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Cybercrime: Court orders convict to refund $500 to victim

The Federal High Court in Abeokuta, Ogun State has ordered a cybercrime convict, Daniel Rabiu, to make a refund of $500 to his victim.

The court also ordered the convict to forfeit two iPhones and a laptop computer, which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission recovered from him.

Justice Watilat Ibrahim sentenced Rabiu, who held himself out on Facebook as Agent Howard Hall, to four months’ imprisonment.

According to EFCC’s spokesman, Tony Orilade, the convict entered into a plea bargain with the EFCC and pleaded guilty to the one count which the anti-graft agency filed against him.

The prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Suleman, had told the court that Rabiu committed the offence on June 23, 2018.

According to him, the convict held himself out on Facebook as “Agent Howard Hall, working for the Government/Facebook Compensation bonus and poverty eradication.”

Suleman said Rabiu made the false representation online “in order to gain undue advantage,” adding that by doing so, he violated Section 22 (3) (a) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015, and was liable to be punished under Section 22 (4) of the same Act.

In a related development, the same judge equally convicted one Gbolahon Osikoya, alias Lisa Burkholder, of cybercrime and sentenced him to four months’ imprisonment.

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