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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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EFCC docks man for alleged N22.2m money laundering

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, has arraigned Olalegbin Christopher alongside his firms, Pentview Luxury Real Estate Management Limited and Gelbin Technology Limited over alleged N22, 239,869.79 money laundering.

Suspects were arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

TIMELY POST gathered it was an offence contrary to Section 332(1) of the CriminalLaw of Lagos State, 2015.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren said this in a statement in Abuja.

He explained, “The defendant was arrested during a collaborative operation by the EFCC and the Federal Bureau ofInvestigation, FBI, for his alleged involvement in illegal internet activities.

“The defendant also allegedly used his companies to receive and conceal the proceeds of his criminal activities.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Olalegbin Christopher, Olatunji Olalegbin Mary (at large), Pentview Luxury Real Estate Management Limited, Gelbin Technology Limited and others still at large, between 2015 and 2019 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired to collaborate in the concealing and disguising the genuine nature and ownership of the aggregate sum of N22, 239, 869.79k (Twenty Two Million, Two Hundred and Thirty-nine Thousand, Eight Hundred and Sixty-nine Naira, Seventy-nine Kobo only)being money received and derived from your illegal internet activities.”

But the defendant reportedly pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

It was on this premise that the prosecution counsel, M.K. Bashir, asked the court for a trial date and also prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison custody pending the determination of the case.

But counsel to the defendant, Abimbola Akeredolu,SAN, informed the court that a bail application had been filed and served on prosecution.

Akeredolu also told the court the prosecution had responded to the affidavit. She, therefore, urged the court to grant her client bail in the most liberal terms.

In his response, the prosecution counsel, Bashir, told the court that a counter-affidavit had been filed and served on the defence, where he opposed the prayer of the defendant.

Further, Bashir described the defendant as a flight-risk, adding that “The defendant, while making statement in the EFCC office, tried to move money from his Zenith Bank account through his phone and also wiped all the information on his phone.”

The prosecutor also informed the court that the defendant’s mum, who aided him in perpetrating the crime, could not be found. “My Lord, the defendant too may also abscond like his mum.

In his words, “He is 26 years old and has never worked anywhere; yet,he acquired a 2019 model Porche car worth N120million and a 2015 model Merzedes Benz car worth N75million”.

The prosecution counsel, therefore, urged the court not to grant the defendant bail.

Justice Taiwo, after listening to both parties, said “the offence is a
bailable one.”

The Judge, therefore, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N5 million, with two sureties in like sum.

One of the sureties, the trial Judge said, must be a level 16 officer with the Lagos State government, while the other must be a relation of the defendant resident in Lagos.

He also directed that the addresses of the sureties must be verified by the EFCC, while evidence of identification of the sureties must be provided to the court.

Justice Taiwo adjourned the case to October 18 and 23, for commencement of trial and also ordered the defendant to be remanded in Kirikiri prison pending the perfection of his bail conditions.

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NDLEA nabs 26 over alleged drug abuse

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Thursday said that it had arrested 26 persons for alleged drug abuse in Kwara State.

Kwara State NDLEA’s Commander, Ambrose Umoru, who made the disclosure in Ilorin, said that the arrests were made within two months of his assumption of office.

Umoru said that those arrested included seven dealers of cannabis (marijuana) and a 54-year-old man, Chukwuemeka Odeh, who had a warehouse for cannabis, NAN reports.

He said that Odeh, popularly known as ‘Chucks’, had been arrested by the command in 1994 and 2017, during which about 396 bags of cannabis weighing 4,356 kg were recovered from him.

The commander said that Chucks was declared wanted by the command since 2017, adding that he had been on the command’s watch list until he was recently apprehended.

According to him, others arrested are Osuolale Gabriel, 45, Jamiu Isiaka, 24, Akeem Salawu 32, Yusuf Ibrahim 52, and Ekene Chukwuma.

Umoru said that 14 University of Ilorin students were also apprehended while smoking cannabis and using tramadol tablets, but were later counselled and released.

“A total of 19 people who use drug were arrested during the on going “Operation Keep Drug Free” activities, but have been counselled and released to their families

“Seven people who use drugs are currently undergoing care, treatment, counselling and rehabilitation at the state command headquarters with a view to reintegrating them to the society,” he said.

Umoru said that the command also discovered drug joints along Ilofa road,GRA, Ajikobi area, Adewole Estate, Maraba motor park, Oko Olowo area, Omupo, Malete and Tanke axis.

Umoru said that the command had also evolved a programme tagged ‘Know your Child’s Drug Status’, targeted at identifying people who use drugs.

The commander appealed to parents, guardians, schools, organisations and the public to take advantage of the anti-drug abuse sensitisation programme.

“Routine anti-drug abuse sensitization activities are currently ongoing in schools across the state. All hands must be on deck for us to sanitise this state of this drug scourge,” he said.

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Man, 43, arrested for allegedly raping neighbour’s teenaged daughter

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Ogun State Police have arrested a 43-year-old man, Oluwole Bamidele, for allegedly raping a six-year-old daughter of his neighbour.

Police spokesperson in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, on Thursday said Bamidele was arrested after the case was reported at Agbado police station.

He said the complainant, Ikechukwu Orji reported that while his wife went out to see her tailor at about 12:45 p.m on that day, the co-tenant lured his daughter into his room and raped her.

Orji said the girl informed her mother of the incident as soon as she returned.

“On the strength of the report, the DPO Agbado division, Aloko Amodu, detailed detectives to the scene of the alleged crime at Kayode Street, Agoro area of Agbado where the suspect was arrested,” Oyeyemi said

He said on interrogation, the suspect denied committing the crime but when the victim was taken to the hospital for medical examination, the medical report confirmed that the victim has been defiled. He said Mr Bamidele later confessed to the crime.

The Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, has ordered the suspect transferred to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for proper investigation and prosecution.

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