Thursday, October 10, 2019

Photo: Court jails internet fraudster in Ilorin

A Kwara State High Court has, on Wednesday, convicted one Akinbamidele Femi John, on a three-count charge bordering on internet fraud and other fraud-related offences.

The case was instituted by Ilorin zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Delivering judgment on the matter, the presiding judge, Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar, said that the court, after evaluating the case, found the defendant guilty of all the charges levelled against him by the anti-graft body.

Count one of the charge reads: “That you, Akinbamidele Femi John (a.k.a BrendaJason) on or about 20th March 2018 at Ilorin,  Kwara State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court attempted to commit an offence by pretending to be Brenda Jason,  a female with a Gmail account; and thereby committed an offence contrary to sections 95 and 321 of the penal code law and punishable under section 324 of the same law.”

Akinbamidele during his arraignment on Monday had pleaded guilty to all the three-count charges levelled against him by the EFCC.

Justice Abdulgafar said the evidence of the prosecution witness, Olamide Sadiq, who is the Head of Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences section of the EFCC, Ilorin zonal office was strong and reliable.

According to the judge: “It was the evidence of the PW1 that an iPhone 7 was recovered from Akinbamidele and analysing of the phone indicated that the defendant was found possessing fraudulent documents in order to defraud the people.

“I found you, Akinbamidele Femi John, guilty of all the three count charges brought against you, I hereby sentenced you to six months imprisonment.

Justice Abdulgafar said the iPhone 7 recovered from the convict should be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The judgement is without an option of fine.