Court jails two for internet fraud, pornography in Ibadan

A Federal High Court sitting  in Ibadan, has convicted two young men for  internet related offences and sentenced them to jail.

The duo of Olubayo Oluwaseyi (a.ka. Rachel Erick) and Abe Tolulope Emmanuel (a.k.a. Victoria Grant), were found guilty of fraudulent impersonation and sending pornographic and indecent pictures in the respective one-count charges filed against them by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan zonal office.

The original charges were replaced with the amended charges as presented before the court on Monday due to the plea bargain agreement between them and the Commission. 

Olubayo’s offence was contrary to Section 22(3)(b) of Cyber Crime (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015, and punishable under Section 22(4) of the Act.

Sending pornographic and indecent picture, the charge against Abe, runs contrary to Section 24 (1)(a) of Cyber Crime (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015, and punishable under Section 24 (1) of the Act.

They however pleaded guilty to the latest charges when they were read to them.

After the pleas, prosecution counsel, Mrs Iyabo Daramola, prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Presiding judge, Mrs Patricia Ajoku, in delivering her judgment, upheld the terms in the respective plea bargain agreements as she sentenced Olubayo to six months in prison, and jailed Abe for five months.

They were also ordered to restitute to their victims the money they fraudulently collected from their victims and forfeit all the items recovered from them to Federal Government.




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