Justice Mohammed L. Shuaibu of the Federal High Court, sitting in Kaduna has sentenced an undergraduate of the University of Ilorin, Imonina Kingsley, 25, to 20 years imprisonment on a four count charge of impersonation, possession of fraudulent documents and attempt to obtain money by false pretences preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
One of the four-count charge for which he was sent to jail reads: “That you, Imonina Kingsley “M” on or about 4th April 2008 at Ilorin, Kwara state within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court did obtain by false pretence the sum of one Thousand US Dollars ($1000) from one Mr. Christopher De Troy through the use of a scam letter via your mail box email@example.com committed an offence contrary to Section 8(a) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006”.
He hails from Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta state.
The suspect who was arrested on April 4, 2008, duringa special operation code-named, Operation Cyber Storm1 at Wave Network Net Cyber Café located along Pipeline Road, Tanke, Ilorin, Kwara State, used the false identity of a Mr. Thomas Duke, a supposed gay from the United Kingdom with the email address given as firstname.lastname@example.org to send fraudulent mails with intent to defraud the unsuspecting victims.
In other instances, he also claimed to be one Muyiwa Akanbi, a Beninoise and Mary Jone.
In his confessional statement, Kingsley admitted that the email address: email@example.com to him and that he is into the “business” to make money and pay his fees at the University of Ilorin , Kwara State where he was studying Geology and Mineral Sciences.
At another time, he mailed a message and presented himself to one Mr. Andrew Corrigan as a UK- born gay but based in Africa .
In another development, the EFCC has secured a conviction in the case involving Jacob Chinenye Isintume a.k.a. Prince Williams Mbeki who was charged to court on a three count charge of unlawful possession of documents of false pretence.
Isintume was arrested on January 2nd, 2012, at Ocabik Planet Hotel, off Stadium Road , Port Harcourt , Rivers State , by officers of the Intelligence Detachment Headquarters, JTF Operation Restore Hope.
At the time of his arrest, he was in possession of a laptop computer with various forged documents stored in it, as well as a super-imposed image of himself on pictures of the former United States President, Mr. George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Mr. Tony Blair.
They were however given an option of N180, 000.00 (one hundred and eighty thousand naira) fines on each count.
The court also ordered that the truck and the product they were arrested with be forfeited to the Federal Government.
Omokaro and Obi were arrested at Bomadi Army check-point in Delta State in a Truck conveying three Gee Pee tanks and some jerry cans containing 6,000 litres of automotive gas oil.