A 21-year-old imposter, Jatto Sheriff, who claimed to be the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, in order to defraud users of an online relationship website, has been jailed.
The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, in a statement on Thursday, said it also secured the conviction of five other persons for cybercrime. They are Oguntoyinbo Oluwatobi, Taiwo Akinyemi, Adebayo Adeola, Adedoyin Olayinka and Yusuf Abiodun.
Sheriff, Oluwatobi, Akinyemi and Adeola were prosecuted before Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar, while Olayinka and Abiodun were arraigned before Justice Adenike Akinpelu. Both judges are of the Kwara State High Court.
The defendants pleaded guilty to their separate charges.
The EFCC urged the courts to convict and sentence the defendants while taking into recognition their confessional statements and guilty pleas, as well as the evidence tendered against them, which included the devices used in perpetrating the crime.
Justice Abdulgafar sentenced Sheriff to six months’ imprisonment each on counts one and two, to run concurrently at the Mandala Custodial Centre.
According to the judge, the sentence is suspended, but the convict will be reporting to officials of the custodial centre.
The judge also gave Oluwatobi a suspended sentence of six months’ imprisonment on counts one and two.
He sentenced Akinyemi to a suspended term of six months’ imprisonment and ordered that the convict’s Toyota Corolla, laptop, and one iPhone 11 Pro be forfeited to the Federal Government.
A similar jail term was imposed on Adeola, as the court sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment, which would be suspended.
Also, Justice Akinpelu sentenced Olayinka to six months’ imprisonment each on counts one and two, with a fine option of N200,000 on each count.
The judge sentenced Abiodun to six months’ imprisonment with a fine option of N200,000.