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EFCC arrests ex-convict, 11 others for internet fraud in Benin –

On Thursday, January 12, 2023, staff of the Benin District Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) arrested 12 (twelve) suspected Internet fraudsters in Benin City, Edo State.

Among those arrested was Okunrobo Smart, who was convicted of internet fraud in 2022. Other members include Edobor Francis Tobilola, Peace Omo Bartholomew, Judge Osagie Begedo, Samuel Okosun, Uche Divine, Christopher Lawani Iwinosa, Osayi Gregory, Anthony Irabor, Olaleye Favour, Osagie Hope Godstime and Desmond Ehator Osorumwense

Based on actionable intelligence, they were arrested at their hideout in Benin City. EFCC Spokesman Wilson Uujarun.

Items recovered from the suspect at the time of his arrest included a mobile phone, laptop and a Mercedes-Benz C300.

The statement further stated that the suspect will be arraigned soon.

Meanwhile, Judge Efe Ikponmwonba of the High Court of Edo State in Benin City sentenced two Internet fraudsters to six years in prison for fraud on Wednesday, January 18, 2023.

The duo, Osemudiamen Aganjile and Ekoh Godswill, were each arraigned by the Commission’s Benin Regional Command on charges of impersonation and intent to defraud.

The charges against Aganjile are as follows:

YOU, OSEMUDIAMEN AGANJILE (M), committed willful fraud by purporting to be LUCAS SCOTT from the United States of America sometime between September 1, 2021 and 2022 in Benin City, Edo State, within the jurisdiction of this Court. Committed the opposite offense under Article 484 of the Penal Code and shall be punished. 48. Laws of Bender State, Nigeria (applicable to Edo State), 1976.

The charges against Godswill are as follows:

YOU, EKOH GODSWILL (M), REPRESENTED YOURSELF AS MARTHA FX, A VERIFIED MARTHA FX, REPRESENTED FOR FRAUD IN BENIN, EDO, WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THIS COURT OF HONOR, SOMETIME BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 9, 2021 AND 2022 and legitimate Bitcoin traders, thus committing an offense under Section 484 of the Penal Code and punishable. 48. Laws of Bender State, Nigeria (applicable to Edo State), 1976.

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After arraignment, the defendants confessed to their respective charges.

In light of their plea, the prosecution’s lawyer, IK Agwa, asked the court to convict them and sentence them accordingly. However, defense lawyer SAAichienede pleaded for the court’s forgiveness as the defendant was a first-time offender and already remorseful for his actions.

Judge Ikponmwonba convicted and sentenced the duo to three years in prison with an optional fine of N200,000 each.

The criminals will confiscate their mobile phones and the N3,677,986 balance found in Aganjile’s UBA and First Bank accounts; the sum of N767,677 in Godswill’s Sterling Bank account, the proceeds of crime that flowed to the Federal Government of Nigeria through EFCC.

The defendant should undertake in writing to maintain good behavior in the future.

Criminals start their journey to correctional centers when they are apprehended by agents of the EFCC’s Benin Regional Command on Internet-related charges. They were charged in court and convicted.

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