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  • Crime - Kaduna
  • Updated: June 18, 2024

Kaduna courts jail four internet fraudsters

Kaduna courts jail four internet fraudsters

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing of four internet fraudsters. 

The convictions were handed down by Justices A. A Bello, A.A. Isiaka of the state high courts, and R.M. Aikawa of the federal high court in Kaduna.

This was contained in a statement on the commission official X handle on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the convicted individuals are Stephen Destiny Osaro, Yakubu Suleiman, Salisu Abubakar, and Mohammed Alamin Isah. Osaro and Suleiman faced separate one-count charges of impersonation and were convicted and sentenced by Justice Bello. 

Abubakar and Isah were prosecuted on separate one-count charges of cheating and impersonation, respectively, and were convicted and sentenced by Justices Isiaka and Aikawa.

The charge against Osaro reads: “That you Stephen Destiny Osaro (a.k.a Layla Evans), male, sometime in March 2024, at Apple Gate Hotel, Karji, Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, fraudulently impersonated one Layla Evans (a white woman) on Facebook, and in such assumed character cheated one Coopland (an Australian citizen) of the sum of $100 (one hundred USD) and you thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 308 and punishable under Section 309 of the Kaduna State Penal Code law, 2017.”

Similarly, that of Salisu reads: “That you Salisu Abubakar (a.k.a Latrina Brown Jones) (M), between January and March 2024, at Kaduna with the jurisdiction of this honourable court, cheated one Scot Williamson of the total sum of N100,000.00 (One hundred thousand Naira) only when you pretended to be Latrina Brown Jones; a white woman living in Garden City, Michigan, USA via Facebook (an online social media application), which you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 308 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law of 2017 and punishable under Section 309 of the same law.”

All four convicts pleaded “guilty” to their charges, prompting prosecution counsel M.E Eimonye in Osaro and Suleman’s case, and M.J Argungu in both Abubakar and Isa’s cases, to request the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Justice Bello sentenced Osaro and Suleman to five years imprisonment each or to pay fines of N400,000.00 (Four Hundred Thousand Naira) and N350,000.00 (Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) respectively. 

Additionally, both forfeited their phones to the federal government.

Justice Isiaka sentenced Abubakar to five years imprisonment or to pay a fine of N350,000.00 (Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira). Besides restituting the victim, he forfeited his iPhone 11 Pro to the federal government.

Isah received a two-year imprisonment sentence from Justice Aikawa or a fine of N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira). Additionally, he was ordered to restitute the victim and forfeit his iPhone 13 to the federal government.

 

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