The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 secured the conviction and sentencing of six internet fraudsters.
They were sentenced to various jail terms.
They convicts are: Victor Moses Agbenyo Akeji, Ugbede Yakubu, Julius Omowale Ayodele, Emmanuel Isaac, Adedokun Adebukola and Mojereola Toheeb.
While Akeji, Yakubu and Ayodele and Isaac were convicted by Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court, the duo of Adebukola and Toheeb were jailed by Justice Adebayo Yusuf of the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin.
Count two of the charges against Akeji reads:
“That you, Moses Agbenyo Akeji, between the month of April 2021 to December 2021, in Lokoja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did retain the control of the sum of N1,600,500 (One Million, Six Hundred Thousand, Five Hundred Naira Only) in your Bank Account Number 2082099701, with the Name, Moses Agbenyo Akeji domiciled with UBA plc, which you knew to be proceed of criminal conduct and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 17 (a) and (b) of the Economic and Financial Crimes (Establishment) Act, 2004.”
All the defendants pleaded guilty to their respective charges when they were read to them.
Following their pleas, Prosecution Counsels: Innocent Mbachie, Aliyu Adebayo and Andrew Akoja prayed the Justices to convict and sentence the defendants as charged.
In their judgment, Justices Sani and Yusuf convicted and sentenced the defendants accordingly.
Specifically, Justice Sani sentenced Akeji, Yakubu and Isaac to three years imprisonment with an option of fine of N300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira Only) each, while Ayodele had an option to sweep the Ilorin EFCC’s office for one week.
In the same vein , Justice Yusuf sentenced Adebukola and Toheeb to six months imprisonment with option of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only) each.
The convicts were arrested by operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC for internet- related offences. They were prosecuted and convicted.