A Federal High Court sitting in Kwara State capital, Ilorin, has sentenced an undergraduate of Kwara State University, Aderibigbe Sheu, to three years in jail for posing as a widow to defraud unsuspecting victims.
The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, charged the convict with a single offense to which he pleaded guilty before the court.
Following his ‘guilty plea’, counsel to the EFCC, Rasheedat Alao, reviewed the facts of the case and tendered the extra-judicial statements of the defendant including the phone, laptop, and other incriminating materials printed from his devices, which were admitted in evidence.
She urged the court to consider the guilty plea of the defendant, his extra-judicial statements, and all the exhibits tendered to convict the defendant as charged.
The court presided by Justice Mohammed Sani found Sheu guilty and held that the court was satisfied with the evidence before sentencing him to 3 years with option N982,403 Only.
Sheu was one of the 30 suspected internet fraudsters arrested in Malete, Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State on September 19, 2021, during a sting operation by operatives of the EFCC.
In the same vein, Justice Sani on Thursday, June 2, 2022, convicted one Awoleye Bolaji, who claimed to form Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State on an internet fraud-related offense.
Awoleye allegedly posed as one Karan Vanslack, an American lady, with the intent to defraud unsuspecting victims in contravention of Section 22 (2) (b)(ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention) Act, 2015.
Upon the guilty plea by the defendant, counsel to the EFCC, Sesan Ola, reviewed the facts of the case and tendered one iPhone 6, the statements of the defendants, and all the fraudulent messages printed from his device, which were admitted in evidence.
Justice Sani sentenced the defendant to one year with the option of a fine of N100,000 only and ordered that the iPhone 6 which he used to perpetrate the crime be forfeited to the Federal Government.