Cybercrime: Man convicted for impersonation in Kaduna
The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today October 11, 2021 secured the conviction and sentencing of one Yakubu .M. Abbas before Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna on one count amended charge of attempt to cheat by impersonation.
The charge reads, “ that you Yakubu .M. Abbas, sometime in 2021 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, attempted to commit an offence and in such attempt did a certain act towards the Commission of the said offence, to wit; falsely presented yourself as Josh (a Whiteman) to one Dan on Grindr App (an online application) in order to cheat him and you thereby committed cheating contrary to Section 308 of the Kaduna State Penal Code of 2017 and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law”.
Yakubu was arrested by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the EFCC following his alleged involvement in internet-related fraud.
Upon arrest, he confessed to registering on the Grindr and A4A App as Josh, a Caucasian American. His modus operandi is to engage in romantic conversion with Bisexual men who are married with the aim of obtaining their nude pictures which he subsequently use for blackmail, by threatening to expose them to their spouses and families on Facebook. His attempt to blackmail one Mr. Dan was however unsuccessful.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the amended charge when it was read to him.
In view of his guilty plea, Justice Khobo convicted and sentenced the defendant to a fine of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200,000.00); and where he cannot pay the said fine, to 5 years imprisonment.
The defendant is also to forfeit to the Federal Government of Nigeria one Samsung Galaxy A12 and shall undertake never to engage in any crime again.