Jail Terms for Internet and ATM Fraudsters

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, on January 22, 2019, secured the conviction of Temitope Alani Teslim, for Internet fraud.

Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos convicted him for the offence bordering on possession of fraudulent documents.

He was arrested by officers of the Nigeria Army Corps of Military Police on May 16, 2018 around Ogba, Lagos and was subsequently handed over to the EFCC.

During investigation, he wrote three statements, in which he confessed that he was into dating scam.

He was re-arraigned today on an amended 22-count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Temitope Alani Teslim (aka Hannah Ciar), on or about the 25th of June 2018 at Lagos, within the Ikeja judicial division, had in your possession a document titled ‘My Discussion With Stevieboy66’, wherein you represented yourself as a white female, Hannah Ciar, to one Stevieboy66, thereby containing pretence which you knew to be false.”

Count two reads: “That you, Temitope Alani Teslim (aka Hannah Ciar), on or about the 25th of June 2018 at Lagos, within the Ikeja judicial division, had in your possession a document titled ‘Happy Hump Day’ containing pretence which you knew to be false.”

He pleaded “guilty” to the charges.

The prosecuting counsel, Bilikisu Buhari, told the court that the defendant had entered a plea bargain with the EFCC.

After hearing the terms of agreement reached by the prosecution and defence, the trial judge convicted him accordingly, and sentenced him to one year and four months in prison.

Judge Solebo also ordered the forfeiture of an iPhone 7, a silver Acer Chrome and battery power pack, which he used “as the instrumentality of fraud” to the Federal Government.

Tony Orilade
Ag. Head, Media & Publicity
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Man Bags One Year Jail Term for ATM Fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Gombe Zonal Office, has secured the conviction of one Isah Amir Muhammad for a one-count charge bordering on stealing.

Amir was arraigned on January 23, 2019 before Justice Abubakar Jauro of the Gombe State High Court, for defrauding one Naomi Ezekiel.

Ezekiel, who petitioned the EFCC, alleged that sometime in March 2018, at an ATM point belonging to a branch of First Bank Nigeria Plc in Gombe, Amir had volunteered to assist her, when unknown to her, he swapped her ATM card for another, and used it to transfer N293, 000 from her account to his.

The count reads: “That you, Isah Amir Muhammad, sometimes in March 2018, at Gombe, Gombe State within the Jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, dishonestly took property (money) to the tune of N293, 000 from one Naomi Lewis Ezekiel without her consent and thereby committed an offence contrary to the provisions of section 286 (1) of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 287 of the same Law”.

He pleaded “guilty” to the charge.

In view of his guilty plea, prosecuting counsel, A.Y. Muntaka, urged the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

After considering the plea of the defence, Justice Jauro convicted and sentenced him to one year in prison, with an option of N100, 000 as fine.

Tony Orilade
Ag. Head, Media & Publicity