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Engineer, POS Operator Jailed for cybercrime

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction of an Engineer, Oyewole Damilare, and one Olusanya  Lukman, a POS operator all of the different addresses in Osun and Ogun states over cybercrime.

Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar of Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin convicted and sentenced the duo to various jail terms.

They were found guilty of offences bordering on cybercrime and possession of proceeds of illegal activities leveled against them by the EFCC.

The Commission arraigned Oyewole on two count charges of cheating by personation and possession of proceeds of unlawful activities, while Olusanya was prosecuted on one count charge of personation.

The defendants were arrested on April 22, 2022, at Agric Estate, Ilorin, the Kwara State Capital by operatives of EFCC following intelligence reports on the activities of some internet fraudsters operating in the area.

They pleaded guilty to their respective charges.

Rasheedat Alao who represented the Commission in the two cases reviewed the facts of the cases and presented witnesses who are operatives of the Commission.

She urged the court to consider the guilty pleas, the extra-judicial statements of the defendants and all the exhibits tendered before it to convict the defendants as charged.

In his judgement, Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar said the court was convinced that the prosecution had not only established the elements of the alleged offences against the defendants but had proved it beyond reasonable doubt.

He sentenced Oyewole to three months imprisonment on count 1 with the option of N250,000 and six months imprisonment on count 2 with the option of N500,000.

Similarly, Justice Abdulgafar sentenced Olusanya to six months imprisonment with the option of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only.

Reporting by Ali Rabiu, editing by Daniel Adejo