Garuba Majeed

By Nimot Adetola Sulaimon

A court sitting at the Oyo State High Court on Wednesday sent two youngsters, Garuba Majeed Opeyemi and Olawoyin Pelumi Muhktar, to jail for committing internet fraud.

Justice Bayo Taiwo presided the judgement in Ibadan.

This is contained in a press statement released by Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media & Publicity (EFCC).

The duo were prosecuted by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on amended one-count charge of obtaining money by false pretence, contrary to Section 1 (1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and (Other Fraud Related) Offences Act, 2006, and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.

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They pleaded guilty to these charges.

Following their guilty plea, prosecution counsel, Mabas Mabur urged the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Justice Taiwo pronounced them guilty and sentenced each to six months in prison.

Aside his prison term, Opeyemi will restitute his victim the sum of $800 (Eight Hundred United States Dollars), and forfeit his Lexus ES 330 SUV, iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple Series 3 wrist watch and HP EliteBook to the federal government of Nigeria, while Muhktar will restitute the sum of $100 (One Hundred United States Dollars) and another N240,000 (Two Hundred and Forty Thousand Naira) to his victims. He also forfeited his iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone to the federal government.