Nigerian jailed for duping Australian of $800,000

Justice Kudirat Jose of a Lagos High Court has convicted and sentenced Promise Ntuen Ekemini to one year imprisonment for hijacking the e-mail of a lawful owner of a property, located in Western Australia valued at $800,000( Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars), and attempting to sell the property.

He was arraigned in April, 2014 on a 5-count charge bordering on conspiracy to defraud, attempt to obtain money by false pretences and forgery. Justice Jose found him guilty of all the charges and convicted him. His sentence is to run from the day of his arraignment.

Ekemini got into trouble by impersonating Brian Roderick Daniel, owner of a property located at No. 143, Sprinaway Parade, Falcon, Western Australia and offering his property to buyers on the internet without the consent of the owner. The Australian Police alerted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to monitor a controlled delivery of some documents related to the transactions to Ekemini. He was arrested at the point of collection of the documents.

Wilson Uwujaren

Head, Media & Publicity


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  • taewo

    The headline is misleading. He didn’t dupe, he attempted to. I didn’t see how anyone living in Nigeria would have been able to sell a property located in far away Australia by mere email exchanges. In any case, the punishment is just and adequate.

    • Otile

      Wallahi. You didn’t see any wrong-doing from your home boy, but in any case the punishment fits the accusation.

    • tsunami1earthquake

      Don’t attempt to delve into legal technicalities you seem not to understand by reasoning that ‘attempted’ would have been different from the actual commission of the crime. Both are offences under the law.

  • bikky

    This is an attempt,anything goes when we failed to do what we suppose to do as a country and as an individual,farming is rich. I advise our young generation like me to go back to farming,I am making excellent profit from my piggery farming, still planning to go into plantain plantation,young men stop yahooo because it will yahoo you to prison if not death. Please, vote wisely.