Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court sitting in Kaduna, on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 convicted and sentenced one Bature Japhet to two years imprisonment on a one count charge bordering on romance scam.
The suspect was arrested by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, around Karji area, in Kaduna state following intelligence on his alleged internet fraud-related activities.
The one count charge reads: “that you, Bature Japhet (aka JOHNMIKE430) on or about the 18th of April, 2023 at Karji, Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court falsely presented yourself as JOHNMIKE430 and in such assumed character Impersonated one JOHNMIKE430 (a US citizen) via your Gmail firstname.lastname@example.org account and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 142(1) of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017”.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.
Justice Khobo convicted and sentenced him to two years imprisonment or a fine of N150,000.
He is to also forfeit an Apple iPhone XR to the Federal Government of Nigeria.