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A Kwara State high court in Ilorin, Kwara State of Nigeria, has jailed two people who were accused with cheating by impersonation and online fraud charges.
The suspects named Odowu Aiyedogbon and Okunlola Michael Blessing, who were prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) Ilorin Zonal Command, the suspects had pled guilty to the charge before Justice Mahmoud Abdulgafar.
Following their guilty pleas, the anti-graft agency’s counsel, Andrew Akoja, called witnesses who are commission operatives to establish the defendants’ guilt in the crime.
He presented some evidence to the court, including the prisoners’ confessions, bogus texts printed from their phones, and the gadget used to do the crime, all of which were admitted in evidence.
Following that, Akoja requested the court to convict and punish the defendants based on their guilty pleas, prosecution witness testimony, and materials presented.
Justice Abdulgafar, who delivered the verdict, sentenced Aiyedogbon to six months in prison on counts one and two, to be served concurrently, with the option of a N200,000 fine on each count.
The trial judge also ruled that his iPhone 11 Pro max and Apple MacBook laptop, which were employed as instruments of the crime, be forfeited to the federal government, as well as the sum of $1,040 that he gained from the illegal and fraud acts.
Micheal Blessing on the other hand was also sentenced to a six-month suspended sentence and Justice Abdulgafar ordered to surrender his iPhone 12 Pro Max, Infinix Hot 8, and LG laptop to the federal authorities.