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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction of two internet fraudsters, popularly known as Yahoo Boys before Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of a Kwara State High Court, sitting in Ilorin.

In a statement on Monday by its spokesperson, Tony Orilade, the commission said that the convicts; Samuel Magaaji and Balogun Olasunkanmi were arraigned on separate one-count charge.

Magaaji had posed as Lillian Nora, a white lady online to swindle one Mike Dewey of $500. Olasunkanmi posed as Brenda Jones and milked one Dele Ferguson of $500.

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The charge against Samuel reads: “That you, Samuel Emmanuel Magaaji (aka Lillian Nora) sometimes in May 2019 at Ilorin, within the judicial division of the High Court, while acting as Lillian Nora a white Caucasian lady, with Gmail account [email protected] did attempt to cheat by fraudulently inducing one Mike Dewey in delivering to you the sum of $500 (Five Hundred Dollars) under the guise of being in a romantic relationship with him and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable under section 322 of the Penal Code.”

The charge against Balogun reads: “That you, Balogun Ibrahim Olasunkanmi (alias Brenda Jones) sometimes in July 2019 at Ilorin, within the judicial division of the High Court, while acting as Brenda Jones, a white Caucasian lady, with Gmail account [email protected] did attempt to cheat by fraudulently inducing one Dele Ferguson in delivering to you the sum of $250 (Two Hundred and Fifty US Dollars) under the guise of being in a relationship with him and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code.”

They had pleaded “guilty” to the charge.

Justice Abdulgafar in his ruling on July 26, convicted them and sentenced them to six months in prison, to take effect from July 15, 2019 without an option of fine.

They were also ordered to forfeit all the phones and items recovered from them to the Federal Government.

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