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Poly Student Jailed For Impersonation


By Richard Thomas, Ibadan

Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State on Tuesday,  convicted and sentenced one Shoneye Idowu Segun to one year in prison for impersonation, an offense which contravenes section 33 (2) (b) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 33 (2) (c) of the same Act.

Shoneye, who claims to be a student of marketing from Ogitech Polytechnic, Ibadan, was convicted after pleading ‘guilty’ to one-count charge bordering on impersonation brought against him by the Economic and Financia lCrime Commission (EFCC)..

The charge against him read: “That you  Shoneye Idowu Segun sometimes in 2020 at Ilaro within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did fraudulently impersonated the name – Anna Balogun from  Texas, United States of America with intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 22 (2) (b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) of the same Act”.

In view of his plea of ‘guilty’, the prosecution counsel, Sanusi Galadanchi reviewed the facts of the case and urged the court to convict and sentence Shoneye accordingly.

Justice Agomoh thereafter convicted and sentenced Shoneye to twelve months jail term and ordered him to pay restitution of $475.

 He is also to forfeit his iPhone 11Pro Max and one iPhone wristwatch to the Federal Government.


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