Benue High Court jails 3 internet fraudsters
Justice Abdu Dogo of the Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, Benue State capital has convicted and sentenced three(3) internet fraudsters to different jail terms.
The convicts are Somadina Kingsley Madubuke, Sunday Ogbonna and Bello Emmanuel Adeoza, and were jailed on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
The trio were convicted, after pleading guilty to the one-count separate charge, bordering on criminal impersonation and Point of Sale (POS), fraud, upon being arraigned by the Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
They pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to them individually.
In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel, Ramiah Ikhanaede, prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.
Delivering judgment, Justice Dogo sentenced Somadina to three years imprisonment or an option of a fine of N1 million. Additionally, he should restitute N1.8 million to his victims through the EFCC.
He also forfeited his phones, $800 found in his bank account. The court also froze all his bank accounts.
Ogbonna was sentenced to one year imprisonment with an option of fine of N300,000 (three hundred thousand naira). His bank accounts were frozen by the court, and the standing balance forfeited to the government.
The judge also convicted and sentenced Emmanuel to one year imprisonment or a fine of N500,000 (five hundred thousand naira). His bank accounts were frozen and the standing balance forfeited to the government.
All the convicts started their journey to the Correctional Centre, when they were arrested by operatives of the Makurdi Zonal Command of the EFCC for impersonating foreigners and defrauding their victims through false claims.