A convicted cyber criminal, Kolade Balogun, has been sentenced to serve as traffic control personnel for three months as well as pay fine of

N50,000.

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of a Kwara State High Court, sitting in Ilorin, convicted Balogun, following his arraignment by the Ilorin Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

He was alleged to have, sometimes in March 2020, or thereabout, at Ilorin, Kwara state within the jurisdiction of the court, attempted to commit an offence of cheating by pretending and representing himself to be a Whiteman called William Davis, alias Bahemooth to unsuspected white woman on dating site.

The alleged crime was contained in a Gmail account, [email protected] The Judge therefore ruled that the accused committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 95 of the Penal code of Northern Nigeria.

Balogun pleaded guilty when the charge sheet was read to him.

Prosecuting counsel, Aliyu Adebayo, in his submission, asked the court to convict the defendant based on his plea, proof of evidence, and exhibits tendered. But defence counsel, Rotimi Oyagbola, urged the trial judge to temper justice with mercy, arguing that his client was a first offender.

In his judgement, Justice Oyinloye, said the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt, considering the unchallenged and un-contradicted testimonies of the prosecution witness.

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