Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court sitting in Kaduna, Kaduna State, has convicted and sentenced one Solomon Nnamdi Eke (a.k.a Kelvin James) to three years imprisonment on a one-count amended charge bordering on cybercrime.
The defendant was arrested by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, at Kurudu Phase 5, Abuja, alongside 24 others following intelligence on his alleged internet fraud-related activities.
Investigation revealed that he operated a Facebook account with the name Kelvin James. Further investigation showed he impersonated an agent of the American Federal Bureau of Investigation by the name, John Smith.
The one-count charge reads: “that you, Solomon Nnamdi Eke (a.k.a Kelvin James) and others now at large, sometime in July 2022 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, committed an offence to wit; falsely presented yourself as Kelvin James; a white man and a Trading Manager to several unsuspecting victims via ‘Facebook’ (a social media application) in a bid to lure them into love scam, which pretence you knew to be false and 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 the defendant to three years imprisonment with an option of N150,000.00 fine.
He is to also forfeit an Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria.