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EFCC secures convictions for 17 internet fraudsters in Enugu

By Lawrence Njoku (Enugu), Terhemba Daka (Abujja), Ayoyinka Jegede (Uyo), Osiberoha Osibe (Awka), Eniola Daniel (in Umuahia) and Timothy Agbor (Osogbo)
16 November 2021   |   2:57 am
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday said, it has secured the conviction of 17 internet fraudsters in Enugu State.

EFCC. Photo/TWITTER/OFFICIALEFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday said, it has secured the conviction of 17 internet fraudsters in Enugu State.
   
The anti-graft agency’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, who announced the conviction in a statement yesterday, said the convicts were arraigned on November 11 before Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Enugu.

   
The defendants include, Augustine Dimgba Ikeoha, Orji Patrick Onyebuchi, Egwu Collins Somto, Echezona Emmanuel Nwoye, Ohazuruike Christian, Emeli Ikenna, Echebiri Ifeanyichukwu Victor, Echefulam Uche, Ameh David Owenchochi, Tasie Henry Nzube, Ene Ndukaku Chinwendu, Innocent Chukwuemeka.
  
Others are Onyebuchi Victor Okwaodu, Ikeja Eyerinbi, Chukwu Miracle, Emmanuel Murewa and Ejike Prince.
    
They were charged separately on charges bordering criminal impersonation and obtaining money by false pretence.
 
 
Their offences were contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(i)(ii)(iii) and punishable under Section 22(2)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act 2015.
  
Justice Buba sentenced Ohazuruike Christian to one-year imprisonment with an option of an N500,000 fine, while his phone is to be forfeited to the Federal Government.
 
The judge also sentenced others to one-year imprisonment each with an option of a N1million fine.
  
They are also to forfeit their phones to the Federal Government.