Justice Mohammed Abubakar of the Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta has convicted six internet fraudsters in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Wednesday.
The convicts were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office on separate amended one-count charge bordering on impersonation contrary to Section 22 (20) (b) (i) and punishable under Section 22(2) (b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015.
The convicts are Balogun Mojeed, Adeyemo Adeyinka Samuel, Mojeed Tajudeen Oluwafemi, Babatunde Damilare Odetunde and Opeyemi Jamiu.
While Balogun Mojeed and Adeyemo Adeyinka Samuel were sentenced to two months in prison; Mojeed Tajudeen Oluwafemi and Babatunde Damilare Odetunde bagged three months imprisonment, and Opeyemi Jamiu, four months.
The Court also ordered them to make restitution to their victims and forfeit items recovered from them in the course of the investigation to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Similarly, Justice I. S. Yerima of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan convicted and sentenced one Azeez Olanrewaju Salami to nine months in prison on an amended charge bordering on cheating, contrary to Section 421 of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State 2000, after entering into a plea bargain agreement with the Commission.
He was also ordered to restitute the sum of N1, 368,000.00 Naira (One Million, Three Hundred and Sixty-Eight Thousand Naira) to his victim.