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June 29, 2019

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nThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan Zonal office, has secured the conviction of six Internet fraudsters in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Justices Mohammed Abubakar and Ibrahim Watilat of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta Division, handed down the sentencing on the respective cases.

The convicts are Ibrahim Adenekan, Akinniyi Ojumu, Amoo Olamide, Oshoala Ganiu, Opaaje Isiah and Ibukun Sunday.

They were all found guilty of the respective one count filed to replace the original charges against them, having reached agreement with the Commission on plea bargaining.

Ibrahim pleaded guilty to fraudulent impersonation, an offence contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(i) of the Cybercrime Prohibition Prevention Act 2015 and punishable under the same Act.

Akinniyi’s crime was sending pornographic and indecent pictures with his email account.

The offence is against Section 24(1)(a) of the Cybercrime Prohibition Prevention Act 2015, and punishable under Section 24(1)(b) of the same Act.

The presiding judge sentenced Opaaje based on his guilty plea to the fraudulent impersonation offence filed against him.

Each of the convicts bagged a three-month jail term, which starts from their respective days of arrest.

Besides the jail term, the convicts were ordered to restitute to their victims the money they fraudulently collected from them, and also forfeit all items recovered from them to the Federal Government of Nigeria.


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