Justice Sifawa of Sokoto State High Court on Tuesday convicted Emmanuel Adedeji Oluwatosin, who was one of the suspects on the wanted list of Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI).
Emmanuel was arrested by the zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) for internet fraud to the tune of $150,000, equivalent to N53,550m.
He had pleaded guilty to the one count charge after which the defence counsel, Shamsu A. Dauda, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy, saying his client was a first time offender who has become remorseful.
In his ruling, Justice Sifawa convicted the defendant to two years imprisonment with an option two million Naira fine.
He also ordered the convict to restitute the victims by forfeiting the proceeds of the said crime, a residential apartment situated at No 17/19 Seamans street in Kaduna, two Mercedes Benz Models C550 and C450 respectively through Asset Forfeiture Unit of the EFCC for disposal and remits the proceeds to the victims.
Tribune Online recalled that the convict, Emmanuel Adedeji Oluwatosin, was arrested on the 29th of August in Kaduna following intelligence by FBI on his involvement in internet scams.
Meanwhile, the zonal office to f the EFCC has returned the sum of N944,800 recovered from Isiaka Umar, a former staff of a first-generation bank.
Isiaka Umar who was convicted by Justice Sifawa sometimes in 2017 for a fraudulent practice on an account maintained with the bank by a cement company.
The said Umar, who also lost the appeal dated 26th July, 2019, was asked to return the said N944,800 as restitution to the victims of the offence.
Speaking while handing over the money to the bank on Wednesday, the Zonal Head of EFCC in Sokoto, Abdullahi Lawal.
He said, “on behalf of the Executive Chairman of the commission in person of Mr Ibrahim Mustapha Magu, I hereby release the said sum of 944,800 naira to you,” he disclosed.