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Nine Suspected Internet Criminals in Chains in Abeokuta

…as two others get sentences for fraud


The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), on Wednesday, arrested nine men suspected to be internet fraudsters in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The suspects, whose ages range between 21 and 31 are: Tobi Idowu; Gbeminiyi Samuel; Adekunle Gafar; Wusu Taiwo; Agbabaidan Idris; Olaiya Olamide; Adediran Rotimi; Ikegbuka Junior and Ridwan Garuba.

They were arrested during an early morning raid on their hideout at Aaya Camp, Ibadan, following sustained surveillance and intelligence on suspected cybercrime activities in the spot.

Items recovered from them included two cars, laptops, phones, internet routers and Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards.

They would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

Similarly, a duo of Peter Ariyo Joshua and Oluwamuyiwa Samuel Arowosola (a.k.a Oluwadamilare, Perry Black, Willie Amashanti and Sonex Newton) have been sentenced to one year and four months Imprisonment for fraud respectively.

Justices Muhammed Abubakar and Ibrahim Watilat of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta Division, Ogun State passed the sentences.

They were prosecuted by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Commission, on one-count charge of criminal impersonation, contrary to Section 22(2)(b)(i) of the Cyber Crime (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015, and punishable under Section 22(2)(b) of the Act, to which they pleaded guilty.

Upon their plea, the prosecution team of Dr. Ben Ubi and Oyelakin Oyediran urged the courts to convict and sentence them accordingly.

While Joshua got one year imprisonment from Justice Abubakar,  Arowosola was sentenced to four months by Justice Watilat, both of whom are of Court One and Court Two respectively.

Besides Joshua’s one year jail term, he will restitute his victim, the sum of $2,850 and also forfeit his two phones to the federal government.

In addition to his four months imprisonment, Arowosola will restitute $2,850 to Carol Paul, his victim and forfeit N1,873,561.50 discovered in his GT Bank account as well as his laptop, iPhone and iWatch to the federal government.


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