Malaysia-based Yahoo Boy sentenced to 24 years for N25 Million Internet Scam

Yahoo scamThe EFCC is reporting that a Malaysia-based Yahoo Boy has been sentenced to 24 years in jail for a N25 Million internet scam.

Justice Lateefa Okunnu of the Lagos State High Court, sitting in Ikeja has convicted and sentenced an undergraduate of Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University, Malaysia: Hope Olusegun Aroke to twenty-four years imprisonment for his involvement in an internet scam that fetched him Four Thousand riaait (N25,000,000).

Aroke, 25, was arraigned before Justice Okunnu on a two-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence; cheque cloning, wire transfer and forgery. The court found him guilty of the two charges and was sentenced to twelve years imprisonment on each of the two counts.

Troubles came for Aroke when an anonymous petitioner wrote to the EFCC alleging that the Kogi state-born undergraduate was involved in sundry fraudulent activities on the internet. The EFCC swung into action and investigated the internet dealings of Aroke.

Investigations showed that he was involved in several romance scam that fetched him a total sum of 4,000 riaait (Malaysian currency). Aroke admitted sending the money to Nigeria through one Angela, who later helped him deposit its naira equivalent, N25,000,00 (Twenty-five million Naira only), in a new generation bank.

Upon his arrest, two exotic cars valued at N23,000,000 (Twenty-three million naira) were recovered from him.

Justice Okunnu ruled that the sentence should run concurrently. Meanwhile, Aroke has two other matters yet undecided before Justice B. Idris of the Federal High Court Lagos.

While it is good that justice has been served and we are by no means encouraging scams, the disparity between sentences for financial crimes by normal Nigerians versus politicians is very jarring.

27 Comments on Malaysia-based Yahoo Boy sentenced to 24 years for N25 Million Internet Scam
  • Tgirl January 26, 2016 at 7:50 am

    I’m not encouraging this, but eti gab 23 million etun sentence 25 years !! I beg now! The thing is they don’t learn

    • S! January 26, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      1) Malaysian currency is called Ringgit.
      2) R1 is about N60.
      So therefore, R4,000 is about N240,000. Something doesn’t add up.

  • Atarodo January 26, 2016 at 7:59 am

    I look forward to the day out corrupt politicians can get sentenced so easily. If 23 million equals 25 years. A lot of our baba’s will get at least 200 years in prison

  • Mizzy January 26, 2016 at 8:07 am

    its gud dt hes bin nabbed n sentenced, aw long wuld it take to sentence d politicians who av bin involved in dis money laundering stories dt hs bin goin on for so long

    • Leah January 26, 2016 at 9:03 am

      Why can’t you be bothered to spell your words correctly? Do you take delight in mediocrity? And yes, I would ask the same question if you typed in a local dialect.

      • ak January 27, 2016 at 7:03 pm

        Aunty Leah…. Typing and Spelling INcorrectly is not mediocre… It is the IMproper way. You should have said “Do you take delight in slothfulness (laziness)?” Maybe you should spend more time looking at a dictionary than criticizing others.

  • Thatgidigirl January 26, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Justice system only work with “normal Nigerians”…..that’s how we didn’t hear about Diezani again.

  • Bella January 26, 2016 at 9:22 am

    All this fraud, back and forth between our politicians and citizens has to stop! I commend the EFCC for a job well done and may they continue taking these people down one by one. What ever happened to good innocent day’s work and pride in your job.

  • Fortune teller January 26, 2016 at 9:35 am

    So someone petitioned EFCC, and they swung to action. What about all the petitions against the politicians stealing in Billions. Nigeria is truly a country with the highest hypocrisy. In the Judge’s mind now, he has dished out Justice. I cry for a country that runs to hang petty thieves that are not hurting their own economy while they leave Giant thieves robbing the country and economy dry. Anyway, the aim of Government in Nigeria is to cheat the common man. Next time when you people want to strike a deal, get a senior advocate of Nigeria and give him the 23 million to defend you, rather than lose it and still bag 24 years

    • Ovadje January 26, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Actually, next time DO NOT STEAL! Period!!

      Not holding brief for our skewed justice system (the rich and connected always have an advantage all over the world – except maybe in China! :-)), but I am too darned tired of thieves whinning about “am I the only one?”, “so-and-so stole just as much or even more” or “is it because of my tribe/political party?” As much as I am an advocate for equal justice, if you cannot do the time then do not do the crime! NO sympathies here for any and all thieves!!

  • Jay January 26, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Good work EFCC,i hope the likes of him will learn from this.

    • Satan July 3, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      Why all this in this Nigeria …can’t prob all the politician people that spends our money in Nigeria to live in prison …you gas to release this niqqa very fast pls

    • Satan July 3, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      if there is no all these niqqa way dey spend money out to Nigeria … Wen Nigeria wanna make sense …. All the politician hold our money to there pocket …. Nothing in Nigeria again …. Thank God I’m not among of you in Nigeria again ….. Everyone that support all this with government must suffer it …. Sorry no be corse …. But God will help you Hmoney I dey here your name … GOd bless america fuck Nigeria

  • Ovadje January 26, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Good! Now let’s see how many years the Dasukigate actors and other politicians will get…

  • NSC January 26, 2016 at 11:57 am

    I hope others will learn from this….. Abeg follow me enjoy sports news here

  • austine January 26, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Corrupt nigerian judges ,the boy got 24 years for 25m,how many years did Stella ,the former aviation minister got for 255m she spent on 2 btw cars? Dansuki has been granted bail for a case of 2.1 billion dollars i.e. over 200 billion naija because the could bribe his way that means he will be coming to the court from his house and believe you me after like 2 sittings nobody will hear any thing about the case they have given the poor guy 24 yrs because he is not part of their clip and some people are praising them.

  • Omoõba Adeyemi January 26, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    This is a classical example of the inherent flaws in the justice system all across the globe. Those with $€£¥ will always find their way around the system: whenever they are brought before the system, the wheel of justice spins into oblivion (in Nigeria), otherwise they a get slap on the wrist in advanced and developing economies alike – they claim affluenza. Occasional a scapegoat is made of the wealthy class (Bernie Madoff), but more often than not the majority of low/middle income individuals who dare to climb the socioeconomic ladder through unscrupulous means will always be made a scapegoat before the system. After all the system is only human, and humans are inherently flawed beings. Hence it makes sense why “justice” is relative – an ever changing point of reference, and life inside the prison mirrors life outside the prison walls.

  • Dee-USA January 27, 2016 at 1:42 am

    But the headline is false. He wasn’t sentenced to 24, he was sentenced to two 12 year-sentences to run concurrently That means he only serves 12 years.

  • fgefsvSDv January 27, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Ori yin ti daru…..when are you gonna sentence the big thieves……Ogun kill una

  • Linda Yates January 28, 2016 at 12:17 am


  • Enipheni January 31, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    You ended that guys life by being a bitch of a judge, why do blacks always hurt themselves and hold the white as gods. A prison is to reform not to destroy but our prisons don’t even reform and you send a young boy like that for that long. That judge will not look at jaagaban’s face knowing he has dirty stuffs covered up. Yahoo boys are 100% better than your leaders. They take money from another country and invest in Nigeria’s economy. Your politicians take your money and invest in foreign countries and leave you having bad health systems, education, power,no water ,bad road. Nigeria youth wise up, stand for your own.

  • N.J. February 4, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Obasenjo 1000 yrs, ibori700 yrs. Atiku900 yrs,, u the stupid jodge must also sentence all our Freud stars politicians …Beside the poor boy hustle the money from somewhere else not our frustrated country

    • Mr luv June 5, 2016 at 8:44 am

      Yes thanks nj the stupid Nigeria politicians are there eating 50bilions of naira and dollars everyday God see you ooooo na that poor boy way the hustle morning to night before maga go pay.

  • Satan July 3, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    All of una go suffer it and God go direct you to Satan surely ….. Try and bet …. HMoney hustle dey go God watching you shall be out with no one expectation … Gboyaga to you bro

  • Davbank July 10, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Nigerian judges wake up! you have the corrupt politicians in the country, looting the country’s money and investing it all over Europe, America and Asia, you can’t send the EFCC against them, b/cos you don’t have the balls.. A young Nigerian that left the country to else where and made his money, we now have unidentified caller to inform the EFCC to go after the young boy.. Not only that.. 24 yrs for 23m Naira, you just end that young man’s life.. Wake up Nigerians… Enviousness won’t help..

  • hehe July 18, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Death sure past.. either rich or poor. Old or young. Big or small. Influential or commoners….. what shall sow ye shall reap

  • jack moris July 26, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    – those that arrest him, i blame the country not the people that arrest him.

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