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TWO JAILED OVER INTERNET FRAUD IN ABUJA, FORFEIT CAR, PHONE TO FG

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja Zonal Command, on June 23, 2023, secured the conviction of one Eze Richard. He was arraigned before Justice I. Mohammed of the FCT High Court, Gwagwalada-Abuja on one count charge.


Richard is alleged to have, sometime in 2023 in Abuja, assumed the identity of an American and under the assumed character, dishonestly induced Ajay Prajapati to deliver the sum of Three Thousand Five Hundred United States Dollars ($3500) to him under the guise of betting on his behalf.

The offence is contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code law (Laws of the Federation, Abuja) 1990 and punishable under Section 322 of the same Law. He pleaded guilty to the charge.


Following his plea, Justice Mohammed convicted and sentenced Eze to a one-year jail term with an option of fine of N30,000 (Thirty Thousand Naira). His car and iPhone which are proceeds of crime were ordered forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.


In a similar ruling, Justice V.S Garba of the FCT High Court Kuje-Abuja convicted and sentenced one Philip Okonkwo to one-year in prison or a N70, 000 (Seventy Thousand Naira) fine after he pleaded guilty to pretending to be Lan Hills, a financial officer working at Core in Canada, to obtain the sum of $500 (Five Hundred Dollars) from one Mrs. Sally.

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