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Fake EFCC operatives bag 46 years jail time period for impersonation, fraud 

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Two males, Ugwu Chijioke and Ibrahim Adekunle, have been sentenced to 46 years in jail for impersonating operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and executing a pretend courtroom order.

According to a press release on X.com on Sunday, the duo had been arrested in May 2021 at New Horizon Estate, Lekki, Lagos, following credible intelligence acquired by the fee.

At the time of their arrest, they had been caught within the act of finishing up an unlawful operation.

Items recovered from them on the level of arrest included pretend EFCC id playing cards, jackets, and a courtroom order allegedly from Mushin Magistrate Court.

They had been subsequently arraigned on October 12, 2021, by the Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC on on a five-count cost, amended to incorporate impersonation, tried property fraud, possession of false paperwork, and illegal put on of the EFCC uniform.

The suspects had been arraigned earlier than Justice O.O. Abike-Fadipe of the Special Offences Court in Ikeja, the place they pleaded responsible to the costs.

After their responsible pleas, prosecution counsel, Abdulhamid Tukur, introduced a assessment of the case information, demonstrating their guilt.

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Tukur then requested the courtroom to ship a responsible verdict and impose the corresponding sentences.

Justice Abike-Fadipe discovered them responsible as charged on counts one, two, three, 4 and 5.

The defendants, who got a possibility to deal with the courtroom, pleaded for mercy.

Delivering judgment, Justice Abike-Fadipe sentenced the defendants every to seven years on counts one to a few every, one 12 months on depend 4 and eight months on depend 5.

The sentences are to run concurrently.

One of the counts reads: “ That you, Ugwu Pascal Chijioke and Ibrahim Sadiq Adekunle, on or about the 12th day of May, 2021 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, by false pretence and with intent to defraud, attempted to obtain property from one Oriyomi Johnson under the pretext that the “Chief Magistrate Court, Lagos State Judiciary, Mushin, Lagos” issued an Order to the impact that the property positioned at New Horizon Estate, Lekki- Ikate, Lagos be seized and the mentioned house sealed pending the arrival of the mentioned Oriyomi Johnson ,which illustration you knew to be false and dedicated an offence of try to acquire property by false pretense opposite to Sections 8(b) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable below Section11(3) of the identical Act.”

Another depend reads, “That you, Ugwu Pascal Chijioke and Ibrahim Sadiq Adekunle, on or about the 12th day of May, 2021 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court not being a person holding any office in or authority of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, wore a jacket bearing the official mark of the Commission ,which was calculated to convey the impression that you held such authority and committed an offence of unlawfully wearing the uniform of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission contrary to Section 79(1) (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.”

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