The Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), has secured the conviction of four internet fraudsters commonly termed Yahoo Boys.
The anti-graft agency arraigned the four convicts before Justice F. O. Giwa Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court Enugu, Enugu State on Friday January 14.
They were convicted on charges bordering on forgery and impersonation to defraud.
Mugshot photos of two of the felons, Orji Okpara Chimaobi and Okechukwu Kelvin, which showed them smiling, have gone viral.
Following credible intelligence reports on the activities of fraudsters swindling unsuspecting victims of their hard-earned income within Enugu and its environs, operatives of the EFCC swung into action and in the process arrested the convicts at various locations within the metropolis.
Instruments used in committing the crime such as phones, laptops including the fraudulent messages printed out of their phones and laptops as well as their confessional statements were tendered and admitted in evidence by the court.
Delivering judgment on the cases on Friday, Justice Ogunbanjo said the court placed reliance on the unchallenged testimonies of the prosecution witnesses and all the exhibits tendered. He held that the prosecution had established its case beyond reasonable doubts.
Consequently, three of the convicts, Orji Okpara Chimaobi, Ngene Emmanuel and Okechukwu Kelvin were sentenced to 2 years in prison with option of fine of One million Naira each, while Eneh Nelson Chukwudire was sentenced to one year with option of One million Naira fine.