Nigerian court jails Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s impostor, 4 Others
A Kwara State High Court, sitting in Ilorin on Thursday jailed a 21 year-old man, Jatto Umar, for internet fraud bordering on impersonation and cybercrime.
The convict had claimed to be the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, in order to defraud unsuspecting victims via online relationships.
Jatto was earlier arraigned by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The convict had pleaded guilty to the charges.
Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar sentenced the convict to a suspended six months imprisonment each on count one and two, to run concurrently at the Mandala Correctional Centre.
Meanwhile, the EFCC also secured the conviction of four other persons over similar offences.
They are Oguntoyinbo Damilola; Taiwo Kayode, Adebayo Mark, Adedoyin Olayinka and YusufAbiodun, who in their case of impersonation claimed to be US military officers.
While the quartet of Jatto, Damilola, Taiwo and Mark were prosecuted before Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar, Justice Adenike Akinpelu, both of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin, heard the case of Olayinka and Abiodun.
Justice Abdulgafar gave Damilola a suspended sentence of six months imprisonment on count one and two, to run concurrently.
The judge also sentenced Taiwo to a suspended term of six months imprisonment and similarly sentenced Mark to a term of suspended six months imprisonment.
On the other hand, Justice Akinpelu sentenced Olayinka to six months imprisonment each on count one and two, to run concurrently with option of fine of N200,000 on each count and also sentenced Abiodun to six months imprisonment with an option of N200,000 fine.