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Man, 45, bags 15-year jail term for raping his tenant’s niece

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An Igbosere High Court in Lagos, on Monday, sentenced an ex-staff of an oil company, James Onuoha, to 15 years at the correctional centre for raping his tenant’s 14-year-old niece.

Justice Adedayo Akintoye sentenced Onuoha, 42, and an engineer, without an option of fine.

On Jan. 14, the court had adjourned the case until March 25, for judgment, after the parties adopted their final written addresses.

But judgement could not be pronounced due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, which led to the lockdown of almost all sectors of the economy in March, including the Judiciary.

At the resumed hearing on Monday, the Lagos State Prosecuting Counsel, Mr Babatunde Sunmonu, and the defence counsel, Dr Victor Olowonla, announced their appearance.

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Before the verdict was handed down, Olowonla, in his allocutions, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as Onuoha was a first-time offender.

“My lord, he is a first-time offender; he is a family man with wife and children, and also the breadwinner of his family.

“He has lost his job since this case came up; going by the circumstances of this case, I urge my lord to temper justice with mercy,” he said.

Onouah, who was charged to court by the Lagos State Government, was first arraigned in January 2016 at the Magistrates’ Court on a four-count charge bordering on defilement.

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Onuoha was remanded in Kirikiri correctional centre pending legal advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Following his indictment by the DPP, the case was transferred to the high court for trial.

The state government accused Onuoha of committing the alleged offences on Jan. 4, 2016, at No.25, Samuel Amoore Street, Idowu Estate, Ike-Ira Nla, Ajah, Lagos.

The prosecution said the defendant willfully had an unlawful sexual act with the teenager.

He said the offences contravened Sections 137 and 258 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

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Onuoha, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge, hence the prosecution opened its case and called witnesses, including the victim.

After the prosecution closed its case, Onuoha opened his defence, narrating to the court how he visited his house at the above address to ask for rent from his tenant who was not at home at the time of his visit.

Onuoha said the victim was the only person at home, adding that he entered the apartment to inspect it and thereafter gave the victim N1, 000 as Christmas gift.

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Alleged $8.5m scam: EFCC arraigns social media big boy, Nwata Anayo Eze

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arraigned social media big boy, ‘Nwata Anayo Eze’ over alleged $8.5 million scam.

The EFCC made the announcement via their official social media pages yesterday, July 1, 2020.

According to EFCC, Nwata Anayo Eze whose real name is Onwuzuruike Ikenna Kingsley known by his friends as Jeff Sikora was picked up for a suspected case of internet fraud.

Recall that men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal Office arrested Nwata Anayo Eze back in February for alleged fraud, but he was almost immediately released.

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Yesterday, Nwata Anayo Eze was arraigned for conspiracy, impersonation, forgery, possession of proceeds and obtaining money by false pretence.

The social media big boy is known for displaying his wealth on Facebook.

Recently, he took to his Facebook page to reveal in a video that his enemies are making efforts to pull him down.

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He is the self-acclaimed President/Chief Executive Officer of United States-based Prime Trust Credit Union Bank and several Oil/Gas and Real Estate businesses across the Southeastern part of Nigeria.

Read EFCC’s report below;

EFCC Arraigns Alleged Internet Fraud Kingpin For $8.5m Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Port Harcourt’s zonal office on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 arraigned one Onwuzuruike Ikenna Kingsley (aka Jeff Sikora), a self-styled President/ Chief Executive Officer of United States-based Prime Trust Credit Union Bank before Justice A.T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on an eight-count charge bordering on conspiracy, impersonation, forgery, possession of proceeds and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of Eight Million, Five Hundred and Two Thousand Dollars ($8,502,000.00).

The offence contravenes Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.”

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One more witness to testify against Mompha

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Wednesday directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to, on July 10, present its remaining witnesses in the trial of social media personality, Ismaila Mustapha.

Justice Mohammed Liman gave the directive following the EFCC’s prayer for an adjournment.

Mompha’s counsel, Mr Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), had informed the court that an adjournment was “unwarranted”, as the agency had previously promised to field all its witness yesterday.

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Mustapha, alias Mompha, is accused of cyber fraud and laundering N33billion.

He and his firm, Ismalob Global Investment Ltd, were on March 4, 2020 re-arraigned before Justice Liman on 22 counts.

The Commission alleged that Mompha is a major figure in an organised transnational cyber fraud network, adding that he used Ismalob Investment to launder the funds, part of which he used in acquiring properties in Dubai.

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Mompha pleaded not guilty to all the counts.

Led by EFCC counsel Mr S. I. Suleiman, Mr Abiodun Audu, an accountant, testifying for the prosecution, said he never met Mompha in the course of filing Ismalob Global Investment Ltd’s tax return.

He told the judge that it was one Alhaji Hamodu, a director in Mompha’s firm, that contacted him to file the tax returns for the company.

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Hamodu, he said, required him to input July 2016 to June 2017, in the tax return to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

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EFCC detains Instagram big boy Nwata Anayo Eze for $8.5m scam

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arraigned social media big boy, “Nwata Anayo Eze” over alleged $8.5 million scam.

The EFCC made the announcement via their official Instagram page today July 1, 2020.

According to EFCC, Nwata Anayo Eze whose real name is Onwuzuruike Ikenna Kingsley known by his friends as Jeff Sikora was picked up for suspected case of internet fraud.

He was also arraigned for conspiracy, impersonation, forgery, possession of proceeds and obtaining money by false pretence.

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The social media big boy is known for displaying his wealth on Facebook.

Recently, he took to his Facebook page to reveal in a video that his enemies are making efforts to pull him down.

He is the self-acclaimed President/Chief Executive Officer of United States-based Prime Trust Credit Union Bank and several Oil/Gas and Real Estate businesses across the Southeastern part of Nigeria.

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Read EFCC’s report below;

“EFCC Arraigns Alleged Internet Fraud Kingpin For $8.5m Scam

“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Port Harcourt’s zonal office on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 arraigned one Onwuzuruike Ikenna Kingsley (aka Jeff Sikora), a self-styled President/ Chief Executive Officer of United States-based Prime Trust Credit Union Bank before Justice A.T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on an eight-count charge bordering on conspiracy, impersonation, forgery, possession of proceeds and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of Eight Million, Five Hundred and Two Thousand Dollars ($8,502,000.00).

“The offence contravenes Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.”

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