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EFCC arrests 100 suspected Yahoo Boys in Enugu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) Enugu Zonal Command have arrested 100 suspected internet fraudsters commonly known as ‘Yahoo Boys’.

The EFCC disclosed via its official Twitter page that it operatives arrested the suspects were arrested on Wednesday at different locations across the state.

EFCC arrests 100 suspected Yahoo Boys in Enugu

It said the arrest followed actionable intelligence about suspected activities of an organised syndicate of internet fraudsters operating along Ibagwa-Nike and other locations in the Enugu metropolis.

According to the commission, items recovered from the alleged yahoo boys include three exot!c cars, mobile phones and laptops.

The anti-graft agency revealed in a statement that the suspects will be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of the investigations.

EFCC arrests 100 suspected Yahoo Boys in Enugu

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Two Nigerian men, Benjamin Okechukwu Udeagwu and Benjamin Amos Olamide, have been convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment for internet-related offenses.

Justice Ibrahim Musa Karaye of the Kano State High Court handed down the sentences after the defendants each pleaded guilty to one-count charge of internet fraud brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Kano zonal command.

The charge sheet against Udeagwu reads: “That You, Benjamin Okechukwu Udeagwu sometime in September, 2023 in Kano within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Kano with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of $50 by fraudulently impersonating as Brad George a citizen of United States of America which pretence you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence of cheating by personation contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 324 of same law.”

The charge sheet against Olamide reads: “That you Benjamin Amos Olamide ‘m’ sometime in 2022 at Kano, Kano State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did dishonestly induce unsuspecting victims to deliver to you a total sum of $500 (Five Hundred dollars only) to you as Terry Vince who lives in United States of America, through a gmail account which presence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence of cheating contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code Law of Kano State and punishable under Section 322 of the same law”.

Justice Karaye sentenced Udeagwu to one year imprisonment with an option of a fine of N20,000, while Olamide received a two-year prison sentence with a N20,000 fine.