Student bags 6 months imprisonment for internet fraud
An Ikeja Special Offences Court has sentenced a student, Glory Pelumi, to six months imprisonment following his guilty plea to two counts of cheating and possession of fraudulent documents.
Earlier, the prosecutor for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Nnaemeka Omewa, told the court that the anti-graft agency had, sometime in January, received intelligence report about activities of internet fraudsters.
He said that based on the report, EFCC operatives carried out surveillance at Zira Hotel, Lekki, Lagos and some suspects, including the defendant, were arrested.
Omewa said the defendant was brought to the office and cautioned, and he volunteered his statement.
“Items found on him at the point of arrest include a silver coloured Del Laptop, a gold coloured Samsung S10 phone and a silver coloured Toyota Camry car with registration GWA 78 BL,” Omewa said.
The EFCC prosecutor said the defendant in his confessional statement admitted to engaging in internet fraud and that items recovered from him were proceeds of the crime.
Omewa tendered the recovered items to the court as exhibits.
The defence counsel, Mr Olayinka Lamina, did not object to tendering of the exhibits.
Lamina, in his plea for mercy, told the court to sentence the defendant to community service or an option of fine.
He said the defendant had become remorseful and vowed not to return to crime.
“The defendant is a first time offender and has learnt his lesson. As I speak, his father is in hospital for shock treatment.
“I plead with the court to temper justice with mercy and give the defendant a second chance,” he said.
Pointing out that internet fraud is on the increase in the society, the prosecution urged the court to impose a sentence on the defendant that would serve as deterrence to others.
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