46-Year Sentence for Fake EFCC Operatives in Lagos

Chijioke and Adekunle

Justice O.O. Abike-Fadipe of the Special Offences Court in Ikeja has handed down a 46-year prison sentence to Ugwu Pascal Chijioke and Ibrahim Sadiq Adekunle. The duo was convicted for impersonating operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and executing a fake court order.

The Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC had re-arraigned Chijioke and Adekunle on a five-count charge, including impersonation, attempting to obtain property, possessing documents containing false pretenses, and unlawfully wearing EFCC uniforms.

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According to one of the charges, on May 12, 2021, in Lagos, Chijioke and Adekunle, under false pretenses and with fraudulent intent, attempted to seize property from Oriyomi Johnson. They falsely claimed that a court order from the “Chief Magistrate Court, Lagos State Judiciary, Mushin, Lagos” mandated the seizure of property at New Horizon Estate, Lekki-Ikate, Lagos. This act violated Sections 8(b) and 11(3) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

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Another charge detailed that on the same date, the defendants wore jackets bearing EFCC insignia without authorization, contravening Section 79(1)(b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Upon reading the charges, both defendants pleaded guilty. The prosecution counsel, Abdulhamid Lamido Tukur, presented the case’s facts, leading Justice Abike-Fadipe to find them guilty on all counts.

In their defense, Chijioke and Adekunle pleaded for leniency. However, Justice Abike-Fadipe sentenced each to seven years on counts one to three, one year on count four, and eight months on count five, with the sentences to run concurrently.

The EFCC had arrested the convicts in May 2021 during an illegal operation at New Horizon Estate. Items seized included fake EFCC ID cards, jackets, and a counterfeit court order from the Mushin Magistrate Court. Initially arraigned on October 12, 2021, the defendants had pleaded not guilty before changing their pleas.

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The sentencing underscores the judiciary’s commitment to combating fraud and maintaining the integrity of law enforcement agencies.