A high court in Ibadan, Oyo State, sentenced an official of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, to one year in prison for internet fraud totaling N195 million naira.
Adeyemi Israel Abiodun, the convict, is a 200-level student of Economics and Development Studies at the Federal University of Oye-Ekiti in Ekiti State.
On March 30, 2022, he was arrested alongside 79 others in a sting operation in the Sango area of Ibadan by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives for alleged internet fraud.
The EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement on Wednesday, August 24, those investigations revealed that Abiodun benefited N195, 274, 331 as a cumulative heist from cyber-fraud involving the forgery of over 25 US bank cheques between July 2021 and March 2022.
He was one of 40 people found guilty on separate charges by four judges of the Oyo State High Court in Ibadan.
“That you, Adeyemi Israel Abiodun, and Odiase Precious Abiola (aka Prezzy) (at large) did conspire on or about 30th March 2022 at Ibadan, within the Ibadan Judicial Division to forge various the United States of America Banks Cheques and purport same to be genuine and thereby committed the offense of conspiracy to commit forgery contrary to Section 516 and 467 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State
He pleaded “guilty” to the EFCC’s charges and was sentenced to one year in prison without the option of a fine.
Furthermore, the court ordered him to pay $1,000 dollars in restitution and forfeit to the Federal Government of Nigeria a white Mercedes Benz CLA-250 with a customized NANS plate number worth N16 million naira, a gold neck chain, and one ice neck chain worth N3.6 million, bitcoin worth $58, 854.88 dollars, one Apple MacBook Pro 2020 Model, and an iPhone 12 Pro Max.
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