Posted by News Express | 2 September 2019 | 924 times
The Kano Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered the sum 690,400 US dollars and N550,692,362 between January and August 2019.
This was disclosed by the Acting Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Mustapha Magu who spoke through the Head of the Kano Office, Akaninyene Ezima, at a press briefing in Kano today, September 2, 2019.
Ezima disclosed that the zone was also focusing on cybercrime through intelligence gathering and collaboration with other agencies across the world. He said: “In this zone, we are developing a lot of intelligence in order to ensure that we combat this menace. Of course, we are sending a word of warning, the world has become a global village and these days law enforcement is not limited by national borders.
“So there are a lot of collaboration between the Commission and other law enforcement agencies in the world. As a result of such collaborations, several arrests have been made and we in the Kano Zonal Office, will make sure we deliver on this mandate and stamp out the scourge of cybercrime.
“I want to advise members of the public that not to disclose their bank details to anybody because we often receive unsolicited phone calls, emails, asking us for our banking information. There is no bank or financial institution that will call you and ask for your banking details.”
He further warned that these scams are mostly perpetrated at weekends, when the fraudsters know that it will be difficult for victims to contact their banks.
Ezima also cautioned the public against the prevalence of Ponzi and other get-rich-quick schemes while also calling on Bureau de Change operators not to allow themselves to be used as conduit pipes for money laundering.
He disclosed that the Commission’s Kano Office has started an enlightenment campaign programme on television and radio in Katsina in collaboration with the Katsina State Government, to educate the people on the ills of corruption and financial crimes.
In a related development, the EFCC Lagos office on Friday, August 30, 2019, secured the conviction of four internet fraudsters before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the State High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.
The convicts; Adeoye Oriyomi, Onabule Adedokun Kenny, Osei Amankwa Isaac and Sodeindene Oluwatosin, who were arraigned on one count separate charges bordering on possession of fraudulent documents pleaded guilty to the charges preferred against them by the EFCC.
The charges read: “That you Adeoye Oriyomi on or about the 30th day of July, 2019 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud had in your possession a document titled “Google Account” wherein you represented yourself as Katherine Peters (a white female) which representation you knew or ought to have known to be false.
“That you Onabule Adedokun Kenny on or about the 30th day of July,
2019 in Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division with intent to defraud had in your possession a document titled “My Love” where you represented yourself as Tama Jones (a white female) which representation you knew or ought to have known to be false.
“That you Onabule Adedokun Kenny sometime in July, 2019 in Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division had in your possession a document dated 9th July, 2019 wherein you falsely represented yourself as a white female, Evelyn Barker, to Dean Wohlgemuth when you ought to know having regard to the circumstances of the case that the document contains the false pretence.
“That you Sodeindene Oluwatosin on or about the 13th day of February, 2019 in Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division with intent to defraud had in your possession an email wherein you represented yourself as “Richard Davis” an American citizen, which representation you ought to have known to be false.”
In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, E.S. Okon informed the court that the convicts willingly entered into a 'plea bargain agreement' with the Commission.
The fact of the cases were reviewed wherein the convicts made extra-judicial statements confessing to committing the crimes.
Items recovered from the convicts which include a car, five mobile phones, and four laptops were also highlighted by the prosecutor.
Okon however urged the court to convict and sentence the defendants according to the plea bargain agreements entered into by them.
Counsel to the convicts, Z.S Makinde and Ikhide Daniels pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as they were first time offenders and that they are remorseful about the crime committed.
Justice Oshodi, however convicted the defendants but gave them an option of fine of N200,000 each, which must be paid within 60 days from the day of judgment.
He also ordered that the convicts must undertake a six-month community service at Old People’s Home, Yaba, Lagos, and that there must be monthly report from the community service unit to the court as to ensure proper supervision.
He further ordered that the EFCC must ensure the service is carried out and must also file and serve the court with a report on the last Friday of every month for the duration of six months.
All items recovered from the convicts were forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Justice Oshodi however said in his ruling that the convicts shall be imprisoned for a term of one year if the fine is not paid within 60 days and that the term shall commence from the day of default.
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