A Lagos High Court presided over by Justice
Christopher Balogun yesterday admitted as
exhibits, three laptops and two internet
modems tendered as evidence in a case of
internet fraud and obtaining money by
pretext filed against suspected fraudsters
(a.k.a Yahoo boys).
The suspects, Chris Nwaigwe (34), Farouk
Balogun (28), Fawas Animashaun (29),
Damilola Ali (28) and Olasunkanmi Banire
(27), were first arraigned on October 31,
2012 on a 21-count charge bordering on
forgery, obtaining money by pretext and
The defendants were alleged to have on April
27, 2012 within the Ikeja Judicial Division,
with intent to defraud, conspired to obtain $
210,000,00 equivalent of N53,577.597
million from one Kabiru Sanni.
While admitting the exhibits, Balogun
dismissed the objection of the defence counsel
and ordered that items be taken as evidence.
Earlier, a prosecution witness, Babatunde
Shittu of the Advance Fee Fraud, AFF,
department of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, told the court that
the defendants were arrested following a
petition written by one Kabiru Sanni, a
bureau de change operator.
Narrating how the defendants were arrested,
Shittu said: "We told Mr. Sanni to set up a
meeting with the first defendant at one eatery
in Lekki where we arrested him and took him
to his house at No 13, Bamgbala Street,
"When we got to his resident, we recovered
two laptops, two internet modems and a
laptop charger which we took to our office
along with the defendants."