Mr. Olaoye Jamiu Olarewaju, Cybercrime Suspect Photo: ThisDay

Cybercrime: Court convicts ex-Deputy Rector’s son, 2 others for frauds in Kwara

*A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin, capital of Kwara State of Nigeria, has convicted Mr. Olaoye Jamiu Olarewaju, son of a former Deputy Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, over offences bordering on cyberfraud

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For offences bordering on cybercriminal activities, a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, has convicted Mr. Olaoye Jamiu Olarewaju, son of a former Deputy Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Offa (FEDPOFFA) in the state.

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Thursday, February 3, 2022, secured the conviction of young Olarewaju over offences bordering on cybercrime.

The court convicted Olarewaju alongside certain Badmus Ridwan Moyosore, a native of Ibadan, Oyo State capital, and another, Abdulsalam Ibrahim, from Malete, in Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State, for a similar offence, reports ThisDay.

Both Olarewaju, Badmus and Abdulsalam, who were prosecuted on separate charges by the country’s anti-graft regulatory agency, pleaded guilty to their various charges.

Following their pleas, Rasheedat Alao, Counsel to EFCC, summoned witnesses who are operatives of the Commission, to review the facts of the criminal cases.

According to the witness who testified against Olaruwaju, the defendant fraudulently defrauded one of his victims to the tune of $2,000, while the testimony against Badmus revealed that the defendant swindled his victim the sum of $200.

Likewise, the testimony against Abdulsalam said to be in “sugar baby relationship scam”, and that over N18million suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities passed through his account.

The extra-judicial statements of the defendants, fraudulent documents printed from their devices, and items recovered from them at the point of arrest were tendered and admitted in evidence.

The EFCC Counsel later urged the court to take judicial notice of the plea of the defendants, exhibits tendered, and the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses and convict the defendants as charged.

Justice Adenike Akinpelu, in her judgement, said that the EFCC had established its cases against the defendants.

Consequently, the court pronounced the defendants guilty.

The judge sentenced Olarewaju to a term of six months’ imprisonment with N150, 000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) as option of fine.

The court also ordered that the iPhone, which he used to perpetrate the crime and the draft of N400,000.00, which he raised as restitution be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Justice Akinpelu also sentenced Badmus to six months’ imprisonment with N100, 000.00 as option of fine.

Two phones and laptop used by the convict to perpetrate the crime were also forfeited to the Nigerian Government.

The Justice as well sentenced Abdulsalam to six months’ imprisonment with N150, 000.00 as option of fine.

The judge also ordered the forfeiture of a Toyota Camry car, two phones and a laptop used by the convict as instrumentality of the crime to the Federal Government.

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