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Ladies who extort men risk 20 yrs’ imprisonment

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Lagos, February 10, 2022 Ahead of the Valentine’s Day celebration, former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Publicity Secretary Mr. Douglas Ogbankwa warned that women who extort money from men run the risk of being sentenced to 20 years in prison. Ogbankwa in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency , warned women against false representation aimed at extorting money from men during the celebration. He noted that “people’s experiences over the years have shown that some women are deliberately set up for extortion during the Valentine’s season, all in the name of love.” According to him, ladies who ignorantly carry out acts of deception, broken promises or extortion, can be held liable under the provisions of the Advance Fee Fraud Act (419). Ogbankwa emphasized that the girls, who were in the habit of collecting money in advance under the guise of the transportation fee to visit the men on such an occasion, but not doing so deliberately, could be charged with fraud and prosecuted under the Act. “It is important to note that many Nigerians are unaware of this; for example, a woman who collects money from a man as a transportation fee to visit him and then fails to show up can be charged with obtaining money. “Such persons could be prosecuted under Section 419 of the Nigerian Penal Code.” Again, where a person obtains such money with the intention of collecting more when it arrives, such an offense has now transcended advance fee fraud and is liable to prosecution under the Advance Fee Fraud (Prohibition) Act,” he said. Ogbankwa noted that as a result, suspects could be charged in court and prosecuted by the Economic and Fiscal Crimes Commission (EFCC), or the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC). He said that Section 1 (1) (2) of the Advance Fee Fraud (Prohibition) Act, provides inter alia that ;“A person who, and with intent to defraud, induces any other person in Nigeria or in any other country, to grant a benefit to him or to any other person.”, or allow something to be done with the understanding that the benefit has been or will be paid, commits an offense under this Law. “A person who commits a offense under Subsection (1) or (2) of this section, is subject to imprisonment for a term of not more than 20 years and not less than 7 years without the option of a fine,” he explained. Ogbankwa therefore pointed out that while the Valentine’s Day celebration remains historic for certain cultures and people, its purpose should not be abused. Consequently, he urged everyone to be guided, as ignorance of the law was never an excuse. he reports that Valentine’s Day, also called the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. It originated as a Christian holiday to honor a Christian martyr named Saint Valentine. , and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world. Nigeria is not left out, as many interpret and observe the day as Valentine’s Day. While families choose to see the holiday as a day to share agape love for people and society, others take it as an immoral love between a man and a woman. Red and white colors typically adorn the environment on this day. (www.new.ng)

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