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Photos: Court Convicts Two Fake EFCC Operatives, Eight Others in Abeokuta

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Ibadan Zonal Office secured ten convictions on Wednesday before Justice Mohammed Abubakar of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The convicts are: Beyioku Olatunji (a.k.a Bashorun), Beyioku Oluwayomi Oluwafemi (a.k.a Ola 1),Adeleke Ridwan Adekunle, AbdulFatai Waliu, Adelani Sarafa Yomi, Folarin Ikeoluwa Akinleye, Adebisi Abiola Victor, Adio Toheeb Oladimeji, Ogundulu Oluwashola Temitope and Amoo Rilwan Babatunde,

The Beyioku brothers,Olatunji and Oluwafemi were arrested in November 2019 for allegedly falsely presenting themselves as operatives of the Commission to defraud members of the public.

The two notorious Supernumerary Policemen, popularly known as Spy Police, were initially arraigned on January 23,2020 before Justice Mohammed Abubakar of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, on 18-count charges bordering on conspiracy, impersonation, forgery, money laundering and obtaining money under false pretenses. They pleaded not guilty when the charges was read to them.

The duo thereafter approached the commission for a plea bargain.

Beyioku brothers and the eight other defendants today pleaded guilty to one count of impersonation separately filed against them the EFCC.

Following their pleas, prosecution counsel Murtala Usman, Oyelakin Oyediran and Shamsuddeen Bashir, prayed the court to convict them accordingly.

Justice Abubakar, in his judgment, convicted and sentenced Beyioku Olatunji Joe Oladapo and Beyioku Oluwayomi Oluwafemi to Eighteen months imprisonment from the day of arrest without option of fine, while Adelani bagged twelve months imprisonment without option of fine.

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Adio was jailed six months with an option of N200, 000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) fine; Adeleke, and Waliu four months imprisonment with an option of N100, 000(One Hundred Thousand Naira) fine while Ogundulu bagged four months with an option of N150, 000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) fine.

Amoo was given three months jailed term with an option of N200, 000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) fine while Adebisi, and Folarin are to spend three months in a Correctional Centre. They however have an option of N150, 000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) fine each.

The court also ordered the convict to pay restitutions to their victims. The Beyioku brothers are to restitute their victim, Tawakalitu Lasisi through the EFCC the total sum of N1,450,000 (One Million Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira); Adelani – $3,900 (Three Thousand Nine Hundred United State Dollars); Adeleke – $750 (Seven Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars); Wali – $130(One Hundred and Thirty United States Dollars); Folarin- $500 (Five Hundred United States Dollars); Adebisi – $800 ( Eight Hundred United States Dollars) and N26,000 (Twenty Six Thousand Naira); Adio – $1,500 (One Thousand Five Hundred United States Dollars); Ogundulu – $100 (One Hundred United States Dollars) and Amoo – N990,694,66 (Nine Hundred and Ninety Thousand, Six Hundred Ninety Four Naira and Sixty Six Kobo )

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The Beyioku brothers are to forfeit the following items: two Iphone 11, one white Nokia mobile phone, one black Iphone8 plus mobile handset, one small black Nokia mobile phone, one black 4G LTE MTN mobile WiFi, one Gold Apple watch series 3 42MM, three Nigeria Police warrant cards belonging to Beyioku Yomi, one Nigeria Police warrant card belonging to Olatunji Joe, one gold necklace, one Honda Crosstour V6 with registration No: BASHORUN, one Mercedes Benz GLK 350 4MATIC with registration number OLA1

The eight other convicts are also to forfeit all items recovered from them to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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EFCC arrests IT expert, six other suspected internet fraudsters in Ibadan

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Operatives of the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office on Wednesay arrested one 31-year old Lateef Adewale Adeyemi who works with a private IT firm in Osogbo for internet fraud.

The other suspects arrested include: Saheed Olatunji, Bandele Olarewaju John, Yusuf Akinkunmi Azeez, Fuja Quoreeb Oluwadamilare, Odueso Oluwole Ezekiel and Akinade Teslim

They were arrested at Main Stay Hotel, Akala Express area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

The operation followed series of intelligence report linking them with alleged fraudulent activities ranging from love scam on numerous dating sites, obtaining money by false pretenses and other fraud still being investigated.

One car, phones, laptops, several incriminating documents were recovered from the suspects.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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EFCC Nabs 34 Yahoo Boys in Ibadan, Lagos

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested a total of 34 suspected internet fraudsters, also known as Yahoo Yahoo Boys. They were apprehended in separate operations in Ibadan, Oyo state and Lagos.

Twenty four of the suspects, most of whom claimed to be undergraduates, were rounded up today at their hideout in Apete area of Ibadan, Oyo State by operatives from the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Commission.

The suspects are, Isiaka Quadri Olawale, Ojubanire Akindimeji Abdulquadri, Shobowale Michael Morenikeji, Adeyemi Yusuf Ekundayo, Alabi Gift Jesse, Owolabi Yakubu Josebh, Olasupo Ogooluwa Ayomide, Emmanuel Segun Omogbolahan, Mufutau Sarafa Adewale, and Adekunle Habeeb Olamilekan.

Others are, Usman Abdullahi Olamilekan, Adurota Emmanuel Tosin, Adekunle Ibrahim Babatunde, Adeyiga Ayobami Emmanuel, Olubanji Remilekun Michael, Ibrahim Damola Iremide, Okunlaja Joshua Opeyemi, Aiyelokun Bolaji Emmanuel, Akintokun Olalekan Ibukunmi, Kehinde Victor Boluwatife, Oni Olanrewaju Gabriel, Shobowale Samuel Durodola, Owolabi Quadri Damilola and Monday Blessing Patrick.

The early morning raid, according to the Commission followed actionable intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet-related crimes.

The arrest led to the recovery of valuable items, including four exotic cars, mobile phones, laptops, SIM cards and several incriminating documents.

The remaining ten suspects were arrested by Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office on Tuesday at Horizon II Estate, Meadow Hall Way, Lekki, Lagos following credible information on their alleged criminal activities.

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The suspects who are allegedly involved in romance scam, unemployment benefits scam, identity theft, and purchase of malicious tools to compromise corporate email accounts and intercept email messages, include: Daniel Udegbe, Taiwo Akintimehin, Abiola Opeyemi, Great Shayo Akintimehin, Dikoyejo Damilola Emmanuel, ibiayinabobo Daso and Toheeb Alhassan.

Others are: Michael Ofoedu Obinna, Sanni Azeez and Ridwan Adeyinka Songonuga.

Items recovered from the suspects include mobile phones and laptop computers.

The suspects have volunteered statements to the Commission and would be charged to Court as soon as investigations are concluded.

 

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Lagos Police arraign 60 suspected cultists

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The Police in Lagos state have arraigned  no fewer than 60 suspected cultists before a magistrate court sitting in the Yaba area of the state.

The 60 suspects, made up of 12 females and 48 males, were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Adeola Adebayo under the new Anti-Cultism Law of Lagos.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had fifteen days ago signed the anti-cultism bill into law.

The new law, “Prohibition of Unlawful Societies and Cultism of 2021” seeks to combat cultism in Lagos State by giving stiffer punishments to convicted cultists and those abetting them.

It prescribes a 21-year jail term for convicted cultists and a 15-year jail time for those found guilty of abetting cultism and cultists.

In the charge sheet signed by SP Yetunde Cardoso, the Officer in Charge of Legal, Lagos State Police Command, the majority of those arraigned today were arrested in Ikorodu between February and March on allegations of belonging to the Aiye cult and other unlawful societies.

Some of them were also charged with being in possession of arms and causing a breach of the peace.

Twelve of the 60 were also charged with conspiracy and the murder of one John Anibaba contrary to S222(1) Criminal Law of Lagos.

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