The Federal High Court sitting in Calabar of Cross River State has sentenced six internet fraudsters to prison.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu and Justice Rosemary Oghoghorie, who convicted and sentenced the fraudsters revealed in a statement on Friday April 28, 2023.
According to the statement, the convicts identified as Ojiako David Enyinna, Heziekiah Ezekiel Eno, Onyedika Ugochukwu Enemchukwu, Adinkwu Destiny Chukwudifu, God’s Favour Bassey Essi and Ebenezer Emmanuel Peter, were found guilty on separate count charges bordering on false pretence and criminal impersonation.
The Justices said, “While Enemchukwu and Peter were arraigned on separate two-count charges, Enyinna, Eno, Chukwudifu and Essi were arraigned on a separate one-count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence and criminal impersonation.”
Pleading to the court, Daniel G. Daniel, Koko Essien, Innocent Eze and Francis Ezike of the defence counsel have prayed to the court to temper justice with mercy.
Refuting the plea, Justice Oghoghorie sentenced Peter to one-year imprisonment on each of the two-count charge, to run concurrently or pay a fine of N500,000. Chukwudifu and Essi bagged one-year imprisonment each with the option of a fine of N500,000.
Enemchukwu, Enyinna and Eno were convicted and sentenced by Justice Ojukwu. Enemchukwu received 6 months imprisonment on each count to run concurrently, with an option of a fine of N500,000; Enyinna and Eno received 6 months imprisonment each with the option of a fine of N500,000.00 and N200,000 respectively.
Enemchukwu and Peter were ordered to pay the sums of $400 and $200 respectively in restitution to their victims through the Commission.
All items used in committing the crimes were forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria, the statement unveiled.