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6 Yahoo Boys Jailed 12 Years

Hi. This is a piece from the papers in nigeria today.
it really appears that the authorities are serious about stopping internet scams.
What do you make out of this?
please read on.

alan

www.elovedeceptions.com

Six cyber scammers, Bashir Omilogun, Shittu Ahmed, Saliu Ahmed, Oladipupo Wasiu, Dopemu Rasheed and Fatai Ganiu, who defrauded Mrs. Christine Gombert, a French citizen of 17,406 US Dollars have been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by Justice Joseph Oyewole of the Ikeja High Court.

The six men pleaded guilty to a twelve-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretence and forgery filed against them by the EFCC.

EFCC prosecutor, Barrister Kayode Oni, told the court that on 17 September, 2006, Mrs. Christine Gombert wrote the EFCC that Mr. Bashir Omitogun collected several sums of money from her under the pretence of using it to finance an NNPC contract awarded to him.

The prosecutor told the court that EFCC commenced investigation into the matter and found out that the six accused collected several sums, totalling 17,406 dollars from the petitioner under false pretence.

He also told the court that the first accused also forged a driver’s licence number A2559910 and two Nigerian international passport and presented it as genuine to officials of the Western Union Money Transfer to collect money from the petitioner.

The defence counsel urged the court to have mercy on the accused, saying they pleaded guilty on their own volition to save the time of the court.

He added that the accused had shown remorse for their action and pleaded with the judge to temper justice with mercy.

In his ruling, Justice Oyewole accepted the guilty plea of the accused and found them guilty as charged. He, however, reiterated that justice must take its course to deter others from committing the same offence.

He sentenced them to one year imprisonment each on the twelve counts without option of fine. The sentences will run concurrently and the judge ruled that the sentence shall commenced from the first day of their arraignment in court which is 31 July, 2007.

–kayode fabunmi, the news.

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6 Comments »

  1. Excellent news…finally Nigeria is showing the international market that they are attempting to punish these ‘419’ boys…Yaradua if u only legacy is that u cleaned up Nigeria ‘s image with regards to 419 that would be more than all the Nigerian presidents put together have ever done.

    Comment by amaka | December 1, 2007 | Reply

  2. i was victim on “romance scammer” fron nigeria,on november 20 2007, im steel very sad an worried because tha man stole me around 4000 euros,.I know an adress in a city near Lagos (ede city) 2 names pictures ,an movile number,
    i report this to the police , here in spain, but i want to know if somethingh else i can do to punish him or have my money back… im scared , because he know my real name, my face , my adress because i sent in Wester union ticket
    Thanks , waiting your comments
    Alexia

    Comment by alexia ortiz | December 3, 2007 | Reply

  3. Alexia, please check out our website:

    http://scammereliminat.x10hosting.com

    Comment by Anne | December 23, 2007 | Reply

  4. IT REALLY BAD TO TELL HOW I WAS SCAMMED

    Comment by KUZZY | June 1, 2008 | Reply

  5. Sorry it happened to you oo

    Comment by Adedamola | December 6, 2008 | Reply

  6. i have been scammed oot of $34200.00 by a man behind a girls pictures i met on an internet dating site he lives in south africa,i have all his details,he can be arrested now,why cant somebody do something about this,why can they get away with it????

    Comment by phil | January 15, 2010 | Reply


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