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Man bags 5 months imprisonment over internet fraud

Justice P. I. Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, on Monday sentenced one Akorede Ahmed-Olalekan to five months imprisonment over cyber crime activities.
Ajoku said that she convicted and sentenced Ahmed-Olalekan based on the evidence before her and the plea bargain agreement he entered into with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“This sentence is in line with Section 270 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA).
“To serve as deterrence to other fraudsters, Ahmed-Olalekan is, therefore, sentenced to five months imprisonment.
“The Samsung S-Edge78 with which Ahmed-Olalekan perpetuates cyber crimes is, hereby, forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria,” the judge said.

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According to the judge, the sentence commences from February 8, the date the convict was first arrested and detained.
Earlier, Mr. Ifeanyi Agwu, counsel to the EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, had told the court that the convict, facing a one-count charge of Advanced Fee Fraud, had entered into a plea bargain agreement with the commission.
Agwu further stated that Ahmed-Olalekan committed the crime on February 8 at No. 21, along Akala Way, Ibadan, Oyo State.
He added that EFCC operatives acted on a tip-off from concerned members of the public to raid the fraudster’s hideout.
According to the prosecutor, a Samsung S-Edge78 Smart mobile phone used by the convict to defraud unsuspecting customers was found on him during the course of searching.
He added that Ahmed-Olalekan had already created a deceptive email address, flooded with all sorts of misleading information, to actualise his evil intention. (NAN)