December 5, 2023

A Federal High Court in Abeokuta, Ogun State has convicted one Festus Gbenga Ajayi, an internet fraudster to one-year imprisonment.

Ajayi was prosecuted by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on a one-count charge of criminal impersonation.

The just convicted Ajayi was arrested in October 2019 in a raid conducted in his hideout in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

Investigations conducted by the Commission linked him to series of internet-related frauds that formed the ground for his initial arraignment on eight-count charges, bordering on criminal impersonation and obtaining money by false pretense before the charges were amended to lone-count, to which he pleaded guilty.

The Presiding judge, Justice Ibrahim Watilat said, apart from the jail term which takes effect from the day of conviction, the convict should also forfeit his uncompleted one-story building, located in Ado-Ekiti, a Toyota Corolla car, one gold-color iPhone, among other proceeds of and tools of crime to the Federal government.

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