The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 secured the conviction of three internet fraudsters, namely: Babatunde Akintomiwa David, Olakunle Isaac Akinleye and Daniel Ayokunmi Shoretire.
Akinleye and Shoretire were convicted by Justices Ibrahim Watilat and Mohammed Abubakar of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
They were both found guilty of impersonation and sentenced to six and eight months jail terms respectively. David got his judgment from Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, who sentenced him to 14 months imprisonment for failure to comply with lawful enquiry.
Apart from the jail term, David was ordered to restitute $1,200 (One Thousand Two Hundred United States Dollars) to his victims, namely: Shakira Raynor, James Lewis and Kiss Mi, as well as forfeit his iPhone 8 Plus and Infinix 6 to the Federal government of Nigeria.
Shoretire is to refund $2,000 (Two Thousand United States Dollars) to his victim and forfeit his 40 inches LG TV, a Nokia phone and Spectranet modem to the Federal government; while Akinleye will pay back $400 (Four hundred United States Dollars) to his victims and give up his iPhone X Max and an Intel phone to the government.
The cases were prosecuted by Dr. Ben Ubi, Festus Ojo, Oluwatinuwe Daramola, Chidi Okoli and Toyin Owodunni.
In a related development, the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Commission, on the same day, arraigned one Tobiloba Stephen Shokunbi and Kunle Tosin Kehinde before Justice Watilat for their alleged involvement in internet-related fraud.
After pleading not guilty to 12-count charges, preferred against them by the Commission, the judge adjourned the matter till October 22, 2020 for the commencement of their trial.