EFCC Nabs 80 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Ibadan, 40 in Enugu
Operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested eighty (80) suspects for alleged internet- related activities in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Forty (40) other suspects were arrested by operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of the Commission for the same suspected offences.
They were all arrested based on verified intelligence linking them with fraudulent internet activities.
Incriminating documents were found in 35 of the 80 suspects arrested in Ibadan and they are:
Victor Abumere, Kehinde Samuel, Adedeji Ibrahim Olamilekan, Akinbowale Emmanuel, Taiwo Azeez, Adenuga Sunday, Sidiku Olubodun, Ekhuemelo Jerry, Agboola Khalid Babatunde, Alex Kelvin, Akande Jonah, Tobiloba Adekanye, Fatai Olalekan T., Giwa Babatunde David and Emmanuel Victor Mayowa,
Others are: Taofeek Toheeb Olamilekan, Olamilekan Fafilolu Quadri, Olayinka Taiwo Olaniyi, Emmanuel Abiodun Olalekan, Awoleke Opeyemi Uthman, Ikenna Anyanwu Victor, Mosuro Daniel Oluwaseun, Amoo Abdulmalik Ademola, Oluwaseun Adeniran, Kehinde Kehinde Olatunji, Bakare Kayode Augustine, Okoli Propser, Kolawole Blessing, Okeolu Moshood, and Hammed Khalid Ayomide.
The rest are: Hassan Waris Ademola, Taiwo Ademola, Adewale Ayomiposi, Abdullahi Maleek Olaniyi, Masika Adekunle Andrew.
The suspects were arrested in various locations in Ibadan, Oyo State and items recovered from them include: thirteen (13) exotic cars, three (3) motor bikes and mobile phones and laptops of different brands.
The 40 suspects arrested on March 29 and 30, 2022 in Enugu are: Chimezie Onyegwa, Chukwuebuka Jamespaul, Adams Nengi, Chibua Emmanuel. Mmoh Henry, Kingsly Obinna, Francis Alex, Nelson Chidiebere, Paschal Eze, Eke Emmanuel, Ezeme Johnpaul , Aroh Kenneth, Ugwu Darlington , Chukwuemeka Collins and Ejielo Ifeanyi,
Others are: Justin Obidiwe, Chibuike Henry, Chukwuemeka Okafor, Osodiuru Prince, Nwachukwu Steven, kelekchukwu Ugwu, Ugwuoke Victor, Udeh Victor, Ekata Endurance, Ukpabi Evidence, Eze Obinna, Amobi Eya, Victor Joshua, Gabriel Noel and Chisom Ede Nnamuchi.
The rest include Onwe Nnamdi,Okonkwo Somtochukwu, Nnaji Ifeanyi, Ezeagu Ifeanyi, Maduabuchi Nwangbo, Onyenamaya Tochukwu,Wisdom Solomon, Agu Chibuzor, Nwokoro Sochima and Ifeanyichukwu Miracle
They were arrested in Nsukka, and the Premier Layout Axis of Enugu, Enugu State following verified intelligence linking them with suspected internet- related offences.
Items recovered from them are, three cars, mobile phones and laptops of various brands and other incriminating documents.
The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
Four Cybercriminals Jailed by Oyo Court
The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 secured the conviction and sentencing of four cyber fraudsters before Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Kareem Faisol Iretiayo, Olusola Johnson Alawode, Alli Isaac Adeniyi and Adekunle Salau Kehinde were convicted after pleading guilty to separate counts which bordered on fraudulent impersonation, contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) and punishable under Section 22(3) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act,
Justice Agomoh sentenced Alli to eight months imprisonment; Adekunle, ten months imprisonment; Kareem, six months and Alawode five months imprisonment.
Also, the court ordered that Alli forfeit one 2010 model Mercedes-Benz ML 350, one Gold Chain, one iPhone 12 Pro Max, one Nokia 3.4 mobile phone, 0.15757655 worth of Bitcoin and the sum of N33, 497. 59 (Thirty Three Thousand, Four Hundred and Ninety Seven Naira Fifty Nine Kobo) to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Adekunle was ordered to restitute the sum of $3,000USD (Three Thousand United States Dollars) and forfeit one iPhone 11 Pro and the sum of N33, 083. 19 (Thirty Three Thousand, Eighty Three Naira, Nineteen kobo) to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Furthermore, Kareem was ordered to restitute $2,300USD (Two Thousand, Three Hundred United States Dollars), and forfeit one itel phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Alawode was ordered to pay the sum of N150, 000. 00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) in restitution and forfeit one Lexus E350, one HP Laptop, one iPhone X and Techno Spark mobile phones to the Federal government of Nigeria.
Dog Seller Bags Two Years Imprisonment for Cyber-Fraud in Ilorin
Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court, Ilorin on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 convicted and sentenced one Omoteji Tomiwa Stephen, who deals in dogs, to two years imprisonment, having found him guilty of a two-count charge bordering on impersonation to obtain leveled against him by Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Omoteji, 23, from Egbe in Yaba West Local Government Area of Kogi State allegedly posed as one Michael Gregory vide a gmail account linked to his hangouts account with intent to obtain a sum of $2000 (Two Thousand US Dollars) from one Sierra B. Price, an offence contrary to Section 22(2) (b) (11) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (iv) of the same Act”.
Count one of the charge reads: “That you, Omoteji Tomiwa Stephen (Alias: Micheal Gregory) sometime in September, 2021 at Kwara State, within the judicial division of the Federal High Court, did fraudulently impersonate one Micheal Gregory vide your chats using Gmail; [email protected] linked to your Hangouts number 765-396-8539 with the intent to obtain and did obtain the sum of $2000 (Two Thousand US Dollars) from one Sierra B. Price and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 22(2) (b) (11) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention Etc.) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (iv) of the same Act.”
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.
Upon his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Andrew Akoja, reviewed the facts of the case and tendered the fraudulent messages printed from the defendant’s device, one iPhone 12 Pro Max, HP laptop and one Toyota Corolla 2008 car, which were admitted in evidence.
Akoja prayed the court to hold that the prosecution had successfully linked the defendant to the charge and convict him as charged.
In his judgment, Justice Sani sentenced Omoteji to one year imprisonment on each of the two counts, which would run concurrently with an option of fine of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira Only) on each count. The judge also ordered the forfeiture of the convict’s iPhone 12 Pro Max, HP Laptop and a 2008 Toyota Corolla car to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Additionally, Justice Sani ordered the convict to restitute the sum of $100 (One Hundred US Dollars), which he benefited from the crime.
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