Court convicts seven Internet fraudsters in Kaduna
Sends all to two years imprisonment with fine option of N150,000
Justice N.U Sadiq of Kaduna State High Court has convicted eight fraudsters arraigned by Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for various offences.
The convicts: Felix Chidebere Gabriel, Hayble Wisdom, Joseph Yusuf, Amos Emmanuel, Solomon Haruna, Joshua Peter Bello, and Abraham Adewale Ajoboh, were arraigned on separate one-count charges bordering on cybercrime and cheating by impersonation.
Six of the convicts met their Waterloo when operatives of the Command raided their hideouts at Narayi and Barnawa in Kaduna metropolis, following intelligence on their alleged Internet-based fraudulent activities where they assumed the identities of foreigners in luring unsuspecting victims to part with monies in foreign currencies.
The seventh defendant, Amos Emmanuel, was convicted for representing himself as the owner of machinery that is subject of final forfeiture order under the control of the EFCC.
They all pleaded guilty to their respective charges. Consequently, the prosecuting counsel, M.U Gadaka and K.S Ogunnade, urged the court to convict them accordingly.
Justice Sadiq, thereafter convicted and sentenced all the defendants to two years imprisonment with the option of a fine of N150,000 each.
They were also ordered to forfeit their mobile devices including an iPhone 7 plus, two iPhone 13 Pro Max, one iPhone XR and one Samsung iPhone X, to the Federal Government.
In addition, Yusuf and Haruna are to restitute their victims in the sums of $100 and $200 respectively.
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