EFCC arraigns alleged internet fraud kingpin for $8.5m scam

EFCC arraigns alleged internet fraud kingpin for $8.5m scam

- The EFCC has arraigned a suspected internet fraudster Onwuzuruike Ikenna Kingsley in Port Harcourt

- Kingsley was arraigned on an eight-count charge bordering on conspiracy, impersonation, forgery, possession of proceeds, etc, to the tune of $8.5m

- The anti-graft agency said the offence contravenes Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006

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The Port Harcourt zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday, June 30, arraigned one Onwuzuruike Ikenna Kingsley over alleged internet fraud.

Kingsley also known as Jeff Sikora paraded himself a self-styled President/ Chief Executive Officer of United States-based Prime Trust Credit Union Bank.

The anti-graft agency arraigned him at the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers state on an eight-count charge bordering on conspiracy, impersonation, forgery, etc, to the tune of eight million, five hundred and two thousand dollars ($8,502,000.00), about N3,285,257,820 (N3.2bn).

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EFCC arraigns alleged internet fraud kingpin for $8.5m scam

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The offence, according to the commission, contravenes Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.

In a related development, the EFCC has disclosed that six internet fraudsters also known as Yahoo Boys have been sentenced to various prison terms by Nigerian courts.

Five of the convicts were jailed for fraudulent impersonation by Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan.

According to the EFCC, among them, Olawale Ayorinde Abdulaliyu was sentenced to three months imprisonment; Josiah Olafuyi to four months, Abdul-Salam Abubakar and Blessing Opeyemi Omoyajowo got six months each, while, Bolaji John Alegbe was sentenced to seven months jail term.

The sixth suspect, Aremu Oluwatosin Akindele, was tried by Justice Mohammed Abubakar of the Federal High Court in Abeokuta and sentenced to 11 months imprisonment.

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Meanwhile, Obinwanne Okeke, popularly known as Invictus Obi, has confessed to American authorities that he participated in fraudulent activities.

Okeke who was charged with two counts of computer fraud and wire fraud agreed that he knowingly, intentionally and unlawfully committed the offences against him.

He added that findings by American investigators and the ‘statement of facts’ filed in court by prosecutors are true and accurate.

Going further, he added that the allegations against him would be proven beyond a reasonable doubt if the matter proceeded to trial.

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