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November 29, 2023

Court jails Internet fraudster three months in Makurdi

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The Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on September 21, 2022 secured the conviction and sentencing of Terhile John Ushir to three months imprisonment.

Ushir was jailed by Justice N. I. Afolabi of the Federal High Court, Lafia, Nassarawa State, on one count over his involvement in internet fraud.

The one count read: “That you, Terhile John Ushir sometime in October, 2021 in Makurdi, Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court fraudulently impersonated one Ji-Hoon Benjamin, a Yemen national, with intent to gain advantage to yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(2)(b) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act,  2015 and punishable under the same Section 22(2)(iv) of the Act”.

He pleaded  guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

Upon his plea,  prosecution counsel, George Chai-Yakua reviewed the facts of the case and prayed the court to convict and sentence Ushir as charged.

Justice Afolabi convicted and sentenced him to three months imprisonment.

She further ordered  the convict to forfeit his laptop to the government.

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