The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has secured the conviction of one Aderibigbe Sheu, a student of Kwara State University, KWASU, Malete, for posing as a widow resident in the United States of America, USA, to defraud unsuspecting victims.
Aderibigbe, a native of Oshogbo, Osun State Capital, was one of the 30 suspected internet fraudsters arrested in Malete, Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State
The convict was dragged before, Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High court Ilorin by the anti-graft agency on one count charge of cybercrime and retention of proceeds of crime.
Following his ‘guilty plea’, counsel to the EFCC, Rasheedat Alao, reviewed the facts of the case and tendered the extra-judicial statements of the defendant including the phone, laptop and other incriminating materials printed from his devices, which were admitted in evidence.
She urged the court to consider the guilty plea of the defendant, his extra-judicial statements, and all the exhibits tendered to convict the defendant as charged.
In his judgment, Justice Muhammed Sani pronounced Aderibigbe guilty of the charge and sentenced him to 3years imprisonment with the option of N982,403.
The court also ordered that all the items used to perpetrate the crime be forfeited to the Federal Government.
Reporting by Ali Rabiu; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino