The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday secured the conviction of seven persons before various justices of the Federal and State High Courts in Ibadan, Oyo State and Osogbo, Osun State.
The convicts are Akanji Musa Olawale (a.k.a Casey Harris), Oyetunji Habeeb Opeyemi (a.k.a lucy Stewart), Adeboye Abdulazeez Ayodeji,(a.k.a Thomas Ruchie) Agbedi Shola Peter (a.k.a Matthew Duke), Shonubi Oluwafemi Samson (a.k.a Benitadykes), Akinboade Fatai Abiodun and Sodiq Olelekan Saliman
The convicts were prosecuted on separate charges.
Justice Uche Agomoh of Federal High Court, Ibadan, found Akanji and Oyetunji guilty of the offence of impersonation contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(1) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2)(b) of the same Act.
They were sentenced to five months and six months jailed terms respectively.
Similarly, Justice Bayo Taiwo of the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan, convicted Akinboade on one count charge of obtaining money by false pretence contrary to Section 419 of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Laws of Oyo State, 2000; while Sodiq was convicted for impersonation contrary to Section 484 of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Laws of Oyo State, 2000.
Justice Taiwo thereafter sentenced the two defendants to six months of community service each.
In the same vein, Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court, Oshogbo found Adeboye, Agbedi and Shonubi guilty of fraudulent impersonation, an offence which contravenes Section 22 (2) (b) (1) Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) of the same Act.
Justice Ayo-Emmanuel convicted the trio and sentenced them to two months imprisonment each.
The convicts are to restitute their various victims and forfeit the items recovered from them to the Federal Government.