The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction of six internet fraudsters on charges bordering on impersonation.
Five of the convicts – Ahmed Oguneye Abiona, Owoade Kehinde Elijah, Oriade Sunday Oluwatobiloba, Usman Adams Shehu, and Waris Adegoke Adeyemo – were prosecuted before Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court, Osogbo, Osun State.
David Fatunla Taiwo (aka Jeff Wood), on the other hand, was prosecuted before Justice Babs Kuewunmi of the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State
They pleaded guilty to their respective one-count charges and were convicted accordingly.
According to Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Publicity and Media of the commission, Abiona, Adeyemo and Shehu bagged four months each, Owoade three months, while Oriade was sentenced to five months imprisonment. Taiwo was slammed with twenty months imprisonment.
The court also ordered the defendants to restitute their victims.
Oriade is to restitute his victim the sum of $590. He was equally ordered to forfeit an iPhone XR, one Samsung S5 mobile phone and one Acer Laptop to the Federal Government,
Ahmed is to restitute to one Michael Johnson the sum of $500 and further forfeit N3.01 million found in his United Bank of Africa Account, an iPhone 11 Pro Max mobile phone and one Toyota Camry car to the Federal Government, being proceeds of his crime.
Adeyemo was ordered to return the sum of $300 to one Peter Decker and forfeit one iPhone 11 Pro Max to the Federal Government.
Shehu is to restitute his victim the sum of $400 and forfeit one Samsung Galaxy S8 to Federal Government of Nigeria.
Owoade was ordered to restitute his victim the sum of $300 and forfeit an iPhone 6 mobile phone to Federal Government of Nigeria.
Taiwo was ordered to restitute his victim, one Joanne K. Thornhill, the sum of £450through the Federal government of Nigeria.