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Operation Rewired: FBI Appreciates EFCC Officers

Awards Certificates

No fewer than 44 officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC], have been awarded with certificates of recognition by the Federal Bureau of Investigations [FBI], for their involvement in a joint operation tagged Operation Rewired.

Speaking during the presentation of certificates to the EFCC officers at the Lagos office of the Commission on January 31, 2020, Heather Armstrong, Assistant Legal Attaché, FBI, said:

“The FBI wishes to present the EFCC with certification of our appreciation from continued collaboration against cybercrimes.

EFCC officials during the presentation of the certificates, Friday, January 31, 2020

Operation Rewired, which was a coordinated law enforcement effort by the U.S. Department of Justice and the EFCC, was conducted over a four-month period.

While the operation lasted, 281 arrests were recorded in the US and overseas, including 167 in Nigeria.

“The purpose of this event is to show enhanced collaboration between the EFCC and the FBI on cybersecurity.”

Presentation of the certificates by Assistant Legal Attaché, FBI, Heather Armstrong, Friday, January 31, 2020

Man Bags One Year for N15, 000 ATM Transfer Fraud

Justice Bello Duwale of the Sokoto State High Court, Sokoto, has sentenced a fraudster, Bashar Umar Abdullahi (a.k.a Abdu Abdullahi and Bashir Abdullahi) to one year in jail without option of fine for stealing N15, 000.00 (Fifteen Thousand Naira) from his victim via a fraudulent transfer at an ATM gallery.

The convict specialized on scamming unsuspecting Automated Teller Machine, (ATM) users who run into difficult transactions at ATM galleries.

Sokoto Zonal Office of EFCC arraigned the convict on September 23, 2019, on amended one-count charge, bordering on cheating and defrauding an unsuspecting victim to the tune of N15, 000.00 at ATM gallery.

The charge reads:

“That you Bashar Umar Abdullahi (a.k.a Abdu Abdullahi and Bashir Abdullahi) on or about the 29th March 2019 at Sokoto State High Court, within the jurisdiction of the Sokoto State High Court with intend to defraud, did obtain the sum of 15,000,00 (Fifteen Thousand Naira) from one Abubakar Umar Lugga by fraudulently deceiving him and transferred the said sum from his First Bank Account to one Aminu Ahmed’s Bank Account with Eco Bank No:3050002223 using his ATM card when you offered to assist him to check his balance at First Bank Branch, Gusau Road Sokoto, and you thereby committed the offence of cheating, contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code Law and Punishable under Section 322 of the same Law.”

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