Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday, November 29, 2021, secured the conviction of seven fraudsters before different judges of the federal and state high courts in Ibadan, Oyo State and Osogbo, Osun State.
The convicts were Akanji Musa Olawale (a.k.a Casey Harris), Oyetunji Habeeb Opeyemi (a.k.a Lucy Stewart), Adeboye Abdulazeez Ayodeji,(a.k.a Thomas Ruchie) Agbedi Shola Peter (a.k.a Matthew Duke), Shonubi Oluwafemi Samson (a.k.a Benitadykes), Akinboade Fatai Abiodun and Sodiq Olelekan Saliman.
They were prosecuted on separate charges.
Two of the accused, Akanji and Oyetunji were sentenced to five and six months jail terms respectively after Justice Uche Agomoh of Federal High Court, Ibadan, found them guilty of offence of impersonation, contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(1) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2)(b) of the same Act.
Justice Bayo Taiwo of the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan, convicted Akinboade on a count charge of obtaining money by false pretence, contrary to Section 419 of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Laws of Oyo State, 2000, while Sodiq was convicted for impersonation, contrary to Section 484 of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Laws of Oyo State, 2000.
The judge sentenced the two defendants to six months community service each.
Also, Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court, Osogbo, found Adeboye, Agbedi and Shonubi guilty of fraudulent impersonation, an offence which contravenes Section 22 (2) (b) (1) Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) of the same Act.
The three accused persons were convicted by Justice Ayo-Emmanuel and sentenced to two months imprisonment each.
They were also ordered to carry out restitution to their various victims and forfeit the items recovered from them to the Federal Government.