May 26, 2024

Fake “Special Adviser to EFCC Chairman” jailed over employment scam


Justice A.O. Musa of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Apo, Abuja on Tuesday Sentenced and convicted one Obochi Simeon Iwodi to imprisonment on one count charge bordering on cheating by impersonation.

The Abuja Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission secured the conviction on June 30.

The Network gathered that the convict posed as “Special Adviser to the EFCC Chairman,” and scammed unsuspecting job seekers to pay various sums to him in the pretext that he would help facilitate their employment in the agency.

The count reads: “That you, Obochi Simeon Iwodi, between August 2020 and August 2021 within the Judicial Division of the Federal Territory High Court, Abuja did cheat by pretending to be the Special Adviser (SA) to Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC carried out an illegal act by inducing one Abah Job Ebute and others to deliver to you the aggregate sum of N1,800,000 (One Million Eight Hundred Thousand Naira) under the guise that you are capable of giving them employment in EFCC, a fact you know to be false and you thereby committed an offence of Cheating by Personation contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code Act, Laws of the Federation (Abuja), 1990 and punishable under Section 324 of the same Law.”

He pleaded “guilty” to the charge after the charges preferred against him were read to him.

Justice Musa, in view of a guilty plea, sentenced Iwodi to one-year imprisonment or the option of N700,000 fine, after he pays his victims in full.

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