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Massive Court Crackdown: Six Internet Fraudsters Behind Bars in Makurdi

The Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, July 6, 2023, secured the conviction of six fraudsters before Justice Abdul Dogo of a Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, Benue State.

On July 6, 2023, the Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) achieved a major victory in the fight against fraud. They successfully convicted six fraudsters in a landmark case held at the Federal High Court in Makurdi, Benue State. The presiding judge, Justice Abdul Dogo, handed down the verdict.

The convicts are: Odumu Emmanuel, Audu Abdulgafar Idowu, Ikwe Daniel Adawu, Benedict Udochukwu Ezeokole, Clement David Onoja, and Lawrence Ndubisi.

The six individuals found guilty of fraudulent impersonation and other cybercrimes are Odumu Emmanuel, Audu Abdulgafar Idowu, Ikwe Daniel Adawu, Benedict Udochukwu Ezeokole, Clement David Onoja, and Lawrence Ndubisi.

They were convicted for fraudulent impersonation, contrary to section 22(2)(b)(i) and (ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.)Act, 2015 and sentenced to various jail terms, after pleading guilty to the charges preferred against them.

The fraudsters pleaded guilty to the charges, which included engaging in fraudulent impersonation. As a result, they were convicted under section 22(2)(b)(i) and (ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015. Justice Abdul Dogo subsequently handed down varying jail terms as part of their punishment.

Sentencing Details

  1. Odumu Emmanuel: Two years imprisonment with an option of a One Million Naira fine. He will also forfeit his iPhone and laptops to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
  2. Audu Abdulgafar Idowu: One year imprisonment with an option of a N500,000.00 fine.
  3. Ikwe Daniel Adawu: Three years imprisonment with an option of a N2 million Naira fine.
  4. Benedict Udochukwu Ezeokole: One year imprisonment with an option of a N1 million fine. He is also required to forfeit a Lexus 330 car, 2 laptops, an iPhone 13 Pro Max, and an iPhone 7 to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
  5. Clement David Onoja: One year imprisonment with an option of a One million Naira fine. Additionally, he must forfeit an iPhone 11 to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
  6. Lawrence Ndubisi: One year imprisonment with an option of a One Million Naira fine. He has been instructed to surrender his iPhone 12 to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The sentencing details for each fraudster are as follows:

The charge against Odumu Emmanuel reads: “That you Odumu Emmanuel ‘m’ (24 years) between October, 2022 and January, 2023 in Lafia, Nasarawa State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently impersonated by representing yourself to be Jawarska Malina and Miguel Alenjandra, the United State of America females and using their unique identification details to register for Appen social security program and obtained the sum of $3, 600.00 (Three Thousand and Six Hundred Dollars), received in your Gpay foreign online platform account, which you converted and transferred to your Stanbic IBTC Bank Account No. 0025110646 and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(2)(b)(i) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under subsection 22(2) of the same Act”

The specific charge against Odumu Emmanuel states that he fraudulently impersonated two American females named Jawarska Malina and Miguel Alenjandra. Between October 2022 and January 2023, he used their unique identification details to register for the Appen social security program. By doing so, he managed to acquire $3,600.00, which was deposited into his Gpay foreign online platform account. Odumu Emmanuel then converted and transferred the funds to his Stanbic IBTC Bank Account. His actions violated Section 22(2)(b)(i) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015, and are punishable under subsection 22(2) of the same Act.

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