Kwara court jails farmer, three others for cybercrime, impersonation

On Friday, Justice Mohammed Sani of the Federal High Court in Ilorin, Kwara State, convicted and sentenced Yusuf Babatunde, a 29-year-old farmer, to three years in jail for cybercrime.

 

Three others, Abdulrahman Aileru, Uthman Busari, and Adewole Iyanuoluwa, were also sentenced to prison for offenses bordering on impersonation.

Babatunde is from Osi in Kwara State’s Ekiti Local Government Area, while Aileru is from Kwara State’s Ilorin South LGA, and Busari and Iyanuoluwa are from Oyo and Kwara, respectively.

 

The four defendants were brought to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s Ilorin command for offences involving Internet fraud.

They pleaded guilty to the EFCC’s accusations against them individually.

 

Sesan Ola, Andrew Akoja, and Rasheedat Alao, attorneys for the prosecution, went over the facts of the cases.

 

The attorneys presented exhibits that were taken from the defendants at the time of arrest and were admitted into evidence.

The things included phones, laptops, a car, and the defendants’ extrajudicial declarations.

 

They urged the court to find the defendants guilty based on their admission of guilt and the undisputed evidence presented to it.

In his ruling, Justice Sani agreed that the prosecution had established the facts beyond a reasonable doubt and found the defendants guilty as charged.

The judge sentenced Babatunde to three years’ imprisonment with a fine option of N1,578,000.

The court also ordered the forfeiture of one 2007 Toyota Camry, iPhone X and one HP laptop recovered from the convict to the Federal Government.

Similarly, Justice Sani sentenced Aileru to a year in prison with a fine of N200,000 as an option.

 

On count one, the court sentenced Busari to one year in jail with a fine option of N1,182,633, and on count two, the court sentenced him to one year in prison with a fine option of N100,000.

In a same vein, Justice Sani sentenced Iyanuoluwa to six months in prison on offenses one and two, with a fine of N100,000 available on each count.

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