The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) secured the conviction of a final year student of the University of Ilorin, Ajani Samuel, over internet-related offenses.
Ajani was among the 30 suspected fraudsters arrested on May 4, 2021, around Tanke Area, University Road, Ilorin by operatives of the Commission.
Upon the plea of guilt entered by the defendant, and uncontroverted evidence tendered by the prosecution against him, Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin found Ajani guilty of the two counts preferred against him by the EFCC.
One of the counts reads: “That you, AJANI SAMUEL (ALIAS ROSELINE THENG) sometime between the month of June 2020 and May, 2021 at Ilorin, Kwara State, within the jurisdiction of the Honorable Court did knowingly had under your control the sum of $9,348.2 through your Blockchain Wallet linked to your [email protected], the money you knew to have been unlawfully obtained and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 319A of the Penal Code.”
Following the plea of the defendant, counsel to the EFCC, Innocent Mbachie, led Udo Iniubong, an operative of the Commission, to review the facts of the case. Documents including the extra judicial statements of the defendant, fraudulent messages, iPhones, Laptop and Manager’s cheque (bank draft) of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) raised as restitution by the defendant were tendered and admitted in evidence.
Delivering judgment on the matter on Wednesday July 28, Justice Oyinloye said the court carefully considered the evidence placed before it and the plea of guilt entered by the defendant.
“The evidence of the sole prosecution witness remained credible and reliable even after the cross-examination. The defendant entered defense, but failed to neutralize, controvert or damage the evidence of the prosecution”, the judge said.