Crime

Ogun Court Convicts Two Over Fraud

Federal High Court in Abeokuta, Ogun State, convicted and sentenced two internet fraudsters, Ridwan Lekan Garuba and Agbabiaka Idris Adebayo to five months and four months in prison respectively.

The convicts had pleaded guilty to separate one-count charge preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office.

The charges border on fraud and impersonation.

Ridwan Lekan Garuba, a.k.a. Jefferson Godwin, was alleged to have sometime in 2020, at Abeokuta, Ogun State, impersonated one Jefferson Godwin, a citizen of the United States of America, by which he obtained benefits and gained advantage of one Ruth Hodges Dennis, a female citizen of the United States of America, a pretext which he knew to be false.

According to the charge, Agbabiaka Idris Adebayo known as Melissa Brookrose, sometime between 2018 and 2020 at Sango Ota, Ogun State, with intent to defraud, impersonated one Charles Stewart, a citizen of the United States of America, by which he obtained benefits from one Christiana, a female citizen of the United States of America, a pretext which he knew to be false.

The EFCC counsel in the respective case, Shamsuddeen Bashir urged the court to convict the duo accordingly.

The trial Judge, Justice Mohammed Abubakar consequently convicted and sentenced Garuba to five months in prison with effect from the date of his arrest, while Agbaiaka bagged four months in prison also with effect from the date of his arrest.

Garuba who has already refunded the sum of One thousand United States of America Dollar to his victim through the Federal government of Nigeria also forfeits his Samsung S9 mobile phone, Samsung S6 mobile phone, one MIFI and one Nokia phone

Agbaiaka also forfeits his iPhone mobile phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria, being part of the benefit he derived from his fraudulent act.

Sunday Ogunyemi

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