Romance Scam: Unilorin undergraduate to pay fine, clear drainage from Tipper Garage to University gate

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A University of Ilorin undergraduate, Akinsanya Olamide Ridwan has been slammed with a fine of N50,000 and sentenced to a three-month community service over internet fraud and other related offences by the State High Court, sitting in Ilorin.

The community service requires Ridwan, a 400 level student of the institution to clear the drainage at Bekind filing station near Tipper Garage, Tanke up to the gate of the University of Ilorin for three months commencing from September 2, 2020.

According to a statement on the official Facebook page of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), “Ridwan got the jail term on Monday, August 31, 2020 after being arraigned on one one-count charge, bordering on internet fraud and other fraud-related offences by the Ilorin zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).”

The charge by the court reads: “That you, Akinsanya Ridwan (a.k.a Alex James) sometime in March, 2020 or thereabout at Ilorin, Kwara State within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court attempted to commit an offence of cheating by impersonation by pretending and representing yourself to be a white man called Alex James to an unsuspected white woman, Stewart Sonia on a dating site called Hangout as it is contained in your gmail account: [email protected] and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 95 of the Penal Code Laws of Northern Nigeria.”

The defendant, who was arrested by the government agency on March 16, 2020 at Pipeline, behind Princess Hotel, Ilorin, pleaded guilty to the one-count charge.

Reviewing the facts of the case, Mahmoud Ibrahim Hamman, an Assistant Detective Superintendent with the EFCC, Ilorin zonal office told the court, “My Lord, the defendant was arrested on March 16, 2020 at Pipeline, behind Princess hotel, Ilorin Kwara State, based on intelligence.

“A search was conducted in his house and one Galaxy phone and laptop were recovered, we analysed them and discovered an email box where several fraudulent messages were printed in his presence.

Delivering judgment on the matter, Justice Oyinloye convicted and sentenced the defendant, based on exhibits tendered and the proof of evidence brought before the court.

The Judge ordered the convict to clear the drainage at Bekind filing Station near Tipper Garage, Tanke up to the gate of the University of Ilorin for three months commencing from September 2, 2020.

He said the convict should get a notice of clearance from the Registrar of the University of Ilorin and the Kwara State Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service, adding that failure to do so would attract him six months imprisonment.

The court also ordered the convict to pay a fine of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50,000) in addition to the community service.

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