Court Jails Man Two Years for Identity Theft, Impersonation In Lagos

Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos has convicted and sentenced one Hakeem Ayotunde Olanrewaju, who was arraigned on a one-count charge bordering on identity theft and impersonation, to two years imprisonment.


During his arraignment recently, he pleaded “guilty” to the offence, which is contrary to and punishable under Section 22(2) (b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition and Prevention) Act, 2015. 


In view of his guilty plea, the prosecution counsel, Babatunde Sonoiki, reviewed the facts of the case, called a witness and also tendered documents to prove the guilt of the defendant.


Delivering judgement on August 15, 2023, Justice Oweibo found him guilty of the offence and sentenced him to two years imprisonment, with an option of fine in the sum of N200,000.00( Two Hundred Thousand Naira).


The Judge ordered the sum of $22,000 (Twenty Two Thousand US Dollars) as well as the N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) Manager’s cheque recovered from the convict forfeited to the victim.


The mobile devices and gadgets recovered from the convict were ordered forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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