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‘Yahoo Yahoo’ training school proprietor sentenced to 10 years in jail

The proprietor of an internet fraud training centre aka Hustle Kingdom (HK) in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state has bagged 10 years in jail.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Uyo Zonal command secured the conviction and sentencing of Ikemesit Edet for cybercrime (Yahoo Yahoo).

According to a statement by EFCC spokesperson, Dele Oyewale on Saturday, Edet was jailed on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 after pleading guilty to two-count charge bordering on impersonation, love scam, hacking/editing of social media accounts and private criminal tutoring, upon his arraignment by the Uyo Zonal Command of the Commission.

The first charge sheet reads: “That you IKEMESIT EDET IK sometime in January, 2024 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honorable court, being the occupier and a person concerned with the management of the premises situated and lying at No. 57 D-Line, Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo Akwa Ibom State, did knowingly permit the use of the entire aforesaid premises as a CYBERCRIME ACADEMY, also known as Hustle Kingdom (HK) where you recruited ten (10) young Nigerians between ages 16-25 and taught them cybercrime techniques for perpetrating cyber crimes to wit: hacking, impersonation, and obtaining money by false pretence (Advance Fee Fraud) and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 3 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 3 of the same Act.”

Count two reads: “That you IKEMESIT EDET IK between May 2020 and December 2023 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court did take possession total sum of Fifteen Million Naira Only (-N=15,000,000.00) which you knew forms proceed of an unlawful act to wit: Cybercrime and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(2)\d) of the Money laundering (Prohibition) Act 2022 and punishable under Section 18(3) of the same Act.”