Justice O.A. Musa of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Apo on Monday 18th October 2021 in two separate rulings, sentenced one Okoro Daniel (Alias Michael Kani) and James Nicholas to various jail terms for cybercrime offences.
Okoro who claimed to be a US citizen working with the United Nations as a medical doctor induced Christiana Morgan, Auriel Correl and one Phillip, all Americans, to deliver to him the equivalent of N10m (Ten Million Naira only) with which he acquired a Lexus Jeep RX 350, while Nicholas tricked Leongorman Simone Everett to deliver the sum of N1.5m (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira) to him on the guise of being an internet hacker. The defendants pleaded guilty to the offences.
The cross-examination of the fourth prosecution witness, PW4, Isaac Gado in the ongoing money laundering trial of former Niger State Governor, Muazu Babangida Aliyu and two others, Tanko Beji and Umar Nasko before Justice Mikail Aliyu of the Niger State High Court, Minna, on Friday October 15, witnessed an interesting twist, as counsel to Aliyu vehemently objected to the line of questioning of the witness by counsel to Nasko.
The trial of Fred Ajudua for allegedly obtaining money to the tune of $8.4m could not go on today, Monday, October 18, 2021, as his lawyer, Olalekan Ojo, SAN, sought an adjournment before Justice Josephine Oyefeso of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ajah, Lagos.
Ajudua allegedly defrauded a former Chief of Army Staff, Ishaya Bamaiyi, of $8.4m, while they both were in Kirikiri Prison, Lagos in 2004 for different offences.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, October 18, 2021, re-arraigned two British nationals, James Richard Nolan and Adam Quinn (at large), before Justice D.U. Okorowo of the Federal High Court, Abuja for their alleged complicity in the controversial Process and Industrial Development gas processing contract, leading to the $9.6bn arbitral award to P&ID Limited by a United Kingdom commercial court.
The defendants, both directors of Goidel Resources Limited, a Designated Non-Financial Institution (DNFI) and ICIL Limited, were docked on a 32 count- charge bordering on money laundering.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, October 18, 2021 arraigned one Alhaji Haruna Husseini before Justice A. S. Adepoju of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Wuse, Abuja, on a two count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretense and breach of trust to the tune of Thirty Million Naira (N30, 000,000).
The defendant falsely presented himself as the owner of a property located at Plot No. 167 Katempe District, Abuja, and fraudulently sold the property to one Vincent Mshelia for Thirty Million Naira.
The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing of one Simon Gailo before Justice M.T.M Aliyu of the Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna for offences bordering on cheating. He was alleged to have in December 2015 induced one Dominic Kassem to pay him N500, 000 for a piece of a land situated at Karuga New Extension, Kaduna on the guise that he was representative of the owner, one Alhaji Ubale Ibrahim.
But in 2017, when Kassem went to the site, he discovered that someone else had already erected a structure on the plot. He contacted Ubale Ibrahim who told him that he was not aware of the sale transaction.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the interim forfeiture of five designer sunglasses, five luxury wristwatches, and an iPhone 8 recovered from Ismaila Mustapha, aka Mompha, when he was arrested on October 19, 2019 at the Nnamdi Asikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Mompha is being prosecuted by the EFCC alongside his company, Ismalob Global Investment at a Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, presided over by Justice A. M Liman on a 14-count charge, bordering on cyber fraud and money laundering to the tune of N33 billion.
The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, October 15, 2021 arrested 12 suspected internet fraudsters at Alapata and Awotan areas of Ibadan, Oyo State.
The suspects are: Adetola Oluwaseyi Francis, Yusuf Sadam Opeyemi, Usman Adam Abudulahi, Usman Adams Shehu, Ogunleye Timidehin Paul, Omobowa Oluwagbemileke Israel, Owoade Kehinde Elijah, Kamorudeen Sodiq Akano.
The Maiduguri Zonal Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Onwukwe C. Obiora today Friday, October 15, 2021 called on Small and Medium Enterprises to comply with regulations that require registration and certification by the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering, SCUML.
Obiora gave the charge through the Head, Special Control Unit against Money Laundering, SCUML, Ibrahim Baba Ma’aji at a two-day sensitisation programme organized by Hally’s Way Concept with the theme: “SMEs as Non Designated Financial Institutions; How to Register and Report Financial Activities with SCUML.”
Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Friday, October 15, 2021 sentenced one 24-year-old man from Ilesha in Atakumosa Local Government Area of Osun State, Akingbolagbe Olaleye Samuel to a term of one-year in prison for offences bordering on cybercrime, contrary to and punishable under Section 319(a) of the Penal Code.
Akingbolagbe, a student of the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin was prosecuted on one count by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.