A Kwara State High Court, Monday convicted a 400L student of the University of Ilorin, Akinsanya Olamide Ridwan to three months of community service for committing romance scam.
The convict was jailed by Justice Sikiru Oyinloya after being arraigned on a one-count charge, bordering on internet fraud and other fraud-related offences by EFCC.
The charge read:
“That you,Akinsanya Riwan (a.k.a Alex James) sometime in March, 2020 or thereabout at Ilorin, Kwara State, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court attempted to commit an offence of cheating by impersonation by pretending and representing yourself to be a white man called Alex James to an unsuspected white woman, Stewart Sonia on a dating site called Hangout as it is contained in your gmail account: email@example.com and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 95 of the Penal Code Laws of Northern Nigeria”.
Riwan, however, pleaded guilty to the one-count charge and was ordered to get a notice of clearance from the Registrar of the University of Ilorin and the Kwara State Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service, adding that failure to do so would attract him six months imprisonment.
The court also ordered the convict to pay a fine of N50,000 in addition to the Community Service which requires him to clear the drainage behind a filling station, near Tipper Garage, Tanke, up to the gate of the University of Ilorin for Three Months commencing from September 2, 2020.
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