Varsity student jailed 20 years for Internet scam

A 25-year-old student of the University of Ilorin, Imonina Kingsley, has been jailed 20 years by Justice Mohammed Shuaibu of a Federal High Court in Kaduna.

A statement by the spokesperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, on Monday, said Kingsley, was sentenced on four-count of impersonation, possession of fraudulent documents and attempt to obtain money by false pretences.

Kingsley, who will spend five years on each of the four counts, resides at Rubby Hostel, Tipper Garage, Ilorin, Kwara State.

The convict was arrested on April 4, 2008, during a special operation code-named, Operation Cyber Storm 1 at Wave Network Net Cyber Café on Pipeline Road, Tanke, Ilorin, Kwara State.

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He was said to have used the false identity of one Mr. Thomas Duke, a supposed gay, with the email address given as to send fraudulent mails with intent to defraud unsuspecting victims.

In a related development, Justice L. Akanbi of a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has jailed Jacob Isintume (a.k.a. Prince Williams Mbeki) for seven years without an option of fine.

Isintume was arrested on January 2 at Ocabik Planet Hotel, off Stadium Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, by officers of the Joint Task Force. He was at the time of his arrest in possession of a laptop with forged documents stored in it.

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Also found on him was his image imposed on pictures of the former United States President, George W. Bush, and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Also, Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State, has sentenced Paul Omokaro and Johnson Obi to three years imprisonment each.

They were found guilty of conspiracy and illegal dealing in petroleum products.

The convicts were however given an option of N180, 000 fine on each count.

The court also ordered that the truck and the product they were arrested with be forfeited to the Federal Government.

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