Nigerian Ifeanyi awaits jail sentence in Papua New Guinea for 419
Nigerian Victor Ifeanyi Chkwueto awaits sentencing in Papua New Guinea for 419 offence
A Nigerian facing trial in far away Papua New Guinea will know on June 21 how long he will spend in prison after pleading guilty on one count of stealing by false pretence, an offence known in Nigeria as 419.
The Nigerian, identified as Victor Ifeanyi Chukweto, admitted collecting K2,000(about $600) from a girl and her father by telling them that he had a package containing US$1.7 million (K5.7 million) waiting for them and that he would marry the girl.
Ifeanyi, 42, from Asaba in Delta state appeared on Friday at the Waigani District Court, according to a report by The National. The newspaper publishes Monday-to Friday.
Ifeanyi had been communicating with 19-year-old Rebecca Tindipo on social media’s Facebook Messenger since August last year.
Ifeanyi used the name “Colavita Smith” and claimed that he was a soldier and they would get married after he completed his duties in Afghanistan.
He told Tindipo he needed K2,000 to pay for customs clearance and claim the package.