Internet Fraud: Another Unilorin student to sweep road, clear gutter for three months

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Barely some days after a University of Ilorin’s undergraduate by the name of Ridwan Akinsanya was sentenced to community service of clearing drainage over what was described as “romance scam”, another student of the institution, Salau Olumide has been convicted for internet fraud.

In his judgement, Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court, sitting in Ilorin, on Thursday, September 4, 2020 sentenced Olumide to a three month community service — which includes sweeping road and clearing of gutters.

The 24-year old undergraduate was prosecuted by the Ilorin zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) on one-count charge of attempting to cheat by criminal impersonation.

In a Facebook update by the official page of the commission, the charge reads, “That you, Salau Olumide (a.k.a Rick Freeman) between November, 2017- August, 2018 at Ilorin, Kwara State, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, attempted to cheat by personation by pretending to be one Rick Freeman, a white Caucasian with an email account; [email protected] and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 95 and 321 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 324 of the same Law.”

The Ravens learnt that Olumide is to sweep Tanke Road, starting from GTB junction to Abulennla Furniture, University Road, Tanke, Ilorin, starting from September 7 to December 7, 2020 or pay N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) option of fine.

Justice Oyinloye further ordered the convict to make himself available to the non-custodial service unit of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Madala, Ilorin for profiling and documentation, failure of which would attract six months imprisonment.

He also asked the convict to provide notes on or immediately after 7th of December 2020 to the Chief Registrar of the High Court of Justice, Kwara State, confirming that he actually performed the non-custodial sentence.

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