The Ibadan office of the Economic Financial and other Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured convictions for some fraudsters.
According to a statement by the media unit of the EFCC, the conviction was secured on Thursday before Justice Mohammed Abubakar of Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The convicts are: Olayiwola Olamilekan Adewole, Raji Wasiu Olalekan, Uthman Dolapo Muhammed, Usman Toheeb Olawale, Oyesoji Tosin Isaac, Okegbenro Idris Olalekan, Oluwole Olusukanmi Yinka and Akinlolu akintunde Toheed
The defendants pleaded guilty to separate one count of impersonation, following a plea bargain with the EFCC.
After taking their pleas, Justice Abubakar convicted and sentenced them to various jail terms and also ordered that they restitute their victims.
Olayiwola, Oyesoji and Usman were sentenced to four months in prison with the option of N100,000, N300,000 and N50,000 fine respectively; while Raji, Uthman, Okegbenro, and Akiolu bagged three months imprisonment. Uthman, Okegbenro and Akiolu got option of N200, 000, N50, 000 and N100, 000 fine respectively.
Oluwole was convicted and sentenced to two months imprisonment with no option of fine
The Court also ordered Olayiwola to restitute $1,100 USD to his victim; Raji, $300USD; Uthman, N1, 184,336.51 ; Oyesoji, $1,800 ; Usman, $70 USD ;Oni, $1,000USD; Oluwole, £2,000 to Jennifer Unichi and also forfeit the sum of N205,228:65 and Akinlolu, $950 USD.
The convicts are to forfeit all items recovered from them to the Federal Government of Nigeria.