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  • Updated: June 13, 2024

Nigerian student bags jail sentence for scamming Chinese woman

Nigerian student bags jail sentence for scamming Chinese wom

On Thursday, a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Gwagwalada sentenced Adakole Peter, a 21-year-old student, to one year in jail for defrauding a Chinese woman of $50.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, charged the defendant with two charges of defrauding by impersonation and claiming to be a military man.

He pled guilty and urged the judge to be kind in his judgement. 

Justice Aliyu Shafa, who delivered the judgement, also granted him the option of paying a fine of N150,000.

Shafa ordered the offender to sign an affidavit of good behaviour, and that the Redmi mobile, which was used in the crime, be sold and the money placed in the Federal Government's account through EFCC.

He further directed that the $50 collected from the inmate be put into the Federal Government's account.

Earlier, in his appeal for compassion, the felon told the court that he had realised his error and would not do it again.

“I have repented and realized my mistakes, I plead with the court to temper justice with mercy”, he pleaded.

Bridget Abang, the convict's defence counsel, pleaded with the court to balance justice and mercy.

Abang urged the court to consider the convict's plea and age, noting that he was a first-time offender.

I.D Iloakasia, the Prosecution lawyer, informed the court that the prisoner and his lawyer entered into and signed a plea deal on June 10.

Iloakasia stated that the defendant tricked his victim between April and May while posing as Steve M Marks, a military man, inside the court's jurisdiction.

He said the prisoner committed an illegal act by inducing Ruth Novick, a Chinese citizen, to send him $50 in gift cards.

He stated that the inmate sold it on the internet for N20,000.

The prosecution stated that the offence violated Section 321 of the Penal Code Act, Laws of the Federation Abuja, 1990, and was penalised under Section 324 of the same act.

The prosecutor had earlier requested that the money and instruments found from the prisoner be forfeited to the Federal Government via the EFCC.

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