On Wednesday, a Kwara High Court in Ilorin jailed one Udoh Okon to a year in a penitentiary facility for an offense resembling a lottery scam.
The conviction was obtained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s Ilorin Zonal Office.
Following his plea bargain, the presiding judge, Justice Sikiru Oyinloye, found the defendant guilty of the offense.
“I have carefully evaluated the facts and circumstances of this case, particularly the lone count charge, the defendant’s plea of guilty, and the prosecution’s unchallenged evidence,” the judge added.
The judge stated, “It is the judgement of this honorable court that the defendant is guilty as charged.”
However, Oyinloye offered the convict the option of paying a fine of N200,000.
He ordered the forfeiture to the Federal Government of a N206,000 bank draft raised as reparation by the convict, as well as the iPhone he used to commit the offence.
Prosecuting Counsel Sesan Ola had previously informed the court that Udoh, a University of Ilorin 300-level student, had deceived an American citizen named Kimberly.
“That you, Udoh Sunday Okon also known as Christopher Wray, defrauded by impersonation sometime in March when you pretended to be one Christopher Wray, a White guy, with +18315088635 as your WhatsApp business line,” the charge said.
“You defrauded Kimberly, an American, into sending you $500 in eBay gift cards after convincing him that he had won the $1,000,000 Facebook Lottery. “You thus committed an offence contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code, punishable under Section 324 of the same law.”
The prosecutor urged the court to convict and sentence the defendant based on his plea and the facts presented before the court.