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United States military imposter bags one year jail term in Ilorin

United States military imposter bags one year jail term in Ilorin

A 23-year-old Nigerian undergraduate, Abdulsalam Oyeyemi, on Friday bagged a year jail term in Ilorin for falsely posing as an American military officer to defraud unsuspecting victims.

He was convicted by Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.

The zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had on Thursday July 29,2021 arraigned Oyeyemi on a one-count charge bordering on impersonation and internet scam.

Abdulsalam Oyeyemi, (aka Cristina Haripaul) was alleged to had in March 2020, in Ilorin dishonestly induced one Cristina Gobin (aka Cristina Haripaul), a white lady to send him bitcoins worth 1,255 Canadian dollars when he knowingly pretended to be one James Anderson, an American messenger who is in charge of her husband, Colt Williams internet connection after earlier presenting himself to the said Cristina Gobin as the said Colt Williams, an American marine officer who is in a romantic relationship with her and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 321 and punishable under Section 324 of the Penal Code Laws of Northern Nigeria.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

Incriminating materials found on the defendant upon arrest were tendered and admitted in evidence, including defendant’s extra judicial statements, fraudulent messages printed out of his phones and the manager’s cheque (bank draft) of N200,000 raised as restitution to the victim.

In his judgement, Justice Abdulgafar, said the court carefully considered the case of the prosecution, the plea of guilt entered by the defendant, his extra-judicial statements and the exhibits tendered before the court and found merit in it.

The trial judge, sentenced Oyeyemi to one year in prison at Mandala Correctional Centre in Ilorin, but, “shall be suspended for one year.”

The court also ordered the forfeiture of the convict’s iPhone and manager’s cheque of N200,000 raised as restitution to the Federal Government, even as the sentence is without option of fine.

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