A 30-year-old member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Ajayi Temitope Ayokunle on Tuesday, lost his plea bargain with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and was sentenced to to two months imprisonment without option of fine by an Abuja Federal High Court.
The judgement was delivered by Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo.
Ayokunle was said to have posed as Dr. Joshua to defraud an American citizen, Maria, of $1000 dollars.
In addition to his imprisonment, Ayokunle will forfeit a cash sum of $500 dollars found in his bank account and a sophisticated android telephone to the federal government.
While delivering the judgment, Justice Ekwo expressed utter disgust on the embarrassing rate of Cybercrime among Nigerian youths, and subsequently turned down the plea bargain entered by the convict with the EFCC wherein he confessed to committing the crime and requested for a soft landing of options of fines.
Counsel for the EFCC, Mrs Dichi Gershom Umar, at Tuesday’s arraignment of the convict, drew the attention of Justice Ekwo to the plea bargain and urged him to convict the defendant with an option of fine, a request the Judge rejected instantly.
The EFCC counsel said that the defendant had by the plea bargain confessed to committing the Cybercrime offence and agreed to forfeit the $500 dollars cash in his account and the android phone used to commit the crime to the federal government.
However, Justice Ekwo, who was not comfortable with the terms of the plea bargain, subjected the convict to questioning while in the dock.
The convict told the Judge that he read Political Science in one of Nigeria’s universities and currently undergoing his one year mandatory service with the NYSC.
Apparently not happy with the unremorseful attitude of the defendant, Justice Ekwo said the issue of options of fines will not happen in his court in order to serve as deterrent to other criminally minded youths.
The judge subsequently ordered him to remain in prison for two months beginning from November 23.
The charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/316/2021 is contrary to section 22 (2) of the Cybercrime Prohibition, Prevention Act 2015.