The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday secured the conviction of the trio of Kalu Iheke, Christian Igbozuruike and Jacob Onuoha, before Justice I.N. Buba of the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu.
The defendants were arrested in Enugu on October 24 following intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet fraud.
They were arraigned on separate one count charge bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretences.
One of the charges read: “That you, Kalu Iheke sometime in 2019 at Enugu within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, fraudulently impersonated one Jake Gonzalez in order to gain advantage and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(3)(a) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act,2015 and punishable under Section 22(4) of the same Act.”
The defendants pleaded guilty when the charges were read to them and in view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, O.M. Umukoro, tendered statements and documents printed from their phones as evidences against them.
Counsel to the defendants, S.P. Agbo, prayed the court to be lenient with his clients as they were all first time offenders and students.
Thereafter, the judge sentenced Kalu Iheke and Christian Igbozuruike to two months imprisonment each and Jacob Onuoha to three months starting from the day they were arrested.
All the convicts are to forfeit their android phones to the Federal Government.