The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has successfully secured the conviction of three internet fraudsters in Oyo.
In a noteworthy development, the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned and obtained the conviction of three individuals involved in internet fraud. This pivotal case involves Yusuf Nurudeen Mayowa, Alloy Wisdom Chibuzor, and Muheez Adeshina Ayomide, who were brought before the esteemed Oyo State High Court in Ibadan.
Charges And Convictions
Yusuf Nurudeen Mayowa faced arraignment on the charge of “aiding the Commission of felony to wit: obtaining property by false pretences,” as stipulated by Sections 7(b) and 419 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000. On the other hand, Alloy Wisdom Chibuzor and Muheez Adeshina Ayomide were arraigned for personation, in violation of Section 484 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000. In an unexpected turn of events, all three defendants pleaded “guilty” to the charges levied against them during their appearance before Justice Ladiran Akintola.
Prosecution And Evidence
During the course of the trial, the prosecution counsel, Samsuddeen Bashir and Mabas Mabur, diligently presented their case and submitted numerous compelling pieces of documentary evidence. These evidentiary materials were admitted and duly marked as exhibits by the court. In light of the overwhelming evidence, the prosecution counsel fervently appealed to the court to convict and sentence the defendants as charged.
Sentencing And Forfeiture
In a decisive ruling, Justice Akintola handed down the following sentences: Yusuf Nurudeen Mayowa was sentenced to six months of community service, accompanied by a fine of N200,000. Similarly, Alloy Wisdom Chibuzor and Muheez Adeshina Ayomide were each sentenced to three months of community service, along with fines of N100,000 and N50,000, respectively.
Furthermore, the court issued an order for Yusuf Nurudeen Mayowa to forfeit the substantial sum of N7.3 million to the Federal Government of Nigeria. This amount was previously held in his Guaranty Trust Bank account, bearing the number 0209559041. Additionally, Yusuf Nurudeen Mayowa was directed to relinquish ownership of a Toyota Camry Saloon car, among other assets.
Similarly, the court ruled that Alloy Wisdom Chibuzor and Muheez Adeshina Ayomide must forfeit all items seized from them to the Federal Government of Nigeria. Additionally, the defendants are obliged to make restitution to their respective victims, ensuring that justice is served and losses are mitigated.
The successful conviction of Yusuf Nurudeen Mayowa, Alloy Wisdom Chibuzor, and Muheez Adeshina Ayomide by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) represents a significant milestone in the fight against internet fraud. This case underscores the commitment of law enforcement agencies to uphold the rule of law and protect innocent individuals from falling victim to online scams. As Nigeria continues to take strong measures against cybercriminals, such convictions serve as a deterrent and send a clear message that fraudulent activities will not be tolerated.