A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin , on Friday , sentenced a man, Kolade Balogun , to control traffic at the Government Reservation Area , Ilorin for three months , having been found guilty of committing Internet fraud .
Justice Sikiru Oyinloye , who convicted Balogun for the Internet fraud charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission , also ordered Balogun to pay a N 50 , 000 fine , in addition to controlling traffic at the junction behind the state Ministry of Physical Planning from August 17 to October 17 .
The EFCC, on Thursday , slammed a one -count charge on Balogun , alleging that he fraudulently committed an offence by presenting himself as a white man named Mr William Davis , alias Behemooth, to an unsuspected white woman on a dating site ,
The charge read, “ That you , Kolade Balogun ( aka William Davis , alias Behemooth) , sometime in March 2020 or thereabout , at Ilorin , Kwara State , within the jurisdiction of this honourable court , attempted to commit an offence of cheating by personation by pretending and representing yourself to be a white man called William Davis , alias Behemooth, to an unsuspecting white woman on a dating site …. ”
The offence , according to the prosecution , was contrary to and punishable under Section 95 of the Penal Code Law of Northern Nigeria .
When the charge was read to Balogun in court , he pleaded guilty. The prosecuting counsel , Aliyu Adebayo, in his submission , asked the court to convict the defendant based on his plea , proof of evidence and exhibits tendered before the court .
However, the defence counsel , Rotimi Oyagbola , urged the presiding judge to temper justice with mercy , arguing that his client was a first- time offender .
Justice Oyinloye, in his judgment , said the prosecution had proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt , considering the unchallenged testimonies of the prosecution witness.He also ordered that the convict ’s items, including phones and laptops recovered from him, be forfeited to the Federal Government
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