Justice E.A Obile of the Federal Excessive Courtroom sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has convicted and sentenced one Chibueze Okenwa, a faux United States of American navy officer, to 2 years imprisonment for impersonation opposite to Part 22 (2) (b) ( i & ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, And many others.) Act, 2015.
He was initially arraigned on March 4, 2021, by the Port Harcourt Zonal Workplace of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, and pleaded “not responsible” to one-count cost bordering on impersonation with intent to achieve financial benefit for himself.
On the resumed listening to of his case on March 18, Okenwa opted to vary his plea. He was re-arraigned and pleaded “responsible” to the one-count cost.
The cost reads: “that you just Chibueze okenwa (a.okay.a Weirt Rodriguz), in 2020, throughout the jurisdiction of this Honourable Courtroom, fraudulently impersonated your self as Weirt Rodriguz, a United State Navy Officer to 1 Katia Massoni from Brazil with intent to achieve financial benefit for your self and thereby dedicated an offence punishable beneath Part 22 (2) (b) ( i & ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, And many others.) Act, 2015”.
In view of his plea of “responsible”, prosecution counsel, M. Ibekwute urged the court docket to convict him accordingly. Nonetheless, protection counsel, J.I Owubokiri prayed the court docket to mood justice with mercy.
Justice Obile convicted and sentenced Okenwa to 2 (2) years imprisonment with an possibility of fantastic of Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N350, 000.00).
The choose additionally ordered that the cellphone which was used to commit the crime, (a gold and white-coloured Blu twin Sim smartphone) be forfeited to the Federal Authorities by means of disposal by public public sale and the proceeds paid into the Treasury Single Account, TSA of the Federal Authorities.