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Just in: Wanted fraudster sentenced to two years imprisonment.

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An internet fraudster on the wanted list of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) of the United States Department of Justice has been sentenced to two years imprisonment.

Abiona Festus was convicted and sentenced by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja on Tuesday.

He was prosecuted by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the agency’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, said in a statement.

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Oyewale explained that the FBI, in a petition dated July 10, 2019, had appealed to the Ilorin zonal office of the EFCC to ensure Festus’ arrest and prosecution, for his roles in a multi-million naira international scam.

One of the charges read, “That you Abiona Akinyemi Festus (Ella Jones), sometime between January 2011- May 2016 at Lagos within the jurisdiction of this honourable court by means of fraudulent trick used the email address ellajones05@yahoo.com to bypass online security and obtained the sum of N5,950,000 (Five Million, Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira), only from retirement accounts, held by an insurance company for public workers in the United States of America.”

When the charges were read to him during his arraignment, Festus pleaded guilty.

Thereafter, the EFCC Head of Advance Fee Fraud at the Ilorin zonal office, Olamide Sadiq, reviewed the facts of the case, which included that defendant was arrested based on a petition from the FBI linking him to the offence.

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Justice Taiwo then convicted him as charged and sentenced him to one year imprisonment on each of the two counts, with a N300,000 option of fine on each of the counts.

The judge also ordered him to return the sums of money he cornered to the FBI.

Soldier Arrested For Cybercrime?
In an earlier statement, Oyewale said EFCC operatives have arrested a serving soldier, Lance Corporal Ajayi Kayode, and 26 others for alleged internet fraud in the Lekki area of Lagos State.

Kayode, with service number NAF18/34732, was reportedly arrested in his military uniform during an early morning raid at 6B, Fatai Idowu Arobike, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, on Saturday last week.

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According to the EFCC spokesman, the arrest followed intelligence received from concerned members of the public about his alleged involvement in criminal activities.

The soldier was arrested alongside Kalu Emmanue, Hassan Sunday, Odinaka Okem, Victor Ochiabuito, Christopher Prince, Victor Ologhu, Alex Aka, Miracle Onyekwere, Habeeb Ayomide, Olakunle Ajeigbu, Rasheed Olanrewaju, and Salam Hakeem.

Others are Adeniran Nurudeen, Opeyemi Chris, Derrick Moris, Shehu Oluoti, Fuad Akinbayo, Babatunde Idowu, Uzo Nathaniel, Debowale Adedoyin, Shegun Emmanuel, Godswill Maduchem, Samson Kazeem, Oluwatobi Oluwatoba, Olaitan Ajao, and Oyindamola Kareem.

Kayode was said to have confessed that suspects in whose company he was arrested were his friends, adding that they had been teaching him how to make money through cybercrime.


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Top Story: FBI declare 6 Nigerians wanted over N2.4B fraud

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The United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has declared six Nigerians wanted over their alleged involvement in fraudulent activities estimated at over $6m (N2.3bn).

The FBI made the disclosure in a tweet via its official Twitter account, stating that the suspects engaged in business email compromise (BEC) schemes resulting in over $6 million in losses.

According to the agency, the suspects are; Richard Izuchukwu Uzuh, Alex Afolabi Ogunshakin, Felix Osilama Okpoh, Abiola Ayorinde Kayode, and Nnamdi Orson Benson.

The FBI also said that the six of them were part of an operation that sent mails to thousands of businesses in the United States requesting fraudulent wire transfer.

The tweet reads, “ Help the FBI find six Nigerian nationals wanted for their involvement in business email compromise (BEC) schemes resulting in over $6 million in losses.”


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Hushpuppi not arrested by Interpol or FBI – New Report

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Nigerian Instagram celebrity, Hushpuppi arrested in Dubai was arrested neither by America’s FBI or Interpol
as widely reported in Nigeria.

On the contrary his arrest on 10 June was executed by Dubai Police.

UAE’s online newspaper, The National reported Wednesday that he was arrested on multiple fraud charges, along with 12 other accomplices.

The paper also revealed his real name as Raymond Abbas and his real age as 38 years.

His case has been referred to the Dubai public prosecution and is currently being questioned by prosecutors at the Bur Dubai section, the paper reported.

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“The prosecutors have charged him for “obtaining money from others through fraudulent means.”

According to UAE National, security officers in the emirate arrested Mr Abbas and 12 others for online fraud that targets companies and individuals.

“They would send out letters from email addresses almost identical to those of legitimate companies, targeting customers of these companies, with the purpose of diverting payments to themselves,” said a senior prosecutor, quoted by the paper.

“Initial information includes that he was part of this gang which fraudulently obtained cash and cars from people.

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“His statement was taken by prosecution but this is just the beginning of prosecution investigations.”

The paper also reported that Raymond Abbas is wanted for fraud crimes in Europe, the United States and Nigeria.

Mr Abbas has over two million followers on Instagram. He is known for his display of wealth on social media.

He often posts pictures with his luxury cars like Ferrari and Rolls Royce and a private jet.


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(Photos) Mother and son jailed over internet fraud in Lagos ..


A suspected internet fraudster, Damilola Ahmed Adeyeri and his mother, Alaba Kareem Adeyeri, have been convicted on a four-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence to the tune of $82, 570, about N29.9million.

PM news reports that Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, convicted the woman and her son and sentenced them to three years each in a correctional centre.


The judge found them guilty on all counts. But the sentences for each count would run concurrently. Justice Aneke further ordered that all the properties and monies recovered from the convicts be forfeited to the Federal Government and upon applications by the victims, restitution be made to them.

The convicts were arrested following a petition from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) against Damilola Adeyeri and others now at large on an alleged case of conspiracy, obtaining under false pretence, money laundering and computer-related fraud.

Armed with the petition, the operatives of the Commission immediately swung into action and upon investigations found out that his mother was an accomplice in the crime.

Idi Musa, an investigator with the EFCC, while being led in evidence narrated to the court that sometime in April 2019, that the Commission received a petition from the FBI, alleging that the official email address of American Cranes Manufacturing company was hacked and as a result the sum of $82, 570. 00 was stolen by the fraudsters. He told the court that the petitioner reported that there was a syndicate of fraudsters who defrauded many companies through business email compromise and obtained millions of dollars from American citizens.


Idi further revealed that Damilola was arrested on September 6, 2019, after which his mother was apprehended when she went to withdraw money from the bank upon hearing that EFCC was investigating her son. He said Damilola’s mother bought properties in the name of her son with the money made from the fraud.

He also told the court that the sums stolen by the convicts were used to acquire properties in choice areas of Lagos, and some cash were found in their accounts.


One of the count reads:

“that you, Damilola Ahmed Adeyeri, Alaba Kareem Adeyeri and Karen Russell (still at large) sometime on the 21st day of June 2017, in Lagos within the jurisdiction of the court conspired to fraudulently impersonate the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of American Cranes Manufacturing Company with intent to gain monetary advantage in the sum of $82, 570. 00 (Eighty Two Thousand Five Hundred and Seventy US Dollars) and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27 (1) (b) and 22 (3) of the Cyber Crime (Prohibition Prevention etc) ACT, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (1) of the same Act.”

Another count reads:

“That you Damilola Ahmed Adeyeri, Alaba Kareem Adeyeri and Karen Russell (still at large), sometime on the 19th day of July 2017, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this court dishonestly represented yourself as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of American Cranes Manufacturing Company thereafter you sent an email from personal@managements-securemail-office-portal.online with intent to gain advantage to yourselves and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27 (1) (a) and 22 (3) of the Cyber Crime (Prohibition Prevention etc) ACT, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (1) of the same Act”.

After the charges were read to the convicts, they pleaded guilty to the four-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretences.


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In – EFCC arrested and detained me without evidence – Mompha blows hot.

…says not FBI, interpol

Two days ago, Ismaila Mustapha a.k.a Mompha regained his freedom after perfecting the bail conditions handed to him by a Lagos High Court.

Mompha has now issued a revealing and strongly worded statement on his Instagram page saying that EFCC detained him for 40-days with no evidence of fraud against him.

He went on to share the 14-count charge against him and claimed he has no relationship with the two accomplices that were linked to him, and only met them for the first time after they were brought to the EFCC office by officials.

In his words, ‘now i know its a crime to be a Nigerian, they did this to me because of hate, enviness and jealousy. I met Hamza the lebanese guy on october 24th 2019 at EFCC office for the first time in my life and also Kayode Philips i don’t know why they have to lie that he is my partner and my accomplice’.

See his full statement below…

In Every situation you find urself prayer is the only Key!! l was arrested on october 18 2019 by Efcc not interpol or Fbi, No interpol or Fbi is looking for me cos i dont knw where all these stories are coming from and the order of my arrest came from one of their head in lagos because he has my travel details, which i asked what was my offence but he told me till you get to lagos when i got to lagos on october 19 2019 he showed me my bank statement and ask me about the funds which came to my account btw 2015 to 2017 which i defended all.

To my greatest suprise the next thing they did was to post that i was involve in internet fraud, BEC, cyber fraud and also 51 bank accounts which such never happened and it went viral worldwide what kind of country are we in nothing like investigation they tried to tarnish my image but God pass them, I was in their custody for 40days which no evidence of fraud was found on me After my lawyer sued Them for keeping me for Long on 22nd of November they gave me my charge sheet for 14 counts on money laundering on a Legit Business i did wit a mobile company in Nigeria.

Now i knw its a crime to be a nigerian, I was shock when i came out to see people calling me different names like fraudster, Criminal, Yahoo boy which i have never defraud anyone or steal from anyone also no petition on me or any one or company reported me. They did this to me because of Hate, Enviness, Jealousy.

First i need to clear the air on something i met Hamza the lebanese guy on october 24th 2019 at Efcc office for the first time in my life and also kayode philips i dont know why they have to lie that he is my partner and my accomplice. why all these lies just to bring me down But now am Stronger and wiser!!!

May Almighty Allah Help me in this Big situation (Amin). Now the whole world knows what they charge me for as the case is in court and my trial has begin!!! Special Thanks to my Strong wife and my family and my Real friends who stood by me During this trial of life

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High Court: FBI-wanted fraudster, Emmanuel bags prison term, forfeit house, cars….

Emmanuel Adedeji Oluwatosin, an FBI-wanted scammer was convicted on Tuesday, November 19th by Justice M S. Sifawa of the Sokoto State High court sitting in Sokoto, over $150,000 internet fraud.

Upon arraignment, Adedeji pleaded guilty to the charge. In view of the defendant’s plea, the prosecuting counsel, Musa. Mela Gwani asked the court to convict and sentence the defendant.

The charge reads, “that you Adedeji Emmanuel Oluwatosin, sometime between January and July 2019 at Sokoto within the jurisdiction of the Sokoto State High Court did steal the sum of $150, 000.00 (One Hundred and fifty Thousand Dollars) through wire funds transfer from multiple foreign victims by fraudulent intrusion into their retirement accounts domiciled in United States of America via internet and transferred the said sums into fraudulent business accounts created by you and you withdrew the said funds through ATM Cards and cashier cheques and you thereby committed the offence of Theft contrary to Section 274 of the Sokoto State Penal Code Law 2019 and punishable under Section 275 of the same Law”.

However, the defence counsel, Shamsu A. Dauda, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as his client was a first time offender who has become remorseful. He also told the court that the convict is ready to restitute the victims by forfeiting his home in Kaduna and two Mercedes Benz cars (Models C550e and C450) to the victims.

FBI-wanted fraudster Emmanuel Oluwatosin forfeits house, cars, bags prison term

Justice Sifawa, thereafter convicted and sentenced the defendant to two (2) years imprisonment with option of Two Million Naira (N2, 000,000.00) fine. He ordered the convict to restitute the victims by forfeiting the proceeds of the said crime: a residential apartment situated at No17/19 Seamans Street, Maigero, Kaduna State and two Mercedes Benz Models C550e and C450 respectively through Asset Forfeiture Unit of the EFCC for disposal and return of the proceeds to the victims of the offence through the US Legal Attaché in Nigeria.

The convict’s journey to prison started on the 29th of August, 2019 when he was arrested in Kaduna at Unguwan Maigero in a luxury apartment, following intelligence by US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on his involvement in internet scams. Items recovered from the residence included two cars (Mercedes Benz C550e, Mercedes Benz C450), an IPhone, laptops, a modem and SIM cards. Wilson Uwujaren

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