A Federal High Court in Ilorin has sentenced a 26-year-old man identified as Olukayode Emmanuel Olamilekan, from Akure, Ondo State, to two-years imprisonment over offences bordering on cybercrime.
Olukayode was convicted by Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court.
He was found guilty of the two-count charge levelled against him by the Ilorin Zonal Command office of the EFCC.
The convict was among the thirty suspected internet fraudsters arrested in Ado-Ekiti on April 26, 2022, during a sting operation in the state capital following intelligence reports on the activities of fraudsters in the area.
According to the anti-graft agency, investigations into the matter revealed that Olukayode, who currently has no defined job is specialized in internet fraud and had benefited several millions of naira from his fraudulent activities, part of which he used to purchase a Mercedes Benz ML 350 in the sum of N13 million.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges levelled against him.
Following his guilty plea, counsel to the EFCC, Sesan Ola, reviewed the facts of the case.
He tendered the extra-judicial statements of the defendant, phones, hp laptop and the car recovered from him at the point of arrest as well as fraudulent messages printed from his devices, which were admitted in evidence.
Ola urged the court to convict the defendant in line with his guilty plea and the exhibits tendered before it.
In his judgement, Justice Sani, said he found merit in the case of the prosecution and consequently convicted the defendant.
The trial judge sentenced Olukayode to one-year imprisonment each on count one and two with an option of N300,000 fine on each count.
The court also ordered the forfeiture of one iPhone 12, Infinix X 65, hp laptop and Mercedes Benz ml 350 recovered from the convict at the point of arrest to the Federal Government.