Operatives of the Enugu Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have arrested 16 suspected internet fraud in three separate sting operations in the Monarch area, New Haven Extension and Castle Majestic Hotel, Ogui Road, Enugu.
The suspects were arrested following verified intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet-related fraud activities. Part of the intelligence indicated that suspected internet fraudsters were operating from Castle Majestic Hotel, Enugu. Based on the intelligence, and weeks of surveillance, a search warrant was executed on the facility on Thursday September 16, 2021.
In the course of the operation, the operatives encountered a group that identified themselves as members of the National Association of Nigerian students, NANS and Ohaneze Ndi Igbo Youth wing. The leaders of the group duly identified their members and carried on with their activities.
But the target of the sting operation were arrested and brought to the Enugu Zonal Command for questioning.
Among the suspects arrested are: Agbo Paschal, Anthony Ogbu Uzochukwu, Ejiofor, Uchenna Ejiofor Chikora, Ezihe Victor, Nnaji Onyedikachi Christian, Eke Ike, Ogbodo Arinze, Ogbodo Ebube, Ogbu Chinedu, Ossai Chinedu and Udey Ifeanyi.
Some of the items recovered from them include one Lexus ES 350 car with plate number BLF 722 LD, one Yellow Fever travel document, several laptops, mobile phones and other incriminating documents.
The suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.
Breaking News: EFCC Arrests 31 Alleged Internet Fraudsters in Benin City
31 alleged internet fraudster have been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, (EFCC) Arrests 31 Alleged Internet Fraudsters in Benin City
Operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arrested 31 suspected internet fraudsters. The suspects were arrested in two separate locations in Benin City, Edo state, Nigeria, sequel to actionable intelligence.
Among those arrested are suspected fraudsters who, a few weeks ago, were seen in a viral video standing on top of their cars and throwing bundles of Naira notes into the air at a popular Plaza in Benin City. They had embarked on a similar mission at the same venue on Sunday before they were intercepted by operatives of the Commission at the exit gate.
The other suspects were arrested at their hideout in Benin City.
Those arrested are Essien Sunday, Joseph Nwosu, Samuel Victor, Abdurahman Abudulahi, Uwaifo Destiny, Osaro Osarere, Favour Oleye, Smart Okunvobo, Oduwa Osahon, Osaretin Blessed, Frank Osas, Aisosa Kelly, Richard Ehigie, Destiny Omoru, Jacob Kelvin, Aker Kelly, Promise Godspower, Lucky Dickson and Osamode Efosa.
Others are Osamuyi Aigbe-Egharevba, Ohumumwen Osaremen, Christopher Momodu, Aigbe Destiny, Eti-osa Osamwonyi, Patrick Benson Osaguna, Victor Kenyei, Marvellous Atiti, Gift Ebuehi, Osayi Casmir, Osahenkhoe Godstime and Paul Okoh.
Items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest include 13 exotic cars, including: Lexus ES 350, Lexus 350, Lexus RX 350, Lexus ES 350, Lexus RX 350, Lexus RX 350, Lexus IS 350, Toyota Venza, Mercedes C300, Mercedes ML350, Range Rover Evoque, GLK 350 4Matic and Toyota Camry.
Other items are laptop computers, phones, documents and identity cards.
The suspects have made useful statement and will be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are completed
Mompha Accomplice Forfeits 100m to FGN – Bags One Year Jail Term
Mompha’s Accomplice, Hamza Koudeih Bags One Year Jail Term, Forfeits N100m, Car To Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN).
Justice Tijjani Garba Ringim of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos has convicted and sentenced an internet fraudster, Hamza Koudeih, to one year imprisonment.
Koudeih alongside Kayode Phillips were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, November 28, 2019, before Justice Muslim S. Hassan on a 25-count charge bordering on conspiracy and money laundering.
The defendants, who are high-valued targets in Organized Cyber Syndicate Network, OCSN, were arrested for their alleged involvement in various cyber crimes and money laundering.
One of the counts reads: “That you, Kayode Phillip (a.k.a Voice of the King) and Hamza Koudeih (a.k.a. HK) sometime in May, 2019 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired among yourselves to commit an offence to wit: conversion of the aggregate sum of $7, 069, 000 (Seven Million, Sixty-Nine Thousand United States Dollars), £1, 000, 000 (One Million Pounds) and €80,000 (Eighty Thousand Euro), which sum you reasonably ought to have known form part of the proceeds of fraud and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Sections 18 (a), 15 (2)(d) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.”
The defendants, who are accomplices to a notorious internet fraudster, Ismailia Mustapha, alias Mompha, pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them by the Commission, thereby leading to their full trial.
On July 18, 2021, Koudeih, who is the second defendant, had sought the leave of the court to travel to his country, Lebanon for psychiatric treatment.
However, the application was refused by the court.
Consequently, in view of the overwhelming evidence against him before the court, Koudeih approached the prosecution for a plea bargain.
The agreement thereof was filed before the court by the prosecution, with an amended charge on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.
At the resumed sitting on Thursday, September 9, 2021, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, presented the terms of the agreement to the court , pursuant to Section 270 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015.
According to him, “Koudeih entered a bond with the EFCC to be of good behaviour and never to be involved in any form of economic and financial crimes both within and outside the shores of the country.”
Delivering his judgment, Justice Ringim convicted and sentenced him to one year imprisonment , with an option of fine of N1 Million.
The Judge ordered the forfeiture of the sum of N100m concealed by Koudeih in Zenith Bank Plc account number 1014845962 of CHK Property Investment Ltd. to the Federal Government.
Justice Ringim also ordered forfeited a Mercedes Benz GLE43 with chasis number HJGED6EBXHA063213; two pieces of iPhone and a HP Desktop computer recovered from Koudeih to the Federal Government.
EFCC Arrests 33 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Calabar
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) have Arrests 33 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Calabar, Nigeria.
The Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, arrested thirty three (33) suspected internet fraudsters during a sting operation at different locations in Calabar, Cross River state.
Seventeen of the arrested suspects were picked up at a location on Post Office Street, Royal Estate, off Ekot Onin, while ten (10) were apprehended at No.1 Marian Owan by Lemena junction. The other six suspects were arrested at Parliamentary Extension, Calabar.
The suspects aged between 22 – 35 years are: Modey Terrence Akong, Detoo Bem Daniel, Godson Topbie, Moses Valentine Nkpung, Idang Confidence, Chinagorom Edward, Enwereuzo Chidiebere, Obioma ThankGod, Richard Reinhard, Clinton Christopher, Raymond Samuel, Etim Paul, Okechukwu Caleb and Joseph Akobo.
Others are Morayo Jerry, Ogar Jemyford, Emmanuel Chika, Okpubeku Prosper, Onedo Caleb, Enajemo Oghenekaro, Great Asume, Ebuka Uzokwe, Obikwelu Ugochukwu, Oloko Pius Monshe, Gideon Ani, Effiong Akaninyene, Agoh Oscar, Agu Favour, Abang Godswill, Amalam Micheal, Luka Kaben, Ifeanyi Enwereuzo and Achilonu Moses.
At the point of arrest, several laptops and mobile phones were recovered from the suspects. Also recovered from them are three Lexus saloon cars with registration numbers: LAGOS – AKD 56 FQ, ABUJA- KUJ 79 BM and IMO – UMG 956 KU; a Toyota Camry and a Honda Accord with registration numbers LAGOS – APP 368FY and OYO – BDJ 476AQ respectively.
The arrested suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.