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200-Level Student Bags One Year, Hard Labour Over Dating Fraud

200-Level Student Bags One Year, Hard Labour Over Dating Fraud

15 February 2019 National News News


A 200-level student of Environmental Management and Toxicology at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Festus Ojomola will be cooling his heels in court,with hard labour.

Twenty years old Festus happens to be the only son of his mother ,a widow and a petty trader striving to raise responsible children.”

Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court, sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on Thursday, February 14, 2019, sentenced Ojomola, to one year imprisonment,  an internet fraudster for possessing fraudulent documents and engaging in dating scam.

Ojomola was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, in May 2018 following intelligence report the Commission received on the activities of some persons alleged to be involved in love scam.

He was arraigned on February 13, 2019 on an amended two-count charge.

The first count reads: “that you, Festus Olaoluwa Ojomola (a.k.a Lizzy Miller), on or about the 29th June, 2018, in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, had in your possession hang-out chats wherein you presented yourself as Lizzy Miller to David Waters, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 318 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.”

The second count reads: “that you, Festus Olaoluwa Ojomola (a.k.a Lizzy Miller), on or about the 29th June, 2018 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, had in your possession hang-out chats, wherein you represented yourself as Lizzy Miller to Joe Badess, a representation you knew to be false and committed an offence contrary to Section 318 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.” He pleaded guilty to the charges.

At the sitting, the prosecution counsel, G. C. Akaogu, filed a review of facts dated February 13, 2019 and served same today.

He said: “Sometime in May 2018, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission received intelligence report on the activities of some persons involved in internet scam.

The operatives of the Commission swung into action and arrested the defendant with electronic devices such as a laptop, an apple macbook and an Iphone.

200-Level Student Bags One Year, Hard Labour Over Dating Fraud
FESTUS OLAOLUWA OJOMOLA

“The devices were analysed and documents containing false pretences were found in them. When he was confronted with the documents, he admitted to be involved in dating scam.”

The prosecution counsel further presented before the court a certified true copy of the intelligence report dated May 7, 2018, confessional statements of the defendant dated June 29, 2018 and the attestation letter.

He also tendered in evidence the electronic devices and hordes of scanned documents retrieved from the defendant.

He urged the court to rule for a forfeiture of the devices to the Federal Government and convict the defendant.

The defence counsel, A. Eze Ugboaja, however, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing her client.

Justice Dada convicted the defendant on both counts and sentenced him to one year imprisonment, which commenced from his time of arrest on September 3, 2018 with an option of N200,000.00 fine (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) only and a community service of grass cutting in front of the court premises.

Ojomola is also to forfeit the devices retrieved from him to the Federal Government.

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