The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction of two undergraduates – Olamilekan Ezekiel Adebayo and Ibrahim Najeeb Omotosho, who are students of Kwara State University, KWASU, Molete and Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, respectively over offences bordering on cybercrime.
Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court, sitting in Ilorin, found the two students guilty after they pleaded guilty to their separate charge and having carefully evaluated the facts of the case and the evidence placed before the court.
The charge against Ibrahim reads:
“That you, Ibrahim Najeeb Omotosho (Alias Tony Carpenter) on or about the 30th Day of April 2021, in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did Cheat by personation by pretending to be one Tony Carpenter, a white male and citizen of United State of America with email account firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain iphone 12 Pro from one Jennylynn Ostman under the pretence that you were in love with her and thereby committed an Offence Contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 324 of the same Penal Code Law”
Particulars of the charge against Olamilekan reads:
”That you, OLAMILEKAN EZEKIEL ADEBAYO (Alias Deborah Amanda) sometime in July 2021. in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did Cheat by personation when you pretended to be one Deborah Amanda with email account email@example.com@gmail.com and in that guise induced one laboiran Dixon to part with the sum of $200 (Two Hundred USD) via a Zelle Account and thereby committed an Offence Contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code Law and punishment under section 324 of the same Penal Code Law”.
Upon plea of guilt entered by the defendants, counsel to the EFCC, Innocent Mbachie urged the court to pronounce the defendants guilty and sentence them based on their admittance of guilt and the evidence tendered against them.
Delivering judgement on the two cases on Wednesday, Justice Oyinloye said, “This Honourable Court has carefully considered the facts and circumstances of the case, the plea of guilt entered by the defendants, the unchallenged and uncontroverted evidence of the prosecution witness”
The judge in his judgement stated that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.
Justice Oyinloye sentenced Olamilekan to one year imprisonment with option of fine of N100,0 00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only). He ordered that the sum of $200 (Two Hundred USD) which he raised as restitution be forfeited to the victim through Federal Government. The judge also ordered the forfeiture of Samsung phone, the instrumentality of crime, recovered in the course of investigation.
Similarly the court sentenced Ibrahim to one year imprisonment with option of fine of N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira Only). The convict was also ordered to forfeit the iphone 12 pro which he benefited from proceeds of crime to the Federal Government.
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