The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has charged two Nigerian men to court for allegedly defrauding two British ladies using the identity of heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua.
Suspects, Ukhuriegbe Glory Irekpitan and Onyekwa Joshua who appeared before a Federal High Court, Benin, Edo State, on Monday, having allegedly “impersonated Anthony Joshua, the British boxer of Nigerian descent.”
According to the statement released on the anti-crime agency’s website on Tuesday, Irekpitan and Joshua scammed “two ladies of the sums of £10,000 pounds and £5, 491, 23 in London.”
However, while appearing before that duo pleaded not guilty to the offences levelled against them before the court.
It states “That you Onyekwe Joshua Chinedum (a.k.a Anthony Joshua) sometime in 2019 did with intent to defraud sent electronic messages which materially misrepresent facts to Samantha Johnson, a lady in London which messages she relied upon and which made her to 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 sent 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 pounds, equivalent of N2,306,220 and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 14(2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention, Etc) Act 2015.”
The court adjourned the matter till October 21, 2021 for trial while remanding the defendants at the Nigerian Correctional Centre in Benin City.