Court Jails Two Internet Fraudsters In Ogun - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Friday, June 14, 2019

Court Jails Two Internet Fraudsters In Ogun

ABEOKUTA - A Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Friday sentenced two internet fraudsters to two and five months jail term respectively.

The convicts are Dauda Abdulsemiu Opeyemi and Adeite John Olaniyi.

The EFCC counsel, Shamusideen Bashir had accused the suspects for impersonation.

Having pleaded guilty to the charge, the EFCC’s counsel prayed the court to convict the defendants in accordance with the proposal in the plea bargain agreement.

In line with the content of the plea bargain agreements reached with the Commission, the duo had pleaded guilty to the amended charge.

According to the commission, fraudulent impersonation contravenes section 22 (2) of Cybercrimes (Prohibition,  Prevention Etc) Act, 2015, and punishable under section 22 (2)(b)(iv) of the same Act.

While presiding over the matter, Justice Ibrahim Watilat found them guilty of fraudulent impersonation in a one-count amended charge filed against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office.

But, the judge endeavoured to give the defendants’ respective counsel, Tunde Lawal and Beauty Ekah, the opportunity to raise objection to the prosecutor’s prayer, if any.

Neither of the defendants' counsel raised any objection to the EFCC's prayer. 

Consequently, Justice Watilat sentenced Dauda to two months jail, while slamming Olaniyi with five months in prison.

The judge equally ordered Dauda to forfeit the sum of $500 (Five hundred United States Dollars) to his victim through the Federal Government of Nigeria. 

He will also forfeit his blue Tecno phone and a black HP Laptop.

In the same vein, Olaniyi was ordered to return the sum of $750 (Seven hundred and fifty United States Dollars), and forfeit his one black Honda Accord car, one Hp laptop and one Iphone X-Max to the FG.

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