A Federal High Court in Ibadan, Oyo state has jailed one Olabode Oyaremi an Insurance graduate from the Polytechnic, Ibadan, for four months in prison for criminal impersonation.
Mr Oyaremi (insurance graduate) was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, before Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan Judicial Division where he was subsequently found guilty and jailed for online fraud.
According to the statement released by EFCC the 24-year-old was arrested on March 23, 2019 at Kolapo Ishola Estate, Akobo area in Ibadan by operatives of the Commission for internet-related offences. He was subsequently brought before Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan Judicial Division.
He fraudulently represented himself as one Angelina Kimberly, an American nurse, via an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to perpetrate online fraud.
His actions contravened Section 22 (2) of Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015, and punishable under Section 22 (2)(b)(iv) of the same Act.
Based on evidence gathered against him by investigators, he entered into a plea bargain agreement with the EFCC, and pleaded “guilty” to the one-count charge.
Due to the guilty plea, counsel for the EFCC, Sanusi Galadanchi, prayed the court to convict him in accordance with the plea bargain agreement.
The presiding judge upheld the prayer and pronounced him guilty as charged and sentenced him to four months in prison.
The court also ordered Oyaremi to restitute the sum of $3,600 (Three Thousand, Six Hundred United States Dollars) to his victim, through the Federal Government of Nigeria.
He will equally forfeit his Apple laptop, Toshiba laptop, one Samsung Galaxy Luna Pro, one iPhone, one Nokia phone, one Apple watch, and one Smile 4G internet modem to the Federal Government of Nigeria, being items he bought with the proceeds of his fraudulent Act.