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25 MAR 2020

Ultrascan Advanced Global Investigations, a Netherlands - based firm which has been studying
419 matters since the mid - 1990's, in 2020 completed an interesting study and commentary on
the nexus of Nigerian organized crime, corruption, and terrorist activity. Here is a link to that study:
2020 Nigeria The Split.
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20 MAR 2020

EFCC Arrests 10 Suspected Fraudsters in Enugu

The Enugu Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday
18th March, 2020 arrested 10 suspected internet fraudsters from some locations at Bricks Layout
and Thinkers Corner Enugu, Enugu State. Those arrested include: Anyadike Chinedu, Anyadike Obinna,
Ngoka Obinna, Nonso Mbah, Egbo Chigozie, Nwobi Benjamin, Nnabuike Akachukwu, Ede Chidera, Ogbe
Donald and Valentine Sunday Okereke.

According to intelligence report, they are involved in cyber/internet related activities and
living above their means with proceeds gotten from their numerous fraudulent activities.

Some of the items recovered from them include several sophisticated mobile phones, Dell,
Sony, Hp and Apple laptops; three Lexus ES 350 cars, Lexus Rx 350, Lexus GS 300 Saloon car;
an envelope containing several vehicle particulars, with other incriminating items. Meanwhile,
the suspects are still undergoing interrogations while devices intercepted from them are being
subjected to further forensic analysis after which they would be arraigned.

The press release includes photos:

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20 MAR 2020

Internet Fraudster Jailed Two Years

The Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, presided by Justice Mojisola Dada on Friday,
March 20, 2020, convicted and sentenced one Lawal Azeez Olakunle to two years imprisonment on a
two-count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents.

The convict was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for his
involvement in internet fraud activities.

One of the charges reads: "That you Lawal Azeez Olakunle sometime in 2018 at Lagos, within the
Judicial Division of this Honourable Court, had in your possession an email wherein you represented
yourself as Vince Gill with email address john.tapia19700@gmail.com and sent same to sydavid66@gamil.com
advertising a part time business engagement in oil and gas petrol chemical firm which you know having
regards to the circumstance of the case that the document contains false pretence."

The convict pleaded guilty to the charges when read to him.

Upon the plea, prosecution counsel, Ekerumwem Anana reviewed the facts of the case before the court.

Reviewing the facts, Anana told the court that the convict was arrested following an intelligence
report of the activities of the convict.

He told the court that a car and an iphone7 were recovered from the convict.

Anana also told the court that the convict admitted to perpetrating the crime and that he wrote
a confessional statement to show he committed the offence.

The confessional statement and printed documents from the iPhone of the convict was rendered and
admitted in evidence.

Anana urged the court to convict and sentence the defendant as charged.

Justice Dada convicted and sentenced the defendant to two years imprisonment and the sentence
is to run concurrently.

She ordered that the items recovered from the convict be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Justice Dada however gave an "option of fine" of N1million to the convict.

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20 MAR 2020

Four Internet Fraudsters Jailed Six Months Each

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, on Thursday,
March 19, 2020 convicted and sentenced Badrix Anuoluwapo Joshua, Ikpi Godfrey Nana, Ajayi
Damilola Leke and Lawal Olamide to six months imprisonment each for their involvement in
internet fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC arraigned the convicts on a one-count charge
each of "possession of fraudulent document".

One of the charges reads: "That you Badrix Anuoluwapo Joshua sometime in 2020, in Lagos within
the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, had in your possession documents containing false pretence,
wherein you falsely represented yourself as "Joy Sarah" which you ought to have known that the said
documents contains false pretence."

Another charge reads: "That you Ajayi Damilola Leke (AKA HILLARY SCOTT, MATTHEW CURTIS, DONALD TRUBY),
on or about the 8th day of March, 2020 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, had
in your possession a fraudulent document tilted: "Account Recovery Options" wherein you represented
yourself as Hillary Scott, Matthew Curtis and Donald Truby amongst other fraudulent names, with email
address hillary.scott535@yahoo.com, a pretence you knew was false." They all pleaded guilty. Upon their
plea, prosecution counsel, Franklin Ufoma, urged the court to allow him review the facts of their cases.

Franklin, reviewing the facts, told the court that following intelligence report, the convicts were
arrested amongst other syndicates in a hotel in Ikorodu, Lagos State, where they perpetrated their
internet fraudulent activities.

He further reviewed that two Nokia phones, a Samsung Galaxy phone, one IphoneX and one iPhone 7 were
recovered from the convicts and they all made confessional statements wherein they admitted committing
the offences.

Consequently, Frankiln urged the court to convict and sentence the defendants as charged. He also
prayed the court to forfeit all items recovered from them to the Federal Government.

Justice Taiwo accordingly convicted and sentenced the defendants to six months each.

She also ordered the forfeiture of the items recovered from the convicts to the Federal Government
of Nigeria.

She however gave an "option of fine" of N200, 000 to Badrix Anuoluwapo Joshua, Ikpi Godfrey Nana and
Lawal Olamide but gave an "option of fine" of N250,000 to Ajayi Damilola Leke.

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20 MAR 2020

EFCC Docks Man for $39, 000 USD Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos zonal office, on Thursday, March 19, 2020
arraigned one Unigwe Charles Chidozie before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court
sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a six-count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents and
obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of $39, 000 (Thirty-Nine Thousand United States Dollars).

The defendant was alleged to have been involved in internet fraud activities and has defrauded many
foreigners of their monies.

One of the charges reads: "That you Unigwe Charles Chidozie (a.k.a. Bryan Matt) sometime in 2019 in
Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud, presented
yourself to Mrs. Sari Prathaningrum a citizen of Indonesia, as Bryan Matt, a friend of one Capt. Jeff
purportedly serving American Navy and deceitfully obtained the sum of $30,000 (Thirty Thousand US Dollars)
from the said Mrs. Sari Prathaningrum, on the understanding that Capt. Jeff is in love with her and that
the said amount will be used for the payment of some loan which would be refunded immediately after your
return from a mission in South America, which pretence you knew was false."

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him by the EFCC.

In view of the plea, the prosecution counsel, Ahmed Yerima, asked the court for a trial date and prayed
the court to remand the defendant in correctional facility pending the outcome of the case.

The defence counsel, Richard Oma informed the court that he has filed and served the prosecution with
a bail application, and therefore urged the court to grant his client bail.

In response, prosecution counsel, Yerima admitted receiving the application but told the court that he
needed time to respond to the application as he was still within the time frame provided by law to respond
to the application.

Justice Taiwo, after listening to both parties, gave prosecution one week to respond to the application.

The matter was adjourned till March 25, 2020 for hearing of the application.

Justice Taiwo ordered the remand of the defendant in a correctional facility pending the hearing of the
bail application.

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20 MAR 2020

Court Convicts Two FBI Suspects, Four Others

The Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, March 19, 2020
secured the convictions of two FBI suspects and four others before Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High
Court, Warri, Delta State for various offences bordering on impersonation, Internet fraud and operating
a vessel within Nigerian Waters without due registration and licence by appropriate authority.

One of the convict, Patrick Erakposhere Onajokpe, alias John Mark was arraigned on a two count charge of
fraudulently impersonating the identity of John Mark through which he defrauded unsuspecting American ladies.

One of the count reads: That you Chief Patrick Onajokpe (alias James Mark) Glory Agbare (at large) Alfred
Akpewe (at large) Elena Onah (at large) sometime between 2014 and 2015 in Warri within the jurisdiction of
this honourable court fraudulently impersonated the identity of one James Mark claiming to be a black American
working in deep sea off coast of taxes, USA, in your hush app account where you enticed unsuspecting American
ladies into romantic relationships online and in that process, obtained the aggregate sum of $878,489,24
from ladies and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 22(2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrime
(prohibition prevention, ets) Act 2015 and punishable under section 22(2)(b)(iv) of the same Act.

Upon his arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

In view of his pleas, the prosecution counsel, Aso Larry Peters, prayed the court to convict and sentence
the defendant accordingly.

However, the defence counsel, Paul Ejiga, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendant
was a first time offender and has become remorseful.

Justice Nwite convicted and sentenced Onajokpe to five years imprisonment, in the alternative, a fine of
N6, 000, 000 (Six Million Naira). He is also to forfeit all items recovered from him which include a Range
Rover Jeep, a Petroleum Filing Station, an uncompleted plaza and phones. Justice Nwite also ruled that the
properties be sold with the proceeds restituted to the victim of the crimes.

[The remainder of the article does not deal with 419 AFF crimes]

The press release includes photos:

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419 Coalition note: We are glad the the court specifically ordered that the assets
recovered from the 419er will be liquidated, and the proceeds repatriated to his victims.
We trust that the EFCC will see to it that the victims receive the monies, and stand
accountable for that. This should be a standard requ9irement in all judgements in 419
cases in our view.
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19 MAR 2020

EFCC Arraigns Six for Internet Fraud

Six internet fraudsters were on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 arraigned by the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office. They were arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo
of the Special Offences Court sitting in Lagos.

The defendants are: Adedayo Williams Khalim; Oyeyemi Toheeb Abiodun; Kareem Abimbola; Bakare Lolade
Lateef; Omolade Mayowa Solomon and Ojora Daniels.

The defendants, except one Opeyemi Toheed Abiodun were arraigned on a one-count separate charge
of same offence bordering on possession of fraudulent documents except.

Abiodun was arraigned on two counts. One of the charges reads: "That you Adedayo Williams Khalim
sometime in March, 2020 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court had in your possession
documents containing by false pretence, which you ought to have known that the said documents contains
false pretence."

Five of the defendants pleaded not guilty while Adedayo Williams Khalim pleaded guilty to the charge
preferred against him by the EFCC.

Upon the guilty plea of Adedayo, the prosecution counsel, Idris Mohammad asked the court for a date
to review the facts of the case and prayed the court to remand him in the Correctional facility.

However, prosecution counsel, Idris Mohammad asked the court for a trial date for the defendants who
pleaded not guilty and prayed the court to also remand them in correctional facility pending the outcome
of the case.

The defence counsels to the defendants who pleaded not guilty, T.A. Adeboye, Femi Aina, V. E. Amakri, D.O.
Ogunjumi and Z.S. Makinde informed the court that they have filed applications for bail on behalf of their
clients but are yet to serve the court and the prosecution.

They however prayed the court for a short date to allow them move the applications.

Justice Taiwo, after listening to both parties adjourned Khalim, Abimbola and Lateef's matter till
March 24, 2020 for hearing of bail applications and commencement of trial.

She also adjourned the matter of Daniels till March 23, 2020 for hearing of bail application while that
of Solomon was adjourned till April 1, 2020 for hearing of bail application.

Similarly, Abiodun's matter was adjourned till April 3, 2020 for hearing of bail application.

Consequently, Justice Taiwo ordered that all the defendants be remanded in Correctional facility.

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19 MAR 2020

Internet Fraudster Bags Nine Months Jail Term

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos zonal office, Wednesday, March 18, 2020
secured the conviction and sentencing of one Shobogun Olushola Emmanuel to nine months imprisonment
before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos for his
involvement in internet fraud.

The convict was arraigned on a one-count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents,
an offence contrary to Section 320 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

He however pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against him by the EFCC.

The one- count charge reads: "That you Shobogun Olushola Emmanuel sometime in December, 2019 in Lagos
within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, had in your possession documents containing false
pretence, wherein you falsely represented yourself as "Harry Watts", "Leigh Kellis", "Dale Cannon",
and "Jared Rowland" which you ought to have known that the said documents contains false pretence."

While reviewing the facts of the case, prosecution counsel, Idris Mohammad told the court that the
convict was arrested about a week ago after the Commission received an intelligence report on the
internet fraud activities of some individuals.

He further told the court that at the point of arrest, a Toyota Camry car with registration number
EKY 771 FJ and an iPhone Max were recovered from the convict.

The iPhone was analyzed in the forensic lap of the Commission and it was found that the defendant
operates an email containing a Rental Agreement Letter for internet fraud activities, Idris said.

The documents found in the iPhone were tendered and admitted in evidence.

In view of the reviewed facts, the prosecution counsel, Mohammad urged the court to convict and sentence
the defendant as charged by the EFCC.

Justice Taiwo convicted and sentenced the defendant to nine months imprisonment.

She also ordered that the items recovered from the convict be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Justice Taiwo however gave the convict an option of fine for N250,000.

The press release includes a photo:

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18 MAR 2020

EFCC Arrests 12 Internet Fraud Suspects in Ilorin

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ilorin Zonal Office has arrested 13 persons
for their alleged involvement in online fraud.

They are Babatunde Omiyale, Salau Olumide, Akinsanya Ridwan Olamide, Akinola Eniola, Bashir Abdulbasit,
Jide Owolabi, Kolade Balogun, Salawu Oluwadamilare, Akinola Opeyemi, Adewumi Johnson, Abiola Adedeji
and Salawu Victor.

They were arrested at locations within the Ilorin Metropolis based on intelligence reports gathered
by the EFCC over their fraudulent activities.

During interrogation they confessed to their shady activities online.

Several incriminating documents were printed from their mobile phones and the laptop computers recovered
from them.

They will soon be arraigned in Court.

The press release includes a photo:

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18 MAR 2020

EFCC Secures Conviction of Yahoo Boy

Justice C. N. Oji of the FCT, High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, convicted
and sentenced one internet fraudster, Ken Odiase alias Phillip Iowell who was prosecuted by the Abuja
Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Odiase aka Phillip Iowell who pleaded guilty was first arraigned on October 15, 2019 on a one count
charge bordering on computer related fraud and obtaining money by false pretense.

Following plea of guilt, the court convicted and sentenced him to a one-month imprisonment with an option
of a fine of N150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) and ordered him to forfeit all the proceeds
of crime to the Federal Government.

Ken was amongst the fraudsters arrested by the anti-graft agency on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at No 5
Arbe-Saibra Dantata Estate, Kubwa, Abuja, following intelligence. Items recovered during the raid included
mobile phones, laptop computers and a Mercedes C350 worth N3.5m (Three Million Five Hundred Naira) only.

Investigations revealed that Ken lured his victims mainly based in United States of America, USA, via a
Face book profile with the name: Sergeant Phillip Iowell under the pretense of being a military personnel
working with the USA Army on a mission in Syria.

He had successfully defrauded his victims of a total of $3,900; $2,000 from Lucinda Macaulay; $500 from Marie;
$800 from Katherine and $600 from Sara. The monies were wired to him through Western Union into his First Bank
account in Nigeria.

The press release includes a photo:

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419 Coalition comment: How about the victims of this 419er? Why are the proceeds of his
crimes going to the Government of Nigeria? It is the money of his Victims that he stole....
This forfeiting of the proceeds of 419 crimes to the Goverment of Nigeria has got to stop.
Recovered monies and assets (after liquidation) need to be promptly repatriated to Victims
of 419. From a victim's point of view, this guy stole their money, and now the Government
of Nigeria is sort of re-stealing it..... 419 Coalition says - Send it Back.
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17 MAR 2020

Twelve Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested in Imo

The Port Harcourt Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested
12 suspected internet fraudsters in Ishuizo, Egbu in Owerri, Imo State.

The suspects are: Samuel Chimaobi, Alex Udodiri, Ejike Chikamso, Nwanchukwu Michael and Obialor Samson.

Others are: Chukwudi Leo Asoegbu, Michael Opara, Uzukwu Chibuike Princewill, Okeke Mac Donald,
Jonathan Chikwen Nature, Agu Emmanuel Ebere and Ikechi Lucky Obi.

They are among 23 persons apprehended in an early morning operation by the Commission on March 12, 2020.
However after careful screening, eleven suspects were released. Preliminary investigation has established
the involvement of the remaining 12 suspects in various internet scams ranging from love scam, Bitcoin
fraud, identity theft, trading scam, among others.

Items recovered from the suspects include 11 laptops, five android phones, four Nokia phones, one
Techno phone, three WIFI, two modems and a wrist watch.

The suspects will soon be arraigned in court.

The press release includes a photo:

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16 MAR 2020

Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested in Imo

The Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested eight
suspected internet fraudsters at different locations within Owerri, Imo State.

The suspects were rounded up by the operatives of the Advance Fee Fraud Section, AFF of the Zone
following an intelligence report on the illegal activities of suspected cybercriminals in and around
Owerri city.

Several Smartphones of different models, laptop and two motor vehicles were recovered from the
suspects during the operation.

They will soon be arraigned in court.

The press release includes a photo:

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13 MAR 2020

EFCC Nabs 12 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Akwa Ibom, Cross River

The Uyo zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested 12
suspected internet fraudsters in Calabar, Cross River State and Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

The suspects are: Ahmed Adelakun, Matthew Edafe, Chukwuma Edwin Chisom, Mbang Prince, Ogon
Godspower and Nnamdi Ogana.

Others are: Abasiama Essien, Phiona Ekok Osim, Gabriel David, Ugochukwu Onuabuchi, Raphael
Bassey and Etim Stephen.

Chisom was arrested at Ukpei street, off Abak road, Uyo while others were nabbed at various
locations including 110 Victory Way Extension, Satellite town in Calabar.

While admitting to the crime, the suspects during interrogation, availed operatives information
about how they operated.

Investigations showed that they were into various cybercrime activities such as, love scam,
online Bitcoin trading scam, identity theft, amongst others.

Their modus operandi include sourcing for victims in Facebook and Instagram and claiming to be
United States military personnel in other countries who could not access their money. They make
their victims give them gift cards which they change to Bitcoin and to naira.

Items recovered from them include: Toyota Matrix, Lexus, Toyota Camry, various sophisticated
phones and laptops.

They will soon be arraigned in court.

The press release includes photos:

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13 MAR 2020

Exotic Cars, Gadgets Recovered from Internet Fraud Suspects in Enugu

The Enugu Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has recovered several
gadgets and exotic cars from 20 suspected internet fraudsters arrested in the state.

The arrest and recovery, which were effected between March 5 and 11, 2020 at Republic/Bricks Estates
and Premier layout respectively, was sequel to intelligence reports and surveillance carried out on them.

Reports reaching the Commission had indicated that the suspects who were obviously living above their
means were engaged in numerous fraudulent online activities.

Some of the items recovered from them believed to be proceeds of their illegal activities include
several mobile phones, two apple laptops, three HP laptops, white Toyota Venza, Toyota Avalon, Black
Lexus ES350, Lexus GX470 SUV, two Toyota Corolla cars, Range Rover, Dodge Charger with other incriminating
items.

The suspects are currently undergoing interrogation, with devices recovered from them being subjected
to forensic analysis, as they will soon be arraigned in court

The press release includes photos:

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13 MAR 2020

Operation Rewired: Four EFCC Officers Receive FBI Commendation in Kwara

Four officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ilorin Zonal Office, Kwara State,
have received "Certificate of Commendation" from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, in recognition
of their roles in the success of "Operation Rewired 2019", a joint field operation with the FBI to combat
the menace of cybercrime.

The recipients include, the Zonal Head, Mallam Isyaku Sharu; his second-in-command, Mr. Dare Folarin;
Head of Advance Fee Fraud, Mr. Olamide Sadiq and Mr. Sesan Ola of the Legal and Prosecution Department.

Presenting the Certificates, Ayotunde Awoyemi, Foreign Service National Investigator, who represented
Ahamdi Uche, legal attache of the FBI noted that they were commended "for their participation in operation
rewired 2019".

It will be recalled that the Ilorin Zonal Office of the EFCC last year secured the conviction of one
Joseph Oyediran, an internet fraudster wanted by the FBI.

The press release includes a photo:

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12 MAR 2020

EFCC Arrests 48 Internet Fraud Suspects in Ogun

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, on March 12, 2020, arrested
48 suspected internet fraudsters in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The suspects, many of whom claimed to be undergraduates, range between the ages of 18 and 28 years.

They were apprehended at locations around Alabata area of the ancient town, following actionable
intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet-related crimes.

Among the suspects are: Anwinilomo Tomisin, Ayeni Ifedapo, Melojuekun Oluwatobi, Adeyemo Stephen,
Gideon Achuka, David Mulero, Owolabi Abraham, Toheeb Olabanji, Teslim Kasali, Jide Abiodun Emmanuel,
Alli Emmanuel Oluwaseun, Adeniyi Sultan, Ejiro Daniel, Chima Emmanuel, Adejare Oyebajo, Dike Chukwuebuka,
Emeka Ikegbunam, Daniyi Tobiloba, Tomiwa Ibironke, Daniel Onnorom, Quadri Ayaniyi, Victor Solomon, Ayeni
Oluwatosin, Adegbenro Emmanuel, Abdulrauf Adam, Daniel Praise, Biyi Adegbamigbe, Adeyinka Ibrahim, Sadiq
Sanni, and Ibikunle Ajibola.

Others are: Stephen Matthew, Ayoola Ifekolade, Dapo Shobayo, Idowu Familusi, Ayodamola Fagoroye, Segun
Raheem, Fuhad Arowolo, Favour Ekeh, Akinlabi Royal, Kolade Nwachukwu, Kayinde Ajibike, Kunle Adejumo,
Matthew Adedotun, Adewunmi Samuel, Olusoji Fiyin, Olanrewaju Michael, Ola Ayomide and Dairo Emmanuel.

The early morning raid also led to recovery of valuable items, including three exotic cars, mobile
phones, laptops, and SIM cards, from the suspects.

They will soon be arraigned in court.

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10 MAR 2020

38 EFCC Operatives Bag FBI Award

It was commendation galore for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, as 38 operatives
of the Benin Zonal Office of the Commission on March 10, 2020 received Certificate of Recognition
from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI US Department of Justice.

Ayotunde Awoyemi, Foreign Service National Investigator, who presented the certificates to the officers,
on behalf of Uche Ahamdi and Heather Armstrong, Legal Attaché and Assistant Legal Attaché, respectively
said the commendation was in recognition of the critical roles the officers played in "Operation Rewired
2019", and their collaboration with FBI in combating the menace of business email compromise, BEC and
other cyber-crimes that constitute danger on an international scale.

A. H. Danmusa, PhD, Benin Zonal Head, who represented the Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, said he
was delighted that such reputable organisation as the FBI acknowledges the contribution of officers
of the Commission.

"The award will no doubt spur the Commission to do more in tackling cybercrime and other forms of fraud,"
he said, as he called on the FBI to assist the Commission in capacity-building through training and provision
of equipment.

Tonpre Osegwina, a recipient of the award said she was elated to receive the award even as she sought
for more collaboration between the EFCC and the FBI.

Bello Attahiru, another recipient also expressed his happiness with the award.

"I feel highly honoured to be given this award and it is a wake-up call for me and my colleagues to
do more," he said.

The press release includes a photo:

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10 MAR 2020

Exotic vehicles recovered from Internet Fraudster

The Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, following intelligence
report has arrested one Kingsley Achor and 13 others for their alleged involvement in internet-related
fraud and other cybercrime activities.

The raid by the operatives of the Advance Fee Fraud Section, EFCC was carried out at about 9pm on March 7,
2020 at Jimmy Land Hotels situated along Abacha Road, Maraba Area, located at the outskirts of Abuja following
credible intelligence reports. The suspects were rounded up while they were relishing a lavish birthday party
in honour of Achor who engages in romance scam.

Among properties recovered from them include, exotic vehicles - Mercedes Benz CLA 250, Toyota Camry and
Toyota Sienna alongside various smart phones and laptops.

The press release includes photos:

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10 MAR 2020

EFCC Docks Undergraduate who Posed as 'Ryan Murray' to Commit Internet Fraud

Justice E.A. Obile of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has
remanded Sunday Noble, a 25-year-old undergraduate of the University of Port Harcourt,
at the Port Harcourt Correctional Centre for impersonation and obtaining money by false
pretence.

The defendant was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Port
Harcourt's Zonal office, on March 10, 2020 on a four-count charge.

One of the counts reads: "That you, Sunday Deele Noble on or about the 13th day of February,
2019 within the Jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, did fraudulently obtained an iPhone 7
worth $319.84 USD with shipping cost of $14.69 USD through FedeEx Shippers from Julie Fink
and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(2) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other
Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act."

The defendant pleaded "not guilty" to the charges.

In view of his plea, prosecuting counsel E.G. Omeje urged the court to fix a date for
commencement of trial

However, defence counsel F.E. Enigwe made an oral orally application for the bail of the
defendant which was opposed by the prosecution

Justice Obile, thereafter, ordered that the defendant be remanded in the Port Harcourt Correctional
Centre pending determination of bail application while the matter was adjourned until April 6, 2020.

Noble was arrested during a raid following actionable intelligence on his alleged fraudulent
activities.

Investigation showed that he presented himself as Ryan Murray, a Florida, United States-based
contractor on Facebook, and used the false identity to defraud his victims - Julie Fink and
Mary Real. Apart from the iPhone 7, Fink sent a total sum of $5,886.91 USD to the defendant.

The press release includes a photo:

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9 MAR 2020

EFCC Arraigns Man for $12,650 Internet Fraud

The Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on March 9, 2020,
arraigned one Mede Oghenerume (alias Benjamin David) on a five-count charge, bordering on obtaining
by false pretence and internet fraud to the tune of $12,650 (Twelve Thousand Six Hundred and Fifty
United States Dollars) before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

One of the counts reads: "That you, Mede Oghenerume (alias Benjamin David) sometime in 2017 to 2019,
at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently impersonated one Benjamin
David from Italy, through the use of Google Handout Accounts induced one Debby from United States
of America to deliver to you the sum of $4,500 United States Dollars through one Micheal Miller
and Roland Utho, which represents fee for your house bills, in the guise that you are in a romantic
relationship with her, a fact which you know is false and thereby committed an offence contrary
to section 22(b) (i) (ii) and punishable under section 22 (b) (iv) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition,
Prevention) Act 2015."

He pleaded "not guilty" to the charges.

Following his plea, counsel for the EFCC, Aisha Habib asked the court for a trial date "to enable
us prove our case”"

"We also want you to remand the defendants in Correctional Facility pending the hearing and
determination of this case," she added.

Defence counsel, Edward Iheok, however prayed Justice Nyako to grant his client bail.

Justice Nyako, thereafter, adjourned until June 10, 2020 to rule on the bail application, and
ordered the defendant to be remanded in EFCC custody.

The press release includes a photo:

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9 MAR 2020

EFCC Arrests Hotelier, 79 Others in Lagos for Internet Fraud

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested a 30-year-old
Oladimeji Olusegun Ogunfolaju, owner of Lakers Hotel and Lake County Entertainment in Lagos,
and 79 others for allegedly involving in internet fraud.

The hotel, alleged to be a haven for Internet fraudsters, is being guarded by armed security
men from three security agencies, including the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian
Navy.

The suspects were arrested during a sting operation on the hotel located at 29, Ebute-Igbogbo Road,
Ikorodu, Lagos on Saturday, March 7, 2020, following an intensive surveillance and intelligence
gathering by the Commission about their alleged criminal activities.

In his statement, Ogunfolaju stated that he built the hotel, which houses a night club and a strip
bar, from the proceeds of internet fraud in 2017.

About 60 of the suspects have volunteered useful information, leading to further investigation.

Some of the items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest include exotic cars, jewelry,
mobile phones and some documents.

They will soon be arraigned in court.

The press release includes photos:

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419 Coalition comment: We'd like to thank the EFCC for this operation, this is
the type of high profile thing we like to see. The assistance of the Nigerian Army,
Police,and Navy is also much appreciated. Many more of this type of operation, please.
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6 MAR 2020

EFCC Arrests 42 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Ogun

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan zonal office on March 6, 2020,
arrested 42 youngsters for their alleged involvement in internet-related fraud.

The suspects, whose ages range between 18 and 33 years, were apprehended at different
locations in Ilaro, Ogun State, following actionable intelligence earlier received on
their alleged illegal activities.

The suspects are: Peter Fasuhan, Kareem Oladimeji, Adeleke Sodiq, Akinlolu Quadri, Popoola
Lukeman, Faniyi Jamiu, Joseph Elijah, Idowu Afolabi, Laleye Olaoluwa, Olabode Olasunkanmi,
Shoyola Joseph, Baura David, Janta Oluwafolabomi, Akintunde Wariz, Olukotun Abiodun, Kazeem
Popoola and Olaoye Akinyemi.

Others are: Adebanjo Olamide, Esiegbe Dare, Job Emmanuel, Idris Olarewaju, Bakare Sodiq,
Popoola Waliu, Popoola Ibrahim, Balogun Daniel, Adegbite Richard, Owolabi Aderibigbe, Oniyide
Benjamin, Sheye Oluwaseun, Enitan Babajide, Oguntayo Samud, Daramola Damilola, Adeniji Azeez,
Shobola Adeolu, Odunbaku Tunde, Olamilekan Adedeji, Maja Toheeb, Giwa Olajide, Tolu Yusuf,
Ashoregbabo Ayo, Akanbi Olamide and Adeosun Temitope.

Items recovered from them include eight exotic cars, mobile phones and laptops.
They will soon be arraigned in court.

The press release includes photos:

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3 MAR 2020

Suspect Caught With Mini Coffin, As EFCC Arrests Six 'Yahoo Boys' In Ibadan

A 38-year-old suspected internet fraudster, Azeez Adebowale, has been arrested with a mini coffin
containing fetish materials found in his possession, when his house was raided by operatives of
the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on March 2, 2020.

Adebowale, who claimed to be using the coffin as a soap rack, was among six persons arrested by
operatives, following weeks of piecing together intelligence report on their alleged involvement
in internet fraud.

A lady, Toyinsola Bolumole, was among those picked up by operatives at locations around Oluyole
and Alao-Akala Estates of the ancient city.

Others are Ifelowo Ololade, Sonuyi Ayodeji, Folarin Oladele Olayinka and Aluko Olawale.

Items recovered from them include four cars, various brands of sophisticated phones and an
Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card.

The press release includes photos:

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3 MAR 2020

EFCC Nabs Foreign Job Scammers in Kaduna

Operatives of the Kaduna Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
have arrested one Obi Sobenna Jude and Robert Sunday Olaoluwa, for defrauding unsuspecting
members of the public, through job scam, by posing as foreigners working for American companies
on the internet.

The intelligence report was received and acted on by the Intelligence and Special Operations
Section, ISOS, of the Kaduna zone. Upon receipt of the intel, operatives swung into action and
stormed the residence of the suspects on February 29, 2020, at New GRA, Bayan Gida Yerima Gyade,
Bauchi State where they were arrested.

Under cross-examination, they confessed to the fact that they had been using different techniques
to defraud their victims, principally through the website: snagajob.com (a supposed job advert platform),
where they posed as hiring managers of TTEC, reputable company in USA and paxful.com (another supposed
platform) for trading bitcoins.

A search executed at their residence, also led to the recovery of a Toyota Camry salon car, a Sumec
Firman Generator, two laptops (one HP and one Dell model), one iPhone 8+, one Samsung S8, one Tecno KC8,
one Tecno F3, one Vivo Y37 and 4 ATM cards.

Analysis of their emails, text messages, chats and calls further confirmed the intelligence report
as there were series of conversions between the suspects, their accomplices and victims with regards
to their heinous acts of defrauding members of the public while sending fake offer letters to their
victims.

They will soon be arraigned in court.

The press release includes a photo:

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2 MAR 2020

Internet Fraudster Bags One Year

The Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the
conviction of Philip Utyo, for engaging in internet fraud, also known as yahoo yahoo.

Utyo was arraigned before Justice Modupe Osho' Adebiyi of a Federal Capital Territory, FCT High
Court, Gudu, on a one-count charge bordering on cybercrime.

Following the review of the case of the prosecution, which was led by H. M. Mohammed, Justice Adebiyi
on February 25, 2020, convicted him and sentenced to one year in prison with an option of N500,000.00
(Five Hundred Thousand Naira) as fine.

Counsel for the defence, David Amana, had pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy,
noting that the convict showed "great" remorse for his crime, having pleaded "guilty" to the charge,
and had agreed to forfeit all proceeds of his crime, including sophisticated electronic gadgets
to the Federal Government.

The press release includes a photo:

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28 FEB 2020

EFCC Arrests Nine Suspected Internet Fraudsters in FCT

The Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, February
28, 2020, arrested nine suspected internet fraudsters at two different locations within the Abuja
metropolis.

The suspects namely: Daniel Archiobong, David Ikechukwu, Alex James, Williams Vincent, Sanni Lucas,
Ichado Victor O, Ubah Henry, Anifowoshe Femi and Akinseye Dipo, were rounded off in the early hours
of today.

The suspects who are between the ages of 21 and 25, include some graduates, students of Oduduwa
University, Osun State, and National Youth Service Corps member.

Their arrest was sequel to intelligence reports received by the Cybercrime Section of the EFCC.

Some of the suspects owned up to their crimes during interrogation, which include: identity theft,
romance scam and online bitcoin trading scam, among others.

Information gathered from the suspects shows that they prowl social media platforms, such as
Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, from where they dupe unsuspecting Nigerians and oversea victims.

Items recovered from them include Toyota Venza, Lexus and Mercedes Benz cars, mobile phones
and laptops.

One of the suspects admitted that the vehicles were proceeds of the cybercrime.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigation are concluded.

The press release includes photos:

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27 FEB 2020

Three Internet Fraudsters Plead Guilty in Ilorin

Three suspected internet fraudsters facing prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission ( EFCC) Ilorin Zonal Office have pleaded guilty before Justice Adenike Akinpelu
of Kwara State High Court, Ilorin to the criminal charges levelled against them.

The defendants, namely: Olopade Oladimeji Solomon, Atanda Femi Benjamin and Atoyebi Samson
are being prosecuted on separate charges.

The charge against Atanda reads: "That you, Atanda Femi Benjamin ( alias Federer Abril), sometime
in December, 2018, at ilorin, within the judicial division of the Kwara State High Court, did attempt
to cheat by impersonation, when you pretended to be one Federer Abril to a white Caucasin vide Gmail
account: federerabril111@gamil.com and in that guise communicated with one Linda Richardson vide hangout
with Linda Richardson, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary
to Section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable Section 324 of the same Penal Code."

The charge against Atoyebi reads: "That you, Atoyebi Samson (a.k.a William Grover), sometime in
July, 2019, in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did cheat by impersonation
when you pretended to be one William Grover a white female with Gmail account willamgrover017@gmail.com,
and fraudulently deceived Charles Wood an American citizen, to send $500.00 (Two Hundred Dollar) worth
of gift card after you made him believe you were a girl in love with him and you thereby committed an
offence contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same Penal Code"

They all pleaded guilty to the charges, following which prosecuting counsels, Sesan Ola and Andrew
Akoja urged the court to convict them according.

Justice Akinpelu fixed March 17, 2020 for judgement and ordered that the defendants be remanded in
the custody of the EFCC.

The press release includes photos:

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26 FEB 2020

Female Undergraduate, Two Others Bag Seven Year Jail Terms in Enugu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal Office on Tuesday, February 24,
2020 secured the convictions of three undergraduates, namely: Cynthia Nwankwo Ifunanya (female),
22 years, Kingsley Omenazu 27 and Okorie Kosalachi Alex 29 years before Justice I Buba of Federal
High Court, Enugu, Enugu State on two separate count charges of internet fraud.

Justice Buba after reviewing the evidence against the convicts admitted that the prosecution
counsel, Eunice Vou Dalyop has proved her case beyond reasonable doubt and convicted and sentenced
Alex to three years imprisonment, while Ifunanya and Omenazu were handed two years imprisonment
respectively. The threesome was, however, given N2 million (Two Million Naira) option of fine each.

Justice Buba, further ruled that all the items recovered from the convicts by the EFCC should be
forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria. The convicts including the lady were arrested by
the EFCC at Airport View Estate Thinkers Corner, Enugu State following several calls by the residents
to the increasing fraudulent activities of the convicts in the area.

Meanwhile, four of the originally suspected fraudsters arraigned on seperate two and three count
charges, namely: Valentine Chinaza , Wisdom Obioma, Godswill Ndubuisi. O and Anya Precious Junior
all pleaded not guilty as charged.

In view of the pleas the prosecution counsel, Eunice Dalyop asked for a trial date and urged the
court to remand them in Enugu Correctional Service.

Following the development, counsel to Godswill Ndubuisi and Anya Precious, N.F Anyaegbulam moved
a motion for the bail of his clients which was granted by the court.

Justice Buba, after hearing from both counsels, granted the duo bail in the sum of N20 million each,
two sureties in like sum with landed property. He ordered the property to be verified by the court
and the sureties to show means of living and passports of the sureties be deposited to the court.

Justice Buba further ordered the defendants to be remanded in correctional service pending the
perfection of their bail conditions and adjourned the matter till March 13, 2020 for trial.

Similarly, Valentine Chinaza and Wisdom Obioma were ordered to be remanded in correctional Service
while their case was adjourned till February 26, 2020 for hearing of their bail applications.

The press release includes photos:

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26 FEB 2020

Man Bags 66 Years Imprisonment without Option of Fine for €55,000 Fraud in Delta

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Asaba has sentenced one Tonwerigha Oyintonbra Tombrown
to 66 years imprisonment without an option of fine for defrauding one Izabela Glogowska to the tune of
( €55,000) Fifty Five Thousand Euros under the pretext of paying it into her Perfect Money online account.

Tombrown had pleaded not guilty upon arraignment by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission in Federal High Court, Asaba, Delta State, on November 9, 2016.

He was prosecuted on thirty-three count charge, bordering on impersonation and obtaining money by false
pretence. However, at the resumed hearing on the matter on February 13, 2020, he switched gear and pleaded
guilty to all the charges.

One of the charges reads: "That you Tonweirigha Oyintonbra Tombrown (alias Michael Freeman, Yoshinaka
corporation) on or about the 8th day of May 2015, at Warri, Delta State, within the jurisdiction of this
honourable court, with intent to defraud, did present yourself as one Michael Freeman a famous online
trader and obtained the sum of (€5800) Five Thousand Eight Hundred Euros from Izabela Glogwoska under
the false pretence that you were going to pay the said sum into Izabela Glogwoska’s Perfect Money account,
a pretence you knew to be false, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) (a) of the
Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the said Act."

Prosecuting counsel, A.I Arogha reviewed the facts of the case and urged the court to convict him accordingly.

Justice Dimgba convicted and sentenced the defendant to two years imprisonment on each of the thirty three
count charges without an option of fine. The sentence is, however, to run concurrently from August 11, 2018,
the date the convict was taken into custody.

The judge further ruled that the EFCC should remit to the victim of the fraud, the sum of €30,475 (Thirty
Thousand Four Hundred and Seventy-five Euros, being part of the proceeds of crime, which the convict had
returned through the Commission in the course of investigation and prosecution of the case.

The press release includes a photo:

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419 Coalition comment: We are glad that Judge Dimgba specifically oredered the return of monies
seized from the 419er, and also that he specifically ordered that the EFCC carry out the repatriation
of those monies to the victim. We trust the repatriation of funds was done promptly.
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21 FEB 2020

Public Should Disregard Emails on Contracts, Payments Linked to EFCC

The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to emails, purportedly
sent from info@efccnigeria.org to unsuspecting members of the public between February 16 and 18, 2020.

Members of the public should note that the said emails did not emanate from the Commission but rather
spoofing attempts by internet fraudsters to defraud unsuspecting victims of their hard earned money.

The EFCC does not commercialise the work it does and under no circumstances will it request for payments
from members of the public.

Petitions from members of the public are filed pro bono in court by the Commission and any financial
restitution ordered to be made to victims is sent directly to them.

We therefore, urge members of the public who are in receipt of any of such scam email, to kindly forward
it to the Commission to enable us investigate, trace and track down the masterminds.

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19 FEB 2020

Court Remands Suspected Internet Fraudster in Prison

Justice M. L. Abubakar of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has remanded
Samuel Francis (alias Mark Langley) in prison custody following his arraignment today, February 19, 2020
by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on three counts
of impersonation and possession of fake documents.

One of the count reads: "That you, Samuel Francis on or about 1st November, 2019 at Port Harcourt Rivers
State, within the Jurisdiction of this honourable Court with intent to defraud and in order to facilitate
the Commission of crime, did falsely presented yourself to one David Anthony Lucky Bailey as Mark Longely,
a Forex Trader from United States of America, contrary to Section 22 (3) of the Cybercrime Prohibition
Prevention etc Act 2015".

The defendant pleaded "not guilty" when the charge was read to him. In view of the plea, prosecuting
counsel, U. D Asue-Izibe prayed the court to fix a date for commencement of trial.

However, defence counsel A. U Ugorji asked for a short adjournment to enable him file an application
for the bail of the defendant.

Justice Abubakar ordered that the defendant be remanded in the Correctional Centre and adjourned the
matter till February 27, 2020 for consideration of bail application.

Francis's trouble started when the Commission received actionable intelligence on his alleged involvement
in internet fraud. After close surveillance, operatives of the Commission arrested the defendant at Worlu
Street, Ozuoba, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Investigation revealed that Francis operates several email accounts (marklangely01@gmail.com and
michealsamuceda19084@gmail.com), which he uses to defraud his victims.

The press release includes a photo
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13 FEB 2020

EFCC Nabs Two Brothers, 13 others for Alleged Internet Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan Zonal Office on Thursday, February 13, 2020,
arrested two siblings - Olanrewaju Olatunji (19) and Femi Olatunji (29) – and thirteen others for
their alleged involvement in internet-related fraud.

The suspects were apprehended at Alafara area of Ibadan, Oyo State, following intelligence earlier
received on their alleged fraudulent activities.

The thirteen others, whose ages range between 16 and 48 years, are: Abiodun Ojo, Lawal Ahmed, Adedeji
Olatunbosun, Adeniyi Ramon, and Oladipupo Oluwatobilola.

Others are: Ayomide Olawale, Elegbede Wale, Victor Adaramoye, Timileyin Adeniran, Kunmi Joshua, Tawfeeq
Ibrahim, Funmbi Samuel and Adeyemo Yinka.

At the point of their arrest, three exotic cars, phones, laptops, international passports, Point of
Sale (POS) machine, and some incriminating documents were recovered from the suspects.


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7 FEB 2020

Two Bag Two Years Each for Internet Fraud in Kwara

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ilorin Zonal Office has secured the conviction
of Oyedele Olamide and Abdulrahman Olamide for offences bordering on internet fraud.

They were arraigned before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of a Kwara State High Court who at the end of
the trial found them guilty of the offences levelled against them by the EFCC.

The charge against Abdulrahman reads: "That you, Abdulrahman Mohammed Olamide (alias Fox Tim) on
or about the 28th day of September 2019, in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of the High Court of
Kwara State, did cheat by personation, when you pretended to be Fox Tim and in that assumed character
received a $50 (Fifty Dollar) iTunes gift card through your email account foxtim908@gmail.com from
one Brian Kelly, an American citizen, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed
an offence contrary to section 321 of the Penal Code and punishable under section 324 of the same
Panal Code."

The charge against Oyedele reads: "That you, Oyedele Olamide, (alias Kaithlyn Williams), between
the month of April and December 2019, in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court,
did attempt to cheat by personation, when you represented yourself as a white female named Kaithlyn
William's to one Damir Hodzic via your email address kaithlywilliams@gmail.com in other to induce
him to send you money/gift card, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed am
offence contrary to section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable under section 324 of the same Law."

They pleaded "guilty" to the charges.

Justice Oyinloye convicted and sentenced them to two years in prison each.

The press release includes photos:

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7 FEB 2020

Man Jailed One Year For $5,000 Fraud

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offence court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos has sentenced
one Abdulrauf Alade Owolabi to one year imprisonment, with an option of N250,000( Two Hundred
and Fifty Thousand Naira), for possession of false documents and obtaining money by false
pretence to the tune of $5,000 (Five Thousand US Dollars).

The convict was arraigned on a two-count charge by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, on Thursday, February 6, 2020, following his arrest in connection to
a case reported against him during an operation tagged "Operation Rewired" between the Commission
and the Federal Bureau of Investigations, FBI.

One of the counts reads: "That you, Abdulrauf Alade Owolabi, sometime in 2018 in Lagos, within
the jurisdiction of the court, and with intent to defraud, represented yourself as Courtney Lopez
and defrauded one John Howard, an American Citizen, an aggregate sum of $5,000. 00(Five Thousand
US Dollars) under the pretext that you are in love with him and made a promise of marriage,
a representation you knew to be fraud and committed an offence contrary to Sections 1 (3) of
the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act No: 14 of 2006."

He pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

In view of his guilty plea, and subsequent review of the facts of the case, the prosecution counsel,
M.K. Bashir, prayed the court to convict him accordingly.

The prosecution also prayed for an order of the court forfeiting the recovered assets to the victim.

Counsel to the defendant, however, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy, saying his
client was a first-time offender.

Consequently, Justice Taiwo convicted and sentenced the defendant to one year imprisonment, with an
option of fine of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N250,000.00).

The press release includes a photo:

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5 FEB 2020

EFCC Docks Man for Obtaining $4,500 in Love Scam

The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned one
Iyonsi Timeyin Timothy before Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos,
on a two-count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents and obtaining money by false
pretence to the tune of $4,500.

One of the counts reads: "That you, Iyonsi Timeyin Timothy, sometime in September, 2019, in Lagos,
within the Ikeja Judicial Division, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of $4,500.00 (Four Thousand,
Five Hundred Dollars) from one Julia Zagorski under the false pretense to wit: "romance scam", which
pretence you knew to be false and committed an offence contrary to Sections 1 (1) (a)and 1 (3) of the
Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act No: 14 of 2006."

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges following which prosecution counsel, K. Uduak, asked
the court for a trial date, and for the defendant be remanded in Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS),
facility.

However, defence counsel, Jolone Ikomi, prayed the court for an amendment of the charge, so that the
defendant could be charged under the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011. Ikomi also applied
that his client be granted bail.

Justice Solebo granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N500,000.0 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira),
with one surety in like sum. The surety, the judge said, must be a verified resident within the jurisdiction
of the court. The case was adjourned till March 18, 2020, for commencement of trial.

The press release includes a photo:

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5 FEB 2020

EFCC Arrests Nine Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, have arrested
nine suspected Internet fraudsters in Lagos.

The suspects were arrested on February 5, 2020 in Magodo Phase 1 Estate, Lagos, following intelligence
reports received about their criminal activities.

Items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest include exotic cars, laptop computers,
telephones and several incriminating documents.

The suspects will soon be charged to court.

The press release includes a photo:

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30 JAN 2020

EFCC Arrests Eleven Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Enugu

The Enugu Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, January 30,
2020 arrested eleven suspected fraudsters. One of the fraudster, a female, was arrested at Airport
View Estate, Thinkers Corner, Enugu.

The arrest, which was the first by the zone in the new year, followed several intelligence report on
the ostentatious lifestyles of the suspects.

On the strength of the intelligence, operatives of the Commission, with duly signed search warrant,
raided about four building within the same vicinity where they recovered several mobile phones, lap
tops, computers, several MTN Sim packs, a Toyota Venza, Mercedes C350, two Lexus Jeeps, one GLK 350
Benz, two ES350 Lexus, a Mustang 455FA car and other incriminating items.

Interim investigation revealed that the suspected female fraudster was discovered to have a software
in her phone with an instruction and format used in duping gullible individuals.

Further analysis is being carried out on items recovered from them and on their persons.

The press release includes photos:

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29 JAN 2020

EFCC Arrests Landlord for Providing Shelter for 10 Internet Fraudsters

The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday,
January 29, 2020, arrested a 33-year-old landlord, Stanley Ejike Awam and 10 of his tenants,
who are suspected to be internet fraudsters hibernating in his house.

Awam was apprehended for allegedly providing shelter for the suspected internet fraudsters
while the 10 suspected internet fraudsters popularly known as Yahoo Boys were picked up at
different locations of the Ibadan metropolis following intelligence on their alleged illegal
activities.

The 10 suspected internet fraudsters arrested at the premises of the six-flat bungalow of
the landlord are: Henry Echefu, Usman Mustapha, Adeleke David, Olafuyi Josiah, Shorefire Ayokunmi,
Riliwan Ajao, Abulsalam Abubakar and Lukeman Salam. Others are Adeyemo Muktarh and Bashir Mohammed.

Muktarh and Mohammed were picked up at Eleyele and Old Bodija areas of the ancient city. Items
recovered from them include three exotic cars, laptops, mobile phones and land documents.

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

The press release includes photos:

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419 Coalition comment: We found it interesting, and useful in countering 419 crimes,
that the owners and landlords of facilities housing 419ers can be charged with a crime
for harboring 419ers. We don't recall seeing this particular wrinkle before, and rather
like it, though perhaps the precedent will not hold up in the courts. In the US we doubt
it would, unless the landlord Knew the tenants were 419ers and aided and abetted their
operaetions. But then, we are not legal experts etc.
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29 JAN 2020

EFCC Arrests 10 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Lagos

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, have
arrested 10 suspected Internet fraudsters in Lagos.

The suspects were arrested in Westwood Estate, Ajah, Lagos during a sting operation on Wednesday,
January 29, 2020, following intelligence report received by the Commission about their alleged
involvement in cyber crime.

Items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest include a car, laptops and mobile phones.

The suspects will soon be arraigned in court.

The press release includes a photo:

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24 JAN 2020

Yahoo Yahoo Student Bags 13 Years in Ondo

Justice Folashade Olubanjo of the Federal High Court 1, Akure on Thursday, January 23, 2020
convicted Fisayo Adetoro, a final year Business Administration student of a private university
in Ondo State of impersonation, forgery and money laundering, and sentenced him to a total
of 13 years in prison with N1,000,000 (One Million Naira) option of fine.

Adetoro, who was said to be a first class student on 4.5 cumulative grade point aggregate (CGPA),
was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office on a on
a six-count charge, to which he pleaded not guilty to all.

The convict was found guilty of falsely representing himself to be one Bawa Mohammed Sanni, an
identity he used to defraud his victims of thousands of United States dollars.

With the same fake identity, he secured a Nigerian driver's licence and used the identity as well
to launder sums that ran into millions of naira.

The prosecution team of Dr. Ben Ubi and Sanusi Galadanchi, called five witnesses, including two victims
of his money laundering activities, to prove their case, while the accused called three witnesses.

Justice Adetoro found him guilty on four of the six charges, sentencing him to two years on count two,
three years each on counts three and four and five years on count six with N1,000,000 (One Million
Naira) option of fine. The jail terms are to run concurrently.

Justice Olubanjo, however, modified the sentence to a suspended six months community service, having
yielded to the application made by the defence counsel based on convict’s poor health, academic pursuit
and the fact that he had refunded all the money he fraudulently collected.

However, the suspended sentence would be revoked unless the convict observes the six months community
service without defaulting. According to the judge, if the convict misses one day of the six months
community service, the original sentence will take effect.


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419 Coalition note: The 419 Coalition has no problems with showing mercy to convicted
419ers, so long as their Victims are "made whole" as they apparently were in thie case.
In our experience, Victims of 419 are more interested in receiving their stolen funds
back than in draconian sentences for the thieves. Victims want punishment as well, yes,
but the Main Thing they want is their stolen monies recovered and promptly repatriated
to them.
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20 JAN 2020

EFCC Arrests 89 Yahoo Boys in Ibadan Night Club

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office at the weekend, arrested
89 suspected internet fraudsters at the popular 'Club 360,' located on Akala Expressway, Oluyole
Extension, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

In preparation for the late night operation, officers of the Commission had carried out series
of discreet surveillance on the nature of activities going on in the nightclub which established
that it was a hangout for fraudsters.

Aside the 89 arrested suspects, the raid led to the confiscation of scores of vehicles, laptops,
sophisticated phones and other items. The suspects are undergoing further interrogation

The press release includes photos:

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17 JAN 2020

EFCC Nabs Wanted Fraud Suspect, Five others in Ilorin

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested six internet fraud suspects
that includes 22-year-old Sadiku Muniru Dolapo who has been on the Commission's wanted list.
They were picked up by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Commission.

Arrested with Dolapo are Atanda Femi Benjamin, Atoyebi Samson, Olapade Oladimeji Solomon, Amoo
Saheed and Lawal Opeyemi Mubarak. They were rounded up in the early hours of Thursday, January 16,
2020 close to Kwara State House of Assembly, Ilorin, the state capital, following intelligence.

The Suspects upon interrogation by the operatives of the Commission confessed to their involvements
in cyber crimes.

Items recovered from them include, three expensive automobiles, laptop computers and mobile phones.
They will soon be charged to Court.

The press release includes photos:

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