Federal High Court Judge Muhammed Sani sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State, convicted and sentenced a Lokoja-born musician, Onojah Emmanuel Samuel, and two others to 20 years in prison for offenses akin to the cybercriminality.
Samuel was sentenced on Monday, September 12, 2022 alongside Victor Atsumbe Kadiyamo, and Jejelowo Segun, after pleading guilty to separate counts, bordering on internet fraud. They were arrested by the Ilorin Area Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The charge against Samuel reads as follows:
“That you, Onojah Emmanuel Samuel, in May 2022 in Lokoja, Kogi State, under the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, fraudulently impersonated Richard Philips through your Instagram account linked to your gmail account: [email protected] with the intention of obtaining money from an Erika that you obtained the sum of gift cards to the value of eighty pounds and thereby committed an offense contrary to section 22 (2) (ii ) of the Cybercrime (Prevention of Prohibition) Act 2015 and punishable under section 22(2)(b)(iv) of the same Act.
Following their pleas, EFCC lawyer Andrew Akoja reviewed the facts of the cases and urged the judge to convict and sentence them accordingly.
In his judgment, Judge Sani found guilty and sentenced Samuel to three years imprisonment on counts one and two, with an option of N100,000 on each count. The court ordered that the phone the convict used to commit the crime be confiscated to the federal government.
Kadiyamo was also found guilty and sentenced to three years imprisonment on counts one, two and three, with options for a fine of N100,000 on counts one and two, while count charge included a fine option of N54,194,680.00. In addition, the convict lost his phone and a Lexus car he purchased with the proceeds of his illegal government activities.
In the same vein, Segun was found guilty and sentenced to five years imprisonment with an option of a fine of 500,000 naira. The judge further ordered the confiscation of his Toyota Matrix car and phone to the government.
The convicts began their journey to the correctional center, when they were arrested by officers from the Ilorin Zone Command of the EFCC for internet-related offences. Further investigations have linked them to impersonating foreigners. They defrauded local and foreign victims in the process.