A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Friday sentenced 24-year-old undergraduate, Olumide Salau, to three months’ community service over Internet fraud.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had taken Salau before the court on one count of Internet fraud. Salau (a.k.a Rick Freeman) attempted to cheat by pretending to be one Rick Freeman, a white Caucasian with an email account between November 2017 and August 2018 at Ilorin, Kwara State, thereby committing an offence.
According to the prosecution, the offence was contrary to sections 95 and 321 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 324 of the Penal Code Law.
Justice Sikiru Oyinloye who presided the court said he found Salau guilty of the offence and ordered him to sweep the Tanke Road starting from GTB Junction to Abule Nla Furniture, University Road, Tanke, Ilorin, starting from September 7 to December 7, 2020.
He said, “This honourable court sentences you, Salau Olumide, to pay a fine of N50,000; he’s sentenced to perform community service by clearing and sweeping the road and drainage along the road leading to Tanke from GTB Junction through to the junction close to Abule Nla Furniture.
“The convict is to make himself available to the non-custodial service unit of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Madala, Ilorin, for proper profiling and documentation. Failure to do so will attract six months’ imprisonment.”