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Yahoo Boy who stole ₦7.5m doing fraud gets ₦200k fine in court, avoids prison

Investigations revealed that Yahoo boy got $5,000 through internet fraud.

Yahoo Boy who won ₦7.5m doing fraud gets ₦200k fine in court, avoids prison [Punch]

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Sodiq before Justice Kehinde Ogundare on a two-count charge bordering on impersonation on Instagram. He had pleaded guilty.

In view of his guilty plea, the court reviewed the facts of the case, with EFCC counsel, Hannatu Umar, calling a witness, Abdullahi Magaji. The witness, an operative of EFCC, narrated before the court how Sodiq was arrested and his iPhone 11 Pro seized and analysed.

He told the court that following forensic analysis of the iPhone, it was discovered that Sodiq was into internet fraud. According to the witness, the convict created an Instagram account with the name – Amanda Glory – a female from the United States.

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He added that investigations revealed that Sodiq got $5,000 through internet fraud. He said documents used for the fraud were printed from the analysed iPhone. EFCC counsel then showed the witness statements by Sodiq as well as other documents, which he identified.

The court consequently admitted and marked them Exhibit A, B and C respectively. The counsel urged the court to proceed and convict Sodiq based on his guilty plea and the evidence adduced. The court, accordingly, found Sodiq guilty as charged.

The court sentenced Sodiq to three months non-custodial term on count one and three months non-custodial term on count two. The court held that the terms shall run concurrently. The court, however, gave him an option of ₦100,000 fine on each count.

According to EFCC, the defendant committed the offences sometime in September 2023 on Lagos Island. The offences contravene Sections 22(2)(b) of the Cyber Crime Prohibition Act of 2015 and Section 18(1)(a) of the EFCC Act of 2004.

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