A 23-year-old 200 level student of Ambrose Ali University (AAU), Ekpoma, Osawaru samson, was Thursday, July 23, sentenced to two years imprisonment by a Federal High Court sitting in Benin for impersonation.
Samson arrest by the EFCC on May 6, 2019, in an uromi hotel was sequel to an intelligence report which was verified after monitoring by the Agency.
He was arraigned on a 2-count charge of impersonating one Mr Kennedy Lucas, a US citizen in Manhattan and another man Philip Lucas in Berlin, Germany.
The convict had during trial admitted impersonating the US and German citizens Identities.
He also admitted that the documents tendered by the EFCC as exhibits A 1 to 26 were from his Instagram account and that he was never tortured by the EFCC during investigation.
He had also told the court that his intentions while impersonating the two men was not to commit fraud but just to gain acceptance in online dating platforms as people will not chat with him if he uses his real name.
According to EFCC Prosecution counsel Mr M. Funkeye,
the offense contravened section 22 (2) (b) (ii) of the cybercrime prohibition prevention Act 2015 and punishable under section 22 (2) (b) (iv) of the same Act.
Delivery the Judgement, the trial judge, justice Demi-Ajayi noted that the prosecution had proved that a Cyber fraud was committed.
The judge, however, tampered justice with mercy upon the defence counsel’s plea for leniency with a two year sentence with a N1million option of fine as the standard duration for the offense.
Demi-Ajayi further ruled that the fine must be paid within three months and committed him to the custody of the Correctional Custodial Centre to serve his sentence and pending the perfection of his option of the N1 million.