Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court 1, sitting in Ibadan, yesterday convicted and sentenced two internet fraudsters to prison, after finding them guilty of criminal charges filed against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office.
Onifade Gideon Idowu and Akinjobi Mumeen were arraigned on an amended charge following plea bargain agreement with the Commission.
The duo was brought before the court on a one-count amended charge bordering on fraudulent impersonation, contrary to Section 22(2)(b)(i) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22(2)(b)(iv) of the same Act.
They pleaded guilty to their respective charges.
Consequent to the ‘guilty’ plea, prosecution counsel, Murtala Sa’id Usman, prayed the court to sentence them according to the terms of the plea bargain agreement.
The judge found them guilty as charged and sentenced them to six months in prison each.
The duo was also ordered to forfeit all items recovered from them during the course of the investigation