Ex-convict, 17 others convicted of internet fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has obtained the conviction and sentencing of a serial cybercrime and ex-convict, Olayinka Olatunji, to two years in prison and a fine of N500,000 before Judge Demi Ajayi of Federal Court, Abeokuta, state Ogun, for internet fraud.

In a statement released Sunday, the agency’s Ibadan Zonal Command said Olatunji was found guilty by Judge Uche Agomoh of the Federal Superior Court in Ibadan, Oyo state, on Oct. 21, 2022, and sentenced to a year in prison for the offence.

The anti-graft agency also revealed that 17 cybercriminals were convicted and sentenced to prison terms before Oyo State High Court Justices Ladiran Akintola, Mohammed Owolabi, Iyabo Yerima and Olusola Adetujoye and Ogun State High Court Justices Olugboyega Ogunfowora and AA Babawale . sits in Abeokuta.

The EFCC convicts are Oyeyemi Oluwaseun, Salaudeen Olamilekan, Sadiq Ahmad, Ali Omosebi, Adebola Adetosoye, Toheeb Adeleye, Aliu Alabi, Oyesanya Olakunle, Adekunle Damilare, Olalekan Aremu, Adeagbo Tola, Fabiyi Ayo, Tobiloba Adams, Akinrinola Abiodun , Nwaoha Christian, Israel Adetola and Hassan Nofiu Ayomide.

The convicts were prosecuted by the EFCC between March 6, 2023 and March 30, 2023 on separate counts of each in one count. They all pleaded “guilty” when the charges were read to them.

Consequently, the prosecution’s attorneys, Akorede Olushesi, Musa Galandanchi, Modupe Akinkoye, Chidiebere Okoli, Oyelakin Oyediran, Mabas Mabur, Lanre Suleiman, and Samsudeen Bashir, verified the facts of the cases, submitted several documents that were admitted as evidence, and requested the Courts to convict them sentenced the accused as charged.

Omosebi, Adetosoye and Adeleye were found guilty and sentenced to one year in prison while Oyesanya, Adekunle, Fabiyi, Adams and Ahmad were found guilty and sentenced to six months in prison but were fined N50,000.00 each .

Also, Akinrinola was sentenced to one year of community service, while Oyeyemi and Alabi were each sentenced to six months of community service.

Similarly, Olalekan and Adeagbo were found guilty and each sentenced to four months of community service.

Nwaoha, Osibanjo and Hassan were convicted and each sentenced to two months of community service, while Salaudeen was convicted and fined N40,000.

The courts ordered those convicted to repay their victims and forfeit any items seized from them to the Nigerian government.