The Ibadan Zonal Office today have arrested nine suspected internet impostors.
The suspects were rounded up at Anjogolo Estate, Oluyole Bashorun and Airport Road, all in Ibadan, the State capital, following series of stealth intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.
The suspects: Uthman Dolapo, Amoo Riliwan Babatunde, Olatayo Ojeyina, Oris Kehinde, Cyril Stephen, Odusanya Olusoji, Audu Olusegun, Adigun Martin and Folarin ikeoluwa were accosted with 5 cars, laptops, phones and some incriminating documents were recovered from them. The suspects are currently undergoing interrogation to retrieve statements before being charged to court.
Similarly, Justice Mohammed Abubakar of the Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, on Thursday have convicted and sentenced one Wusu Taiwo Opeyemi to a five-month Jail time for crimes bordering on impersonation.
According to the judge, the offence committed by Mr. Wusu contravenes section 22(2) (b)(I) which is punishable under section 22(2)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc.) Act, 2015.
The 22-year-old undergraduate was arrested on October 14, 2020, and was prosecuted on a one count amended charge by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, for fraudulently presenting himself as one Jenny Smith, an American lady.
The defendant pleaded ‘guilty’ to the charge when briefed of his crimes.
However, the prosecution counsel, Mabas Mabur, prayed the court to convict him.
Justice Abubakar therefore convicted and sentenced him to five months in prison. He also ordered Wusu to restitute the sum of $500USD (Five Hundred United States Dollars) to his victim, and forfeit his Samsung Galaxy S8 mobile phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria.