The Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State on November 2, 2023 have convicted and sentenced 22 (twenty-two) internet fraudsters.
They were arraigned by the Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and convicted on separate count charges bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretences.
The convicts are: Ayodeji Jerome Olumeko, Chima Blessing Afam, Obalim Johndson, Michael Echezona Anyikaeme, Alior Chidera Emmanuel, Chidiebube Ukaigwe Emmanuel, Dim Samuel, Amobi Stanley Ajala, Irobi Kingsley Chiedozie, Oranusi Sylvester Chigozie, Agbo Michael, Chibuisi Okpara.
Others are Casmir Ibebuogu, Nweze Chinamkpa, Precious Oluebube Chukwuka, Nzube Michael, Chisom Kingsley Mba, Chidera Hedrack Peter, Chukwuka Emmanuel, Chinedu James Nworji, Chukwunansa Igweonu and Akpata Sunday Onose.
One of the charges against Olumeko reads; “that you AYODEJI JEROME OLUMEKO sometime in June, 2023 in Ugwuaji, Enugu State, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, fraudulently impersonated one Scott Herman a foreign National by means of your iphone 12 pro, through your gmail account with intent to gain advantage to yourself a pretence which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(3) (a) of the Cybercrimes ( Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act. 2015 and punishable under Section (22)(4) of the same Act”.
They all pleaded guilty to all the charges when they were read to them.
Justice Dimgba convicted and sentenced seventeen of the defendants to two years imprisonment with community service each or an option of fine of N120, 000 (One Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira) only.
Four of the defendants: Samuel, Chidiebube Ukaigwe Emmanuel, Nweze and Chukwuka Emmanuel were cautioned and given community services. Only Okpara was cautioned and discharged.
News Credit : EFCC Nigeria.