25-Year Old Gets 24 Years Jail Term Over N25m Internet Scam


Parents send their children to school and expect them to come back home with a degree. Unfortunately, not all children meet that expectation, as some come back home with nothing, others, with a child. For Hope Olusegun Aroke, a student of in Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University, Malaysia, he bagged home 24 years jail term over the crime of internet scam.

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The 25-year old, Kogi State-born undergraduate was sentenced to his untimely social end by Justice Lateefa Okunnu of the Lagos State High Court. The spokesman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Wilson Uwujaren, has confirmed the imprisonment and that the young man was guilty of a N25 million internet scam.

According to The Guardian, Uwujaren said:

“The court found him guilty of the two charges and was sentenced to twelve years imprisonment on each of the two counts. However, the sentences are to run concurrently.”

An anonymous petitioner alerted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), telling them about Aroke’s involvement with fraudulent activities on the Internet. The EFCC swung into action and investigated the allegations. They discovered that Aroke was involved in several internet scam romance escapades and had made a total sum of 4,000 riyadh (Malaysian currency).

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“Aroke admitted sending the money to Nigeria through one Angela, who later helped him deposit its Naira equivalent of N25 million, in a new generation bank,” Uwujaren said.

Since the Lagos State High Court was lenient enough to allow the jail term of the two charges to run at the same time, Hope Olusegun Aroke would not be spending the next 24 years of his life in jail. Fortunately for him, he would be released on his 37th birthday as opposed to his 49th birthday, if he was to serve the jail times separately.

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