A total of five additional internet fraud suspects were on Tuesday sentenced to six months imprisonment by a Kwara State High Court.
All the defendants, who were arraigned before Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar, by the Ilorin Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) were sentenced to six months imprisonment in their separate charges brought against them.
They were Olamide Ijisesan, Ogundowole Tolulope, Abdullahi Abubakar, Chilaka Dickson, and Olayiwola Azeez.
Among all the defendants, only Ogundowole Tolulope was convicted by Justice Sikiru Oyinloye, while others were jailed by Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar.
The charge against one of the convicts read, ” that you, Olamide Ijisesan (Javier Cheryl) sometime in April 2016, at Ilorin,Kwara state within the jurisdiction of this honorable court,cheated by pretending to be one Javier Cheryl, a white Caucasian female with gmail account firstname.lastname@example.org and fraudulently induced one Javier Hernandez to deliver the cumulative sum of 350 US dollars to you and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 325 of the Penal code law.”
All the suspects pleaded guilty to their separate charges brought against them by the anti-graft agency.
Prosecution counsel led by Mr Blessing Akinsola, told the court that the defendants have approached the commission for a plea bargain agreement and urged the judge to convict them according to the agreement.
All the defence counsel confirmed the position of the prosecution.
Delivering judgement, the judge said the evidence of the prosecution was not challenged or controverted by the defendants.
“This court has hereby convicted and sentenced the defendants to six months imprisonment,” without the option of fine.
The court also ordered that items like phones, laptops, and monies recovered from the convicts be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.