Cinematographer, 3 others jailed for Cybercrime in Kwara

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction of four persons.

The persons include a 21-year-old Cinematographer, Abiodun Ayomide from Ikirun, in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Osun State for personation and internet fraud.

Others include Bello Lateef from Ilorin, Kwara State; Azeez Olarewaju from Ona-ara Local Government Area of Oyo State and Aderoju Kayode from Oshogbo, Osun State.

Abiodun and Bello were prosecuted on separate charges before Justice Adebayo Yusuf, same as Azeez and Aderoju before Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara State High Court sitting, Ilorin.

The defendants pleaded guilty to their respective charges.

Following their guilty pleas, Innocent Mbachie, Rashidat Alao and Isabel Adeniran who prosecuted the cases on behalf of the Commission reviewed the facts of the cases and tendered exhibits, which were admitted in evidence.

They urged the courts to hold that the prosecution had proved the essential ingredients of the cases to warrant the defendants’ conviction.

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In his judgment, Justice Yusuf sentenced Abiodun to six months imprisonment on each of the four counts with an option of N100,000 on each count.

The judge ordered that one Toyota Camry, 2007 model; the sum of $200 and N100,000 which the convict brought as restitution; HP laptop and iPhone 8 Plus be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Court fines convict N50,ooo

Justice Yusuf equally sentenced Bello to six months imprisonment with an option of N50, 000 fine.

The court ordered that one iPhone 7 and HP laptop which were used to perpetrate the crime and the sum of $500 be forfeited to the Federal Government.

In the same vein, Justice Akinpelu sentenced Azeez to three months imprisonment with an option of N100,000 fine. The court ordered the convict to forfeit the sum of $200 and one iPhone XR to the Federal Government.

Aderoju on the other hand bagged six months imprisonment with an option of N200,000 fine.

Justice Akinpelu ordered the convict to forfeit his Lexus ES 350 car, the sum of N403,000 , IPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone XR and HP laptop to the Federal Government.

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