Crime Watch

Court sentences 19-year-old ‘Yahoo boy’ to 12 months in prison

A Kaduna state High Court has sentenced a 19-year-old boy to 12 months imprisonment over offences bordering on internet fraud.

Peterson Enoch, a resident of Millennium City, Kaduna, was arraigned before Justice Darius Khobo by the state Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The EFCC Counsel, P. C. Onyeneho, told the court that the convict was one of the suspects arrested at Malali in Kaduna, on August 25, following actionable intelligence about the activities of persons suspected to be fraudsters.

“Upon arrest, one iPhone 12 and Infinix S5 phone were recovered from Enoch and when the phone was analysed, several fraudulent documents were printed from his emails.

“Checks on his profile revealed that Enoch had impersonated one Sandra James and swindled the complainant of $1,000 using fictitious emails,” the prosecutor added.

The defendant then pleaded guilty to the charge.

Delivering judgment on Thursday, the judge found the defendant guilty of the charge preferred against him.

Khobo sentenced Enoch to 12 months in a correctional centre, with an option of a fine of N100,000 (Hundred Thousand Naira).

He also ordered the forfeiture of the iPhone 12 and Infinix S5 phone recovered from the convict at the time of the arrest to the Federal Government, and to restitute $1,000 to his victim, Kingsley Matthew.