The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) Ilorin Zonal Office on Tuesday 17th of December 2019 secured the convictions of two persons charged before a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Offences bordering on internet fraud and other fraud related Offences.
The convicts, Chibueze Meshak and Babatunde Muhammed Bashir were convicted and sentenced to six months imprisonment by the Court Presided over by Justice Sikiru Oyinloye on their separate charges. The charge against Babatunde reads ” That you, Babatunde Mohammed Bashir on or about the 20th day of September, 2019 in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Kwara State, did attempt to cheat by personation, when you represented yourself as a Detective and requested one Mr Elian Torres Saucedo to send $500 gift card to you , a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary contrary to section 95 of the penal code and punishable under section 324 of the same penal code ”
The charge against Paul reads ” That you, Paul Chibueze Meshack ( Alias Robert Hicks) sometime in June, 2019, at Ilorin within the judicial division of the Kwara State High Court, did attempt to cheat by personation, when you pretended to be one Robert Hicks of the HR Department of Amerigroup Corporation with gmail account: email@example.com and in that guise communication with one Jessica Winter of Wiltshire England vide gmail hangout with jess winter , a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 95 of the penal code and punishable under section 324 of the same penal code ”
The defendants pleaded guilty to the charge brought against them.
Justice Oyinloye in passing the Judgement said the evidence of the Sole Prosecution witness, Olamide Sadiq, an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was not challenged nor controverted by the defendants.
“I hereby found them guilty as charged and sentenced them to six months imprisonment ”
According to the Judge ” Paul’s sentence is to commence from 21st of October 2019 while Babatunde’s sentence would commence 5th of September 2019, the day of their arrest ”
The sentence is without an option of fine
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