Justice M. A. Odegbola of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, has convicted and sentenced one Michael Tosin Lawal, an Uber driver, to three-months in prison over Internet fraud.
Lawal was convicted on Monday after he pleaded guilty to an amended one-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence preferred against him by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The lone charge read: “That you, Michael Tosin Lawal ‘M’ sometimes in the year 2020, in Ibadan Oyo State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, obtained Gift Cards from one Trevor, a white male by falsely representing to him that you are a white female by the name Cyndy Tyler from the United States of America, which pretence you knew to be false.”
Following his plea, Justice Odegbola sentenced him to three months in prison.
The judge also ordered the convict to restitute the sum of $50 to his victim through the EFCC and forfeit items recovered from him to the Federal Government of Nigeria.