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Two convicted fraudsters lose three duplexes, over N200m to FG

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Two convicted Internet fraudsters, Tobilola Ibrahim Bakare and Alimi Seun Sikiru, have lost cash and properties in the upscale Lekki axis of Lagos to the Federal Government.

This followed their arrest and successful prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The forfeited assets include N196, 741, 216.82 and N7, 054, 852.01 in bank accounts; two vehicles, a Mercedes Benz E500 and a Toyota Hilux 2020.

Others are: a five-bedroom duplex situated at Ibrahim Eleto Street, Osopa London, Lekki, Lagos; four-bedroom semi-detached duplex situated at Ologolo, Jakande, Lekki, Lagos; and another four-bedroom semi-detached duplex in Southern View Estate, Mayor Court, Chevron Alternative Road, Lekki, Lagos.

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The two vehicles are valued at N30 million, while the three duplexes are valued at N230 million.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement, yesterday, said the fraudsters gave up the assets as they could not give satisfactory explanation of the funds and properties linked to them, adding that they confessed to involvement in cybercrime.

The fraudsters were subsequently arraigned before Justice O. A. Taiwo of the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, on five-count amended charge bordering on conspiracy and retaining stolen property, an offence contrary to Sections 411 and 328 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.

They pleaded guilty to the charges preferred against them.

Taiwo convicted and sentenced Bakare to three years imprisonment on counts one, two, three, four and five, with the option of fine of N3 million. The judge also convicted and sentenced Sikiru to three years imprisonment on counts one and five with an option of fine of N1 million.

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Adamawa State governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, meanwhile, has said that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) helped the state government to recover N120 million from the state’s Commercial Farmers Loans Scheme.

Fintiri disclosed this at the commissioning of the new Adamawa State office complex of the ICPC.

Represented by Deputy Governor, Crowther Seth, Fintiri commended ICPC’s contributions to the promotion of integrity, transparency and accountability in the state.

He called on ICPC to consider building the capacity of Adamawa State government officials, especially members of its Anti-corruption Units in Ministries, Departments and Agencies to, not only resist the temptation of being corrupt, but also have a full grasp of anti-corruption laws and extant regulations to guide their daily official and private transactions.

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