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Ex-banker, Wife, Mother-in-law Bag Jail Term Over Bank Fraud

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Justice Adekanye Ogunmoye of Ekiti State High Court, Ado Ekiti has sentenced an ex-banker, Ebenezer Alonge, together with his wife, Olamide Oyinlola, and his mother-in-law, Isakunle Eunice to cumulative 60-year jail term.

The trio were convicted of 12 counts of conspiracy and bank fraud brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan Zone.

This was contained in a statement by the EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, on Friday, where it was revealed that the trio conspired to steal depositors’ fund to the tune of N21m.

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“It was alleged that sometime in February 2018, the bank received a complaint concerning the financial impropriety of the sum of N62,400.00 in respect of a customer’s account,” the statement revealed.

It continues, “According to the petitioner, on February 15, 2017, a customer lodged the said sum into her account but the transaction could not be traced in the customer’s account, even after the customer presented a copy of the slip signed by Alonge.

“In the course of the investigation, the said transaction was allegedly traced to Ebenezer Alonge’s wife’s account.

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“Further investigation, however, revealed that there was a turnover of over N21,000,000.00 (Twenty-One Million Naira) as a deposit from other customers in his wife’s account.”

“Also, it was alleged that other sums were traced to his mother-in-law’s account, who was also a beneficiary of the fraudulent act.”

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During judgment, the convicts were found guilty of all 12 counts and sentenced to five years on each count.

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The cumulative 60-year prison terms will, however, run concurrently.


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Businessman Arraigned, Gets Stringent Bail Condition Over Internet Fraud

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Businessman Arraigned, Gets Stringent Bail Condition Over Internet Fraud

A prominent Ilorin based businessman, Chukwudubem Ezenwa, has been docked at a Federal High Court in Ilorin charged with alleged internet fraud.

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Chukwudubem, Managing Director of Chukwudubemapple Tech. Limited, Ilorin, was arraigned before Justice Muhammed Sanni.

He was charged alongside one Adeleke Damilola on five counts of conspiracy and internet fraud contrary to Section 27 and 33 of the cybercrime Prohibition, Prevention, etc, Act 2015.

Count one of the charge sheets read, ” that you, Adeleke Damilola, Chukwudubem Ezenwa, between the months of August and November 2020, in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with the intent to defraud, did conspire among yourselves to obtain 10,000 US dollars from a credit card which does not belong to you through the use of a cash App software device and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27(2)b of the cybercrime (prohibition, prevention Act) 2015 and punishable under the same section of the Act.”

The defendants pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.

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Following their pleas, Counsel to the EFCC, Blessing Akinsola, asked the court to fix a date for trial and remand the defendants in prison custody pending trial.

Justice Sanni, however, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N1m, with one surety in like sum, a statement by the Head, Media and Publicity of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren stated on Friday.

The surety, according to the trial judge, must have a landed property in Ilorin, GRA, Kwara State with Certificate of Occupancy, (C of O).

In addition, the surety must deposit two passports and swear to an affidavit.

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The Judge fixed October 22, 2021, for trial.

The judge further ordered that the defendants be remanded in the custody of the Nigeria correctional centre pending the perfection of their bail conditions.

(DAILY POST)

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Police Reject N500,000 Bribe, Arrest Suspected Robbers, Cultists

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The Lagos State Police Command on Thursday said it has arrested four suspected armed robbers and cultists, stating that the officers who carried out the arrest, rejected a N500,000 bribe offered them.

This was made known in a statement by the spokesman of the command, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, to confirm the arrest.

Ajisebutu, in the statement, noted that an anti-crime patrol team from Area ‘J’ Command, Elemoro, arrested the suspects during a routine stop and search operation on September 4 at about 12.30 a.m.

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The police PPRO stated that one of the suspects who was simply identified as Timothy, 23 years old, and resident of No. 9, Baale Street, Majek, Ajah, was arrested at General Paint Garden area, Lekki.

He revealed that one locally-made double barrel gun and two live cartridges, including an expended cartridge packed in a bag, were recovered from the suspect during the operation.

According to the spokesman, another suspect, who claimed to be a cultist with the Aye Confraternity, simply identified as Toheed, 22 years old, was arrested with a live cartridge at the General Paint ghetto area, Ajah at about 12.45 a.m. on September 4.

The image maker further said that two more suspects were arrested for allegedly offering N500,000 bribes to the police to secure the release of the two suspects earlier arrested.

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“While one 34-year-old Sunday, resident of 66, Henry Smith Close, Abidjan GRA, Ajah, offered N400,000 cash to secure the release of the first suspect (Timothy), one Akeem, 43 years old, offered the sum of N100, 000 cash to secure the second suspect (Toheed).

“Determined to ensure justice through thorough investigation, the uncompromising police officers in charge of the case rejected the bribe,” he said.

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Ajisebutu said the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, CP Hakeem Odumosu, commended the professionalism and uncompromising act of the police officers, admonishing other officers to emulate the incorruptible ones.

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“The CP has, however, directed that the case be transferred to the command’s Tactical Team for further investigations and prosecution,” he said


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EFCC Arrests 27 For Oil Bunkery

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Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have announced the arrest of 27 suspected oil bunkers.

In a statement, the Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said the suspects were arrested in a random raid conducted by the EFCC last weekend at Ahoada East and West Local Government Areas of Rivers State.

The statement disclosed that large quantities of products suspected to be illegally- refined Automotive Gas Oil were found with them.

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Uwujaren said as at the time of the arrest, 20 jerry cans and 25 litres of the products, stored in drums and tanks were ready for onward transportation to various locations, before they were intercepted.

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He said the suspects would be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.

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