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Internet Fraudster Jailed

here is another news item from an evenig paper here.It came out appears that something is being done by the
authorities,even if it’s small.

An Ikeja High Court has sentenced a teenager, Stephen Nwagbogwu to 12
months imprisonment without an option of fine.

Nwagbogwu was arrested in June 2006 by the officials of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at a cyber cafe in Orile
Iganmu for alleged involvement in internet fraud.

The EFCC prosecutor, Mr. J. Ojogbare, told the court that the accused
was arrested in a cyber cafe where he sent some scam letters to some
international non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Ojogbare added that some letters were equally found in the inbox of
the accused person who presented himself as a female called Anita
Cole, single, with aged mother and younger ones, living in a refugee

The prosecutor, in a two-count charge, submitted that the accused had
the intention of defrauding the NGOs under the pretence that a non
existing refugee camp in Nigeria is without good health and education.

The accused pleaded guilty and judgement was passed.

Counsel to the accused, A. O. Emefere, pleaded with the court to
tender justice with mercy, adding that the accused was frustrated and
equally influenced by peer group.

He submitted that the accused was born in humble and poor
family. “His mother died a few months after he was born. His father
also died a few years after he was born. He was forced to leave from
one member of the family to another,” he submitted.

In his ruling, Justice Joseph Oyewole, said: “Having duly considered
the accused for the period he has spent in awaiting trial cell, his
situation is pathetic, but poverty is not an excuse,” he ruled.

Justice Oyewole, therefore, sentenced him to 12-month imprisonment
without the option of fine, starting from the day the judgement was


July 17, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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