A French citizen, F. Mercade, who was defrauded over the internet by Nigerian scammers, has been refunded by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Following the recommendation of the French Embassy in Nigeria, the EFCC had wired the sum of 10,000 euros (N2.2 million) back to Mercade.
Mercade had allegedly met and fallen for a Nigerian girl online by the name of Kate Williams in 2009, and had sent her money as he had been led to believe the relationship would lead to marriage.
Kate Williams was however a pseudonym used by two fraudsters, Omodara Adedapo Oluseye and Adesuyi Ayodeji Adedapo.
Mercade had been coerced into sending 25,000 euros (N5.5 million) to be used for Kate’s transport to France.
The French Consulate had reported the scam to the EFCC on behalf of Mercade,w ho had then carried out the investigation.
The duo were prosecuted on a two-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretences before a Federal High Court Lagos, convicted and sentenced to one-year imprisonment each without an option of fine.
Roger Balima, French Police Liaison Officer, who confirmed the receipt of the funds by the victim, thanked the EFCC “for the good job.”