Ibrahim Buba, a Federal High Court judge in Enugu, Abi State, has sentenced Uchechukwu Solomon Ezirim and Dike George Chimezie to three and four years imprisonment for internet-related crimes respectively.
Ezirim and Chimezie got their jail terms on different dates in the same court. While Ezirim was jailed on June 21, Chimezie was convicted on June 10.
Uchechukwu Solomon Ezirim
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) stated that both Ezirim and Chimezie were “on the watch list of the American Federal Bureau of Investigation”.
Ezirim’s conviction was based on his trial by the Enugu Zonal Command of the EFCC on a two-count charge bordering on forgery, impersonation and obtaining money from unsuspecting foreign nationals under false pretences.
Dike George Chimezie
Ezirim connived with one Chukwudi Igbokwe, who is currently serving prison term in the United States of America, to deal with the bank card of another person sometime between 2015 and 2017. Buba determined that they committed an offence contrary to Section 34 of the 2015 Money Laundering Act.
He sentenced Ezirim to three years imprisonment with an option of fine of N1,000,000 and Chimezie to four years imprisonment with an option of forfeiting five times the amount he criminally obtained. Chimezie benefited N766,000 from the crime and he is to forfeit N3,830,000.