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14 MAY 2018 From NigeriaNews.net, a Nigerian website. Sent in by Ultrascan AGI: The Celebrity Status Of Yahoo Boys In Nigeria By Adebayo Abiodun The social media slay queens who hide under the guise of acting, make-up artistry, event management, fashion blogging, modeling and other flexible jobs to sell their bodies have also gone into overdrive over the attack on Yahoo Boys. These guys are one of their biggest customers keeping them in business and sponsoring their upscale lifestyles. This journalist took his time to read hundreds of social media comments for and against internet scam and the survey has yielded appalling and shameful results. In saner climes, this topic doesn't warrant any debate but an outright condemnation of the act. Nigerians benefiting from internet scam have flagrantly defended the internet fraudsters publicly without shame. If these people have their way, internet fraud would be enshrined in the Nigerian constitution as it supposedly generates 'foreign exchange' for the local economy in contrast to unscrupulous politicians who take money out of the already fragile economy to stash in foreign banks or buy vast properties outside the country. A section of social media commenters even believe the Yahoo Boys who have fully delved into rituals to jinx their victims into making huge payments for phantom deals are avenging the crimes of the whites against the blacks for the 400 years of slavery. In the crime world, most criminals have a way of seeking justification for their crimes to subdue their conscience so that they could sleep well at night. Even the dreaded terrorist group, Boko Haram has a fine narrative to suit its quest for blood and destruction. But, in the real sense, there is no justification for being an outlaw. Social media influencer and Lagos socialite, Noble Igwe has been criticized vehemently on social media platforms for exposing the business fronts through which these scam artists launder their dirty money in Lagos. He drew attention to real estate and property businesses, record label ownership (which singer Dbanj also confirmed some months back) car shops as well as other outlets in the privileged Island area of Lagos State. His tweets have been regarded as 'snitching' which is a popular black American cliche for condoning crime. Those opposing him are not even faceless people, they are prominent figures in the entertainment circle using their large following and verified accounts to hit the fashionista in a brazen way as it fraud is a legalized part of the Nigerian economy. This is not the Nigerian dream and one wonders how we got here. Dating a 'god fearing' and loving internet fraudster has become the dream of most girls in Lagos. Following some wealth-flaunting celebrities on Instagram has spurred them to lust after ostentatious products like iPhones, iPads, designer shoes, clothes, Exotic meals, wines, cars, top class hotels, vacation in some tourist centres across the world especially Dubai and engage in all sorts ephemeral of activities that could be used to intimidate their pairs. Yahoo Boys who can be safely called armed robbers whose guns are laptops and operation area is the internet have become fixers celebrated by some parents as long as they are generous with their loot. This red-carpet treatment given to them is setting a bad precedent that would mortgage societal balance as well as the development of Nigerian youths. Majority of people don't care about hard work anymore. Academics are being mocked for finishing school in flying colours and working for peanuts while the uneducated fraudsters who wasted the sunny days of their lives at beer parlours, engaging in drug abuse and chilling at dark corners with prostitutes, ride the best of cars and even open businesses that could employ the educated. This acceptance of fraud as a way of life which has almost formed a foundation of Lagos State - commercial capital of Nigeria where workers painstakingly earn an average of N100,000 per month is happening in the face of a #NotTooYoungToRun campaign aimed at ensuring young people take up public positions in Nigeria. There is this general belief that Nigeria would be better off if the apparent system of 'Gerontocracy' is abolished and the youths with fresh ideas assume power. With the calibre of youths seen supporting fraud, I think the present formidable team of political jobbers is set to change to more energetic, hungrier, tactical and, brilliant ones. There is no light at the end of the tunnel. The agitations for direct political participation by pseudo intellectuals and half-baked political analysts on Twitter are mostly being made by youths who are indirectly bitter about being shut out of the heist being committed at the corridors of power daily. The same Nigerians who complain about the weakness of the Nigerian international passport are the ones stealing with strong political will, operating as rug rags on the internet giving the country a bad reputation in the developed world. Nigerians are like desperados outside the country; they could even betray their mothers just to make their lives worthwhile. This has had a malignant effect on foreign investments in Nigeria as businesses to a large extent have to do with trust. What we see here are long term growth and development prospects being sacrificed for the short term benefits of a greedy few. Nigerians abroad are being treated with disdain and disrepute simply because of the sins of a faceless few swallowing the lifetime savings of responsible people overnight only to satisfy youthful exuberance with the stolen funds. There have been cases of victims becoming drug addicts, alcoholics, getting heart attacks, committing suicide and parting with their beautiful families after losing huge savings to Yahoo Boys who ignorantly attribute their successes to 'God'. There is danger as the new crop of Nigerian youths doesn't want to work, they just want to get rich and scam is the way. Most families, friends and acquaintances don't care about the source of the money, they just want to celebrate the spender and enjoy their share. The Yahoo Boys are their heroes and messiahs. Permit me to end my piece with the wise words of the creative director and lead producer at Soundcity TV, Olamide Adedeji about the Yahoo Boys saga as seen on Twitter: "Yahoo boys are armed robbers. Armed with computers harming people and corporations. So please, file them next to Drug dealers, thieves, money launderers etc." "They don't deserve to be glorified, praised or emulated. We need this reality check". They are not necessarily the most educated, attractive, eloquent, innovative or intelligent people in the country but the society embrace them due to size of their bank accounts. They date the most beautiful, educated and sophisticated girls of your dreams even when they represent the opposite of what the girl really wants; that's the power of money. Also, they roughly wear the most expensive jewelries, shoes, clothes, throw the biggest parties, lodge endlessly in fancy hotels and paint the town red in the best cars. They are the internet fraudsters popularly known as G-Boys or Yahoo Boys. These sets of people cause massive damage both home and abroad in a slow manner which could be likened to the effect of drug abuse on human beings. Back home, the losses are immeasurable. Nigeria records about N127 billion loss annually to cyber-crime. Nigeria has been ranked third in global internet crimes, coming after United States of America and United Kingdom respectively. In 2014 alone, the anti-graft agency - Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC reported that customers in Nigeria lost about N6 billion to cyber criminals. Banks in Nigeria have lost approximately N159 billion to electronic frauds and cyber-crimes between 2000 and 2013. I'm sure the Global North countries that are the prime victims can't fully count their losses even if they want to. According to a report by Ultrascan AGI, a subsidiary of Ultrascan Research Services - an international research organization, a whopping sum of $12.7 billion was lost to Nigerian scams (focusing on Advance Fee Fraud statistics) in 2013. In 2012, losses totaled $10.9 billion from $9.6 billion in 2011. Another report says that $50 million is lost annually to romance scams which our brothers participate actively in. In the U.S, romance scams account for the highest financial losses of all internet-facilitated crimes according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI. Reported losses in 2016 exceeded $230 million according to a conservative report as only 15% of the crimes are being reported. Earlier this year, an 82-year-old grandmother in the U.S, Marjorie Earl Jones who lost all of her money to a con artist, was so devastated by the scam that she committed suicide. Similarly, a lonely bachelor in the United Kingdom - Ian Doney, 51, sent thousands of pounds and paid for flights after believing he had met one girlfriend online and she was travelling to the UK. He also committed suicide on the 30th of August, 2016 after being scammed. After he spent all day waiting fruitlessly at the airport, he went on to give more money for medical bills because he was told her visit had been prevented by an accident. "He had not had a relationship with anybody. He just wanted a family." "He was borrowing money to send over there. He wasn't eating properly and he was starving himself. Anything he could sell, he sold it." his sister, Gillian Doney revealed. These are just a few examples of the catastrophic effects of internet fraud on individual lives. The Yahoo Boys have presented Nigerians are predators in the international community who are considered too radioactive to have to have a dealing with. Remember the ne'er-do-wells you mocked during your first degree days. I mean the Indian Hemp smokers and drunks who failed to pass the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB examination, they are now the kings of the streets with the cash to throw around just like El Chapo and Pablo Escobar. Some of them like the popular de facto Gucci ambassador, Hushpuppi now command elephantine followership on social media through which they now mentor people. They regularly do giveaways to build their presence online and compete with the regular celebrities. The economic downturn in Nigeria has made even the most principled vulnerable to them. Religious and societal values have also been abandoned for a mesh of porridge provided by these people who ruin lives through the keyboard. Even though, many believe internet fraud is a manifestation of age-long political corruption and economic hardship in Nigeria, there is no justification for living off the sweats of others like parasites in the ecosystem. 12 suspected internet fraudsters were apprehended by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) Lagos Zonal Office in collaboration with the Nigeria Police on Friday arrested in an Ikoyi Club in Lagos State with ostentatious properties seized from them as investigation continues. This action has sparked ripples across the country with majority of Nigerian youths remaining divided concerning the bust. The usual flimsy excuses of the Yahoo Boys are that the government made them monsters and the politicians who are their role models are constantly stealing in million folds in the comfort of their offices with law enforcement agents and flawed institutions of state protecting them. Unemployment and underemployment have been majorly blamed for the surging spate of cyber-crimes in Nigeria. Most Nigerians feel comfortable about internet fraud as far as they are not the victims. Part of the praise-singers of the fraudsters are Nigerian musicians prominently 9ice, Reminisce, Olamide, Small Doctor, Olu Maintain, Kelly Hansome, Tupengo and others taking such actions to either show gratitude for previous financial assistance or probably curry favour from them. This is dangerous to the young minds because music is powerful; it could penetrate and control human minds in the fastest way possible. Here is the URL of the article, which includes a graphic, for as long as it is good: https://www.nigerianews.net/the-celebrity-status-of-yahoo-boys/ ******************************************** 14 MAY 2018 From Ripples Nigeria, a Nigerian website, sent in by our friends from Ultrascan AGI: Celebs lash out at activities of 'Yahoo boys' By Ahmed Boulor The trio of Afrobeat musician Seun Kuti, rapper Eldee tha Don and Noble Igwe, the Chief executive officer of 360group have all lashed out at the activities on cyber criminals better known in local parlance as 'Yahoo Yahoo boys'. Weighing-in on the recent arrest 12 suspected internet fraudsters and the recovery of 10 cars after a raid on Club 57 in Ikoyi, Lagos, by men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Seun Kuti said he wonders why Nigerians can’t express our success outside of white validation. He wrote on Facebook; "Wetin yahoo boy dey take money do? No be to buy expensive white man things? Lol. If they weren't busy buying White man drink but building their communities maybe just maybe, I will see dem but I don't. Steal white man's money and the only way u can express that wealth is too seek validation by consuming the most expensive white man things and u say u are a Gee?" "All Yahoo boys are Mugus for whitey still, dem be learner. Wait that 100k u used 3 months to set the job how long did it take Gucci to collect it back? MUGU. Until we can express our success outside of white validation thru their brands and luxury items of status and class, U STILL BE MUGU." In the same vein, rapper Eldee who admitted that his song "big boy" unwittingly contributed to the decay posted on Twitter saying our insatiable need for acceptance and regard in our society drives much of how we perceive ourselves and the decisions we make in our daily lives. "We have a society that today finds justification for corruption, armed robbery and fraud...because it doesn't matter anymore how you get it, just get it, and for no other reason than to flaunt it." "I made the song 'big boy' and unwittingly contributed to the decay… I know better today." "Poverty has a strong impact on our self-esteem as a people. The need to fill a low self-esteem gap with material things is what has led our society as a whole to where we are today." "Our insatiable need for acceptance and regard in our society drives much of how we perceive ourselves and the decisions we make in our daily lives." "And because of that, our perception of who we are and what we are worth has become one of our most basic human needs, right after food, and security," Eldee stated. Noble Igwe also added his voice when he took to Twitter to call on the EFCC to arrest more internet fraudsters. Noble posted on the social media platform saying: "Record label Estate/ Property Business Car Selling business The Above are major 419 /fraud fronts in Nigeria." "EFCC needs to have a waiter stationed at every club within Lekki & VI. After last night, club owners are going to record low sales and Uber drivers will be busy tonight." "Online stores and stores on Admiralty/Fola Osibo are used for money laundering." "Armed robbers on Instagram are regarded as G boys but in reality, theirs a different type of stealing." "People steal and then turn around to blame the government for making them criminals." "Anyone that defends a criminal is a criminal and while we have a list for people advocating rape culture, we should also have one for such people," he recommended. Here is the URL of the article, which includes a photo, for as ;ong as it is good: https://www.ripplesnigeria.com/celebs-lash-out-at-activities-of-yahoo-boys/ ******************************************* 26 APR 2018 From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC): EFCC Docks Ekiti Varsity Final Year Student for Internet Fraud The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, on Thursday, April 26, 2018 arraigned one Ilesanmi Babatunde Yemi, a final year accounting student of Ekiti State University, before Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, on a 5-count charge of fraud and romance scam. Yemi allegedly specializes in love and romance scam on internet. The defendant, while posing as American Army Officer by the name 'Dennis Martinez' serving in Libya allegedly engages unsuspecting ladies on the internet in a dating and romance scam through which he fleeces them of their money. The last victims were two ladies from Australia which he allegedly swindled to the tune of $500 (five hundred dollars), in tranches. One of the counts reads: "That you, Ilesanmi Babatunde Yemi, sometimes in year 2014, at Ibadan within the jurisdiction of this Federal High Court, did directly take possession of the sum of 7,000 British Pounds only transferred to you by one Carolyn Hide which sum you knew or reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of your unlawful act and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (As Amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act". The defendant however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. In view of his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Sanusi Galadanchi, applied for a date for trial and urged the court to remand the defendant in prison custody. However, the defense counsel, Olatunde Adeoye informed the court of a pending application praying the court to admit the defendant to bail. He also urged the court to allow the defendant remain in the EFCC's custody pending the hearing of his bail application. Justice Abdulmalik, however, ordered that the defendant be remanded in the Federal Prison, Agodi and adjourned to May 8, 2018 for hearing of the bail application. Here is the URL of the new release, which contains a photo, for as long as it is good: https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3198-efcc-docks-ekiti-varsity-final-year-student-for-internet-fraud [See 23 JAN 2018 News for more on this matter] *********************************** 19 APR 2018 From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC): EFCC Arraigns Man for Alleged $22, 300 Fraud The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday April 19, 2018 arraigned one Oluokun Gabriel Adekola of Kolanifemi New Era Foods Nigeria Enterprises, before Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State on a six-count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretense and money laundering to the tune of 22, 300 US Dollars. The offence is contrary to Section 1(1) (a) and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and Section 17(1), (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as amended in 2012) and punishable under Section 17(1) (b) of the same Act. The defendant allegedly diverted the sum transferred to him by a Taiwanese lady who resides in China for the supply of 100metric tons of sesame seeds. After collecting the sums, the accused failed to transact the business as agreed but allegedly diverted the money to other use. The defendant however, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him. Upon his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Sanusi Galadanchi asked for a trial date. However, the defense counsel, Akim Maisolati informed the court of a pending bail application dated 10th April, 2018. The prosecution however, did not oppose the application for bail. Justice Abdulmalik admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira and one surety in like sum. The surety shall be a Civil Servant in the Oyo State Civil Service not below Grade level 15. The surety shall be an owner of a developed land and the certificate of occupancy of the land shall be verified by the registrar of the court. The surety shall depose to an affidavit of means with his passport photograph attached. The defendant was remanded in Agodi prison pending the perfection of his bail terms. The case is adjourned to May 7, 2018 for trial. Here is the URL of the press release, which includes a photo, for as long as it is good: https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3183-efcc-arraigns-man-for-alleged-22-300-fraud ********************************** 13 APR 2018 From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Court Convicts Fraudster for Car Auction Scam The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have secured the conviction of one Eboge Daniel Ebiogbo before Justice R.A Sadiq of the Kano State High Court on a one count charge of Criminal Breach of Trust. The convict ran into trouble after the commission traced the sum of N70,000 (Seventy Thousand Naira Only) which turned out to be proceed of crime he committed against the complainant one Samson E Davies. The complainant alleged that sometime in 2015, while he was browsing the internet, he came across an advert for car auction purported to be from the Nigeria Customs Service. He contacted one Mrs Funmi who lured him into believing that he won the bid of a Toyota Camry at the cost of N250,000 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only). However, before he realised it was a scam, he had already parted with the sum of N70,000 (Seventy Thousand Naira Only) which he paid into the account of the convict. The convict did not waste the time of the court and pleaded guilty upon arraignment. Considering his plea, Justice Sadiq convicted him and sentenced him to a fine of N20,000 (Twenty Thousand Naira Only). The convict was also ordered to restitute the sum of N70,000 (Seventy Thousand Naira Only) to the complainant. Here is the URL of the press release, which contains a photo, for as long as it is good: https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3174-court-convicts-fraudster-for-car-auction-scam ********************************** 10 APR 2018 From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC): EFCC Arrests 14 Suspected Internet Fraudsters The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, arrested 14 suspected Internet fraudsters. The suspects are: Abiola Kayode, Adeleye Adewale, Adeniyi Abiola, Favour Iruabo, Iyiola Olayemi, Lawal Remilekun and Martins Adetunji. Others are: Obafunsho Oladipupo Samson, Olaleye Bamilola Hassan, Oseni Ridwan, Peter Ayobami Samuel, Peter Toluwabori, Prince Jibril Dirisu and Richard Jerry John. The suspects were arrested in the Badore Seaside, Ajah area of Lagos State, following intelligence report received by the Commission about their activities. Items recovered from the suspects include exotic cars and laptops. The suspects will soon be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded. Meanwhile, their arrest is a pointer to the fact that the Commission is committed to sustaining its clamp down on perpetrators of cyber crimes, especially in line with its mandate to make the country free from corruption and economic and financial crimes. Here is the URL of the press release, which contains photos of many of the arrestees, for as long as it is good: https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3167-efcc-arrests-14-suspected-internet-fraudsters ********************************** 22 MAR 2018 From the Nierian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC): EFCC ARRAIGNS A SUSPECTED FRAUDSTER FOR DUPING A SWISS $18,023 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, 20 March, 2018, arraigned Leeroy Egebe, (alias Amedeo Dante William, Alhassan Davide) before Justice E. A. Obile of the Federal High Court, sitting in Warri, Delta State on an 8-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of $18,023.96 (Eighteen Thousand, Twenty- Three Hundred Dollars, Ninety- Six Cent). Egebe's troubles began when one Vivian Varotto-Guigoz, a citizen of Switzerland, petitoned the EFCC alleging that, she met one Amedeo William Dante (the defendant) who claimed to be an Italian living in the United Kingdom on a social dating site called "Badoo". They became lovers, exchanging emotional messages and later cash. She alleged that, on several occasions, between 12 May and 14 October, 2015, she wired a total sum of CHF 196,701,44 and EUR 15, 957.43 to different individuals in the United Kingdom, Canada and Nigeria at the request of Dante, for sundry reasons which she later discovered to be fraudulent. The payments were allegedly made in five instalments: two into British accounts belonging to Amedeo William Dante and Dittimi Tamara-Finide while three were made into Nigerian accounts belonging to Alhassan Davide and Edin Obaro. The petitioner also alleged that the defendant was reaching her through some English, Canadian and Nigerian telephone numbers. Count one of the charge read: "that you Leeroy Egede (a. k. a) Amedeo Dante William, Alhassan Davide, one Tamara-Finide and Edin Obaro (now at large) sometime in May, 2015, at Udu, Warri, Delta State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit: obtaining money by false pretence, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006". Another count read: "that you Leeroy Egede (a. k. a) Amedeo Dante William, Alhassan Davide, on or about the 20th day of April, 2015, at Udu, Warri, Delta State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud, did obtain the sum of ($3,564.66) Three Thousand , Five Hundred and Sixty Four dollars, Sixty - Six cent under false pretence from one Viviane Varotto-Guigos, a Swiss Nationale, which said sum was transferred to your Account domiciled at Diamond Bank Plc by one Tamara-Fiide Dittimi, a pretence you knew to be false, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act". The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to him. In view of his pleas, the prosecution counsel, M. T. Iko asked the court to fix a date for the commencement of trial. However, counsel to the defendant, K. D Alufe, made an oral application for bail for his client. He argued that the alleged offences were bailable and that the defendant did not jump an earlier administrative bail by the prosecution. In his ruling, Justice Obile granted the defendant bail in the sum of N3,000,000.00 (Three Million Naira), one surety in like sum. The surety must be a public servant in the service of Federal or Delta state government on grade level 12 and above. The defendant and the surety must depose to an affidavit of means among other conditions. The matter was adjourned to 10 May, 2018 for trial, while the defendant was remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of his bail conditions. Here is the URL of the press release, which includes a photo, for as long as it is good: https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3141-efcc-arraigns-a-suspected-fraudster-for-duping-a-swiss-18-023 *************************************** 1 MAR 2018 From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC): EFCC Arraigns Alleged Fraudster for N8.8m Fraud The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today, March 1, 2017 arraigned one Mordi Chukwuwike before Justice P .I. Njoku of the Federal High Court sitting in Benin, Edo State. Chukwuwike was arraigned on a 15 count charge bordering on money laundering. He was alleged to have sometime in September, 2013, conspired with Nnamdi Nwanze and Abiola Tunde (both at large) to directly take possession of over Eight Million, Eight Hundred and Fifty Seven Thousand, Four Hundred and Forty Three Naira Four kobo (8,857,443,04) only from one Cheah Cheow Ping, a Malaysian. One of the counts reads: "that you Mordi Chukwuwike, on 18th day of October, 2013 in Benin City within the jurisdiction of this honourable court directly took possession of the sum of One Million Four Hundred and Fifty- Eight Thousand, Two Hundred and Sixty Nine Naira( 1,458,269) only from one Cheah Cheow Ping, a Malaysian, money which to your knowledge, was proceeds of unlawful act, and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(1)(2)(d) of the Money Laundering (prohibition) (amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under section 15(3) of the 2012 Act". The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him. In view of his plea, the prosecution council, S.M.H Ibekwute asked the court fix a date for trial. However, the defence counsel, S.I.Agoha told the court that she had filed an application for bail. Justice P.I. Njoku after listening to both counsel adjourned the case to March 6, 2018 for hearing of the bail application and March 16, for the commencement of trial. Here is the URL of the press release, which includes a photo, for as long as it is good: https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3099-efcc-arraigns-alleged-fraudster-for-n8-8m-fraud ************************************* 19 FEB 2018 From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC): Court Jails Man One Year for N1.5m Love Scam Justice Muhammad Yahaya of Kano State High Court on Monday, February 19, 2018 convicted and sentenced one Abubakar Isiaku (also known as Hajia Fatima) to one year imprisonment on one-count charge of obtaining by false pretence preferred against him by the Kaduna zonal office of the Economic and Financial crimes Commission, EFCC. Isiaku, while disguising as a woman was said to have defrauded many unsuspecting members of the public via Facebook. In one of his operations, he allegedly lured a complainant into a relationship and in the process swindled her of N1.5million. Arraigned on December 18, 2017, Isiaku initially pleaded 'not guilty' to the charge, but when confronted with damning evidences by the prosecution he changed his plea to 'guilty'. Following his admittance of guilty, the prosecuting counsel, Sa'ad Hannafi Sa'ad, urged the court to convict and sentence him according to the dictates of the law. After the evaluation of the evidences placed before the court, Justice Yahaya pronounced Isiaku guilty of the charge and consequently sentenced him. The judge also ordered the convict to pay the sum of N1.5million to the complainant as restitution. Here is the URL of the press release, which includes a photo, for as long as it is good: https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3061-court-jails-man-one-year-for-n1-5m-love-scam ************************************** 19 FEB 2018 From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC): EFCC Docks Man for Internet Scam, Money Laundering Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office on Monday, February 19, 2018 arraigned one David Ayomide Raphael before Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, on an eight-count charge of money laundering. Raphael was arraigned following an anonymous petition alleging that a syndicate of fraudsters who resides at Kola area, Oluyole, Ibadan was into fraudulent activities. Investigation into the petition by operatives of Commission revealed that members of the syndicate - Davies Ayomide Raphael and two others at large (Oyewole Segun Samuel and Adeyemi Adewumi Segun) were specialized in internet scam through which they defraud innocent people, while using fictitious address to purchase items online such as cars and furniture with fake PayPal. It was also discovered that the defendant also engages in online dating to defraud unsuspecting victims. One of the counts reads: "That you, Davies Ayomide Raphael, Adeyemi Adewumi Segun (at large) and Oyewole Segun Samuel (at large) on or about the 4th of January 2016, at Ibadan within the jurisdiction of this Federal High Court, did agree amongst yourselves to commit an offence, to wit: money laundering and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (As Amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act". Another charge reads: "That you, Davies Ayomide Raphael on the 20th of June 2016, at Ibadan within the jurisdiction of this Federal High Court, did directly take possession of the sum of N235,000.00 (Two Hundred and Thirty Five Thousand Naira) only transferred to you by Adeyemi Adewumi Segun which sum you knew or reasonably ought to have known form part of the proceeds of your unlawful act and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (As Amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act". The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him. In view of his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Sanusi M. Galadanshi prayed the court for a trial date and urged the court to remand the defendant in prison custody. However, counsel to the defendant, J. A. Sanusi informed the court of a pending bail application on behalf of his client and prayed the court to allow the defendant remain in the EFCC's custody pending the hearing of the application. Justice Abdulmalik granted the prayer and ordered that the defendant be remanded in EFCC's custody pending hearing of his bail application. The case is adjourned to February 27, 2018 for hearing of bail application and commencement of trial. Here is the URL of the press release, which includes a photo, for as long as it is good: https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3059-efcc-docks-man-for-internet-scam-money-laundering ************************************* 7 FEB 2018 From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC): The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested one Barr. Mike Nkwocha, and a self-professed Colonel of the United States Army, Richardson Obasogie for impersonating EFCC operatives to obtain $10,000 by false pretense. The victim had petitioned the EFCC alleging that one Ladan Mustapha who claimed to be an operative of EFCC, gave him a call informing him that there was a petition against him which bordered on illegal acquisition of assets in different parts of the country and that he was currently a subject of investigation. Together with his partner Nkwocha, a meeting was arranged, in which $200,000 was demanded as gratification in order to "kill" the case, but $15,000 was later agreed upon as payment. An initial payment of $5,000 cash was made to Nkwocha while he continued to pressure him for the balance of $10,000. However, suspecting foul play, after a retired personnel of the DSS told the petitioner that EFCC operatives don't demand money to carry out official duties, the EFCC was petitioned. Consequently, Nkwocha was arrested. Upon arrest, he confessed that Obasogie was the "brain" behind the fraud. A search warrant was executed on their houses which resulted in the recovery of: letter-head papers of the United States Government, Department of State Services (DSS), National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Bayelsa State Government and one computer system. Nkwocha and Obasogie will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded. Meanwhile, operatives are intensifying search for Mustapha Lada, who is currently at large. Here is the URL of the press release, which includes two photos, for as l;ong as it is good: https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3031-efcc-arrests-fake-america-colonel *************************************** 24 JAN 2018 From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC): EFCC Arrests Man for 30,000 UK Pounds Love Scam The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, arrested one Fidelis Iruedo, a suspected love scammer, for allegedly defrauding a United Kingdom citizen of Thirty Thousand UK Pounds) in a romance scam. Luck ran out of Iruedo, 31, after a petition to the Commission by the Nigerian High Commission, London, on behalf of one Alan Digweed, a UK citizen, alleging that the suspect had defrauded his victim of the said amount of money. Investigations by the EFCC revealed that Iruedo, who voluntarily confessed to the crime, met his victim between July and December 2017, via a date site, match.com. The suspect, while parading as a lady, procured British passport using the name 'Tracy Anderson' with which he used to defraud the victim. He was arrested in Abuja, during an attempt to make withdrawal in a bank. On arrest, items recovered from him include: several scam letters, 3 flash drives, 1 iphone and a laptop computer. The suspect will be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are concluded. Here is the URL of the press release, which includes a photo, for as long as it is good: https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/2970-efcc-arrests-man-for-30-000-love-scam ********************************* 23 JAN 2018 From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC): EFCC Arrests Varsity Student for Internet Fraud The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan zonal office has arrested a suspected internet scammer, Ilesanmi Babatunde Yemi, 31, a final year Accounting student of Ekiti State University for alleged internet fraud. Babatunde, who poses on the internet as an American Army Officer by the name 'Dennis Martinez' allegedly serving in Libya engages in internet love and romance scams. He engages unsuspecting ladies on the internet in a dating and romance scam through which he fleeces them of their money. Last of his victims were the duo of Sandra Simundza and Lily F, both in Australia, from whom he claimed to have obtained about $500 (five hundred US dollars) in tranches. Babatunde, according to series of intelligence gathered by the Commission, allegedly lives ostentatious life without a definite job. He confessed to have been engaged actively in internet romance scam in the last four years from which he sustained his flamboyant lifestyle and bought himself a 2005 Lexus car with registration number Lagos MUS 404 DX. Being a part-time student, he also confessed to have spent most of his time on the dating sites, particularly tinder and okculpid from which he meets his victims. Items recovered from him include one laptop Apple macbook Pro; three ATM cards; one iphone 6 x plus; one Nokia phone and one international passport. Several love scam mails were also found and downloaded from his laptops. The suspect will be arraigned in court soon. Here is the URL of the press release, which includes a photo, for as along as it is good: https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/2963-efcc-arrests-varsity-student-for-internet-fraud [See 26 APR 2018 News for more on this matter] ***************************************************
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