Court in Osun convicts man for defrauding American of $2,500

Long arm of the law: Federal High Court in Osun state
Emeh Joy

A man identified as Timileyin Awojodu was convicted by a Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State, on Monday for engaging in cybercrime.

Awojodu was arraigned before Justice Peter Lifu for dubbing an American of the whopping sum of $2,500. The prosecutor, who is from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, AbduRasheed Sulaeman, said the defendant changed his name to Troy Stone in order to carry out his dubious act.

Sulaeman explained that the convict also sent nude pictures to his victim, all in the bid to defraud him.

He went ahead to present to the court, the items recovered from the convict which included money, one iPhone, his confessional statement as well as the nude pictures which he sent to the victim through his email.

The convict did plead guilty to the crime and also opted for a plea bargain. His counsel, Mr. Dotun Akinsanmi, pleaded that his client's case be treated with leniency, adding that his client had already spent 73 days in the EFCC custody.

Justice Lifu, in his ruling, found Awojodu guilty and ordered that he should be remanded in a correctional facility. The judge had the case adjourned to July 21, 2020, for sentencing.

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