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UNILORIN undergraduate convicted for Facebook lottery scam

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A 20-year-old undergraduate of the College of Ilorin, Udoh Sunday Okon, was on Wednesday convicted for offences bordering on Fb lottery rip-off.

The 300-level pupil and indigene of Akwa Ibom State reportedly defrauded an American nationwide, Kimberly, to the tune of $500 US {dollars} through Fb lottery.

Sunday Okon, was prosecuted on one-count cost by the Ilorin Zonal workplace of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, which he pleaded responsible to.

The cost sheet learn, “That you just, Udoh Sunday Okon, (Christopher Wray), someday in March 2021, at Ilorin, throughout the jurisdiction of this honourable courtroom, did cheat by personation if you pretended to be one Christopher Wray, a White Male with +18315088635 as your WhatsApp enterprise line and fraudulently deceived Kimberly an American to ship 500 {dollars} price of Ebay present card to you after you made him consider that he received a million {dollars} Fb lottery and also you thereby dedicated an offence opposite to Part 321 of the Penal Code and punishable beneath Part 324 of the Penal Code.”

Following his plea, the EFCC counsel, Sesan Ola, urged the courtroom to convict the defendant and sentence him based mostly on his plea and the proof tendered earlier than the courtroom.

The trial choose, Justice Sikiru Oyinloye, pronounced the defendant responsible and sentenced him to a time period of one-year jail.

He stated, “I’ve fastidiously thought of the details and circumstances of this case, particularly the lone rely cost, the plea of guilt, the unchallenged proof of the prosecution and the defence who accepted all of the proof of the prosecution.

“It’s the opinion of this honourable courtroom that the defendant is responsible as charged,” the trial choose declared.

Justice Oyinloye, nonetheless, gave the convict a N200,000 tremendous possibility and ordered the forfeiture of N206,000 draft raised as restitution by the convict and the iPhone utilized in committing the crime to the Federal Authorities.

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