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Court jails two Ekiti State University students for internet fraud

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An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, Tuesday convicted two students of Ekiti State University for internet fraud.

The convicts are Adefemi Dare and Adeyemi Olugbenga, 400-level Mechanical Engineering and Political Science students respectively.

The students were convicted after pleading guilty to the fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission alleged that Dare, some time ago in Ekiti, fraudulently impersonated Brian Watkins of the U.S. with intent to obtain property.

The EFCC also alleged that Olugbenga fraudulently impersonated an American known as Paul Edwin to extort N500,000 from a victim who resides in the US.

The anti-graft agency said both convicts committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) b (II) of the Cyber Crimes, Prohibition, Prevention etc Act, 2015 and punishable under Section (22) (2) b (IV) of the same Act.

Delivering judgment, Justice Nkeonye Maha held that because Mr Dare was a first-time offender and cooperated with the EFCC, the court sentenced him to three months imprisonment with an option of N200,000 to be paid to the Federal Government.

She also ordered that Mr Dare’s iPhone X should be sold and proceeds remitted to the federal government.

Justice Maha also ordered the convict to swear to an affidavit to be of good behaviour.

Likewise, while passing judgment, the judge ordered that Olugbenga’s iPhone X, Tecno Pouvoir phone, and Hp laptop be sold by the EFCC and remit the proceeds to the government.

Justice Maha sentenced Olugbenga to three months imprisonment with an option of N250,000 be paid to the federal government.

She also said that the bank draft for N500,000 recovered from the defendant be paid to the victim through the British High Commission.

She, however, warned that failure to comply with these orders within four months from the day of judgment, the defaulting party will be sanctioned.

A plea bargain agreement was applied for on August 22 and filed September 9 for both defendants separately.

The plea bargain was in pursuant to section 270 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.

The EFCC said that Dare was arrested sometime in August following investigations which revealed that the defendant had registered an American phone number on his Whatsapp to chat with victims.

The anti-graft agency also said that Olugbenga was arrested on August 7 in Ekiti state.

The EFCC said the convict during the course of investigation admitted to receiving N500,000 through Western Union from his victim in the U.S.

(NAN)

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Court re-arraigns 5, for alleged N466m bank fraud

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The EFCC Kaduna zonal office on Tuesday re- arraigned Bashir Abdullahi Mohammed,Oche Ogenyi, Adefila Taofile Kayode,Rabiu Aliko Lawal and Mmadu Mathew over alleged conspiracy and N466m fraud.

The suspects were made to appear before Justice Z.B Abubakar of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren said this through a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.

He also explained, “The defendants were arrested following a petition by Polaris Bank, alleging that the defendants hacked into the bank’s system and fraudulently increased the credit balance in one of the customer’s account from N781,000 to N466m”.

But the defendants pleaded not guilty to the amended charge prompting EFCC counsel, J.Saidi to request the court to fix a date for commencement of trial.

It would be recalled that the defendants were arraigned on the same offence before Justice P.Mallong of the Federal High Court 2. The matter was transferred to Justice Z.B Abubakar of the Federal High Court 1, at the instance of the defendants.

Also, Counsel to the first defendant A. Ashat pleaded with the court to continue with the earlier bail granted to his client while Valentine Ajibu counsel to Oche Ogenyi, Adefila Taofile Kayode and Mmadu prayed the court to grant bail to his client saying the defendants were not able to meet the ealier bail granted to them because of the conditions attached.

In his ruling, Justice Abubakar granted bail to the 2nd, 3rd and 5th defendants in the sum of ten million with two sureties each in like sum.

He also ordered that the sureties must be public servants not below grade level 12, and must have landed property within Kaduna metropolis with Certificate of Occupancy, to be verified by the court.

But the case has been adjourned to February 3, for hearing.

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Tragedy as APC, PDP supporters clash in Kogi

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Two persons have been confirmed dead in Lokoja during a bloody clash by party supporters on Monday at Ochadamu, Ofu Local Government area of Kogi State.

The state Police Command’s Spokesman, DSP Willam Aya, who confirmed the development on Tuesday, said that a former councillor in the local government, Mrs Salome Abu and Mr Awalu Zekeri died in the crisis.

According to him, the crisis erupted on Monday due to a misunderstanding between Zekeri of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Mr Goodwin Simeon, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“In the process, Simeon stabbed Zekeri with a knife on his lap and he died on his way to the hospital.

”As a result, angry youths in Ochadamu mobilised to the house of Mr Simeon Abuh, who is an uncle to the suspect and set it ablaze, thereby burning 60-year-old Mrs Salome Abuh to death.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that until her death, Abuh was the woman leader of PDP in Ochadamu.

Aya further stated that three other houses were also burnt during the mayhem.

Reacting, PDP while condemning the killing of its woman leader by jubilant supporters of APC, called on the police to arrest the perpetrators.

Spokesman of Wada/Aro Campaiagn Organisation, Mr Farouk Adejoh-Audu,also called on men of good conscience to prevail on the police to halt attacks on members of the PDP in the state.

Also reacting, the state government, condemned the violent clashes in Ochadamu, saying that anyone caught taking the law into his hands would be punished, regardless of party affiliations.

“We feel disturbed by reports of violence in Ochadamu which has led to the loss of lives and property in the community,” Mr Kingsley Fanwo, Director-General, Media and Publicity to the Governor, said.

Fanwo, who also doubles as the spokesman of Bello/Onoja Campaign Organisation, noted that government would not shield any party member, who broke the laws of the land.

“Gov. Yahaya Bello has directed security agents to quell the rising tension and ensure that perpetrators of the murder and arson are brought to book.

“The governor is elected to protect all Kogi people, regardless of their ethnic or political beliefs,” he added.

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12 corpses burnt as fire guts OAU morgue

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About 12 corpses were affected in an early morning fire outbreak on Tuesday at the morgue of the Department of Anatomy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State.

TIMELY POST gathered that the affected corpses were kept in the cabin of the morgue.

The spokesperson of the university, Abiodun Olarewaju, in a statement on Tuesday afternoon, said the incident was prevented from turning into a major fire outbreak by the combined efforts of the security and fire services units of the University.

Olarewaju said the fire outbreak occurred at about 3 a.m. from an electrical surge. He said the fire affected a section of the morgue where corpses are kept.

“Out of about one hundred and two (102) bodies that are kept in the morgue, twelve (12) were affected by the fire outbreak,” the statement said.

He, however, said the department had informed “those who have kept bodies (corpses) in the morgue.

“Leading other Principal Officers to the scene of the incident, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, assessed the level of damage and instructed immediate repairs to the affected areas.

“The Vice-Chancellor has also constituted a three-member committee to look into the immediate and remote causes of the fire outbreak. Normalcy of academic and administrative activities has since returned to the area,” the official said.

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