By Emma Ovuakporie

ENUGU—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 on   August 20, 2009 arrested Nwanya at Logon Nigeria Multi Medis Cybercafé located at Chime Avenue, New Haven, Enugu during a raid. He was caught in the act, sending  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 Passport  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.

Delivering  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.


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