Disguised American National Earns Jail Term in Ilorin
By Alabidun Shuaib Abdulrahman
Ayeni Peter Oluwatofunmi, 25, was sentenced to six months in prison in Ilorin on Wednesday for impersonating a white American woman named Daina Patrick in order to defraud unsuspecting victims.
According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission‘s Ilorin Zonal Command, the offence violates Section 321 of the Penal Code and is penalised under Section 324 of the same law.
Ayeni was charged with only one crime, to which he pleaded guilty.
Following the defendant’s guilty plea, the anti-graft agency’s counsel, Rashidat Alao, introduced a witness who described how credible intelligence led to the defendant’s detention.
The witness, an anti-graft operative, presented the court with multiple false texts printed from the defendant’s smartphone, which the court accepted as evidence.
Alao requested the court to take into account the defendant’s plea, his extrajudicial statements, the testimony of the only prosecution witness, and the exhibits presented in order to convict him as accused.
Justice Mahmoud Abdulgafar, in his judgement, said the ”Court is satisfied that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.”
He, thereafter, sentenced Ayeni to six months jail term and ordered the forfeiture of 200 US dollars which the convict benefitted from the unlawful activity, as well as the phone used to perpetrate the crime to the Federal government.