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  • Updated: May 24, 2024

Nine internet fraudsters jailed in Edo

Nine internet fraudsters jailed in Edo

A High Court in Edo State convicted and jailed nine internet scammers for acquiring money under false pretence.

The inmates are Enogieru Larry Precious, Ideawor Anointed, Blessed Inlanaye, Collins Egha, Prince Adigbe, Ezekiel Ejiro Edowoyi, Jeffrey Osagbaroghamwen, Akpomiemie Aghogho, and Ogbame Kelly.

They were imprisoned after pleading guilty to one count of collecting money by false pretence during their arraignment by the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The charge against Precious reads: “That you ENOGIERU LARRY PRECIOUS (M) on or about 8th 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 contained false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 6 read together with 8 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act”.

The defendants pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to them in court, prompting the prosecution counsel, I. K. Agwai, Salihu Ahmed and Ibrahim Faisal to pray the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Justice Efe Ikponmwonba, thereafter, sentenced the nine suspects to various jail terms.

In a related report, twenty-three accused online scammers have been apprehended in 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.

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