You might be aware of people impersonating as bank officials, travel agency officials, army men, police personnel, fake renters – but what happened in Western Nigeria will blow your mind.
21-year-old Jatto Sheriff Umar impersonated none other than Internet entrepreneur and Facebook’s founder – Mark Zuckerberg – and defrauding unsuspecting victims via online relationships.
On Wednesday, a Kwara State High Court in Ilorin convicted Jatto for impersonation and cybercrime offences. He was awarded a six-month suspended sentence.
Two different Kwara State High Courts – presided over by Justice Mahmoud Abdulgafar and Justice Adenike Akinpelu – sentenced five other people for identical offences.
The five other convicts are a fake US military officer – Oguntoyinbo Oluwatobi Damilola, Taiwo Akinyemi Kayode from Ekiti West Local Government Area of Ekiti state, Adebayo Adeola Mark from Osi, Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara state, Adedoyin Olayinka from Ilesha West Local Government Area of Osun state and one Yusuf Alameen Abiodun from Igbo-Owu area of Kwara state.
Jatto, Damilola, Taiwo, and Mark, were prosecuted before Justice Abdulgafar, while Olayinka and Abiodun were charged before Justice Akinpelu’s court.
They were charged before the two courts by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Two anti-graft counsels, Innocent Mbachie and R. E. Alao, who prosecuted the two cases, urged the courts to consider the defendants’ confessions and guilty pleas, as well as the evidence presented against them, which included the devices used in the crime, in convicting and sentencing them as charged.
On charges one and two, Justice Abdulgafar sentenced Jatto to six months in jail each, to be served consecutively in Mandala Correctional Centre.
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