An Abuja-based man, Ogbelegba Emmanuel Abel, who was reported by his neighbors over his questionable lifestyle, has been sentenced to three months imprisonment for offenses bordering on obtaining money by false pretense and internet fraud.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which prosecuted the convict, disclosed this in a Monday statement.
According to the statement, Ogbelegba was convicted and sentenced by a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Maitama, Abuja presided over by Justice Peter Affen on March 25.
“The convict was arrested on February 25, 2020 in his apartment in Maitama, Abuja following reports received by the Commission on his suspicious activities and questionable lifestyle.
“Upon conclusion of investigation, the convict was arraigned in Court on one count charge of obtaining by false pretense.
“He pleaded ‘guilty’ to the charge preferred against him.
“Consequently, the court convicted and sentenced him to 3 months imprisonment with an option of fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira.
“The Court also ordered the convict to restitute his victim the sum of $150 USD and forfeit his smartphone to the Federal Government,” the EFCC statement read in part.