Two Kwara State High Courts sitting in Ilorin have sentenced five persons to various jail terms for committing Internet fraud offences in the state.
Justices Adenike Akinpelu and Mahmoud Abdulgafar of the State High Court convicted and sentenced the five persons to various jail terms after they were proven by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to have committed the crime.
The convicts are Oyedepo Olamilekan Benjamin from Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, Suleiman Saheed Olayinka from Ilorin South Local Government Area of Kwara State, Fakeye Tolulope Emmanuel from Ila Local Government in Osun State, Great Ukueni from Jesse Local Government Area of Delta State and Adeshina Joseph Oluwaseun from Ogbomosho North local government of Oyo State.
The defendants, according to the EFCC, were prosecuted on separate counts before the Justices pleaded guilty to their respective charges.
Upon the guilty pleas, the prosecuting counsel, Andrew Akoja, Mustapha Kaigama, and Isabel Adeniran narrated the circumstances that led to the arrest of the defendants.
They urged the court to consider the plea of the defendants, the extra-judicial statements, and all the exhibits tendered to convict the defendants as charged.
Justice Akinpelu in her judgment sentenced Oyedepo to six months imprisonment with an option of a fine of N150,000 and ordered the forfeiture of one Apple iPhone X; HP laptop and the sum of $457 benefited from the unlawful activities to the federal government.
The Judge also sentenced Suleiman to six months imprisonment with an option of N100,000 and ordered that one Samsung A03 phone recovered from the convict be forfeited to the Federal Government.