Adetuberu Adetoyese, a corps member currently stationed in Ogbomosho, Oyo State, was given a two-year prison term by Justice Ibrahim Yusuf of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin for offenses related to internet fraud.
The court found 28-year-old Adetuberu guilty on Thursday of the two cybercrime charges that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s Ilorin Zonal Command had brought against him.
The court was informed that operatives of the EFCC recently arrested Adetuberu at Ogele, a suburb of Ilorin, last Wednesday while acting on information regarding the activities of the fraudsters also known as “Yahoo-Yahoo” within the Ilorin metropolis and its environs.
The convict hailed from Ilesa in Ilesa West Local Government Area of Osun State, the court heard.
The EFCC Counsel, Sesan Ola, also revealed in the Court that the convict had in the course of the investigation, admitted that he ventured into ‘Yahoo Yahoo Business’ in 2016 and had, among other things, built a house with the proceeds of the illegal activities.
Adetuberu pleaded guilty to the two charges preferred against him when he was brought before the Court on Thursday.
Consequently, Justice Yusuf, while sentencing Adetuberu ordered the forfeiture of a three-bedroom flat acquired with the proceeds of the illegal activities, a Lexus car, different brands of phones, and a laptop, which are instruments of the crime as well as the sum of N921, 535.49 in his bank account to the Federal Government.
The judge, who gave the convict an option of a fine of N200,000, said his conviction would serve as a deterrent to others.
In a related development, Justice Yusuf also sentenced a 30-year-old aluminum fabricator, Olayiwola Saheed, who acted as “Loader” to co-fraudsters, to six months custodial imprisonment at the Federal Correctional Centre in Ilorin without an option of a fine.
Olayiwola, who hailed from Olorunda Local Government Area in Osogbo, Osun State, was found guilty of one count of possessing funds that he knew to be proceeds of unlawful activities preferred against him by the anti-graft agency.
In his judgement, the judge said that he found merit in the prosecution’s case, adding that the admittance of guilt by the defendant was enough evidence to convict him.
Justice Yusuf, while sentencing Olayiwola, ordered that the Toyota Camry car recovered at the point of his arrest, his phone, and a laptop, which are instruments of the illegal activities be forfeited to the Federal Government.
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