The convict was arraigned on a two-count charge, following a petition received in June 2018 by the Commission from Pedini-Bosch Nigeria Limited.
The defendant was said to have forged a FaceBook page account purportedly uploaded by Pedini-Bosch Nigeria Limited containing an advertisement for gas cookers and washing machine for sale.
It was further alleged that the defendant presented himself to one Hauwa Ahmed online as a representative of Pedini-Bosch Nigeria Limited.
Consequently, Ahmed was said to have paid a sum of N22,500.00 as part payment for a washing machine, which the defendant had offered to sale at N45,000.
One of the counts reads: “That you, Eniola Kayode (a.k.a Aliyu Mohammed) on or about the 17th day of May, 2018, at Lagos within the Ikeja judicial division , by false pretence and with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N22,500 (Twenty-two Thousand Five Hundred Naira) from one Hauwa Ahmed by falsely representing to her that you are a representative of Pedini Nigeria Limited, who had a washing machine for sale, which pretence you knew to be false.”
The defendant pleaded guilty to both counts and subsequently indicated his intention to enter into a plea bargain agreement with the Commission.
At the Monday sitting, the prosecution counsel, M. O. Akinkoye, confirmed payment of the sum of N22,500 by the defendant as restitution to the victim through the Commission.
The prosecution counsel also urged the court to convict and sentence the defendant accordingly.
Delivering his judgement, Justice Williams found the defendant guilty on both counts and sentenced him to one year imprisonment.