One Mr Oladipo Opeyemi Juwon(aged 23); a HND 1 student of the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Kwara has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment by Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of Illorin High Court following his involvement in internet scam activities.
The judgement came months after Mr Oladipo was arrested by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), on a three-count charge verging on cheating and endeavoring to swindle in opposition to and culpable under Section 324 of Penal Code Law of Kwara State.
Count one of the charges amongst others reads:
“That you, Oladipo Opeyemi Juwon, sometime in the month of March 2019, in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did cheat by impersonation, by portraying yourself as a white female named Frank Tinna via your email address firstname.lastname@example.org to one Bernard Fontenot and induced him to send you the sum of $235 United States Dollars via gift cards, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 324 of the Penal Code and punishable under the same Section of the Law”
Mr. Oladipo pleaded guilty to the charge when it was perused to him.
Accordingly, Enoch Onyedikachi, an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) was called into the witness box to review the facts of the case.
Onyedikachi, while being led in evidence counsel to the EFCC, Andrew Akoja, told the court how the crime was carried out.
According to Enoch Onyedikachi;
”My Lord, I know the defendant, on the 7th of September, 2020, the EFCC, Ilorin Zonal Office received anonymous petition from some concerned citizens in Offa about the activities of some internet fraudsters in the area.
The Commission swiftly placed surveillance on the area. Consequently, on the 14th of September, we raided the place leading to the arrest of the defendant and other suspects. Upon arrest, we recovered an iPhone from the defendant.
“The defendant was brought to our Office on the 15th of September, 2020. We gave him a computer attestation form, which he filled. We analysed his phone and email address. Our findings revealed that the defendant was into internet fraud; a fact he admitted to in writing”.
Justice Abdulgafar delivered his final judgement on the case by saying:
“I have considered the totality of the evidence placed before me; the plea of the defendant; the exhibits tendered; the uncontradicted and unchallenged testimonies of the sole prosecution witness, Enoch Onyedikachi, I hold the view that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubts.”
“This court finds you, Oladipo Opeyemi Juwon guilty as charged. I hereby sentence you to three months imprisonment on count 1 with option of fine of N100,000 (one hundred thousand naira only). Three months imprisonment on count two with option of fine of N100,000 (one hundred thousand naira) and three months imprisonment on count three with N50,000 (fifty thousand naira) as option of fine”
The sentence would take effect as from the 23rd of December, 2020 because of the ongoing examinations at the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, involving the convict – Added Justice Abdulgafar.