A final-year student of the University of Ilorin, Abubakar Opeyemi, and two undergraduates of the Kwara State Polytechnic and Kwara State University, Alimi Abiodun and Idowu Rasaq, respectively, have been jailed for offences bordering on Internet fraud, Punch Newspaper reports.
The three convicts were arraigned before Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on separate charges to which they pleaded guilty.
Justice Abdulgafar, in his judgment on the cases on Tuesday, relied on the pleas of the defendants and the various exhibits tendered against them.
Opeyemi was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, which would be suspended for one year.
The judge also ordered that the convict’s iPhones and laptop, which were used in committing the crime, and a draft of N50,000 which he raised as restitution, be forfeited to the Federal Government.
The judge sentenced Abiodun to three months’ imprisonment on count one and one-year imprisonment on count two, which would also be suspended for one year.
He also ordered the forfeiture of his iPhone and the sum of N352,000 draft raised by the convict to the Federal Government.
The third convict, Idowu, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, which would be suspended for six months.
He ordered the forfeiture of his 2014 Toyota Venza, two iPhones, laptop, and the sum of N404,414 in his First Bank account to the Federal Government.
The sentences are without any option of fine.
In a related development, Justice E. Obile of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced a fraudster, Sampson Ajagha, to one year imprisonment for Internet-related offences.
He was jailed on July 14, 2021, after pleading guilty to two counts bordering on impersonation and Internet fraud, upon his arraignment by the Port Harcourt’s Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.