…As fraudster bags 12 months jail term over love scam
Anambra State Police Command has arrested and paraded a 19-year-old man for allegedly stealing of a female pant for ritual purpose. The suspect, Mr. Chinonye Okorie from Ogbaru in Mbaitolu Local Government Area of Imo State was arrested on the 11th January 2019 by police detectives attached to Central Police Station (CPS) Onitsha.
According to the Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, the “suspect stole a female pant washed and spread on a rope at No. 21 Umuna Street Odoakpu, Onitsha in Anambra State with intent to sale for it to yet to be identified persons at the rate of Eighty thousand Naira (#80,000) for alleged ritual purpose.
“Meanwhile, the pant was recovered from the suspect as exhibit and effort is being intensified to apprehend other fleeing accomplices in order to bring them to Justice.
“The Command implores the general public to be vigilant and report to the nearest Police Station any suspicious person or persons roaming around their vicinity for prompt action in order to avert this new trend of crime in the society”, he added.
Meanwhile, the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State, on Wednesday, convicted one Onovo Osita Malachy and sentenced him to 12 months imprison for obtaining the sum of $140,000 Dollars from a foreigner by false pretence.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Benin Zonal Office had arraigned the convict on a one-count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence before Justice A. A. Demi-Ajayi. He was said to have fraudulently obtained the sum of $140,000 (One Hundred and Forty Thousand Dollars) from a foreigner through a love scam. Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded “guilty” to the charge.
The charge reads: “That you Onovo Osita Malachy on or about 4th day of July 2017 in Benin Edo State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court, did by means of fraudulent trick to wit: love scam on a dating site obtained the sum of $140,000 only from Helen Wang and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 421 of the Criminal Code Act CAP C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria,2004.”
Based on his plea, the prosecuting counsel, Larry Aso Peters, prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendant accordingly. The defence counsel, I. U.
Uchechukwu pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendant “has become remorseful”. Justice Demi-Ajayi sentenced the defendant to 12 months imprisonment and ordered that all assets traced to him including an uncompleted building and a Toyota Camry 2007 model be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
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