Judge Mahmud Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court, sitting in Ilorin, on Friday sentenced a 20-year-old man, Fawas Oyelowo, to 12 months in prison for offenses bordering on cybercrime.
The convict, from Atiba Local Government Area in Oyo State, was charged on two counts by the Ilorin Area Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Oyelowo, among others, claimed to be a white professional prostitute practicing in the United States of America.
According to the prosecution, the accused disguised himself to defraud his unsuspecting victims out of various sums before the long arm of the law caught up with him.
The charges read in part: “That you, Oyelowo Mayowa Fawas, between June 2020 and June 2021 at Ilorin, Kwara State, under the jurisdiction of this Honorable Tribunal, knowingly have under your control the sum of 57,837,710 naira paid into your Access Bank Account Number 0804708906, reasonably suspected to have been obtained unlawfully, thereby committing an offense to the contrary and punishable under Section 319A of the Penal Code.
The accused pleaded guilty when both counts were read to him.
Following his plea, EFCC lawyer Innocent Mbachie called a witness, Udo Iniubong, an agent of the agency, to examine the facts of the case.
The witness told the court how credible intelligence led to the arrest of the accused in Malete, LGA Moro, Kwara State.
Statements from the accused, iPhones and a laptop recovered from him at the time of the arrest, were filed and admitted into evidence.
In his judgment, Judge Abdulgafar found Oyelowo guilty on both counts and sentenced him to six months imprisonment on each count with an option of a fine of N100,000 on each count .
The judge also ordered that the phones and laptop used to perpetrate the crime and the $700 collected as restitution by the convict be forfeited to the federal government.
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