The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction of eight persons at Ibadan, Oyo State, and Abeokuta, Ogun State, respectively on Monday.
The eight were convicted by Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, Oyo State and Justice Joyce AbdulMalik of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, Ogun State
The convicts are Okere Ayomide Chibike, Adeola Mutiu Adefemi, Oni Olanrewaju Gabriel, Audu Olusegun Samuel, Muritala Olayinka Lateef, Joshua Opeyemi Okunlaja, Precious Udoka Nwani and Adebowale Taofeek Olamilekan
They were arraigned on a one-count charge of impersonation, contrary to section 22(2)(b)(i) and (ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015. They pleaded guilty to the charge and were convicted and sentenced to various jail terms.
Justice Agomoh sentenced Adeola and Okunlaja to nine months in prison, while Nwani bagged three months jail term. Okere, Audu, Muritala and Oni were convicted and sentenced to a month imprisonment each.
The court also ordered Okere to restitute N263,000 to this victim; Adeola $950USD and N142,111:37 to his victim; Audu $1100USD to one Raymond Alon; Oni to pay $500USD his victim, Muritala to pay $550 his victim; John Kuleszinski, Okunlaja $800 to one Scott Terrel, his victim; and Nwani N400,000 and $250 through the Federal Government of Nigeria.
They are also to forfeit all items recovered from them to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Similarly, Justice AbdulMalik sentenced Adebowale Taofeek Olamilekan to six months in prison.