Fraudsters Jailed for Computer-based Fraud in Makurdi
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Makurdi zonal office on Friday 13 September, 2019 secured the conviction of five persons for various fraud offenses.
The convicts, Charles Chijioke Iwu, Ademoyegun Dare Samson, Quarshe Fredrick Nnamdi, Nuhu Clarkson Usman and Emmanuel Adakole Ogbole were jailed for electronic card fraud, cybercrime, ATM fraud and Internet fraud respectively.
The convicts were prosecuted before Justice Nkeonye Maha of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
Following a plea bargain agreement between the convicts and the prosecution , they were re-arraigned on separate amended charges bordering on possession of documents containing false pretenses.
They pleaded “guilty”to the charges.
In view of their pleas, the prosecuting counsel, Mary Onoja and George G. Chia-Yakua, urged the Court to accept the plea bargain agreement and convict the defendants accordingly.
Justice Maha consequently convicted and sentenced them to various terms of imprisonment ranging from three to six months with options of varying fines.
The convicts are also to forfeit various items like phones, laptops and money to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Also, the Court ordered the convicts to sign an undertaking to be of good behaviour and never to be involved in any form of fraud within and outside the country.
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EFCC on the Trail of Those Ripping off FG’s N-SIP Programme-Magu
The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu on Sunday, September 15, 2019 disclosed that the Commission was hot on the heels of those behind the fraudulent activities, plaguing the National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP) in Borno and Yobe States.
Magu made this known as the Deputy Head of Maiduguri Zonal Office of the EFCC, Hamza Ridwan, represented him in a live Hausa programme of the Maiduguri-based Radio Nigeria Peace FM.
According to EFCC boss, “Based on complaints that were received during a forum on increasing transparency and participation in the implementation of N-SIP, the EFCC is working closely with some stakeholders with the aim of fishing out the culprits in the school feeding and other programmes.”
He further revealed that “The EFCC being a critical stakeholder in the implementation of N-SIP is currently investigating some individuals on some sharp practices involving farmer monies in Borno and Yobe states.”
While urging the general public to give vital information to the EFCC that would enable it carry out proper investigations and possible prosecution, he called on Parent Teachers Association (PTA) to be involved in the monitoring and evaluation of the federal government’s school feeding programme for the realisation of the objectives.
State director, National Orientation Agency, Yahay Imam, who was part of the radio programme charged the programme officer, School Feeding Programme, Hajia Zara Bukar to be more transparent because of the trust bestowed on her by the federal government.
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