Man jailed for fraud, two others arraigned

A man has been jailed for two years for committing cyber fraud in Edo State.

The convict, named Ikuobase Miller, was said to have presented himself to a foreign woman as though he were an American. He was also said to have adopted for himself a foreign name, Larry Benson.

The prosecutor said Miller did so knowing that the information was false and with the ‘intention to gain an advantage to himself’.

The prosecutor said the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 484 of the Criminal Code Cap 48 Laws of Bendel State of Nigeria 1976 (as applicable in Edo State).

Miller pleaded guilty to the charge, after which trial judge Efe Ikponmwonba  sentenced him accordingly.

In a related development, two youths were arraigned before Justice A. O. Awogboro of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos. They were accused of possessing documents containing false pretense.

According to the EFCC, the defendants, named  Samuel Ayotunde Balogun and Sodiq Muraina Olarenwaju had adopted for themselves false names with intention to defraud.

“Sometime in 2022 in Lagos, Balogun made a false statement wherein he held yourself as one Murry Johnson in his Instagram account knowing same to be false and with intent that the representation is relied upon for the purpose of procuring the issuance of financial instrument to yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 22 (3) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc.) Act, 2015.

“Olarewaju on the other hand, is accused of having in his possession a document containing false pretence titled “Google Account’, wherein he held himself as a white man named “Williams Sunday” an information he knew to be false contrary to Section 6 and 5(1) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act.”

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