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Court jails internet fraudster for 10 months

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A Federal High Court in Ibadan has sentenced a 26-year-old internet fraudster, Emmanuel Adurota to 10 months imprisonment for impersonation and 950 dollars.

Delivering judgment, Justice Uche Agomoh, held that she convicted and sentenced Adurota based on the evidence tendered before her and the plea of guilt Adurota entered with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Citing Section 270 (11) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 to support her pronouncement, Agomoh said that the law provided that anyone who entered a plea bargain agreement must be given a reduced sentence.

She therefore, sentenced Adurota to 10 months in the correctional centre, adding that the sentence started from the date the convict was first arrested.

“Upon completion of jail term, the convict must write an undertaking to the EFCC never to participate in any form of crime again.

“All the crime proceeds found in possession of the convict are forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria,” the judge ordered.

Earlier, Mr. A.S. Suleiman, the EFCC counsel, Ibadan Zonal Office informed the court that the convict was arraigned on one-count charge of impersonation.

Suleiman further said that Adurota was arrested by EFCC operatives on April 26 2021 at his hideout in Ibadan after receiving intelligence reports.

According to the prosecutor, Adurota specialises in deceiving unsuspecting foreigners of their hard earned money through his fictitious emails.

Suleiman tendered 950 dollars, two smart phones, many incriminating documents printed out from his fictitious email address as well as his confessional statements before the court.

He added that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 22A of the Cyber Crime Prohibition and Prevention Act 2015.

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Orders from above’: Katsina Hisbah detains journalist seeking interview

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A journalist with Trust TV, Jamil Mabai, has narrated how he was detained by the Katsina State Hisbah Corps while at the corps’ office on official duty.

The journalist explained that he had gone to the Hisbah headquarters for a follow-up interview with the corps’ Public Relations Officer, Nafiu Akilu, over an incident involving their officers.

Mabai, who narrated his experience on his X handle, said he had wanted to interview the corps’ PRO over a resident, Mallam Gambo, who was shot dead by an officer of the Community Watch Corps.

According to him, while Hisbah officials were trying to shut down a wedding with a DJ, the shots that killed the resident were fired by an operative of the Community Watch Corps tasked with defending communities against bandits attacks

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Court remands man for allegedly stealing cold room compressor

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 A Sharia Court in Kano State on Wednesday ordered that a 25-year-old man, Ahmed Abdulkadir who pleaded guilty to stealing a cold room compressor  unit worth N60,000 be remanded in a correction  centre.

The police charged Abdulkadir, who lives in Fagge Quarters, Kano, with theft.

The Judge, Malam Umar Lawal-Abubaka, adjourned the matter until July 25 for summary trial.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp Abdullahi Wada told the court that the complainant, Nura Muhammed who also resides in Fagge Quarters, reported the matter at the Fagge Police Station, Kano, on July 6.

Wada alleged that the defendant, entered into the complainant’s shop and stole the compressor unit.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

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Man,26,docked for alleged theft of armoured cables worth N3.7m

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A 26-year-old man, Adeniyi Toyosi,  on Wednesday, appeared before an Ota Magistrates ‘Court in Ogun, for breaking into a business premises to steal two transformer armoured cables valued at N3.7 million.
The Police charged the defendant, whose address was not provided, with burglary, stealing and conspiracy.
The Prosecutor, Insp E.O. Adaraloye,told the court that the defendant and others still at large, committed the offences on July 7 at about 12.00 a.m. at No.4 Pavilion Estate, Ilogbo road, Ota in Ogun State.
Adaraloye alleged that the defendant and his accomplices had broken into Makindez Multi Business Ventures to steal two transformer armor cables, three Closed-Circuit Television  and other valuable items valued at N3.7 million.
He further alleged that the company guards caught the defendant and handed over to the police.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 390(9),413 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun,2006.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Magistrate, Mrs A.O. Adeyemi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N2.5 million with one surety in like sum.
Adeyemi ordered that the surety, who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction should be gainfully employed.
He further ordered that such surety should show evidence of tax payment to Ogun Government as part of the bail conditions.
She adjourned the case until Aug.14 for further hearing.
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