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  • Updated: May 21, 2024

EFCC nabs 23 internet fraudsters in Kaduna

EFCC nabs 23 internet fraudsters in Kaduna

Twenty-three accused online scammers have been apprehended in the Kaduna city.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Kaduna Zonal Command, announced the arrest on Tuesday.

The suspects were apprehended in Kakuri, Barnawa, and Television Garage locations in Kaduna State.

Their arrest followed reliable information about their alleged involvement in internet-related crimes.

A vehicle and 29 mobile phones were retrieved from the accused.

The Commission further stated that the 23 individuals will be prosecuted in court following investigations.

Also, three brothers were detained by EFCC agents from the Makurdi Zonal Command for suspected online fraud.

The trio was apprehended at New Garage, Wadata, in Makurdi.

The suspects, Abubakar Sadiq Adejoh, Mohammed Habib Adejoh, and Solomon Adejoh, reportedly specialise in moving consumer monies from their accounts to a Point of Sale (POS) terminal for withdrawal.

They recovered a vehicle, six mobile phones, one laptop, and cash worth N3,562,750.00 (Three Million Five Hundred and Sixty-Two Thousand, Seven Hundred and Fifty Naira).

The anti-graft agency stated that they would be prosecuted in court as soon as the investigations are completed.

In a related report the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has prosecuted 15 individuals for internet fraud on May 13 and May 14, 2024. Justices Efe Ikponmwonba and M. Itsueli of the Edo State High Court in Benin City presided over the cases.

Among those convicted were Sagay Favour, Efemini Kelvin Mudiaga, Izzi Evans, Okim Ekene, Jakpa Godspower, and Lucky Alao SeyiEk. Additional individuals included Adams Jarret, Mathew Ese, Oritsegbogwa Joseph, Joshua Lucky Ojabugbe, Emudiaga Akpojaro, Richard Promise, Aboh Daniel Bonfrey, Deniran Emmanuel Edafe, and Orode Ovie.

These individuals admitted guilt to various charges related to obtaining false pretence and possessing fraudulent documents. They received jail sentences following their arraignment by the Benin Zonal Command of the EFCC.

The charge against Edafe reads: That you Deniran Emmanuel Edafe (M) on or about the 3rd day of May 2024 in Benin City, Edo State, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court did have in your possession documents which you knew or ought to have known to contain a false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 6 and 8 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.

All the defendants pleaded guilty to their respective charges when they were read to them in court, prompting prosecution counsel, F. A. Jirbo, I. M Elodi, I.K Agwai,  K.Y. Bello and Ahmed Salihu, to pray the court to convict and sentence them accordingly. 

However, counsel to the defendants pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as they have become remorseful for their actions.

Justice Ikponmwonba sentenced Evans, Favour, Godspower, Ekene and Seyi to three years imprisonment or a fine of  N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) each while Mudiaga bagged two years imprisonment or a fine of N200,000 (Two hundred thousand Naira).

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