Four internet fraudsters arraigned before Justice Muawiyah Baba Idris of Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) High Court, Nyanya, Abuja, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission( EFCC) have been sent to prison.
They are Tosan Ogbe, Onajite Tosan Ejivwo,Abdulmumin Saidu and Karo Ijire.
While Tosan Ogbe, Onajite Tosan Ejivwo, Abdulmumin Saidu were prosecuted on a one-count charge bordering on fraudulent inducement, contrary to Section 320(b) and punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code Law of the Federation,1990, Karo Ijire was convicted on a different matter.
He faced a three-count charge, bordering on fraudulent inducement, cheating and impersonation, which are contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code Law, Cap 532, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria and punishable under Section 322 of the same Law.
One of the charges reads,
That you Karo Ijire sometime in 2019 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, fraudulently induced one Clarisa Hosino, a citizen of the United States of America to deliver the sum of $1000 (One thousand United States Dollars) via Western Union to you and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code Law, Cap 532, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under Section 322 of the same law.
Ogbe, Ejivwo and Saidu pleaded guilty to their separate one count charge.
After their plea, the prosecution team led by H.M Muhammad advised the court to convict them based on the plea bargain agreement it had with the defence team.
Ijire also pleaded guilty to all the charges .
After his plea, the prosecution team led by J. Saidu and Maryam Ahmed Aminu advised the court to convict him too based on the plea bargain agreement it had with the defence team.
We have filed a plea bargain agreement before the court on 23rd July, 2019, signed by both parties. May I humbly adopt this agreement and urge this honourable court to convict and sentence the defendant based on the terms agreed on the plea bargain,” Aminu told the court.
The defence counsel however pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as he is a first time offender and has never been convicted of any crime before
Ruling on the case, Justice Idris ordered that he be remanded in prison custody, pending his sentencing on the July 29, 2019 being the next adjourned date.