An Edo State High Court sitting in Benin-City on Thursday May 19, 2022, convicted and sentenced two internet fraudsters also known as Yahoo boys to four years imprisonment.
The court presided by Justice Efe Ikponmwonba found
Eghaghe Etinosa and Osaretin Kelly guilty of the charge filled against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
According to a post on the anti-graft agency official Facebook page, the duo were jailed for defrauding their victims a total sum of N1,321,273,278 (One Billion, Three Hundred and Twenty One Million, Two Hundred and Seventy Three Thousand, Two Hundred and Seventy Eight Naira).
“They were arraigned on one–count separate charge by the Benin Zonal Command of the EFCC. Etinosa was docked for serving as a picker “aka Aza man” (receiver of funds) for internet fraudsters.
” On his part, Kelly impersonated the identity of one Dottie Ayanda, a South African woman in order to defraud his victims,” EFCC said.
The young men were also directed by the court to forfeit vehicle, and landed property which were derived from their activities to the Federal Government.