The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has dragged three suspected internet fraudsters before a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin presided over by Justice Adenike Akinpelu.
The suspect Olopade Oladimeji Solomon, Atanda Femi Benjamin and Atoyebi Samson, who were arraigned on Thursday on separate charges however pleaded guilty to the criminal charges leveled against them.
The charge against Atanda reads: “That you, Atanda Femi Benjamin (alias: Federer Abril), sometime in December, 2018,at ilorin, within the judicial division of the Kwara Stste High Court, did attempt to cheat by percolation, when you pretended to be one Federer Abril a white Caucasin vide Gmail account: email@example.com and in that guise communicated with one Linda Richardson vide hangout with Linda Richardson, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable Section 324 of the same Penal Code.”
Against Atoyebi the charges sheet read: “That you, Atoyebi Samson (William Grover), sometime in July, 2019, in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did cheat by personation when you pretended to be one William Grover a white Female with gmail account firstname.lastname@example.org, and fraudulently deceived Charles Wood an American citizen, to send $500.00 (Two Hundred Dollar) worth of gift card after you made him believe you were a girl in love with him and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 321 of the Penal Code and punishable under section 324 of the same Penal Code”
They pleaded guilty to the charges.
The Prosecuting Counsel, Sesan Ola and Andrew Akoja however urged the Court to convict the defendants having pleaded guilty to the charges.
Justice Akinpelu fixed 17th of March for adjudication in the case and ordered the accused persons to be remanded in the custody of the EFCC.