The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has charged two accused Internet scammers, Ukhuriegbe Irekpitan and Onyekwa Chinedum, with impersonating Nigerian-British heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua.
The couple were arraigned on Monday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice S. M. Shuaibu of the Federal High Court in Benin, Edo State, on a two-count charge each of impersonation, according to a statement released by the anti-graft agency’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren.
The defendants were accused of sending electronic messages to two ladies in London in 2019 and defrauding them of £10,000 and £5,491,23 respectively.
Section 14 (2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act 2015 is said to make their actions punishable.
“That you Onyekwe Joshua Chinedum (a.k.a Anthony Joshua) did with intent to defraud send electronic messages which materially misrepresent facts to Samantha Johnson, a lady in London, which messages she relied on and which caused her financial loss in the sum of £10,000, thereby committing an offence punishable under section 14 (2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention, Etc) Act,” one of the charges against one of Joshua’s alleged impostors reads
“That you, Ukhuriegbe Glory Irekpitan, sometime in 2018 did with intent to defraud sent electronic messages to Mrs Zahra Bagun, a lady in London, which messages she relied on and which caused her to suffer a financial loss in the sum of £5,491.23 pounds, the equivalent of N2,306,220 and thus committ,” one of the charges against Ukhuriegbe Glory Irekpitan reads.
The defendants, on the other hand, have pleaded not guilty to the accusations brought against them.
I.M. Elody, the prosecution’s attorney, requested a trial date and that the defendants be placed in the custody of the Correctional Service, while the defendants’ counsel argued with the court to remand them in the custody of the EFCC.
The case was postponed until October 21 by Justice Shuaibu.