Court jails Internet fraudster without option of fine in Kwara State
The Ilorin zonal office of EFCC on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 secured the conviction of one Akinbamidele Femi John in a Kwara State High Court, presided over by Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar.
The convict faced three-count charges, bordering on internet fraud and other fraud-related offences.
Count one of the charge reads: "That you, Akinbamidele Femi John (a.k.a Brenda Jason) on or about 20th March, 2018 at Ilorin, Kwara State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court attempted to commit an offence by pretending to be Brenda Jason, a female with a gmail account: firstname.lastname@example.org and thereby committed an offence contrary to sections 95 and 321 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 324 of the same law."
It could be recalled that Akinbamidele upon his arraignment on Monday, October 7,2019 pleaded guilty to all the three charges levelled against him by the EFCC. While sentencing him today, Justice Abdulgafar said the evidence of the prosecution witness, Olamide Sadiq who is the Head of Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ilorin Zonal Office was strong and reliable.
"It was the evidence of the PW1 that an iPhone7 was recovered from Akinbamidele and the analysis of the phone indicated that the defendant possessed fraudulent documents in order to defraud the people.
"I found you, Akinbamidele Femi John guilty of all the three count charges brought against you. I hereby sentence you to six months imprisonment.
The sentence was without an option of fine, while the convict also forfeited the iPhone7 recovered from him to the federal government.