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E-Mail Hacker Slammed With 29 Years Imprisonment



A confessed cyber hacker met his Waterloo on Monday, after Justice Fatun Riman of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, sentenced him to  29 years imprisonment for a N2 million cyber fraud.

Adegboye Joshua Oluyeyi was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, on Friday, May 3, 2019, on a nine-count charge bordering on cybercrime.

He was convicted for hacking into the email account of one Florence Kentiobong and diverting N2 million into his account by replacing the account information of the victim, with his personal account details, causing the said payment to be made into the account of the convict, instead of the account of the original benefactor.

He pleaded “guilty” to the charges and was convicted, accordingly.

In a related development, Justice Riman also convicted and sentenced one Ukana Iramofu to two years in prison with an option of a fine of N50,000, after he pleaded “guilty” to a one-count charge preferred against him by the EFCC for his involvement in a N464,500 fraud.

The charge against him reads: “That you, Ukana Iramofu (aka Philip Akande) on or about August 2018 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud did fraudulently send electronic message to Akaninyene Offiong Asuquo under the pretence that you have 2005 Lexus ES330 and an Apple Laptop computer for sale which he paid to you, the sum of N464,500 (Four Hundred and Sixty-four Thousand, Five Hundred Naira) only which pretence you knew to be false in order to gain advantage from same falsehood and thereby committed an offence contrary to provisions of Section 14 (2) of the CyberCrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under the same Act.”

In convicting him, Justice Riman further ordered Iramofu to pay the sum of N464,500 to the victim as restitution.

The convict was also remanded in prison, pending when he restitutes the said sum.

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