Federal High Court Judge Muhammed Sani found guilty and sentenced Adeolu Tosin Adesanya, a 300-level student at Federal University in Lokoja, Kogi State, to one year in prison for dressing up as a US military officer to defraud certain people on Friday.
Sani sentenced Adesanya and an Usman Abubakar from Ofu Local Government Area, Kogi State.
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ilorin Zonal Command, had indicted Adesanya and Abubakar on separate charges bordering on cybercrime and withholding proceeds of illegal activities.
According to the EFCC statementAdesanya and Abubakar pleaded guilty to all charges read to them.
Innocent Mbachie and Sesan Ola, prosecutors on behalf of the EFCC, reviewed the facts of the cases and presented the defendants’ out-of-court statements, telephones, drafts they brought in restitution to their victims and fraudulent messages printed at from their devices, and they were admitted into evidence. Prosecutors urged the court to convict the defendants in accordance with their pleas.
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Judge Sani said that from the totality of the evidence presented, the court was satisfied that the EFCC had proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Sani sentenced Adesanya to one year in prison with an option to fine N400,000. The court also ordered that the iPhone 12 Pro Max he used to perpetrate internet fraud and the N800,000 he he collected as restitution to his victims to be forfeited to the federal government.
The judge also imposed a three-year prison term on Abubakar with the option of a fine of N479,290. Sani ordered Abubakar to confiscate his iPhone X and Samsung s8 which he used to carry out the crime and also return N279,290 to his victim.