The conviction of six internet fraudsters in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital has been secured by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibadan Zonal Office.
According to Tony Orilade, the commission’s spokesman in a statement on Friday, the convicts are Ibrahim Adenekan, Akinniyi Bankole Ojumu, Amoo Hammeed Olamide, Oshoala Abayomi Ganiu, Opaaje Oluwatobi Isiah and Ibukun Sunday.
While Ibrahim, Akinniyi, Oshoala, Opaaje and Ibukun were found guilty by Justice Mohammed Abubakar, Amoo was convicted by Justice Ibrahim Watilat. The two Justices are both of the Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta.
They were all found guilty of the respective one-count amended charges filed to replace the original charges against them, having reached a plea bargain agreement with the Commission.
Ibrahim and Opaaje 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.
For Akinniyi, he was found guilty of sending pornographic and indecent pictures with his email account. The offence is contrary to Section 24(1)(a) of the Cybercrime Prohibition Prevention Act 2015, and punishable under Section 24(1)(b) of the same Act.
Each of the convicts bagged three months jail term to start from their respective days of arrest.
Besides the jail term, the convicts were ordered to restitute to their victims the money they fraudulently obtained from them, and also to forfeit all the items recovered from them to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Packaged by Emmanuel Okafor