June 21, 2024

Apprentice photographer, one other jailed for fraud in Kwara

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Apprentice photographer, one other jailed for fraud in Kwara

Glory Ebomah

Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin has sentenced a 26-year-old apprentice photographer, Amole Samuel Anuoluwapo from Akinyele Local Government Area, Ibadan, Oyo State and one Adeboye Abel Oluwapelumi from Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State to various jail terms, having found them guilty of offences bordering on cybercrime.

Amole and Adeboye who are to spend their terms in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Centre started their journey to jail on May 4, 2023, when the duo was arrested in Ilorin upon intelligence on their fraudulent activities by operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said the anti-graft agency on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, arraigned Amole and Adeboye on separate charges, to which they pleaded guilty.

The charge against Amole read: “That you, Amole Samuel Anuoluwapo, sometime in 2023, in Ilorin, Kwara State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did attempt to cheat by personation when you pretended to be a white female via Google Voice with Email Address”annamichalzyk6821@gmail.com which you used to communicate with a white male with Email Address “mperry77@cfc.ss.com” in order to induce him to send you money and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 95 of the Penal Code Law and Punishable under section 324 of the same Law.”

Particulars of count 2 of the charge against Adeboye read: “That you, Adeboye Abel Oluwapelumi, sometime between May 2022 and February 2023 in Ilorin, Kwara State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, knowingly had under your control the sum of N218,000.00 (Two Hundred and Eighteen Thousand Naira Only) which is reasonably suspected to be unlawfully obtained and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 319A of the Penal Code Law.”

Upon their “guilty pleas”, counsel to the EFCC Anselm Ozioko (Jnr.) led witnesses who are operatives of the Commission in evidence to review the facts of the cases. The witnesses narrated the circumstances surrounding the arrest of the defendants and tendered their extra-judicial statements, phones and a sum of N218,000 (Two Hundred and Eighteen Thousand Naira Only), which Adeboye benefited from the crime and were admitted in evidence by the court.

Apprentice photographer, one other jailed for fraud in Kwara

Thereafter, Ozioko (Jnr.) prayed the court to hold that the prosecution had established the essential ingredients of the case to warrant the conviction of the defendants.

Justice Abdulgafar on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, held that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and pronounced the defendants guilty of their respective charges.

The judge gave Amole six months of a suspended sentence. He also ordered that the iPhone 7 plus, which was recovered from him at the point of arrest be forfeited to the Federal Government.

In the same vein, Adeboye was handed six months suspended sentence on count 1 and one year on count 2. In addition, the court ordered that one iPhone 11 recovered from him at the point of arrest and the sum of N218,000 (Two Hundred and Eighteen Thousand Naira Only) which he benefited from his criminal activities be forfeited to the Federal Government.

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