On Monday, Justice N.U. Sadiq of the Kaduna State High Court found four internet scammers guilty and gave them each a five-year prison sentence.
The four defendants—Chinedu Prince Omeka, Adamu Eric Mendos, Daniel Andrew, and Elom Vincent Prince—were found guilty on individual counts of impersonation.
When the charges were read to them in the courtroom, they all entered guilty pleas.
Prosecuting attorneys M. Lawal and M.U. Gadaka requested that the court find the defendants guilty in accordance with their pleas.
Elom Vincent Prince was sentenced to three years in jail with the possibility of a N150,000 fine, while the other three defendants were found guilty and given sentences of two years each with the option of a fine of the same amount by Justice Sadiq.
The judge mandated that Omeka turn over one iPhone 11 to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, or EFCC, on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria. Mendos also forfeited one iPhone 11, Andrew forfeited one iPhone 12, and Prince forfeited one iPhone 6s to the government in addition to forfeiting one iPhone 11.
Additionally, he was mandated to return $50 to the victim via EFCC.
The prisoners began their journey to the Correctional Center when they were detained for online offenses by agents of the EFCC’s Kaduna Zonal Command in the Kaduna axes of Barnawa, Janruwa, and Unguwan Mai Gero. They were later charged and found guilty.