The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Ilorin Zonal Office on Tuesday, January 28, 2019 secured the conviction of one Agwu Goodness for offences bordering on internet fraud.
Goodness was brought before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of a Kwara State High Court, and was charged with a one-count charge.
The charge reads: “That you, Agwu Goodness (a.k.a Shemmy Barnes) sometime in October 2019 or thereabout at Ilorin, Kwara State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court attempted to commit an offence of cheating by pretending to be one Shemmy Barnes, a white woman, who is purportedly in love with one Theo, as it is contained in your gmail account: email@example.com and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 95 and 321 of the penal code law and punishable under section 322 of the same law.”
Counsel for the EFCC, A.A. Adebayo, called on Lamidi Olarewaju, an operative of the EFCC to review the facts of the case.
Goodness, according to Olarewaju was arrested in October 2019 following intelligence report on the fraudulent activities of some internet fraudsters in the Basin Area of Ilorin.
“On getting to our office, we analysed his phone, and the team discovered that he sent fraudulent messages,” he said.
Ruling on the case, Justice Oyinloye held that the evidence of the prosecution witness was not challenged or controverted by the defendant, and so sentenced him to six months in prison, to commence from the day of his arrest.
The trial judge, further held that he should forfeit his iPhone 6, which was believed to have been used to commit the crime, to the Federal Government.