An Ilorin high court, Kwara state, has convicted and sentenced one Akinola Opeyemi and his accomplice, Owolabi Olajide to three months of community service for internet fraud.
In a statement by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, they are to sweep the Physics Department of the University of Ilorin and the premises of Saint Anthony Secondary School, Ilorin, for three months or pay N50,000 option of fine each. Justice Sikiru Oyinloye, delivering his judgment, said;
“I have carefully considered the evidence before the court, the exhibits tendered and the uncontroverted testimony of the prosecution witness”
“This honourable court holds that the prosecution has proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt, the defendants are hereby convicted as charged.”
The statement by Oyewale noted that in sentencing the fraudsters to community service, the judge directed the Head of Physics Department, University of Ilorin and the Principal, Saint Anthony Secondary to issue an assessment letter on the convicts’ compliance with the judgment to the chief registrar of the Kwara State High Court, at the completion of their community service.
Justice Oyinloye added that poor level of compliance would earn the convicts a direct six months imprisonment. The duo met their waterloo in March 2020, when the EFCC Ilorin Zonal office of placed some areas of Kwara under surveillance, following intelligence on the activities of internet fraudsters in the city.
Upon the convicts arrest alongside others, analysis of iPhones and laptops recovered from them yielded fraudulent email addresses and messages, which the convicts confessed to owning.