A total of 17 internet fraudsters, who are popularly known as “Yahoo Yahoo Boys” have been jailed by Justice Stephen Daylop Pam of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Their journey to prison was secured by the Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday, September 17th.
This was contained in a terse statement issued on Monday by the Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren.
The convicts, Uwujaren said are: Valentine Moses Ukong, Ebuka Kelvin Uzokwe, Onedo Elohor Caleb, Godson Lekia Tophie, Achilonu Moses Chidiebere, Monshe Oloko Pius, Samuel Egu Ezeh, Akobo Joseph Chikone, Morayor Jerry Shina and Obioma Joel.
Others are Modey Terrence Akong, Abang Godswill Iyurinyi, Emmanuel Chika, Prosper Okpubeku, Obikwelu Bright Ugochukwu, Enajemo Oghenekaro and Effiong Akaninyene Essien.
According to him, the convicts were among 33 suspected internet fraudsters arrested in a sting operation at different locations in Calabar on Thursday September 9, 2021.
He also said, “They were each convicted after pleading guilty to separate one count of charge that bordered on criminal impersonation and identity theft with intent to obtain property and gain advantage contrary to the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act 2015.
“All the defendants with the exception of Godson Tohie and Achilonus Chidiebere bagged six months imprisonment with various options of fine ranging from N50,000 to N10, 000.”
It is not uncommon to see the anti-graft agency arrest or convict a seemingly large amount of internet fraudsters, it is however a worrisome trend that the country’s image before the world has been so dented by activities of these scammers, mostly youths.