Court Jails 26-yr-old Graduate, 10 Others Over Internet Fraud In Edo

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On Tuesday a twenty-six-year-old Ohenhen Victor Ikponwosa, a graduate of Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma and 10 others were, convicted and sentenced to prison by Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City for internet fraud.

Other convicts are Iredia Junior Ehis, Awe Macdonald, Azanuwa Junior, Kelvin Akenuwa, Godspower Oghenekohwa, Collins Daniel, Junior Osarobo, Marvis Ogbodaga Osemudiamen, Jephthah Eromosele and Christopher Christian Dickson.

According to a statement issued by EFCC on Wednesday they were arrested by operatives of the Benin Zonal Command following intelligence on their nefarious activities.

Subsequently, they were arraigned on separate one-count charges each bordering on possession of alleged proceeds of crime, false representation and unlawful possession of fraudulent documents, contrary to Sections 17(a) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004 and punishable under Section 17(b) of the same Act.

Upon arraignment, the defendants pleaded guilty to their respective charges prompting the prosecution counsel, I.M. Elodi, Salihu Ahmed and KY Bello to pray the court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly.

However, counsel to the defendants pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendants were first-time offenders who had turned a new leaf.

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Justice Ikponmwonba thereafter convicted and sentenced Osemudiamen, Ikponwosa and Ehis to three years imprisonment with an option of N200,000 as fine.

The quartet of Akenuwa, Macdonald, Dickson, and Oghenekohwa bagged two years imprisonment with an option of N100,000 while Eromosele, Oserobo, and Daniel were sent to three years imprisonment with an option of N100,000.

The judge sentenced Junior to two years imprisonment with an option of N200,000 fine.

The judge also ordered that a Lexus RX 330 car and mobile phones recovered during investigation, being proceeds of crime, be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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