By Ahmed ‘Lateef
A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Thursday convicted a 25 year old Victor Salawu for internet fraud.
With the conviction, Salawu is to sweep and clear Ahmadu Bello Way to Commissioner of Police Quarters in G.R.A Ilorin and also pay a fine of N50,000.
Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the state High Court handed down the sentence in Ilorin yesterday.
The judge also ordered that the two iPhones recovered from Salawu be forfeited to the Federal Government with a right to re-purchase it.
The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arrested the suspect and dragged him before the court where he stood trial for internet fraud charge.
The charge read, “That you, Salawu Victor,(Alias: James Chris), sometime in the month of February 2019, in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, did attempt to cheat by personation, by portraying yourself as a “white male named James Chris” Via your email address (email@example.com) to one Seth B. in order to induce him to send you money, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable under section 324 of the same Law”.
At the resumed hearing of the matter on Thursday, Prosecuting Counsel, Andrew Akoja, told the Court that “My Lord, before this honourable Court, is a one count charge dated 18th day of June 2020. We pray he Court to accept the charge and allow it to be read to the defendant”.
Salawu pleaded guilty to the charge.
Justice Oyinloye, in his judgment, stated that the suspect did not deny the allegations leveled against him.
“The defendant, in his statement to the Commission, did not deny the allegations leveled against him. He (Salawu) also did not offer any explanation to discredit the charge.
“This honourable court holds that the plea of guilt of the defendant and oral testimony of the sole prosecution witness, One Umeh Kennedy, was not challenged nor contradicted during the proceedings.
“It is the opinion of this honourable court that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and the you “Salawu Victor ” is hereby convicted as charged”.