Barber, one other jailed in Benin City for internet fraud

Ogudu Matthew, one of the convicts


A 25-year-old barber, Ogudu Matthew and Ajayi Osamuyi have been convicted and sentenced to prison by Justice M. Itsueli of an Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State, for internet fraud.

The duo were arraigned on one count charge of impersonation and obtaining by false pretence by the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Ogudu and Osamuyi’s road to prison began following their arrest based on intelligence linking them to internet-related fraud activities.

Ajayi Osamuyi, one of the convicts

In the course of the investigation, Osamuyi was discovered to have impersonated Huang Dingxiang, a Chinese national in order to defraud unsuspecting victims.

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The charge against Ogudu read: “That you Ogudu Matthew Orukpe (m) on or about March 17, 2022, in Benin City, Edo State within the jurisdiction of this court did take possession of the aggregate sum of N3.295million, which you knew formed part of your unlawful act to wit: internet fraud and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 17(b) of the EFCC (Establishment) Act 2004.”

Upon arraignment, the defendants pleaded guilty to their respective charges, prompting the prosecution counsel Salihu Ahmed to ask the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

However, counsel to the defendant pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendants were first time offenders.

Justice Itsueli convicted and sentenced Ogudu and Osamuyi to three and two years imprisonment respectively with an option of N200,000.

They are also to forfeit their phones and undertake in writing to be of good behaviour.

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