Salami Yusuf Adetola, a con artist who pretended to be a lottery agent for the United States, was sentenced to six months in prison for defrauding his unsuspecting victims.
In a ruling handed down on Tuesday by Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin, Adetola was found guilty of the counts brought against him.
His sentence was handed down along with that of AbdulKareem Abdulmojeed Olamilekan, a graphic designer from Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, and Nwabudike Emmanuel Lawrence from Ethiope- East Local Government Area of Delta State, all of whom were convicted of a similar crime. Every one of them was taken into custody and charged with the same crime.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned the three individuals in court on separate allegations brought by the agency. They all pleaded guilty to the charges.
In his opening statement, R. A. Alao, an attorney for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (EFCC), called witnesses (detectives) who presented evidence, including fraudulent messages and devices used in the crime.
Ultimately, Justice Akinpelu determined that the prosecution had established its cases in every instance beyond a reasonable doubt.
Salami Yusuf Adetola, a Nigerian citizen, was sentenced to six months in jail for impersonating a United States lottery official and for cybercrime in conjunction with his impersonation of a United States lottery agent.
The punishment for Adetola’ s involvement was six months in prison and a N200,000 fine; Olamilekan was sentenced to one year in prison and a N300,000 fine for his participation.
Lawrence was sentenced to six months in prison for each of the two offenses, with the potential of an additional N200,000 fine thrown in for good measure.
The federal government will seize the phones and laptops that were used in the crimes, and the perpetrators will be obliged to reimburse their victims for their losses.