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Under-graduate bags 24 years in jail for N25m internet scam

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The court found him guilty of the two charges and sentenced him to twelve years imprisonment on each of the two counts.

Justice Lateefa Okunnu of the Lagos State High Court, sitting in Ikeja has convicted and sentenced an undergraduate of Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University, Malaysia, Hope Olusegun Aroke, to twenty-four years imprisonment for his involvement in an internet scam that fetched him Four Thousand riaait (N25,000,000).

Aroke, 25, was arraigned before Justice Okunnu on a two-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence; cheque cloning, wire transfer and forgery. 

The court found him guilty of the two charges and was sentenced to twelve years imprisonment on each of the two counts.

Troubles came for Aroke when an anonymous petitioner wrote to the EFCC alleging that the Kogi state-born undergraduate was involved in sundry fraudulent activities on the internet. 

The EFCC swung into action and investigated the internet dealings of Aroke.

Investigations showed that he was involved in several romance scams that fetched him a total sum of 4,000 riaait (Malaysian currency). 

Aroke admitted sending the money to Nigeria through one Angela, who later helped him deposit its naira equivalent, N25, 000,00 (Twenty-five million Naira only), in a new generation bank.

Upon his arrest, two exotic cars valued at N23,000,000 (Twenty-three million naira) were recovered from him.

Justice Okunnu ruled that the sentence should run concurrently. 

Meanwhile, Aroke has two other matters yet undecided before Justice B. Idris of the Federal High Court Lagos.

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