Nigerian Indicted In USA For Cyber Fraud, Gets Court Orders Against Nigeria Police, Others

Anazodo When He was Arrested In Georgia, USA. Pic By The Georgia Gazette

In February 8 2023, it was reported by Georgia government, that three men, namely: a Nigerian, Ugochinyere Anazodo, 44, of Atlanta; Dominique Beaulieu, 44, of Atlanta, and Willy Obena, 44, of Orlando, have been Indicted in Gwinnett County for racketeering involving Multiple Cyber Fraud Schemes.

The three men, according to a press release issued by the Georgia government, were indicted on two counts of racketeering.

The release also had it that the Nigerian, Anazodo, was also charged with one count of Theft by Taking and one count of Money Laundering.

The release reads: “Three Indicted in Gwinnett County for Racketeering involving Multiple Cyber Fraud Schemes

GWINNETT COUNTY- Ugochinyere Anazodo, 44, of Atlanta, Dominique Beaulieu, 44, of Atlanta, and Willy Obena, 44, of Orlando, were recently indicted on two counts of Racketeering.

“ANAZODO was also charged with one count of Theft by Taking and one count of Money Laundering.

“According to the charges contained in the indictment and other public records: The defendants are alleged to have participated in a criminal enterprise with the purpose of obtaining and laundering the stolen proceeds of cyber fraud schemes. Specifically, the defendants are alleged to have engaged in a Business Email Compromise (BEC) scam targeting the Georgia Department of Transportation and a romance scam targeting a private citizen. 

“The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and the Office of the Inspector General investigated this matter.

“Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges. The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges, and it will be the state’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

“The Georgia Office of the Attorney General is prosecuting the case.

“No further information about the investigation or the indictment may be released at this time.”

Here is the link to the press release
https://oig.georgia.gov/press-releases/2023-02-28/three-indicted-gwinnett-county-racketeering-involving-multiple-cyber

However, while the Anazodo is being Indicted by a State in America, here in Nigeria, he successfully won a court case against Nigeria Police.

He had filed a fundamental rights enforcement suit against the following people; Mr. Kachi (Aka-spencer), Richmond Mordi; Godson Okeke a.k.a Chaka; Mr. Tagbo Obi; ASP Henry Obiazi;

SP. Fadare; CSP Nicholas of 1GP-IRT; ACP. Abba Kyari; Commissioner Of Police, FCT Abuja; Commissioner Of Police, Lagos State and Inspector-General Of Police, listed as first to 12 respondents.

Anazodo in the suit marked LD/6560MFHR/18, in February 2019, Justice Ibironke O. Harrison, while delivering judgment in the suit, awarded the sum of to N10 million, against each of the first, second, third and fourth respondents, for treacherously instigating the respondents with their false petition of armed robbery.

Justice Harrison also awarded a damage sum of N1 million, against the fifth to 12th respondents jointly and severally, for their participation on issue of debt and recovery which resulted to the inhumane treatment, arrest, detention, torture, embarrassment; humiliation, psychological torture and loss of man hour business earnings to the Applicant and for further threatening to arrest Anazodo, on this issue of purported debt, against his fundamental right.  

While awaiting the respondents to comply with the order of the court, Anazodo, filed an Exparte application at Enugu State High Court, whereby he sought to garnishee the respondents’ account.

In the Enugu suit marked E/666M/2023, his lawyer, O.A.U Onyema, had asked the court for Garnishee Order Nisi, which was granted in November 28, 2023, by Justice C. A. Ogbuabor.

Onyema had told the court that the motion was brought pursuant to Section 83 (1) of the Sheriffs and Civil Process Law, Cap 143, Revised Laws of Enugu State, 2004 and Order IX Rule 2 of the Judgment (Enforcement) Rules, Sheriffs and Civil Process Law, Cap 144, Revised Laws of Enugu State, 2004 and Under the court’s inherent jurisdiction.

The lawyer had told the court that the was supported by an affidavit of 9 paragraphs, exhibit A. and written address filed at the High Court Registry, Enugu on September 29, 2022. 

In the suit, the following banks were listed as garnishees/respondents; NPF Microfinance Bank Plc;First Bank Nigeria Plc; Union Bank Nigeria Plc; Access Bank Nigeria Plc; Zenith Bank Plc; Fidelity Bank Plc; Sterling Bank Plc; FCMB; Unity Bank Plc; guaranty Trust Bank Plc; Stanbic-Ibtc Chartered Bank Plc; Heritage Bank Plc; keystone Bank Plc; Skye Bank Plc; Enterprise Bank Plc; polaris Bank Ltd and United Bank For Africa Plc.

In granting the Exparte motion, Justice Ogbuabor, held that; “after hearing the submissions of O.A.U Onyema Esq of Counsel for the Garnishor/Applicant. 

“And upon considering the facts contained in the affidavit, the exhibits, the written address and other processes filed in this suit. This Honourable Court Hereby Orders As Follows: “An order of ‘Garnishee Nisi’ attaching all monies accruing/standing to the credit of the Judgment debtors/Respondents, in Satisfaction of the monetary judgment of the High Court of Lagos State presided by His Lordship, Ibironke O. Harrison (Mrs) delivered on the 20th day of February, 2019 in Suit No: LD/6560MFHR/18, amounting to N10, 000. 000. 00 (Ten Million Naira Only) against each of the 1st, 2nd 3rd and 4th Judgment debtors/Respondents for treacherously instigating the Respondents with their false petition of armed robbery N1, 000. 000.00 (One Million Naira Only) against the 5th – 12th Judgment debtors/Respondents jointly and severally, for their participation on issue of debt and recovery which resulted to the inhumane treatment arrest, detention, torture, embarrassment; humiliation, psychological torture and loss of man hour business earnings to the Applicant and for further threatening to arrest the Applicant on this issue of purported debt, against his fundamental right. 

“An order that the Garnishees should appear before this Honourable Court to show cause as to why the aforesaid Garnishees should not pay to the Garnishor/Applicant, the aforesaid judgment sum due from the judgment Debtors/Respondents to the Garnishor/Applicant, which may be sufficient to satisfy the judgment order delivered in Suit No: LD/65560MFHR/18 on the 20th day of February, 2019 by His Lordship, Hon. Justice I.0. Harrison (Mrs). 

“An order compelling the Garnishees to file before this Honourable Court a statement of account of the Judgment Debtor with the Garnishee before the return date.”

The matter is adjourned to February 29, 2024 for the Garnishees to show cause.