- The EFCC has finally got hold of an internet fraudster in Nigeria, Abiona Akinyemi Festus
- Festus was slammed a two-year jail term by a court in Lagos
- The criminal's prosecution came after the FBI in the US appealed to the commission to secure his arrest
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Following the prosecution of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), a Lagos state special offences court has sentenced an internet fraudster, Abiona Akinyemi Festus, to two years imprisonment.
The prosecution of Festus by the EFCC came after the Federal Bureau of Investigations of the United States (US) appealed to the commission to arrest him on the basis of his alleged involvement in a multi-million naira fraud, PR Nigeria reports.
One of the charges against the suspect was that he used a fake email address in 2011 to withdraw the sum of N5,950,000 from retirement accounts operated by an insurance company for public workers in the US.
Although Festus pleaded not guilty, the court, presided over by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo convicted him of the charges and sentenced him to a two-year jail term.
Apart from asking the suspect to return the said stolen sum to the FBI, Justice Taiwo also ordered him to pay N300,000 option of fine on each of the counts.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the fight against cybercrime and advanced fraud hit a big breakthrough as the operatives of the EFCC arrested 32 cyber fraudsters.
The disclosure was contained in a statement issued by the anti-graft agency on Tuesday, August 11, via a tweet on its official Twitter page. EFCC said among the arrested fraudsters, three of them were serving corps members while 19 were undergraduates in Nigerian institutions.
The commission also disclosed that the fraudsters were arrested after intelligence report in Ogbomosho area of Oyo state by its Ibadan zonal office operatives.
In other news, social media celebrity and skit maker Adedamola Adewale Rukayat Adeherself was granted bail at the sum of N500k by an Ikeja special offence court.
She was in the custody of EFCC after she was picked up some weeks ago over an alleged internet fraud case.
The skit-maker received backlash on social media following her alleged involvement in internet scam.
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