A Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos state, yesterday, March 5th, convicted and sentenced an individual identified as Abati Ayodeji Olalekan, also known as Carissa, to six months in prison for engaging in internet fraud.
The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), according to reports, arraigned the convict on a five-count charge bordering on possession of documents containing false pretence, an offence which is contrary to Section 318 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.
EFCC spokesman in Lagos state identified as Tony Orilade, in a statement, made it clear that Ayodeji Olalekan was apprehended following intelligence report received by the commission sometime in October 2018.
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Tony Orilade further stated that the report showed the activities of some persons alleged to be involved in Yahoo Yahoo, obtaining money by false pretence, bank fraud and credit card theft, among others.
Some of the items which were recovered from the suspect included one iphone X, one iphone 6, one HP Pavilion desktop, and one keyboard, which reportedly were tendered in evidence by the prosecution and admitted by the court.
One of the counts reads
“that you, Abati Ayodeji Olalekan, a.k.a Carissa, on or about the 17th October, 2019 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, had in your possession, documents titled “About Me 2-1-1,” wherein you represented yourself as Carissa, a representation you knew to be false pretence.”
At the sitting on the 4th of March 2019, Orilade stated the prosecution counsel identified as Emeka Akaogu, informed the court that the defendant had entered a plea bargain with the commission, having been confronted with evidence against him.
However, after checking the facts laid down, the EFCC spokesman affirmed that presiding Justice Sherifat Solebo convicted Olalekan and sentenced him to six months in prison.