The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, on Monday secured the conviction of three internet fraudsters in Ibadan, Oyo State. 

The defendants were prosecuted before two separate courts, the Federal High Court, Ibadan, and Oyo State High Court.

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Samuel Tanimowo Owolabi, aka Dr. Keilah Forgey, and Akinrinmade Adepoju Sunday were convicted by Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan of fraudulent impersonation, contrary to Section 22 (3) (a) and 22 (2) (a) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act, 2015, and punishable under the same Act.

Owolabi was sentenced to a year and seven months imprisonment while Akinrinmade bagged three months imprisonment. 

The court also ordered Owolabi to forfeit a Toyota Lexus RX300 SUV, Toyota Lexus RX330 SUV, one silver coloured Macbook air laptop, one grey coloured Apple smart wristwatch, two LG TVs, one white coloured IPhone X, one white Apple mouse, and two flash drives.

Akinrinmade was ordered by the court to forfeit the sum of N986,855:85k (Nine hundred and eighty-six thousand, eight hundred and fifty-five naira eighty-five kobo) from his GTBank account with number 0167977299 and one iPhone 11 Pro Max Plus, to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

In the same vein, Justice Bayo Taiwo of Oyo State High Court, Ibadan convicted and ordered Azeez Yusuf Akinkunmi to do three months of community service for one count of obtaining property by false pretences. 

He was ordered to restitute the sum of $110 (One hundred and ten dollars) to his victim Mike Anderson, through the EFCC.

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