Nigerian Undergraduate Jailed Over $104,500 Scam

Nigerian Undergraduate Jailed Over $104,500 Scam

Adebowale Abiola, a 500-level student of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Southwest Nigeria, has been jailed for one year by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Lagos State Special Offences Court over $104,500 scam.

Abiola was arrested after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) received a report on the activities of Internet fraudsters in the Lekki area of Lagos. He was charged and convicted on the grounds of computer related fraud.

Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

He identified himself as Burton J. Smith, an American, an ex-military personnel to scam Courtney Selina Kaye, who sent him $104,500 in 2019.

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Delivering her judgement, Justice Taiwo sentenced him to one year imprisonment with an option of N300,000 fine, adding that the N5m recovered from him be returned to the victim through the Federal Government.

The judge also ordered that a black Mercedes Benz GLK, with number plate AKD 573 GK, recovered from the convict be forfeited to the victim through the Federal Government.

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