EFCC Hands Over $22,000 From Convicted Internet Fraudster To FBI

The EFCC in Lagos has delivered $22,000, which was reclaimed from a convicted cybercriminal, Hakeem Ayotunde Olanrewaju, to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

This was made known by the EFCC via its X handle on Saturday, May 18.

It reads: “Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos had, on August 15, 2023, ordered that the money recovered from Olanrewaju, who was sentenced to two years imprisonment for identity theft and impersonation, be restituted to his victim in the United States of America, U.S.A.

“Speaking during the handover ceremony in Lagos, the Acting Director, Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC, Michael T. Wetkas, reaffirmed the Commission’s dedication to combating crimes and restoring sanity to the nation.

“We are delighted to be handing over this proceeds of crime today.

“The EFCC is willing and always ready to do more.”

“Responding, the FBI Legal Attaché, Charles Smith, said: “The EFCC and FBI work collaboratively together, and it is thanks to the EFCC that we can recover funds of this nature, especially from Business email Compromise, BEC.

“This type of crime cripples businesses in the US, and for them to recover the money within one to two years gives hope to the affected companies and brings some level of justice, even if not all subjects have been identified.

“We hope our relationship continues and fosters a more cohesive partnership between the two agencies. If there’s anything the FBI can do to support this investigation, we will do so.

“We appreciate this on behalf of the FBI and thank the EFCC.”

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Bobrisky Kept In Separate Cell As EFCC Plans To Arraign Him Over Alleged Money Laundering And Abuse Of N490,000

Controversial crossdresser, Idris Okuneye aka Bobrisky will be today, arraigned before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over naira mutilation and failure to declare his firm’s activities involving N180.7 million.

Bobrisky was arrested on Wednesday, April 3 and has been kept in a separate cell.

In the charge marked FHC/L/244c/2024 and filed on Thursday, April 4, the EFCC listed six counts against the defendant. In the first four counts, the defendant was accused of naira abuse. While the 5th and 6th counts accused him of offences connected with his company, Bob Express.

The six counts read in part;

“That you, Okuneye Idris Olanrewaju, on March 24, 2024, at Imax Circle Mall, Jakande, Lekki, whilst dancing during a social event tampered with the total sum of N400,000 notes by spraying the same.

“That you, Idris Okuneye, between July and August 2023 at Aja Junction, Ikorodu, whilst dancing during a social event tampered with the sum of N50,000, by spraying the same

“That you, Idris Okuneye, sometime in December 2023 at White Steve Event Hall, Ikeja, during a social event tampered with the sum of N20,000 by spraying same.

“That you, Idris Okuneye, sometime in 2022 at Event Hall, Oniru, Victory Island, within the jurisdiction of this court whilst dancing during a social event tampered with the sum of N20,000 by spraying same.”

The four counts were said to have contravened Section 21(1) of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Act, 2007.

Counts 5 and 6 read;

“That you, Idris Okuneye, trading under the name and style of Bob Express, between September 1, 2021 to April 4, 2024, in Lagos, failed to submit to the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering, a declaration of your activities of the said company within which period the total sum of N127,780,877.98 was paid into the company’s account number 2830002929, domiciled in Eco Bank Plc.

“That you, Idris Okuneye, trading under the name and style of Bob Express between September 1, 2021 to April 4, 2024, in Lagos, failed to submit to the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering a declaration of your activities of the said company within which period the total sum of N53,000,000 was paid into the company’s account number 2830016041, domiciled in Eco Bank Plc.”

Both alleged offences contravened sections 6(1)(a), 19(1)(f) of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2022 and section 19 (2)(b) of the same Act.

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EFCC Grills Ex-Minister Sadiya Umar-Farouk

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has questioned a former Minister of Social Development, Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar-Farouk.
She was grilled for hours over allegations of fraud on Monday.
A source at the EFCC confirmed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the former minister was at the commission’s headquarters on Monday morning.
“The former minister kept her promise of honouring the commission’s invitation over alleged misappropriation of a multibillion-naira social intervention fund during her tenure as minister,” the source said.
The source added that Umar-Farouk might likely be released to go home and return on Tuesday for further interrogation.
“She might not likely be detained; she may be allowed to go home but it will be very late, and she has to report tomorrow (Tuesday) morning for further interrogation,” the source said.
The ongoing investigation by the EFCC revolves around a staggering N37.1 billion allegedly laundered by officials of the ministry during Umar-Farouk’s tenure as minister.
The EFCC had a week ago interrogated Mrs Halima Shehu, the suspended National Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer of the National Social Investment Programme Agency (NSIPA), being supervised by the ministry.
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EFCC Drops Charges Against Ex-AGF, Adoke, Says ‘No Evidence’

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has stated that it lacks evidence to substantiate its allegations of fraud, bribery, and conspiracy against the former Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke.

In its response to the no-case submission filed by Adoke, who was listed as the first defendant in the charges all related to the OPL 245 transaction of 2011, the EFCC informed the FCT high court that it would not oppose the application.

The anti-graft agency also stated that it would not oppose the no-case applications by the other defendants, Aliyu Abubakar, Rasky Gbinigie (Malabu Oil & Gas Ltd company secretary), Malabu Oil & Gas Ltd, Nigeria Agip Exploration Ltd, Shell Ultra Deep Nigeria Ltd, and Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company Ltd (SNEPCo), over some of the charges.

The EFCC, however, said that Gbinigie has a case to answer over the alleged forgery of company documents to remove the name of Mohammed Abacha as a director of Malabu Oil & Gas.

Recall that the EFCC had charged Adoke before the FCT high court, Abuja, alleging that he collected a gratification of N300 million from Abubakar over the OPL 245 resolution.

Adoke was amongst others accused of conspiring with other defendants to “commit the offence of public servant disobeying direction of law with intent to cause injury or to save a person from punishment or property from forfeiture”.

However, Adoke denied all allegations, maintaining that the N300 million being classified as bribery by the EFCC was a mortgage he took from Unity Bank Plc in 2012.

He said it was transferred by the bank directly to the account of Abubakar, a property developer, and was refunded by Abubakar in 2013 when Adoke could not come up with his equity contribution.

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25 Internet Fraudsters Jailed In Anambra (Photos)

convicted by Justice Nnamdi Dimkpa of the Federal High Court sitting in Awka, the state capital.

The suspects were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal Command before they were sentenced.

They were jailed on Friday, October 13, 2023 after pleading guilty to one–count separate charge bordering on impersonation.

The Convicts are: Kingsley Chekwubechukwu Ngwu, Anthony Emmanuel Ndubuisi, Onyia Chukwuka Christian, Chukwuneke Chibuike Nicholas, Nonso Henry Ozoekwe, John Samuel, Okpe Matthew Chinweike, Kalu Nnachi, Okpe Joachim, Obike Ebuka Boniface, Eze Onyedikachi Kingsley, Ogonna Samuel Okpataku.

Others are: Denis Chigozie, Emmanuel Johnson, Basil Nnaluo Jason, Chidera Shedrack Ugwueke, David Chimerie Ukeje, Christian Nnamdi Jideofor, Osinachi Johnson, Okechukwu Ezeka, Onuorah Johnson, Ekene Christian Obikezie, Emmanuel Chinonso Aleke, Sopuluchukwu Paul Eneje, and Okechukwu Joshua Onah.

One of the count charges reads, “that you Chukwuneke Chibuike Nicholas sometime in 2023 in Enugu, Enugu State, within the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court, fraudulently impersonated one Elizabeth Olsen by means of your iphone 12 pro via a fake facebook account with intend to gain advantage for yourself and to obtain money from unsuspecting foreign nationals and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(3)(a) & (b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act. 2015 and punishable under Section (22) (4) of the same Act.”

All the 25 defendants pleaded guilty when the charges were read to them.

Based on their pleas, EFCC’s counsels: Ani Michael and Rotimi Ajobiewe prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Justice Dimkpa thereafter convicted and sentenced 22 of them to two years imprisonment each, with an option of fine of N200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira only) while Onah, Aleke and Nnachi were cautioned and detained in the court premises for eight hours before they were released.




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EFCC Nabs 46 Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Calabar, Eket

46 suspected internet fraudsters have been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, and Eket in Akwa Ibom State.

The Head, Media and Publicity of EFCC, Dele Oyewale, disclosed this in a statement issued in Akwa Ibom State on Wednesday.

Noting that the arrests were made based on intelligence, he explained that the Calabar suspects were arrested on October 13, 2023, while their Eket counterparts were nabbed on Sunday, October 15, 2023.

He further noted that 22 suspects were arrested in Calabar, and they are: David Boniface Akani, Johnson Umuke, James Michael, Akeke Favour, Enange Benard, Godson Ubi, Eddie Godson, Eyo Jesse Bassey, Joachim Omuyeh, Dickson Abang.

Others are Ikora Sunny, Emmanuel Godwin, Dannis Lipeunim, Agwazia Sunny Henry, Abang Emmanuel, Godspower Eyan, Elena Samuel, Adie Godson, Chisom Stanley, Nonso Solomon, Eyam Daniel Okpa and Aka Richard.

He said the remaining suspects, 24, arrested in Eket include Fonime John Etukudo, Nsisong Udoh, Saviour Daniel, Sampson Sunday, Joshua James Michael, Paul Edet Etiemana, Archibong Okomobong Bassey, Inemesit Akin Bassey, Edidiong Aniete Tom, Ebowusim Chifia Aslem, Nwanchukwu Ebenezer Chinonso.

Others are Archibong Alfred Archibong, Itauma Uforotobong Richard, Bassey David Nicholas, Chidozie Ikechukwu, Japhet Linus Akwaowo,Victor Evans, Fortune Udia, Benjamin Amos, Prince Augustine, David Daniel, Augustine Obinna, Udeme Unanaowo Unanaowo and Obinnaya Jide.

Oyewale listed the items recovered from them to include sophisticated mobile phones, six exotic cars and laptops, adding that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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EFCC Speaks On Invasion Of Skales’ Home, Seeks Evidence

allegation that its operatives invaded the home of Nigerian singer, John Njeng-Ngeng, popularly known as Skales.
The agency denied the claim.
Recall that the singer had on Tuesday morning alleged that some EFCC officials invaded his home, while he was sleeping with his six-month-old baby.
He claimed, “So #officialEFCC pulled up to my house with 3 men with guns and some with sticks and hammers lol, they broke my back door while I was sleeping on the bed with my 6month old daughter, imagine I had a panic attack Cz of my health issues…. Is this not a crime?”
But in an exclusive phone call with The PUNCH, the EFCC spokesman, Dele Oyewale, stated that such claims by the singer were not true and unfounded.
Oyewale asserted that officials of the anti-graft agency do not conduct any raid and do not operate in such a manner.
He said, “Number 1, we don’t invade. Number 2, we don’t conduct any raids. Number 3, there are ways and rules to identify a regular EFCC operative.
“So, to all intents and purposes, all of his claims, they are totally removed from what an EFCC operation looks like.”
Oyewale also noted that the incident might be an allegation, as the invaders could be impersonators of the EFCC roaming around.
The EFCC Spokesman, therefore, called on the singer to come forward and provide evidence of his claims.
He added: “People can make allegations but the authenticity of the allegation viz a viz the reality on the ground concerning any organisation you’re talking about is important.
“There are impersonations all around, all over the place. So, they are not. We are very polite. We don’t do all those things.
“And I will want him to come forward, if he has photo evidence or video evidence, to show that’s it’s an EFCC thing, because we don’t have such things,” Oyewale added
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Ex-Convict Bags 12 Years Jail Term For $1.4m Fraud

One Kolawole Erinle, the Managing Director of Rinde-Remdex Nigeria Limited, has been sentenced to prison.

The Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos State, convicted and sentenced the man to 12 years imprisonment for defrauding Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, (KCUMB), United States, of about $1.4 million.

This was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the Acting Head, Media and Publicity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr Dele Oyewale.

The statement revealed that Erinle was convicted by Justice R.A Oshodi on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, retention of proceeds of criminal conduct and obtaining money under false pretence.

According to the statement, two of the charges read, “Kolawole Adedayo Erinle and Edward Dada (still at large), sometime in 2019, at Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired to falsely represent yourselves as J.E. Dunn, a local construction company in America, with intent to gain monetary advantage in the sum of $1,410,000 (One Million Four-Hundred and Ten Thousand United States Dollars) by creating a fake domain name and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 8 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act No 14, 2006.

“Kolawole Adedayo Erinle, Rinde-Remdex Nigeria Limited and Edward Dada (still at large) on or about the 3rd day of May 2019, at Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, retain the control of $1,410,000 (One Million Four-Hundred and Ten Thousand United States Dollars) in your Access Bank account, which sum you knew to be proceeds of various internet and cybercrime.”

In the course of the trial, prosecution counsel, T.J. Banjo, presented evidence to prove that Erinle was an ex-convict in the US for bank fraud.

Erinle earlier pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, although he admitted that he was indeed an ex-convict in the US, and spent 23 months in prison.

He also expressed a readiness to pay restitution to his victim, saying, “I am sorry.”

Delivering judgment, Justice Oshodi declared the defendant and his company guilty as charged, and also held that the prosecution effectively proved the case against them beyond every reasonable doubt.

Justice Oshodi held that, as argued by the prosecution, Erinle, “spoofed the email address of the financial controller of J.E. Dunn, by faking the domain name of to“, an act which was “premeditated”, so that “when KCUMB was about to pay J.E. Dunn, you provided Bank of America details in the name of E. Dada Autos, and after the wire transfer of $1,412,509.40 into it, in March 2019, you caused the money to be transferred in tranches of $850,000 and $460,000 into the second convict’s account, which you also control”.

The trial judge further hels: “The evidence shows that you transferred the proceeds of your crime to your nominees, including your mother, and your wife, and also acquired vehicles and other properties captured in exhibit P to P1.

“I have considered the prosecution’s submissions that you have a prior conviction for bank fraud in the United States of America, US.

“I have considered the fact that notwithstanding your prison term, which you have confirmed to me as sentencing for 23 months, you have not changed.”

Thereafter, Justice Oshodi sentenced Erinle to five years on count two, and 12 years on count three.

The sentences are to run concurrently from February 10, 2023, when he was remanded by the court.

The company, Rinde-Remdex Nigeria Limited, was fined N50 million, and also ordered to be wound up by the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, with the proceeds forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The convicts were also ordered to make restitution to the victim.

The judge further ordered that all the properties and vehicles recovered from them by the EFCC be sold and applied as restitution to the victim through the FBI.

The funds standing to his credit as recovered by the EFCC, and the company, the court added, “shall be applied as restitution for the victim by the FBI; this is without prejudice for the prosecution and the victim to secure a full restitution”.

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EFCC Arrests 41 Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Delta

The Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC arrested 41 suspected internet fraudsters in Warri, Delta State during a sting operation on Friday.

Their arrest followed actionable intelligence on their nefarious activities in the area.

The suspects were identified as Jackson Shebenor, Good Gospower, Akiefa Desmond, Johnson Ogheneuwegba, Okonta Williams, Ochuko Godfrey, Marvelous Oghogho Ekpuke, Ofoluwa Sheriff, Eyengho Richard, Daniel Avwerosuo Iniovorhire, Favour Ighoatudu, Stanley David, Gospower Jeremiah, Hurock Miracle, Onaiwu Gideon, Apare Tamarakuru, Ogribi George and Napoleon Efe Miracle.

Others are: Jephthah Godbless, Isiorho Desmond and Ochuko Prosper, Akpevwe Edogbegi, Felis Emmanuel, John Benjamin, Chukwuyenum Kenneth, Ejaita Victory, Felix Wada, Ufuoma Ododolor, Blessing Gbekena, Edo Othuke and Irikete Prosper.

Also included on the list are: Joshua Ngerem, Efejayobor Ochuko, Eke Kelechi Destiny, Idise Raymond Chuks, Enitomi Patrick, Efetobore Prosper Eghegha, Toise Raymond Chuks and Ogheneome Udovi.

Eight exotic cars, phones and laptops were recovered from the suspects.

The anti-graft agency added that the suspects have made useful statements and will soon be charged to court.


Bawa: How DSS Officials Secretly Raided EFCC Headquarters

It has been revealed that the Department of State Services (DSS) secretly raided the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
According to Sahara Reporters, the raid took place on Friday night and lasted till Saturday.
Recall that the DSS had some weeks ago, stormed the Lagos office of the EFCC, preventing officials of the anti-graft agency from gaining access to their office in Ikoyi.
SaharaReporters learnt from top sources in both agencies that over 500 EFCC officials were locked out from resuming work due to office ownership disagreements.
“The EFCC officers are shocked; they have been using the building for more than 20 years. Several suspects are there and there are fears that some might have been illegally released,” a top source had said.
According to SaharaReporters, the raid was executed at night to prevent public knowledge of what is going on.
Similarly, it was also learnt that the staff of EFCC were instructed not to mention anything concerning the raid to the public.
But an insider, revealed that the DSS is working for a particular interest very important to President Bola Tinubu beyond what the public is made to believe.
But another source said it may be linked to the recent closure of the EFCC office in Ikoyi, Lagos by the DSS.
The source said.“I heard the raid and partisanship of the DSS was the reason why they raised an alarm yesterday (Saturday) that some of their disgruntled officers are planning to shame the agency and embarrass the leadership.
“That is actually intimidation, symptomatic of what former Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami did during Ibrahim Magu’s time as EFCC chairman to get several suspects off the hook,”
Meanwhile, it was also gathered that investigators handling the case of former Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle are to be summoned by the DSS for interrogation.
It was revealed that Matawalle was being investigated by the commission in two separate cases. One of them is a case involving his private company which got money from the National Security Adviser’s office without executing the contract, which was investigated under the chairmanship of Magu. The other case involves the alleged fraud committed by Matawalle while in office.
But sources close to the President said Tinubu is aware of moves by the former governor to stop the anti-corruption body from probing him, which includes obtaining court orders to restrain the commission and other agencies from carrying out their investigations.