The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, July 1, 2022 secured the conviction and sentencing of eight internet fraudsters before different Courts in Ibadan, Oyo State on separate amended one count charge each of fraudulent impersonation and obtaining by false pretence.

The offences contravene Section 22 (2) (b) of Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015 and Section 419 and 484 of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The convicts are Alabi Gift Jesse, Sulaimon Qudus Olasukanmi, Ridwan Gbolahan Olayiwola, Adenuga Adeniran Sunday, Afuye Adeniyi Emmanuel, Yusuf Ademola Matthew, Adele Fuad Ayinde and Olayinka Taiwo Olaniyi.

The defendants pleaded guilty to the charges preferred against them.

Upon their pleas, prosecution counsel, Mabas Mabur and Shamsuddeen Bashir, urged the courts to convict and sentence them as charged.

Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court convicted and sentenced Jesse to eleven months imprisonment, while Justice Iyabo Yerima of the Oyo State High Court convicted and sentenced Emmanuel and Matthew to six months community service each.

Similarly, Justice Bayo Taiwo of the Oyo State High Court convicted and sentenced Olasukanmi, Olayiwola, Sunday, Ayinde and Olaniyi to six months community service each.

The convicts were ordered by the courts to restitute their various victims and forfeit all items recovered from them to the Federal Government.