Fatihat Olaitan – Ilorin
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ilorin Zonal Office has secured conviction of one Abubakar Abdulbashit, a final year Student of the University of Ilorin and two other undergraduate students charged with offences bordering on love scam and internet fraud.
The two others are Alimi Abiodun and Idowu Rasaq, students of Kwara State University University, KWASU, Molete and Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, respectively.
Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin convicted and sentenced the three undergraduate students to various jail terms after the court found them guilty of various offences preferred against them by EFCC.
The three convicts, who were arraigned on separate charges pleaded guilty to the charges preferred against them.
In his judgment, Justice Abdulgafar while relying on the plea of guilt by the defendants and various exhibits tendered against them held that the prosecution succeeded in proving its case beyond reasonable doubts.
Consequently, Abdulbashit was sentenced to six months imprisonment, which shall be suspended for one year and also ordered that the convict’s iPhones, hp Laptop used as instruments in committing the crime and a draft of Fifty Thousand Naira, raised as restitution be forfeited to Federal Government
In sentencing Abiodun, the judge who gave him three months imprisonment on count one and one year imprisonment on count two, to be suspended for one year, ordered forfeiture of his iPhone and sum of Three Hundred and Fifty Two Thousand Naira draft raised to Federal Government.
For Rasaq Olanrewaju, Justice Abdulgafar sentenced him to six months imprisonment at Mandala Correctional Centre, which shall be suspended for six months, including forfeiture of his 2014 Toyota Venza, 2 iPhones, hp Laptop, sum of Four Hundred and Four Thousand, Four Hundred and Fourteen Naira, Ninety Three Kobo to Federal Government.
Justice Abdulgafar maintained that the sentences are without option of fine.