Justice H.I.O. Oshomah of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has sentenced Blessing Adunun to two years imprisonment for stealing by conversion the sum of N238,000.
She was convicted on Friday after pleading “guilty” to a one-count amended charge following her arraignment by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The charge bordered on stealing by conversion, contrary to Section 33 (2)(b) Cybercrime (Prohibition and Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 33 (2) (c) of the same Act.
The charge read: “That you Blessing Adunun on or about the 4th day of September, 2018 at Port Harcourt Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud used unauthorized access device and obtained the sum of Two Hundred and Thirty-Eight Thousand Naira only (N238,000.00) from one Eunice Adeleke and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 33 (2) (b) Cybercrime (Prohibition and Prevention, Etc ) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 33 (2) (c) of the same Act.”
Based on Adunun’s “guilty” plea, the prosecuting counsel, F.O. Amama, prayed the court to convict and sentence her accordingly.
However, the defence counsel, Nobel. I. Ikemba, sued for leniency “because the convict is a first-offender and also a young lady”.
In his judgment, Justice Oshomah found Adunun guilty as charged and convicted and sentenced her to two years imprisonment, with an option of a fine of N100,000.
He also ordered that the said N100,000 be paid into the Federal Government’s TSA Account.
Also, the convict was ordered to restitute the sum of N238,000 only to one Eunice Adeleke, her victim, and sign an undertaking to be a law-abiding citizen before the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Court.
Adunun got into trouble when the petitioner, Eunice Adeleke, reported her to the EFCC for fraudulently obtaining her banking details and used them to withdraw N238,000 in two instalments: N165,000 and N73,000 respectively.