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Kwara court sentences Yahoo Boy to 35 years in prison

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A Kwara State High Court in Ilorin on Tuesday sentenced an internet fraudster, Temitope Charles, to 35 years in prison without an option of fine.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar, while delivering Judgement on a criminal charge brought against the convict by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), pronounced the convict guilty and sentenced him to seven years in prison on each of the five-count charges.

Abdulgafar directed that the prison sentence should run concurrently.


The Judge agreed that EFCC had proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt, noting that the evidence of the only prosecution witness, Olamide Sadiq, who is an operative of the commission, was very strong and reliable.

” The evidence of PW1, Olamide Sadiq, was left unchallenged by the defendant; all the chats and text messages were printed from his email address in his presence.

“I have considered the testimonies of the PW1, this honourable court is of the opinion that the PW1 is a witness of truth, the accused person indeed was in possession of fake documents, the prosecution has sufficiently linked the defendant to the email address,” Abdulgafar said.

Earlier, Defence Counsel, A.B Bakare, had urged the judge to temper justice with mercy, saying that his client was a first time offender.

Prosecuting Counsel, Sessan Ola, opposed to the request and asked the court to sentence the convict according to the provisions of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act.

Ola said: “going by the provisions of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, the minimum punishment for this type of offence is seven years and maximum of 20 years, the court can not use its discretion outside the same.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that sometime in March, the EFCC had arraigned Charles before the court on a five-count charge bordering on internet fraud.

Charles was allegedly caught with some documents indicating that he wanted to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

One of the five-count charge read: “the suspect, who is also known as Teresa Simon, was said to have been apprehended on February 28, 2019, in Ilorin in possession of documents containing false representation with intent to defraud, an offence said to be contrary to Sections 6 and 8 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act,”


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TONILE AGESIN YUSUF
What about politicians stolen state money it is unfear
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kabirat adetunji
TONILE AGESIN YUSUF
What about politicians stolen state money it is unfear
that is true.. but you know yahoo boys are destroying the image of Nigeria
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kabirat adetunji
that is true.. but you know yahoo boys are destroying the image of Nigeria
Look politicians destroy Nigeria image too because I want you to remember Dino melaye and ellisa abbo and ovi òmò agege stolen Nigeria maze or you forgot
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TONILE AGESIN YUSUF
Look politicians destroy Nigeria image too because I want you to remember Dino melaye and ellisa abbo and ovi ...
ok, but we cannot allow yahoo boys to continue stealing now.. abi
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aieromon
ok, but we cannot allow yahoo boys to continue stealing now.. abi
Truth you right but we need good justice and lawyers to stop people destroy Nigeria image
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TONILE AGESIN YUSUF
Truth you right but we need good justice and lawyers to stop people destroy Nigeria image
exactly.. only if our lawyers and judges will be responsible enough to deliver real justice
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