James Bond Nigerian imposter jailed In Benin
Irabor Osarumwense, a Nigerian, who impersonated Hollywood actor Daniel Craig has been jailed in Benin City, the capital of Edo State.
Justice S. M. Shuaibu, of the Federal High Court, sentenced the convict to two years imprisonment for fraud.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) had preferred charge of impersonation and obtaining money by false pretence against the convict.
The charge states that “Osarumwense (aka 007 Daniel Craig James Bond) sometimes in 2021 in Benin City, Edo State fraudulently sent documents to one Nansiri through the internet.
The EFCC also said Osarumwense had claimed the document emanated from the said Daniel Craig, “with the intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act 2015 and punishable under section 22(2)(b)(iv) of the same Act”
Upon arraignment the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.
In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Immaculate Elodi prayed the court to convict and sentence him in accordance with the plea bargain agreement between the parties.
Justice Shuaibu thereafter convicted and sentenced the defendant to two years imprisonment or a fine of N200, 000. The defendant is also to forfeit the phone used in perpetuating the crime to the Federal government of Nigeria. He is also to undertake in writing to be of good behaviour afterwards.