A 21-year-old web fraudster, Jatto Sheriff Umar, who posed because the founding father of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, with a view to defraud unsuspecting victims by way of on-line relationship, was on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 convicted and sentenced to jail for offences bordering on personation and cybercrime.
The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, additionally secured the conviction of 4 different individuals for related offences. They are Oguntoyinbo Oluwatobi Damilola; Taiwo Akinyemi Kayode from Ekiti West Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Adebayo Adeola Mark from Osi in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State, Adedoyin Olayinka from Ilesha West Local Government Area of Osun State and one Yusuf Alameen Abiodun from Igbo-Owu Area of Kwara State.
While the quartet of Jatto, Damilola, Taiwo and Mark had been prosecuted earlier than Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin, Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the identical Court, heard the case of Olayinka and Abiodun.
The defendants pleaded responsible to their separate cost.
Innocent Mbachie represented the EFCC within the circumstances earlier than Justice Abdulgafar, whereas R. A Alao prosecuted for the Commission within the circumstances earlier than Justice Akinpelu.
The two counsel urged the courts to take discover of the confessional statements and the responsible plea entered by the defendants in addition to the proof tendered in opposition to them, which included the units utilized in perpetrating the crime to convict and sentence them as charged.
Justice Abdulgafar sentenced Jatto (Zuckerberg’s impostor) to 6 months imprisonment every on depend one and two, to run concurrently at Mandala Correctional Centre. The sentences are nonetheless suspended, however the convict could be reporting to official of the Correctional Centre. The courtroom additionally ordered the forfeiture of his iPhone 12 professional, laptop computer and supervisor’s cheque, which he raised as restitution to his victims.
The choose gave Damilola a suspended sentence of six months imprisonment on depend one and two, to run concurrently, whereas ordering the forfeiture of the cellphone used to perpetrate the crime to the federal authorities.
Justice Abdulgafar additionally sentenced Taiwo to a suspended time period of six months imprisonment. The courtroom ordered that the convict’s Black Toyota Corolla Car with registration quantity LRN237RA, Dell Laptop, and one IPhone 11 professional be forfeited to the federal authorities.
An analogous sentence was imposed on Mark because the courtroom jailed him for six months, which shall be suspended whereas ordering the forfeiture of the cellphone utilized in committing the crime.
On the opposite hand, Justice Akinpelu sentenced Olayinka to 6 months imprisonment every on depend one and two, to run concurrently with possibility of superb of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) on every depend.
In the identical vein, the choose sentenced Abiodun to 6 months imprisonment with possibility of superb of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira). The courtroom additionally ordered the forfeiture of a draft of N135,000 (One Hundred and Thirty Five Thousand Naira) raised as restitution to the sufferer of the crime in addition to iPhone XR used as instrumentality of the crime.