No fewer than seventeen internet fraudsters have been convicted in Oyo and Ogun States by Justice Olusola Adetujoye of the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan and Justice A.A. Babawale of the Ogun State High Court, sitting in Abeokuta on a separate lone count charge each.
The conviction was secured by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Speaking on the development, the commission’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, noted that the convicts were jailed between January 8 and 28, 2024 for various internet crimes.
The convicts according to the commission include: Akinbode Abiodun, Samad Tijani Owolabi, Ademola Olabamiji Quadri, Evewiekpoamare Tivere Jackson, Adeagbo Stephen Adegbenro, Adesanya Olamilekan Dare, Yusuf Saka Olaoluwatobi, Akinbode Adedolapo Joshua, Musa Ayinde Olorunnisola and Lawal Mohammed Segun.
Others are Moses Bitrus Bugama, Odude Kehinde Ayomipo, Bashiru Quadri Adeyinka, Ochoche Silas Ochola, Nurudeen Olamilekan Quam, Afeez Adewale Jimoh and Olowookere Ademola Sobbur.
Oyewale in the statement also informed that the Oyo Police Command also handed the suspected internet fraudsters to the Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC on January 26, 2024.
The suspects included; Abiodun Ajayi, Salako Saheed, Qudus Owolabi and Abiodun Ridwan.
The commission added that the suspects were arrested at the Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State following actionable intelligence on suspected fraudulent internet-related activities.
In a separate development, a fire outbreak has destroyed several shops and killed one person at Gusau Central Market in Zamfara State.
It was gathered that the fire broke out at around 8:30 pm on Tuesday in the furniture section of the State capital’s largest market.
According to the Commander of the Nigerian Fire Service, New Market Office, Hamza Mohammed, a shop owner whose name is yet to be identified died while attempting to enter his shop to extinguish the fire.
Firefighters from the state fire service have been battling to prevent it from spreading to other shops.
However, many shops were affected.
The cause of the fire was unknown at the time of writing this report.