Court jails Lagos prince, other for cybercrime

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin has imposed a six-month jail term on one Adedoyin Oyekan, who claimed to be a prince from the Kosofe Local Government Area of Lagos State, for offences bordering on cybercrime.

A statement on Wednesday by the Head of Media and Publicity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Wilson Uwuajeren, said the 25-year-old was jailed alongside one Oluwaferanmi Oni from Ilesha, Osun State, who also bagged one-year imprisonment.

Oyekan and Oni were prosecuted on separate charges by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC. They pleaded guilty when the charges were read to them.

Upon their pleas, counsel for the EFCC, Andrew Akoja, led witnesses to review the facts of the two cases.

The witnesses, who were operatives of the commission, narrated how the defendants were arrested based on credible intelligence.

The prosecution tendered items recovered from the defendants at the point of arrest, including phones, laptops, and fraudulent messages printed from their email addresses, which the court admitted in evidence.

Justice Oyinloye, while delivering judgment on the cases on Tuesday, said the court had evaluated all the material evidence placed before it and concluded that the prosecution proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Consequently, he convicted and sentenced the two accused persons.

The judge sentenced Oyekan to six months’ imprisonment with a fine option of N150, 000.

The court also ordered the forfeiture of his iPhone and a Dell laptop, which the convict used to perpetrate the crime, to the Federal Government.

In the same vein, Justice Oyinloye sentenced Oni to one-year imprisonment with a fine option of N350,000.

He also ordered the forfeiture of the convict’s phone to the Federal Government.

In addition, the judge ordered the convict to pay $775 as restitution to his victim through the EFCC within 78 hours or risk another six months’ imprisonment.

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