The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, or EFCC, has detained 18 alleged “Yahoo-Yahoo Boys” in Lokoja, the state of Kogi.
When they busted the alleged internet fraudsters’ hideouts in Lokoja, commission agents from the Ilorin Zonal Command Office made the arrest.
It was the second such operation in the state in the previous two months, according to a statement from the Command’s Media Unit.
Recall that operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command, which covers Kwara, Ekiti and Kogi states, had recently in June 2022 arrested 19 suspected fraudsters at different locations in Lokoja.
The latest arrest, which was made on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, followed actionable intelligence and hours of surveillance by the anti-graft operatives to smoke out the suspected fraudsters of their hideouts.
Among the suspects are two siblings, Bala Caleb Abdulkarim and Ayuba Bala.
Others are Adebayo Olubunmi, Yusuf Salawu, Victor Yakubu, Victor Udeh, Abutu Francis, Moses Akeji, Aiyegbe ThankGod, and Eniola Adeniji.
Also arrested were Abraham Ayodele, Julius Omowale, Samuel Onojah, Saka Usman Ojo, Isaac Emmanuel, Yusuf Mohammed, Ibrahim Musa and Omaonu Ojochenemi Victor.
Preliminary investigations showed that the suspects operate as a syndicate to scam unsuspecting victims.
JUST IN: Court Jails 22-Year-Old For Defrauding Residents
Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos State, has sentenced a 22-year-old man, Abiola Emmanuel, to two years’ imprisonment for fraud.
The convict was arraigned on one count of retention of proceeds of crime.
The charge read, “That you, Abiola Emmanuel, on or about March 17, 2022, in Lagos, within the Ikeja jurisdiction of this honorable court, retained in your control the aggregate sum of $38,000, one HP Elite X2 laptop, one Navy Blue Hublot Fission wristwatch and one diamond encrusted Cartier Santos wristwatch, being proceeds of criminal conduct, deceitfully obtained from unsuspecting members of the public.”
The offence is punishable under Section 333 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.
The defence counsel, Z.A. Makinde, appealed to the court for mercy.
An official of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, Michelle Wandoo, identified the items recovered from the defendant at the time of arrest and they were tendered as exhibits.
Emmanuel was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment with an option of fine of N20,000,000.
BREAKING: Baale Of Shangisha Jailed For 15 Years In Lagos
Lagos traditional ruler has been jailed for 15 years
The FidelinfoNews reports that an Ikeja High Court has sentenced the deposed Baale of Shangisha in Magodo area of Lagos Mutiu Ogundare, charged with faking his kidnap to 15-year jail term.
Justice Hakeem Oshodi sentenced Ogundare having convicted him of a two-count bordering on breach of peace and fake kidnapping.
Also jailed for the same prison term is his brother, Opeyemi Mohammed.
The court however set his wife Abolanle, free having earlier absolved her of the charges.
JUST IN: NPF Declares Indian Wanted For Allegedly Stealing Nigerian Firm’s N500m
The Nigeria Police Force has declared an Indian national Ayan Asit Chakraborty wanted.
The FidelinfoNews reports that Gazette Bulletin with Ref No AR: 3000/ZN.2/MTU/TMI Vol. 2/141 announced that the Magistrates’ Court had issued a warrant of arrest in Lagos.
The suspect is expected to turn himself in at the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2 Command in Onikan.
Ayan is wanted for alleged stealing and fraudulent diversion of funds from a Nigerian firm Shash Industries Ltd., between 2017 till July 2022.
He is accused of making about N500,000,000 fraudulent transfers to his various personal accounts for personal benefits.
The accountant is 35 years old, 5.7 by height, medium build, oval face, long nose, small mouth, thin lips, good teeth, black eyes, light skin, and round chin,
The police description also said Ayan has curly hair, large head, low forehead, smokes and drinks, dresses in corporate/casual, and frequently visits clubs and bars.
“If seen, arrest and hand over to the nearest police station or to the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone-2 Command Onikan Lagos 07030308813”, the notice added.
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