Justice Mohammed Abubakar of the Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta on Thursday convicted and sentenced one Wusu Taiwo Opeyemi to five months imprisonment for criminal impersonation.
The 22-year-old undergraduate, who was arrested on October 14, 2020, was prosecuted on a one-count amended charge by the Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for fraudulently represented himself as one Jenny Smith, an American lady.
The offence, according to the EFCC, contravenes section 22(2) (b)(I) and punishable under section 22(2)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc.)Act, 2015.
The defendant pleaded ‘guilty’ to the charge when it was read to him.
In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Mabas Mabur, prayed the court to convict him.
Justice Abubakar consequently convicted and sentenced him to five months in prison. He also ordered Wusu to restitute the sum of $500USD to his victim and forfeit his Samsung Galaxy S8 mobile phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
In a related development, the EFCC Ibadan Zonal Office on Thursday arrested nine suspected internet fraudsters.
The suspects were picked up at Anjogolo Estate, Oluyole Bashorun and Airport Road, all in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, following series of intelligence reports on their alleged criminal activities.
The suspects are Uthman Dolapo, Amoo Riliwan Babatunde, Olatayo Ojeyina, Oris Kehinde, Cyril Stephen, Odusanya Olusoji, Audu Olusegun, Adigun Martin and Folarin Ikeoluwa.
At the point of their arrest, five cars, laptops, phones and some incriminating documents were recovered from them.
They are currently undergoing interrogation and would be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed, Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC’s Head, Media & Publicity, disclosed in a statement.