Three internet fraudsters aka yahoo boys have been found guilty by Justice N.I. Afolabi of the Federal High Court sitting in Lafia, Nasarawa State.
The fraudsters have been identified as: Toheeb Olaniyan, Taiwo Adebayo and Chukwudumebi Emmanuel Okwechime.
They were given different jail terms for internet-related offences.
They were jailed on Wednesday July 13, 2022 after pleading guilty to one-count separate charge bordering on cybercrimes, upon their arraignment by the Abuja Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Based on their pleas, Justice Afolabi convicted and sentenced Olaniyan to one year imprisonment or an option of fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira). On the other hand, he convicted and sentenced Adebayo to a fine of N200, 000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira), while Okwechime was convicted and sentenced to a fine of N50, 000 (Fifty Thousand Naira). All the convicts are to forfeit their phones and proceeds of crime to the government.
The convicts started their journey to the Correctional Centre when they were arrested by operatives of the Abuja Zonal Command of the EFCC for impersonating foreigners and using their identities to defraud other foreigners.
Olaniyan, through his Facebook account, fraudulently impersonated one Richard Zhang with an intent to obtain €75, 000 (Seventy Five Thousand Euro) from one Chinnyuk Tai, an unsuspecting resident in Malaysia. Similarly, Adebayo used his MacBook air laptop to impersonate one George Wong with the motive of using his identity to defraud others while Okwechime impersonated one Steve Hart via his Facebook account with the intent of obtaining $200 (Two Hundred United States Dollars) from one Sherry Little.