Justice Ibrahim Watilat of the Federal High Court Abeokuta, Ogun State has sentenced one Festus Gbenga Ajayi, to one year imprisonment for internet fraud. The convict was arraigned in court by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on one-count charge of criminal impersonation. Mr Àjàyí was arrested in October, 2019 during a raid carried out on his hideout in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says had in August 2019 traced ₦223million in illicit transactions in the bank account of the Ekiti-based internet fraudster, Ajayi.
The Justice ordered that the properties of the fraudster, including some uncompleted flats, be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Mr Àjàyí was first arrested in August 2019 following intelligence on illicit activities on his bank account, but was freed pending full investigation into the online activities of the suspect. But in October last year, his home was raided and the EFCC found many incriminating evidence. He was thereafter arraigned in court.
This is another good news coming from the battle against cybercrime in Nigeria or by Nigerians, which had tarnished the image of the youth of the country abroad.