EFCC secures conviction of two ‘Yahoo boys’, seizes property in Kaduna

January 17, 2024
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction of two fraudsters popularly called Yahoo boys; Godwin Pascal and Carlos Nathan in Kaduna State.

The EFCC also secured the confiscation of the convicts’ properties by order of a High Court sitting in Kaduna, presided over by Justice Dairus Khobo.

Justice Khobo on Wednesday while delivering his judgement ordered the EFCC to sell the convicts’ belongings, including a Toyota Camry 2006 model, Mercedes benz GLK 2010 model, iPhone XR and iPhone Pro Max to the Federal Government.

Khobo also sentenced the duo to two years imprisonment while giving them an option of N100,000 fine each.

According to Journalists, Counsel to the EFCC, P. C. Onyeneho had told the court that the convicts were part of syndicate of fraudsters operating in Barnawa and environs in the southern part of the state.

Onyeneho explained that the convicts posed as Katie Geoffrey, a female from the U.S. and struct a relationship with one Jimmy Michael.

In view of their plea, the EFCC counsel, called a witness and tendered some documents to prove the case.

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Items tendered included: Toyota Camry 2006 model, Mercedes Benz GLK 2010 model and iPhone XR and IPhone Pro Max, the defendant’s statement, consent to search devices form, certificate of compliance and scam documents printed from the defendant’s Instagram account.

The prosecutor stated that the convicts committed an offence punshiable under sections 1 (1) and 319 of the Penal Code.

Relying on the documents tendered and the witness testimony, the prosecution prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendant as charged.

Counsel to the defendant, B. J. Francis, did not oppose the prayers by the prosecution, but urged the court to temper justice with mercy.

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