Court Sentenced Yahoo Boys To 235-Years In Prison For Money Laundering

Crime is a phenomenon that is despised by all of human civilization, and offenders are typically punished in accordance with the laws outlined in each nation’s constitution. Depending on the heinous crimes they are found to have committed, different offenders receive different punishments. However, Social media users have been surprised by a recent news which states that a man, named Scales Olatunji has been sentenced to 235-years imprisonment for his involvement in money laundering and internet fraud.

This follows the verdict by Justice Agatha Okeke of the Federal High Court of Uyo in Akwa Ibom state and the news broke out on the official Twitter page of the Economic and Financial and Crime Commission (EFCC). Although most nations’ security and national laws forbid cybercrime, many people have been surprised as to why a 235-years prison sentence has been issued as his penalty to him, given that the average human life expectancy is far less than that. As far as I know, they are no human being that has lived up to 200 years.

Also, according to report reaching us, EFCC has arraigned another suspected internet fraudster by the name Nyani Gabriel for N7.5 million Forex scam in Abuja. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has dragged one Nyani Gabriel to court for involving in forex fraud. According to the official statement by the Commission, the scam he was involved in amounted to a whopping sum of N7.5m.

According to statements from EFCC; “The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned Nyani Gabriel before Justice S.U. Bature of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja, for alleged foreign exchange fraud. Gabriel was arraigned on four-count charges bordering on obtaining money under false pretence, cheating, fraudulent conversion and criminal breach of trust,” the statement by the Commission read.

Also, according to our reliable source, two young Yahoo Boys have been jailed in Abuja for internet fraud. Two internet fraudsters aka yahoo boys have been convicted in Abuja. Justice S.B Belgore of the High Court of the FCT sitting in Bwari, Abuja convicted and sentenced two suspected internet fraudsters namely Augustine Ogar and Eze Samuel to one year imprisonment for internet fraud.

They were prosecuted on a one count charge each by the Abuja Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Augustine Ogar’s charge reads; “that you, Augustine Ogar sometime in 2020 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court by deceiving while pretending to be a medical doctor, Thomas White from USA through the means of Facebook and Hangout account created with cheated by inducing one Karen Gilbert from America to deliver to you the sum of N555,000 in the guise of assisting her in getting drugs for her ailment, a fact which you knew to be false and that you thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 320 (b) and punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code Act, Laws of the Federation (Abuja),1990”.

Eze Samuel on his part, was arraigned for attempting to cheat unsuspecting victims while pretending to be in romantic relationships with them. They both pleaded guilty to the charges

Following their guilty pleas, Justice Belgore convicted and sentenced both of them to one year jail term. The court however gave Augustine Ogar the option of a fine of N150,000 and gave Eze Samuel the option of a fine of N50,000. Augustine Ogar will in addition forfeit his laptop and mobile phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

However, in a recent news, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has warned Nigerian landlords to stop renting their houses to Yahoo Boys or risk 15-years jail terms. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has stated that Landlords that rent their houses to Yahoo Boys risk the jail term of up to 15 years.

The anti graft agency disclosed this through its official Twitter page. EFCC also call on members of the general public to attend a town hall meeting, with the theme; “Landlord: give your house to Yahoo boys and spend 15 Years in jail.”

The tweet obtained from EFCC’s official Twitter handle reads; “The EFCC is pleased to invite the general public to the tenth edition of EFCC-Connect, an open forum with members of the public as we discuss. Any Landlord that house a yahoo boy and allow him to stay in his house will risk 15-years prison terms.”

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