A Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Tuesday, convicted six internet fraudsters on separate one-count charges each for criminal impersonation, an offence which contravenes Section 22 (2) (b) (1) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (b) of the same Act.
According to a statement released by the Head, Media and Publicity EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, the convicts are Wahab Akintola Salam, Alonge Abiodun Ayomide, Adeyinka Goodness Taiwo, Adeniran Ayobami Tijesunimi, Dolapo Temitope Oladele, and Mubarak Opeyemi Balogun.
Although, the six of them pleaded “guilty” to the charges preferred against them upon arraignment.
Afterwards, the prosecution counsel, Oluwatoyin Oladunni reviewed the facts of the cases and urged the court to convict and sentence them as charged.
Justice Uche Agomoh convicted and sentenced Adeyinka Goodness Taiwo and Dolapo Temitope Oladele to ten months imprisonment each; Alonge Abiodun Ayomide and Adeniran Tijesunimi seven months each, while Wahab Akintola and Mubarak Opeyemi Balogun bagged six months imprisonment each.
Also, the court ordered that Mubarak Opeyemi Balogun restitute the sum of Six Hundred and Twenty-Seven Thousand, One Hundred and Seventy-Seven Naira, Eighty-Five Kobo domiciled in his bank account, and forfeit one iPhone 12 Pro Max mobile phone to the Federal government of Nigeria.
Adeyinka Goodness Taiwo was ordered to pay the sum of One Million, Fifty-One Thousand, Fifty-One Naira in restitution as he forfeits one iPhone 11Pro Max and one Infinix Hot 8 mobile phone to the Federal government.
Dolapo Temitope Oladele forfeits an Android mobile phone while Alonge Abiodun Ayomide was ordered to restitute the sum of One Hundred United States Dollars.
The court also ordered that Adeniran Tijesunimi restitute Five Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars, and forfeit one iPhone X, an Infinix Smartphone, one gold ring, and one 2005 Model Honda Accord Car to the Federal government of Nigeria.
Wahab Akintola was ordered to pay the sum of One Thousand, Two Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars, and forfeit one iPhone 12 Pro Max mobile phone to the Federal government of Nigeria.