Folawiyo Rifdhat Tolani
The State High Courts sitting in Oyo and Ogun States have sentenced 27 cyberfraudsters to various terms – ranging from one to 18 months community service, one-year imprisonment and fine.
The EFCC made this known via its official Facebook page on Monday, December 12.
The convicts are Abdullahi Ayomide Obigbesan, Olaoye Segun Fashola, Olasantan Precious Ayomide, Adeleke Ayomide Olamilekan, Sidiku Ismail Olubudun, Wasiu Adewale Onabanjo, Akande Adeniran Babatunde, Bello Mustapha Abidemi, Damilare Adewale Balogun, Azeez Omogbolahan Nofiu, Balogun Azeez Damilola, Olawale Sodiq Olayiwola, Ibrahim Nasirudeen Abiola and Ibrahim Sulaiman Olanrewaju.
They also include Olasunkanmi Sanni Adeyemi, Diyaolu Olamide Samuel, Ojo Segun Michael, Fasasi Olanrewaju Elias, Olusoji Bankole Kelly, Abdullahi Kehinde Tawab, Hammed Dauda Akanji, Samson Oyebode Ayilara, Sanni Taiwo Ayomide, Ogunbanjo Owolabi Ayodele, Ademola Olamilekan Salami, Fatai Usman Ayomide and Wasiu Muyideen Omotayo.
Their charges bordered on impersonation and obtaining of property under false pretence.
They all pleaded guilty upon their arraignment, to the charges filed against them by the EFCC.
Afterward, findings from the investigation established that they are guilty of charges filed against them as they were sentenced and convicted accordingly.
Consequently, Fasasi and Olubudun were convicted and sentenced to one-year imprisonment each, Ibrahim Sulaiman to nine months imprisonment, Balogun Azeez to three months imprisonment, and Onabanjo, Akande, Bello and Nofiu to six months jail term each.
Also, Ayilara and Omotayo were convicted and sentenced to eighteen months of community service each while Sanni and Ogunbanjo bagged one-year of community service each.
Furthermore, Akanji, Adeyemi, Diyaolu, Ojo Segun, Kelly, Olayiwola, Abiola, Salami, Fatai and Fashola were convicted and sentenced to six months community service each; Olasantan, Adeleke and Balogun to three months community service each, while Tawab bagged one-month community service. Obigbesan was ordered to pay the sum of N150, 000.00 fine.
Finally, the convicts were ordered to restitute their various victims and forfeit items recovered from them, including the sum of N16.3million domiciled in the Guaranty Trust bank and Ecobank accounts of Fasasi Olanrewaju Elias, to the Federal Government of Nigeria.