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10 FEB 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The article includes a photo:

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10 FEB 2021

EFCC Nabs Six Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Jos

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

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

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

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

The press release includes photos:

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9 FEB 2021

EFCC Arrests 14 for Internet Fraud in Lagos

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

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

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

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

The press releaze includes a photo:

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9 FEB 2021

EFCC Arrests Nine Suspects for Internet Fraud in Benin City

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

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

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

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

The press release includes a photo:

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8 FEB 2021

Kwara Lecturer Guilty of Love Scam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The press release includes a photo:

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5 FEB 2021

Court Sends Two Internet Fraudsters to Jail in Lagos

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

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

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

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

The press release includes a photo:

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5 FEB 2021

EFCC Nabs Seven Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Ibadan

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

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

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

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

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

The press released includes a photo:

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4 FEB 2021

Court Finds Varsity Graduate Guilty of Love Scam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The press release includes a photo:

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3 FEB 2021

Court Jails Three for Internet Fraud in Enugu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The press release includes photos:

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2 FEB 2021

Another Fraudster Bags Four Months Jail Term in Ibadan

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

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

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

He pleaded guilty to the charge.

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

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

The press release includes a photo:

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2 FEB 2021

19 Internet Fraud Suspects in EFCC's Net

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

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

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

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

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

The press release includes a photo:

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1 FEB 2021

EFCC Docks Corps Member, One Other Over Alleged Love Scam

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

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

The charge against Abiola reads:"That you, Sam Abiola ( Missie Bonie) sometime
between July, 2019 and September, 2019 in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this
Honourable Court did cheat by personation when you pretended to be one Missie
Bonie a white female with gmail account, missiebo271@gmail.com, and fraudulently
deceived one Rick to send $550 (Five Hundred and Fifty Dollars) to you through
gift card after you made him believe you were in love with him and you thereby
committed an offence contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code and punishable
under Section 324 of the same Penal Code"

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

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

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

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

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

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

The press release includes photos:

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29 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests 10 Yahoo-Yahoo 'Students' In Abuja

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

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

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

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

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

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

The suspects will be prosecuted when investigation is completed.

The press release includes a photo:

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29 JAN 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The press release includes a photo:

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29 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests 30 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Enugu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The press release includes photos:

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28 JAN 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The press release includes a photo:

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28 JAN 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The press release includes photos:

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27 JAN 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

The press release includes photos:

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26 JAN 2021

22 Yahoo Boys Arrested in Lagos

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

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

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

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

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

The press releaase includes a photo:

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26 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests Eight Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Port Harcourt

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

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

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

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

The press release includes photos:

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26 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests 13-Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Ibadan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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25 JAN 2021

EFCC Nabs 16 Alleged Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The press release includes a photo:

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22 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests 11 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Osogbo

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

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

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

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

The press release incoudes photos:

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22 JAN 2021

Two Undergraduates Arraigned for Internet Fraud in Enugu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The press release includes a photo:

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20 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests Seven In Ibadan Over Alleged Internet Fraud

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

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

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

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

The press release includes photos:

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20 JAN 2021

Ilorin Court Sends Internet Fraudster to Prison

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

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

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

One of the charges against the convict reads:

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

Another count reads:

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

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

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19 JAN 2021

Abeokuta Court Jails Two For Impersonation

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

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

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

They pleaded guilty to the charges when read to them.

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

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

The press release includes photos:

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18 JAN 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two Convicted for Cyber Crime in Ibadan

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

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

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

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

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

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

The press release includes a photo:

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11 JAN 2021

EFCC Arrests 10 For Alleged Internet Fraud In Lagos

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

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

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

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

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

The press release includes a photo:

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