Soyombo Omogbolahan Ridwan
Soyombo Omogbolahan Ridwan

Graduating student jailed for internet fraud in Ogun

NEWS DIGEST – A Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta has sentenced a final year student of Computer Science in a tertiary institution in Ogun state, Soyombo Omogbolahan Ridwan, for four months imprisonment over internet fraud.

Ridwan was found guilty of fraud in a one-count amended charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal office.

Justice Ibrahim Watilat handed down the jail term while delivering the judgement in Abeokuta.

The judge said the four months jail term takes effect from February 13, 2019 when he was arrested.

The court also ordered that, through the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the convict “shall forfeit and restitute a sum of USD $700 (Seven hundred United States of America Dollars) to James R. Dunford and Cara Melton, his victims.”

He will also forfeit his Apple Macbook Air laptop, one Iphone X mobile phone and one WiFi Router to the Nigerian government.

The items, believed to be proceeds of his crime, were recovered from him during his arrest.

It was gathered that the verdict came at a time he was supposed to be mobilised for the mandatory one-year national youth service programme.

The convict had settled for a plea bargain with the commission before the initial charges were reduced to one.

The charge that earned him the jail term reads: “That you Soyombo Omogbolahan Ridwan (aka Andrea Norde) sometimes in 2019, at Awa-Ijebu within the jurisdiction of this honourable court knowingly sent pornographic and indecent pictures with Google Hang Out Account with email address [email protected] through a computer system and network to one James R. Dunford and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 24 (1)(a) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 24(1) of same Act”

Prosecution counsel, Mabas Mabur, had earlier urged the court to convict him accordingly since he admitted committing the offense and pleaded guilty.