The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission( EFCC), on Thursday July 8, 2021, secured the conviction of one John Padre Akor and one Aondoaver Aondoseer, before Justice Abdu Dogo of the Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, Benue State on one-count separate charge bordering on criminal impersonation and obtaining money from foreign nationals under false pretence.
“That you, John Padre Akor Nigerian, male, adult, on or about September 22, 2020 in Makurdi, Benue State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud one John Smith of the United States of America, obtained control over a card as security for debt and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 33(5) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015,” the charge against Akor and Aondoseer read.
The defendants pleaded ‘guilty’ when the charges were read to them. In separate judgements, Justice Dogo convicted and sentenced the defendants accordingly. Akor was sentenced to three (3) years imprisonment with an option of fine of N1.5million. A 2015 model GLK 350 4matic Mercedes Benz SUV and a Phone recovered from him and believed to be proceeds of crime were ordered forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Similarly, Aondoseer was sentenced to two (2) years imprisonment with an option of fine of N1 Million. His phones were forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.