Courts convict, sentences 66 internet fraudsters in Ibadan


 

Oyo State High Courts sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital have convicted and sentenced no fewer than sixty-six (66) internet fraudsters to various jail terms.

The jail terms ranged from two weeks, four months and six months of community service to ten months imprisonment.

The conviction of the internet fraudsters was sequel to their arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The EFCC had earlier arrested the suspects who had now been convicted for various forms of financial fraud.

The convicts were earlier prosecuted by the Ibadan Zonal Command of EFCC.

The internet fraudsters according to Wilson Uwujaren, Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC were arraigned before Justices Olusola Adetujoye, Bayo Taiwo and Ladiran Akintola on separate count charges bordering on cyber crimes, between Monday, September 5, 2022, and Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

Uwujaren, in a statement on Tuesday, said that the convicts included; Lawal Ismaila Adebola, Dazumi Azeez Jayeola, Morakinyo Abiodun Michael, Kehinde Samuel Olatunbosun, Yusuf Olawale Raji, Abass Akintayo Waliu, Kolawole Blessing Oluwafemi, Ajibade Habib Olakunle, Adedun Olajide Temidire, Dapo Ajayi Temitope Faith, Lamidi Olumide Samuel, Patrick Simon Olaide, Opeyemi Nurudeen, Obaloluwa Enoch Bolaji, Oladimeji Olamide Abdulrahman, Damilola Mubarak Muritala, Adedayo Wahab Abdullahi, Olotu Oluwadamilola Ayomikun, Aderibigbe Ibrahim Olamilekan, Sekoni Oluwatimilehin James, Dazumi Abdulrazak, Salami Ayo Wisdom and Ifeoluwa Joseph Olabiyi.

Others are Mubarak Salaudeen Opeyemi, Toriola Samuel Oluwadamilola, Abisoye Israel Olamilekan, Adebayo Babatunde Teslim, Onipede Damilola, Oladotun Tijani Kunle, Adeshina Opeyemi Akanni, Eniola Johnson Olorunsola, Adebowale Samuel Amusan, Ayinde Babalola Quadri, Obioma Honour Nmaduabuchi, Afolabi Pelumi Tomiwa, Salau Opeyemi Saheed, Adekunle Hammed, Abioye Oluwatobiloba Alex, Ajadi Hezekiah Oluwatobi, Kayode Donald Adubu, Olamilekan Gabriel Ebedi, Adediran Qudus Wale, Adams Ojo Segun, Ogundayo Usman Oladayo, Olamide Yusuf Ishola, Kolawole Fuad Abiodun, Adekoya Tobiloba, Giwa Babatunde David, Abdulfatahi Dolapo Oderinde and Akinwale Israel Bunmi.

The rest are; Alex Okhiria Chibueze, Gabriel Ikyeleve, Paul Uche Obinna, Udeh Emeka Moses, Alase Ayodele Philip, Afeez Sode Gbolahan, Abayomi Babatunde Adejuyigbe, Haruna Adedoyin Kayode, Adejuyigbe Oluwatobiloba Joshua, Gbadamosi Samson Iyanu, Olatunbosun Mojeeb Olanrewaju, Oduwaye Oluwale Kelvin, Adesokan Afeez Afolabi, Emmanuel Oluwatobi Ajala, Olamilekan Michael Ayegbusi and Adurota Emmanuel Oluwatosin.

Uwujaren, in the statement, added that the convicts all pleaded guilty to the charges when they were read to them individually.

The prosecution counsels, Oyelakin Oyediran, Chidebere Okoli, Oluwatoyin Owodunni, Modupe Akunkoye, Mohammed Galadanchi, Mabas Mabur, Abdulrasheed Suleman and Samsudeen Bashir, prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

The courts then convicted and sentenced the defendants to various jail terms.

Some of the internet fraudsters bagged two weeks jail terms while some bagged four months.

Others were sentenced to six months of community service while some were sentenced to ten months imprisonment.

The courts after sentencing the convicts also ordered that they restitute their various victims and forfeit all items recovered from them to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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