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Cyber Crime: Courts Jail Two Fraudsters In Abuja, Benue

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Makurdi Zonal Office has secured the conviction of Ademoyegun Dare Samson for offences bordering on Cyber crime. He was convicted by Justice Nkeonye Maha of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Friday, September 13, 2019.

The conviction of Samson who was arraigned on a two count charge followed a plea bargain agreement between him and the Commission.

Count One reads: “That you Ademoyegun Dare Samson sometime between 2017 and 2019 in Makurdi, Benue State within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court aided one Adetunji Obasanmi Oluwatoba and one Joshua Ochofue Ada now at large on financial transactions to the tune of Two Hundred and Forty Seven Thousand Four Hundred and Fifty Naira (N247,450) and One hundred and Eighty Three Thousand Naira (N183,000) respectively, being funds suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity, thereby commited an offence contrary to Section 27 and punishable under the same section of Cybercrime (Prohibition, prevention etc) Act, 2015”.

He pleaded “guilty” to the charge.

In view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel, G. G. Chia-Yakua, urged the Court to accept the plea bargain and convict him accordingly.

Ademoyegun Dare Samson

Justice Maha pronounced him guilty and subsequently convicted him to three month imprisonment, with option of fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) to be paid to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The court also ordered the convict to sign an undertaking to be of good behaviour and never to be involved in any form of fraud within and outside the country, adding that failure to comply will attract judicial sanctions.

The Court ordered him to be remanded in prison custody pending the payment of fine.

 

In another development, EFCC, Makurdi Zonal Office, on Friday, September 13, 2019, secured the conviction of one Emmanuel Adakole Ogbole, an internet fraudster.

The Commission had arrested, investigated and taken Adakole before Justice Nkeonye Maha of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja which found him guilty and sentenced him to three months imprisonment, but with an option of fine of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira).

Following a plea bargain agreement between him and the Commission, he was arraigned on a two-count charge which the Commission filed against him.

Count One reads: “That you, Emmanuel Adakole Ogbole. sometime in June 2019, in Makurdi, Benue State within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court, had in your possession documents containing false pretence, to with email accounts named miichealjones4u2018@gmail.com,michealgravely@gmail.com, and mitchelvlast@gmail.com, which documents you knew contained false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 6 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act”.

He pleaded “guilty” to the charge.

In view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel, George G. Chia-Yakua, urged the Court to accept the plea bargain and convict him accordingly.

Justice Nkeonye pronounced him guilty and subsequently convicted him to three months imprisonment, with an option of fine of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) which should be paid to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

He was also asked to forfeit his handset to the Federal Government.

The Court however ordered him to be remanded in prison custody pending the payment of the fine.

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