Justice I.M. Sani of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 convicted and sentenced one Julius Amadi Daibi to one year imprisonment for impersonation.
The convict was prosecuted on three-count charges by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
He was found to have created a telegram account in the name of Camille Walker, bearing the picture of a white woman and with a Nigerian telephone number: +2347034253737.
He used the same to register various crypto currency groups that promoted digitalassetsprogram.com, a fraudulent financial platform he created.
In a bid to convince his victims to invest in the platform, the convict concocted positive reviews of his illicit business and sent to unsuspecting members of the public he chatted with on telegram.
The offence contravened Section 22 (3) (a) of the Cyber Crimes (prohibition, prevention etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under 22(4) of the same Act.
One of the charges read: “That you Julius Amadi Daibi, sometime in December, 2019 at Port Harcourt, Rivers State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did fraudulently impersonate Camille Walker with the intent to gain advantage for yourself, thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (3) (a) of the Cyber Crimes (prohibition, prevention etc) Ac, 2015 and punishable under 22(4) of the same Act.”
Justice Sani convicted and sentenced him to one year imprisonment on each of the three counts, which run concurrently or pay N600,000.00 (Six Hundred Thousand Naira) option of fine at N200,000 (Two-Hundred Thousand Naira) per count.