Nigerian-American surgeon imprisoned 27 years for fraud

Nigeria: Justice Abdulazeez Anka of a Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos State, has sentenced a Nigerian American qualified surgeon, John Nweke, to 27 years detention for fraudulently getting goods from Konga Online Shopping Limited.

The goods reportedly include 19 costly smartphones as well as two cameras valued at N35m.

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According to the spokesperson for the Police Special Fraud Unit in Lagos State, Eyitayo Johnson, the defendants were indicted in 2016 before honourable Justice Abdulazeez Anka of Federal High Court, Ikoyi, for conspiracy in and obtaining property under false pretensions.

He stated: “They were charged under the Advance Fee Fraud and other related offences Act, No. 14 of 2006. This year, on February 14, the Honourable Court found the defendant guilty as charged and sentenced him to 27 years imprisonment without giving him an option to fine and instructed him to pay the money back to the victim of the fraud as a refund. The two accessories, Stephen AnekeIgwe (now deceased) and Kelechi Emenike, were later discharged.”

In another development, the spokesperson stated an appellant and four others were successfully charged in 2019 before Honourable Justice I. N. Buba of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, for conspiracy and receiving the sum of N187m from one Alh. Tayo Adeitan, under false pretenses.

The appellant was convicted, condemned to 20 years imprisonment without a choice of fine and ordered to pay back the money to the target of the fraud as restitution, he added.

“In the same year, 2019, he filed a request against his conviction and penalty. On February 4, 2022, the Court of Appeal again upheld the argument of the Police Special Fraud Unit, discharged the appeal and confirmed the conviction and sentence.”