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Woman allegedly defrauds victims of N179m then spends N1m on tithe and N139m on sport betting

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A woman, Nkechi Mercy Ikogwe alongside two companies, Elites Finance Investment Limited and Efinc Global Investment Limited, were on Monday July 20, arraigned before Justice E.A. Obile of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, over alleged N179 million fraud.

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EFCC arraigned them on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence contrary to Section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.

The woman was said to have used the sum of N139,704,097 of the N179 million to play sport betting and also paid a tithe of N1 million to a church in Port Harcourt.

One of the counts against the defendants read: “That you Nkechi Mercy Ikogwe, Elites Finance Investment Limited and Efinc Global Investment Limited sometime in 2019 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this honorable court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N179,326,386.62 by inducing unsuspecting members of the public to invest with your companies: Elites Finance Investment Limited and Efinc Global Investment Limited, assuring them under a false pretence of making 15% interest on all investment made, a representation 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 No. 14, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.”

Justice Obile ordered that the 1st defendant, Ikogwe, be remanded in prosecution’s custody and adjourned the matter till October 19, 2020 for determination of the bail application.

Mercy ran into trouble when the commission received a report about the defendant and two others, accusing them of inducing their victims into participating in a fraudulent investment scheme with a fake promise of 15 per cent return on investment.

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EFCC re-arraigns Mompha for alleged N32.9bn fraud

EFCC re-arraigns Mompha for alleged N32.9bn fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today Wednesday March 4th, re-arraigned Ismaila Mustapha (aka Mompha), before Justice Mohammed Liman of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, for alleged N32.9billion fraud.

Mompha was first arraigned alongside his company, Ismalob Ventures on November 25th 2019 on a 14-count charge bordering on fraud, money laundering and running a foreign exchange business without the authorisation of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. 

At the resumed hearing of his case today, counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, informed the court of a second amended charge against Mompha and urged the court to allow a fresh plea by the defendant. The amended 22 count charges was read over to the defendant and he pleaded not guilty.

After his plea, the defence counsel, Gboyega Oyewole SAN, urged the court to grant a short adjournment to enable him study the new charge.

He told the court that he had only seen the new charge few minutes ago before the court commenced sitting and consequently urged the court to allow him study same.

The presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Liman, ordered that the defendant’s bail of N100 million to continue and then adjourned the case until March 18 for continuation of trial.

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EFCC Nabs Fwo Brothers, 13 Others For Innternet Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan zonal office on Thursday, arrested two siblings – Olanrewaju Olatunji (19) and Femi Olatunji (29) and thirteen others for alleged involvement in internet-related fraud.The suspects were apprehended at Alafara area of Ibadan, Oyo State, following intelligence earlier received on their alleged illegal activities.

The thirteen others, whose ages range between 16 and 48 years, include: Abiodun Ojo, Lawal Ahmed, Adedeji Olatunbosun, Adeniyi Ramon, and Oladipupo Oluwatobilola.Others are: Ayomide Olawale, Elegbede Wale, Victor Adaramoye, Timileyin Adeniran, Kunmi Joshua, Tawfeeq Ibrahim, Funmbi Samuel and Adeyemo Yinka.At the point of their arrest, three exotic cars, phones, laptops, international passports, Point of Sale (POS) machine, and some incriminating documents were recovered from the suspects.The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded, the agency assured.

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Port Harcourt cell: EFCC declares Twitter blogger wanted

Imam with journalists and EFCC head of publicity, Wilson Uwujaren in Port Harcourt on WednesdayThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has vowed to apprehend the @TheRealdayne, the promoter of a report in the social media, claiming its Port Harcourt holding facility is overcrowded and alleging mistreatment of detainees.Head of the Port Harcourt Zonal office, Usman Imam, at a media briefing today dismissed the report as fake news. It was the second time the agency would debunk the report which went viral.According to him, “the picture of detainees crammed into an open air cell purported to belong to the EFCC Zonal office in Port Harcourt is fake. The images are strange to us”.He further stated that the Commission, “do not have an open cell. Our cell is a stand-alone facility with no close proximity to any storey building; we have never had large inmates that the cell could not accommodate, and we have no history of mistreatment of detainees”

EFCC real holding facility above and below the fake one linked with the agencyHe noted that suspects being tried by the Commission prefer to be remanded in EFCC custody.“If the Commission had been abusing the rights of detainees, they would not prefer its facility to prison”, he added.

The Zonal Head described the tweet by @ TheRealDayne as a mischievous fabrication intended to mislead the public and ridicule the Commission. He vowed that the culprit would be tracked, arrested and prosecuted.He however assured that the mischief will not deter the Commission “from the vigorous pursuit of our mandate to fight economic and financial crimes. Under my watch, there shall be no hiding place for criminals in the zone, be they illegal oil bunkerers or cyber criminals”.Imam who conducted the journalists round the Cell and the Medical Centre of the zonal office, implored them to reflect the reality in their reports.“This is the reason I have invited you to see things for yourselves, to enable you inform the public about the true situation”, he said.

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EFCC disowns purported pictures of Port Harcourt detention facility

EFCC disowns purported pictures of Port Harcourt detention facility

EFCC has reacted to the viral photos of what was alleged to be its detention facility in in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

Twitter user @TheRealDayne shared the photos above online on Monday February 10th, claiming they were taken from the antigraft agency’s zonal office in Rivers state.

EFCC disowns purported pictures of Port Harcourt detention facility

Reacting via its verified twitter handle, EFCC denied the claim and shared a photo of its Port Harcourt annex.

EFCC disowns purported pictures of Port Harcourt detention facility

Twitter users are however not buying the EFCC’s explanation. They are demanding an aerial photo of the commission’s Port Harcourt office. See the EFCC tweets and reactions from Nigerians below

EFCC disowns purported pictures of Port Harcourt detention facility
EFCC disowns purported pictures of Port Harcourt detention facility
EFCC disowns purported pictures of Port Harcourt detention facility
EFCC disowns purported pictures of Port Harcourt detention facility
EFCC disowns purported pictures of Port Harcourt detention facility
EFCC disowns purported pictures of Port Harcourt detention facility
EFCC disowns purported pictures of Port Harcourt detention facility
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EFCC Traces Bank Accounts To Ex- Abia gov.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has traced billions of naira to bank accounts allegedly linked to a former governor of Abia State, Theodore Orji. Daily Trust on Sunday gathered from a top EFCC source yesterday that the anti-graft agency began looking into alleged financial malfeasance by Orji after it received a petition from a group, Fight Corruption: Save Nigeria Group.

The petition alleged that Theodore Orji received and diverted various sums of money that accrued to Abia State. It was further gathered that in the course of the investigation, it was discovered that the former governor who was a Chief of Staff to the convicted ex-governor Orji Kalu was the authorising officer drawing N500 million monthly purported to be security vote which was being converted. It was also gathered that as he became the governor in 2007, he continued to draw the N500 million monthly from June 2007 to May 2015.

The amount, the investigation revealed, is aside the security funds expended on the Nigeria Police, Nigerian Army, DSS, Navy, anti-kidnapping squad, anti-robbery squad, purchase of security equipment and vehicles for the security agencies. The investigation according to sources was extended to his family members to ascertain their link and culpability. The ex-governor’s first son, Chinendum Orji Eyinanya who is currently the Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, is now a frequent guest at the EFCC headquarters to speak on his involvement. When contacted yesterday, the acting spokesman of the EFCC, Tony Orilade, confirmed that the EFCC was carrying out an investigation on financial crimes involving Theodore Orji.

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Man who specializes in defrauding Nigerians at ATM points bag 1 year imprisonment (photo)

Man who specializes in defrauding Nigerians at ATM points bag 1 year imprisonment (photo)

Justice Bello Duwale of the Sokoto State High Court, Sokoto, has sentenced a fraudster, Bashar Umar Abdullahi (a.k.a Abdu Abdullahi and Bashir Abdullahi) to one year in jail without option of fine for stealing N15, 000.00 (Fifteen Thousand Naira) from his victim via a fraudulent transfer at an ATM gallery.

The convict specialized on scamming unsuspecting Automated Teller Machine, (ATM) users who run into difficult transactions at ATM galleries.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Sokoto Zonal Office arraigned the convict on September 23, 2019, on amended one-count charge, bordering on cheating and defrauding an unsuspecting victim to the tune of N15, 000.00 at ATM gallery.

The charge reads: “That you Bashar Umar Abdullahi (a.k.a Abdu Abdullahi and Bashir Abdullahi) on or about the 29th March 2019 at Sokoto State High Court, within the jurisdiction of the Sokoto State High Court with intend to defraud, did obtain the sum of 15,000,00 (Fifteen Thousand Naira) from one Abubakar Umar Lugga by fraudulently deceiving him and transferred the said sum from his First Bank Account to one Aminu Ahmed’s Bank Account with Eco Bank No:3050002223 using his ATM card when you offered to assist him to check his balance at First Bank Branch, Gusau Road Sokoto, and you thereby committed the offence of cheating, contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code Law and Punishable under Section 322 of the same Law.”

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EFCC Releases List Of Five Suspects Over N1.8m Visa Fraud

The Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday arraigned five suspected visa fraudsters before Justice Olubukola Banjoko on a seven-count charge, bordering on false pretence and obtaining by tricks to the tune of N1.8 million.The defendants are: Ifeyinwa Mbamalu, Christian Akor, Grace Oluseun Akinwunmi, Samuel Chinedu Iwuagwu and Adebola Saheed Adewale.

They were accused to have connived to obtain sums of money from their victims in the guise of helping them to obtain Canadian visas.One of the charges reads: “That you, Christian Akor between October 13th and 18th 2018, in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, dishonestly converted to your own use, the sum of N300, 000, being part of the sum of N1, 800,000, received by one Ifeyinwa Mbamalu, purportedly to procure a valid Canadian Visa and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 308, of the Penal code Act; and punishable under section 309, of the same Act.”The defendants persons pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.

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Two Nigerians arrested in Malawi for allegedly being in possession of cocaine

Two Nigerians arrested in Malawi for allegedly being in possession of cocaine

Two Nigerian identified as Ajagu Okwuchuku, 40, and Chinomso Charles, 31, were arrested in Lilongwe, capital of Malawi on Friday January 24 after being found to be in possession of cocaine. 

Okwuchuku from Anambra State and Mr Charles from Enugu State were arrested based on information given out by residents of the neighborhood they lived in. 

Lingadzi Police Public Relations Officer, Salome Zgambo said the suspects were found to be in possession of eight cracks of drugs suspected to be cocaine concealed in black plastic bags (jumbo).

She said; 

 “Police got information from well-wishers that the suspects were selling illicit drugs. After getting the information, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) team acted swiftly and arrested the culprits.”

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Victims of Ponzi scheme protest as court gives the Nwegwu brothers fine option

Victims of Ponzi scheme protest as court gives the Nwegwu brothers fine option

Victims of a Ponzi scheme executed by two brothers, Kingsley Nwegwu and Joakin Nwegwu, both directors of ACJEC Global Services Ltd have expressed dissatisfaction after they were given a light punishment on December 2nd by Justice M.L. Abubakar of the Federal High Court, Awka, Anambra State.  

The brothers were docked for 50 counts of conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N98.7million. After reviewing the evidences brought against them, Justice Abubakar, held that the prosecution proved its case beyond every reasonable doubt, and so, convicted them accordingly.  

While sentencing them to one year in prison, the trial judge further ordered that all the properties traced to them in the course of investigations, should be forfeited to the Federal Government. He also gave them an option of fine of N1million each.  

However, many of their victims, who had thronged the court premises, expressed dissatisfaction over the one year imprisonment given them by the court, particularly the option of N1million. The two brothers were docked by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal office.  

Their journey to prison began in 2011 when they lured people to invest their money in ACJEC Global Services Ltd with the promise of paying mouth-watering 30- 34 percent annual interest.  

The petitioners alleged that after investing the said money they never got the interest nor the capital invested in the company.  Investigations carried out by the EFCC further revealed that more than N4 billion was paid into the accounts of the convicts by their over 200 victims, in what turned out to be a Ponzi Scheme. 

One of the victims was said to have invested more than N50million. Count 15 of the charge against them reads: “That you, Kingsley Chinedu Nwegwu, Chetachukwu Joakim Nwegwu and ACJEC Global Services Ltd, on or about the 23rd of March, 2011 at Awka, Anambra State within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, with intent to defraud, obtained by false pretence the sum of N15,000,000.00 (Fifteen million naira) from Okeke Osita Samuel when you represented that the said amount of money was an investment in a business of partnership venture which would generate more financial income for the said Okeke Osita Samuel, a pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1) b of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No.14 of 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”