Justice I.M. Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, capital city of Rivers State. has convicted and sentenced the duo of Sata Owugha Clinton and Bolounmubofa Blessing Soroh to one year imprisonment for impersonation and using the identity of a petitioner to enrol in the Federal Government of Nigeria’s N-POWER Social Welfare scheme.
Both of the convicts, Clinton and Soroh were arraigned by the Port Harcourt’s Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a one-count charge bordering on impersonation under Section 22(3) (a) of the Cybercrimes Prohibition, Prevention Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22(4) of the same Act.
The duo of Clinton and Soroh met their Waterloo when they used the name and identity of Lovedy Chiamaka Uzor to enrol in the welfare scheme and in the process obtained the sum of N360,000 (Three Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira only) from the scheme.
Both of the convicted persons managed to open a bank account in the name of Uzor because investigations had it that she also went in for the scheme, but halted her application at the middle of everything, for fear that the scheme might be a scam.
The convicts then saw this as an opportunity and completed the enrolment processes in the victim’s name, Uzor.
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The victim got to know of their fraudulent activities when she contacted her bank and she discovered that the convicts were already receiving payments from the scheme in her name.
The charge reads:
“That you, Sata Owugha Clinton and Bolounmubofa Blessing Soroh on or about the 10th of October, 2017 at Zenith Bank within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did fraudulently impersonate one Loveday Chiamaka Uzor with intent to gain advantage for yourselves thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(3) (a) of the Cybercrimes prohibition, Prevention Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22(4) of the same Act.”
Both of the convicts pleaded guilty to the charge when read.
In view of their pleas, the prosecuting counsel led by one Alao Rashidat, prayed the court to sentence the defendants for the offence of impersonation accordingly as contained in the Cybercrimes Prohibition, Prevention Act.
Justice Sani, of the high court in Rivers state, convicted and sentenced them to one year in prison.