Corruption and Underdevelopment

Court convicts internet conman in Lagos

By Paul Michael

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos has convicted and sentenced an internet fraudster, Yusuf Adetokunbo, for an offence bordering on possession of documents containing false pretence.

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) secured the conviction on August 8, 2022.

Adetokunbo was arraigned by the anti-graft agency on a one-count charge on July 22, 2022. The charge was on possession of documents containing false pretenses contrary to Section 320 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Court convicts internet conman in Lagos

According to a statement by the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, on Tuesday, the convict was accused of involvement in fraudulent chats with the intention to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

“That you, Yusuf Olawale Adetokunbo on or about the 29th April, 2022 at Lagos, within the Ikeja jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with the intent to defraud had in your possession a bundle of fraudulent chats containing false pretence in your Google voice app and email with the name which pretence you knew or ought to know to be false,” the count read.

Adetokunbo pleaded “guilty” to the charge when it was read to him.

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Consequently, the EFCC prosecuting counsel, Nnaemeka Omewa, thereafter gave a review of the facts.

Omewa further tendered in evidence the fraudulent documents printed from his iPhone X and iPhone 6+, as well as a draft of N200,000 issued as restitution by the defendant.

There was no objection by the defence counsel, Kayode Oyedele, and they were admitted as Exhibit A and B.

“We urge the court to convict the defendant as charged and to forfeit to the Federal Government the items recovered from him,” Omewa told the court.

In his ruling, Justice Taiwo convicted Adetokunbo as charged and sentenced him to six months at a Custodial Centre, with an option of N150,000 fine. Items recovered from him were also ordered forfeited to the Federal Government.

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