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Like DSS, EFCC arrests members of syndicate selling new naira notes in Abuja



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has arrested members of a syndicate who are hoarding and trading the redesigned naira notes in Abuja.

Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC spokesperson, in a statement on Monday, said the suspects were arrested around zone 4 and Dei Dei axis of the federal capital territory (FCT).

The suspects were also said to have told the EFCC that they were working in connivance with some commercial bank officials.

“The operation followed intelligence on activities of unscrupulous currency speculators who were exploiting desperate citizens by offering them the new Naira notes for foreign currencies at below the going rate,” the statement reads.

“The suspects have made useful statements, including a disclosure that they were acting in cohort with some unscrupulous officials of Money Deposit Banks.

“The Commission will extend the operation to all the major commercial centres of the country until all the syndicates involved in the illegal trade are demobilised. Financial system operators are also warned to desist from the sharp practices or risk arrest and prosecution.

“Zonal Commanders of the EFCC today, also met with officials of various banks in their Commands in an effort to ascertain the volume of the new notes issued to the commercial banks and how the banks were dispensing the monies to their customers.

“The Commanders urged the financial market operators to ensure compliance with the guidelines set by the Central Bank of Nigeria while disclosing that they have dispatched operatives across their Commands to monitor the level of compliance by banks and other operators in the financial market.”


EFCC extradites Nigerian woman, Florence Onyegbu, convicted in US over $1.8m fraud




The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has extradited Florence Onyegbu, a Nigerian, to the United States, over the violation of law bordering on the offer and payment of illegal remuneration in a health care matter.

The anti-graft agency announced the extradition of Onyegbu in a statement released on Friday.

EFCC said the Nigerian was extradited following a request from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

On February 14, 2011, a US court sentenced Onyegbu to 46 months in prison and ordered her to pay approximately $1.3 million in restitution.

The US department of justice said Onyegbu pleaded guilty to a one-count charge of offer and payment of illegal remuneration in relation to her home health company — De-Promise Home Health Services — located in Dallas.

“Onyegbu admitted that from January 2008 to July 2010, she paid between approximately $100 to $200 per month to multiple beneficiaries in exchange for their Medicare information,” the US department of justice said in a statement released in 2011.

“She used the patients’ information to falsely bill Medicare approximately $1.8 million for purported home health services, including skilled nursing services, physical therapy, speech-language pathology services, and occupational therapy.

“Onyegbu admitted that these patients neither qualified for nor needed the treatment. Her false claims to Medicare resulted in payments totaling more than $1.3 million to De-Promise Home Health Services.”

EFCC said Onyegbu was arrested at her residence in the Ojodu area of Lagos on February 21, 2022.

“Upon her arrest, a national identity card with the name Janet Boi, as well as a Texas driver’s license with the name Florence Enwerim Onyegbu, were found on her,” the statement reads.

“The commission, on March 22, 2023, handed over Onyegbu to the FBI, following an extradition order granted by Justice Z.B. Abubakar of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on December 2, 2022.

“Onyegbu’s travails began after she was arrested on February 12, 2011, in the U.S. and subsequently sentenced to 46 months imprisonment, following a guilty plea, over the violation of the U.S. Law bordering on the offer and payment of illegal remuneration in a health care matter.

“Although she was ordered to report for service of her sentence on April 4, 2011, she failed to surrender on that date.

“Consequently, she was further charged with failure to surrender for service of sentence in violation of U.S. Law on March 4, 2013.”

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EFCC arrests cleric, 27 others for alleged internet fraud in Kwara




Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested a cleric, twin brothers and 25 others for alleged internet fraud in Ilorin, Kwara state.

Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC spokesperson, confirmed the arrest in a statement on Thursday.

Uwujaren said the arrest was carried out at the Mandate area of Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.

He said it followed actionable intelligence on the activities of fraudsters operating in the area.

“Preliminary investigation revealed the identity of the arrested suspects are six students and mining operator, among others,” he said.

He said the items recovered from the suspects include 10 exotic cars, different brands of laptops, cell phones and printers, among others.

Uwujaren said the suspects would be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of ongoing investigations.

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EFCC arrest yahoo boy who defrauded white woman of N104million




An internet fraudster, otherwise known as “Yahoo Boy“, Aiosa Kelvin Orhue, has been arraigned by the Abuja zonal command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

EFCC arraigned the “Yahoo Boy” before Justice C.E. Nwecheonwu of the FCT High Court, Kuje, Abuja on a three-count charge bordering on a love scam.

A statement issued by the Spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren said one of the counts against the suspect reads, “that you, Aiosa Kelvin Orhue (aka Fredrick Leonard) sometime in 2021, at Abuja within the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court, by false pretense and with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N104,000,000 (One Hundred and Four Million Naira) only from one Cheryldene Cook, that you are one Frederick Leonard who is in love with her and you made her believe that you are going to marry her which you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Sections 1 (1)(a) and 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 respectively”.

Another count reads, “Orhue (aka Fredrick Leonard), still claiming to be in love with Cherydene Cook and using the Instagram handle @burgerde defrauded her of the sum of $26,020 (Twenty Six Thousand and Twenty Dollars) only, an offence contrary to and punishable under Sections 321 and 322 of the Penal Code Act, Laws of the Federation (Abuja) 1990 respectively”.

Kelvin, the EFCC image maker said, pleaded guilty to the charge.

Justice Nwechonwu consequently convicted and sentenced the defendant to one-year imprisonment with an option of a fine of N1, 000,000 (One Million Naira) only.

He is also to forfeit a three-bedroom semi-detached duplex located in Edo state, a Lexus E350 saloon car, the sum of N19,000,000 (Nineteen Million Naira Only) domiciled in Zenith Bank Account number 2256646614, all furniture in the above-mentioned house, the sum of $1,858.67 (One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty-Eight Dollars, Sixty Seven Cents)domiciled in Access Bank account number 1605720548, the sum of $1,000 (One Thousand Dollars only) domiciled in Access Bank account number 1478704498, iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung A31.

All items are to be forfeited to the Federal Government in restitution to the victim.

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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.

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