Yesterday, Judge Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court in Lagos found guilty and sentenced an internet fraudster, commonly known as “Yahoo Boy”, Lekan Bibire Usman to 12 months in prison.
The judge found him guilty following his guilty plea to a fraudulent impersonation charge brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Prosecutor Sulaiman Sulaiman had on April 4 told the court that Usman impersonated Christopher Karmond using his Google account name.
The prosecutor said that the convict used the said name in order to obtain an advantage for himself. He said the offense contravened Section 22(2)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015 and punishable under the same Act.
When the charge was read to the convict, he pleaded guilty and the prosecutor urged the court to find him guilty and sentence him accordingly in accordance with the relevant section of the law with which he was charged.
However, the convict’s lawyer, pleading for a pardon and telling the court he was remorseful, promised not to repeat the crime if given a second chance.
He also pleaded with the court to give him the option of a fine instead of the jail sentence. However, Judge Aneke sentenced the convict to 12 months imprisonment and ordered him to pay 1 million naira in lieu of the jail term.