The Lagos zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction and sentencing of one Olaofe Olamide to one-year imprisonment for engaging in internet fraud before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.
He was arraigned on March 29, 2021, on a one-count charge of possession of fraudulent documents contrary to Section 320 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
He pleaded “guilty” to the charge.
Consequently, the prosecuting counsel, A.O. Mohammed, informed the Court of a plea bargain agreement between the prosecution and the defence.
Mohammed, further reviewed the facts of the case, and tendered in evidence the statements of the defendant and documents implicating him, which were printed out from his device.
He, therefore, urged the Court to convict him accordingly.
He also prayed that the items recovered from the defendant, which were proceeds of the crime, be forfeited to the Federal Government.
Defence counsel, Rafiat Shittu, however, pleaded with the Court to temper justice with mercy on the grounds that “the defendant is a first-time offender and has shown remorse.”
Justice Dada convicted him as charged and sentenced him to one year in prison with an option of fine of N2 million.
The Judge also ordered forfeited to the Federal Government an iPhone 7, an Apple MacBook laptop, a Samsung S5 and a Hyundai Sonata vehicle, which were recovered from him by the prosecution
“On release from custody or satisfaction of the fine, he must sign a bond with the EFCC to be of good behaviour within and outside of the country,” Justice Dada added.