Court Jails Engineer, POS Operator, Tricksters in Ilorin, Sokoto
Engineer, POS OperatorJailed for Cybercrime in Ilorin
The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction a certain Oyewole Maruf Damilare, who claimed to be an Engineer from Ifedore Local Government Area of Osun State and one Olusanya Idowu Lukman, a PoS operator from Remo North Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Justice Mahmoud Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin convicted and sentenced the duo to various jail terms, having found them guilty of offences bordering on cybercrime and possession of proceeds of illegal activities levelled against them by the EFCC.
The Commission arraigned Oyewole on two count charges of cheating by personation and possession of proceeds of unlawful activities, while Olusanya was prosecuted on one count of personation whence he allegedly posed as one Lena Kincy on Facebook to scam unsuspecting victim.
The defendants were arrested on April 22, 2022 at Agric Estate, Ilorin, Kwara State by operatives of EFCC following intelligence reports on the activities of some internet fraudsters operating in the area.
They pleaded guilty to their respective charges.
Rasheedat Alao who represented the Commission in the two cases reviewed the facts of the cases. She presented witnesses who are operatives of the Commission. The witnesses, while testifying tendered the extra-judicial statements of the defendants, different brand of phones recovered from them at the point of arrest and several fraudulent messages printed from their devices, which were admitted in evidence.
Thereafter, Alao urged the court to consider the guilty pleas, the extra judicial statements of the defendants and all the exhibits tendered before it to convict the defendants as charged.
In his judgment, Justice Abdulgafar said the court had carefully evaluated the evidence placed before it, the guilty plea of by the defendants and all the exhibits tendered and he was convinced that the prosecution had not only established the elements of the alleged offences against the defendants, but had proved it beyond reasonable doubt.
He sentenced Oyewole to three months imprisonment on count 1 with option N250,000 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only) and six months’ imprisonment on count 2 with option N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira Only) fine. The court ordered that one iPhone 12 which he used to perpetrate the crime and the sum of $400 (Four Hundred United States Dollars), which he benefited from the illegal activities be forfeited to the Federal Government.
Similarly, Justice Abdulgafar sentenced Olusanya to six months imprisonment with option N250,000 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only) fine. The judge also ordered that the iPhone 11 and Apple MacBook laptop, which the convict used to perpetrate the crime and the sum of $400 (Four Hundred United States Dollars) which he benefited from the crime be forfeited to the Federal Government.
Head, Media & Publicity
21 June, 2022
Confidence Tricksters jailed for ‘Magic Money’ in Sokoto
Justice Mohammed Sifawa of the Sokoto State High Court has convicted and sentenced the duo of Yakubu Ibrahim and Ibrahim Yakubu to 10 years imprisonment each on a one count charge for fraudulently deception and obtaining the sum of over N5 million by false pretence.
The duo had with intent to defraud, represented themselves to the petitioners as possessing the power of doubling money through the invocation of “juju” and collected N5, 612, 000. 00 (Five Million Six Hundred and Twelve Thousand Naira) from them.
The offence is contrary to Section 310 of the Sokoto State Penal Law 2019 and punishable under Section 311 of the same Law.
The defendants pleaded guilty to the charge.
Prosecution counsel, S.H Sa’ad prayed the court to convict and sentence them appropriately.
Justice Sifawa convicted the defendants and sentenced them to 10 years imprisonment each. They were also ordered to restitute their victims in the sum of N5, 612, 000. 00 through the EFCC.
The Judge further directed that the exhibits used by the convicts in the commission of the offence be destroyed by the EFCC.
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21 June, 2022
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