The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction of one Shennaike Folagboye before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a one-count amended charge bordering on possession of a fraudulent document.
The offence is contrary to Section 320 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The count reads: “Shennaike Adejumobi Folagboye, on or about the 1st day of March 2021 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud had in your possession document titled “Google Account Personal Info” wherein you presented yourself as Wladimir Marvin, for Romance/Dating Scam printed from your email [email protected] which you knew to be false.”
He pleaded “guilty” to the charge.
The prosecuting counsel, Franklin Ofoma, thereafter reviewed the facts of the case and tendered in evidence, his confessional statement to the EFCC, the incriminating documents printed out from his devices and also his bank account statements. They were admitted by the Court as Exhibit 1-7.
Ofoma, therefore, urged the Court to convict and sentence him accordingly
Defence counsel, Adebayo Ishola, however, pleaded with the Court to temper justice with mercy.
“He has no criminal antecedent and has vowed not to go back to crime,” he said, noting that the defendant did not waste the time of the court.
Delivering judgement, the Judge found him guilty as charged and sentenced him to one year in prison but gave him an option of N2 million as a fine.
Upon release or satisfaction of the fine, he was also ordered to sign an undertaking never to engage in crime.
The trial judge also ordered the forfeiture to the Federal Government, items recovered from him, including, one HP laptop, one Samsung S10 and one Lexus G3300.
Similarly, the EFCC on Wednesday secured the conviction of two fraudsters, Adisa Adebayo Adegboyega and Ganiyu Sodiq Olalekan, before Justice Iyabo Yerima of the Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan for internet-related fraud.
Adisa, 23, who claimed to be an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) holder from Oke Ogun Polytechnic Saki, Oyo State, was sentenced to six months community service; while Ganiyu, an 18-year-old artisan, bagged three months of community service.
The charge against Adisa reads: “That you, Adisa Adebayo Adegboyega on or about the 17th of November, 2020, at Ibadan within the Ibadan Judicial Division of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of Eight Hundred United States Dollars ($800 USD) only through gift cards from one Herby Ruiter by falsely representing to him that you are a 45 years old white American nurse working in Cyprus, who goes by the name Jennifer Joel and who is in love with him and ready to marry him, which representations you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence.”
The offence is contrary to Section 419 of the Criminal Code, Cap.C38, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000
The judge also ordered Adisa to restitute to his victim; Herby De Ruiter the sum of Two Thousand and Forty-five United States Dollars ($2,045 USD) only through the Federal Government of Nigeria, and to also forfeitS his Techno Spark 4 mobile phone and one Dell laptop to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Ganiyu was ordered to restitute the sum of $250USD to his victim, David Govann, through the EFCC and forfeits an iPhone 6x mobile phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria.