EFCC Arrests 27 Suspected Yahoo Boys In Osogbo, Recovers 8 Exotic Cars, Ors
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, on Thursday, June 20, 2019 swept on hideouts of suspected internet fraudsters in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, and smoked out 27 suspects among whom were four ladies suspected to be their girlfriends.
Officials of the Commission have embarked on weeks of surveillance, working on series of intelligence gathered on the activities of suspected ‘Yahoo Boys’ in locations across the city.
The intelligence was found to be substantially credible, leading to the sting operation on Thursday.
Among the arrested suspects are Adeleke Peter, Babalola Abiodun, Aduroja Temitope, Abdulazeez Razak, Adesina Adewale, Osayintoba Dare, Adebowale Fadairo, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, Akinseye Samuel and Osanyintoba Femi.
Others include: Austin Onyekachukwu, Oluwaseun Adesina, Ibosiola Olamilekan, Ayoola Lekan, Abdullahi Owopade, Olatunbosun Kolawole, Saheed Adebola, Osanyintoba Pelumi, Ayo Bello, Samuel Emmanuel, Olalekan Oladele, Solomon Mattew, Oyelude Opeyemi, Quadri Olatunji, Ibrahim Alao, Tunde Bello and Fatolu Temitope.
Eight exotic cars including two Lexus and six Toyota brands, as well as many costly phones and laptops, were among the items recovered in the course of the operation.
The suspects, who variously claimed to be graduates, students, computer engineers and businessmen, are currently undergoing interrogation to ascertain their level of involvement in the alleged act.
They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
Internet Fraudster Bags One Year Imprisonment
In another development, EFCC, Benin Zonal Office has secured the conviction of one Okhiemwen Roland Ekata [a.k.a Zamani Baron Wellington) before Justice A. A. Demi-Ajayi of the Federal High Court, sitting in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
Ekata was arraigned on an amended one-count charge, bordering on intent to defraud and impersonation, which are offences that are contrary to Section 484 of the Criminal Code Act CAP C38 of the Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, and punishable under Section 484 of the same Act.
The charge reads: “That you Okhiemwen Roland Ekata ‘m’ a.k.a Zamani Baron Wellington on or about the 3rd day of June 2015 at Benin City, Edo State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, being a citizen of Nigeria, with intent to defraud, you falsely represented yourself as Molton Cole, a citizen of England, which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 484 of the Criminal Code Act Cap, C38 of the Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2004, and punishable under Section 484 of the same Act.”
He pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against him. And based on the plea bargain agreement between the prosecution counsel, Fredrick Dibang and the defence counsel, Osama Idehen, Justice Demi-Ajayi convicted and sentenced the defendant to one year imprisonment and a fine of N250,000.
The judge also ordered that the HP Pavilion laptop recovered from the convict which was linked to the crime, be forfeited to the federal government of Nigeria as proceed of crime.
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