EFCC Arrests 55 Internet Fraud Suspects in Enugu, Ebonyi.
Operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have arrested 55 suspected internet fraudsters. This was in separate operations in Enugu and Ebonyi States.
Eighteen of the suspects were arrested today July 29, 2021, at Agbani Road. And Thinkers Corner areas of Enugu, Enugu State. This was following an intelligence hint on their alleged involvement in internet fraud.
The suspects are: John Kennedy, Onochie John Paul, Ilojeme Chiagozie, Ilechukwu Chidiebeube, Ike Ebubechukwu Emmanuel H., Otega Pafe Philip, Uzochukwu Uche Frank and Ezinwa Witness Chimere.
Others include, Obike William Nwabufo, Ikeja Eyerinsu, Chidindu Victory, Onwuagbaizu Paul, Tomizine Alamco, Great Oluwagbemiga, Kanu Dennis Ifeanyichukwu, Ebere Malachy, James Collins Ewenike and Ilojeme Chiemela.
Some of the items recovered from them include laptops and several mobile phones.
The remaining 37 suspects were apprehended on Wednesday July 28, 2021 at Hausa Quarters, Nkaliki, Aboboriga,Abakiliki, Ebonyi State.
The suspects are: Igwe Chukwudi, Ozoemena Newman, Obinna William, Eze Godwin, George Ezenwa, Onyebuchi Ebuka, Ezediegwu Innocent, Nzubechukwu Obineze, Igwe Ikenna.
Ibrahim Falada, Ezra Excel, Chinedu Agu, Oscar Sogidu, Uchenna Onyenweaku, Nwoka Darlington, Ejike Prince, Anuli Obinna, Nwazunkwu Collins and Mba Rocks, Patrick Junior.
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Others are Amefula Kennedy, Ebuka Okoh, Igboke Chinonso, Ijezie Chibuike, Anthony Delight, Joseph Ahuighnwa, Innocent Chukwuebuka, Chima Ndubuisi, Benjamin Kelechi, Precious Kalu, Anthony Samuel, Christian Valentine, Chukwudi Agbom, Ekebudu Nwabueze, Okoye Arinze, Igwebuike Emeka and Chiemelie Franklin.
Items recovered from the suspects include four vehicles : Lexus RX 350 with registration Number KUJ -552- BG. In addition to that, a Lexus IS250 registered with Number EBJ – 762 -AAA, Mercedes Benz ML350 4matic with registration Number KUJ -393 – BQ and Mercedes Benz E350 marked YAB – 133 -BL, several phones and laptops.
The suspects will be charged to court, as soon as investigations are concluded.
Court Sends Two Internet Fraudsters To Jail in Benin
In the same vein, Justice Efe Ikponwonba of the Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City on Thursday July 29, 2021 convicted and sentenced the duo of Ahunwan Nosakhare (aka Ryan Phillipe ) and Ogbolu Israel Uche (aka Huan Bryan) to prison for fraud.
The defendants were arraigned by the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. It was on one count charge of personation contrary to section 484 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 48 Laws of Bendel State of Nigeria (as applicable in Edo State) 1979 and punishable under the same Law.
Nosakhare is said to have impersonated Ryan Phillippe (an American ) on Instagram using firstname.lastname@example.org. While Ogbolu Israel Uche impersonated Huan Bryan (a Chinese) living in the United States of America on Instagram. Al with the intent of defrauding their unsuspecting victims.
The charge against Nosakhare reads: “that you Ahunwan Nosakhare (a.k.a Ryan Phillipe ) on or about the 9th of March, 2021 at No 28, Upper Siluko Road, Unity Street, opposite police station, Benin City, Edo State within the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court did with intent to defraud falsely represented yourself as Ryan Phillippe (an American) on Instagram.
This using email@example.com contrary to section 484 of the Criminal Code law Cap 48 laws of defunct Bendel State of Nigeria (as applicable in Edo State) 1976 and punishable under same section.”
The charge against Uche reads: “that you Ogbolu Israel Uche (alias Huan Bryan) sometime in September, 2020, in Edo State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did with intent to defraud falsely represented yourself as Huan Bryan (a Chinese) living in the United States of America by sending fraudulent messages and pictures on Instagram to Lee Hwanhee Mario (a Korean) which messages you claimed emanated from the said (Huan Bryan) thereby committed an offence”.
Upon arraignment, the defendants pleaded “guilty” to the charge preferred against them.
In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel, Immaculate Elody prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly.
However, the defence counsel, Isaac Ozua pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy and to honour the plea bargain agreement between the defendants and the prosecution.
Justice Ikponmwonba convicted and sentenced the defendants to two (2) years imprisonment or a fine of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200, 000) each.
Credited To EFCC