EFCC Nabs NYSC Member, Pastor over £12.5m, N2.4mn Fraud Respectively
EFCC Arraigns Corps Member Over Alleged £12.5m Internet Fraud
The Enugu Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on December 17, 2018 arraigned Ogbonna Victor Chibuzor, a serving member of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC before Justice A.M. Liman of the Federal High Court, Enugu on a five-count charge bordering on intent to defraud, and possession of fraudulent documents contrary to Section 6 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.
Ogbanna’s arrest was sequel to series of raids carried out by operatives over the past one week in which several suspected fraudsters in their early 20s, alleged to be engaging in online fraud, were arrested having been found to be living a flamboyant lifestyle not commensurate to the means of livelihood.
Analysis carried out on the computer of the suspected fraudster revealed certain incriminating documents intended to be used in swindling gullible Nigerians and foreigners alike.
Further investigations disclosed that Ogbanna uses his e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org to send unsolicited emails to his victims using fake or stolen identity to legitimize his nefarious activities.
One of the documents was addressed to one Alan Christopher of BG Group Plc, Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6, Berkshire, United Kingdom, with a rider “Your attention is needed” and a second paragraph talking about a £12,500,000 (Twelve Million Five Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling) unclaimed contract fund.
Another document found with the accused was a purported “Contract Award Certificate” to one Michael Morgan of 101 Brooklyn, New York, United State of America, on “Directing and Fixing of Oil Spillage” in the Niger Delta signed by the Chairman, Contract Tender Board and Chairman, Legal Department of Chevron Nigeria.
He pleaded “not guilty” to the charges preferred against him occasioning his counsel E.O. Isiwu to move a motion for bail, which was opposed by prosecuting counsel, Innocent Mbachie.
The presiding judge, however, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N500, 000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) and one surety in like sum. The surety, he ruled, “must have a landed property in Enugu which must be verified by the Commissioner of Lands”. Ogbonna is to be remanded in prison custody until he fulfils his bail conditions.
The case has been adjourned to January 30, 2019.
Ag. Head, Media & Publicity
EFCC Arraigns Fake Prophet, Doctor for Alleged N2.4million Fraud
The Enugu Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on December 17, 2018 arraigned one Kingsley Ifeanyi Eluma (aka Doctor Eluma), Managing Director of EEAL Global Links Nigeria Limited before Justice A.M. Liman of the Federal High Court Enugu, Enugu State on a two-count charge bordering of obtaining the sum of N2, 452,500 (Two Million, Four Hundred and Fifty Two Thousand, Five Hundred Naira) under under false pretence. He pleaded “not guilty” to the charges when they were read to him.
Eluma who had for many years paraded himself as a Phd holder and a prophet was said to have sometimes on or about March 23, 2018, presented himself to the petitioner as a Director at the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, capable of securing a job for him at Federal Civil Service Commission, FCSC. He also obtained several funds with a promise to secure visa to Dubai and USA for the petitioner’s relatives as well as to import a fairly used Toyota Camry from USA for him.
Soon after his plea was taken, the defence counsel E.O. Isiwu prayed the court for permission to move his application for bail which was opposed by the prosecuting counsel, Innocent Mbachie, who argued that “he might jump bail”.
The presiding judge, however, decided otherwise and granted the defendant bail in the following terms: One surety and the sum of N2, 000,000 (Two Million Naira) in like some.
“The surety shall have a landed property within the jurisdiction of Federal High Court Enugu,” the judge held.
Justice Liman, while adjourning to February 13, 2019 ordered the defendant to be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of his bail terms.
Ag. Head, Media & Publicity
17th December, 2018