Three Internet fraudsters, Babatunde Akintomiwa David, Olakunle Isaac Akinleye and Daniel Ayokunmi Shoretire, convicted for impersonation, have been sentenced to different jail terms.
Their conviction was secured by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday.
The commission, in a statement on Thursday by its spokesman, Dele Oyewale, said Akinleye and Shoretire were convicted by Justices Ibrahim Watilat and Mohammed Abubakar of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
“They were both found guilty of impersonation and sentenced to six and eight months jail terms respectively”, Oyewale said.
“David got his judgment from Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, who sentenced him to 14 months imprisonment for failure to comply with lawful enquiry”, he added.
Apart from the jail term, David was ordered to restitute $1,200 (One Thousand Two Hundred United States Dollars) to his victims, namely: Shakira Raynor, James Lewis and Kiss Mi, as well as forfeit his iPhone 8 Plus and Infinix 6 to the Federal government of Nigeria.
Shoretire is to refund $2,000 (Two Thousand United States Dollars) to his victim and forfeit his 40-inch LG TV, a Nokia phone and Spectranet modem to the Federal Government; while Akinleye will pay back $400 (Four hundred United States Dollars) to his victims and give up his iPhone X Max and an Intel phone to the government.
The cases were prosecuted by Ben Ubi, Festus Ojo, Oluwatinuwe Daramola, Chidi Okoli and Toyin Owodunni.
According to the the anti-graft agency’s spokesman, one Tobiloba Stephen Shokunbi and Kunle Tosin Kehinde were also arraigned before Justice Watilat for their alleged involvement in internet-related fraud.
He said the judge adjourned the matter till October 22 for commencement of trial, after the duo pleaded not guilty to 12 counts preferred against them by the EFCC.