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Court sentences six Internet fraudsters, orders convicts to refund victims

By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
28 January 2022   |   2:49 am
A Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State, yesterday, sentenced five Internet fraudsters, popularly known as Yahoo Boys to several months of imprisonment for scamming their victims.

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A Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State, yesterday, sentenced five Internet fraudsters, popularly known as Yahoo Boys to several months of imprisonment for scamming their victims.

The convicts, who had been prosecuted by the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), are Ahmed Oguneye Abiona Owoade, Kehinde Elijah, Oriade Sunday Oluwatobiloba, Usman Adams Shehu and Waris Adegoke Adeyemo.

Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court, Osogbo, convicted them on one count-charge of fraud after they pleaded guilty to the charge.

Head, Media & Publicity of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said the anti-graft agency secured their conviction on charges bordering on fraud and impersonation.

The sixth convict, David Fatunla Taiwo (aka Jeff Wood), was prosecuted before Justice Babs Kuewunmi of the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, after pleading guilty to the charge.

The court sentenced Abiona, Adeyemo and Shehu to four months each, Owoade got three months, while Oriade and Taiwo were sentenced to five months and 20 months respectively.

The court also ordered the defendants to restitute their victims while some of their belongings and money were ordered forfeited to the Federal Government.

Oriade is to restitute his victim for the sum of $590. He was equally ordered to forfeit an iPhone XR, one Samsung S5 mobile phone and one Acer Laptop to the Federal Government.

Ahmed is to restitute to one Michael Johnson the sum of $500 and forfeit N3 million found in his bank account, an iPhone 11 Pro Max mobile phone and one Toyota Camry to the Federal Government, being proceeds of crime.

Adeyemo was ordered to return $300 to one Peter Decker and forfeit one iPhone 11 Pro Max to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The court ordered Shehu to refund his victim $400 and forfeit one Samsung Galaxy S8, while Owoade was ordered to refund his victim $300 and forfeit an iPhone 6 mobile phone to the Federal Government.

Taiwo was ordered to refund his victim, Joanne K. Thornhill, £450 through the Federal Government.