Law and Crime

Fraudster Gets One Year Jail Term, as EFCC Arrests 8 Suspects in Benin

Justice M. Itsueli of the Edo State High Court sitting in Benin, Edo State on Thursday, March 30, 2023 convicted and sentenced Bashiru Oladipo Alakuro to jail for fraud.

Alakuro was arraigned by the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on one count charge of intent to defraud.

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Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge prompting the prosecution counsel, Al- Amin Ibrahim Abdul to pray the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

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However, defence counsel, Inegbedion Emmanuel pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendant was a first time offender who has promised to turn a new leaf.

Justice Itsueli convicted and sentenced Alakuro to one year imprisonment or a fine of N100,000.

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In addition, the convict is to forfeit his phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria and undertake in writing to be of good behaviour forthwith.

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Also, operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of the EFCC, on March 31, 2023 arrested eight suspected internet fraudsters in Benin City.

The suspects are Jeffrey Osagbemwonrue, David Ogheneyewuwe Ighere, Harry Aputu Donald, Desmond Taiwo, Blessing Samson, Oshiobugie Pascal, John Ohien and Roland Junior Osagie.

They were arrested following actionable intelligence.

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Items recovered from them include mobile phones and Mercedes Benz GLK350 and CLA 250 cars

The EFCC added that the suspects have made useful statements and will be charge to court soon.

Ismail Aniemu

Ismail Aniemu, Publisher of JournalNG and ghost writer, is a maritime journalist of over two decades' of practice with multidisciplinary background. He holds a masters degree in Transport Management from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology(LAUTECH) with bias for logistics. He is also an alumnus of the Times Journalism Institute where he obtained a post graduate diploma in Journalism. Email:

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