According to reports, the court has sentenced a lokoja-born musician Samuel Onojah, and two others have been sentenced to 20 years. Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court, Illorin convicted them on offenses bordering on cybercrime.
Onojah was convicted on Monday, September 12, 2022 alongside Victor Kadiyamo and Jejelowo Segun after pleading guilty. They were arraigned in court by the Economic Financial Crime Commission.
The charge against Samuel read in part, “That you, Samuel Onojah, sometime in May 2022, at Lokoja, Kogi State, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, fraudulently impersonated one, Richard Philips, via your Instagram account linked to your Gmail account: firstname.lastname@example.org with intent to obtain money from one Erika which you did obtain the sum of 8 pounds worth gift cards and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 22 (2) (ii) of Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention) Act, 2015, and punishable under Section 22(2)(b)(iv) of the same act.”
After their pleas, the counsel to the EFCC, Andrew Akoja examined the facts of the cases and prayed the judge to convict and sentence them accordingly.
In his judgment, Justice Sani convicted and sentenced Onojah to three years imprisonment on counts one and two, with an option of N100,000 on each count.
Also, Kadiyamo was convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment on counts one, two, and three, with options of a fine of N100,000 on counts one and two, while count three carried a possibility of a penalty of N54,194,680.
Similarly, Segun was convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment with an option of a fine of N500,000.