Justice Mohammed Abubakar of the Federal High Court 2 sitting in
Abeokuta, Ogun State on Monday, July 8, 2019 convicted one Sanwiyu
Abolore Toyosi for fraudulent impersonation and sentenced him to five
months in prison.

The 27-year-old was convicted of the one-count
amended charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office.

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The offence contravenes
Section 22 (3)(b) and punishable under Section 22 (4) of the Cybercrimes
(Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015.

Sanwiyu was initially
arraigned on a two-count charge to which he pleaded ‘not guilty’. The
charge was, however, amended due to his plea bargain agreement with the
Commission.

The amended charge reads: “That you, Sanwiyu Abolore
Toyosi sometimes in 2019, at Abeokuta, Ogun State, within the
jurisdiction of the honourable court, fraudulently impersonated one Mary
Toni via your email, marytoni98@gmail.com wherein you falsely
represented that you are a female known as Mary Toni, which you knew to
be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (3)(b)
and punishable under section 22 (4) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition,
Prevention Etc) Act, 2015.”

When the charge was read to him at the court on Monday, the defendant pleaded guilty to charge.

Owing
to the guilty plea, EFCC’s counsel, Shamsudeen Bashir, prayed the court
to accept the plea bargain agreement and sentence him accordingly.

The
presiding judge thereafter sentenced the defendant to five months in
prison with effect from April 25, 2019, the day he was arrested.

The
court also ordered that the convict forfeits his Infinix phone, Dell
laptop, Dell charger, Nokia phone, and Itel phone to the Federal
Government of Nigeria, being part of the benefit he derived from his
fraudulent act.

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