The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 secured the conviction of a 400Level student of University of Ilorin, Joshua Ogizien, and three other persons for offences bordering on internet fraud before Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin.
The three other convicts are Toheeb Muritala, a 200Level Computer Science Student of the Kwara State University, KWASU, Molete; Rasheed Afeez Temitope, a graduate of Bartholomew College of Health Technology, Shao and one Olaoluwa Samuel from Lagelu Local Government of Oyo State
Following credible intelligence reports on the activities of fraudsters swindling unsuspecting victims of their hard-earned money within Ilorin and its environs, operatives of the EFCC swung into action and in the process arrested the convicts at various locations within the metropolis.
They volunteered statements and confessed to the crime.
Consequently, the suspects were arraigned on separate charges on Monday, August 2, 2021. They pleaded guilty to the charges preferred against them.
Instruments used in committing the crime such as phones, laptops including the fraudulent messages printed from their phones and laptops as well as their confessional statements were tendered and admitted in evidence by the court.
Delivering judgment on the cases today, Justice Abdulgafar said based on the plea of guilt entered by the defendants, the unchallenged testimonies of the prosecution witnesses and all the exhibits tendered, the prosecution had established its case beyond reasonable doubts.
Consequently, the judge sentenced Joshua to one year imprisonment, which should be suspended for one year and ordered the forfeiture of the devices recovered from him including the draft of N79,000 (Seventy Nine Thousand Naira) which he raised as restitution to the Federal Government