Two jailed for internet fraud in Kwara


A 24-year-old Francis Stephen Oke Eghele, was on Tuesday, convicted by a Kwara State High Court, for presenting himself as aN American woman in order to defraud unsuspecting victims.

He was convicted by Justice Adenike Akinpelu alongside one Adeniyi Adekunle Aliyu from Iworoko, Ado Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of Ekiti State over a similar offence.

The duo of Francis and Adeniyi were arraigned on separate charges by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Count 2 of the charge sheet against Francis alleged that Stephen Oke Eghele (a.k.a Sugarmom) sometime in July, 2022 or thereabout at Ilorin, Kwara State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court attempted to commit an offence of cheating by personation by pretending and representing himself to be a white woman called sugarmom who was in a romantic relationship with a white man, Oliver Pedrin as it was contained in his Instagram account: Sugarmomheater-0034 and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 95 of the Penal Code Laws of Northern Nigeria”

In Adeniyi’s case, his charge sheet read, “That you, Adeniyi Adekunle, sometime in November 2022, in Ilorin, Kwara State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did cheat by personation when you pretended to be a white female named Jessica Joanne with an email address,, which you used to communicate with one Joe Maccreeary and induced him to send you the sum of $200 via Google Play Giftcards and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code Law and Punishable under Section 324 of the same Law.”

The duo pleaded guilty to their respective charges.

Following their guilty pleas, Anselm Ozioko (Jnr) and Isabel Adeniran, who represented the EFCC in the prosecution of the cases, urged the courts to convict the defendants based on their guilty pleas and the evidence tendered before it.

In her judgment, Justice Akinpelu sentenced Francis to six months imprisonment each on counts one and two with option of a fine of N100,000, on each count.

The court also ordered that one Infinix phone, which the convict used to perpetrate the crime, be forfeited to the Federal Government.

In the same vein, Adeniyi was sentenced to six months imprisonment with an option of N200,000 fine.

The court ordered that one Nokia phone, one HP laptop, Infinix phone used to commit the crime and the sum of N200,000, which he benefited from the unlawful activities be forfeited to the Federal Government.

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