A High Court in Kwara State, Nigeria has sentenced one Ademola Adebukola, alias Holy Ghost, to six months’ imprisonment for his involvement in internet fraud on Wednesday January 20, 2021.
Adebukola, 29, was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice Adenike Akinpelu on four counts bordering on cheating and attempt to cheat.
The convict was said to have sometime in 2018 attempted to defraud one Sherri Reed by fraudulently inducing her to send the sum of $3,500 to him under the pretext of being in a romantic relationship with her and in need of money to clear goods from the seaport.
Adebukola pleaded guilty to the charges and Justice Akinpelu subsequently sentenced him to six months imprisonment on each of the counts, She added that the sentences would run concurrently from September 14, 2020 and ordered the forfeiture of his iPhone 5 and Dell laptop to the Federal Government.
The charges read in part, “That you, Ademola Adebukola, sometime in 2018, at Ilorin, within the judicial division of the Kwara State High Court, while acting as Blackmore G. Scott, aka Holy Ghost, with email address email@example.com, did attempt to cheat one Sherri Reed by fraudulently inducing her to deliver the sum of $3,500 to you under the pretext of being in a romantic relationship with her and in need of money to clear goods at the seaport, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code.
“That you, Ademola Adebukola, sometime in July 2020, at Ilorin, within the judicial division of the Kwara State High Court, while acting as David Frenchman with email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, did attempt to cheat by impersonation when you presented yourself to one Wanda Smith of email@example.com as being a Caucasian male in a romantic relationship with her, a representation you knew to be false, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same Penal Code.”
Meanwhile, the EFCC has also arrested seven suspected Internet fraudsters in the Olomi area of Ibadan, Oyo State, According to the EFCC, the suspects were arrested based on intelligence received from concerned members of the public on their alleged criminal activities.
It was gathered that two vehicles, mobile devices and laptops were recovered from the suspects, The Head, Media and Publicity of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, said the suspects would be charged after the conclusion of investigation.