A 20-year-old undergraduate of the University of Ilorin, Udoh Sunday Okon, was on Wednesday convicted for offences bordering on Facebook lottery scam.
The 300-level student and indigene of Akwa Ibom State reportedly defrauded an American national, Kimberly, to the tune of $500 US dollars via Facebook lottery.
Sunday Okon, was prosecuted on one-count charge by the Ilorin Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, which he pleaded guilty to.
The charge sheet read, “That you, Udoh Sunday Okon, (Christopher Wray), sometime in March 2021, at Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did cheat by personation when you pretended to be one Christopher Wray, a White Male with +18315088635 as your WhatsApp business line and fraudulently deceived Kimberly an American to send 500 dollars worth of Ebay gift card to you after you made him believe that he won one million dollars Facebook lottery and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the Penal Code.”
Following his plea, the EFCC counsel, Sesan Ola, urged the court to convict the defendant and sentence him based on his plea and the evidence tendered before the court.
The trial judge, Justice Sikiru Oyinloye, pronounced the defendant guilty and sentenced him to a term of one-year jail.
He said, “I have carefully considered the facts and circumstances of this case, especially the lone count charge, the plea of guilt, the unchallenged evidence of the prosecution and the defence who accepted all the evidence of the prosecution.
“It is the opinion of this honourable court that the defendant is guilty as charged,” the trial judge declared.
Justice Oyinloye, however, gave the convict a N200,000 fine option and ordered the forfeiture of N206,000 draft raised as restitution by the convict and the iPhone used in committing the crime to the Federal Government.