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Suspected Fraudsters Docked for Posing as Anthony Joshua, Swindling Victims of £15,000

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Two men, Ukhuriegbe Irekpitan and Onyekwa Chinedum, have been arraigned before Justice S. M. Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Benin, Edo State, for allegedly impersonating British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua.

The Head of Media and Publicity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement on Tuesday, said the duo defrauded two women of the sums of £10,000 and £5,491,23 in London, United Kingdom.

They were arraigned by the EFCC on two counts bordering on impersonation.

After the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges, the EFCC counsel, I.M. Elody, asked the court for a trial date.

He also urged the court to remand them in a custodial centre; but the defence counsel pleaded with the court to remand them in the custody of the EFCC.

Justice Shuaibu adjourned the matter till October 21, 2021 and ordered that the defendants be remanded in the Benin Custodial Centre.

The charges read in part, “That you, Onyekwe Joshua Chinedum (a.k.a Anthony Joshua) sometime in 2019, did with intent to defraud, send electronic messages, which materially misrepresent facts to Samantha Johnson, a lady in London, which messages she relied upon and which made her suffer financial loss in the sum of £10,000, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 14 (2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention, Etc) Act 2015.

“That you, Ukhuriegbe Glory Irekpitan, sometime in 2018, did with intent to defraud send electronic messages, which materially misrepresent facts to Mrs Zahra Bagun, a lady in London, which messages she relied on and which caused her to suffer the financial loss in the sum of £5,491.23, equivalent of N2,306,220, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 14(2) of the The charges read in part, “That you, Onyekwe Joshua Chinedum (a.k.a Anthony Joshua) sometime in 2019, did with intent to defraud, send electronic messages, which materially misrepresent facts to Samantha Johnson, a lady in London, which messages she relied upon and which made her suffer financial loss in the sum of £10,000, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 14 (2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention, Etc) Act 2015.

“That you, Ukhuriegbe Glory Irekpitan, sometime in 2018, did with intent to defraud send electronic messages, which materially misrepresent facts to Mrs Zahra Bagun, a lady in London, which messages she relied on and which caused her to suffer the financial loss in the sum of £5,491.23, equivalent of N2,306,220, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 14(2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention, Etc) Act 2015.” (Prohibition Prevention, Etc) Act 2015.”

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