Judge Efe Ikponmwonba of the Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City, on Monday sentenced six internet fraudsters to prison terms for fraud.
The convicts are Emejom Jude Chinomso, Okolie Collins, Hezekiah Oghenekume, Musa Dauda, Akinselure Adebayo and Obafemi Oluwatosin.
They were indicted by Benin’s Zone Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on separate counts bordering on impersonation, intent to defraud and false declarations to the EFCC.
The defendants pleaded guilty to the charges brought against them by the EFCC, prompting the prosecution, Francis Jirbo, IN Elodi and KU Udus to beg the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.
However, the defendants’ lawyer, Emmanuel Okorie, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendants felt remorse for their actions.
Judge Ikponwonoba found guilty and sentenced Collins and Chinomso to two years imprisonment with the possibility of fines of two hundred thousand naira and three hundred thousand naira respectively.
The duo Adebayo and Dauda were sentenced to one year imprisonment with the option of a fine of one hundred and fifty thousand naira
Oghenekume was sentenced to two years imprisonment with an option of a fine of one hundred and fifty thousand naira while Emmanuel was sentenced to one year imprisonment or a one hundred thousand naira fine.