The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has successfully prosecuted and convicted 18 internet fraudsters, with sentences ranging from fines to community service and imprisonment.
Among the convicts was a serial internet fraudster and ex-convict, Olayinka Ridwan Olatunji, who was sentenced to two years imprisonment and a fine of N500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) before Justice Demi Ajayi of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, Ogun State for internet-related fraud.
The Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC stated on Sunday, April 2, 2023, that Olatunji had been previously convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment by Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, Oyo State for a similar offence.
Seventeen other cybercriminals were convicted and sentenced to various jail terms by Justices Ladiran Akintola, Mohammed Owolabi, Iyabo Yerima, Olusola Adetujoye of the Oyo State High Court, and Justices Olugboyega Ogunfowora and A.A. Babawale of the Ogun State High Court, sitting in Abeokuta.
The convicts were Oyeyemi Lukman Oluwaseun, Salaudeen Yunusa Olamilekan, Sadiq Adekola Ahmad, Ali Akorede Omosebi, Adebola Ayomikun Adetosoye, Toheeb Olalekan Adeleye, Aliu Sodiq Alabi, Oyesanya Oyekole Olakunle and Adekunle Damilare.
Others are: Olalekan Habeeb Aremu, Adeagbo Toyeeb Tola, Fabiyi Lukumon Ayo, Tobiloba Isiah Seyi Adams, Akinrinola Saheed Abiodun, Nwaoha Christian Israel Adetola, and Hassan Nofiu Ayomide.
All the convicts pleaded guilty to the charges against them. The prosecution counsel reviewed the facts of the cases and tendered several documents in evidence before the courts.
The courts convicted and sentenced the defendants as charged, and ordered them to restitute their victims and forfeit all items recovered from them to the Federal Government of Nigeria.