A Kwara High Court sitting in Ilorin on Tuesday sentenced a student and one other to Correctional Service, over offences bordering on impersonation and internet fraud.
The two convicts are Ridwan Oyadiji a student of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, and Idris Asimiyu.
The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) secured the conviction.
The presiding judge, Justice Sikiru Oyinloye sentenced the defendants to various jail terms, having found them guilty of the separate charges levelled against them by the anti-graft agency.
Delivering judgment, Justice Oyinloye said “from the totality of the evidence placed before the court, the plea of guilt entered by the defendants.
“As well as the extra-judicial statements where they confessed to the crime, the court believes that prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt”.
The judge pronounced the two defendants guilty and sentenced Oyadiji to one year imprisonment with option of fine of N200,000.
Oyinloye also ordered the convict to forfeit the iPhone, Laptop and bank draft of N309,000, which he raised as restitution, to the Federal Government.
Similarly, Asimiyu was sentenced to one year imprisonment on count one with option of fine of N100,000 and another year imprisonment on count two with option of fine of N200,000.
The court also ordered the forfeiture of the convict’s iPhone to the federal government and restitute the sum of $470 which he benefited from the crime to his victim, through the EFCC.
The defendants pleaded guilty to their charges.
The Prosecuting Counsel, Andrew Akoja, reviewed the facts of the cases, through the EFCC witnesses.
The charge against Oyadiji read: “That you, Oyadiji Ridwan, (Alias: Dave Sayer) sometimes in March, did cheat by personation, when you pretended to be one Dave Sayer, a white male.
“Through your WhatsApp application, with your number: +1915209228 and in that guise communicated with one Danny Coffman whom you induced to part with property worth $750 gift cards.
“A representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same law,” he said.
The charge against Asimiyu read:
“That you, Idris Asimiyu (Alias: Nicky Pearl), sometime between June and July, did cheat by personation when you pretended to be one Nicky Pearl through your Facebook account.
“In that guise, communicated with one Martin Stone whom you induced to part with property worth $400, through Amazon Gift Cards.
“A representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 234 of the same law.” (NAN)