An interior decorator, Asaolu Femi Richard, and two others have each been sentenced to six-month imprisonment for offences bordering on cybercrime by an Ilorin High Court presided over by Justice Adebayo Yusuf.
The two others are Adeoye Abdulgafar Olashile and Madiu Bayo Tajudeen. The trio, who were prosecuted on separate charges, pleaded guilty to their respective charges.
Following their ‘guilty pleas’, counsel to the EFCC, M. M Kaigama, led witnesses who are operatives of the Commission in evidence to review the facts of the cases. The witnesses narrated the circumstances surrounding the arrest of the defendants and tendered their extra-judicial statements, different brands of phones recovered from them at the point of arrest and the various sums of money, which the defendants brought as restitution and were admitted in evidence.
Kaigama, after the testimonies of the witnesses, urged the court to convict the defendants as charged based on their admittance of guilt, their extra-judicial statements and the evidence tendered before the court.
Justice Yusuf, in his judgment, said that he was convinced that the prosecution had proved the cases beyond reasonable doubt and he pronounced the defendants guilty.
The Judge sentenced Asaolu to six months imprisonment with option of fine of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only). He ordered that the Samsung S10 phone which he used to perpetrate the crime and the sum of $30 (Thirty USD) which he benefited from the crime be forfeited to the Federal Government.
Similarly, Justice Yusuf sentenced Adeoye to six months imprisonment with option of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira Only) fine. The convict was also ordered to forfeit his iphone 13 promax and the sum of $400 (Four Hundred United States Dollars) to the Federal Government.
Madiu, in his own case, bagged six months imprisonment with option of fine of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only) while one Samsung S8, HP laptop used as instruments of the crime and the sum of $600 (Six Hundred United States Dollars) which he benefited from the illegal activity were forfeited to the Federal Government.
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