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Published On: Thu, Jan 30th, 2020

Man jailed one year for online fraud

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From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Makurdi zonal office, on Wednesday, 29, 2020, secured the conviction of one Abdulkadir Musa Inna before Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon of the Federal High Court, sitting in Makurdi, Benue State.
Musa, who bagged One year imprisonment, was arraigned on one-count charge bordering on fraudulent impersonation.
The charge reads: “That you, Abdulkadir Musa Inna and one Aliyu Musa Mohammed now at large, sometime in September, 2019 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court, conspired amongst yourselves to use a GTBank ATM card belonging to Aliyu Musa Mohammed to withdraw money paid in by one Abigail Atsuku that resulted in her loss of N30,000. By this act, you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 33(2) of the Cybercrime (prohibition, prevention etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under section 33 (2) of the same Act”
He pleaded ‘guilty’ to the one-count charge when it was read to him just as the Prosecuting counsel, G. G. Chia-Yakua urged the Court to accept the plea bargain agreement and convict Musa accordingly.
Justice Olajuwon pronounced Musa guilty, convicted him and subsequently, sentenced him to one year imprisonment with an option of fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira).
The court also, held that the sum of N30, 000 (Thirty Thousand Naira only) that he had refunded during the course of investigation be paid to the complainant as restitution.
It should be noted that trouble started for Musa when he was arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC in Lagos through a petition received from a complainant.
The complainant had stated that sometimes in September 6, 2019, that she ordered for a gadget online through her Instagram account, she transferred the sum of N30,000 (Thirty Thousand Naira) to the account number sent to her but the product was never delivered to her.
Later, she realized she has been duped by on-line fraudsters who were using several accounts to defraud innocent people.
During investigation, the convict admitted his wrong doing, and showed remorse for his actions. He confessed that N30, 000 was given to him as his share in the he business deal and refunded same.

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