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Again, EFCC Nabs Internet Fraudsters in Abuja, Ilorin and Lagos

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja and Ilorin Zonal Offices, have arrested thirteen suspected internet fraudstersin separate operations. Eight of the suspects were arrested following a raid on their residence located at No. 16 Isaaya Shukari Crescent, Gwarinpa and C15 & A27 City of David Estate, Life Camp, Abuja.

Those arrested are: Chiyiri Izuchi. Nurala Eze Kamchi, Amuka Shadrack, Nwegbediegwu Chekwubechukwu J, Chigbo Eze, Franklin Okafor, Ezeagwu Olisaemeka and Nnamani Chukwudera.

They were arrested on September 9, 2019 following action on intelligence report indicating their involvement in internet fraud.

Some of the items recovered from them, include several mobile phones, laptop computers, several International Passports, a Toyota Corolla, a Toyota Avalon, Lexus 15 250, Mercedes 4matic C350, Mercedes C280, Mercedes GLA 280 and an Acura.

The five other suspects arrested in Ilorin by the Commission’s Zonal Office in the Kwara State capital are, Stephen Odanye, Abolarin Kayode, Babatunde Muhammad, Adepoju Tomiwa and Akinbamidele Femi.

They were arrested in different locations within Ilorin Metropolis following intelligence reports linking them to computer-based fraud.

It was discovered that the suspects use their phones and laptop computers to communicate with their victims who are majorly foreigners in order to defraud them of their monies.

Investigation has revealed that the suspects received monies, in several foreign currencies, deposited into their accounts by their victims.

Items recovered from them include, phones, cars and documents containing false information.

The suspects will soon be charged to court.

Wilson Uwujaren
Head, Media & Publicity

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Man Bags 10 Years Jail Term For $179,000 Fraud

Justice Mojisola Dada of the State High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos has convicted and sentenced one Lawrence Maduagwu to 10 years imprisonment for $179,000 fraud.

The convict was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 on a two-count charge bordering on stealing and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of $179,000.00.

Maduagwu was introduced to the complainant, PMC Industry Limited, a Chinese company, through its Nigerian representative, Ohio Ileogben, as a businessman who deals in calcium chloride chemicals.

He, however, failed to pay for the 500 metric tonnes of calcium powder valued at the sum of $179,000, after taking delivery of the items and efforts to get him pay for the goods were unsuccessful.

Count one reads: “That you, Lawrence Maduagwu, sometimes in 2013, at Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division, with intent to defraud, induced PMC Industry Limited, China to confer a benefit on you by supplying you 500 metric tonnes of calcium chloride powder valued at $179, 000.00 (One Hundred and Seventy-Nine Thousand US Dollars) on the understanding that you will pay for the goods. But up till now, you have refused to do so.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge, thereby leading to his full trial.

In the course of the trial, the prosecution counsel, S.O. Daji, called five witnesses and tendered several exhibits that were admitted in evidence by the court.

The defendant, however, testified for himself and also called two other witnesses.

During the sitting on June 19, 2019, parties adopted their final written addresses respectively.

Delivering her judgement yesterday, September 11, 2019, Justice Dada convicted and sentenced the defendant to seven years imprisonment on count one and three years on count two.

Both sentences are to run concurrently from the date of his remand( February 28, 2018) by the court.

The Judge also ordered that the convict make full restitution of $179,000 ( One Hundred and Seventy-nine Thousand Dollars), which the EFCC must employ all legal means to ensure compliance.

Wilson Uwujaren