Judge Inyang Ekwo of the Abuja Federal High Court yesterday sentenced National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member Ajayi Temitope Ayokunle to two months in prison without the option of a fine.
The 30-year-old body member, who posed as Dr Joshua to defraud US citizen Maria of $ 1,000 in addition to her imprisonment will lose $ 500 in cash found in his account bank and a sophisticated Android phone to the federal government. Government.
Judge Ekwo, who expressed his utter disgust at the embarrassing rate of cybercrime among Nigerian youth, rejected the convict’s plea deal with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in which he confessed to committing the crime and called for a soft landing.
Yesterday, during his arraignment, EFCC lawyer Ms Dichi Gershom Umar drew Judge Ekwo’s attention to the plea bargaining and urged him to convict the accused with an option of fine, a request that the judge rejected.
EFCC lawyer said the accused confessed during a plea bargain to having committed the offense and agreed to confiscate the $ 500 in cash in his account and the Android phone used to commit the crime to the federal government.
However, Judge Ekwo, who was uncomfortable with the terms of the plea agreement, subjected the convict to questioning while in the dock.
The convict told the judge that he is reading political science at one of Nigeria’s universities and is currently doing his one-year compulsory service with the NYSC.
Apparently unhappy with the accused’s ruthless demeanor, Judge Ekwo said the option of a fine would not occur in his courtroom to deter other young criminals.
Subsequently, the judge ordered him to remain in prison for two months from November 23.
In the charge brought against the convicted person by the EFCC, he allegedly defrauded a Maria, a citizen of the United States of America on the pretext of romance by posing as Dr. Joshua to hand over the sum of $ 1,000 , which she would not have wanted. did, but for deception.
The charge marked FHC / ABJ / CR / 316/2021 violates section 22 (2) of the Cybercrime Prohibition, Prevention Act 2015.