Enugu, Nigeria - February 27, 2024

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction and sentencing of 31 individuals involved in internet fraud. The sentences were handed down by Justices Mohammed Garba Umar and Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Courts in Enugu and Awka, Anambra State, respectively.


The individuals were charged with various offenses related to internet-based crimes, including fraudulent impersonation, obtaining money by false pretense, and possession of fraudulent documents. All 31 pleaded guilty to the charges.


Ten of the convicts received prison sentences ranging from six months to two years, along with fines ranging from ₦200,000 to ₦750,000. One individual was also ordered to make restitution to their victim. The remaining 21 individuals received sentences of two weeks of community service.


In addition to their sentences, all the convicts forfeited their mobile phones to the Federal Government.


This operation is part of the EFCC's ongoing efforts to combat cybercrime in Nigeria. The commission encourages the public to remain vigilant and report any suspected cases of internet fraud to the EFCC.