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EFCC nabs three internet fraudsters in Abuja

By Newsdesk

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) operatives have arrested suspects at different locations in Abuja over internet fraud locally known as yahoo yahoo in Nigeria.

The arrests were made on Tuesday when  the Cyber Crime Section of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency operatives raided the home of the Yahoo suspects at House 16, Yashin Dogara News Engineering, Dawaki, Abuja.

In the same vein, arrests were carried out on September 13, at Nepa Road, Phase 4 Kubwa and at 18, Samuel Crescent, Dantata Estate Kubwa, Abuja.

The arrested suspects have been identified as Iloh Joseph and Emeka Jonathan and items recovered from them include mobile phones, laptop computers, and a Toyota Corolla car. The suspect is expected to be charged to court for possible prosecution.

It would be recalled  that the Federal High Court, Abuja, last week convicted Chidera Ozirigbo, an internet fraudster, and ordered him to forfeit $1,980 recovered to the Federal Government.

It was gathered that Ozirigbo was convicted after a plea bargain agreement applied on July 23 and filed on July 24, 2019.

Justice Nkeonye Maha sentenced Ozirigbo to six months imprisonment with an option to pay N100,000 bail.

Maha, who also sentenced the convict to six months imprisonment with an option of N200,000 to be paid to the federal government, stated that both counts will run concurrently.

She ordered that Ozirigbo’s Samsung Galaxy S8 and Hp laptop he used to perpetuate the crime be sold and proceeds remitted to the federal government.

Justice Maha also ordered the convict to swear to an affidavit to be of good behaviour as failure to comply will attract judicial sanction to the defaulting party.

The EFCC alleged that Ozirigbo sometime in May fraudulently impersonated an American, Anthony Bennet to obtain 1,300 dollars from Evelyn Oker.

The anti-graft agency said that Ozirigbo committed an offense contrary to Section 22 (2) b (II) of the Cyber Crimes, Prohibition, Prevention etc Act, 2015 and punishable under Section (22) (2) b (IV) of the same Act.

Counsel to EFCC, Hussaina Gambo, said that following surveillance carried out on intelligence reports of cybercrimes and internet fraud activities in Imo, Ozirigbo was arrested by operatives of the EFCC on May 28.

“Investigations carried out into the case by operatives of the EFCC revealed that the defendant assumed the identity of Bennet to fraudulently obtain money from people,” she said.

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