By Taiwo Ogunniyi
The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Friday, secured the convictions of five persons charged over offences bordering on internet related fraud before Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin.
Prior to their conviction, the defendants had pleaded guilty to the separate charge preferred against them by the anti-graft agency.
Upon their pleas, Innocent Mbachie, Aliyu Adebayo and Andrew Akoja reviewed the facts of the cases from the bar and tendered phones, laptops, and fraudulent messages printed from defendants’ device and were admitted in evidence.
The prosecuting counsel urged the court to consider the facts and circumstances of the cases, the guilty pleas by the defendants, their extra judicial statements and convict them as charged.
In his judgment, Justice Sani said the prosecution has established a prima-facie case against the defendants and convicted them.
The judge sentenced the defendants to various jail terms, ranging from six months to one year imprisonment with option of fine.
The judge also ordered that all items used as instrumentality of the crime by the convicts including phones and laptops and monies raised as restitution be forfeited to the Federal Government.
Edited by Felix Ajide