Three persons, Ekemini Akaninyene, Ikekha Martins and Peter Chigozie Alban were on Thursday, convicted by Justice Adamu Mohammed of the Federal High Court, sitting in Port Harcourt Rivers State, for impersonation, phishing and hacking of e-mail accounts.
Their conviction was secured by the Uyo zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The trio, based on a plea bargain agreement by the parties, pursuant to Section 270 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, pleaded ‘guilty’ to the separate one count charge preferred against them by the EFCC.
Following the adoption of the plea bargain agreement, Justice Adamu Mohammed convicted and sentenced the defendants to six months imprisonment each, with the option of a fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira.
The court further ordered the forfeiture to the federal government, all the instruments used by the convicts in committing the crimes.
The convicts were arrested in Uyo Akwa Ibom State on December 11, 2020.
Documents recovered from his email showed that Akaninyene posed as an American porn star, Ashley Adams, with the intent to defraud; while Chigozie Alban was sending bulk scam mails, with intent to defraud his victims, most of them American citizens.
Martins was convicted for hacking the Facebook account of one Mr. Godwin and others, with intent to defraud.