- Two young men have been arraigned before a Federal High Court in Benin for impersonating British-Nigerian boxer Anthony Joshua
- They allegedly defrauded two ladies of the sum of £10,000 (N5,589,578.20) and £5,491,23 (N3,068,740.89) in London
- Nigerians on social media have reacted to the development after the disclosure was made on Instagram by the EFCC
Two young men, Ukhuriegbe Glory Irekpitan and Onyekwa Joshua Chinedum, have been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for impersonating legendary boxer Anthony Joshua.
The suspects were arraigned before Justice S. M. Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Benin, Edo state, on a two-count charge each of impersonation.
According to @officialefcc, the defendants allegedly defrauded two ladies of the sums of £10,000 (N5,589,578.20) and £5,491,23 (N3,068,740.89) in London.
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Justice Shuaibu adjourned the matter till October 21, 2021, and ordered that the defendants be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Centre in Benin City.
Social media reacts
Reacting to the development, an Instagram user with the handle @africabridgeinitiative said:
"We say no to corruption and fraud."
"What an insult, my own @anthonyjoshua ? These boys get mind sha."
"Well criminals must be held accountable it's an adult decision to commit crime's your doing an amazing job EFCC."
"Omo the money loud oo."
"Just imagine, so some people can still fall for that?"
Man arrested for impersonating EFCC
In similar news, officers of the EFCC arrested a man, Ladeji Kelvin Babatunde, who reportedly impersonated the agency for his selfish interest.
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In a press release by the Commission on its official Instagram page, it revealed that Babatunde reportedly defrauded Yahoo boys (internet fraudsters) of more than N38 million.
They stated that he collected the money as a bribe from them as a way to save them from arrest by the agency.