Poly student jailed for impersonation in Ibadan

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Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State has convicted and sentenced one Shoneye Idowu Segun to one year in prison for impersonation, an offense which contravenes section 33 (2) (b) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 33 (2) (c) of the same Act.

Shoneye, who claims to be a Marketing student lf Ogitech Polytechnic, was convicted after pleading ‘guilty’ to one-count charge bordering on impersonation.The charge reads “That you Shoneye Idowu Segun sometimes in 2020 at Ilaro within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court did fraudulently impersonated the name – Anna Balogun from Texas, United States of America with intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 22 (2) (b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) of the same Act”.

According to a statement by the EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, in view of Shoneye plea of ‘guilty’, prosecution counsel, Sanusi Galadanchi reviewed the facts of the case and urged the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

Justice Agomoh thereafter convicted and sentenced Shoneye to twelve months jail term and ordered him to pay restitution of $475.He is also to forfeit his iPhone 11Pro Max and one iPhone wristwatch to the Federal Government.

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