Updated: March 2, 2021
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Benin Zonal Office, on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 secured the conviction of Igbinigie Eghosasere at the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State. Eghosasere was arraigned on a two count charge bordering on impersonation.
Eghosasere is alleged to have impersonated Adriana Samuel and Jeremiah Ikpomwonsa, an offence contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrime (prohibition prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) (iv) of the same Act.
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Court documents said “Igbinigie Eghosasere on or about the 6th of May 2019 at Benin City within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court fraudulently impersonated Adriana Samuel and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(2)(b)(ii)of the Cybercrime (prohibition prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22(2)(b)(iv)of the same Act”.
Upon his arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge. In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Kingsĺey Udus prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendant as contained in the plea bargain agreement between the prosecution and defendant.
Justice A. A. Demi-Ajayi convicted and sentenced Eghosasere to six months imprisonment with a fine of N500,000.
He is also to forfeit an Infinix Smart 1 phone (Android) recovered from him during investigation.