Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court, Ibadan Judicial Division, on Monday, sentenced a 21-year-old internet fraud apprentice to six months jail term after being pronounced guilty of impersonation in a one-count charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), Ibadan zonal office.
According to a statement issued by the Head, of Media and Publicity, EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, 21-year-old Adeleke Oluwaseyi, who claimed to be “eight months into online dating apprenticeship” when arrested in June, “operated with the name Patrick Bob, claiming to be an American citizen.”
Uwujaren noted that “Adeleke was initially arraigned on a four-count charge before the counts were reduced to one after sealing a plea bargain arrangement with the EFCC.
“The latter count to which he pleaded guilty on Monday offends Section 22(3) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act, 2015.
Owing to his ‘guilty’ plea, EFCC’s counsel Ifeanyi Agwu had prayed the court to sentence him in accordance with the content of the plea bargain arrangement.”
He added that “besides the jail term, the convict was also ordered to restitute $150 to his victim through the Federal Government of Nigeria.”
Uwujaren further added that Adeleke “will equally forfeit his Samsung J3, Infinix and Kigtel phones as well as his Lenovo laptop to the Federal Government.”