EFCC Arrests Fraudster Wanted by FBI in Ilorin


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Joseph Oyediran, one of the internet fraudsters wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI as part of an international crackdown on a syndicate of cyber criminals has been arrested by operatives of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Ilorin Zonal Office in Kwara State.

This was disclosed by the Zonal Head of the EFCC in Ilorin, Isyaku Sharu on August 30, 2019 during a press conference to give update on the EFCC/FBI collaboration in the fight against internet fraud and cyber crime.

He said: "Three weeks ago, the US authority had written to us for assistance in tracking and possible arrest and prosecution of two most wanted FBI suspects in Nigeria.

"Investigation conducted by the EFCC revealed that Joseph had benefited about N60 million from the loot via western union transfers."

He stressed that the acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu has expressed resolve to ensure that the anti-graft agency effectively coordinates the Nigerian end of the investigation with the FBI and other partner international law enforcement agencies involved in the worldwide crackdown down on internet fraud.

He further noted that within seven months of its operations in Ilorin, the EFCC has revved up efforts to rid the country of cyber crime resulting in the arrest of more than 50 persons involved in internet fraud.

"We have also secured the conviction of 25 of them, recovered exotic cars from them, which were proceeds of their illegal activities," he said, adding that money recovered from them running into millions of naira were forfeited to the Federal Government.

He also revealed that some property linked to some of the cybercrime suspects, were traced to choice areas in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State.

"They include supermarket, plaza, and so on, and the conservative value of the property cannot be less than N800 million to N1 billion," he said.

Sharu said that the nation depends on the vibrancy of the economy, which is a common denominator binding Nigeria together, and business worldwide are being conducted online.

"There is the need for Nigerians to come together with the aim of combating the scourge of internet fraud and cybercrime in order to make the cyber space well-fortified, so that foreign investors can invest to further boost our economy," he said.

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30 August, 2019

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC), Ilorin Zonal office on Thursday September 26, 2019 arraigned 36- year-old Joseph Oyediran, one of the cybercrime suspects wanted by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, before Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on a five count charge bordering on internet fraud and other fraud and obtaining money under false pretence.

Count two of the charge reads, "That you, Joseph Oyediran (Joe MG, Morris Graves), sometime in May 2015, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N1, 421,968.00 (One million, four hundred and twenty one thousand, nine hundred and sixty eight naira) from one Andrea Smith a white American woman on the false pretence that you were Joe MG, a white American man in love with her, a representation you knew to be false and punishable under section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No.14 of 2006"

Oyediran however pleaded not guilty to all the charges levelled against him by the anti graft agency.

In view of the defendant's plea of not guilty, prosecuting counsel, Sessan Ola asked for a trial date to enable the prosecution prove its case. "We also pray your Lordship to remand the defendant in prison custody pending the hearing and determination of this matter", he stated.

Ruling on the submission, Justice Abdulgafar ordered that the defendant be remanded in Mandala Prison and adjourned the case to October 9, 2019 for commencement of trial.

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26 September, 2019

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Ilorin Court Sentences Oyediran, FBI Suspect to One Year Imprisonment

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) Ilorin Zonal Office on Thursday, on October 17, 2019 secured the conviction of one Joseph Oyediran, a suspect in the wanted list of United States of America (USA) Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) for internet fraud.

Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of Kwara State High Court convicted and sentenced Oyediran to one year imprisonment, having relied on the documents tendered and evidence presented by the EFCC.

The Commission had arraigned the convict on five-count charges, for which he pleaded not guilty but later approached the prosecution team for a plea bargain.

Following the plea bargain agreement, the prosecution amended the charge.

Count one of the amended charge reads: "That you, Joseph Oyediran (alias Joe M.G. Graves) between April, 2015 to June 2015, in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did cheat by personation when you pretended to be one Joe M.G. Graves, a white male with gmail account gravesmjoe@gmail.com, and fraudulently deceived one Andrea Smith, an American citizen to send N2,392, 105.00 (Two million, three hundred and ninety two thousand, one hundred and five Naira) after you made her believe you were in love with her and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324of the same Penal Code."

He pleaded guilty to the amended one count charge.

While reviewing the facts of the case, the prosecution summoned the Head of Advance Fee Fraud Section of the EFCC, Ilorin Zonal Office, Olamide Sadiq as witness, who gave account of investigations carried out by his team in the matter.

Sadiq, a Principal Detective Superintendent, told Justice Abdulgafar said "My lord on the 24th of July 2019, the Commission received a petition from the Federal Bureau of Investigations against the defendant. The FBI alleged that Oyediran was involved in business email compromise, romance scam and other fraud-related offence. Based on investigations, the suspect was arrested and he confessed to the crime."

Delivering his judgment on Thursday, Justice Abdulgafar said the testimonies of the prosecution witness, the plea of the defendant and documents presented were enough to conclude that the prosecution was able to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.

"The convict is hereby sentenced to one year imprisonment while his one plot of land, located at Wara, behind Ilorin West Local Government Secretariat and the sum of N800,000 (Eight Hundred Thousand Naira) recovered from him should be forfeited to the federal government," Justice Abdulgafar ruled.

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17 October, 2019