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Corps member, one other jailed over internet fraud

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A corps member currently serving in Ogbomosho, Oyo State, Adetuberu Christopher Adetoyese, has been sentenced to two years for internet fraud-related offenses otherwise known as ‘Yahoo-Yahoo’ by Justice Ibrahim Yusuf of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.

The court, on Thursday, found Adetuberu, 28, guilty of the two counts charge of cybercrime preferred against him by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Consequently, Justice Yusuf while sentencing Adetuberu ordered the forfeiture of a 3 Bedroom flat acquired with the proceeds of the illegal activities, a Lexus car, different brands of phones and a laptop, which are instruments of the crime as well as the sum N921, 535.49 in his bank account to the Federal Government.

The judge, who gave the convict an option of a fine of N200,000 said his conviction would serve as a deterrent to others.

It would be recalled that operatives of the EFCC while acting on intelligence over the activities of the 419ner also known as ‘Yahoo-Yahoo’ within Ilorin metropolis and its environs recently arrested Adetuberu, who hails from Ilesha, Ilesha West Local Government Area of Osun State at Ogele area of Eyenkorin, Ilorin.

The convict had in the course of investigation revealed that he ventured into ‘Yahoo Yahoo Business’ in 2016 and had among other things built a house with the proceeds of the illegal activities.

In a related development, Justice Yusuf also sentenced a 30-year-old aluminum fabricator, Olayiwola Tunde Saheed, who acts as ‘Loader’ to co-fraudsters to six months custodial imprisonment at the Correctional Centre in Ilorin without the option of fine.

Olayiwola, an indigene of Olorunda Local Government Area, Oshogbo, Osun State was found guilty of one count charge of possessing funds which he knew to be proceeds of unlawful activities preferred against him by the anti-graft agency.

In his judgment, the judge said that he found merit in the prosecution’s case, adding that the defendant’s admittance of guilt was enough evidence to convict him.

Justice Yusuf, while sentencing Olayiwola ordered that the Toyota Camry car recovered at the point of his arrest, his phone, and a laptop, which are instruments of the illegal activities be forfeited to the Federal Government.

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