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Abuja ‘Yahoo boys’ sentenced to community service for fraud
The convicted Yahoo boys

Three Internet fraudsters, popularly called ‘yahoo boys’, have been sentenced to community service in Abuja after being arraigned for fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Abuja Zonal Command.

The EFCC, in a statement on Tuesday morning, said a Federal High Court in the nation’s capital gave the sentence on Monday.

The three culprits, Victor Joseph, Mohammed Edogi Mohammed and Johnson Nifemi, were arraigned on one count each bothering on internet fraud.

Joseph allegedly pretended to be a marine engineer named Zhang Li and obtained N150,000 from one Xiao, a Chinese citizen.

The second suspect, Mohammed, also posed as Bryan Alex on various social media apps and obtained N1,500,000 from Lekin Elli, Williana and Flavio.

While the last suspect Nifemi posed as an American engineer with the name John Alpha and defrauded Jane Appado, a United States of America citizen of $170

Justice A.I. Akobi of the FCT High Court Gwagwalada awarded the sentence of community service after finding the suspects guilty of the crime.

A statement by the EFCC read, “Three Yahoo Boys Sentenced to Community Service in Abuja The EFCC, Abuja Zonal Command on Monday, February 6, 2023, arraigned three fraud suspects: Victor Joseph, Mohammed Edogi Mohammed and Johnson Nifemi, before Justice A.I. Akobi of the FCT High Court Gwagwalada Abuja on one count charge each, bordering on internet fraud.

“Joseph allegedly pretended to be a marine engineer named Zhang Li and obtained N150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only) from one Xiao, a Chinese citizen, while Mohammed also posed as a Bryan Alex on various social media apps and obtained N1,500,000 (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira Only) from LekinElli, Williana and Flavio.

“Nifemi impersonated one John Alpha, an American engineer and defrauded one Jane Appado, a United States of America citizen of $170 (One hundred and seventy US Dollars).”

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