Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin, on Thursday, convicted two men – Okolie Francis Uchena and Adeyemo Adewale Quadri – for internet fraud in the state.
The duo were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on separate charges contrary to Section 321 and punishable under Section 324 of the Penal Code Law.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The EFCC counsel, Andrew Akoja, called witnesses through whom fraudulent messages printed from the defendants’ phones as well as the device used in perpetrating the crime were tendered.
He urged the court to hold that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and convict the defendants.
In his judgment, Justice Abdulgafar held that the court had carefully considered the plea of guilt entered by the defendants, the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses, exhibits tendered, and the extra-judicial statements of the defendants and was satisfied that the prosecution had established its case against the defendants.
He sentenced Uchena, who claimed to be a Lottery Agent, to one-year imprisonment each on counts 1 and 2.
The judge, however, gave the convict an option of N50,000 fine on count 1 and N200,000 on count 2.
He also ordered the forfeiture of $200 which the convict raised as restitution and iphone 11 used to perpetrate the crime to the Federal Government.
The judge sentenced Quadri to suspended six months imprisonment each on counts 1 and 2.
He also ordered the forfeiture of the iphone 11 used by the convict for the crime to the federal government.
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
FEATURES: Rise in Monkeypox infection troubling Nigeria’s rural population
In this features, KELECHUKWU IRUOMA goes into the rural communities of Bayelsa State, south-south Nigeria to uncover the plight of...
SPECIAL REPORT: Kwara communities groan as erosion washes away roads, property
For a number of years communities in Ilorin South LGA of Kwara State have had to live with the menace...
SPECIAL REPORT: Lack of legal provisions, cultural sentiments fueling marital r*pe in Nigeria
By Arinze Chijioke In the early days of Sandra Izuckukwu’s marriage in 2019, her husband, Sunday Izuchukwu, did everything she...
INVESTIGATION… LIVES ON THE LINE (IV): Surviving in a dangerous media environment
This investigation is on the unresolved killing of three Nigerian journalists while on assignments between 2019 and 2020. For six...
INVESTIGATION… LIVES ON THE LINE (III): Precious Owolabi was killed covering a protest
This investigation is on the unresolved killing of three Nigerian journalists while on assignments between 2019-2020. For six months, Nigerian...