Federal High Courts sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State and Ibadan, Oyo State have convicted the trio of Micheal Moyosore Boluwatife, Olasunmade Alex Omotayo and Aborisade Abayomi Emmanuel for fraudulent impersonation.
They were prosecuted on separate one-count amended charge of fraudulent impersonation, contrary to Section 22 (2) and punishable under Section 22 (2)(b)(iv) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act, 2015.
Emmanuel and Omotayo were prosecuted before Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court Abeokuta, while Boluwatife was prosecuted before Justice Uche Adomoh of the Federal High Court, Ibadan.
They were charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office.
Boluwatife was jailed for five months, while Emmanuel and Omotayo were sentenced to one and two months’ imprisonment, respectively.
In addition to the prison terms, the convicts were ordered to pay restitution to their victims.
While Boluwatife was ordered to restitute his victim the sum of One Thousand Five Hundred United States Dollars (USD $1,500) and N336,043.30 (Three Hundred and Thirty-Six Thousand, Forty-Three Naira, Thirty Kobo), Omotayo was ordered to restitute his victim, Dale Mart, the sum of Nine Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars (USD$950)
Emmanuel was similarly ordered to pay Five Hundred United States Dollars ($500) to his victim through the Federal Government.
All items recovered from them were equally ordered forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.