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Two internet scammers jailed in Port Harcourt.

Federal Superior Court Judge E. A. Obile sentenced Harrison Patrick Egileoniso, also known as Nandi Dlamini, to serve three years in the Correctional Service after pleading guilty to “guilty” on Thursday, June 15, 2023 in Port Harcourt, Rivers state. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s EFCC’s Port Harcourt Division Command charged him with three offences, similar to those obtained under false pretenses.

One of the counts reads: “You, Harrison Patrick Egileoniso (aka Nandi Dlamini), between August 2020 and January 2021, of Chopper, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, within the jurisdiction of this Court of Honor, with intent to defraud obtain Two payments of thousands of Philippine pesos (2000) phd through your Palmpay account under the pretense that the said amount is an investment in a brokerage platform (Xtreme Prime), which you knowingly falsely pretend, thus violating Section (1)(1 ) ) (a) The Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offenses Act 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the Act”.

In light of his “guilty” plea, prosecution attorney M.T. Iko pleaded with the court to convict and sentence the defendant accordingly.

Counsel for the defendant, Collins Phillips, did not oppose the prosecution’s prayers, but asked the court to temper justice with mercy.

Judge Obile sentenced Harrison to one year’s imprisonment for one count with an option to pay a fine of N100,000.00; for the second count Harrison was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment with an option for a fine of N200,000.00 ).

Judge Obile also sentenced Samuel Promise, also known as Jonica Keating, Almahle Maddison, to serve two years in the Correctional Services Department with an optional fine of 200,000 naira (N200, 000.00) for one charge bordering on cybercrime.

The charge reads as follows: “Samuel Nomis, also known as Jonica Keating, Amahle Maddison, fraudulently obtained from March 2022 to May 2022 in Chopper, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, within the jurisdiction of this Court. Disguised as Jonica Keating and Amahle Maddison Facebook/Instagram to Brazilian Saores Jacques and received a total of two thousand six hundred and seventeen dollars and fifty cents ($2, 617.50) from Saores Jacque, Krysnamayi, Muhammed and Venkat Amara , thereby committing a contravention of section 22 (2) (b) (ii) of the Cyber ​​Crime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act 2015 and punishable under section 22 (2) (b) (iv) of the same Act “.

He “pleaded guilty” to the charges.

In light of his request, the prosecution’s attorney, M.T. Iko, asked the court to convict and sentence the accused accordingly.

The court ordered the confiscation of the Oppo A96, V207 and black Samsung AO2S smartphones recovered from the criminals and belonged to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Sometime in April 2022, Ada George and Choba axes in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, were apprehended by commission agents for their involvement in internet fraud, beginning their journey to the Correctional Service journey.

Investigations revealed that the criminals were involved in investment and cryptocurrency scams and operated different social media accounts, which they used to defraud their victims.

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