the Court to convict the defendant based
on his guilty plea.

He also prayed the Court to forfeit to the Federal Government the
items recovered from him.

Justice Solebo, thereafter, found him guilty as charged and sentenced
him to six months in prison.

He was also ordered to restitute the $15,000 Austrian Dollars to his victim.

The items recovered from him were also ordered forfeited to the Federal
Government.

"Upon release, he should enter a bond with the Commission to be of good
behaviour," Justice Solebo further held.

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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14 JUL 2021

EFCC Operation At Parkitonian Hotel – The True Story

In the early hours of Tuesday July 13, 2021 a team of operatives
from the Lagos Zonal Office of the Commission, acting on verified
intelligence on the activities of a suspected syndicate of internet
fraudsters carried out an operation at Parkitonian Hotel in the
Lekki area of Lagos.

During the sting operation which was the culmination of weeks of
surveillance during which the rooms occupied by the suspects were
identified, 30 suspects were arrested with 24 of them already
confessing involvement in cybercrimes and related activities.

There was no incident as the hotel management served with the
relevant Warrant offered access to the operatives, to carry out
their lawful duties.

However, in the course of the operation, the Operatives encountered
women in some of the rooms who pleaded nudity to stop them from arresting
their targets. This has lately become the antics of cyber fraudsters who
procure ladies to plead nudity as a decoy, to allow their consort destroy
incriminating items in their devices before arrest.

The Commission will not fall for such gimmick which is intended to
prevent it from carrying out its lawful duties.

It must however be stated for emphasis, that there was no break in,
no molestation and no violence of any kind during the operation.

Yet a section of the media, especially the online publication, People
Gazette and the Punch Newspaper, which lapped up People Gazette's report
hook line and sinker, presented a narrative of gestapo operation, with
forceful break in and the violation of the privacy of nude guests.

Interestingly, a common thread to the report is attribution to faceless
sources. It is curious that citizens whose right to privacy had been so
blatantly violated as claimed, would be hesitant to publicly speak about
their ordeal. Even more worrisome is the fact that a responsible publication
like the Punch Newspaper did not bother to carry out a fact-check on the
allegations of break in and violence but simply regurgitated the false
narrative of People Gazette.

Also, from the two reports, both the hotel owner and his manager were
quoted as refusing to speak on the operation. But the claim is obviously
a game of ostrich as their involvement in pushing out the false narrative
is discernable. The hotel owner perhaps is ignorant of the fact that he
could become an accomplice and liable for allowing his premises to be
used for cybercrime, in contravention of section 3 of the Advance Fee
Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act. The section provides that,
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 is guilty
of an offence and liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of
not less than 5 years without the option of a fine".

The Commission warns hoteliers from allowing their premises and facilities
to become havens for cybercrime.

Adherence to the rule of law remains a core principle moderating the activities
of the EFCC and the Executive Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa has repeatedly said the
agency under his watch will not deviate from the norm.

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13 JUL 2021

Alleged $1050 Internet Fraud: Court Gives Stringent Bail Condition to Student

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Uyo Zonal Office,
on Monday July 12, 2021 arraigned one Obasi Ugochukwu, a computer science
student of the University of Calabar before Justice T. B. Adegoke of the
Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, for alleged internet
fraud.

Ugochukwu pleaded 'not guilty' to the two count charge of criminal diversion
and impersonation preferred against him by the EFCC.

One of the counts reads, "That you Obasi Ugochuwku (a.k.a Mandy Eggwhite,
and Alice) sometime in October, 2020 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction
of this Honourable Court with intent to obtain property and gain advantage
for yourself, fraudulently presented yourself as Mandy Eggwhite and defrauded
one Donald Schmitz in the sum of One Thousand, Fifty US Dollars ($1,050)
and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(i) of the
Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under
Section (22)(2)(b)(iv) of the same Act and you possess documents containing
false pretence to wit; chat messages printed from your iPhone 11 Pro mobile
phone which documents you knew contains false pretence 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 9(1)&(2) of the
same Act".

In view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel J. O. Abolarin prayed the court
to remand the defendant and fix a date for trial to enable the prosecution
prove its case. But the defence counsel I. J. Bassey. Immediately moved the
motion for the bail of his client.

But before adjourning to September 21, 2021 for commencement of trial, Justice
Adegoke granted the defendant bail in the sum of N5,000,000 (Five Million Naira)
and two sureties in like sum. The sureties must present three years tax clearance
certificate, and must reside within the jurisdiction of the court.

The sureties who must be Grade Level 14 officer and above from the Ministry
of Finance of the Akwa Ibom State civil service, shall attend the trial of
the defendant at each adjourned date and shall give undertaking to that effect.

The court also ordered the registrar of the court to verify the residence
of the sureties, and have the Permanent Secretary confirm in writing that
the sureties are his employees, and the sureties shall give an undertaking
in writing that they will pay the bail bond to the registrar of the court
who shall verify the bail condition.

The defendant was remanded at the Correctional Centre, pending the fulfilment
of the bail conditions.

In a related development, the trial of two others; Asuquo Emmanuel Unyenyin
and Anne Felix Idiong before Justice Adegoke were stalled as Anne Idiong whom
the Commission had earlier granted an administrative bail failed to show up
in court for arraignment. According to her lawyer, Udeme Tom, the defendant
had to travel out of the state to attend to her health.

Asuquo Emmanuel Unyenyin though present in court, could not take his plea
as he had earlier indicated his intention to plea bargain

The Judge adjourned the case till September 21, 2021 and July 25, 2021
respectively for their arraignment, and ordered Asuquo remanded at the
Correctional Centre.

The press release includes a photo of the alleged 419er:

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12 JUL 2021

Internet Fraud: Court Adjourns Naira Marley’s Trial Till Oct. 5

Justice I. Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos,
on Monday, July 12, 2021, adjourned till October 5, 2021 for continuation of
trial in the case of Afeez Adeshina Fashola, also known as Naira Marley,
who was arraigned sometime in 2019 on an 11-count charge of credit card fraud
preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge, thereby leading to his trial.

Since the commencement of the trial, the prosecution had called two witnesses,
Nuru Buhari Dalhatu and Augustine Anosike, both forensic experts with the EFCC,
who revealed to the court how the defendant frequently visited sites where
stolen credit cards were sold to interested fraudsters as well as other shocking
evidence recovered from the defendant's mobile device.

At the resumed sitting today, the prosecution counsel, Bilkisu Buhari, informed
the court that the matter was slated for cross-examination of the second prosecution
witness, PW2, Anosike, and also urged the court to call on the witness for the
continuation of the hearing.

However, counsel to the defendants, Akinwale Kola-Taiwo, asked the court for a
short date on the grounds that "the matter is for mention today and not continuation
as disclosed by the prosecution."

Consequently, Justice Oweibo granted the prayer of the defence and adjourned the
matter till October 5, 6 and 7 for continuation of trial.

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12 JUL 2021

Court Sentences Jails Two Internet Fraudsters

The Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes, EFCC,
on Monday July 12, 2021 secured the convictions of two internet
fraudsters before Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of the Edo State High
Court, Benin City.

The convicts, Ehigiator Emma Kennedy and Idoko Enape Onakpa were
arraigned on separate one count charge of personation contrary to
and punishable under section 484 of the Criminal Code Cap 48 Laws
of Bendel State of Nigeria (as applicable in Edo State) 1976 and
punishable under the same section.

The charge against Onakpa reads: "that you Idoko Enape Onakpa (alias
Mathew Lawrence) between 7th September, 2012 to 9th October, 2012,
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did with intent to
defraud one Harvath Alexanda and Anete Losberga (white ladies) of their
hard earn money, falsely represented yourself to be a citizen of the
United States of America but living in UK by sending fraudulent/scammed
mails and pictures on your Yahoo mail account Mathewlawrence89yahoo.com
to them through the internet which pictures and identity you claim to
be yourself and thereby committed an offence".

The defendants pleaded guilty to the respective charge.

In view of their plea, the prosecution counsel, Isa .K. Agwai prayed
the court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly.

Justice Ikponwonba convicted and sentenced Onakpa to (3) years imprisonment
or a fine of N500,000 while Kennedy bagged 12 months imprisonment or a fine
of N200,000.

The press release includes photos of both 419ers:

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9 JUL 2021

16 Arrested for Alleged Internet Fraud in Enugu

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
Enugu Zonal Office, have arrested sixteen suspected internet fraudsters
in Enugu. The suspects include Anichebe Christoper, Coleman Agboutoroubeine,
Madubuko Chidubem, Onyima Humphery, Johnson Onyima,Chibueze Michael, Kingsley
Chukwudinma, John Ugochukwu ,Chiakwa Humphery,Stanley Enem, Ifejieme princewill,
Nwobodo Stanly, Egwu Somto Collins, Nwobodo Emmanuel, Emmanuel Okechukwu and
Anua Ifeanyi Tochukwu.

They were arrested in the Agbani area of Enugu on Friday July 9, 2021 following
credible intelligence on their alleged involvement in cybercrimes and other
related activities.

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

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8 JUL 2021

Cybercrime: Unilorin Final-year Student Bags 3 years Imprisonment Over N35m Fraud

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin
on Thursday, July 8, 2021 sentenced Giwa Nurudeen, a 25-year-old final
year student of the University of Ilorin, to three years imprisonment
having found him guilty of offences bordering on internet scam.

He was arraigned today by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a three-count charge of internet
fraud.

Giwa, a native of Ibadan, ran into problem on May 4, 2021 when operatives
of the EFCC received credible intelligence about the activities of some
suspected internet fraudsters operating around Tanke Area of Ilorin,
an action which led to his arrest.

Count 2 of the charge reads: "That you, Giwa Nurudeen, sometime between
the month of January, 2020 and December, 2020 at Ilorin, Kwara State,
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did knowingly had under
your control the sum of N30, 317, 697.00 (Thirty Million, Three Hundred
and Seventeen Thousand, Six Hundred and Ninety Seven Naira) in your
account number 2077856979 domiciled with United Bank for Africa Plc.
which you knew to be unlawfully obtained and thereby committed an
offence contrary to and punishable under Section 319A of the Penal Code."

He pleaded guilty to the charge.

Upon his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Sesan Ola, led Idam Chukwuemeka,
an operative of the EFCC to review the facts of the case. In his evidence,
Idam narrated how Giwa was arrested based on intelligence report. He told
the court how investigation unearth a whopping sum of N35million suspected
to be proceed of crime in one of his accounts.

In his statement, Giwa confessed to have acted as picker for other suspected
internet fraudsters who are still at large. His confessional statements,
iPhone 12 and a draft of N200,0000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira Only) were
tendered and admitted in evidence.

Delivering judgment on the matter, Justice Oyinloye said, "I have carefully
considered the evidence of the prosecution, the plea of the defendant and
the exhibits tendered. This court holds the view that the prosecution has
proved its case beyond reasonable doubt in line with the provisions of Section
130 of the Evidence Act. I hereby convict you on count 1, 2 and 3."

Consequently, Giwa was given one-year custodial sentence at the Correctional
Centre on each of the three counts, which would run concurrently. The judge
also gave the convict option of fine of N100, 000 on each of the counts,
which amounts to N300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira Only).

In addition, the court ordered the forfeiture of the convict's iPhone 12,
a draft of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira Only) and the sum of N231,000
(Two Hundred and Thirty One Thousand Naira Only) found in his account
domiciled in United Bank for Africa, UBA, to the Federal Government.

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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8 JUL 2021

Court Jails Three for Internet Fraud in Makurdi

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Makurdi Zonal
Office on Thursday July 8, 2021 secured the conviction of one John P
adre Akor and one Aondoaver Aondoseer,

before Justice Abdu Dogo of the Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi,
Benue State on one-count separate charge bordering on criminal impersonation
and obtaining money from foreign nationals under false pretence.

The offence is contrary to Section 33(5) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition,
Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under the same Act.

The charge against Akor reads, "That you, John Padre Akor Nigerian, male,
adult, on or about the 22nd day of September 2020 in Makurdi, Benue State
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud
one John Smith of the United States of America, obtained control over
a card as security for debt and thereby committed an offence contrary
to and punishable under Section 33(5) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition,
Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015".

The charge against Aondoseer reads: "That you, Aondoaver Aondoseer,
Nigerian, male, adult, on or about the 22nd day of September 2020
in Makurdi, Benue State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable
Court, with the intent to defraud one John Smith of the United States
of America, obtained control over a card as security for debt and
thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section
33(5) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015".

The defendants pleaded 'guilty' when the charges were read to them.

Prosecution counsel, Rahmaiha Ikhanaede reviewed the facts of the
case and urged the Court to convict them accordingly.

However, counsel to convicts, Ibrahim Mari, prayed the Court to temper
Justice with mercy, adding that the defendants were remorseful and have
learnt their lessons.

In separate judgements, Justice Dogo convicted and sentenced the
defendants accordingly.

Akor was sentenced to three (3) years imprisonment with an option
of fine of N1.5million. A 2015 model GLK 350 4matic Mercedes Benz SUV
and OPPO Model Phone with IMEI No. 868057055645775 and 868057055645767
recovered from him and believed to be proceeds of crime were ordered
forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Similarly, Aondoseer was sentenced to two (2) years imprisonment with
an option of fine of N1 Million. His Samsung S10 Plus phones with IMEI
No. 3546521037200421 and 354653103720429 was forfeited to the Federal
Government of Nigeria.

In a related development, Justice Dogo also convicted and sentenced
one James Simon Favour, to three months imprisonment with an option
of N100, 000 Naira fine, for fraudulently obtaining N787,000.00 (Seven
Hundred and Eighty-Seven Thousand Naira only) from one Ojile Daniel
Sunday through a fraudulent investment scheme.

The charge on which the defendant was convicted reads, "That you
James Simon Favour on the 17th July, 2020 in Makurdi within the
jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud did
obtain the aggregate sum of N787,000.00 (Seven Hundred and Eighty-Seven
Thousand, Naira only), via bank transfer from one Ojile Daniel Sunday
GT Bank Account No. 0591744168 to your GT Bank Account No. 0251143410
and First Bank Account No. 3139094982 under the pretence that you
would place it in a GT Bank fixed deposit at 75% interest which you
knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section
1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act,
2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act".

The press release includes photos of two of the 419ers:

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8 JUL 2021

Court Jails Two Internet Fraudsters Six Years in PortHarcourt

Justice E. A. Obile of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt,
Rivers State has convicted and sentenced two internet fraudsters: Jonathan
Collins and Godspower Ofonime to six years imprisonment for internet-
related offences.

Upon their arraignment by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on July 6 and July 7, 2021, Collins
and Ofonime respectively pleaded "guilty" to the charges preferred against
them. While Collins pleaded "guilty" to two-count charges, Ofonime pleaded
"guilty" to one-count charge, all bordering on impersonation and obtaining
money by false pretence, contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) ( ii) of the Cybercrime
(Prohibition Prevention etc.) Act 2015 and punishable under section 22 (2)
(b) (iv) of the same Act.

One of the charges against Collins read: "That you Jonathan Collins (Alias
Janis Louise Hughes; Allan Carmack Calluk; Dr. James Lattimore) sometime
in Sapele, Delta State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court
did fraudulently impersonate yourself on the internet as Janis Louise Hughes,
a white man from Glenville, North Carolina, USA with intent to obtain money
from unsuspecting men and thereby committed an offence contrary to section
22 (2) (b)( ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention, etc.) Act 2015
and punishable under section 22 (2) (b) (iv) of the same Act".

The lone count against Ofonime read:

"That you Godspower Ofonime Timothy on or about the 26th day of January 2021,
at Choba in Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable
Court did fraudulently impersonate yourself on the internet as an Army officer
and also an Engineer residing in Turkey with intent to defraud and thereby
committed an offence contrary to section 22 (2) (b) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition
Prevention etc.) Act 2015 and Punishable under section 22 (2) (b) (iv) of the
same Act."

In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel, M. T. Iko, prayed the court to convict
and sentence them accordingly. However, counsel to the two defendants: W. B. Idema
and Panla Abudu pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy. According to them,
the defendants are first-time offenders with no previous criminal records and have
promised not to get themselves involved in internet fraud activities again.

Justice Obile convicted and sentenced Collins to two years imprisonment on each
count with an option of fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100, 000.00) only.
He also ordered that the red coloured HP laptop with serial number 3CE236SHP
and three Nokia Phones used in committing the offense be forfeited to the
Federal Government of Nigeria, The convict shall also undertake in writing
to be of good behaviour and law abiding.

The judge also convicted and sentenced Ofonime to two years imprisonment with
an option of fine of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200, 000) only.

Collins' journey to the Correctional Centre began when the EFCC worked on some
discreet intelligence linking him with internet fraud. Investigations showed that
he was posturing as a female American (Janis Hughes) from Glanville, North Carolina
and Allan Carmack Kalluk from Nunavut, Canada and in the process defrauded his
victims of various sums of money.

On his own part, Ofonime ran into trouble when verified intelligence by the EFCC
linked him with sending scam mails to his victims, who are mostly foreigners. He
falsely presented himself as a Turkish Army officer and Engineer. He was active
on Goggle Hangout and benefited from his victims through PayPal account.

The press release includes photos of both 419ers:

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8 JUL 2021

Be Change Agents, EFCC Charges Youth Corps Members

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on July 8, 2021
charged Nigerian youths to enlist as foot soldiers and change agents
in the fight against economic and financial crimes in the country.

Muhtar Bello, Head, Benin Zonal Office stated this during a sensitization
lecture with members of the National Youth Service Corps NYSC/EFCC anti-
corruption CD groups in Asaba, Oshimili South local government area, Delta
State.

The Benin Zonal Head who was represented by Williams Oseghale of the
Public Affairs Department, said rather than complain about corruption
and its consequences on the society, the youths should support the
Commission in its efforts to rid the society of economic and financial
crimes. He said it was disheartening that some youth have chosen to
embrace cybercrimes as a means of livelihood. He said internet fraud
was not a sustainable way of life and the Commission will continue
to arrest and prosecute those found culpable.

He commended the corps members for joining the Anti-Corruption CD
group and urged them to be role models and good examples in integrity,
transparency and accountability. "As members of the EFCC/NYSC
Anti-Corruption CDS group, we encourage you to be good examples.
We encourage you to establish integrity clubs in schools where you
are serving, and where there are integrity clubs, we encourage you
to enhance its effectiveness. Let the students in your school
embrace the right values. Let them know that hard work pays and
that there is no short cut to success."

The press release includes a photo:

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8 JUL 2021

Court Convicts Two for Internet Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC Abuja Zonal
Office today June 8, 2021 secured the conviction of the duo
of Obadare Obayemi (alias Nancy Jerry 82) and Chinasa Miracle
Obida (alias James Hicks Hicks) before Justice C.L. Dabup
of the Plateau State High Court, Jos for allegedly defrauding
a certain Rose Kate (an American) and Mrs. Jivelyn Senerpida,
(a Filipino) of the sums of $929 USD and $1,052USD respectively.

The convicts pleaded guilty to the charges brought against them
by the EFCC.

In view of their 'guilty' plea, Counsel to EFCC, S.N. Robert
urged the court to convict and sentence them.

Justice Dabub convicted and sentenced Obida to three months,
and Obayemi to one month in prison. However, the Court also
gave them the option of fine of N180, 000 (One Hundred and
Eighty Thousand Naira and N130,000 (One Hundred and Thirty
Thousand Naira) respectively.

The press release includes a photo of both 419ers:

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8 JUL 2021

Court Jails Two Internet Fraudsters In Benin

Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of the Edo State High Court, Benin City,
today July 8, 2021 convicted and sentenced two internet fraudsters,
Theopilus Marvis Nnana and Samuel Oboh to two (2) years imprisonment
each for fraud.

The duo were arraigned on one count charge each of impersonation
contrary to and punishable under section 484 of the Criminal Code
Cap 48 Laws of Bendel State of Nigeria (As applicable in Edo State)
1976 and punishable under the same section.

The charge against Nnana reads: "that you Theophilus Marvis Nnana
(a.k.a Tony Gardner) on or about 9th day of March, 2021, in Benin
City, Edo State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court
did with intent to defraud, falsely represented yourself to be Tony
Gardner by using Facebook Account address via the email lifesweet636@gmail.com
and thereby committed an offence".

The defendants pleaded guilty to the charges.

In view of their plea, the prosecution counsel, Austin Ozigbu prayed
the court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly. However,
counsel to the defendants, John Okhuihievbe and Bridget Ambrose pleaded
with the court to temper justice with mercy.

Justice Ikponwonba convicted and sentenced the defendants to two (2)
years imprisonment each with an option of Two hundred thousand naira
( N200,000 ) fine.

The press release includes photos of both 419ers:

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7 JUL 2021

Jos Court Jails Three for Facebook Scam

Justice C.L. Dabup of the Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos,
today July 7, 2021 sentenced three internet fraudsters, Nbubuisi
Kerian Ozomba, Paul Obide and Samuel Chukwuebuka Nduchukwe to
one-month imprisonment for obtaining money by false pretence
through the social media platform, Facebook.

The trio were arrested in a sting operation by the Abuja Zonal
Office of the EFCC following intelligence on their alleged
involvement in internet-related scam.

Investigation revealed that Ozomba created a Facebook Account
with the name James Hicks with a profile picture of an America
military officer and obtained the sum of $350 USD from Mary Lovely,
a Filipino; while Obide (alias Javier Espinal) posed as a military
officer from Spain and obtained $2000 from another Filipino, Lovina.
He claimed the said sum was for treatment of his sick daughter.

Nduchukwe also created a Facebook Account with the name Alpha
Benedict of the United States Army serving in Afghanistan and
used same to defraud Christy Serue from the Philippines of $510.

They pleaded ‘guilty’ to the charges preferred against them.

EFCC counsel S.N. Robert urged the court to convict and sentence
them in accordance with the plea bargain agreement they voluntarily
entered with the Commission.

The Court consequently sentenced them to a month in prison. They
were however given the option of a fine of N150, 000 naira each.

The press release includes a photo of the tree 419ers:

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7 JUL 2021

Abuja Hair Stylist Convicted of Juju Scam

Justice A.O. Musa of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory,
Abuja on Wednesday July 7, 2021 convicted and sentenced one Energy
Dennis, a hair stylist, to five months imprisonment for obtaining
$110 from an American by false pretence.

Dennis (a.k.a Baba Dayo), falsely represented himself as a spiritualist
(Babalawo) and obtained the sum of $100 (One Hundred United States Dollars)
from one Monica of the United States of America.

The offence is contrary to Section 320 (a) of Penal Code laws of the
Federation of Nigeria (Abuja) 1990 and punishable under Section 322
of the same law.

Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge. Consequently,
the prosecution reviewed the facts of the case, leading to the conviction
of the defendant by the Court, which however gave him the option of N20,000
fine.

In addition to his sentence, the court also ordered that the money recovered
be returned to the victim

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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7 JUL 2021

EFCC Tasks Youth on Fight against Corruption

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has called on
youth to go beyond the tokenism of public statements, to actively
embracing the fight against cybercrime and corruption in Nigeria.

This disclosure was made on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 by the Port
Harcourt Zonal Head of the EFCC, Assistant Commander of the EFCC,
ACE 11 Aliyu Naibi while receiving representatives of the Niger
Delta Students Union Government in his office. According to him,
"the fight against corruption affects Nigerians the most and that
is why the EFCC is in the forefront of making sure it is curbed.
The effect of cyber crime puts Nigeria in a wavy sea. It loses
its image, economy, employment, so, we are fighting cyber crime
to help the economy”. He challenged youths in the country to go
beyond formal ceremonies of visits and making statements "it has
to be realistic and practical, I want to see you organizing lectures,
symposium to invite us to come and deliver lectures against cyber
crimes", he said.

Naibi stated that the EFCC's chairman, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa is
interested in youth development and desirous of mobilising youths
in the fight against corruption. "Youths are very strong people
to sensitise the public about the evils of cyber crimes. Cyber
crimes affect the image of the country, if left unchecked. And
when you talk about the image, you are talking about investment,
investment affects the economy, the economy affects employment
and employment affects the youths. You can see the linkage. So,
It is important that youths get involved in the fight against
cyber crimes". he said.

Earlier, National President, Niger Delta Students Union Government,
NIDSUG, Comrade Maaloo Dgreat, commended the EFCC in its fight
against corruption within the Niger Delta region especially "tackling
of cyber crimes which is rampant in Nigerian Universities. Cyber crime
is on the increase on our campuses and this is one of the things we
want to bring to you, on how we can go about giving a digital value,
real reorientation programme that will help curb or reduce or even
neutralize it".

The press release includes a photo:

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7 JUL 2021

Court Jails 12 Students 2Years for Internet Fraud in Enugu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal Office
on Tuesday July 6, 2021 secured the conviction of 12 students before
Justice I.M Buba of the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu on charges
bordering on forgery, impersonation and obtaining money from unsuspecting
foreign nationals under false pretences.

They were prosecuted one separate one count charge.

The charge preferred against one of the defendants reads, "that you Mbanugo
Ifeanyi on or about the 10th Day of March 2021 within the jurisdiction of
this Honourable Court fraudulently impersonated on Ornale Sylvestermanda
and Venita, through a fake Telegram account, with intent to obtain money
from unsuspecting foreign nationals and thereby committed an offence
contrary to Section 22(3) (a)(b) of the Cybercrimes Prohibition, Prevention,
etc) Act,2015 and punishable under section 22 (4) of the same Act".

The convicts: Izuchukwu Chukwuemeka Goodness,Okechukwu Ifeanyichukwu, Nwabueze
Ifeanyi,Egbo Chijioke Gerrard, Ekene Oputa,Iloegbunam Justine, Edeh Chukwuebuka
Michael, Edeh Izuchukwu Dominic, Iloegbunam Paschal Onyeka, Ogu Chukwuebuka
Kingsley, Mbanugo Ifeanyi and Edeh Emmanuel pleaded guilty to the separate
one count charge.

Justice Buba convicted and sentenced them to two (2) years imprisonment with
an option of One Million Naira fine each.

The press release includes photos of six of the 419ers:

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5 JUL 2021

Two Bag 2 Years for Internet Fraud in Enugu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Enugu Zone
on Monday July 5, 2021 secured the conviction of one Bernard Femi
Pedro before Justice I.M Buba of the Federal High Court sitting
in Enugu on a one count charge bordering on criminal impersonation
and obtaining money under false pretences from foreign nationals.

Femi was arrested by operatives of the EFCC following credible
intelligence on his alleged fraudulent activities.

The charge against him reads, "That you, Bernard Femi Pedro sometime
in March 2021, in Enugu within the jurisdiction of the Federal High
Court of Nigeria, fraudulently impersonated one Rodrigo Santos from
Mexico by means of your Techno WX4Pro through your fake hangout account
with intent to obtain money from unsuspecting foreign nationals and
thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(3) (a) (b) of
cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable
under section 22(4) of the same Act".

The defendant pleaded guilty when the charge was read to him. Prosecution
counsel, N.S Ingawa reviewed the facts of the case and urged the court
to convict him accordingly.

Justice Buba convicted and sentenced Bernard to two years imprisonment
with an option of One Million Naira fine.

Record of his conviction is to be sent to his school, Nnamdi Azikiwe
University, Akwa, Anambra state.

In a similar development, Justice Buba also convicted and sentenced
one Osita Kenechukwu Igwemmadu to 2 years imprisonment with an option
of one Million Naira fine, for impersonation and obtaining money under
false pretences.

The press release includes photos of both 419ers:

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5 JUL 2021

Six Arrested for Alleged Internet Fraud in Enugu

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
Enugu Zonal Office, have arrested six suspected internet fraudsters
in Enugu. Four of the suspects: Obodoechina Caleb Chinedu, Offiah
Darlington, Okwuosa Joseph, Kenneth Obi and Obinna Patrick were
arrested on Thursday July 1, 2021 in a sting operation at No 2
Umuaba Street, New Haven Extension, Enugu, while two others, Chidera
Owo and Ozuma Chukwuemeka Henry were nabbed on June 30, 2021 at No.6
Nwokolo Emene, besides Annunciation Hospital, Enugu. Their arrest
was facilitated by credible intelligence received by the Commission
regarding their alleged criminal activities.

Items recovered from the suspects include mobile phones, laptop
computers, one Lexus ES 350 2011 model car with the registration
number YAB-36-TT belonging to Offiah Darlington; a black Toyota
Venza Car 2007 model belonging to Ogonna Patrick and a Toyota
Camry 2007 model belonging to Obinna Patrick.

Other recovered items include one I phone X mobile phone and a RX330
Lexus SUV with Chassis number JTJHA31U040014 belonging to Frankiln
Chidera Owo and an iPhone 5, iPhone 11 pro, Infinix phones and an
Acura ZDX car with registration Number ABJ-611-DS belonging to Ozuma
Chukwuemeka Henry.

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

The press release includes photos of two of the alleged 419ers:

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5 JUL 2021

Court Convicts Fraudster in Kano

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday, July 5, 2021
secured the conviction of one Suleiman Alexander Adeze before Justice
Jane Egienanvan Inyang of the Federal High Court sitting in Kano on
one count charge of retention of proceed of crime contrary to section
17(b) of EFCC Establishment Act, 2004.

Trouble started for the convict after the Commission received intelligence
that a group of cyber criminals, operating around Bayero University Kano
were engaged in fraudulent activities online and swindling foreigners of
their hard earned money through deception.

Upon arraignment on Friday, July 1, 2021 the convict pleaded guilty to the
one count charge and the court convicted him accordingly but reserved sentence
till today, July 5.

The guilty plea entered by the convict was sequel to a plea bargain agreement
with the Commission.

In her judgement, justice Inyang sentenced the convict to a fine of N100,000.

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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5 JUL 2021

EFCC Arrests Nightclub Owners for Alleged Internet Fraud in Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested two suspects for alleged
internet fraud and money laundering.

The suspects, Boniface Odenigbo Amandianeze and Olasunmbo Olawale
Winfunke, owners of Buzz Bar, a nightclub located on Adetokunbo
Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, were arrested recently
at No 2A and 2B Oniru Estate, Lagos.

Their arrest followed credible intelligence received by the Commission
about their alleged involvement in romance scam, business email compromise,
benefit scam, credit card fraud and money laundering.

Upon their arrest, four exotic cars, mobile devices, laptop computers,
jewelry and wrist watches worth hundreds of millions were recovered
from them.

Further investigations have also established nexus with other associates
who are suspected to be in to computer-related fraud.

They will soon be charged to court

Thw pewaa release includes photos of both alleged 419ers:

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5 JUL 2021

Lagos Boy Jailed One Month for Internet Fraud in Kwar

Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin on
Monday, July 5, 2021 sentenced a Lagos based 20-year-old boy, Oke Gideon,
to 30days imprisonment having found him guilty of offences bordering
on romance scam and internet fraud.

The long arm of the law caught up with Gideon on May 4, 2021, when he
was arrested by operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, following intelligence reports
on his criminal activities.

Upon arrest, he was profiled and volunteered statements, admitting to
committing engaging in dating scam, love scam, and other internet-related
offences.

He was consequently arraigned in court on July 2, 2021 on two counts,
to which he pleaded guilty.

Count one of the charge reads.

"That you, Oke Gideon (Jenna Cherry) between August 2020 and September
2020 in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, with intent
to defraud, did obtain $150 (One Hundred and Fifty Dollars) worth gift from
one Bradley Miller under false pretense that you are Jenna Cherry, a white
female from Las Vegas, United States of America, which you knew to be false
and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 1 (3) of Advance
Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006."

Following his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Sesan Ola, led one Sarah Audu,
an operative of the Commission, to review the facts of the case. Audu
narrated how Gideon was arrested based on actionable intelligence on the
activities of internet fraudsters operating within Ilorin metropolis.
She tendered the confessional statements of the convict as well as
fraudulent messages printed from his email, which were all admitted
in evidence.

In his judgment today, Justice Abdulgafar convicted and sentenced Gideon
based on his confessional statement, his plea to the charge and the exhibits
tendered against him before the court.

However, the Judge gave the convict an option of fine of N50, 000 (Fifty
Thousand Naira) and ordered that his iPhone 6 and HP laptop which were
used as instruments in the crime be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The press release includes a photo of the 419er:

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5 JUL 2021

EFCC Arrests Four Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Abuja

The Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
on Monday, July 5, 2021 arrested four (4) suspected internet fraudsters
in Kubwa and Jahi areas of Abuja.

The suspects are Victor Wealth, Hendrix Esimeje, Merit Bareten and
Moses Owoh.

They were arrested following credible intelligence received by the
Commission on their alleged involvement in computer-related fraud.

Items recovered from them include 2 exotic cars and mobile phones.

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

Phtotos of all four alleged 419ers are included in the press release:

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4 JUL 2021

EFCC Arrests 14 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Port Harcourt

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
Port Harcourt Zonal Office on Friday, July 2, 2021 arrested 14
suspected internet fraudsters at Rumuodor Avenue, Ogbogoro, Port
Harcourt, Rivers state.

The suspects: Goodness Wilson; Ezekiel James; Miracle Tom Charles;
Timothy Anthony; Divinefavour Pius Reginald; Iheanacho Goodluck;
Wokie Chimandu Chris; Emmanuel Uchechi; Peter Remigious; Joseph
Chinedu; Amadi Angel; Wisdom Sotonye Azubuike, Becky Charles and
Sokiepirim West, were all arrested based on verified intelligence
by the EFCC. Preliminary investigations linked them with suspected
impersonation, possession of fraudulent documents and bitcoin scam.

Items recovered from the suspects include six vehicles : one Ford
Escape Sports Utility Vehicle; two Toyota Camry cars; two Lexus ES
350 Sports Utility Vehicles and one Mercedes Benz car. Others are:
25 makes of phones; three Laptops; one smart watch; one Samsung hard
drive; two power banks; one play station; one LG Television set; one
audio victory sound and one LG Bluetooth and USB speaker.

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

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1 JUL 2021

Cybercrime: Court Jails Unilorin, Kwara Poly Students for Love Scam


Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting
in Ilorin on Thursday, July 1, 2021 convicted one Ganiyy Rasaq
Olarewaju, a 300Level Student of University of Ilorin and one
Olakunle Adebisi, an ND II student of Kwara State Polytechnic,
Ilorin accused of love scam by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The anti-graft agency had on Monday, June 28, 2021 arraigned
Ganiyy and Adebisi on one count separate charge, to which they
pleaded guilty.

Upon their pleas, counsel to the EFCC, Sesan Ola called two witnesses
- Dagogo Urowayino and Shetima Yusuf against Rasak and Adebisi,
respectively to review the facts of the cases.

The two witnesses narrated how the defendants were arrested and tendered
several fraudulent messages printed from their emails. The documents
and the defendants’ phones were later admitted in evidence, following
which the judge adjourned until today for judgment.

In a separate judgment on the two cases, Justice Abdulgafar while relying
on the evidence placed before the court, the testimonies of the prosecution
witnesses and the plea of the defendants, pronounced them guilty and sentenced
them accordingly.

While Adebisi was sentenced to six months, Ganiyy bagged one-month
imprisonment, to be observed at Mandala Correctional Centre, Ilorin.

However, the judgment allowed the suspension of the sentencing for the
two convicts. According to the judge, Adebisi would commence serving
his term after two years when he must have graduated from the Kwara
State Polytechnic, while Ganiyy sentencing would commence after one
year when he must have finished his studies in the University of Ilorin.

The sentence is without option of fine for the two convicts.

The pres release contains photos of both convicted 419ers:

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30 JUN 2021

Court Jails Photographer for Internet Fraud

Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan,
Oyo State has convicted and sentenced Busayo Oniya to six months
imprisonment for fraudulently presenting himself as an American,
Linda Alex, to dupe his unsuspecting victims.

Oniya, 24, who claimed to be a photographer was arrested in Ilaro
Ogun State on the strength of verified intelligence by the EFCC.

He was jailed on Tuesday, June 29, 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 Busayo Oniya sometimes between 18th
May, 2017 and 20th November, 2019 within the jurisdiction of this
Honourable Court did fraudulently present yourself as a female
by name Linda Alex to one Dennis Thompson from the United States,
with intent to gaining momentary advantage for yourself and thereby
committed an offence contrary to section 22(2) (b) (i) of the
Cybercrimes (Prohibition Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable
under section 22(2) (b) (IV) of the same Act".

In view of his plea, prosecuting counsel, Oluwatoyin Owodunni,
prayed the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

Justice Agomoh convicted and sentenced him to six months imprisonment.
He was ordered to restitute his victim Dennis Thompson, the sum of Eight
Hundred and Sixty Three Thousand Naira (N863, 000) through the EFCC and
also forfeit a Nokia mobile phone and one black-coloured Samsung S8
linked with the crime, to the Federal Government.

The press release includes a photo of the convicted 419er:

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29 JUN 2021

EFCC Arrests Six Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Port Harcourt

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
Port Harcourt Zonal Office on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 arrested six
suspected internet fraudsters, at No. 2 Elewowrks Close, off First
Avenue by Las Vegas Bus Stop, Rumuibekwe, Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

The suspects: Kingsley Peters; Christian Ndibe; Kingsley Dominic;
Marvin Dominic, Ogbonda Deric, and Morgan Chinda were all arrested
based on verified intelligence by the EFCC. Preliminary investigations
linked them with suspected internet fraud.

tems recovered from them include: one black- coloured Toyota Corolla
car; seven different models of iPhones; two laptops; one black Asus;
two ECOWAS international passports; one drivers license; three laptop
chargers; two SIM cards; one black PS4 with two game pads; one white-
coloured Casio wristwatch; one white/ash-coloured TP-Link router; one
smart watch and a charger; one Samsung hard drive, one green Nigerian
passport and one pink-coloured phone case

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

The press release includes photos:

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29 JUN 2021

EFCC Arrests Eight Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Port Harcourt

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
Port Harcourt Zonal Office on Monday, 28 June, 2021 arrested eight
suspected internet fraudsters, at Royal Palm Estate, Peter Odili
Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The suspects: Ebitamuno Abereoku; Theophilus Monday; Godgift Clinton;
Joshua Pina; Bright James Achesomie; Samuel Akunna, Ugbe John Paul
and Harvey Orji were arrested based on verified intelligence by the
EFCC. Preliminary investigations linked them with suspected bitcoin
and romance fraud.

Items recovered from the suspects include three exotic cars: one ash-
coloured Lexus ES 350 car, one white- coloured Lexus RS 330 Sports Utility
Vehicle, one white- coloured Land Cruiser Sports Utility Vehicle. Others
are 11 different models of iPhones, 4 different models of other phones;
3 laptops; 3 zealot speakers; 2 smart watches, two ATM cards and one
Identity Card.

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

The press release includes photos:

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28 JUN 2021

Kwara Court Remands Unilorin, Kwara Poly Students over Love Scam

The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, on Monday, June 28, 2021 arraigned one Ganiyy
Rasak, a 300 Level student of the University of Ilorin and one
Olakunle Adebisi, an ND II student of the Kwara State Polytechnic
on one count separate charge bordering on love scam before
Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting
in Ilorin.

The charge against Ganiyy reads: "That you, Ganiyy Rasaq Olarewaju
(Richard Hadden), sometime in May, 2021 in Ilorin within the jurisdiction
of this Honourable Court, did attempt to cheat by personation when you
pretended to be one Richard Hadden, a white female with a gmail account
haddenrichard56@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. "

Particulars of the charge against Olakunle read: “That you, Olakunle
Adebisi, sometime in May, 2021 in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of
this Honourable Court, did attempt to cheat by personation when you
pretended to be one Anny Banana, a white female with a gmail account
annybanana346@gmail.com and thereby committed an offence contrary to
Section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the
Penal Code."

The defendants pleaded guilty.

Upon their plea, counsel to the EFCC, Sesan Ola led Dagogo Urowayino
and Shetima Yusuf (both operatives of the Commission) to review the
facts of the case against Rasak and Adebisi, respectively.

The two prosecution witnesses narrated how the defendants were arrested
and tendered several fraudulent messages printed from their emails. The
documents and the defendants' phones were later admitted in evidence.

Consequently, Justice Abdulgafar fixed Thursday, July 1, 2021 for judgement
and ordered that Adebisi be remanded in a Correctional facility while Rasaq
was remanded in EFCC custody.

The press release includes photos of both 419ers:

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28 JUN 2021

Lady, Three Others Convicted for Over $2000 Internet Fraud in Uyo

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Uyo Zonal Office on
Friday, June 25, 2021 secured the conviction of four internet fraudsters,
including a woman before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court
sitting in Calabar, Cross River state.

The convicts; Chibueze Charles Onwuneme (Alias Sa Idu Sani), Murphy
Angba Obiabo (a.ka. Kate Shawn), Obua Akwo Promise ( alias Davis Walter)
and Happiness Otuedem Mayen were jailed after pleading guilty to charges
bordering on criminal impersonation to defraud innocent citizens, following
a plea bargain agreement with the prosecution.

Happiness Mayen, the female convict was sentenced to two months imprisonment
for obtaining the sum of $118 (One Hundred and Eighteen US Dollars) from one
Leon Morawiec while falsely presenting herself as an American Military Personnel.
She is also to forfeit her iPhone 6 and iPhone 11 to the Federal Government
and restitute the sum of $118 to her victim. She was however given an option
of fine of Two Hundred Thousand Naira.

The other convicts, Murphy Angba bagged three months imprisonment for defrauding
an American, Linda Polumbo $1000 (One Thousand US Dollars).The court ordered that
he forfeits a HP laptop and an IPhone 11, being the instruments used in committing
the crime to the Federal Government, and restitute his victim in the sum of $1000.

He was however given the option of one month community service at the Court of
Appeal, Calabar and a fine of Three Hundred Thousand Naira (N300, 000. 00).

Onwuneme got three months imprisonment for falsely posing as a foreign military
personnel named SA Idu Sank, with intent to defraud. He was ordered to forfeit
an Infinix X 625C mobile phone to the Federal Government or pay a fine of One
Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira(N150,000. 00), and observe community service
for one month at the Appeal Court, Calabar

Promise was sentenced to six months imprisonment for obtaining the sum of One
Thousand US Dollars ($1000) by false pretence. He was ordered to restitute the
said sum to the victim through the Federal Government and also to forfeit one
IPhone 7, one Mac book Pro laptop and one Itel phone to the Federal Government.

He was however given the option a fine of Two Hundred Thousand Naira and one
month community service at the Appeal Court Calabar.

The press release includes a photo of all four 419ers:

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25 JUN 2021

Court Convicts Four For Fraudulent Impersonation In Ibadan

The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
has secured the conviction and sentencing of four internet fraudsters in Ibadan,
Oyo State.

The convicts are Adeyemi Opeyemi Joshua (a.k.a Godeaux Ellis Spencer), Ugwu
Ekenedilichukwu David (a.k.a Christian Doria), Oluwatosin Samuel Olatunji
(a.k.a Catherine Lana and Bashiru Toheeb Ayodeji (a.k.a Marie August).

They were arraigned on Friday June 25, 2021 before Justice Uche Agomoh
of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, on separate one count charge
for offences bordering on fraudulent impersonation contrary to Section 22
(2) (a) and 22 (2) (b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc)
Act, 2015, and punishable under Section 22 (2 ) (iv) of the same Act.

They pleaded "guilty" to the charges.

Consequently, the prosecuting counsel, Mabas Mabur, reviewed the facts
of the case, and tendered in evidence the statements of the defendants
and documents implicating them, which were admitted in evidence.

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

Justice Agomoh convicted Adeyemi as charged and sentenced him to six months
imprisonment; Ugwu, Olatunji and Ayodeji were convicted and sentenced to
four months imprisonment each.

The judge also ordered Bashiru to restitute $650 (Six Hundred and Fifty United
States Dollars to victim of his fraud, and forfeit one Samsung S8 Duos Mobile
phone and an IPhone X to the Federal Government.

Adeyemi is to restitute his victim of the sum of $500 (Five Hundred United
States Dollars) and forfeit one iPhone 6.

Ugwu was ordered to restitute the sum of $1,000 (One Thousand United States
Dollars) to his victim, one Theresa Morales through the EFCC and forfeit one
iPhone 7 Plus mobile phone and one grey-coloured iPhone 6 mobile phone to
the Federal Government; while Olatunji forfeits an infinix Hot 5 mobile phone.

The press release includes photos of all four convicted 419ers:

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25 JUN 2021

EFCC Nabs Two for Cryptocurrency Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on June 17,
2021 arrested the duo of Kess Theophilus and Sunday Eshiebor
Isaiah for alleged conspiracy, impersonation and cryptocurrency-
related fraud.

Their arrest came on the heels of a petition by one Nalim Sharma
who met the suspects through a LinkedIn account, Sophia Gomez, and
was lured into a phony bitcoin business.

Beginning January 17, 2021, until they were arrested on June 17,
2021, she allegedly invested a cumulative sum of $12,000 USD worth
of bitcoin with the suspects who claim to be bitcoin experts, plying
their trade with the fake platform, Life Trade Option.

The complainant sensed fraud when the suspects suddenly severed
all communications with her.

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

The press release includes photos:

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25 JUN 2021

Court Convicts Four Cyber Criminals in Uyo

The Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
EFCC, on Thursday June 24, 2021, secured the conviction of four internet
fraudsters before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting
in Calabar, Cross River State.

The convicts: Eneji Emmanuel, (a.k.a Karen Moana, Buccly Clunder, Mainer
Chic, Karen Klunder) Adie Stephen Udie (alias Laura Vazquze), Nwandike
Kelechi (a.k.a Bradley) and Victor Francis (alias Donald Walter), pleaded
guilty to separate charges bordering on love scam and obtaining by false
pretence.

In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, Segun R. Akinrinlade
urged the court to convict them in accordance with the plea bargain
agreement among the parties. The defence counsel, C.O. Bassey and Innocent
Eze, pleaded with the court for leniency.

After listening to the Counsel, the judge convicted and sentenced the
defendants as follows:

Enegi Emmanuel was sentenced to three months imprisonment for using a
fictitious email (mainerchick19976@gmail.com) to register for the American
Paycheck Protection (PPP) loan, a benefit meant for US citizens, and used
same to defraud unsuspecting citizens of their hard earned money. He was
however given an option of fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100, 000.00)
to be paid into the Federal Government's account and community service at
the Federal High Court and Ministry of Social Welfare Calabar, for a period
of one month which must be supervised by the court and the EFCC.

While Adie Stephen was sentenced to six months imprisonment for fraudulently
impersonating one Laura Vazquez, an American citizen, and Dave Daley, the court
ordered that the items recovered from him which include a black Toyota Corolla
car 2009 model (still unregistered), IPhone 7 and IPhone XS mobile phones,
be auctioned and the proceeds paid into the Federal Government's account.

Nwandike Kelechi was sentenced to six months imprisonment with an option of
Three Hundred Thousand (N300, 000.00) fine and one month community service.
The court also ordered that the convict forfeits the following items to the
Federal Government- iPhone 11 Pro Max and HP Intel(R) Core laptop.

Victor Francis was convicted and sentenced to six months imprisonment for
fraudulently obtaining the sum of $1,200 (One Thousand Two Hundred US Dollars)
from one Jean Judson. The convict was also given an option of Two Hundred
Thousand Naira (N200, 000.00) fine plus one month community service. He is
to forfeit an iPhone 11 to the Federal Government as well as restitute the
victim in the sum of One Thousand Two Hundred US Dollars ($1, 200).

After sentencing the convicts, Justice Ojukwu further ordered that they be
remanded at the Correctional Service facility in Calabar until they have paid
the various fines pronounced by the court.

The convicts were arrested by operatives of the Uyo zonal office of the
Commission in a sting operation on May 18, 2021.

The press release includes a photo:

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24 JUN 2021

Enugu Student Bags 2 Years for Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Enugu Zone on Thursday,
June 24, 2021 secured the conviction of one Osondu Kevin Nnamere before Justice
I.M. Buba of the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu, on a one count charge
bordering on Criminal impersonation with the intent to defraud.

The defendant was arrested in a sting operation at the Independence Layout
area of Enugu on Saturday June 4, 2021 following credible intelligence received
on his alleged involvement in computer-related fraud.

The charge reads, "that you Osondu Kevin Nnamere on or about the 9th day June
2021 in Enugu within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently
impersonated one Mr. Gopa, a foreign national by means of your Samsung A20S,
through a fake WhatsApp account ,with intent to obtain money from unsuspecting
foreign nationals and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(3)(a)
(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition,Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable
under Section 22(4) of the same Act."

The defendant pleaded guilty when the charge was read to him prompting the
prosecution counsel, B.N Ajogwu to ask the court to convict him.

The defendant's counsel, E.M Ugwu pleaded with the judge to temper justice
with mercy on the grounds that his client is a 21 year-old student who has
become remorseful.

Justice Buba convicted and sentenced Nnamere to 2years imprisonment with an
option of N250,000 ( Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) fine.

The press release includes a photo:

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23 JUN 2021

EFCC Enugu Arrests 10 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Enugu

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
Enugu Zonal Office, have arrested 10 suspected internet fraudsters
in Enugu.

They were arrested on Tuesday June 22, 2021 in a sting operation
at the Sunrise Estate Emene, Enugu following credible intelligence
on their alleged criminal activities.

The suspects allegedly specialize in defrauding unsuspecting members
of the public including foreigners through the internet.

The suspects are: Onah Uchenna Paul, Ali Chidiebere Shedrack, Samson
Ugwuoke, Ogbaru Chidozie Kingsley, Eneh Nelson, Ameh David Onwenchochi,
Orji Opara Chimaobi, Chukwudi Emmanuel, Alina Arinze and Tasie Henry Nzube.

Items recovered from them include mobile phones, laptop computers ,one
Lexus ES 350 car with the registration number APP-331-GV belonging to
Tasie Henry Nzube and a Toyota Corolla car with the registration number
UWN-239-HN belonging to Onah Uchenna Paul.

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

The press release includes photos:

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22 JUN 2021

Student Bags 2 Years for Internet Fraud in Enugu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Enugu Zonal
Office today June 22, 2021 secured the conviction of one Onyia
David Ugochukwu before Justice I .M Buba of the Federal High Court,
Enugu, on a one count charge bordering on criminal impersonation
with the intent to defraud.

The suspect and his friends were arrested in a sting operation
at the Independence Layout Area of Enugu on Saturday June 4, 2021
following credible intelligence received about their alleged involvement
in computer-related fraud.

The charge reads, "that you Onyia David Ugochukwu on or about the 9th
day June 2021 in Enugu within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court,
fraudulently impersonated Mark Louisse and Jason Mollie, through a fake
Facebook account and Hangout accounts, with intent to obtain money from
unsuspecting foreign nationals and thereby committed an offence contrary
to Section 22(3) (a) (b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.)
Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22(4) of the same Act."

The defendant pleaded guilty when the charge was read to him prompting
the prosecution counsel, Michael Ani to ask the court to convict him.

The defendant’s counsel, E.O Isiwu pleaded for mercy on the grounds that
his client is a 28 years old orphan and student who did not waste the time
of the court and had become remorseful.

Justice Buba in his judgement lamented the increasing incidence of cybercrimes
stating, "This court has observed that the offence of cybercrimes is on the
increase in this jurisdiction. If this continues, Nigeria will be in jeopardy
as many youths are embracing cybercrimes. This court states that poverty and
orphanage are not enough reasons to engage in cybercrimes."

Justice Buba added that other countries with large population like India have
low records of cybercrimes and drug related offences. He advised the accused
person to use his intellect for good and sentenced him 2 years imprisonment
with an option of N150, 000(One hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) fine.

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21 JUN 2021

Court Convicts Architect, One Other For Impersonation in Abeokuta

Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta,
Ogun State, on Monday June 21, 2021, convicted the duo of Oluwole Gbenga
Caleb and Ayoola Oluwafemi for fraudulent impersonation. The offence runs
contrary to Section 22(2) (b) (i) and is punishable under Section 22(2)
(b) (IV) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015.

They were convicted on a separate one count charge of fraudulent impersonation
preferred against them by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission.

Oluwole, 26, who claims to be an Architect, was arrested on February 9,
2021. In the course of investigation, a number of incriminating documents
were recovered from his email,

Upon arraignment, he pleaded ‘guilty’ to the one count charge.

Justice Oguntoyinbo thereafter convicted and sentenced him to one month
imprisonment. Apart from his conviction, Oluwole was also ordered to restitute
the sum of Two Hundred United States Dollars ($200) to the victim. The Court
equally ordered the forfeiture of his Infinix mobile phone.

Similarly, Justice Oguntoyinbo convicted and sentenced Ayoola to three months
imprisonment. He was also ordered to restitute the victim in the sum of Two
Hundred United States Dollars ($200) and also forfeit one Iphone 6 mobile phone
and a Lexus RX 350 SUV car to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The press release includes photos:

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21 JUN 2021

Facebook Scammer Bags 10 Years in Sokoto

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Sokoto Zonal
Office on Monday, June 21, 2021 secured the conviction of Murtala
Abdullateef before Justice Malami Dogondaji of the Sokoto State
High Court sitting in Sokoto on one count charge, for attempting t
o defraud foreigners through Facebook while presenting himself
as a United States Army General serving in war-torn Syria.

The charge reads, "that you Murtala Abdullateef sometime in May,
2021 in Sokoto, within the Judicial Division of the High Court
of Justice of Sokoto State, dishonestly hacked into Facebook
accounts of several European women with intent to defraud them o
f their hard-earned monies wherein you represented yourself to
them as a General in the U. S Army on a peace keeping mission
in Syria and you thereby attempted to commit the offence of
cheating contrary to Section 58 of the Sokoto State Penal Code
Law 2019 and punishable under Section 311 of the same Law".

Upon arraignment, he pleaded guilty to the charge.

In view of the defendant's plea, the prosecuting counsel, Habila
Jonathan asked the Court to convict and sentence him accordingly.
However, the defence counsel, Shamsu Dauda, pleaded with the court
to temper justice with mercy on the grounds that his client is a
first time offender who had become remorseful.

Justice Dogondaji, thereafter convicted and sentenced Abdullateef
to ten (10) years in prison with option of Two Hundred Thousand
Naira (N200, 000.00) fine.

The convict’s journey to prison began when he was arrested along
with six other suspects on May 25, 2021 at Badariya in Birnin Kebbi
metropolis by operatives of Department of State Services (DSS), for
suspected involvement in internet fraud. The other six suspects have
been prosecuted and convicted on a separate charge.

The press release includes a photo:

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21 JUN 2021

Undergraduate in EFCC’s Net Over $4801 Internet-Related Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Kaduna Zonal
office have commenced investigation into an alleged case of conspiracy,
computer-related fraud and benefitting from proceeds of crime levelled
against one Okhipo David, who claims to be an undergraduate.

David who was arrested on Monday, 15 March, 2021, had sometime in
November 2012, presented himself as a staff of a new generation bank,
requested for the account details of a complainant in order to update
some information on the account. The complainant suspected fraud and
refused to oblige his request.

But he let down his guard when another call came from the same telephone
number in the same month, requesting for his token details. He volunteered
the information without sensing danger.

However, moments after giving out the token details, the victim began
receiving debit alerts on his Dollar account to the tune of $4801.42.
He later reported the incident to his bank but till date, no refund was
made; hence the decision to seek the intervention of the EFCC.

Investigation revealed that the suspect used four other accounts for
the illegal withdrawals and transfer from the complainant’s account.
The accused also conspired with his room-mate to use his account to
receive money from the victim's account.

Documents suspected to be fraudulent were also recovered from his email.

The suspect will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes a photo:

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18 JUN 2021

Enugu Student Bags 2 Years Imprisonment for Internet Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal
Office on June 18, 2021 secured the conviction of one Emmanuel Umahi
(a.k.a Eddy Morem), a student, before Justice I.M Buba of the Federal
High Court sitting in Enugu, Enugu State on one count charge bordering
on Criminal impersonation with the intend to defraud.

The charge reads, "that you Emmanuel Umahi sometime in June 2021 in
Enugu within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently
impersonated @eddy_morem, a citizen of Croatia, using an Instagram
Account, with intent to obtain money from unsuspecting foreign
nationals and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(3)
(a) (b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015
and punishable under Section 22(4) of the same Act."

The defendant pleaded guilty when the charge was read to him prompting
the prosecuting counsel, Michael Ani to ask the court to convict him.

Justice Buba in his judgment decried the incidence of cybercrimes, saying
"This court takes cognizance that cyber crimes is on the increase. No nation
will develop if its youths continue in crime. This court warns the defendant
to desist from cyber crime or face the maximum consequence when next he
appears before this court."

The judge sentenced Emmanuel Umahi to 2 years imprisonment with an option
of N150, 000(One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) fine.

The press release includes a photo:

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17 JUN 2021

EFCC Secures Convictions of Five Fraudsters in Sokoto

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Sokoto Zonal
office on Thursday 17 June, 2021 secured the conviction of five
internet fraudsters: Alfred Stephen, Onyebuchi Joseph Elijah
( a.k.a Svenulrich), Usman Mustapha, Abdullahi Abubakar (a.k.a
Shine Eye) and Umar Khalifa on separate charges before Justice
Muhammad Muhammad of the Sokoto State High Court, Sokoto.

They were prosecuted on a one count charge each bordering on
conspiracy and cheating.

The charge against one of the defendants reads, "that you Alfred
Stephen, sometime in 2021 at Sokoto, within the Judicial Division
of the High Court of Justice of Sokoto State did fraudulently
cheated one Grazyna, a Belgium national; Alfansina, an Italian
and Janny, a Dutch woman by dishonestly deceiving them to collect
the total sum of €19,500 Euros (Nineteen Thousand Five Hundred
Euros) by presenting yourself to them as an American serving
in Syria and sending documents of false pretenses to them which
you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence of cheating
contrary to Section 310 of the Sokoto State Penal Code Law 2019
and punishable under Section 311 of the same Law".

Upon arraignment, they pleaded 'guilty' to the separate charges.

In view of the defendants’ plea, the prosecuting counsel, S. H. Sa'ad
who appeared with Musa Mela Gwani and Habila Jonathan asked the court
to convict and sentence the defendants.

However, the defence counsel, Shamsu Dauda, pleaded with the court to
temper justice with mercy as his clients were first time offenders who
have become remorseful. He also told the court that the convicts are
ready to restitute their victims.

Justice Muhammad, thereafter convicted and sentenced the 1st defendant
(Alfred Stephen) to Five (5) years imprisonment with option of One Hundred
and Fifty Thousand Naira (N150,000.00) fine.

He ordered the convict to restitute the sum €19,500 (Nineteen Thousand
Five Hundred Euros) to the victim through EFCC.

The 2nd defendant, Onyebuchi Joseph Elijah (a.k.a Mr. Svenulrich) was
setenced to five years imprisonment with an option of N150,000.00 fine.
The convict is also to restitute the victim the sum of €1,750.00.

The 3rd defendant, Usman Mustapha was sentenced to five (5) years
imprisonment with an option of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira
(N150,000.00) fine.

He is to restitute the sum Five Thousand Denmark Krone which is equivalent
to Three Hundred and Ten Thousand Naira only (N310,000) to the victim.

The 4th and 5th defendants, Abdullahi Abubakar (a.k.a Shine Eye) and Umar
Khalifa were convicted and sentenced to Three years imprisonment each with
an option of N100, 000.00 fine

The press release includes photos:

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16 JUN 2021

Court Jails Two Internet Fraudsters 2 Years in Benin City

Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of the Edo State High Court, Benin City, Edo State
today June 16, 2021 convicted and sentenced the duo of Ohiaka .O. Henry
(a.k.a Henryjarus) and Emmanuel Chigozie (a.k.a Frank Maxwell) to two
(2) years imprisonment for fraud.

Chigozie and Henry were arraigned by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission on a separate one count charge of impersonating
foreign nationals in an attempt to defraud the unsuspecting victims.

The charge against Chigozie reads: "You Emmanuel Chigozie ( a.k.a Frank Maxwell )
on or about the 22nd of February, 2021 at Kash Mamodu Street, Ekhei Girls Secondary
School Road, Auchi Edo State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did
with intent to defraud falsely represented yourself as one Frank Maxwell ( a white
male) by using a Gmail account address FrankMaxwell47@gmail.com. an act of impersonation
contrary to section 484 of the laws of Bendel State of Nigeria ( as applicable in Edo
State ) 1976 and punishable under the same section."

The charge against Henry reads: "that you Ohiaka O. Henry on or about 7th March,
2021 in Edo State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, being a citizen
of Nigeria , did with intent to defraud, falsely represented yourself as henryjarus
(an American citizen ) with email: sgthenryjarus@gmail.com by sending fraudulent
mails and pictures on hangout to Anna Vajciova , Natalie Cabell ( some white ladies )
which documents you claim emanated from the said (henryjarus) and hereby committed
an offence of impersonation contrary to section 484 of the Criminal Code law, Cap
48 laws of Bendel State of Nigeria ( as applicable in Edo State ) 1979 and punishable
under the same law."

They both pleaded guilty to the charges when they were read to them.

In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, Austin .A. Ozigbo asked the
court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly. However, counsel to
the defendants, Pascal Ugbome, pleaded with the court to temper justice with
mercy as the defendants have become remorseful for their actions.

Justice Ikponmwonba convicted and sentenced Chigozie to two years imprisonment
or a fine of N200,000 while Oshioke Henry was convicted and sentenced to two
years imprisonment or a fine of N100,000.

The convicts are also to forfeit their phones to the Federal government of Nigeria.

The press release includes photos:

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9 JUN 2021

Son, Father in EFCC’s Net for Alleged Internet Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal
Office, have commenced investigation into an alleged case of conspiracy,
computer-related fraud, obtaining by false pretense and retention of
proceeds of unlawful activities levelled against one Malik Giles Bakare.

He was arrested by officers of the Nigeria Police, Force CID, Alagbon,
Lagos on May 31, 2021 and subsequently handed over to the EFCC for further
investigation and prosecution.

Investigations revealed that he acts as a middleman, who connects internet
fraudsters around the globe with pickers, and receives some percentage on
every successful transaction from the proceeds of unlawful activities.

During the investigation, his father, Isa Bola Bakare, appeared at the
Commission claiming ownership of a Range Rover car estimated at about N46
Million, which was recovered from his son.

He, however, could not provide a satisfactory account of how he was able
to procure the vehicle.

Consequently, he has also been taken into the EFCC custody for further
investigation.

Also recovered from the suspects are Iphone 12 Pro Max, Iphone 8 mobile
devices as well as some incriminating items.

The suspects will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes a photo:

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8 JUN 2021

EFCC Arrests Six for Alleged Internet Fraud in Enugu

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
Enugu Zonal Office, have arrested six suspected internet fraudsters
in Enugu.

They were arrested in a sting operation at the Independence Layout
area of Enugu metropolis on Saturday June 4, 2021 following credible
intelligence received on their alleged involvement in computer-related
fraud.

The suspects are: Ugochukwu Onyia, Osita Henry, Ephraim Johnson, Osondu
Kelvin Nnamere, Umahi Emmanuel and Ugochukwu Joseph.

Items recovered from them include mobile phones, laptop computers and
one Lexus RX 350 2016 model SUV with registration number FST-579-FJ
belonging to Ugochukwu Onyia. Others are, one Toyota Venza car with
registration number LND-388-GQ; a Toyota Corolla car with registration
number ENU-48-MW belonging to Osita Henry; one black Toyota Camry with
registration number BWR-803-MK belonging to Ugochukwu Joseph; one Toyota
Corolla with registration number ABJ-848-DF belonging to Johnson Ndubuisi
Ephraim and other incriminating items.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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8 JUN 2021

EFCC Arrests 9 for Internet- Related Offences

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC
have arrested nine suspected Internet fraudsters at Gwagwalada New
Layout area of Abuja, FCT.

The suspects are: Teddy Agbam, Abdullahi Abdulsamad, Abdullahi
Abdulrasheed, Ehije Miracle Julious, John Amajeh Stephen, Okorie
Kalu Udo, Abrebor Promise, Abdulazeez Amin and Habib Abdulateef.

The arrest followed credible intelligence on the nefarious activities
of the suspects.

Items recovered from them are laptops and mobile phones. They were
also found with substances suspected to be Indian hemp and other drugs.

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

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8 JUN 2021

EFCC Arrests 50 for alleged Internet Fraud

The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC on Friday, June 4, 2021, arrested 50 suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects were arrested at Alaro Sango, Agbaje Ijokoro, and Apete Aladura
areas of Ibadan, Oyo State following intelligence on their alleged involvement
in internet fraud.

Thirty four of the suspects already indicted by the investigation are:

Badmus Abeeb, Ibrahim Ahmed, Adeyemo Babatunde, Abdulrashid Ajagbe, Olajide
Okiki Peter, Hassan Yusuf Atanda, Yusuf Olasupo Salaudeen, Bello Ahmed Bamidele,
Adewale Damilola Tosin, Kolawole Yusuf Olawale, Nicholas Ferdinand, Keshiro
Olanrewaju, Falana Victor Dapo, Abogunrin Emmanuel, Bosun Tomiwa Tunde, Shelter
Chibundo, Banjoko Idris, and Adebayo Akorede.

Others are: Awoyinka Afeez Ayodeji, Afonja Olarenwaju, Akingbade Taofeek,
Ezekiel Adekunle, Ganiyu Sodiq, Abioye Abiodun, Ogunbayo Daniel, John Timileyin,
Ominiyi Daniel, Adeniyi Idris Sodiq, Joseph James, Adeyemi Segun Oluwaseun,
Adeleke Rasheed, Saliu Tomiwa Rasheed, Itoro Edet Ime and Oseni Nasirudeen.

Some items used in perpetrating the crime were recovered from them.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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7 JUN 2021

EFCC Arrests Seven suspected Internet Fraudsters in Abuja

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
have arrested seven suspected Internet fraudsters in the Gwagwalada
area of Abuja.

The suspects, Victor Chukwu, Abdulahi Mustapha, Promise Eze, Ozor
Prince, Kolawole Bamisaye, Eze Daniel and Okona Chukwuemeka were
arrested in the early hours of Sunday June 6, 2021 following credible
intelligence received by the commission on their alleged involvement
in internet-related fraud.

Items recovered from the suspects include phones and Laptops.

The press release includes photos of all 7 alleged 419ers:

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6 JUN 2021

EFCC Reveals Bawa's Facebook Account, Warns Impostors

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC wishes to inform
the public that the following Facebook Groups and accounts: ABDULRASHEED
BAWA. (EFCC CHAIRMAN) Public group, EFCC-BOSS Abdulrasheed, bawa 1,
@abdulrasheed bawa, @Abdulrasheed Yahaya Bawa and @ Abdulrasheed Bawa
purportedly belonging to the Executive Chairman of the Commission,
Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa are fake.

The impostors behind the fake accounts are bent on deceiving unsuspecting
Nigerians into believing that they are genuine Facebook accounts of the
EFCC boss.

There are several fake social media accounts supposedly belonging to the
EFCC chairman and despite repeated disclaimer, the figures behind the
identity theft are unrelenting.

To foreclose further cloning of Bawa's Facebook account, the Commission
is constrained to make public, the personal Facebook account of the EFCC
chair.

Bawa has one Facebook account which is, @AbdulRasheed Bawa

Members of the public are enjoined to treat any other account supposedly
belonging to the EFCC chairman as fake, and stop further dealings with
such platforms.

The public should be guided and avoid the risk of falling victim of scam.

The press release includes a graphic:

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5 JUN 2021

EFCC Arrests 53 For Alleged Internet Fraud In Lagos

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
Lagos Zonal Office, have arrested 53 suspected internet fraudsters
in Lagos.

They were arrested in sting operations in different parts of Lagos
State between June 2, 2021 and June 5, 2021, following credible
intelligence received about their alleged involvement in computer-related
fraud.

The suspects are: Oluwatosin Akintoku, David Raheem, Sanusi Ganiyu,
Williams Tosin, Taoreed Quadri, Keye Abdulahi, Adeyemi Babatunde Abdulkarim,
Olalinku Oluleye Adakore, Okunola Adeyemi Jaleel, Caston Dada Ayomide,
Taoreed Qudus Oluwaseun, Ahmed Olaliku Ajayi, Zekery Okeme, Falana Adewole
Ibrahim, Godpower Silvester, Adam Ariyo, Kelechi David Mokwe, Ifeanyi Matt,
John Awajinomida Emiyaru, Olayiwola Oluwaseun, Adegbola Shola, Owolaga Toba,
Azeez Oludare Sanni, Daniel Ojo, Billiqnin Olabanji Kunle, Ismail Omoniyi
Aspen, Bankole Ademola Owolabi, Ayeni Samuel Segun, Emmanuel Chuks and Lukmon
Yusuf Damilare.

Others are: Muhammed Yahaya Sodiq, Obinna Charles Emmanuel, Jaiye Oladayo
Quadri, Onyeka Ode Valerial, Obanor Okechukwu Remond, Edozie Anozie, Eddie
Smith, Nsikak Linus Okose, Stanley Chinemerem Nnanna, Isaac Bunna, Obinna
Nwabueze, Kingsey Ezeagba, Diamond Samson, Courage Nduagbuise, Ahmed Kasim,
Bernard Boafu, Etikerentse Samuel, Samson Ujboje, Abesin Emmanuel, Ussaini
Mohammed Leeba, Kazeem Kolawole Lasisi, John Peter Obienyi and Olabisi Daniel.

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

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are

The press release includes photos:

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3 JUN 2021

EFCC Charges Schools Integrity Club Members On Internet Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has urged students
of St. Joseph Secondary School, Agege, and Government College Secondary
School, Victoria Island, Lagos, who are members of the EFCC Integrity
Clubs in the schools, to shun any involvement in internet fraud and
embrace the culture of integrity, a core value of the Commission.

Speaking to members of the EFCC/Secondary School Integrity Club members
on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, the Lagos Zonal Head, Ahmed Ghali, admonished
the students to always do the right thing at all times.

Ghali, who was represented by his deputy and Head of Procurement Fraud
Session, PFS, Emeka Okonjo, expressed delight at the presence of the
integrity club members, who were led by their coordinators, Achilefu
Ikechukwu and Latifah Abdullahi to the EFCC Lagos Zonal Office.

He advised them to shun anyone that says easy money is the way out,
adding that they must inculcate good morals and values that could
help better their lives and the country as a whole.

In his remarks, the Head of Advance Fee Fraud, Sini John Omar who
enlightened the students on the positive side and numerous advantages
of the internet, also educated them on the importance of putting the
Internet into the right use.

Omar, who stated that the internet could be used for education and
research purposes, online banking and purchase of products, added that
"as convenient as the internet may be, it can also be a tool for
destruction and fraudulent practices."

Also speaking, Dein Whyte, Head, Cyber Crime Section, educated the
students on the possible dangers and disadvantages of the internet.

According to him, the internet could be used to defraud people if adequate
security measures were not taken.

He, therefore, admonished them to watch the company they keep, adding
that bad communications could corrupt good morals.

While providing the students with hints on how to avoid being defrauded,
Whyte stressed the need for them to protect their passwords and not get
carried away by what they see on the internet.

“The things you see on the internet are mostly for likes and attention
and do not depict dignity on how they were acquired.

They are often fake and not the reality.

"You are on the right path because you have a good foundation and you have
no choice but to build on it and develop yourselves. You must also contribute
your quota towards making Nigeria a better place," he added.

The students presented a talk show and also a short play on the activities
of the EFCC as well as the challenges faced by the Commission.

The high point of the event was the presentation of an award to the Chairman
of the Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, for the good work of the Commission.

The press release includes photos:

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419 Coalition Comment: 419 Coalition was very interested in this article,
and wholeheartedly endorses EFCC support for Integrity Clubs in Nigerian
schools (we think such clubs in all schools everywhere, including the US
would be a good idea, actually). As an interesting note: Some 20 years
ago, 419 Coalition was asked to give a presentation at an annual meeting
of the Association of Nigerians Abroad (ANA) held in Washington, DC. As
part of its presentation, 419 Coalition suggested that it might be a good
idea for Nigerian schools to include a mandatory Ethics course in their
curriculum. This was roundly Boo-ed etc. by many conventioneers, who were
primarily highly educated Nigerian educators and professionals working in
the US for whom the Coordinator of 419 Coalition had (and has) the greatest
respect. Many felt insulted by the suggestion that there should be mandatory
Ethics training in the Nigerian school system, it appeared. The conventioneers
continued to be upset even when the Coordinator of 419 Coalition said that it
was his view that required Ethics courses would be a good idea in schools
Everywhere, including in the US. Well, the Coodinator continues to believe
that Ethics training in all school systems everywhere, Including in Nigeria,
would be a Good Thing. Therefore, as above, we are a fan of the Integrity
Clubs and welcome EFCC support for them. We think such efforts are Worthy
and should be continued, and are glad the EFCC thinks so as well.
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2 JUN 2021

EFCC Arrests 11 for Alleged Internet Fraud

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 11 suspected internet fraudsters
in Lagos.

The suspects are: Nwomkiro Ekene Jude, Olukoya Oluwadamilare Timilehin,
Akingbade Mubarak Ayoboye, Adeolu Kolawole Oluwajifemi, Nwankwo Tochuckwu
Michael, Kehinde Timilehin Ajibola, Adesina Deji, Olalekan Abiola, Anthony
Ekene Iwuji, Emeka Metuh and Oluwasegun Pelumi.

They were arrested on Monday, May 31, 2021 in the Alagbado area of Lagos
State, following credible intelligence received by the Commission about
their involvement in computer-related fraud.

Upon their arrest, items such as mobile devices, laptops and exotic cars
were recovered from them.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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1 JUN 2021

EFCC Arrests 36 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
have arrested 36 suspected internet fraudsters in some parts of Lagos
State.

The suspects are: Segun Abiola, Gabriel Ebube, Amoo Tunmise, Anidugbe
Mofoluwatu, Victor Enuesike, Precious Godwin, Oluwaseun Afolabi, Tolulope
Amos, Jane Egonu and Precious Anizoba.

Others are: Abayomi Timileyin Olanrewaju, Adekunle Dipo Oshunsanya,
Tang Jude, Ejobi Peter Prince, Kuti Adebayo, Fagbemi Micheal, Salau
Oluwasegun, Bellow Adebayo Azeez, Lanre Awoniyi David, Damilare Kehinde
Sikiru, Jayesimi and Samson Ismaila.

Others are Daniel Williams Udoh, Prince Chigozirim Emezue, Raheem Sodiq,
Lucky Godday, Ismali Akintayo Abiodun, Christian Chidera, Ezekiel William
Ephagba, Collins Ahunobi Ndubuisi, Peter Odiegwu, Ojo Oluwadamilare,
Abayomi Ademola, Otor Isaac Junior, Temitope Aiyelabowo, Daniel Oluwafemi
and Chukwuebuka Iroulo.

They were arrested in different sting operations by EFCC operatives at
Eastern Gorilla, Eko-Atlantic, Lagos on May 7, 2021; Alogba Estate, Ebute,
Ikorodu, Lagos on May 19, 2021 and United Estate Sangotedo, Lagos on May
21, 2021, following credible intelligence about their alleged involvement
in computer-related fraud.

Items recovered from the suspects include cars, passports, laptops and
mobile computers.

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

The press release includes many photos:

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28 MAY 2021

EFCC Arrests One for Money laundering, 7 Others for Internet Fraud

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC have arrested eight suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects are Tobiloba Aramide Ogundiyan, Samson Alabi Afolabi, Adebayo
Dolapo Olumide, Daniel Boluwatife Akinwunmi, Moses Segun, Kelechi Thankgod
Felix, Adeleke Godwin Tofunmi and Adewale Dayo Victor.

They were arrested on May 18, 2021, at River View Estate, Lekki, Lagos
following credible intelligence received by the Commission on some individuals
allegedly involved in computer-related fraud. Upon their arrest, items such
as mobile devices, laptops, exotic cars and expensive jeweleries were recovered
from them.

In the course of investigation, it was revealed that one of the suspects,
Ogundiyan was also involved in money laundering. The suspect who acquired
his ill-gotten wealth from internet fraud, layered the proceeds into bitcoin
account and then integrated it by purchasing a Range Rover Vela P380 2018
model worth N44,000,000 ($97,626 USD in bitcoin) sometime in March 2021.

The suspects have volunteered useful statements to the Commission and will
be charged to Court soon.

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25 MAY 2021

EFCC Rallies CSOs, NGOs, Media Against Internet Fraud

The Head of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, Ahmed Ghali, has called on critical stakeholders in
the anti-graft war to join hands with the Commission in tackling the
menace of computer-related fraud in the country.

He made the appeal on Wednesday, May 25, 2021 in Lagos during an engagement
with critical stakeholders from the Civil Society Organisations, CSOs,
Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs and the media.

Ghali said the engagement with the stakeholders was a fallout of the
increasing spate of cybercrime in the country.

According to him, "There is the urgent need to reach-out to critical
stakeholders in the society on the growing issue of internet fraud in
Nigeria, because computer-related fraud has taken a very dangerous
dimension with its attendant consequences."

He stressed that the EFCC, as the lead anti-corruption agency driving
the fight against corruption and economic and financial crimes in Nigeria,
does not have "the monopoly of knowledge on how to tackle this hydra-headed
monster of internet fraud.

"So, we need your support to sustain the fight."

Speaking during the event, Olufemi Lawson, a member of the Centre for
Public Accountability, said: "I don't agree with those who attribute the
increasing cases of internet fraud to poverty; but the truth is that,
a lot of parents are no longer taking their responsibilities as parents
seriously".

He also called for corruption prevention actions aimed at "catching them
young."

While calling for value reorientation, Lateepha Abdulsalam, from Impact
Africa Initiative, said: "Parenting is a big deal, and we definitely need
to catch them young."

Efe Anaughe, representing AML/CFT CSO Forum, said there was a need for
Nigerians to own the war against corruption.

"It is a collective effort. So much has gone wrong and we all must be
involved in the fight against cybercrime and corruption in general,"
she said.

Comrade Declan Ihekaire, a member of Activists for Good Governance, gave
assurances that the CSOs and NGOs were ready to partner with the Commission
in achieving its mission.

"We are ready to give the EFCC the necessary backup, in order to strengthen
your corruption prevention strategy," he said.

The press release includes photos:

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419 Coalition Comment: Gee, ya know, nobody "rallied" us, and we've been
a counter-419ing NGO since Before there even WAS an EFCC. In fact, we are
the world's oldest counter-419ing NGO still operating. We were there all
the way back when the Nigerian government's Official policy was to Blame the
Victims for 419, calling all the victims criminals etc. etc. We were instrumental
in changing all of that of course, thank God. But has the Nigerian government
ever "rallied" us or mailed us along a medal or even a certificate of appreciation
or even sent a dollar or two our way in appreciation and support of our efforts?
Well, we reckon you know the answer to that :) So... We work, we wait :)
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24 MAY 2021

Four suspected Internet fraudster Arrested in Benue

The Makurdi Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday May 18, 2021 arrested four suspected
fraudsters at a popular Hotel in Makurdi, Benue State.

The suspects: Igba Simon, Edigbo Oibe Fredrick, Sunday Nazarethe
and one other, were rounded up by operatives of the Commission
sequel to credible intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.

At the point of arrest, Simon Igba was in possession of a Toyota
Corolla car recently acquired and an iPhone X. More iPhones, Macbook
Air and Modems, were among items recovered from the remaining suspects.

They will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes photos:

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24 MAY 2021

Six Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested in Enugu

Operatives of the Enugu Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, May 24, 2021 arrested six suspected
internet fraudsters.

The suspects are Tochukwu Okoro, Okechukwu Ejechie, Nwankwo Okeke,
Edeh Emmanuel, Emeka Chukwunonso and Kenechukwu Ekunie.

They were arrested at Bricks Estate, Independence Layout, Enugu based
on credible intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.

A Toyota Camry car with registration number YAB 418 AZ was recovered
from Tochukwu Okoro while other incriminating materials including laptops
and mobile phones were recovered from the other suspects.

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

The press release includes photos:

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20 MAY 2021

EFCC Arrests Club Owner, 14 Others For Alleged Internet Fraud In Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, have arrested a club owner, Emeka Williams Kingsley, alongside
14 other suspected internet fraudsters in Lagos.

Kingsley, owner of Glass House, a club in the Abule Egba area of Lagos, was
arrested alongside Adesoye Hussain Kehinde, Seun Joseph Adefala, Adebayo Gbadebo,
Adebogun Olumuyiwa Adebowale, Aruna Ikoghane Odunayo, Israel Oluwatoyin, Junaid
Idris Oladimeji, John Nnachi Ugochukwu, Oluwadare Olaiyan Aboderin, Ridwan Temitope
Dada, Amosu Johnson Toby, Jimoh Kazeem Tunde, Oyemade Michael and Akeem Dada.

They were arrested on April 15, 2021 at the Club, following credible intelligence
gathered about their alleged involvement in computer-related fraud.

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

The suspects will soon be charged to court.

The press release contains photos of all 15 alleged 419ers:

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19 MAY 2021

Cybercrime: EFCC, Brazil to Strengthen Collaboration

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Brazil have resolved
to strengthen collaboration in tacking issues related to fraud, cybercrime
and a number of trans-national organized crimes affecting the economies
of Brazil and Nigeria.

This indication emerged on Wednesday May 19, 2021 when the EFCC Chairman,
Abdulrasheed Bawa paid a courtesy visit to the Brazilian Embassy, Abuja.

The EFCC boss who was received by the Brazilian Ambassador, Ricardo Guerra
de Araujo, expressed regret about the activities of fraudsters targeting
foreigners and foreign businesses, which he said posed a threat to the image
of Nigeria and the quest for direct foreign investment.

Recalling the efforts of the Commission in helping to smash a Nigerian fraud
syndicate that defrauded a Brazilian bank in the early 2000, Bawa assured
that the Commission would work together with the embassy in tackling the
menace of fraudsters.

In his remark, Ambassador Araujo noted that he has been in Nigeria long
enough to know that only a few Nigerians were involved in fraudulent activities.
He however expressed regret that the activities of the unscrupulous tiny minority
was distracting him from his primary mission of promoting trade relationship
between Nigeria and Brazil.

He therefore appealed to the EFCC to assist in checking the activities of
fraudsters targeting Brazilian businesses.

Consequently, the parties agreed to strengthen law enforcement-to-law enforcement
interaction by designating desk officers, to enhance the exchange of information.

The EFCC boss was accompanied on the visit by the Director of Legal and Prosecution,
Chile Okoroma, Director of Operations, Abdulkarim Chukkol, among others.

The press release includes photos:

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19 MAY 2021

Movie Producer, 19 Others Arrested for Alleged Internet Fraud in Calabar

Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday May 18, 2021, arrested one Emmanuel Eneji,
a 23-year-old movie producer and nineteen others for alleged internet
fraud in Calabar, Cross River State.

The nineteen suspects whose ages range between 19 and 36 are: Okonkwo
Chukwudi Charles, Obua Akwo Promise, Angba Murphy, Adie Stephen, Success
Otu Edem, Asukwo Emmanuel, Godspower Akwo, Anibiet Nna, Jesam Akpama
and Dennis Jerry.

Others include, Princewill Sunny, Godbless Olulu, Charles Onwuneme, David
Njoku, Victor Francis, Goodluck Alabo, Happiness Otu, Nwadike Kelechi and
Obasi Ugochukwu.

The suspects were picked up at different locations within the state capital,
namely Ekorimim, Ifete junction, Parliamentary by Car Park and Behind Zone
6 by Monty Suit.

Their arrest was facilitated by credible intelligence regarding their
nefarious activities.

Items recovered from the suspects include, one unmarked black Toyota Corolla
car, one red Toyota Avalon with registration number-CHR 56 AF, various
sophisticated mobile phones, laptops, one WiFi Router, one Modulator-demodulator
and flash drives.

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as the Commission concludes
investigation.

The press release includes photos:

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18 MAY 2021

EFCC Arrests Five Suspected Internet Fraudsters at Ilorin Airport

Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Office of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, have arrested five suspected internet fraudsters also known as "Yahoo-Yahoo Boys"
for offences bordering on cybercrime at the International Airport, Ilorin.

The suspects are Oladosu Olakunmi Olamilekan, Olaoye Jamiu Olarewaju, Alimi Abiodun,
Toheed Muritala and Afolabi Kamaldeen.

The arrest was sequel to intelligence obtained by the Commission about the arrival
of the suspects who flew into Ilorin from Lagos on Monday, May 17, 2021.

Four of the arrested suspects are students of Kwara State University, KWASU, Malete,
while the fifth suspect is a student of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin.

Upon arrest, items recovered from them include a Mercedes Benz C300, mobile phones
and a laptop computer.

The suspects have volunteered useful statements to the Commission and will be arraigned
in court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release includes a photo:

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18 MAY 2021

Army Deserter, 33 Others Arrested for Suspected Internet Fraud in Osogbo

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan Zonal
Office, in the early hours of Tuesday, May 18, 2021 arrested a former soldier,
Adebisi Jamiu and 33 others for suspected internet fraud.

The suspects were picked up in different locations in Osogbo, the Osun State
capital.

The 22-year-old former soldier, Jamiu and the other suspects were arrested
on the strength of verified intelligence on their alleged involvement in
cybercrime.

The other suspects include Muritala Olaniyi Lateef, Wasiu Olajide, Wasiu
Sadiq, Olaniran Abiodun, Ayodeji Tosin, Olaniran Tayo, Oginni Oluwaseun,
Oginni Olatunde, Ojuade Oluwafemi and Ibrahim Wande.

Others are Oladiran Olayinka, Akinjobi Akinwunmi, Abayomi Aderohunmi, Olaoluwa
Temitope, Idowu Olawale, Lawrence Taiwo, Ojo Gbenga, Tiamiyu Farouk, Oladele
Seun, Akiniyi Boluwatife, Olaoluwa Mutiu, Olakunle Omolofe, Olalere Samad,
Edbadon Johnson, Oketunbi Kayode, Gbeyide Tomiwa, Oluwanisola Elmuqsit, Bathlomew
John, Ibikunle James, Olamide Oluwaseyi, Yusuf Mohammed, Adebola Ibrahim, and
Ajayi Muyiwa.

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

The press release includes photos:

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17 MAY 2021

EFCC Arrest 10 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Enugu

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
Enugu Zonal Office on Friday May 14, 2021 arrested 10 (Ten) suspected
internet fraudsters for various offences bordering on cybercrime
in Enugu.

The suspects include Ben- Ihedi Lucky, Akam Abraham Odinaka, Kanu
Chinemerem, Ben-Ihedi Victor, Okechukwu Kelvin and Ben Ikedi Victor.

Others are Emenike Michael, Godswill Nkemjika, Emmanuel Samuel and
Ethasor Emmanuel.

Their arrest at Monarch Avenue, Maryland, Enugu, was sequel to actionable
intelligence obtained by the Commission on their alleged fraudulent activities.

At the point of arrest, two Lexus RX 350 cars with registration numbers BDG-
736-GX and BDG-146-GX were recovered from the suspects.

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

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

The press release includes photos:

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17 MAY 2021

EFCC Arrests Seven Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Port Harcourt

Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested seven suspected internet fraudsters
in their hideout.

The suspects: Victor Ahamefula Chukwuemeka; Goodness Uwem; Kelvin Chukwuemeka;
Charles Obulor; Emmanuel Uwem, Osinachi Ikegoruka Innocent and Uwem Ogadinma
Solomon, were arrested on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, following series of established
intelligence on their suspicious fraudulent dealings on the internet.

They were arrested at Mint Hotel, Okilton Drive, Off Ada George Road, Port
Harcourt, Rivers State.

Items recovered from them include: Five (5) mobile phones, two (2) vehicles:
one (1) Navy- blue coloured Lexus ES 350 car and one (1) ash-coloured Lexus
RX350 Sports Utility Vehicle.

They will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.

The press release includes photos:

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13 MAY 2021

Fake EFCC Operatives Caught in Illegal Operations in Lagos ...
Commission Warns Nigerians Against Impostors

A gang of three fake operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission who embarked on an illegal operation purportedly to execute
a fake Court Order have been arrested in Lagos.

Ghali Ahmed, Head of the EFCC Zonal Office in Lagos disclosed this today,
May 13, 2021 at a press briefing in the Commission's office, Ikoyi, Lagos.

According to him, "The fraudsters were arrested at New Horizon Estate,
Lekki, Lagos, in the middle of their illegal operation to 'serve' a Court
Order purported to have emanated from the Mushin Magistrate Court, on
an unsuspecting victim."

The three-man gang of Pascal Ugwu Chijoke, Sodiq Ibrahim Adekunle and
Edwin Bassey, a Police Inspector, posing as EFCC operatives allegedly
stormed the residence of their target with all the paraphernalia of typical
EFCC raid, wearing fake EFCC branded jackets and identity cards.

Ahmed warned Nigerians to be wary of impostors, using the good name of
the Commission to extort unsuspecting targets. He urged citizens to be
vigilant and report suspicious activities to the Commission.

He assured that the Commission is determined to stamp out the activities
of impostors. "We will always be ahead of these fraudsters. If they fail
to desist, they will face the music," he said.

The press releasew includes photos:

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11 MAY 2021

EFCC Uncovers Fake Bawa’s LinkedIn Account, Warns Nigerians

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission wishes to notify
members of the public of the existence of a fake LinkedIn account,
supposedly belonging to Abdulrasheed Bawa, Executive Chairman, EFCC.

The account which is promoted by an unknown impostor is unfortunately
attracting unsuspecting followers desirous of networking with the
Executive Chairman of the EFCC.

The Commission states that the account is fake and has no relationship
with the EFCC Chair. Consequently, members of the public are warned
to be circumspect and desist from further interaction with the impostor
whose motives are sinister.

The press release contains a graphic:

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10 MAY 2021

EFCC Arrests 6 Suspected Fraudsters in Abuja

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, have arrested six suspected internet fraudsters. The
suspects are Edesiri Epete, Roland Francis, Kelvin Eyeno,
Adebayo Oloye, Edwin Ochuko and Jonson Godwin. Five of them
were arrested between May 5 and 7, 2021 at a hideout in
Shimex Estate, Pyakasa, Abuja, while the other was arrested
at Queens Estate, Gwarimpa, Abuja.

The arrest followed actionable intelligence received by the
EFCC, on their suspicious lifestyle, which is not supported
by any legitimate means of livelihood.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the suspects are involved
in romance scam on social media, using fake identities of Caucasian
men or women to defraud unsuspecting victims of their hard-earned
monies.

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

The press release includes photos of all six alleged 419ers:

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10 MAY 2021

EFCC Arrests 52 Alleged Internet Fraudsters in Benin City

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
Benin Zonal Office, in the wee hours of Sunday, May 9, 2021 arrested
52 suspected internet fraudsters. The suspects were arrested in
different locations in Benin City sequel to actionable intelligence.

Those arrested are Wisdom Attah, Alasa Solomon Osho, Jonathan Udofia,
Emmanuel Udofia, Oyinbo Tejiri, Edoghogho Onsemudiana, Aisosa Ajayi,
Paul Thomas Obinna, Osazuwa Osayamen, Madago Victor, Godwin Emmanuel,
William Omorebokhae, Ezemo Junior, Iyamu Iyaro, Umoru Monsura, Efomwonyi
Daniel, Omoruyi Lucky, Odion Omonzokpia, Aderho Collins, Ereomah Emmanuel,
Eric Obi Ugo, Emmanuel Godwills, Solomon Lucky, Charles Endurance, Ehibor
Abraham Ebuwa, Okosun Wesley and Oyase Destiny.

Others are Elvis Ohikhuore, Ugo Nweke, Faithful Omagbemi, Shuaibu McClinton,
Edward Chumosa, Onoriode Precious, Emmanuel Precious, Adenegbe Hope Osaze,
Kennedy Emma, Terry Edorodion, Edosa Rollins, Miller Ikuobase, Godwin Kelechi,
Ogbolu Israel Uche, Okpodu Samson, Awosadere Daniel, Samuel Asenguah, Ugo
Nweke, Charles Irengunju, ThankGod Udofa, Erickson Ororisela, Asemota Terry,
Enaboakpe Robert, Odili Wisdom and Osawaru Martins.

Items recovered from the suspects include six exotic cars, laptop computers,
mobile phones, documents and identity cards

The suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are
completed.

The press release includes photos:

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7 MAY 2021

Scam Alert: EFCC Not Offering N1m Reward to Yahoo Yahoo Informants

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission wishes to inform the general
public that it has not issued any notice in the social media promising
financial reward for anyone with information that could lead to the arrest
of a Yahoo Boy.

This clarification became necessary following phone calls by citizens wanting
to cash in on notices in the social media by fraudsters promising a reward
of One Million Naira (N1, 000,000) for friends, family and relatives of yahoo
boys who hand them over to the EFCC.

The promo with #Efcc and #beagoodcitizen states, "If you have a Yahoo Yahoo
boy as Family, Friend or Relative, Kindly hand them over to us, and get a
Massive reward of 1million naira."

The Commission wishes to state that this message is alien to the EFCC, and
members of the public are enjoined to disregard them.

Promoters of the hashtags are currently under surveillance and every efforts
will be made to bring them to justice.

While the Commission welcomes information that could lead to the arrest of
cybercrime suspects, it has no policy of financial reward for such informants.
The fight against corruption and other forms of economic crime is a patriotic
duty and Nigerians are encouraged to embrace it with altruism.

The whistle blower policy of the Federal Government which the Commission is
among the agencies saddled with its implementation, is applicable only to
public sector corruption.

The public is warned that, the Commission will not be responsible for anyone
who falls for this obvious scam.


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419 Coalition Comment: You know, commendable "patriotic duty" notwithstanding,
some kind of monetary reward program for those providing information which
leads to the arrest and conviction of 419ers is something which should be
seriously considered. Perhaps such a program could be funded in whole or
part from all those Millions of dollars of recovered monies that the EFCC
just can't seem to find who they were stolen from..... so they are unable
to compensate the victims or repatriate the monies, according to them. That
might work.... just a thought.

And, while we are on the subject of recovered but undistributed
and unrepatriated monies, some 700 million USD as reported several
years ago... where Exactly is all that money? Is it earning interest?
If so, what is happening with that interest? Where is it going? Many,
many questions need to be answered on these matters......
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6 MAY 2021

EFCC Arrests Siblings for Alleged Internet Fraud in Lagos,

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

The suspects, Queen and Rowland Kalu, were arrested on Wednesday,
May 5, 2021 at the Amikanle Alagbado area of Lagos State.

Their arrest followed credible intelligence received by the Commission
about their alleged involvement in computer- related fraud and online
dating scam.

Upon their arrest, Queen, who is a graduate of Banking and Finance,
confessed to the crime, saying that she was involved in online dating
and had made some money from the crime.

She also disclosed that she helps her brothers, including one Prince
Kalu who is at large, to speak to their male victims and defraud them
of their money.

A Mercedes Benz car and mobile devices were recovered from them.

They will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes photos of both siblings:

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6 MAY 2021

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
have arrested eight suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects who are between the ages of eighteen and twenty-nine
were arrested at Jabi, Abuja, in the early hours of Thursday, May
6, 2021, based on credible information about their alleged criminal
activities.

The suspects are Emmanuel Anyeba, Precious Samuel, Mujib Ariyo,
Micheal Ogaba, Mathew Ibeh, Jamiu Ariyo, Precious Kalu and Isaac
Sunday.

Investigation indicates that the suspects operated an academy
for training internet fraudsters from their hideout.

Items recovered from them include eight mobile phones.

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

The press release includes photos of all eight alleged 419ers:

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5 MAY 2021

EFCC Arrests 30 Suspected Yahoo-Yahoo Boys in Ilorin

Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 arrested 30 internet
fraud suspects, also known as Yahoo-Yahoo Boys, in Ilorin, Kwara State.

The suspects include: Adigun Oladapo, Olamilekan Ogunsola, Fuad Abidemi,
Haastrup Samuel, Olamide Adeyemi, Akinola Abideen, Ebenezer Haastrup,
Kehinde Adeyemi, Quadri Kareem, Abubakar Abdulbashit, Damilola Akinola,
Ola-Oluwa Samuel, David Oyewole, Mojereola Toheeb, Isaac Chikezie, Joshua
Chiekezie, Abdulsalam Opeyemi and Abawonjo Abdulazeez.

Others are, Ganiyu Olanrewaju, Adeleke Ibrahim, Taiwo Ganiyu, Oke Gideon,
Olakunle Adebisi, Ajani Samuel, Joshua Ogizien, Sodiq Olasupo, Olamilekan
Mubarak, Adeniyi Olashile, Rotimi Adeyemi and Rasaq Olanrewaju.

The suspects, who are mostly students were arrested at different locations
within Ilorin following actionable intelligence earlier received on their
alleged criminal activities.

Items recovered from them include ten exotic cars, mobile phones, laptops,
charms and several incriminating documents.

The suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are
concluded.

The press release includes photos:

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5 MAY 2021

EFCC Nabs Impostor for Cloning its E-mail

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have
arrested one Udochukwu Ugochukwu Simeon for allegedly creating fraudulent
clones of the Commission e-mail address, and using same to defraud
unsuspecting victims.

The 26-year-old suspect created an Outlook email account of the Commission,
“efccnigeria.org.ng@outlook.com” and a webmail, info@efcc-nigeria.org.ng
which he uses to impersonate the EFCC.

Investigation by the Cybercrimes Unit at the Commission’s headquarters,
Abuja indicates that the suspect also uses the two fake e-mail accounts
to send messages to his victims, while posing as an officer of the
Commission trying to help his victims recover their stolen monies.

Before his arrest on April 21, 2021, the suspect had already received
over $3,000 (Three Thousand US Dollars) from some of his victims.

Ugochukwu’s activities amount to forgery, identity theft, impersonation
and cybersquatting.

He will be charged to court upon the completion of the investigation.

The press release includes a photo:

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4 MAY 2021

EFCC Arrests 7 Internet Fraudsters in Enugu

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
Enugu Zonal Office have arrested seven suspected internet fraudsters.
They were nabbed on April 16, 2021 at a popular hotel in the Nkponkiti
– Ogui New Layout area of Enugu.

Laure Anya, Benjamin Okoro, Eze Emmanuel, Oko Francis, Ubah Samuel,
Uwandu Michael and Akpan Itoro were arrested following actionable
intelligence.

They are suspected to be members of a syndicate of fraudsters who
specialized on defrauding unsuspecting members of the public, mostly
the foreigners through internet and computer-related fraud.

Some incriminating materials recovered from them include mobile phones
and laptops.

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

The press release has photos of five of the seven alleged 419ers:

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4 MAY 2021

N150m Fraud: Appeal Court Dismisses Suspect’s Bail Appeal

The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, has dismissed an application filed
by a suspected fraudster, Nelson Emuobosa Omo-Ode, challenging the ruling
of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos denying him bail.

Omo-Ode, a 34-year-old Business Administration graduate of the Kuala Lumpur
Metropolitan College, Malaysia, was arrested on July 18, 2019 at his residence
at the Address Homes, Onikani Foreshore Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos, following
a petition received by the Commission about his suspicious lifestyle.

Investigations showed that over N150, 000,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Million
Naira) had passed through his account in recent time, which he could not account
for.

He was subsequently arraigned before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special
Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a three-count charge bordering
retention of proceeds of criminal conduct to the tune of N150m.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him, thereby leading
to his trial.

During the trial, the prosecution counsel, S.O. Daji presented four witnesses
before closing his case against the defendant.

The defendant’s application for bail was refused by the court.

Dissatisfied with the decision of the Court, the defendant, through his
counsel, Kolawole Salami, appealed against the ruling.

In the judgment delivered via zoom on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, the Appellate
Court dismissed the defendant’s appeal as lacking in merit.

The case has been adjourned till May 19, 2021 for the adoption of final
written addresses.

The press release includes a photo:

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4 MAY 2021

FBI Seeks Further Collaboration with EFCC in Tackling Cybercrimes

A three-man team of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, today Tuesday
May 4, 2021 paid a courtesy visit to the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Joseph Zadik, Assistant Legal Attaché, who led the team commended the
Commission for its efforts in tackling cybercrimes and other forms of
financial crimes. He said the visit was to further enhance the cooperation
and partnership between EFCC and the FBI. Others in the team are Ayotunde
Awoyemi, criminal investigator and Osemeka Jim Oscar, special investigator.

Muhtar Bello, Head Benin Zonal Office, who received them, thanked the team
for the visit. He assured that the Commission will continue to partner with
them in its efforts to rid the society of economic and financial crimes.

The press release includes photos:

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4 MAY 2021

Four Suspected Internet Fraudster Arrested in Makurdi

The Makurdi Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, on Saturday May 1, 2021 arrested four members of a syndicate of internet
fraudsters in Makurdi, Benue State.

The suspects, Gideon Damisa, Sunday James, Friday Ebosele and Okiemute Deborah,
were rounded up by operatives of the Commission following intelligence report
on their alleged criminal activities in and around Makurdi metropolis.

At the point of arrest, the principal suspect Gideon Damisa was in possession
of a Mercedes Benz GLK 350 2010 Model, 1 iPhone, 2 Pro Max, 2 Infinix phone and
ATM cards, among others.

They will soon be charged to court.

The press release contains photos of all four alleged 419ers:

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30 APR 2021

EFCC Arrests Four Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested four suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects are: Nnaemeka Udozor Joseph, Udor Peter Emmanuel, Olowo Opeyemi
Abdulrazak and Oritayo Blessing Deji.

They were arrested on April 27, 2021 in the Ajah area of Lagos, following
credible intelligence received by the Commission on their alleged involvement
in computer-related fraud.

The suspects will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes a photo:

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28 APR 2021

EFCC Arrests 34 Alleged Internet Fraudsters in Owo, Ondo State

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Benin
Zonal Office, through its intelligence gathering operation code-named
'Erinle,' today Wednesday April 28, 2021 arrested 34 alleged internet
fraudsters in Owo, Ondo State.

Those arrested are Adesuyan Ayoola, Oyesanmi Shola, Adegbole Victor,
Osagie Ekiende, Akinayomide James, Okunade Jamilu, Omotoso Oluwaseyi,
David Oluwatobi, Ahmed Rilwan, Saheed Odunayo, Olorunfemi Emmanuel,
Obakpolor Tommy, Emmanuel Ibe, Temiloluwa Joshua, Victor Benjamin,
Akinwale Oluwaseun and Ogunboye Dotun.

Others are Adeniyi Femi, Obademi Samson, Oladunjoye Teniola, Eze Raphael,
Samson Fadugbagbe, Oguntimehin Bamidele, Moshood Kazeem, Oniye Damilare,
Balogun Mayowa, Obadapo Wale, Ese Stephen, Atakili Pelumi, Adesumo Fatai
Olalekan, Demi Temidayo, Oshorun Joseph and Oluwafemi Damilola Michael.

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

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

The press release includes photos:

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28 APR 2021

Five Suspected Internet Fraudsters in EFCC Net in Abuja

Operatives of the Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, have arrested five suspected internet fraudsters. The
suspects: Emeto Jude Ikenna, Miracle Temple, Victor Onyekachi, Silver
Matthew Kingsley and Promise Emmanuel, were arrested in the early hours
of Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at their hideouts, room C9, Ibanu Suite,
Mabushi and F01 Kubwa, Abuja.

Items recovered from them include one Toyota Camry, one Laptop and mobile
phones.

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

The press release contains photos of all five alleged 419ers:

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27 APR 2021

EFCC Arrests 18 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

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

The suspects are: Ayomide Christian Balogun, Harrison Etshede, Rahim
Ibrahim Ajiboye, Nwafor Ebuka, Christian Onyenachi, Egbe Emmanuel Olemuno,
Okoye Charles, Moses Isaac Benjamin and Abubakar Mukthar.

Others are: Ayodele Adewusi Khalid, John Folarin Oyindamola, Oshilaja
Ayomide Samson, Olayinka Samuel Juwon, Keshinro Ridwan Oluwafemi, Sulaimon
Waris Titilope, Samuel Odei Olamilekan, Shen Banjo Olusayo and Michael
Olayinka Ike.

They were arrested during sting operations on both Second Gate Estate,
Oke-Iranla, Ajah, Lekki, and Victoria Garden City, VGC, Lagos on April
19 and April 20, 2021, following verified intelligence on their alleged
involvement in computer-related fraud.

They will soon be charged to court.

The press release contains photos of all 18 allrged 419ers:

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23 APR 2021

EFCC Arrest Bitcoin Vendor, Four Others in Ibadan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office,
today Friday, April 23, 2021, arrested one Ayomide Samuel Adebowale who
trades in bitcoin for his alleged involvement in cyber crimes.

Ayomide along with four others were picked up from two locations at Elebu
area in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The suspects whose ages range between 21 and 37 were arrested sequel to
series of intelligence received by the Commission on their alleged involvement
in internet-related crimes.

The other four are: Philip Gabriel, Mayowa Jolaoso Segun, Babatunde Segun
Adeyinka and Abiodun Tolulope Emmanuel.

Items recovered from them include two cars, laptops, phones and some documents
suspected to contain false pretences.

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

The press release includes photos:

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22 APR 2021

EFCC Arrests 5 Internet Fraud Suspects in Kano

The Kano Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, has arrested five internet fraud suspects in Kano.

The suspects: Abdulaziz Shamsuddeen Umar, Adamu Sufiyan, Abdulsamad
Abdulaziz, Mustapha Musa, and Suleiman Alexander Adeiza were arrested
at Danbare Quarter, opposite Bayero University, Kano following intelligence
on their alleged involvement cyber-related fraud.

They will be charged to court when investigation is completed.

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22 APR 2021

EFCC Arrests Instagram Comedian, 34 Others for Alleged Internet Fraud in Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, have arrested an Instagram comedian and social media Influencer,
Nwagbo Oliver Chidera, also known as Pankeeroy, alongside 34 others for their
alleged involvement in computer-related fraud in Lagos.

The other suspects are: Chinedu Omesu Christian, Gafar Kunle Adedamola, Chuka
AnieboRichard, Nwagbo Chidera Oliver, Dibo Ayomide Samson, Rotimi Segun Damilola,
Habeeb Banire Damilola, Afolabi Bolutife Michael, Adekanbi Elijah Adeola, Emeka
Christian Egwuatu, Adeyemi Adedamola Olumide, Awokoya Moyosore Iyaniwura, Efunnuga
Dmilola Samuel, Samson Makinde Egwuatu, Gbemileke Jide Simeon,Omoyemi Fashola
Owolabi, and Farouk Ibiwoye Olatunde.

Other are Orapitan Yomi Segun, Oladunjoye Taiwo Olawale, Ibrahim Ajani Olanrewaju,
Wasiu Olamilekan Sola, Olamiposi Toheeb Damilola, Isieq Qudus Olamilekan, Abel
Ndubuisi Junior, Emmanuel Nonso Martins,Timilehin Oladipo Jesse, Kelvin Okpere
Kendal, Omotola Oluwatobi Emmanuel,Rasaq Toyosi Farouq, Oyelere Olawale Shakiru,
Timileyin Odeyemi Damilare,Kelly John Nwanou, Adedeji Emmanuel Olayinka, Balogun
Subomi Ibrahim and Makinde Adewale Benjamin.

They were arrested on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at their hideout in James Court,
Lekki, Lagos, following verified intelligence received by the Commission about
their alleged criminal activities.

Until his arrest, Chidera, who claimed to have gone into Bitcoin scam after he
suffered depression, had been presenting himself as a vendor who redeems bitcoin
vouchers using the bitcoincoretrading.com platform to defraud his unsuspecting
victims.

Investigations revealed that one of the suspects, Christian, allegedly defrauded
an aged Asian-American lady of over $475,000 (Four Hundred and Seventy-Five Thousand
US Dollars).

In his statement to the Commission, Christian confessed to have been posing as
one Dave Federick, a 58- year- old United States national on a mission in Syria,
in order to lure his unsuspecting victims and defraud them of their hard-earned money.

Upon his arrest, a Mercedes Benz AMG GLE model worth N36,000,000( Thirty-six Million
Naira) was recovered from him.

Investigations also revealed that the suspect has N22, 300, 000. 00 (Twenty- two
Million, Three Hundred Naira ) worth of Bitcoin in his blocked chain account.

Items recovered from the suspects include exotic cars, Iphones, laptop computers,
Android devices and Macbook devices.

The suspects will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes photos:

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21 APR 2021

EFCC Arrests 11 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Port Harcourt

Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 11(eleven) suspected fraudsters, in
a sting operation covering Rivers and Bayelsa States.

They were arrested on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

The suspects are: Eliot Chuku; Oghenero Tega; Pamkim James; Jeremiah Agbani;
Frank Freeman; George Naomi; Joshua Patrick; Francis Paul; Bernard Peter,
Akarolo Chimeganum and Precious Ebi. They were arrested in four locations
in Bayelsa State: Queens Estate; Mike Okporkpor; Kpansia and Yenagoa and
Unity Estate in Rivers State.

Their arrest was spurred by discreet surveillance about their suspicious
involvement on internet- related fraud.

Items recovered from the suspects include 21 phones; two Power banks; two
PlayStations; two Speakers; one International Passport; four Sim packs; one
Laptop, four Automated Teller Machine( ATM) cards and one Lexus RX 350 Sports
Utility Vehicle.

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

The press release includes photos:

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20 APR 2021

EFCC Arrests 14 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, have arrested 14 suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects are: Abiodun Gbolahan Seidu, Joseph Aganaga Ndubuisi, Sodimu Olawale
Sikirudeen, Ohaekim Christopher, Ambali Oluwaseyi Rahman, Chibuzor Ebubedike, Salvador
Abduljabar and Omohogbo Donald Ede.

Others are: Thomas Obire Tobiloba, Olatunbosun Adeniyi Abiodun, Olugbemi Oluwatomigbeleke
Eniola, Sanni Azeez Olayinka, Joseph Afenikhena Osaoman and Hamed Olayinka Olanrewaju.

They were arrested on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Westwood Estate, Badore, Ajah Lagos,
following verified intelligence received by the Commission about their alleged involvement
in computer-related fraud.

Items recovered from the suspects include cars, IPhones, Android devices, laptop computers,
a MacBook Pro, hard disk drives and jewellery.

The suspects will soon be charged to court.

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16 APR 2021

Music Producer, Four Others Nabbed For Alleged Cybercrime in Uyo

Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
on Friday April 16, 2021, arrested one Imeh Henshaw Nyong, a music producer and four others
for alleged internet fraud in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Nyong was arrested alongside Benjamin Ikpeme, Godwin Isong, Magnus Chimaobi and Victor Usun.

The suspects, whose ages range between 22 and 25 years, were arrested in an early morning
raid at two locations in the state, based on credible intelligence on their alleged involvement
in cybercrime

While Nwele was arrested at 23 Calabar Itu Road by Urua Ikpa junction, Nyong and the other
three were nabbed at 25 Faith Road, Off Ikot Ekpene Road, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Items recovered from them include, 1 black Lexus E350, 1 Hp laptop, 1 Canon 16 Techno
Phone, 1 Dell laptop, 1 Samsung S7, 1 Toshiba laptop, 1 Itell phone, 1 Samsung S8+, car
documents and 1 International Passport.

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

The press release contains photos of all 5 alleged 419ers:

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15 APR 2021

EFCC Arrests 27 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, have arrested 27 suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects are: David Promise, Cyril Okodogbe, Taiwo Femi, Jasa Oghenerwede Frank,
Adesokan Ibrahim, Femi Emmanuel Phillip, Jimoh Olayinka Alimi, Anene Dominic, Victor
Damola, Israel Attah, Alonge Oluwadamilare, Muhammadu Sani Garba, Luis Fred and Adu
Olaoluwa.

Others are: Precious Utomi, Oladosu Samuel, Andrew John, Olayiwola Ojo, Ekong Samuel
Enobong, Oluwakemi Ezekiel, Okewole Segun, Olawale Adekunle, Ajibade Idris Adeniyi,
Imeobong-Odion Promise, Karaole Lateef, Rowland Emmanuel and Nelson Lucky.

They were arrested on April 9, 2021 in the Ayobo-Ipaja area of Lagos State, following
verified intelligence received by the Commission about their alleged involvement in
computer- related fraud.

The press release contains photos of all 27 suspected 419ers:

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14 APR 2021

EFCC Arrests Five Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Port Harcourt

Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, have arrested five suspected Internet fraudsters.

They were arrested in an early morning operation on Wednesday, April 14, 2021,
along New Airport Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The suspects: Raymond Poi; Kelvin Okonofua; Anderson Aforke Adjukpa, Marvellous
Ahre and Chijioke Amadi, were arrested based on verified intelligence about their
suspicious involvement in internet- related fraud.

Items recovered from the suspects include five iPhones; four Android phones; one
Nokia Java phone; one Dell Laptop; two iMac apple Laptop and two ash- coloured
Toyota Camry cars.

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

The press release includes a photo:

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12 APR 2021

Court Convicts 11 Internet Fraudsters in Port Harcourt

Justice Adamu Turaki Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt
on Friday, April 9, 2021 convicted and sentenced 11 internet fraudsters to various
prison terms, for fraud.

The convicts were prosecuted by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, for offences bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false
pretence.

Those convicted are Anhwo Samson, Harry Omo-egbekun Hamilton, Odiase Martins, Okuson
Godspower, Destiny Ighalo, Andrew Onoyoa, Omebu Happy, Enofe Michael, Adelakun Abdulkareem,
Akpowowo Favour and Imaah Joseph.

They all pleaded guilty to one count charge each preferred against them by the Commission.

In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, Ahmed Arogha prayed the court to
convict and sentence the defendants accordingly.

However, John Okhuihievbe and O.A. Egharevba, counsel to the defendants pleaded with
the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendants were first time offenders who
had become remorseful.

Justice Mohammed convicted and sentenced all the defendants to various terms of imprisonment.
Samson bagged two years imprisonment or a fine of N200,000. He is also to forfeit N3,684,439.18
(three million, six hundred and eighty four thousand, four hundred and thirty nine naira,
eighteen kobo) to the federal government while Ighalo got two years imprisonment or a fine
500,000. Ighalo is to forfeit a Lexus SUV 330 model, laptops and phones to the federal government.
Andrew Onoyoa was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment or a fine of N1 million. He is also to
forfeit Lexus 230 SUV and a Toyota Camry car to the federal government.

The other defendants Godspower, Happy, Enofe, Joseph, Favour, Abdulkareem and Martin were
sentenced to two years imprisonment each with an option of fine of N200,000 each. Hamilton
bagged two years imprisonment or a fine of N100,000.

All the convicts are to undertake in writing to be of good behaviour forthwith.

The charge against Samson reads: "that you Anhwo Samson (aka Anhwo Samcity), Adelakun
Abdulkareem (aka Terry Walker), Omebu Happy (aka Christ David), Imaah Joseph (aka Pietro
Jones) Enofe Michael (aka Charlotte Crypto B.T.C Dan Trader) and Akpowowo Favour Omanufogho
(aka Prof. Melisa Dan) on or about the 10 day of July 2020 at Efemena Close, Ozoro within
the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspired to defraud by sending electronic
messages materially misrepresenting facts to white women with intent to defraud them and
thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27 (1)(b) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition,
Prevention, Etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 14(2) the same Act".

The press release includes photos:

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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
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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
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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.

The press release includes photos:

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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
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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. "

ilorin-court-sends-internet-fraudster-to-prison

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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