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Man Remanded For Internet Fraud In Rivers

The Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced Daniel Walter Anga to prison for online fraud.

The Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged him with one count of impersonation and using false identities in Gmail and Facebook for a romance fraud.

The charge reads: “That you, Daniel Walter Anga on or about 21st February, 2024, at Port Harcourt, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did fraudulently impersonate Hudson Cole a white male Veteran military officer with intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition,Prevention) Act, 2015 and punishable under the same section of the Act.”

He pleaded “guilty” when the charge was read to him, following which prosecution counsel, I. Agu, tendered some documents in evidence and called a witness, ASE 1, Yahaya Yusuf Abbas, an operative of EFCC who testified against him.

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The prosecution presented several papers, including the defendant’s statement, damning printouts from the defendant’s mobile device, and his iPhone 12.

Agu begged the court to convict and sentence him based on the evidence presented and the testimony of the witnesses, while defence attorney J. J. Simon asked the court to temper justice with mercy, claiming that the defendant was a first-time offender who did not waste the court’s time.

Justice S.D Pam then sentenced Anga to one year in prison or a fine of N20,000.00 (Twenty Thousand Naira).

He also forfeited his iPhone 12 mobile cellphone to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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