Romance Scam Lands Unilorin Undergraduate 3 Months’ Community Service

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Akinsanya Olamide Ridwan convicted over romance scam is expected to clear the drainage at Bekind Filing Station near Tipper Garage, Tanke up to the gate of the University of Ilorin, according to Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of Kwara State High Court, Ilorin.

Pleas could not save the 400-level undergraduate of the University of Ilorin from serving three months’ community service beginning September 2.

A statement by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said Ridwan got the jail term on Monday, August 31, 2020 after being arraigned on a one-count charge, bordering on internet fraud and other fraud-related offences by the Ilorin zonal office of the commission.

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 Honourable 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: alexjames789123@gmail.com and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 95 of the Penal Code Laws of Northern Nigeria

The defendant pleaded guilty to the one-count charge.

While reviewing the facts of the case, Mahmoud Ibrahim Hamman, an Assistant Detective Superintendent with the EFCC, Ilorin zonal office told the court ” My Lord, the defendant was arrested on March 16, 2020 at Pipeline, behind Princess Hotel, Ilorin, Kwara State, based on intelligence”.

“A search was conducted in his house and one Galaxy phone and laptop were recovered, we analysed them and discovered an email box where several fraudulent messages were printed in his presence ”

Delivering judgment on the matter, Justice Oyinloye convicted and sentenced the defendant, based on exhibits tendered and the proof of evidence brought before the court.

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He said the convict should 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.