CRIME

You’re All Guilty Of Fraud, Court Sends 16 ‘Yahoo Boys’ To Jail In Enugu

Justices F.O G Ogunbanjo and I.M Buba of the Federal High Court, Enugu in separate judgements on Tuesday and Wednesday, convicted and sentenced sixteen internet fraudsters, otherwise known as “Yahoo Boys” to various jail terms.

Their conviction was secured by the Enugu zonal command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

A statement by the EFCC Spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren on Thursday, said eleven of the fraudsters were convicted and sentenced to various jail terms by Justice Buba.

According to him, nine of them: Franklin Chidera Owo,Chukwudi Nzube,Nwosu Victor Kosisochukwu, Onyebuchi Ebuka. Ozuma Chukwuemeka Henry, Christopher Francis and Eze Godwin Chibundu,Ikwunze Armstrong and Paschal Benjamin bagged two years imprisonment with an option of one Million Naira fine each.

He also said, “Two others, Obodoechina Caleb and Prince Chukuebuka Mmirikwe were sentenced to one year imprisonment with an option of One Million Naira fine.

“In addition to the jail terms, one of the convicts Eze Godwin Chibundu is to forfeit his cars and restitute his victim, Emily Alvarado, to the tune of $5,000 (Five Thousand US Dollars).”

The charge preferred against Eze reads, “That you, EZE GODWIN, sometime in July, 2021 in Enugu within the Jurisdiction of the  Federal High Court  of Nigeria, fraudulently impersonated one Brian Rose, a foreign national, and gained advantage for yourself the sum of $5,000 from one Emily Alvarado on the  pretence of trading in crypto currency and thereby committed an offence  contrary to Section 22(2)(i)(ii)(iii) and punishable under Section 22(2)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition , Prevention, Etc )Act 2015.

Continuing further, the anti-graft agency spokesman said the remaining five fraudsters, Lucky Uche Ben-Ihedi, Stanley Ifeanyi Nwankwo, Ebere Malachy, Ben- Ihedi Chiemela Victor and Chibueze Michael were convicted and sentenced to a term of one year imprisonment with an option of One Million Naira fine by Justice Ogunbanjo, having pleaded guilty to the one count charge of impersonation and fraud brought against them by the EFCC.

The charge against Stanley Ifeanyi Nwankwo reads, “that you Stanley Ifeanyi Nwankwo, sometime in July 2021, at Enugu, Enugu State, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, fraudulently impersonated one Zooley Tigers, a trader in Crypto currency and owner of Bitminershub.com by means of your Iphone X via a fake Facebook account with the intent to gain advantage  for yourself from one Ksh and thereby committed an offence contrary  to Section 22(3)(a) &(b) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition ,Prevention, Etc)Act,2015 and punishable under Section 22(4) of the same Act”.

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