8 jailed for internet fraud in Kaduna

The  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentence of eight internet fraudsters before Justices Darius Khobo, Justice A.A Bello and Justice A.Isiaka of the Kaduna State High Court sitting in Kaduna for activities that border on cybercrimes.
The convicts are: Nicholas Shedrack, Abraham Simon, Chika Ukoha, Francis Agber, Jennifer Augustine Ezekiel, Yasir Alhassan, Emmanuel Afuagbon and Nnamdi Obiakor.
They were prosecuted on separate one-count charges bordering on internet fraud.
The charge against Ukoha reads: “That you Chika Ukoha (a.k.a Shana Farrand) (M), sometimes between January and April, 2024 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this court, falsely presented yourself as one Shana Farrand; a white lady who deals and delivers wig and living in United States of America on Facebook (an online social media application) and in that assumed character cheated one Madison Freeman of the total sum of $700 and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017 and punishable under Section 309 of the same Act.”
They all pleaded “guilty” to the charges when they were read to them, following which prosecuting counsels M.E Eimonye, M. Arumemi, K.Ogunlade and G.U Gadaka prayed the courts to convict and sentence them accordingly.
Shedrack, Alhassan and Ukoha bagged two years imprisonment or a fine of N200,000, N300,000, N400,000, respectively.
In addition, Ukoha will have to restitute his victim the sum of $700, being proceeds of his crime.
Simon, Ezekiel, Obiakor, Afuagbon and Agber were convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment each. Simon and Ezekiel were given an option to pay a fine of N400,000, N350,000, respectively, while Obiakor, Afuagbon and Agber were given an option to pay N300,000 each.
Additionally, Agber was ordered to restitute the sum of $500 being proceeds of his crime to his victim.
They all forfeited their communicating devices, being the tools of their crimes to the federal government.
The convicts started their journey to prison when they were arrested by operatives of the Kaduna Zonal Command of the EFCC for internet-related offences.
They were charged to court and jailed.

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