The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned one Promise Tochi Nwalozie a. k. a Ibrahim Lamorde and Ohaji Ujunwa Raymond, before Justice H. I. O Oshomah of the Federal High Court, sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on a 9-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false presence to the tune of $1,330.00 (USD).
Promise Tochi Nwalozie, a suspected impersonator posing as the former Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, was arrested at Rumuagholu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State on 6 August, 2016, by operatives of the EFCC, in a sting operation that yielded the arrest of six other internet fraudsters.
Nwalozie was using the identity of Lamorde to send scam mails to foreigners, mostly Europeans and Americans and in the process, extorted sizeable amount of foreign currencies from them. His weapon of fraudulent interaction with his victims was a fake electronic copy of the identity card of the former EFCC’s boss.
He equally assumed another name, Gabriel Giese, to ply his nefarious activities. This is in addition to posing as Barrister Peter Jackson, a spurious lawyer working with the National Judicial Council, NJC in Nigeria. As a “lawyer”, he was defrauding his victims by assuring them that he would help in the recovery of money lost to different Nigerian cyber fraudsters.
To do this, Jackson was collecting various sums of money as service charges from his victims. Some of his victims are: Betty. G. E, an American and Georgina M, an Australian. Raymond was one of his partners in crime. Six other suspected fraudsters arrested with Nwalozie have been charged separately.
Justice Oshomah adjourned the case to 6 July, 2017 for bail hearing and ordered that the defendants be remanded in prison custody pending the determination of their bail.