Kwara State High Court, sitting in Ilorin, Presided over by Justice Adenike Akinpelu has convicted a 23-year-old student of Federal University of Technology, FUT, Minna, Niger State, Mohammed Bello, over offences bordering on cheating by personation.


Bello, who claimed to hail from Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara State allegedly posed as a white female with intent to defraud unsuspecting victim.


The defendant was arraigned before the Court on two-count charge by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC


The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge upon arraignment in court.


Following his guilty plea, counsel to the EFCC, Andrew Akoja reviewed the facts of the case through a witness who is an operative of the Commission, who tendered the extra-judicial statements of the defendant, one apple iphone Xr and fraudulent messages printed from his device, which were admitted in evidence.

In her Judgement Justice Adenike Akinpelu sentenced the defendant to six months imprisonment with N150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only) as option of fine on count one and six months imprisonment with N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only) as option of fine on count two.

The Court also ordered the forfeiture of the apple iphone Xr, which was used to perpetrate the crime and the sum of $25 (Twenty-Five United States Dollars) which the convict benefited from the unlawful activities to the Federal Government.






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