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Update: ‘Slay queen’ arrested by EFCC shortly after showing off, sentenced to three years in prison for internet fraud

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Bennievibez reports that the Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has on Thursday, September 2, 2021, secured the conviction of the duo of Deborah Okiemute and Damisa Gideon (aka Captain Kim Lee) for offences bordering on personation and internet fraud.

Recall that Ms Okiemute, a Benue State University graduate, was apprehended in Makurdi for internet fraud shortly after she showed off her lavish lifestyle on Facebook. Read HERE

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Justice Obiora Atuegwu Egwuatu of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja convicted and sentenced the defendants to various jail terms, having found them guilty of the separate charges brought against them by the Commission. The charge against Damisa reads:

“That you, Deborah Okiemute, sometime in November 2020, at Makurdi, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did by concealment retain the control of the sum of Four Hundred and Seventy One Thousand Naira (N471,000.00) only, in account No. 0102333502, domiciled in Access Bank Plc belonging to you, being the proceeds of a criminal conduct on behalf of one Nelson Irobo, knowing that the money is as a result of criminal conduct by the said Nelson Irobo and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 17(a) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004 and punishable under Section 17(b) of the same Act”.

The charge against Gideon read: 

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“That you, Damisa Gideon (aka Captain Kim Lee) sometime in May, 2020 at Makurdi, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court fraudulently impersonated one Kim Lee of the US Army Air Force Base from California via your email, kimlee9065@gmail.com and obtained the sum of Eleven Million Naira (N11,000,000.00) only, from one Kim Soo Yeon (A Chinese Citizen) and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (iv) of the same Act”.

The defendants pleaded ‘guilty’ to their respective charges.

Following their pleas, the prosecuting counsel, Mary Onoja, reviewed the facts of the cases and tendered documents printed from their email addresses, iPhones and laptops, as well as their statements, which were admitted in evidence.

Delivering judgment, Justice Obiora said “from the totality of the evidence placed before the Court, the plea of guilt entered by the defendants as well as their statements where they confessed to the crime, the Court believes that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

The judge after pronouncing the two guilty, sentenced Deborah Okiemute to three years in jail with an option of fine of N100, 000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira)

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Similarly, Damisa Gideon was sentenced to one year imprisonment with option of fine of N500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira Only).

The convict is to forfeit his white-coloured Mercedes Benz GLK 350 with registration number ABJ 338 DB and VIN No. WDCG8HBP3AF357583 valued at N10 Million Naira to the Federal Government of Nigeria. The said vehicle shall be sold through public auction by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the proceeds paid into the coffers of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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EFCC arrests 60 at yahoo boys’ awards night

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The Operatives of the Lagos Command of the EFCC have apprehended over 60 suspected internet fraudsters during an awards ceremony at the Conference Hotel in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Investigations by the EFCC stated that the event tagged “Peer Youths Awards”, was organized to reward high-level internet fraudsters.

Items grasped from the suspects at the point of arrest include exotic cars, electronic devices, laptop computers, and mobile phones.

The suspects will soon be charged to court.

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Breaking: EFCC Arrests Precious For $200,000 Bitcoin Fraud, Suspect Linked To Obi Cubana (photos)

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One Precious Ofure Omonkhoa has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for an alleged bitcoin investment fraud.

The development was stated by the head of media, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement released on Friday.

Uwujaren revealed that Precious was arrested in the Ikoyi area of Lagos, following credible intelligence about his illegal activities.

It was noted that the suspect allegedly posed as Moshem Cnich, a Swedish national, to defraud unsuspecting victims.

Precious disclosed that he ran a bitcoin scheme where people invest money to make huge returns.

Uwujaren stated that investigation stated that Precious engaged in a dating scam and had defrauded 2 victims in Canada.

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He said, “The suspect confessed to have laundered the proceeds of his fraudulent activities by purchasing a piece of land worth $150,000 through bitcoin from CASA-Cubana, a project being run by the Cubana Group”.

Cubana Group is owned by popular billionaire businessman, Obinna Iyiegbu famously known as Obi Cubana, who was recently arrested by the EFCC.

It was not revealed if Cubana was questioned about Precious’ transaction with CASA-Cubana during his detention in Abuja.

Uwujaren noted that following Precious arrest, $50,000 was found in his bitcoin wallet. He will soon be charged to court.

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Police arrest four suspected fraudsters in Niger state, recover N3.8m

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The Niger State Police Command has apprehended 4 suspected fraudsters and recovered N3.8m from them. 

DSP Wasiu Abiodun, the Spokesperson of the command, who revealed this in a statement on Wednesday, November 10, said the suspects were arrested at Tunga market by police operatives attached to the X-Squad unit of the Command based on credible information.

The suspects, Maduka Johnson, 27, of Anambra State, David Victor, 25, of Gida-Madara area of the city gate, Minna, Josephine Samuel, 21, of Tunga area, Minna and Laura John, 20, of Tunga area, Minna, are staffs of a suspected fake cooperative organization named “REG-SUNNY MULTI-INVESTMENT LIMITED. 

“The suspects specialized in defrauding unsuspecting members of the public in the name of 30% return on investment of any amount of money invested within four days,” DSP Abiodun stated.

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“The group averred to be working for one Ikechukwu Williams who is presently at large, while they have defrauded people of over twenty million nairas with about sixty victims who claimed to have invested cash sum of money ranges between N100, 000 – N500, 000.”

“The Command has so far recovered about three million eight hundred and fifty thousand nairas while effort is ongoing to arrest the said Ikechukwu Williams. All the suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded while, members of the public are advised to shun any form of illegal investment in the name of quick return on investment,” he added. 

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40 Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested In Port Harcourt

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Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have apprehended 40 suspected internet fraudsters in an early morning sting operation in two locations in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The suspects are:  Michael Lelu Deedum;  People Asoliagha; Joseph Ajilo;  Adeyemi Gbolahan; Testimony Nna;  Nnemeka Chinedu; Ejiofor Raymond;  Miracle Ezenandu;  Ebele Uchenna; Iyke Obioha;  Ikechukwu Nwali;  Okoronkwo Emmanuel;  Ulu Samuel Eugene Chukwudi; Japheth Tallick;  Noel George;  Stanley Tallick;  Saro Power Maeba; Enyio Chibuike,   Ogwashi Precious and  Elijah Jeremiah.

Othere are:   Tochukwu Emmanuel; Africanus Tamunatoye Victor;  Precious Presley; Tamuno Ewi West;  Obu Gabriel;  Wargu Prayer;  Joshua Jeremiah;  Kaibar Dsana Paraman; Diepiriye Marcus;  Albright Ahiakwo; Precious Ifeanyichukwu Ukeagbu;  Onyechukwu Prince Ebuka; Chukwuemeka Ukeagbu;  Abiye Dokubo;  Chale Amobi;  Mine Baranga; Suleiman Mohammed; Chima Christian, James Darian and Kingdom Cyril.

Spokesman for the EFCC in a statement to Vanguard on Wednesday said the suspects ere arrested in the Ada George and Eagle Island areas of Port Harcourt based on diligent surveillance and verified intelligence on their suspicious internet- related criminal activities.

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The statement listed the items recovered from the susppects as: nine vehicles comprising two black- coloured Mercedes Benz C300 cars; three Toyota Camry cars;  two Toyota Corolla cars;  one black-coloured Lexus car and one ash- coloured Toyota Avalon car.

Others are:   54 phones of different brands;  11 laptops;  eight Television sets,   two Speakers and  one International passport.

They will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.

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Two Nigerians Arrested For Unemployment Scam Abroad, Plead Guilty

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2 Ireland-based Nigerians, Oluwagbewikeke Lewis, 35 and Bashiru Aderibigbe 45 have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering between April -December 2020 and to eleven counts of possession of forged passports, forged bank statements, and stolen UK passports.

According to reports, Oluwagbewikeke and Bashiru had stolen PPS numbers belonging to 74 HSE and Tusla employees in false Pandemic Unemployment Payments (PUP) from the Department of Social Protection.

Trouble began after the detective seconded to the Department of Social Protection, Trevor Conroy captured many applications for PUP under different PPS numbers with a variation of the same email address during a search in July 2020.

Keeshan disclosed that they found that the PPS numbers were used to open false accounts with many banking institutions in the country.

According to Cork Beo, both suspects, detectives said, regularly communicated about their criminal activities on WhatsApp and “reported to persons involved in international crime only known as the ‘Chairman and Ebony.’

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Oluwagbewikeke’s arrest came shortly after Detective Kieran Crowley of Midleton Garda Station stopped a car driven by Oluwagbewikeke in November 2020 in the Midleton area and a follow-up search at his home led to the discovery of false passports, bank statements, and a mobile phone.

Meanwhile, defense counsel for Oluwagbewikeke, Tom Power had pleaded his sentence be adjourned for a week to enable him to raise N2.3m for compensation to victims.

Power also stated that Oluwagbewikeke had been in Ireland for five years living with his Irish partner and 2 children and also an active member of his church.

Counsel for the second defendant Bashiru, Sinead Behan, told the court COVID-19 devastation lured him to fraud as he was a taxi driver and needed some money for his five children and an 85-year-old mother who is dependent on him in Nigeria.

However, they have been remanded in custody by Judge Helen Boyle and are due to appear again before the Circuit Court next week Wednesday for sentencing.

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BREAKING NEWS: Efcc Arrests Obi Cubana (Photos)

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Obi Cubana has been arrested by EFCCfor tax fraud and money laundering.

Bennievibez understands that operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, on Monday, November 1, arrested popular socialite and businessman, Obinna Iyiegbu, professionally known as “Obi Cubana“,

This online news platform understands that Obi Cubana, who arrived the headquarters of the EFCC at Jabi, Abuja, at about noon on Monday, is currently being interrogated by EFCC operatives, a report by PUNCH newspaper said.

Though allegations against the Anambra-born club owner, were sketchy as of press time, the report quoted a source to have disclosed that his case borders on alleged money laundering and tax fraud.

The source said, “Obi Cubana was arrested and brought to the EFCC headquarters on Monday afternoon over allegations of money laundering and tax fraud. He is being grilled by detectives as we speak.”

The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said he has yet to be briefed on the development.

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BNVBlog recalls that Obi Cubana made headlines when he hosted an ostentatious burial for his mother in Oba, Anambra State, southeast Nigeria in July 2021.

At the burial ceremony, over 200 cows were reportedly killed. The lavish display of wealth set tongues wagging with many Nigerians wondering about his source of wealth.

Several celebrities, business people and politicians turned out in large numbers for the funeral.

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