Anglican bishops seek cooperation with EFCC
Anglican Diocese of Makurdi, RT. Today, Rev. Dr. N.N. Inyom announced on September 5 that the Church supports the efforts of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to rid the country of economic and financial crimes, including corruption.
The clergy who led the delegation to pay a courtesy visit to the Makurdi Regional Command of the Commission also expressed the Anglican Church’s willingness to cooperate with the Commission in fighting within the church
“There is no doubt that Anglicans have the utmost respect for the critical role played by the Commission in safeguarding the country’s financial integrity, and your dedication to upholding the rule of law and combating economic and financial crime is truly commendable and has had a positive impact. About Us society.
“…We are here to engage with you and seek ways to work together to try to better understand the work of the Commission and how it relates to the Church, particularly in dealing with acute issues of practices that lead to fraud and misappropriation,” he explain.
He further urged the committee to increase public education on the threats of economic and financial crime to deter would-be perpetrators, adding that the church itself was grappling with the threat of corruption within its ranks.
“One of my biggest frustrations in ministry as a minister of God is that the people we hire to assist us in overseeing resources end up shortchanging the church and taking away huge amounts of money that is meant for church growth,” he said.
In his response, the Regional Commander ACE 1 Friday Ebelo thanked the Bishop for the visit and sought the advice and prayers of the clergy to enable the country to win the war against the scourge of corruption, economic and financial crimes.
He noted the church’s strategic position as society’s moral conscience and called on its leaders to “talk to our leaders and do the right thing.”
The Regional Commander reiterated the commission’s commitment to public enlightenment, stressing that the EFCC currently has sensitization programs for schools and interfaith programs aimed at bringing churches and mosques into the public enlightenment orbit of the commission.
Oyo-Ogun Municipal Court convicts 11 persons of cyber fraud
The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has convicted and sentenced eleven (11) cybercriminals to varying degrees of imprisonment.
The convicts are Olakunle Dave Edamisan, Samuel Opeyemi Enitan, Daniel Aanu Omoyajowo, Jonathan Emmanuel Opashi, Daramola Damilola Aliu, Olarenwaju Olamilekan Oluwaseun, Olaoluwa Daniel Adejobi, Akintola Akindeji Festus, Tijani Babatunde Ad edayo, Sodiq Opyemi Odunewu and Powei Ibelih Theophillious.
Criminals prosecuted after being arrested for alleged cybercrime and other related fraudulent activities
Justices Ladilan Akintola and Adebukola Rajeed of the Oyo State High Court in Ibadan and Justice Simmisola Adeni of the Ogun State High Court in Abeokuta When Yi was arraigned, they both pleaded “guilty” to a separate charge brought against them.
After pleading guilty, prosecution counsel Olatunji Akintola, Umar Abiso, Shamsudeen Bashir, Adamu Sahabi, Zainab Tijani and Fatima Baba reviewed the facts of the case and requested the court to convict and sentence the accused accused.
Justice Adeniyi accordingly convicted and sentenced Odunewu, Adedayo, Festus, Adejobi and Oluwaseun each to one year’s imprisonment without the possibility of fine.
In addition, Judge Akintola also convicted and sentenced Omoyajowo, Opashi and Aliu to one year’s imprisonment each; Edamisan was sentenced to six months community service, Enitan was sentenced to three months community service, while Powei was convicted and sentenced to six months community service. In addition, he will forfeit N500, 000.00 (five hundred thousand naira) and N1.4 million (one million, four hundred thousand naira) to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
However, Omoyajowo was given a fine of N40, 000.00 (forty thousand naira) while Opashi, Aliu and Edamisan were fined N50, 000.00 (fifty thousand naira) each.
The convicts were ordered to return the various victims and surrender all items recovered from them to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Abuja court convicts six ‘Yahoo boys’
On Thursday, August 31, 2023, Judge O. I. Adelaja of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Kubwa, Abuja, convicted six persons on a charge bordering on Internet fraud. The accused persons detained by the Abuja Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission include Anekwu Chibuike Peterdamian, Eta Iso Okan, Kolawole Michael Taiwo, Ohue Daniel, Ocholi Husseni and Olatunji Anuoluwapo Johnson.
The charges against the two defendants are as follows: “You, Anekwu Chibuike Perterdamian aka Nguyen Dinh, sometime in the year 2022, in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, with intent to defraud, by falsely representing yourself to be a pilot of the United States of America .dating website and obtained $7,000 (Seven Thousand Dollars) from a Christian through Bitcoin, thus committing an offense under Section 321 of the Penal Code of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja) and can be charged under Section 324 of the Act impose penalties.
“You, Eta Iso Okon, sometime in 2023, in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, when you created an Instagram account pretending to be Theodora, a citizen of the United States of America, indeed By cheating by impersonation, which you knew to be false and in that assumed identity, you obtained the sum of US$4,150 (Four Thousand One Hundred and Fifty Dollars) and therefore you committed an offense under the Criminal Code of the Federation (Abuja) 1990 The crime under Article 321 of the Code shall be punishable under Article 324 of the same law.”
They both pleaded guilty to their respective charges.
Judge Adelaja found Aneku guilty and sentenced him to two years’ imprisonment with an option of a fine of N2 million. He will also forfeit to the federal government $4,000 (Four Thousand Dollars) worth, a Mercedes Benz CLA 250 car and phones.
Eta was sentenced to two years in prison or fined N2 million. In addition, he will forfeit to the federal government $US4150 (Four Thousand One Hundred and Fifty), cellphones and laptops.
Osho, Ocholi and Olatunji were sentenced to one year in prison with an option of a fine of half a million naira, while Kolawole was given a non-custodial sentence.