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Internet Fraudster Bags Five Years in Jail

Justice Nasiru.U. Sadiq of the Kaduna State High Court has convicted and sentenced Monday Yakubu(a.k.a Tucka James) to five years imprisonment for cheating by impersonation.

He was detained on Tuesday, September 21, 2022 after pleading guilty to one- count amended charge, upon his arraignment by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The one -count amended charge reads: “That you, Monday Yakubu, Male, sometimes in February, 2022, in Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, impersonated one Tucka James, a citizen of United States of America on Instagram and in such false identity engaged Dorothy Jackson on a romantic relationship and obtained the sum of $340 USD(Three Hundred and Forty United States of America Dollars) worth of gift cards, and you thereby committed cheating by impersonation, an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Penal Code Law, 2017 of Kaduna State and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

Upon his plea of guilt, prosecution counsel, Matiyak .Y. John, prayed the court to convict the defendant accordingly while defence counsel, H.U. Obimba urged the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendant is remorseful.

Justice Sadiq thereafter convicted and sentenced Yakubu to five years imprisonment, with an option of fine of the sum of N100,000.00(One Hundred Thousand Naira). He also forfeited his Iphone 11 to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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