A high court sitting in Ilorin on Friday sentenced a 38-year-old lecturer from the Kwara State College of Health Technology Offa, Adebisi Ademola, to six months imprisonment over his involvement in a reported internet love scam.
Ademola was among the 33 suspected internet fraudsters arrested on September 14, 2020 in the Offa area of Kwara State.
The defendant was prosecuted by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a one-count charge bordering on romance scam, an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 95 of the Penal Code Law of Northern Nigeria.
A quote from the charge: “That you, Adebisi Ademola (a.k.a Dawn Ayero) sometime in September, 2020 in Ilorin, Kwara state within the jurisdiction of this honourable court attempted to commit an offence of cheating by pretending and representing yourself to be a white lady called Dawn Ayero to one Donald Oakes who is purportedly in love with the said Donald Oakes as it is contained in your gmail account: email@example.com and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 95 of the Penal Code Laws of Northern state”.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge as it was read to him by the the justice of Kwara State High Court, Sikiru Oyinloye.