…Sentenced To Three-Month Traffic Control In Ilorin
By Adeniyi Adedeji, Ilorin
A sentence of controlling traffic on the highway for three months has been passed on an internet fraudster, Kolade Emmanuel Balogun, arraigned before an Ilorin High Court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
In addition to the three-month traffic control duty, he is to pay a fine of N50,000.
The Ilorin Zonal Office of the EFCC had dragged Balogun before Justice Sikiry Oyinloye of Ilorin High Court on a one count charge of internet fraud and fraud related offences
He was arraigned for defrauding, using the fake of name of William Davis, who is a white man and whose appellation is Behemoth, to dupe an unsuspecting white woman on a dating site called ‘Seeking Arrangement’.
The offence was said to be punishable under Section 95 of the Penal Code Law of Northern Nigeria.
Balogun had pleaded guilty to the charge and the prosecuting counsel, Aliyu Adebayo, had in his submission asked the court to convict the defendant based on his plea, proof of evidence and exhibits tendered.
However, the defence counsel, Rotimi Oyagbola, urged the presiding judge to temper justice with mercy, arguing that his client was a first-time offender.
Delivering judgment, Justice Oyinloye, said the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubts, considering the unchallenged and uncontradicted testimonies of the prosecution witness.
Convicting the defendant, the judge asked that he pays a fine of N50, 000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) only; and in addition, to control the traffic at the junction behind the Kwara State Ministry of Physical Planning for three months, commencing from August 17 to October 17, 2020.
Items like phones and laptops recovered from him were ordered to be forfeited to the Federal Government by the judge