Convicted internet fraudsters

Two Federal High Courts in Abeokuta have sentenced nine internet fraudsters to various jail terms.

The convicts were arraigned by the EFCC.

Among those convicted were Toheeb Abdulrasheed and Chukwuebuka Isaac Dike.

They were sentenced by Justice Mohammed Abubakar on Monday.

Odele Paul Oluwadimilare

Dike, who claimed to be a 100-level Biochemistry student of the Federal University of Agriculture, FUNAAB, was sentenced to three months in prison.

Abdulrasheed, a self-acclaimed graduate of Business Administration from Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, MAPOLY, Abeokuta, bagged four months.

Their sentences followed the prayer of prosecution counsel, Abdulrasheed Suleiman for their conviction after they pleaded guilty to their respective amended one-count charge.

The judge also ordered Abdulrasheed repay $600USD to his victim, through the Federal Government of Nigeria, and to also forfeit his iPhone 6 to the Federal Government.

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Dike on the other hand was ordered to restitute $500USD to his victim.

The court also ordered him to surrender his Gold iPhone 11 Pro Max and Rose Gold Infinix Hot 5 to the Federal Government.

Another judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Watilat earlier sentenced the trio of Tobiloba Oni, Paul Oluwadamilare Odole and Michael Oluwaseun Jemiseye, after finding them guilty of cybercrime, as preferred against them by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Commission.

Oni was handed four months imprisonment; Jemiseye got three months with N120,000 option of fine, while Odole got four months with equally N120,000 option of fine.

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Apart from forfeiting all items recovered from them to the Federal Government, the convicts were mandated to sign a pact with the EFCC to be of good behaviour.

Under the terms of the agreement, they would steer clear of economic and financial crimes within or outside the country.

They would join anti-corruption campaigns of the Commission.

Justice Watilat also convicted three others for internet-related crimes.

The convicts: Favour Chinueze Ekeh, Kolade Nwachukwu and Sultan Adeniji Egbede were handed three months imprisonment each with N100,000, N50,000 and N100,000 option of fine.

The judge ordered them to pay the fines within two days of the sentence, to avoid going to jail.

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Justice Abubakar had also convicted Rotimi Quadri Akinlolu of involvement in internet fraud.

Akinlolu was sentenced to six months imprisonment with effect from March 6 when he was arrested.

Aside the jail term, he forfeited all items recovered from him to the Federal Government.

Apart from Suleiman, other prosecution lawyers were Tunde Sonoiki, Oyelakin Oyediran and Bashir Shamsuddeen.