The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Enugu Zonal Office today, Tuesday, 22 June, 2021 secured the conviction of one Onyia David Ugochukwu before Justice I .M Buba of the Federal High Court, Enugu, on a one count charge bordering on criminal impersonation with the intent to defraud.
The suspect and his friends were arrested in a sting operation at the Independence Layout Area of Enugu on Saturday June 4, 2021 following credible intelligence received about their alleged involvement in computer-related fraud.
The charge reads, “that you Onyia David Ugochukwu on or about the 9th day June 2021 in Enugu within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently impersonated Mark Louisse and Jason Mollie, through a fake Facebook account and Hangout accounts, with intent to obtain money from unsuspecting foreign nationals and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(3) (a) (b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22(4) of the same Act.”
The defendant pleaded guilty when the charge was read to him prompting the prosecution counsel, Michael Ani to ask the court to convict him.
The defendant’s counsel, E.O Isiwu pleaded for mercy on the grouns that his client is a 28 years old orphan and student who did not waste the time of the court and had become remorseful.
Justice Buba in his judgement lamented the increasing incidence of cybercrimes stating, “This court has observed that the offence of cybercrimes is on the increase in this jurisdiction. If this continues, Nigeria will be in jeopardy as many youths are embracing cybercrimes. This court states that poverty and orphanage are not enough reasons to engage in cybercrimes.
Justice Buba added that other countries with large population like India have low records of cybercrimes and drug related offences. He advised the accused person to use his intellect for good and sentenced him 2 years imprisonment with an option of N150, 000 fine.