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Anambra Court Sentences 41 Internet Fraudsters

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A group of Forty-one (41) internet fraudsters faced conviction and sentencing by a Federal High Court in Onitsha, Anambra State, under the jurisdiction of Justices S. M Shuaibu and Hauwa Inuwa. The charges brought against them included obtaining by false pretence, possession of fraudulent documents, personation, and aiding in committing an offence. These individuals, arraigned by the Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), admitted their guilt upon separate charges.

The convicted individuals, including Douglas James, Raphael Chikezie Uwakwe, Paul Chidera Kalu, and others, pleaded guilty to various offences such as fraudulent impersonation and possession of fraudulent documents. Their admissions prompted the EFCC counsel, Michael Ikechukwu Ani, to request the court to proceed with conviction and sentencing.

Despite pleas for leniency from the defence counsel, comprising Wisdom Ogbonna, Bernard Okeke, James Nwatarali, and Arinze Anyigo, the court decided to deliver justice. Justice Inuwa presided over the conviction and sentencing of 27 individuals on Thursday, May 2, 2024. The court convicted the remaining 14 individuals the following day.

Those convicted on May 3 faced sentences of one year imprisonment each, along with a fine option of N100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira). Additionally, the court ordered the convicts to engage in Community Service as stipulated by Section 462 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act. Furthermore, items seized from the convicted individuals, including mobile phones and laptops, were directed to be auctioned by the EFCC, with proceeds to be deposited into the Treasury Single Account.

The convictions stemmed from the arrest of these individuals for their involvement in internet fraud. Subsequently charged and convicted, they now face imprisonment as a consequence of their actions.

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