Justice Simon Amobeda of a Federal Excessive Court docket in Calabar, Cross River State, has sentenced a cyber fraudster, Anthony Joshua to jail alongside a medical practitioner, Mbewu Chijioke Valuable and 12 others.
Justice Amobeda convicted them of cybercrime in a case filed by the Uyo Zonal Workplace of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee EFCC.
Others, whose conviction and sentencing was secured by the EFCC embody Chikezie Ogochukwu Michael, Victor Chijioke, Johnbosco Chidiebere, Kenneth Williams, Anthony Joshua Tobechukwu, Mmesoma Oparanozie, Nwosu Emmanuel and Uchechukwu Divine.
A involved Nigerian had petitioned the anti-graft company on the gangs fraudulent actions resulting in their arrest on February 17, 2021, at Umuguma space of ‘World Financial institution, in Owerri, Imo State.
The suspects had pleaded responsible to separate one-count cost bordering on impersonation, acquiring by false pretence and fraud most popular towards them by the EFCC.
Following their confession to the crime, prosecuting councils, Segun Akinrinlade and Joshua Abolarin, urged the court docket to convict them accordingly after reviewing the info of the case.
Nevertheless, the defence counsel, Harmless Eze and C. N. Nweke Junior prayed the court docket to mood justice with mercy noting that the defendants had been remorseful first-time offenders.
Justice Amobeda after listening to the councils, convicted and sentenced Mbewu, Michael and Anthony Joshua to six months imprisonment every with an possibility of positive of N50,000.00 every.
He gave Chijioke, Johnbosco and Divine a 3-month sentence every with an possibility of a positive of N50,000.00 every.
For Oparanozie, it was 3 months imprisonment with an possibility of a positive of N20,000.00; Nwosu bagged 6 months imprisonment with an possibility of a positive of N200,000.00 whereas Williams was sentenced to six months imprisonment with an possibility of positive of N10,000.00.
Equally, on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, the identical Court docket convicted and sentenced 5 web fraudsters popularly referred to as “yahoo boys” on a separate one-count cost bordering on impersonation, acquiring by false pretence and fraud.
The convicts who had been additionally arrested in Imo State by Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Workplace of the Fee are Ibe Chukwuebuka Osmond, Bassey Kingsley, Chukwuebuka Cyprian, Iroadinma Chibuike Michael and Henry Mezie Onwuesi.
They had been additionally arrested in Imo State by Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Workplace of the Fee.
The Court docket sentenced them as follows: Ibe, Kingsley and Cyprian had been every sentenced to three months imprisonment with an possibility of N50,000.00 positive every; whereas Iroadinma was sentenced to three months imprisonment with an possibility of N250,000.00 positive.