The Lagos Suspects

The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested 16 suspects in the Lekki area of the state for alleged Internet fraud .
Some of the suspects are Habeeb Adebayo, Marcus Wisdom , Caleb Ezekiel , Akinduro Henry, Osarobo Osasere , and Oyelami Olatunji .
Others are Pelumi Glory , Ehibor Joseph, Emmanuel Timileyin , Jefta Akpan , Okirhie Rukewe, Oxford Robbinson , Onyeka Odika , Uzoma Gideon , Adebayo Oluwatobi , and Isreal Ugochukwu .

A statement on Monday by the EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed that the suspects were rounded up on January 21 at the Ziroc Residence Hotel , Lekki , by operatives who had been tracking their activities .
“ Upon interrogation, they all confessed to engaging in different forms of computer -related fraud , including romance and love scam .
“ A further analysis of their mobile devices and computers also confirmed their involvement in Internet fraud ,” the statement added .
The EFCC said the suspects would soon be arraigned in court, adding that investigations had been concluded.
In a related development, Justice F . O . Riman of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo , Akwa Ibom State , on Monday ordered the remand of one Inibehe Eden over a forex deal worth N 6 . 2m .

According to the EFCC, Eden collected the sum from one Inime Umanah in July 2017 , under the pretext of helping him to invest in forex .
The complainant was said to have agreed to the deal with a profit- sharing formula of 80 to 20 per cent for investor and trader , respectively.
Umanah , according to the arrangement, was also to get 30 per cent of the invested capital monthly through the suspect ’s trading system , Eden System -FX .
However, the complainant never got the promised interest and efforts to get back the invested sum proved abortive .
Eden was arraigned on one count of obtaining by false pretences .
He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Following his plea , the prosecuting counsel , Nwandu Ukoha , asked the court to remand the defendant in a correctional facility .

Justice Riman adjourned the matter until January 28 , 2021 , for the hearing of the bail application and ordered that the defendant be remanded in the custody of the EFCC.

Source – PUNCH


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