Two US military impostors jailed for love scam in Ilorin

Justice Mohammed Sanni of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin has sentenced Sunday Akinrodolu and Tobi George, who posed as United States of America military officers, to various jail terms over offences bordering on love scam and other internet-related fraud.

In a statement by the Head, Media and Publicity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Wilson Uwujaren, Akinrodolu and George were jailed alongside one Oluwajobi Victor on separate charges of fraud preferred against them by the Ilorin zonal command of the antigraft agency.

The convicts were among the 34 suspected internet fraudsters arrested in different locations in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State on March 8, 2021.

While Akinrodolu and George posed asUS military officers to lure unsuspecting victims into an online relationship, Olujobi was charged for attempt to defraud people seeking accommodation in the USA.

The defendants admitted to committing the crime and pleaded guilty when the charges were read to them.

Items recovered from the defendants, including a Toyota Corolla Sport Car, iPhones, Ipad, bank draft and incriminating items printed from their devices, were tendered by Aliyu Adebayo and Rasheedat Alao, who prosecuted the cases for the commission and were admitted in evidence by the court.

In his judgment, Justice Sanni sentenced Akinrodolu to six months imprisonment each on counts one and two with an option of a fine of N300,000 on each count. The court also ordered the forfeiture of his iPhone 7 and Infinix 55 phone, which he used to perpetrate the crime as well as a Toyota Corolla Sport car acquired with the proceeds of his unlawful activities to the Federal Government.

Similarly, George was sentenced to six months imprisonment with an option of a fine of N300,000. The iPhone 6s recovered from him at the point of arrest was also forfeited to the Federal Government.

In the same token, Justice Sanni sentenced Olujobi to six months imprisonment with an option of a fine of N300,000. The judge ordered that the iPhone 6 and IPad Air 2, which the convict used to perpetrate the crime be forfeited to the Federal Government.

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