The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has secured the conviction of five internet fraudsters including a Senior Secondary School Student for offences bordering on impersonation and cybercrime.
They were sentenced by Justice A.S. Amobeda of a Federal Hight Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River state on the 4th of July, 2019.
They are Michael Edward, Ahunwan Endurancem Ahunwan Frank, Patrick Edos and Esi Harrison.
The operatives of the EFCC Uyo Zonal Office acted on intelligence report indicting them of their involvement in internet fraud. The operatives later raided their hideout in Calabar where they were arrested on June 20, 2019. They were subsequently charged to court on separate charges for their various involvements in cybercrime after the conclusion of investigations, using fake identities.
Edward disguised as ‘Mark James’, Endurance as ‘Jacob Sandars’, Frank as ‘Williams Robert’, Edos posed as ‘Mack Williams while the 19-year-old SS3 student, Harrison disguised as ‘Dr. Richard Mark’.
They all pleaded “guilty” to the one-count charge, each filed against them.
Edward, Endurance, Frank and Edos were each convicted on the one-count charge against them and sentenced to six months in prison with an option of fine of N50,000 while Harrison, who expressed remorse for his action said he was forced to the act in order to raise money to pay his WAEC fees because his parents couldn’t afford it, was convicted on a one-count charge and sentenced to one month in prison with an option of fine of N5,000.