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(EXCLUSIVE): How 17 Yahoo Boys were sentenced within one day in four cities

The weight of the law has finally descended on 17 internet fraudsters popularly known as Yahoo Boys as they were on Monday handed various jail terms in four cities in the country by judges after they were found guilty of engaging in internet-related frauds.

While eight of the internet fraudsters were handed various terms in Benin City, the Edo State capital, seven who were arrested in both Abeokuta, Ogun State and Ibadan, Oyo State, were sentenced by two courts. The remaining two fraudsters were sentenced in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Some of the convicts

Information gathered from the website and the Facebook wall of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) revealed that the young men were sentenced to various jail terms by five different judges on Monday, October 18 for various internet-related crimes after they were found guilty.

For example, Justice Efe Ikponwonba of the Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City sentenced three young men, Adeniyi Rufus Oluwafemi, Onoriode Precious and William Omorebokhae, after they were found guilty of impersonation, internet fraud and attempt to obtain by false pretence.

Justice Ikponwonba sentenced Omorebokhae to three years imprisonment, Oluwafemi bagged one year imprisonment and Precious bagged one year imprisonment and they were to forfeit the phones recovered from them during investigation to the Federal Government of Nigeria. 

The judge however gave them options of fine. Omorebokhae got an option of N500,000 fine, Oluwafemi got an option of N200,000 fine while Precious got an option of N100,000.

On the same day in Benin City, Justice S. M. Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State, sentenced five Yahoo Boys: Shuaibu Macclinton, Olasunmoye Teniola, Eze Stephen, Oshodi Nelson Ufo and Ayobamidele Temitope Oguntimehin, to various jail terms.

The judge found them guilty of offences bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretence brought against them by the Benin zonal command of the EFCC after their arrest. The judge sentenced them after they pleaded guilty.

Justice Shuaibu sentenced Shuaibu Macclinton to three years imprisonment, Ayobamidele Oguntimehin bagged two years imprisonment while the trio of Oshodi Nelson Ufo, Olasunmoye Teniola and Eze Stephen bagged two years imprisonment each.

Justice Shuaibu also ordered that phones recovered from them during arrest be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria. 

However, Shuaibu Macclinton was given an option of N300,000 fine while Ayobamidele Oguntimehin got an option of N300,000 fine. The trio of Oshodi Nelson Ufo, Olasunmoye Teniola and Eze Stephen got an option of N200,000 fine each.

Seven internet fraudsters who were arrested in Abeokuta, Ogun State and Ibadan, Oyo State, by the Ibadan zonal office of the EFCC, were sentenced by Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court, Ibadan and Justice Joyce AbdulMalik of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

While one of the young men was arrested in Abeokuta, the other six were arrested in various areas in Ibadan and they were convicted on Monday, October 18.

The names of those convicted were given as Adeola Mutiu Adefemi, Oni Olanrewaju Gabriel, Audu Olusegun Samuel, Muritala Olaniyi Lateef, Joshua Opeyemi Okunlaja, Precious Udoka Nwani and Taofeek Olamilekan Adebowale.

Justice Agomoh sentenced Adeola and Okunlaja to nine months imprisonment, while Nwani bagged three months jail term. Audu, Muritala and Oni were convicted and sentenced to a month imprisonment each. Also, Justice AbdulMalik sentenced Adebowale Taofeek Olamilekan to six months imprisonment in Abeokuta. 

Justice Agomoh also ordered Adeola to pay back $950 and N142,111 to his victim, Audu to pay back $1100 to his victim, Raymond Alon; Oni to pay back $500 to his victim; Muritala to pay back $550 to his victim, John Kuleszinski.

Okunlaja is to pay back $800 to one Scott Terrel, his victim and Nwani is to pay back N400,000 and $250 to his victim. They are also to forfeit all items recovered from them to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Also on Monday, October 18, Justice O. A. Musa of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Apo, Federal Capital Territory, sentenced two internet fraudsters, Okoro Daniel (Alias Michael Kani) and James Nicholas to various jail terms for cybercrime offences.

Justice Musa sentenced Okoro to three months imprisonment while Nicholas is to spend two months in prison. They are also to forfeit all proceeds of crime to the Federal Government, including a Lexus Jeep RX 350, iPhone 7, MacBook, phones and laptops.

The judge however gave Okoro an option of N100,000 fine while Nicholas got an option of N50,000 fine.

However, despite the various sentencing of internet fraudsters, it seems there is no deterrence as cases of young men engaging in internet crimes are on the increase on a daily basis.


(PHOTOS CREDIT: EFCC website and Facebook wall)

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