On Wednesday, February 7, 2024, the Federal High Court located in Ikoyi, Lagos, found and condemned online fraudster Victor Adedeji Oniyiku at his trial.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s Lagos Zonal Command announced that it has successfully obtained Victor Adedeji Oniyiku’s conviction and punishment for internet fraud before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court located in Ikoyi, Lagos.
According to information obtained by 9News Nigeria, the offender was found guilty of using the identity of Hartford Sarah Jane, a white woman, to commit online fraud. Judge Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, rendered the conviction.
When Oniyiku was charged with the crime in December 2023, he entered a guilty plea. In order to assess the evidence and judgment, the trial judge postponed the case, and on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, it finally happened. According to the charges against him, he used an Illinois driver’s license to fraudulently impersonate Hartford Sarah Jane with the intention of benefiting himself. Section 22(2)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015 imposes penalties for this offense.
Chinenye Okezie, the prosecution’s attorney, reviewed the facts during the fact-finding phase, presenting the evidence and pleading with the court to convict and punish Oniyiku appropriately. After that, Justice Aneke found him guilty and gave him a 12-month prison sentence. Also, the judge offered him the chance to pay a N500,000 (Five Thousand Naira) fine. and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service. Additionally, the devices recovered from Oniyiku were forfeited to the Federal Government.