The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has secured the conviction and sentencing of seventeen (17) internet fraudsters popularly known as yahoo, to various jail terms in Oyo and Ogun States.
A Tuesday statement by the antigraft agency reveals all convicts were arraigned before Justice Olusola Adetujoye of the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan and Justice A.A. Babawale of the Ogun State High Court, sitting in Abeokuta on a separate lone count charge each, between January 8 to January.
The convicts, who were charged with fraudulent impersonation, and theyvall pleaded guilty to the charges, when theyvwere read before them.
The convicts are Akinbode Abiodun, Samad Tijani Owolabi, Ademola Olabamiji Quadri, Evewiekpoamare Tivere Jackson, Adeagbo Stephen Adegbenro, Adesanya Olamilekan Dare, Yusuf Saka Olaoluwatobi, Akinbode Adedolapo Joshua, Musa Ayinde Olorunnisola and Lawal Mohammed Segun.
Others include: Moses Bitrus Bugama, Odude Kehinde Ayomipo, Bashiru Quadri Adeyinka, Ochoche Silas Ochola, Nurudeen Olamilekan Quam, Afeez Adewale Jimoh and Olowookere Ademola Sobbur.
Asides varying imprisonment terms bagged by the convicts, the court also ordered that the convicts restitute their various victims and forfeit some items to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Items forfeited by the convicts to the Federal Government of Nigeria included one gold colour Lexus ES 330 with Registration number: FKG 184 HZ, one unregistered silver colour Toyota Corolla 2006 model, one black colour Honda Pilot 2004 model with registration number: LSR 783 HW and Chassis number: 2HKYF18464H598117 and one black Lexus ES 300 2002 model with registration number: APP 27 GT with chassis number: JTHBF30G020048119 among others.
In a related development, four suspected internet fraudsters, arrested by the Oyo State Command of the Nigeria Police Force have been handed over to the Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC for prosecution.
The suspects named Abiodun Ajayi, Salako Saheed, Qudus Owolabi and Abiodun Ridwan were arrested on Friday, at Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State following actionable intelligence on suspected fraudulent internet-related activities.
Items recovered from them include one unregistered Toyota Camry, one gold colour Toyota Camry with Registration number: APP 192 CB, two laptops and five mobile phones among others.
According to the EFCC, they will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.