The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ilorin Zonal Office has secured the convictions of four persons charged for offences bordering on internet fraud.
The defendants in the case, Atanda Femi Benjamin, Sadiku Muniru Dolapo, Olapade Oladimeji Solomon and Atoyebi Samson were convicted and sentenced after a Kwara State High Court Presided over by Justice Adenike Akinpelu found them guilty of the offence.
In the Charge sheet, Sadiku Munir Dolapo (Aias, Candace Sheply), in 2018, at Ilorin, while acting as a white Caucasian: with Gmail account email@example.com
fraudulently manipulated Terry Rikerd to send him the sum of #2,800,000.00 ( Two Million Eight Hundred Thousand Naira) which he converted to Naria and lodged in his Guarantee Trust Bank account N0:0165061811 under the guise of being in a romantic relationship and stranded in Nigeria.
The offence contravenes section 320 of the Penal Code and punishable under section 322 of the Penal Code.
In the charge against Atoyebi Samson, in July 2019, in Ilorin, pretended a white female with Gmail account Williamgrover017@gamil.com, and fraudulently deceived Charles wood an American Citizen, to send $200.00(Two Hundred Dollar) worth of gift card after he made him believe he was a girl in love with him.
The offence committed was contrary to section 321 of the Penal Code and punishable under section 324 of the same Penal Code.
Delivering his Judgement on Justice, Akinpelu said the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses in the matter were not challenged nor contradicted by the accused persons even when the Court gave them the liberty to do so.
He said the Court is of the view the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt against the accused persons, and that the Court found them guilty of the offence of cheating by impersonation and hereby convicted accordingly
The Judge also ordered that an expensive car, Laptops and mobile phones recovered from the convicts be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The sentence is without an option of fine.