Four Internet Frauds Jailed In Nigeria City, To Forfeit Recovered Items To FG

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting

Justices Olusola Adetuoye, Ladiran Akintola and Omolara Adeyemi of the Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadanhave convicted and sentenced Jamilu Umaru Muhammad, Hammed Ayomide Rasheed, Aigoro Afeez Olabanji and Olatunji Gbolahan Toheeb to six months community service each for internet fraud.

The convicts were jailed on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 after pleading guilty to one-count separate charge bordering on obtaining by false pretences, upon their arraignment by the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC).

The charge against Jamilu reads: “That you, Jamilu Umaru Muhammad “M” on or about 30th March, 2022, at Ibadan, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of $300USD (Three Hundred United States Dollars) from one Shaun Stenstorm by falsely representing to her that it is a deposit towards her winning of $2,400USD and other pretences, which pretences you knew to be false. Obtaining money by false pretence contrary to Section 419 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.”

The charge against Hammed reads: “That you, Hammed Ayomide Rasheed “M” on or about the 29th of October 2021 in Ibadan within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud, created a profile on a dating website with the email whereby you represented yourself with the name Jose Ernesto, an American, and by this means you obtained benefits and gained advantage (including benefiting from your victims the sum of $1,000 Dollars), a pretext which you knew to be false, and you thereby committed an offence of impersonation contrary to Section 484 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.”

They pleaded “guilty” to the offences when read to them.

Based on their pleas, EFCC’s counsel, Mabas Mabur prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Consequently, Justice Adetujoye convicted and sentenced Muhammed to six months community service, Justice Akintola convicted and sentenced Rasheed to six months community service, while Justice Adeyemi also convicted and sentenced Olabanji and Toheeb to six months community service respectively.

The convicts were ordered by the court to restitute their various victims and forfeit all items recovered from them to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Specifically, Olabanji was ordered by the court to restitute his victim, the sum of $1,300USD (One Thousand Three Hundred United States Dollars) while Toheeb is to pay the sum of $1,600USD (One Thousand Six Hundred United States Dollars) in restitution to his victims, and forfeit one gold -coloured iPhone 12 Pro Max mobile phone to the government.

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