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Kaduna court jails four internet fraudsters


Eze Ihedigbo

Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing of four internet fraudsters before Justices Darius Khobo and A.A Isiaka of the Kaduna State High Court, sitting in Kaduna.

According to the Head, of Media & Publicity, EFCC, Mr. Dele Oyewale, Justice Isiaka convicted and sentenced Mohammed Ibrahim and Ibrahim Yusuf, while Mubàrak Olarewaju Ibrahim and Olorunfemi Feyi Samuel were jailed by Justice Khobo.

All the convicts were prosecuted on one-count separate charges bordering on fraudulent activities and cheating by impersonation.  They all pleaded “guilty” when the charges were read to them.

Following their pleas, prosecution counsel, M.E Eimonye and M. Lawal urged the courts to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Consequently, Justice Khobo convicted and sentenced Ibrahim to two years imprisonment with N150,000.00 as an option for a fine.  Samuel was sentenced to five years imprisonment or N150,000.00, as an option for a fine. In addition, he was ordered to make $205, restitution to his victim.

Justice Isiaka convicted and sentenced Mohammed to two years imprisonment or N150,000.00, as an option of fine while Yusuf bagged two years imprisonment, or N100, 000.00, an option of fine. In addition, Yusuf was ordered to restitute the sum of $200, being proceeds of his crime to his victim.

All the convicts forfeited the mobile phones recovered from them to the Federal Government.

Their journey to prison began after they were nabbed by operatives of Kaduna Command in sting operations carried out in and around the Kaduna axis following credible intelligence on their involvement in internet-related offences. They were found to have impersonated foreigners and used their assumed identities to defraud their victims.



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