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Court jails Kwarapoly student over internet fraud (yahoo yahoo)


Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court on Tuesday convicted a student of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, Oyadiji Temitope Ridwan, and one Asimiyu Idris over offences bordering on personation and internet fraud.

The case was brought before the court by the Ilorin zonal command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The judge convicted and sentenced the persons to various jail terms, having found them guilty of the separate charges levelled against them by the anti-graft agency.

‌The charge against Oyadiji reads: “That you, Oyadiji Temitope Ridwan, (Alias: Dave Sayer) sometime in March, 2021 at Ilorin, within the judicial division of the Kwara State High Court, did cheat by personation when you pretended to be one Dave Sayer, a white male vide your WhatsApp application with your number +1915209228 and in that guise communicated with one Danny Coffman whom you induced to part with property to with: $750 vide gift cards, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 321 of the penal code and punishable under Section 324 of the same Penal Code.”

Similarly, particulars of count two of the charge against Asimiyu read: “That you, Asimiyu Idris, (Alias: Nicky Pearl), sometime between June and July, 2021 at Ilorin, within the judicial division of the Kwara State High Court, did cheat by personation when you pretended to be one Nicky Pearl vide your Facebook account and in that guise communicated with one Martin Stone whom you induced to part with property to wit: gross sum of $400 (Four Hundred US Dollars) vide Amazon Gift Cards, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 234 of the same Penal Code.”

The defendants pleaded guilty to the charges.

Following the plea of guilt entered by the defendants, Prosecuting Counsel, Andrew Akoja, reviewed the facts of the cases through the EFCC witnesses.

The witnesses who are operatives of the Commission narrated how intelligence led to the arrest of the defendants.

According to the witnesses, the defendants admitted to committing the crime and volunteered statements during the investigation.

Fraudulent messages printed from their email addresses, iPhones and laptop and the extra-judicial statements made by the defendants were tendered and admitted in evidence.

Delivering judgement on the cases, Justice Oyinloye said “from the totality of the evidence placed before the court, the plea of guilt entered by the defendants as well as the extra-judicial statements where they confessed to the crime, the court believes that prosecution has proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The judge, after pronouncing the two guilty, sentenced Oyadiji to one year imprisonment with an option of fine of N200,000 while the iPhone, laptop and bank draft of N309,000 which he raised as restitution were forfeited to the Federal Government.

Similarly, Asimiyu was sentenced to one year imprisonment on count one with the option of fine of N100,000 and one year imprisonment on count two with the option of fine of N200,000.

The court also ordered the forfeiture of the convict’s iPhone to the Federal Government.

He was also ordered to restitute the sum of $470 (Four Hundred and Seventy Dollars) which he benefited from the crime to his victim through the EFCC.

Source: Nigerian Tribune

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