Fake soldier to spend 7 years in jail for N1.5M recruitment fraud

A fake soldier who masterminded a grand scam using the Nigerian Army as a front, has been sentenced to 7 years in prison.

A fake soldier who was a member of a job scam syndicate which promised to help secure recruitment into the Nigerian Army for some youths while duping them of their hard earned money, Emmanuel Sunday who also went by the names Umoh Sunday Iyang and Iyang Samuel Chukwudi, has been sentenced to seven and half years in with hard labour.

The sentence was handed down by Justice P.I. Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Benin, Edo State, in what the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says is a monumental victory in the fight against fraud.

The convict who parading himself as an Army Captain while perpetrating the fraud, was dragged by the anti-graft agency to the court on an 8-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence.

In a statement released by the EFCC, the journey to prison for Emmanuel started when he was arrested in Benin on August 13, 2013 by the Nigerian Army, 4 Brigade Sector 1, tagged Operation Pulo Shield, for posing as an Army Captain to defraud one Igue Endurance of the sum of N1, 545,000.00, on the pretext that the said amount be used to facilitate her recruitment into the Nigerian Army.

One of the charges against him reads:

"That you Emmanuel Sunday, (also known as Umoh Sunday, Inyang Samuel Chukwudi) on or about May, 2013, at Benin within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud did represent yourself to be a captain with the Nigerian Army and obtained the sum of Three Hundred Thousand Naira only (300,000.00) from one Igue Endurance, which said money you used part of it and paid the sum of Eighty Thousand Naira into your Diamond bank plc, account 0001857059, under the pretence that the said sum would be used to get Igue Endurance recruited into Nigerian Army, a pretext which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act."

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