Men who defrauded Nigerians using BVNs jailed

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC today secured the conviction of Innocent Clinton and Emmanuel Okanni before Justice Sa’ad Muhammad of the Gombe State High Court on a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and theft.

The convicts, who hail from Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, specialised in duping innocent people by obtaining their bank verification numbers using the trick that their accounts had been closed due to BVN issues.

Messrs. Clinton and Okanni were arrested by operatives of the Gombe Zonal office of the EFCC in Imo State following a petition by Ibrahim Gwamna, alleging that on December 7, 2016, he received a call from one Kingsley who presented himself as a staff of Diamond Bank and asked him whether his mobile banking was working to which he answered in in the negative.

Later, he received a text message purportedly from Diamond Bank instructing him to call a particular phone number as customer care in order to lodge his complaint.

Few minutes after complying, he received an alert that the sum of N864, 000.00 was transferred from his account into the convicts’ accounts.

Upon arraignment today, the two men pleaded guilty to the charge and were accordingly convicted and sentenced to six months imprisonment each.

They however received the option of N30, 000 fine.


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  • Abdussalami Muhammad

    Igbos, are indeed, ingenious people.

    • Netanyahu

      Alex badeh is an Ibo man. Dasuki is an Ibo man. Babachir Lawal also is Ibo and countless awusa foolani that have wrecked this country are also Ibos. Fools.

  • Rommel

    Six months for such crime? this seems more like endorsement and so what happened to the money they stole?

  • El Patron

    30k fine for stealing 864k???? What was the Judge drinking?

  • Sadiq Yakubu

    The most hardworking people in Nigeria indeed.Any crime at all,there must be a biafraud.

    • Haba mallam

      And the most educated people in Nigeria as they claimed, every fraud reported whether in Nigeria, USA or UK an Igboman is always involved, shameless people!

  • akinwumi komolafe

    The judgement has left much to be desired.

    • Haba mallam

      Nigerian Justice system, they burned a six year in Lagos for stealing a cellphone, while the generals that stole billions are still living in their Mansions in Abuja right next to the president.

  • Haba mallam

    I just said it, looks like the Igbos have monopolized fraud in Nigeria, every time they catch someone defrauding others is an Igboman i guess thats why they called them Biafraud

    • Intelligent crimes are perpetrated by intelligent people. It is a global practice. Igbos are intelligent beings that must be on job always to avoid being idle.Idle mind is the devils workshop. Since Ali and Buhari shut down the borders from commercial activities, there must other ways to tackle them. Every time Yorubas are borrowing from Oyibo, Tinubu sold the idea to Buhari with borrowed BVN concept software application system of the new world order, that never knew that Biafrans are ahead of them. See how intelligent these village Igbo boys trained by Yoruba yahoo boys in Oluwole street Lagos can dare in life. I am sure that the trial Judge held their intelligence and reduced the prison tenure to 6 months. Is it not the BVN that is causing the recession?

      • Moore

        You think those ones are intelligent after deceiving people to part with their ATM card no and pin no. With that you don’t need to hack any account to have access to the money. Those fools cannot hack main frame computer talk less of secured gadgets.

    • Igbo kwenu hey! When we become a republic, we will hack your nation dry economically.

  • T-Rex

    Haaaasaaaa! Just 30,000 naira fine? This is a pat on the back for them to go and enjoy their loot!!

  • Powerlessconscious

    Biafraud. Everything is fraudulent. They can never do normal. Insane group.