3 youths jailed, 24 others arrested

A Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, on March 30, 2022, convicted and sentenced three youths for their involvement in internet fraud (cyber crime).

The three pleaded guilty and were convicted on their own terms.

They are Ojelakin Yinka Oluwaseun, Adebayo Fawaz Gbolahan, and Ehis Hopkins Esezobor.

The EFCC had charged the convicts with impersonation contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015.

The trial judge, Justice Agomoh sentenced Ojelakin to two years imprisonment, while Esezobor bagged eight months. For his role too, Adebayo is to spend five months in jail.

The court further ordered that the convicts restitute their victims and forfeit all items recovered from them to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Meanwhile, EFCC said it arrested another 24 youths, alleged to be involved in Internet fraud in Asaba, Delta state.

“They were arrested at their hideout in Asaba, Delta State following actionable intelligence,” said the EFCC.

The suspects are Obikolu Lawrence Chukwuemeka, Ezennabuike Daniel, Emmanuel Favour, and Efemenam Ifeanyi.

Also arrested are Andrew Martin Udeorah, Anozie Ugochukwu, Oziegbe Famous, Onalugbum Ekene, and Nonso Nwakor.

The others Gabriel Igelije and Paul Enakeno, Chigbo Kanayo Stephen, Chinedu Emejon, Nwabueze Arinze, Harrison Chukwuji, and Chinonso Jude Emejom.

Items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest included two Toyota Camry, Mercedes Benz car, Laptops and mobile phones.

The anti-graft body said the suspects made useful statements to it and that they would soon be arraigned in court as soon.

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