July 27, 2021

Cybercrime: Court sends Unilorin, KWASU, Kwara Poly students to Jail

By Demola Akinyemi 

Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin Tuesday jailed three undergraduate students of University of Ilorin, Kwara State University and Kwara State Polytechnic to various jail terms having found them guilty of various offences preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

The  convicted students are  Abubakar Abdulbashit Opeyemi, a final year Student of the University of Ilorin who was found guilty of offences bordering on love scam and internet fraud.

The two other convicts are Alimi Abiodun and Idowu Rasaq Olarewaju, who are students of the Kwara State University University, KWASU, Malete and Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, respectively were convicted by the same charges.

The three convicts, who were arraigned on separate charges pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against them. 

In his judgment on the cases today, Justice Abdulgafar while relying on the plea of guilt entered by the defendants and the various exhibits tendered against them held that the prosecution succeeded in proving its case beyond reasonable doubts.

Consequently, Abdulbashit Opeyemi was sentenced to six months imprisonment, which shall be suspended for one year.

The judge also ordered that the convict’s iPhones, hp Laptop which were used as instruments in committing the crime and a draft of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) which he raised as restitution be forfeited to the Federal Government.

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In sentencing Abiodun, the judge gave him three months imprisonment on count one and one year imprisonment on count two, which shall be suspended for one year. 

He also ordered the forfeiture of his iPhone and the sum of N352,000 (Three Hundred and Fifty Two Thousand Naira) draft raised by him (the convict) to the Federal Government.  

For Rasaq Olanrewaju, Justice Abdulgafar sentenced him to six months imprisonment , which shall be suspended for six months.

He also ordered the forfeiture of his (the convict) 2014 Toyota Venza, 2 iPhones, hp Laptop, the sum of N404,414.93 (Four Hundred and Four Thousand, Four Hundred and Fourteen Naira, Ninety Three Kobo) in his First Bank account to the Federal Government. 

“The sentences are without option of fine”, the judge added.

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