25-year-old Hope Olusegun Aroke has been sentenced to 24 years in prison over N25 million Internet scam.
Student jailed for 24 years over N25 million internet scam
The Nigerian student, who was studying in Malaysia was convicted and sentenced by the Lagos State High Court, sitting in Ikeja.
Aroke, a student of Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University, Malaysia, was arraigned on a two-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence; cheque cloning, wire transfer and forgery.
Spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren said he was found guilty on both counts and was sentenced to 12 years in jail for each of them. Both jail terms will be done concurrently.
“Troubles came for Aroke when an anonymous petitioner wrote to the EFCC alleging that the Kogi State-born undergraduate was involved in sundry fraudulent activities on the Internet. The EFCC swung into action and investigated the Internet dealings of Aroke. Investigations showed that he was involved in several romance scam that fetched him a total sum of 4,000 riyadh (Malaysian currency).
Aroke admitted sending the money to Nigeria through one Angela, who later helped him deposit its naira equivalent, N25 million, in a new generation bank”, Uwujaren said, adding that two exotic cars were found in his possession at the time of arrest. They both worth N23 million.
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