N4.5m Fraud: Fake CBN Governor Bags Three Years Imprisonment

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One Nwalozie Onyebuchi Julius has been convicted and sentenced by Justice Agatha Anulika Okeke of a Federal High Court, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, for stealing the identity of Dr. Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria to commit fraud.

Julius was sentenced to three years imprisonment without an option of fine.

The convict was arraigned on a one-count charge, bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N4.5million.

Nwalozi was arrested on December 6th 2019 by the operatives of Uyo Zonal Office of the Commission, based on reliable intelligence on the activities of internet fraudsters, operating in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The convict upon his arrest, confessed to the crime and forensic analysis of the HP laptop recovered from him further implicated him as several incriminating documents of false pretence and fraudulent extortions were printed from it which he also admitted, emanated from him.

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His modus operandi involved searching for email addresses via Google search and sending convincing emails to his victims.

The convict also confessed to have used a particular email address (emefielegodwin586@yahoo.com) purportedly belonging to the C.B.N governor, Dr. Godwin Emefiele in defrauding one Omar Deep, who thought he was actually dealing with the real C.B.N Governor.

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