From Layi Olanrewaju, Ilorin
Oyekan Abdulbaqqi Adedoyin, a self-identified Lagos prince from Kosofe Local Government Area, has been sentenced to a 6-month jail term by an Ilorin High Court for cybercrime offences.
Prince Oyekan, 25, was jailed alongside one Oni Stephen Oluwaferanmi from Ilesha, Osun State, by Justice Siriku Oyinloye.
Oyekan and Oni were prosecuted on separate charges by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
They both pleaded guilty when the charges were read to them.
Upon their pleas, counsel to the EFCC Andrew Akoja led witnesses to review the facts of the two cases. The witnesses, who are operatives of the Commission, narrated how the defendants were arrested based on credible intelligence.
The prosecution tendered items recovered from the defendants at the point of arrest including phones, laptops and fraudulent messages printed from the defendants’ email addresses, which the court admitted in evidence.
Justice Oyinloye, while delivering judgment on the cases, said that the court had carefully evaluated all the material evidence placed before it, the plea of guilt and the uncontroverted testimonies of the prosecution witnesses. He held that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt
Consequently, he convicted and sentenced the defendants.
The judge sentenced Prince Oyekan to six months imprisonment with an option of a fine of N150,000. The court also ordered forfeiture to the Federal Government Oyekan’s iPhone and a Dell laptop, which the convict used to perpetrate the crime.
Justice Oyinloye sentenced Oni to one year imprisonment with an option of a fine of N350,000. He also ordered the forfeiture of the convict’s phone to the Federal Government. In addition, the judge ordered the convict to pay $775 as restitution to his victim through the EFCC within 78 hours or risk another six months imprisonment.