On Thursday, March 17, Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court in Ilorin sentenced Taiwo Oluwapelumi Emmanuel, 24, of Ibadan, Oyo State, to six months in jail for fraud-related offenses.
On October 26, 2021, Taiwo was one of the accused internet fraudsters arrested in the Ogbomosho region of Oyo State after a sting operation based on solid intelligence received by the EFCC’s Ilorin Zonal Command.
According to the EFCC, Taiwo pretended to be a US citizen and claimed to be acontractor and businessman headquarteredin the United States of America in his manychats, a ruse he used to defraud his victims.
The following is the charge leveled against him:
‘That you, TAIWO OLUWAPELUMI EMMANUEL, sometime between February and March 2021 at Ogbomosho, within the Judicial Division of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, did fraudulently impersonate one David Williams George; an American, with the intent to gain advantage for yourself from one Mindy who you chatted, vide your created Gmail; email@example.com and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(2) (b) (I) of the Cybercrime Prohibition prevention Etc.) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) (iv) of the same Act.’
Taiwo pleaded guilty when the charges wereread in court.
Based on the defendant’s guilty plea, EFCC counsel Andrew Akoja examined the facts of the case at the bar and presented one iPhone X, one Lenovo Laptop, the defendant’s extra judicial statement, and fraudulent texts printed out from his device, all which were allowed in as an evidence.
Following that Akoja, urged the court to rule that the prosecution’s case against the defendant had been successfully established and to convict him as accused.
In his ruling, Justice Sani stated that the court was satisfied with the prosecution’s evidence and found Taiwo guilty of the crime.
The judge sentenced the defendants to six months in prison, with a fine of N200,000(Two Hundred Thousand Naira Only) as an option, and ordered that the iPhone X and Lenovo Laptop, which he utilized as an instrument of the crime, be forfeited to the Federal Government.