Court Orders Abeokuta Yahoo Boys To Refund $ 6,100 To Victims - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

Breaking

Ads

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Court Orders Abeokuta Yahoo Boys To Refund $ 6,100 To Victims


The Daily Crucible

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office has secured the conviction of four internet fraudsters before Justice Mohammed Abubakar of a Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The quartet are Olawale Ibrahim Damilare, Goodluck Sambo Olatayo, Mathew Anuoluwapo Awoniyi and Samson Olawale Ayomide.

They pleaded guilty to one-count amended charge of fraudulent Impersonation. The offence is contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) 1 and punishable under Section 22 (2)(b) of Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act 2015.

Following their ‘guilty’ plea on Tuesday, the prosecution counsel, Oyelakin Oyediran, reviewed the case and urged the Court to convict the defendants accordingly.

Justice Abubakar convicted and sentenced  Olawale Ibrahim Damilare and Goodluck Sambo Olatayo  to three months and four months imprisonment  respectively, while Matthew Anuoluwapo Awoniyi and Samson Olawale Ayomide were also convicted and sentenced to seven and eight months respectively.

Justice Abubakar ordered the convicts to refund various sums to their victims: Olawale, $1,500 (One Thousand Five Hundred United States Dollars); Olatayo, $500 (Five Hundred United States Dollars); Awoniyi, $100 USD and Two Hundred and Thirty Two Thousand Naira (N232, 000) and Ayomide, $4,000 (Four Thousand United States Dollars).

Similarly, Justice M.L. Abubarkar of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has convicted and sentenced Bukar Ali to three years imprisonment, for dealing in petroleum products without a requisite license.

He was convicted today, Tuesday, after pleading "guilty"  to one count amended charge that borders on conspiracy and illegal dealing in petroleum products,  contrary to  Section 1 (1) (a) and  punishable under Section 1 (17) (a)  of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, CAP M17 of the Reverse Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007.

The charge read:, “That you  Bukar Ali on or about the 20th day of January, 2020, along Eleme in Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court without appropriate license dealt in petroleum products to wit: 40,000 litres Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) conveyed in a multi- coloured,  red headed Iveco Truck  with registration number: AGL 157 XF  and thereby committed an offence contrary to  Section 1 (1) (a) and  punishable under Section 1 (17) (a)  of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, CAP M17 of the Reverse Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007”.

Based on Ali's "guilty" plea,   prosecution counsel M.I. Iko prayed the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.  However,   defence counsel, M.M. Suleiman sued for leniency as the defendant is a first time offender who has become remorseful and did not waste the time of the court.

Justice Abubarkar found Ali guilty as charged and sentenced him to three years imprisonment, with an option of  fine of Five Hundred Thousand Naira only  ( N5000.000.00)

He also ordered that the 40, 000 litres AGO be sold and the proceeds paid into the Federal Government's TSA Account.   The Judge however ordered that the Tanker be released to the owner.   

Ali was arrested by the anti- bunkering team of the 6 Division Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Rivers State on January 20, 2020 along Eleme Road, Port Harcourt with an Iveco Tanker with registration number: AGL 157 XF loaded with products suspected to be adulterated Automotive Gas Oil (AGO). 

Investigations showed that the Truck was not accompanied with necessary documents such as a Waybill, loading Meter Tracker, evidence of purchase, among others.

No comments:

Post a Comment