Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Lagos Zonal office, have arrested four suspected Internet fraudsters. The suspects are: Oluwaseun Michael, 28; Igbokwe Chijioke, 27; Felix Chukwudi, 22 and Babajide Goloba.
They were arrested on September 30, 2017, in different parts of Lagos, following intelligence report.
The suspects are alleged to have defrauded their victims, who are mostly American and European citizens, millions of dollars.
The suspects, who are school dropouts, have confessed to involvement in romance/marriage scam, Internet advertisement scam, spoofing of emails and interception of business mails.
Investigation reveals that the suspects, who have also allegedly confessed to be working as couriers for movement of stolen funds by other cyber-criminals, own companies with no fixed addresses, which they used to cover up the real sources of their income.
Items recovered from the suspects at the time of their arrest include laptops, mobile phones and phishing scripts, among others.
The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
2 Arraigned for N7.3bn Oil Fraud
On Monday, October 9, 2017, the EFCC also arraigned the duo of Ogbor Elliot, managing director, Danium Energy Services Limited, and Godwin Okoronkwo, managing director, Petrosol Energy Limited, before Justice O. Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on a 10-count charge bordering on obtaining under false pretence, conspiracy and forgery to the tune of N7, 300,000,000 (seven billion, three hundred million naira).
The duo allegedly used forged Purchase Orders to hoodwink a new generation bank into granting them credit facility to finance the sale of Automotive Gas Oil valued at several billions of Naira to a major oil marketing company.
The suspects, who are members of a syndicate of fraudsters, were arrested following a complaint by an employee of the bank.
The complainant alleged that between January and February, 2017, Danium Energy Services Limited, one of the bank’s customers, approached the bank to finance three different Purchase Orders for the sale of Automotive Gas Oil, AGO, to Total Nigeria Plc, with a cumulative value of N12, 134, 700,000 (twelve billion one hundred and thirty-four million, seven hundred thousand naira).
He further alleged that the bank financed two of the Purchase Orders for the sum of N4, 103, 100, 000.00 and N4, 015,800,000..009 r, after allegedly receiving confirmation from Total Nigeria Plc.
However, the purchase orders were discovered to have been forged when the bank approached Total Nigeria Plc for payment 21 days after financing the transaction.
The offence is contrary to Section 8(A) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006..
The accused pleaded not guilty to the counts preferred against them.
In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, prayed the court for a trial date and also urged the court to remand the accused in prison custody.
However, counsel to the defendants told the court about pending applications for bail on behalf of their clients and pleaded with the court to remand the accused in the EFCC custody.
Oyedepo opposed the bail applications, saying that he was served in court today.
He further opposed the pleas by the defence counsel for the accused to be remanded in the EFCC custody.
Consequently, Justice Oguntoyinbo adjourned the case to October 11, 2017 for hearing of bail applications and commencement of trial.
The accused were ordered to be remanded in the EFCC custody pending the determination of the bail applications.
— Wilson Uwujaren, head, media & publicity, EFCC