Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal Excessive Courtroom sitting in Enugu has convicted and sentenced two fraudsters on the Watch Checklist of the American Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, to seven years imprisonment for internet- associated offences.
The convicts: Uchechukwu Solomon Ezirim and Dike George Chimezie acquired their jail phrases on completely different dates in the identical courtroom. Whereas Ezirim was jailed on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, Chimezie was convicted on Friday, June 10, 2022.
Ezirim’s conviction was based mostly on his trial by the Enugu Zonal Command of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC on two- rely costs bordering on forgery, impersonation and acquiring cash from unsuspecting overseas nationals below false pretences.
One of many costs in opposition to him learn: ”that you just,Uchechukwu Solomon Ezirim with one Chukwudi Igbokwe at present serving jail time period in the USA of America.) generally between 2015 and 2017 at Owerri ,Imo State throughout the jurisdiction of this Honourable Courtroom handled the cardboard of one other particular person and thereby dedicated an offence opposite to and punishable below Part 34 of the of the Cash Laundering Act (Prohibition ,Prevention, And many others) ,2015″ Justice Buba convicted and sentenced him to a few years imprisonment with an possibility of nice of N1,000,000( One Million Naira). Chimezie, however was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment with an possibility of forfeiting 5 instances the quantity he benefited from the crime. He benefited N766,000 from the crime and he’s to forfeit N3,830,000( Three Million , Eight Hundred and Thirty Million Naira) in lieu of jail phrases.
The convicts’ journey to the Correctional Centre began after they have been positioned on a Watch Checklist by the FBI for impersonation and cybercrimes. They have been later arrested by operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of the EFCC and charged to courtroom. Their trials ran a full course resulting in their eventual conviction.
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