Justice Adebayo Yusuf of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin has sentenced two persons to six months imprisonment for offences bordering on internet fraud.
The convicts are; Jamiu Ishola Lekan from Ilorin South Local Government Area of Kwara State and Olarewaju Adisa Taofeek from Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara State.
The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC had arraigned the duo before Justice Yusuf on separate charges bordering on cheating by personation, contrary to Section 321 and punishable under Section 324 of the Penal Code Law.
The defendants pleaded guilty to the charge.
Following their pleas, Anselm Ozioko Jnr. who prosecuted the cases on behalf of the EFCC, reviewed the facts of the cases through two witnesses who are Operatives of the Commission. He tendered the extra-judicial statements of the defendants as well as exhibits recovered from them at the point of arrest and same were admitted in evidence.
In his submission, Ozioko urged the Court to convict the defendants based on the guilty plea and exhibits tendered.
Justice Yusuf while passing his judgement agreed with the position of the EFCC that the prosecution had proved its cases beyond reasonable doubt and convicted the defendants as charged.
Justice Yusuf sentenced Jamiu to six months imprisonment with an option of fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira Only). The judge ordered that one iPhone 6x plus which the convict used to perpetrate the crime and the sum of $257 (Two Hundred and Fifty Seven US Dollars) which he benefited from his criminal conduct be forfeited to the Federal Government.
Olarewaju on the other hand bagged six months imprisonment with an option of fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira Only) on each of the two counts. The judge in addition, ordered that one iPhone 12 Pro Max and the sum of $200 (Two Hundred US Dollars) be forfeited to the Federal Government.
In a related news, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja Zonal Command, today, May 18, 2023, arrested 26 suspected internet fraudsters. They are Favour Obinna, Chinaza Onuigbo, Abdulrahman Ibrahim, Suleiman Daude, Ali Daude, Godwin Ifeanyi, Victor Ageme and Enoch Alfa. Others are Wisdom Ndubuisi, Matthew Gideon, Stanly Kosi, Japhet Akogun, James Efegha, Christopher Enaho, Daniel Benjamin and Idris Salvation.
Also arrested are Idris Victor, Ikechukwu Ephraim Idris,Abdullahi Sani, Jeremiah Yacim, Chindu Chukwuma, Mohammed Daude Hamisu, Tochukwu Trust, Theophilus Marshal, Sani Solomon and Chukwu Nnaemeka Oscar.
The suspects were picked up in Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja.
Items recovered from them include a Toyota Camry SE, a Mercedes Benz GLK 350 and 2 Lexus IS 250 cars, mobile phones and laptops.
The suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.
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Written by Omooba Alekuwodo (omoobaalekuwodo)
Published 5/18/2023 7:34:38 PM