University graduate jailed for $9,654 fraud

A university graduate identified as, Obinna Udoji, has been sentenced to one year in jail for a $9,654 fraud.

Obinna Udoji is a graduate of the Department of Building Technology, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State.

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He was arrested by operatives of the EFCC on January 7, 2019 following intelligence report that he fraudulently obtained money from one Alina Ruso, which he claimed was to be invested in a company, Zenith Margin, which turned out to be false.

He was subsequently arraigned before Justice A.O. Onovo of an Enugu State High Court, for the offence of obtaining money by false pretense, to which he pleaded “guilty”.

The trial judge, however, asked the prosecution led by Innocent Mbachie, to present its witness, “in order for the court to hear the facts of the case”. Thereafter, a prosecution witness was called, who narrated how an intelligence report was received by the EFCC, which led to the investigation and arrest of Udoji.

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Tendered as evidence, were the intelligence report, statements, bank statements, scanned emails from Udoji’s computer and emails from the EFCC to the victim to establish the case, including Udoji’s application for plea bargain.

Mbachie, further told the court that Udoji had returned the money to his victim, and urged the court to “convict him in accordance to Section 367 subsection 8, 9 and 10 of the Administration of criminal Justice Act”.

Defence counsel, T.U. Nweke, pleaded with the judge to “temper justice with mercy” as his client was a first-time offender and an orphan. Justice Onovo, on February 7, 2019 sentenced him to one year in prison, noting that, “I took cognizance of his plea and his restituting of the total sum to the victim”.


  1. Laughs EFCC everywhere make you people sha look before arresting don’t arrest the innocent person abeg oo

  2. he has done a bad thing that is not suppose to be done by him at all. he has spoil his reputation. what he did is uncalled for so he need to be penalized for this

  3. Too bad for the guy. He should have thought about the consequences before going into fraud. I think the judge gave a fair punishment of one year in prison. I hope he has learnt his lessons.

  4. Good! Hope the young man has finally and totally repented. Now that he dented his image at a very tender age….

  5. Sometimes I don’t blame this boys for defrauding people, there’s unemployment in the country, the government of Nigeria is also a fraud, after collecting money from students they render them jobless.

  6. Instead of concentrating on his studies na 419 him face….the law has caught up with him..he face the punishment

  7. Since this year online fraudster just dey get bad market
    But this guy supposed Don blow ooo

    But government should provide work for graduate nah

  8. Can someone tell me what an undergraduate wants to do with almost $10000?. The judge was lenient

  9. all this fraudsters, nawa for their lives ooo
    well he accept that he is guilty and he has returned the money
    that has reduce his punishment

  10. Every thief that is caught will always say first time of stealing, though they should temper justice with Mercy since he has refund their money, it’s the economy situations that lead some to commit sure crime which is not an excuse though

  11. Sorry ooh….your parents sent you the school to be a better person or a fraud….after serving your jail term define the concept of being a graduate.

  12. The cost of the people flooding scamming someone is poverty we need to talk to our president in nigeria we need something we need a job if we see a job I won’t be flooding will you be scamming anybody

  13. Let the law take it’d due course. Youths must learn to earn legitimately and to resist the temptation of fraud in a bid to making it in a hurry.

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