A Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Wednesday sentenced four internet fraudsters to prison for impersonation, forgery, false pretence among other crimes.
They were all charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal office.
One of the suspects, a 30-year-old graduate of Microbiology from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Tella Ibrahim was sentenced to four months imprisonment.
Ibrahim and one other suspect, one Olatunji Samod Oladimeji, a.k.a Theresa were separately arraigned before Justice Mohammed Abubakar, while two others, Adekanmbi Abdulazeez and Stephen Ogunmefun were docked before Justice Ibrahim Watilat of the same court on Wednesday.
The OAU graduate who was charged for fraudulently impersonating one Macedo Susan Vivian pleaded guilty to the charge.
In his submission, Counsel to the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Suleman told the court the accused had entered into a plea bargain and prayed the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.
Justice Abubabar, in his judgment, convicted Ibrahim and sentenced him to four months imprisonment effective from the day of his arrest, March 26, 2019.
According to the judgment, the convict would forfeit N1 million, being the proceeds of the fraudulent act, Honda EOD car, one HP Laptop, One Iphone 8 and one Samsung phone to the Federal Government.
Similarly, Oladimeji, pleaded guilty, having also entered plea bargain to the charge of impersonation and was sentenced to three months imprisonment. He would equally restitute $700 USD and 50 British Pounds which are proceeds of the crime.
In the case of Abdulazeez and Ogunmefun who were charged for pornographic and indecent pictures, Justice Watilat sentenced them to five and three months imprisonment respectively.
While Abdulazeez would forfeit 800 Euros, $75 USD, Hp Laptop and Samsung s8 mobile phone, Ogunmefun would equally forfeit $700 USD and 50 British Pounds, one Black Dell Laptop and one Silver HP Laptop to the Federal Government.
Speaking to journalists after the judgment, Counsel to Oladimeji, Tunde Lawal said “the judgment is like a consent judgment. It’s the final. There is nothing to appeal again.”