By Emma Ovuakporie
ENUGUâ€”A graduate of Chemical Engineering from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Nwanya Odichukwu, has been sentenced to a 12 year imprisonment by a Federal High Court, Enugu over offences bordering on fraud and internet scam.
Operatives from the Enugu zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC, Enugu Zonal Office had onÂ Â August 20, 2009 arrested Nwanya at Logon Nigeria Multi Medis CybercafÃ© located at Chime Avenue, New Haven, Enugu during a raid. He was caught in the act, sendingÂ scam mails.
Investigation shows that Nwanya was soliciting information regarding details of unsuspecting victims financial status. A thorough search on him and his residence led to the recovery of a parcel containing an international cashier valued at two million U.S dollars, a Central Bank of Nigeria draft valued at five hundred thousand U.S dollars in the name of one Mr. B.R. Butler , a United Kingdom International PassportÂ bearing the name of one Jackson Phillips Dennis as well as scanned U.S dollars documents.
The suspect was subsequently arraigned on a six count charge for committing offences contrary to Section 5 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offences Act No. 14 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.
DeliveringÂ his ruling on the matter penultimate Friday, a copy of which was obtained on Monday November 9, Justice Abdu Kafarati sentenced Nwanya to two years imprisonment on each count charge , bringing the total number of jail term to 12 years. The prison term is however to run concurrently.