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Court jailed five over internet fraud in Ilorin


The Federal High Court, sitting in Ilorin, on Friday sentenced five persons to various jail terms over offences bordering on internet-related fraud.

The convicts are Ololade Olabisi and Segun Samson from Lagos state, Issa Shamsudeen and Babatunde Saheed from Kwara and Abdulmatin Akibu from Oyo State.

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission secured the convictions.

Delivering judgment, Justice Muhammed Sani said that the prosecutor has established a case against the defendants and found them guilty.

The judge sentenced the defendants to various jail terms, ranging from six months to one year, with options of fine.

The judge also ordered that all items used as instruments to commit the crime, which included phones and laptops, as well as money raised as restitution, be forfeited to the federal government.

The defendants pleaded guilty to the separate charges preferred against them by the anti-graft agency.

Upon their pleas, Innocent Mbachie, Aliyu Adebayo and Andrew Akoja reviewed the facts of the case and tendered all the exhibits, which was admitted as evidence against the defendants.

The prosecuting counsel urged the court to consider the facts and circumstances of the case, the guilty pleas by the defendants, their extra judicial statements and convict them as charged.