One Osawaru Samson, said to be a first time Internet fraudster, popularly known as “Yahoo Yahoo” has been convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment.
Samson was convicted with an option of fine of N1,000,000 (One Million Naira only) by Justice Demi-Ajayi of the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State.
His conviction followed his arraignment by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a two count charge bordering on impersonation.
One of the counts read: “That you Osawaru Samson on or about the 6th day of May, 2019 at Benin City, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court fraudulently impersonated Kennedy Lucas and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrimes (prohibition prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22(2)(b)(iv) of the same Act.”
The convict pleaded guilty to the charges when they were read to him.
A statement issued by EFCC Spokesman on Thursday, said
“In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, M. Funkeye prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendant accordingly. However, defence counsel, Paul Ejiga prayed the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendant was a first -time offender and has promised never to return to crime.
“Justice Demi-Ajayi sentenced the defendant to two years imprisonment or a fine of One Million Naira. The convict is also to undertake in writing to be of good behaviour forthwith.”